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Sunday, 22 March 2009
Ready For a SHOCK?
Does Your Pastor Teach this?
A New Testament Command From the Apostles to the Pastors, Elders, Prophets, Teachers, and all those who assemble as the church
It is clearly stated under the LAW of the OT, the Levites had a COMMAND to take tithes of their brethren:
Hebrews 7:5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren
Reading what Paul said were NEW TESTAMENT commands in 2Thes3:
4) And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command.
6) Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which they received of us.
(no distinction between the clergy and laity is given)
7 For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; (notice the "we". apostle Paul, Timothy, Silvanus are to be imitated. not the mega church pastor or the "disorderly" , "brethren". Prepare to see what "disorderly means!)
8) neither did we eat bread for nought at any man`s hand, but in labor and travail, working night and day, that we might not burden any of you:
(notice the *we* did not eat for free at the hand of the church, but WORKED night and day not to burden them! Quite a contrast to the burden put on people sitting in a pew to "give", "tithe", and contribute to what the clergy puts forth as a "vision" for the church.)
9) not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.
(Notice they WORKED as an example for them... uh pastors, elders, bishops included...)
10) For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, If any will not work, neither let him eat.
(yes, it is true, there is a New Testament COMMAND to WORK, but if they don't work, the non-working brothers are not to eat..?)
11) For we hear of some that walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies.
(some walk disorderly?? you must be joking? in the church, some not working?
Hello pastors? nothing about tithing reminders here...)
12) Now them that are such we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
(I think we got some church payroll problems here for "them that are such" ...)
Let's see, tithing was a command for the Levites under the Old Law, but work is commanded under the New Covenant and no exceptions are made for a pastor, deacon, bishop, elder, overseer, prophet, teacher... No pastor has a command to receive tithes. The apostles never once commanded tithing.
Also note Paul/Timothy, Silvanus said not a word about tithes or salary here, but instead commands them to work. This is consistent with what he said in Acts 20 to the "bishops" and "elders":
31) Wherefore watch ye, remembering that by the space of three years I ceased not to admonish every one night and day with tears.
32) And now I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified.
33) I coveted no man`s silver, or gold, or apparel. (nor tithes, nor a salary)
34) Ye yourselves know that these hands ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.
(Paul worked as an example to the BISHOPS and ELDERS. Elders were pastors, teachers, prophets, evangelists given the oversight of the church to protect it from the wolves who would devour the substance of God's sheep.)
35) In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Yes, it is shocking to realize the ministry was to work and help the weak, not take or extort from them in the name of tithing, "faithful giving to their ministry, or the reasoning used by the justifiers of profiting from the Sunday collection plate. Where is the scripture teaching the Sunday plate for the benefit of the church?
-or where is the church called a "storehouse" in your Bible?
The apostles who forsook their nets and physical jobs to attend to the ministry of the Word and prayer were as Peter who said "silver and gold have I none..." as they walked in the footsteps of Jesus. Think about this next time you sit in a church and the offering plate comes by and you are given the little envelope to fill out.
As shown in multiple scriptures in regard to imitate their example by imitating the disciples in their ministry and in regard to
1. 2nd Thessalonians 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
2 . 2nd Thessalonians 3:9 not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and ensample unto you, that ye should imitate us.
3. Hebrews 13:7 Remember them that had the rule over you, men that spake unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith.
4. 3rd John 1:11 Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
5 Acts 20:35 In all things I gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Sadly, we live in a time where the scripture is laid aside in order to imitate what is taught in Bible College or by a Name Brand ministry. The professional minister is receiving their "blessing" by extorting tithes and offerings as they seek to fund and maintain the personal kingdom they manage commonly known as a church.
They are imitating those before them who have learned to profit from the weekly collection rather than truly trusting God and obeying the commands given by Paul as he "commanded" the church and leadership to work in order to help support the weak and needy.
What does your pastor teach?
Sunday, 15 March 2009
We Went To Church!??
WHAT? The writer of one of the few sites that continually advocates NOT going to "church" found himself in church the other evening.
No, it was not a relatives wedding, baptism, children's program, fund raiser, Church Drama, food drive, Ordination Service, Revival Service, Prophecy/ Healing/ Miracle Crusade.
There were no Big Names, Special Speakers, Doctor of Divinity, mega-church pastor with an entourage, no Italian-suited Apostles, Bishops, Prophets, Purpose Driven Promoter or other titled potentates of Celebrity Christendom. No robed choir and no "worship team" was seen.
There was no parking lot, vestibule, no Starbucks in the lobby, no lobby, no pastors office, no display cabinets, nothing was sold, no CD's/DVD's or even a lowly cassette around. There was no pulpit, stage, tele-monitors, microphones, deacons, offering collectors, Special Singers, and not even a pew!
There were no ushers, tithe envelopes, no suited orators, no program, no Bulletins, no Classes, no Staff meeting, no song books, no choreographed order of "service".
It was unscheduled. There was no one man in charge dominating the gathering. How in the Name of Denominational Covering can you have church without all that stuff?
A REAL church ought to at least have a storefront building you say? If you don't have that "stuff" and at least a titled Chief Ruler, it's not really a church?
Where were we and what went on that we dare call it .....church?
First let me explain what "church" is. Church is from the Greek word "ekklesia" .
What in the world does that mean? Although it it is used as "church", it literally means "the CALLED OUT ones".
Jesus used it in terms of those whom He called out of apostate Judaism.
The folks we gathered with were all ex-"church" goers who had "come out from among them" from various sects of Christianity. No one even gave it a thought that we were conducting a "church" meeting, somehow that small formality was even omitted.
There were 11 people there.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Jesus was among us.
There were two people confirmed healed and several demons cast out that were afflicting pain in several of them. At one point it appeared a pet dog was manifesting a devil and we rebuked the spirit and the dog immediately became quiet..
We had a meal together, testified, taught, edified one anothers' faith, prayed for one another, and shared the Word of God.
1Cor 14:26 What is it then, brethren? When ye come together, each one hath a psalm, hath a teaching, hath a revelation, hath a tongue, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
We were in agreement and like-minded even though we barely knew each other and came from very different backrounds.
Phil 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind
Oh yes, we met in a house.
Acts 5:42 ... and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ
Acts 16:32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.
Rom 16: 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house.
No one announced we would have a "church" meeting, "go to church", or "meet at the church".
Aas we drove home it dawned on us, we were "the church" tonite !!!
It was later that we realized we had been to "church" because NONE of the typical "stuff" of a traditional church were evident! We were together most of the day, from 3pm to after 11.
The simplicity of it all points out to us how far the modern American church has strayed from the simple gatherings of the disciples as in the book of Acts.
Yes friends, it was true and what we experienced was a picture of what "church" is going to look like for millions of Christians who "come out from among them", i.e. the fallen, competitive, sectarian, self-serving apostate kingdoms and religions of Christianity.
No one was "puffed up", but all were "built up".
It was the best "church service" we have been to and completely devoid of what we now recognize as completely uneccessary clutter, tradition, and ridiculous church baggage as orchestrated every Sunday.
I can't wait for it to happen again.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
In our "Outside-the-Box" view of Christianity, much has been written here in regard to the unscriptural authority vested in the "pastor headship", also know as the "Senior Pastor" church model.
In this we will discuss "the evangelist" of scripture.
First let me say in the spiraling apostasy of the modern church, the goal of evangelising is mostly accomplished by inviting people to "church". We did this pseudo "evangelism" through various "outreach" programs and gimmicks.
You know, the Children's Christmas and Easter Program, a baptisimal service, a special speaker, a Prophecy Series, Financial Class, and of course advertising in the local media. The idea was if we could get them to come sit in one of our "services" God might somehow get hold of them and they would want to get saved.
Our job was to get them to church so the pastor could get them saved, after all, that what he gets paid for, right?.
To help them cooperate, a number of manipulative techniques might be used, appeal to emotions, promises of "blessings and rewards", and usually one or more unscriptural terms offered such as "ask Jesus into your heart" or "accept Christ", which are substituted for "repent and believe the gospel". The term "Seeker-Sensitive" became a common method for presenting a watered down gospel message in which judgement, sin, and hell are not mentioned and a schmoozy version of "accept Christ" is substituted.
(BTW, The command to Repent is not optional..)
This is all done from the safety zone of an elevated "platform", (in reality a stage), from behind a pulpit, surrounded by like-minded church-goers, and God in His mercy, does save some through these devices. At least for now..
In addition, this is also a really a great way to slip people into a church and build numbers for a ministry as many of the Big Name Churches give witness. There is nothing like a good, easy to believe, comfortable, feel-good approach to making "disciples", right? (see "Institutional Salvation")
It is also a great way to evenagelize great numbers found in the wallets and checkbooks as many TV evangelists and Mega-Church pastors give witness.
The bottom line here is most "evangelism" consists of many methods which attempt to herd people into the barns, corrals, and cages of Christianity so the pastor can get them saved. (Do a google search "church growth program". I did and got 13,500,000 documents!)
Compare the typical comfy church on the corner with this verse:
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Does this sound like Christians today? May God restore ALL of us to the model He gave us in Acts!
The evangelist is not the pastor although we should all be part evangelist and ready to do as said in 1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Why is the evangelist ministry gift so important, not only to those unsaved, but to the CHURCH ITSELF?
-because if the true evangelist is missing, then the saints are NOT EQUIPPED to do the work of an evangelist in ministering to the lost!
Would anyone argue that there is but a miniscule effort to evangelize the lost outside of church membership?
Do you honestly believe advertising, promotions, and programs are really what the Bible evangelists did?
Can it be said we have also LOST the pattern of evangelism from that of scripture?
John the Baptist out in the wilderness.
Matthew 10: the disciples were empowered and sent out from house to house, town to town.
Jesus was always evangelizing Gods' LOST SHEEP everywhere
:in the churches (synagogues)
:in the temple
-in the face of the phony apostate clergy of His day.
: to Gods people who went to the temple with a desire to please God
: here and there, -the woman at the well
: in homes
: outdoors -by the lake
and in Acts, the disciples evangelized:
: in the temple
: out doors
: in the streets
: in homes
: women doing the outdoor laundry
: in the public square
: in court before rulers
One conclusion becomes obvious, the gospel of the kingdom (the REAL Gospel of the REAL Kingdom) was not shut up into barns, corrals, and cages.., and evangelization was a full-time, on-going lifestyle where the seed of Gods Word was sown everywhere the disciples went.
The real Word of the real gospel was also CONFIRMED by signs and wonders just as the Lord said it would. Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word by the signs that followed. (Need we add the modern church, for the most part does not have its' message confirmed as the disciples did.)
As we left the Institutional church, we realized there were thousands of ex-church goers in our city and they needed to be evangelized. NOT by the failed church "system", but by those that found God's life outside of the walls. The longer we stayed outside the camp, the more we realized that the majority of churches had become "the lost sheep of modern Israel", and both groups are in desparate need of evangelism. That is the primary function and call of this website.
Tom Briggs, http://www.openairseattle.blogspot.com/a , street evangelist in Seattle writes:
The modern adulterous form of evangelism/ist generally says and does the opposite of what Jesus commands and taught His evangelists do.
For examples...rather than "Go ye...into the world..." and cast the net for souls, they DON'T "go ye", but rather stay in the boat, warm and dry, and just solicit the fish to jump INTO their boats! Instead of reconciling sinful man unto the holy God, they reconcile the holy God to basically sinless men!
Instead of knowing the terror of the Lord and persuading men to flee from His wrath to come, they speak of only God's love and ignore His warnings to warn sinners of His wrath coming upon sinners, and do not warn the sinners to flee the hands of an angry God! Instead of commanding repentance from sin and self, they suggest that their self help programs and worship-tainment band is better than the ones down the road!
The evangelist exhorts saints to 1) holiness, (cause without it the saints cannot evangelize with hypocrisy, condemnation, and powerlessness stunting their zeal and boldness to witness to the lost, or heal their diseases), and 2)to disciplined study of God's Word(for it is the sword that destroys the lies of Satan and excuses of sinners .
It is the plow to exspose sinner's sinfulness so that they may be convinced of their danger in sinful living, and repent, and be saved...it is the needle that pierces first the hard necked selfrighteous sinner's pride and conscience to permit the blood red thread of God's grace and pardon to follow into the heart).
He leads the effort in plowing, planting, and watering precious seeds (God's Word) in the world.
The evangelist promotes intercessory prayer and waiting before our Head Evangelist in order to be broken, humble, compassionate and zealous as He was and is for lost souls.
The evangelist leads the troops into battle...leads by example, not just chalk talks.
The Biblical evangelist and the office of "evangelist" is for the sole purpose of,not just evangelizing the lost, BUT TEACHING, TRAINING, and LEADING the saints in the church to do the work of the ministry (Eph 4:11-13), to preach the gospel to the lost, and to demonstate and confirm what they preached with signs and wonder (Mk 16:15-20).
God has raised up (outside of the "system" in most cases), mostly from Ray Comfort's faithfulness to his calling and gift of..."the evangelist". (Some may object to Ray's Calvinism , etc, but the lawful use of the Law and the Ten Commandments before Grace preaching is the guts of Biblical evangelism, and God has restored these lost and bent "keys of His Kingdom" to His true Church and Endtime Army.
Many evangeliscals have gotten "born from Above" as a result of learning and doing WOTM!
Another Evangelist wrote:
May I add that my example, for 17 years I did evangelism poorly and no body called me an evangelist. Even though, I was a member of two evangelistic organization and teams. When I learned the WOTM (Way of the Master), I started doing evangelism very well. I had more success with WOTM in three months than in the previous 17 years all total. That changed everything! People started calling me an "evangelist."
Likewise Philip the “Deacon” in Jerusalem (Acts 6) goes up to Samaria (and the desert road) and preaches the gospel (he functions as an evangelist) in Acts 9. Later in Acts 21:8, he is called an evangelist. However, the only church office we have any record of him receiving or holding is as a Deacon in the church in Jerusalem.
-When I first started out teaching as a newer Christian, people said, "Oh, he has the gift of teaching" and now when we train hundreds of new evangelist every year they keep on saying, “he is a teacher.”
-Later when I started preaching and a church appointed me as their pastor/minister, people said, "He has the gift of a pastor."
-Later, still, as I mentioned above, when I learned to do evangelism correctly with the WOTM they said "He is an evangelist."
-When we became church planters here in Asia and people observed the dozens of churches we planted and the miracles that followed, they said, "He is an apostle (and gifted missionary)."
-Now when I preach repentance, turning from sin, and speak against the Lukewarm complacent church worldwide, and the superstar tele-evangelist, and have an occasional word of knowledge, or heal people, they say "He is a prophet."
Pastoring, home visitation, hospital visitations, and counseling were things I dreaded but as I made myself function as a pastor I have found great joy in the very things I despised. God equips those who are obedient! I love hospital visitations now because God uses them so very powerfully to change lives.
Many people come to Christ and come to church because of hospital visitations. It is a beautiful thing to weep with the heartbroken or share the loss of a loved one with a family you know and love. If we are willing to do what God commands us to do, the equipping by God will follow.
An example: In the last three days by God’s grace we have healed 9 people, and cast out demons. Some happened in a house church we planted, others happened in our own home, and others happened while we were teaching and training new evangelist at a nearby Bible College. Even miracles can become “normal Christianity.”
PS. You can see I don’t have the gift of a “writer” yet,…ha-ha-ha! So I will just keep functioning until it comes,…
Well said, brothers..
Our prayer is God will raise up evangelists and street preachers all over this land, in our towns and cities, in the parks and streets, in churches and synagogues, wherever we encounter people.. And may we go in the same power as our spiritual forefathers did here:
Acts 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
Will you join us in that prayer?
Wednesday, 04 March 2009
Call Him Jesus?
If we did not already have confusion in Christianity today, there seems to be a growing number of Christians, or should we say Yahoshuans, Yeshuans, or Christianos that put forth an interesting array of apellations for the Saviour. -Now while there is nothing wrong with the various spellings or pronounciations, sometimes folks can slip into the legalistic side of how we call on the Saviour.
We culled a few variations from a number of websites:
"YOU SHALL CALL HIS NAME YESHUA......."
and this one from an email: YAHUSHUA that came in after we wrote this.
Now if you are Japanese, He is YaeSu Nim; in Tamil, YaeSu Nim; in Fiji, Jisu; or in Russia, Èèñóñ .
Why do we need to make such a simple thing so complicated? If you are reading this blog, God bless you, I sincerely mean no insult or offense to anyone from any of the various camps. It is only after hearing or reading numerous renditions of JESUS in the English-speaking and especially the non-Jewish Christians, that we were led to write this.
Note, there are a lot of people named in the Bible, why stop with only another translation version of Jesus? Here is a list in Romans of some of the other NAMES saints of God that Jesus lived in:
8 Salute Ampliatus...
9 Salute Urbanus... and Stachys my beloved.
10 Salute Apelles... the household of Aristobulus.
11 Salute Herodion... Narcissus...
12 Salute Tryphaena and Tryphosa.. Salute Persis....
13 Salute Rufus ....
14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas...
15 Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints
And do not forget Mattew, Mark, Luke, John, Timothy, Titus, Paul (i.e. Shaul/ Saul), Philomen, Cornelius, Dorcas, and others.
Hopefully, you will see some humor in this exercise by now.
The chances are very good that if you are reading and understanding these words site is because you read and understand English no matter what your ancestry might be. And if you are the typical American Christian, you probably read and believe in the Bible Scriptures that you read in English, even if we get a bit tongue tied over some of the Biblical names.
Have you ever felt inferior or confused or that somehow by learning Greek or Hebrew that you might get closer to God and obtaining special knowledge? One lady told me how she had become confused of how to address God in prayer because of the variations of Jesus' name.
Well I hope many of us take comfort in the fact that even though some of us do not read Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, or Greek, the truth of Scripture is not limited or hindered by our lack of ability to read and/or speak those languages. If you are Latino, God bless you in the name of Jesus (Hay-soos) Christo. If you are from Alabama and speak with a Southern accent, Jesus saves. If you are praying and in need, calling on "JEEE-sus", or it comes out sounding like "JeSUS!", fear not. God hears and answers our cry.
Years ago, before any religion got to me, in repentence and brokeness, while on my face in the living room, I called out to Jesus to save me. HE did, and my life was changed by Him from that day forward. No, the Lord did not send someone over to correct the sylables I had uttered or instruct me in the Hebrew, Latin, or Greek pronounciation. I just started reading the Bible and experienced my prayers being answered when I asked in Jesus' name.
Later, as a Holy Spirit baptized believer, I began to experience healing and the casting out of demons through the Name of Jesus. Yes, people were healed, saved, and delivered all through the name of Jesus that I read about in my Bible. Praise the Lord.
There is absolutely no irreverence or disrespect in this writing, nor is it meant as a slap to any of our Jewish brethren that choose to call on "Yeshua" or the like. What God did for me through Jesus, He will do for a Jewish believer in Yehoshua, or a Latino who calls on "Hey-soos Christo".
The point is why get hung up or worried over getting the correct pronounciation from a language you don't even speak? If you are an English speaker, I assure you devils are cast out in Jesus' name, lives changed, healings and miracles are done. When we pray, God hears and answers, in Jesus name.
When we read our English KJV, ASV, NKJV, NASV, or even the NIV, there is no need to stumble over the English version of Jesus on the printed page, the same is true for a Chinese, Korean, or Russian Christian reading their translated version of the Name of Jesus. God still hears and answers.
What about God the Father?
Before, we sign off, we can make the same point about God, the Father of Jesus. "Yah", "Yahweh" "YHWH", "Jehovah", or "Eloheim". Yes, we know the verses both Old and New Testament, and do not deny for one moment that God has a Holy Name. Without going into a major technical discourse on the great "I AM", I would simply point out to everyone, what Jesus taught His disciples in regard to how they call upon Him...
Did Jesus say "Our Yahweh which art in heaven..." for example?
Since we have the New Covenant which changed the Old in terms of our relationship to God, we will focus on the New Testament portion of scripture, "that which is written".
The simple truth here again is:
Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 26:39 And he went... and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me:
Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am
John 17:5 O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am;
John 17:25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee
and as the Word grew:
1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:15 ... but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Galatians 1:3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 Corinthians 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
Philippians 4:20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
James 3:9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father
2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
and Paul wrote the church:
Ga 4:6... And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (Abba means "Father")
--Did you catch that? Who's Spirit cries out of our heart? What does HE cry out?
Now you had an earthly father, did you call him Mr. ABC ( i.e. Jones, Smith, Moore, etc)?
I hope you had or have a family relationship with your "dad" on earth, but normally I have never heard someone call their earthly Father by the family name...
In the 52 years I knew my dad, I never once called him "Moore". Others did, but he was MY father and they did not have the relationship we did. Neither did Jesus or the apostles ever teach God's children to call Him by His name, rather, in over 1100 verses, God The Father was always referred to as "father" because that is the relationship the Father wants with His children.
Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.