Thursday, May 6, 2010

Acts In The Now

From the introduction to The Gospels In The Now:

I love Luke’s Gospel…the Gospel of the fully evolved Man…sophisticated…elegant…educated…intelligent. Luke is a physician with an excellent bedside manner, who writes a thoughtful and lovingly detailed letter to the young Greek, Theophilus, about the amazing God-Man. But in reality, it is written to all the Greeks, who would, in theory, appreciate the culture and refinement of its author, and the miracles and philosophy of its Main Character. Luke gives the most attention to the Nativity, because it is the most biographical of the four Gospels…it was also originally combined with the Book of Acts. It brings the Synoptic Gospels full circle, showing us the complete spectrum of all that was and is the Son of Man. Luke…the Gospel that cares!













Acts In The Now I, Verses 1 - 3

1. As you know, Theophilus, in the first installment of this book I wrote to you about all that Jesus began to do and teach while He was manifested in this physical dimension,

2. right up until the very day that He was received back into the heavenly realm, having given specific instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had personally chosen.

3. After His intense suffering and very public death, He presented Himself to them in a resurrected state, in various settings, over a period of forty days. In these meetings…this series of convincing demonstrations and irrefutable proofs of His post-resurrection reality…He spoke to them of one thing, and one thing only. His focus during these encounters was entirely on revealing to them the inner workings and new order of the Kingdom of God.

16 comments:

Keith said...

I'am glad U R writing again .

Northern Light said...

Bishop~

You're baaaaaack!! Back to where it all began for me, being able to read and think and blog. Northern Light is dustin' her true bloggin self off and gettin back to the real deal, here, lest Twitter and Facebook be left in the dust as second cousins. (whaaat? I don't know, it's 2:43 am, woke up, saw the tweet and got up and came right to the computer...ahh...good ole days, indeed)

I, have never read Acts, beginning to end, so I am most filled with anticipation. I will read it, learn it, understand it and enjoy it ~ THIS I know. (cause Bishop's bible teaching tells me so... wow, back to bed for me...♫♪♫

Tell me all about it...all about the new realm of it all. I eagerly await.

Peace,
Northern Light

Anonymous said...

Oh yes that's great Bishop.

Acts of the Apostles. A replica of the works of peace, love and reconciliation as championed by Christ Jesus.

So you're doing what exactly the disciples did in the bible times with their own revelations. To us now we've gotta you to do what they did but with 21st century revelation. Glory be to God.

May the same God who has seen you through the other writing projects see you through as you hand to us another yet true revealing biblical understanding of things according to the book of Acts.

I know one day through these projects the universe will read the Acts according to Bish. JES.

Shalom!

Pr. Ben Nadiope.

Anonymous said...

DITTO Northern light! Really looking forward to Acts..and love love love having the Bish back.Well, he was never really gone,but,you know; yay!!!!

Northern Light said...

When I got up this morning and checked in here, the song popped into my head that encapsulates how I feel about this "place", through it's writing from you, Bishop, and then the expressions shared by others.

♫♫♪ I'm getting back to the heart of Worship ♫♫

That's how much THIS blog means to us!
Glad to have you back at it.

Peace,
Northern Light

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John W. Brumlow said...

Your announcement to go forward with Acts was a joy to hear last night. I also really enjoyed the talk back session. It was clear that each individual got your teaching and that they were all conveying particular points that ministered to them the most. It is sweet how the message of peace does that. I love the description of the transfiguration in MITN 17. This is among the wonderful things in the mystical realm that have been meaningful to me through the years. Just had a discussion with someone yesterday about how, even when taken out of context, the use of Jesus name in faith still makes great things happen. I also can not remember a time when anyone has tried to pronounce a curse in Jesus name that it didn't appear to backfire on them. That is an amazing thing to note and to be aware of for me.

"His focus during these encounters was entirely on revealing to them the inner workings and new order of the Kingdom of God."

This is going to be a beautiful word in connection with the intent of Jesus' message as a catalyst for global compassion. It is great to see that this new world order is still at work.

Some of my strongest struggles have been and often still are in context with the lack of recognizable oneness, at least among those who call themselves followers of Jesus if not the whole world by now. It seems that every explanation of why that is not yet a tangible reality is just lame to say the least. The best relief that comes to me over this is that the "inner workings" of it are revealed to me.

I see the manifestation of this glory in many areas other than modern Christianity and probably embrace things said by Dalai Lama much more than Bennie Hinderance ( not sure about the spelling on that last name :)

One light note on this is that there is much evidence that, as taught in Buddhism, all sentient beings are holy and not just humans in a person's own close group of humans. With this in mind at least I have the consoling thought that if we humans can't get it right then perhaps nature will just erase us and give the sea mammals a shot at it. Heck the Dolphins probably have it right already, I mean what do they care about nuclear proliferation or building the tallest high rise in history? Their advanced thought and neural network allows them to quickly find what ever they need at the time it is needed. No human has ever met that measure of efficiency in all history. Perhaps instead of just hearing and repeating the words of the Creator to them, they actually listened and put it to practice in their lives.

Oh well, the sun will come out tomorrow and you can bet those Dolphins will still be smiling.

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Karl McIntosh Cobos said...

amen to the comments...and yes, I'm sure we can learn a lot more from Flipper than we realize.

Avatar said...

Good to "See" everyone...off we go...into the wild blue yonder...

and, Dr.Luke, it's good to "See" you again too...
v.3 "intense" suffering.
I'm sure you had the eyes to see how really intense it was.

"One thing and one thing only"...that works like a great huge ad sign for the Kingdom...very cool.

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Karl McIntosh Cobos said...

Liked this sentence about Jesus' focus;

His focus during these encounters was entirely on revealing to them the inner workings and new order of the Kingdom of God

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Scott Blankenship said...

Haha.. YES! very happy to see your doing this!

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Larry Usher said...

Excellent! The Kingdom! Very few walk in their full potential as an ambassador of this Kingdom, as a rightful heir, as a carrier, an ark of God- but this is the aim, the goal, the ultimate satisfaction...to consider it not robbery to equate ourselves with Him as He has done with us- to commune, to dwell, to rest.

Karl said...

I find it interesting in verse 3 that for forty days He spoke to them of the kingdom of God...and 40 years wandering in the desert, of the things of God.

v.4...also enjoy the fact that very often Jesus gave spiritual food while people were eating regular food, a relaxing and generally inviting and receptive environment for spiritual things to conceive in the heart.

v.5...always enjoy the comparison of water and the Holy Spirit...the natural with the supernatural.

v.6,7...in these verses the disciples are still looking for a natural, visible kingdom to be restored when Christ's intent is restoration of a spiritual kingdom, continuing to reiterate about the Holy Spirit, like He did in His final discourse before the cross..."when He comes He will...", and, "if I don't go away, He can't come"

When they ask about kingdom restoration Jesus says "you will receive power and be my witnesses"

word ver: goecomen
GO...into the ECOlogy...of MEN.

Izumi/JOY said...

The Book of Acts? Love it! Woohoo! Can't wait to study it again.

SCRIBE said...

Amen! We have heard it said unto us, NOW! this is what God is SAYING in this very hour...

Friday Afternoon
07 MAY 2010 @ 1256 Hours

Peace be unto you on this day- for I am the Lord Almighty: Strength to those whom are weak and downhearted, Healing to the sick, weary, and faint at heart,RESTORATION to the depleted and broken! I am WHOLENESS to the shattered and fragmented souls in despair, and LIVING WATER to the dehydrated in need of replenishment.

What then / now do you say, shall you say, and have you said TO and ABOUT all these things? The correct and exact answer IS: "LET THERE BE LIGHT, HEALTH, WHOLENESS, ABUNDANCE because God is before / in front of/ within, and is foremost in your livelihood, then no person, entity, or thing has the power to rise up to contend with you and expect to win!" Selah...

Let there BE: HOMES for the homeless and without a place to call their own,VEHICLES (debt-free and reliable) for those without / in need of secure transportation, SUPERNATURAL PROVISION for those who have "fished all night" / cast out their nets for many long seasons and came up empty. Yet, because they NOW HEAR ME SAY-- Go forth again in renewed faith and heightened expectancy to secure that which have seemed to escape your reach / grasp before in what appeared to be futile efforts; and because you had a willing heart, went about in diligence with a spirit of excellence, NOW YOU ARE RECEIVING just as you have believed and confessed with boldness, without further delay or hesitation! For this is the day, hour, minute, year, decade that the Lord has made and you shall rejoice and be glad in it. Let everything that have breath praise the Lord Most High.

May the grace of the Lord Almighty serve as your outpouring and incoming measure today and everyday. Shout Hallelujah! for nothing is as it was before according to My Promises and that which has been decreed by my precious people through FAITH in MY FAITHFULNESS. Let / allow / grant access, entrance, and express permission that MY WILL (the Will of Divine Plans and Purpose) of the Lord be done-- WHATEVER IT IS, while resting in MY PEACE that it shall be what I have deemed best. Selah...

Lift up your hands unto Me while rejoicing, exalting, and praising My Holy Name, standing on My Sovereign Word, having a steadfast TRUST in Me that I am both the Author and Finisher of your faith indeed. You are neither forsaken or forgotten as I pour out boatloads of WISDOM that unveils insight / foresight of what is to come and for Supernatural Direction, Guidance, and Instruction designed and outlined to minister to and provide assistance for others you encounter. Apart from Me, you can do nothing. Therefore, learn to be content wherever I may lead you, even though it may be outside the standardized and preset comfort zones; for I am revealing, creating, and orchestrating NEW THINGS within My People to reach those who have been previously bypassed in other social orders, established organizations, and so-called outreaches that have done more to exclude and alienate rather than draw in and encompass by LOVING as prescribed by the Holy Spirit...

Oh Give THANKS unto the LORD of HOSTS as RESTORATION untold rushes in as torrential flash-floods of The Anointing, tempered with grace galore, thoroughly seasoned with LOVE for such a time as this...leaving behind saturations of PEACE and WHOLENESS to the utmost. All you are required to do is simply show up with Me-- The Lord JEHOVAH as your supreme escort. Then, I will be the All Powerful One who shows out without the formalities of invitation or introduction. Selah...Amen.

SCRIBE said...

(PART 2)

Last, but not least, let go of and and release all things and people that you have allowed to hold you hostage through imprisonment of unforgiveness. Let go of these things to receive that which is greater. Arise and inherit your resurrection, leaving behind the dead and stagnant grave clothes of bondage.

On this day, let the Word of God stand as ULTIMATE TRUTH and everything contrary to that irrefutable truth be exposed as the lies and counterfeits they are...

Amen. Amen!

Karl said...

Scribe, these, your words resounded in me: Arise and inherit your resurrection, leaving behind the dead and stagnant grave clothes of bondage.