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1 The 7 C’s of Christlike Compatibilty
“There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go – if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.” ‑ Bernard Malamud, Jewish Author, The Natural (book and baseball movie). Are you ready for the next level of your spiritual journey? The 1999 Oshkosh Tornado Thousands of SDA Pathfinder campers gathered for the annual worldwide Pathfinder Camporee in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in early August Laurian Garletts volunteered as one of the camp leaders that year, and she remembers that there were, "bazillions of kids." There was also a terrible storm brewing. Lauren said: "The tornado warnings kept going off, and we kept asking, 'Do we need to take shelter?' Which, there was no shelter because we were all in tents in a big field. The leaders were all trying to figure out what to do." Kathryn Styer was 15-years-old at the time, and she said, "I was deathly afraid of tornadoes." She had always hated storms as a child because she feared there would be a tornado. Perhaps her phobia was influenced by The Wizard of Oz. "My mom loves that movie," Kathryn said. The storm that day in 1999 made a large impression on Kathryn. "There were tornado threats. I remember we were waiting to go to sleep in our tents, and we heard the sirens. The adults were worried, and we all got out and prayed. I was terrified, but I really felt peaceful praying, and I felt like God was going to protect us." In Laurian's prayer group, she told everybody, "I think we should be praising God, like in the Bible. We should be praising God in advance for protection." All the groups had formed prayer circles all around the camp. Finally, somebody decided the campers should head for the airplane hangar near the airfield, but Laurian was skeptical, "I was thinking, 'Oh great. Now instead of having tent pegs flying at us, we'll have huge I-beams landing on us.'" They faced real danger. The tornado was heading straight for the camp, and if it had hit, it would have ripped right through thousands campers. Instead, the tornado that had been heading toward them split in half and missed the camp altogether. "It was the big news that week," Laurian said. "The tornado came right at our camp, then split and went around and joined again on the other side. The satellites picked it up, and for the next few days the news kept replaying the satellite imagery over and over. We couldn't see it from the center of the camp – the camp was huge - but there was devastation all around us. " Kathryn said, "After the threat passed, the next morning when we woke up they told us what had happened. It was amazing. " We asked, "Were you ever afraid of tornadoes after that?" "No," Kathryn said. "I wasn't. It's also a story that I can share with people who may not know God, because even if I don't say that God did it, it's just obvious." Psa 22:3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. ================== No matter what storm we are facing in our lives, we know that God is able to protect us through it and bring us safely to the other side. As Jesus said in John 16:33, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.“ ================ God never said our lives would be storm-free, but He did promise He would never leave or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) from K-House eNews for April 27, 2010

2 The 7 C’s of Christlike Compatibilty
4/15/2017 1:45 AM The 7 C’s of Christlike Compatibilty Power Point available on the SOOJ web site. By Mike Bacon Season of Our Joy 2012 Copyright © Oct. 3, 2012 Version All Rights Reserved. Permission to distribute this material is freely granted when the entire document is freely transmitted in its entirety. © 2007 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and other product names are or may be registered trademarks and/or trademarks in the U.S. and/or other countries. The information herein is for informational purposes only and represents the current view of Microsoft Corporation as of the date of this presentation. Because Microsoft must respond to changing market conditions, it should not be interpreted to be a commitment on the part of Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information provided after the date of this presentation. MICROSOFT MAKES NO WARRANTIES, EXPRESS, IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, AS TO THE INFORMATION IN THIS PRESENTATION.

3 The 7 C’s of Christlike Compatibilty
PURPOSE: To encourage you to develop a close(r) relationship with YHVH and Yeshushua / Jesus in order “to do”, to have answered prayers, to be an overcomer, to be a firstfruit---to be a bride. Roadmap for Today  I. INTRODUCTION II. The 7 “C’s” III. CONCLUSION IV Q & A V. APPENDIX Two (2) articles on Faith by Daniel Botkin for those downloading this PowerPoint on SOOJ. Why don’t we see more answered prayers and miracles today? I have heard one noted Messianic teacher state that the “Church is anemic”. The Father is not a respecter of persons. He does not change. The same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Can He do the great things today similar to 2000 and 2800 years ago. Yes….I know so. Answered prayers and Miracles so big they will give you goose bumps the size of golf balls and silver dollars…and have a person in awe. Make no mistake, though, THE biggest miracle is conversion and the calling of the faith. Before we look for big miracles, perhaps we need to look at our relationships---with the Father, Yeshua and others EXAMPLE Lady in her 40s I was in a Shabbat evening discussion around the kitchen table when the host asked of us all what have been some of God’s answers to your prayers. One lady remarked that she has not ever experienced an answer to prayer. I was taken back. How sad. Yet, how open, courageous, and transparent for this lady to be so open. Many times people think it’s about religion and results focusing on obedience, trying to evangelize others, and separation from other people who are sinning in order to keep oneself pure from differences of opinion. It’s not about religion….It’s about relationships. You might say it’s about community as well…not divisions. We see a lot about separation among religious people who vary in their beliefs by iotas and refuse to fellowship with each others on either a regular or occasional basis. When we look at the judgment in Matt 25…let’s take a look at what it says. Mat 25:33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Mat 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, Mat 25:36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Mat 25:37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? Mat 25:38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? Mat 25:39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' Mat 25:40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' Mat 25:41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Mat 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Mat 25:44 Then they also will answer, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?' Mat 25:45 Then he will answer them, saying, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.' Mat 25:46 And these shall go away to punishment age-during, but the righteous to life age-during. These verses reinforce an understanding that it is not just about religion, doctrines, and studying. Its about people. And remember, the parable is about the Good Samaritan (whom the Jewish people looked down upon) ---not the Good Israelite or Jew. So where and how about do we go in receiving answers to prayers? Perhaps some of us have not had a prayer answered in black and white terms It can be intimidating, scary, faith-bending not to see an answer. How does one go about first doing it. As I was putting the last touches on this presentation, it occurred to me that it was more of a personal testimony—something I am not too comfortable with because of my past church background which did deemphasized them I have heard many accounts of OT and NT answered prayers in many sermon---as in academic history---but did not here on a few about the teachers answered prayers or those in the congregation. what about the teachers personal accounts which offer more than an academic background. See the actual answered prayer trumps story telling. On the other hand, I have discovered that other’s accounts of answered prayers have guided me in my life. I will later tell of those examples. Scripture states that Christ is the savior of the World---not the believers. Paul states that All men will be saved. Not just men. Not just believers. Repent and received the Give of eternal life. It does not say repent and receive the gift of eternal life and being a first fruit. There are rewards of overcoming in this life. With that being said, my PURPOSE: To encourage you to develop a close(r) relationship with Yehushuwah / the Father and Yeshushua / Jesus in order “to do”, to have answered prayers. to be an overcomer, to be a firstfruit, to be a bride by presenting 7 C’s.

4 The 7 C’s of Christlike Compatibilty
The 7 C’s is my checklist of 7 points that we need to address in our relationships with God and Others. You may have your own checklist. The 7 C’s are just a checklist – a FRAMEWORK for easier remembrance and further study . Any one of these points can be enlarged to just one presentation. The 7 C’s are based upon my experiences searchings, self-reflection, my answered prayers and contemporary and inspiring answered prayers of others. The 7 C’s are not a “thus saith the LORD” I don’t have all the answers I can only guide you into a framework for study to aid you in your spiritual journey. Life is tough at times for all of us. The Father, as it did with Job, is not letting on as to the why’s. We just have to do the best we can. That is all anyone can ask of us. My hope is that these examples of answered prayer strengthen and inspire you, and see how our Father still acts today---in the 21st century. The Father, full of mercy and kindness, hears the prayers of the unconverted who know nothing or little about the 7 C’s. The Father works with us individually. How He works with you may be different from me. It’s your spiritual journey. Let’s move on in active faith. ==== Were the camp leader and the scouts of the 7 C’s that I am about to speak about. Maybe so…Maybe not. The Father may answer anyone’s prayers at anytime and anyplace----for he surely does know the hearts of men and women---something that humans do not----and he is gracious and merciful to all—especially those who call on him. The 7 C’s are not a silver billet to answered prayer. Its about your relationship with the Father and others as expressed through the fruit of the Spirit - not religion. Is it because we seek the big miracles first, rather than growing up from small answers to prayers and into the larger answers? Or are we looking at gaining attention to ourselves for answered prayers? It’s about the fruits of the spirit and bearing them. Galatians give us 9 of the 12 fruits of the Spirit. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. (Rom 10:17) but it works by love Galatians 5:6. KEYS In my early years in the faith I was strengthened and encouraged not by just Scripture, but by hearing the answered prayers of others. I remember my church leader writing about the time he did not have any money to buy milk for his crying baby. Here comes a man wishing to buy something he had and paid him a dime---just the amount needed to buy the milk---nothing more than a dime. His wife was miraculously instantaneously healed of blood poisoning and lockjaw when doctors could no do anything and said she had but 12 hours to live after suffering for nearly a month and dropping to 80 pounds in weight. She was prayed over by two ordinary believers people who thanked God of the healing even before she was healed. If I hear about answered prayer, today, it is about OT and NT answers. There is little from the teachers about answered prayer in their lives. I have attempted to “put God to the test”, continue to prove all things, never assume that I have all the truth, and that I have “arrived”—so to speak. I have learned from others answered prayers. I think its about seeing Yehushuah in other people and treating them accordingly When we look at the Good Samaritan parable…we should consider why Christ did not use a Good Israelite or Jew. ===== .. Over time, I have observed that people look up to men who apparently have all the answers, or speak so authoritatively that people think the person has all the answers. And when that person fails for whatever reason, the follower gives up, goes elsewhere or whatever. We are all on our individual spiritual journeys in our relationship with God, family, friends, the ecclesia, and humanity

5 II. The 7 “C’s” 1. COMMITMENT: to the Conviction and High Calling
Definition: Commitment is making moment by moment decisions on proper choices. - Nancy Missler Deut 30:19 “Commitment starts when the fun stops”. --Robyn Benincasa – How Winning Works. Conversion involves the Calling and Conviction to Christ, as personal savior, with repentance of sins and obedience to His Commandments, but afterwards, commitment is needed. Commitment is making moment by moment decisions on proper choices.-Nancy Missler Deut 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: -- 1Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. “Commitment starts when the fun stops.”-- Robyn Benincasa – How Winning Works. Conversion is the 3rd step after the Calling and Conviction to Christ, as personal savior, with repentance of sins and obedience to His Commandments, but afterwards , commitment is needed; hence that is where my 7 C’s begin

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Why commitment? 2 Pet 1:3-10 A. What does commitment embody? 1) Courage Joshua: Num 13:30. Josh. 1:5-6, Psa. 27:14, 31:24 Example: 1977 government protest–denied an opportunity. 2) Practicing the truth. John 17:17, Matt 4:4, Rom 12:2 Accept and Claim the Word: His promises. Example: Mike First Job. His Plan / Our Reward. “I want the truth!. – Tom Cruise/Attorney “You can’t handle the truth”. – Col. Jessup” – A Few Good Men Why Commitment? Partakers of the Divine Nature – the renewing of one’s mind can only come from the Ruach HaKodash. We need to ask God to come into our lives to change it. 2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 5-7 And beside this, giving all 1 diligence, add to your 2 faith 3 virtue; and to virtue 4 knowledge; And to knowledge (Grow in grace and knowledge. Knowledge puffs up) 5 temperance; and to temperance 6 patience; and to 7 patience 8 godliness; And to godliness 9 brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness (phileo) 10 charity. (agape) What does commitment embody? 1) Courage 1Jn 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. Example of Joshua: Num 13:20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage2388, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. Jos 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Jos 1:6 Be strong and of a good courage553: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Psa 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage2388, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psa 31:24 Be of good courage,2388 and he shall strengthen553 your heart, all ye that hope in YHVH 2) Practicing the truth. John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. Matt 4:4 …. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. The truth can be as simple a 1-2-3…but it can be a mystery to others. Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Accept and Claim the Foundation / Word for answered prayer: His promi Example Mike: First Job. Mystery of Evil / Problem of Evil and Our Rewards. Practicing the truth in all parts of our lives. Quote from Hollywood Movie - A Few Good Men, Hollywood Movie How are you doing? Do you really care when you ask the question? What is the value of your word? 1 Thess 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God Example: How are you doing? How many people care. How many people care if you are doing fine. Yet, how many people wish to know about the details of something bad in your life and spend some time with you. The question may be in most cases a lie. Do you really care. If so, why lie and ask the question. Is it about truth or not? My example with local elder Sometimes we are as a hip without a rudder. We have never had an answered prayer before. How does one go about first doing it. Accept the Foundation for answered prayer: The word / promises/statements of Scripture. One MUST step forward.

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Why commitment? 2 Pet 1:3-10 A. What does commitment embody? 3) Proving all things. I Thess 5:21 -> Not Jewish Traditions: e.g. 8th day, Pentecost. 4) Doing One’s Best Ecc. 9:10; Psalm 26:2 “Try my reins” A. What does commitment embody? 3) Proving all things. I Thess 5:21 -> Not Jewish Traditions: e.g. 8th day, Pentecost. 4) Doing One’s Best Ecc. 9:10; Psalm 26:2 “Try my reins”

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4. Living a Righteous, Diligent Life: I John 3:22, Ps 66:18-19; Isa 59:1-2, Deut 6:17, Psalm 119:4; Heb 11:6 Fruit. John 15:8; Gal 5:22-23, Matt 25:35+, Luke 8:14-15 The Basics: Hit, Run, Throw, Catch Study, Meditate, Pray, “Do” Fellowshipping. Heb 10:25; Encourage to be more. Deut. 1:38, 3:28, Phil 4:13 Celebrate together. I Cor 6:9, Gal 5: Prov 16:7 John 6:28 4. Living a Righteous, Diligent Life: Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Psa 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: Psa 66:19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 1 John 3:22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. Are you living it diligently? Deu 6:17 You shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies and his statutes, which he has commanded you. Psa 119:4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Is it His will? Some people say I don’t know what His will is. Fruit John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Bearing Fruit Mat 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. The law is only for the Jews. It’s ceremonial. Christ came to do away with the law. Mat 13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Mat 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. You are not observing Christmas…what about the kids. Christmas is for the kids. We don’t worship the Sun. It’s about the son- the Savior of the world. Halloween, oh come on…it’s just make-believe. Mat 13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Oh…it’s OK to work on the Sabbath. One has to support his family don’t they? Oh…did you hear about our leader, he said we don’t have to observe these Jewish rituals anymore. It’s OK to eat ham. So…we follow men…because they are “led by God!” Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. (….it yielded no fruit-Mark 4:7)(…and he become unfruitful.-Matt 13:22) Luke 8:15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (…he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bearsfruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Mat 13:23 - different crops of varying size – overcomers!) John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. The Basics Hit, Run, Throw, Catch- Baseball: Scout or Coach’s Evaluation. Knowledge of batting stats, ballparks, managers, pitcher’s throws will not get you to the major leagues or the minor leagues. You need to have the ability. Thy will be done Read / Study Eat Meditate Digest. VISUALIZE IT/ PICTURE IT HAPPENING! David did that with Goliath. Pray Communicate : Good Food EXPECT AN ANSWER DO! Take Action. Energy to Work and Fellowship! Fellowshipping Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Community – A Balanced Approach. Encourage one another Deu 1:38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Deu 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see. 1Th 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1Th 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. G3870 παρακαλέω parakaleō par-ak-al-eh'-o From G3844 and G2564; to call near, that is, invite, invoke (by imploration, hortation or consolation): - beseech, call for, (be of good) comfort, desire, (give) exhort (-ation), intreat, pray. Phip 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Celebrate together with different administrations. 1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 1Co 6:10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, Gal 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, Gal 5:21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Pro 16:7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. Joh 6:28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?" Joh 6:29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." Differences such as Calendar, name, kosher, should not separate brethren from regular fellowshipping. Our conscience must be tempered with the knowledge that division cal ultimately split man and wife and all men shall be islands. The church that I grew out of was only about 180,000 people---ye they have become one of the most fractured divisions in “Christianity” with 250+ separate organizations. --Divisions and Loners ======= Purposeful (Active) listening versus passive listening. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Resource: How to listen to God- Charles Stanley Are you a light to others—are you using your talents. - A giver or a taker? Roommate and Hiking Widow and responding. Do you know what it takes to be a friend? Understand the types of friendships. Best Friends, Good Friends, Brethren, Sports Friends, Acquaintances, Work associates. Did you know that everyone can give tons of this away and it won’t cost them one penny. Can you give your smile away to someone. Smile on us---oh righteous God. Extend a helping hand to your neighbor or a hand at church.Or are you waiting for some one else to do it first. Oh, I’m shy. But even shy people like to have someone smile or extend a hand to them. Enthusiasm – God within us Volunteering – It’s not all easy or fun. When we look back at it—we will relish in it thou. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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Positive Attitude. Phil 4:8, Rom 8:28, I Pet. 4:12 Example: How are you doing? Employment Realm. Pro 24:27 Physical / Health Realm . I Cor 11:6, Eph 4:26 Family and Fellowship Realm I Pet 3:7, Col 3:18-21, James 2:15-16, Matt. 6:14-15 NO Exceptions. Bill Cosby – Noah Rev 2 and 3 = Overcomers Study is form of worship. Overcoming? Collapsing the Comfort Zone. James 1:22 Positive Attitude. Never ever give up – Get Churchill quote. Be positive! We need to persevere, endure (does patience and longsuffering sound familiar) to achieve our goal. Our goals may not be fulfilled in our time-frame. So don’t get frustrated. Our dependency is upon God. 1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. God has a plan in our pain. Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary true — sincere, in words. honest — Old English for “seemly,” namely, in action; literally, grave, dignified. just — towards others. pure — “chaste,” in relation to ourselves. Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Our Father has a flair for the dramatic. We are His story! He will sing over us! I have found my answered prayers coming in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the meantime, he is waiting to see our efforts diligent efforts through the first 8 innings! The treatment of Job and Jesus was meant for Good. Life is touch for all of us Employment Realm. Life is tough for all of us It’s who you know..my father said (and others say). But I said it to myself (because I thought it would be disrespectful to my physical father)…I know the Father (Elohim). Pro 24:27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house. Build your barn takes education / knowledge to build it and the financial resources Education. Prepare yourselves. Involves discipline. Build your barn Look to the ant Patience and Long-suffering. Rabbinic Teaching—your job is service to God and man. 2 Thess 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. Pro 6:6 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Physical Health Realm. Physical Health 1 Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? Spiritual Health Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Depression caused by buried anger Family and Spiritual Realm 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Col 3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Col 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Col 3:20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Col 3:21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: Mat 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. H. No Exceptions. Bill Cosby – Noah Rev 2 and 3 = Overcomers Study is form of worship. Overcoming? Collapsing the Comfort Zone. Accept change—the only real constant and the path to growth. Reach out to comfort others rather than conformity 2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; 2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Divisions in my area over the types of services. Now if there were several hundred people in my area…well, you might say why not. When there are only 2030 people in my area and there are 4 different groups…what gives. People would rather feel good than stretch and grow. Growth does not come by comfort alone. Read Rev 3.

10 1. COMMITMENT: to the Conviction and High Calling
Proving All Things. I Thes 5:21 Legalism: Relax--be patient….Yehushua is Lord! – Self Acceptance. I John 3:20 B. People’s Level of commitment varies Take Stock: Luke 14:28-35, Matt 10:39, Matt 16:25, Rom 12:1-2, Philip. 3:14, Heb 2:3, James 1:25 Proving All Things I Thes 5:21 Legalism: Relax…be patient….Yeshua is Lord! – Self Acceptance. 1Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things 1Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Levels of commitment varies among people. It is said that going to church (or the Feast) does not make you a Christian or a believer any more that sitting in a garage makes one a car. In speaking to a leader in the Hebrew Roots movement, he has expressed his experiences and opinion that many of those coming into the walk do not stay long, it is either a passing interest (a fad) or a show of rebellion against those in their former belief structure, or their desire to associate and show their support with the Israel and the Jewish people. I might also add it reveals one’s Christian background which allows a person them to mistakenly think that they giving an hour of their life attending a weekly church service fulfills their obligation to God. Elohim is not asking you to be a monk, wifeless priest, husbandless nun, or to necessarily give up or occupation to be a minister—because we are all servants – ministers – to one another. Commitment is not Cattle Chute Christianity. What is that? Services stacked up one after another with people coming in for an hour pep talk and going out, shaking hands with the pastor, with no fellowship with other believers, other than Hi. How are you doing, with a “fine” as a courteous reply, if not a lie, and talking about that afternoon’s football game. “One of the problems that we have today in the body of Christ is that too many Christians have been passive listeners for too many years. This is what after forty years as believers, they won’t teach a Bible study or lead a class because “they don’t know the Word of God well enough.” Where have they been for the past four decades”. – Charles Stanley. How to Listen to God. P16 But as I have seen, many people expect to be kings and priests in the millennium just because they are warming seats and followintg the foosteps of others---because this is the way we have been taught in their true church. Take stock of your commitment: Luk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luk 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Luk 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Luk 14:31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Luk 14:32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Luk 14:34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? Luk 14:35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mat 10:39 He that finds his life shall lose it: and he that lose his life for my sake shall find it. Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Philip 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; Jas 1:25 But whoso looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. Mike: Psalm 26:2 Examine me, O YHVH, and prove me; try my reins (kidneys, mind?) and my heart. Accept the Foundation for answered prayer: The word / promises/statements of Scripture. Sometimes we are as a hip without a rudder. We have never had an answered prayer before. How does one go about first doing it. Accept and Claim the Foundation / Word for answered prayer: His promise. Ann Landers: Wrestling with your angel. In one of her columns from the early 1970s. Ann wrote About the definition of “Class”. Jacob had it. Esau didn’t. Symbolically we can look to Jacob’s wrestling match with the angel. Thos who have class have wrestled with their personal “angel” and won a victory that marks them thereafter. Class never makes excuses….Class is considerate of others. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing down others. Class is ALREADY up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.”

11 1. COMMITMENT: to the Conviction and High Calling
C. Recognizing roadblocks to prayer, including: Believe. Mar 11:23. Disobedience. (many, I John 5:3) Doubt not. Matt 21:22 Hard Heart, no . Prov 21:13 Honor your Wife. I Pet 5:7 Lust not. James 4:3. Plan, Not His. II Cor 6:2 Repetition, no. Matthew 6:7, 8. Sinning. Ps 66:18 Unforgiving. Matt 6:14-15 C. Recognizing roadblocks to prayer: Disobedience. Honor your wife: 1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. Purposeful vs. passive listening. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Resource: How to listen to God- Charles Stanley Believe. Mar 11:23 Doubt not. Matt 21:22 Hard Heart, no . Prov 21:13 Lust not. James 4:3. Repetition., no prayer Matthew 6:7, 8. Sinning. Ps 66:18 Unforgiving. Matt 6:14-15 Not His Plan. II Cor 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the A day of salvation.) A. What is His Will? Some people say I don’t know what His will is. The Bible is His will. Mar 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. TV Evangelist Charles Stanley writes in his book “How To Listen To God” (p17) “….too many Christians have been passive listeners for too many years. That is why after 40 years as believers, they won’t teach a Bibie Study or lead a class because they “don’t know the Word well enough”. He asks. “Where have they been for the past four decades? Believers in the Torah, I have found, do not readily have this problem. They can be too ready to share. But on the other hand they wonder …What is his will? Will of God occurs 23 times in the KJV NT 1Thess 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 1Thess 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 1John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Purposeful (Active) listening versus passive listening. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: Resource: How to listen to God- Charles Stanley Belief. Matthew 21:22 says, "And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” Doubt. Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Hard Heart. "If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered." Prov 21:13 Lust Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. James 4:3. One church leader calling a fast for healings in the Church. I told myself it was not going to happen---why…because they would call attention to themselves to separate themselves from others. Repetition: In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. Therefore don't be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him." Matthew 6:7, 8. Sinning/ Lawlessness. Are you living a righteous life? Psalm 66:18 "If I regard iniquity (Lawlessness) in my heart, YHWH will not hear me.“ Unforgiving. in Matthew 6:14-15, ""For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses." Are you forgiving others? Husbands Wives? Family? Friends? Not His Plan. 2 Cor 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Isa 49:8 Thus saith the LORD, In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages; Jer 10:23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. B. The Basics Hit, Run, Throw, Catch- Baseball: Scout or Coach’s Evaluation. Knowledge of batting stats, ballparks, managers, pitcher’s throws will not get you to the major leagues or the minor leagues. You need to have the ability. Thy will be done Read / Study Eat Meditate Digest. VISUALIZE IT/ PICTURE IT HAPPENING! David did that with Goliath. Pray Communicate : Good Food EXPECT AN ANSWER DO! Energy to Work and Fellowship! Community – A Balanced Approach. Differences such as Calendar, name, kosher, should not separate brethren from regular fellowshipping. Our conscience must be tempered with the knowledge that division cal ultimately split man and wife and all men shall be islands. The church that I grew out of was only about 180,000 people---ye they have become one of the most fractured divisions in “Christianity” with 250+ separate organizations. --Divisions and Loners Positive Attitude. Never ever give up – Get Churchill quote. Be positive! We need to persevere, endure (does patience and longsuffering sound familiar) to achieve our goal. Our goals may not be fulfilled in our time-frame. So don’t get frustrated. Our dependency is upon God. Phil 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.God has a plan in our pain. Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary true — sincere, in words. honest — Old English for “seemly,” namely, in action; literally, grave, dignified. just — towards others. pure — “chaste,” in relation to ourselves. Rom 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Our Father has a flair for the dramatic. We are His story! He will sing over us! I have found my answered prayers coming in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the meantime, he is waiting to see our efforts diligent efforts through the first 8 innings! The treatment of Job and Jesus was meant for Good. Life is touch for all of us. Example: How are you doing? 2. Are you a light to others—are you using your talents. - A giver or a taker? Roommate and Hiking Widow and responding. Do you know what it takes to be a friend? Understand the types of friendships. Best Friends, Good Friends, Brethren, Sports Friends, Acquaintances, Work associates. Did you know that everyone can give tons of this away and it won’t cost them one penny. Can you give your smile away to someone. Smile on us---oh righteous God. Extend a helping hand to your neighbor or a hand at church.Or are you waiting for some one else to do it first. Oh, I’m shy. But even shy people like to have someone smile or extend a hand to them. Enthusiasm – God within us Volunteering – It’s not all easy or fun. When we look back at it—we will relish in it thou. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

12 2. CONSCIENCE: Goes hand in hand with a Contrite Heart
Conscience: “Internal or self knowledge, or judgment of right and wrong… a moral sense, and considered as an original faculty of our nature” –Noah Webster “Conscience functions with the aid of reason, conviction, impressions made upon the mind, and persuasion in order to judge, decide, and deliberate. It acts as an internal moral guide directing us to our duties and obligations.” Both quotes from Gai. Ferndon, A Republic If You Can Keep It”, 2008, p170. 1 John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. Pro 4:23. Keep your heart [con-science] with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life‖ (

13 2. CONSCIENCE: Goes hand in hand with a Contrite Heart
Take care of your conscience! James 4:17; I John 3:20; 5:14-15, I John 3:20-22, Pro. 4:23, Matt 18:15-17, Acts 24:16, Rom 2:15, I Tim 1:5, 19; 3:9, I Cor 8:12-13, Heb 9:14 Example 1: Mike going before a man 3 times. Example 2: California man’s similar example. Example 3: Mike burying an offense and coming back to him haunt him. Resource: Repairing the Breach: Rooting Out Bitterness in Hebrew Roots Mag. April-July 2012 Take care of your conscience! Jas 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. 1 John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. Pro 4:23.Keep your heart [con-science] with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life Of a brother offend thee go to him first. Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Act 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 1Ti 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1Ti 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1Ti 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 1Cor 8: But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend. Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? Example 1: Mike going before a man 3 times. Example 2: California man’s similar example. Example 3: Mike burying an offense and coming back to haunt him. Example: Article: Repairing the Breach: Rooting Out Bitterness in Hebrew Roots Mag. April-July 2012

14 3. COMMUNICATE A. God: How does God communicate with us? Ancient Times
1) Angels. Mary 2) Circumstances. Job 3) Directly. Gen 12: 1-3 Now the Lord said to Abram 4) Dreams. Daniel 4 empires. 5) His Written Word. Matt 4:4 6) Prophets. Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. 7) Signs. Gideon 8) Ruach Ha Kodesh / Holy Spirit. Acts 16:6-7 9) Visions. Christ, Elijah, and Moses 1. How does God communicate with us? Ancient Times Angels. Mary Circumstances Directly. Gen 12: 1-3 Now the Lord said to Abram Dreams. Daniel 4 empires. His Written Word Prophets Signs. Gideon Ruach Ha Kodesh / Holy Spirit Acts 16:6-7 Visions. Christ, Elijah, and Moses

15 3. COMMUNICATE A. God: How does God communicate with us? 1) His Word
Today 1) His Word 2) Other people / Counseling / Prophets? Purposeful vs. passive listening. John 10:27 Resource: How to listen to God- Charles Stanley 3) Inspiration: What is it? How does it work? ---“Out of left field” Example: In church services. Example: Prescott Man and Guitar 2006 Example: Mike and Motorcycle 1992 Example: Mike and driving. Example: While fasting 1. How does God communicate with us? Today His Word Dreams????? Other people / Counseling 3). Inspiration: What is it? How does it work? “Out of left field”. Example: In church services. We pray for inspiration- what does that mean – academic research? Example: Prescott Man and Guitar 2006 Example: Mike and Motorcycle 1992 Example: Mike and driving. Evil thoughts Example: While fasting. Answers coming

16 3. COMMUNICATE A. God: How does God communicate with us?
Today 4). Answered Prayers in time of need. Example: Iron Canyon Fire and Mr. Davies Example: Elks Bugling in the Forest. 5) Signs – are not Coincidences. Told, asked, announced in advance. Example: Whale plays tag. Example: Mike Example: Tim Kelly 6) Blessings Example: Results of Mike’s government protest in 1977. 7) Dreams????? A. How does God communicate with us? Today 4). Answered Prayers Example: Head Pastor story. HWA and food and money Example: Iron Canyon Fire and Mr. Davies The Iron Canyon Fire and Mr. Davies: It rained a lot in the desert north of Los Angeles during the spring of 1958, and the grass grew tall over the normally brown mountains. That fall, the hot Santa Ana winds came through and dried up that tall grass, priming the area for trouble. Southern California is known for its dangerous wildfires. Doug Austin was 15-years-old in 1958, and he describes the fierce fire that swept through the desert from Saugus to Palmdale that fall. "We called it the Iron Canyon Fire because it started in Iron Canyon when lightning struck. My dad and I were driving down the road alongside it, and that fire was going just as fast as we were in my dad's truck." Up on a lonely hilltop in that area lived an old black man known as Mr. Davies. "We'd take pies up to him on Thanksgiving. He was a nice old guy," Austin recounts. Sheri Munson was just 9-years-old, but she also remembers Mr. Davies. "We would ride our horses up there to his house. His house was made out of nothing but cardboard and tin and pieces of wood that he'd found around. He had a few chickens and that was it. We'd ride up and sit on our horses and he would tell us stories about Jesus. " That year when the Iron Canyon Fire raged through, Munson remembers being very worried about Mr. Davies. As soon as the burned land cooled enough for their horses to pick through the hot spots, Munson rode her horse out to see if Mr. Davies had escaped. She hoped that the old man had been able to get out before the fire destroyed his little patchwork house. It turned out that he had not been able to get out of the way of the fire after all. "We came up the hill on our horses," Munson tells, "and all of a sudden, when we got to the top, we were in tall grass up to our horse's shoulders. There was Mr. Davies' house in the center of it all with his little chickens out there. We could see a long ways from that hilltop and it was black all around, as far as you could see. "We said, ‘What happened, Mr. Davies! What did you do?' He said, ‘I saw the fire coming,' and he went out there and pointed, and he said, ‘and I went out and got on my knees and prayed, and asked God to spare me, and I saw the fire split and it went around me on both sides and it came back together over there.' "If you were to take half a football field and make it round, that's how big it was. Everything except what was around his house was burned black, " Munson said. "There was no reason, no reason his house should have been standing." Austin commented, giving the same description of the blackened mountainous desert. "Mr. Davies was a religious man," he finished. Munson said, "It was fifty years ago, but I can still remember sitting on my horse with the grass clear up to his shoulders, talking to Mr. Davies. And the thing of it was, it just seemed so normal." She paused. "Mr. Davies was pretty excited." God still does great things in this world..... ------from K-House eNews for March 8, 2010 ELKS BUGLING IN THE FOREST. “The sound of a big bull elk's bugle in the wild is unlike any other sound. It is power, it is mystery, and it is what excites every elk hunter there is.” ---from Elk Calls & Calling Elk All elks bugle…not just the males. “If danger is near, the talking really begins. And it is done by every elk in the group, cows, calves, and the young bulls.” “Ms. HAGEN: It's the most eerie - it fills your entire body when an elk bugles. And I never heard anything like that before in my life.” “Ms. HAGEN: It felt like the forest was haunted. It's this, the sound fills your whole body, and it's this eerie, almost guttural noise.” An Elk Sounds Off, and a Season Begins. NPR. 5) Signs are not Coincidences; They are told, asked, announced in advance, and, today---- verified/confirmed by a second witness Example: Whale plays tag. Whale tags along surfer's marathon paddle for breast cancer Jodie Nelson and a friend prayed together very early in the morning before she began her mission…that God would give them a sign. For nine grueling hours on Sunday, Southern California surfer Jodie Nelson stand up paddled for nearly 40 miles across the ocean from Catalina Island to Dana Point. Her mission? To raise money for, and awareness about, the fight against breast cancer, reports GrindTV. Etched on the top of her surfboard were the names of her mother, aunt, close friend and others who are breast cancer survivors or currently battling the disease. (According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, each year, over 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and over 40,000 die; and approximately 1,700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.) For two of those nine exhausting hours, Nelson had a surprise visitor swim alongside her surfboard: a rare minke whale who cavorted all around her board and blew bubbles at Nelson. She decided to name him Larry. "He was doing all this weird stuff, like blowing really big bubbles right next to me, and I'm like, 'This is not normal behavior for a whale,'" Nelson told the Orange Country Register. No, it certainly isn't. As Nelson noted on her blog at Paddle With Purpose, "The marine biologist people are freaking out." To Nelson, the whale was a playful and encouraging sign from above. "To me it was a total God thing," Nelson told reporters. "We prayed at 4 that morning that God would reveal his beauty and creation and nature, and allow me to endure this long trek, so for me it's not such a huge surprise that this happened." (empahsize /underlying is MIke's) Before her fundraising paddle, Nelson had managed to raise about $8,000 of her goal of $100,000 to benefit The Keep a Breast Foundation and Boarding for Breast Cancer. (Some of her celebrity friends had let her down, Nelson told GrindTV, declining to name names.) Example: Mike Have I requested and seen signs. Yes. Signs and answered prayer that can give on goosebumps the size of golf balls, leave one awestruck to see his wonderful works done today as they were 2000 and 2800 years ago. It does take much to get to know me that I have not been blessed (whether because of my own inadequacies or not) in a few areas of my life…but I have been blessed in having answered prayers Example: Tim Kelly When signs are no longer needed. Blessings Example: 1977 Mike’s government protest. 7) Dreams?????

17 3. COMMUNICATE B. God: How do we communicate with God?
1) Personal Prayer : Seek Him Gen 32:34-35 Ann Landers: Wrestling with your angel. Psalm 26:2 “Try my reins” 2) Intercessional Prayer as a priest for others. Rom 8:34, 36; Ezek. 22:30-31; Isa 59:16 Example: Intercessor as a Priest for others (sinners) Abraham: Gen 18:23+; Moses (many); Job 42:1 How do we communicate with God Some think prayer is a religious or mystical or emotional experience… a talisman pulled out of the hip-pocket when needed in a pinch, a god that is accessed by rubbing the menorah to grant many requests, a rabbit (oopss..unclean animal)…er sheep’s foot, or a cross around one’s neck. Personal Prayer: Seek Him! Accept and Claim the Foundation / Word for answered prayer: His promises / Keeping His Word. Ann Landers: Wrestling with your angel. Psalm 26:2 “Try my reins” We can put more effort into hide and seek rather than prayer. Deu 4:29 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul Psa 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. Psa 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 2) Intercessional prayer as a priest for others. Don’t wait until something happens to you or your loved ones before you fervently pray for others. Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemns It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Rom 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Eze 13:5 Ye have not gone up into the gaps <breach>, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD. Ezek 22:30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap <breach H6556> before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Eze 22:31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD. Isa 59:16 And He sees that there is no man, And is astonished that there is no intercessor, And His own arm gives salvation to Him, And His righteousness--it sustained Him--YLT Isa 58:12 And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in. Example: Intercessor as a Priest for others (sinners, etc) Abraham: Gen 18:23+; Moses (many); Example Captivity of Job: Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before Example: Man. I know a man who took compassion on the land. His story is that in 2002 he asked for rain and for the sign that it rain in 3 days. 10 years later in 2012, His story was that he prayed for rain again, but this time did not ask for a sign—because he knew that God has heard his prayer and that the rain would come. And did it ever. The most rain that area has seen in at least 12 years.

18 3. COMMUNICATE B. How do we communicate with God?
3) Forms and Methods of prayer include: Knees, prostrate. Ezk 1:28 No vain repetition. Matt 6:7 Use his name. John 14:13-14 Not a circus act, no genie, no rabbit’s foot. It is His power; His answer. But your prayer. Be Specific! Be VERY specific! Rev 5:8 - Signs Keep coming back. Unjust judge: Luke 18: 2+ 4) Second Witness Deut 19:15 To prove to others. 3) Forms and Methods of prayer include: Knees, prostrate. Ezk 1:28 A prayer position; Prostrate yourself before the FATHER. Sooner or later we will all must learn that Christianity, AA and others do have it right about this thing: We cannot change our inward hearts and thoughts. Some things are so difficult in life that not matter how hard we individually study, strive, and struggle, only the Father can change us. Recognize this and begin to see progress in y9ur life No repetition. Use his name. Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it Not a circus act, no genie, no rabbit’s foot. It is His power; His answer. But your prayer. Be Specific! Signs Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints Keep coming back. Unjust judge: Luke 18: 2 4) Second Witness Example Mike: Cellular level not crowing level. I felt an urge to share with a good friend something that I knew was going to happen…and felt an urge to share with a friend in the wonderful *specific* event which was to happen. I asked the person to pray with me for a very specific answer to a prayer for the area which we lived. I have not ever felt this urge before. It was like it would be a sin if I did not share it with the friend. So I did. I went home and analyzed why I had this urge. The only conclusion I came to was that it was necessary to have a second witness to verify the wonderful answer to a prayer. It is, even today, a wonderful experience to reflect upon that this event was shared with someone. Have a prayer partner or an suitable public alternative for a second 2nd witness to confirm the actual event. Deut 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

19 3. COMMUNICATE B. Communicating with others
Words and Keeping one’s word. Example: Messages from Water, DVD - Masaru Emoto, Japanese Scientist Fellowshipping: Not Cliques. Mal 3;16,: Rom 12:10 Communication and Confidence on Another Level ---Can you keep one? Gossip. II Cor 12:20 Example: Midwest Pastor and my 6th Sense. Provoking one another. Heb 10:24, Prov. 27:17 ---Fruits of the Spirit. John 15:4-5 B. Communicating with others. Words and Keeping one’s word. Example: Water and Words – Japanese scientist DVD = Masaru Emoto, Messages from Water Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. Isa 58:13 "If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the LORD honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; ESV (nor speaking thine own words - KJV) Fellowship: Not Cliques. Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another. Provoking one another. Heb 10:24 ---Fruits of the Spirit. John 15:4-5 ---Why our rewards: Rev 6:10-11 Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. Confidence Keeping on Another Level…Can you keep one? Example: Minister’s Sermon in Midwest: Gossip. 2 Cor 12:20 For I fear that perhaps when I come I may find you not as I wish, and that you may find me not as you wish--that perhaps there may be quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, (ESV) Provoking one another. Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works Fruits of the Spirit . Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ---Why Our Rewards Prophecy “Something wonderful is about to happen, Dave.” 2001: A Space Odessy – Tell others when good things when good things will happen—not bad things. Remember Josephus’s account of Daniel

20 4. CONFESSION: with a CONTRITE HEART
A. Confess with a humbled heart. Lev 26:40-41: 5:5, John 1:9; Psalm 32:5 Ego: Micah 6:8; Isa 66:2, Psa 34:18, Psa 51:17, Isa 57:15 I Pet 5:6, Gal 6:3 Trashy Statements: “Never apologize -It’s a sign of weakness” – John Wayne She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. “Love means not having to say you’re sorry”. – Hollywood Movie. Many cannot say I am sorry or apologize when they are wrong. James 5:15-16 Can you handle dynamic (deliverance) answered prayer So, you now have “arrived”.? Confess with a humbled heart. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Lev 26:40 If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; Lev 26:41 And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Lev 5:5 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing: Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah. 1. EGO Micah 6:8 He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God? Isa 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, says YHVH: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite5223 spirit, and trembles at my word. Psa 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite1793spirit. Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite1794 heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Isa 57:15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite1793and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones 1Pet 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Gal 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Ego: good and bad. Is it ego that places me here to speak to you? Yes and No. It is His power; His answer. But your prayer. Ego: The power is not a circus or merchandising act. I Peter 3:4 1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great pricesay I am sorry. Trashy Statements: Never apologize -It’s a sign of weakness” – John Wayne She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. “Love means not having to say you’re sorry”. – Hollywood Movie. Many cannot or apologize when they are wrong. Why Not? Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Jas 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

21 4. CONFESSION: with a CONTRITE HEART
1. We sin against Elohim. Ps 51:4. 2. Do not Self Condemn and Fear. Matt 22:37-39; II Tim 1:7 Resource: I’m Not Much Baby, But I’m All I Got. Jess Lair 3. Do not compare yourself to others. 2 Cor 10:12 Esteem others better. Phil. 2:3, Rom 12:3, I Pet. 5:5-6 4. Build Accountability / Support System Jam. 1:19, 5:16, Matt 5:22, Matt 7:1-2, I John 4:21 5. Contriteness builds faith. Ego: The power is not a circus act. I Peter 3:4 We sin against Elohim: Psa 51:4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. 2. Self Condemnation Do not condemn yourself!. No one is ever worthy enough. We can only love others as we love ourselves—not continually self-condemn ourselves. Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment. Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 2 Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Resource: I’m Not Much Baby, But I’m All I Got. Jess Lair 3. Do not compare yourself to others. 2 Cor 10:12 2 Cor 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Esteem others better. Php 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. Example: Power Drain. I was asked to be in charge of certain activities in a church. came a center of attention. People came to me. Yes. It “felt good”. After being in that position for some time, I learned what I did, did not grow much more, but I sure loved the attention. But someone else needed to grow. So I gave it up. As I saw the people going to him, I no longer felt as the center. 1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. 1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 4.Build Accountability / Support System Jam. 1:19, 5:16, Matt 5:22, Matt 7:1-2, I John 4:21 We can’t do it by ourselves. Accountability involves a willingness to open yourself up and share sensitive or personal information. This is why trust is so imperative. If you sense trust, you are more open to share your innermost thoughts without concern of betrayal. We have more psychologists and psychiatrists today, perhaps than ever before. To talk to? CHECK. Where are our friends? Many people need a minister to run to. Christians need support and comfort and often find this through Christian accountability. There are two essential elements to accountability: trust and the ability to relate. Jas 5:16 Confess your faults [physical problems----does it say spiritual sins?] one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. One cannot be reconciled with God until he reconciles with his brother. Mat 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire. Mat 5:23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, Mat 5:24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Mat 18:15 "If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. Mat 18:16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. Mat 18:17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. In order to establish Christian accountability, there needs to be trust. Developing trust is a slow process and it takes time to develop and grow. As people meet together to share, they begin to establish a rapport with one another. How is this accomplished? Let's see what the Bible says. Active listening is essential to developing trust. James 1:19 says, "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." A non-judgmental attitude is another essential element. Remember, we can be accepting of an individual while being discerning of the situation. Matthew 7:1-2 says, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Caring for each other is also essential. 1 John 4:21 says, "And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." Confidentiality: 2Co 12:20 For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: Resources: I’m Not Much Baby, But I’m All I Got. Jess Lair Looking Out for Number #1 by Robert Ringer. 5. Contriteness builds faith. It is His power; His answer. But your prayer. Ego: The power is not a circus act. I Peter 3:4 1Pet 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Example of one church with everyone seeking to pray for a sick person. It is His power. But your prayer. Ego: The power is not a circus act. Example told me by another person who once attended a certain church denomination. Various people would come up and pray over a person Ego/ Pride. Can you handle it black and white directly answered prayer? You would think you are hot stuff. You are not making progress in your growth. An answer would do more harm thinking that you are “OK”. People would look to you, a man, instead of Him. Boastings what God has done for you? Quiet and meek life. 1 Tim 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty Do you have to tell people about it? Can you keep it to yourself? If he does answer….will you think it’s about You and me Lord’ _remember Bills Cosby’s Noah’s album (I am dating myself)…or a realization that He was gracious to answer a big-time prayer for you out of His mercy and love? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, says YHVH: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite5223 spirit, and trembles at my word. Isa 66:2 If the Father wished you to do something public, I believe that the Father will place you in situations that you will have to act….in love. You will not place yourself in these situations…they will come to you. 1 Peter 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

22 5. CRUCIFYING THE FLESH A. Christ / Yeshushua as Our Captain and Coach
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Rom 13:14, Luke 9:23; James 4:3, Rom 8:12-14; Phil 1:6, Eph 5:5, I Cor 6:8-10 Double-mindedness . James 1:8; Rom 8:6 Temptation is not a sin. Phil 2: 12; 1:6 5. CRUCIFYING THE FLESH A. Christ / Yeshushua as Our Captain and Coach Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Rom 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.. One church leader calling a fast for healings in the Church. I told myself it was not going to happen---why…because they would call attention to themselves to separate themselves from others. Rom 8:12 So, then, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh; Rom 8:13 for if according to the flesh ye do live, ye are about to die; and if, by the Spirit, the deeds of the body ye put to death, ye shall live; Rom 8:14 for as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God; Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 1Co 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Jas 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Phillip 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Prostrate before him in prayer. We of ourselves cannot do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Christianity has it RIGHT on this point. It is not about legalism. The just shall live by faith Phillip 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

23 6. COMPASSION - not Condemnation “If you judge a person; you have no time to love them” Mother Theresa Compassion Builds Community 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Love: “It’s something that we do”. – Clint Black “Love is a decision” – Gary Smalley I Pet. 3:8-9; Rom 12:10; Heb 5:2; Matt. 6:14-15, Prov . 21:13; I John 3:23 Example: Mormon Family Example: My neighbor. Collapsing the Comfort Zone. Doers..not hearers. James 1:22 A. Compassion builds Community. 1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Love: “It’s something that we do”. – Clint Black “Love is a decision” – Gary Smalley 1 Peter 3:8-9 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another Heb 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity Mark 9:41 For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward Matthew 6:14-15, ""For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly father will also forgive you. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your father forgive your trespasses." Are you forgiving others? Husbands Wives? Family? Friends? Prov 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.“ 1John 3:23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and agape one another, just as he has commanded us. Have you helped someone of another faith without having to share your faith. Have you ever helped another charitable (even Christian) ministry doing good? E.G. Salvation Army. Have you ever driven past an vehicle accident on the road? Have you stopped to help the person in the road suffering from a vehicle accident by going over to him, laying hand on him and praying for him, maybe silently, for the Father’s eventual healing. Perhaps you should ask yourselves why not? Example: Mormon Family Example: My neighbor and his homelessness example. Opening the lower finished finely level his county purchased condemned home that he reconstructed for people for up to a stated year when they were down and out. He is against religion, but believes in God. Collapsing the Comfort Zone. Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

24 6. COMPASSION “If you judge a person; you have no time to love them” --Mother Theresa
B. The Love of God is revealed in our Actions. 1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Have you helped someone of another faith without having to share your faith. Have you ever helped another charitable (even Christian) ministry doing good? E.G. Salvation Army. Have you ever driven past an vehicle accident on the road? Have you stopped to help the person in the road suffering from a vehicle accident by going over to him, laying hand on him and praying for him, maybe silently, for the Father’s eventual healing. Perhaps you should ask yourselves why not? Ezekiel’s prophecies Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Eze 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Eze 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. Eze 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Eze 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, says the Lord GOD The Works of Abraham – What are they?

25 6. COMPASSION “If you judge a person; you have no time to love them” --Mother Theresa
The Power: John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father Mat 10:7-8, Luke 9:2, Luke 10:8-9 ….but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and “do” --Dan 11:32 D. The Power “to Do” depends upon “agape”. “…but faith which works by love.” Galatians 5:6 Example: Signs: Mike Psa 105:1 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! C. The Power: John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick Luk 10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: Luk 10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and “do” D. The Power “to Do” dependent upon our love. What is love? 1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. Galatians 5:6 “…but faith which works by love.”

26 6. COMPASSION “If you judge a person; you have no time to love them” --Mother Theresa
E. Caveats to Compassion Givers and Takers. Physically and Spiritually Negative & broken people with holes in their hearts. Example: Small fellowship helping a family: Jam 2:14-16 Guard the issues of your heart. Prov 4:23 RESOURCE: Looking Out for Number #1 by Robert Ringer. The just shall live by faith. Rom 1:17 ---”Let go and let God”. 2. Caveats to Compassion. Givers and Takers. Physically and Spiritually Physically Are they converted / of the faith? Discouragement: Watch out for negative & broken people with holes in their hearts. Broken people: couch potatoes, negative. Provide them a good example. Be Kind. Prayer for them. They need to break out of it. Example: Small fellowship helping a family Ecclesia is a hospital—It does not turn people away. People will leave of their own accord. When I did get a job, an elder asked me how it was going, for the first time in a couple of years---I was enthused to respond which lasted maybe 45 seconds to a person who thought so highly of and a short fashion---and wondered if I should at all---and he walked away without saying a word Another time at a church social, 2 men were talking about how God had answered their prayers. I listened intently and after awhile, I thought I should contribute something—but my 6th sense told me not to. I offered a short story---and they literally walked away without saying a word. Many other times, I would actually test people to gain their responses. Do people really want to know the good things that happen to others? Can people really offer encouragement. Or people so focused on their own navels and shortcomings, they cannot express a simple statement like, I am happy things are going to well for you. Praise God! After observing people for so many years, I have come to one understanding—people can behave strangely, but forgiveness is needed----and I hope that others have a lot for me---because of the mistakes I make. Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Guard the issue of your heart. Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. he just shall live by faith. Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. “Let go and let God.” Spiritually. Church Services Do announcements, chit-chat and ritual take up most of your services. Is there meat or milk? 1 Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying Scripture readings. Some read the scripture..end of story. If on has nothing to share with a fellowship week after week except for academic opinions. What is wrong here?

27 7. CONFIDENCE: AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL-- NOT THE CROWING LEVEL.
Confidence . I John 3:20-21 Confidence Exhibits Belief and trust/faith in God that he will perform His Word. We believe John 14:12, Mark 11:23-24; Matt. 21:22 and do. John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. James 2:19 James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. Confidence to Conquer. Stepping outside our Comfort Zone. Being an Overcomer. Quote on learning from disagreement. 1Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 1Jn 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 1Jn 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. Confidence Exhibits Trust in God that he willful what His Word says. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. The word “boldly” is from the Greek word parrhesia {par-rhay-see'-ah} #3954 in Strong’s   AV - boldness 8, confidence 6, openly 4, plainly 4, openly TWO DEFINITIONS: 1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, TO SAY IT ALL IN SHORT..IT DES NOT MEAN COMING TO DEMAND 1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment 1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution 1c) without the use of figures and comparisons 2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance 3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity”. Definition #2, “free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance,” seems to stand out for me. Many translations render boldly in 4:16 with the word confidence Most people do not change except when a crisis occurs Failing Forward: John Maxwell Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. Judgment = Krisis in Greek. 1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

28 7. CONFIDENCE: AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL-- NOT THE CROWING LEVEL.
B. Faith – What is it? “I…exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” --Jude 6 What it is not: positive thinking, wishing, hoping, traditions. Two definitions of faith: 1) Today’s definition: A series of doctrinal statements that define what you believe. 2) Scriptural definition: Heb 11:1, Mar 11:23, John 6:28-29 3) How do you obtain faith? Rom 10:17 4) How does faith work? Gal. 5:6 . B. Faith: What is Faith? “I…exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”--Jude 6 Believe. John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mar 11:24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. Mat 21:22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Two definitions of faith: 1) Today’s definition: A series of doctrinal statements that define what you believe. 2) Scriptural definition: Hebrews 11:1 Heb. 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Matthew 21:22 says, "And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.“ Joh 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. Faith is not “hope” 3) How do you obtain faith? Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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C. The Just shall live by faith. Heb 10:38 Types of Faith 1) Academic / Intellectual Examples: Prophecy Date Seekers: Christian and 2 Messianic Ministers FEAR Religion Example: Daniel’s good prophecies (Josephus) “Something wonderful is about to happen Dave” —2001: A Space Odessy C. Faith Types of Faith Academic / Intellectual Examples: Prophecy Date Seekers: Christian and 2 Messianic Ministers Example: Knowledge and Prophecy. Messianic Ministers 2 – stories Midwest minister who predicted the date of the end of the world. West Coast minister who foretold the destruction of a coast City because of their sins. I told my friend that this was not going to happen, Her response was wait and see. How did I know? Confusing academic knowledge with His approval. “Knowledge puffs up” Paul I Cor 8:1 Acts 2:22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Gifts of the Spirit – Gifts Chapter FEAR Religion Ezekiel’s prophecies Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Eze 9:5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: Eze 9:6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. Eze 14:13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Eze 14:14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, says the Lord GOD The Works of Abraham – What are they?

30 Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews X.xi.7
“…for he (Daniel) did not only prophesy of future events, as did the other prophets, but he also determined the time of their accomplishment. And while prophets used to foretell misfortunes, and on that account were disagreeable both to the kings and to the multitude, Daniel was to them a prophet of good things, and this to such a degree, that by the agreeable nature of his predictions, he procured the goodwill of all men; and by the accomplishment of them, he procured the belief of their truth, and the opinion of [a sort of] divinity for himself, among the multitude.” Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews X.xi.7 “…for he (Daniel) did not only prophesy of future events, as did the other prophets, but he also determined the time of their accomplishment. And while prophets used to foretell misfortunes, and on that account were disagreeable both to the kings and to the multitude, Daniel was to them a prophet of good things, and this to such a degree, that by the agreeable nature of his predictions, he procured the goodwill of all men; and by the accomplishment of them, he procured the belief of their truth, and the opinion of [a sort of] divinity for himself, among the multitude.” If God is leading one…could one not foretell with the Ruach HaKodesh that hey, Joe Smith, you will be receiving a job offer this coming Tuesday at 2 PM in the afternoon. And then see it happen and watch Jo Smith wonder about this “good prophecy” given as a result of another’s prayer for him that was answered by the Father.

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C. The just shall live by faith. Heb 10:38 Types of Faith 1) Academic / Intellectual. Study. 2) Blind Faith. Belief w/o logic. 3) Childlike Trust. Raising their hands. Ex: Tim Kelly 4) Deliverance Faith. Miracles 5) Identity Faith (my term). Men and Organizations 6) Superstitious faith. Genie, rabbit’s foot 7) Sustenance / Living Faith- Mar 11:23 Matthew 21:22 8) Unfeigned {unpretended} Faith - II Tm 1:5 C. The just shall live by faith. Heb 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 1. Academic - Intellectual Faith and its pitfall of agnosticism. Examples: Bart Erdman, another author, 2 former ministers, 2 others in the faith 2. Blind Faith. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Following a leader blindly 3. Childlike Trust: Faith Believe, trust, blind to color and racism, share, not loners. Children are trusting. Reach out to others first. Greet new people. Have people over. Popcorn and coffee and conversation. A movie. Respect children. They wish to imitate you. Don’t kill the kid in you. Raising your hands. Notice how a child raises their hands to daddy and mommy. Example: Tim Kelly. 4. Deliverance Faith. A miraculous “now” Faith 5. Identity Faith (My term). Individuals who strongly agree and identify with their parent religion, a man or organization. But when that man or organization changes, etc. one’s faith could be like the wind…and changes as well. Identify with Jewish so strongly they wish to become Jewish. 6. Superstitious faith Rabbit’s root faith. Medals, John 3:16 signs. As long as you have something to hold onto…you are “safe” 7. Sustenance / Living Faith. A life built on the fruits of the Spirit. A life to go forward if our prayers are not answered---a Abraham, Joseph, Job. 8. Unfeigned Faith. Integrity and True. Not made up. 2 Ti 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. 2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind Second Witness of _______ Trusting men: Scripture..and its ramifications. Sustenance Faith. A life built on patience, long-suffering. Abraham, Joseph, Job

32 7. CONFIDENCE: AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL-- NOT THE CROWING LEVEL.
D. Approaching Him Boldly . Phil 4:13, Heb 4:15-16 Greek Word “Bold”: parrhesia # definitions 1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, TO SAY IT ALL…does not mean demand 1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment 2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, assurance Many translations render boldly in 4:16 as confidence. AV :boldness 8, confidence 6, openly 4, plainly 4, openly Confidence to Conquer. Stepping outside our Comfort Zone. Being an Overcomer. Quote on learning from disagreement. 1Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 1Jn 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 1Jn 3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. Confidence Exhibits Trust in God that he willful what His Word says. Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me. Heb 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. The word “boldly” is from the Greek word parrhesia {par-rhay-see'-ah} #3954 in Strong’s   AV - boldness 8, confidence 6, openly 4, plainly 4, openly TWO DEFINITIONS: 1) freedom in speaking, unreservedness in speech, TO SAY IT ALL IN SHORT..IT DES NOT MEAN COMING TO DEMAND 1a) openly, frankly, i.e without concealment 1b) without ambiguity or circumlocution 1c) without the use of figures and comparisons 2) free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance 3) the deportment by which one becomes conspicuous or secures publicity”. Definition #2, “free and fearless confidence, cheerful courage, boldness, assurance,” seems to stand out for me. Many translations render boldly in 4:16 with the word confidence Most people do not change except when a crisis occurs Failing Forward: John Maxwell Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory. Judgment = Krisis in Greek. 1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

33 7. CONFIDENCE: AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL-- NOT THE CROWING LEVEL.
“True godly fear is different from fleshly fear. Godly fear is trusting God in matters of life and death. This is the fear of God that was required of Israel and of us as well. For this reason Moses told the people, “do not be afraid,” and then seemed to contradict himself by telling them that God had come to test them, “that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” (Ex. 20:20). These are two different qualities of fear. The first makes us run FROM God; the second makes us run TO God. The New Testament tells us that “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). This tells me that true godly fear, when mature, is actually perfect LOVE.” ---(I Lost the Author.) . “True godly fear is different from fleshly fear. Godly fear is trusting God in matters of life and death. This is the fear of God that was required of Israel and of us as well. For this reason Moses told the people, “do not be afraid,” and then seemed to contradict himself by telling them that God had come to test them, “that the fear of Him may remain with you, so that you may not sin.” (Ex. 20:20). These are two different qualities of fear. The first makes us run FROM God; the second makes us run TO God. The New Testament tells us that “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). This tells me that true godly fear, when mature, is actually perfect LOVE. ---Lost the Author.

34 7. CONFIDENCE: AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL-- NOT THE CROWING LEVEL.
E. Be soldiers. II Tim 2:3-4; Eph 6:13 Understanding when answers do not come. Israel: The wickedness was not full. Delayed (Daniel). Different. Denied. Develop the fruits of the Spirit. He is in control: Savior of the World! John 3:17! Rom 11:26 Keep praying! I Thess 5:17; Luke 18:1+, Luke 21:6 F. “God is big enough for all of us”--Rav David Champ. Psalm 139 (all) “As a result, we miss God’s fingers working things out for us.  “Who are we that God would take notice of us?” Tim Kelly D. Be soldiers. 2Ti 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Understanding when answers do not come. Israel: The wickedness was not full. Delayed (Daniel) Different. Denied. Develop the fruits of the Spirit. He is in control. All Israel shall be saved. Not part of it Not Some of it He is the savior of the world. Not part of it, not some of it. The journey of the first fruits means there are more fruits coming. Keep Praying 1Th 5:17 Pray without ceasing. Luk 18:1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. Luk 18:2 He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. Luk 18:3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, 'Give me justice against my adversary.' Luk 18:4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, 'Though I neither fear God nor respect man, Luk 18:5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.'" Luk 18:6 And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge says. Luk 18:7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? Luk 18:8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?“ Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luk 21:36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man." D. “God is big enough for all of us”-- Rav David Champ. )Ps 193 All)

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36 III. CONCLUSION SUMMARY: The 7 “C’s”
1. Commitment to the Conviction and High Calling 2. Conscience Communicate Confession with a Contrite Heart 5. Crucifying the Flesh 6. Compassion 7. Confidence at the “Cellular” level – not the “Crowing” level. I hope these 7 points enable you to build a closer relationship with YHWH and Yahushua in building a more effective prayer life. SUMMARY: The 7 “C’s” Commitment to the Conviction and High Calling 2. Conscience 3. Confession with a Contrite Heart 4. Crucifying the Flesh 5. Communicate 6. Compassion Courage/Confidence at the “Cellular” level –not the “Crowing” level.

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