God, Help Me? By Steve Pettit

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God, Help Me?

By Steve Pettit

Keeping company with Jesus is not simply about acquiring information. The myth that I can become more like Jesus and, therfore, pleasing to God, by gathering information about Him from others must be shattered. Jesus boldly and bluntly smashed this illusion in front of the most religiously informed people of His day when He said, “You search the Scriptures because in them you think you have life, but you are unwilling to come to Me.” (John 5:39-40) The Christian life is not merely facts to be learned, examples to be imitated, laws to be kept – all distant and impersonal. It is getting to know a Person (John 17:3) – up close and intimately. The Christian life is not a way of life that needs to be explained to people so they can, through self-willed effort, make it “work.” It Is living by the Life of God who cannot be explained, Who, alone, can make it work. Christianity is not about discovering, through painful study, secret keys that will cause God to help us live the Christian life. Jesus is no more interested in helping us live the Christian life than He is in helping us get saved. HE DOES NOT HELP US GET SAVED, HE SAVES US! HE DOES NOT HELP US LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE, HE LIVES THE CHRISTIAN LIFE AS US!

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20th Anniversary of Norman Grubb’s Home-going By Friends of Norman

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20th Anniversary of Norman Grubb’s Homegoing

By Friends of Norman

It was twenty years ago today that Norman Percy Grubb heard God’s ‘Home Call’. Norman’s last words…”Abba Father.” This is the letter we sent out announcing his death and memorial service held at Linda and John Bunting’s the following September.

NORMAN P. GRUBB

Born August 2, 1895

Glorified December 15, 1993

Great men need not that we praise them; the need is ours that we know them.

They are our common heritage. Whether we be of their faith or of another, whether we stand where they stand or tread another path, we are the richer that they lived.

He was very human, this hero of ours, fiery-tempered, passionate, imperious, loving withal, warm-hearted and generous, with quickness of perception and subtle English humor.

Full of contradictions, he had the frankness and carelessness of genius, and what he was he fully revealed without concealment or diplomacy. He was unsurpassed in his human sympathies, simplicity of character and transparent honesty.

Norman leaves a legacy to the church of Jesus Christ that he boldly called “Total Truth”:

“Paul’s mystery, now made manifest, which is Christ In You, the hope of Glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

and Galatians 2:20:

“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live: yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me; and the life I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God.”

For this cause Norman’s life became a living sacrifice.

Now is the time for the church to hear Paul’s great self-discovery of Romans 6-8. The Holy Spirit will condition hearts to understand what, up until this time, has been a partial gospel.

Norman’s passing brings the closing of an era that opens the door to a new dimension for the body of Christ — a body that knows no separated self, no independent nature; the total unity spoken of by Jesus in John 17 and pressed through to by Paul in Romans 8:1

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.”

Norman gave us a total Christ in our total humanity, no longer having a divided consciousness fighting two natures. Through his love and acceptance, we became a body of faith people seeing with the single eye of faith and calling clean and whole that,which by the blood sacrifice and body death of Christ, God calls a new creation.

We have caught the commission, counted the cost, and now await the completion of the prophecy of Isaiah 60″

“Arise and Shine; for your light has come and the glory of the Lord

has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and

His Glory will appear on you. And nations will come to your light,

and Kings to the brightness of your rising.”

AND THE SHOUT OF A KING IS AMONG US !!!!

“By faith, you will find the answers that the Lord has for you ……..

May you always walk in faith until we meet in the Glory of God.”

Norman P. Grubb, December 1993

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It’s True, but . . . By Cris Norris

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It’s True, but . . .

By Cris Norris

John 6:28-29 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires? Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

What is required? Very short, very simple answer and this is a direct answer from God to a direct question. For some reason this is just amazing to me. I can hear people I know, saying “Yes that’s true but, you also need to go to Church and be on the committee and organize these events, and make sure your kids are there, and pray this prayer, and give your money (or you won’t be blessed), and really get on board with our movement, and have the church Christmas party at your house.

All of these things are great, however as soon as they take the place of God, as soon as you groan with disgust, because you seem to be busting your butt and everyone else is standing around doing nothing and you are angry—I think maybe they have lost their meaning.

I have administrators in my life (not just my wife) that constantly tell me where, how and when I will do things that are required. I find the strictest is the Church, they tell me what is required of me to have God’s favor. They have lists of things to do for the congregation and then when we volunteer for something outside the Church they tell us to get our priorities straight and to put God first. Who are they to tell me I didn’t put God first when I coached the Jr. NBA basketball team? Is that not serving God?

Faith! Is not faith trusting that God will get all things done that need to get done? Trust that He will provide and that He will do what He needs to do.

This actually makes our jobs very easy, does it not? Just believe and leave it at that, stop trying to add to perfect scripture.

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My Father’s Business By Linda Bunting

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My Father’s Business

By Linda Bunting

Linda, am I talking to you? Who ever sends these, I cannot say with Paul or with Moses, that I would be accursed for the lost. But I can say in honesty that my passion over Jesus, the Spirit, and our Father – and my passion for the lost consumes my thoughts. Jesus came seeking them, Linda.

How are we seeking them? Are we seeking them? Are we united in that cause?

Where, in our worship service is the also common to us urgency for the lost to meet Him? Again, I do not find it in me that I would actually be accursed for the lost in the world. Do you? Me as Christ? Christ through me? Me as Holy Spirit empowered for ministry? What I do know is He comes when I share Him to the lost. I believe He will do that, perhaps must better, through your lips as well. But we must dare to share. Does not His love impel us in that direction? Securely in Him and He in me: I cling, He embraces.

B

Yes, you are writing to me; Linda Bunting.

And yes, a thousands times yes, I can and do say what Paul said in Rom. 9 verse 1 because you see, it is not me living but Christ living in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.

He is working in me both to will and to do of His good pleasure and wherever He goes in me, I go.

There was a day when I would not have understood those words much less able to speak them…. But when the Spirit revealed His Son in me, and became my life, I found Christ in a new and living way; no longer about my Father’s business but being my Father’s business. So, for me to live IS Christ and where He decides to go in and as me, I go.

Many blessings and love in Jesus,

Linda

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All Will Have Praise of God By Linda Bunting

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All Will Have Praise of God

By Linda Bunting

Dear _____,

I am very familiar with the Roman 1 verses. I know you know they include all fallen humanity… Gossips, slanderers, boastful, disobedient to parents,without understanding, untrustworthy, ( the previous verses 26/27) ……… all obvious evil.

But then if you read on into Romans 2 you will find the words that say “Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgement, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” (Hidden evil) … and at the end of the day we are all concluded in unbelief that He might have mercy on all.

When God subjected His whole creation to vanity, He could do so because He had already placed, within its reach, the remedy of redemption as the slain lamb. Rev.13:8, and when Jesus Christ became one of us, which he did when He came in human flesh, he became (without sin) every human temptation that we humans suffer.

So we must be careful to judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will then judge the thoughts and intents of the heart, and then will ALL MEN HAVE PRAISE OF GOD.

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