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Straight Talk, A Diet of Works… Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on October 17, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightJohn 4:32-34 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work…”

Now let me tell ya about the food! You will forget protein shakes ever existed once you taste the food! Food in the kingdom of heaven is a full course meal where the kitchen is always open 24/7 for anyone who is hungry and knows how to GPS the location. FYI: the GPS location is very similar to the wedding garment because once you put it on…you’re there.

The Father’s kitchen has a name too. Well it does now that I named it. It’s called the “Glory Kitchen”. The food in the Glory Kitchen has already been paid for by the King (Jesus) and it’s anything you want.

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Photo: Revati Upadhya

Food in the Glory Kitchen is doing the Father’s works. Don’t slap the menu away just yet. That may not sound tasty to you until you hear what those “works” are. Jesus showed us what they are when He was on earth.

John 14:12-13 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in Me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 

 

 

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Jude: Called, Loved, & Kept

Posted in Jude, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 9, 2018 by paulthepoke

Jude 1:1b To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ:

…those who are called… In the original Greek, the word for “those” is the definite article τοῖς. It is the plural form of what would be translated as “the”. Definite articles are a big deal in the Greek language. The koine Greek of the New Testament has no indefinite articles like we do in English. There are no “a” or “an” in the language. A definite article is a point of emphasis.

God the Father describes “those” as called or κλετοσ/kletos. The idea is called, invited (to a banquet); invited (by God in the proclamation of the Gospel) to obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom through Christ; called to (the discharge of) some office; divinely selected and appointed.

Everybody is ultimately invited to the call of Jesus Christ. Salvation is for all of humanity.

1 Timothy 2:3-4 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit…

…beloved… “Those” are “loved”. This is αγαπαο/agapao. This is God’s love for us. Defined as love, affection, good will, benevolence, to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly. This love is the nature of God.

The concept is God has loved us from the past and His love will never end. His love for us is eternal. It is God who has shown us what love is and how to love.

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

 

…in God the Father… The verse states “those” are “in” God positionally. As believers in Jesus, this is our place. We are in the body of Christ. Believers are sealed with the Spirit. Jude states we are fixed in the Father. This position is confirmed by John as well as others.

John 10:28-29 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.

 

and kept for Jesus Christ: The Father has looked upon “those” and τερεο/tereo or “kept”. Tereo means: to attend to carefully, take care of or to guard. Metaphorically to keep, one in the state in which he is; to observe or to reserve: to undergo something.

The point is God has always “kept” us and He will continue to “keep” us. The Father does not change in the way He views us.

We are “kept” for Jesus Christ. The language is vague. But is there an implication something is coming to “those”???

1 Corinthians 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

 

Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

 

 

Market Forces: Demand is the Problem

Posted in Christine "Clarity" McDonald, Culture with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

Christine McDonald

Featuring Christine Clarity McDonald

Christine works for legislative change in Missouri metro areas and across the state.

Regardless of how a person ends up in prostitution, one fact is for certain: the purchasers and predators possess the power. Prostitution exists because a demand for sex exists, because purchasers are willing to pay for it. And predators are willing to procure it.

Would you be surprised to know that the purchasers (commonly referred to as the “johns”) tend to be mostly upper middle class, married men? Most are educated. This stands in stark contrast to the position of those being sold. It is, no doubt, a power play.

It is not just the purchasers who are the problem. Ultimately, it’s a story of predators seeking the vulnerable, the weak, the impoverished—the ones others have forgotten. There is an equal evil in those who see people strictly as a product to be sold. These predators home in on their targets, invest time to build trust, and lay a foundation of control. They are often in no hurry, as they know it is an investment. Just as a hunter lies quietly waiting for his kill, a trafficker invests time waiting for the key moment to expose the reality of what he is. By then, it is too late for the prey.

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With all of these factors combined, once a person is in the world of prostitution, there is little chance of a way out. They are stuck, at the mercy of greedy individuals who look at them as objects of selfish pleasure and plump coffers. To be stuck in a situation with little (or no) power to get out is to be the victim, not the perpetrator,
regardless of how you arrived there in the first place.

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

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Straight Talk… Kingdom Dining Hall, Featuring Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 2, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightThis morning I had a vision from the Lord: I saw a measuring scoop of protein powder. All of this came from that…

God doesn’t give out meal replacements, so there are no protein shakes in heaven. While the shaker cup, wire whisk, and protein powder may sound like a good idea on earth, in truth it only measures up to a watered-down version of a real meal in Heaven. Now I’m a fan of protein shakes so I can say this. Even when milk is used instead of water, the meal replacement will never taste like Filet Mignon. Neither will man’s religion ever come anywhere near tasting like real Food on the Father’s Table. white powder of whey protein

First, let me tell you a little about His Kingdom where The Father’s Presence (His glory) saturates and lights up the atmosphere through Christ with eternal power where all things are truly possible to anyone entering in… and then I want to tell you about the food!

Heaven Banquet

Most of us who are believers are just sitting barely inside the door to the kingdom. We are saved. We didn’t realize that we stopped just inside the door. No one told us that our Father has prepared an amazing never-ending meal that we can enjoy now. They did tell us we can enjoy it after we die. But Scripture tells us we can enjoy it now. We have an Usher (the Holy Spirit) who can show us the way to the table. He is much more than an Usher, but we don’t know how to receive Him, or work with Him, or hear His voice. God isn’t condemning us. He’s just saying we need to start learning. After 2,000 years it’s time to come up higher, for all of us. Our Father wants us to go “in and out”, to find our room in the mansion, be with Jesus where He is and learn to see through His eyes of glory.

John 17:24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

 

He wants us to come in and dine with Him at His table.

Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

John 14:23 Jesus answered him, if anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

Come to Jesus. It will result in answered prayer, fulfilled dreams, and flipping all darkness into light… now on earth.

Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 9:35 And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction.

Acts 10:38 …how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

 

Straight Talk… Understanding the Trinity, Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightScripture reveals each member of the Trinity to a New Covenant believer in this same order. Jesus (Wisdom), the Holy Spirit (Revelation), then the Father (Knowledge of the Glory).

God is “One” because of His glory. It’s all the same glory. In the glory we too become one with Him.

John 17:5,22,23 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

The glory is the very image that we are being transformed.

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.

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Trying to understand the Trinity apart from the glory is impossible. But knowledge of the Father, who is the Glory, makes understanding easy. So revelation of the Trinity comes in this way: wisdom, revelation, knowledge of Him.

John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him…

 

So the Father searches (the world over?) for someone who will worship Him in spirit and truth, then draws that person to Jesus, revealing His Son to the hearer. Jesus said the Father is the only One who knows the Son. In Matthew 16:17b when it was revealed to Peter that Jesus was the Christ, Son of the living God, Jesus responded with, “…flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”

So although the Father is always at work in the revelation of Himself to His creation, the knowledge of Him isn’t automatically revealed or understood. Jesus is revealed first, the Word, Wisdom from above. The Holy Spirit is revealed next…

John 16:13,14 when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me.

A personal relationship with the Holy Spirit begins.

 

The Father is the last to be revealed.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Matthew 11:27 …Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.

 

Jesus is the One who chooses when to reveal the Father. Revelation of the Father is having knowledge of the Glory. So God has chosen to reveal Himself to His creation using this same order: Wisdom, Revelation, Knowledge of the Glory.

Ephesians 1:15-20 Therefore I…do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places…

 

Please… Respond to the Lamb of God

Posted in Gospel, Prophecy, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2018 by paulthepoke

Multiple people bear witness to the fact, Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God. The first example is a quote from John the Baptist in the Book of John. The identification of Christ as the Lamb of God took place in the Jordan River at the baptism of Jesus.

John 1:29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

A day later, John the Baptist again identified Jesus as the Lamb of God.

John 1:36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!”

While Philip was with the Ethiopian, he equated Jesus as the referenced lamb from the reading of Isaiah 53:7.

Acts 8:32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth.”

 

The Apostle Peter states the blood of Jesus is as a sinless lamb.

1 Peter 1:19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

In these four cases above, Jesus is referred to as an ἀμνός/amnos in the Greek. A lamb with innocence and sacrificial considerations is the idea per Strong’s Concordance.

 

In the book of Revelation, John refers to Jesus as a lamb or ἀρνίον/arnion. This is a small, little, or diminutive lamb. This type of person has the purest of intentions. HELPs Word Studies indicates the essence of innocence or virgin like intentions. Twenty-nine times (29) Christ is labeled as an “arnion” only in the book of Revelation. The context is the throne room of Heaven in the presence of the Father, Spirit, millions of witnesses including apostles, elders, believers, martyrs, creatures, and angels.

 

It is “the” Lamb. There is a Greek definite article in front of “Lamb”. The text literally reads… “the lamb” in the original Greek. The koine Greek of the New Testament has no indefinite article like we do in English. There are no “a” or “an” in the language. A definite article, such as “the”, is a point of emphasis. Jesus Christ is “the” Lamb.

Revelation 5:12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”

Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with Him 144,000 who had His name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.

Revelation 17:14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with Him are called and chosen and faithful.

 

Jesus Christ is the sacrificial Lamb of God’s Appointed Spring Feasts.

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The lamb is without blemish or “tamim” in the Hebrew. The lamb is complete or sound per Strong’s Concordance.

Exodus 12:5-6 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight.

Jesus Christ is the sacrificial Lamb of God’s Appointed Spring Feasts. A “pesach” is an unblemished lamb which was required for the sacrifice. Christ is the “pesach”.

Jesus Christ is the sacrificial Lamb of God as foreshadowed by Moses in Exodus 12.

Please, turn and respond to the Lamb…

 

 

Straight Talk… Operate in God’s Glory, Rodna Epley

Posted in Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2018 by paulthepoke

Rodna LightWe are sons and daughters of our Father in heaven and Jesus was our example of how to operate in the glory of the Father. We are Sons and Daughters of glory. Denying that the glory is for us today is denying who we are and who we are created to be.

When “the earth is filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” (Habakkuk 2:14) … all of God’s children will be looking and acting just like Jesus, in the image of our Father.

John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.

 

The Holy Spirit is training us now in how to operate in the glory.

John 16:3 And they will do these things because they have not known the Father, nor me.

This is His job. First, we have to believe the Word in that glorification for us is happening now (2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 8:29,30; John 5:44; 2 Thessalonians 2:14, John 17:5,22, et al), not some day in the sweet by and by, or when the roll is called up yonder. But now. Glory revealed in us and in our situations isn’t automatic and it isn’t always immediate, but it comes quickly after the declaration of the Word, not thousands of years later.

 

For I consider “that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us;” (Romans 8:18, YLT)

Some Bible versions are misleading here. The glory is “about to be revealed in us”, not way in the future after we’re all dead. When Jesus turned the water to wine, it was in a matter of minutes that the glory was revealed.

John 2:11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

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Everyone who’s ever been miraculously healed or had anything happen you consider to be miraculous in your life, even if others can explain it away, then you’ve witnessed God’s glory in operation. But the Father’s intention all along has been for the church to come up higher (Luke 14:10; Revelation 4:1; 11:12), and for us to learn to operate in His glory all the time, just like Jesus did.

John 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

 

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