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  2. Yes, Jesus handed his kingdom power to us. I like where Jesus tells us in Luke 17:20-21, when asked when and where the kingdom of God will come, he answers that the kingdom of God is WITHIN us. Some bible translations had changed that to among us, but most all modern bibles are now going back to the original understanding, which is WITHIN us, as the Hebrew-Greek-English Interlinear Bible says. The older interpretation of among us, has a footnote, which at the bottom, says WITHIN us. Why do I share this, or even bother to mention this? It is my understanding that this is the very reason that Jesus died. He equated himself with the Divine Christ Light that was within himself. The Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees simply could not have that. Jesus was telling everyone who would listen that the kingdom of God, this Divine Light also animates everyone through our Spirit, without which we would be dead. That is why we are the body of Christ, the living kingdom of God here on earth. Thanks for the opportunity to share. It's nice to be back.
  3. In reading your feed here, you ask for ministers who have dropped away to again say hi. Hi ! I am back, but never really left. I have been in the ULC from 2004 to 2014, dropped out for two years, and missed it so much I got reinstated in 2016. I am picking up where I left off now in the seminary, picking up half-finished classes (Comparative Religion and Spirit Quest), and plan to get both the Master of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry. The ULC feeds my soul. It seems my ego has been bigger than the size of Mount Everest. I was so very Christian, then took a few classes, painfully allowed myself to learn past my lifelong indoctrination, dropped out, came back, and still continue the process. I love sharing with all people of all belief systems. I just wanted to take the opportunity to reconnect and say Hi, I AM still here. My blog is my ministry, which must have taken my worldwide readers on quite the journey. Today I have 113,184 hits globally. I share what I learn along the way. I am glad you are still here with an open mind and invitation to say hi.

  4. Since Jesus spoke the words in the new testament, he has died, raised, and been seated on his throne. According Ephesians 1 and 2 we are seated with him and he has delegated kingdom power to his body which is us. This means that some things in the future tense when Jesus spoke them are now past tense to us. Considering these things, the message of Matthew 16:19 to us today is: "I have given you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. What is allowed in heaven, allow on earth. What is not allowed in heaven, do not allow on earth." Satan will try to snatch that out of your heart and ask you: "Did Jesus really say that?" Remember, the serpent in like manner asked Eve: "Did God really say that?" Stand, stand firm, stand therefore.......
  5. Anytime. We New Yorkers have to keep each other informed since no one else would. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
  6. Well, show me a verse in the bible that condones witchcraft and I'll agree with you.
  7. A bill has been introduced into the NYS legislature to add ULC ministers to the marriage laws. Currently there are still some county clerks that are giving ULC ministers a hard time. NYS marriage law specifies โ€œany clergyman of any religion orโ€ and it names various groups. Here is the link to the proposed law change.
  8. So of the crowd he was addressing (mark 8:34-9:1), only 3 people saw the kingdom of god, and that is supposed to filfull his statement?โน
  9. To me, the following verses are the answer (Mark 9:2-9). Jesus took 3 of them and they saw Jesus transfigured, were shown Elias with Moses, and heard the Father. That was heavenly beings coming to earth, so they did see a powerful portion of heaven.
  10. I read the Gospels. Jesus is explicit. His Kingdom is not of this world. I have no objections. He can run his kingdom as he sees fit. I won't be there.
  11. with the current Kingdom of Heaven arrangement, you can opt out, no one will be forced.
  12. The Kingdom of Heaven exists in the heavens and also on earth. Its citizens have different language, beliefs, values, and culture. Currently is a voluntary citizenry. However, down the road after a certian chain of events occur, it will be a theocracy on earth.
  13. We can split a few hairs. I am not concerned with God's authority in the kingdom of Heaven. So long as we DON'T have THEOCRACY on Earth.
  14. lol........... Hey, you know where this is headed. Why dont we just agree to disagree. But if you are interested in seeing it, it can happen, but it would require submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and citizenship in his Kingdom. You wont see it any other way. Respectfully.
  15. So it has authority from heaven because it says so? Who from heaven can currently confirm this authority? I mean outside of the source in question... outside of bias?
  16. Yup, authority.....backed by the Kingdom of the Heavens.
  17. What do you mean - "authority of Scripture"? Does Scripture have authority? Who enforces that authority?
  18. The Horizon Bible College (Calvary Chapel) that I went to, taught us that regarding this verse we need to resolve within ourselves how we are going to explain this verse. The professor's position was that the "Kingdom of God" is talking about the millenial reign of Christ and since that did not occur during thier lifetime it could undermine the authority of Scripture. What say you?
  19. Yosef, Do you feel it is important to emphasize the easternness or Jewishness of Jesus?
  20. In Ephesians 2:15 its the enmity that the law created in the flesh that was abolished, not the law itself. Check your Greek, check your Aramaic.........
  21. In Ephesians 2:15 its the enmity that is the law created in the the flesh that was abolished, not the law itself. Check your Greek, check your Aramaic.........
  22. In retrospect, perhaps none of us 'find' morals, but rather have morality instilled in us.. I believe His Holy Spirit permeates the earth, and everyone has an unction from the Holy Spirit, which provides a sense of right from wrong. That is not to say that His Spirit dwells with everyone, but that morals are transcendent, leaving us all without excuse. If you never cracked open a bible or your parents never taught you that murder, theft, adultery, or lying was wrong, I still believe that we would all inherently know that these things were wrong. Morals aren't taught or learned as much as the knowledge of good and evil is automatic. Refusing to adhere to basic morals leaves many with a seared conscience, but it doesn't detract from the fact that they aren't ignorant of good from evil.
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