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MARRIAGE AND THE BODY OF CHRIST!
MARRIAGE AND THE BODY OF CHRIST!!
 
The church today is not a nation nor a particular denomination or religious thinking. It is Jesus Christ and His body on earth as well as heaven. So think of the church as a living organism instead of a organization. It is a moving, walking and talking organism that shares and serves the head and that is Christ!
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
 
And just like your body with cells, fingers and different parts but still one body. Now your body works as one unit yet has different functions. Your fingers pick up things while your hair just sits there. Your inward parts are always pumping blood or breaking down food or things, and other parts work muscles, joints and ligaments but ALL one organism working together.
 
The Body of Christ works the same, different ministries, and different looks yet all one. 
Rom 12:4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
 
Now it needs to be said that, that "oneness" always needs to be defined. It is always to be by faith, in grace and by the cross work of Christ, not by Law, works or rituals!
 
With that said marriage is the same way! Marriage is two people, by different sexes coming together to be ONE BODY! One in Spirit, Soul and Body! Now there can be counterfeits and wrong applications of that one body just like in churches that call themselves Christians and apart of the body BUT ARE NOT!!! They can be perverted churches and marriages! 
 
Now just like in the Body of Christ there needs to be unity and oneness and that is not by rituals or outward traditions like the communion of crackers and grape juice but rather the communion of unity in spirit and heart in Christ.   
1Co 10:16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
 
Christ is the bread, not some food we partake in now! We are one with Him in reality not in symbolism as was Israel before the cross! 
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. ... 25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. ... 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
 
You see every week or month or year many come together and partake of a food communion in a church, but they are NOT ONE with the Body of Christ. And many that are IN the Body still look at the symbolism instead of the oneness in Christ! They are still trying to get somewhere instead of knowing that they are already there! Which brings about DIS-EASE!!!!  
 
Now many marriages are the same way. They are still looking for the spouse to make them complete and feel good and feel loved instead of knowing that they are already loved by the one WHO IS LOVE and then giving that to their spouse! They are DIS-eased! Dis-ease brings schisms and problems because one or both in the marriage are trying to get something...they demand love and demand control. They demand, punish and act like their God by judging the other. They judge the other as being not worthy of their love. "WHO ever gave you the right to be God"? 
 
Marriage is joints and marrow, head and body, fingers and toes, inside and outside working as one Body to bring GLORY to GOD! And NOT looking for someone to love you as you want but rather giving what you already have to another. 
Posted By: Howard King3/6/2021 10:46:00 AM

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WORLDLY THINKING!
WORLDLY THINKING! 
 
As I talk with those who claim to be believers I often see and hear the same sad "worldly thinking"!!! That thinking that says "I can sin and it is ok because I am under grace"! "IF I am saved then I can fornicate after all God has forgiven me", this type of thinking and attitude!
 
Paul says this in  Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? ... 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
 
Paul says NO!!! we don't continue in sin just because we are under grace, GRACE empowers us to say NO to sin! Grace says because God loves me I don't need to look for love, acceptance and approval from any one else. GRACE says I deserve death, but He has given me life, and I am so thankful that I don't want to sin.
 
Paul tells Timothy 1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
 
Now we are not under law, but the law still does it's job and condemns! The law condemns and gives us the understanding of sin. Other than just selfish behavior in many areas, the number one thing I see so often performed and accepted is fornication. Sexual relationships outside of marriage between a man and a women. So many don't know the boundaries when it comes to the law, and the law is clear don't touch!  Here Paul says in Galatians that sexual immoralality is first in line.... 
Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
 
I would like to say that this is a millennial thing. That they are young and inexperienced and seeking love yet don't understand the bible and God's righteousness, but sadly I see older, even elderly folks living together outside of marriage! 
 
 
 
There are 2 sides to marriage. One is Spiritual and the other is judicial. The Spiritual is under God and the second is under the God who has set up the judicial on earth. The Spiritual keeps the Judicial on track and the judicial shows the wrong and condemns when temptation goes a wry! The marriage under the judicial shows the commitment under the Spiritual! You see the Law is useful even in marriage!
 
So understand the law, sin and the consequences which is death, and don't live under the law but you are under grace and GRACE IS FREEDOM!!!!
1Co 9:21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King2/27/2021 9:07:01 AM

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Who's King?
At times people are very sweet and nice and we think they like us. They say all the right things and we feel comfortable around them. They seem like "good ol' boys" and people we would feel at home with, but we sometimes miss the bigger picture. I think even Stalin, Hitler and Manson would shake your hand and had been nice when you first met them, but all 3 are were murders!!!!
 
In the gospel of John to the nation of Israel we see that they wanted to make Jesus King by force! Now wait a minute wasn't Jesus sent to be their King? Was He not to set up the Kingdom and be the Messiah King over the world? WHY did He not do it, if that was the goal to begin with? 
John 6:15   When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.
 
WHO'S KING?
Who's King was He going to be, Israel's or GOD'S! Who's King was going to rule, the puppet king of Israel's corrupt nation or God's righteous chosen one.
You see they wanted to make Him King for their self centered rule and use Him. He knew their hearts and what they wanted. He was NOT a men pleaser but a God pleaser!!! He was not going to rule over a Kingdom that did not believe or see Him as the true King and God's righteous one! He was not going to allow them to misuse their religion to manipulate God's faithful people. He was a KING and will be a KING over this world and Israel but it must be done God's way!
 
Be sure and discern others motives as well as your own. What do they want from you? and what do you want from them? 
Do it God's way for God's reasons and lets give God the Glory!!! 
 
 
 
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Posted By: Howard King2/20/2021 10:12:14 AM

"...do ye not hear the law"?
Gal 4:21 "Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law"?
 
I am always sad and shocked when I hear people especially Christians say that we are to "follow" the law! Here are a few examples of the law
Deu 13:6  If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; ... 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
Deu 22:20  But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: 21 Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you.
 
These are just a few examples of how hard and strict the law can be. Death by stoning was the norm for these offenses. The shame that would be apart of these procedures were not easy either especially for the women.
 
Now with that said Paul tells Timothy in 1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 
 
The law is good to condemn sinners and ungodliness! Now lets look at another law as is it so appropriate for today! 
Deu 22:5  The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.
 
We live in a age were our laws have actually made it legal and encourages this type of behavior. Presidents have actually said that homosexuals, transvestites and others may now be apart of our armed forces serving together. 
 
When the so called "equality" of ALL sexes and things are the goals of man we see the decline of Godliness! We see the lowering of God's righteous standards to mans filth and moral decay!
While the law is harsh and we do not follow the law for our salvation we do "hear" the law to condemn unrighteous behavior and sin!!!
 
Listen folks, "do you hear the Law"? 
 
Posted By: 2/13/2021 8:59:39 AM

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Who discipled Paul!
Most believers can relate to Peter because they know that he was with Jesus in His earthly ministry.,But did you know that Paul too was with and had seen Jesus. Paul too was discipled by Jesus and was told by Christ to do specific and different things than Peter. Different then John the Baptist and different from the 12 Apostles in fact. 
1Co 15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
Jesus gave Paul His mission and His instructions. Jesus gave Paul the revelations and therefore the doctrine for the church today. Jesus told Paul what to write and speak and preach. Jesus told Paul and gave Paul the wisdom, power and knowledge. Jesus discipled Paul just as He had with Peter and the 12 apostles. Jesus instructed Peter to go to the circumcision and Paul to the UN-circumcision. Paul's ministry was under grace and contained the mystery, while Peter's was under the law and under the prophecy program. BOTH important and BOTH given particular instructions for their ministry. BOTH had a specific group and church to minister too, but they were different. Confusion comes when we try to put both in the same group and church. AND yes, before you get all mad at me they were and are a different church, assembly and yes they were both saved through Jesus and yes they were both saved by faith as ALL saints are, Old , New and in the Body of Christ but they all receive that salvation through Christ by different ways and instructions.
 
Now many would then say it does not matter as long as their both saved and there is truth in that, YET if YOU try to be saved by Peter's ministry you would have missed the boat so to speak for it is no longer sailing!!!!
 
Different ministry, time and to different people will make a difference for you and isn't that important to YOU! Isn't that important for others in your family and church. Isn't that important as you share the Gospel of GRACE and not LAW!!!! While one saves today the other does not!
Posted By: Howard King2/6/2021 7:44:15 AM

Follow Righteouness!
 FOLLOW AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS!
 
Every 4 years we have a election and elect a President. Every 4 years the president changes or we get the same one for another 4 years yet after 8 he's done. So my point is that regardless of the man's beliefs we will have a different one at some point and that man or women may not lead in a godly way. 
BUT regardless of who is president and regardless of what they believe or do we are to "follow after righteousness"!! 
1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2Ti 2:22   Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
 
We are those who are called to follow after the Lord with a pure heart. We are to follow after righteousness, godliness, faith and Love! We are to be patient, meek and peaceful! We are to take a stand without harming others physically. We are to  FLEE youthful lust, which is not just sexual but any type of physical altercations! We are to live life to the fullest in Christ regardless who is President. We are to live life as Christ lived and How He lives within us now!
 
2Ti 3:16   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
 
We are to correct, rebuke and teach right grace doctrine! We are to instruct others to live in righteousness but we can not physically make them. We are to be soldiers without guns. We are to fight the "good" fight of faith and change hearts by the gospel of Jesus Christ but we do that by the Word of Grace not by force!
 
The only way to discipline folks today who do not listen nor follow Christ is to separate from them but we do not harm them physically regardless!
Follow Righteousness regardless of  the president and you will have a true faithful heart and peace of mind! 
Posted By: 1/30/2021 10:59:46 AM

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Changes!
It is always hard to adjust to change. It seems at least for me that I like things a certain way the older I get. I like order and I feel more comfortable when things go my way. When things are just how I like them.
 
BUT that is not life is it! Life is always changing and new good things come and sometimes bad news and things come that we don't like. It is easy to be comfortable and content when things go my way, but so uncomfortable when things don't go my way. There can be big news like new presidents as well as things that throw me into convulsions, like  when my T.V. won't record the big game!!! HA! And for some of us there will be sickness and cancers and even death.  
 
This is why we must walk by faith in everything, because things change. 
Hebrews11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 
 
FAITH IS NOW!!! 
Faith must be applied in every thing we do and must be applied at that moment as well as daily regardless of change, so that we are prepared mentally and emotionally.
 
How do we apply faith? 
By renewing our minds! 
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 
Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 
 
What do we renew our minds with...? The truth of God!
Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
1Co 13:6   Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
1Ti 2:4   Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Phl 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
 
Now we first must be confident and trust that God's word is the truth and that we trust in it above everything else! We then tell our selves over and over until Christ is formed in us!
Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
 
And that means that we put off rejection from man and failure in performance and begin to walk in the security and confidence of the victory we already posses!
 
Tell yourself over and over that you are "a child of God who deeply loved, totally accepted and completely forgiven in Christ!!! 
Don't run from change but embrace the GOD that NEVER CHANGES!!! 
  
Posted By: Howard King1/23/2021 11:45:39 AM

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Seeking Attention!
Seeking Attention!
Let me be blunt seeking attention is sin. It is self centered and not God centered. It is playing God and saying look at me in some form.  It is all about "ME" and always about myself. I believe that seeking attention is something we all do but it is something that has become so norm that we actually approve and accept in the church today. Sadly when we think of someone who is seeking attention we think of those who yell or act silly like a child seeking the attention of a parent or throwing a fit. While that is true it is not the only way people seek attention. Here is a way Peter explains a way women can seek attention.
1Pe 3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
 
By trying to draw attention by being pretty and I would go to the extent of flirting or showing off their bodies.... Now don't get me wrong I am not saying a women can't look nice or were make-up but what I am saying is that it should not be with the intent of or a over usage to get attention. 
 
Here is another way that has become popular again as it was in the 70's and that is long hair and beards.  
1Cor 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
BUT again Why? Why do men sometimes grow long hair and beards!  The attitude is really saying "No one is going to tell me what to look like and wear"! It is a rebellious attitude. It is saying "I am God and I do whatever I please, can you see that"! "Do you see that I don't care what you think"!!!! "I,I,I is the middle of that thinking!!!
I know that the "Duck Dynasty" guys do it, which does not make it right and it has the same self centered attitude! They are know different then any other man and they are just seeking attention and acting Independent of God and others. (By the way I know of few wives that like it, but even if they do like it that does not make it Ok!)
 
Now this last one is a very popular way of seeking attention even in the church today and especially among youth leaders/pastors or worship leaders! It is this thinking of saying "look at how spiritual I am by my Tattoo"!!!! Lets read what scriptures say about that too. 
Lev 19:28  Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. 
(By the way I know some saints had tattoos before trusting in the Lord and I am not talking about them, yet seeking attention is what you were doing before you came to the Lord. But I am addressing those who continue to get them and even boast in getting them after coming to the Lord.) 
 
Now some may say that we are no longer under the Law and we are under grace and that means we can do whatever we want!!! REALLY!!! So it is OK to go STEAL, LIE OR MURDER????? Of course Not!! Lets read what Paul tells Timothy...
1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 
 
You see the law tells us "WE NEED CHRIST"! It condemns us so that we will know what sin is and therefore come to Christ! Notice it says that the Law is for the Lawless and ungodly and disobedient men!!! NOW while we are NOT saved by the works of the law and we are saved by God's Grace being extended to us without works we are still shown by law in the sense of sin, yet not condemned to death or hell!!! Actually the the Law of Love is the only Law per say and it does NOT SEEK IT'S OWN! It does not seek attention! In other words while we don't follow the law it still shows us sin in different ways! 
 
Seeking attention is Sin and these examples are just a few outward ways of seeing it but all of us lust for love and seek attention in many different ways! Be awake and aware of your sin and how you seek attention and then put-off and put on by renewing your mind by Faith in Christ. God has already accepted you so you don't need to seek attention in fact you can GIVE attention to others! 
Posted By: Howard King1/16/2021 10:54:44 AM

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God's Love produces the fruit of Love!
The bible tells us that God is Love!
1Jo 4:8 .... for God is love
 
And that Love is the end of the commandment! We have no other Law but to love! 
1Ti 1:5  Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
 
Eph 3:17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
Now we are to be rooted and grounded in this love! Just like a tree which roots need watering and the deeper it grows the more grounded and secure it becomes. It does not blow over with every rejection or insecurity that comes. It does not bend to false doctrine nor does it falter when tested. The roots grow deeper and wider under the ground were you do not see the roots yet ever more secure then ever.  As that understanding of God's love grows deeper we begin to show that fruit by the spirit. That fruit of the spirit is only found in righteousness, truth and goodness which is godliness!!!
 Eph 5:9  For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth; 
 
By the Spirit comes the fruit of love! 
Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Now notice that the fruit is singular. It means that the fruit is LOVE that is expressed and manifested by Joy, peace Longsuffering..... 
Some may argue that fruit is plural, and if that is your thinking then I won't argue with you... yet I have never read a commentary or heard a theologian say other wise,....as we see in scripture that the plural for fruit is used quite often, to name a few....
2Co 9:10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
Phl 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
2Ti 2:6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
Rev 22:2   In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
I have heard some say I am going over and get some fruit in the store... but the place that your going too is a singular department area that houses fruitS.  
 
Col 3:14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 
Now charity is love but it is the Agape love which means God's Holy, righteous and perfect Love! Not Phileo which is human brotherly love. Oh no this Love is perfect and encompass ALL the characteristics of God! It binds all things together which is His Holiness, Righteousness and Godliness! This Love is found only in and through Jesus Christ!
 
So Grow deep, stable roots in His Love and you will be a secure and strong saint of God! Able to discern good from evil and give Apape love to others! Giving them what is needed for them most to come to Christ and giving Glory to God! 
 
In God's love and Praying for you,
Howard
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Posted By: Howard King1/2/2021 11:18:45 AM

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End of Year!
For all of you that celebrated Christmas in some way I hope you enjoyed what ever that looked like for you. I hope you get some rest from work and get to spend some time with family, friends and above all Christ!
 
I know this year has been a challenge for all of us and for some a even greater trial  than others. Yet if we give up our rights and our control we find that we can rest in the Lord as we "do" nothing to gain comfort apart from Him. This is so hard at times but it is exactly what hard times are for and that is to bring us to Christ, and to give Him the Glory always and in ALL things!
 
Don't try to hang on to anything in this life and that means anything, even family, friends or financial things, for they will all go away and we are left standing before God with only our hearts open and transparent!
1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 
 
Only our true motivation and hearts will be the issue and many will be surprised at the outcome. Don't be one of those who do not look at themselves honestly nor appraise themselves with a true appraisal but live in a religious bubble of falsehoods! 
 
Live each day as if you will meet the Lord physically and YET remember that you are with HIm Now Spiritually!!!
PRAISE HIM TODAY and be COMFORTED WITH JESUS ALONE and in ALL things!!!
 
Make 2021 a New Year of heart and hope in Christ! 
 
I would like to encourage, ask and give you the opportunity to give to this ministry one last time before the end of the year.  If we have helped you we ask that you prayerfully consider helping us. You can give here at paypal.me/howardkingministries
 
As always in His Grace and Love, 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King12/26/2020 11:47:55 AM

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End of Year!
Another year goes by us and we all have had a different year haven't we, and while it may seem harsh we will survive. But I hope that you won't just survive but you will thrive even during these hard times. I hope that you don't just cope but truely grow in being totally content in Christ alone and not in any circumstance, good or bad!
 
Keep looking at the Hope of Glory in You!!!
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
 Christ is that HOPE! Christ is God's Glory in Human form! Put your heart and mind on the HOPE IN YOU, not in the things you can see, control or not control! FIX your eyes on things above and not on this earth!
Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 
 
It is not the giving or receiveing of presents or the visting of family or friends that matter but it is the time we can say Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was concieved by our GREAT GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD!!!! 
 
I also would like to remind you that because it is the end of the year that you can still give to the ministry for that end of the year  financial donation. We would deeply appreciate your donation and help and we thank you for it.
 
As always keep Reading the Word, Renewing the mind and Resting in His Love.  
 
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Posted By: Howard King12/19/2020 8:19:08 AM

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Processing!
We all have felt hurt by someone at some point. We all sin and struggle with things in some way. Our mind struggles to make sense or to justify our actions or even to forgive another. We hurt mentally and emotionally and struggle with hurt, anger or guilt.
 
Sometimes I think that we believers think we should never feel guilt or rejection or any other emotions but we do. It is normal to feel this way at first and the goal is not to "not" feel that way but to walk through the process when it does happened. The process is very important to learn and to understand so that each time we feel out of sorts with someone or something we know what to do and know WHO to run to!
 
The bible teaches the process... 
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
 
AND PUT-OFF and PUT-ON... 
Eph 4:22  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. ... 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
 
The renewing process takes time in each situation and is different for each person. Don't fall under more guilt for having the feelings to begin with and don't think that it needs to be resolved in your mind in a certain time. Yet let me say that it does take persistence and work to come to Christ and renew your thinking and for emotions to calm down and rest. I always like to use the analogy of a pot of water boiling on the stove.... and when you turn the heat off it will still be boiling and hot for awhile. That is what it is like with our thoughts and emotions. We may turn off the wrong thinking and begin to renew our minds with God's love but our emotions may still be boiling and hot and working for a while. Give it some time but keep renewing, putting on God's love and you will begin to have peace and rest in your emotions. This may take hours or days and at times depending on the issue it may even take months but it will come. 
 
Be sure and start the process because it will not start on it's own. We each have a responsibility to begin the process each time and we all have to go through it the same way! Be honest with your thoughts and emotions and tell your self the truth always and begin the process of maturing daily in Christ! 
 
(ps: Just to add,... don't ask God to take the problem away and think that is all that is needed,...but rather recieve what He has already given you and rest in what you do have, and that is His love! You don't need the other person to seek your forgivness or for the problem to go away to have peace, your peace is in Jesus Christ alone!!!) 
 
Phl 4:4  Rejoice in the Lord alway: [and] again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. 
Posted By: Howard King12/12/2020 7:54:00 AM

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What to do?
Sometimes in life we think that it is so bad that there is no fix for the present day things going on before us. We get depressed and sad at times. We have this covid thing going on and the suffering and dying of it and to add we also had a election and the losing of jobs and businesses and all kinds of other things. I have heard parents say their kids lives are ruined and that they are depressed and feel lost without activities and school. People get upset when a loved one goes to the hospital and they can't be with them. Some are having babies and some are sick and some are dying. Some die without any one there to be with them nor to say good by to them and all of this is hard for us to deal with, but it does tell us some things about ourselves.
 
It tells us what we really are thinking and putting our thoughts on doesn't it.  As it says in 1Cor 14:25  And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.  
The secrets of the heart can be seen in us who fear and are looking at this life. When we are sad, depressed or anxious for life and things we have put our hearts in the wrong place and we need to adjust our thinking. Nothing is of more value  in this earthly realm compared to Christ and the heavenly realm! We deserve nothing good given to us yet God has provided life though His Son Jesus! We say we deserve death yet when it really come down to it we cry out "this is so unfair". 
 
Let us put our faith were our mouth is so to speak. Lets walk by faith knowing that we have a far greater place then this. Let us be Spirit driven instead sight driven! Let us remember that this year has been bad in the natural but I think it has driven many a people to the Lord! Let yet drive you back into the Fathers arms and feel comforted with His love and His voice! 
 
Posted By: Howard King12/4/2020 6:59:39 PM

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Covid, 2020 and do you think you deserve better!
I often think how spoiled and soft we are today!  Robin and I talk about how we whine and cry about everything and how we think we deserve more and better.
 
Lets read what Paul went through, just for the ministry aside from any personal things. 
2Co 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool ) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; 27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern mine infirmities.
 
Prison, shipwrecked and robbers are enough for me but add in being beaten and stoned not once but 3 times. Whipped almost 200 stripes across his back and body. His body must have felt like mush after a while. He had no pain reliever per say and no nurse helping him feel better. He ate little and for sure it was not pizza! He was cold and no clothes to keep him warm. He was alone most of the time or leading a small group of pastors going through the same things as he did and probably seeking his attention at the same time. He was teaching people who did not want to learn or be corrected. They disrespected him and his ministry. They did not want to follow his doctrine nor his authority. They fought him and rejected him over and over and theses were his fellow Christians not his enemies! And in the end He had nobody around when he died and no grand funeral!!
 
So the next time you think you have it rough in this year of covid ....stop and think about Paul and then tell yourself I don't have it so bad! Simplify your life and rest and receive from God as well as be THANKFULL for being IN CHRIST!!! 
Posted By: Howard King11/21/2020 11:30:37 AM

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ECCLESIA!!
Ecclesia means the called out assembly of believers! It is the church and is not a particular organization in fact it is not a organization at all but a living organism, called the Body of Christ. Jesus is not a building but He is alive being born of natural birth but completely spiritual in nature. He is God by Spirit and nature and was human by Body as well completely sinless and Holy! The church is a living, breathing and moving organism contained in people not mortar!
 
The ecclesia is who we are in Christ. Therefore any form of fellowship and gathering of 2, 3, or 300 does not matter for it is the Body and ecclesia of Christ.
Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 
 
Don't get caught up in these denominational type church's . Don't think that you have to go to a building with a cross on top, with 4 songs and 30 minuets of preaching from a pulpit and then out you go, Oh No!!!!!
 
Rom 16:5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.....  
1Co 16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord,
with the church that is in their house.
Col 4:15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
 
Any place will do with any one who believes and calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ is of the Body of Christ! Meet in your home, your office or in the park it does not matter! No tithes or offerings are required nor any other ordinances needed, just show up!!! Make the Word the priority as well as Jesus Christ and you are "IN" CHURCH!!! 
 

 
Posted By: Howard King11/12/2020 12:20:46 PM

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Biblical Christian Counseling
There are a lot of different counselors just like there are a lot of different churches and pastors. One church believes this and another church opposes that belief. Many pastor and yes even grace pastors don't believe in counseling or they think every counseling is secular counseling which is not true! Many pastors think they counsel from the pulpit only or they will meet only  3-4 times with a person and is usually just helping someone through that one issue and they try to just fix the issue instead of teaching the people to live in Christ!
 
In other words they don't really teach the people how to live in Christ, they teach them to work even more. True Christian counseling takes time and consistent teaching until Christ is formed in the believer before you can really get to the issue.
 
A good saying is "if you have not changed your "will", you are of the same mind "still"!!! In other words if your will has not moved toward God and you are not saved or walking after the spirit you will behave the same sinful fleshly way even if the issue goes away. THE ISSUE is NOT the problem but the WILL IS!!!
 
Don't make the mistake of thinking that if the issue is resolved or everything "seems" better that your heart or the other persons heart is different! It does not matter if you are successful, rich, poor  or powerful, LOST IS LOST, AND sin is sin!
 
True Biblical Christian counseling is walking with the person regardless of time and then teaching, correcting and rebuking as well as constant exhorting, encouraging and edifying the believer to know his Identity in Christ and reaching out in righteous love toward others. This reaching out is not just being nice but rather teaching, preaching and yes counseling the next person, just as Christ did the 12 and just as Christ did from heaven toward Paul! A perfect way of seeing this is how Paul taught Timothy and then how Timothy shared with others.
2Ti 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. 
 
AND IN
2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
 
 
The Body has in many ways failed because it has not first grasp the right doctrine!  and 2. it has failed to disciple and disciple correctly, meaning to do more one on one or small groups that speak into one another's life. Preaching and Teaching a lesson is good but it only informs the believer it does not rebuke, correct nor discipline the saint! Informing the saint is only the first step, the second step is watching, listening and correcting! It is rebuking, exhorting and instructing over and over and over.......... ...until the fruit of righteousness is lived, seen and given to others!
 
The Body has failed,... because just as the world always wants more the church has made the mistake that bigger is better! The reality is that we have a lot of babies and orphans in the Body of Christ and so the Body look weak is weak in many different ways!
 
If you want to grow in God's grace and have victory get one on one discipleship counseling.  You can also support those that do counsel the word, by being a prayer and financial partner with them. Just as any church needs support so also does a counseling ministry. There is no difference in fact in these ministries and if  churches were doing their jobs there may not need other ministries. YET as I always say the church is not a building or denomination, it is people, saints in a living Body and That Body is Christ! There is no such thing as a Para church ministry there is just ministry!
  
 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King11/7/2020 10:11:01 AM

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ENERGY!
Energy!
 
I enjoy lifting weights and walking. I have been a competing weightlifter over the years and enjoy competing mostly with my self, But I have a tendency to over train and then feel exhausted afterwards.  I take to many sets to failure and pushing myself to far, ( and sin is involved in that mind set by the way.) After I am done working out I am so exhausted that I sometimes can't do the things that I need to do. I need to get some other work done but I am just to tired and therefore have lost the purpose of exercise and the purpose of the other work.
 
Setting priorities and boundaries and then sticking to them is important for me. Other wise I just keep going in the wrong direction. Stopping when I achieve a certain amount of sets or weight or walk a certain distance is good enough, especially since I am no longer competing. It really is silly to push so hard at my age and for what reason. I am convinced that we compete for sinful reasons anyway!
 
If my energy is depleted by working out then I have no energy to do what is more important. This is one reason I read and study before I exercise.
1Ti 4:7  But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 
 
You see we can put many things before God and godliness. We can exercise or work or put family and school activities  before Christ. We can do most anything before God but what profit are those things. Spiritual exercise gives us peace, joy and security within which is what we are really looking for in all the other things we do.
 
Have fun, work hard but give God the respect, priority and attention He deserves and you will reap a full, complete and satisfactory workout for Life!
 
Give your ENERGY to God and in "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him". Col 3:17 
 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King10/31/2020 11:53:36 AM

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What's on your mind?
As voting for the president is on most of our minds we see a enormous amount of mail and ads going on. Most of us and too many in my opinion, talk about politics to much. It is easy to say this and say that about who we like or dislike. It is easy to become bitter with government and authority in general. From the time we were little we said we did not want to be controlled by our parents or any authority. Fighting for freedom and independence so that we can do whatever we want whenever we want seems to be engrained in our fleshly sinful self so easily. We want to be independent from God and be our own god. Funny in a very sad way is to look at the mess we have made of this world by our own independence!
 
What you do and say is a direct line to your thinking. IF you seem to talk or post mostly about politics then you are consumed with it. If you talk and post mostly about family then you are consumed with family and probably idolize family above God. AND yes some may say if you talk and post mostly about God then you may be consumed about God or Godly things
 
... BUT if I have to choose what I am going to think and be consumed about, I hope it is God!
Col 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Posted By: Howard King10/24/2020 11:09:03 AM

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PATCH WORK!
Today I am having my sprinkler system for the lawn completely over hauled. New lines put in with bigger and more solid material so that it won't leak anymore. It cost us a lot of money when it leaks and then to patch everything cost to fix that. 
 
Patch work cost no matter what the problem is. Patch work is what you do to stop the bleeding before you get someone to the hospital but you don't want to do that daily or the person could die and it is a lot of work.
 
That reminds me of how Israel had to work under the law. They had to bring a animal and sacrifice it for the remission of sins, but it was not permanent. Patch work....
Heb 10:4  For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. 
 
That patch work was a type of thing to take away sins but not complete. But we see in Hebrews 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.  
 
Christ died for ALL sins once and for ALL! ALL sins of the past and future of every man! No more patch work!
Rom 3:25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 
 
Once you have trusted in Christ, you do not need to fear or keep thinking you are bleeding out in spirit and have lost your salvation. You are healed completely in spirit. No more patches for your spirit. Just keep telling your yourself I am saved and secure in Christ and Live in the Newness of Life in Christ! 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King10/17/2020 10:15:50 AM

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The Lonely Mission!
Loneliness is something we all may feel. Often times we feel lonely even when around family or friends. We may actually be alone at times. Elderly people often feel lonely because they have lost their spouse and even remarry at a old age just because they are lonely. 
 
We all can struggle at times with this loneliness. Although I don't feel lonely I can think and feel loneliness when it comes to writing these devotionals. When I don't hear from people I don't know if they read them or like them and therefore don't know if I should continue at times. I would love to hear from you all, BUT....
 
Lets hear how Paul handled loneliness.....
2Ti 4:6  For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. ... 16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.  
 
Paul knew that he was going to be with the Lord soon. His final days before his death were at hand. He probably felt lonely at times. He say in verse 16 "... no man stood with me, but all men forsook me..." . In other words he was alone. Sometimes we can feel alone if we "stand alone" even when people are there,... if they all stand against you then you can feel alone!
 
BUT Paul says even in this 
2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
... 5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
 
Paul kept preaching and doing the work that he was called to do to the end. He says in verse 17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 
 
Paul's MISSION was kept by preaching and teaching so that all gentiles might hear and know JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOUR!!!  You have a MISSION also dear saint so even if you feel alone and are the lone believer in your family or among your friends just keep proclaiming Jesus as you rest in Him and IN HIM ALONE! Even if You are the only one that knows the grace doctrine and have experienced the forgiveness and love of Christ, keep Receiving from God and Reaching out to others and Just so you know you are NOT ALONE!!!
 
Posted By: Howard King10/10/2020 10:43:40 AM

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Cycles of despair!
So often we all go through cycles of despair! We are sad or depressed and struggle in life. You have probably went through this your self in some form. Now some might not be as bad as others and some may say it is nothing while some may say it is devastating and seek counseling or even medication.
 
Now the medical community has known this for a long time and take advantage of this by giving meds out like candy it seems. Our children get medicated for everything now and I have found that in every home of every child their is a element of dysfunction! Now when I say dysfunction I mean sin and when I say sin I mean divorce or no male/dad in the home. Or a insecure, dominate and controlling mom who babies or coddles the children and does not allow the dad to lead. Or a over aggressive father who beats or puts down the kids or a weak leader of the home. Some parents do not spend time with their children and leave the child to do whatever they please. The parent is to busy trying to fix their own lives that the children are left to figure out the standards of life on their own without boundaries. This is what sin can do to all of us with all our parents.
 
Because we all sin and every parent fails in some way we all can be affected by this cycle of despair!. Yet the solution and answer for all is the same, Jesus Christ! God knew this and showed His love for us by sending Jesus to the cross!
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 
and God loves us so much.... Eph 2:4   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 
 
The rejection cycle is used as a term to tells us that we are walking in despair and death! While all sin is death in some form,  we could call it the death cycle, the flesh cycle or sin cycle. We could call it the self centered cycle ALL would have elements of truth in calling them that but the point is that it does not matter what you call it but that this despair, this cycle "feels" bad and it seems real! And as feelings go it is real, but a far as God goes it is a LIE!!! If your a Christian that is truly saved then you are sealed in His love! You are secure in His love! You are sanctified which means set apart and separated from this world in His love!!! You are Accepted and Approved in His love! You are His and He is your Protector and Provider! He is your Father and He is your Daddy! You are not the same person you were, you are a New creation! You do not need another persons acceptance or approval! You don't need to seek attention from man because you have the attention of God Almighty!!! You don't need to walk in shame or guilt or fear of failure or fear what others think of you. You do need not to perform or the approval of others to feel loved and valued!
 
STOP walking in a cycle of despair, death and destruction and START walking in the LOVE, LIGHT and LIBERTY that you have in CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD! 
 
How do you do that by RENEWING THE MIND!!!!! RENEW DAILY with the truth that you are Loved by God! That you are accepted in Him and that you do not need others acceptance, approval or affection! You do not need attention in order to feel valued! You do not need Appreciation in order to feel like you accomplished something! 
 
RENEW your mind with the truth of God and start walking in the CYCLE OF HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE!!!
1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity
 
Posted By: Howard King10/3/2020 12:04:19 PM

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For the Obedience of Faith!
So many pastors and church's teach a baptism of water as a sign of obedience of faith, which would also indicate if not done then that is a disobedience of faith. Most would say that it is not a salvation difference but a obedient thing to do.
 
But I would say that it is more of disobedient thing to be water baptized then it is a obedient thing to do. Let me illustrate by saying that if God says to do something under law and you did NOT do it then that would be disobedient, right. And the same could be said if God said to do something under grace and you did not do it then that too would be disobedient, right!
 
So for example if you would NOT eat certain foods today because of wanting to be under law and following the dietary commands given to Israel then you would be disobedient to God under grace because the Word says we may eat freely of everything.
(ps.just so you know if you don't like something you do not have to eat it.)
 
Now if the Word of God say that to be obedient under grace means to follow Paul's doctrine which was given to him BY JESUS, then in order to be obedient we should follow Paul's instructions right.
 
Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 
 
Paul is still preaching Christ but under a New thing! A New creature is formed! A New doctrine given! A New set of things to follow and that is without law but love! Righteous Love which always gives God the Glory and Christ the Praise! A New program UNDER THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY!!! 
 
The revelation of the Mystery is for today and it was NOT KNOWN before but is known today. It is what we are to follow and Paul says it is for the OBEDIENCE OF FAITH!
 
Paul preaches the cross and that we are saved by trusting in Christ works alone, not by water baptism or works of obedience unto some ordinance! but by FAITH ALONE!
 
Don't trust in any natural source for your salvation or sanctification in your day to day living but rather renew your mind with what is true in your spirit and in Christ alone! 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King9/26/2020 10:01:50 AM

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STRIVE TOGETHER AND BE REFRESHED!
So often in life we struggle and the tendency for most of us is to run. We want to be alone and try to figure everything out on our own, I know I am like that. We want some space and sometimes that is good to slow down and just gather our thoughts and rest.  But so often that becomes a habit that is not resting but running.
 
I have men say to me that my wife always runs to people/counselors instead of figuring it out by themselves. Now while some people do over depend on people for help instead of God, most do of us do not! And to add most of the men who say that never figure it out on their own and end up staying the same their whole lives.
 
Most of us try to protect our selves to the point that we are independent of the body and sadly of God! Most of us think that we have the answers and that we are the only ones who can figure things out. 
 
In fact we sometimes we can blame others for the pain and hurt that we are in and then run from the ones that care for us the most. Lets see what Paul said in Rom 15:30  Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; 31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.
 
Paul ask the saints to STRIVE TOGETHER with HIM! To pray together for him. Now he was not there at the time but he is saying and if he was there he would be with them and for them to pray for him. Sometimes asking for help is hard but necessary. Sometimes JUST praying is needed! Sometimes sharing truth and hope and listening is needed but none of that will happened if we run.
 
This is what the body is for. We should run "TO" the Body not from it. The Body of Christ serves and minsters to others in their time of need. Paul the great Apostle and the man who spent time with Jesus and had revelation after revelation revealed to him still needed the Body. He still needed prayer and just like him we too need to be
REFRESHED WITH ONE ANOTHER! 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King9/19/2020 11:11:54 AM

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God Cares!
As I have told you often that not all scripture is written "to" us, but ALL scripture is "for" us. Meaning Paul's epistles are written for the church today and Peters are written to that "little flock" of Israel. BUT again there is a lot of wisdom and principles we can gain from Peters letter.
 
Here in 1 Peter we see a great principle that works in every dispensation and that is to NOT fear and cast ALL our care, worries, anxieties on God! Because GOD GARES ABOUT YOU!!!
 
1Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 
 
Now in order to truly have peace from casting your cares on Him we MUST first be truly humble. So many say they cast their cares upon God but they do that out of self centered fear not FAITH!!!
 
You see if man just cry's out to God without faith, man is still independent of God. Man is still sitting on the throne of his own life instead of allowing God to sit on that thrown.  
 
Israel cried out often when circumstances got bad but they never submitted full heartedly to God and this what many people do today.
 
Don't cry out only when you want relief but go to God daily and share with Him your feelings, cares and anxieties! He is always listening and caring. He loves you dear Saint so let Him comfort you with His love. The circumstances may not change but your heart and attitude will! 
Posted By: Howard King9/12/2020 10:27:18 AM

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FOCUS ON CHRIST!!!
FOCUS ON CHRIST REGARDLESS!! 
 
In these uncertain times of unrest in the world we often get caught up in the fears of the unknown. We wonder will this pandemic ever be over with or who is going to die next. Am I going to get it and die or even the fear of the so called raciest war going on in cities. This civil unrest and to add to it all, a year to vote for a new president. The political fight for president as well as the fight for the sense of moral rights is on the line. So much is going on, but we are called and told to
FOCUS ON CHRIST REGARDLESS! 
 
Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
 
Paul encourages and tells us to remember that we have RISEN WITH CHRIST! And to SEEK those things which are above and to SET OUR AFFECTION which is hour very deepest heart and passion on Christ!
 
He tells us we have died to this world and that our LIFE IS IN CHRIST! He tells us that CHRIST IS OUR LIFE meaning that we have no life without Christ and in order to have life we must go through Christ!
 
He then tells us to PUT-OFF our sin and fears. He tells us to put -off our old way and to PUT-ON and think in a NEW way. That New way is Spiritual, Heavenly and found only in Christ! We are a NEW MAN and that NEW MAN is the IMAGE OF CHRIST! It is the image of Christ because that NEW MAN IS CHRIST!!!!
 
So say to your self "I AM A NEW MAN IN CHRIST" and "I WILL NOT FEAR" this present world or anyone in it! 
 
Posted By: Howard King9/5/2020 8:00:57 AM

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Paul's Prayers!
Rom 15:30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;
 
Paul was vulnerable and asked for prayer. So often I see 2 different kinds of people in the church today. Those that struggle and "ALWAYS" want prayer and those that never ask for prayer.
 
Both can be self centered and not interdependent on the Body! Interdependent means that we work with each other in equal value and together. We depend on each other and do not take from one another for self centered reasons.
 
Sadly most Christians fall into this category of stealing from one another. Stealing meaning selfish and everything revolving around them.
 
Talking when they should be listening. Talking constantly about themselves and their problems, work or family!
 
We want to pray for each other and be transparent, vulnerable and trusting in each other.
 
Pray for one another and prayer for our leaders in church as well as government. Pray for your family and friends as well as the lost neighbor that lives next to you.
 
PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! 
Pray for Robin as she gets another eye surgery this week. Pray that we would rest in love and not fear. Pray for us to minister to more and as many that come to us in boldness and love. 
 
AND please know that I am constantly praying for you! Praying that you grow in His grace. Praying that you walk in faith and grow in His love for you. Praying that you understand the riches we have in Christ and this great fellowship of the mystery in Christ! I pray that you would read His word daily and be renewed in your heart and mind and have the peace of God daily and therefore not striving and anxious but resting in Him. 
 
Till He comes,
Howard 
 
MORE SCRIPTURE ON PRAYER! 
Rom 1:9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Eph 1:16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
Col 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
1Th 1:2  We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2Ti 1:3   I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
 
 
Posted By: Howard King8/29/2020 9:11:22 AM

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MY THOUGHTS!
Since this a blog and not a devotional on Saturdays I will write "My thoughts" on a few things!
 
While I rarely venture into politics I have decided to say a few words. While most people seem to vote based on the person who is running for office who in my opinion nether are all that great as is so often in those that run for office. Both are just men who have their weakness and strengths. Both are flawed humans who do not always act in the best interest of God or man.
 
But let me just encourage you saints to vote based upon Godly principles and scripture. Now on one side of the coin the democratic party tends to lean toward a human, social conscience and on the other side the Republicans are said to be more industry and business oriented. This is how the 2 parties have been described and separated per say. The democrats tend to be much more liberal while the republican side more conservative. 
 
Both are good for a government balance as long as they stay to Godly principles and righteous laws. BUT SADLY, while ALL men on both sides are flawed and fall to sin, only one "party" stands for Biblical Godly and Righteous principles in their policies and beliefs.
 
The republicans stand against legalized abortion, homosexuality and same sex marriage. The democrats tend to stand for abortion, homosexuality and same sex marriage. The republicans are generally against such things as legalizing recreational drugs and things that tear down the very character and fabric of men. The democrats lean toward a more socialist society, which is more commonly know as communist while the other stands for a free democracy and the freedom to work as one sees fit.
 
Now let me just say that the democrats tend to help and desire to feed the poor, hurting and down trodden the republicans not as much. This is one reason I said both are good "IF" they stand for Godly biblical principles. The bible says to feed and clothe the poor and starving people who need help. And their those Yes even in America today that need that help and they are not to be forgotten. We are to help the foreigner and those that come from other parts of the world at least up to a point, while not giving away the farm.
 
The republicans as a party value more conservative views while the democrats stand for more liberal views. We see the 2 differences in what they approve of and accept when they make laws for all of us.
 
Don't vote for those who are nice or good looking or just seem to be giving the people what they want all the time because what they want may not be "good" for them.
 
The bible says in Romans 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 
God gave them up because the people wanted and lusted for something other than God. Giving into the demands of "some" can destroy a nation and  give Satan victory over many.
 
Don't just vote because you like one over the other. Or because one is good looking or nice. Sometimes when things have gone bad, the battle is harder to change and a real battle is on just to change the tide!
 
Just like a parent who allows the child to do whatever they want and then try's to reel them and to do what's right, it will become a real battle. Much easier to keep a gentle firm hold on and loosen a little then drag back to something that they never had to begin with. 
 
 
 
Posted By: Howard King8/22/2020 7:50:03 AM

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Do you have to be "right" all the time?
Arguments in relationships often come from the idea that someone needs to be "right"! And someone needs to be punished for something wrong and take the blame and that someone is the other person. We have this inner need to be "RIGHT"! If we are "RIGHT" then we feel good about ourselves. We feel "RIGHTEOUS", and therefore "God like"! We are above, smarter or holier then the other person. We feel proud to be right and powerful with self worth!
 
In Geneses 3 we see that is the problem with mankind always wanting to be our own god and replace "THE GOD"! But lets see what the true, real "GOD" did. He could have said "I AM the RIGHT ONE"! "I AM GOD"! BUT He didn't do that He gave up His "right" and died on the cross!!!! 
Phil. 2:1 If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
 
Jesus gave up His reputation meaning His "right" to act and be God!!! He humbled himself to the point of death! He was a servant instead of acting as God even though He was God!!! 
 
I tell people all the time when they ask me "don't I have rights"....and I say YES you have the "right" to be mad! You have the "right" to take vengeance and make people pay for their wrong! You have the freedom to do whatever you want and still be forgiven, loved and accepted by God through Jesus Christ! "YOU HAVE THE RIGHT" BUT.
 
BUT IS IT THE "RIGHTEOUS" AND "BEST" THING TO DO!!!! Do you need to do that in order to feel good about yourself! Do you need to do that in order to be approved by your standard! Do need to be RIGHT!!! 
 
Jesus is paid the price for ALL sin and He was the perfect and complete sacrifice to appease God's standard for sin and therefore reconcile you to Him. God has justified and forgiven you!!!! So the question could be "WHO ARE YOU"? Who are you to  not forgive and accept others? Who are You to punish others and having the need to be "RIGHT"! Right and wrong is by God's standard and HE is the judge and HE has already decided to forgive you!!! 
 
GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS!!!! BE HUMBLE!!! AND STOP trying to be "RIGHT" all the time and do more of what it says in Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. Rom 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
 
Not only will you be doing "the right " thing but you will actually be set free yourself! It takes energy and work to "BE GOD"! 
 
as always in His grace and love, 

 
Posted By: Howard King8/15/2020 11:47:40 AM

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PRAY!
Yes I know that the world seems horrible and turned upside down! I know that along with many social issues and rumors of war and all kinds of insecurity with the stock market and everything else that their is a world wide pandemic!!! 
 
I know that many of us are fearful and scared and out of that comes lack of control and bitterness.
 
Like a dog that has been beaten and scared and backed into a corner finally he says enough and starts biting and fighting to survive.
 
But the answer to all that torment is found in God's love!!
1John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 
 
...18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.   
 
You see the problem is within us, it is not just the world around us. The problem is called sin manifesting itself through fear and self protecting ourselves.... and living out in panic, anxiety and control!!! You can not control others fears, only your own!
 
What do we do with this Love that God's first has already shown through Jesus and now LIVES IN US!
 
We pray, receiving and resting in His love for us!!!
 
1. cast all your problems upon Him. Share with Him your fears and concerns!!!
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 
 
2. Knowing that God is the comforter find comfort, rest and peace in Him! 
2Co 1:3  Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
 
3. Again share with God and after sharing and receiving faithfully, Be thankful and rejoice in Him! Think on things above in Christ! Think about the honest, pure and lovely LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!
Phl 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
 
4. Walk by Faith!!! Doing this over and over and over.....
2Co 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 
 
It does NO good to walk by the flesh trying to fix the fix that Jesus already fixed!! You will have more torment and look like every other NON- believer in the world!!!! AND don't do that!! 
 
Communication is a key to any healthy relationship and it is the same with God!! ADD FAITH to that relationship and you will have that PEACE you desire!!!! 
 
Posted By: Howard King8/8/2020 10:04:18 AM

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Inmaturity!
Have you ever noticed how children seem to know everything. They tell you how to do this and how to do that. They learn to tie their shoes and now want to teach everyone how to tie shoes. They speak when they should listen and throw fits when they don't get their way!
 
Sadly we adults often act the same way. I have seen many grace believers who come to know the freedom they have through the Pauline dispensational and mystery message yet still have not applied it to their own lives and want to correct every one EVERY TIME!!! While telling people the fellowship of the mystery is good just like teaching those who do not know how to tie their shoes is good, telling those who know how to tie their shoes is seeking attention and controlling like a child!!!
 
We need to remember who we are speaking too and who is the audience before us. We need to learn to appeal to authority and seek permission to speak. Even if the person does not hold a particular authority role over us we still need to respectfully appeal to them after all it is to their conscience, will and person to whom we are speaking too. Don't be a know it all,... all the time and remember to be MATURE!
 
Grow up in other words before speaking!!!
 
Posted By: Howard King8/1/2020 11:50:22 AM

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