There is only one door

24 Jul 2020 David Leo

The Courtyard


David Leo / General

Education Starts at Home / Justification; Sanctuary; Sacrifice in the OT / Romans 5:12–21; Galatians 2:15–21; 2 Corinthians 5:12–21

Forgiveness and Faith in Christ is the first step to transformation in Christ.

Introduction

Here’s the bad news. We’re born sinners. Read Psalms 51:5, Romans 3:23 and Jeremiah 17:9

But here’s the Good News. Jesus Saves! Matthew 19:25-26, John 3:16,17

Jesus died the death that we deserve, so that we can live the life that he deserves.

The Door

Entering through the door can be the most difficult decision to make.

A lot of people have the idea that Salvation and the laws of God are going to suffocate us and deprive us from fun and fulfillment. However, it’s a way to protect us from being stolen by the chaos in the world.

Jesus died the death that we deserve, so that we may live the life that He deserves.

The altar of sacrifice.

It’s not easy to accept that you live because your guilt was passed onto someone else. We call this, denial.

English Standard Version Chapter 9

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me

Read Leviticus 4:1-3 - If the priest sins, he must bring the prized bull of the cattle.

Read Leviticus 4:13-14 - If Israel sins, they must bring the prized bull

Read Leviticus 4:22-23 - If a leader sins, they bring a male goat.

Read Leviticus 4:27-32 - Common people bring a female goat or lamb.

Do you think the people at this time understood the cost?

Hebrews 10:2-4: “But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.”

Take a moment to reflect right now, that the King of Heaven and Earth, gave up everything to make sure that we can enter His presence with confidence.

The New King James Version Chapter 9

11 But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Jesus died the death that we deserve, so that we may live the life that He deserves.

The laver

There’s a misconception that when you accept that Jesus forgives you, then that’s that! Often phrased, “Once saved, always saved.” Not only is this not true, it undermines the power of the gospel.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

The laver suggests a washing and purification process. Before entering into the Holy place, the washing first takes place. Where does the washing come from? The washing of the word! Ephesians 5:26 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,

Mark 16:16 “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

Romans 6:1-4 “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.”

Conclusion

Jesus died the death that we deserve, so that we may live the life that He deserves.

What is your response to Christ today? Do you accept your sinful state. But more importantly, do you accept the righteousness of Christ to take over your life?


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Reopening Church

23 Jun 2020 David Leo

Our church board committee met on Sunday night and agreed to reopen or church building starting Sabbath 27/6/20. However, it is important that we comply with a few stipulations from the state governement to ensure the containment of the virus. Please ensure you take notice of the posters that will displayed around the church building, and signs and aarows that need to be followed also. The following directives are below:

  1. Please stay home if you are sick or feeling unwell or are not comfortable to be around crowds because of contamination risks.
  2. You will need to register your details by writing on a provided register. This will only ask for name, contact number, and time in. This register is only for the sakes of keeping record of attendance in the case people will need to be contacted should there be a breakout of the Covid-19.
  3. There will be one entry and exit point. The front foyer will be the entry point, and the door of the cry room will be the exit. (Please ensure you follow the directions of the aarows on the floor.)
  4. Follow the handwashing and sanitising procedures as outlined on the posters displayed.
  5. Please ensure you follow the social distancing rule of 1.5m distance. Seat together with your family to allow more seating. The hall will be used as an overflow for the meantime. 
  6. You are welcome to bring lunch, but unfortunately it cannot be shared. Lunch must be BYO and EYO (Eat Your Own) at this point of time. (Although this weekend is a confence-wide fasting and prayer session)

These current events are a stark reminder that we are on the verge of Jesus' return. At times like this it is easy to be overwhelmed but God's people are, "not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:25

Sabbaths will be different since we will be having two services. Please see the next post for more details. 

I look forward to seeing you all.

Shalom,

Pr David Leo

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Reopening Soon

05 Jun 2020 David Leo

Good Evening All,

The premier has brought stage 2 forward one week ahead of schedule. This means we can meet in a group with no more than 20 in the building/s. (This includes the hall or any seperate buildings.) Unfortunately the church needs to follow a criteria set out by the government to ensure that we are following the stipulations when we open. It is my aim to have the church opened by at least July, but it will be determined by how much we are willng and able to follow the guidlines that have been set out by the state government. The board will meet ASAP and you will be informed as soon as we have resolved how we can feasibly set up for a smooth and compliant transition.

I know many of us are looking forward to getting together in person again (including myself). But please hold on a little longer so that we can all come to a reasonable recommendation so that we can fellowship and follow the government stipulations. Please do make the effort to get together and meet in other venues for the sake of fellowship and worship. In the meantime, you will hear from me soon when a decision is made. God's blessings for now. I look forward to when we can sit down together again and expore the "new normal." 

What remains the same is our committment to the mission to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately need Him. 

Shalom,

Pastor David Leo

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Fasting and Prayer

05 May 2020 Barry Cooke

This is not a medical diagnosis or treatment protocol for any disease . The information given is not to be seen as medical information and is the opinion of the speaker / presenters only. Always consult your medical practitioner.

FASTING

  • Lowers hormone resistance
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps to lower BP reduces cholesterol by lowering or burning Ldl cholesterol
  • Improves brain function
  • Removes toxins

These are a few of the benefits of fasting

Various types of fasting

  • Juice fast
  • Water fast
  • Cleansing fast
  • Religious fast
  • Diagnostic fast

IF TRYING TO FAST WITH SERIOUS DISEASE CHECK WITH YOUR HEALTH PRACTITIONER

Long fasts are not recommended as they need supervision particularly water fasts. They will cause the body to throw out toxins and will in most cases cause severe side effects such as severe headaches, dizziness, fainting, feeling nauseas, acid reflux, major change in blood pressure, skin rashes to name a few.

Long and short fasts starve the body of nutrients which in turn makes the body draw on the fat stored in the body which in turn release toxins in the body which can lead to many side effects. Even a 1 day fast can lead to headaches and high acid reflux

 In modern times some well known people have fasted for example

Mahatma Gandhi fasted for 21 days and a well known Irish prisoner Terrence Macswiney fasted for 74 days and died

The writer recommends short fasts of up to 3 days. Most people lose their appetite by the 3rd or 4th day and could go on. But this is the time for most to discontinue the fast.

The writer recommends short fasts drinking plenty of water, up to 8 glassez per day in combination with juices. Explanation later

Dry fasts without water and food are not recommended due to the fact that the body can go in to a major dehydration and as such usually requires hospitalization to be hydrated. Not to be recommended

We could if time permitted go into the process of the cells of the body and what happens to them but for the purposes of the talk we are more interested in the machanics of what to do and why, rather than go into the Kreb cycle, the mitochondria, the twenty step pathway and so on.

The main reason for doing a fast other than for religious reasons is that of ridding the body of toxins. Before we have rest and rejuvenation we need to cleanse the body of toxins. With this in mind- we will go to the organs of elimination

The 4 major organs are the lungs, skin, bladder-urine and bowels. These organs during fasting and particularly during a long fast have to deal with very toxic waste.

The Liver.

During a fast the stored fat cells which are used to supply energy to the body become loaded up with toxic waste. This can start from day 1. These toxins now in the fat cells of the body need to be eliminated.

These toxins have been stored by the liver over many years depending on our work and age. They come from such things as outgassing from furniture, carpets, bedding, paint, car plastics, sprays from farms and gardens, perfumes ,cleaning products, drugs and medications, gasses and smoke from the environment to name a few.

During a fast the liver breaks these down to a water soluble state and proceeds with the elimination in 3 stages.

Phase 1

The toxins in the fat cells, where they have been stored are released and broken down to a metabolite which are full of free radicals and are damaging to the tissue surrounding or hosting these toxins. In some cases of breast cancer this is the reason apart from out of place hormones that breast cancer occurs mainly in females and some males due to the heavy toxic load stored in the fat cells of the breast. If this is the case the naturopathic approach of old school was to get the patient to go on an extended fast with 6 or7 juices a day plus many different supplements and herbs as well as a poultice. The writer has had success with this type of treatment even where the cancer has spread to other organs like lungs and spine. But this is not for the faint at heart

In phase 1 the liver needs antioxidants (free radicle scavengers) of which beta carotenes as in carrot juice are great scavengers. So on day 1 of a cleansing fast and even a religious fast its good to include a juice every 2 hrs to assist the liver eliminate free radicals and toxins. Always include other veg juices mixed with the carrots including plenty of greens like Kale and other leafy greens and add apples for sweetness. Vitamin C not ascorbic acid is also helpful as is vitamin E . In serious fasting for health minerals can be added maybe in the form of celtic salt or a mineral supplement and a vitamin B. These will, nutritionally support the liver. These juices are interspersed with 6 to 8 glasses of water

Phase 2 from 24 to 36 hrs.

In phase 2 we need to do something about the metabolites. These are the products left after the toxins are being broken down. These are often called the cellular responses left from stress and toxic insults.

In this phase we often add some form of protein powder ( not cows milk) to assist the body to mop up the metabolites. It may come in the form of pea protein or almond protein powder or depending on the patient enhanced soy protein milk. The latter needs to be accessed for suitability. Do not use for breast cancer. So in addition to the 5 or 6 juices replace 2 with a protein drink.

Phase 3 36 to 48 hrs

So at this point we need to assist the health FAST with some fats to soften the toxic residues, so we add some coconut cream or a little olive oil in the juices.

A fast is always broken by eating a fresh green salad. And always remember to keep up the now 1 or 2 glasses of water between meals. On awakening, mid morning mid afternoon and after tea , if having 3 meals per day. Keep up the juices and green drinks usually half an hour before meals.

Brain Derived Neurotropic Factor

During a fast of at least 3 days the brain releases Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor or in other words dead brain cells are released which can then be replaced by new brain cells. The old brain cells cant be repaired but replaced . This process helps in conditions like Alzheimer and Parkinson’s diseases.

FASTING IS A GOD GIVEN WAY TO FREE THE BODY OF FAT SOLUBLE TOXINS.

2 days every few weeks is a recommended way to fast with less of an impact in the form of shock to the system and serious side affects. Each time we fast it will go a little deeper.

Isaiah 58 .6,8

Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke.

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.

 May God bless us as we prepare for the coming crisis where our minds and bodies need to be transformed, renewed to meet the coming onslaught.


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