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A new 'Menu' for all Stargazers.

Menu Name: "Astronomically Spiritual."

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These articles are presented by Shaun Beswarick.

They contain an array of interesting facts of the glories of the Heavens, and precious true parallels are drawn between the spiritual and 'space'.

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>> The Heresy of Niceness.

This is a must see. The danger of being careful about Christian Image.

Click here for the video clip of Rebecca Pippert speaking on the Subject: "The Heresy of Niceness."

Ananias and Sapphira secretly indulged in carefulness about their Christian 'image'.

They died in the presence of the transparent power of the Lord (because of their lie), in the midst of his resurrection empowered Church. [Acts 5:1-10.]

Because of Spirit dryness in the Church today, all Image judgment if not expedited here, will not fail the spot light at the finish line, and the process of rewards accounting on that day. No fake enters there.

Every believer that has a fierce struggle with sin and acknowledges such before the Lord in a genuine fight to win through with him, without the projection of false image will be perfected and "overcome at the last" [Genesis 49:19.] Praise the Lord!

* THINKING IT OVER. *

Psalm 92:5 (KJV)
"O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."

>> This TIO Duration:

Sunday 29th. March

to

Saturday 4th. April 2015.

>> Please Note. <<

This is a re-post with the added appendage in the GREEN BOX below.

This TIO was withdrawn to consider the Precious light of the Word of God that has impressed upon the writer, the precious relationship that Peter had with his wife and the great encouragement that it is to every marriage.

The Lord so adorn such high level relationships with high level richness.

Grant.

>> The following is number 62 in this series, and all has sprung out of the restoration of the Temple from the book of Ezra. In particular all up to this stage has stemmed from the laying of the foundation in Ezra chapter 3 and now the war begins against all that may be built upon this foundation to contain the Glory of God.

Ephesians 5:25 (KJV)
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”

Nehemiah 4:14 (KJV)
"And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses."

Ephesians 5:22-23 (KJV)
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body."
>> To Build the House of the Lord 62. <<

|| Vital Church Componant of Marriage and Family. ||

In the all important matter of the local church the marriage and family is of utmost importance. This is clearly illustrated in the serious levelling of 'rule' over the church that Paul institutes with Timothy and Titus and indeed the whole body of Christ. The local Church is the real life genuine bi-product of Christ's resurrection and life and works on earth whether it be scraps or rich products. Unfortunately in the final throws of the church age and the devil's pending demise along with the Christ rejecting ungodly, the church will be at large seriously falling to apostasy hence the final words of the Lord Jesus to us all to overcome. [8 times in chapters 2 & 3 of the book of Revelation] Eight speaks of 'resurrection' and it is only by the resurrection life of our Lord Jesus Christ do we experience power to overcome. ".... Christ the wisdom of God and the power of God." [1 Corinthians 1:24.] Do you seriously seek to experience Jesus living HIS life in and through you? What great blessing comes of that! No wonder Paul expressed such as his only and sole quest moment by moment to the point of even to "depart and to be with Christ". [Philippians 1:23.]

How much in the light of eternity we can truly say with Asaph - "Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." [Psalm 73:24-25.]

||Accountability of Husband/Pastor. ||

Paul's instruction to Timothy and Titus concerning 'rule' over the local church is to be that which is a duplication of what exists in the home and family of a married man with wife and children and so he underlines the drastic need with the words - "(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) [1 Timothy 3:5.]

It is the man that is responsible for how the family operates, either in disintegration or in wholeness. How the man functions with his wife and children will be how he functions with his pastoral care of the church and that is the reason why the instruction is that the man is to be "blameless, the husband ...." [1 Timothy 3:2.] The first on the list of that in which he must be blameless is his wife not the children, not his finances, not his hobby, not anything else.

Firstly, how are things with the wife? That one issue can either stabilise the whole family or shake it to bits. Now the wife can be lots of things that are good and lots of things that are needy but the husband is responsible for the mesh and balance of beauty and of the ugly and the effects of all such on the family. In the local church there is the good and the bad and the ugly and the elders are responsible to the Lord for how that all meshes together to pronounce an emergence of the glory of Christ through it all. Refer Hebrews 13:17. The shepherds are to "give account" to the Lord for the family of God under their care as likewise husbands do the same in respect to their families.

|| The Perfect Bond of Love. [Colossians 3:14.] ||

As mentioned in previous notes the expression of father is that of "chief" and the mother is that of "bond". [Strong's Hebrew dictionary: Exodus 20:12.] The wife exhibits reliance upon the husband to the children as 'chief' and the husband exhibits a loving precious 'bond' to the wife before the children as an example for them to have a precious 'bond' with their mother. The mother is the central ‘bond’ agent of the whole family. The mother is to "guide the house" [1 Timothy 5:14.] The word guide means "to be the head of (i.e. rule)". [Strong’s Greek Dictionary.] This 'bond' is important because of the major time span that the children are under the care of mum and so it is imperative that the husband closely watch the precious development of such. Any diminishing or pulling down of this 'bond' produces a broken family concerning which the husband is held accountable before the Lord. The husband is to be "blameless" in these extremely critical matters and so such credentials are to be evident in any brother that would aspire to be a bishop/pastor in the local church. Of course in the matter of the mother to "guide the house" she is subordinate to the oversight care of the husband. The "rule" of the home is a perfect dual operation of both the husband and the wife. Before the Lord there is spiritual equality but diverse function and operation. When one is without the other there still remains the need to "guide (or rule) the house" with authority.

Surprise! Surprise!

> Peter - The Married "Gentle Giant"! <

Yes, the strong net pulling fisherman was a very loving husband! The man that cursed and swore in his denial of Jesus has become a gracious and caring husband.

Who would of thought that such a man who had a command of men would be so pro the ultimate care of a wife in the human bandwidth of relationships? Yet this is a prime portrait of a husband “work over" that only Jesus can do!

Peter was a caring family man and in the following verse is revealed the reality of such. At a time of the fame of Jesus swelling like a mighty river Peter was pressed in his heart about his wife's mother's sickness and eagerly with his wife and others sought Jesus to attend to her plight.

"And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her." [Luke 4:38.]

|| Peter Found the Ultimate Preciousness. ||

Peter experienced the overwhelming love of Jesus. Jesus warned Peter that contrary to his claim of perfect faithfulness he would fail and deny him and yet even in the face of that Jesus said to him - "Let not your heart be troubled" [John 14:1.] Jesus was saying - "I know Peter your all out sincerity of heart and that you believe in God. Believe also in me that my love for you is that of the very best friend you will ever have from now to eternity! I came from Heaven to lock you into my grace and redemption forever and am returning to Heaven to prepare a mansion fit for a much loved faulty fisherman that will eventually be transformed into a great King"!

Did Peter find life transforming preciousness in Jesus? Chase it flat out from your heart!

"Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner," [1 Peter 2:7.] Further more Peter's precious love for Christ. - [1 Peter 1:7, 19. 2:4, 6. 2 Peter 1:1,4.]

|| Peter Ministers the Preciousness in Marriage. ||

You could perhaps say "there are more vital issues among Christians than that of marriage which Peter could have left to his second letter". Are there more vital issues? The whole point as with Ezra and the survival of Israel [Ezra 10:17.] so the survival of the local Church hinges much on the crucial matters of marriage and family.

A husband and wife that collaborate and foster a hard spirit and attitude together are a formidable force of contradiction to the whole work of God.

Peter describes the beauty of the will of God for husbands and wives in his first letter. He knew how important is such in the matter of Church eldership and the shepherding of "the flock of God", claiming that he also is an elder. [1 Peter 5:1.] The high importance is likewise forwarded by Paul in his first letter of instructions to Timothy in the matter of the bishop/eldership qualifications of marriage and family.

In chapter three of his first letter Peter starts with the matter of subjection of wives even to unbelieving husbands [1 Peter 3:1 &5.] and then says - "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered." [1 Peter 3:7.]

How beautiful is that? How could a wife find difficulty with the matter of subjection to her husband if he holds her in great esteem and HONOURS her?

It has been said - "If a husband wants his wife to treat him like a king, he should treat her like a queen."

This is the wonderful Preciousness that Peter learned about Christ. Jesus as the husbands "head" [1 Corinthians 11:3.] and "head" of the Church (his body) [Ephesians 5:23.] brings every believer to great honour and position [2 Thessalonians 1:10. Romans 15:7.] So the husband as the wife's "head" [Ephesians 5:23.] is to ever seek to elevate her to honour and praise. [Proverbs 31:28.]

Doesn't Peter paint a beautiful portrait of the precious core operation that should be functioning with great blessing in the relationship of husband and wife?

Again, who would frown upon being subject and submitting to honour from another?

What a heart Peter had towards his wife. What a blessed wife to have a husband that loved her mum and cared about all she cared about and led the chorus of appeal to the Lord to attend his sick mother in law.

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord lean forward and look by faith at this rough diamond Peter and believe that the Lord can make your marriage as precious as that of Peter and his wife.

The Lord help us to have the longing prayer of David - "Save thy people, and bless thine inheritance: feed them also, and lift them up forever." [Psalm 28:9.]

What great loss is being suffered in Christian marriages and families in these days of declension in all spheres of life. If a believer is spiritually wrong in some form in his or her marriage, that means they are wrong with the Lord and will be wrong in effectiveness in the local Church.

The believer that is clear before the Lord in the matter of some marriage problem can be sure there is no adverse effect upon their capacity to be a blessing and be used of the Lord. Though there may remain problems in a brothers marriage and family, he is to be "blameless" as "chief" in the matters of love and "bond" forming between him and wife and children and mum. You can be "chief" in position over the factory but if there is no "bond" with the workers there will exist serious production losses and possibly even closure of the factory!

What a precious and marvellous thing is the survival of the Church over the centuries because our "chief" the Lord Jesus Christ has such a "bond" of love with those that trust in him as Paul reiterated in his letter to the Church at Rome with the following triumphant words ..... "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." [Romans 8:37.]

Click Here: Michael W. Smith - I'll lead you home.

Click here: David Phelps - The End of the Beginning.

Click here: David Phelps - No More Night.

The Lord Bless. He does the Best.

Grant.

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TIO Nutshell Thought.

The wisdom of Solomon produced a sword to determine where was the "bond" of love between the real mother and child of the two women arguing their claim.

**Special Inclusion **

A very precious encouragement from Paul Washer.

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Marriage incompatibilities are the express purpose and blessing of God.

Look, listen and enjoy the much loved Gospel singer of Chicago - Jessy Dixon singing - "Gone". This song is about the resurrection of Christ and his glorious triumph over the grave.

Jessy went home to be with the Lord in 2011 at the age of 73.

Notice the expressions on the faces, and the tears, at the thrill of this Glorious truth of the song.

Click Here for the video song clip and JOY - "Gone"

>> Special Inclusion <<

A must experience interview with Russ Taff.

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Russ sings the beautiful song - "Praise the Lord."

>> Click here for song <<

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"Pastors and the Church Part 4."

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