Ministers of a New Covenant

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What is The Kingdom of God, What is His Righteousness?

God wants us to live in Peace, rest, health and abundance. With so many problems going on in the world and in our own lives how do we do that?

The truth is we need to seek Gods Kingdom and His righteousness. There is a promise that if we do that then all things will be added (given) to us.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

Note: I just want to point out something about the verse above. It doesn’t say seek a righteousness of our own, but rather it says His (Gods) righteousness.

Okay, that’s all fine and good, but what is Gods kingdom, His righteousness and how do we seek it?

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Rich Young Ruler – What is Jesus Saying About Love?

Most of my life because of wrong teaching I have believed that in order to serve God I needed to give away or sell or sacrifice all that I was given, earned or possessed.

I got this wrong belief due to a sermon I had heard. As a young boy I was told that in order to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven you need to sell all that you possess and follow Christ.  You may have heard it, “The Rich Young Ruler”. It is in Matthew 19: 16-22 and also in Mark 10: 17- 37.

The story goes;

As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.’”  And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But at these words he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. Mark 10:17-22

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Not Abolished But Fulfilled

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

Jesus did say he didn't come to abolish the Prophets and the law, the Ten Commandments are still as meaningful as they were when Moses came down the mountain with them; to those that are perishing (non-believers). Those that are not saved. The law, the Ten Commandments were given to show man that he could never keep them and that he could never save himself and find righteousness with God

Jesus didn't abolish the law. But rather he fulfilled the law. Jesus said no grater love has a man, but that he lay his life down for a friend. Two things here are true.

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What did Lazarus do to become resurrected?

So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. “I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” John 11:38-44

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Family dysfunction is not un-common and is one of the leading causes of childhood addiction. I am not un-common in that I had a very abusive childhood from as far back as I can remember.

Michaels Testimoney