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LOVE  expressed four ways
presented by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang
 
This word love is bandied about like a ping pong ball by both the secular world and Christians but few truly comprehend the meaning/s of it.

In the Greek New Testament original language, there are four (4) words God uses for our one word in English for love. This brings a deeper meaning to every scripture where the word is translated as love in English.

1. First there is God’s pure LOVE (John 3:16; 1 John 4:8). This is AGAPE love. It is alive, active and growing. It remains constant regardless of circumstances. It is not passive or static. It is like pure liquid flowing through our hearts and minds, purifying, changing, adapting, transforming; ever flowing, ever moving. 
God’s love therefore cultivates. It is his weapon to destroy evil. It is complete and unconditional. We have no love in ourselves except for God’s love. It is this agape love that moves us to love everyone, even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48).
Paul in Romans 5:6-11 describes Jesus as the demonstration of God’s love.
In Proverbs 8:17, God says about himself, ‘I love those who love Me; and those who diligently seek Me will find Me.’

2. Then the 2nd Greek word for love is PHILEO. This is friendship love between one another, especially believers. This is not a given or constant but can ebb and flow according to the depth of relationships. (See John 11:30-37). This is our love for fellow humans; respect, compassion, brotherly love. . (See Romans 12:9-10).
 
3. The third Greek word is EROS. This is the love between a married man and woman. Any fornication outside of marriage is lust not love. Lust takes, love gives. The Song of Songs written by Solomon is a marriage manual and exudes Eros love freely. 
 
4. The final Greek word is STORGE – this is the love God gives us for our natural relations. TThis is a family protective love e.g Noah and his wife, Jacob and his sons, the sisters Mary and Martha and their brother Lazarus. 
 
We are able to agape all our relatives because of God’s great love within us and there is a natural leaning into Storge love but we sometimes find it hard to PHILEO our relations. This is where we pressure ourselves as though we are to have a friendship love with them…and this is not necessarily possible.
 
Here is an example of the use of two words for love i the conversation between Peter and Jesus (John 21:15-17).
 
15 When they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love [agape] Me more than these?”
 
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love [phileo] You.”
 
“Feed My lambs,” He told him.
 
16 A second time He asked him, “Simon, son of John, do you love [agape] Me?”
 
“Yes, Lord,” he said to Him, “You know that I love [phileo] You.”
 
“Shepherd My sheep,” He told him.
 
17 He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love [phileo] Me?”
 
Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love [phileo] Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love [phileo] You.”
 
“Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.
Posted by Rusty A Lang 19-9-18
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 Dying to Me : Dying to self
adapted from an article in New Day Magazine 1992 - author unknown and published in Timeless treasures: Digging for Gold Daily by Ruaty A Lang
 
  • When you are forgotten or neglected or put down, and you do not sting and hurt with the insult or the oversight, but your heart is happy, being counted worthy to suffer for Christ - that is dying to self.
  • When your good is evil spoken of; when your wishes are crossed, your advice disregarded, your opinion ridiculed, and you refuse to let anger rule in your heart, or even defend yourself, but take it all in patience and loving silence – that is dying to self.
  • When you lovingly and patiently bear any disorder, any irregularity, any unpunctuality, or any annoyance; when you can stand face to face with waste, folly, extravagance, spiritual insensibility or insensitivity, and master it as Jesus mastered it – that is dying to self.
  • When you are content with any raiment, any climate, any society, any solitude, any interruption by the will of God – that is dying to self.
  • When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation, or record your own good works, or itch after commendation; when you can truly love to be unknown – that is dying to self.
  • When you can see your brother have his needs met, and can honestly rejoice with him in spirit, and feel no envy, nor question God while your own needs are far greater and in more desperate circumstances – that is dying to self.
  • When you can receive correction and reproof from one of less stature than yourself, and can humbly submit inwardly as well as outwardly, finding not rebellion or resentment rising up within your heart – that is dying to self.

    In Luke 9:23-24, Jesus said, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.’
    Suggested Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-28 Two women. Two babies. One woman willing to die to self for love of her child. Witness Solomon’s wise and just ruling and the affect it had on all the people.
Posted by Rusty A Lang 17-9-18
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MAKING DISCIPLES - JESUS WAY 
Compiled from various sources by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang 
Matthew 28:18-20
'And Jesus came to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therfore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."'

Jesus worked with people NOT programs 
1. Selection – people with a passion and hunger for the things of God.
Jesus chose a few good men and women from the work place. It does not require a bible college degree. Not based on intellect or education. 
2. Relationship – open and honest friendship
 He invested his life into a few to reach the multitudes. He was closely   involved in their lives and they were involved in his life. They travelled with him. He sacrificed time, energy, and emotion for others. 
3. Dedication/Commitment/Consecration – called them to be set apart from the world’s influence.
Jesus encouraged a lifestyle of obedience and submission to God. 
4. Transfer/Impartation – this is the transfer of power and godly wisdom
Jesus gave them everything the Father gave him. He empowered them with the same power through demonstration and practice – sent them out two by two – allowed them to see the miracle of multiplying the fish and bread for the 5000 and 4000. 
5. Demonstration – showed them how to be disciples
Jesus not only preached the Word but he lived it by walking by the Spirit. He demonstrated the need for a close relationship with the Father. He taught in both parables and the deeper things of God. He demonstrated what they must endure to be disciple of his. 
6. Delegation – gave them responsible work to do. 
He developed His disciples by delegating ministry responsibilities to them. He knew for the gospel to spread and people to grow they needed to make disciples who would multiply and make other disciples. 
7. Supervision – he kept them on the right path.
He held them accountable – they reported back to him. He kept them on track. He never controlled or micro-managed them. Nor was his supervision so loose they constantly made mistakes. He corrected when necessary and demonstrated what they must be willing to endure for the sake of the gospel
8. Reproduction – he reproduced himself in them and expected them to do the same. Jesus knew that for the kingdom to grow they had to learn to make disciples.
The disciples had been with Jesus for three to four years, day and night and seen all that He had done. They had heard all of His teaching, watched Jesus as a model and been personally trained by the Master. They had each cast out demons, healed the sick and preached to multitudes. Yet, Jesus' final words to the disciples before He went to heaven and they to the uttermost parts of the earth were, wait and pray for the Holy Spirit. Jesus still considered them unfit for ministry until they received the power of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). This is also true for the leaders which we train. 
Posted by Rusty A Lang on 14/9/18
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Danger: Pilates and Yoga 
presented by Marlene Anne Morphew Ministries/Rusty A Lang

FIRST  - Pilates is a physical fitness system focusing on the physical conditioning of core muscles, those that surround the spine and internal organs, which help keep the body balanced and are essential to providing support. 

From this simple description of Pilates there is not anything to alarm Christians or cause fear. All Christians should be concerned with proper diet and exercise so that our bodies, which are the temple of the Holy Spirit are fit and healthy (2 Corinthians 6:16). 

HOWEVER - some Pilate’s classes attempt to incorporate aspects of eastern religions or New Age thought: visualization, mind and spirit control or martial arts practices. These are usually introduced by an instructor who has been indoctrinated into these philosophies and can lead the naïve into new age practices and away from the things of God. A wise Christian would check this before committing to any program. 

MIXING PILATES WITH YOGA - Yoga is a Hindu spiritual and ascetic discipline, part of which include breath control, meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures for health and relaxation. Yoga means to yoke the spirit and physical body together. Various yoga traditions are also found in Buddhism and Jainism. 

Yoga is from a system that hates our Lord Jesus.

Each pose is a posture of worship to Hindu gods. It is designed to prepare the mind to have a spiritual experience, by bringing body and mind into a higher consciousness. 

The idea of yoking oneself to pagan gods and concepts is forbidden by God. (Leviticus 19:31, Deuteronomy 18:9, Hebrews 10:26-31, Acts 4:12 and Joshua 23:16). In addition our bodies were created to be a “living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Romans 12:1). See also John 4:23. In James 4:4, is the decisive statement, ‘Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.’ 

Given these strong words from God himself warning us about friendship with the world should be enough to guide us away from these practices.
 
in an article for Christian Woman’s magazine Dr.Laurette Willis says, "The New Age movement tries to achieve God on its terms. New Agers think the word 'sin' is an acronym for 'self-inflicted nonsense.' That's the deception of the enemy, because if there's no sin, then you don't need a Saviour."
The goal of all yoga, Laurette explains, is to obtain oneness with the universe. That's also known as the process of enlightenment, or union with Brahman (Hinduism's highest god). The word "yoga" means "union" or "to yoke."
"Yoga wants to get students to the point of complete numbness in their minds. God, on the other hand, wants you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind through his Word," Laurette says.
For example, the word "namaste," often said at the close of yoga classes, means, "I bow to the god within you." The sound "om," chanted in many yoga classes, is meant to bring students into a trance so they can join with the universal mind. And the "salute to the sun" posture, used at the beginning of most classes, pays homage to the Hindu sun god. Laurette believes it's impossible to extract Hindu spiritualism from yoga.
 
ALTERNATIVE - Laurette has established PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry – there are over 140 postures linked to scripture.
Posted by Rusty A Lang 11/9/18
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