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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 26
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 24 March 2017

Here we are seeing Paul on the bench getting what he wanted finally in 
Acts 26New King James Version (NKJV)
26 1Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” What a relief to know he has a hearing as Agrippa is asking him to tell what brings him here.
So Paul stretched out his hand and answered for himself: “I think myself happy, King Agrippa, because today I shall answer for myself before you concerning all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, especially because you are expert in all customs and questions which have to do with the Jews. Therefore I beg you to hear me patiently. Notice he comes to Agrippa showing his gratitude for letting him speak, he is raising his hand as if to say, thanks King Agrippa for your giving me the opportunity to tell what I have been through and accused of as a Jew. Some one that was born into the Kingdom of God being a Jew. So, King I beg you to hear me out. What a request that took a lot of courage, for he was asking for time and He was allowed now to speak of the way, truth and life he was experiencing.
“My manner of life from my youth, which was spent from the beginning among my own nation at Jerusalem, all the Jews know. Here he begins with what he went through as a child and was a blessing for he was created with a mind that excelled in what he was doing, having grown up in a Jewish home where he had a sharp mind dedicated to working at what his hands found to do. We are all individuals and it seems like still today we are products of what we were taught as children and He was taught the strictest of religions as the country was ruled by Rome. So he grew up wanting to be the best he could possibly be, as he worked at becoming successful. He was taught by the smartest of teachers,  Gamaliel one of the finest and smartest of the Pharisees.
 They knew me from the first, if they were willing to testify, that according to the strictest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. I lived as a Pharisee, one devoted to being the best he could be. He was not just a fishermen like the Lord called into minister. He did not say this, but it was implied as he was a part of the Pharisees better than anyone else and they knew it. Fair I see, really only interested in what they wanted to see happen and even forced it upon others by wanting to get rid of all other religious forces. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers. Now here I am being judged for having my hope in God and not a religion or government. Now I have a promise that if I abide in Him I will be able to produce good fruit that benefits all regardless of where they are born.To this promise our twelve tribes, earnestly serving Godnight and day, hope to attain. Here he is showing that he was a part of one of the twelve tribes and doing all he could to make sure he was working to attain to what God expected of Him, rather than what the king wanted him to be.
 For this hope’s sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. King Agrippa that is the reason people are accusing me of being against you. I have my hope in God for He is the one that allowed be to regain my sight so I now can and will do what I can’t, He can. Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? You know King Agrippa God raised Himself and the dead and can raise up a new life anywhere. 
“Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Here I was caught up with doing just the opposite, for I was zealous in making sure the dead stayed dead. But I had an experience as I was headed with a letter from the authorities to round up and persecute the followers of Christ. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Here I did this in Jerusalem, where the saints where gathered to take them captive and even put to death like Stephen which I witnessed with glee. 11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. Here he is gloating over how bad he was, even making them blaspheme. This reminds me of what we are seeing with the Brotherhood that makes up ISIS, as they are out to destroy all works of God. It is strange to me how history repeats itself so often. Lord help us to learn when we forsake you, we suffer the consequences. Help us to make sure we stay connected to the vine, so we can bear good fruit like John 15 tells us to. 
Paul Recounts His Conversion
12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. Here Paul really get into what happen to him, as he continues telling about his conversion. Here he is under authority of the chief priest and it is high noon a light shined, from heaven brighter than anything I have ever seen and even those with me saw it.

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Acts 25
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 10 March 2017

Acts 25New King James Version (NKJV)
In the 24th chapter we saw Flex procrastinated in wanting to meet with Paul and now some 2 years later we see Felex in charge and Paul Appeals to Caesar
25 Now when Festus had come to the province, after three days he went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem. It does not take Flex long before he wants to know what is going in his domain and in Jerusalem finds out there is this person by the name of Paul that wants to see him in Caesarea.  Now there is a group of people that did not like what Paul was saying and doing. Then the high priest[a] and the chief men of the Jews informed him against Paul; and they petitioned him, asking a favor against him, that he would summon him to Jerusalem—while they lay in ambush along the road to kill him. The enemy is working overtime to make sure he is in control so these religious leaders petition him for a favor so that they might get rid of this trouble maker. It is strange how people do not like the truth and are still doing all they can to stop what is right .But Festus answered that Paul should be kept at Caesarea, and that he himself was going there shortly. Festus was not will to let even the Priest tell him what to do for he is now in charge.igh Priest tell him what to do  “Therefore,” he said, “let those who have authority among you go down with me and accuse this man, to see if there is any fault in him.” Here we see Festus takes things into his own hands and asks those in authority to come with him that want to accuse Paul of wrong doing. Here he was not going to let them have their way but took charge himself over what was going on.
And when he had remained among them more than ten days, he went down to Caesarea. To spend ten days in Jerusalem gave him a good picture of what was happening in his area.  And the next day, sitting on the judgment seat, he commanded Paul to be brought. Now we see Flex command Paul to be bought to the judgement seat. He is doing what he feels is necessary at this time.  When he had come, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood about and laid many serious complaints against Paul, which they could not prove, while he answered for himself, “Neither against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar have I offended in anything at all.” So here we see Paul on the witness stand here his accusers are laying many charges against Paul that they cannot prove and Paul is telling his side of the story show he is not against the law of the Jews or the temple or even against the government. He showed he was not offensive at all, but very much wanting to help. But Festus, wanting to do the Jews a favor, answered Paul and said, “Are you willing to go up to Jerusalem and there be judged before me concerning these things?” Here we see Festus again show he is in charge and asks Paul a pointed question? Are you will to go with me to Jerusalem to be judged before me concerning all these acquisition’s? 10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. Paul is quick to respond for he is sure of who he is and that God is going to be with him as he is abiding in the Lord’s protection. He is assured of who he is. e is assured of who he isH11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.” What a statement for he is showing his life is more important to die for doing what is right for in dying he will meet with his God so I am appealing to Caesar 12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!” Festus confreres with the High Priest to make sure he was doing what was right said if that is what you want Paul that what we will do send you to Caesar.


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ACHIEVING YOUR POTENTIAL CONTINUED
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 03 March 2017

I am continuing the topic of achieving your potential for I know we all struggle with who we are, where we are and where we are going after death. So let look to see, we have a big problem with our self-image and how we see ourselves by the way we preform and act according to how we see others, and how they evaluate themselves and others. We saw how our self- talk affirms who we are as we self talk.
Can you see how powerful self-talk is in structuring self-image or self-esteem?

Sin is a source of dissatisfaction Ecclesiastes 2:11 and Isaiah 44:20
Sin is the source of unrest, no peace, emptiness and vanity.
Note Deuteronomy 28:67; Job 15:20; Psalms 107:17; Proverbs 13:15; Romans 3:16; and James 5:1

VI. Faith not in self but in God secures ones self-esteem: 
Note John 3:15 & 36; 5:24; 11:25; 12:46; 20:30 and Romans 10:9.
VII. Awareness is simply the clarity with which we perceive and understand everything that affects our lives.
1. Awareness limited; thought pattern limited.
2. Be aware of our own natural limitations in the world of reality and how to expand awareness of opportunities to develop full potential.
3. Don’t lock out reality.
A. No two people have the exact same level of awareness; we all perceive the same world, but we all interpret what we see differently.
4.  Awareness is the combination of all things since birth to    
    Death.
        

Questions:
1. What causes people too never fully be aware of all that’s around them?
2. What the reason for some seeing new opportunities?
3. Are some people luckier than others?
4. What cause some to be open to new ideas and innovative projects?
VIII. List some ways awareness is limited or distorted?
1. Natural limits.
A. Sight-sound or hearing-smelling-tasting-touching.
2. Helps in making us aware.
A. Eye glasses bifocals.
B. Hearing aids.
C. Micro chips for the heart.
D. Artificial limbs for the body.
3. We can’t take or tolerate total awareness to all stimuli in our environment. We would be bombarded by thousands of sensory messages constantly and would not be able to handle them all.
4. We have a DATA Reduction or filtering system of data at work in our lives. This is a group of cells in the brain, which monitors sensory messages given to it. It’s a natural filtering device that allows only “Personally Profitable Data or Information and Threats” to get through to us. It allows us to receive only the messages of information that have Pay Value.
A. Pay Value.
1. Knowing what you want before we become aware of “How to get it”.
a. Example a new house.
b. An exact new job.
c. Exact amount of money.
We need to get a clear picture of exactly what is information stored there.
B. Picture your wants and the pay value to you.
1. Self-Denial--Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26 & 27; Romans 8:23, 15:1; Galatians 5:24.
2. Subdue normal fleshly lust—Matthew 5:29; Romans 6:6; Colossians 3:5.
C. Be- aware of Lock on Lock out Principles.
1.   Once we lock on to a principle, opinion, belief or an attitude we find it difficult to see or understand the truth.
2. Locking on to the “Truth”, as we perceive it causes us to develop scotomas to new truth. (Blind spots)
3. Makes change difficult because of past experiences.
4. Attachment to friends, vocation, social prejudices, life styles and habits some times causes no growth.
D. List things that hinder you from seeing the  “TRUTH”.
1. Lock out areas.
a. New options.
1. Personal life
2. Vocations
3. Social Life.
4. Spiritual life
5. Other areas.
2. Stretch self to new goals new ideas in order to grow.
3. The Clearer and vividly one imagines things in your New Life environment, with frequent repetitions and emotional impact, the stronger and more real the picture on the sub-conscious will rise.
      E. Want reality? You can have it.
1. Imagine the positive change. We are born again. John 3:1-21.
2. Build a positive expectation of the change. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
3. Mentally and emotionally prepare for the Change. Hebrews 1:12
Hebrews 8:10-13.
Jesus is immutable;  incapable of changing or being modified, inalterable, inflexible, invariable, ironclad, rigid, unalterable, unchangeable.
Hebrews 1:12, 13:8; and James 1:17.
There are many things in the Bible we need to lock on to. Note the BEATITUDES Matthew 5: 3 to 7:27.
1. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit-allows one to see our conscience need of help, for our salvation is in God and rids one of pride.
2. Blessed are they that mourn-allows one to cry and have compassion asking forgiveness and rides one of boredom.
3. Blessed are the meek-it allows one to be consecrated and rids one of being angry with out sinning, or becoming violent. Meekness is not weakness but the opposite, it's growing in mercy and grace, having the ability to say, “I’m sorry”.
4. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness-We all need to become transformed in to the image of God, just as we hunger and thirst we transform or grow into wholeness. Let’s allow a cleansing to rid our-self of apathy.
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy- allows forgiveness showing we are still growing and rids one of Bitterness.
6. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God-Our Hearts need to have a filter, which allows a cleansing of our minds and rids one of impurity.
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children of God-Allows restitution and rids one of guilt because we are seeing our-selves attaining perfection.
8. Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness sake; for there is the Kingdom of God-gives one the identification, he’s with God, ridding one of fear. Only A Christian can love his enemies.
9. Blessed are you when men revile you and lie about you falsely. That’s persecution at the greatest degree-allows one to be persecuted with out violence and rids one of distrust.
10. Blessed are those who rejoice in all things; allows gladness and rids one of depression.
Further Lessons to be learn from sermon on the mountain.
Matthew 5:13 to 7:27.
1. We have an influence-Salt and light as an example. 5:13-16.
2. The law is eternal-complete in Jesus not more sacrifice now it is GRACE
5:17-20.
3. Self Control-non violent, angry but sin not. 5:21-22.
4. Stop and go reconcile, ask forgiveness and return. 5:23-24.
5. Be pure socially and individually. 5:27-30.
6. Honor the sacredness Marriage’s Covenant. 5:31-32.
7. Guard you speech. 5:33-37.
8. Don’t retaliate or try and get even. 5:38-40.
9. Do go the extra mile. 5:41.
10. Be a giver. 5:42.
11. Practice love for all. 5:43-47.
12. Be perfect. 5:48
13. Give 6:1-4.
14. Pray 6:5-15
15. Fastings importance. 6:16-18
16. Invest in heavenly things 6:19-21.
17. Have Spiritual vision see light from evil. 6:22-23.
18. Have undivided love and service. 6:24.
19. Truthfulness 6:25-32.
20. Understand purpose and Primacy of God’s Kingdom     6:33.
21. Charitableness 7:1-5.
22. Stewardship 7:6.
23. The Golden rule 7:12
24. Law of the road 7:13-14
25. Fruits test 7:15-20.
26. Obedience 7:21.27. Build on the rock your foundation 7:21-27.A

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