No Prayer in Schools

Traveling Teacher

“And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in
Ca-per’na-um, which is upon the sea coast, in the
borders of Zab’u-lon and Naph’tha-lim.”  Matthew 4:13.

Just as it was in the past – those who proclaim the message of God should travel from place to place. The early teachers of the New Testament were traveling men. The prime example of this was Paul the Apostle to the Gentiles. The books he wrote to the many churches indicates he was a man who spread the good news personally.

In our day and time this is still true of followers of Jesus. Billy Graham, the evangelist of the 1950’s thru the 1990’s was such a person. He took the message of the Son of God seriously as he moved from country to country. There could be given the names of others such as Billy Sunday, Dwight H. Moody and others.

The reason for the Methodist Church in America is because of a man by the name of Francis Asbury who it has been written he crossed the Appalachian Mountains about 60 times from Virginia to Kentucky bringing the views of the Wesley’s.

We do this in a different way now with CD’s, TV, and audios because the message is never kept in the same place or site. Even the politicians do the same, travel, travel, and travel.

WALKERS

There is a name for those who go from place to place. They are called itinerant preachers. This means that people walked from place to place.

Jesus was an itinerant preacher. He walked from city to city.

There are reasons why people will go from place to place. In our day many young adults will travel to the United States from the Orient to learn Western ways. Then the people of this Nation want to go to Europe to view the past and often the beauty which was produced.

In my lifetime there has been a tremendous movement to send missionaries to Africa, Middle East, and parts of Asia. Even now it is not uncommon to hear of teenagers and college students going on missionary juntas for 10 days or 2 weeks. They are to be commended for this. This kind of activity keeps the message of the Gospel alive and vibrant.

The young must be taught even though our churches have been negligent in its instruction to the youth mainly because the leadership has adapted the humanistic attitude that humans have the answer and if they do not then the government will tell us what to do. Then the mess we have now in our Nation is deserved. One reaps what we sow.

PROPHECY

In the Old Testament the prophets had two major thrust to their message. The first was to teach the Hebrew people that God had given certain laws which were to be followed. There were no exceptions to the rules. For the most part Christians are not willing to accept in the least these commands.

There was another message which was just as important. It was predicting the future. In the Old Testament especially after the time of Solomon there come men who spoke of the law of the Torah but also told of a future time when the messiah would come and give back the glory of God’s kingdom. This gave people hope. This gave the mosses something to look forward to a future.

There was a problem no one could predict when this was similar to what the Christian accepts which is the second coming of Jesus Christ. Matthew 4:13, tells what that Jesus went to a certain area of the land.

“And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in
Ca-per’na-um, which is upon the sea coast, in the
borders of Zab’u-lon and Naph’tha-lim.”

This was from the book of Isaiah 9:1-2.

“Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was
in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted
the land of Zeb’u-lun and the land of Naph’ta-li, and
afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way
of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great
light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death,
upon them hath the light shined.”

This man Matthew laid out a certain passage so people would know why Jesus went to Zebulun and Naphtali. This area was named for two of the tribes of Israel.

These two tribes in 750 B.C. had been attacked by the Assyrians who brutalized them. Seemingly their recovery had been slow.

In various places in the middle East Christians are killed, tortured, and murdered by the muslims who want us destroyed. However, the Marxist leaning, muslim-loving male President does nothing to help Christians. May what he has done come upon him and his house. He should be condemned for this.


JOHN’S MESSAGE

The cousin of Jesus was John the Immerser. The message he spoke was continued by Jesus. We read about this in Matthew 4:17.

“From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

What these people were to repent from was the breaking of God’s law which had been set out by Moses. Mark 1:15 states this also.

“And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the and the
kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe
the Gospel.”

Jesus instructed us further  –  not to allow sin to take hold of a person’s heart.

The New Testament, when instructing people what to do, always states repentance either expressly or implied.  Peter did this when the first sermon was preached as we are told in Acts 2:38.

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Holy Ghost.”

There are only five steps into the kingdom:
• Hear
• Believe
• Repent
• Confess
• Immersed

This assures each of us the beginning of salvation.

Sin is such a dominant force in our culture. The truth is that our people see no violation by committing sin. Look what has happened to our public schools. There is no hope for this institution. People are saying no more, we will home school our offspring. The source of the problem is never repentance. This is but one example, but it is only a drop in the bucket.

Incidentally, it was Earl Warren, a Republican appointed by Eisenhower to the Supreme Court who saw to it prayer was removed from the public schools. He investigated the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

CALLING

When I was in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia there was a sign either at the jump tower or water tank with these words “Follow Me”. This came from Matthew 4:18-22.

“And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two
brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother,
casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
And he saith unto them, follow me, and I will make
you fishers of men.
And they straightway left their nets, and followed him.
And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren,
James the son of Zeb’e-dee, and John is brother, in a
Ship with Zeb’e-dee their father, mending their nets;
and he called them.
And they immediately left the ship and their father,
and followed him.”

This passage tells us of the calling of a group of men. These fishermen must have heard of Jesus before the calling because no one leaves his occupation the first time a call is made.

Incidentally, when was the last time your church had a new minister or new missionary come from its membership. As for that matter your family sent forth a preacher or missionary.

The Roman Catholics are now importing priests from other countries. The Disciples of Christ must go to other groups to obtain church leaders. What is the reason? Simple! My interpretation is lack of fire in their belly. The basic elements of the Gospel have been removed.

The church as a whole has adopted the view that the government will satisfy my wants and needs.

Here are some issues that must be asked about your relationship within and without of God.

Can government solve domestic relationships?
• Can government offer eternal life?
• Can government give you love?
• Can government stop employees from stealing?
• Can government solve a deep loneliness?
• Can government solve the controlled substance problem?
• Can government give you peace of mind?

The answer is no. Then who can provide solution?

The only solution that can be found is in Jesus Christ. The rest of life is a big joke that condemns us to a life of misery, confusion and disappointment.

 

WHO WERE TOLD

Where there were places when a few Jews gathered at select times during the week when certain men of God stood up and taught from what is the Old Testament. This was time of hope and learning what Jehovah God had given instruction for these Jews.

Jesus again told people what was happening. In the voice and comments of today he was not politically correct. He called for deep repentance, the same as did John the Immerser. This man of sorrows was straight forward.

The reason Donald Trump has gone to the front is not because of his ability to speak but he says what people know in their heart is true. The Clintons – Bill and Hillary – are from what I can surmise people who do not possess a moral code. Matthew 4:23, gives us what the lesson was about.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their
synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of
disease among the people.”

Then this man performed great miracles which gave the common people support for belief. Matthew 4:24-25.

“And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they
brought unto him all sick people that were taken
with divers diseases and torments, and those which
were possessed with devils, and those which were
lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he
healed them.
And there followed him great multitudes of people from
Galilee, and from Dec-cap’o-lis, and from Jerusalem,
and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.”

It is my responsibility to seek defeat of ignorance when we teach about Jesus. Misunderstanding will be removed. The pain of sin is removed. Our walks tell others who we are.


CONCLUSION

Politicians do not repent. Bureaucrats do not repent. Liberal church leaders do not repent.
Those who do not believe the Bible in its totality; do not repent. Remember you must repent.

KEEP THE FAITH!

 

JESUS I COME

Out of my bondage, sorrow, and night,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness, and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee;
Out of my sickness, into Thy health,
Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessèd will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy throne,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
May 22, 2016
Gerald K. Fugit
DiggingOldWells.com

 

 

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