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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 5:16-35  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 18 October 2019

Apostles on Trial Again
26 Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. Their anger is under subjection for they realize Peter and John have a great following for this is unheard of breaking out of jail with no sign of a struggle. The Captian and his officers know that they are the ones not that could be beaten so proceed with caution. To Be Continued 27 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, 28 saying, “Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!” Notice the behavior and attitude and how it has changed, as if they got the message, but no they are being very careful, by asking them a simple question; did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name. This is giving one the ability to account for what they are doing, or saying, for it was the Lord who gave them permission to say and teach what they were teaching. Isn’t it strange how man likes to argue with God? Here you are teaching some strange doctrine that is disturbing the peaceWanting to blame us for what is going on and it is you and your silly thinking. Look at what is going on today, people as many times angry with the Church that is preaching the truth for people do not like to be told what to do or say. We have many Radio Stations not broadcasting sermons for they are controversial so are playing music. Lord help us to what someone to tell us when we are doing what is wrong so we do not suffer loss of the image of goodwill and peace. So, notice how Peter and others responds, 29 But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men. Notice they are in one accord as the Spirit of God is leading them. They are experiencing the Lord giving them the words they need to speak with courage and conviction. Lord might Your way, truth and light be spoken so all can hear, Jesus heals and saves those who make mistakes as they acknowledge the truth. So here they are justified by obeying the Lord. They did not kill Ananias, with Sapphira his wife the Holy Spirit of God was in charge. We are not in charge God is and we need to let Him  30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree. Here Peter is very bold saying it was God who bought Jesus His Son our God the grave which you all murdered. People that do not want to hear their faults is no good reason they should not be told of them? We as ministers have a duty to tell the truth of what people are doing that is wrong and hurting the cause of Christ. We are proclaimers of right actions and attitudes so our behavior is worthy of the calling we are in proclaiming goodwill and peace. It is God that inspires and encourages us to be empowered to stand up for righteousness. It is so important to see what God did the Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and his 12 Sons.  God does not need any help in empowering people for service. Look at Moses, he could not speak so God gave him Aaron. Joseph was sold to Pharaoh of Egypt, but soon God gave him the job of Agriculture Secretary of the Land. God takes people will to serve Him to magnify His name.   31 Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. It is God that elevates man with His right hand that is always extended to those who are connected to the vine; Jesus. You loaded him with digrace but God crowned Him with honor. What are we doing to people that honor the Lord today is seen around the world as disrespect, to where we are seeing persecution of Christians. Remember Christ lives by the power of God and so do we as we teach the oracles of God way, truth and life. He is our prince and Savior, our law and our Government as we abide in the vine; the presence of God. We are ruled by God He is the Judge of our actions and behaviors attitudes. He does not save us in our sins, but saves us from our sins. He wants to forgive Israel is the reason Peter and John are preaching in the name of Jesus. We need to appreciate what the Lord has done for us so we are always excited about what God has done and is still doing to get people’s attention He is Lord of all. Notice Repentance and remission go together and you can have the one without the other. Repentance removes the guilt and punishment of sin to where we want to please God and turn from sin to righteousness. It is Jesus that gives one the desire to repent and see remission. (Forgiveness) cancellation of debt, tax, penalty or a lessening of heat of conviction of condemnation. It is the Spirit of God that convicts us of wrong doing according to His word. Lord help us to day to have a conscience that is pure and righteous so we want to ask God to clean us up so purity is possible in deed and word. So, our conduct is alive as an ambassador for the Kingdom of God. So, we are born again having a new heart to do God work not our own. Yes God gave us all hands and might we know how to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. This needs to happen so we see the grace of God begin to purify our lives.

32 And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.” Peter and John and the rest of the followers of Jesus are ready to testify upon this  oath for they say Him alive and walking and talking to them, they say Him die and alive for 40 days and experienced the Power of the Holy Spirit in tongues fall upon them as they received God blessing of empowerment. Now they are seeing miracles wrought by the Hand of Gods Spirit as witnesses. They are not silent as the leaders wanted them to be but very vocal. Witness can’t be silent, or we loss law enforcement and the truth. By. The Spirit of God as we abide in Him we are empowered to speak from the house top Jesus is alive, it is Jesus who is able to see us through. It is Jesus that can heal your addictions to lust for evil. This is the reason we need the Holy Spirit of God as a witness from Heaven, for He gave us this gift of gifts. That is the reason we give our testimony and preach the Good News. We certainly can’t but God can give us the victory again and again. God wants to make us eminently useful in His Kingdom as Ambassadors. Remember Christ was sent to this world by His Father God and Christ said He would give us His Holy Spirit to all as we waited upon Him who bestows power to the powerless, helpless person. This proves the wonderful Power of being born again not from man but the Holy Spirit of God Himself. It is the will of God that Christ is to be obey. Look at what is going on to day people are obey Satan and all his devices of evil and we have become lawless and full of bitterness toward what is right. 
Gamaliel’s Advice
33 When they heard this, they were furious[g] and plotted to kill them. This has happened in the past and is still happening today. People do not like the truth as they want to be controlled by Satan’s lust for evil. Lord help us to see our ways are not the way, truth and life that God wants us to have. They are full of indignation at what the Apostles were saying and cut to their heart. Very angry to see their own sin as they looked upon their actions and attitude. How many times have people felt remorse as they were pricked in their hearts and gotten mad and bitter, full of hate and their anger lashed out and killed someone representing the truth. People do not want to be judged yet they fall into condemnation of right and bow to hate and killing of innocent people. It seems like when people to not like right they do the most despicable acts of injustice. Filling themselves with terror of their own making. This not only hurts the individual, but hurts everyone around them.  It is amazing to day how many people are against success in government, business and religion and trust is not seen as lies are easier to accept. So we can’t trust the media or many pastors preaching their gospel of love brother love. God is love and we need to love and overlook the bad in others. You do your thing and I will do mine and you don’t bother me and I will not bother you. This is the reason everybody is getting hurt and fear is running rampant around the world and people are homeless and can help themselves out of positive self-image. We are seeing fear causing people to be so perplex we can’t solve our problems around the world. 34 Then one in the council stood up, a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law held in respect by all the people, and commanded them to put the apostles outside for a little while. Now we see a Pharisee one who professed the cultic behavior as he study the Law of the old testament. He was the one who was trained by Saul, Stephen and Barnabas. He was supposed to have wisdom and conduct of a moderate person that knew how to bring peace. So he says, put them out for a while so we can speak freely. Remember the Lord was tried before all others knew what was happening and he Peter and John are asked to leave.  35 And he said to them: “Men of Israel, [h]take heed to yourselves what you intend to do regarding these men. To Be continued!

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