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Nothing changes until you change.

Transformation is uncomfortable and inconvenient because it… 

Threatens others and your perception of your identity.

Disrupts routines and the status quo.

Replaces the familiar with the unfamiliar.

Forces the honest evaluation of your strengths and weaknesses.

Instead of embracing this process many settle for lives of mediocrity and compromise. Focusing on image, not authenticity and transparency.

But when it comes to Papa’s Kingdom. He only entrusts eternal matters to spiritually mature individuals. Disciples who have chosen to build Papa’s Kingdom and serve its King— Jesus. 

No longer satisfied with merely hanging on until Papa calls them home. These revolutionaries willingly abandon their self-centered and self-reliant lives for God-centered and God-dependent lives. Lives characterized by phenomenal victory, joy and peace.

Say goodbye to a life of mediocrity. 

Average. 

Status quo. 

Enlist in Papa’s army and become all you can be! 

Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to Him.

Romans 12:2

Contemporary English Version

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The hysteria related to COVID-19 grows, even among Christians. Thankfully I have peace that surpasses all understanding.

How?

I…

Worship at the feet of Almighty God, not idols (anyone or anything placed before or above Him).  

Study and meditate on His wisdom and truth.

Believe Papa and He alone supplies all my needs. 

Unequivocally trust Papa in the unknown.

As Papa did in the days of Amos, I believe He has drawn a line in the sand for Christians. Not because He is angry, but because the day of Christ’s return nears.

Papa’s asking us, “Who do you trust to supply all your needs? The idols of this world or Me?”

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad. These trials make you partners with Christ in His suffering. So that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing His glory when it is revealed to all the world.

If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. If you suffer, however, it must not be for murder, stealing, making trouble or prying into other people’s affairs. 

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name! 

The time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. If judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? Also, if the righteous are barely saved, what will happen to godless sinners?

So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right. Trust your lives to the God who created you, for He will never fail you. 1 Peter 4:12-19

What is needed at this time in history is repentance. We must… 

Fall on our faces and pray earnestly to Papa. 

Turn from our evil ways— anything that contradicts Papa’s righteousness— His truth. 

Throw our idolatry on the fire of Papa’s judgment. Allow Him to destroy it.

Embrace the totality of our salvation in Christ.

Yes, we are living in treacherous times. Times when evil appears to reign supreme.

BUT

Don’t be discouraged. We have at our disposal the greatest weapon of all times, the Love of God— Jesus. 

Even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all. God has made us to be more than conquerors, and His demonstrated love is our glorious victory over everything!

So now I live with the confidence that there is nothing in the universe with the power to separate us from God’s love. I’m convinced that His love will triumph over death, life’s troubles, fallen angels, and dark rulers in the heavens. There is nothing in our present or future circumstances that can weaken His love.

There is no power above us or beneath us. No power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love. Which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! Romans 8:37-39

Southern District, Israel
Rita Poynor

Political correctness is a cancer that slowly and methodically destroys truth, justice and courage.

Today many Christians are schizophrenic. Having two distinct personalities and belief systems. One reserved for church and one for outside the four walls of a church. 

Naively believing Papa separates the spiritual and the secular. 

Ignoring His commandment to be the light in the darkness. 

Not demonstrating His truths by both word and deed, regardless of circumstances or the environment.

Because of this many Christians are indistinguishable from non-believers. Apathy and unbelief characterize their lives. 

No longer actively engaged in the war against sin, satan and the flesh. They are casualties in the spiritual war for the control of souls. 

In this war satan is cunning. Devising a combat strategy that blinds you to his plans of destruction. Persuading you that submitting to Papa’s righteousness— His truth is optional. 

In American culture, political correctness is king. Making faithfulness to Papa’s wisdom— His truth— Jesus a revolutionary act. 

By declaring war on the status quo, you have put a target on your back.

NEVERTHELESS

Papa expects you to process the nuances of life from a biblical worldview. Papa’s righteousness is the only standard for excellence and justice.

So the next time satan re-gifts evil in a beautiful package of compromise and tolerance— political correctness. 

Don’t unwrap it. 

Toss it in the trash! 

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:32

Holman Christian Standard Bible

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Israel in eighth century B.C. was an economic, political and military giant. Misjudging the reason for their prosperity and Papa’s attitude regarding disobedience and apostasy, both the nation and her inhabitants were wantonly disobedient.

Through the prophet Amos, Papa reprimanded His disobedient children. No longer would the observance of feast days, sacred assemblies or religious rituals pacify Papa. They would be disciplined unless they…

Repented.

Passionately sought Him. 

Shared their wealth with those less fortunate.

Nevertheless, the Papa’s counsel fell upon deaf ears. The Hebrews foolishly believed their religious rituals could camouflage— hide their sin. They…

Did not obey Papa’s commandment to love both the poor and the foreigners living among them by giving them food and clothing. 

Defiled themselves by participating in worship services at the shrines of foreign idols. 

Were promiscuous and engaged in adulterous relationships. 

Used slander, usury and bribery in their financial dealings. 

Sadly, the same can be said for many Christians today. Christians who refuse to acknowledge they are held to a higher moral standard than non-believers. 

As He did in the days of Amos, I believe Papa has drawn a line in the sand for Christians. Not because He is angry, but because the day of Christ’s return nears.

Church, we need purification so we are worthy to wed Christ— a Bride who is the light of Christ to the world. 

A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence and recognize and honor and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Debt is a prison because it enslaves you. Influencing your decisions. Dominating your thoughts. Determining your realm of influence. 

All disciples of Christ were at one time spiritually indebted to sin. Separated from Papa and destined for hell. 

But thankfully, Jesus paid the debt. All sins— past, present and future have been expunged from our criminal records.

Through a sovereign act of love, Jesus served the sentence for us. 

When Adam sinned, the entire world was affected. Sin entered human experience, and death was the result. So death followed this sin. Casting its shadow over all humanity because all have sinned. 

Sin was in the world before Moses gave the written law, but it was not charged against them where no law existed. Yet death reigned as king from Adam to Moses. Even though they hadn’t broken a command the way Adam had. 

The first man, Adam, was a picture of the Messiah who was to come.

Now there is no comparison between Adam’s transgression, and the gracious gift that we experience. The magnitude of the gift far outweighs the crime.

It’s true that many died because of one man’s transgression, but how much greater will God’s grace and His gracious gift of acceptance overflow to many because of what one Man, Jesus the Messiah, did for us!

And this free-flowing gift imparts to us much more than what was given to us through the one who sinned. Because of one transgression, we are all facing a death sentence with a verdict of “Guilty!” But this gracious gift leaves us free from our many failures and brings us into the perfect righteousness of God. Acquitted with the words “Not guilty!”

Death once held us in its grip, and by the blunder of one man, death reigned as king over humanity. But now, how much more are we held in the grip of grace and continue reigning as kings in life. Enjoying our regal freedom through the gift of perfect righteousness in the one and only Jesus, the Messiah!

Romans 5:12-17

The Passion Translation

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