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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 1  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 28 June 2019

Jesus Ascends to Heaven
Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. Here Jesus says all He needed to say to bless them He was taken up!  A cloud received Him not a chariot of fire, but a cloud like covered the Israelites in the wilderness. Just like He rose from the grace by His own power while the Disciples where hiding. They did not see Him come out of the grave, but they saw Him after He was risen now they see Him enveloped by a cloud. He did not fly swiftly up, but moved up slowly. He vanished out of their sight in a cloud.  Remember in the Transfiguration a Bright cloud hovered over them. So, a cloud received Him so the cloud was His chariot. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, Notice they are still fixing their attention on what just happen Jesus now gone. Maybe He will return; are they going to see the heaven open up. Here is two men in white apparel. These we angles, bright and beautiful glittering ready to receive our Redeemer ministering to the Disciples 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” They talk to the Disciples calling them men from Galilee reminding them of the rock which they are hewn as the Lord place a high honor on them. Just. don’t stand here gazing. You saw what you were called to see your Lord and master has left. We are never called to just gaze but do; go to work. Now they could confirm their faith for they saw with their own eyes. They. Where assured He was going to come in like manner as they saw Him go. Clothed with a glories body no more a disgrace but now as a judge. We are all going to have to give account of how we now then live. It is so important that we hear the trumpet sound to be resurrected in a moment as fast as the twinkling of an eye.
The Upper Room Prayer Meeting
12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. Here they are returning to where Jesus began His suffering at the hands of ungrateful people. Here they are gathering to receive the greatest blessing known to man while they are among enemies who had the Lord crucified. So they were being watched and in a state of fear getting ready for the power of the Lord to be upon them.  13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14 These all continued with one [d]accord in prayer [e]and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers. They meet in an upper room just as they did while He ate the last supper. I is important to know it was a place that was used by the Lord before His death and now after being alive and disappearing before them in person. Mary is present along with others for people where gathered from around the area now to honor the Lord in the temple. As we will see latter at least 120 where present. Here they are in one accord praying as they have new work before them that was going to turn the world upside down. It is where the Lord gave special time with the disciples and now is getting ready by His Spirit to make them a powerful force as they waited upon the Lord in prayer for a closer walk with the Lord. Notice the Holy Spirit descended upon the Lord while He was baptized and praying. Here they are praying and praising the Lord for what they had experienced and have received in a very personal way. All gathered in one accord now that is love we will never know until we to are full of the spirit of God to pray. They were not quarreling but ready to receive the greatest comforter known to mankind having an intimate relationship that was holy, pure and righteous that would enable them for the battle they were in with the enemy of our souls. Lord help us to understand the power of worshiping together for what the Lord has done is doing and getting ready to do in our lives. 
Matthias Chosen
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the [f]disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; 17 for he was numbered with us and obtained a part in this ministry.” Here we see Peter the rock now fully aware of the sins and shame of Judas that left a vacancy in the number 12. 12 Tribes of Judea or Israel, 12 Patriarchs, 12 stars that make up the crown of the Church. 12 Thrones of Heavens gates. So it was important to file this spot with some one alive among them. Here they needed to be complete in the beginning of starting the ministry of the Church. So Peter the individual that was very forward in what he did is now showing how the Lord forgave him and still loved Him and gave Him the great ministry of fulfilling the will of the Lord. Here he is not sitting down to read the law but standing among them as one that had something import to say. We have a vacancy in the death of Judas who was numbered by God among us for a ministry. It is so strange how one the Lord chose is the one here who sold Him for thirty pieces of silver. When God calls us He expects us to follow and keep on abiding in the Lord, so we can produce Goodwill and Peace regardless of what is going on around us. Judas found out what he did was a shame to him and he did not ask God forgiveness but got bitter with himself, gave the money back to Satan’s followers and hung himself. Rejection is a word that plays on a person mind that cause depression and disappointment to where one can’t get rid of selfishness but hides and even many time commits suicide.


I shall never forget how working at Green Hill in Chehalis, WA. a Juvenile  Detention for teenagers as a Security person having to go with resident to Olympia’s Saint Joseph Hospital where they had a special ward for suicidal patents. It was a time I was a shadow of our residents of Green Hill that took over doses and had to have some one from our facility with the boys at all times. This meant you had to stay with in a hand span from the individual, so being so close you developed the ability to talk with them and assure them everything was going to be ok. This gave be the opportunity to meet with Psychologist, Human Behaviorists, Psychists and others who were experts in the medical field. I was asked many times by the professionals how are you able to talk to them? I feel we are all created by God to communicate and they are humans and I am not here to correct them God is, so they are not threatened by me and very open to me about their feeling. I was thankful I had a Father and mother that talked to us making us feel we were special, so I was always trying my best to be friend people. One day after spending eight hours with this one young man of 18 years of age the Professionals had to shoot him with a drug and he was placed on a gunnery strapped down by the ankles, and two on the chest area and he broke out they called me and I went right back into the hospital and here he was alone in the area that was free for residents to walk around. The residents lived in a circle that was large with the professional in the center area to administer to the residents, No one else was in this area and he was foaming at the mouth and hitting his head against the walls, totally insane. They said can you help, I do not know but will try. I was very slow in approaching him not saying any words just there, soon I got closer and closer to where I could hear him begin to sob like a baby after have a fit of rage, soon I was able to talk to him in comforting words. He was very distraught but keep his anger now in control and soon was able to lead him to his room where he was able to recover. I experience this 13 years latter as a Chaplain in the jails of LA and Yakima working with the Sheriffs Department of LA and Yakima in jails and prisons. Where the officers would say to me Chappie can you help calm them down while in Isolation. I said I do not know and would go in the isolation unit where they were like a lion in a cage skimming at the top of there voice level and then pacing back and forth while swearing endlessly. I would shut the door and say noting at first and soon say I would be mad to and continue to talk very politely, until they would sit down beside me and begging to pour their hearts out to me and again just like a baby they would sob and say they were sorry. So it is not who you are but what you are that settle people down that are out of order and Here the Disciple were out of order and the Lord showed He was alive to minister to people but now was gone and they were here to see what God was going to do next by His spirit of love so they would longer be cowards.  Yet Peter knew the reason to select another to take the place of Judas who fell head long on His face, with the swelling of his own breast and burst asunder in the mist, so that all his bowels tumbled out. His bowels gushed out which was what happen to traitors. The Lord said in Matthew 24: 51 to the wicked servant that he would cut him in sunder. 
The public took note of this for it was the talk of the town and to show their disdain they took the money and built a cemetery called Aceldama; the field of blood, because it was the price of Jesus Blood. Yet it is the blood of the Lord that washes our sin as white as snow. 
                                 
18 (Now this man purchased a field with the [g]wages of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his [h]entrails gushed out. 19 And it became known to all those dwelling in Jerusalem; so that field is called in their own language, Akel Dama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms:
‘Let his dwelling place be [i]desolate,
And let no one live in it’;
and,
‘Let another take his [j]office.’ This is so descriptive of Luke to go into such detail. Yet did not the Lord go into great detail to show that He was alive from the cemetery where he was buried for death could not hold Him he was intact with the ability to show up or vanish. Lord help us to see your Spirit at work in all of our lives so we can be alive to work for the Kingdom of God. We do not have to stumble and fall .
21 “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of His resurrection.” When we sing victory in Jesus we are seeing the way, truth and life that Lord has given to all if they would call and confess the sins they commit, so they can be pure and holy so they can see Gods love now and forever more. David confessed his sins and was forgiven, Judas could of confessed his sin but didn’t how about us ae we quick to ask the Lord to forgive us so we are able to be blest by God. Judas lost life he did not want a successor but God wants to graft us into His family so Peter is wanting to choice someone to fulfil the office of Judas showing that the cause of Christ is never going to be lost. This person must be qualified, he needed to have been a part of the Lords followers but with no responsibility. When you and I are faithful in a little God is going to use you in a greater way. We need one another to become a part of the body of Christ. Then if there is any vacancy they can step up to the plate. We are ordained to preach Christ and the power of the resurrection; He is alive and want to live in you.
23 And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias.Notice they appointed for they where proven to have known and wanted to serve in any way and did but now elevated to a higher calling. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” Notice they prayed to the Lord who knows and understands all things. Even through Judas forsook the Lord after He appointed him they call on God for help. It is the Lord that knows the heart of a man or women. He was to be chosen for His hearts condition after the Lord wanting God best.  God know who you are, where you are and what your thinking at all time not only under His eye but in His hand and turns them where ever He will. So here they are ready to receive Him as a Brother chosen by God.   26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthia.. 
And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.


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