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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 6: 7 to 15
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 15 November 2019

Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith. Thank the Lord the Church is going to increase as the Church body keeps connected to the vine; Jesus. The Church increases when all realize the need to spread the seed, Jesus saves. Lord help us to see a multiplying of our Church in the day we are living in so people have hope and faith that God is in control. When the Lord walked among us His ministry was limited to the area but know His Holy Spirit is given to all to bring good news, it is Jesus who saves from the lust of sins addictions. Lord help us as a Church to be obedient to the faith that comes as we trust and obey Your word oh, Lord. It is not our way, but Gods  way, truth and life.

Stephen Accused of Blasphemy

And Stephen, full of [b]faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Steven here is described as a man full of faith and power doing great wonders. When the Spirit of God is operating in a person life, something good is about to happen for the Lord Spirit is manifested or seen. Our faith is important but when it is on fire it is something else, for God reveals His enabling of dunams; Dynamite. Dynamite is of no value if it does not get a charge of electricity and it is the Spirit of God that gives a shot that is needed today, to stay connected to the vine; Jesus. Stephen was certainly a minister before he was selected here as he was doing great wonders by His faith and power given to Him by Gods unfailing love. When God is moving in an area, it seems like Satan does not like it, so will do anything to disrupt the Church. Today we are seeing the Churches being burned, people shooting at ministers and we have to be concerned with safety from intruders. The Church is having a hard time expanding in many area and Governmental powers many times thinks the Church blocks traffic or become a distraction by music being played, or it ruins our neighborhoods. Now this week we heard the Church should not be a tax-deductible governing body for not supporting gay rights. The Church is being forced to act just like the world. Thank the Lord we are a part of this world, but do not do what the world is doing. The Church still has a commission given by God to maintain without compromise. We are seeing the very elect, become deceived as the Bible speak of, in these last days and should allow us to make sure we are full of the Holy Spirit to be able to become more and more like the Lord, and not allow bitterness to creep in and destroy by killing others.   Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia), disputing with Stephen. There is always those who do not understand who they are and do not want to become better but bitter with what is going on. The (Cyrenians, Alexandrians, and those from Cilicia and Asia This could have been what Paul belonged to before his conversion as he was persecuting Christians. It is strange we see the same thing going on today with people getting upset with the Christians to day for what everyone to become better not bitter. Now we see the Libertines are foreigners in slaved by birth, yet think they were free to do whatever they wanted to. They felt they had as much freedom as any Jewish person, so want to pounce on Stephen and engage other to do the same in committing him to death. Here Stephen was a scholar like Paul before his confession of Faith and Stephen could have been one that received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost or shortly afterward. He was a deacon a sharp young man taught by Gamaliel, He was zealous to argue with them and convince them to become a follower of Christ. 

 

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Acts 6: 3 to 7
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 07 November 2019

Then the twelve summoned the multitude of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable that we should leave the word of God and serve tables. Thank the Lord for Church Boards that are serving and surveying the area in which they are located, that all the needs are addressed. Here the Twelve Disciple now organize the Church by calling all together to hear the story of what is going on, this is seeking counsel from one another that all will be safe, under the leadership of the Church. They saw the greatest need as preaching the Gospel, for it is the good news that brings people to the Church, that the church might have the greatest degree of accountability. It was Jesus Himself that walked into the Temple and found them selling and exchanging money and over throwing the tables. Lord help us to see the value of the temple of God, that you and I are a-part of, so our image is not forsaken, but accepted as needed! The Disciples where given a message to be preached for that time. They did not have to study, for remember the Church was beginning from Peter the Rock. Who just stumbled and fell and asked for forgiveness, as he wept bitterly over what he had done, in rejecting the Lord at the Trial of Jesus. It is not the money that preachers are called to, it is the story that God loves you and created you to love Him, so you can be fulfilled in what you’re doing to honor and praise Him. Lord help us to not entangle ourselves in the affairs of this life and it’s outward look2 Timothy 2:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; but we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Here they are all together in one accord and are concern with what is happening in the business of the Church that God is setting up. So here they are full of the Holy Spirit seeking 7 men of a good report. Lord help us to review and pray and keep our accounts in order, so we know where we are at any given moment. The Billy Graham was the first organization to open their books to the Public, to erase all doubt where the money was spent and today Samaritans Purse does more than many Government’s to minister to emergency areas in our world. Lord help us when choosing people, to serve on our boards, to look for men that have the opinion of the Lord in seeing the Church grow in all areas. People of honesty, free from scandal, who see others as neighbors, men of integrity and full of faithfulness, will proven and tested for truthfulness and will spoken of, virtuous and praise worthy. Then full of the Holy Spirit, in order to see imagination times vividness as reality that is truth. Honest men of courage, for they are in charge of the affairs of the Church, hating covetousness, but needing more of the presence of the Lord, so wisdom is present with the ability to be discreet and judicious to be able show justice to all. 1 Corinthians 12:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit.

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Acts 6 1-2 COMPLAINTS
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 01 November 2019

In chapter 6 we are going to see the discontent among the Disciples about the distribution of the public charity; the election and ordination. Of seven men to ease the apostles of the burden they carried. The increase of the Church and a look at the account of Stephen one of the seven and his activity for Christ and how he dealt with the enemies of Christianity. The crimes laid against him and how he accepted his trial.
Acts 6 New King James Version (NKJV)
Seven Chosen to Serve
Now in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplying, there arose a complaint against the Hebrews by the Hellenists,[a] because their widows were neglected in the daily distribution. It is amazing how unhappy people can get about what is going on with in Churches, with the way they deal with money the bigger they get. Having been a part of this Church at the Harrah Assembly of God since 1936 when it was started our parents Ellis and Gladies Campfield were the orginal charter members and saw good solid growth. Dad was on the Board when the Church had to move from the Brownstown location between Evans and Progressive on Barks Road, where David and Margret Scott now live. This was not an easy move for many wanted to stay put and not go into Harrah back in 1955 when Rev Corneas Rentjies was Pastor with over 150 people present. I was  a graduate of White Swan High School were we started a Campus Life Youth for Christ group as a freshman and was the leader several years plus worked in the Church helping mom as Secretary of the Sunday School in Brownstown, helping collect the record books for attendance and the giving of offering at times with other youth. We had a youth group of over 30 kids. Never once did mom or dad talk about who gave and how much for it was kept in confidence. Then when I became Secretary Treasure of the Board after getting married to Virginia in 1957 never once did I let others know how much money was given. I remember never having abundance of Money and many times our Pastors had to wait to get a pay check. But it was always paid with many times more came in as love offering. I never heard any of our minister complain about how much money they made, but rejoiced in being able to minister to the people who attended. The most I can remember attending the Church was when Dean and Joann Rimemers was here who just Graduated from North West Bible Collage in 1559 as our Pastor preaching on Nehemiah building the walls around Jerusalem, seeing the church grow from 150 to over 200 in attendance. He started a local news paper every week to hand out to the community with the community helping pay for its printing, which gave our Church a strong testimony. This was a time of rejoicing, but also a time when our Church was shaken by the enemy. So as a Church we know what it is like to be shaken and come through as people put their hope, faith, to reverencing and worshiping the Lord, with a renewed effort in praying for one another. This was certainly not the first time this Church went through battles with Satan, for we began out of a revival in Wapato Assembly of God under Brother Waters Ministry, when the taverns were all closed down in Wapato. For the simple reason people where coming to the Church to get saved and full of the Holy Spirit, so no one was interested in drinking but drinking from the fountain that never ran dry. So Brother Johnny Manchester was asked to come out to Brownstown and start a Church and I remember being saved at a Revival Service when a Evangelist Robertson was the preacher and many were saved and fulfilled with the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues. This was a time when High School Students would come to Church and look in the windows to see what was happening as people were slain in the Spirit without a catcher. They said I was praying up on the stage next to a piano when it moved, so when I was stricken by the Spirit the Piano moved from the wall, so I did not hit the piano but landed softly down on the floor. So I had no problem with Acts two when the Holy Spirit over came those gathered in the upper room. We are not in control when God is in control, for He is and can keep one from getting hurt. Now we have people near by that are taught to help those falling under the power of the Holy Spirit and we question is it real. I wonder what we would think if a cloud leads us by day and a fire by night? Lord help us to remember, You do all thing decently and in order, so no one gets hurt. Remember in the fifth Chapter we saw how God took care of Annan’s and Sapphire and can certainly take care of us. It is a wonder to see the Church growing and It is our prayer that we will multiply in numbers to get peoples attention God is alive and real. I am convinced that God lead us hear and God has a purpose for all of us, as we are united in bring glory and honor to the Lord for what He is doing in our hearts. 

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