Ummm…I Would Like to Make a Retraction, Please!

by Patrick Hawthorne

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Ummm… I thought it over.   Well, actually I studied it out and I feel as if I made a serious eschatological blunder.  Yes, I admit it.  I, Patrick Hawthorne, the great theologian (NOT) made a mistake.  In November of 2018, I posted Tipping that Ole Sacred Cow…The Bride of Christ.  I have since studied this out and have come to the conclusion that the Bride of Christ is not New Jerusalem (Revelation 20:11), as I wrote.  Nor is it the Church, nor is it the Old Testament Saints and Prophets.

“Gasp!  What sayeth thou?BLASPHEMY!”

As I explain in the below Face Book Live video, I have come to the conclusion, through a serious study, that the Bride of Christ is made up of not only New Jerusalem, but includes the Church and the Old Testament Saints and Prophets.  As I explain, a house is a structure.  A home, on the other hand, is the structure plus its occupants.  Similarly, New Jerusalem without the Body as a whole is just a city.  With the Body, it is a Kingdom.

I don’t expect everyone to agree with me.  That is quite alright.  Dogmatism needs to be reserved for the essentials, not best educated eschatological guesses.  Be blessed.

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Winds of Change?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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In the past, I have written about the sleeping Church – the Body of Jesus Christ.   In one particular post, https://servinggrace.com/2017/01/27/wake-up-o-sleeping-church/, I wrote concerning a prayer that I made to the Lord.  In my prayer, I cried out to the Lord saying, “We – the Body – are in such a slumber that there is no distinguishing between us and the deadness of the world.  In that same post, and in the same prayer, I wrote that I was somewhat mistaken because the Lord revealed to me that a small stirring was in the process.

That post was written two years ago.  Since that time I have witnessed the small beginnings of an awakening within the Body of Christ.  I have seen a hunger and a thirst from many to not only walk in the goodness of the Lord but to do it with a sense of urgency.  I have witnessed the desire by many to put off the filthy rags of unrighteousness and to walk in pureness and holiness before the Lord.   And yes, I am currently seeing these same individuals taking giant leaps of faith by stepping outside of their comfort zones in order to reach the hurting, the wounded, and the lost.

On the other side, I am also seeing many become as the church of Laodicea – the lukewarm church – or the church of Sardis – the dead church (Revelation 3).  Knowing that God is about to move in a mighty way, many are making the conscience decision to shrink back into their dens of comfort.  Rather than to wait upon the Lord and to see Him move, many are choosing to generate a “kumbaya” – a come by here –  type feeling that is fueled by gimmick rather than by the Holy Spirit. Still, others are choosing to do nothing but will openly demean those whose desire is to be pleasing to the Lord.

To all of these, will the Lord be forced to reprimand with the words, “He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels?” (Revelation 3:5).  Or worse, will He openly declare, “Depart from Me. I never knew you?”

My intent is not to be negative but to point out that Jesus is coming back soon.  Whether soon means today or many days in the future, the time is drawing near.  When that time does come, will Jesus find us as the faithful servant, eagerly anticipating His return, or the evil servant, abusing the staff (Matthew 24)?  The day of His return need not take us by surprise like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:4).  I want to be ready.  What about you?  Be blessed.

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Don’t Be a Dave

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Heading in to work I commonly hear a radio commercial from “Help Wanted,” an employment agency. The main theme behind the commercial is “Don’t be a Dave.”

Dave is an annoying employee and/or boss depending on the commercial.  When I listen to Dave, I am often reminded of the Church, the Body of Christ as a whole.  Every congregation – and every walk of life for that matter – has a Dave.  This is the person who, when you see them headed your way, will cause you to do an abrupt 180 and head off to some obscure destination that may amaze even you.

“Excuse me, please.  I just remembered that I forgot to flush my cat’s sinuses.”

Knock…Knock…

“Rats!!  It’s the Holy Spirit.”  Don’t you just hate it when you know something from the Word and then feel the gentle tap of the Holy Spirit upside the cranium of your spirit?

“Yes, Holy Spirit?”

“Now Patrick…  Turn yourself right around and go talk to Dave.  You know better than to be acting that way.”

Sigh… “Yes Sir,” as you perform a strategic reversal of the 180.

“Hello Dave.  It is really good to see you.  How are you today?”

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

If you are named Dave, please do not be offended.  As the commercial says, Dave is a common name and is being used as a reference only.  And, as the commercial says, please don’t comment against my use of the name Dave because that would be a real Dave move, Dave.”  Be blessed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoCSBvHezho

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Happy Dance Time… Jesus Will Not be Alone on that Glorious Day!

By Patrick Hawthorne

 

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…Thus the Lord my God will come, and all the saints with You.

It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish.
It shall be one day which is known to the Lord—neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light. And in that day it shall be that living waters shall flow from Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the western sea; in both summer and winter it shall occur.And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be—“The Lord is one, ”And His name one. (Zech 14:6-9 NKJV – latter part of verse 5)

Have you ever read verses from the Bible and thought, “What did I just read?”  If I were a betting man, I would dare say that for many of you this is one of those passages.  I know it was for me.  You might be thinking, “What?  There will be no light but there will be light.  And, what about this living water flowing from Jerusalem?… Zechariah, have you lost your mind?”  Take joy because this is one of those passages that can make your feet do a happy dance once you understand its meaning.

If you recall from the books of Revelation and Joel, there is coming a time, just before the return of Jesus, when the heavens will be in total upheaval.  The sun will be turned to sack cloth, the moon to blood, and stars will fall out of the sky.  Because of this, there will be a time of total darkness that shall befall the earth.  This is the picture we are seeing in Zechariah 14. Yet, Zechariah goes on to write that, when Jesus returns, there will be a light accompanying Him.  What is this light? 

If we head over to Genesis 1:3, we see that God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.  Notice that this is the evening and the morning of the first day.  Yet, when we go down to verse 14, we see that God says, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night…”  In verse 16, God makes the sun and the moon.  This was done on the fourth day.  If He created the sun and the moon on the fourth day, what was the light on the first day?  It was His glory!

So too will His glory be present to light the way for Jesus and the saints when they return to earth.  Uh oh… my feet are starting to twitch in happy dance preparation. But wait,  there’s more!

Notice in Zechariah 14:8 that rivers of living waters shall flow from Jerusalem.  We know from Matthew 26 and other places that Jesus is returning to the Mount of Olives.  When His feet touch the mount, a great earthquake will follow which shall cause the mount to split from the north to the south.  Rivers of water shall flow to the east – to the Mediterranean – and to the west – to the Dead Sea.  What else do we know about Living Waters?  You got it; living waters represent the Holy Spirit.  (John 7:37-39).

Have you put it together?  When Jesus returns to the earth He is returning in a Father, Son, and Holy Spirit fury that will hit this earth so hard that the devil will most likely piddle his pants.  This earth will be hit with such tremendous power that it will truly be a wonder to behold.  And, the best part is that we will not be spectators.  We will be participators.  Is it now time to do the happy dance?  Go for it.  Be blessed.

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Will You Allow the Bird to Lay the Egg?

By Bryan Hawthorne

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The following was written by my brother, Bryan.  It is a good reminder on walking in love.

 

Today was a day of listening and reflection.

There is a man that I work with and he and I just do not get along. We are like oil and water, fire and ice, and fish and ice cream. I think you get the point. We bring out the worst of each other. I cannot tell you why; it is just one of those things.

Today I was letting thoughts run wild in my mind on how I felt about this man, this brother in Christ, someone who Father loves. They were not good thoughts. I rehearsed arguments with him through my mind. And, then I heard Pastor Sam Carr say; “Are you walking in love?” He preached yesterday on the love of God and how we were re-created to walk in that same kind of love.

“But Bryan,” you ask, “Thoughts are not sinful, are they?” Martin Luther said, “You cannot keep birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.” Let me add to that – “And laying and egg!” You see, when you keep on thinking and rehearsing, you are allowing that thought to grow and fester.  You have a bird building a nest in your hair – mind – and you might wind up with egg on your face. Those thoughts could hatch into something ugly and ungodly.

However, there is good news.  Philippians 2:5 tells us, “And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let His mindset become your motivation.” Have the mind of Christ—think on “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”, Philippians 4:8. We have the mind of Christ. We have the same Holy Spirit in us that He had.

What the Holy Spirit was telling me is this, I should try to see, and think, of this man the way God, His Father does. I am to love Him as His Father loves him.

There will be people who will will rub you the wrong way. It is up to you on how you respond and react to them. You can choose to allow evil to brew or choose to allow love to grow in your mind and heart. Nobody likes egg in their face. Let God’s love flow through to all those around you – to everyone.

Blessings to All.

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I’m OFFENDED!

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Ok, I’m not really offended.  I’m just spouting a popular tag line that has permeated pretty much everything.

“I’m offended by that.”

“By what?”

“By your lack of offense in my offense.  You are a beast of a man.”

I remember the day that I jumped all over a particular individual for an obvious breech of common intelligence.  The first thing out of this individual’s mouth, upon being called out for their flagrant moral depravity, was “That offends me.”  Of course, I was immediately humbled and deflated by the mention of their offense.  NOT!

The Bible tells us that in these last days, offense will abound more and more.  We are already seeing this.  The funny part is that, in many of the cases, those who shout the loudest, “Crucify the offenders!” are usually the ones who are later caught up in the same crime.

With tears produced from a bottle of eye drops, we hear, “I humbly apologize for any offense that may have occurred by my being caught.”

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. 11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:10-12 KJV.)

I’ve written on offense before, but it can never be overstated.  When we walk in offense, we lock ourselves away in a prison cell of our own making.  Even though we hold the key to our freedom, often times we do not want to let go of our grip on the cell bars long enough to reach the lock to turn the key.

Offense is a gateway, an open door, to deception.  It is through this opening that we are drawn to the subtle calls of demonic forces as they attempt to lure us away from the loving hands of our Heavenly Father.  Once they have succeeded it is as the proverb states, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. (Proverbs 18:19 KJV).   From offense to betrayal, from betrayal to hatred; it is a path leading to death. 

Jesus said that the world would hate us (born again believers) just as it hated Him (John 15:18). If you allow offense to rule your life, the devil has just succeeded in putting a basket over the light within in you, making you as dark as the world.

You have the choice to not let offense rule.  Which way will you choose?  Be blessed.

 

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A New “Old” Path

By Patrick Hawthorne

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For those following my blog, or me following theirs – whichever it may be – you may have noticed that my time spent reading, writing, and responding have been slim pickings at best. No, it is not because I have become weary in our writing propinquity (whatever that really means.)  Seriously, who invented some of these words?  Does that word even fit?  It does mean relationship to nearness…doesn’t it?

Any who… I have not given up the writing scene, nor have I abandoned all of you, my blogging friends.  It is simply that the Lord has put me back on a new “old” path that I had been removed from for about four years.  This is the teaching path.

I won’t get into all the details of why I was sat down for those years, but it was one of the best things that could have happened to me.  During the time I learned grace, mercy, compassion, and a host of other things we – the Body of Christ – should know.  And, of course, I met many of you.

With that said – or written – I am still around and have not abandoned you.  As a matter of fact, I am currently pondering a scorching chastisement upon the offended of the world.   Ok, not really, but it sounded good.  Be blessed.

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