End of Life instruction and 2 Pet 3:9

The Lord is …… not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

My 82 year old widow sister, childless, was admitted to the hospital for the third time, after spending 12 days and then 16 days in the hospital and then transferred to a community hospital. The community hospital, after more than a week, called and informed that she has to be readmitted to the acute hospital for dialysis as they could not render proper treatment.

For the next two days, I noticed my sister was not on dialysis. I asked, and was told that there was a misunderstanding (by the community hospital?) whatever it meant.

Then a doctor called one afternoon. Mainly she asked what was my ‘end-of-life instruction” for my sister. I asked  – was this about the AMD? – silence. What was the prognosis? Was there something I need to know? No clarification. The silence was puzzling. So I said “let me think about it and pray about it”. She said she would call back for my decision in a few days.

I became unusually alarmed and alerted family members. That evening I visited my sister. She was alert and definitely it wasn’t terminal or life threatening.

The next morning, I was on the way for a meeting requested by a medical social worker (MSW). I prayed – “Lord, what is your leading – as I have to give a reply about the EOL instruction.” The impression was very strong and clear – ‘resist, until your sister believes in the Lord Jesus!’ I told the MSW and another doctor who sought me out and commented that the 1st doctor was not tactful as it alarmed me.

Unexpectedly again the 2nd doctor asked about the EOL instruction as I was only expected to respond in a few days. He explained about withholding resuscitation. So since he asked I replied – “No, I will not concede until my sister believes in Jesus”. Somehow, to the 1st and 2nd doctor, I became uninhibited about my faith. He said “So it is religious?” I asserted, and said a miracle could happen. But he countered that it would be a medical decision. I also countered – No, I know a little about medical conditions and would like to be contacted and consulted when the need arose. He then said something that it would be the ‘decision’ of senior doctors. I stood firm. He then went off.

Fifteen minutes later, he returned, and said that the 1st doctor had already spoken to my sister that morning and my sister gave her consent! “No, I discount that, as you know my sister has Alzheimer, and she could not have understood.” The 2nd doctor again reiterated that it would be a medical decision by senior doctors.

The good outcome was that I became vulnerable. Normally I will reach out to any who asked for help, but would myself refrain from asking for support. I had to humble myself. I turned to the church’s visitation team and my cell group – for prayer, for support and for my sister to trust in Jesus!

That evening, I became disturbed that they might not render proper due care for my sister! I began to write to the hospital, to the Ministry of Health, to my Member of Parliament who’s also the GPC chairman for Health, etc. Many thoughts and promptings flowed through my mind, which surprised me.

To both doctors, I had brought up the Advanced Medical Directive (see – https://www.moh.gov.sg/content/moh_web/home/legislation/legislation_and_guidelines/advance_medical_directiveact.html)

In the absence of an AMD, I believe proper medical care is appropriate and should not be withheld. There are many safeguards e.g.

 You are not being forced into making the AMD.
 You are of sound mind.
 You understand the nature and implications of making an AMD.

 Validity
It is NOT compulsory. The AMD is valid only when it is made voluntarily. No one can force another person to make an AMD.
No one can make an AMD on behalf of another person, whether child or adult (even if the person is mentally incapable of making an AMD on his own)
 Coercion
It is the doctor’s responsibility to fully explain and discuss the matter with the person and to ensure that he/she fully understands what he/she is signing.
Forcing or misleading another person into signing an AMD is an offence punishable under the law.
If convicted, such a person can be fined and imprisoned and disqualified as a beneficiary.

The hospital called me as I had written. I mentioned my concerns. Why was I asked repeatedly for the EOL instruction? It was akin to the AMD which has many safeguards for the sanctity of life. I said my interpretation and impression was it looks like a Trojan Horse to bypass the AMD already in place. (I just googled and that EOL instruction is a type of a medical directive.)

I realized it is so subtle and insidious – the EOL instruction is a Trojan horse, unknowingly and ignorantly promoted to withhold resuscitation before a person comes to faith in Jesus. A work of evil, in this world of evil, dispensing words of evil against our Lord’s words of life!

Jesus said in John 10 “10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

HALLELUJAH !!!!!! “The Lord is …… not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

Church members visited, witnessed (in dialects) and prayed for my sister, members whom I have never met or spoken to! On a second visit, after we prayed, a church sister prompted that I should lead my sister to ask Jesus into her life. My sister did so! All these years she was deep into Buddhism, and had resisted. The next evening, I asked her whether she knew what she did, and whether she wanted to be baptized. She assented!

Coincidence or Confirmation?

Two days after my sister prayed, the church’s devotional reading was titled “The Lord saw her, He had compassion on her,….” Indeed! Thank you Jesus!

I began to share with others how my sister had prayed to receive Jesus!

Oh, how I love to hear His story of Salvation, I like to tell the story … (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lelJPwbuFPQ)

Later I received a posting on the Trojan Horse. (https://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2017/07/trojan-horse/).

Yes, for those who have threatening conditions or terminal illnesses and have yet to believe in Jesus, we must pray for their health and salvation, for their health to be extended until they repent and believe in Jesus rather than consider a EOL instruction not to resuscitate.

HE has spoken to us by HIS SON

Christology

“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me”

Many years ago, I attended the launch and presentation of a book on Israel, and the author listed the subjects in Systematic Theology normally taught in bible schools.  He remarked that Israelogy has been left out of most the theological curriculum. I agreed fully. Arnold Fruchtenbaum had written about this and championed for this neglected subject to be included.

However, when I looked at the list on the board, I realized that Christology was placed as one of the subjects together with the rest.

Suddenly it dawned on me that studying and experiencing Christ should be the all-encompassing, all-embracing, grand and sweeping preoccupation, way above every other subject!  He cannot be replaced, misplaced or displaced!  Even the song sung by Israel Houghton “Jesus At The Center” could only scratch the surface of Him Who is all worthy. I believe if seminaries and bible schools would teach the supremacy and preeminence of Jesus and His finished work on the cross as the central thread and axis around which all other subjects are wound, the ramification would be awesome and life-changing in the churches.

Jesus at the center of it all, Jesus at the center of it all
From beginning to the end
It will always be, it’s always been You, Jesus, Jesus

Jesus, nothing else matters
Nothing in this world will do
Jesus, You’re the center
Everything revolves around You
Jesus, You at the center of it all, The center of it all

From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You
From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You

So Jesus, be the center of Your church
Jesus be the center of Your church
And every knee will bow
And every tongue shall confess You Jesus, Jesus
Say His name, Jesus, Jesus

From my heart to the Heavens, Jesus be the center
It’s all about You, yes, it’s all about You 
     

The Leaven of the Health and Wealth teachings

The leaven of the birds of the air.       

Lately, I have been writing about the different realms of wisdom as mentioned in the book of James – spiritual, secular and satanic.  It is utmost that my life is governed and directed by the power and life of the Holy Spirit – Spiritual revelations of the King’s values, rather than secular reasonings (1 Cor 2:14-16, Prov 3:5, Rom 12:2,) or satanic reckonings (Matt 4:10, 16:23, James 3:15).  It is real that Satan not only displaces God’s Word from our midst as in the parable of the Sower, but also tempts us when he replaces God’s Word with his own satanic doctrines, distortions, deceptions which appears to be reasonable and wise (2 Cor 2:11).

O how we ever need to pray for His deliverance from the evil one, the world of evil, the work of evil, the workers of evil (both seen and unseen), the words and wisdom of evil (inclusive of secular earthly wisdom).  We should not be ignorant of the diabolical wiles of the evil one to destroy all that Jesus stands for.

God willing and enabling, I intend to dwell at length in future into how secular wisdom and reasonings and satanic reckonings have displaced and replaced the Spirit’s and scriptural teachings with regards to Health and Wealth in our churches today.

Alby would be having David Holdaway speak on the 14th Nov 2015.  I signed up immediately.  What attracted me was the mailer describing his book, which would also be issued for participants

“When Jesus used the Aramaic term mammon to refer to wealth He was giving it a personal and spiritual character in Matthew 6:24. He personified mammon as a rival god, a spiritual power, an idol that can become infused with demonic energy. He was saying that if we do not gain power over money then money will gain power over us and attract spiritual forces to capture and control our lives. This is why the Apostle Paul could say, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” The devil knows that followers of Christ will not willingly bow to him but if he can get them to bow down to money he will use it to pull their strings like puppets as he becomes their puppet master.

David Holdaway, who who has written four books on finance, will speak about the social and spiritual forces connected to money and the differences between Gods’ economic kingdom and the world’s (devil’s) economic system. Learn how to be a master over money and wealth and live in God’s blessing instead of being a bondage to it. This is a seminar that will transform your perspective.

Two of the biggest mistakes many of these make when they speak about financial increase is that firstly, they tend to quote scripture selectively.  Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  When a half truth is presented as a whole truth, it becomes an untruth.”

 

This morning, I started reading Gordon Fee’s book “The Disease of the Health and Wealth Gospel”. He is the eminent Pentecostal theologian and scholar, whose book “How To Read the Bible …” is a classic text for bible schools.  He wrote (in italics)

The pitch (by H&W proponents) says: “It’s in the Bible; God says it; so think God’s thoughts; claim it, and it’s yours.”

Not all who propagate this “gospel” do so as boldly, nor are they necessarily enemies of Christ; nonetheless their message consists of a dangerous twisting of God’s truth which seems to fit the American dream far more than the self-sacrificial discipleship taught by Jesus and exemplified in Paul.

The basic problems here are hermeneutical; i.e., they involve questions as to how one interprets Scripture ….

The most distressing thing about their use of Scripture is the purely subjective and arbitrary way they interpret the Biblical text. Thus in one of the more popular books we read: “We are putting the Word of God first and foremost throughout this study; not what we think it says, but what it actually says.” 

This is nobly said; but what does it mean? Implied is the hint that interpretations that differ from the author’s are based on what people think, not on what the Bible says.

Such “interpretations” are usually attributed to the Holy Spirit. More likely, however, they come from the evangelists’ own free associations in “meditation.”

…… The selectivity of Biblical texts by these evangelists allows them to espouse a view not taught anywhere in the New Testament, and also carefully to avoid hundreds of texts that stand squarely in opposition to their teaching.

Conventional wisdom sees life always in terms of quid pro quo, one thing in return for another.

But conventional wisdom is not Biblical.

Conventional wisdom is simply unreliable.

Conventional wisdom, therefore, cannot be made a part of the Biblical view of poverty and prosperity.

(Gordon Fee as portrayed in Charisma magazine –

 http://www.charismamag.com/spirit/bible-study/11740-a-professor-with-spirit



The pulpit has introduced leaven in the form of Conventional wisdom in teaching believers, and unwittingly opened the door for the words of evil into the food basket and menu in feeding the flock. Sigh.  See my previous posts on the teachings on the Birds by AW Pink and Jacob Prasch.
Just read this related article. 

https://bible.org/article/bankruptcy-prosperity-gospel-exercise-biblical-and-theological-ethics

They Will Kill Us (the two witnesses)

Rabbi Threatens: Messianic Jewish Evangelists Deserve Death

http://www.israeltoday.co.il/Default.aspx?tabid=178&nid=27637

Last week, I read about the death threat by a Rabbinic leader for two staff members from One for Israel.  3 days ago, I went up to Eitan Bar (who was at St Andrews Cathedral), and said that I am praying for him.  He said “Oh, you know?”

I met him again yesterday at a function, and went up to him and asked whether he is afraid, added that he should not be afraid since the Rabbinical leader is based in New York and not Israel.  Eitan said that he is not so afraid of the rabbi, it is more of his followers all over Israel.  (Dr Erez confirmed that there are regular attacks from the extreme Jews.  So the threat is real, very real.  Let’s pray for our brethren – the messianic Jews.

And yesterday, Dr Erez surprised Eitan by disclosing that yesterday was Eitan’s birthday.  So spontaneously we sang “Happy Birthday” to Eitan.  And at the end of the session, sang again when a sister found a candle and put in on a cut-up banana cake (from which half the pieces were already eaten by us during the break) and walked up to Eitan.  We sang again.  O such a happy day.  I went up to Eitan, and said, without anything for his birthday, I shared from my phone the Youtube song “Rejoice O Israel” composed by NCC, and presented at the Southern Steps of the Old City of Jerusalem.  Both Dr Erez and Eitan has not heard that song, and would watch that video again in their own time. 

In a separate video response to Mizrachi’s threat, Bar and Vaknin asked for prayers for their personal safety, but also expressed forgiveness and love for the wayward rabbi.

“Rabbi Mizrachi, we still love you, forgive your incitement, and refuse to hate you back,” said Vaknin.

Yeshua said “They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever killyou will think that he offers God service.” (John 16:2)

Benedictions and prayers for members

At the end of each Sunday service all of us would rise with raised hands as our pastor prays for the congregation; and we would respond and rejoin with a heartfelt Amen. Practically always, it would be the Aaronic blessing in Numbers 6, which we echo and relish.

Last Sunday, it was similar and more – with an added prayer midway in the service. Pastor was explaining that indeed 3 John 2 is a wish and a prayer, a verse much extolled by WOF proponents, and went on to pray forcefully for the members, drawing a loud resounding and resonant “amen”, seemingly agreeing and appropriating for prosperity in our lives.

Indeed many would desire and delight in this blessing.  Thousands likewise throng the Chinese temple in Waterloo Street and seek for similar blessings for themselves and loved ones.  Apparently some churches are no different.

But what is the real meaning and context of 3 John 2?

http://www.ukapologetics.net/08/3john2.htm

And with so many other prayers in the New Testament, why pronounce 3 John 2 over the members when it was specifically addressed to Gaius with particular needs.

http://www.truthaccordingtoscripture.com/documents/prayers/prayers-new-testament.php#.VVqlhfmqqko

So hopefully this may be the beginning of a trend where our pastor / pulpit would pray for us using the  prayer patterns in the New Testament, as in Ephesians; or in Colossians 1:9-12, where these prayers are more pertinent, relevant, and not just for the prosperity which might be a distortion of the scriptural intent and a distraction and deception by the evil one.

For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that

you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so that

you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, 

to please Him in all respects, 

bearing fruit in every good work

and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, 

for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; 

joyously

 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

Posting edited on 22nd June.
Sigh …… My pastor preached on Prosperity for another 3 Sundays! Is this really a major theme and legacy for believers?

The Boiling Pot and the Poisonous Stew

The Boiling Pot and the Poisonous Stew

2 Kings 4

38 When Elisha returned to Gilgal, there was a famine in the land. [t]As the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 39 Then one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine and gathered from it his lap full of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, for they did not know what they were40 So they poured it out for the men to eat. And as they were eating of the stew, they cried out and said, “O man of God, there is death in the pot.” And they were unable to eat. 41 But he said, “Now bring meal.” He threw it into the pot and said, “Pour it out for the people that they may eat.” Then there was no harm in the pot.

“In the days of Elisha there was the toxic stew, there was poison in the pot (2 Ki. 4:38-41). Elisha was able to throw grain into the poison stew. He was able to put grain into the poison pot and the grain was able to absorb the toxins. Right doctrine will clean up false doctrine. Grain can be put into the poison stew—right doctrine will correct wrong doctrine.” (Sermon by Jacob Prasch)

Anyone listening to Jacob Prasch would not come away without being impacted by his passion to exhort believers of the need to discern the truth.  Either one love the man or is turned away by his brashness.

I have learnt much from him, and have collected and consumed his articles, sermons and books.  Appended below is a sampling of his meditations-

The Boiling Pot and Poisonous Stew

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdtGwTFa1EY

http://www.moriel.org/PDF/Newsletter/2012/2Q-2012-The_Boiling_Pot.pdf

The Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Error

The Plastic Bible

http://www.moriel.org/PDF/Newsletter/2010/1Q-2010-The_Plastic_Bible.pdf

The Bible and Faulty Interpretations

And my pastor also spoke on this on the 30th November.

Turning to the global audience, and addressing pastors, he conceded, cautioned and coached that sermons out of the pulpit are not perfect …. never.  He persuaded pastors to make sure we have the Lord Jesus in our sermons, in our midst.  Jesus is the flour, the fine flour (the Hebrew term can mean meal or flour).  As errors are inevitable, at least He will purify the rest of the unclean elements in the sermons. In every sermon there is a human working, in every sermon there is a tradition … in every sermon there is a ignorance being manifested… but when we put the Lord Jesus in it, He will purify …..

Wow, pastor, preach it, proclaim it!  Yes, we have to let Christ be in the center of it all.  Let Him interpret His own words.  And ask God for  Spirit of wisdom and revelation, that we may know Him and place our hope in Him, and then our hearts will be enlightened, and illuminated, grasping the legacy and inheritance in Christ, and the power of His resurrection.

Yes, the truth will set us free.

Exegesis – Inductive explicit truth against conclusions and opinions that are deduced or speculated (Eisegesis).  We have to be very careful of being overly dogmatic with teachings that are derived from devotional meditations, “sanctified” imaginations, presumptions, preferences, personal conclusions or even speculations and guesses without any explicit clear teaching.  Guard against Eisegesis.  Wonder whether the American culture of positivity and rhetoric led to the pervasiveness and prevalence of the pulpit and politics to draw others with fluency and eloquence. Nothing wrong, but what matters more is truth.  Clever politicians can easily talk their way out. It goes with the calling and craft, as the pulpit has to appear to be scholarly, sound and authoritative.   The job hazard for the pulpit is the tendency to project confidence and competence, to be credible, not to be ashamed or to display vacillation or uncertainty (2Tim 2:15).  Tendency to exaggerate, to embellish.

Subjective impressions or even subjective convictions should not be imparted as truth.  Explicit teachings of scripture must be the plumbline. I am not sure about the value of the pulpit claiming that God spoke or showed them.  Of course dropping names (especially God as the source) would lend weight to whatever is spoken. Why say that God spoke to me or showed me (only) when we can proclaim that He has revealed completely and finally in the scriptures to all. (I do submit that there are gifts of knowledge and prophecy to lead His people, but probably not to specific people to prop up certain interpretations and teachings not revealed to the Church). Why use ambiguous passages to put forward and support an alternative idea when scriptures are clear about the teaching on the subject. That is why Jacob Prasch is a good teacher, passionate to the core. But an uncompromising stand that can sometimes alienate sensitive pastors and fellow preachers.  When scriptures are not explicit, Prasch would clearly claim uncertainty – “my guess is … ”; “It could be …”, “my personal understanding is …”.

When one begins to interpret scriptures in a inventive and imaginative manner, opinions and speculations can indeed sound reasonable (2Tim 4:3,4), especially when listeners are oblivious and ignorant.  Asserting that God has shown the teacher (especially suggestions and submissions that are not explicit in scriptures) can border on Gnosticism.  It is a gullible congregation who would accept that the early church escaped to Petra (fact: it is Pella) before Jerusalem was razed in AD70 when the pulpit teaches it in a compelling and convincing manner. I know this is very trivial, I am just trying to show how a poised and confident pulpit can greatly influence and impact a gullible trusting congregation who can just lap it up and drink it in.

I remember years ago, a family group member commented and marvelled that our pastor is so anointed with revelations to perceive and interpret the prophecies in the chapter numbers of Psalms.  So I said that the content of the sermon was taken from J.R. Church.  (My pastor does his due diligence in research and reading more than most other pastors.  That is why there is never a dull moment in NCC). I could sense that the family group reacting with scepticism and disbelief at my statement.  A couple of weeks later, the group leader asked for verification of my allusion to J.R. Church’s teachings.  Such is the high regard and respect a pastor is accorded. (P/S 10 Dec. Wonder whose IP right would it be when the CD messages are sold, NCC, pastor, or the estate of JR Church)

So let’s continue to pray for our pastor, as he nourish, nurture and nurse the flock. Let’s protect the pulpit.  To keep the message, motives and the methods pure. 1 Thessalonians 2:3-12

P/S. 10 Dec. I suppose the pulpit should realize and accept that there might be others, Bereans from the universal church or closer at hand, members of the congregation who would “throw fine fluour or grain” into the teachings from the pulpit.

The Church as Family

The Church, a Family in Christ

Eph 2 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

This morning, my church set forth a fresh focus for the members – as a family. I certainly hope and pray that this will be widely and deeply adopted, affirmed and applied by all, as many have observed and the absence of the community spirit and experience in a large church. Before I express my thoughts on this (in future), Frank Viola comes to mind – a champion and beacon for believers to live as a community for the ultimate passion of God. (Rather than trying to share his thoughts, parts of his article on the “Anatomy of the Church” is appended below) :-

http://frankviola.org/2010/09/28/the-anatomy-of-the-church-14-tests/

God is after a people who live for one purpose—His ultimate passion.
The Lord Jesus Christ is multi-splendid in His awe and beauty. He is so vast that one image or title cannot adequately present Him. Consider the many images and titles that Scripture employs to describe Christ: Son of God. King of kings. Prince of peace. Heavenly Bridegroom. Lord. Master. Savior. Lamb of God. Bright and Morning Star. Good Shepherd. Great High Priest. Light of the world. Root of David. The Righteous Branch, etc.

We have seen that the church is inseparable from Christ. This being so, the church is also multi-splendid in her awe and beauty. Like her Lord, the church is too rich to be defined. She is too vast to be depicted by just one image. For this reason, the New Testament paints fourteen different images (only two images are appended below) to present the church……

All of these images have two key elements in common.
First, every image is intensely corporate. All of them teach us that the church is a close-knit, intimate community of people. As Westerners, we are profoundly individualistic. By contrast, the early church embodied a togetherness-in-community. Each image makes this abundantly clear.
Second, each image teaches us that Jesus Christ, and not a human being, is the Head, the Leader, and the glue that cements the members of the church together.
…..
1. A New Race (Gal. 6; Eph. 2; 1 Pet. 2). We are “a new humanity,” “a chosen generation,” “one new man,” and “a new creation.” When Jesus Christ made His entrance into human history, He was an endangered species on this planet. He was the first of a new kind of man. Jesus was God’s original thought for humanity, but God’s original intent for humanity became corrupt with the Fall. In His death and resurrection, Christ introduced a new species – or new creation – on this earth. He is the Firstborn and the Head of this new species. The church is neither Jew nor Gentile, male nor female, slave nor free, but “a new human” altogether.

Test 1: Do the members of your church see themselves as part of a new humanity, a new species, and a new race? Or do they relate to their fellow brethren based on the natural distinctions of physical race, nationality, gender, and social class?
Beyond a new race, the church is . . .

2. A Family (Gal. 6; Eph. 2; 1 John 2). This is one of the most striking images presented in all the New Testament. Visions of family dominate Paul’s writings. All throughout his letters, Paul speaks off-handedly of brethren, children, fathers and mothers. We are “regenerated” or “born anew” into the blameless Family of God. God becomes our Father and Jesus our elder Brother. Fellow Christians become our sisters and brothers. The writings of John and Peter are also sprinkled with the language and imagery of family.

Test 2: Do the members of your church treat one another as part of the same family? Do they know one another intimately? Do they experience themselves as members of an extended house¬hold? Do they take care of one another just as the members of a healthy family do?
Beyond the family, the church is . . .
(Do dive into Frank Viola’s article to read more of the other portraits of the Church of Christ. Frank has deep insights and convictions into the role and responsibility of priesthood of believers, as a family to perfect, protect and partner with one another in the family of Christ.)

…… all of the aforementioned images reinforce the point that the church is a close-knit, shared-life community of people who enthrone Jesus Christ together.

…. God has chosen to make His Son knowable, touchable, visible, and locatable on planet earth through only one vessel: The ekklesia. Jesus Christ has distributed Himself in His Body so that He might be expressed. The church, therefore, is God’s designated instrument for the expression of His Son. And it is the very heartbeat of God’s ultimate passion.

A sighting of God’s passion narrates our world and our lives. It adds texture and richness to our spiritual experience. It also delivers us from a passionless Christianity, a shallow walk, and a purposeless faith. The overwhelming passion of our Lord is to obtain the following in every city on this planet: A Bride who dearly loves Him, a House where He can dwell, a Body that freely expresses Him, and a Family that brings Him delight.

In this light, it is the supreme calling of every Christian leader to equip God’s people to see the mystery of God’s ultimate passion with spiritual eyes . . . to hear it with spiritual ears . . . to handle it with spiritual hands . . . to taste its sweetness and smell its fragrance.

God is looking for those who will burn for His ultimate passion and allow their lives to be shaped by it. May you be among that hearty band.