The CJCN Sabbath Day Worship, Shabbat Shalom.
By Senior Pastor Don Roy Hemingway. Th.D.
Goooooooooooooooood morning brethren, peace unto you and the grace of our lord Jesus be with you. May the Almighty God of Hosts be ever with you this day and always and thank you for being here with us at The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation, for worship and Praise. Let us begin our service this Sabbath Day of the Lord, as we always do here at ‘The Nation’, by reading from the word of God…….. Amen.
The Sabbath Bible Reading.
Mark 7 King James Version (KJV)
1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
6 He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
11 But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
12 And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.
14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:
15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.
16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable.
18 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him;
19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?
20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.
21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:
23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.
24 And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.
25 For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet:
26 The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.
27 But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.
28 And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children’s crumbs.
29 And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter.
30 And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.
31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
The Sabbath Morning Hymn.
Verse of the Day.
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23, NIV.
Sabbath Day Prayer.
Lord our God, we thank you that we can be children of your Spirit. We thank you that because you have called us, we receive eternal gifts that enable us to stand firm even when many sorrows and burdens weigh us down. For you are our life, and in all the darkness, even that of death, you give us light and strength and joyful hope. Keep these alive in us. May an ever brighter light shine on all that you have already put into our hearts, on all that draws us daily to you. In Jesus we pray. Amen.
The CJCN Bible Seminary.
The CJCN Sabbath Day Lesson.
(32) Then they brought to Him one who was deaf and had an impediment in his speech, and they begged Him to put His hand on him.
The man’s deafness was absolute; he could hear nothing. This greatly limited him, especially in those days when sign language and other communication helps did not exist as prominently as they do today. The poor had no access to speech therapists, and the medical practices of the time offered no hope at all.
His deafness also put him in danger, as people use their hearing more than they realize to avoid harm. Spiritual deafness is no different: When we cannot hear or refuse to hear the Word of God, we endanger ourselves greatly, not hearing the warnings of God’s ministers against the enticement and pull of sin and its curses and penalties. While physical deafness is a very limiting disability, it does not normally lead to death, but spiritual deafness is infinitely worse, leading to eternal death.
The man was almost entirely mute except for a speech impediment that kept him from communicating with others verbally. The word “impediment” in Mark 7:32does not mean he could not make any sounds but that he had great difficulty in speaking. He could make sounds with his mouth, but they came across as gibberish. Mark’s account states that Jesus “loosed” the man’s tongue, which may indicate that the problem was a birth defect.
Deafness and dumbness are often associated because humans learn to speak by hearing. A person who cannot hear his own voice or the voices of others has difficulty with pronunciation. If a person becomes deaf later in life, he will be able to speak much better than one born deaf or who loses his hearing as a child.
The relationship between the inability to speak and deafness pictures some of sin’s effects. Those who are deaf to the Word of God will have great difficulty speaking properly of spiritual matters. Even the most educated sinner betrays an impediment in his speech as soon as spiritual truths are introduced, but when he opens his ears to receive the truth, his spiritual speech will improve greatly and continually. Just as Jesus physically healed the man to enable him to hear, He must spiritually heal us so that we can understand God’s Word (see John 8:47; I Corinthians 2:9-14).
The Vision of a New, International, Mission and none denominational, Jesus Christ led Christian Nation in Israel.
My Brothers and Sisters, may the peace of the lord our God the Father, the grace of His only Son Christ Jesus and the blessings of the Holy Ghost be with you all now and remain with you forever, Amen.
Greetings to you from Him who was, yet still is and is to come, the Alpha and the Omega, the first born of all creation and worthy lamb of God who opens the seals of heaven.
Almost 2000 years ago, our lord and Saviour died a tortuous death upon the cross, he was entombed for three days and rose again to life from that terrible death and after showing himself to his followers, Jesus returned to the father, ascending into heaven from whence he came. With the lord’s mission accomplished and having returned to the father, the disciples began the work Jesus has set for them, they began the cause of spreading the good news, Preaching the word to every creature and setting their sights on global evangelism. The Disciple Peter and others knew, they needed to form themselves into an organised group, to worship God and send evangelists and letters of encouragement across the world. That first Church was in Jerusalem and the group Peter formed became a Christian Nation, the family of God led by Christ Jesus through the helper, the Holy Spirit. There were no traditions, no dogma, no rituals and no denominations. The Apostles started the march forward on the road of natural, unfettered and pure Christianity. Since that time, the Sabbath day has changed, men and women seek forgiveness from their priest instead of from God and all manner of ritual has replaced genuine zealous worship of the one true living God. The Christian Nation has been rent asunder, torn apart by men who believe only they know the way to heaven, even though Jesus himself has testified to the truth, that he is the only gateway, He and He alone, is the way, the truth and the life. These men will say, “Come, join this church or that, become involved in one man made ritual after another”, men will even tell you that if you are a Catholic, a Jehovah’s Witness, a seventh day adventist or a Baptist, you and you alone, through this group or sect, are the chosen few, God’s elect and the only one’s destined for God’s glorious reward to the faithful, eternal life in heaven, because this group or that sect are the only ones with a handle on the truth. Unfortunately, as the centuries have slipped by and even liberalism has crept into the teachings of men, now these self righteous non offensive individuals claim, there is no hell, there is no eternal punishment for sin, because God is love and he could never do that to anyone, especially those who attend church every Sunday and fill the collection box, after all, isn’t it now possible to buy a seat at the lord’s post tribulation supper table?
If you search your heart and the scriptures, with the help of the Holy Spirit, you will know that none of what has changed has left anything in its place which even looks or remotely sounds like Christianity as is was established all those years and generations ago. For me, all of that changed three years ago and if you see truth in what I have said here today, then read on and help us to reform the original Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation.
I make but one promise, we who are not of men, not of dogma, not of religious tradition or rituals, we are called Christians, and we are going back to our roots and we are going to serve God as our Saviour Christ Jesus taught us. And now, please read how this mission started and why Christians need help from all who see the Vision. God bless you.
It is difficult for me right now, as I write this missive, to know exactly where to begin and how to explain what God has written on my heart.
Let me start by returning to a time about three years ago, in March 2015, a time when I was just beginning to wrestle with my demons, as I answered the call of the Lord our Father God Yahweh, to stand under His banner and become a Priest and servant to the word of God, to hand over my life to the Son and Saviour Christ Jesus and become His instrument of sharing the word and purpose of God the Father through the Son Jesus Christ and the spirit of truth also known as the helper, even the Holy Spirit.
The reason this is difficult for me, is not that I do not possess the vocabulary to have you understand where I am in my faith today, it is more that I have only recently received by God’s communication, the last instalment of God’s revelation to me and frankly, it has not yet completely sunk in, yet somehow, it is like I have known everything from the first moment when God spoke my name, really, from the very beginning. The first part came, as I have said, almost three years ago and as always seems to be the case with God, at a time when I least expected it and had my mind centred on other issues and business.
It is made even more difficult, since as many of you will know, I have counted myself a Christian since my very early Childhood and cannot remember far enough back in time, when I did not honour our Lord Jesus and acknowledge Him as my Saviour God on a daily basis. The difference between then and now is, then, and later in my early youth and into my twenties and thirties, I paid my faith and devotion little but lip service and thought it was good enough, now, I bend my knee every day to honour the lord my God and know it will never be good enough. It will not be good enough, not until that final day, when we all who have been His good and faithful servants, shall be transformed by the beautiful grace of the lord our God, through His Son Jesus Christ, even the only begotten Son of God the Almighty.
On that Spring morning three years ago, as I walked around a deserted public park in Southern Spain, I heard a voice call me by my own name and instinctively knew who it was that had called me. For a moment I said nothing and continued to walk, then the voice calling my name sounded a second time. It was then that I recalled the time I had read of many times in Scripture, a time when God had called out to Abraham the lord’s servant and he had answered in a most memorable way. “Here I am lord,” I said aloud and I turned around. I did not expect to see anything or anyone, I simply turned in the direction from which the voice had come. “Here I am lord,” I said, a second time. The voice of the Lord washed over me like spring water, warm, pure and refreshing, it was almost like God wasn’t really speaking, more like placing the words one by one in my ears, my heart and my mind all at the same time. God’s spoken message was over in just a few seconds and yet he had told me so much, the voice was gone as quickly as it had come and yet, I could still hear it like an echo bouncing around a silent canyon at Sun down. God had spoken to me and told me what he now expected me to do.
I have obeyed the Lord in all these things, I have become a Priest, focusing my whole life and my very being, on the worship and service to God. As God commanded, I have established The Church of Jerusalem and the Christian Nation as an online non denominational Church, which welcomes all people, especially sinners like me. I have travelled to Israel several times to gather support from Christian congregations there, because it is in Israel, as God has commanded, we shall lay the foundations of this Church. Those congregations will help us to establish the Church headquarters and Bible Seminary of the CJCN. Now, it is time to start the gathering of the faithful brethren, the last part of God’s plan, which I feel I have always known about and have even spoken of with some of my dearest brothers and sisters. It is time now to bring all peoples together under the CJCN banner of God and establish true Christianity, without denominations and without man made doctrine and tradition. There is to be no Catholic, no Lutheran, no Baptist, no Jehova’s witnes, no Muslim, no Hindu no Presbytarian, no Calvinist, no Mormon, no Sikh, no Mothodist, there is to be only Christians, just as it was after our saviour ascended into heaven and the Disciple Peter, along with the other followers and Apostles of Christ, founded the first Christian Church. There is to be no division, there is to be only unity in Christ Jesus, as together and as one Church, we serve the one true living God and preach His word to all creatures across the broad earth.
Most people of the CJCN will remain in their own countries, their own towns and cities and their own homes, but there are those who must now answer the call of God, to come together in Israel where our Church and Seminary are to be planted. It is time to begin the pilgrimage home and there to serve the living God as he has commanded.
It is now, with all of this in mind, that I must call forward those of you whom God has called and has written this Biblical mission on your hearts as it is inscribed upon mine own. It is now that all who will come to Israel to build and plant this Church, must come forward and stand with the lord to fulfill his command to renew and rebuild the Christian Nation from the ruins of centuries of denominational man made doctrine, tradition and false Biblical Preaching, which has sorely devided God’s Children and separated them from the love of God as they have loved the world more than the great creator.
Are YOU called to God’s service in Israel and to the cause of the Christ led mission to restore true Christianity in its homeland??? You will know it if you are and those of you who have been chosen by God to come to the aid of this mission, will now have to make some very difficult decisions. Jesus did not bring peace to Mankind, but a sword and division, we who are chosen to serve God on this mission already know, our sacrifice must be the same as the sacrifice of our lord Jesus, we now must take up our own individual cross and bear it to the final destination. That destination is the truth in Christ Jesus and the home of genuine christ led Daily devotion to the greater purpose of God.
Do you feel the pull of the Holy Spirit, do you feel God pulling you to the Holy Land and the Israel mission???
If you do, contact me by adding your name and what skills you can provide, at the bottom of this post with means of contact such as messenger, hangouts or e mail.
Thank you, God bless you and lead you and may your heart be filled with joy in the helper, even the Holy Ghost, the very spirit of God. Amen.
A prayer for the mission.
‘O’ Lord our God and great heavenly Father, creator of all things and author of the love which abides in our hearts through thy Son, our Saviour Christ Jesus. Lord, we beseech thee of thy great goodness and mercy, be with those of us now whom thou hast chosen to establish thy house of worship and school of Biblical tuition and learning. Father God, this is thy will, thy command and thy mission, to not only establish this thy house, but also thy word in the hearts and minds of all who shall hear and receive thy word and that great and immeasurable gift of grace granted salvation in Christ Jesus. Be with us now thy children, who now boldly go in thy name, in thy path and upon thy way, to establish thy truth and thy justice, among men and across the nations of thy creation. Bless each and every one who will come to stand at thy side, those who by their own will, have chosen the service of the one true living God as their lifes endeavour for thy name’s sake. In Jesus Christ our lord we pray. Amen.
Numbers 6:24-26 King James Version (KJV)
The Lord bless you, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
Have a wonderful Sabbath Day my beloved brethren, Shabbat Shalom.
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