Are You a Jerk?

By Patrick Hawthorne

I was tiddling through Facebook… I don’t even know if tiddling is a word but I’m using it anyway because I’m me and I like to make up words.  Anywho… I was tiddling through Facebook and I came upon a post by a J.S. Park.  Now, I have no clue who this J.S. Park is because he magically popped up on my feed.  However, being as I like to give credit where credit is due – which is another term for not plagiarizing – I would like to share with you the words of Mr. J. S. Park.

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I don’t agree with the irony part, but the rest is true.  True irony would be having a literal bible thumped over ones cranium in response to being a jerk with the spoken Word of God.  It would also be amusing to watch.

Don’t be a jerk!  Don’t get a coffee table sized version of the bible thumped over your head.  Pull that industrial sized weatherized beam from ye ole eyeball before moving onto the splinters of others.  Be blessed.

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Fun Fact -Where Did that Word Come From?

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Of late, I have been deeply engrossed in Bible prophecy.  Well, let me rephrase that… In what little time that I have had, I have been studying Bible prophecy.  So… to all my adoring fans – cough, cough –  I have not given up the blogging scene; nor am I ignoring all whom I enjoy following.  I have just been swamped. So, with much groveling out of the way, let me get to the fun fact.

Did you know that there are many appointed and self anointed Bible scholars who teach that the Rapture of the Church is a myth simply because the word “Rapture” is not in the bible?  Ok, let me rephrase that lest I receive some scathing remarks.  The word “Rapture” is not found in the more common translations such as the KJV, NKJV,  YLT, CBJ and many other more familiar translations.

While it is true that the word “Rapture” is not in most bible translations, neither is the word, “Trinity.”  Does that mean that God the Father, God the Son (Jesus), and God the Holy Spirit are myths?  I think not.  What it does mean is that shortened terms are often employed by theologians because of their descriptive nature.  For instance, when one uses the word “Trinity” we understand that reference is being made to the triune nature of God.

Simply put, when the Bible was translated into Latin many, many moons ago, the word “Raptizo” or Rapture was used in place of the term “Caught up,” as is used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  While the word, “Rapture” was not carried over into most English translations, the meaning behind the term has continued.  Therefore, when we hear someone speak of the rapture of the Church, they are using a term which basically means, “then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  Now, you tell me, which is easier to say?  Be blessed.

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Book of Revelation Synopsis

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Hi folks…  If you have followed me for a bit of time, you know that I like to dabble in Bible Prophecy.  I have been studying the Book of Revelation for awhile and created the attached study guide for your viewing pleasure.

 

 

While I understand that some of you may not agree with all my views, I can assure you that I have not agreed with all the views of the prophecy teachers before me.  However, I tried my best to leave out personal speculation and to just stick with the Word.  I hope that you will be blessed.

Please click on the following link for the Revelation Synopsis:  revelation

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Never Forget the Daily Ministry

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Life… It has a funny way of passing by with a blink of the eye.  Because of the very nature of life, and its refusal to stop and smell the daisy’s,  I have fallen behind in my reading of many of my favorite blog authors.  Oh, I could give you multiple reasons why, but it would do nothing more than elicit a single mighty yawn which, if done simultaneously, could create a vacuum of such magnitude that life on planet earth might be invariably altered for at least two seconds.

Anywho, as my blogger friend, IB, of https://insanitybytes2.wordpress.com/ likes to write, I have been catching up on my reading.  It seems that I have missed quite a bit.  One event that I have missed is from another blogger friend who has found himself in a bit of life’s suckiness dealing with ailing family members.  However, instead of wallowing in self pity, my friend, Wally Fry,  at Truth in Palmyra (https://truthinpalmyra.wordpress.com/) has chosen to give God the glory because of the incredible peace provided.  As a side note – and this is a huge paraphrase – Jesus said that life would suck at times but He would help us get through it.  Actually He said, “In this life you will have tribulation. But, be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).  What Wally is conveying…or ministering to his readers… is that God will never leave you nor forsake you.  Yeah, life can surely suck at times, BUT GOD…

As I was reading another post from another friend, Donald Norris at My Heart is For Israel ( https://h4i.us/ ), my eyes lighted upon a profound statement that he wrote. “There is certainly a place for sermons and large meetings, but we must never underestimate the importance of working with individuals.”  Don is so right.

I know that I love teaching to groups the things the Lord has shown me.  Yet, how precious is the one-on-one opportunities that we have to minister to one another.  We must never take that for granted.  As I wrote in response to Don’s comment, I would dare say that our Heavenly Father intends for one-on-one ministry, i.e., being there for one another, to be about 95% or greater of what all ministry should entail.

The message that I am attempting to convey is that we should never forget that true ministry has to move beyond the pulpit.  Let us never forget that Jesus spent more time in the daily ministry of helping others than He did in the public ministry of speaking to the masses.  Be a minister today by being a light unto a dark world. Be blessed.

 

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Tipping that Ole Sacred Cow…The Bride of Christ

By Patrick Hawthorne

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2Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: (Ephesians 5:22-29 KJV)

If you have been a Christian for any amount of time, you have probably heard someone preach, “The Church is the Bride of Christ.”  For that matter, you may have expressed the same thought, based off of the introductory verses in Ephesians.

Before I get to the sacred cow tipping, I would like to express that this post is being written in good humor.  Frankly speaking, this topic has nothing whatsoever to do with salvation.  In other words, to be mistaken on this subject is not something that will affect your eternal destiny nor your dignity.  However, once identified, that ole sacred cow needs to be butchered and readied for the BBQ.

“Oh no he di’nt just go there.”

Yep, I did…

“Ok, Mr. Smarty Pants.  If not the Church, just who is the Bride of Christ?”

I’m glad you asked.  But first, let me express that, in the above verses, the Church is the Body of Christ with Jesus as the head.  When read in proper context, Ephesians chapter 5:22-29  is not about our identity with Lord Jesus but instead is showing us how to have a right relationship with Him.  Paul was simply using the relationship of a husband and a wife as an example.

So, if the Church is not the Bride, who is?

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (Revelation 21:9-10 KJV)

The Bride – the wife – of Christ is New Jerusalem.

“No, no,” you say.  “That is from the Book of Revelation and is symbolic of the Church.”

First of all, not everything in the Book of Revelation is symbolic.  Even so, let’s look at Revelation 19:7-8 (KJV).

Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Isn’t that interesting.  This passage is referring to the marriage supper of the Lamb.  The WIFE – New Jerusalem – has made herself ready by being arrayed with the righteous acts of the saints who make up her dress.  But, how can a city be a bride?  I have no idea.  It wasn’t my idea; it was the Lord’s.  However, it is made clear that the Church is not the Bride and to that I say, “Yes Lord.” Be blessed.

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Monday Morning Humor

Patrick Hawthorne

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Saw this on Facebook and could not resist.  No one hates math more than me.

 

 

 

 

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Life’s Simple Lesson From Tanzania

By Patrick Hawthorne

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Have you ever heard or read something that made you go, “Hmmm?”  This was one of those moments for me.  The following was a Facebook post from friend and Missionary to Tanzania, Paul Troquille.    Be blessed.

 

Life’s simple lessons. Yesterday I sat on the porch. Summer is here in Tanzania and after a little rain, a cool wind came at sundown. I watched this bird attack himself over and over on the side mirror of my friend’s car. Pretty bird but pretty stupid. He does this all the time. I wondered about myself (I think it’s healthy to be suspicious of yourself) and about my behavior from time to time. You see someone and “think” you’ve found the enemy, when all along the enemy was you; wasting away precious energy pecking at something that’s not even the problem.

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