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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on April 19, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

Be still and know that I AM God.

I was recently in a church where the “pastor” stood in front of the congregation and told everyone to begin to speak in tongues.  The entire place exploded in a cacophony of voices.  I turned to the Wifey, shook my head, and stated this was unbiblical.

There are those, especially in the Hyper-Pentecostal church, who will disagree with this.  However, when we look at the scripture in 1 Corinthians 14: 23 If therefore the whole church be assembled together and all speak with tongues, and there come in men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that ye are mad?

So there we have what the Bible says about everyone speaking in tongues together. We can tap dance around this and tell each other that this scripture didn’t apply to the corporate church, but I believe it’s very clear.  The gift of tongues, when manifest, must have an interpreter, period, and the congregation is not to speak in tongues all at once.

27 If any man speaketh in a tongue, let it be by two, or at the most three, and that in turn; and let one interpret:

28 but if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Then there are those who insist that these gifts passed away in the first century, and won’t move in the gifts at all.  However, there is nothing that states the gifts have ever left the church…. For the most part they have either been dormant, or abused.

Back to the church service:  What was interesting to me was nothing happened after the outburst.  There was no move of God.  However, just before the outburst the congregation was sitting still, in silence, and was waiting on Him. We weren’t trying to manipulate anything, or storm the gates of heaven.  We were still before Him.  I spoke first, as the Spirit of the Living God gave me a short word: Praise God the giver of Life. 

Then, someone else added to it.  All in all, about 30 people participated and everyone’s words were an insight about our Father.  In other words what we experienced was a Bible study about the attributes of God.  It was wonderful, and the people moved in the gifts of the spirit.

The churches, for the  most part, have forgotten what it is like to sit before the Lord, to be still and know that He is God.

Most churches never practice this, so the folks never actually hear from the Lord in a service.  They are never trained corporately to be still.  When and if it happens, most are uncomfortable with it.  We’re so used to being entertained, to have something going on, a program, the morning announcements, the special offering song, the worship team playing the latest “hits.”  While all that is part of our services, we neglect the basics.  Most churches have less than 30 seconds of prayer each week.  Most churches never are still before the Lord, and certainly won’t allow any “outburst” from the congregants.

With all of this said, I would state that we live in a time where we have a form of religion but deny it’s power, Just like Jeshua/Jesus warned us would be the case in the last days.  The power comes from when the spirit of the living God, shows up.  You and I have nothing of ourselves.  We can’t manufacture the presence of God.  There’s no magic formula. There’s no set way to bring it in except to be still.  In other words by emptying ourselves of our agenda and being still before the living God, we are then allowing His Spirit to move, to teach, to admonish, to warn, to utter prophecy, to have a word of healing.

This is what happened in the first century church and we read about it all through the Book oF Acts!  The people waited on the Living God and lives were changed and transformed.  Oh that our churches would abandon their seeker-friendly programs and their rigid structures, and Be still and know that He is God. 

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Sunday Bun

Posted by lamarzulli on March 29, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

23This is the LORD’S doing; It is marvelous in our eyes. 24This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25O LORD, do save, we beseech You; O LORD, we beseech You, do send prosperity!… Psalm 118

Every morning, the moment in which I find myself awake, I say the above words of the psalmist, to myself.  I start the day by giving the Most High God the recognition he is due.   This psalm is a proclamation, a statement of faith.

This is the day the Lord has made:  We give the creator, Yashua/Jesus, the credit for the day, the creation.  In other words as John tells us:  Through Him all things were made and without nothing that was made was made.  

We’re not giving the credit to Darwinism, or the theory of evolution, but the creator of the universe, The Living God, who spoke everything we see into existence, from the galaxies spinning around in a cosmic dance above us, to the ant crawling on my kitchen counter scrounging for food.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.  This next sentence is an admonition for us to rejoice in the fact that we are alive and “vertical,” and filled with the promise of another 24 hour period in which anything is possible!  We are told to be glad.  How many of us awaken to find ourselves in sickness, in financial trouble, without a  job.  In spite of our circumstances and the trials we face, we are told to rejoice and be glad. We are told:  All things are possible with God….

When we take this promise as a fact and couple it with the admonition of rejoicing that we are alive on planet earth and have another day to walk about in His creation, this should kindle our faith.  It should lift our hearts and minds and give us peace that He is in control and will work on our behalf.    

O LORD, do save: What do we ned to be saved from?  Our habitual sin?  Bitterness, anger, malice, lust, covetousness?  The list is almost endless.  When we cry out to Him who is greater than anything we face, He is faithful to save.  It might not be in the way in which we imagined, but when we look back we can see His hand was guiding us and in fact, His footsteps were next to ours as we walk through life.

Send Prosperity: This is not a name it and claim it statement where we proclaim we will get a new house or a new car, but rather:  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28  Father will prosper us in the way.  Think about how many areas of our lives this includes.  Our marriage, our relation with our children, our business, our ministry, our golf game!  LOL!  He will work everything to our good, if we trust Him.

In closing todays Bun.  Life can be hard.  It can be filled with trials.  However, there is a time when we enter into His rest.  With that in mind, let us rejoice that we have another day in which to see our Father work in our lives through Jesus, and the power of his mighty spirit.

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun! Why Israel – Why Now?

Posted by lamarzulli on March 22, 2015

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(Note – Here’s the new image for the Bun!)

 

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.  Zechariah 12:3

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  Zechariah 12:9

Israel Timeline

 

 

Why the global attention on Israel and why is it happening now?  Isn’t it interesting how Antisemitism is on the rise?  Isn’t it amazing how even portions of the church are proclaiming that the Jews that are in the Holy land are not the real Jews.

Obama wants Israel to  go back to the 1967 borders which would be national suicide.  The Palestinians call out for a homeland but a case can be made that Jordan is that homeland and as Joseph Farrah of WND puts it:  There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc. Keep in mind that the Arabs control 99.9 percent of the Middle East lands. Israel represents one-tenth of 1 percent of the landmass.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2000/10/1696/#cD9tu12HjeKA6BMS.99

Think about it.  Israel is the focus of international scrutiny.  The Iranians want her wiped off the map.  HAMAS and Hezbollah have vowed not even one grain of sand will they give to the nation of Israel.

There is a supernatural reason for what we see and it is because we are headed to The Time of Jacobs Trouble, in other words The Tribulation.  All the signs are here, the signs that Jesus warned us would precede His second coming; wars and rumors of wars, famines, pestilence, earthquakes in diverse places and troublesome times.

The present administration sent it’s lackey’s to Israel in an attempt to sway the election and not being pleased with the results, Obama now threatens to go before the United Nations in an attempt to once again divide the land.  (Keep your eye on the New Madrid fault-line if this happens)

Israel is now gathered back into her ancient homeland, just like Bible prophecy declared, centuries before.  The Most High God is about to deal with her.  She is now surrounded by nations that will coalesce into a confederacy and attack her, but she will be victorious.

In closing todays Bun:  The hatred of the Jewish people has a supernatural origin and it is this.  The Messiah came from the root of Jesse, He was a Jew and he destroyed the works of the Fallen One, on Calvary.  He opened the door for all the people of the world to be reconciled with the real God of the universe.  When we call upon his name, Yashua/Jesus and ask Him into our hearts, our sins are forgiven and we have eternal life.  This is the good-news!  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

What was written will come to pass.  What was foretold will unfold.

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on March 15, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

The Nephilim Agenda Conference ended last night.  It’s been good to see Randy and Caspar and Mike again, as well as meeting some new folks.  I gave three presentations and will speak again this morning.  We head out to New Mexico on Tuesday, and will be spacing at Calvary Chapel East, Wednesday night, and then head up to Dine Baptist Church in Farmington NM, on Friday night.  Please keep the Dizdar’s in your prayers, as Russ was not able to speak at the conference and he was sorely missed.

Here’s a chart from Clarence Larkin, one of my favorite dispensational teachers!  This will stir the pot a bit, as it were, as he points to the Genesis 1:1 scripture and believes, as I do that the earth was re-created.  Like Larkin, I believe something cataclysmic happened on the earth and it was destroyed.  The bottom line for me is this, we really don’t know.  If we are intellectually honest, we begin to realize that there are several positions one can hold in regard to the creation of the earth.  There are those who insist that what we read in Gen. 1: 1 is the first creation of the earth, and then there are those who believe in a re-creation.  What I like about Larkin is that we can see and grasp, at a glance, through his illustration, the progression of the earth with the climax being the creation of a new heaven and earth.

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on February 15, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.  1 John 2;18

John, the beloved apostle, wrote this almost 2000 years ago.  He warns those, who would read his letter, two important points to consider.  The first, is the antichrist is coming, and the second, that it is the last hour. 

When we read this we wonder how can almost 2000 years go by and still The Lord tarries, where is the promise of His coming, as Peter would write to us in another epistle?

Peter also instructs us:  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8

Are we in the last hour as John warns us?  Has this last hour continued for almost 2000 years?  Is the antichrist—what I would call the spawn of the Fallen Cherub—alive now on the planet?

Last Sunday we saw what I would call a Luciferian spectacle at the Grammy’s.  The week before we had Katy Perry’s Illuminati half-time show, at the Super Bowl, complete with references to the all-seeing-eye, as well as the woman who rides the beast.

We are far down the rabbit hole and I would go out on a limb and posit that the antichrist is most likely alive and well and living on the planet.  Think about it.  With the telecommunications that link us globally, the Super Bowl show was seen by millions of people all over the world. With that in mind the imagery that we see in both the Super Bowl, as well as the Grammy’s, is deliberately crafted and those who have given their lives to the Fallen One know the lateness of the hour.

Katy PerryThe audience, at the Grammy’s sang Highway to Hell, complete with glow-in-the-dark devil horns that were given out to the audience.

Note the picture with Katy Perry giving “homage”  to the horned one with her hand signs.

This is how far we have come.

I believe there is a cadre of men and women who know this is the last hour, except they hate Yashua/Jesus, they hate what he stands for, they hate the God of the Bible.  They believe Lucifer-the Fallen One—is really the good god.

Chris Blake stated this in Watchers 5, when he talked about the group known as, The sons of the Nephilim, who at some point will place their elect man, the antichrist, in the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and this man, will proclaim himself god.

The Nephilim were the sons of the fallen angels that we read about in Genesis 6.  In Genesis 3, we hear from The Most High God, that the seed—of the serpent—will be at enmity with the seed of the woman.  This sets up the final end-times scenario where we will see the seed of the serpent i.e. the antichrist manifest on this planet.

In closing todays Bun: The antichrist is the seed of The Fallen Cherub and he will embody all of the power and authority Satan can give him.  He will rule over the earth.  I can’t help but think we are in the window of time where he will be made known to the world at some point in the near future.  I also believe the church will not see him revealed and for that I am grateful.  In the meantime we need to pray and stand strong and understand the tenuous time we are living in…. this is the final hour.

 

 

 

 

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Sunday go to Meeting BUN!

Posted by lamarzulli on February 8, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

Who is speaking into our lives?  Whose voice do we listen too? 

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.
When we read the above scripture by Paul it is very clear that if we are in the Messiah we are a new creature.  In essence, when we become born again, we are filled with the Spirit of the Living God, who will teach us in all things and we become a new creature, which is under construction until we leave this earth.
However, the enemy of our souls, The Fallen One, seeks to rob kill and destroy us of our destiny.  He will whisper in our minds and sow seeds of doubt, uncertainty and fear.
With that in mind we need to take inventory to see whose voice it is we are listening to, or who is speaking into our lives.
I run almost daily and it is my private time with the God of the Universe.  Sometimes during the onset of the run I’ll get a condemning thought, something like: You really  blew that relationship didn’t you…. (This accusation may point to an event that happened decades ago, but that’s the way the enemy works, he truly is the accuser of the brethren.)
Well, guess whose voice that is? At this moment, I have choice to either listen to the voice of the accuser or pray against it and realize that I’m a new creature in Christ and in spite of my failed relationships and the sin in my life: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Let’s take some extreme examples.  If you were a prostitute and were delivered from that sin and are now born again and spirit filled, do we really believe that the enemy of our souls is NOT going to bring your past up over and over again?  Can you imagine the guilt, the condemnation, the depression those accusations would bring?
This is why it’s important to understand and know that no matter how depraved our sin is, He forgives us and no matter how broken we are, He can heal us.  He loves us just where we are and as we move forward under the power of The Spirit of the Living God—the Holy Spirit—the things that held us in bondage, no longer do.
Whom the son sets free is free indeed!
We have a choice to choose who we will listen to, what thoughts we will entertain what other thoughts we will pray against.  It is literally a moment by moment choice that all of us in these there dimensional-biological suits, are faced with.
When the Holy Spirit brings something up in our lives that needs to change we must learn to heed His voice and while we are faced head on with our sin, know: that there is now no condemnation for those who are in the Messiah!
In closing todays Bun.  The enemy will always condemn us, that’s his nature.  The Spirit of the Living God, while pointing out areas of our lives that need to change, will do so in a completely different way, then by the power of the living God, we will change into the new creature that Messiah promises us we will be.
“Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
 
Pray Request:
Please pray for baby Ethan who was just born and is experiencing seizures that the doctors have no idea why they are occurring.  I’ll post more on this soon, but in the meantime pray.  There is a history of UFO encounters in the family including abduction.  Please pray…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on February 1, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

Something wicked this way comes….

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2 Thessalonians 2:11

Today is Super Bowl Sunday. Millions of people around the world will gather and party-down and watch the game.  Then, at half time, Katy Perry will “entertain” us.  This is the subject of this Sunday Bun.

We are living in a post-Christian world.  When I was a boy and started school, some 59 years ago, the ten commandments were still hanging in the hallways, prayer was still allowed, and millions of babies were safe in the wombs of their mothers.

Now, 60 million babies have been aborted and over 1 Billion world-wide.  There is no prayer in the schools and if someone even mentions God at graduation, they face charges and lawsuits.  The homosexual agenda is being forced down our throats and taught to our children as an acceptable life-style.  As Christians we can not accept gay marriage, or the gay lifestyle.  While we are to love those who struggle in this area, we must discern between what the Bible teaches and the any-thing-goes morality that is now part of our culture.

Our movies, televisions and radios ooze out a steady stream of occult laced themes.  Witchcraft is cool—think Harry Potter here—and ouija boards are back and kids are using them.  This is a gateway to the demonic.

Katy PerryEnter the world of Pop music.  When I show Katy Perry’s ET video, much of the audience is shocked by what they see.  In the video her character appears first as the classic ET alien, then shape-shifts to a human, then at the very end we see that she is actually a chimera, half human from the waist up and a fawn from the waist down.

I would posit that this is very deliberate and in fact is an echo of what we read about in Genesis 6, and also in The book of Enoch.  The angels sinned against the animal kingdom….

MadonnaWhen Madonna and Beyonce gave their half-time shows at the super bowl, it was an occult event.  When Katy Perry sang at the Grammy’s it was a blatant occult event.

What I believe we will see this half-time show—and I hope I’m wrong—is an open worship of the Fallen Cherub, Lucifer.

For the millions of people who watch the upcoming spectacle it will seem like harmless entertainment, as they munch on chips and wash it down with their favorite beverage.  However, what is really going on, is a Luciferian initiation and unless a person deliberately rebukes it and casts it down, they are giving it permission to enter their minds and souls.

In closing todays Bun.  There is a dark agenda.  The Prince of the Power of the Air, the Prince of this world, has set his plan in motion and it is to ensure the hearts and minds of the people of the earth.  Take a good look at Madonna, who is dressed as a Babylonian priestess.  This was at the Superbowl.

So today, if you watch the game, when the half-time show begins, stay in prayer.  Pray against it and keep your eyes and ears open.  I’ll be reporting on it tomorrow on the BLOG.

The ruler of this world is alive and well,  however, Yashua/Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and so greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.  

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6. 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on January 18, 2015

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L. A. Marzulli

I had an encounter a few weeks ago while shopping at the  Home Depot and I thought it would be a good time to discuss it now.

We read the scriptures and we believe they are the word of God—the real one.  Our Bibles differ from any other book on the planet because they have a prophetic thread from Genesis to Revelation.  The Bible is the inspired, anointed, word of the Most High God.

After Jesus died and then rose again, He admonished His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the Holy Spirit, who would teach them all things.  The Spirit of the Living God descended on those gathered in the upper room on the day of Pentecost and the church was born.  Under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached from the upper rooms balcony and 3000 people were born again that day and the Spirit of the Living God dwelt among men and women.

From that point on, in the Book of Acts we read about events where the Holy Spirit is prompting men and women to do and say certain things.  Think about Phillip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.

 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

“Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
    and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he opens not his mouth.
33 In his humiliation justice was denied him.
    Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.”

So we see Philip telling the man the good news about the Messiah!  He is being led by the Spirit of the Living God.  He is being told to do something and he does it.

Now back to the story.

I was minding my own business in the Home Depot.  I had a check-list of items I needed to buy by for this fence I’m building around our property.  As I was walking down one of the isles I felt the anointing of the Spirit come over me.  I began to pray.  In front of me about 30 feet away was a woman who was talking to a man.  They were both Home Depot employees.  I couldn’t hear what they were saying but I had a word from the Spirit of the Living God that I was to go and pray for her and heal her, specifically for the fever that she had.

I walked up to them and said, excuse me but are you sick?  Do you have a fever. 

The woman looked at me and nodded.

“Do you mind if I pray for you, I’m a pastor?

At this point the man turned and left without a word and the woman nodded again.

I gently put my hand on her shoulder and prayed.  I knew in my spirit that God was healing her at that moment.  I finished my prayer.  She thanked me and I went about my business.

I met my wifey a few minutes later and told her what had happened.  I was teary-eyed as I did so because of the anointing that God had put in my life and that He had allowed me to participate in His kingdom.

So the take-away here is this.  We read and study the Bible—the Guidebook to the Supernatural—as it is our training manual, then we yield ourselves to the Living God, the God who is outside time and space and knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end.  We make ourselves available in the most mundane of circumstances, as we never know when He will tap us on the shoulder and use us.

He’s good all the time and He loves to have us participate in bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.

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Sunday Go To Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on December 21, 2014

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L. A. Marzulli

Isaiah 9:6-7New King James Version (NKJV)

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

There are some of you who will read this and say something like this:  L. A., Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday, but here’s where I’m coming from.  Look at the prophecy written thousands of years ago by the prophet Isaiah.  The words herald the coming Messiah, the Anointed One, the King, and Christians all over the world celebrate his coming into the world on December 25th.

One point I think most of us will agree on is this, Jesus, fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah almost 2 thousand years ago.  For our Israeli/Jewish friends who may visit this BLOG, I will point out that it’s not a matter of conversion, to Christianity, it’s a matter of accepting the one who was sent, the Messiah.  I believe you are not called to convert to Christianity, as you are Jewish, but only to accept your Messiah, Yashua.  At the day of Pentecost when the apostles received the Holy Spirit, Peter preached and the church was born, most of these were Jewd who accepted Yashua/Jesus as the Messiah.

Jesus the God-man became a little lower than the angels and dwelt among us.  His own did not recognize Him, and later as Isaiah states in the 53 chapter, He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows. 

Yashua/Jesus paid the price for every sin past, present. and future when he willingly gave His life on Calvary.  His shed blood is what redeems us and makes us righteous before a Holy God.

The Prince of the world has created much of what we see around us then, in Jesus time, and in ours, now.  The heart of man is desperately wicked…. Think about the atrocities that spilled the blood of countless people over the centuries.  Satan, The Fallen Cherub is still in control of this planet, even though he was defeated once and for all at the cross he still wages a campaign of death and destruction.   As Paul tells us; For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.

In short, we all wait for the coming of the King.

For those of us who are born-again believers in the Messiah, we can agree that He did come into this world.  We may disagree to the date and some may choose to celebrate it or not.  Christmas has in some ways become commercialized, but for me and my household it is a time in which we acknowledge the savior of the world.

In closing todays post:  Here’s an article by my friend Cris Putnam.

Blessings to all and Merry Christmas!

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Christmas on December 25th is not from Paganism!

dec 25If you frequent social media, then you’ve probably been inundated with smarty pants pseudo scholars calling Christmas a “pagan holiday.” These under-informed accusers believe they have the goods with bold claims like Christmas trees are forbidden in Jeremiah 10 (a passage about the manufacture of Canaanite idols) and that the date of December 25th was adopted from the pagan holiday of Saturnalia (actually December 17th).

The best way to respond to these claims is to ask them what evidence they have (from source documents). Most of the time this question will cause them to change the subject or elicit the chirping of crickets.  The truth is most of the claims are dubious and have no actual evidence.  Even if there were other holidays on the same date, it does not mean that they were even aware of each other. Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. The leaps in logic are prohibitive and there is no source claiming the Christians appropriated pagan days until the 12th century!

In the real world. reputable ancient source documents lay waste to the popular pagan origins theory concerning December 25. Biblical Archaeology Review is a serious journal respected by real biblical scholars. The article How December 25 Became Christmas provides ample evidence debunking the pagan origins myth, showing how it actually began, and even demonstrating how 12-5 was decided to be the date of Jesus’s birth. This dates back to the second century ( I challenge pagan theorists to antedate it).

Around 200 C.E. Tertullian of Carthage reported the calculation that the 14th of Nisan (the day of the crucifixion according to the Gospel of John) in the year Jesus diedc was equivalent to March 25 in the Roman (solar) calendar. March 25 is, of course, nine months before December 25; it was later recognized as the Feast of the Annunciation—the commemoration of Jesus’ conception. Thus, Jesus was believed to have been conceived and crucified on the same day of the year. Exactly nine months later, Jesus was born, on December 25.[1]

Of course, I am a nerd with Logos Bible Software and a searchable database of ancient documents including Tertullian. I verified the claim from the original source documents, Tertullian wrote:

And the suffering of this “extermination” was perfected within the times of the lxx hebdomads, under Tiberius Cæsar, in the consulate of Rubellius Geminus and Fufius Geminus, in the month of March, at the times of the passover, on the eighth day before the calends of April (March 25)[2]

The belief was that he died on the same day he was conceived. They believed the conception was on March 25 which became the Feast of the Annunciation, commemorating the angel’s appearance to Mary:  “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth” (Luke 1:26) This idea appears in an anonymous Christian treatise titled On Solstices and Equinoxes from fourth-century North Africa:

“Therefore our Lord was conceived on the eighth of the kalends of April in the month of March [March 25], which is the day of the passion of the Lord and of his conception. For on that day he was conceived on the same he suffered.” [3]

The rationale was innocent enough, just add nine months to date of conception to determine when He was born and it lands on December 25th.  It’s that simple. Paganism had absolutely nothing to do with it.

 

Note:  Due to so may folks missing the point, I do not think Jesus was born on Dec 25th; the point of this post is that the early church did not chose the date based on a pagan holiday but rather when they assumed he was conceived (mistaken or not).

 

[1]Andrew McGowan, “How  December 25th Became Christmas ” Biblical Archeology Review, 08/12/2014 http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/#location1

[2] Tertullian, “An Answer to the Jews,” in Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian, ed. Alexander Roberts, James Donaldson, and A. Cleveland Coxe, trans. S. Thelwall, vol. 3, The Ante-Nicene Fathers (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Company, 1885), 160.

[3] De solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis domini nostri iesu christi et iohannis baptista  as cited by Andrew McGowan, “How  December 25th Became Christmas ” Biblical Archeology Review, 08/12/2014  http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/how-december-25-became-christmas/#note11 

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Sunday Go to Meeting Bun!

Posted by lamarzulli on December 14, 2014

Bun!!!Sunday Bun

by

L. A. Marzulli

The Anvil in the forge of God.

When we read the accounts of Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses and pretty much any Biblical character throughout history, all have one thing in common and it is this.  They all spend time on the Anvil in Gods forge.  Moses, for instance spends 40 years tending sheep.  Ever wonder what went on during those 40 years?

Paul spends about 14 years before he begins his ministry.  It would be interesting if there was a diary of what Moses and Paul learned during those years.

I would venture to say this, that everyone who is used by The Most High God, spends time on His anvil and guess what?  This process will produce the following attributes.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Galatians 5:5

We just don’t wake up on a Monday morning and suddenly find ourselves walking with and in these attributes.  This is where the anvil and forge come in to play.

In some ways we are literally pounded into shape on Gods “cosmic” anvil.  We are re-made, into the image and likeness of the risen savior, Jesus.  We never reach perfection and this process continues throughout our Christian walk, but we are certainly in the process of being perfected and as Paul tells us, one day we will know as we are known. 

In the meantime we are taught by the Spirit of the Living God.  Jesus tells us:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14: 26

How do we go from being self obsessed, selfish people into the image and likeness of our risen Savior?  The Spirit of the Living God gives us a glimpse of who we are, with our sin nature in tact.  This is when we are placed on the anvil.  Then He begins to reshape us.  Sometimes it can take years to mold a man or a women into what He wants us to be.  The process can be painful at times.  It can also leave us feeling defeated, hopeless and wondering if the reshaping will ever end.  The good news is, The Master Craftsman knows what He is doing.  He knows where to apply the hammer to shatter old concepts or old thinking patterns.  He knows when to turn up the heat in order to soften us so He can then reshape us.  He knows when to plunge us into a cold bath, to wake us up from the delusion of sin.

This process takes years and is not something that man or woman can create in him or herself.  It is done by the God’s Spirit, and the fruits of it are listed in the Galatians chapter above.

Don’t be afraid of the anvil in God’s Forge, for He is a Master craftsman and in the end He will produce an incredible work in us!

 

 

 

 

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