Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Arron’s beard. down on the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forever. (NIV)

I dream of the day when all who claim Jesus as their God and Redeemer can stand together without fear or condemnation. Martin Luther King had a dream. My dream is that all Christians can live with peach and love for each other. When I heard a pastor of a Holiness church mock the theology of a Calvinist church that was destroyed in a recent fire, I was sickened. This was not the brotherly unity that David cried for. This is not the Holiness that Christ called us to. This was and will forever been the voice of Satan dividing us so as to lead us into false expectations of self righteousness.

Quotable

. Your attitude should the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself NOTHING, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in the appearance as a man, humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross. (NIV)

“It is only when we realize our nothingness, our emptiness, that god can fill us with Himself. When we become full of God, then we can give God to others, for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” – Teresa of Calcutta


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Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [1] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, [2] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 2:5 Or which was also in Christ Jesus
[2] 2:7 Greek bondservant

Malachian observation

While reading Malachi this week I made a couple observations I want to share. Although they are not directly connected with the message of the prophet, they do reflect on my views of Wholeness Witnessing.

. “I wish that some among you would shut the Temple doors so that these worthless sacrifices could not be offered! I am not at all pleased with you.” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will not accept your offerings. But My name is honored by people of other nations from morning to night. All around the world they offer me sweet incense and pure offerings in honor of My Name,” says the Lord Almighty. (NLT)


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10 Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.

Malachi 1:11 (Listen

10 Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.

Malachi 1:11 (Listen)

11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be [1] great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 1:11 Or is (three times in verse 11; also verse 14)

Wholeness of Christ (the preface)

It took many years to come to an understanding of Christian living. While I still am searching after twenty-six years, I am still baffled by the continual disharmony between the churches. I mean, there have been wars over this! Even after all this time I still see the churches offering Grace, understanding and the message of Salvation. But because they are locked into “Theology” and “Dogma” they limit themselves to certain areas of Spiritual growth and much of the Wholeness of Christ is lost.

What I want to do in this forum, and as what I see as the call of Jesus in my life, is to help bridge the gaps by building on the common ground that all churches that proclaim Jesus as God, One in the same with the Father and the Holy Spirit. In this way perhaps Jesus will be presented in a common light that allows for a unification of Spiritual Worship so we can be Whole in the Body of Christ.

When we read the Gospel, we should become aware that the Good News is for everyone, and as we are each different in our desires of life, so are we different in our Spiritual needs. reads (NLT):The LORD says, “People who never before inquired about Me are now asking about Me. I am being found by people who were not looking for Me. To them I have said, ‘here I am!’ ” We need to allow the difference and rely on the equality that reigns in each of us. As Paul said: We are all of Christ, we are the Body of Christ! What good does it do to be spiritually flogging fellow Christians just because they have found strength through scriptures differently than we have? That makes about as much sense as beating yourself up. All it does is bring pleasure to Satan, allowing him to move in the church and divide us further. I refuse give him a break. Jesus said that a house divided cannot stand. It is our Godly responsibility to drive contention our of the church and foil Satan, as long as we build wall between the churches, divide and separate ourselves from each other, Satan is the victor.

Teaching the Wholeness of Christ is to gather up the remnants of the Body of Christ and bring them together so that while each church has its own identity and unique Spiritual Walk, and can worship and give Praise in the manner it chooses, they become One in the Will of the Lord. I am not saying that there should be a One World Church, I’m trying to convey that all Churches that proclaim Christ as Lord and Savior worship God as one people in Faith, Love and be assured of the Hope Promised.


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65:1 I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;
I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, “Here am I, here am I,”
to a nation that was not called by [1] my name. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 65:1 Or that did not call upon

Psalm 32

This is the most important Psalm in my life. When Christ reveled His purpose in my life, it was this Psalm as repeated by Paul in that allowed me to accept Jesus as my redeemer.

“How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” NAS


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4:1 What then shall we say was gained by [1] Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in [2] him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
and whose sins are covered;
blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:1 Some manuscripts say about
[2] 4:5 Or but trusts; compare verse 24

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Extra-demoninational works

While I was with the United Methodist Church, I took part in many outreach programs. Most of these programs where started by the UMC but not limited to their church. This gave me the opportunity to see the work of God through others. While I left that church because I was not pleased with the direction they where going and I needed to expand my faith, I never forgot that it was there that Christ Jesus and I were joined.

I worked with the Salvation Army, Walk to Emmaus, Lay Witness Mission and Kairos Prison Ministries. While there I came to Christ (or He came to me) at United Christian Ashram Camp. I learned how to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit and lost my desire to dominate others by Scripture but learned to serve others instead.

Share Christ in Commomality

I was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family, but as I reached adulthood I was torn by the knowledge that throughout history, christians constantly warred against each other. Because of this I felt that Jesus had failed in His call and therefore could not be the savior that we sought.

It took me sixteen years and much soul searching to finally come to the understanding that Jesus did not fail, we did. We are still failing today. We still condemn and reject Christians that do not see the scriptures as we do, and the ones who do the most condemning are those who speak from the pulpits and stages of our churches.

It is my contention that God has called me to be a voice against this. When I searched for the true God, it was not a church or a dogma that brought me an understanding of God, but Christ working though my life. When I accepted that Jesus was the answer that I had sought, I then searched for a church to fellowship with. I started with the church I had left, Roman Catholic but did not stay. I tried Calvinist, but also was not in agreement with them in many areas. Next it was Baptist, then Methodist and here was where my personal relationship with Christ took fruit. Yet I was not complete by any means. So I explored Pentecostalism and non denominational teachings.

From each of these Christian backgrounds, I gleamed knowledge. From each understanding, I grew in my faith, trust and most importantly, my Love in Jesus. Although I will never say that I am completed, I am well onto my way of perfected Love.

I lean heavily on Holiness Sanctification but still hold onto teaching from Calvin, Fox and other reformers. I read many pre-reformation works of the early Church and am influenced by Thomas a’Kempis, Augustine, Francis and many others. From all this I see the work of God. Most of all, I have Heard God calling me to reconcile those who Love Him to quit the infighting. His words to me were: “Stop My children from hurting each other for they are hurting Me!”

There may never be a “One Church” because as each child is different from its siblings we will always have different personalities. What we are is “One Family” under Christ God. My mission then is to help all those who know that Jesus is God and have accepted that They are chosen to Love, Serve and Obey God in all aspects of their lives, respect all others who also believe. Is this to much to ask?

Introduction

This site is for those who believe in living wholy for Christ and are NOT locked in criteria of dogma set down by others. While being involved in the structure of common belief as accepted by believers, they are open to hear and even share Christian understandings expressed by other churches.

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