Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
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I don’t plan on making a Sunday video- and I’m not sure if I will post videos tonight. I hope everyone has a good Sunday and want to encourage those who feel led to do ministry- step out in faith.
Just about everyone has the tools to reach out- to the world. I know that seems strange to hear- to realize we all have a world wide platform thru social media and video recording devices [Phones] and there was a day when this was not true- but now it is true.
Yet- our modern world simply uses these things like toys, fun things to mess with- to get the most up to date device- and ‘play’ with it. Yet we can use these tools for a real world wide outreach- so I guess the word for this day is- JUST DO IT.
Take action with what you have and believe you can make a difference- for good- in the world-
ON VIDEO- [Mass- Church Unlimited verses]
.The Oso bridge and the water bottle
.My dog Troy [Bear too]
.Stairway to heaven [the song]
.Message to the priests
.What right did he give up?
.Why are they called synoptic gospels? [Matt.- Mark- Luke]
.Ministry is not like rising the corporate ladder
.What does the word Christ mean?
.Anointed one [anointing]
.5- fold ministry
.How should leadership operate in the church?
.What is the model Jesus gave us?
.What exactly is the local church?
.The community of believers
.The sacrament of penance
.The question from my daughter
.Are there evil people in the world?
.Killing can never eradicate evil
.There are times for self defense- and the stopping of genocide- when humans engage in war
.But to see the killing of other humans- as the answer- will never work in the long run
.I do not teach pluralism
.Yet we are all created in the image of God
TEACHING- [Past posts below]
I taught on the verses from the Sunday Mass [copied below] as well as the verses from Church Unlimited.
Once again- I went too long [about 50 minutes].
In short- the scriptures spoke about leadership in the kingdom- the reading from the Old Testament was a strong rebuke-
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
Malachi 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
The priests were abusing their calling as leaders- they were not honoring God- they were corrupting the priesthood-
Malachi 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Malachi 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.
And God indeed judged them for this-
I also mentioned- at the end of the video- the distinction between being children of God- thru Christ- as well as the commonality of all men [even those who are not Christian] because we have a common creator-
Which just happened to be one of the verses from the Mass-
Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Leadership was the main theme from the verses-
We read another from the Mass-
1Thessalonians 2:6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
1Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
1Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
Paul showed true concern for the people- he was not among them as one who would benefit from them-
He even worked [tent maker] while he was with them- so he would not be a financial burden on the young church-
1Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
And the passage from the gospel was the same basic rebuke from Malachi-Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
Matthew 23:2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Matthew 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
Matthew 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Matthew 23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Matthew 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Ministry to the religious leaders of Jesus day was a position- attaining a place of honor among men- yet- they did not honor God in this-
Jesus used their example of self glory- and contrasted it with true kingdom leadership-
Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Matthew 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
He gave the fledgling leaders of the church direct instructions on how we should view leadership in the kingdom-
It is a function of Christ as being the head- and his anointing present in all of us.
So even though we have earthly leaders- yet- these gifted ones are not to Lord it over God’s heritage-
But lead the flock as a servant-
5 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
1st Peter 5
I talked about the nature of the church- and how leadership functions from a biblical view-
I have taught lots of this before and will try and add my past teaching below.
One more thing- right at the end of the video my daughter had a question-
‘Does evil exist in the world- are there actually evil people’?
Now- you will have to watch the video to get the full explanation.
But I talked about the present problems in the world-
And tried to show how evil actually lives in all of us- to a degree [original sin].
But I of course condemned radical Islam- and terrorism.
[These are past comments when the original post was made]
Right after I turned off the video- I checked the news.
As we just had another tragic shooting in Texas
Someone opened fire in a church- right around the time I was making the video.
And the first reports are about 20 people gunned down.
As I write these notes I do not know all the details.
But I found it ironic that this was the top news story-
And it happened as I was speaking- about this very thing.
UPDATE [the next day]-
I’ll leave the original comments above- because they fit- while I made the video I talked about having a balance.
In a way- I was saying that it’s easy for the western world to say ‘evil exists’ meaning radical Islam- yet- I also noted that we often do not see evil in ‘all of us’.
I did a defense of peaceful Muslims- while also rejecting hatred and violence from all sides of the political/religious spectrum.
Then when I saw the news of the shooting- thinking it might be linked to radical Islam- I felt defensive.
Realizing people get offended when you try and teach a balanced view-
As of now- the shooter has been identified as an anti christian- atheist.
He had a grudge against his in laws- and as of now that seems to be one of the reasons he targeted the church- they attended that church- though they were not there on the day of the shooting.
Yes- like I said on the video- violence comes from all walks of life- and should be rejected by all.
The small town where the shooting took place is an area I drive past a lot when going from Corpus Christi to San Antonio.
It’s a very small town community- and was devastated by this senseless killing.
All atheists should not be defined by the acts of one.
All Muslims should not be defined by the acts of some.
All Christians should not be defined by the acts of other Christians- if violent and bigoted.
At the end of the day- I think my comments on today’s video were right.