Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The kingdom that turned the world upside down..

What the apostles preached...
   You may be thinking to yourself, "Okay, maybe Jesus preached about the kingdom, but it was different with His disiciples. He told them to preach about the new birth and salvation, not about the kingdom, right"? wrong. When Jesus commissioned the disciples, he specifically told them to preach about the kingdom.   Notice His preaching instructions: "As you go, preach, saying,"The kingdom of heaven is at hand."......He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick....Heal the sick there, and to say to them, "The kingdom of God has come near to you"(Mt. 10:7, Luke 9:2, 10:9). Please understand that these are not a few isolated proof texts. In nearly every passage where Jesus gave preaching instructions to His disciples, He told them to preach about the kingdom.
   You no doubt remember the disciple who said he would follow Jesus, but that he first had to bury his father. What did Jesus tell Him? "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kigdom of God"(Luke 9:60).
   But please don't misunderstand me. I am in no way minimizing our need to be Born Again and to be saved. These are crucial aspects of the Gospel. However, they are a means to an end---entering the kingdom of God.   Jesus never intended that His followers would preach about salvation and the new birth apart from the kingdom. The kingdom is an absolutely crucial part of the gospel. When we tell people aboaut salvation--but say nothing about the kingdom---we are not preaching the Godpel.
   And what gospel was it that Jesus said would be preached in all the world before the end? He said, "And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come"(Mt. 24:24). A gospel is being preached throughout the world today, but it is the gospel of the kingdom.

More tomorrow....

Love to all who read...

A great big Thank-you!!!

   As I was just finishing up this book, I received a large box in the mail It was full of nice home canned apples and pumpkin bread mix...the office ladies who received the box could smell the wonderful aroma through the box.....Since I did not recognize the name of the sender, I searched and finally found a letter explaining the wonderful gift! here is her letter for you to enjoy. We ate the apple pie the next day....
   Dear Michael and Debbie;
Hello! My husband and I are very thankful to you both. Love your videos on marriage(Husbands love your wives, wives, honor your Husbands), I found myself apologizing to my husband many times. We watched the wife tape first, and a week later my husband said it was time to watch the husband tape. As he put it on, he jokingly said to me, "I'm a little scared," It was great!"  
  Well..., then I read the Holy Sex book and WOW!, Thanks alot!!! That is when I decided to send you my apple pie in a jar and the pumpkin spice bread, which are 2 incredible aromas to have baking.
   My husband recently commented on how great God is, and he said that  ayear ago he would have said it was God who was breaking us up(my fault for trying to play his conscience), but NOW it is God bringing us closer together!
   I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am(ARE YOU!!!???), I can see the peace and joy even in our children. I personally think every woman should read the book, and I have already passed it on to several friends, and they and their husbands are also very thenkful. I am currently talking to my pastors wife to see if she might want to read it.
   Mu friend and I joke that even when we are older, she will teach wives how to submit, and I will teach them to be" suggestive"  with their husbands. Smile!! Oh, what joy life is becoming in our house. (How is yours  ladies?) I am thankful to God for being soooo patient with me...Well, enjoy your treats, we are enjoying ours!!!

 His Help Meet....

Ladies...How is your intimacy with your DH...This is what keeps HIM AT HOME!!!!
You  may laugh, but , it is the truth, that is how men are NEED their women...

Love to all who read...