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Church in the 21st Century… Beer Please!

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Culture, Fake News???, Gospel, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on March 5, 2019 by paulthepoke

March 2019: Welcome to Castle Church Brewing Community in Orlando, Florida.

Castle Church Brewing Community

https://www.castlechurchbrewing.com

We are a community that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.  This faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.  We welcome you to participate in this community of faith –regardless of your age, race, gender, life experience, complexities and questions. You have a unique story that can only add to the richness of the larger story that makes up Castle Church. There is a place for you here!

The point of this post is not to bash and shame this local church. It is not all bad. It is not all right by Christ either.

I am not opposed to drinking. I have been known to drink an adult beverage or two. Can a person come to know the saving power of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ over an alcoholic beverage? Sure they can.

John 2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

For all the teetotalers out there, Jesus is throwing one hell of a party. Jesus subjected a wedding party to 120-180 gallons of wine. And He kept the good stuff (120-180 gallons) for the end of the party after the people have drunk freely. See John 2 for the complete story.

Colossians 3:9-11 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

The church claims to be a “Reconciling in Christ” congregation. By their definition… Castle Church openly and unambiguously affirms persons and couples of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

It is one thing to welcome people from all social, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender identification, and diverse backgrounds. It is another to condone sinful behavior. The culture has it wrong when they equate sexual behavior (regardless of the age, orientation, and context) apart from Biblical marriage as “love”.

Matthew 19:4-5 He (Jesus) answered, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?…

God loves the sinner; but He does not condone or love the sinful behavior. Do not kid yourself. We are called to change our behavior as a new creation in Jesus Christ. He died and paid the fine for all deviant sin. Yes, any sin is deviant regardless of how small we humans view it. His resurrection demonstrates He has power over sin and death. Christ’s efforts for sin are not to be twisted or mocked.

Would it be a good idea to bring a non believer or a brother or sister in Christ who struggles with alcohol or chemical addiction to this local body? One can study the Bible over a beer. Will anyone be accountable to another if somebody is drinking too much? They have “connect groups”. They have a great selection of draughts. How much is too much? And who decides? Look forward to deep theological discussions over a beer(s).

Is this group building up the body of Christ? One can participate in yoga and share a beer later. They have volunteer groups participating in the community. Wear trendy “swag” while representing the church. A calendar of events is on display for all to join.

https://www.castlechurchbrewing.com/

Everyone is encouraged to check out their website. Read and discern very carefully for yourself.


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Please Don’t Use Me… Christine McDonald

Posted in Christine "Clarity" McDonald, Culture with tags , , , , , on February 23, 2019 by paulthepoke

We have to acknowledge the intersection between poverty and homelessness as a platform for individuals to be vulnerable to be trafficked. Males are often labor trafficked, and females fall victim to commercial exploitation. We can’t continue to turn a blind eye to this population and its targeting by traffickers seeking victims to exploit for their financial gain.
—Christine Clarity McDonald

https://www.gofundme.com/crypurplemovie

There are times when we all want to slip into the crowds unnoticed, but there is still a part of us that deeply longs to be known and seen and cared for. Jesus offers this to believers, and being known by the Creator of the Universe is the most profound “knowing” we could possibly experience. However, the world around us is full of broken individuals who feel invisible because they don’t yet know Christ, and the rest of humanity either ignores them or only sees them when they can be used.

In John Chapter 4, we read the story of Jesus and his conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. The most profound aspect of the story isn’t that Jesus calls her out for being married multiple times. Nor is it that He knows that the man she is currently living with isn’t her husband. What is profound is that He truly knew her. He saw her. Because Jesus was able to see her, when He offered her living water, she believed.

When we claim to feel moved by the hurts and sufferings of others, yet we fail to truly see those who are hurting as individuals, our efforts to relieve suffering or bring healing fail. Sometimes such efforts even do more harm.

God doesn’t ask us to take on the world, but to offer the world hope. We are His ambassadors to a hurting world. Being intentional and thoughtful in our interactions can go a long way in offering hope to those in our sphere of influence. What if we open our hearts to Him, and let Him help us see those around us as He does?

Each and every soul on this planet was fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)

Each one is a treasure to the One we love most. He is calling us to see them as precious treasures, too.

https://www.gofundme.com/crypurplemovie

“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald

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Straight Talk, Streams of Glory… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2019 by paulthepoke

Need a miracle today? Jump into the stream of God’s glory! Here’s how this works…

In Acts 3, Peter speaks to and heals a lame man who was begging at the Gate called Beautiful. But what was also beautiful about this true story is that Peter gives us a clear example of how any son (or daughter) of God is supposed to operate in His kingdom and glory which is now on earth as we live. This is supposed to be the norm for all of us who are “in Christ”. It is not the exception, but the rule. It is not only for those who first knew Jesus Christ, but for us. The atmosphere of the kingdom of heaven is saturated with the glory of the Father. This is the same glory we are being transformed into every day more and more.

2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.

Only those who are “in Christ” may operate in His glory. Without Christ we can do nothing.

John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

But with Christ nothing is impossible.

Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

The flow of Father’s glory passes through Jesus Christ (the Door) and then through us. Glory’s flow brings healings and miracles like a Living Stream or River that never stops flowing from one person to another.

John 7:38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water. -Jesus

Our Father (our Creator) transforms everything He touches back into His image of perfection and beauty. God’s glory flows from the Father.

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Follow the flow of glory. The LORD is the source of glory. Just ask Moses.

Exodus 33:18-23 Then Moses said, “Please show me Your glory.”

“I will cause all My goodness to pass in front of you,” the LORD replied, “and I will proclaim My name—the LORD—before you. I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” And He added, “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live.” The LORD continued, “There is a place near Me where you are to stand upon a rock, and when My glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. Then I will take My hand away, and you will see My back; but My face must not be seen.”

The Father gives glory to the Son…

John 17:5 Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. -Jesus

The Son gives glory to Peter and believers…

John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one…

From Peter to the lame man…

Acts 3:6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”

From the lame man to all who witnessed his healing…

Acts 3:8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

Then by all who witnessed his healing, expected and received their own healing…

Acts 3:10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

And to whomever witnessed and jumped into the flow of all the streams of those healings…

The stream became streams and kept on flowing down through the generations to us living today. We are to keep the stream of His glory flowing just the same. The pattern of the flow is so easy that anyone can receive their miracle right now. Just expect to as you read this. It was written for you. Your miracle doesn’t have to be healing. It could be “whatever you ask” or declare as you remain in the Word. And the Word remains in you.

Signs of a Late Business Cycle… Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville with tags , , , , , , , on February 4, 2019 by paulthepoke

Luke 14:28-30 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

Jesus is offering advice on many levels with the verses above. First piece of advice is to “sit down” and have a plan. Second is “count”. One needs to know what they have. Third is have a “foundation”. The fourth is have enough to finish the plan.

Do you have a plan for your life let alone a plan for a house or structure? Where are we in the economic cycle? Do you have a plan for the financial times we live?

The economic slowdown continues. The home builder Pulte is slowing. Harley Davidson is selling fewer motorcycles. These are the signs of a late business cycle.

Check out Michael’s latest video entry with fresh up to date economic data.

Why would the Federal Reserve put interest rates on hold? Debt is spiraling out of control. Check out Michael’s comments below on the debt load around the globe.

Do you have all your money in stocks and bonds? What happens if we see a sharp reduction in the markets. Have you prepared your life boat? Michael talks about alternate ways to make income without worrying about the markets.

Michael is a syndicated writer for the Wall Street Greek. This is Wall Street quality research for free. Michael knows his craft.

Have a plan…

Remembering 9/11… Christine McDonald

Posted in Christine "Clarity" McDonald, Culture with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2019 by paulthepoke

Tragedies are just that, tragic. It’s a pity that it takes the extremes in life to bring people together and to remind us that we are all just people—people who, despite our differences, are very much the same. -Susie, New Day New Lesson

Some people believe that God placed the ability to experience loneliness in us so that we would seek Him. Tragedy, chaos, and crisis tend to sift out the meaningless details of life and focus our minds on what matters. Even
when faced with the possibility of death, death frightens us less than dying alone.

Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

What is this law of Christ?

Galatians 5:14 “For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

We were made for community, for relationship, for companionship, and for connection. We weren’t meant to live in a state of aloneness.

What would it look like to live in relationship all the time? What if we lived each breath with compassion? What if it didn’t take extreme circumstances to arouse kindness and compassion within us? What if we allowed ourselves to experience those feelings all the time? What if we connected with others in meaningful ways on a daily basis?

Perhaps our greatest crisis isn’t terrorism or natural disaster. Perhaps it is our need for compassion and community.

Straight Talk, Creation v. Random Chance… Rodna Epley

Posted in Creation, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2019 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Francis Crick (Scientist, Biologist, Physiologist and outspoken Atheist (1916-2004) who is credited with co-discovering, along with James Watson, the double-helix structure of the DNA strand, made the following statement.

“Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved.”

Photo: IStock

Really? A Darwinistic Evolutionist telling the science community that they must constantly remind themselves that the things they see are not created but have evolved. So why do scientists purposefully go against what common sense tells us is true about life? Everything that has life in it reveals that only a Designer could make such complex mechanical systems.

Reminds me of what Paul the Apostle once said a couple thousand years ago…

Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

And what the said Apostle John about Jesus…

John 1:3-4 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

How about atheistic scientists stop reminding themselves to continually hold a presuppositional view that is philosophical in nature and stubbornly wants to deny God. The evidence continually reveals a Designer in literally everything living that is studied under a microscope or in a lab!

Who can watch this video and still believe there’s no Designer behind life? Randomness didn’t create the complexities of life. Randomness could create nothing but chaos.

Fake News??? Transgender Rights, Feminists, and Lesbians…

Posted in Culture, Fake News???, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2019 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Matthew 19:4-5 He (Jesus) answered, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?…

This is where we are relative to God’s word…

The following commentary is from the setting that is The Heritage Foundation. Yes, this occurred at a home of conservative political thought. The Heritage Foundation is one of the nation’s most influential institutions for conservative thinking. Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Rush Limbaugh… you get the idea.

Pay close attention. The content required multiple re readings. For those not versed in these issues, this can be a little confusing…

Kara Dansky was invited by The Heritage Foundation to speak on a panel. Ms. Dansky is a self proclaimed feminist lawyer and spokeswoman for Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). She is not a lesbian.

Ms. Dansky’s concern… Transgender Activism is anti woman and anti lesbian. She is calling on men to stand up to Transgender Activism.

REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Other members of the panel included Hasci Horvath. Hasci, originally a man, identified as a woman and had surgery. Horvath had an interesting observation.

“And it’s really shocking how many men on the internet are defending the whole trans thing. Straight men are all about the trans, and you have to wonder what the heck is going on.” -Hasci Horvath

Another panel member was Julia Beck. Julia is a lesbian and former member of the Baltimore mayor’s LGBTQ Commission. Ms. Beck encountered the semantic police in a very harsh way. She was booted from the Baltimore LGBTQ Commission. Her violation, inappropriate use of pronouns…

“I got kicked off of the Baltimore mayor’s LGBTQ commission, as the only lesbian, simply for stating biological facts. I was found guilty of ‘violence.’ My crime? Using male pronouns to talk about a convicted male rapist who identifies as transgender and prefers female pronouns.”

“The man who led my inquisition also identifies as ‘transgender.’ He is the president of the Baltimore Transgender Alliance and claims to be a lesbian.” -Julia Beck

The following is from PJMedia.com assistant editor Tyler O’Neil. There are multiple video clips from Mr. O’Neil at his Twitter feed regarding this conference. Below is a sample.

https://twitter.com/Tyler2ONeil
Click on the video clip for comments.

“The meeting made one thing crystal clear: Inclusivity means all voices are welcome, except women’s, except lesbians’. Everything is about the T now, entirely eclipsing the L, G, and B. The T is diametrically opposed to the first three letters in the acronym, and especially to the L.” -Julia Beck

This article is an interesting read. See the link below.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/lesbian-feminist-transgender-activism-is-a-mens-rights-movement/

Luke 11:17 But He (Jesus), knowing their thoughts, said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and a divided household falls.

Come Lord Jesus…

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