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Why Jesus Taught Not as the Religious Leaders Did It

UNSEEN GOSPEL. When Jesus taught the people, it wasn't like how the religious leaders did it. He taught differently. He taught new things and it was with authority. All the religious leaders had was their old, musty and ineffective human theology and doctrines.

The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law...What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him. [Mark 1. 22 and 27] It wasn't just that his teachings were sound and bible (Old Testament) based. First and foremost, his teachings were new. Yes, it was solidly Old-Testament based, but it was in tune to the minute developments in the Kingdom of God. Freshly Kingdomly.
Second, it had power. It wasn't just inspiring or motivational, as most preaching styles today are---amusing and entertaining but powerless. Modern, seminary-inspired speaking styles intrigue the mind but not the spirit. 

Seriously, I'm Looking for These People

Really, I'm tired of churchy talks and especially about churchy ministries.

I've been looking for people who talk about church and ministry as Jesus did. I've been looking around. Honestly--and unfortunately--I haven't seen any. I admit, I've been frustrated about this. I've been wishing to connect and have fellowship with them but I can't find any.

There are lots of good pastors and church leaders out there, but I haven't met one who talks of ministry as Jesus did.

Church people always talk about their church denomination--how many churches and members they have, what they did, what they accomplished, how many more they aim to have. It's always "our" this and that (admitting it's their empire) and "how many."

David counted his troops one day and the Lord's wrath fell on him. Nebuchadnezzar talked about his empire to himself one day, marveling about it, and God sent him to the wilds to live like an animal.

For the world …

In Him is No Darkness at All

In Christ is no darkness at all, but that's after he takes you to his darkness. 
Before light, he makes you spend time in God's darkness, like what he did with Paul. Paul was blinded by God so that he remained seeing God's darkness for three days. In the same way, the Israelites spent days in the desert facing Sinai so they could see the dark clouds on top of the mountain before they could proceed deeper into the wilderness and cross the Jordan.

There's something about God's darkness that makes you see light more, and something about it to dispel the darkness in this world. After meeting God's darkness, you experience no darkness in Him at all. No wonder most men of God go through a dark phase in their lives---not the darkness of wickedness and sin but the darkness of uncertainty and hard trials---to break the earthen vessel they are in and come out shining as bright as Jesus the Light of the world.

Jesus himself entered that darkness before being promoted to th…

Why True Ministry is Talking about Jesus, Not Talking about Ministry

A lot of church people take this for granted---that true ministry is really talking about Jesus Christ, from beginning to end, nothing more nothing less. How engrossed are you in Christ? Do you love him so much that you can spend hours just talking about Him?

It's like this---when talking of their ministries and ministry plans, most pastors can say a lot. But when talking of Jesus, most of them can't say much. Yes, they can preach about Jesus at length, but during private moments, they seem to know nothing else except how He died for us. Even pagans and idol worshipers and cults know about that. They can't say much.

Some of them even feel awkward talking of Jesus. Others feel they're wasting time if the conversation isn't about how to grow their ministries.

Worse, there are those who cannot share anything about Jesus but their denominational doctrines about Him.

Talking of Jesus Like a Real Jesus Lover

I often watch and observe what pastors or church people say whe…

When You're Active in Church But Living in Sin

They're everywhere---church people who actively "serve God" in their churches yet continue to live in sin. Somehow, they feel that serving God covers up for their sins. Or probably, this is the result of the famous lines in preaching today---that God accepts you as you are and nobody is perfect.

But what happens when you actively serve God but continue to enjoy sin?

When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. [Romans 7.5] Let's look at it from another version:
For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.
First, when you still enjoy sin and study the bible, God's Word (the Law) merely "aroused evil desires" in you. The law (or Word of God) triggers sinful passions if you're still in sin. Imagine yourself leading bible studie…