Mad Crazy Sex

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If we can tolerate all the risqué ads on TV & billboards etc, then we can deal with some healthy truth. Israel would send its 'Head' into the secret place. If a priest would go behind the veil of flesh unclean and in broken covenant with God, this priest would produce his personal death. The glory could not come into contact with defilement. A priest could not casually come on in. He had to be in relationship and in covenant. He even needed to be circumcised as a sign of covenant and cleanliness as well as a public declaration of the condition of his heart. This in no way means we need to be circumcised in order to have sex with our spouse.

When a man enters into a woman's secret place and he is unclean in heart, out of relationship and not living in covenant with that woman, they will only produce death. Casual sex is a terrible injustice to the parties involved. Sex outside of covenant is wrong because intimacy without covenant is damaging to the spiritual cycle of life. We introduce into this natural realm the fruit of reckless abandonment, rather than mutual submission in covenant and in relationship.

We are CO-Laborers, CO-Heirs and CO-mmisioned

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Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (New International Version)

We have been called to Co-labor with the intention and agenda of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ model prayer invites us to invoke heaven’s assistance in bringing his bread and forgiveness to a broken world. Jesus said, “let your kingdom come, let your will be done.” The Kingdom always precedes his will. The three-letter word, “let” is not a suggestion or a plea. It is a command! Just like, “let there be light” or “let the high praises of God be on my lips.” 

Broken, No More

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To be effective fathers, we must be touchable! Priests could not have boils; small, unhealed wounds that become infected and painful to the touch. Why? Simply because, true spiritual authority doesn't start with organization; it's with family. When a church ceases to be a family, she loses her authority. Fathers start families. Fathers are more than “donors”; they are instructors, providers, guardians and disciplinarians. They raise sons in the way they should go and not the way the Father determines to be fit. Fathers, honor the future God desires for the sons and sons honor their fathers. This is just as true in a home as it is in an ecclesiastical setting. In the absence of honor, victimization and entitlement give rise. Instead of honoring one another our relationships will continually corrode! This is why God chose fathers to establish Israel and fathers to birth the Church and these fathers are all honored in the New Jerusalem with thrones.

Every weekend, many gather for a great production, but often times there’s no productivity. Why, you may ask? Because we've surrendered our birthright for what some one else prepared; an old wineskin and model that has perpetuated pain, immaturity and deep disappointment. This has created a realm of spiritual poverty called, “an orphan spirit”. It's truly a pity to live so spiritually impoverished when in fact; we are a multi-mantled generation with vast potential. However, feeble-minded, pseudo-ecclesiastical, absentee spiritual fathers/mothers have kept us from walking as heirs of Jesus' finished work. In order to reveal the finished work, release the generational blessing and break the curse of generational infancy, Fathers must turn their hearts to this generation of bastard sons & daughters born in CEO-Modeled churches and celebrity evangelist crusades!

21st Century Church Leadership

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Leaders, who have been around the block a few times, tend to use old maps to find new lands. Time and experience can work against a seasoned leader, if they are not actively listening to the details of what God is speaking in order to counteract our unhinged or sometimes sluggish lifestyles.

Solution: Time and experience can be helpful, but can also be a hindrance because they tend to lock the mind into one direction. I have decided to forget much of what used to work and embrace new strategies and tactics as the Lord guides me. I am not advocating replacing all the old with new paradigms. Simply stated, not all of the old is worthless and not all of the new is valuable. We should recognize 'time' as well as our changing environment, as teachers. I believe this enhances our personal development. All of God's Truth is progressive. This also takes into account, how the Spirit equips the Church through us as leaders. Old maps keep us wandering in places of familiarity. Often times, we fall victims to the comparison game. As we seek for newness, we begin to look for those things that have brought success in other church settings and we attempt to replicate them. Let us not be fearful of questioning the relevancy of dogmas, traditions, and structures accepted in the past. Become open to every Word that comes from the mouth of God. Ditch sentimentalism whenever necessary. It is not a matter of continually recreating the wheel, but we must allow God to unearth the creative attributes we all have in our spiritual DNA as well as in the environment He has situated us.

Intimacy with a Personal God

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Do you ever feel that you are praying to some mystical, distant, non-personal being, almost like the way God is represented in a sci-fi movie? Have you ever wondered what you had to do to cultivate intimacy with God? Have you ever thought, "I wish God would just lay it out straight? I wish He would give me a few steps to take - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5."

I stumbled upon Proverbs 2 as a young adult and found out that God has given us a divine prescription for deepening our relationship with Him. He really does give us the steps. He gives us five conditions to understand the fear (reverence) of the Lord and to draw close to Him.

On the morning I started to receive revelation about this chapter, I began spending a lot of time figuring out what those five conditions were. I already knew that spiritual intimacy develops progressively, but as I continued to focus on seeking the knowledge of God, I would discover more and more. I soon learned that the five conditions listed in Proverbs 2:1-4 are fairly simple. Though they are costly, they are not confusing. Here's what I discovered.