Woke-ism

The early church dealt with one of the major issues our nation now faces. Woke-ism is a return to tribalism which separates people based on the most shallow of outward appearances. This division has bled into the mindset of the church. I believe this to be part of the “spirit of the age” meant to divide believers by the same demonic forces which Paul addressed in his letters.

Colossians 3:10-11 “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

As we pause to remember the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there is a certain irony concerning his actual message. Dr. King preached character, not characteristics. He demanded equality, not equity. He spoke of being judged by content, not by appearances. Today, Dr. King’s sermons would sound like hate-speech to a generation more enamored with globalism than with the American plight. The woke crowd want a salad bowl. Dr. King sought for a melting pot. Surely these are the last days.

The apostles faced this spirit and fought against the exclusion of a segmented church. There is no “body of Christ” if we are severed by the deeds of the past. The enemy of the church is the originator of these Endtime philosophies. The Bible declares us one in Christ! Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to resist the false notion that anyone is less-than or more-than based on culture or ethnicity. The Bible calls those who have been born again, Sons and Daughters of God. We are joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. The breakdown of family structure, marriage, and the home is at the root of this spiritual darkness. The further division of cultures is an attempt to limit the growth of the Kingdom.

Jesus came to break down the “middle wall of partition between us.”(Ephesians 2:14). That wall was the Mosaic Law which blocked the entry to the Gentile people. It was the barrier that inhibited even the most devout Jewish believer. Jesus tore it down! Why would we build any more walls to separate what Jesus came to destroy? My dream is a church of every creed and color, worshiping the One and True God of Israel in this sanctuary.

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

…. The Tempter ….

Genesis 24:6 “And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

Eliezer, the unsung hero barely graces the biblical writ. Eliezer was the loyal servant, administrator, and overall caretaker of Abraham’s estate. In the waning years of the patriarch’s life, the concern was that Isaac had not found a wife. To ensure that Isaac would marry rightly, Abraham sent his most trusted servant, Eliezer, to find her.

Abraham made a single yet distinct requirement: “Make sure that you do not take my son back to the place where I came from.” Under the commandment of God, a new life and a new covenant was established. The last thing Abraham wanted was for his son to be introduced to the place God brought him from.

We cannot determine Isaac’s spiritual state; whether he was vulnerable or weak. It is not for us to make such a determination about his character that was largely left out of the scripture. We do know that Abraham was not taking a chance. He was so emphatic that he repeated his command again in Genesis 24:8. Abraham said, “Even if you cannot find a wife, only do not bring my son back there!

There are some places that should never be revisited again. Some testimonies need not repeated in detail; some stories and memories should stay buried beneath the blood. The saints should take precaution. God brought us out!

The Tempter is well aware of the power of environment. His power is in the temptation made possible by exposure. In the drug culture it’s called “gateway drugs.” In crime it’s called ‘petty theft.” In relationships it’s called dating worldly people. The list includes people and places not suitable for the children of the Kingdom. We are called for a higher purpose. We are keepers of the new covenant, the Holy Ghost. We are called to be holy, set apart, and examples to a lost world. We cannot go back; not to last year or wherever God brought us from.

The next generation should never know addictions of secularism, subjectivism, humanism, greed, fleshly pleasures, sexual permissiveness, etc. You are holy nation and a royal priesthood. You’ve come to far to turn back now!

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole

Breaking Ground

Life gets busy, of this we all know. Schedules must be kept and bills must be paid. Families are often bound by school routines and other events, all of which seemed baked-in or without reprieve. Personally, I enjoy the continuity. There is a safety in consistent living. However, the problem comes when our hunger for God is swallowed up by our routines. God never fits inside of our program. He made Himself to occupy the first.

God is calling us to be something new. There are new spiritual plateaus to find; new seeds to plant; new revelations to be seen. This endeavor demands our attention to the “soil of the heart.” Hardened ground cannot accept the seed and without the seed there is no harvest. The Bible calls this the “fallow ground.” Horticulturalists have warned the farmer not to allow the ground to lay dormant or unused too long due to the difficulty of replanting. Fallow ground is the untouched life. The unplanted “field” becomes compacted so the Word finds no place.

The Holy Spirit is speaking to the Church. Hosea wrote for our understanding: Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

The elements of Hosea 10:12 are critical for this year. We can make this a year of harvest, but we must break up the soil of our own heart. This is called Breaking Ground! A harvest will come if the ground is broken up and the Word finds root. The rain of righteousness will fall if the ground is prepared.

Jeremiah gave a similar instruction to Judah. He said that there are places where seeds go to die. Jeremiah 4:3 For thus saith the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem, Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns.

We will Break New Ground as we order our lives according to the Bible. Our time and money will find its worth as we sow into the Kingdom. Old, fleshly ways of speaking and thinking must be broken up and torn away. The Harvest depends on the soil of our hearts and we desperately need the Harvest!

Breaking Ground is taking new territory!

Pastor Jeffrey Harpole