Discipleship

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 12/27- “Go—Stay—Wait!” (Matthew 28:19)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 12/27- “Go—Stay—Wait!” (Matthew 28:19)

Premise Question: Should we, with a great sense of urgency, GO or should we just stay put, sit idly by, while patiently waiting for the world to somehow find their way, on their own, to our, The Church’s, front door?

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”‭‭ (Matthew‬ ‭28:19‬ ‭NLT)

Therefore, because all authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to Me, The LORD Jesus Christ, I now command you, all members of The Company of The Redeemed, to not sit idly by, waiting for the world to come to you, but to make haste and quickly go out into the world, with urgency, raising up authentic followers, from every people group, everywhere in the world, training them in righteousness, teaching them The Truth, mentoring and nourishing them to maturity and baptizing them, by immersion, into the great Company of The Redeemed, in the name of The Holy Father and of His Only Son, Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior and of The Holy Spirit, The One who comforts, guides and empowers you to do this divine work of The Most High. (Matthew 28:19 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The only time we are to stay, is to stay in The LORD’s presence and will, in order to fulfill His purpose!

The only time we are to wait, is to wait upon The LORD, in order to be endued with His efficacious power, so that, we can do and accomplish the divine work of The LORD!

Within the message of the Great Commission, you won’t find the concept, “If You Build It, They Will Come,” rather, what you specifically do find is a resounding urgent command of “GO!”

Unfortunately though, in some instances and cases, it would seem, The Church has either forgotten or completely neglected the “GO” part of the Great Commission, and perhaps, has adopted the concept of “If You Build It, (stay put and then just wait patiently) They Will Come” mentality; thereby, staying put, sitting idly by, while waiting patiently, for the Nations (people groups) of the world to come on their own initiative and somehow find their way to the front door of The Church, rather than, The Church being specifically called, commissioned and commanded, to be compelled, with a great sense of urgency and compassion, to “GO” to the Nations, building roads and paths, through right relationships and service, that will effectively reach out to them, connecting The Church to them exactly where they are; thus, fulfilling Papa God’s Great Commission! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 11/05- “Real Authentic Service Unto And Worship Of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty!” (Romans 12:1)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 11/05- “Real Authentic Service Unto And Worship Of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty!” (Romans 12:1)

Premise Question: With respect to our service to and worship of The LORD GOD Almighty, what is considered and regarded as being truly authentic, entirely appropriate, absolutely suitable and completely acceptable, by Him?

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” (Romans‬ ‭12:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

As a result and consequence of all things that are good, righteous and holy coming from Papa God, through Papa God and ultimately for Papa God, I urgently implore you, my greatly beloved fellow members of The Company of The Redeemed, to take in the full landscape of goodness that stretches out before you and completely surrounds you, with His magnificent, marvelous mercy, in panoramic vision, beyond your ability to see or comprehend fully. Now that you have been made fully aware of this wonderful knowledge, I strongly encourage you to live your daily lives accordingly; by diligently, with strong and complete devotion, offering up your bodies to Him—The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, in such a fashion, way and manner, that doesn’t focus on self-centered, self-seeking ambitions, to be spent entirely on your own pleasures and self-desires, but is a life that is, first and foremost, sacrificially, spent on pleasing The only true, pure and righteous, Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty, in every area of your life; while also, serving and meeting the needs of others as well. In so doing, you display a true and honorable, being sensible, reasonable and the most appropriate way to show your authentic service to and worship of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty. (Romans 12:1 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The only worship that is truly acceptable to The LORD GOD Almighty, is our genuinely heartfelt, authentically expressed, unquestionable loyalty and faithfulness, to always be fully devoted, in complete abandonment, in our praise and worship, our honor and total veneration of and for Him! For He is not ever going to be pleased with a cheap imitation or copy that’s half-hearted, convenient, non-offensive to others or based on what is acceptable and popular (trend or fad) with the present ruling majority.

In order for our worship to be totally accepted as being entirely appropriate and therefore, absolutely apropos, we must set ourselves apart from everything else; becoming sacred and reserved only for His holy and honorable use, in order to fulfill His divine will and purpose, bringing all glory, honor and praise to His Name.

For it is only when we are willing to accommodate The LORD GOD Almighty, by allowing and giving Him full and free rein in our lives, so that, His divine will and purpose for our lives, shall take full affect in our lives, that we are able to offer up a well deserved, being a more than reasonable and completely respectable, acceptably suitable, service and worship unto Him.

Remember, Papa God is not asking us to do anything that is unreasonable nor impossible, because with the help and enabling of The LORD GOD, nothing is out of the realm of possibility, as all things are possible, with Papa God, to those that believe!

Stay real, always be genuine and authentic, in your worship and service of The Sovereign LORD GOD Almighty. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 10/23- “We’ve Been Granted Freedom To Be Free And To Stay Free!” (Galatians 5:1)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 10/23- “We’ve Been Granted Freedom To Be Free And To Stay Free!” (Galatians 5:1)

Premise Question: Once any of us has been released from the bondage of sin, having been set free from the perilous darkness and certain death sentence, and are hereby, now a full fledged member of The Company of The Redeemed, having truly tasted and fully experienced the real freedom that only Jesus Christ can provide, with all of its blessings and benefits, why would any of us ever choose to return to our previous state of hopelessness, held in captivity, and in bondage to our sinful plight?

“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

It is for our great benefit of individual personal liberty, that Christ has provided freedom to all who choose to become members of The Company of The Redeemed; granting them the ability to move freely, while enjoying all the rights and privileges afforded to them, because they’ve been released and set free from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death and destruction. Therefore, stay strong, firm and resolute in the wonderful knowledge and blessed assurance of your freedom; not allowing yourself to ever become entangled by the strangling cords and heavy weights of the onerous obligations of an agency of oppression, that’s restrictive and controlling, by putting you, once again, back into restraints of bondage and captivity. (Galatians 5:1 PDCP)

Bottom Line: What a great premise question for all of us to ponder, and to seriously, with grave sincerity, consider.

To expound upon the premise question even further; why would any of us, after having tasted and experienced The LORD’s goodness and gentleness, His mercy and kindness, His gracious favor, and real freedom, ever subject ourselves again to being under the influence and control of the brutal authorities, the powers of darkness and evil rulers of this world?

There are many reasons that can possibly be given, even some of them, could quite probably, fall under the heading of mitigating circumstances; but most, if not all of them, can be attributed to our own personal decisions and choices, our own actions, behaviors, thoughts, habits, practices and weaknesses, and especially, our own inappropriate personal desires!

Here are just a select few that we all need to be aware and extremely leery of, for our own benefit and well being, as well as, for the benefit and good of those around us: Isolation, insulation, arrogance and pride, being full of conceit, self confidence and pomposity, given to being slothful and lazy, lacking discipline and integrity, being anemic and weak, due to an insufficient prayer life, a lack of fellowship and intimacy with The LORD—through spending quality time in His Word and a significant and sufficient amount of time in worship and praise of Him, both personally and corporately, with other believers.

We are too prone to worry, self-doubt, self-hate, self-loathing, being fearful, full of anxiety, shame and remorse, allowing ourselves to be overwhelmed by all of this and more, and then, becoming completely exasperated, whereby we end up yielding and then finally succumbing to failure and defeat.

Other mitigating reasons, valid or invalid, perhaps may include sleep deprivation, deception, falling prey to some scheme, snare or trap, thus becoming entangled in an intricate plan and web of deceit and despair, taken advantage of in a moment of weakness and vulnerability, thus becoming entrapped and ensnared by the actions, will and desires of someone else.

Or there is always the established sage wisdom and obvious accepted fact, that a fool and his money, as well as his good reputation, will soon be separated! Added to that sage statement is the one from Solomon: “As a dog returns to his vomit, so too, a fool returns to his own folly!”

But, we are not without hope! Even if we have fallen prey to our own devices or the devices and schemes of others or even life itself and all of its vagaries and vicissitudes! We can be set free, we are set free, we can continue to stay free, if we will not allow ourselves to once again be enslaved by our own devices, and thus, become subject again to the laws of sin, death and the rulers, principalities and authorities of this world! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 09/19- “Hold On—Don’t Ever Let Go—No Matter What!” (Hebrews 10:35-36)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 09/19- “Hold On—Don’t Ever Let Go—No Matter What!” (Hebrews 10:35-36)

Premise Question: Is there, has there or will there ever be any good reason, righteous justification or vindicable mitigating circumstance, that could be construed as making it somewhat or even entirely understandable and completely acceptable, for being a determining factor, as to whether or not one should ever let go of their faith in The LORD?

“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”
(‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:35-36‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

So, do not abandon, by turning away from and letting go of, the firm grasp you now hold on your faith; that of having a fully assured belief and trust, that you shall be triumphant and declared a victorious Overcomer. For you will be rewarded, with an abundant supply of all that you have need of, in this life and the life to come, as you, with a sense of urgency, persist in making the greatest desire in your life, to be the pursuit of the fulfillment of Papa God’s divine purpose and will for your life. Then, you shall receive the just recompense and reward, of having everything that The LORD GOD Almighty has promised, given and provided to you. (Hebrews 10:35-36 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The absolute, as well as, being the only acceptable and beneficial answer to this premise question is: NOPE! For we should always be ready, willing and with The LORD’s very capable and extremely effective help, to persevere, with patient endurance, anything and everything, no matter what may come our way; regardless of the situation, scenario or circumstance.

We should not ever give up, or give in, by throwing the proverbial towel in the air, but we should always press into The LORD, by holding on tight, refusing to ever let go of Him and our faith in Him.

Thus, we are to utterly rely on Him and His strength, peace, comfort and provision to us, of giving to us whatever is needed to carry us on through to our ultimate victory.

So hold on tightly to your faith, without ever wavering; for Papa God can absolutely be trusted to come through for you. Therefore, be absolutely resolute, don’t ever put away or aside, nor ignore or neglect, The LORD or your faith; as it is not only not worth it or ever appropriate to do so, but it also will not ever truly work out to your benefit, favor or advantage, if you ever so choose to give up or give in, by letting go of the tight grasp you now have on your faith and upon The LORD!

Always remember: Hold On—Don’t Ever Let Go—No Matter What! For if you do not faint, better days and better things are just ahead, as well as, there being a most incredible, tremendous and incomparable reward, that most assuredly awaits you! Blessings…

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 08/10- “Get Rid Of It All!” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/10- “Get Rid Of It All!” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Premise Question: Why would any member of The Company of The Redeemed ever even consider choosing to hold onto things, that if they don’t deliberately choose to get rid of completely, out of their lives, will eventually end up destroying them and weakening their faith; when, if they would just confess those things as sin and release and replace them with the exact opposite attitudes, behaviors and practices, their lives would be full of love, joy, peace and release, and their faith would be made stronger, regardless of the kinds of attacks, hurts, insults hurled, or harm that may be directed against them?

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
(‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:31-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Don’t allow yourself even another scintilla of a moment of being encumbered, weighted down or influenced by some intense, antagonistic, grievous and resentful attitude, animus or hostility, you have towards someone or something, to turn into an out of control blind rage of belligerent behavior, because you’ve determined that somehow, or in someway, you’ve been horribly wronged by something that happened, or by someone’s words, attitude or actions towards you; therefore, as a direct consequence, you are then subject to immediately being thrust and literally propelled into acting out, in a malicious and retaliatory way, with the express intent and overwhelming purpose and desire of inflicting injury, harm, recompense and suffering upon something or someone. Rather though, choose to exhibit and model a benevolent and kind nature, with quite an indulgent disposition of always showing extreme compassion and patience toward each other, by releasing and forgiving one another, being loving, overlooking the offense and being long suffering, with great grace, mercy and kindness in the same way that Papa God, through His Son Jesus Christ is forgiving, loving, gracious, merciful, kind and long suffering towards you. (Ephesians 4:31:32 PDCP)

Bottom Line: What a great question for each one of us to answer, in relation to our own spiritual sojourn and daily walk of faith! Why would anyone hang on to things that can ultimately destroy them?

Here is a brief list: Wounded spirit, resentfulness, holding bitterness, which can turn into holding a grudge and being vengeful, which leads to refusing to forgive and release someone or something that has happened to them. These are all quite understandable and typically, an all too common reaction and practice, given the amount of hurt and suffering it can bring or heap on a person’s life. And even though The LORD completely understands and is sympathetic and compassionate, He doesn’t have to come into agreement with us on how it should best be resolved! For He desires that a person learn and choose to respond to the other person or situation, in the same way and manner He would and has prescribed, rather than just going nuclear and having a meltdown of their reactor.

Our natural tendency is to react, one could even say that it is actually in the DNA of our old fallen humankind nature to do so. But, we now have a new life, with a new nature, the nature of Jesus Christ and His attitudes, mindset, behaviors, characteristics of His Spirit living in us; for the old is passed away and died and the new life has come and taken up residence inside of us, completely transforming us into a new person, to do His will and fulfill His divine purpose, bringing honor and glory to Him! (Galatians 2:20)

So, in order for this to truly happen and take place in our lives, we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, must read Papa God’s Word, know His Word, fully accept all that He is conveying to us in His Word, (the “B” in Bible doesn’t stand for buffet, we can’t just pick and choose what we want or are most comfortable with) and then, we must deliberately and with great diligence and devotion, trust and obey Papa God’s Word, by putting into practice in our daily lives, the perfect example, that’s been clearly delineated for all of us in Papa God’s Word, The Living Word—Jesus Christ, our LORD and Savior! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 08/04- “Love Others As Papa God Loves You!” (1John 4:11-12)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: Double Entendre (meaning)…(1) A prescription (script) prescribed, by The Great Physician, for us to take each day, for our benefit and (2) A script written, for the purpose of giving direction and guidance to us, for our everyday life, in the way and manner we ought to be conducting our daily lives, given to us, by the Great playwright, in the sky, The Author of all that is good, right, just and holy. Blessings…

SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 08/04- “Love Others As Papa God Loves You!” (1John 4:11-12)

Premise Question: What is the unmistakable evidence that Papa God’s love is obviously present and readily seen, as living in and flowing out of a member of The Company of The Redeemed, and when is it conspicuously noticeable, that it is, in truth and fact, downright, blatantly apparent, that it is not?

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” (‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Beloved and most cherished friends, I implore you to earnestly consider, that since the time when The Sovereign Papa God Almighty put His unconditional, unfailing, unending, benevolent, and affectionate love on display, for all of humankind to see, by sending His perfect and without sin, most precious and honorable only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place, we also, every member of The Company of The Redeemed, should exhibit and have the same attitude, action and behavior, in our love expressed, towards each other. No human has ever seen The Sovereign Papa God Almighty face to face. But if, (indeed a big if) we choose to exhibit and express our love towards each other, in the same way and manner that Papa God has towards us, then His presence is living inside of us, and thus, His perfect love is brought to complete fruition and the fulfillment of its ultimate purpose, when His perfect love lives in us, and is expressed through us, who are members of The Company of The Redeemed. (1 John 4:11-12 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The absolute empirical, being completely unmistakable, irrefutable and undeniable evidence, that the love of Papa God is living in and flowing out of a person’s life, is when that person is expressing Papa God’s love and affection towards others.

It is patently false, to accept or believe, that one has the love of Papa God living inside of them, if they are not willing and in fact are not practicing, expressing His love towards others, whether they be enemy, friend, family or foe. For we all are strongly admonished to share, show and express the same love that Papa God has shown, is showing and will continue to show us, towards others!

The phrase used in the NLT version of this scripture is: “we surely ought!” There is no ambiguity in that phrase, no wiggle room, nor any doubt or uncertainty, as to its meaning, but rather, it leaves us to wrestle with the the truth of the matter, which is not even unreasonable or impossible to accomplish, but is, of a certainty, our spiritual duty, our honorable obligation and really what’s expected of us. So, we must all choose to come into full compliance, with the help of The LORD, and just do it.

The LORD’S Word is quite clear, that if we refuse to love our brothers, our sisters, and others, then the love of Papa God is simply not living in us, or at the bare minimum, we are not yet allowing the full and truest expression of His love to permeate the deepest regions of our hearts and lives, and are therefore, incapable of truly expressing the full force and sheer magnitude of His great love shown us, toward others!

Papa God’s Holy Writ goes on to say, that ultimately, if we refuse to love others, then we will remain in death and will not experience everlasting life.

His Word further states, and this may be difficult to accept or comprehend, for some, but we must choose to accept it, because His Word declares it to be so; that anyone who hates his brother, sister or others, is in effect, committing murder!

Wow! Help us Papa God to love and express Your love toward others, as You have, and are continuing to express Your love towards us!

So, it is unmistakable and completely obvious that Papa God’s love is living inside of us, when we choose to express His love towards others, as it is also, conspicuously noticeable, being downright, blatantly obvious, that His love is not the controlling influence and ruling force in our lives, when we refuse to express His love towards others!

Let’s all choose to love others the way Papa God has chosen to love each and every one of us! Blessings…

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S-O-B-E-R: STEADFAST—OBEDIENT—BLESSED—ENCOURAGE—RENEW/REFUEL.

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S-O-B-E-R: STEADFAST—OBEDIENT—BLESSED—ENCOURAGE—RENEW/REFUEL.

Papa God’s Word gives us a wonderful picture of what it means to be S-O-B-E-R, as believers. His Word details what our state of mind, our attitude toward ourselves and others, should be, as well as what we ought to be placing our hope in. His Word tells us that He has supplied the faith needed, to each one, in order to accomplish this daunting, but vital endeavor of fulling the call of Papa God, in and upon our lives! It, His Word, encourages us to not be like “others” who may be sleep walking through life, but to accept the fact that we are to be awake and alert, living our lives out in the open, circumspectly, in broad daylight, so to speak, being clothed with faith, love and hope for everyone to clearly see! (1st. Pet. 1:13, Rom. 12:3, 1st. Thess. 5:6-8, NIV)

In order to fulfill Papa God’s call upon our lives, we must be S-O-B-E-R, in every part of our lives!

STEADFAST to answer His call, upon your life! (Psa. 119:5, NIV)

OBEDIENT to His call, in your life! (Psa. 128:1, NIV)

BLESSED as you fulfill His call, in your life! (Deut. 28:6, NIV)

ENCOURAGE others to answer His call, in their lives! (1st. Thess. 2:12, NIV)

RENEW/REFUEL yourself and others, to continue fulfilling His call, in your life!

All of this is done and accomplished with a proper diet and intake of good nourishing F-O-O-D: FAITHFULNESS to His house and His people, OBEDIENCE to His Word and will for our lives, OBLATION in our praise and worship of The King Jesus, and DEVOTION to prayer and good deeds!

When you are called, it is a S-O-B-E-R-(ing) thing! We must be S-O-B-E-R in order to do it! But Papa God is ever faithful…He will renew and refresh the strength and resolve of all those who will look to Him; relying on Him to enable them to soar like eagles, above the fray, and to have the ability to walk and run, without becoming overwhelmed and lost without any hope of victory!

At times, all may appear to be lost, but if we put our hope and trust in Papa God, He will not disappoint, but will be and is always ever faithful to His Word and His own! (Col. 3:10, Psa. 103:5, Isa. 40:31, NIV) Blessings…