Thursday, November 29, 2012

Working hard for the kingdom

Today and the last few days weve been hired to build a fence. Its been pretty hard sweaty work no dought. We had to bust threw 2 inches of concrete by hand and dig down 20 inches for each hole. But all in all its been working out. The best part of this job is the owner of the land. He came up to us yesterday and burton immediately noticed who he was. By the way before this we had not idea because we were hired by his tenant. She never told us about him or who he was. So he comes up and burton says “ are you Warren Daniel ?” He says “yes ” so there he is Senator warren daniel , burton remembered his face from all the political mail we got. Anyhow it turned out his father owned the farm we were working on. We had to give him our number and he asked“are yall brothers?” Burton said were not related in the flesh but we are related by the blood of jesus christ. He smiled at that and the brother gave him the paper “ the anti church ” a pretty stiff rebuke to modern christians to say the least. What a blessing God worked it out to be able to witness to him on the job.







Just passing through.......


Pilgrim's have lots of resources to invest because they travel light. An American tourist once paid a visit to the renowned polish rabbi Hofetz Chaiam. He was astonished to see that the rabbi had a simple room, with a few books, plus a table and a cot. the puzzled American asked“,My ! Where is your furniture?” Hofetz replied, “Where is yours?”
“ Huh,” was the reply,“ I am just a tourist, I am just here passing through.” the rabbi replied,“So am I ”.

I was reminded of this story this morning fron the Our world and our wealth article from the new remnant mag. What a blessing.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Q&A

Ok I am opening up a Q&A session for those who look at this blog, its live ask me any ? You choose and ill do my best to give you a answer. Or give me a topic to do a story on and ill try to do it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

materialism

Should our interpretations of the Bible line up with the early Christians interpretations of the Bible ?

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." 1 John 2:15-16
And the way of death is this: First of all it is evil and accursed: loving vanities, pursuing revenge, not pitying a poor man, not laboring for the afflicted, not knowing Him Who made them, murderers of children, destroyers of the handiwork of God, turning away from him who is in want, afflicting him who is distressed, advocates of the rich, lawless judges of the poor, utter sinners. Be delivered, children, from all these. "Didache (A.D. 80-140) ch.5"
Bear with me, brethren. Do not hinder me from living; do not desire my death. Bestow not on the world one who desires to be God's, neither allure him with material things. Suffer me to receive the pure light. When I am come thither, then shall I be a man. "Ignatius: to the Romans (A.D. 35-105) ch.6"
[For] I write to you in the midst of life, yet lusting after death. My lust has been crucified, and there is no fire of material longing in me, but only living water speaking in me, saying within me, Come to the Father. I have no delight in the food of corruption or in the delights of this life. I desire no longer to live after the manner of men."Ignatius: to the Romans (A.D. 35-105) ch.7"
“These are they that have faith, but have also riches of this world. When tribulation comes, they deny their Lord by reason of their riches and their business affairs." And I answered and said unto her, "When then, lady, will they be useful for the building?" "When," she replied, "their wealth, which leads their souls astray, shall be cut away, then will they be useful for God. For just as the round stone, unless it be cut away, and lose some portion of itself, cannot become square, so also they that are rich in this world, unless their riches be cut away, cannot become useful to the Lord. Learn first from yourself. When you had riches, you were useless; but now you are useful and profitable unto life.” "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 14"
(The angry temper) insinuates itself into the heart of the man, and for no cause whatever the man or the woman is embittered on account of worldly matters, either about meats, or some triviality, or about some friend, or about giving or receiving, or about follies of this kind. For all these things are foolish and vain and senseless and inexpedient for the servants of God. "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 23"
He said to me; "You know that you, who are the servants of God, are dwelling in a foreign land; for your city is far from this city. If then you know your city, in which you shall dwell, why do you here prepare fields and expensive displays and buildings and dwelling-chambers which are superfluous? 

He said to me; "You know that you, who are the servants of God, are dwelling in a foreign land; for your city is far from this city. If then you know your city, in which you shall dwell, why do you here prepare fields and expensive displays and buildings and dwelling-chambers which are superfluous? 
He, therefore, that prepares these things for this city does not purpose to return to his own city. 
O foolish and double-minded and miserable man, do you not perceive that all these things are foreign, and are under the power of another?” "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 30"
Therefore, instead of fields buy you souls that are in trouble, as each is able, and visit widows and orphans, and neglect them not; and spend your riches and all your displays, which you received from God, on fields and houses of this kind. "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 30"
The rich man has much wealth, but in the things of the Lord he is poor, being distracted about his riches, and his confession and intercession with the Lord is very scanty; and even that which he gives is small and weak and has not power above… "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.32"
These are they that are mixed up in business and cleave not to the saints. Therefore the one half of them lives, but the other half is dead. "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 42"
Some of them are wealthy and others are entangled in many business affairs. The briars are the wealthy, and the thorns are they that are mixed up in various business affairs. These [then, that are mixed up in many and various business affairs,] cleave [not] to the servants of God, but go astray, being choked by their affairs, but the wealthy unwillingly cleave to the servants of God, fearing lest they may be asked for something by them. Such men therefore shall hardly enter into the kingdom of God. For as it is difficult to walk on briars with bare feet, so also it is difficult for such men to enter the kingdom of God. "Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.50"
We who valued above all things the acquisition of wealth and possessions, now bring what we have into a common stock, and communicate to every one in need."Justin Martyr (A.D. 160) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg.167"
And again, the Lord Himself exhibits Abraham as having said to the rich man, with reference to all those who were still alive: "If they do not obey Moses and the prophets, neither, if any one were to rise from the dead and go to them, will they believe him." Now, He has not merely related to us a story respecting a poor man and a rich one; but He has taught us, in the first place, that no one should lead a luxurious life, nor, living in worldly pleasures and perpetual feastings, should be the slave of his lusts, and forget God. "For there was," He says, "a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and delighted himself with splendid feasts." Of such persons, too, the Spirit has spoken by Isaiah: "They drink wine with [the accompaniment of] harps, and tablets, and psalteries, and flutes; but they regard not the works of God, neither do they consider the work of His hands." Lest, therefore, we should incur the same punishment as these men, the Lord reveals [to us] their end. "Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 464"
Besides, He makes preparation for a self-sufficing mode of life, for simplicity, and for girding up our loins, and for free and unimpeded readiness of our journey; in order to the attainment of an eternity of beatitude, teaching each one of us to be his own storehouse. For He says, "Take no anxious thought for to-morrow," meaning that the man who has devoted himself to Christ ought to be sufficient to himself, and servant to himself, and moreover lead a life which provides for each day by itself. For it is not in war, but in peace, that we are trained. War needs great preparation, and luxury craves profusion; but peace and love, simple and quiet sisters, require no arms nor excessive preparation. The Word is their sustenance. "Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.235"

And again, the Lord Himself exhibits Abraham as having said to the rich man, with reference to all those who were still alive: "If they do not obey Moses and the prophets, neither, if any one were to rise from the dead and go to them, will they believe him." Now, He has not merely related to us a story respecting a poor man and a rich one; but He has taught us, in the first place, that no one should lead a luxurious life, nor, living in worldly pleasures and perpetual feastings, should be the slave of his lusts, and forget God. "For there was," He says, "a rich man, who was clothed in purple and fine linen, and delighted himself with splendid feasts." Of such persons, too, the Spirit has spoken by Isaiah: "They drink wine with [the accompaniment of] harps, and tablets, and psalteries, and flutes; but they regard not the works of God, neither do they consider the work of His hands." Lest, therefore, we should incur the same punishment as these men, the Lord reveals [to us] their end. "Irenaeus (A.D. 180) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.1 pg. 464"
Besides, He makes preparation for a self-sufficing mode of life, for simplicity, and for girding up our loins, and for free and unimpeded readiness of our journey; in order to the attainment of an eternity of beatitude, teaching each one of us to be his own storehouse. For He says, "Take no anxious thought for to-morrow," meaning that the man who has devoted himself to Christ ought to be sufficient to himself, and servant to himself, and moreover lead a life which provides for each day by itself. For it is not in war, but in peace, that we are trained. War needs great preparation, and luxury craves profusion; but peace and love, simple and quiet sisters, require no arms nor excessive preparation. The Word is their sustenance. "Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 19