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Lazarus 4 Days Gone [Podcast]

A fascinating look at Jesus’ raising of Lazarus.

Redemptive Withdrawal (The Cross) in John 11

Jesus remains WITHDRAWN for four days and lets Satan and his power of death (Heb 2:14) do all he can do.  Jesus Christ takes the blame from Martha for what Satan has done.

His purpose in doing so is REDEMPTIVE: to glorify His Father by raising Lazarus before a great crowd of people and “loose” Lazarus from his bindings which symbolize our bondage to sin, self, fear of death, the law and Satan’s power.

God GRIEVES and SUFFERS from the US as we suffer and die at Satan’s hands.  “Jesus wept.”

God allows Satan to suffer an aikido-like SELF-DESTRUCTIVE effect by allowing Satan to kill thereby facilitating the glory of God and our freedom from bondage, like Lazarus, thru the cross!!

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Risen With Christ

Ready for the Appearing

Risen With Christ

Todd Tomasella – Risen With Christ

Todd Tomasella: “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.” Colossians 3:1-7

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THE BIBLICAL PATTERN FOR DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS [PODCAST]

Todd Tomasella: Taking Today’s Local Churches to Task – Looking at how wealth was distributed among the earliest followers of Jesus.

Acts 2:44-45 KJV

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YES, ALL BELIEVERS ARE COMMANDED AND GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE AND OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE – BUT TO GIVE TO THE CAUSES OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST AND NOT TO CHRIST’S WOLVES!

Collections? Yes! But “FOR” WHOOOOO?

“Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” 1 Corinthians 16:1-2

WHO were the collections “FOR”? – “concerning the collection FOR THE SAINTS.”

“And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had a need.” Acts 2:44-45

“Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35 And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had a need.” Acts 4:34-35

“Make merchandise of you” simply means you are a dollar sign to them.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies (false doctrine will send you to hell), even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise ($) of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation (hell) slumbereth not.” 2 Peter 2:1-3

 YES, ALL BELIEVERS ARE COMMANDED AND GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE AND OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE – BUT TO GIVE TO THE CAUSES OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST AND NOT TO CHRIST’S WOLVES!

These greed-grubbers are the tool through which Satan is robbing the body of Christ. How should the wealth, collections be distributed? (1 Corinthians 16:1-2) Here it is – “And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had a need.” Acts 4:35 …. THIS is how the true body of Christ operates. Most building based “churches” today are set up in rebellion. This isn’t happening due to the large salaries and all the money it takes to run the modern church stages shows.

Local Church Revenues

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Top Christian Ministries Get Fleeced

Fleecer’s Fleeced
By Gary Amirault

This year seems to be a harvest year, and the harvest was indeed plentiful. The leading Christian ministries headquartered in the United States were fleeced of hundreds of millions of, no not wool, but millions of your hard-earned dollars. It seems their tickling ears just couldn’t resist a rumor floating around the Christian financial community that a Philanthropic organization headed by an Evangelical was offering a matching fund program which guaranteed them a doubling of their, (or should I say your) money. By being able to drop names like Rockefeller, Billy Graham, etc. as references, John G. Bennett was able to convince the financial officers of the leading Christian organizations to invest hundreds of millions of believer’s money into a fund called New Era.

New Era, an interesting name considering John Bennett had many connections Evangelicals would term “New Age.”

It seems Mr. Bennett had concocted what was known in the investment field as a “Ponzi scheme.” The idea is to take the money the latter investors give to pay off the earlier investors. Then the news goes out that this thing really works. Greedy people looking for a quick dollar are usually the only ones who fall for such a scheme.

An accountant from one of the Christian Colleges saw through this scheme and recommended his college not participate. They rejected his suggestion. He followed up on his hunch, reported his finding to the proper federal authorities and the hammer came down. It was a scam.

A partial list of those Christian ministries who were fleeced are:

  • James Dobson’s Focus on the family James Dobson’s Focus on the Family
  • Pat Robertson’s 700 Club
  • Bill Bright’s Campus Crusade
  • Chuck Colson’s Prison Fellowship
  • World Vision
  • Youth For Christ, International
  • Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship
  • Salvation Army
  • Walk Through the Bible Ministries
  • Young Life
  • Moody Bible Institute
  • Christian Broadcasting Network
  • Wheaton College
  • Chapel of the Air

. . . And the list goes on and on and on. The government estimates as much as $550 million dollars were involved. Surely these ministries will throw the blame onto anything other than themselves.

The American church, as I mentioned on the audio tape entitled, the Church is a rich prostitute, owns over a trillion dollars of real estate, stocks, bonds, etc. Its gathering and use of this money are on extremely unscriptural grounds.

In the last Dew, Todd Tomasella recommended some of you to ask for names of ministries in foreign countries that you can personally help without Tentmaker becoming a middleman. Can you now begin to see why I recommend this method rather than the ones being used by the above-listed ministries? The god of Mammon rules in the American church, I don’t care what anyone says. It reigns supreme.

Handling finances are perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian walk. It is easy to get duped. This area is the area of ministry I hate the most. I know I am just as capable of falling into these pits as well as anyone else. I have shared some of that on a tape, Plates, Buckets, Bags, and Envelopes. I sure don’t have all the answers on the subject of the proper way to manage ministry money.

Many ministers do the best they can and still fall short just like the rest of us. Fortunately, we serve a God of mercy. Some ministers, unfortunately too many, are in ministry purely for self-gain. These stars will all eventually fall. At least one of the ministries involved in this “Ponze scheme” will be out of business next year due to their loss.

Please do not let these kinds of events stop you from giving. If you do, you will fall into the same pit. Rethink the whole concept of what is a ministry, how should it be supported, how can you be the best steward of what our Father has given you to invest.

One suggestion that might be helpful is this: Jesus said if you see someone hungry, feed him. He didn’t say send the money to a ministry headquartered in a nice posh office building on the prime real estate that will only be able to spend less than 10% of your dollar to the hungry one. (Because their salaries and expenses and profit-making schemes that fail have eaten up all the rest.) Give the dollar directly to the hungry one. Give him Christ the True Bread at the same time. Enter into your ministry, the ministry of reconciling the whole world … one at a time.

Todd Tomasella:

I encourage you once again to write for addresses of those overseas who desperately need you. Your dollars personally invested into the poorer countries of the world will reap a return far greater than “Ponze schemes.” A dollar plowed into Africa or Asia will do far more than what a dollar can do invested in many American ministries. Please pray about writing for those addresses.

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HE WAS KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

Todd Tomasella: Luke 24:35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

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As Christians, we no longer know Jesus in the flesh. 2 Cor 5:16. We know Him as the Christ, as His risen Person, Body, Soul and Spirit. The Lord is the Spirit. We are enabled to see His loving and gentle face thru the cross. 2 Cor 3:17; 4:6.

After His death, the risen Christ joined two men walking down the road to Emmaus. They did not know Him though they had been followers of Jesus.

Luke 24:16. But their eyes were HOLDEN (still bound in slavery) that they should not know Him.

It was only after He BROKE bread and distributed it to them that they were able to recognize Him. Their eyes and ears had to be delivered from slavery to Satan’s deception. Rev 12:9. Until that moment a veil had remained over their eyes. Satan had disguised himself as God in many Old Testament passages. 2 Cor 11:13-15.

Luke 24:35 And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how HE WAS KNOWN TO THEM IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD.

This “breaking of bread” signifies the broken body of Christ at Calvary. His distribution of the broken pieces of bread to the two men signifies our participation with Christ in the brokenness of His death. We have been and continue to be crucified with Christ. Gal 2:20. We are partakers or participants with Christ in His cross. 1 Cor 11:26. Only then can we truly and intimately know the Lord.

We cannot truly realize the risen Christ until we undergo a death with Him. Rom 6:3-6. Knowing He died for my sins is true but too shallow. We must die the death, too. Thru this experience of His death we are freed from our slavery to sin and the law in order to really know Christ intimately. Until that moment our eyes are bound in slavery and restrained from knowing the only true God and His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We cannot fully realize the purity of God’s character of unconditional love, or His humble, meek, gentle, vulnerable, lamb-like, dove-like, single and simple personality. We remain blinded by Satan and have received no revelation of who God really is, the One Jesus came to tell us about. We see God as a wrathful, killing, threatening, retaliating, vengeful, punishing judge or cop in the sky just waiting to zap us for our sin. We see Him just as the Pharisees did and as Saul did before Saul was converted and became Paul. Somehow, we can’t really trust a vengeful wrathful “God” like that.

Paul wrote about people back then who read Moses and the Old Testament but were totally blinded to underlying truth there, that God is a God who loves us unconditionally and sent His Son to tell about Him and then to die for us and rescue us from our deception under sin and the law.

2 Corinthians3:13 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

V14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

V15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

V16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

V17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

V18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Satan has used sin and the law of Moses to blind Christianity to the message of the cross and to who God and His Son really are. But through the cross, we are freed from (Moses) law of sin and death. We are thereby given new eyes to see and ears to hear. Rom 8:1-4.

2 Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:

4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

V5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.

6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

After the breaking of the bread in Like 24, Jesus opened to the two men the real but hidden truths of Old Testament, things that they had never seen before. Their hearts then burned within them!

And it came to pass, as He sat at meat with them, He took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He OPENED to us the scriptures. And they ROSE UP the same hour . . .  Luke 24:30-33.

Bottom line truth: We cannot see, know or hear from Christ unless and until we are crucified and risen with Christ becoming dead to sin and the law. Rom 6 and 7. We can only know Him IN THE BREAKING of the bread, a BROKENNESS that brings us to a helpless humility, a surrender and a yielding over of the control of our minds and lives to God. This yielding is our death with Christ. Rom 12:1-2. In this we eat His flesh and drink His blood. John 6:52-56. Satan’s veil of deceit is then torn from top to bottom revealing the true reality of the loving nature of God.

We can only know God through our brokenness! We can only understand the Old Testament by being crucified and raised up with Christ.

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THE THANKFUL HEART IS A GRATEFUL HEART

“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” Ephesians 5:20

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Todd Tomasella: The instruction to give thanks appears 35 times in Scripture. Picture yourself literally handing a gift to someone. Okay, we are to give thanks to God hand it over. As believers we have been given the mandate and privilege of giving thanks daily for the blessing of Jesus Christ who is the propitiation (atoning sacrifice) for the remission of our sins. (Romans 3:25) We can also be thankful for the innumerable blessings we now have and those awaiting us in eternity. We are to give thanks always for all things.

“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday instituted in America to pause and give thanks for all we have, yet for the believer, thanksgiving is to be a perpetual state of the heart, confession of the mouth, and way of life. Cultivating a thankful heart is essential to contentment and peace. Thanksgiving also displaces covetousness.

”Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Giving thanks is also an indispensable element of prayer. Peace is associated with it (Phil. 4:6-7). Peace and contentment are the fruits of the heart that is full of continual thanksgiving. Many times in Scripture, prayer and giving thanks are coupled together.

“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2

In our times of prayer, and all day long, we should learn to cultivate a heart that is thankful for all of the things we do have – and tell God and others with our mouths.

Have you found that when you are busy verbalizing to God and others, your thanksgiving for all He has blessed you with, murmuring, complaining, discontent and covetousness find no home in your heart? Thanksgiving displaces all of these enemies to our walk with Christ.

Are not His abundant blessings reason to burst forth with exuberant praise and thanksgiving? Remember that the LORD is worthy of your praise and thanks and that a thankful life is one of peace and contentment.

—– “WHERE THERE IS TRUE PRAYER, THERE THANKSGIVING AND GRATITUDE STAND BY, READY TO RESPOND TO THE ANSWER WHEN IT COMES. AS PRAYER BRINGS THE ANSWER, SO THE ANSWER BRINGS FORTH GRATITUDE AND PRAISE. AS PRAYER SETS GOD TO WORK, SO ANSWERED PRAYER SETS THANKSGIVING TO WORK. THANKSGIVING FOLLOWS ANSWERED PRAYER JUST AS DAY SUCCEEDS NIGHT. TRUE PRAYER AND GRATITUDE LEAD TO FULL CONSECRATION, AND CONSECRATION LEADS TO MORE PRAYING AND BETTER PRAYING. A CONSECRATED LIFE IS A LIFE OF BOTH PRAYER AND THANKSGIVING.” E.M. BOUNDS, E.M. BOUNDS ON PRAYER, P. 308

PRAYER: LORD Jesus, thank You for my every breath and the privilege to be your creation and ambassador. Make me to be abundantly fruitful in your kingdom this day. I love you my LORD Jesus. Amen.

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