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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, 15 January 2021

·       VERSES 9-17
Christ, who is love itself, is here discoursing concerning love, a fourfold love.
I. Concerning the Fathers love to him; and concerning this he here tells us, 1. That the Father did love him (John 15:9): As the Father hath loved me. He loved him as MediatorThis is my beloved Son. He was the Son of his love. He loved him, and gave all things into his hand; and yet so loved the world as to deliver him up for us all. When Christ was entering upon his sufferings he comforted himself with this, that his Father loved him. Those whom God loves as a Father may despise the hatred of all the world. 2. That he abode in his Fathers loveJohn 15:10. He continually loved his Father, and was beloved of him. Even when he was made sin and a curse for us, and it pleased the Lord to bruise him, yet he abode in his Fathers love. See Ps. 89:3333 Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not [a]utterly take from him,
Nor [b]allow My faithfulness to fail.
Because he continued to love his Father, he went cheerfully through his sufferings, and therefore his Father continued to love him. 3. That therefore he abode in his Fathers love because he kept his Fathers law: I have kept my Fathers commandments, as Mediator, and so abide in his love. Hereby he showed that he continued to love his Father, that he went on, and went through, with his undertaking, and therefore the Father continued to love him. His soul delighted in him, because he did not fail, nor was discouragedIsa. 42:1-4. We having broken the law of creation, and thereby thrown ourselves out of the love of God; Christ satisfied for us by obeying the law of redemption, and so he abode in his love, and restored us to it.
II. Concerning his own love to his disciples. Though he leaves them, he loves them. And observe here,
1. The pattern of this love: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. A strange expression of the condescending grace of Christ! As the Father loved him, who was most worthy, he loved them, who were most unworthy. The Father loved him as his Son, and he loves them as his children. The Father gave all things into his hand; so, with himself, he freely giveth us all things. The Father loved him as Mediator, as head of the church, and the great trustee of divine grace and favour, which he had not for himself only, but for the benefit of those for whom he was entrusted; and, says he, I have been a faithful trustee. As the Father has committed his love to me, so I transmit it to you. Therefore the Father was well pleased with him, that he might be well pleased with us in him; and loved him, that in him, as beloved, he might make us acceptedEph. 1:6to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He [a]made us accepted in the Beloved.
2. The proofs and products of this love, which are four:
(1.) Christ loved his disciples, for he laid down his life for them (John 15:13): Greater proof of love hath no man to show than this, to lay down his life for his friend. And this is the love wherewith Christ hath loved us, he is our antipsychosbail for us, body for body, life for life, though he knew our insolvency, and foresaw how much the engagement would cost him. Observe here, [1.] The extent of the love of the children of men to one another. The highest proof of it is laying down ones life for a friend, to save his life, and perhaps there have been some such heroic achievements of love, more than plucking out ones own eyesGal. 4:15. If all that a man has he will give for his life, he that gives this for his friend gives all, and can give no more; this may sometimes be our duty, 1 John 3:16. Paul was ambitious of the honour (Phil. 2:17); and for a good man some will even dare to dieRom. 5:7. It is love in the highest degree, which is strong as death. [2.] The excellency of the love of Christ beyond all other love. He has not only equaled, but exceeded, the most illustrious lovers. Others have laid down their lives, content that they should be taken from them; but Christ gave up his, was not merely passive, but made it his own act and deed. The life which others have laid down has been but of equal value with the life for which it was laid down, and perhaps less valuable; but Christ is infinitely more worth than ten thousand of us. Others have thus laid down their lives for their friends, but Christ laid down his for us when we were enemiesRom. 5:8, 10But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
 Those hearts must be harder than iron or stone which are not softened by such incomparable sweetness of divine love.Calvin.
(2.) Christ loved his disciples, for he took them into a covenant of friendship with himself, John 15:14, 15If you approve yourselves by your obedience my disciples indeed, you are my friends, and shall be treated as friends. Note, The followers of Christ are the friends of Christ, and he is graciously pleased to call and account them so. Those that do the duty of his servants are admitted and advanced to the dignity of his friends. David had one servant in his court, and Solomon one in his, that was in a particular manner the kings friend (2 Sam. 15:37; 1 Kgs. 4:5); but this honour have all Christs servants. We may in some particular instance befriend a stranger; but we espouse all the interests of a friend, and concern ourselves in all his cares: thus Christ takes believers to be his friends. He visits them and converses with them as his friends, bears with them and makes the best of them, is afflicted in their afflictions, and takes pleasure in their prosperity; he pleads for them in heaven and takes care of all their interests there. Have friends but one soul? He that is joined to the Lord is one spirit1 Cor. 6:17. Though they often show themselves unfriendly, he is a friend that loves at all times. Observe how endearingly this is expressed here. [1.] He will not call them servants, though they call him Master and Lord. Those that would be like Christ in humility must not take a pride in insisting upon all occasions on their authority and superiority, but remember that their servants are their fellow-servants. But, [2.] He will call them his friends; he will not only love them, but will let them know it; for in his tongue is the law of kindness. After his resurrection he seems to speak with more affectionate tenderness of and to his disciples than before. Go to my brethrenJohn 20:17Children, have you any meatJohn 21:5. But observe, though Christ called them his friends, they called themselves his servants: Peter, a servant of Christ (1 Pet. 1:1), and so James, Jas. 1:1The more honour Christ puts upon us, the more honour we should study to do him; the higher in his eyes, the lower in our own.
(3.) Christ loved his disciples, for he was very free in communicating his mind to them (John 15:15): Henceforth you shall not be kept so much in the dark as you have been, like servants that are only told their present work; but, when the Spirit is poured out, you shall know your Masters designs as friends. All things that I have heard of my Father I have declared unto you. As to the secret will of God, there are many things which we must be content not to know; but, as to the revealed will of God, Jesus Christ has faithfully handed to us what he received of the Father, John 1:18; Matt. 11:27. The great things relating to mans redemption Christ declared to his disciples, that they might declare them to others; they were the men of his counsel, Matt. 13:11.
(4.) Christ loved his disciples, for he chose and ordained them to be the prime instruments of his glory and honour in the world (John 15:16): I have chosen you, and ordained you, His love to them appeared,
[1.] In their election, their election to their apostleship (John 6:70): I have chosen you twelve. It did not begin on their side: You have not chosen me, but I first chose you. Why were they admitted to such an intimacy with him, employed in such an embassy for him, and endued with such power from on high? It was not owing to their wisdom and goodness in choosing him for their Master, but to his favour and grace in choosing them for his disciples. It is fit that Christ should have the choosing of his own ministers; still he does it by his providence and Spirit. Though ministers make that holy calling their own choice, Christs choice is prior to theirs and directs and determines it. Of all that are chosen to grace and glory it may be said, They have not chosen Christ, but he had chosen them, Deut. 7:7, 8. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of [a]bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 08 January 2021

We all have a story to tell of what we saw January 6 when rioters swarm WDC Capital and security could not stop people from going into the halls of justice. What a wrenching sight to behold, as we saw many people so bitter about Trump being elected four yeas ago. Then seeing so many gather in support of President Trump wanting to show support for the electoral College events to be ok with every vote counted. Yet the news talking about how they were a part of the reason people where rioting. Come now let us reason together!
I saw people rioting for the simple reason they hated Trump and hated to see so many in support of Trump. It should not have been possible for the mobs to be able to rule our Country and destroy some of the Senate Chambers. But what are we seeing around America in Democratic Cities, Mob violence and no one can stop it? What a story we are seeing unfold as evil is now good and good is now evil. This is what the Bible says will happen and look at the lawlessness we saw with the mobs doing whatever they wanted to do.
I pray the Lord will allow us all to see this story of living in America become full of righteousness and peace, so we can get back to justice for all. We have seen the Mobs with their knee on the Neck of civility and killing our desire to do what is right.
Look at the changes that were bought back to the chambers when they reconvened, no one wanted to stand up for what was right, they quit any investigation for fear of more displays from the mobs, who are we kidding? Right needs to be in control, or we are going to see injustice begin to be common to where we are not going to fight for what is right, but accept wrong behavior as our attitudes are giving over to Satan and the power of lusting to do evil.
I am concerned that the Giant of evil has given us a blow that is going to be very hard to get back, in order that we can all have a story to tell of being blessed by doing what the Bible talks about. For God’s word is still the way truth and life that brings order back into our Spirit as we worshipreverence, have faith and hope in God as we pray for His will to be done. Then our souls five senses of conscienceimaginationreasonmemory and affection can control our bodies five senses of our earseyesmouthsmell andfeeling, then we can all be of goodwill and peace, like God created for all. Yet how many are controlled by Satan and lust for evil? We see it by the amount of people totally out of control, as that is Satan job on planet earth to get people to be like god.
Who are you following God, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit, or are you unknowingly following Satan and all his demons bent on destroying all God created good.
What did you see, hear, desire, take and give is what Adam and Eve had to give a response to the Lord for, as He ask Adam where are you? As they were hiding with fig leaves around their private parts? Where are you, in what you see, heard, desired and now giving to others? Are you seeing the way, truth and life the Lord wants us to bless us with, or are you mad and want to be a part of lawlessness that is increasing around the world?
Are we not seeing people today not hiding from evil, but enjoying it as we saw the Mobs controlling our Capitals House, we the people built? Lord Help us to rebuild the walls of our Government, Economic and our Houses of Worship, so we can all produce goodwill and peace around the world. 
This is my story and I trust you have a better story to tell in the future to your loved ones, who deserve to live in peace and goodwill, so they can pray for those who want evil to rule and reign.
Blessing to you as you Read the Book of books and serve the Lord of lords and the King of kings; Jesus, who God gave to us the Holy Spirit, so we can be empowered to be like Him.
We used to sing a song; “To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, all I ask to be like Him, all through life journey, from earth to glory, all I ask, to be like Him.” Who do you want to be like?

Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Sunday, 03 January 2021

It is generally agreed that Christ’s discourse in this chapter and the next chapter was at the close of the last supper, the night in which he was betrayed, and it is a continued discourse, not interrupted as that in the foregoing chapter was; and what he chooses to discourse of is very pertinent to the present sad occasion of a farewell sermon. Now that he was about to leave them, I. They would be tempted to leave him, and return to Moses again; so he tells them how necessary it was that they should by faith adhere to him and abide in him. II. They would be tempted to grow strange one to another; and therefore he presses it upon them to love one another, and to keep up that communion when he was gone which had hitherto been their comfort. III. They would be tempted to shrink from their apostleship when they met with hardships; and therefore he prepared them to bear the shock of the world’s ill will. There are four words to which his discourse in this chapter may be reduced; 1. Fruit, John 15:1-8. 2. LoveJohn 15:9-17. 3. Hatred, John 15:18-25. 4. The ComforterJohn 15:26, 27.
JOHN 1:1 TO 8 VERSES 1-8 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
Here Christ teachs us the value concerning the fruit, the fruits of the Spirit, which his disciples were to bring forth, under the similitude of a vine. Observe here,
I. The doctrine of this similitude; what notion we ought to have of it.
1. That Jesus Christ is the vine, the true vine. It is an instance of the humility of Christ that he is pleased to speak of himself under low and humble comparisons. He that is the Sun of righteousness, and the bright and morning Star, compares himself to a vine. The church, which is Christ mystical, is a vine (Ps. 80:8), You have brought a vine out of Egypt;
You have cast out the [a]nations, and planted it. This is Christ, who is the church now. Christ and his church are thus set forth. (1.) He is the vine, planted in the vineyard, and not a spontaneous product; planted in the earth, for his is the Word made flesh. The vine has an unsightly unpromising outside; and Christ had no form nor comelinessIsa. 53:2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no [a]form or [b]comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no [c]beauty that we should desire Him.
 The vine is a spreading plant, and Christ will be known as salvation to the ends of the earth. The fruit of the vine honours God and cheers man (Jdg. 9:13), But the vine said to them, Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?
So does the fruit of Christmediation; it is better than goldProv. 8:19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
 (2.) He is the true vine, as truth is opposed to pretence and counterfeit; he is really a fruitful plant, a plant of renown. He is not like that wild vine which deceived those who gathered of it (2 Kgs. 4:39), So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were.
 but a true vine. Unfruitful trees are said to lie (Hab. 3:17marg.), Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls
And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls
 but Christ is a vine that will not deceive. Whatever excellency there is in any creature, serviceable to man, it is but a shadow of that grace which is in Christ for his peoples good. He is that true vine typified by Judahs vine, which enriched him with the blood of the grape (Gen. 49:11), Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkeys colt to the choice vine,
He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
by Josephs vine, the branches of which ran over the wall (Gen. 49:22), Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.
Then by Israels vine, under which he dwelt safely1 Kgs. 4:2525 And Judah and Israel dwelt[a] safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
2. That believers are branches of this vine, which supposes that Christ is the root of the vine. The root is unseen, and our life is hid with Christ; the root bears the tree (Rom. 11:18), 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Christ diffuses sap to it, and is all in all to its flourishing and fruitfulness; and in Christ are all supports and supplies. The branches of the vine are many, some on one side of the house or wall, others on the other side; yet, meeting in the root, are all but one vine; thus all good Christians, though in place and opinion distant from each other, yet meet in Christ, the centre of their unity. Believers, like the branches of the vine, are weak, and insufficient to stand of themselves, but as they are borne up. See Ezek. 15:218 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
3. That the Father is the husbandmangeorgosthe land-worker. Though the earth is the Lords, it yields him no fruit unless he work it. God has not only a propriety in, but a care of, the vine and all the branches. He hath planted, and watered, and gives the increase; for we are Gods husbandry1 Cor. 3:9 For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, you are Gods building.
See Isa. 5:1,  For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, you are Gods building.
 2; He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine.
He built a tower in its midst, And also 
He built a tower in its midst, And also [b]made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.
 27:2, 3. In that day sing to her, A vineyard of [a]red wine!
I, the Lord, keep it, I water it every moment; Lest any hurt it,
I keep it night and day.
 He had an eye upon Christ, the root, and upheld him, and made him to flourish out of a dry ground. He has an eye upon all the branches, and prunes them, and watches over them, that nothing hurt them. Never was any husbandman so wise, so watchful, about his vineyard, as God is about his church, which therefore must needs prosper.
II. The duty taught us by this similitude, which is to bring forth fruit, and, in order to this, we need tabide in Christ.
1. We must be fruitful. From a vine we look for grapes (Isa. 5:2), He dug it up and cleared out its stones,And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also [a]made a winepress in it;So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,
But it brought forth wild grapes.
But it brought forth wild grapes. and from a Christian we look for Christianity; this is the fruit, a Christian temper and disposition, a Christian life and conversation, Christian devotions and Christian designs. We must honour God, and do good, and exemplify the purity and power of the religion we profess; and this is bearing fruit. The disciples here must be fruitful, as Christians, in all the fruits of righteousness, and as apostles, in diffusing the savour of the knowledge of Christ. To persuade them to this, he urges,

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