2013 NOVEMBER OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY

NOVEMBER OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY

Night dragged on clumsily as the disciples snuggled miserably against their drowsy companions. From a distance, the painful cries of their Master fell heavily on their dull ears. One silently observed in the moonlit darkness, the thickness of the Master’s sweat-drops in prayer falling like drops of blood to the ground. In agony, the Lord cried ‘Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass from me….’ Darkness gloomed terribly, as if with incisors ready to devour patience, before the Lord steadily continued ‘nevertheless not as I will, but as You will it.’

Matthew tells us that Jesus repeated the same words not once, but thrice before He was arrested in Gethsemane that Passover evening of April, 32 AD (Matt. 26: 44). Indubitably, those words sum up the whole struggle of spirit against flesh from the creation till the end of the world. While disobedient Adam and the adamic race lost the battle and fell into the voracious jaws of death, Jesus Christ submitted to the will of God and dealt death a fatal blow on the cross of Calvary. So, the crucifixion of Christ is not tragic news: it is good news.

The will of God is paramount for all things owe their existence to God’s will (Rev. 4: 11). Therefore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6: 10). Heaven is where God rules; in other words, whatever God rules over absolutely is heaven-ruled. And so, if God rules over our lives, our lives become heavenly. Hell is just its opposite. Jesus began His ministry preaching about the kingdom of heaven. ‘Repent,’ He said, ‘for the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matt. 4: 17).

This world we live in is a synonym of evil. Just a cursory glance around displays a morbid exhibition

of authorized evil. It is no wonder that the Christian is identified by his separation from the world, whether it appears good or evil. Paul said that by the cross of Jesus Christ he was crucified to the world and the world to him (Gal. 6: 14). The Christian does no longer belong to the world; he belongs to the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Col. 1: 13). A Christian will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15: 50). Thus, the kingdom of God unleashed by Jesus Christ is both a present and a future reality.

Sinners are being saved, the sick healed, and nations transformed; this shows that the kingdom of God is at work right now. A day also will dawn when the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healings in His wings. Then will be fulfilled the prayer: ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’

THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

In Cecil DeMille’s movie The Ten Commandments (1956), to Moses’ question of why God left his people in bonds of slavery, Joshua replies, ‘God made man; and man made slaves.’ Human government has historically been a host of inequality. The veins of politics carry germs of corruption fed by lust of power and pleasure. Though the rule of wise and strong men is desired, almost elevating the ruler into a god or demi-god, what really rules all men alike is a fact that could shock anyone.

Two millennia and a half ago Plato (c. 428-c. 347 BC) envisaged a polis in which wisdom ruled over passion. Plato was aversive of the irrational form of democracy (or mobocracy) in which indiscretion was the judge. To him wisdom and justice had no shelter in a democracy where majority vote killed the wise Socrates, his teacher. Not surprising then, his The Republic is a serious attempt to destroy democracy and establish the rule of wisdom.

An analysis of the Platonic problem is necessary. The root problem of politics is the avaricious nature of man. Governance is necessary because passion is chaotic. The struggle is between wisdom and untamed passion. Plato argues that the best government is where wisdom prevails over passion. This requires that first the rulers be purged of all folly and corrupt desires before the state as a body is purged. The situation is a serious one because humans are seen to be basically selfish. In The Republic, Plato posits this problem in the person of Glaucon, who states it through the story of Gyges. According to the story, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of Lydia. One day, while he was out in the field feeding his flock, there was a great storm and a great earthquake which left a big opening in the ground nearby. Startled by this sight, Gyges descended into the opening to see, among many marvels, a hollow brazen horse within which was a naked corpse wearing a gold ring. Gyges took the ring, wore it and got out of the hole. On coming back to his companions, he noticed that whenever he turned the collet of the ring inside his hand, he became invisible to all, and whenever he turned the collet outwards he reappeared. Quite dazed, he made several trials of it before realizing that he was in possession of this magical ring that could make him invisible. By means of this new acquirement, he contrived to enter the court, seduced the queen, slew the king, and took the kingdom. Glaucon concludes, ‘Suppose now there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point.’

Gyges’ story is reminiscent of the biblical account of man just before the Flood (Genesis 6: 1, 2). Since there was no established form of human government then, might became right and man did whatever he liked. The resulting condition was so chaotic that God had to destroy the world by means of a flood before renovating it with only eight members of a family whom He had saved. Further studies of Scriptures show that though evil men were exterminated, evil itself retained its scepter over human hearts.

As solution to the human predicament, Plato proposed a well-designed program of education whereby able men could be trained to be rulers and warriors of the state. Obviously, the rulers would be philosophers trained in the highest form of learning. They would possess the four virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. Thus, Plato believed wisdom and justice would be guaranteed in his utopian city. But, the possibility of producing such guardians has been greatly debated.

History is evidence that evil and political leadership have deep relationships. Still deeper is the relation between evil and the human heart. Different opinions exist regarding this problem. Some like Plato believe that education and training based on idealism can cultivate the good spirit of man and help to overcome the fleshly passions. Some, however, believe that education cannot transform man since his nature is corrupted by inherent sin. Sin rules deep within the heart of man. Transformation is only possible by the gracious enabling of God’s Spirit.

There are still others who, like Nietzsche, believed in the total elimination of the old notions of good and evil and the redefinition of values along evolutionary lines.

The rise of Adolf Hitler as an incarnation of Nietzsche’s superman who scoffed at the ‘weak’ virtues of Christianity is well-known to history. The destructiveness of such an approach is a lesson learnt at the price of World War II. Peace and human rights has become an important concern since then as seen in the rise of the UNO. Man has come to realize that he cannot live without regard for his neighbour. ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ is a divine directive for the only possible harmonious life in this world.

While knowledge of morality is ubiquitous to man, the probabilities of adherence are minimal. Therefore, civil government aims to restrain evil through forceful execution of law and order. Man has no rights in the ‘natural’ state of anarchy. This makes civil government a necessary agent of justice. Unfortunately, even the agent of justice is tainted by its own sins and stands condemned by the law it seeks to uphold. The dissatisfaction with governments and growing political confusion reflects the moral (and immoral) unrest of the world that can’t manage itself.

Religions look to things other than human government for the maintenance of justice. For instance, Hinduism accepts the law of karma as the regulating principle of good and evil. Christianity, on the other, hand looks to God for justice. Karma, however, being an impersonal principle has no sympathy and is bereft of mercy. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism see the existence of man itself as evidence of ‘sin’ or ‘wrong desires’ or  ‘self-centeredness’. But the problem of salvation from sinful living and its penalty is not satisfactorily answered. The Hindu advaitin attempt to deny the reality of sin and the Buddhist attempt to deny the reality of the soul are nihilistic and do not answer to reality.

THE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE

In moving our discussion from human government to religion, we have also moved from the natural to the supernatural. Sin is not just a physical problem; it is originally a spiritual problem. By reason of proximity and closeness, the world is very appealing to man through his senses. The natural man, according to Paul, lives to fulfill his flesh’s desires (Rom. 7: 5). Comfort, security, and fleshly satisfaction in the immediate present are his priorities. However, being created in God’s image, man is not left to his instincts but is endowed with intellect and volition for responsible conduct of life (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 2:15). Therefore, man is without excuse for having chosen to debase himself despite of God’s law revealed within his own heart. Man stands condemned before God and is incapable of extricating himself from the reality of divine judgment.

God’s answer to man comes in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of divine salvation. He is God’s life and righteousness (1 Jn. 5:20; 1 Cor. 1:30). The destiny of humanity is decided by its decision regarding Christ. By His atoning sacrifice Christ has offered His blood as the price of our ransom from sins. He gave His life as the sin offering on the cross so that those who look to Him in faith will be saved as the Israelites were by looking at the brazen serpent. Faith in Christ, therefore, justifies the sinner and presents him guiltless before God (Rom. 8:1).

The first step into God’s kingdom is the acceptance of Jesus as Lord of life. Christ cannot be savior unless He is first Lord of our lives. This is the key-stone of sanctification and victory over sin and the devil. Ascetic techniques and yogic principles may avail a little in controlling the body but they cannot bring victory (Col. 2: 21-23). It is only the consecration of will at the altar of the Lord that emancipates the soul (Rom. 12:1, 2). ‘Not as I will, but as You will it’ is the statement of victory. It is the declaration of faith in God and the  submission of self to  His total  outworking in  one’s life. The Spirit, the Paraclete, works only in co-operation, alongside of us. One needs to make up one’s mind despite the painful struggle, and endure to the end (Heb. 12: 1-4). A Christian who lives such committed life displays the rule of God’s kingdom in his life. He becomes a vessel that is sanctified for the Lord’s use, prepared unto all good works (2 Tim. 2: 21).

However, there is a prospective reality of the Kingdom of God as well, which is ultimately significant. The present experience of the Holy Spirit is only a foretaste of the powers to come (Heb. 6: 4, 5). The Spirit of God in the believer is a guarantee of his inheritance in the Kingdom of God (Eph. 1:13, 14). The outpouring of the Spirit on the believers after the ascension of Christ was an unleashing of a power in the midst of the Church that ultimately means the vanquishing of the Kingdom of darkness. The upsurge of evil in the end times is but the sudden flare of an extinguishing flame. The Kingdom of God is God’s answer to the internal and external problem of evil. The resurrection of Christ meant a death blow to death itself. His resurrection is an assurance of the resurrection of saints in the last day (1Cor. 15: 20-26). The German theologian Pannenberg was right in a way when he stated that the end of the world has begun with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We are living at the end of the age. The end will consummate in the revelation of the Son of God from heaven, the judgment of the world, and the gathering of all things in Christ (2 Thess. 1: 8-10; Eph. 1: 10). Then will all knees bow at His name and all tongue confess that He is Lord (Phil. 2:10, 11). Therefore, obedience, now, to the Gospel of the Kingdom is vital. The Kingdom is not just an option: it is a forced option that decides the choice between life and death. The choice of disobedience is a revolt against the divine proposal of peace: it only means the death of the rebel. Therefore, obedient faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is crucial to the experience of Kingdom righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14: 17).

‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ is a prayer that is prophetically secured. The only need is for the individual to submit to the Kingdom offer of peace and a life that pleases the King. ‘Not as I will, but as You will it.’

References

Durant, Will. The Story of Philosophy, New York: Washington Square Press, 1961.

Ken Gnanakan, Kingdom Concerns,  Bangalore: TBT, 1989.

Plato, The Republic and Other Works; trans. B. Jowett; New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

© Domenic Marbaniang, Published in BASILEIA, Oct. 2008

NOVEMBER OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY

Martinez, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2013

http://www.saveamericagathering.com

“We have overcome the world! We have acted in faith and obedience, and our faith has been extended and flourished, because the Lord is faithful. Now our attention is on our global ministry, and supporting our partners, like Dr. David Andrade, in preparing for the January 25, 2013 Cry4Life, Washington, DC.” Thus spoke Robert Berry, recently, regarding the now completed “Save America Gathering.”

“Save America Gathering” took place over a month ago, October 20th, on the National Mall, in Washington, DC. However, the primary planners and servants of God’s vision, Robert and Toni Berry, and Reverend Kevin E. Richardson, are using their recently gained knowledge to assist their partner, Dr. David Andrade, and the Cry4Life California contingent in publicising and preparing for the January 25 gathering, to which millions have been summoned. A global mobilization is under way for this Washington, DC event.

This gathering is planned for the fortieth anniversary of Roe -vs- Wade. Reverend Kevin E. Richardson has taken the lead in supporting the event.

Robert and Toni are still meditating upon the great spiritual and scriptural lessons they were taught by God while preparing for 11/11/11, Line in the Sand, Pasadena, CA and the recent Save America Gathering. These included lessons about themselves, their relationships with God, the church, and the power of prayer and faith.

The October 20 “Save America Gathering” brought together a tight-knit group of believers, a “Gideon’s band.” Along with them came thousands of willing participants, who joined the gathering for all or a portion of the day. All came to worship on the National Mall and intercede, prayerfully, for the United States of America.

Appearing during the daylong worship program were the following:

Poet, Oriville Walker

Praise Dancer, Ca’ Asia

Bluegrass Gospel Artist David Reed

Prolific Songwriter and Artist, Windell Pell [Composer and performer of "Jesus is the Man"]

The Refuge Gospel Quartet

Gospel Drama Troupe, SPEECHLESS, from Pleasant View Baptist Church, in Maryland

Worship Artist, Nicois, who in July released her album, “Un-di-ni-a-bel [Undeniable]“

Hip-Hop Gospel Sister Duo, 5AM Praise

Gospel Artist Nicole Cunningham

Worship Artist Janyce Cash, who has also released a new album, Morning Comes,” available from Tate Music Group, I-Tunes, and Amazon.

The sacred assembly’s planners praised God for all of these willing servants, saying “Their sacrifices of praise lifted up the Lord and framed the structure of the sacred assembly.”

Other highlights of the Washington, DC event included the dedication and ‘Wave Offering’ of the “US Christian Flag.” Following the ceremony, this was placed on file at the Library of Congress. Servant Leader Marcia Thompson Eldreth, who is nine years into her service with the US Christian Flag, coordinated the ceremony. Reverend Kevin E Richardson led the prayer for transference of spiritual authority to youth and young adult Christians. Prayer for, and a pledge to stand by the people and nation of Israel was led by Captain Robert Berry, US Army (Retired). Recent events in Israel and Gaza have reinforced the need to keep that pledge.The blowing of the Shofars was led by Dennis McKirahan, leader of Shofar Call, International. A prayer and petition to God to “Save America,” was delivered in the four cardinal directions by Robert Berry.

The Save America Gathering planners gave special recognition to:

Reverend Dick Simmons, who brough the message

Reverend Kevin E. Richardson, Servant Leader and planner

Jane Rumph, Editor and Servant Leader

Dave Rumph, who ran the sound equipment, as well as volunteering to assist wherever he could Servant Leader Courney Mosley, the great Worship Coordinator for this blessed event

Marcia Thompson Eldreth, Servant Leader and head of U.S. Christian Flag, http://www.uschristianflag.com; Minister Nighta Davis, Servant Leader, Prayer Warrior, Event Promoter, and Interstate Transportation Coordinator, head of American USA Patriots, http://www.northgapatriots.ning.com/

Cristopher Evans, the “Save America Gathering” Videographer

Christians are asked to pray for them all, in earnest. and with diligence.

Robert Berry spoke of what he and his wife were learning, as they digested the years of work and service and the fruits and difficulties which resulted from the process.of completing their task. “We learned a lot about the Church, and how difficult it is, with the worldly influences now pressing God’s Body, to achieve the unity Christ died to bring about. We learned what is coveted and respected by church leadership. We learned that work in the Kingdom of God requires excellent people skills. And, if you are impatient, you need not apply!” Berry continued: “We found that we had to struggle to get people to understand our vision because I’m not a well known clergyperson. But the church should know that that is how God works. He takes the insignificant, and makes it significant in His holy eyes. Those persons who are listening to God showed up! Our problem within the church is our eyes are, in this era, eyes of flesh. Our eyes are the eyes of the world. We do not, as a Body, have kingdom vision. I think we just go along, going into our buildings and worshipping, oblivious to our larger purpose and calling. We are a nation called to deliver the Gospel into the darkest and final corners of the world, and we can do it. We can do it if we begin to shrink ourselves and magnify the Lord. He is always faithful, and he does what he sets out to do.”

“We have picked up the ways of the world. We are moving, daily, ever closer to the people whp are lost in the world, in our attitudes and in the things we condone…” Berry stood, emphasizing the point; “And we are now often nearly indistinguishable from unchurched folk. We called a million Christians to come to Washington, DC. A lot of Christians, a lot more than the thousands who participated in Save America Gathering, were running in the Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure.” It was where they put their hearts and treasure. Now, that is a good cause, but what of the Lord’s cause? The Lord, on the day of our event, reminded me, bluntly of a self evident fact. There were more than a million Christians within a short driving distance of the National Mall, in Washington, DC. Think about that, for a moment. The Lord had called people on the same day as Susan G Komen had called them. There were multiple Christian organizations praying near us. They were set up on the Lincoln Memorial Ellipse and on the White House Ellipse. We publicised their events prior to the “Save America Gathering.” They also had fewer Christians attending than the urgency of these times would indicate would be there. Even Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, who reminded me that I was the one called to lead this vision into being, was lead to start a prayer initiative for America, near election time. God was leading His people in a clear direction, but many failed to heed the call. The reason is, we are not paying attention! We get excited by a preacher with a TV show, a giant Mercedes SUV, a large denomination, or, a string of theological degrees behind his, or her, name. That is how the world operates.That may bring consequences, as tempered by God’s bountiful grace. But, we can’t keep riding on His grace. We have to act. We must begin to cultivate Kingdom minds and Kingdom behaviors. We can’t just be folks who go to church on Sunday, and do not understand God’s larger purpose for the Church, in the United States of America. God will continue to send servants, one after the other, as long as His patience lasts. But, know and respect this fact–we are a burdensome people to God, at present, and God will correct His nations and His people. It would be better fo us to straighten our own ways, and become the “light on the hill” which our Savior spoke about. But to do that, we must overcome our internal inertia, tear down the walls between us, and be about the Lord’s business. And I mean Catholics and Protestants, Syriacs, Coptics, Orthodox, Samaritans, and Messianic Jewish believers; every one of us! Cry4Life, DC, is one step in the road to bringing us back into alignment with God’s will!”

For additional information regarding Cry4Life, DC, coming up on January 25, 2013, contact:

Dean Campion, at 651.734.3417

Register at http://www.cry4life.info/

Asked about future plans, after the january 25 Cry4Life gathering, Berry recounted a drive by some Servant Leaders to gather Christians at Ground Zero, in New York City, on a future September 11th. Gatherings in the midwest, possibly in Chicago, in California, and a return to Washington, with an actual million Christians, have also been discussed. Save America Gathering is a non-profit organization, organized under US IRS Code Section 501c3. Save America Administrative Section thanks everyone for your continued blessing of donation support. “We still have event related expenses to satisfy, though the Save America Gathering has already occured. Watch for news releases regarding future ministry activities,” said Berry.







How is the living standard there? Is it easy to get food and move around there? What about the weather throughout the year? Is the weather in the day and night comfortable?

Answer by irbid_mix
I’m Jordanian, I lived there all my life (but now in Dubai), Jordan is a great country, not because I come from there, but really it is lovely, safe, the weather is great, in the summer it reaches around 32-35 degrees, in the winter it comes down to 8-12 degrees Centigrade, Amman the capital is beautiful, the western side of it the new areas, you find everything there when it comes to food, supermarkets are full with everything you can think of, just like any western country,
People are very friendly, English is spoken very well in the western side of Amman, it is a great place, don’t forget to visit Petra, the Dead Sea and Jerash, these places is a must see.
Don’t worry about a thing, it is very nice, and you should try the Jordanian dishes, Mansaf and Musakhan. ( Arabic food is very tasty)

NOVEMBER OUR KINGDOM MINISTRY

Night dragged on clumsily as the disciples snuggled miserably against their drowsy companions. From a distance, the painful cries of their Master fell heavily on their dull ears. One silently observed in the moonlit darkness, the thickness of the Master’s sweat-drops in prayer falling like drops of blood to the ground. In agony, the Lord cried ‘Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass from me….’ Darkness gloomed terribly, as if with incisors ready to devour patience, before the Lord steadily continued ‘nevertheless not as I will, but as You will it.’

Matthew tells us that Jesus repeated the same words not once, but thrice before He was arrested in Gethsemane that Passover evening of April, 32 AD (Matt. 26: 44). Indubitably, those words sum up the whole struggle of spirit against flesh from the creation till the end of the world. While disobedient Adam and the adamic race lost the battle and fell into the voracious jaws of death, Jesus Christ submitted to the will of God and dealt death a fatal blow on the cross of Calvary. So, the crucifixion of Christ is not tragic news: it is good news.

The will of God is paramount for all things owe their existence to God’s will (Rev. 4: 11). Therefore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6: 10). Heaven is where God rules; in other words, whatever God rules over absolutely is heaven-ruled. And so, if God rules over our lives, our lives become heavenly. Hell is just its opposite. Jesus began His ministry preaching about the kingdom of heaven. ‘Repent,’ He said, ‘for the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matt. 4: 17).

This world we live in is a synonym of evil. Just a cursory glance around displays a morbid exhibition

of authorized evil. It is no wonder that the Christian is identified by his separation from the world, whether it appears good or evil. Paul said that by the cross of Jesus Christ he was crucified to the world and the world to him (Gal. 6: 14). The Christian does no longer belong to the world; he belongs to the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Col. 1: 13). A Christian will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15: 50). Thus, the kingdom of God unleashed by Jesus Christ is both a present and a future reality.

Sinners are being saved, the sick healed, and nations transformed; this shows that the kingdom of God is at work right now. A day also will dawn when the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healings in His wings. Then will be fulfilled the prayer: ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’

THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

In Cecil DeMille’s movie The Ten Commandments (1956), to Moses’ question of why God left his people in bonds of slavery, Joshua replies, ‘God made man; and man made slaves.’ Human government has historically been a host of inequality. The veins of politics carry germs of corruption fed by lust of power and pleasure. Though the rule of wise and strong men is desired, almost elevating the ruler into a god or demi-god, what really rules all men alike is a fact that could shock anyone.

Two millennia and a half ago Plato (c. 428-c. 347 BC) envisaged a polis in which wisdom ruled over passion. Plato was aversive of the irrational form of democracy (or mobocracy) in which indiscretion was the judge. To him wisdom and justice had no shelter in a democracy where majority vote killed the wise Socrates, his teacher. Not surprising then, his The Republic is a serious attempt to destroy democracy and establish the rule of wisdom.

An analysis of the Platonic problem is necessary. The root problem of politics is the avaricious nature of man. Governance is necessary because passion is chaotic. The struggle is between wisdom and untamed passion. Plato argues that the best government is where wisdom prevails over passion. This requires that first the rulers be purged of all folly and corrupt desires before the state as a body is purged. The situation is a serious one because humans are seen to be basically selfish. In The Republic, Plato posits this problem in the person of Glaucon, who states it through the story of Gyges. According to the story, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of Lydia. One day, while he was out in the field feeding his flock, there was a great storm and a great earthquake which left a big opening in the ground nearby. Startled by this sight, Gyges descended into the opening to see, among many marvels, a hollow brazen horse within which was a naked corpse wearing a gold ring. Gyges took the ring, wore it and got out of the hole. On coming back to his companions, he noticed that whenever he turned the collet of the ring inside his hand, he became invisible to all, and whenever he turned the collet outwards he reappeared. Quite dazed, he made several trials of it before realizing that he was in possession of this magical ring that could make him invisible. By means of this new acquirement, he contrived to enter the court, seduced the queen, slew the king, and took the kingdom. Glaucon concludes, ‘Suppose now there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point.’

Gyges’ story is reminiscent of the biblical account of man just before the Flood (Genesis 6: 1, 2). Since there was no established form of human government then, might became right and man did whatever he liked. The resulting condition was so chaotic that God had to destroy the world by means of a flood before renovating it with only eight members of a family whom He had saved. Further studies of Scriptures show that though evil men were exterminated, evil itself retained its scepter over human hearts.

As solution to the human predicament, Plato proposed a well-designed program of education whereby able men could be trained to be rulers and warriors of the state. Obviously, the rulers would be philosophers trained in the highest form of learning. They would possess the four virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. Thus, Plato believed wisdom and justice would be guaranteed in his utopian city. But, the possibility of producing such guardians has been greatly debated.

History is evidence that evil and political leadership have deep relationships. Still deeper is the relation between evil and the human heart. Different opinions exist regarding this problem. Some like Plato believe that education and training based on idealism can cultivate the good spirit of man and help to overcome the fleshly passions. Some, however, believe that education cannot transform man since his nature is corrupted by inherent sin. Sin rules deep within the heart of man. Transformation is only possible by the gracious enabling of God’s Spirit.

There are still others who, like Nietzsche, believed in the total elimination of the old notions of good and evil and the redefinition of values along evolutionary lines.

The rise of Adolf Hitler as an incarnation of Nietzsche’s superman who scoffed at the ‘weak’ virtues of Christianity is well-known to history. The destructiveness of such an approach is a lesson learnt at the price of World War II. Peace and human rights has become an important concern since then as seen in the rise of the UNO. Man has come to realize that he cannot live without regard for his neighbour. ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ is a divine directive for the only possible harmonious life in this world.

While knowledge of morality is ubiquitous to man, the probabilities of adherence are minimal. Therefore, civil government aims to restrain evil through forceful execution of law and order. Man has no rights in the ‘natural’ state of anarchy. This makes civil government a necessary agent of justice. Unfortunately, even the agent of justice is tainted by its own sins and stands condemned by the law it seeks to uphold. The dissatisfaction with governments and growing political confusion reflects the moral (and immoral) unrest of the world that can’t manage itself.

Religions look to things other than human government for the maintenance of justice. For instance, Hinduism accepts the law of karma as the regulating principle of good and evil. Christianity, on the other, hand looks to God for justice. Karma, however, being an impersonal principle has no sympathy and is bereft of mercy. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism see the existence of man itself as evidence of ‘sin’ or ‘wrong desires’ or  ‘self-centeredness’. But the problem of salvation from sinful living and its penalty is not satisfactorily answered. The Hindu advaitin attempt to deny the reality of sin and the Buddhist attempt to deny the reality of the soul are nihilistic and do not answer to reality.

THE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE

In moving our discussion from human government to religion, we have also moved from the natural to the supernatural. Sin is not just a physical problem; it is originally a spiritual problem. By reason of proximity and closeness, the world is very appealing to man through his senses. The natural man, according to Paul, lives to fulfill his flesh’s desires (Rom. 7: 5). Comfort, security, and fleshly satisfaction in the immediate present are his priorities. However, being created in God’s image, man is not left to his instincts but is endowed with intellect and volition for responsible conduct of life (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 2:15). Therefore, man is without excuse for having chosen to debase himself despite of God’s law revealed within his own heart. Man stands condemned before God and is incapable of extricating himself from the reality of divine judgment.

God’s answer to man comes in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of divine salvation. He is God’s life and righteousness (1 Jn. 5:20; 1 Cor. 1:30). The destiny of humanity is decided by its decision regarding Christ. By His atoning sacrifice Christ has offered His blood as the price of our ransom from sins. He gave His life as the sin offering on the cross so that those who look to Him in faith will be saved as the Israelites were by looking at the brazen serpent. Faith in Christ, therefore, justifies the sinner and presents him guiltless before God (Rom. 8:1).

The first step into God’s kingdom is the acceptance of Jesus as Lord of life. Christ cannot be savior unless He is first Lord of our lives. This is the key-stone of sanctification and victory over sin and the devil. Ascetic techniques and yogic principles may avail a little in controlling the body but they cannot bring victory (Col. 2: 21-23). It is only the consecration of will at the altar of the Lord that emancipates the soul (Rom. 12:1, 2). ‘Not as I will, but as You will it’ is the statement of victory. It is the declaration of faith in God and the  submission of self to  His total  outworking in  one’s life. The Spirit, the Paraclete, works only in co-operation, alongside of us. One needs to make up one’s mind despite the painful struggle, and endure to the end (Heb. 12: 1-4). A Christian who lives such committed life displays the rule of God’s kingdom in his life. He becomes a vessel that is sanctified for the Lord’s use, prepared unto all good works (2 Tim. 2: 21).

However, there is a prospective reality of the Kingdom of God as well, which is ultimately significant. The present experience of the Holy Spirit is only a foretaste of the powers to come (Heb. 6: 4, 5). The Spirit of God in the believer is a guarantee of his inheritance in the Kingdom of God (Eph. 1:13, 14). The outpouring of the Spirit on the believers after the ascension of Christ was an unleashing of a power in the midst of the Church that ultimately means the vanquishing of the Kingdom of darkness. The upsurge of evil in the end times is but the sudden flare of an extinguishing flame. The Kingdom of God is God’s answer to the internal and external problem of evil. The resurrection of Christ meant a death blow to death itself. His resurrection is an assurance of the resurrection of saints in the last day (1Cor. 15: 20-26). The German theologian Pannenberg was right in a way when he stated that the end of the world has begun with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We are living at the end of the age. The end will consummate in the revelation of the Son of God from heaven, the judgment of the world, and the gathering of all things in Christ (2 Thess. 1: 8-10; Eph. 1: 10). Then will all knees bow at His name and all tongue confess that He is Lord (Phil. 2:10, 11). Therefore, obedience, now, to the Gospel of the Kingdom is vital. The Kingdom is not just an option: it is a forced option that decides the choice between life and death. The choice of disobedience is a revolt against the divine proposal of peace: it only means the death of the rebel. Therefore, obedient faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is crucial to the experience of Kingdom righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14: 17).

‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ is a prayer that is prophetically secured. The only need is for the individual to submit to the Kingdom offer of peace and a life that pleases the King. ‘Not as I will, but as You will it.’

References

Durant, Will. The Story of Philosophy, New York: Washington Square Press, 1961.

Ken Gnanakan, Kingdom Concerns,  Bangalore: TBT, 1989.

Plato, The Republic and Other Works; trans. B. Jowett; New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

© Domenic Marbaniang, Published in BASILEIA, Oct. 2008

FHCCHINA2009 (ie: thirteenth international food, beverage, hotel equipment, catering equipment, bakery equipment, parts and components supply services show) will be November 18, 2013 in Shanghai New International Expo Center. As a present, China’s largest and oldest food imports, Wine , Beverage and catering equipment, professional event, FHC attracted each year on food imports from the world’s countries and Alcohol Manufacturers come to the exhibition, has become an international platform for food imports. In order to promote Sino-Japanese food trade and exchange, this year’s Japan Pavilion at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture to continue (MAFF) in support of the gorgeous debut.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture in May 2013 Statistics released by the 2008 Japanese Forestry Aquatic Products And processed food exports to the highest of the five overseas countries and territories are: Hong Kong, China, USA, China Taiwan, Korea and mainland China. China has become Japan’s agriculture, forestry and processed food exports of aquatic products important overseas markets, particularly Mainland China increased potential and market prospects should not be overlooked, the data show that in 2008 Japanese agriculture, forestry and fishery products processed food exports to mainland China reached 43.7 billion yen. With the rapid raise domestic living standards, people on the material and cultural needs to pursue are increasingly enthusiastic about Japanese food and ingredients, with its high quality, health, safety and other characteristics is won our consumers. Therefore, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry to actively support the Japanese exporters participating FHCCHINA2009, wants to promote China and Japan more convenient and more effective in reaching Cooperation To be a win-win.

Learned for the FHCCHINA2009, Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture for the creation of the FHC exhibition to bring together organizations of collective participation of 16 Japanese exporters.

A wide range of exhibits, including fresh and processed seafood, noodles, Rice Processed, matcha tea, wheat, soybean milk, vinegar, sake and wine, pickles, processed fruits and vegetables, etc., has fully demonstrated the overall level of Japanese agriculture, forestry fisheries, I think we will definitely make a visit to a professional audience dazzled and feast for the eyes and palate. During the exhibition, Japan set up a special booth near the discussion area purchasers, the purchase intention of Chinese exporters and Japanese importers can spot a direct dialogue and negotiations.

At the same time, in order to broaden the exhibition of new market products, promote the exchange and development, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry in a series of new initiatives this year. In line with the FHC show

information published and future cooperation PR Co., Ltd. entrusted by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture to undertake a Japanese exhibition affairs and established the theme of the official website. (Http://www.kprc.cn/fhc2009), was officially open on October 20. Web site details the exhibitors and their products in Japan, will also update the exhibition situation.

Deserves special mention is that this part of the show the development of Japanese goods, will show within three months after the end of a tiger, Changning District, food stores Sell The audience at the show, “early adopters”, the no longer have to “feel powerless and frustrated”, as long as the Tigers went directly to a food store, you can purchase your favorite Japanese food and ingredients. Specific information on the exhibitors in the official merchandising website also has special presentations.

FHCCHINA is a platform, an opportunity, Japanese agriculture, forestry and aquatic products processing food in the future will work through the more kinds of channels into the Chinese consumer’s perspective, high-quality, healthy, safe food and ingredients of the US-Japan MSG Marrow transfer to the world.

2009 11 18-20 days, FHCCHINA2009 Japan Pavilion look forward to your visit!

Night dragged on clumsily as the disciples snuggled miserably against their drowsy companions. From a distance, the painful cries of their Master fell heavily on their dull ears. One silently observed in the moonlit darkness, the thickness of the Master’s sweat-drops in prayer falling like drops of blood to the ground. In agony, the Lord cried ‘Father, if it’s possible, let this cup pass from me….’ Darkness gloomed terribly, as if with incisors ready to devour patience, before the Lord steadily continued ‘nevertheless not as I will, but as You will it.’

Matthew tells us that Jesus repeated the same words not once, but thrice before He was arrested in Gethsemane that Passover evening of April, 32 AD (Matt. 26: 44). Indubitably, those words sum up the whole struggle of spirit against flesh from the creation till the end of the world. While disobedient Adam and the adamic race lost the battle and fell into the voracious jaws of death, Jesus Christ submitted to the will of God and dealt death a fatal blow on the cross of Calvary. So, the crucifixion of Christ is not tragic news: it is good news.

The will of God is paramount for all things owe their existence to God’s will (Rev. 4: 11). Therefore, Jesus taught His disciples to pray for God’s kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matt. 6: 10). Heaven is where God rules; in other words, whatever God rules over absolutely is heaven-ruled. And so, if God rules over our lives, our lives become heavenly. Hell is just its opposite. Jesus began His ministry preaching about the kingdom of heaven. ‘Repent,’ He said, ‘for the kingdom of heaven is near’ (Matt. 4: 17).

This world we live in is a synonym of evil. Just a cursory glance around displays a morbid exhibition

of authorized evil. It is no wonder that the Christian is identified by his separation from the world, whether it appears good or evil. Paul said that by the cross of Jesus Christ he was crucified to the world and the world to him (Gal. 6: 14). The Christian does no longer belong to the world; he belongs to the kingdom of Jesus Christ (Col. 1: 13). A Christian will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15: 50). Thus, the kingdom of God unleashed by Jesus Christ is both a present and a future reality.

Sinners are being saved, the sick healed, and nations transformed; this shows that the kingdom of God is at work right now. A day also will dawn when the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healings in His wings. Then will be fulfilled the prayer: ‘Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.’

THE HUMAN PREDICAMENT

In Cecil DeMille’s movie The Ten Commandments (1956), to Moses’ question of why God left his people in bonds of slavery, Joshua replies, ‘God made man; and man made slaves.’ Human government has historically been a host of inequality. The veins of politics carry germs of corruption fed by lust of power and pleasure. Though the rule of wise and strong men is desired, almost elevating the ruler into a god or demi-god, what really rules all men alike is a fact that could shock anyone.

Two millennia and a half ago Plato (c. 428-c. 347 BC) envisaged a polis in which wisdom ruled over passion. Plato was aversive of the irrational form of democracy (or mobocracy) in which indiscretion was the judge. To him wisdom and justice had no shelter in a democracy where majority vote killed the wise Socrates, his teacher. Not surprising then, his The Republic is a serious attempt to destroy democracy and establish the rule of wisdom.

An analysis of the Platonic problem is necessary. The root problem of politics is the avaricious nature of man. Governance is necessary because passion is chaotic. The struggle is between wisdom and untamed passion. Plato argues that the best government is where wisdom prevails over passion. This requires that first the rulers be purged of all folly and corrupt desires before the state as a body is purged. The situation is a serious one because humans are seen to be basically selfish. In The Republic, Plato posits this problem in the person of Glaucon, who states it through the story of Gyges. According to the story, Gyges was a shepherd in the service of the king of Lydia. One day, while he was out in the field feeding his flock, there was a great storm and a great earthquake which left a big opening in the ground nearby. Startled by this sight, Gyges descended into the opening to see, among many marvels, a hollow brazen horse within which was a naked corpse wearing a gold ring. Gyges took the ring, wore it and got out of the hole. On coming back to his companions, he noticed that whenever he turned the collet of the ring inside his hand, he became invisible to all, and whenever he turned the collet outwards he reappeared. Quite dazed, he made several trials of it before realizing that he was in possession of this magical ring that could make him invisible. By means of this new acquirement, he contrived to enter the court, seduced the queen, slew the king, and took the kingdom. Glaucon concludes, ‘Suppose now there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other; no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice. No man would keep his hands off what was not his own when he could safely take what he liked out of the market, or go into houses and lie with any one at his pleasure, or kill or release from prison whom he would, and in all respects be like a God among men. Then the actions of the just would be as the actions of the unjust; they would both come at last to the same point.’

Gyges’ story is reminiscent of the biblical account of man just before the Flood (Genesis 6: 1, 2). Since there was no established form of human government then, might became right and man did whatever he liked. The resulting condition was so chaotic that God had to destroy the world by means of a flood before renovating it with only eight members of a family whom He had saved. Further studies of Scriptures show that though evil men were exterminated, evil itself retained its scepter over human hearts.

As solution to the human predicament, Plato proposed a well-designed program of education whereby able men could be trained to be rulers and warriors of the state. Obviously, the rulers would be philosophers trained in the highest form of learning. They would possess the four virtues of wisdom, temperance, courage, and justice. Thus, Plato believed wisdom and justice would be guaranteed in his utopian city. But, the possibility of producing such guardians has been greatly debated.

History is evidence that evil and political leadership have deep relationships. Still deeper is the relation between evil and the human heart. Different opinions exist regarding this problem. Some like Plato believe that education and training based on idealism can cultivate the good spirit of man and help to overcome the fleshly passions. Some, however, believe that education cannot transform man since his nature is corrupted by inherent sin. Sin rules deep within the heart of man. Transformation is only possible by the gracious enabling of God’s Spirit.

There are still others who, like Nietzsche, believed in the total elimination of the old notions of good and evil and the redefinition of values along evolutionary lines.

The rise of Adolf Hitler as an incarnation of Nietzsche’s superman who scoffed at the ‘weak’ virtues of Christianity is well-known to history. The destructiveness of such an approach is a lesson learnt at the price of World War II. Peace and human rights has become an important concern since then as seen in the rise of the UNO. Man has come to realize that he cannot live without regard for his neighbour. ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’ is a divine directive for the only possible harmonious life in this world.

While knowledge of morality is ubiquitous to man, the probabilities of adherence are minimal. Therefore, civil government aims to restrain evil through forceful execution of law and order. Man has no rights in the ‘natural’ state of anarchy. This makes civil government a necessary agent of justice. Unfortunately, even the agent of justice is tainted by its own sins and stands condemned by the law it seeks to uphold. The dissatisfaction with governments and growing political confusion reflects the moral (and immoral) unrest of the world that can’t manage itself.

Religions look to things other than human government for the maintenance of justice. For instance, Hinduism accepts the law of karma as the regulating principle of good and evil. Christianity, on the other, hand looks to God for justice. Karma, however, being an impersonal principle has no sympathy and is bereft of mercy. Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism see the existence of man itself as evidence of ‘sin’ or ‘wrong desires’ or  ‘self-centeredness’. But the problem of salvation from sinful living and its penalty is not satisfactorily answered. The Hindu advaitin attempt to deny the reality of sin and the Buddhist attempt to deny the reality of the soul are nihilistic and do not answer to reality.

THE BIBLICAL ALTERNATIVE

In moving our discussion from human government to religion, we have also moved from the natural to the supernatural. Sin is not just a physical problem; it is originally a spiritual problem. By reason of proximity and closeness, the world is very appealing to man through his senses. The natural man, according to Paul, lives to fulfill his flesh’s desires (Rom. 7: 5). Comfort, security, and fleshly satisfaction in the immediate present are his priorities. However, being created in God’s image, man is not left to his instincts but is endowed with intellect and volition for responsible conduct of life (Gen. 1:27; Rom. 2:15). Therefore, man is without excuse for having chosen to debase himself despite of God’s law revealed within his own heart. Man stands condemned before God and is incapable of extricating himself from the reality of divine judgment.

God’s answer to man comes in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of divine salvation. He is God’s life and righteousness (1 Jn. 5:20; 1 Cor. 1:30). The destiny of humanity is decided by its decision regarding Christ. By His atoning sacrifice Christ has offered His blood as the price of our ransom from sins. He gave His life as the sin offering on the cross so that those who look to Him in faith will be saved as the Israelites were by looking at the brazen serpent. Faith in Christ, therefore, justifies the sinner and presents him guiltless before God (Rom. 8:1).

The first step into God’s kingdom is the acceptance of Jesus as Lord of life. Christ cannot be savior unless He is first Lord of our lives. This is the key-stone of sanctification and victory over sin and the devil. Ascetic techniques and yogic principles may avail a little in controlling the body but they cannot bring victory (Col. 2: 21-23). It is only the consecration of will at the altar of the Lord that emancipates the soul (Rom. 12:1, 2). ‘Not as I will, but as You will it’ is the statement of victory. It is the declaration of faith in God and the  submission of self to  His total  outworking in  one’s life. The Spirit, the Paraclete, works only in co-operation, alongside of us. One needs to make up one’s mind despite the painful struggle, and endure to the end (Heb. 12: 1-4). A Christian who lives such committed life displays the rule of God’s kingdom in his life. He becomes a vessel that is sanctified for the Lord’s use, prepared unto all good works (2 Tim. 2: 21).

However, there is a prospective reality of the Kingdom of God as well, which is ultimately significant. The present experience of the Holy Spirit is only a foretaste of the powers to come (Heb. 6: 4, 5). The Spirit of God in the believer is a guarantee of his inheritance in the Kingdom of God (Eph. 1:13, 14). The outpouring of the Spirit on the believers after the ascension of Christ was an unleashing of a power in the midst of the Church that ultimately means the vanquishing of the Kingdom of darkness. The upsurge of evil in the end times is but the sudden flare of an extinguishing flame. The Kingdom of God is God’s answer to the internal and external problem of evil. The resurrection of Christ meant a death blow to death itself. His resurrection is an assurance of the resurrection of saints in the last day (1Cor. 15: 20-26). The German theologian Pannenberg was right in a way when he stated that the end of the world has begun with the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. We are living at the end of the age. The end will consummate in the revelation of the Son of God from heaven, the judgment of the world, and the gathering of all things in Christ (2 Thess. 1: 8-10; Eph. 1: 10). Then will all knees bow at His name and all tongue confess that He is Lord (Phil. 2:10, 11). Therefore, obedience, now, to the Gospel of the Kingdom is vital. The Kingdom is not just an option: it is a forced option that decides the choice between life and death. The choice of disobedience is a revolt against the divine proposal of peace: it only means the death of the rebel. Therefore, obedient faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ is crucial to the experience of Kingdom righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14: 17).

‘Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done’ is a prayer that is prophetically secured. The only need is for the individual to submit to the Kingdom offer of peace and a life that pleases the King. ‘Not as I will, but as You will it.’

References

Durant, Will. The Story of Philosophy, New York: Washington Square Press, 1961.

Ken Gnanakan, Kingdom Concerns,  Bangalore: TBT, 1989.

Plato, The Republic and Other Works; trans. B. Jowett; New York: Anchor Books, 1989.

© Domenic Marbaniang, Published in BASILEIA, Oct. 2008

FHCCHINA2009 (ie: thirteenth international food, beverage, hotel equipment, catering equipment, bakery equipment, parts and components supply services show) will be November 18, 2013 in Shanghai New International Expo Center. As a present, China’s largest and oldest food imports, Wine , Beverage and catering equipment, professional event, FHC attracted each year on food imports from the world’s countries and Alcohol Manufacturers come to the exhibition, has become an international platform for food imports. In order to promote Sino-Japanese food trade and exchange, this year’s Japan Pavilion at the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture to continue (MAFF) in support of the gorgeous debut.

According to the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture in May 2013 Statistics released by the 2008 Japanese Forestry Aquatic Products And processed food exports to the highest of the five overseas countries and territories are: Hong Kong, China, USA, China Taiwan, Korea and mainland China. China has become Japan’s agriculture, forestry and processed food exports of aquatic products important overseas markets, particularly Mainland China increased potential and market prospects should not be overlooked, the data show that in 2008 Japanese agriculture, forestry and fishery products processed food exports to mainland China reached 43.7 billion yen. With the rapid raise domestic living standards, people on the material and cultural needs to pursue are increasingly enthusiastic about Japanese food and ingredients, with its high quality, health, safety and other characteristics is won our consumers. Therefore, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry to actively support the Japanese exporters participating FHCCHINA2009, wants to promote China and Japan more convenient and more effective in reaching Cooperation To be a win-win.

Learned for the FHCCHINA2009, Japan, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture for the creation of the FHC exhibition to bring together organizations of collective participation of 16 Japanese exporters.

A wide range of exhibits, including fresh and processed seafood, noodles, Rice Processed, matcha tea, wheat, soybean milk, vinegar, sake and wine, pickles, processed fruits and vegetables, etc., has fully demonstrated the overall level of Japanese agriculture, forestry fisheries, I think we will definitely make a visit to a professional audience dazzled and feast for the eyes and palate. During the exhibition, Japan set up a special booth near the discussion area purchasers, the purchase intention of Chinese exporters and Japanese importers can spot a direct dialogue and negotiations.

At the same time, in order to broaden the exhibition of new market products, promote the exchange and development, the Japanese Agriculture Ministry in a series of new initiatives this year. In line with the FHC show

information published and future cooperation PR Co., Ltd. entrusted by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture to undertake a Japanese exhibition affairs and established the theme of the official website. (Http://www.kprc.cn/fhc2009), was officially open on October 20. Web site details the exhibitors and their products in Japan, will also update the exhibition situation.

Deserves special mention is that this part of the show the development of Japanese goods, will show within three months after the end of a tiger, Changning District, food stores Sell The audience at the show, “early adopters”, the no longer have to “feel powerless and frustrated”, as long as the Tigers went directly to a food store, you can purchase your favorite Japanese food and ingredients. Specific information on the exhibitors in the official merchandising website also has special presentations.

FHCCHINA is a platform, an opportunity, Japanese agriculture, forestry and aquatic products processing food in the future will work through the more kinds of channels into the Chinese consumer’s perspective, high-quality, healthy, safe food and ingredients of the US-Japan MSG Marrow transfer to the world.

2009 11 18-20 days, FHCCHINA2009 Japan Pavilion look forward to your visit!

Youth Ministry is one of the most important foundations to a successful church, community, and lifestyle for those who participate in it. A successful youth ministry can be of any size, from a small Bible group that meets around a kitchen table, to a thriving church driven ministry with hundreds of members. A successful youth ministry will take part in helping the community where it is, by doing various outreach activities to the members of the town or city where it resides. A successful youth ministry is based and focuses on a loving relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
When leading a youth ministry it is important to remember that the members of your youth ministry will often look to you as a role model and also a leader. So running a youth ministry does come with a number of responsibilities to your students.
Having sound understanding of biblical teachings so you have a grasp on the material you are teaching is an important aspect of being a great youth leader. By knowing the material you are teaching to your students you are readily available to help your students understand what God wants and expects of them.
A youth ministry must also have a leader who is passionate about Jesus Christ and spreading his word. When you show enthusiasm about the material that you are teaching to your students, it is much easier to keep the students attention and also shows that not only can you teach about Jesus Christ, you yourself have a meaningful and deep relationship with Jesus Christ which helps you navigate through life.
A successful youth ministry is constantly reaching out to others who need help. When your youth ministry comes together as one group to help those who need help, you are showing a great example for those outside of your ministry who may want to become part of your ministry when they see the work that you do. When your youth ministry leads by example, you help your community, and you also spread the word of God is doing his good work.
A successful youth ministry also takes dedication, if you do not prepare creative material for your students on a regular basis; there is a strong possibility that you will lose their attention and their interest in your ministry. Keeping a teens attention or interest can at times be a difficult task, but if you are dedicated and also you continue to improve yourself as a youth leader and the material that you delivered to your students you will be successful.
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As the Sleeping Giant movement continues to revolutionize mens ministry and reengage men in churches around the world, Every Man Ministries, along with best-selling author and Mens expert Kenny Luck, have just launched the definitive web site destination for Christian men at http://www.EveryManMinistries.com.

Mens Ministry in the church has been broken for years. This has left men themselves unengaged and unfulfilled. It has left a church body suffering from absentee men or those involved in merely token attendance. Ultimately, the missing men of God have left a deep hole in culture around the world. With the emergence of the Sleeping Giant Total Solution, we are now watching the global evolution of Mens Ministry which has been dormant for too long. Thankfully, once again, Mens Ministry is becoming culturally visible:

Mens Ministry has been waiting 20 years for this. Every Man Ministries and Sleeping Giant are providing the flame for the next generation of leadership to ignite a new movement of men within the local church. Kenny Luck has produced a transferable and proven model which is easily accessible and affordable for every church. The Sleeping Giant Total Solution is going to expand the capacity of the local church to reach and develop its men in a strategic and revolutionary way not seen before because it is uniquely built to drive the vision of the senior pastor.- Randy Phillips, Former President of Promise Keepers, Mens Pastor, Life Church Austin

Sleeping Giant does not require a stadium to ignite and activate the local church. The new EveryManMinistries.com site triggers a grassroots movement from within that equips the local church to use modern technology to create a spiritual phenomenon: Strong and healthy Men of God activated to enforce the vision of their senior pastor to literally change their families, their communities and the world.


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