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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Acts 17:1-17 Preaching to teach Good News!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 26 August 2016

We are seeing Paul was a traveling minister that spread the light of the Gospel to enlighten people out of darkness to see the truth of the Word of God. It was common for him to run into opposition with people who did not understand the way, truth and the Life.
Acts 17:1-34 (NKJV)
1  Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. Here Paul is in one of the larger cities of Turkey as he is lead by the Spirit of God to make sure the Church stayed strong wherever he went from Synagogue or Church to Church. So he is meeting them at their place of worship which was his custom on any given Sunday. We are told to not forsake the assembling of ourselves in the house of the Lord; especially in the last days. So I hope your making sure your committed to the Lord and not a person, place or thing.
2  Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3  explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ."
Lord help us to see the importance of reasoning with those who do not want to really know the truth, for Paul was doing all he could to let the people know it was necessary for Christ to die at the hands of the Government for He wanted to bring healing and rest to the Kingdom of God. Yes it is not easy to have people defy you and make fun or persecute you for telling the truth. We are seeing this today as many do not what the Christians to have a voice as if we are not needed in our world. Reason cannot deny the truth for God did sent His Son to die that we would not have to die, He took the load of sin upon Himself and we need to cast all our cares upon Him and let Him rule and reign in our lives.
2  Then Paul, as his custom was, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures,
3  explaining and demonstrating that the Christ had to suffer and rise again from the dead, and saying, "This Jesus whom I preach to you is the Christ." Lord help us to see the importance of reasoning with those who do not want to really know the truth, for Paul was doing all he could to let the people know it was necessary for Christ to die at the hands of the Government for He wanted to bring healing and rest to the Kingdom of God. Yes it is not easy to have people defy you and make fun or persecute you for telling the truth. We are seeing this today as many do not what the Christians to have a voice as if we are not needed in our world. Reason cannot deny the truth for God did sent His Son to die that we would not have to die, He took the load of sin upon Himself and we need to cast all our cares upon Him and let Him rule and reign in our lives.
Notice he taught this for three Sabbaths for he wanted to make sure they understood they needed a king a ruler to be able to please God as they obeyed Gods word. Our hope is in God if we want peace, joy and love to reign. We need to make sure we are abiding in the vine; Jesus so we can bear good fruit that blesses all we meet.
It is not necessary we should suffer and die again and again for Jesus died once for the sins of the whole world, and all we have to do is accept His life, death and resurrection and live by obeying the words of God as His sheep in His pasture. Luke 24:16 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?
It is hard for the human mind to grasp suffering as being a blessing but as Believers we have given ourselves to the Spiritual Nature or bend to where the impossible becomes possible when God is in it.
Am I bring people into the knowledge of understanding Gods wisdom? Is what I am preaching giving hope and faith for seeing the impossible becoming possible for God is in it?
4  And some of them were persuaded; and a great multitude of the devout Greeks, and not a few of the leading women, joined Paul and Silas. Some were persuaded not all and it is still the same around the world today for some want to know the way, truth and life that the Lord wants to bless us with. The Lord wants us to show others the need to know how to pray, so our lives are a blessing to all we meet. When we as Christian make or main emphasis or concerns serving the Lord, what happens next does not stop us from telling the truth for we are abiding; resting in the Lord
5  But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Ever since I can remember as a boy who wanted Gods best for me and for others, some did not like to even want to hear about Jesus. I learned it was not what people said, or did, but what do I do and say. For Jesus is the answer to all our problems of sin from cradle to the grave, so I could and cannot forget who I am a sinner saved by grace, so I repent of my sins of wrong behavior and attitude to remain in His loving arms of protection and providing love and mercy I so need.   
6  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
Notice the degree to which those who oppose Christianity will go to make sure they are heard. Here they take Jason one who Paul and Silas where stay with out of his house without any reason but to accuse him of wrong doing of turning the world upside down.
5  But the Jews who were not persuaded, becoming envious, took some of the evil men from the marketplace, and gathering a mob, set all the city in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. Ever since I can remember as a boy who wanted Gods best for me and for others, some did not like to even want to hear about Jesus. I learned it was not what people said, or did, but what do I do and say. For Jesus is the answer to all our problems of sin from cradle to the grave, so I could and cannot forget who I am a sinner saved by grace, so I repent of my sins of wrong behavior and attitude to remain in His loving arms of protection and providing love and mercy I so need.   
6  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too.
6  But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some brethren to the rulers of the city, crying out, "These who have turned the world upside down have come here too. Notice the degree to which those who oppose Christianity will go to make sure they are heard. Here they take Jason one who Paul and Silas where stay with out of his house without any reason but to accuse him of wrong doing of turning the world upside down.
Could this be what is happening here in the United States and other parts of the world that are accusing the Church of causing the terror and lawlessness, when it is not the Church but those opposed to the Church that are Anti God?
7  Jason has harbored them, and these are all acting contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying there is another king--Jesus." Here they are accusing him of harboring those who are saying Jesus is Kings. They where wanting to put the blame of turning the world upside down on the Apostles, Disciples and followers of Jesus. Here they are wanting people to turn from their wicked ways and being treat as criminals when they where bring peace that comes within the Kingdom of Gods.
8  And they troubled the crowd and the rulers of the city when they heard these things. It is most strange how good is changed to evil when it is not accepted and just the opposite happens. For the kingdom of Satan is the one that is turning upside down.

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Acts 16 The Law
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 19 August 2016

As Christians we never know what is going to happen to us next for we all have many circumstances that confront us ever day some good and some very trying and builds our character. Paul was getting started in his walk with the Lord and was very much a high profile person. So here we see him becoming a friend to Timothy who was a new Christian that had a testimony of being involved in service, it is so good to see other involved in the ministry and we need to appreciate them and help encourage them as much as possible. That is what we see Paul doing at the beginning of the Chapter.
Acts 16:1-40 (NKJV)
1  Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. The word disciple is used here by Paul, so he is aware of his background and wants to include him in the ministry.
2  He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium.
Not only was he known by the locals but to those in other areas, so had a good reputation. 
3  Paul wanted to have him go on with him. And he took him and circumcised him because of the Jews who were in that region, for they all knew that his father was Greek.
It is interesting Paul wants him to be circumcised to show that he was truly a Jew that practiced his religion. He knew his father was a Gentile and did not practice circumcision so want to make sure this was not going to be a problem so requested circumcision. So he Paul wanted him to be life a Jew so he might witness and gain the Jews. It was a way of edifying his salvation. This could of be when Timothy was filled with the Holy Spirit as well as 2 Timothy 1:6 Says Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
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 And as they went through the cities, they delivered to them the decrees to keep, which were determined by the apostles and elders at Jerusalem. The Church was beginning and Paul was very careful to make sure he followed what the Lords will was for this new Church as the Disciples communicated with one another.
5  So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
Thank the Lord when the Church is in one accord it has no ill, but is always working for the good of the Lord and one another. Faith in God is primary for then we have the ability to see the truth of what is needed to grow in numbers and into maturity. It was the ability of the believers to give up their names or traditions and accept the will of the Lord that allows the Church to grow in every area of life.
6  Now when they had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia.
What a testimony of how the Lord gives us warnings and we need to be quite and not stir the water but let it be so for when God speaks we need to make sure we are listening and here they do not preach. They did not have to, or God would of told them to speak up and give them salvation now. It is important as ministers, we know when to preach and when not to, but make sure at all time we are living the life the Lord has bestowed on us.
7  After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not permit them.
Thank the Lord when He calls we need tol answer and when He is silent we need to be careful, they did not hesitate to go but when through the area so has a presence there.  8. So passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. This is where Paul established a Church and now passing by with Timothy and Luke who is writing this, God reveals in a positive way what he needs to see.
9  And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us."
It is interesting to know that God has special plans for His ministers and His Church so His work can be continued in a way that is a blessing to all. Here it is in the night and Paul canít sleep and instead sees a vision of a man who is pleading with him to come to Macedonia. It is not angels that preach to men and women but this messenger sure got Paulís attention. Come over and help us preach the Gospel so we can receive what God has given you. Here the Lord has a business for all of His followers to make sure we are presenting the good news Jesus saves and satisfies. We need help as much as anyone else we do not only need your prayers we need you in person.
10  Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.
Thank the Lord Paul acted upon what he heard and immediately began to plan to go. Lord help us to know what the call means so we are assured it is from the Lord and not our selfish desire. Might when called we prepare for the call and that takes time to make sure everything is in order. Notice this is a vision that all wanted to be a part of. Lord help us as a Church is see the vision of souls in our area for many do not know nor do they want to know the power of the Lord to save them from the sins that would so easily destroy their lives and the lives of others.

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Acts15 Power of Communication!!!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Monday, 15 August 2016

We have seen the Republication and Democratic Convention take place and the election of Donald Trump as the Republican Presidential Candidate and Hillary Clinton, Democratic Candidate that is going to try the Presidential race like never before for it is the first time for a women in our life time and the first time for a self financed contender. One who want to change the way we operate and the other wanting the same give away programs making us not a Muslim emphasisí but a socialist nation, that does not need God or Christian values. I feel very strongly we are becoming a lawless society for the simple reason we do not like authority based upon Christian values of morality, so the Church is going to be persecuted as never before in our like never before. So here we are seeing the Church surrounded by controversy as they are looking at what is going on using mans eyes and not Gods eyes. So a lot of discussion on doctrine in order to have the peace of the Lord rule and reign. As a Church we have to know the mind of the Lord and obey His principles and ways and forget what we want to think or do.

 

Acts 15:1-41 (NKJV)
1  And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." What a thought that is still needing to be addressed for it is not what we think, but what does God word say. Yes this matter of circumcision is still important but it is not the cutting away of excess sins but making sure all of the sins that would so easily beset us are cut out. That is resisting evil for it is baggage we do not need to carry around. Yes the law is still present but we are notg saved by keeping the law but keeping our faith. For without faith in God we will not see God! This is still today discussed and challenged by those that say, once saved always saved and you can pull yourself out of the vine? It is amazing how strong the will of a man or women really is for they can pull out of anyone grasp. Lord help us to look to You and accept Your word then learn to obey you word, so we remain in Your love, mercy and grace. Salvation in itself cannot save anyone, our salvation is based on Jesus coming to live and die while among us, living just like we live and then giving His life that we might be saved as we accepted the way, truth and life that is found as I trust and obey believing in Him.

 

2  Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question. This was a concern of many at this time for what God did and what His Son said, is still affecting the Church today. There is only one Lord and savior Jess Christ. Not a relationship with a  Church but a relationship with the Lord and the oil of the Holy Spirit running through or vines cleansing and renewing our relationship daily so we do not get squeaky and rusty. Salvation is not just for a select group of people, but all can come to His terms and not man terms, that is Gentiles and Jews. We need help as a body of Christ to grow to where we are mature in the Lord and that is showing by our action and words we want God will to be done and not our wills to be done. We do not have to live in bondage toward sin but are cleansed and purified by the river of Life that is still flowing today around our world.
3  So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. Here they felt honored to go to tell this good new it is by faith in God grace and mercy we are saved. He paid it all and gives to all life everlasting. They did not stand idly by, but left with the message of hope for all that believed in Jesus will be filled with the joy of the Lord and it is joy that is our strength as we are in a battle against the forces of evil where joy is needed the most.
4  And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them. It is so good to see and know that God is at work in the Church yet today and many are coming to the Lord the more evil we see it seems like today. Here everyone is rejoicing in what God is doing among them and the water of refreshing is still flowing renewing and reassuring of we are a-part of the family of Gods. Notice our joy is not based upon money, or religious beliefs, but on Jesus Christ alone as we abide in Him.

 

5  But some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up, saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses. Ok, here we have the Pharisees think they are fairer than anyone else for they have been circumcised according to the Law of Moses. So communication was again very difficult as they were fairer than anyone else. Are we not living in a time when many church feel they are the only ones that are going to make heaven their home. Or they are better than you for they are wealthier than you, or bigger than you, with no regard for the fruit the Lord wants us to show by what the Bible say we will be tried for in Heaven; that is our works. Show me your salvation Paul said and I will show you my works. Revelation 20:12 and 13 And I saw the dead small and great, stand before God; and the books where opened; and another book was open, which is the book of life, and the dead which were in them, and they were judged everyman according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; land they judged everyman according to their works. Yes we are not saved by works yet works is made possible as we abide in Him being fruitful in our lives. Lord help us not to want to remain apart from you but connected to the vine so fruit is automatic as You Lord give be sustenance, as the master farmer.

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