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Post  Admin on Mon 22 Jul 2013, 4:10 pm

July 21, 2013
Hello Elaine!
A new blog post has just been added to the site...
God's Entire Plan: in 5 Simple Verses
by Chip Brogden

Pretend for a moment that you know nothing about Jesus Christ, and have heard nothing, and have read nothing from any Christian church or ministry. You overhear me talking about Jesus, and you ask, “Who is Jesus?”
Without saying a word, I hand you a piece of paper containing five verses of Scripture...
Read the rest of this article:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/articles/gods-entire-plan-in-5-simple-verses.html

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Post  Admin on Sun 12 May 2013, 7:37 pm

May 12
"Not I, but Christ"

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”
GALATIANS 2:20

Just as salvation is ours through faith by grace, and not of ourselves, so it is with living the Christian life. The difference between a defeated Christian and a victorious Christian is simply this: the former lives by his own power and asks for God’s help and will almost as an afterthought, while the latter despairs of himself, lays down his life, and trusts Christ to live in his place, at all times.
The Cross is how God accomplishes this task of bringing us to the end of ourselves. Then we can say, “Not I, but Christ.”
Source: Embrace the Cross by Chip Brogden
http://theschoolofchrist.org/books/embrace-the-cross.html

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Hello Elaine!
Today we celebrate Mother's Day in the United States. It's a good time to think about some of the larger issues facing the family of God, starting with some intriguing things Jesus said about His own mother...
My Mother and My Brothers

by Chip Brogden

If we could really see the Ekklesia for what it is – a family – then we will immediately know Who the Head of the family is, who the elders are, what they are supposed to do, who has authority, and who does not. We would no longer be concerned with a corporate structure, but we would simply relate to one another as members of the same family.
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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Apr 2013, 9:39 pm

April 12, 2013

Hello Elaine!
A new post has just been added to the Women of Virtue blog...

Deborah

by Karla Brogden

The Lord wants men and women working together to fulfill His purpose. Religion has complicated this and taught men to lord over women and make sure their wives are submissive. The impression is that women are inferior to men. This is incorrect. But certain feminists believe men are inferior to women. This is also incorrect. The key is working together, not lording over one another...
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March 6, 2013
Hello Elaine!
First I would like to say I am having such a wonderful time writing the Women of Virtue blog. Looking into the lives of these women has really opened my eyes to seeing a different side of these ladies than what I was taught in church, for sure.
I would like to say thanks to you for leaving comments on the blog. It is always so wonderful hearing from you! Please drop me a comment or email.
Here is the latest...
Elisabeth
by Karla Brogden

Elisabeth will give birth to a prophet of whom Jesus says, “Hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” The world (or society) we live in does not look highly on older people but her life is an example to all of us that even at an old age the Lord can still use your life to change others...
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Lois and Eunice

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March 6, 2013
Hello Elaine!
A new blog post has just been added to the site...
Lois and Eunice
by Karla Brogden
These two women were simply a grandmother and a mother, but what an impact they had on the world. Just being an "ordinary" grandmother and an "ordinary" mother prepared a little boy to become a tremendous impact and to pass the torch of Christianity to yet another generation.
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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Feb 2013, 11:06 pm

Hello Elaine,
I'm going to acknowledge something
that many Christians are too afraid
(or ashamed) to admit.

Even strong Christians can feel
overwhelmed and stressed out.

Yes, even me.

Putting on a fake smile and pretending
like you're too spiritual to be troubled
by life is unhealthy and hypocritical.

Jesus had to constantly encourage His
disciples to have no fear, believe,
and don't doubt.

The truth is we ALL experience doubt,
confusion, anger, frustration, stress,
worry, fear, and a myriad of emotions
from time-to-time.

How do you deal with it?

Some will say, "Read the Bible...
pray... sing..."

Or worse, "Go to church more!"

But all those things require EFFORT.

And when you're overwhelmed, you need
something effortless.

So I came up with a fool-proof way
to feed my spirit, calm my mind, and
overcome negative thoughts - even
when I don't feel particularly
"spiritual."

Go here to learn more:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/smp
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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Feb 2013, 3:01 pm

Elaine just touching base
From: "TheSchoolOfChrist.Org"
January 29, 2013
Hello Elaine!
Need a little faith-boost today?

We recently reorganized the teachings on our site to make it easier
for you to find what you're looking for, depending on how you like
to learn.

- If you like to READ, check out all the articles and books
here: http://theschoolofchrist.org/read

- If prefer to LISTEN, go here for all the audio teachings:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/listen

Is there something you want to hear us talk about that we
haven't covered? If so, reply to this email and let us know
your thoughts.

Have a great day... and thank you for supporting Christ-centered
teaching!

I am your brother,
Chip Brogden
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P.S. We just finished posting all the messages from The Prophetic
Calling webinar (about four hour's worth), including the slides.
Even if you don't consider yourself "prophetic" you are constantly
hearing from people who claim to be. This teaching will help you
discern between true and false.

Go here to listen (free):
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Post  Admin on Sun 10 Feb 2013, 7:59 pm

February 10, 2013

Hello Elaine,
A couple of months ago I conducted a series of live teachings titled The Prophetic Calling.
These online sessions were quickly over-filled and many people who wanted to get in could not.
Good news: Now you can listen to the audio replay, and you can download the slides in a handy .pdf study guide. All free.
Just go here for immediate access:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/mp3/the-prophetic-calling.html
Session 1 is titled "Defining Prophetic Ministry Today" and I think you'll find it helpful.
If you get something out of these messages, please share them with a friend. The remaining sessions will be posted over the next few days.

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Post  Admin on Mon 28 Jan 2013, 12:04 am

Anna
by Karla Brogden

Anna’s life seemed to start out like a lot of women’s. She got married, was happy, and settled into this new life, enjoying her everyday life and its routines. Everything, I am sure, seemed to be falling into place for her. Then tragedy struck...

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Post  Admin on Mon 21 Jan 2013, 10:50 pm

January 20, 2013
Hello Elaine!

A new blog post has just been added to the site..

7 Proven Ways to Receive Revelation

Receiving revelation is something of an art. To intentionally seek revelation is one thing that sets the prophet apart from the ordinary person who passively waits to receive. The prophet does not wait for revelation, but pursues it. The prophetic person asks, seeks, knocks and pays the price until revelation is obtained. There are many forms in which the revelation comes, and the prophetic person does not limit themselves to one or two ways, but hears and sees through many different means.

Following is a partial list of forms in which revelation is communicated to the prophet, beginning with the most basic, and working up to the most advanced...

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Post  Admin on Sat 19 Jan 2013, 12:04 am

January 18, 2013
Hello Elaine!
My wife, Karla, has just started a new blog that takes a fresh look at the role of women in the Ekklesia.
The Virtuous Woman
(But Not As You've Known Her)

by Karla Brogden

This Proverbs woman is amazing isn’t she? Absolutely amazing. So if you are like me when I read these verses on the virtuous woman, my first thought was: “I cannot live up to this. There is no way I can be like this woman. This woman is the definition of ‘perfect.’ This woman is some kind of super hero.”

The church actually uses these verses to “keep” women in check. They teach that “Christian” women should have the same character as the virtuous woman described in Proverbs. That is how a “Christian” woman should be and if you are not like that example, then something is wrong with you. You have hidden sin in your life or you are rebellious. They place a guilt trip on you. Can you relate to this? I can say these words because I have experienced this first hand...

Visit the blog and click the latest post to read more:
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Although the focus is on women, I think men can learn a lot from this... I know I have!

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Post  Admin on Sun 13 Jan 2013, 6:44 pm

Hello Elaine!
A new blog post has just been added to the site...
His Government

Given the vital relationship that exists between the Holy Spirit and the prophetic ministry, it isn’t enough for the prophet to be “filled” or even “led” by the Spirit; the prophet must be completely governed by the Holy Spirit. There is a lot packed into that word governed that must be pulled out and examined. What does it mean to be governed by the Holy Spirit?

Click here to read more:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/blog/his-government.html
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P.S. This excerpt is taken from my new book, The Prophetic Mandate, coming out later this month. If you already pre-ordered the book, we'll let you know as soon as it ships.
To pre-order your copy, go to:
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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Dec 2012, 10:31 am

You're invited to join us this Thursday night for the fourth
(and final) session in our webinar series on "The Prophetic
Calling."

"NURTURING YOUR PROPHETIC CALLING"

DATE: Thursday, December 20
TIME: 8:00 P.M. EST (New York)

Registration is FREE:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/webinar

I've been hinting all along that to a certain extent, anyone who is
filled with the Spirit of God has the potential to be used
prophetically. I'll back that up with Scripture tomorrow night and
make everything discussed so far personal and applicable to you.

We will post all the replays within the next couple of weeks. But
if you can join us live that would be great!

Here's the link again:
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Post  Admin on Thu 13 Dec 2012, 4:23 pm

Tonight we present Part 3 of our series on "The Prophetic Calling."

Up until now we've talked about what the prophetic gift is and how
it works.

Now we're going to start focusing on the prophetic person - how
they are formed, and how you can nurture your own prophetic gifting.

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Post  Admin on Tue 11 Dec 2012, 4:08 pm

The Cure for "Prophetic Pains"
Hey Elaine,
I can quickly relate a dozen experiences I've had with flaky people
(both men and women) who thought they were "prophetic."

They always show up at my meetings and want to pray for me.

Then they always think they "see" something wrong with me, or they
want to give me a "word."

And they are always off the mark.

This used to bother and upset me - now, I try to have a little fun
with it.

One lady gave me the great revelation that there was something
"wrong with my heart."

"Really? What is it?" I asked.

She looked around and leaned in close to me...

"Bitterness!" she whispered gravely, crossing her arms and leaning
back in a triumphant stance, satisfied that she had prophetically
diagnosed my hidden condition and exposed Chip Brogden as a bitter,
hurt, angry young man.

"Oh, THAT!" I boomed. "Jesus healed that YEARS ago! There's just
an old scar there now. He heals the wounds but leaves the scars."
I smiled sweetly.

She became confused, blinked several times, and tried again:

"Oh, you are still HURT... you have PAIN... you need HEALING... the Lord
told me to tell you..."

"Listen," I said. "All of us have been, or will be, hurt. Pain is
a part of living; it isn't something to be healed from like a
toothache or a broken toe. I know you're just throwing out a big
net to try to catch me into confessing something so you can get
power over me, but if you're going to give me a prophetic word, try
something a little less generic."

She just blinked and stammered; then she got visibly angry because
I had "rejected" her "word."

"Wait!" I called after her as she stormed off. "Now I'm sensing
pain, hurt, anger, and rejection in YOU! You need HEALING!"

I've said that people like that will crawl across the country on
broken glass to deliver a "prophetic" word, but they won't drive
across the street to listen to one.

Maybe you've had some of those experiences yourself.

The point is I am full of stories like that, but...

I can't easily think of a single genuine prophetic experience I've
received from others in the last ten years.

(I'm not saying there were none, I just can't easily remember them.)

The genuine encounters are few, rare, and very subtle - no big
"thus saith the Lord" moments.

But my bad experiences with "prophetic" people are numerous and
easy to remember.

Now, if you can relate to what I'm talking about then you're
probably in touchy place when it comes to prophetic things.

Most people (including me) have been so fed up with "prophetic"
quackery that we avoid the subject altogether.

Scripture warned us this would happen, and tells us what to do
about it:

"Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all
things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil" (I
Thess. 5:19-22)

How does this apply to the subject at hand?

Here's how I read it:

"When you allow the Holy Spirit to have His way among His people,
the Revelation and Testimony of Christ is bound to come forth.
This is a good thing. So don't be suspicious of prophetic giftings
and utterances; on the contrary, encourage them. But don't accept
everything you see and hear. Test and prove everything said and
done. Exercise your spiritual discernment and if you find some
nugget of truth worth keeping, hang on to it like a precious gem.
Discard the rest. Never allow any kind of evil, self-serving,
carnal purpose to masquerade under the pretenses of a false
prophetic word."

I like that. It makes sense.

If we despise prophetic ministry altogether, or take the arrogant
position that "I'm led by the Spirit, so I don't need no prophets,"
then we will miss a huge blessing and suffer needlessly.

Pain is a part of life, but there is no spiritual value in needless
suffering - or suffering due to a lack of knowledge.

On the other hand, if we run around chasing prophets and prophetic
words, we're going to suffer, too.

So we have to learn how to recognize, restore, and receive from the
genuinely prophetic men and in the Body of Christ.

And my new book discusses all this in great detail:
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So if you're trying to sort out the difference between the true and
false then this book will be helpful and encouraging - perhaps even
eye-opening.

It is the best cure I know of for getting rid of those "prophetic
pains."

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Post  Admin on Tue 04 Dec 2012, 11:21 pm

Hi Elaine,
I especially enjoyed seeing so many of you on our live online
teaching last week!

You're invited to join us again this Thursday night for Part 2:
"The Form and Function of the Prophetic Ministry."

DATE: Thursday, December 6
TIME: 8:00 P.M. EST (New York)

Registration is FREE:
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You do have to register for each session.

You may not be able to attend all four sessions. That's not a
problem. When the series is completed, we will post all the replays.

The biggest benefit of the live session is the Question and Answers
that follow (these are not recorded).

So here's the link again:
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Hello Elaine,

This is one of the most urgently needed books I've ever written.

If we don't learn how recognize, restore, and receive from the genuinely prophetic men and women in the Body of Christ then the purity and simplicity of a Christ-centered faith will be lost.




If you think I'm overstating the problem then you don't fully appreciate the danger of our times.

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Post  Admin on Thu 08 Nov 2012, 6:08 pm

Hi Elaine,

This week here in the United States we held our presidential
election.

If you paid attention to the results of the election then the
following trends can be seen:

- Half the people want the government to take care of them; the
other half want the government to leave them alone.

- Half the people want the government to legalize homosexual
marriage; the other half want the government to stay out of
legislating immoral, sinful behavior.

- Half the people want to be able to kill unborn babies as a matter
of personal choice or convenience; the other half believe killing
is wrong.

And so on.

Clearly, the United States is no longer united; we are now the
Divided States of America.

But this is not just an American issue.

The world as a whole is heading down a road that is morally and
spiritually bankrupt.

Personal responsibility is not popular; therefore, spiritual and
moral responsibility is equally distasteful.

The popular worldview is the attitude of, "Do whatever you want,
however you want, whenever you want, with whomever you want."

So it looks like the "let me do whatever I want to do" group has a
slight majority over the rest.

BUT HERE'S THE GOOD NEWS...

The election results also show us that:

- Half the people DO agree that our country is going in the wrong
direction.

- Half the people DO believe in Biblical, moral, ethical, spiritual
and family values.

- Half the people DO want to take personal responsibility for their
lives and DO NOT want the government to take care of them.

So...

Don't give up.

Don't be depressed.

Don't be frustrated.

Don't be swept away by the tide of negative pessimism about your
future.

The Bible says that "in *every* nation *anyone* who fears God and
does what is right is acceptable to Him" (Acts 10:35).

So this isn't just about the United States - it's about you and your
nation, wherever you live in the world.

In every nation (no matter how wicked it may be overall) God will
preserve a remnant of those with the courage to speak the truth and
do the right thing.

Will we keep standing for what is right, or throw up our hands in
despair?

Now is the time for us to love, support, pray for, and encourage
one another as members of the Holy Nation of God's Called-Out
People.

Love God, love your neighbor, and let your light shine - now, more
than ever!

And be spiritually, moral, and financially responsible with your
personal liberties by not taking freedom for granted.

Your fate does not depend upon how the slim majority votes, or how
the elected leadership chooses to rule.

Remember: "the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it
to whomever He chooses" (Dan. 4:25).

You see, I've read all the way to the end of the Book, and I've
gotta tell you...

All this is just temporary anyway.

Jesus MUST increase (Jn. 3:30); therefore, He WILL increase, and He
IS increasing. He can't be stopped.

Yes, the last days are going to be a trying time; but the Lord is
preparing you for such a time as this.

Wake up and take responsibility for building a real relationship
with Jesus; spend time with Him and get into His Word.

You can keep in touch with the news and be aware of what is going
on, but don't be consumed by it (there is a difference).

Remember: Jesus came to fulfill something much larger than any
nation on this earth, and everything is working to fulfill this
prophecy whether we can see it or not!

Eventually, Christ will inherit the nations of the earth (including
the United States); and when He does, He is going to make a few
changes.

Be ready.

Until then, let's continue to pray for His Will and His Kingdom -
not from desperate fear and frustration, but from confident hope
and expectation.


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Post  Admin on Sun 21 Oct 2012, 6:37 pm

5 EVIDENCES OF A CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH
by Chip Brogden

----------------------
Evidence #3 - Increasingly Identified With Christ
----------------------

What if I told you that (perhaps as a result of some strange case
of amnesia) everything you thought you knew about yourself was
wrong? What if I told you that your real name is something else,
and you had another family in another country? And what if I told
you that the only way to re-connect with your true identity is to
forsake the only identity you've ever known?

Would you leave everything you thought you knew to find the "real
you"? Or would you be too attached to your current identity to
leave it?

The spiritual truth is not too far removed from the scenario I have
described. All of us are on a spiritual journey to re-connect with
our Creator, Who invites us to walk with Him in a love
relationship. But at some point we were separated from our real
family and our real life in Christ. We were led astray from the
simplicity of a Christ-Centered Faith and were encouraged to form
an identity around a Church-Centered Faith. This was supposed to
strengthen and deepen our relationship with God; instead, the
introduction of a religion about Jesus harmed our relationship with
Him...

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Post  Admin on Mon 08 Oct 2012, 10:52 pm

Hi Elaine,

Naboth had a vineyard in Jezreel.

("Naboth" means "fruitful" and "Jezreel" means "the planting of the
Lord.")

King Ahab offered to buy the vineyard from Naboth so he could grow
vegetables.

Naboth refused to sell his inheritance for any price.

Ahab went home and pouted.

And while Ahab pouted, Jezebel plotted.

She had Naboth killed.

The vineyard was replaced with a vegetable patch.

Jezebel and Ahab got what they wanted... for the time being, anyway.

But what's the point of this story?

It's revealed in my new audio teaching, "The Jezebel Code":
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org/jezebel

I'll give you a hint: the story of Naboth's Vineyard is a prophetic
portrait of what happened when a Christ-Centered Faith was replaced
by Churchianity.

That's what happens when you "tolerate Jezebel" (Rev. 2:20).

Now, people argue that Jezebel's Garden is "producing lots of
fruit."

And if it is "producing fruit" then it must be a good thing.

As Jesus would say, "Blind fools!"

Jesus said we do err, not because our hearts are not in the right
place, but because we don't know the Scriptures.

If we KNEW the Scriptures then we would know that we cannot defend
Jezebel's Garden (the Harlot Church system).

Something for you to think about.

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Post  Admin on Sun 30 Sep 2012, 7:47 pm

A couple of days ago I released this video:
http://TheSchoolOfChrist.Org/jezebel

It has (predictably) stirred up a lot of questions, so I'll try to
answer some of them.

----
Q: In your video you said anyone who has ever attended church has
come under the influence of Jezebel to one degree or another.
Aren't you painting every church with the same brush?

A: If you go to a landfill you're going to be influenced by the
stink, and you're going to take some of that stink with you when
you leave. The longer you stay in the stink, the more affected you
will be, and the more you will affect others. Eventually you'll
get so used to the stink that you won't smell it anymore. So the
fact that some churches stink less than others does not change the
fact that they are all influenced by the spirit of Jezebel to some
degree. The fact that you think your church "isn't like that" could
really mean that you've just become impervious to its religious
stench. Jezebel still stinks to God and to people with
discernment. It also stinks to the world, who reject Christ on the
basis of things said and done in His Name by the religious system.

----
Q: What's the difference between Jezebel and Babylon, or is it the
same thing?

A: From Scripture we discern that Jezebel is a spirit, while
Babylon is a city (e.g., a powerful system). You could say that
Jezebel is the religious spirit that helps drive the religious
system of Babylon. Just as a city's influence extends far beyond
its borders, Jezebel's reach extends well beyond Babylon, which
explains why those who have stopped going to church can still be
manipulated by this religious spirit without even realizing it.

----
Q: I always heard that Jezebel is a controlling female spirit that
tries to manipulate the pastor. True or false?

A: It's much bigger than that. Jezebel runs the whole religious
system and uses both men and women to perpetuate her seductions. It
is a systemic, pervasive, all-encompassing seduction that's bigger
than any one church or denomination or group. Just as Scripture
predicted: once a little leaven was introduced, the whole lump
became leavened. And although the religious spirit itself is
neither male nor female, the epidemic of effeminate men and
homosexual activity within the religious system's leadership is a
definite characteristic of Jezebel's work.

----
Q: What does this have to do with your famous "Christ-centered
teaching"? What is so Christ-centered about bashing the church?

A: Which "church" are you referring to - the True, or the False? I
am only repeating what Scripture has already warned us about: a
counterfeit Bride who is really a Harlot will seduce many people in
the last days by claiming to represent God. Helping people get
free from a religious spirit that lies, bewitches, distracts, and
seduces them away from Christ is an obvious first step towards
pointing them to Christ.

----
Q: What exactly can you "do" for someone under the influence of
Jezebel?

A: Assuming a person loves God and respects the Word of God, the
first step is to simply show them what the Bible says. That's what
this teaching is all about, and for those who really love Jesus,
that is all you need to do - show them the truth and they will
repent. Those brazen enough to nullify the Word of God in order to
defend their religious traditions cannot be helped, and won't be
helped, by this teaching.

----
Watch the video and request the full audio teaching here:
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Post  Admin on Thu 27 Sep 2012, 1:27 pm

Hi Elaine,

Did you know that the Bible clearly predicts the rise and fall of
the modern church system?

I got tired of people saying I was making this up.

So, for the first time, I've gone step-by-step through the
prophetic Scriptures, the parables of Jesus, the letters of Paul,
and the Book of Revelation to show what the religious system is
really all about, how it affects you, and what you can expect.

All clearly written in Scripture, in advance of its fulfillment, so
we would be prepared.

I call it "The Jezebel Code."

Watch this video to learn more:
http://theschoolofchrist.org/jezebel


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Part 2: Pursuit of the High Call of God
5 EVIDENCES OF A CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH
by Chip Brogden

----------------------
Evidence #2 - Pursuit of the High Call of God
----------------------

Florence Chadwick was the first woman to swim the English Channel
in both directions. Sometime after that accomplishment, she set out
to become the first woman to swim from Catalina Island to the coast
of California. After hours of swimming in the ice cold water,
fending off sharks and battling a discouraging fog, she gave up
just a half mile from her goal. "If only I could have seen land,"
she said afterwards, "I might have made it."

Seeing the goal of our spiritual journey is critical. God has a
goal for us, but that goal is often obscured by the fog of
religion. If we can't see the goal, we'll just give up and settle
for something lesser, something easier. This is precisely the
problem with the Institutional Church. Those with a Self-Centered
or Church-Centered Faith have essentially settled for something far
below God's full thought for them. They are satisfied to reach the
bare minimum goal with the bare minimum effort, but are unwilling
to go any further.

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5 EVIDENCES OF A CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH
by Chip Brogden

----------------------
Evidence #1 - Total Commitment to the Preeminence of Christ
----------------------

"Preeminence" means having the first, highest, chief, and best
place in a position of ascendancy over everything else. In military
terms, having preeminence means being able to go anywhere, and do
anything, without opposition. It is overwhelming, unrestricted,
absolute authority and power.

Though everyone seeks preeminence, only one Person is worthy of it,
and only He can be trusted with it. Scripture reveals that God
intends for Jesus Christ to have that kind of unrestricted
authority and power in a position of spiritual ascendancy over
everything else: "That in all things He should have the
preeminence" (Col. 1:18).

Preeminence is revealed in some of the titles of Christ. He is not
just one king among many kings, but He is "King of Kings." He is
not merely one lord among many lords, but He is "Lord of Lords." He
is not just one path to God among so many other paths of equal
significance and relevance: but Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth, and
THE Life, and He declares without apology that "no one comes to the
Father except by Me" (Jn. 14:6). Many people today consider that
exclusivity to be intolerant and closed-minded. Scripture calls it
Christ having the preeminence...

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5 EVIDENCES OF A CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH

by Chip Brogden

http://theschoolofchrist.org/articles/5-evidences-of-a-christ-centered-faith-introduction.html

(Introduction)

Just 400 years ago it was commonly accepted that everything in the
universe, including the sun, moon and stars, all revolved around a
stationary Earth. Not only did this seem obvious to those who lived
on Earth, it seemed to be supported by Scripture.

So when the astronomer Galileo began to spread the idea of the
earth and everything else revolving around a stationary sun, he
attracted the ire of the Roman Catholic Church. Galileo provided a
solid scientific basis for his ideas, and tried to show that his
theories did not contradict Scripture at all. Nevertheless, Galileo
was branded a heretic, forced to recant, and obliged to live the
rest of his life as a prisoner in his own home. Today we know that
the Roman Catholic Church was wrong, and Galileo was correct.

In a similar way, the Christian Religion has, for over 1700 years,
successfully convinced millions of people to adopt a
Church-Centered Faith. Scriptures are used to justify a view of the
spiritual universe that is erroneous. It is a line of thinking in
which everyone and everything connected with God is supposed to
revolve around the Church: build it, support it, attend it, and
invite people to join it. Christ, mistakenly credited with having
founded the Institutional Church, is obliged to protect, defend,
love, honor, cherish, bless, and provide for it. Those who
challenge this view are likewise seen as rebellious heretics.

The truth is that God never called us to a Church-Centered Faith.
From the beginning, God has called followers of Jesus to a
Christ-Centered Faith: a way of living that revolves around Christ
having the central, preeminent, and most important place in a
person's heart. The Assembly of Called-Out Persons (the Ekklesia)
was to be both a spiritual and a practical community of
Christ-followers who had entered into a new covenant with God and
with one another: to value, believe, teach, practice, and
experience a Christ-Centered Faith.

That is simply another way of saying that the belief and practice
of the New Testament was based upon, and centered around, a
relationship with a Person. The focus was not on the systematic
theology of a new religious group, nor was it the particular nuance
of doctrine from a breakaway splinter group within Judaism. New
Testament belief and practice was unique in that it was centered
upon a Man Who lived, died, came back to life again, and would now
rule in the hearts of men and women until He returned. You could
say that in the New Testament universe, God clearly established
that everything was to revolve around the SON.

The apostle Paul is normally described by historians as the one
most responsible for "establishing Christianity" in the Greco-Roman
world. It is therefore important to note that Paul, as the primary
spokesperson for this new Faith to the non-Jewish world, had no
intention of laying out a complicated doctrinal framework or
systematic theology. He was not primarily called to be an
apologist, theologian, or professor of religion. Quite the
opposite, in fact; he would eventually repudiate his former
fascination with religion and commit himself to a completely
different calling. But "establishing Christianity" was the furthest
thing from his mind.

What happened to Paul? The direction of his life was changed in an
instant, and we know the exact moment when his destiny was forever
changed. Something happened to Paul on the road to Damascus. What
happened? Not a mere revelation. Not just an epiphany. Not just an
awakening. Certainly, not the discovery of a particular doctrinal
or Scriptural insight that had previously been overlooked, only to
hit him in a "eureka" moment. Not the mere flashing of a light bulb
in his head, with the exclamation, "By George, I think I've got
it!" All of that deals with the realm of the rational mind, the
thoughts, the working of the intellectual process that everyone
experiences from time to time.

It is important to understand that what happened to Paul was well
beyond the realm of intellectual apprehension and rational thought.
What happened to Paul was not the result of calculation,
premeditation, or a long period of study in which he came to some
new conclusions and made a few cosmetic changes to his personal
belief system. Paul did not stumble upon an idea, a thought, an
argument, or a doctrine on the road to Damascus. Paul did not
respond to someone else's persuasive presentation or emotionally
moving message.

What happened to Paul? Simply this: Paul met a Man. Paul stumbled
upon a Person. And once Paul met the Lord Jesus, Paul adopted a
completely new set of values, beliefs, teachings, and practices
that replaced the old ways of the Jewish religion. Christ now stood
in the center of Paul's world, and everything else (including Paul
himself) would revolve around this Man.

Of course, we are tempted to hold up Paul as a peculiar, unique
example. In reality, Paul's experience with Christ, and the
resulting upheaval and re-ordering of everything in Paul's life to
revolve around Christ, is the sort of spiritual revolution that
every true follower of Jesus *should have already experienced*. If
your coming to Christ has not resulted in spiritual upset to the
status quo then you have not truly touched the Lord Himself. You
have (like many nominal Christians) merely touched an idea, or a
teaching, or a belief. You have touched mere Christianity, or more
likely, Churchianity; but these are mere shadows of the substance,
and more often than not, they do more to distract you from Christ
than to help you find Him.

No, you do not have to have a vision of Jesus and hear an audible
voice (as Paul did) to touch the Person of Christ; but you must
have touched, on some basic level, the Person Who so often is
hidden behind all the things said and done in His Name that really
have nothing to do with Him. Those who touch the things *about* Jesus
experience religion; those who touch Christ Himself experience
*revolution*. Those who touch the religion wind up in a
Church-Centered Faith; those who touch the Living Christ adopt a
Christ-Centered Faith.

How can we tell the difference? Jesus said that the tree is known
by the fruit that it produces. There are some clues, some
evidences, of a Christ-Centered Faith. There is visible, tangible
fruit. When we compare the fruit of a Christ-Centered Faith with
the fruit of a Church-Centered Faith, the differences are very
clearly seen.

TO BE CONTINUED...


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