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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.

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Psalm 100:1-5 (NKJV) 
 Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!  Serve theLORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. 
 Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. 
 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truthendures to all generations.

Thank the Lord for Gates that we can enter into the joys of the Lord and the Churches Gates are always open to whosoever may come. The Lord Gates to the Kingdom of God are still open and available to come into so you can abide in the vine; Jesus and becoming what He has planned for your life so you do not have to feel lift out of His store house.

So here we see His voice that He has given to us all and His presence so He can communicate with us as we enter His gates or house of worship. Now what we really need to know is the sacrifice that is needed. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) 
 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
This is not normal but when we learn we are in the Lords hands we see come into being.

 Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV) 
 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 
 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

This is becoming a winner and not a whiner, for God wants all of our bodies, souls and spirits to be dedicated to doing His will. The we can relax as Paul says in;


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Act 24:1-22 The trial goes on!!!!
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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Here we are seeing Paul yet in prison and controlled by the Roman Government with Ananias the High Priest and a Attorney Tertullus.
Acts 24:1-27 (NKJV)
1  Now after five days Ananias the high priest came down with the elders and a certain orator named Tertullus. These gave evidence to the governor against Paul. It is strange how often Christians are accused of causing problems and here Paul was accused of having evidence he was a trouble maker. 2  And when he was called upon, Tertullus began his accusation, saying: "Seeing that through you we enjoy great peace, and prosperity is being brought to this nation by your foresight, 3  we accept it always and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.  It is common for many to find something good abut you before they turn on you with contempt and Tertullus was commenting on how they where in a time of great peace  and prosperity  because of your message. 4  Nevertheless, not to be tedious to you any further, I beg you to hear, by your courtesy, a few words from us. Now Paul I want you to hear what we have to say about you and do not want to waste your time.   5  For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Your like a plague that is spreading throughout the land with your preaching about Jesus of Nazareth.
6  He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law.
You even tried to profane or blasphemed the Temple and seized you to bring you into account according to the Law
7  But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8  commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him."
Then a commander Lysias came and took you out of our hands and wanted you to come before us here.
9  And the Jews also assented, maintaining that these things were so.
The evidence against Paul was building but it was not revealing the truth.
10  Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
11  because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship.
Now Paul is given a opportunity to speak and began with admonishing them of their duties and how privileged he felt to defend himself after being in the Temple 12 days ago.
12  And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city.
Notice he did not fall into a trap but told exactly what he did and it was not arguing with the people, but just telling the truth Jesus is Lord and wants to rule and reign for He is the way, truth and life.
13  Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me.
Those who accused me could not bring any accusations against me.
14  But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
Here he is revealing how he came to know the Lord and began to worship the Lord as the law and Prophets suggested. He knew the law for he was a Pharisee and understood what it meant to see the Lord rule and reign in the Church today, now.
15  I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Notice he had faith and hope in God for it was God who he worshiped and reverences so his prayer could be answered. He knew there was a death the Lord went through and a resurrection from the dead and alive and seated at the right hand of the Father to hear our prayer. He mention their will be those who are just and those who are unjust. So he was giving a message to allow his accusers the opportunity to confess and turn also to the Lord.
16  This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.
Paul knew the importance of his conscience and memory for the reason he believed the way he did for his imagination was alive with his own conversion gave him the affection he needed for such and time as this so his soul was alive with the truths of the gospel.
17  Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18  in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult.
Paul knew what it was life to support his nation, his church and the churches started in his travels. He reminded them of how often he went to the temple to worship the Lord all by himself which started no mobs to protest or any kind of tumult or problems.
19  They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me.
These people that objected should be here know if they had a problem, where are my accusers is what he was saying to them.
20  Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
21  unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.' "  
Yes; there may be those here today that have something against me let them speak. I know it is hard to accept the fact someone died that I might have life and that is the reason I am here.
22  But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case."
Here Paul says when Felix heard this he was aware of the way and adjourned the meeting and said, we need to wait unto the commander comes down to settle this case.
6  He even tried to profane the temple, and we seized him, and wanted to judge him according to our law. You even tried to profane or blasphemed the Temple and seized you to bring you into account according to the Law
7  But the commander Lysias came by and with great violence took him out of our hands,
8  commanding his accusers to come to you. By examining him yourself you may ascertain all these things of which we accuse him." Then a commander Lysias came and took you out of our hands and wanted you to come before us here.
9  And the Jews also assented, maintaining that these things were so. The evidence against Paul was building but it was not revealing the truth.
10  Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: "Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,
11  because you may ascertain that it is no more than twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem to worship. Now Paul is given a opportunity to speak and began with admonishing them of their duties and how privileged he felt to defend himself after being in the Temple 12 days ago.
12  And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. Notice he did not fall into a trap but told exactly what he did and it was not arguing with the people, but just telling the truth Jesus is Lord and wants to rule and reign for He is the way, truth and life.
13  Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. Those who accused me could not bring any accusations against me.
14  But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. Here he is revealing how he came to know the Lord and began to worship the Lord as the law and Prophets suggested. He knew the law for he was a Pharisee and understood what it meant to see the Lord rule and reign in the Church today, now.
15  I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. Notice he had faith and hope in God for it was God who he worshiped and reverences so his prayer could be answered. He knew there was a death the Lord went through and a resurrection from the dead and alive and seated at the right hand of the Father to hear our prayer. He mention their will be those who are just and those who are unjust. So he was giving a message to allow his accusers the opportunity to confess and turn also to the Lord.
16  This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. Paul knew the importance of his conscience and memory for the reason he believed the way he did for his imagination was alive with his own conversion gave him the affection he needed for such and time as this so his soul was alive with the truths of the gospel.
17  Now after many years I came to bring alms and offerings to my nation,
18  in the midst of which some Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with a mob nor with tumult. Paul knew what it was life to support his nation, his church and the churches started in his travels. He reminded them of how often he went to the temple to worship the Lord all by himself which started no mobs to protest or any kind of tumult or problems.
19  They ought to have been here before you to object if they had anything against me. These people that objected should be here know if they had a problem, where are my accusers is what he was saying to them.
20  Or else let those who are here themselves say if they found any wrongdoing in me while I stood before the council,
21  unless it is for this one statement which I cried out, standing among them, 'Concerning the resurrection of the dead I am being judged by you this day.' "  Yes; there may be those here today that have something against me let them speak. I know it is hard to accept the fact someone died that I might have life and that is the reason I am here.
22  But when Felix heard these things, having more accurate knowledge of the Way, he adjourned the proceedings and said, "When Lysias the commander comes down, I will make a decision on your case." Here Paul says when Felix heard this he was aware of the way and adjourned the meeting and said, we need to wait unto the commander comes down to settle this case.

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Acts 23:1-35 Power of Persuading
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Saturday, 05 November 2016

Here we are seeing Paul giving those who are questioning his citizen ship a picture of what he seeing going on and has a chance to persuade them to follow the Lord which was and is good news for all.
Acts 23:1-35 (NKJV)
1  Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day." Here we see Paul is very stern looking at them right in the face. Calling them brethren, some one just like him. So wanted them to know how he really felt as some one that was doing all God wanted him to do since his conversion and he was not about to change the way, truth and life the Lord had now given a newness what God expected.
2  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. What a surprise this most of been for here he had already told them he was a Jew and what he had received from the Lord at his conversion and a Religious leader commanded some one to strike him on the mouth. What a act of deviants, for Paul was not being sarcastic but very open to them and the High Priest did not like his commitment to the Lord. Remember what they did to the King of the Jews, Jesus; they spit and struck him not only on the face, but His body, till it was marred more than any other body. Satan does not like people that stand up against the wrongs of government, or even wrongs with in the Church. Lord help us to now how to accept opposition to the way, truth and life taught to us by the Lord
3  Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?" Paul did not keep silent but he spoke with anger I am sure for here they were suppose to be godly and did the most ugly thing possible to Paul. Notice how he condemned what they did as they were judging him and that was against the law and Paul knew it, so his outrage was demeaning to them and made them madder yet.
4  And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?" Whatís the matter with you Paul are you better than the High Priest, so the mob mentality set in and Satan was having a field day.
5  Then Paul said, "I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' " Right away Paul knew what they accused him of and wanted them to know he was all for the High Priest and should not be speaking evil of them. So immediately reminded them of who he was.
6  But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!" Paul knew the Sadducee practiced the ancient Jewish party that ruled and accepted the law and rejected the oral law that the Pharisees practiced. Paul was quick to remind them, I am a Pharisee, one that practices the written law as a Jew and the law written by God on the cross. So here Paul was using the wisdom to lift up the Gospel of Grace and divide the opposition present. Paul was a descendant of generations of Pharisees and was putting to practice what he was taught at his conversion. For know he no longer was persecuting Christians but was united with them.
7  And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. So here we see the Lord will is being done and the Pharisees and Sadducees are now divided, and Paul is able to continue on with his reason for doing what he is doing.
8  For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection--and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Paul is showing he is aware of who theses Sadducees are and what they believe, and it is God did not send His Son Jesus to come and show us how to live a life of victory and was tried and sentenced to die on a cross, then was buried in a grave, but after three day resurrected and they did not want to accept this, but hung on to the law and how it was to be obeyed. The spirit of God and angels of God were not real and needed to be doubted and not trusted. But the Pharisees confessed to Jesus coming and living a life of victory over sins addictions and Jesus died and rose again from the grave to live in us.
9  Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God." Sure enough what Paul said made the Pharisees rally around Paul and could not find any fault in what Paul said or stood for. So they said letís not fight against God for there is no evil in Paul statements.
10  Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks. This did not stop the dissension it only became more heated and ready to kill Paul right on the spot and instead had the soldiers take him by force into the barracks.
11  But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome." Thank the Lord His hands are extended to Paul and speaks to him to be of good cheer for you have testified of Me, where ever you have gone since your conversion. So I will be with you even as you go to Rome.
12  And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. What hate is shown to Paul as they still wanted to Kill him and even vowed to themselves by taking an pledge or oath to do so or they would not eat of drink till Paul was killed.
13  Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. Here we see forty who are bent on taking Paulís life.
14  They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. Here they go to the chief priest and elders showing they really meant to kill Paul as they promised themselves to do. Man some time is so defiant but God knows how to intervene.  
15  Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near."
15  Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near." Here they where in control and wanted the council to get those in control of Paul to make sure what every they where going to do, yet they were going to Kill Paul.16  So when Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Thank the Lord He always steps in for His chosen and Paulís sisters son is aware of what is going to happen according to Paulís enemies.
17  Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him." Paul is still showing his God is able to deliverer him and calls the Centurions to him and says this young man has something to say to the commander in chief.
18  So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you." Here we are seeing communication at it best and the concern became known to the commander and many times it is so important we learn how to wait upon the Lords timing.

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