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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.

Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 19 January 2018

We are getting ready to see Paul not in the picture no longer in Acts but the Gospels are going to cover his minister in more detail. In acts here we have seen him in one judgement seat after another, here we are going to see himn shipwrecked stripped of all yet seeing God reach out to him in distress as a prisoner.
Acts 28New King James Version (NKJV)
Paul’s Ministry on Malta
28 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. This was a tiny Island between Sicily and Africa  twenty miles long and twelve miles wide. It is hear the Turks overran this part of Christendom and made a noble stand for right.  And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold. Remember God promised to keep them safe from harm and sure enough providence continues to care for them, He makes even their enemies to be at peace with them. Thank the Lord for the many time God intervene and caused our enemies to settle down and find we are ok for we want the best as well. There is nothing like when your cold and wet to be given a fire to warm the body. It seems like today we do not know how to make one another feel good with the fire of the Holy Spirit as people like being ship wreck and Lord help us to keep offer other goodwill and peace for Gods Spirit is what warms our spirit to be full. Notice some 260 people plus the natives must of required a lot of fires or one huge fire, so people had to fuel the fire.
 But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. We see Paul here doing what he is custom in doing working. He is looking for things to do and putting sticks in the fire was necessary and could of watched other do all the work. Here he is as wet as anyone of them but realizes the power of giving of self. Yes snack are in the area and hiding in the pile of sticks so Paul is bitten by one and it stays connected to Paul hand. Trouble on the sea not trouble on the land. Do we ever get out of trouble?we\We So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.” The men now what snakes were and how poisoned they were. So here it is hanging on to Paul and they knew something was wrong and he was getting justice for being a murderer. But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm. Paul shacks it off as if he knew it harm and as soon as possible does something to protect himself. Do we not have to shack off a lot of things that are always coming out after us to kill us.  However, they were expecting that he would swell up or suddenly fall down dead. They expect Paul to have been given the poison as the snack bite him and would normally have killed quickly.  But after they had looked for a long time and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. No  longer thinking he was a murder but know a god. I have told the story of working with Bell Steel and John the owner had me working with a crew at Magic Mountain, one of which had a pet Rattlesnake that he would entertain with when he had drinking parties. Here he was having a party with several friends girls and men and let the snake out of the gage to tease it, the snake was faster, he was drunk and the snake bite him several times, all the guest ran away another friend was late and saw him laying on the floor with the snake by him and took him to the Antelope Valley Kaiser Hospital in his pickup which was close. John Bell was called and he called me and we went to the hospital together and he was alive, but they gave him more anti venom than any one up to that time and his face and body were swollen to where it was hard to recognize him and he was unconscious. We prayed for Him that God would safe and he would accept the Lord. Then a week later we go to his home and guess what? He still had a snake and did not want to talk to us about the Lord. God is the only one that can heal and keep us safe from danger when we are abiding in the Lord.
In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. Thank the Lord for people in our lives who treat us with respect regardless of who we are and here Publius is very courteous entertaining them for three days as he is a wealthy man in the area that is full of barbarians.   And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Here they saw that Publius father was sick with a fever from dysentery which was commonly fatal. Kind of like getting bite with a snake Paul know what to do for remember he was full of the spirit of God on the sea, drying out getting snake bit and now faced with a dying man.  Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. Paul was not forced to do anything but he takes upon himself to be a servant to minister to the need present, so does what he is used to and prays as he lays his hands upon Publius’s father and he was instantly healed. Here Publius did not ask for a reward but is treated to a miracle from God love mercy and grace. So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed. Thank the Lord when people are healed and forgiven people take note of what is happening and what the same done for them. May we here see God hands of mercy reach out and touch our lives and we pray for one another for whatever it is bothering us. 10 They also honored us in many ways; and when we departed, they provided such things as were necessary. God is at work all the time and most of the time we do not experience what Paul experienced, for we lack faith to reach out and touch the life of those that are hurting. Lord help my unbelief and give me the quickening of the Holy Spirit so it is not me but You oh Lord living in me. Notice Paul and all who were on the boat saw what was happening along with these Barbariansso now it time to leave and those from Maltese embrace them and give belonging to help these prisoner get into another boat. Freely they received and freely gave now these Barbarians received from Paul and gave to all to be safe and secure.


Acts 27 Voyage to Rome Begins!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 12 January 2018

Paul wanted to make sure the will of God was done in his life so bad he was not able to think like he should of, so the people who were in charge agreed to take him Rome, note what happens!
 Acts 27New King James Version (NKJV)
The Voyage to Rome Begins
27 And when it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to one named Julius, a centurion of the Augustan Regiment. So, entering a ship of Adramyttium, (a ship which bought African good tolthe area)  we put to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia.  Many time in life we are so determined to have our way we forget reality. They have now set sail for a long journey under the authority of Julius a centurion of Augustan Regiment or Band or legion where before he was under Cornelius a Italian Band. So now he us in the care of someone that was very human and they had Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us. And the next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him liberty to go to his friends and receive care. It amazing how God takes care of His own and Paul was blessed as he was able to have freedom to come and go whenever he wanted for remember he wanted to meet with the head of the Roman Government so he was not going to want to escape. I don’t know how many times I heard of prisoners who wanted to escape. But not Paul he was an ambassador all the time. Here we see other prisoners with Paul and nothing is said rather they had the same treatment as Paul. Paul was singled out has being different and had freedom not afforded to many I am sure. Paul was surrounded by wicked men that gave him a reason to act and do what he was doing for he relied on God for his safety. When we had put to sea from there, we sailed under the shelter of Cyprus, because the winds were contrary. Are we not see the winds blowing like never before and causing fire to burn out of control causing billions of dollars of expense and the hurricanes cause untold agony around the world. So when winds come we have to face reality and face the vividness of destruction and that is what the captains of any ships have to do. And when we had sailed over the sea which is off Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. There the centurion found an Alexandrian ship sailing to Italy, and he put us on board.  Alexandria was the chief city of Egypt that carried corn to Rome according to history and other goods so there were many of ships. So Julian decided to change ships to make it safer.                                                           
When we had sailed slowly many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, the wind not permitting us to proceed, we sailed under the shelter of Crete off Salmone. Passing it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea. What a place to be on the ocean during stormy weather, for it is slow going under such tempestuous conditions. They finally arrive at a place called fair Havens where they could escape the storms. Do we not need a fair haven today where there is peace, joy and Love abounding? Yet fair haven was not the ideal place to winter in, for it was still exposed to the weather. It was about the 20th of September when the yearly fast was observed, a time to afflict the soul with fasting for what was taking place within the land as they faced strong winds.
I think we are living in a time when we need to encourage people to fast that is denying one of eating to show we are totally committed to beseeching Gods control over what is going on. Here in our area we are alarmed by the amount of crime going on, that our laws can’t seem to make a difference to curtail, or stop; so we need to fast and pray for the safety of all our citizens that justice will be done. Then we need to pray and fast, for our youth to see the need to communicate with God so they can find peace and how to manage time spent on the Smartphone. It seems like the storms of life are destroying families and causing dysfunctionalism to where who cares? Then we see entertainment demanded to make us happy, when our happiness comes as we abide in the Lord and relax and let God do His work.  Isiah 58:6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen; to loose the chains of injustice and unite the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressor free and break every yoke? Then Joel 10: 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion declare a holy fast call a sacred assembly, gather the people consecrate the Assembly bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast all weep before the Lord to spare your people and make Your inheritance on object of blessing not scorn. So I trust you, in your day will spend some time just fasting and praying for our community that the addictions of sin will be able to broken and people will be set free to worship, reverence, have hope and faith in God to answer our needs in prayer. 
Paul’s Warning Ignored
Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives.” 11 Nevertheless the centurion was more persuaded by the helmsman and the owner of the ship than by the things spoken by Paul. 12 And because the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority advised to set sail from there also, if by any means they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete opening toward the southwest and northwest, and winter there. The time for fasting was over and the stormy time was more violent and Paul was given a message by God to speak out and warn them, that the ship was going to meet with disaster and suffer much loss even our lives. Now here we are in this big world that seems to be headed for disaster as college students are not pay off their loans and some are suggesting we erase this indebtedness. Our Banks are finding people are not able to pay off their indebtedness and our Country can’t seem to pay on their indebtedness. So our Federal Reserve just prints more money and the cycle does not stop, How far can we go? Who knows how long it will be before our currency stops and we find the economy in the hands of the Anti Christ.  Then our Government is so out of order something has to happen, will it be a new world order? Yes, it is coming headed by China and Russian and the European nations. Then look at religion and how justice shown to God is not present, for we have accepted anything goes and that demands a religious head that can assure us all, it is going to be dealt with as the Anti Christ becomes the one who controls the Governments and the economics around the world. Are you seeing the storm clouds gather covering the whole earth? Paul saw what was ahead and warned them but it was not heard. Paul you’re not a sailor you do not know the power of navigation, your just in for a ride. Those know not what danger they run themselves into who will be governed more by human prudence than by divine revelation.  Lord help us to see that our imagination times vividness needs to equal reality that is godly not worldly.
In the Tempest
13 When the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their desire, putting out to sea, they sailed close by Crete. Here we see them feeling comfortable and feeling it was safe even though they knew the history of the area they stayed close to shore. 14 But not long after, a tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. This was like a whirlwind which meant trouble[a 15 So when the ship was caught, and could not head into the wind, we let her drive. Here we see the ship is helpless and caught up in the storm kind of like Johnna was caught up in when thrown in and caught up in the belly of the Whale when he was running away from God here Paul is not running away from God, but getting ready to see the hand of God do the impossible. 
I feel like society is being caught up in the most turbulent time of my life, as we do not know who to believe or trust, for we have the smart phone, that is causing people not to communicate in person to better ourselves, but on line spreading rumors and lies. This is causing right to be wrong and wrong to be right, and people losing identity and committing suicide, for we have nothing to live for of value. 

What do You want. me to do?
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 06 January 2018

What does God want to do in me? This is a question I Need to answer for today, as we all need to do. As we abide in the Lord, we have God spirit living in us seeing the manifestations of His presence and glory that gives a resounding victory over our enemies. We do not have to be defeated. We can have an impact on our community when carnality and casualness is void, so we can clearly see the Almighty power of Gods. It is not our fame that is given men ability to defeat the enemy, it is the fame of the outstretched hands of the Lord, saying come unto me all you that are wear and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Let’s call people to repentance, confession and contrition, that the tide can begin to turn toward righteousness. Judgement must begin at the house of the Lord, so we can become more and more like the Lord. God wants us to reveal Himself to us and through us. Goodness and severity is a two edged sword of the Lords. If we do not judge ourselves we will be judged by the Lord.
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 New King James Version (NKJV)
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Let make sure we want what is right for all, so Gods Holy Spirit is seen convicting people of wrong for the simple reason we have looked at ourselves and see we need God’s blessing of glory, so we are not condemned and ashamed. Then Romans 11:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness,[a] if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. We are seeing the severity of sins consequences and it is not pretty, but to see the Christians enjoy life in marriage, business, recreation and sports is a joy to behold. May we as a Church reach out to our community with love not hate or disappointment, but yes you can live for Him as you let God have His way in your life.

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