Church is the "one another"s

June 26, 2014 at 9:06 PMTony
This is another quote from Graham Cooke to whom a friend introduced me not very long ago. He suggests doing a search for "one another" in an on-line Bible. If you follow the link below I've done it for you:
There are a series if videos by Graham entitled 'What is Church?' on YouTube. Follow the link for the first one if you are interested:

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Communion Thoughts

June 16, 2014 at 1:31 AMTony
A few weeks ago I had really bad toothache. It took a couple of days to get it sorted out and until it was that was the most important thing in my life. Our bodies are real. There's no denying that. But they're not really real, not eternally real. They don't last forever.

There are many other things that are real but not 'really real'. In 2 Corinthians it says "what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.". Jesus said "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away". So we have two things that are eternal: Jesus' words and the unseen.

Another thing that is eternal is love. In 1 Corinthians it says "prophecies will cease and knowledge will pass away but love never fails".

So now we have Jesus' words, the unseen and love. These are all eternal. I'm not claiming to be an expert on this but I think all three come together in communion. We obey His instruction to "do this in remembrance of me". We can fix our eyes on the unseen and we can remember God's love for us in that "he sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins". and  "not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world".

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Smith Wigglesworth 1947 Prophecy

May 31, 2014 at 9:05 AMTony
It speaks for itself:

“During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the Church in Great Britain. The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterised by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The second move of the Holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.

In the duration of each of these moves, the people who are involved will say, ‘This is the great revival.’ But the Lord says, ‘No, neither is this the great revival, but both are steps towards it.’

When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit. When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, and indeed, the world, has ever seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there, will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.”

— Smith Wigglesworth, 1947

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The Holy Spirit is a Genius. He told me to tell you that.

March 10, 2014 at 3:34 PMTony

This is a quote from Graham Cooke. He goes on to say the reason the Holy Spirit said to tell us that He is a genius is because a lot of us don't know it.

When I think back to when I was doing my Ph.D. there were a number of times I'd tire myself out trying to get the solution to something. Then I'd go to bed and wake up in the morning with the answer. Where did that come from?

I suppose some people would say that's just the way the mind works. But I'm beginning to learn that He actually is a genius in all sorts of areas (and why wouldn't He be)?

Here is a link to a Graham Cooke YouTube video that's not especially about this but worth watching: How to Recognise God's Voice Speaking to You.

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For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.

March 7, 2014 at 3:29 PMTony

I am a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy. In his day Saul (Paul) was equally and maybe greatly more qualified. Mine was a Pauline conversion. I read the bible and had experiences. The experiences backed up the bible and vice versa. In fact over a period of a few months I had revelation after revelation after revelation.

And here's one of the major revelations. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know. Just before this the passage says: Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.

In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul defends his apostleship by saying his knowledge is in no way inferior to any of the most eminent apostles. He's saying (I believe) "If they have knowledge then I have more, but if they really had knowledge they would get back to just loving and edifying each other." In 1 Corinthians 2 he says "For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."

I have noticed recently that my pleasure or annoyance when I am listening to speakers seems directly proportional to the number of times they actually mention Jesus and the Cross during their talk/preach. (This could be just a phase I'm going through). Maybe this is because when we talk about Jesus and the Cross we are talking about love in it's best and purest form.

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The Church is a Bride not an Organisation

February 15, 2014 at 10:22 AMTony

What do you notice about a bride? Do you notice the way she's put together? Well, perhaps you might to some extent. That she carries herself well. That she has an elegant posture. But what you really notice is her radiance, her beauty, her smile. And if you get talking to her you will feel her sheer joy at being a bride and maybe catch some of the humility the occasion brings to her spirit.

And you notice her dress. How beautiful her dress is. What should we notice about how the church is dressed?

We are to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. And above all love. That is what you should notice about us - as well as the joy and the radiance and the beauty. It cannot be about events and being preached at. If you notice leaders at all you should notice them flat on their face before the Father (just my opinion).

So if the church isn't yet a radiant joyful bride of Christ, how is it going to get there? We need the Holy Spirit to make that happen. And many people are prophesying a new wave of the Spirit coming soon.

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Why doesn't God do something?

January 18, 2014 at 1:54 PMTony

We are totally forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Christ. God not only forgives but forgets our sins. All because of Christ who took the punishment for us. The thing is He took the punishment for everyone else as well. I would like God to do something about those who've hurt me, who've abused me, who've treated me unjustly. Maybe those I've wronged and badly hurt feel the same. But how can He? To do so would be to say that the Cross was not enough.

What He can do though, through the Holy Spirit, is to totally and completely heal our wounds. And we can become like Him and 'keep no record of wrongs' and be part of the 'ministry of reconciliation'. We can be like 'our Father in heaven who makes the sun shine on the good and bad alike'.

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Playing hide and seek with God

November 28, 2013 at 9:31 AMTony

Have you ever played hide and seek with your children. If it's a two year old there's a large part of your leg sticking out so they can find you easily. If they're a bit older you make it more challenging but you never let it get to the point where they get anxious because they can't find you. I think God the Father is the same.

In Jeremiah it says "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart". But Jesus uses the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the last sheep to say that rather it is God earnestly seeking us. Even in the parable of the prodigal son the father is earnestly looking for the son and the son knows where home is. He just has to return.

So, I personally go with Jesus. If we need to seek God I think He will always let Himself be found. Sometimes after a bit of effort. And quite often not in the way we expected. He is God after all.

P.S. Just been to church and reminded that Jesus said that the Father is more than willing to give the Holy Spirit just for the asking (Luke 11:13)

 

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Testimony Six: Jesus and the Random Phone Call

October 31, 2013 at 12:55 PMTony

So I was sat in the house one night and I thought the Lord was prompting me to just ring a random number on the phone. So after a fair bit of hesitation I did. And I got through to the phone number of someone called Gram Seed. I didn't get him personally but I got his answering machine with a little poem on it saying he was out telling people about Jesus.

This was a man I'd first met when he was living on a bench drinking cider or whatever. He was wonderfully saved through the ministry of some young Christians I knew.

You can find out something about him on the Sowing Seeds Ministries website. He has an amazing testimony.

But what was also amazing was that I would reach his phone number by a random phone call. The odds of even reaching anyone you know at all are very very small.  I met him again the other day which brought this back to mind. And he is still telling people about Jesus.

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Testimony Five: Jesus and the Stigmata

October 31, 2013 at 2:59 AMTony

I was a baby Christian. All was new - awesome, scary and challenging. All things Christian became interesting as they had never been before. I became fascinated by the Saints and other great men of God.

There was a Catholic priest named Padre Pio who had stigmata (the signs of the crucifixion) on his hands and feet. This was said to be a sign of his holiness. And somehow I knew that I was holy, as holy as any Saint. So I said "Lord, I'll have those". And within a week I had the marks on my wrists.

However, no-one ever noticed them. I think the Lord knew I wanted them for the wrong reason. Maybe He had a good laugh at me. Anyway after about six months I said "You might as well take them away Lord" and within a week there were gone.

Thinking about it now maybe He wanted to reassure me that I was holy in the midst of doubts and anxieties. And of course I am, but entirely because of Jesus and the Cross.

P,S. Padre Pio was also said to have the gift of bi-location so if any of you see me in two different places at once let me know.

 

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