It’s Over – I’m Done

It all began to fall apart in 1949 but no one noticed or paid it much attention. From the founding of our Democratic Republic the Supreme Court had been the bastion of defense of the Constitution that the founders of our  nation created to maintain and safeguard the vision that led them to risk all they had to come out of tryany and create a new nation and a new dream of a government of the people, by the people, for the people. They knew the nature of man would tend toward selfish manipulation of rules to gain personal power and to subject the majority to the tryany of a powerful minority. They were god-fearing men. History informed them and they dtermined to learn from it. They created the Constitution to be a guide that could only be changed by a process that included the votes of the...

Why Christmas?

Historian Richard E. Smith, in his book “The Failure of The Roman Republic” wrote, “famiiy priorities began to weaken, loose sexual relations and divorce became common, discipline in the army slackened, women became more influential in high places, foreign religions and mystical cults proliferated in the capital city, government spending ran wild, and public debt soared.” This slippery slope of immorality deepened rapidly and the greatest power on earth slipped into debauchery and chaos under Nero never to recover. Sound familiar? It should. It is basically the story of the fall of every great nation/state in history and we are on the very same slope. Rome in its day was the model of justice and restrained power. It was the ruler of the known world. And...

To abide or not to abide, that is the question!

In our contemporary church experience we have fallen into following habitual or traditional rules and been lulled to think that they equal full participation in Body life. Sunday morning Sunday Scholol and church, church again on Wed, Night. Give a tithe and go to a weekly Bible study. What else could God ask? Right? No, sorry, wrong! Way wrong! We are called to walk in The Spirit. We think of a “walk” as something that we do occasionally, but the Bible means something far greater. Our “walk” is our 24/7 life – all of it. All of it in The Spirit of Jesus. Jesus’ life in us, as us, through us. Not segregated or broken into parts, but so integrated that we are totally “leavened”. In a loaf of bread there is no part where the leaven...

Are You Called?

“For we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NKJ) Calling. God’s calling. What is it and what does it mean to be called according to His purpose? And what does it mean specifically in the lives of those of us who are part of The C12 Group? (WWW.C12GROUP.COM) Let’s start by a general discussion and definition of “calling”. Calling is often thought of as something that only happens when a Christian “surrenders” to the “call” to the professional ministry (i.e., to be a pastor, missionary, etc.). This is a cultural misunderstanding of the term. While it does apply to the offices within the Church (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher – Eph 4:11), it is by no...

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