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And His Name Will Be Called... (Isaiah 9:6) (eBooklet 46 pages)
The focus of this message is the names that Isaiah used to describe the coming King. And the key to understanding these names is the historical context of the people he is speaking to. Basically, he was telling these people that this coming King was the only One Who had solutions to the situations in which they found themselves. So, we will look at these names – each one a combination of an adjective and a noun – and interpret them in the context of these people, who are not unlike ourselves.
Art & True Spirituality (eBooklet 23 pages)
Art as an Essential Form of Worship including some Cautionary Thoughts for Christian Artists
Through his works of art, the Christian artist can “magnify the Lord” by “telling of His glory”, often without words, through reflecting on the attributes of God, which are “the radiance of His glory”. This is an essential form of worship which, like other forms of worship and prayer, can act as a bridge – a “Jacob’s Ladder”, as it were – in which a work of art can be used by the Spirit of God as – a door, or a window, or a portal - between the physical and spiritual realms, through which God can reveal Himself.
But in all his creative endeavors, the Christian artist must avoid “worshipping the creature rather than the Creator”, being ever aware that “the artist is not superman”, and that “art is not religion”. In order to truly “magnify the Lord”, the artist must view himself and his art from a consistent biblical worldview.
A Call to God-Centered Art (eBooklet 28 pages)
As a call to God-centered art, this essay offers Christians involved in the various art forms a foundation for a biblical aesthetic. The attributes of God, revealed in His creation, in His written word, and in His Living Word, Jesus Christ, are the conceptual forms by which we perceive and communicate our expressions and reflections of God. Therefore, the calling of a Christian artist is to communicate through works of art his perceptions of God and His attributes.
Christ Is Prerequisite For Church
Christ is the Head of the Body, the Church. We cannot discern the Body until we first discern the Head. We cannot understand the mystery of the Church until we understand the mystery of Christ. Jesus is building His Church through revelation of Himself. As we pursue the revelation of Christ, He builds His Church. As disciples of Christ, let us pursue REVELATION of Christ as the Head and the Foundation, having that translated into RELATIONSHIP with Christ, with a view to REFLECTION of Christ. May the Church, which is His Body, be able to say: “Look, ‘so also is Christ’”.
Group Discussion Guide: Christ Is Prerequisite For Church
This is the group discussion guide intended to accompany the reading of the booklet entitled “Christ is Prerequisite for Church”
The Cross & The Powers of Darkness (eBooklet 44 pages)
We have a calling that could be referred to as “The Even Greater Commission”: “… that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 3:10 Jesus laid down His life for a Bride who will love Him more than herself. The Lord purposed to have a Church that would demonstrate the wisdom and power of self-denying obedience in order to put to shame the powers of darkness. When the Body of Christ, the Church, rises above self-preservation to a self-denying obedience in demonstration of THE CROSS, God will be finished with the powers of darkness and they will be condemned to their eternal punishment.
The God-Centered Life (a 3-part series)
“God-Centeredness” is a quintessential issue. All Christians, as well as, all churches and ministries come down on one side of the line or the other regarding Man-Centeredness or God-Centeredness. There is a very clear line of demarcation. Our perspective has implications for virtually every activity of both our personal and corporate lives as Christians. Our perspective also affects our understanding of God Himself, as well as His eternal plans and purposes.
In order to address the issue of God-Centeredness, we need to investigate God’s intention – His plan and purpose – in creation. And in order to properly understand this, we need to see things from God’s point of view. And in order to have God’s point of view, we need to adopt an eternal perspective.
When we have become convinced that the vast majority of Christians, churches and ministries are preoccupied with Man-Centeredness rather than God-Centeredness - seeing things from a self-centered point of view rather than God’s point of view - this question emerges: “What can be done about changing all this?” Or better, “What has God provided as a means of changing our tendencies?” The biblical answer would be – the Cross – not only the Message of the Cross, but also The Way of the Cross – a rare topic for the present generation.
Headship, Leadership & The Body Another Look at Consensus in the Church
It is currently in vogue in certain movements in the Western Church to criticize church leaders for usurping the Headship of Christ in the Church. I agree that, generally speaking, this is a valid criticism. But, I but would like to also point out that people in general usurp the Headship of Christ much more often than church leaders. This makes sense simply because of the fact that there are more people than leaders in the Church. But, the more accurate statement would be that human beings, church leaders and people alike, are very guilty of usurping the Headship of Christ in the Church.
I am absolutely for the Headship of Christ in the Church – it is my passion. I just don’t think that the Headship of Christ is contrary to leadership in the Church. And, obviously, leadership in the Church should not be contrary to the Headship of Christ!
The issue is the Headship of Christ - not whether leaders get to “push their weight around” and “run the show”, nor is it about whether all the people get the opportunity to “share what’s on their hearts” and “have their say”. The issue is the pre-eminence of Christ and “hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches”.
The Parable of the Census & the Pestilence (eBooklet 31 pages)
We hear every day in the media what is going on in the world during “this present situation”. BUT, WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SPIRITUAL REALMS? There is a SHAKING in BOTH the material & the spiritual realms, because GOD IS JEALOUS FOR THE HEARTS OF HIS PEOPLE. Who do you belong to?
A Remnant Will Return (a 6-part series)
“Christendom” is a counterfeit Christianity in the form of a Constantinian Civil Religion. It is a religion which has been taken into the captivity of its surrounding culture. As with the Jewish religion which centuries ago had been exiled in Babylon, any remaining vestiges of our culturalized Christianity are now being utterly shaken to bare bones. This can be very unsettling to all who identify as “Christian”. But it is also absolutely necessary for the counterfeit to fall, so that the Lord can raise up that faith He looks for at His return. In fact, He is at work in the very cultural captivity to “TURN CAPTIVITY CAPTIVE” – turn their hearts captive to Himself – for a more authentic Christ-centered expression of His Kingdom – “a people prepared for the Lord”. While each essay is a "stand alone" message, reading the whole series in order is recommended.
Seeing the Kingdom Through the Cross (eBooklet 38 Pages)
Or Missing the King & His Kingdom
To understand the kingdom of God, we must understand the mystery of Christ, who is the King of that kingdom. If we seek the kingdom of God and do not enter into the mystery of Christ, we have not entered into the kingdom, and will misrepresent the kingdom of heaven in the world. By and large, the Church in the Western nations has failed to see and enter the kingdom of God, and therefore is misrepresenting the King and His kingdom in the world.
So, it is essential to understand the mystery of Christ who is the King of the Kingdom. The quintessential aspect of the Christ of God is His Cross. He is, in fact, a Crucified King. To understand the Christ of God, we must understand the Cross of Christ. To see the Christ of God, we must see a “Crucified Christ”.1 To truly see the kingdom of God, we must see it through the Cross of Christ. It is, in fact, the Kingdom of the Cross. What is needed to see the Crucified Christ and His Kingdom of the Cross? To offer an answer to that question is the goal of this message, Seeing the Kingdom Through the Cross.
Tabernacle Truths (a 9-part series)
A Pattern for Revelation & Relationship with Christ Through Worship & Prayer
Worship can be defined as the way by which we approach God and carry on a relationship with God. Essentially, prayer is also an approach to God. It is God’s ultimate intention to Reveal Christ during worship and prayer, as they are two main aspects of our Relationship with Christ. The Lord gave the Tabernacle to His people as a heavenly pattern for Revelation, Relationship, and ultimately Reflection (expression) of Christ.
The Vineyard & The Husbandman (a 5-part series)
Using the scriptural word picture of The Vineyard of the Lord, this essay takes a look at the current condition of the Church. In response to this, it then takes another look at the commission of the Church, dealing with various aspects of discipleship all in light of the New Covenant, with a particular focus on the Christ-centeredness of apostolic teaching and apostolic fellowship. The essay ends with a presentation of the disciple-maker as “Cultivator”, through the use of word pictures of The Husbandman.
Walking With Sorrow (eBooklet)
Sorrow is inescapable. And yet, the following questions, found in the hearts and minds of all human beings, are equally inescapable:
Why is there suffering and sorrow?
Why does God allow it?
Why do “good” people suffer?
Why do the young and innocent suffer?