I had the pleasure of sharing my Christian life with Bob Taylor back in the 70's. There were a group of us who studied, prayed and worshiped together as a life group. During that time the message the Lord had given was "God's Purpose is a Glorious Church - His Bride, His Body!" Of course that is what it has been, is and always will be. Bob was inspired by the Holy Spirit to compose and arrange what in my opinion could be an anthem for the Body of Christ today.
In CommunionFire, 40 years later, Jesus is constantly confirming this. Communion is where we meet with Him by the Holy Spirit. He shares His wonders, life, love and revelation. Jesus said in effect, "Peter flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father in heaven! Upon this rock (of revelation) I will build my Church!"
Here are the lyrics for you - below the lyrics - click on the audio track to hear the song.
by Bob Taylor
Alleluia and Salvation and Glory to our God
Glory, Honor, and Power unto Jesus Christ our Lord,
For great is the Purpose that He purposed in His Son,
A Bride that is Glorious, the sum of all He has done
Alleluia to our Maker, to the Bright and Morning Star
Receiving all who love Him, as they seek Him from a-far
Praise Him all ye servants, all that love Him small and great
For in His righteousness we hope, as patiently we wait.
Alleluia to the Lamb of God, who’s reigning white and pure
Seeking entrance to each heart, He’s standing at the door
And as we yield our lives to Him, and serve Him everyday
Hope of Glory - Christ in Us, the hope of all who stray.
The KING OF KINGS, the LORD OF LORDS, the Faithful and the True
Has come to take His children home, and everything make new
Jerusalem, the holy city, come down from God above.
Born into His kingdom, forever in His Love
Jerusalem, the holy city, come down from God above.
Born into His kingdom, forever in His Love
The following: as a recording produced by Johnny Robusto of Bob Taylor's original. At some point we hope to replace with Bob's original recording with Deborah Eddy Bouchet.
Pope writes Christmas letter to Middle East’s persecuted Christians - The CommunionFire of Jesus Sufferings
When I thought of writing to you, our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East, these words of Saint Paul immediately came to mind. I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs. Nonetheless, the birth of the Son of God in our human flesh is an indescribable mystery of consolation: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people” (Tit 2:11)
Pope Francis this evening telephoned refugees sheltered in Kurdistan to express his closeness to them on Christmas night. The telephone call to Father Benoca, who heads the Christian community in the Ankawa Refugee Center near Erbil, the capital city of Iraqi Kurdistan, was broadcast live by an Italian Catholic TV station.
Thousands of persecuted Christians have sought refuge in the camp following the invasion of Islamic State militants of Mosul. Over the telephone line, the Pope told refugees that he is “close to them with all of his heart” and assured him he praying for them. “You are like Jesus on the night of his birth when he had been forced to flee. You are like Jesus in this situation, and that means we are praying even harder for you”. “Dear brothers – Pope Francis said - I am very, very close to you with all of my heart. May the Lord caress you with His tenderness”
2014-12-23 Vatican Radio
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written a Christmas letter to the Christians of the Middle East to express his closeness to them at a time of “afflictions and tribulations” due to “the continuing hostilities in the region, but especially because of the work of a newer and disturbing terrorist organization.”
Though the Pope does not refer to the organization by name, Islamic State militants in recent months have forced hundreds of thousands of Christians, Yazidis and other minorities from their homes and villages in Iraq.
Listen to our report:
The Pope, who says he follows daily reports of the “enormous suffering endured by many people in the Middle East,” describes the organization “of previously unimaginable dimensions,” responsible for “all kinds of abuses and inhuman acts.” Christians were “brutally driven out of their native lands,” he observes, where they “have been present since apostolic times.”
The Holy Father says he was moved to write to them ahead of Christmas, knowing that their Christmas hymns would be accompanied “by tears and sighs.”
He writes that he cannot remain silent in the face of persecution and conflict affecting other religious and ethnic groups. He is particularly concerned about the children, mothers, elderly, homeless and refugees as they face the prospect of a harsh winter.
The Holy Father expresses hope that the current trials to which Christians are subjected will strengthen them in their faith and in communion with Christians of other denominations.
He praises those pastors who have braved times of trouble to remain by their flock and recalls those kidnapped, including several Orthodox bishops and priests. He also expresses gratitude for the good relations and cooperation between Orthodox Church leaders and those of eastern rite Catholic churches. The sufferings which Christians endure,” he adds, “contribute immensely to the cause of [Christian] unity.”
Inter-religious dialogue marked by openness, truth and love, he says, is the best antidote to religious fundamentalism, “a threat to followers of every religion.”
Living in predominantly Muslim nations, the region’s Christians can help their fellow Muslims present a “more authentic image of Islam,” the Pope writes, “as so many of them desire.”
Christians, he emphasizes, can reiterate that Islam is a religion of peace, compatible with respect for human rights and peaceful coexistence. The tragic situation of the Christians, Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq, the Pope stresses, “demands that all religious leaders clearly…condemn these crimes unanimously and unambiguously” and “denounce the practice of invoking religion in order to justify them.”
At the same time, as natives to the region, Christians “have the duty and the right to take full part in the life and progress of their nations,” writes Pope Francis. They are called to be artisans of peace, reconciliation and development, to promote dialogue,” he says, to build bridges and cooperate with “all national and international authorities.”
He invites young people to “not be afraid or ashamed to be a Christian,” and tells the elderly they are the “memory” of their peoples. Memory, like a seed, can grow and benefit future generations.
He expresses admiration for Caritas and other Catholic charitable and educational organizations, saying they contribute to peace in a region hungry for it.
Pope Francis says he continues to urge the international community to help meet the needs of Christians and others affected by conflict and to seek peace through negotiation and diplomacy. Calling for prayers that they will one day be able to return to their homes and “to live in dignity and security,” Pope Francis says Christians in the Middle East have “an enormous responsibility.” But, he assures them they are not alone – that he is here to encourage them and let them know how precious is their presence and witness. And, he hopes to one day come visit them in person, to comfort them.
Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis' letter to the Christians of the Middle East:
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction, with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God” (2 Cor 1:3-4).
When I thought of writing to you, our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East, these words of Saint Paul immediately came to mind. I write to you just before Christmas, knowing that for many of you the music of your Christmas hymns will also be accompanied by tears and sighs. Nonetheless, the birth of the Son of God in our human flesh is an indescribable mystery of consolation: “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all people” (Tit 2:11).
Sadly, afflictions and tribulations have not been lacking, even more recently, in the Middle East. They have been aggravated in the past months because of the continuing hostilities in the region, but especially because of the work of a newer and disturbing terrorist organization, of previously unimaginable dimensions, which has perpetrated all kinds of abuses and inhuman acts. It has particularly affected a number of you, who have been brutally driven out of your native lands, where Christians have been present since apostolic times.
Nor, in writing to you, can I remain silent about the members of other religious and ethnic groups who are also experiencing persecution and the effects of these conflicts. Every day I follow the new reports of the enormous suffering endured by many people in the Middle East. I think in particular of the children, the young mothers, the elderly, the homeless and all refugees, the starving and those facing the prospect of a hard winter without an adequate shelter. This suffering cries out to God and it calls for our commitment to prayer and concrete efforts to help in any way possible. I want to express to all of you my personal closeness and solidarity, as well as that of the whole Church, and to offer you a word of consolation and hope.
Dear brothers and sisters who courageously bear witness to Jesus in the land blessed by the Lord, our consolation and our hope is Christ himself. I encourage you, then, to remain close to him, like branches on the vine, in the certainty that no tribulation, distress or persecution can separate us from him (cf. Rom 8:35). May the trials which you are presently enduring strengthen the faith and the fidelity of each and all of you!
I pray that you will be able to experience a fraternal communion modeled on that of the first community of Jerusalem. The unity willed by our Lord is more necessary than ever at these difficult times; it is a gift from God, who appeals to our freedom and awaits our response. May the word of God, the sacraments, prayer and fellowship nourish and continually renew your communities.
The situation in which are you living is a powerful summons to holiness of life, as saints and martyrs of every Christian community have attested. I think with affection and veneration of the pastors and faithful who have lately been killed, often merely for the fact that they were Christians. I think also of those who have been kidnapped, including several Orthodox bishops and priests of various rites. May they soon return, safe and sound, to their homes and communities! I ask God to grant that all this suffering united to the Lord’s cross will bring about much good for the Church and for all the peoples in the Middle East.
In the midst of hostility and conflicts, the communion which you experience in fraternity and simplicity is a sign of God’s Kingdom. I am gratified by the good relations and cooperation which exist between the patriarchs of the Eastern Catholic Churches and those of the Orthodox Churches, and also between the faithful of the different Churches. The sufferings which Christians endure contribute immensely to the cause of unity. It is the ecumenism of blood, which demands a trusting abandonment to the working of the Holy Spirit.
May you always bear witness to Jesus amid your difficulties! Your very presence is precious for the Middle East. You are a small flock, but one with a great responsibility in the land where Christianity was born and first spread. You are like leaven in the dough. Even more than the many contributions which the Church makes in the areas of education, healthcare and social services, which are esteemed by all, the greatest source of enrichment in the region is the presence of Christians themselves, your presence. Thank you for your perseverance!
Your efforts to cooperate with people of other religions, with Jews and Muslims, is another sign of the Kingdom of God. The more difficult the situation, the more interreligious dialogue becomes necessary. There is no other way. Dialogue, grounded in an attitude of openness, in truth and love, is also the best antidote to the temptation to religious fundamentalism, which is a threat for followers of every religion. At the same time, dialogue is a service to justice and a necessary condition for the peace which all so ardently desire.
The majority of you live in environments which are predominantly Muslim. You can help your Muslim fellow citizens to present with discernment a more authentic image of Islam, as so many of them desire, reiterating that Islam is a religion of peace, one which is compatible with respect for human rights and favours peaceful coexistence on the part of all. This will prove beneficial for them and for all society. The tragic situation faced by our Christian brothers and sisters in Iraq, as well as by the Yazidi and members of other religious and ethnic communities, demands that all religious leaders clearly speak out to condemn these crimes unanimously and unambiguously, and to denounce the practice of invoking religion in order to justify them.\
Dear brothers and sisters, almost all of you are native citizens of your respective countries, and as such you have the duty and the right to take full part in the life and progress of your nations. Within the region you are called to be artisans of peace, reconciliation and development, to promote dialogue, to build bridges in the spirit of the Beatitudes (cf. Mt5:3:12), and to proclaim the Gospel of peace, in a spirit of ready cooperation with all national and international authorities.
In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to you, dear brother patriarchs, bishops, priests, and men and women religious, who accompany the journey of your communities with loving concern. How valuable is the presence and work of those completely consecrated to the Lord, serving him in their brothers and sisters, especially those in greatest need, and thus witnessing to his grandeur and his infinite love! How important is the presence of pastors in the midst of their flocks, especially in times of trouble!
To the young I send a paternal embrace. I pray for your faithfulness, your human and Christian development, and the attainment of your hopes and dreams. I repeat to you: “Do not be afraid or ashamed to be Christian. Your relationship with Jesus will help you to cooperate generously with your fellow citizens, whatever their religious affiliation” (Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in Medio Oriente, 63).
To the elderly I express my respect and esteem. You are the memory of your peoples. I pray that this memory will become a seed which can grow and benefit generations yet to come.
I wish to encourage all of you who work in the very important fields of charity and education. I admire the work you do, especially through Caritas and other Catholic charitable organizations in the different countries, in providing help to anyone who asks, without discrimination. Through this witness of charity you help support the life of society and you contribute to the peace for which the region hungers as if for bread. Education too is critical for the future of society. How important it is for promoting the culture of encounter, respect for the dignity of each person and the absolute value of every human being!
Dear brothers and sisters, even though you may not be numerous, you play a significant role in the Church and in the countries where you live. The entire Church is close to you and supports you, with immense respect and affection for your communities and your mission. We will continue to assist you with our prayers and with every other means at our disposal.
At the same time I continue to urge the international community to address your needs and those of other suffering minorities, above all by promoting peace through negotiation and diplomacy, for the sake of stemming and stopping as soon as possible the violence which has already caused so much harm. I once more condemn in the strongest possible terms the traffic of arms. Instead, what are needed are plans and initiatives for peace, so as to further a global solution to the region’s problems. How much longer must the Middle East suffer from the lack of peace? We must not resign ourselves to conflicts as if change were not possible! In the spirit of my pilgrimage to the Holy Land and the subsequent prayer meeting in the Vatican with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents, I encourage you to continue to pray for peace in the Middle East. May those forced to leave their lands be able to return and to live in dignity and security. May humanitarian aid increase and always have as its central concern the good of each individual and each country, respecting their identity and without any other agendas. May the entire Church and the international community become ever more conscious of the importance of your presence in the region.
Dear Christian brothers and sisters of the Middle East, you have an enormous responsibility and in meeting it you are not alone. That is why I wanted to write to you, to encourage you and to let you know how precious your presence and your mission are in the land which the Lord has blessed. Your witness means much to me! Thank you! I pray for you and your intentions every day. I thank you because I know that, amid your sufferings, you also pray for me and for my service to the Church. I do hope to have the chance to come to you in person and to visit and to comfort you. May the Virgin Mary, the All-Holy Mother of God and our Mother, accompany you and protect you always with her tender love. To all of you and your families I impart my Apostolic Blessing, and I pray that your celebration of Christmas will be filled with the love and peace of Christ our Savior.
From the Vatican, * * *
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Miracle of the Eucharist 700 AD Same AB Positive Blood Type as found on the Shroud of Turin!
Eucharistic MiracleLanciano, Italy 8th Century A.D.
Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.
During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.
The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.
The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.
Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.
In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.
The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:
In conclusion, it may be said that Science, when called upon to testify, has given a certain and thorough response as regards the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.
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Just to illustrate how powerful a few seconds with Jesus can be in Communion the following are just notations from this morning.
You will see the very simple treasures the Lord gave us in the first column and then you will see the immense overflow of the Spirit and Scriptures that coincided with what we experienced individually and then together.
Nothing is clearly worked out but we just take what the Lord gives us in the Spirit and then let the Spirit lead our dialog and considerations. The selected images are to help illustrate what we "saw" and 'sensed' during CommunionFire and our dialog in the Psalm 23 'Anointing' of our head with the oil of revelation (seeing and hearing and sharing) 'Overflow' of our hearts from what the Lord has given to us in His glory.
From a recent online dialog... (Its not the first time I've been asked the question).
Bob, are you Catholic now?
Hi Dear Brother!
Not per se RC, but Catholic as part of the Body of Christ Universally, yes! And Orthodox, Evangelical, Charismatic, Independent you might say I am “Communionist” ... Just that being at the Lord's Table He shares with me all things Christian.
Perhaps understanding my story and background
may help to understand how this came about.
I was born on a Naval Base in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1952 and grew up Methodist, went to Quaker School, came to the Lord via 4 Campus Crusaders, the 4 Spiritual Laws and the witness of God's love and grace at the Manlius Bible Church in Manlius New York on Super Bowl Sunday in 1971. Then I was Baptized in the Spirit in a Men's Laundry Room at Towson State University. A few weeks later I held an all night prayer meeting under the Bell Tower at Stephen's Hall where we had 12 decisions for the Lord. Soon after this I drove cross country with my new wife to go to Campus Crusade in Arrowhead Springs - Bob Cording redirected us to Berkeley, California where we stayed at the Christian World Liberation Front on a mattress on the roof of the God's Love household. We were told they were looking for someone to take over the studio where Jefferson Airplane used to rehearse. We were thinking about starting a Christian Theater Company.
While there, we handed out "Right On" (a counter-culture Gospel News Paper) published by CWLF (the Christian World Liberation Front) One evening, under the outdoor preaching of Dr. Jack N. Sparks, the Lord called me into "ministry" with a vision for a Coffee House back on the east coast. (From a distance I watched Jack's story unfolded over the next 40 years as 'my father' in the faith - Jack became one of the founders of Grace Haven Farms which became the New Covenant Apostolic Order. Overseeing over 400 local churches across the United States in search of New Testament authenticity, they were the first to build a bridge to unity by travelling to the orthodox churches in Turkey (First Constantinople and then Antioch which led to the start of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in America under the auspices of the Antiochan Orthodox Church. Dr. Jack also founded the St. Athanasius University of Orthodox Theology in Santa Barbara.
When I got back from California I was baptized in the Chesapeake by Southern Baptist pastor Dr. John Pepper (Furnace Branch Baptist Church in Glen Burnie, MD) - we were hit by a car on the way to the baptism and hit by another car on the way home! Then I was co-founder of Solomon's Porch (with John and Patty Hancock) Coffee House, then founder of Living Stones Fellowship, a house church. We went to Joppa Road Baptist (charismatic) church where we submitted the work of Living Stones and organized outdoor Jesus Meetings (after the first Sun Fest in California but before The Agape/Jesus Festivals in Lancaster, PA and Fishnet - In fact, in our first outdoor meeting, Forest Stiltner arranged for a sister named Joni Erickson to come and share her story! (I helped lift her wheelchair to the platform on Joppa Road. At our second meeting we had a Colt football player share his testimony in a junior high school auditorium on Harford Road. We only had one decision for Christ that night. The young man became a martyr as within six months he was murdered for his faith in Dundalk, Maryland. It led to revival there. Durnig that time i also served as youth leader for The Nicky Cruz Crusade where we had 800 decisions for the Lord and then served as youth director for the Billy Graham Crusade in Baltimore along side UMC Pastor David Rimbach - my youth pastor at Grace United Methodist before I became a Christian.
Then I attended Christ for the Nations in Dallas earning my Ministry of Fine Arts Degree. There we went attended 1st Assembly, Beverly Hills Baptist Church and others around Dallas. In the second year I was asked to help Pastor Bob Tilton (1976) get started in Farmers Branch, TX with Word of Faith World Outreach Center. At Christ for the Nations I was able to meet men and women of God from around the world who were part of what God was doing in every corner of the globe. We had inspired teaching and courses and our formation included building a solid prayer life. In a period of two years there were over 40 leaders from all walks of independent, evangelical, charismatic and Pentecostal backgrounds. I taught "Drama As Ministry" - the first of its kind at CFNI. It was a great time of teaching and inspiration and for making relationships. In 1976 we toured the 26 states in 76 days during the United States Bicentennial sharing the Gospel with Glory Company through drama, music, creative arts and ministry. We shared through street theater, in hospitals, prisons, retirement homes, churches of many different denominations and even sang grace in 4 part harmony in restaurants.
After graduating I pastored the Maumelle Valley Christian Center in Arkansas, in the Petit Jean mountains (near Williams Junction) - then I went to Little Rock to start International House of Prayer (IHOP) before the Kansas City IHOP (Strackbein Family, The Watsons and others) in the Colonial Gardens clubhouse! It was a house church with a focus on praise, worship, prayer, evangelism and christian unity. In our first year we had a thanksgiving meeting that brought together Church from around Little Rock just to give thanks and worship together. I was then was invited back to to my home church at Joppa Road Baptist to become Associate Pastor.
There we started The Joppa Bible Institute and I had a radio broadcast called International Voice of Prayer on WTOW. We also founded Intercessors for Maryland which led to an invitation to become part of Intercessors for America (but turned it down) to become part of the Lamb of God Ecumenical Covenant Community. I was Associate with Fred Lessons to start the Free Church Fellowship that eventually became (Living Water?) While there wrote a play called The Ram and The Troubadour, We started a radio broadcast and ministry with George Misulia called Common Ground. We examined Common Ground between Roman Catholic Tradition and the various positions of Protestants and Independent Evangelicals and Charismatics.
From Lamb of God I went to Ann Arbor, Michigan to participate in the International Development Year of the Sword of the Spirit representing the voice of the Free Church. We spent a year among leaders from around the world from various Communities to dialog and pray about finding 'convergence'/common ground through ancient Creed, review of Ecumenical gatherings, and discovery through dialog and common life. Our aim was to cooperate evangelically for renewal with representation from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant and Evangelicals - mostly from the United States. It was there I wrote The Association of Free Church Assemblies Constitution. (First of its kind in 400 years - centered on the Moravian Code.)
Other titles in following years included: "The Scorpion Dilemma" on the occult, cults and christian error (modern day heresies that we grappled with), "Lord Teach Us To Prayr", "How to Raise the Dead", "Blueprint for Revival", "The Way of Life Seminar", "Becoming the Overcomer" and "Millenial Tidal Wave of the Holy Spirit".
After coming back from Michigan we started The Plaid Coyote and worked with St. Timothy's Episcopal in Catonsville - my ex-wife, Pat taught there and my children attended there. By then I had left the formal ministry as full time vocation and focused on working to take care of my family financially. I had a tough time and then our marriage broke up. I lived on my own for a while.
From 1991-2011 my Christian activities were relegated to day to day "survival faith". I had to confront my inability to "do for the Lord", my apparent failure to be "successful" in ministry according to anyone's requirements. I knew the Lord, but more "about" the Lord. I read all the books, was in more membership classes and taught more of them than I care to mention. I was blessed with God's blessing in terms of being able to pay the bills and it was also hard work with no end in sight. We lived form paycheck to paycheck. Finally - after 40 years as an active/nominal evangelical charismatic who was at the end of himself, grace found my address! His love broke through. I understood that when Jesus said, "It is finished" it was! I knew He meant it because I met Him all over again who loved me first!
Camille and I had found each other, by God's goodness and graciousness in the middle of terrific turmoil. We married and thus began a a long process of mutual healing that took years of patience and love. During this time I became a full commissioned sales professional. For 16 years I sold advertising all over the country. During my 'wilderness years' I maintained my relationship with the Lord and got a bit burned out on the riggers and indifference I witnessed in church life . In the fall of 2012, during a time of fasting and prayer, the Lord began to speak with me about walking among the young lions. Within 3 months Camille and I for whatever reasons started to have communion every day we were together and even when I was on the road.
Then one day in our living room we experienced what we now call The Miracle of CommunionFire! What I have experienced in the past two years - every day - has taken 40 years of Christian life and activity and given me the power to Follow Jesus!
I tried on my own for 40 years to follow Jesus the best I could but CommunionFire has enabled me by His sovereign grace and power of the Holy Spirit to follow Him and receive life from Him. What we experience is best summed up in 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Every day at His Table - in His presence - we are transformed a little bit more from one degree of glory to another degree of His glory. We now have 3 weekly house churches that meet around the Table of the Lord to encounter the Lord and to share the bread of those encounters with each other. We are feeling directed to start two more locations in January.
The Lord's Table feeds us with revival every day in our homes and from house to house once a week in groups of 6-12 in various locations. We don't have to find a tent 60 miles away in the country to hear revival preaching to have revival. It is a daily event at His Table. Its not easy to explain but we are trying as He enables us to do so.
When you sent me Grace Abounding To The Chief of Sinners by John Bunyan it was early in our CommunionFire experience and helped to settle many questions we were encountering to give us final and ongoing clarity about the enormous enveloping grace that we encountered and continue to encounter at His Table.
I could go on and on... but in short - Jesus is opening and handing us the treasures from His storehouse.
"And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel." Isaiah 45:3
From John 15:14 "You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 "No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 "You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you."
Then John 16 16, 25 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me... ”
17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.”
19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
25 “I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
So in CommunionFire - we believe for the unity of the Body of Christ based on the unity we experience when in Communion with Jesus individually! Only He can bring about the answer to His own prayer in John 17 - but John chapter 6, and chapters 13-16 all lead into the John 17 experience that Jesus intends to answer and will answer.
In a true sense I am Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Charismatic, Independent, every day believer enjoying Communion with the Lord and his people anywhere and everywhere...and He is there waiting for us every time. He lives to give. He wants to share His love, His life, His peace, His joy all hanging on the hinges of eternal life and His promise to all who come to His Table - If you eat my flesh and drink my blood you have my life in you, your have the assurance of eternal life and I will raise you up in the last day! If you don't - you have no life in you!"
(Asked Again) Are you Catholic now Bob?
Hello Dear Brother!
I guess you are asking me directly "if I am now Roman Catholic?" Or do you mean: Greek Orthodox? Russian? Oriental? Coptic? Which one are you referring to? I am lower "c" catholic... as in universally christian - gleaning from the Scriptures, history and any common ground created at the Table of the Lord. In my personal constitution and communion. When in a RC Church I cross my arms during the Mass and do not receive the Eucharist, In the Orthodox Church we went forward to receive from the bread and when asked what parish we came from - we said, 'none' the Priest took the bread back our of our hands. When I go to the Methodist Church we can take the communion but when I meet with their leaders to discuss CommunionFire they met with me on pretense - promising an ongoing dialog - that never has happened.
However at least 30 of their members have visited our house gatherings. The brother that hosts the Pastors Luncheons in our area from a successful independent church has made it clear he is absolutely in disagreement with the Orthodox and RC Churches and leadership... and they only have communion one time per year "On Passover" - because he thinks they are to be done together. The local Episcopal Church interviewed me for a position as the head of Christian Education and said I was very qualified - but because I wasn't ordained according to the Book of Common Prayer. A large popular local Baptist Church pastor - loved the concept of CommunionFire and actually understood it - just couldn't figure out how it might be taught - wanted to know what the wine skin looked like and sounded like. The Church of Christ - was moved by and asks from time to time about CommunionFire and has Communion every week! There have been no further invites or discussions... yet!
I have met with leaders all over the area and spoken with missionary groups, ministries and people around the world and from every imaginable christian background. Our ministry - message is Communion and CommunionFire! Hard to go wrong when you just do as Jesus asked. "Do this" He says. When we do, we engage Him. The rest of the process of transformation is in His hands by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Our greatest persecutor is Indifference. Our greatest enemy is distraction. The war is on and we are constantly surrounded by our enemies. Our greatest resistance comes not from God's people but His leaders - His shepherds. They just don't have time and don't care and they hide behind every imaginable wall to avoid dealing with accountability to the very presence of their Savior, Lord and Friend. I was at my lowest point. Broken, broke and wondering if I had been forgotten by the Lord and His people. At my last - with my wife - His love prevailed! His love conquered our hearts. He swept us into His presence and we have never left. We want Him to have our lives in the palm of His hand and i is the only place we want to be.
All I can tell you brother - like 2 Cor 3:12 "Since we have such a hope, we are very bold, 13 not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face so that the Israelis might not gaze at the outcome of what was being brought to an end. 14 But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away. 15 Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. 16 But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit."
That liberty or freedom (whom the Son sets free is free indeed) to us has come to mean we are free to love all who come to the Lord's Table. We believe as in Luke 24 that something happens when we offer our bread and wine to the Lord with thanksgiving and prayer. By it He opens our eyes to His eternal reality and our ears to hear the Rhema - revealing the Logos causing the Graphe to come alive. All we can do is share with you and anyone else who cares to read about it as our first hand witness to the truth - Jesus Christ . We witness to His story and at His Table He makes us a part of His story.
Why isn't the church, Christians, believers, JESUS followers, with any Christian background talking about what Jesus asked us to do? "Eat His Body and Drink His Blood"? He said if we don't We Have No Life In Us but if we do We Have His Life In Us, We Have Eternal Life and He will Raise Us Up On The Last Day?
That's what baffles me. While you wonder about what Patch I might wear - I see brothers and sisters whose faith is dying or has no communion or if they do have communion its a memorial about an event 2,000 years ago.
Communion just is not relevant to faith today and yet its the center of the practice of daily revival after we answer the door - when He knocks at the door of our heart and he says I will come in and sup with you........
Then, if we follow Him to His Table - We sup with Him! He is happy to share our bread of sorrows if we will - when finished - feed on His Bread of Life!
So there is no church that will work with us now... or recognize what we are doing but I fully embrace ALL my brothers and sisters in Christ because at His Table - When I experience the Miracle of CommunionFire - ongoing transformation and deepening communion with Jesus Christ - then I understand how He loves me. I know the expression on His face when He looks at me. I know His personality - He is joyful, loving, kind, gentle and a Good Shepherd. That alone and His growing presence in my life lets me embrace all who He embraces.
I'm not interested in what man's rules and dispositions are - just the strength of His love and grace in my life. One of the first things I encountered was Jesus looking right at me saying, "Follow Me!" When He did, for the first time in my life, I had the power to follow Him. His paths of righteousness lead me many many different places - down roads I've never seen before, been afraid to explore and even through the valley of the shadow of death (first hand) - all roads of Jesus lead one place - to His Table!
The doorway is the Cross and the Way of Life is found where He leads. We find His leadership, care, love, comfort and direction in His presence.
Where is the one place He guarantees His presence - at His Table! He is there. He will never leave us or forsake us. There we find Him to be a poet, a healer, a lover, our King, our Deliverer, our High Priest, our Savior and Lord... "paths of righteousness for His name's sake." at His Table He anoints us and our cup overflows... with goodness and mercy that follows us the rest of our days...
Sorry brother - I have no Church Membership Patch - just a part of the Body of Christ!
Bob, I have grave reservations about universality, some where in the universe hell exists.
My "universality" is defined by the Lord as those who have eternal life - my focus too. The universe is a natural place and temporary. Universality as in Catholic - means the Kingdom of God - an eternal place that is the ultimate reality and supersedes our current universe.
Hell is full already and will be swallowing way too many more... If we don't find each other in Christ how will anyone find Him among us.
There is little to NO discussion about communion anywhere by anyone and yet it was the campfire of the first 700 years of the Church. We have many lessons to learn about this, but they are taught by the Lord at His Table.
Start with Jesus asked us to "Do This" - yet we don't! He said if we don't do it we have no life in us! I mean between me and Jesus not me and you. Me and you can only find His Communion by the communion we each have with Him. Then and only then will we find each other in the way, truth and life.
I am having more and more concern for those who are not coming to the Lord's Table - who do not know Him because they take no time for Him to share Himself with them. I think many who say they are 'saved' do not know Him. He said in the last days there would be a great falling away. I look at what's going on for the most part in the body of Christ and I see very very few who are united to the Lord much less united to one another. I fear for those who ignore Him. "I never knew you... depart from me you workers of iniquity."
You want me to share about the fires of hell or the Fire of His Presence? There is not much time. A few will be pulled out of the fire of hell - but not many. I don't think Christians really care about their eternal destiny because it is not evident now.
If they cared they would at a minimum - (after they repent and believe and accept Him to their table where they offer their bread of sorrows) never follow Him to come to His Table to feed on His presence, His life, His love, His peace which only He can give.
We cannot earn it and we cannot make it happen - only He can. If we don't spend time receiving from Him - feeding on his Body and Blood - how will we ever become with Him much less one another. I think you totally miss my point... my concern isn't that there are very few who are going to hell - its that I was pulled out of the fire that was consuming my life and rescued by His fire that feeds me with his lie. It is no longer I that live - thank God! i created a mess when I tried - but He creates goodness and mercy when I took my place to find my life his with Christ in God.
We also find three very important constants to those who actually encounter Jesus in CommunionFire.
1)You need to believe and confess (which can happen even by the sheer act of Communion),
2) You need to understand that the law of the Spirit has set us free from the law of sin and death - that when Jesus said, "It is finished" - it was!
3) You must be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of a heaven born language!
If you are missing any of these understandings and provisions of His grace - then your eyes may not be opened to recognize His presence or hear His voice. Keep coming to the Table. He desperately wants us to avail ourselves of every good and perfect gift - of His exceeding great and precious promises that we might partake of His divine nature. Most of all He wants us to KNOW HIM! Not about Him.
No amount of prayer, scripture study, worship, church attendance, knowledge of Church history or liturgy or discipleship can replace the intimate act of Communion each day at His Table to feed on the Bread of His Body and Wine of His Blood. There are no excuses, no rationale, no theology to responding to His invitation. If He is your Shepherd - I know of only one place He leads: His Table - Prepared By Him - In The Presence of Our Enemies.
It is there and only there that HE anoints us with the oil of His gladness. It is there and only there that our hearts will overflow on a regular basis. It is at His Table that others recognize His Goodness and Mercy that follows us where ever life leads us throughout the day.
But we must have this revival every day if we are to have His life as the source of our life. Without Him you are nothing and He is your everything! He's been to your table...
Now come to His Table and exchange your bread of sorrows for His Bread of eternal tomorrows, today!
When Camille and I had Communion this morning the first thing I saw was the loving face of Mother Mary. I had no idea that today was the Feast Day of The Immaculate Conception! What a perfect day to Cross Over Into New Land - Its a land that is good, a land that is large, a land flowing with milk and honey! I hope you will join us in the coming year as we discover the wonders of Christian Unity and the treasures the Lord will be sharing with us all!
The First article from the Crossroads Initiative Dr. Italy shares about Mary as through the eyes of a "Non-Roman Catholic". This is a support statement in keeping with The Miracle of Unity (see The Order of the Ark Community at the end of this post.)
The Second Article is a magnificent message posted by Dr. Italy from a Sermon by *St. Anselm.
We bring but a morsel of bread and a small glass of wine to our table. It is offered to the Lord with Thanksgiving and Prayer. The Miracle is that our Table becomes His Table. The bread we offer transforms to become His Flesh which we eat. The wine we offer transforms the cup to become The Chalice of the New & Everlasting Covenant and its content is transformed from wine to become His Signature. It is in His Blood which we drink.
As we eat there is no veil, no middle wall of partition and no barrier of any kind to His presence.
He comes to us. Bathed, covered enveloped in His glorious presence as we simultaneously experience His presence inside
Isaiah prophesied His glory is upon you and seen upon you!
Paul declared, "It is Christ in you the hope of glory!"
He opens our eyes and then helps us to recognize Him - and we see Him as He is at that moment, for who He is to us at that moment and where He is at that moment. He comes to us as we are for who we are where we are at that same moment. It is so clear we can describe with words what we see, feel, sense and hear. Then when we drink from the Chalice of His Covenant with us we drink into ourselves His Blood. His blood is like a transfusion from heaven depositing His DNA so to speak. His life flows into our life. His love flows into our hearts and it speaks. He opens our ears to hear and we hear Him whisper. The Divine Breeze of the Holy Spirit brings reminders, remembrances, words and thoughts to us that have been given to Him by Jesus. We feed on the presence of the Lord. We feed on the Bread of Life, His Flesh that opens our eyes to see. We drink in the presence of the Lord. We drink the wine of His Blood into our body that opens our ears to hear. one crumb is a live coal from the embers of heaven. One sip is a river of life that flow into our hearts from beneath the throne of heaven.
* (For more information on St. Anselm, See http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/01546a.htm)
Dear Friends and Companions,
We would like to share with you the meeting which was arranged by Bishop Tony Palmer to introduce the International House of Bishops of the CEEC, to which he belonged, to Pope Francis.
The video contains a discussion on behalf of Pope Francis about the Miracle of Unity and its importance to the Christian world. It is then followed by some remarks by Emiliana Palmer, the Co-Founder of the Ark Community, and Archbishop Robert Wise on how the Ark Community shall further Fr. +Tony Palmer’s call to Unify the Body of Christ.
In His Love,
The Ark Community
This link will take you to Miracle of Unity: Part I
“Our Fathers of the Faith, all died in faith, having seen the promises of God from afar, they confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a Homeland.”
We share in this silent cry, and await with anticipation for the visible return of our Lord to take us to our Homeland. We are merely pilgrims for a time!
"Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God.
For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Revelation 19:10
Phonetic Spelling: (mar-too-ree'-ah)
Short Definition: witness, evidence, testimony
Definition: witness, evidence, testimony, reputation.
Phonetic Spelling: (pnyoo'-mah)
Short Definition: wind, breath, spirit
Definition: wind, breath, spirit.HELPS Word-studies
4151 pneúma – properly, spirit (Spirit), wind, or breath. The most frequent meaning (translation) of 4151 (pneúma) in the NT is "spirit" ("Spirit"). Only the context however determines which sense(s) is meant.
[Any of the above renderings (spirit-Spirit, wind, breath) of 4151(pneúma) is always theoretically possible (spirit, Spirit, wind, breath). But when the attributive adjective ("holy") is used, it always refers to the Holy Spirit. "Spirit" ("spirit") is by far the most common translation (application) of 4151 (pneúma).
Phonetic Spelling: (prof-ay-ti'-ah)
Short Definition: prophecy
Definition: prophecy, prophesying; the gift of communicating and enforcing revealed truth.HELPS Word-studies
4394 prophēteía (from 4396 /prophḗtēs, "prophet," which is derived from 4253 /pró, "before" and 5346 /phēmí, "make clear, assert as a priority") – properly, what is clarified beforehand; prophecy which involves divinely-empowered forthtelling (asserting the mind of God) orforetelling (prediction)
Propheteia FROM Root System
Phonetic Spelling: (pro)
Short Definition: before
Definition: (a) of place: before, in front of, (b) of time: before, earlier than.
5346 phēmí (from phaō, "shine") – properly, bring to light by asserting one statement (point of view) over another; to speak comparatively, i.e. making effective contrasts which illuminate (literally, "produce an epiphany").
FROM PEDIGREE ROOT SYSTEM: Propheteia > Pro + Phemi > Phos + Phaino + Lego = LOGOS (the Word made flesh)
Phonetic Spelling: (foce)
Short Definition: light, a source of light
Definition: light, a source of light, radiance.HELPS Word-studies
5457 phṓs (a neuter noun) – properly, light (especially in terms of its results, what it manifests); in the NT, the manifestation of God's self-existent life; divine illumination to reveal and impart life, through Christ.
Phonetic Spelling: (fah'-ee-no)
Short Definition: I shine, appear, seem
Definition: (a) act: I shine, shed light, (b) pass: I shine, become visible, appear, (c) I become clear, appear, seem, from a prim. root Definition to bring to light, to cause to appear
Transliteration: legó (The Root Word of LOGOS - Jesus prior existence as the Word of God took on the nature of the flesh. "God-made-man + Man-who is God" 100% God and 100% Man.
Phonetic Spelling: (leg'-o)
Short Definition: I say, speak
Definition: (denoting speech in progress), (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.HELPS Word-studies
3004 légō (originally, "lay down to sleep," used later of "laying anargument to rest," i.e. bringing a message to closure; see Curtius, Thayer) – properly, to say (speak), moving to a conclusion (bringing it to closure, "laying it to rest"). (In the family of Rhemati = The Spirit breathed Logos: Word made flesh)
Lego --> LOGOS
(NOTE: Rhema ->. Rheo -> Lego -> Logos)
Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter
Phonetic Spelling: (hray'-mah)
Short Definition: a thing spoken
Definition: a thing spoken, (a) a word or saying of any kind, as command, report, promise, (b) a thing, matter, business.
command, make, say, speak of.
Original Word: ῥέω,
Phonetic Spelling: (hreh'-o)
Short Definition: command
ἐπω, see εἶπον.
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance
answer, bid, bring word, commandA primary verb (used only in the definite past tense, the others being borrowed from ereo, rheo, and phemi); to speak or say (by word or writing) -- answer, bid, bring word, call, command, grant, say (on), speak, tell. Compare lego.
see GREEK ereo
see GREEK rheo
see GREEK phemi
see GREEK lego
Forms and Tran
Phonetic Spelling: (fay-mee')
Short Definition: I say
Definition: I say, declare.HELPS Word-studies
5346 phēmí (from phaō, "shine") – properly, bring to light by asserting one statement (point of view) over another; to speak comparatively, i.e. making effective contrasts which illuminate (literally, "produce anepiphany").
And the Word (LOGOS) became flesh (Sarx), and dwelt (Skenoo) among us, and we saw His glory (DOXA), glory (DOXA) as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace (CHARIS - gift of blessing, gratitude, kindness, favor) and truth. John 1:14
Original Word: σάρξ, σαρκός, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (sarx)
Short Definition: flesh, body
Definition: flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred.HELPS Word-studies
4561 sárksproperly, flesh ("carnal"), merely of human origin or empowerment.
skénoó: to have one's tent, dwell
Original Word: σκηνόω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (skay-no'-o)
Short Definition: I dwell as in a tent, encamp
Definition: I dwell as in a tent, encamp, have my tabernacle.HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4637 skēnóō – properly, to pitch or live in a tent, "denoting much more than the mere general notion of dwelling" (M. Vincent). For the Christian, 4637 (skēnóō) is dwelling in intimate communion with the resurrected Christ – even as He who Himself lived in unbroken communion with the Father during the days of His flesh (Jn 1:14). See 4638 (skēnōma).
Phonetic Spelling: (dox'-ah)
Short Definition: honor, renown, glory splendor
Definition: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.HELPS Word-studies
1391 dóksa (from dokeō, "exercising personal opinion which determines value") – glory. 1391 /dóksa ("glory") corresponds to the OT word, kabo (OT 3519, "to be heavy"). Both terms convey God's infinite, intrinsic worth (substance, essence).
dokeó: to have an opinion, to seem
Original Word: δοκέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (dok-eh'-o)
Short Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems
Definition: I think, seem, appear, it seems.HELPS Word-studies
1380 dokéō – properly, suppose (what "seems to be"), forming an opinion (a personal judgment, estimate).
1380 /dokéō ("suppose") directly reflects the personal perspective(values) of the person making the subjective judgment call, i.e. showing what they esteem (or not) as an individual.
[1380 (dokéō) is the root of: 1378 (dógma), 1391 (dóksa), and 2106(eudokéō). Each cognate stresses "the subjective mental estimate or opinion about a matter"
FATHER Transliteration: patér
Phonetic Spelling: (pat-ayr')
Short Definition: father, Father, ancestor
Definition: father, (Heavenly) Father, ancestor, elder, senior.HELPS Word-studies
3962 patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.
3962 /patḗr ("father") is used of our heavenly Father. He imparts life, from physical birth to the gift of eternal life through the second birth (regeneration, being born again). Through ongoing sanctification, the believer more and more resembles their heavenly Father – i.e. each time they receive faith from Him and obey it, which results in their unique glorification. [3962 /patḗr ("father") refers to a begetter, originator, progenitor – one in "intimate connection and relationship" (Gesenius)
Phonetic Spelling: (play'-race)
Short Definition: full
Definition: full, abounding in, complete, completely occupied with.HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 4134 plḗrēs (an adjective) – full; used of being full of the presence of the Lord (His provisions) which is the definition of a full life.See 4130 (plēthō). Being "full" (4134 /plḗrēs) brings God's wisdom,grace and power (Ac 6:3,8). : furnish, accomplish, fill, supply
Original Word: πλήθω
Part of Speech: Verb
Phonetic Spelling: (play'-tho)
Short Definition: I fill
Definition: I fill, fulfill, complete.HELPS Word-studies
4130 plḗthō (or pimplēmi) – properly, fill to the maximum (full extent), "the limit" (CBL). 4130 /plḗthō ("full") implies "filled to one's (individual)capacity."
[This root (plē-) expresses totality, and implies full quantity ("up to the max"). DNTT (1,733) notes its cognates (plērēs, plēroō, plērōma) all come from the root (plē-/plēthō) meaning "full in quantity." Thus 4130/plḗthō ("to fill or complete") refers to "that which is complete in itself because of plentitude, entire number or quantity. . . . the whole aggregate," WS, 395,96).
4130 (plēthō) may be a by-form derived from the same root aspimplēmi. All these terms (cognates) emphasize the idea of "maximum(full extent)."]
Phonetic Spelling: (khar'-ece)
Short Definition: grace, favor, kindness
Definition: (a) grace, as a gift or blessing brought to man by Jesus Christ, (b) favor, (c) gratitude, thanks, (d) a favor, kindness.HELPS Word-studies
Cognate: 5485 xáris (another feminine noun from xar-, "favor, disposed to, inclined, favorable towards, leaning towards to share benefit") – properly, grace. 5485 (xáris) is preeminently used of the Lord's favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is "always leaning toward them").
5485 /xáris ("grace") answers directly to the Hebrew (OT) term 2580/Kaná ("grace, extension-toward"). Both refer to God freely extendingHimself (His favor, grace), reaching (inclining) to people because He isdisposed to bless (be near) them.
[5485 (xáris) is sometimes rendered "thanks" but the core-idea is "favor, grace" ("extension towards").
Phonetic Spelling: (al-ay'-thi-a)
Short Definition: truth
Definition: truth, but not merely truth as spoken; truth of idea, reality, sincerity, truth in the moral sphere, divine truth revealed to man, straightforwardness.HELPS Word-studies
225 alḗtheia (from 227 /alēthḗs, "true to fact") – properly, truth (true to fact), reality.
Founded by 1st Apostle, St. Andrew, in 38 AD 1,977 Years of Ecumenical Patriarchs in Istanbul 270th is Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
I grew up a United Methodist with a Dad who was a Lay Minister. I developed as an Anabaptist, Evangelical, Charismatic after giving my life to Jesus by way of the 4 Spiritual Laws in January 1971 in Manlius, New York on SuperBowl Sunday until my first experience with CommunionFire in November of 2012. Now I see myself as Jesus sees me. He looked straight at me in my second CommunionFire encounter and said, "Follow Me" just after watching Him say the same thing to Peter! For the first time - in His eyes my eyes were opened! When He looked at me I felt I now had been given the power to Follow Him! i have been ever since. Part of following Jesus has brought me out of a mindset of many things I had learned from others including: "Sola Scriptura" I have learned that the graphe of the Logos is empowered by the same Rhema that I experience in Communion - especially in the drinking of the Lord's Blood from the Cup of the New Covenant. "The Blood of Jesus "speaks"" Hebrews 12:24 The Lord who is the Spirit 2 Cor 3:18 directs my wife and I through CommunionFire each day. Part of the ongoing progress in the seeing and hearing each day is that we have the gift of The Table (where our intimate and personal relationship with the Lord is fed from heaven), The Body of Christ Catholic (That is; Historic and Universal and from the time when Jesus became the Word made flesh tabenacling among us up to this moment your are reading this) as well as the Scriptures. But we also now understand that it is not what we get second or third hand from the instruction of others but rather what 1) Jesus shares with us at His Table, 2) how this fits with the historic and universal Church, His Body and Bride and finally by how it unveils Jesus in the Scriptures by the power of seeing and hearing from the Holy Spirit! Nothing is the same any more! Once Jesus looks you in the eye and says, "Follow Me" you have the power to follow Him - wherever He takes you. I know one thing I have learned - the Kingdom of Heaven is huge, Jesus love is huge, The family of God is embraceable and wonderful and everything is shiny and new! Now my Savior is in charge! Everything He shares is flooded with His glory, life and love!
So in effect - I now find the following (and millions of other witnesses to His Testimony (story) throughout history like finding another spiritual restaurant with menus I never imagined existed! Jesus Table is filled and ready for you to feast upon 24/7 every moment of every day! As you go through this little list covering almost 2,000 years of unbroken history... just think for a moment what each of these lives meant personally to your Savior and Lord! He loved each one of them just as He loves you!
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