Hugging the Shadows

August 19th, 2013

Life, Death and Thereafter Part 4 – Is Physical Death Really the Last Chance

April 11th, 2013

Life, Death and Thereafter Part 3 – Saved On Earth

April 4th, 2013

Life, Death and Thereafter Part 2 – Heaven Is Here and There

March 6th, 2013

Life, Death and Thereafter Part 1 – An Open Exploration

February 26th, 2013

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 12

January 16th, 2013

If you fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, You shall love your neighbour as yourself, you do well: 9  But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11  For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if you commit no adultery, yet if you kill, you are become a transgressor of the law. 12  So speak you, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13  For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; and mercy rejoices against judgment. (Jas 2:8-13) (James to the diaspora)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 11

January 16th, 2013

Who also has made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life. 7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away [katargeo– abolish, cease, vanish, make void]: 8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excels 11  For if that which is done away [katargeo] was glorious, much more that which remains is glorious. (2 Cor 3:6-11)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 10

December 7th, 2012

I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23  But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. (Rom 7:22-25)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 9

December 5th, 2012

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14  For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15  Because the law works wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (Rom 4:13-16)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 8

December 4th, 2012

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 13  (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15  Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) (Rom 2:12-15)

Apostles, Prophets, and Future Church

November 14th, 2012

By David Orton


During the last half of the twentieth century, across various evangelical and charismatic streams of the global church, there has been an increased awareness of the ministry of apostles and prophets, and their contemporary restoration according to the New Testament (NT) model.

Despite this fresh awareness, however, there is still some ambiguity as to their role and function. I write from the vantage point of forty years experience in several ‘restoration’ streams that have had various measures of international influence. Flowing in the wake of the Reformation’s attempt to return to a more apostolic Christianity these contemporary movements, likewise, have sought to recover authentic apostolic life and practice. Integral to this has been the recovery of the foundational ministry of apostles and prophets as reflected in the NT. Inevitably, with the shedding of fresh light, this process of recovery has disturbed the more traditional and institutional paradigms of church. Even so, despite some progress in the recovery of these foundational ministries, we are unwise to assume we have appropriated their full and accurate functioning, and that we are immune from old habits.

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 7

November 8th, 2012

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24  And let us consider one another to provoke to love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. 26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, 27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28  He that despised [atheteo– set aside, disesteem, disannul] Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot [katapateo– to reject with disdain] the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite [enubrizo– to insult] to the Spirit of grace? (Heb 10:23-29)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 6

November 7th, 2012

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 5

November 2nd, 2012


Better than prophets and angels Chpt 1

Better than Moses Chpt 3

Better priest than Aaron’s Chpt 5

Better than Abraham Chpt 7

Better covenant Chpt 7

Better sanctuary/tabernacle Chpt 8

Better ministry, better covenant, better promises Chpt 8

Greater more perfect tabernacle Chpt 9

For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast to the end; (Heb 3:14)

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. (Heb 6:4-6)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 4

October 11th, 2012


Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy [kataluo– demolish, overthrow], but to fulfil [pleroo– satisfy, execute, accomplish, complete, end, expire, perfect].
18 For truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled [ginomai– brought (to pass), ended, finished, be kept, be performed]. [A]
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [B]
20 For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say to you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, you fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matt 5:17-22)

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 3

October 9th, 2012

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 2

September 27th, 2012

Wherefore you are no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8  Howbeit then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods. 9  But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage? 10  You observe days, and months, and times, and years. 11  I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. (Gal 4:7-11)

Quit Praying!

September 25th, 2012

I love this article by Steve Crosby… and I’m sure that you will love it too… or hate it.



Quit Praying!

We do not need to pray about that which God has made explicitly clear in his revealed Word! This is hardly hot news to most of you. However, this principle is regularly violated and abused by many well-meaning believers, some not so well-meaning.

It is inappropriate to pray, when God is asking for responsive obedience. I regularly interact with Christians who use a pseudo-spiritual cloak of prayer to cover impenitent self-will, rebellion, disobedience, and fear of the unknown or what they cannot control and manage. Fearful controllers will always leverage “we need to pray more” to their advantage. It is a particular plague among “prophetic” believers. By that I mean Christians who believe, as I do, that the voice of God can still be heard and discerned in the redeemed human spirit. The closed canon does not render God a mute.

You Cannot Please God by the Law – Part 1

September 21st, 2012


I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another [heteros] gospel: 7 Which is not another [allos]; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel to you than that you have received, let him be accursed. (Gal 1:6-9)

But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: 4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily [stealthily] to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: (Gal 2:3-4)

The Old Deal is Done

September 6th, 2012