Behind The Scenes

Behind The Scenes
Jeremiah 23:17, 21-40
KING JAMES VERSION UTILIZED & MATTHEW HENRY COMMENTARY STUDY AIDES
Simonton Genesis Ministries © 2011

“Behind the scenes,” means out of public view and in secret; it means taken out of the public eyesight and told what is really going on and how things really work. Many Church Folks, not Christians, but Church Folks, in churches all around our city and across this nation today feel that they can say and do anything behind the scenes and get away with it. They will try to assassinate your character behind the scenes. They will lie on you behind the scenes. They will run and do things wrong and then run to their pastors and try to cover their tracks behind the scenes. Church folk will smile in your face each time they see you but really wish they could figure out a way to get under your skin behind the scenes. Church folk worry their pastors to death with trivial foolishness behind the scenes. Church folk will secretly do things to conspire to usurp authority including the pastor’s authority because they feel they know what is best for themselves and the church behind the scenes. Church folk put your name into things and will not tell you behind the scenes. Church folks will do all they can to implicate you into any negative church issues behind the scenes. Church folk feel they can do a better job in leadership positions in any ministry in the church only to get in there and do what they want to do behind the scenes. Church folk have a way of making things appear God sent, God guided, and God blessed behind the scenes. However when God exposes them, you will find them looking very surprised when they see that you know what they have been doing the entire time and their embarrassment leads them away from the Christians whose heart and minds are really focused on doing God’s will God’s way.

In our text, here is a long lesson for the false prophets and church folks. As none were more bitter and spiteful against God’s true prophets and Christians of that day than they, so there were none on whom the true prophets were more severe, and justly so. The prophet had complained to God of those false prophets (Ch. 14:13), and had often foretold that they should be involved in the common ruin. God answers Jeremiah in our text here and lets Jeremiah know that they have woes of their own that God himself will inflict upon them if they don’t stop with their madness.

Three times God tells Jeremiah in verses 30, 31, 32: Behold, I am against the prophets. They said they were for God, and made use of his name, but their actions proved they were really against God and more-so God’s people. God looks upon them as they were really, and is against them. How can they feel safe, or easy, knowing that they have a God of almighty power against them? While these prophets were promising peace to the people God was proclaiming war against them. They stand indicted here, (1.) For robbery: They steal my word everyone from his neighbor. Some understand to be the sermons which the called prophets preached; they stole their sermons, their expressions, and mingled them with their own to make themselves sound good to the people. Those that were strangers to the spirit of the true prophets mimicked their language, picked up some good sayings of theirs, and delivered them to the people as if they had been their own. A second point that was taught that the word of God as it was received and practiced by some of the people; they (false prophets and church folks of that day) stole it out of their hearts, as the wicked one in the parable is said to steal the good seed of the word, Matt 13:19. By their insinuations they diminished the authority, and so weakened the efficacy, of the word of God upon the minds of those who were doing their best to live by it.

Secondly, the (false prophets and church folks) stand indicted for counterfeiting the broad seal. Therefore God is against them (v. 31), because they use their tongues at their pleasure in their discourses to the people; they say what they themselves think is fit, and then father it upon God, pretend they got it from him, and say, He saith it. They smooth their tongues and say nothing but what is pleasing and plausible; they never reprove them nor threaten them, but their words are smoother than butter. Thus they ingratiate themselves with them, and get money by them; and they have the impudence and impiety to make God the patron of their lies; they say, “He saith so.” What greater indignity can be done to the God of truth than to lay the brats of the father of lies at his door?

Third, they stand indicted as common cheats (v. 32): I am against them, for they prophesy false dreams, pretending that to be a divine inspiration which is but an invention of their own behind the scenes. This is a horrid fraud! It is the people’s fault that they err after hearing and knowing the true unadulterated Word of God. It is their fault if they take things upon trust, and do not try the spirits. However it is much more the prophets’ fault that they cause God’s people to err by their lies and by their lightness of God’s Word, by the flatteries of their preaching soothing them up in their mess and foolishness, and by the looseness and lewdness of their conversation encouraging them to persist in them. God disowns their having any commission from him: I sent them not, nor commanded them; they are not God’s messengers. Nor is what they say his message. He therefore justly denies his blessing with them. They were behind the scenes putting things together and God did not tell them to do it.

This is a major cancer in churches today and it is KILLING THE CHURCH POPULUS IN SERVICE AND SPIRIT IN THE COMMUNITY. Church folks do not profit God or God’s people. They not only do Christians no good, but do them a great deal of hurt. Those that corrupt the word of God in their actions behind the scenes, while they pretend to preach it or teach it, are so far from edifying the church that they do the church, themselves, and God a great injustice.

Self-righteousness has no place in salvation. If a person is to be saved, they must truly let go of things behind the scenes and let God show them off in public view. If you are a true child of God; who has been called, chosen, anointed, appointed, and sent; then there is no way you could push people away with lowdown, conniving behind the scenes ways. Your actions and attitude would draw people in. If people shun you, walk away from you, hold their tongues around you, tolerate you, barely speak to you, or even look at you even in conversation, it does not mean that they have the problem. You might want to take a look at you. No one is an island when it comes to God and his people. Folks getting away from you while you call yourself a leader and a child of God; is a pretty good sign you may have to do some spiritual inspections. You need to go behind the scenes and let God tell you what is really going on before he exposes you.

If you are the same old mean person you were before you came into the Church, something is missing in your Christianity. If you are still as hard to get along with in the Church, at home, in the community, at work and everywhere else you were before coming into the Church, you need to start over. If you can constantly give the Church and the pastor trouble at every meeting and meet secretly from house to house to plot and plan against the pastor, the church, and those in various church ministries, your Christianity needs help. If you can go on hurting people with no remorse or conscience or feeling of guilt and call others evil, you need what you don’t have and that is a NEW HEART! Get behind the scenes and ask God for one. If you think everyone owes YOU an apology after a disagreement and you and the other party were both wrong and you do not want to apologize, it stands to reason that you KNOW OF THE LORD AND NOT REALLY KNOW THE LORD. Get behind the scenes and start studying, praying, and asking for divine revelation. If you can come to church when you want to come and you can stay away as long as you want to, caring not and thinking not about the welfare of the church, your Christianity is poor. If you can go around digging ditches for others to fall in or setting traps for others, be careful because God has a way of pushing you in the direction of the trap so that you will fall in first because you forgot where to place your foot. I can say your Christianity is in question. Go behind the scenes and get yourself together.

John 7:24 finds Jesus saying to us, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.” Luke 6:37 has Jesus saying, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Nowhere in the bible does it say forgive and forget. God is the only one in the bible where the word “forget” is actually utilized by God himself. The rest of the time “forget” is used is out of respect to God and the Word of God. Out of the thirty-six times “forget” appears in the bible, forgive is not in any one of the texts as a conjunction or command in unison. You will find forget in Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Hosea, Amos, and Hebrews. You forgive Church folks because they are either plain ignorant, don’t know any better, don’t really care, think they are God’s ultimate gift to the church, or just really a coward. That is why they do their dirty work behind the scenes.

Christians who have been behind the scenes with God in their secret closet of prayer and supplications have grown and continue to grow in such a way that they have no problems dealing with life’s issues or with Church folk in full view and without shamefulness or embarrassment. Christians who have been behind the scenes with the Lord know about the false, fake, and phony church folk and false prophets that our text addressed. Christians who have been behind the scenes with the God know that church folks sometimes succeed in turning their aspirations into ashes, their desires into despair, their blessings into burdens, their comforts into cares, and their happiness into heartaches.

Christians who work behind the scenes with God have learned to be better and not bitter, stronger and not weaker, wiser and not foolish, mature and not childish, fruitful and not barren, richer in spirit, mind, body, soul, and tangibles and not poorer, and they learned to be mellow and not hateful, harsh, or hard. They went behind the scenes of life and talked to God privately so that they could pull themselves together and be a better representative of God publicly.

Christians who have been behind the scenes with God have a way of saying so what! So what if, regrets may haunt their memory, crisis may follow their footsteps, shadows may darken their way, or so what if others misunderstand their motives? They realize in the midst of their field of battle, Christ is their defense, and that is how they found out you were up to no good Church folks. True Christians realize that in their moments of misery, Christ was their confidence. In their depths of discouragement, Christ was their support.  They go behind the scenes out of sight and out of mind to get knowledge and understanding from God. When they emerge, they will not be like the false prophets and church folks of Jeremiah’s day and our day too. God will validate their work, their word, and them because they went behind the scenes with God and he told them what’s really going on. Therefore when they step up on the scene, just their presence changes the perspective of a situation entirely.

Christians who have been behind the scenes with God in their prayer closet according to Matthew 6:6 know when a person is sincere or when they are faking it trying to make it. They know that God has promised them a ‘safe’ landing on the shores or eternity, but it does not mean it will be a calm passage. They understand that the ocean of life may appear to be large for their small vessels, and the waves may seem so big, the storms may seem fierce, and undercurrents of negativity pulls them in many directions at once. They know that God will see them through to that golden celestial shore. True Christians know of a place behind the scenes of life where there are no persons there to persecute them, no critics to criticize them, no gossipers there to grieve them, no hypocrites there to harass them, no radicals there to ridicule them, no doubter there to disturb them, and no opposition there to oppose them.

In heaven there will be much more to do after you enter into the celestial atmosphere. True Christians realize that in heaven they will be involved in worshiping, praising, serving, honoring, magnifying, glorifying, and adoring God. Although our mortal bodies become exhausted, our immortal bodies will be exhaustless, and we will never become tired of talking about and rejoicing over God’s loving kindness, tender mercies, sufficient grace, all because we went behind the scenes and pulled ourselves together and did our best to represent God to the best of our ability when he set us on scene for public view. Get behind the scenes and find out what God really wants you to do and know what God tells you behind the scenes is what’s really going on. All the best and God bless…..

A. J. Watkins D.Min.

The Reality Of It All Starts With You

“GOD PLEASE SEND HELP!!!!!”

That is the cry of many people in the secular and saved world alike. God, Yahweh, Yeshua, the great I AM etc….actually sends the help to assist us in putting our lives back together but when we realize that WE HAVE TO WORK ON OUR OWN BUILDING, we want to recant, back up, or run and hide. You can hide from humanity, but you cannot hide from God and you cannot hide from yourself.

When God sends people into our lives who are stronger than we are, we should acknowledge the issues that they identify in our lives and begin to construct a plan to resolve those issues one by one. Remember YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT BECAUSE IT IS YOUR ISSUE. They came to help by giving you revelation, your job is to go to God for reconciliation to yourself and those you want in your life, and God will do his job and give you RESTORATION back to where you fell off ( no matter how long ago you fell off) and you can then move forward with your lives.

The difficult part comes when we are so doggone sensitive that we can’t be told what the issues are and how to plan to resolve them; it then becomes almost impossible for the help to help you. When correction and REDIRECTION comes, you can become your own impediment because you refuse to walk out of the PITY PARTY. JUST LEAVE AND GO GET IT DONE!!! 

God or Good Karma or whatever you want to call it in this life, allows us to cross paths with those who can catapult us to the next dimension. You say you understand and that you got the solution down. The help will ask you, “Are you sure you have it and understand what it is YOU must do?” and we say yes. When the help departs and moves on to help others, we seek them out with the SAME ISSUE OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND AGAIN. People then look at you as if you have lost your mind because YOU stated you understood and YOU were going to APPLY the solutions to your issues and break free but you didn’t leave the PITY PARTY. By the way, when real people leave a conversation that is supposedly done because you say you understand, expect a little frustration from them when you bring something up days, weeks, or months later that is supposed to be done with.

Listen folks, real people, who have faced down insurmountable odds in their lives and have achieved lofty spiritual and tangible goals, will NOT CONTINUE TO ENTERTAIN A PERSON WHO REFUSES TO LEAVE A PITY PARTY OR A “POOR ME PARTY!” Real people who are believers to those who are atheists but real, will not waste time with you when you wallow in the muck and mire in life that has you bound. It is about renewing your mind and saying YOU GON’ LEARN TODAY! Real people who have been through some mess and stress; some fluff and stuff; some ups and downs; some ins and outs; and some mountain highs and valley lows have developed really thick spiritual and emotional skin. 

Real People have been through some stuff AND don’t mind teaching while they are moving towards their destiny. Remember: you are not the only one with issues. The bible tells us in Romans 15:1 that, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Real people will do it because they have been through enough stuff in life to qualify them to do so and they will do it without charging you and they don’t do it for fame and gain. However, if you are not attempting to help by DOING A LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING, real people will set you down because they don’t need DEAD WEIGHT slowing them down. If you are trying to help yourself instead of feeling sorry for yourself, people will help you every step of the way. 

QUIT WEARING YOUR FEELINGS ON YOUR SLEEVES BECAUSE AS WE ALL HAVE GROWN, ALL OF US HAVE HAD OUR FEELINGS HURT, OUR EGOS SHATTERED, AND OUR PRIDE IMPACTED. Real people didn’t get BITTER but came to realize that this is real and they got BETTER. If you are extremely sensitive and you want real people to help you, my humble advice to you is to pray for thick skin, an open mind to receive and acknowledge your issues that are pointed out to you, and the physical and mental toughness to get up and MAKE A CHANGE for the man/woman in the mirror. STOP MAKING EXCUSES AND START MAKING PLANS THAT WILL WORK FOR YOU AND YOUR SITUATION!!!!!! That is what REAL PEOPLE, SAVED AND SECULAR DO, AND THEN THEY APPLY THOSE PLANS AND MOVE ON WITH THEIR LIVES. 

Last but not least, real people may seem HARD AT TIMES when they address you. The reason for it is because they don’t have the time and will not waste time with people who complain about he same thing over and over again and will NOT DO A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT IT BUT SIT AT THE TABLE IN THE “PITY PARTY CLUB!” Real people are trying to pull you out but it is frustrating and time consuming when you got to have that last sip of pity before you leave. For the real people, if you say you want help they will give you the help, but they will NOT sit with you too long when they see you CRYING AND NOT TRYING!!! Start pulling yourselves together because as we used to say in the U.S. MARINE CORPS, “ISH JUST GOT REAL!” 

I’m just saying….. 

“therightrevrhino” M.Div.

Two Mind Renewing Recordings That Will Inspire You To Be Better

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Click on the link below and enjoy two messages in one sitting that focuses on issues that we all deal with daily no matter where we are on the planet living out our lives.  Listen in and enjoy.

Click Here:  GIANTS KEEP COMING & WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT

All The Best and God Bless,

A. J. Watkins D.Min.

Be The Difference 2nd Corinthians 8:9

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BE THE DIFFERENCE

2nd Corinthians 8:9

King James Version Utilized, John Gill Expository, and Charles Eardman Commentary

This message reminds us to take action when we see something done wrong in a ministry. It encourages us to take calculated steps in getting the proper things changed in our society one neighborhood at a time. It implores us to take inventory of ourselves first to make sure that our hearts and minds are in order before challenging the enemy and the social ills he has infected society with to cause chaos and confusion. Listen in and become the difference in your life and others around you.

All the best and God bless you all who listen in and take action.  Click above and enjoy the ride.  

A.J. “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

The Study of Worship


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STUDY OF WORSHIP

Pastor A. J. Watkins M. Div.

Strong’s Concordance, James Moffet, Greek Lexicon

King James Translation & Bibliography Included

Simonton Genesis Ministries Inc. © 2014

WORSHIP. The act of paying honor to a deity; religious reverence and homage. The rendering of the following Heb. and Gk. words:

1. Heb. shaha (to “bow down”), to prostrate oneself before another in order to do him honor and reverence (Gen 22:5; etc.). This mode of salutation consisted in falling upon the knees and then touching the forehead to the ground (19:1; 42:6; 48:12; 1 Sam 25:41; etc., often rendered “bowed”). It is, however, used specifically to bow down before God; spoken of worship rendered to God, and also to false gods (Gen 22:5; Ex 24:1; 33:10; Judges 7:15; Job 1:20; Ps 22:27; 86:9).

2. Aram. segid (to “fall down”), spoken of in connection with idol worship; to fall down in adoration of idols (Dan 3:5-6,10-12,14-15,28); in honor of a man, as of Daniel (Dan 2:46).

3. Heb. `asab (to “carve, labor”), to serve an idol, as in Jer 44:19; or according to others, to fashion her, i.e., the image (see Orelli, Com., ad loc.).

4. The Gk. words thus rendered are: proskuneo, properly to “kiss the hand to (toward) one,” in token of reverence; also by kneeling or prostration to do homage-the word most frequently used in the NT; sebomai, to “revere” a deity (Matt 15:9; Mark 7:7; Acts 18:13; 19:27). Proselytes of the gate are called worshipers of God (sebomene ton theon, 16:14; 18:7), or simply “devout persons” (tois sebomenois, 17:17, “God-fearing”). latreuo (to “serve”) in the NT means to render religious service or honor and in the strict sense to perform sacred services, to offer gifts, to worship God in the observance of the rites instituted for His worship (Heb 10:2; 9:9). Ethelothreskeia (“voluntary worship”), i.e., worship that one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith that ought to be directed to Christ; used for the misdirected zeal and practices of ascetics (Col 2:23). Therapeuo to “do service,” as in Acts 17:25.

General Observations. It is as natural to worship as it is to live. The feeling and expression of high adoration, reverence, trust, love, loyalty, and dependence upon a higher power, human or divine, is a necessity to man. These sentiments, toward Country Pond  something or somebody, and whether real or imaginary, appeal to a greater or less degree to every man. And that something determines his worship. “Worship is as old as humanity. It has its root in a necessity of the human soul as native to it as the consciousness of God itself, which impels it to testify by word and act its love and gratitude to the Author of life and the Giver of all good” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 55).

Primitive Worship. We are not informed as to the nature of the worship rendered by our first parents. But we learn from earliest records that their sons were moved to present a portion of the product of their labor in sacrifice to God. Men as early as Enosh, the grandson of Adam (Gen 4:26), called upon the name of the Lord. In other words, the regular and solemn worship of God as Jehovah (i.e., as the God of salvation) was celebrated in word and act-with prayer and sacrifice. Max Muller says: “That feeling of sonship which distinguishes man from every other creature, and not only exalts him above the brute, but completely secures him against sinking into a purely physical state of being, that original intuition of God, and that consciousness of his being dependent upon a higher power, can only be the result of a primitive revelation in the most literal sense of the word.” This view is held by Schelling. The other view is that worship cannot be traced to a divine source; that the original condition of the human family was of an extremely rude and imperfect character; and that fetishism, being the lowest form of religion, was also the earliest and that for this Rio Christreason we ought to regard religion, even in its most advanced forms, as springing originally from a barbarous fetishism. But the grounds upon which this opinion is based are weak in the extreme. “It would be nearer the truth to say that they are as divine as they are human in their origin, seeing that they are based upon the relation of man to God involved in his creation, and are evoked by a sense of the divine training and guidance under which he finds himself after his creation” (Keil, Bib. Arch., p. 56).

In primitive times the form of worship that Enoch introduced was still maintained, for Enoch “walked with God” (Gen 5:24). Noah was righteous before Him, expressing his gratitude by presenting burnt offerings (6:9; 8:20-21).

In a subsequent age God chose for Himself a faithful servant in the person of Abraham. He made him the depository of His revelation and the father and founder of His chosen people, who were destined to preserve the knowledge and worship of His name until the time when the Savior would come from their midst. While other nations multiplied their modes of worship according to the political constitution that they adopted and to suit the number and variety of their duties, they devised a corresponding variety of ritual, with a large priesthood and a multitude of sacred observances. But Abraham and the posterity born to him preserved a simple form of worship, as became shepherds and in keeping with the revelation imparted to them. Wherever they pitched their tents for any length of time they built altars in order that, in compliance with ancient usage, they might call upon the name of the Lord (12:7-8; 13:4,18; etc.). Those altars were, doubtless, simple mounds (Heb. bamot)
composed of earth and stone, and the animals sacrificed upon them consisted of those that were edible (i.e., clean), taken from the fold.

We have no information regarding the particular ceremonies observed in connection with these sacrifices. But it is probable that prayer was offered by the patriarchs in person, who were in the habit of discharging the priestly functions. The offerings were for the most part burnt offerings, i.e., offerings that were entirely consumed upon the altar, although instances are given of a portion of the sacrifice being reserved for use in the sacrificial feasts. In the selection of animals for sacrifices the patriarchs were probably guided by the directions given to Abraham (15:9); the way in which the sacrifice of Isaac terminated (22:12-13) must have shown that the animal sacrificed was to be regarded merely as a symbol of the heart’s devotion to God. Whether these sacrifices were offered at regular intervals or on special occasions (see Job 1:5), we cannot say.

Besides altars, memorial stones (Heb. massebot) were erected by the patriarchs on spots where God had favored them with special revelations. Drink offerings were poured upon them (Gen 28:18,22; 35:14). The narrative of Jacob’s vow (2:20-22) tells of his promise that, if God would watch over him, supply his wants, and bring him back in safety, he would acknowledge Jehovah as his God, consecrate the pillar he had set up and make it a house of God, and render to Jehovah a tenth of all his income. He excluded strange gods from his house (35:1-4). After due preparation on the part of his household, he built an altar at Bethel.

To the above-mentioned forms of worship, the rite of circumcision was added. In obedience to a divine order, and as a token of the covenant that Jehovah made with him, Abraham performed this rite upon himself and the male members of his household, commanding his posterity that it was an inviolable obligation (Gen 17:1-14,23-27). Nothing further is known regarding the forms of worship that prevailed among the patriarchs.

Mosaic. When Israel became a nation with an organized civil government, in order to fulfill its divine mission it was necessary that its religious affairs should also be remodeled and that the character and style of its worship should be fixed and regulated by positive divine enactments. This did not necessitate an entirely new system of worship, since they were to serve and honor the God of their fathers. Therefore the worship introduced by Moses was grafted on that of Israel’s ancestors. It was improved and perfected only as the circumstances of the Israelites as a confederacy of tribes or a monarchy seemed to require, with such forms and ceremonies as would further Israel’s divinely appointed mission. This object was further secured by the Mosaic ritual, inasmuch as it embraced all the essential elements of a complete system of worship. It gave precise directions as to the place of worship, with its structure and arrangements, instituting a distinct order of sacred functions, prescribing the religious ceremonies, fixing the sacred seasons and the manner in which they were to be observed.

This system bore the stamp of genuine worship. It was framed by Moses in accordance with revelation and recognized Jehovah as the true God. Nor is it a vital objection to its being true worship on the grounds that it had a material and Bible Pulpitsensuous character and that many of its forms and ceremonies were similar to the rituals of pagan religions. These facts have been variously misconstrued and have been taken advantage of for the purpose of disparaging the origin and character of the Mosaic worship. It is true that the Mosaic worship embodies itself, for the most part, in outward forms and ceremonies, for one can only give expression to his relation to his Creator through corporeal media. Religious thought and feeling can express themselves only in word and act, and therefore forms are necessary in every kind of worship. And being copies or impressions of religious ideas, they must have an allegorical or symbolical character.

Further, the religion of the OT is monotheism, in contradiction to the polytheism of heathen nations. Jehovah is represented not only as the only true God, not merely as the almighty Creator, Preserver, and Governor of the world and every creature; not simply as the eternal, absolute Spirit, the good and merciful One who has destined man to enjoy the felicity of life that springs from personal fellowship with Himself. But He is also pictured as the omnipresent and near One watching over all His creatures, to keep the weak and distressed. He seeks to conduct those who have wandered from Him back to the fountain of life. He selected for Himself, from degenerate humanity, a race to be in a special sense His people and to whom He, in a special sense, would be God, with the purpose of saving the world. This is accompanied with such directions for the regulations of their life, that, if accepted and complied with, Israel would become to Jehovah “My own possession among all the peoples” (Ex 19:5-6), “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

Christian. The church of Christ is not only His representative body on earth, it is also the temple of divine service continuing and perfecting the worship of the past. This service includes offerings presented to God and blessings received from Him. The former embraces the entire ordinance of worship, with its nature, reasons, and observances; the latter embraces the means of grace, common prayer, the Word, and the sacraments. These, however, are really one, and their relations to each other as one are of great importance. Both require for their realization the institution of the evangelical ministry. The worship of the The doorChristian church may be regarded in its divine principles and in its human arrangements. As to the former, its object is the revealed Trinity; its form is mediatorial, through the incarnate Son, by the Holy Spirit; its attributes are spirituality, simplicity, purity, and reverent decorum; its seasons are preeminently the Lord’s Day and all times of holy assembly. As to the latter, it is left to the congregation itself to determine the minor details, according to the pattern shown in the Scripture.

As an institute of worship the church of Christ has its ordinary channels for the communication of the influences of the Holy Spirit to the souls of men, namely, the means of grace; the supreme means are the Word and prayer. Special attention is also called to the sacraments (which see) of baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: W. D. Maxwell, A History of Christian Worship (1936); O. Cullmann, Early Christian Worship (1953); R. P. Martin, Worship in the Early Church (1974); R. B. Allen, Praise! A Matter of Life and Breath (1980); R. G. Rayburn, O Come Let Us Worship (1980); R. B. Allen and G. L. Borror, Worship: Rediscovering the Missing Jewel (1982).

A. J.  “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

No Matter How High You Get You’ll Still Look Up To God

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No Matter How High You Get, You’ll Look Up To God
1st Samuel 15:22-23; Obadiah 1:3-4
King James Version & Matthew Henry Commentary

This message reminds us to remain humble when we are blessed and trusted to lead God’s people. It reminds us that people can sometimes change for the worse once they become comfortable with power and prestige. The message also reminds us that when we become too “high-minded”, God has a way of humbling us and sometimes that experience can cause us extreme embarrassment in the public eye. Stay Humble My Friends!

A.J. “therightrevrhino” Watkins M.Div.

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Time to Get Real and Be Real About God

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Time to Get Real & Be Real About God
Romans 13:10-14
King James Version, Greek Lexicon, & Matthew Henry Commentary

This message focuses on reminding us about how we often waste time on people, places, and things in our lives that will not benefit, but burden us as we reach for our various goals in life. This message reminds us to place God in front of all that we do and give God the glory, honor, and praise for opening windows of opportunities for us and allowing us to walk into that particular blessing. Get real with yourselves and God will get real with you and bless all that you set out to do for yourselves. I am living witness to it.

Click here and listen in and enjoy the ride:  Time to Get Real & Be Real About God

All the best and God bless!

A.J. “therighrevrhino” Watkins D.Min.