Family

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Recently I spent my weekend with family.  On Saturday I was with church family, most I had never met before.  We were together for a conference/learning experience.  On Sunday I spent time in worship with my local church family.  I know most of them.  I spend time with them.  Then, I was with some of my biological family and thinking about our extended family.  My extended family is large.  I know some better than others, but we share a lot of traits.  It was a family weekend!

 

Family is many things to us.  As I watched, heard about, and thought about these different aspects of family, I started thinking about the family of God.  In God’s family there are some we know well, and there are some family members we have never met.  Some family members share traits with us, but other family members appear completely different from us.  Some families members have unique character traits that we are aware of while other family members surprise us with their behavior and responses.

 

One of our responsibilities is to love the other members of the family of God.  This is easier with some members of the family.  It is easier to love the members who are like us, who understand us, who are familiar to us.  We are not called just to love those who are easier to love.  God calls us to love all the members of the family.  This includes those who seem very different, those who are not like us, those who are strangers to us, and those who chose a different way of doing and being.

 

Being a part of the family is not always easy, but the rewards far outweigh the challenges.  Stretch yourself to love those who are your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Accept the family members who are different.  Love one another as Christ has loved you.

 

Jesus says: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  John 13:34

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  1. The Family of “Our Father and GOD” -OR- a system of religion?

    “Choose you this day”!

    As for the numerous and varied systems of religion ;-(

    History, up to and including this present moment in time, has proven and yet proves that multiplied millions have been killed and enslaved in the name of the god[s] of this, or that, religion!

    So it is that the fruit of death is bore of religion’s way,
    Because life is but a pawn in the wicked game they play!

    And that is but one of a multitude of reasons why “The Way of Truth is evil spoken of”, and especially so because of those systems of religion that declare that they are biblically based!

    Pagan catholicism, her multitude of harlot christian(‘jesus’) daughters, all muslim sects, and the many judaic systems of this day, all propagate lies, delusion, deception, confusion and every evil work!

    Was not biblical religion established for a “disobedient and gainsaying(greedy, covetous) people” who were “stiff-necked and uncircumcised of heart and ears”? Those who would rather “a man speak to them than YHVH”, and who wanted “a man to rule over them rather than The One and Only True GOD, Father(Creator) of ALL”?

    “Our Father and GOD”, thankfully HE is Merciful!

    So repentance and regeneration can be experienced by those who receive “a love of The Truth” for they will desire naught but to hear HIS Voice!

    And they will realize evermore that “Our Father”, HE knows what is best for HIS children!

    Father Help! and HE does…….

    What of The Faithful?

    Do not The Faithful seek “Our Father’s” Help and desire above all else to do HIS Will?

    And does not “Our Father” yet commune with The Faithful?

    So why would The Faithful create a system of religion?

    Are not sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, family?

    And do not The Faithful brothers and sisters of The Messiah have their portion in The Family of “Our Father and GOD”?

    Most certainly!

    For The Faithful are the children of “Our Father and GOD”, “of WHOM the whole Family in Heaven and ON EARTH is named”! (Eph 3:15)

    The brethren of The Messiah, “the sons of GOD”, are in and of The Family of “Our Father and GOD”, and so it is that we choose to be but “aliens and pilgrims while on the earth”, for we have realized that our “citizenship(Life) is in Heaven”?

    Why would “aliens and pilgrims” create a system of religion, or love this wicked world and it’s things?

    Why would we love our own(self,ego,id,”I”) life in and of this wicked, evil world, especially when it is promised that “whoever loves his life in this world will lose it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it unto Life Eternal”? (John12:25)

    And so it is that we continue to sound The Call of “Our Father and GOD” as we exhort others to “Come Out of her, MY people!”

    “Come Out” of the systems that are of this wicked, evil world(babylon) and especially it’s systems of religion!

    Be of those who “forsake all,” “Yes! and their own life also”, just as The Messiah did!

    Be of those who tarry in, yet are not of, this wicked, evil world!

    “Aliens and pilgrims while on the earth” indeed and Truth, for soon, and very soon, we will be taken Home, Home at last!

    Till then:

    Father Help! and HE does…….

    Peace, in spite of the dis-ease(religion) that is of this wicked world, for “the WHOLE(not just a portion) world is under the control of the evil one” indeed and Truth…….(1John5:19)

    Thankfully Truth IS, a lie never was, and is not…….

    Abide in Truth……. francis

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/A-Simple-and-Spiritual-Life/208339295850609

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