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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.

Looking at thew Biblical Culture in the Kingdom of God  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 04 February 2022

Let’s look at the Biblical Culture in the Kingdom of God and the 12 blessings God gave us all.
Everything we see was created by God in a way that we could enjoy life to the fullest degree.
1. God is Exalted
When Joshua took over the leadership of ancient Israel God said “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you” (Anyone who exalts themselves is wrong to do so because only God can exalt someone. Jesus said “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:12) for God Himself “has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate” (Luke 1:52). Even “Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you’” 
God blesses those nations who live in righteousness too as we read in Proverbs 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” but He will also humble those nations who live in unrighteousness. The psalmist had the most to write about exalting or exaltation (28 times) and it was always toward God, writing “Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power” (Psalm 57:11) “For you are the glory of their strength; by your favor our horn is exalted” (Psalm 89:17).
2. Bible honored and taught. We are to teach our kids at home as De 6: You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Then train Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
 Nurture Cor. 12:14 14 Now for the third time I am ready to come to you. And I will not be burdensome to you; for I do not seek yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
Control  Ephesians 6:4 And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
-Love 1 Timothy 3:4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence Titus 2:4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,
Correct Proverbs 23:13. Do not withhold correction from a child,For if you beat him with a rod, he will not die.
3. Authenticity of Worship  Ps 95:6; Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
Ps.23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will [a]dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.
Genuine Love.1 Cor 13:13; And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
  Eph 5:25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
 
5. Build relationships. A great relationship doesn’t happen because of love you have in the beginning, but how well you continue building love to the end.
6. Pastoral care-The word pastor comes from the Latin word for “shepherd.” A pastor is to be a shepherd or caretaker of God’s flock. “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:2-3,Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but [a]willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being [b]lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
 
7. Commitment and dedication- What is commitment?
1. A definition: a pledge to fulfill, an obligation, to obligate ourselves to a cause.
2. Synonyms: responsibility, pledge, promise, vow, resolution, determination. 1. Matthew 19:16-22 16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good[a] Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?” 17 So He said to him, [b]“Why do you call Me good? [c]No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19 ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 
20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept [d]from my youth. What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
 
a. This young man was not totally committed financially – he cared more for his money than he did the Lord
b. Totally committed means totally committed
2. Matthew 10:34-39 34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set[a] a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
a. We are to be totally committed – to put God above ALL people or things. We are even to put God above our family.
What is dedication Romans 12:1-2 12 I beseech[a] you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your [b]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.
 
8. Leadership7 Biblical Models of Leadership
As a church staff or volunteer ministry leader, you can learn valuable and unique lessons from several biblical characters. Here are seven whose leadership played a significant role in leading the early church and furthering the gospel.
"I have appointed you as a light for the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 13:47). Paul thought of himself as nothing in the total scheme of things. He was thoroughly subservient to the will of God, and he was committed to a specific, meaningful mission. 
His leadership was built not so much on ancestry from the Jewish lineage as by faithfulness. He would build the walls on faith. 
Joshua had been in the presence of God. A theophany had taken place in Joshua 5:15: "The commander of the Lord's army said to Joshua, "Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so."
He was nicknamed "son of encouragement" (Acts 4:36). He bridged the gaps between the Greek and Jewish worlds. Born a Cypriot and reared a Levite, he linked the Hellenistic world and the Jerusalem church. Even when John Mark was being severely ostracized by Paul, Barnabas stood by John Mark.
Moses was seen as the patient leader of a people with little faith (Ex. 16:8, Also Moses said, “This shall be seen when the Lord gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints which you make against Him. And what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against the Lord.”
His church was a murmuring people. They complained and whined at every inconvenience (Ex. 15:24; And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”
16: 2-3). Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
He did get disgusted. Remember, he struck the rock and disobeyed God, but his patience had worn thin. He had had enough.
Today's nomenclature calls it tough love. Some call it a tough mind and a tender heart. Elijah had both. He loved God. He had the courage to speak to the evils of his day. Where is your God, he asked. "Perhaps he's sleeping and will wake up!" (1 Kings 18:27).
In Matthew 16, Peter was both a "rock" and a "stumbling block." He was both blessed and disgraced almost in the same breath. It is enough to discourage any pastor. You are the foundation. You are the devil's advocate. Discouraged by the disapproval of Jesus, yet blessed by the warmth and affection of Jesus. Resilience may be the cornerstone of effective leadership. 
9. 5 Gifts in operation In the earliest days of the church, followers of Jesus embraced five core spiritual gifts―apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers―and the world was set on fire as a result.
10. Evangelistic Thrust. 
Within Christianity, evangelism ministry is any ministry whose chief aim is to win converts to Christ. ... In addition to vocational evangelists, many churches encourage their lay-people to become involved in evangelistic ministry by sharing their faith with others.
11. Reality The Spirit is the reality of Christ (John 15:26; 26 “But when the [a]Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
1 John 5:6).  This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
The Spirit is the reality of Christ's death, the reality of Christ's resurrection, ...
12 Transformed by Gods Image 
And we all having been unveiled in face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as ...
2 Corinthians 3:18 KJV 18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as [a]by the Spirit of the Lord.

1. Paul: "Believe in something bigger than yourself."

2. Nehemiah: "Build on what God has given you."

3. Joshua: "Bring the best people to the table."

4. Barnabas: "Bridge the gaps of differing opinions."

5. Moses: "Blind your eyes to petty criticism."

6. Elijah: "Bind the ties of love and courage."

7. Peter: "Bounce back after you are knocked down."


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