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Answer to Covid-19 Hidden in Purim Story

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Several things in the Purim story (Esther, Mordecai and Haman) are very prophetic. What I noticed today is that the King himself didn’t undo the bad decree, but let Esther and Mordecai head up the routing of Haman’s plans. The King, however, did take care of Haman, who died on his own gallows.

We were told by more than one prophet that there would be a shaking this spring. The world is certainly shaken by the covid-19 corona virus. It is proving a great time for China’s people and government to see how helpful the Christians have been, risking their lives to help others, identified in yellow jackets. It would be a great time for Christians here to prove themselves helpful: non-fearful, non-greedy, and compassionate. Certainly, many are calling us to prayer. Many have urged more prudence than the governments and official medical folks are offering. I always have a virus protocol, scientifically cited on my site (a list of supplements like garlics and over the counter sometimes very counter-intuitive things). Dr. Braverman and Dr. Gabriel Cousens are circulating their suggestions (hydration and essential oils and homepathics respectively). Perry Stone ended his prayer meeting tonight with some basic ways to build up immunity including Vitamin C and Vitamin D and elderberry juice. More than one of us have remembered John G. Lake’s experience helping in the plague in South Africa. Plague germs would die when they touched him — verified under a microscope.

Let’s us stand up as sons and daughters of God and be like Jesus. If our immunity is built up as much as John G Lake’s good, but whatever level we are, let us pick up the weapons and gifts we have — and not lay them slack on the ground mesmerized and paralyzed by the enemy. No! We remember the heart of what we were about: Jesus. We follow Jesus. Let’s do what Jesus would do. Amen.

Blessings of health, healing, wholeness, wisdom and God’s peace be to you, yours, your city and your nation. Amen.

Questions and Answers

Thumbs up or Thumbs Down?

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Q: So, Joyce Meyers, thumbs down?
We have a leadership time before service, and since we had no pressing business, we ended up with this question. So teaching time on other groups.
A: There are 3 categories, at least, and not just two of thumbs up or thumbs down.

Category 1: Outsider (non-Christian or false teacher)
Anybody who doesn’t teach that Jesus is Lord or that Jesus came in the flesh, or doesn’t teach salvation by grace through faith unto good works is an outsider. We should be nice to outsiders, try to win them, but we obviously do not take teaching on Christian doctrine from outsiders.

Category 2: Good doctrine shyster.
It is possible for someone to have good doctrine but do the wrong thing. Haven’t you done something wrong while yet, you knew the truth? So, yes, it is possible for a minister to be teaching good doctrine and be doing something wrong, like stealing, etc. The shifty used car salesman who advertises that he is active in XYZ Bible church is a good example. I’ve met this guy. We would probably not want to do business with him, but we couldn’t call him a non-Christian. Of course, it is possible to have good doctrine and not really be a Christian, but we don’t make that judgment; only God does.

Category 3: A Christian who just doesn’t see it the way we do.
There are lots of people in the category. None of us can comprehend all of God, so there will be differences of perspective. In most cases we should appreciate the note that somebody else is playing in the overall symphony, even if we are called to play another note. Fine. It falls to us to play our note and be respectful that these others are Christians and that is how they see it. We might have friendly discussions with them, but remember that we do agree on the ultimate gospel.

Now, it is possible that many Christians start out playing their one note in the symphony and begin thinking that it is the entire gospel. They might even switch out their idea or their group for THE TRUTH. Well, that is their problem. God is the judge. We might talk about our disagreement on principles, without calling them names.

So, what do I think about Joyce Meyers? Well, I’m not up of Joyce Meyers. I’ve never been to one of her meetings. I have never heard her preach heresy. I am not aware of her being indicted of any crime. I just don’t have any reason to criticize her. Max Lucado included her blurb praising his book, so I guess he thought well enough of her. I try not to criticize gospel ministers, anyway. (And while writing this, I remembered a scripture that says “take not an accusation against an elder” so I always factor in that good ministers get unfairly criticized so I am not quick to join without cause.)

You all do know however, that I will labor in doctrine all day long. We will call out errors in understanding that harm the church. That is not the same as personal criticism or “vilification.” That should not be considered as disunity or discredit to the gospel. The people who stand corrected might not like it, but that is also God’s business not ours, once we have been as respectful and kind as possible in our approach.

Appreciate the inquiring mind. Hope that answer helps. So the question is always:”What does the Bible say about this?”

Prayer Worship

Entrance into Deep Prayer

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Text for last Sunday was Psalm 100:1&2, and Psalm 95.
Pattern is enter into his gates with Thanksgiving. We thought a bit about thanksgiving, after we understood “gates.”
And into His courts with Praise. Once we understand Jesus’ work for us, we begin to praise Him. Praise is appropriate for his court.
That was noisy, but then in Ps 95:6, we get to quiet: worship. Deep worship is often not noisy. In deep worship, follwoing the chapter, we can better hear his voice, better move in obedience better see miracles, and we can enter into rest.
This sounds ho-hum? No! this is entrance into the deep things of God.