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Don't follow the crowd

I just love nature. Strange how some species believe in the 'safety in numbers' approach while there are others who go at it alone. I probably belong to the latter. No matter what your personality type, if you find yourself part of the crowd (the majority), you should not be fooled into a false sense of righteousness.

Some people will be very quick to point out that what you think or believe is wrong. When you then take the time to explain why you believe what you do - supporting it with scripture and facts - they all fall back on the same defense: Surely all the educated leaders of our church (and we have so many) can't be wrong - so you must be wrong.
Being part of the majority does not make you right Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. - Jesus - Matthew 7:13-14 I know what you think - wait a mi…
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The Power of Being Meek

Did Jesus really say we should be meek? Does it mean a child of God should be weak and submissive? The truth is that there is a secret power that is unlocked when you are meek in the way that Jesus taught.

First, lets have a look at what Jesus said:
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NIV) The original word for meek in that verse is:
praus [prah-ooce']
Apparently a primary word; mild, that is, (by implication) humble: - meek.  Was Jesus 'mild' and 'meek'? Jesus practiced what He preached. If we want to know what 'meek' or 'mild' means we just have to look at Jesus.
Jesus is the most well known Man that ever lived. His teachings was so extreme that it offended most and eventually got Him killed. Jesus called the 'important' people of the day (teachers of the law and the Pharisees) hypocrites, snakes, and brood of vipers (Matthew 23). - Jesus was everything but weak and submissive.

Jesus overturned tables (Matt…

The Truth About Tithing

Do you need to give 10% of your income to the church? Will God really bless you financially if you tithe? Tithing is not something that Jesus taught - and there is a good reason why He didn't.

Tithing is an Old Testament practice that was not taught by Jesus The only place in the Bible where Jesus did instruct someone to tithe is the following verse:
Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. - Matthew 23:23 However, if we look closely at the verse as well as the following verses, we will see that He was addressing the 'teachers of the law' and the Pharisees. Those that depended on the law for their salvation. He was saying that you can't just tithe and believe that you are now righteous. If you wanted to depend on the law, then you ha…

Why God?

Why is God allowing this to happen to me? Doesn't God care? Doesn't God love me? Am I being punished? If you are going through a difficult period in your life – stop asking these questions.

God is your Father. When you feel sad, need help or have questions - He is the first one you should go to. Just like David we can sometimes just tell God we are angry or down. When Jesus was afraid, he prayed.

There is however a type of questioning and 'begging God' that simply doesn't help. I have been through some very difficult periods in my life. What I have learned is that feeling sorry for yourself doesn't help. Pleading, crying, begging to God in a despondent state doesn't help and it doesn't impress God.
God doesn't do pity parties. In Mark 4 the disciples was in a storm on a boat while Jesus was sleeping in the stern. They woke Him and asked:
… Master, do You not care that we are perishing? - Mark 4:38 Sound familiar? - Don't you care God? Don't…

Knowledge of God beyond the Bible

When it got to spiritual things, I used to have an attitude that if its not in the Bible, I don't care. I used to think that if God wanted me to know something it would be in the Bible.  That was before I discovered that not everything in the Bible is the 'Word of God' and the 'Word of God' is not limited to the Bible.

In the article 'Is the Bible the Word of God' we discovered how Jesus himself rejected some verses in the Bible. We also looked at the history of the Bible and saw how it was formed hundreds of years after Jesus left. That people that decided what books should be in the Bible were people that were very likely appointed for political reasons. They rejected all books that could have caused a problem for the 'religion' they were creating. A religion that they wanted to use to control the people.
Jesus said, "The Pharisees and the scholars have taken the keys of knowledge and have hidden them. They have not entered nor have they all…

Only One Leader, Jesus

What did Jesus really teach about the authority of pastors and other church leaders? Does God expect you to do what your church leader says and be obedient? Do you even need a pastor or church leader?

When children of God comes together there is nothing wrong with someone taking the lead and making things a bit more organized. There is nothing wrong with choosing a leader for a specific group or gathering.

However, the idea that your pastor (church leader) is your spiritual leader and you should be obedient to him otherwise you are not obedient to God is a lie! This type of authority is not from God.
But do not be called Rabbi (Teacher); for One is your Teacher, and you are all [equally] brothers. Do not call anyone on earth [who guides you spiritually] your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. Do not let yourselves be called leaders or teachers; for One is your Leader (Teacher), the Christ - Matthew 23:8-10 (AMP) Jesus was clear, you have ONE Leader!
But doesn't …

Did Jesus institute Holy Communion?

Did Jesus institute Holy Communion (The Lord's Supper / Eucharist)? In a previous article we looked at how Jesus started a spiritual movement and not a religion. What then about Holy Communion that is practiced as a ritual meal (a sacrament in most churches and an ordinance in others)?

As with so many other teachings of Jesus, I believe that the Lord's Supper has been replaced by tradition and silly religious practices.

Before we take a look at the 'institution of Holy Communion' in the Bible, we need to look at this principle of 'eating and drinking' Jesus.
I am the Living Bread that came down out of heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread [believes in Me, accepts Me as Savior], he will live forever. And the Bread that I will give for the life of the world is My flesh (body).” Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat? - John 6:52-52 (AMP) This teaching was so strange and weird to the disciples of Jesus tha…