all about the kingdom by pastor timothy v shockley sr

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“The Government of Man versus the Government of God

“The Government of Man versus the Government of God

The Bible is the most misunderstood book on planet earth, not only by those who do not prescribe to it, but also by many of those who claim to know and embrace its message. Simply stated, the Bible is about a King, a Kingdom, and a royal family of children. The Bible is not about religion and was never intended to be a religious book. Rather, its story and message are about the desire of a King “to extend His Kingdom to new territories through His royal family. The Bible, therefore, is about government and governing.
What is government? Government is about order, influence, administration, distribution, protection, maintenance, accountability, responsibility. and productivity. Technically speaking, government is the person, group, or organization that executes the functions of governing. This is manifested in the exercise of authority and jurisdiction over territory and a citizenry. Government was first established by the command and mandate of God to Adam and incorporates the need to order, work, oversee, guard, and protect.
The roots of government in the western world reach back to the world of the Greeks. In Greek, government (kubernites) literally means to steer, to pilot, or to act as a rudder. Without law and government we have chaos. So, government is the power given or derived for the purpose of making and enforcing laws for a certain territory.
Governing incorporates the concepts of both power and authority. These two are distinct from “each other and must be fully understood in order to appreciate the proper context of government. Both authority and power must be in balance for government to be successful. Authority has to do with responsibility while power has to do with ability. Authority has to do with empowerment; power focuses on exercising authority. Authority gives power its legality. Power without legitimate authority is dictatorship and inevitably results in abuse, oppression, and destruction. Authority gives power its rights.
Authority is the key to successful government. If the ruling power does not have authority, it cannot govern. The authority to govern either is given by way of a popular vote or derived by way of inherent authority. Earthly governments derive their authority from the people either through a process of choice or by usurping authority through force. For instance, a president or premier or prime minister is imbued with authority by the people who voted him or her into power.

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“Don’t Forget the Little Things In marriage.

“Don’t Forget the Little Things In marriage.

Understanding and practicing general concepts such as marital responsibilities, submission, and communication are key to a happy and successful marriage. As critical as these principles are, however, ultimate success depends also in giving attention to the “little things”—those simple, ongoing, daily courtesies and considerations that enhance communication and add sweetness to a relationship. Because they are simple, the “little things” can be easily overlooked amidst the clamor of more pressing concerns.
In marriage, as in any other endeavor, we cannot afford to underestimate the importance of “little things” to overall success. The Great Wall of China was built one brick at a time. The Great Pyramid on the Giza plateau in Egypt rose up stone by stone. Ignoring little details may lead to serious consequences. As 17th-century English poet George Herbert wrote:

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A personal testimony: Buried by your past, Come forth its your time.

A personal testimony: Buried by your past, Come forth its your time.

When they buried Lazarus, people sealed him in. In my own life, I have been through some pretty tough stuff, but what made it most difficult to come back were those around me who sealed my fate. What good is it to be forgiven and given a second chance when everyone around you only remembers the stench of death that was on you? Those who seal you in a tomb continue to talk about the old you. Their biting words doom you to forever live under a dark cloud of past mistakes. Those standing at Lazarus tomb may have supposed that Jesus would not have the stone unsealed and moved away, but He did. You’ve been disappointed and discouraged, but did you ever consider why the devil has worked so hard to keep you from your purpose and calling? What does he know about you that you don’t even know about yourself? You have needed some help rolling away the stone so you could come out. There’s been a lot holding you back. But don’t look back over the hindrances, or they will impede your forward progress. Come forth, in the name of Jesus. Everything that limits and hinders you, I curse it and move it out of your way in Jesus name. Right now, in the name of Jesus, I release you from every demonic force and mental barrier that has held and sealed your destiny. They are destroyed and I declare the peace of God will fill your mind. In the name of Jesus, I curse every spirit that has held you, and I cast these spirits out of you. You are free, for whom the Lord sets free is free indeed. (John 11:1-39) (Psalm 139:7-10). God bless. A personal testimony of Deliverance.

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The Breakdown of Society: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life.

The Breakdown of Society: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, the pride of life.

When you see a culture that’s deteriorating look closer and you will probably see a people of God who have withdrawn from the culture and turned it over to the unrighteous to rule. Consider: when Christians began abandoning inner-city and urban neighborhoos, taking their skills, resources, and moral influences with them those neighborhoods deteriorated.

When Christians left the public school system, moral values were systematically erased until they became almost illegal to teach. When Christians vacated the media, then a spiritual approach to defining everything we hold dear went with them. When Christians decided they ought to get out of politics then righteous political decisions left with them. These realities are magnified in minority communities one of the beauties of integration is that minorities won the right to live anywhere they want, but one downside has been that much of the expertise and moral consciousness of the minority community left the inner city leaving behind an absence of the models who are desperately needed to give a community vision and stability. God’s people have been called to penetrate society. Don’t get me wrong, evangelism is always first because without forgiveness of sins, anything else we give a person is temporary. We have been called first and foremost to win people to Christ. But having given a person Christ for eternity , we must also give him Christ in history. We must give him hope in time. The absence of righteousness in our culture has everything to do with the absence of God’s people penetrating th culture. When there is no yeast the bread stays flat, and when there is no Christian influence the culture stays flat.

taken from the best selling book, “Are Christians Destroying America” by Pastor Tony Evans.

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30 years of marriage wisdom: is love enough ?

30 years of marriage wisdom: is love enough ?

“I know you say love is enough to hold things together, but to paraphrase a line from a song in Fiddler on the Roof : A bird and a fish can fall in love, but if they do, where would they live? Often love is not enough when transitions occur and one of you doesn’t move in the same direction as the other. And if you do not grow together, then you increase the very real risk of growing apart. It was almost as if the husband described above was punishing his wife for being loyal to his dream to the point of sacrificing her own development. But wait a minute before you nail him to the tree—feelings of guilt do not make a “relationship last. Anyone can feel benevolence. Yet no one wants to be loved as a charity. We must grow together in love if we are to share the dream and sustain it. Since achieving a dream takes time, we must learn how to support each other consistently, particularly during the stalls and delays that we’re bound to face.

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“Purpose protects you from being busy but not effective.

“Purpose protects you from being busy but not effective.

“The primary value of purpose is the translation of vision derived from purpose into a plan of action. This occurs through the setting of specific goals. The presence of goals allows for both the development of a plan and the effective use of energy as all efforts are put into the fulfillment of the purpose. Purpose maximizes energy and gives time meaning. Purpose protects you from being busy but not effective. “Or to say it another way, purpose that is translated into a vision causes things to happen and people to act. This is true because purpose creates vision, vision produces goals, goals permit the development of a plan, and a plan allows for an orderly journey.
Picture for a moment a train station with no tracks. Far in the distance walks a man, coming toward the station. Under his arm he carries wooden planks that he is throwing down before him, building the tracks to the station. The man’s goal is to use planks to build a track to the station, which is his desired destination. His vision is the completed track, and his plan is the building of the track by throwing down the planks. Thus, the realization of his goal through the implementation of his plan will take him from his present position to the desired end, so that his vision of the completed track and his purpose of reaching the station are fulfilled.

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