• Arise, shine!

    For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

  • The word of God is food for our spirit

    Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

  • The teaching of the Early Church

    The early church is the answer to the questions and the solution to the problems of the end time church.

We are called "to become into the likeness of His son", to be Christ-like
The Kingdom of God and the Challenges of the End Times
Knitting east and west
A call for reconciliation
The union between Christ and the Church, His Bride, is a great mystery

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  • The early church is the answer to the questions and the solution to the problems of the end time church.
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  • Spiritual growth towards the purpose of "The formation of Christ" within us, according to the biblical teaching. In other words, achieving a true "Christ-likeness" according to the teaching of the Early Church.
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The Spiritual Family (2) : Edifying one another

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‘Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing’ (1Thessalonians 5: 11).

‘Therefore comfort one another with these words’ (1Thessalonians 4: 18).

‘Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching’ (Hebrews 10: 24).

The bible tells us that this is our responsibility towards one another: to edify one another; to comfort one another; to consider one another; and to exhort one another.

When we carry out our responsibility towards one another, we will find that we are receiving more of the gifts of God through the various channels. For example, in one’s home, one will find that the Holy Spirit is closer and more present while praying on his own; in Church, we will find that every time we receive Holy Communion, we receive spiritual nourishment and are revived more than before; in the spiritual meetings and small retreats, we will find that more of the divine power and grace are being released. This is due to the fact that we are being prepared and are carrying out our responsibility; and so, we are given more grace: ‘The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself’ (Proverbs 11: 25).

The Spiritual Family (1)

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‘When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance’ (Acts 2: 1).

‘These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers’ (Acts 1: 14).

‘So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart’ (Acts 2: 46).

‘Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common’ (Acts 4: 32).

‘Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit’ (Ephesians 2: 19 – 22).

The above verses highlight that all who believed and joined the Church were of one heart, one soul, and one accord. They were together and had all things in common.

They continued in this manner, expanded, and then small churches were established in various places. Therefore, Apostle Paul revealed what he called ‘the mystery of the Church’; he was the one granted this ministry as the teacher of the Church[1].

Apostle Paul spoke about the Church in a very clear way in the epistle to the Ephesians; and so, the scholars usually call this epistle: the epistle of the Church. In the first chapters of the epistle, the apostle speaks about establishing the Church according to God’s plan. In the second half of the epistle, he turns to the practical part –having explained the theological part –and he speaks about the life of the church being a testimony on earth while her place is in the heavenly places; he also refers to the church’s mission as well as her battles.


[1] Ephesians.3:2 – 4 

Sanctification of the soul

Three aspects of the sanctification of the soul:

1. My relationship with others
2. My relationship with myself
3. My relationship with my ministry

In each of these aspects, we often behave contrary to what we are supposed to do. As a result, the process of sanctification gets severely hindered.

Sanctification is hindered not because we do evil and iniquities but rather because the soul deceives us by following her passions and desires, whether in a direct or an indirect way. As a result, the process of sanctification is hindered and the drawing near of God’s Hand and blessing are hindered. Consequently, our ministry becomes barren, consuming a lot of energy but bearing little or no fruits.

Let us now talk about each of these 3 aspects:
 

The Divine focus in the five books of Moses

A Study in the Old Testament

The Divine focus in the five books of Moses

The Old Testament is divided into: the five books of Moses, historical books, poetic books, and prophetic books. Today we will talk about the five books of Moses.

The purpose of this study or overview is not to go over some information, but rather to view these books through the eyes and mind of the Spirit of God who inspired them.

What was the mind of the Holy Spirit who inspired the writers of these books?

Why did He choose some to write historical books while others to write poetic, prophetic, or other categories? Why is this diversity? What is the purpose of it? Was it possible to only have historical books of Scripture or only prophetic books? Was it necessary to have historical books, poetic books, and all the variations?

Indeed, this was so necessary, not only because of the diversity of the human personality, but this is also related to the Person of God. 

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