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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.

Romans 1
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 21 April 2017

Romans 1 New King James Version (NKJV) We are going to see how Paul introduces himself to Rome throughout the book of Romans. We will see the deplorable conditions of the of the Gentile world, which was proof of the doctrine of justification by faith, already laid down in Acts 1:17. Paul is addressing his day in a way that is excellent and savory in other words very tasteful. 

Greeting

Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. Here Paul lets the reader know he is just a servant that has been called out of slavery to a bearer of good news. This is what is promised to all who believe in the Old Testament and now the new. God had always been able to have His way, even though some had a hard time accepting it, as did Adam and Eve, Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, Jonah, Saul, David, Salomon, Ruth and Easter yet Gods will be done? Even Jesus coming into the world as a baby and living among us without sin and then dying in our place, so we might be forgiven was truly a Miracle. Sauls conversion was a miracle, as the Sun shined so bright it blinded him for three day. His eye sight could have been the thorn he endured all his life. Yet through it all God used Paul as an Evangelist of his day.  Notice verse 3, 4 where he uses the names and titles of His Son, Jesus our Lord, as the one speaking to him. He showed the human nature, as Jesus was born of a virgin Mary, from the house of David, as was Joseph his supposed father. Then he showed His Divine Nature, the Son of God, eternal generation, according to the Spirit of Holiness. He is, was, and will always be the Son of God. Notice the fruit of it here in verse Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; Everyone whom Christ called has received grace and apostleship, that is favored with God to become followers, fellowshipping with Jesus, as we abide in Him, who has called all to follow Him.

To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Here we are called to make a spectacle to the world, leading a life of toil and trouble and hazard, we’re killed all the day long; Paul sees it as a favor to be in the work of the Lords, regardless of the difficulties, or dangers he may have to be faced. We are loved by the Lord so grace and peace follow us regardless of the circumstance we face in life, as we abide in Him. 1. It is a privilege of Christians they are beloved, Gods delight. 2. The duty of Christians is to be holy, that’s the reason we are called Saints, being called out from by sanctification. We have a profession, so we need to know the value of labor, to answer to the King of the Kingdom of God. Notice Grace to you and peace, so not only a good wish, but the authority of a blessing from God. In the Old Testament, it was Peace to you; now it is Grace, that is the favor of God towards us, or the work of God in us, both are required to true peace. Peace is all being good with God and others, peace in your own conscience, peace with all that is going on in the world. This favor and peace comes from the fountain of God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ and now the Holy Spirit of God that is always present, as we walk in faiths works of sanctification, justification, grace and mercy. God wants to engage with us, encouraging our desires and expectation, which we are taught as we read the scriptures, when we by faith accept the reality of He is in control. 

Rome

First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. What an act of obedience to faith, for faith needs to be understood. It is not wickedness, but obedience that brings answers to the law of faith. Faith is to anticipating the assurance of the benefits of obeying, Gods commandment. We are justified by faith, for we are yoked to Christ and He justifies us in caring the load we carry many times.  Thank the Lord salvation is still seen around the world, for it is God that allows man to go through what they go through without giving up. Thank the Lord the greater reputation a man hath for religion, the more careful he should be to preserve it, because a little folly spoils him, that is in reputation. Eccl 10:1 Throughout the whole world the Roman Empire the Jews were scattered abroad, but now returning with a good report behind them of coming through great persecuting. This was good for God and His people, so they obtained a good report through their faith. You can see the effect of faith, for it turns on from hating the things of God, to enjoying the things of the Lord. So, the Church of Rome was flourishing. Rome is not what it was, she was espoused a chaste virgin to Christ and excelled in beauty, but degenerated and dealt treacherously, and embraced the bosom of strangers, so now this epistle is against the Romans. 

 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. Paul is seen here showing grace and mercy which is the greatest kindness we can show for our friends and even enemies. He prays with our ceasing. He made mention of you, even though he did not know them. Yet he hoped to see them soon. Lord help us to see in our purposes, so our desires are according to the Lord will.  11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me. Paul loved to preach, and teach the world, for he had a good sermon, which was a gift given to him, to spread the good news, allowing people to achieve their potential, as they followed and obeyed the Lords word. He wanted them not only to grow upward, but down ward so they could have a strong root system. So, he wanted to be a comfort, knowing that is what everyone needs in our world today, for we are seeing lawlessness abounding. So, it was with in Rome, people needed to realize who God was and what He was able to do. As a minister, it is necessary we have confidence between us and our congregations to be confidant. We are not sheep stealers, but sheep feeders, leading people to want to study the Scripture for themselves, so they too are ambassadors for Christ always. It is so good for Christians to compare notes about their spiritual concerns, for then they are sharpened as iron sharpens iron, that we will all have fruit for others to enjoy.

13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. It is so important we let others know how we feel about them, for everyone matters and Paul is showing he wanted to come and minister to them, but now is given the opportunity to encourage them and edify the work of the Lord. Paul minded his work, as one that believed the more good he was entrusted with to trade for his Mater’s honor the greater the blessing to him and others. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise. Here Paul felt like he was a debtor, as he received so much from the Lord, and did not take anything for granted. He went to work even improving upon his ministry and did as much as any man had ever done in the Kingdom of God. Yet here he is showing his emotions, of being indebted to all the wise and unwise. It was the Greeks that fancied themselves as having a monopoly on wisdom and looked at everyone else as barbarians.15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. What a statement of assurance that God was with Paul, as he took advantage of what was afforded him now. He was not looking for profit, or filthy lucre, but of a ready mind, to pour out the mercy, love and grace of the Lord to do good.

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Who rolled the Stone Away Matthew 28:1
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 15 April 2017

 

Who rolled the Stone Away

Historicity

One well-known defender of central Christian doctrines, William Lane Craig, analyzes sources, summarizes his conclusions and defends the historicity of the testimony of Paul and the gospels concerning the empty tomb of Jesus from a perspective of apologetics as follows:

1. Paul's testimony implies the historicity of the empty tomb. Had the tomb not been empty, then Christian theology would have taken an entirely different route than it did, trying to explain how resurrection could still be possible, though the body remained in the grave. But neither Christian theology nor apologetics ever had to face such a problem.

2. The presence of the empty tomb pericope in the passion story supports its historicity. Geographical references, personal names, and the use of Galilee as a horizon all point to Jerusalem as the fount of the passion story.

3. The use of 'the first day of the week' instead of 'on the third day' points to the primitiveness of the tradition. The proximity of the tradition to the events themselves makes it idle to regard the empty tomb as a legend. It makes it highly probable that on the first day of the week the tomb was indeed found empty.

4. The nature of the narrative itself is theologically unadorned and nonapologetic. Very often contemporary theologians urge that the empty tomb is not a historical proof for the resurrection because for the disciples it was in itself ambiguous and not a proof. But that is precisely why the empty tomb story is today so credible: because it was not an apologetic device of early Christians.

5. The discovery of the tomb by women is highly probable. Given the low status of women in Jewish society and their lack of qualification to serve as legal witnesses, the most plausible explanation, in light of the gospels' conviction that the disciples were in Jerusalem over the weekend, why women and not the male disciples were made discoverers of the empty tomb is that the women were in fact the ones who made this discovery.)  Remember Eve Talk to Satan while Adam talk to God. Eve saw, Desired, took, ate and gave to Adam, they ate and they both hid. Here the Disciple are in hiding and the women come to them what a testimony of the importance to show forgiveness and be forgiven.

6. The investigation of the empty tomb by the disciples is historically probable. Behind the fourth gospel stands the Beloved Disciple, whose reminiscences fill out the traditions employed. The visit of the disciples to the empty tomb is therefore attested not only in tradition but by this disciple.

7. It would have been impossible for the disciples to proclaim the resurrection in Jerusalem had the tomb not been empty. The empty tomb is a sine qua non of the resurrection. The fact that the Christian fellowship, founded on belief in Jesus' resurrection, could come into existence and flourish in the very city where he was executed and buried seems to be compelling evidence for the historicity of the empty tomb.

8. The Jewish polemic presupposes the empty tomb. The fact that the Jewish polemic never denied that Jesus' tomb was empty, but only tried to explain it away is compelling evidence that the tomb was in fact empty. Polemic or controversial subject or dispute.

So, let’s read the story of what really happen that changed the world from law to grace. From Matthew; Luke and John.

Easter is the greatest event that ever accrued in history for the law of Moses was glorified, not by the sacrifice by animals, but now a Human Sacrifice by the Son of God, Jesus remember, came to give Grace to all, who wanted to know the way, truth and life that is possible as we are willing to abide in the vine; Jesus. Matthew 28 tells the story of what happen after His death on the cross.


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Good Friday THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 07 April 2017

Last Friday was Good Friday the beginning of a new life. We are at the beginning of spring which is a new season in our valley. God created us all to have the ability to be born and become useful to society as we mature in the Lord. God gave us His Son Jesus to live among us to show He was the answer to all of our problems in life as we learn to abide in Him. He began his ministry being tempted of the devil in three ways.
1. Satan said make stones become bread, He said, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of my mouth.
2. Satan takes Him up to a holy city to the highest spot and says cast yourself down so angels can take care of you. Jesus said It is written again, Thou, shalt not temp the Lord thy God.
3.  Satan takes Him to a very high mountain saying all you see I will give it to you, if you fall down and worship me. Jesus said Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou, shalt worship the Lord they God, and Him only shalt thou serve.
Then He is baptized by John the Baptist; cleanses the temple of evil, tuning over their table to stop the workings of the Devil, turning water to wine, that does not make you drunk, but empowers one for living the Life of Joy, peace and good will for all. He sees revival in Samaria and healing of the nobleman’s son, calls 12 disciples to follow Him. Heals the Demonic, Peters mother in law. Heals a leper, paralytic, then a man at the pool of Bethsaida is healed, heals a withered hand, Widows son raised to life, Parable of the two debtors, He sees opposition, talks about the unpardonable sin, talks about a personal relationship, Parable of rich man and Lazarus, Parable of the barren fig tree, wedding feast, leaven bread, wise steward, sower and reaping, Goodly pearl. Mustard seed, Drawing the net, sees the seas winds stilled, Jaris’s daughter raised from the dead, rejected at Nazareth, death of John the Baptist, Jesus walks on water, five thousand feed, bread of life taught, Rebuking Pharisees, Deaf and dumb man healed, feeding of four thousand, Blind man healed at Bethsaida, Peters confession of Christ. The transfiguration seeing Moses and Elijah by three of the Disciples. Healing of the ten lepers. The seventy sent forth, raising of Lazarus from the dead. Parable of the Lost coin, lost sheep, prodigal son, unjust Stewart, unjust judge, the second coming, discourse on divorce, Parable of the laborers, His suffering fortold, Healing two blind men, the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Cursing the fig tree, cleansing the temple, Healing in the temple, His authority questioned, parable of two sons, wicked husbandmen, question of tribute money, the great commandment, the widows mite, prophesies of coming calamities, sign of coming events Parable to ten virgins, ten talents and the Plot of Judas. Now here we see Him in the Garden of Gethsemane with His Disciples Praying   Matthew 26
36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” Here we see Jesus and the story of His agony the beginning of sorrow the clouds have gathered and it is getting dark as He was accepting what was before Him freely. Here he is in an olive grove where they pressed out olive oil at the foot of Calvary. Where He was soon going to be crushed for all believers.  37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Here you see his favorites Peter James and John and left the rest at a distant. I am sure the Disciple knew what was going on for they never seen such a look on Jesus face.
Today can see the look of disappointment of what is going on in our world, for it is so hard to find the truth within the media, internet or any other means of communication it seems.
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.” Jesus had just come from praying, now here is wanting to be alone, even through the three disciples where with Him at the transfiguration. It seems like those suffering the most in life, are those that have really had a touch of the Lord upon their lives. This sorrow was so great it was as if He was going to die under the pain. He is pouring out a disorder like water. Here Jesus is facing all the power of darkness of the world. He just wants to be alone.
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39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.Here He goes a little further and falls on His face praying Oh my Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me. Nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will. He knows the heaviness of sins that where laid on Him, and charged upon Him and was very sorrowful and heavy. He saw the treachery of Judas the denial of Peter. He knew in a few minutes he would be arrested scourged spit upon, mocked and mutilated beyond recognition. Here He is alone knowing the cross was ahead of Him, and want this ordeal cup; to pass from Him, but He accept reality and returns to the Disciples.
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour? 41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” So He returns back to His disciples and finds them sleeping and speaking to Peter, for remember he was the one that said, “Lord never will I forsake you”. So is very point blank with him, Saying, what could you not watch with me one hour. Interesting for many times we do not show any interest in what is going on around us, as we see people hurting in so many different ways. We seem to be living in a world that is very sad, about what is going on that is causing so much sorrow and disappointment with in our families, school and even business of our area, but who cares. It is so sad to see the lack of pride with people living in filth and insanitary conditions right in our valley. Here the Lord saw what He was facing and even His followers were sleeping, not understand what was going to happen next. The Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak is still cause for much sorrow, to where only God can change the situation. Mental health, or any other recover programs are not taking care of our needs, for it is not man that created us, it is God that is still giving us the desire to become like Him.

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