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Building a Heart Bridge

Did you ever think that perhaps our heavenly Father would like us to become bridge builders?

Bridge Builders you may ask?

Wouldn’t this would require me to become and architect or an engineer.

Yes this may be the case if the bridges God desires we build were made of steel and mortar. However the bridges that our Father would like us to construct are perhaps invisible bridges that span the distance from our heart to another heart.

At a point in my life when I spent many hours alone in the woods each day getting quiet and listening for my inner voice, the thought occurred to me to begin to learn how to build bridges to the hearts of others in my sphere of life.

What did this mean? How do I build an invisible bridge from one heart to another?

The answer came as I began to listen to what others had to say and I discovered that people have a lot to say about their favorite subject. . themselves.

I learned that in order to construct a “Heart Bridge” I had to become genuinely interested in what others had to say about themselves instead of pushing my agenda onto them.

After awhile I began to notice more and more people that I listened to eventually became interested in me and what I had to tell them about me.

Slowly but surely these invisible bridges began to materialize into conversations of the heart between me and another person.

One of those individuals was a young woman from India who was in my English Composition class at the local Community College I was attending.
She came up to me one day and said that she would like to become my friend. With this she began telling about herself and where she was from and that she was a Hindu.

Then she asked if i was a Christian? I responded by telling her that I was a follower of Jesus Christ. She immediately looked me in the eye and sternly said, “Do not try to talk me out of my God like many missionaries in India have tried to do!”

I said, “Salli I would never do that! In fact I am happy for you that you have a God.”

Over the next year the bridge to her heart was built and I was able to learn so many things about her and her religion and culture. She also learned about how I was not a religious or denominational Christian, but simply a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Other friendships that resulted in “Heart Bridges” being built were with students and teachers who are Jews, Muslims and avowed atheists. All of these became friends where we shared with one another what we believed and why.

Building a “Heart Bridge” may take some time and effort but it is time and effort well invested.

When we become “Heart Bridge” builders we are making it available for that other person to be linked to our heart and perhaps maybe someday they will cross over the bridge and find something they never expected to discover.

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What is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God?

What what is the Preaching of the Kingdom of God
 
What is the preaching of Gospel of the Kingdom of God and what are the dynamic effects upon people when this gospel is preached?
 
The subject matter of the kingdom of God has been and continues to be a topic of great interest to me for many reasons. One of which is the importance of this topic in the scriptures, and the weight Jesus Christ of Nazareth placed upon the preaching of the message of gospel of the kingdom of God in the entire world.
 
First of all, we see Jesus actually preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God throughout the Gospels.
Matthew 4:23
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
 
Matthew 9:35
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
 
Mark 1:14
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
 
Luke 8:1
And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
 
 
After the Lord along with His 12 Apostles preached the kingdom in very city, He then sent out the Seventy in groups of two.
 
Luke 10:1
10 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
 
2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
 
The Lord sent them out with authority and power to preach the kingdom of God and when their mission was complete the seventy returned to the Lord with joy:
 
Luke 10:8-12
8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
 
9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
 
11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 
12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.
 
The Lord rejoiced with the Seventy not because the devils were subject to them through His name, but because He saw Satan fall from heaven.
 
Luke 10:17-24
17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
 
18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
 
19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
 
20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
 
21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
 
22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
 
23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
 
24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
 
 
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the spirit! The Greek word here for rejoiced is, agalliáō.
 
HELPS Word-studies
21 agalliáō (from agan, “much, very” and 242 /hállomai, “jump, leap”) – properly, getting so glad one jumps in celebration; to exult (boast) because so experientially joyful.
 
What is this telling us?
 
This is showing us the emotions the Lord felt in that when He rejoiced He was ecstatic with emotion and was actually jumping for joy!
 
To Be Continued. . .

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Psalm 127:1 (KJV) Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Jesus teaching His disciples

Once an individual begins to “consider” Jesus as the Apostle and High Priest of our calling then and only then will they begin to experience true liberty in Christ. (Hebrews 3:1 KJV)

When a person is confident of their relationship with Christ then we no longer look to any man for our answers to life’s dilemmas.

When I talk about the Kingdom of God, I’m talking about the primary purpose Christ became a man! He willfully left His place with the Father, leaving behind all of the attributes He left as a divine Son thereby limiting Himself to be born a helpless baby.

This is great love! That Christ left His majesty in heaven and willfully chose to become a servant.

Throughout all the gospels, Christ is preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God (Heaven). He is not only preaching and teaching, He is also demonstrating what the Father would do and say in any given situation. But even more than this, Christ is also demonstrating
how a human beings attitude should be towards God. With this Christ played a dual role of first showing us the Father and secondly showing us how to live before the Father.

Matthew 4:23 (KJV)

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

With His every word and action Christ was showing us by example what the Father would do and how we should live both individually and corporately in the Kingdom of God which Christ ushered in when He said, “The Kingdom of God is at Hand.”

He taught us how to pray to our Father and not to some distant impersonal God who is far removed from our everyday lives.

Christ also simplified the Law of Moses to two commandments when He said the first and great commandment is to Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second was like unto the first that you should love your neighbor as yourselves. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!

Matthew 9:35 (KJV)

And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

If you read the gospels and the church epistles through the lens of the kingdom of God you will be amazed at what you will discover.

The book of Acts begins with:

Acts 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

According to this scripture Christ spent 40 days in His resurrected body speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God!

In Acts 2:42-47 after about five thousand repented and accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, Christ (The Boss) set up His kingdom economy and not one of them lacked!

This was the mindset of the first century ecclesia! These people were of one mind concerning the Apostles doctrine which obviously must have been all that Christ taught them about how to live a kingdom life.

The beginning with the miracle of the lame man being healed when Peter and John were on their way to the Temple throughout the entire Book of Acts, everywhere we see the preaching of Christ and the gospel of the kingdom, miracle occurred.

Then finally in the last verses of Acts we find Paul preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Acts 28:30-31King James Version (KJV)
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,

31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Jesus our Boss told His disciples to go into all the word, and preach the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!

Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

So what is missing today in professional Christianity?

What are not we seeing genuine works of God?

My contention is the gospel of the kingdom which Jesus preached, and His Apostles preached is not being preached today but the main stream Church.

The high power preachers of today may talk a bit about the kingdom, and many people including myself thought I knew about the kingdom. However when the Boss got my attention I realized I had a lot to learn about what His kingdom was all about, and how absolutely necessary it is for His people to share the good news of the kingdom of God.

Why? Because it is the only viable remedy for this corruption of this world we live in.

I also contend that many men and women in the pulpit enjoy building a following where they are the King. They like all the benefits of their being King.

Oh! These preachers may not realize this but if you investigate you will find that most of the Big Time ministries fall into this category.

The Bible declares there is only one true King!

Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

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The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven

The First Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven
By Frank Manasseri

When we study the scriptures closely, we learn that the Bible describes two ascensions of the Lord Jesus into heaven. The second and final ascension was from the Mount of Olives with the Apostles in attendance. The first was on the morning of His resurrection from the dead in the presence of Mary Magdalene.

resurrection of Christ

On the morning when the Father raised Christ from the dead, Jesus as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, ascended into the third heaven, and entered into the Holiest of Holies (in heaven) to sprinkle His own sinless blood on the Mercy seat cleansing those who believe in His name from all sin

The scriptural evidence of this incredible truth is found in John 20:11-17:
John 20:11-16 (KJV)

But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, and seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.

Mary Magdalene garden

And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.

And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus.

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.

Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
John 20:17(KJV)
Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Imagine what it must have been like the first time Jesus ascended into heaven on the morning of His resurrection? The attention of all the heavenly hosts were riveted on Him as He appeared as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek to fulfill His priestly duty of the atonement. What an awesome moment it must have been as the hosts of heaven watched as Christ approached the Holy of Holies in Heaven. Just as the earthly High Priest performed his duty on the Day of Atonement of the sprinkling of the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the Mercy Seat in the Temple on earth, Jesus Christ in His role of High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, was carrying His own precious blood into the Temple of heaven. The blood of the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world was sprinkled by Christ on the Mercy Seat in heaven. At this most significant moment our redemption was complete.

All the eyes of heaven were watching as the Son of the Living God entered into the Holy place to cleanse the sins of His followers with His own precious blood. The plan of salvation was complete as His pure, precious blood was sprinkled on the Mercy seat. Redemption was complete and sealed for eternity! What joy and rejoicing must have filled heaven!

Hebrews 9:24-28 (KJV)
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:

Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

After ascending into heaven and the sprinkling of His own blood on the Mercy Seat was completed, Christ returned to Jerusalem and spent the next forty days with his disciples in His resurrected body, teaching them the things concerning the Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:1-3 (AMP):
In the former account [which I prepared], O Theophilus, I made [a continuous report] dealing with all the things which Jesus began to do and to teach

Until the day when He ascended, after He through the Holy Spirit had instructed and commanded the apostles (special messengers) whom He had chosen.

To them also He showed Himself alive after His passion (His suffering in the garden and on the cross) by [a series of] many convincing demonstrations [unquestionable evidences and infallible proofs], appearing to them during forty days and talking [to them] about the things of the kingdom of God.

During the forty days after His resurrection Christ showed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

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The Road to Emmaus By Frank Manasseri

On-the-road-to-EmmausI contend many Christians can relate to the biblical account of the two men on the road to Emmaus. These men were disappointed in the outcome of what they were expecting to happen through their involvement with the person whom they believed was The Christ. They had put their entire life into following this prophet from Nazareth. These men were a part of a group that earnestly expected Jesus to lead a revolt that would overthrow the Romans and then become King over all Israel. I can only partly imagine how very disappointed and sad they must have been as they walked away from Jerusalem on that dreadful and eventful day when Jesus of Nazareth was beaten, tortured and crucified on the cross.

When others had stopped following Jesus because His sayings were too hard, these very men who were now on the road to Emmaus remained faithful, and committed to Him right to the very end. What a deep sense of depression and great loss they must have felt as they helplessly watched and witnessed the cruel death of their hope upon that cross on the hill called Golgotha. They all scattered for fear of the Jews when Jesus was crucified.

What sleepless nights they must have experienced following the crucifixion and burial of the man who had plainly demonstrated the Father God to them through His words and actions. They must have agonized over the fact that they had put so much time into this Messiah only to see their hopes slip through their hands like dry sand. They had left all behind to follow this man who said He was the Messiah the Son of the living God.

As we endeavor to relate to these men, we read about them walking away from everything they had invested their lives in. These men were definitely grieving the loss of what they had expected to be the saving of Israel. For some the hopes of high positions of authority loomed in the background of their inner thoughts. Others had argued openly about who would be the greatest and who would be the least in the promised kingdom that the Messiah would establish on earth.
A few days before, their hero, Jesus of Nazareth had girded himself with a towel and washed the feet of His disciples to illustrate the humble attitude of service they should have towards one to another. Now it seems all their hopes were dashed and their dreams lost!

All this must have seemed so small and distant to them as they walked the dusty road towards Emmaus. While they slowly walked the distance, they were talking with one another about what had recently transpired in Jerusalem leaving them hopelessly sad.

As these men were talking, the Lord Jesus drew close to them and noticed that they were sad. As He approached, He did not impose Himself on them, but simply asked them a question. He asked, “What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?”

He allowed them to tell all that was in their heart concerning what had just transpired in Jerusalem. After listening to them bare their broken hearts, He began to open up the scriptures to them concerning Him.

When He finally revealed Himself to them the outcome was magnificent! They were no longer disappointed, downcast or in despair, but were instantly elated and filled with enthusiasm. They ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others what had transpired.

When life deals us a devastating blow such as these men experienced, this reaction of jubilation is usually the outcome of when we are delivered from a similar situation. This account is a picture of how the Lord Jesus had come alongside these deeply disappointed men. We can see how He now sends the Comforter to come alongside of us to comfort us in our sorrow and misery. Then like the men on the road to Emmaus, we too can experience deliverance as He reveals Himself through the knowledge of the scriptures and a personal intimate living day to day relationship with Christ

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Experientually Knowing Christ

” If a person wants to know what God’s like, take a good long look at Jesus and you’ll know!”

Precisely!

Jesus Christ the son of God was the exact image or imprint of the Father.

Hebrews 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Therefore because Christ is the express image, or exact imprint ot the Father, then He is the only one that has the ability to show us the Father. No one else was, is, or ever could be qualified, or equipped to accomplish this most amazing achievement.

When Phillip said to Jesus:

John 14:8
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

John 14:
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Christ did not say He was the Father, but He was showing them the Father. I have learned that whenever I need to know what the Father will or will not do in any given situation, I look at the life of Christ for He always did the Fathers will, because He was the perfect example of the Father on earth…

On the other hand, Jesus Christ is also the perfect example of how we are to live towards the Father, giving honor and glory to the Father. During the days of His flesh, Christ was the living example of how men are to live before God the Father.

Only The Son of God could ever be both the example of the Father, and at the same time be the example of how men should honor the Father.

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Powerful Words from a Brother in Christ

The following was sent to  me by my brother in Christ Doug Cosmos and it is his expression concerning  Father Child relationship within the kingdom of the True God:

 

Aside from the supernatural things CHRIST did, His works also had to do with the last five Commandments given to Moses. It was about doing good deeds to all people. Primarily those of His racial Family.

His basis for thought and action was based upon ‘It is Written”.
 Amongst the many activities we could engage in, reading, studying, thinking upon and practicing His Words is amongst those vital to becoming As Christ was and IS.  The Written Scriptual Words we have been given Are Out Of The Mouth Of Our Heavenly Father. He gave them to us so that we could be a people like Him. ie. Children  that are Dear (to Him) Sons and Daughters. Dear children who make Him happy and proud  because what we do pleases Him. We do His Will here as His hands, feet, and mouth.  We do what we do  in His stead.
 Some have said, ‘this or that was Godly’, or he/she is a man or woman of (from) God. As we His children continue in this WAY,  we can and will exemplify Him.
This is a process that should continue through out our whole life time.
He created us to experience a personal relationship with Him so we could be like Him and have a happy loving congruous relationship with Him. He made us in His image so that this could become a reality/happen.
Yet, He gave us a ‘free will’ to decide whether or not we would willingly agree with His instructions or not.
When one is not experiencing what He says we should be,  that one needs to look within for the problem. It doesn’t have to be a sin thing. It can be a not knowing/understanding/belief issue.
 For me, what Christ did and spoke, was from His personal relationship with The/Our/His Heavenly Father. He intimately knew The Fathers Words. He intimately knew the History from Adam onward fromThe Word. And, He had a personal relationship with Our Father from and in which He spoke and acted.
He had a one on one relationship with His and Our same Creator/Heavenly Father. From His own testimony, He had/experienced an unbroken communication relationship with The Father. He wasn’t forced to put The Father first, He willed to do this.
Likewise when we cooperate with our Father, He will help us have that experience also.
Scripture teaches that The Father is The Creator who is of such a Nature, That ‘Nothing is Impossible’ for Him to do or undue.
Wow. My dad, my ABBA Father is able to take care of me and my brothers and sisters. This resembles what is written in Psalm 91!
 With so much of what we are experiencing/seeing going on here on our planet with a growing intensity, the common sense spiritual reaction we should engage in is to run to our Father. And stay close to Him.
His Words that He gave to all of us are all an instruction manual. It covers both the natural physical body life and the natural spiritual body life.  To the worldly/fleshy ‘man’ it is natural (his nature) to only think this way.
This is the Matrix most of us were born into.
When we were awakened to His Kingdom we became aware of His Heavenly Spiritual Kingdom and turned away from our former thinking and activities. This is called repentance.
The Great I AM, The Creator of all there is, The Most High, is as The Creator also The Father of His Creation. And let me just shout it as loud as I am able to, through my rooftop, that Our God is Good all of the time. After all, what other nature could be ascribed to such a wonderful Father than that declaration that God IS LOVE?
Read Pauls description/definition of what His Agape Love looks like. What people do when they do acts/deeds that are ‘of/from’  the Agape Nature of God. Romans 12:9-21. And, Galations 5:13-26.
 There are two distinct Kingdoms operating simultaneously in this world.  One operates with thoughts of fear and selfishness, and the other one from love, peace, and all things good based upon our Fathers  Promise of Living a life  in The Fathers able loving care.
Our Savior Jesus Christ came here to accomplish something that was beneficial to Our Fathers Plan. This was to offer a fellowship relationship to us like He had with The Father.  He accomplished His given Mission.
Christ opened/created the way to The Father by dying, being resurrected from being dead, and ascending back to The Father from whom He came.
Many people argue that we can’t be like Christ because He was born without sin. These gainsayers say ‘ we can not stop sinning because sin is in our nature’. That is a lie from Satan.
 Satan is like a program that knows our weakest temptable inclinations.
Temptation always employs deceit with the purpose being to cause one to sin.
We are instructed to ‘resist’ such temptations!
Christ said, As a man thinketh in his heart so is he!. That’s not complicated to understand. ie. We are what we think. ie. every one becomes who they ARE because of what they think. That’s the Truth. PERIOD.
Mankind first thinks a thought and then either acts on that thought or doesn’t. If he acts out that thought then that action is either ok or sin in The Fathers eyes. Thoughts come and go so this  isn’t about a fleeting thought that came in and out of a man. It’s about a thought being acted upon and becoming a practiced action, which then becomes habitual.
There are two Kingdoms, two opposing sources, two gates, and two paths from which we can choose.
Ultimately there will be two Judgments. One to Life Eternal with The Father, and the other to Damnation.
Two options given to each of us. A life of blessing or cursing. God won’t be mocked. Each day we will choose which Kingdom we want to live in.
Praise our loving Heavenly Father for His great gift of life, and praise our precious living Savior who gave Himself for each of us at a great cost.
       Proverbs 3:5-12.

Agape to all my family. Doug

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