Paralleling worship of God is service to God. Service is connected with the offering of sacrifices to God, and is described by the Greek word latreuo and its derivatives. Because worship and service are so inter-twined, commentators and occasionally translators confuse the two. But there is considerable distinction between them, and understanding the meaning of service is of major significance in trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
The writer of Hebrews, in describing the Old Testament tabernacle, to show the superiority of Christ’s priesthood over those descended from Aaron, offers this commentary: “Now when these things had been prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services” (Hebrews 9:6, NKJV). These services were the activities of the priests, not the people; the people could not enter the tabernacle, and were not permitted to present offerings to the Lord under the law of Moses. The writer of Hebrews continues, speaking of the Old Testament tabernacle and its replacement, the temple: “It was symbolic for the present time, in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience – concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation” (Hebrews 9:9,10, NKJV). The Old Testament priesthood was a physical priesthood, offering physical sacrifices at a physical house of God; they served God physically. And thus it was – from the firstlings of Abel’s flock, to the sacrifices of Noah after the Flood, to the offering of Isaac by Abraham, to the burnt offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, grain offerings, and libations by the Aaronic priesthood – men served God by what was offered up at their physical altars.
In the Gentile world, the men of the nations were permitted to serve God by their offerings. But in Israel only the priest could offer sacrifice. In Israel, then, the people worshiped, while the priests served. Thus Israel collectively worshiped and served the Lord of hosts, while the Gentiles, in their descent into pagan idolatry, in parallel fashion “worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25).
New Covenant Service
The short, but powerful, panorama exhibited in the death of Christ, His subsequent resurrection from the dead, and ascension to glory marked the transition from the physical to the spiritual. Of Christ, it was noted that “as a High Priest of the good things to come,” He offered “His own blood” in the true tabernacle (Hebrews 9:11,12). The blood He offered, however, was not the physical, or natural, blood He shed on Calvary’s summit; nothing of this earth could be offered according to law by an earthly Jesus. “Now if He were on earth,” intones the author of Hebrews, “He would not be a priest at all” (Hebrews 8:4). Jesus on earth was of the tribe of Judah, and not of the physical line of Aaron. He was, therefore, a spiritual priest by virtue of His resurrection and ascension, and He offered spiritual sprinkled blood in a spiritual holy of holies for a spiritual people. Read more
There is a LOT of Scripture terminology that is misused and misunderstood. The concept of “Worship”, “Service” (Serving God), “Sanctuary”, “Church”, are just four, that are probably the most misused.
For these particular words, it is absolutely critical for the Christian to know and have a sound, biblical understanding of what these words/ definitions mean.
Many folks say, they “go to church to worship God”, or something to that effect. There is two things wrong with this. The bible says that Christians ARE “The Church” (Christ’s church, His body, His temple). It is critical we understand these things so we can honor, glorify & please God. Secondly, “to worship God”, Romans 12:1,2 tells us that Christians are in a perpetual state of Worship. As you will read, in the old testament, under the old covenant that God made with his people, the people SERVED God and the PRIESTS worshiped God in a physical temple. Throughout the various covenants that were made, God gradually “upgraded” these concepts, and as we can see revealed to us in the New Testament, under the Covenant that God has made through Christ and his propitiation, one of the many descriptions the Scriptures uses for the Christian is that WE are now a “Royal Priesthood”, yes, WE are priests, and as a result WE Christians are in a constant state of worship AND service.
Playing “churchy churchy” or “worshiping” one day a week is absolutely the wrong idea. This is MUCH more than just word Semantics.
Jay breaks it down in this chapter. READ IT! Read more
If you’re a believer in God and his written Word and have never heard of The Restoration Movement, I implore you to look into it with an open mind and lay aside any preconceived thoughts.
I grew up in a Presbyterian church (which falls under the Reformation Movement) and got woken up to the ideas/ principles of The Restoration Movement in late 2000. “No Book but the Bible. No law but love. No creed but Christ.”
“Do Bible things in Bible ways; call Bible things by Bible names.”
“Where the Scripture speak we speak; where the Scripture are silent, we are silent.”
“In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion liberty; in all things, charity.”
“Bible Only Makes Christians Only.”
The Reformation Movement
One of the most important inventions ever was the printing press. Johann Gutenberg, having to invent printer’s ink as well as many details in the press itself, developed the concept of moveable type, and Was able by 1455 AD to produce the world’s first printed book. Significantly, the book he printed was the Bible – in Latin, to be sure, but the Bible none the less. Read more
My devotion I gave at Liberty Christian Church 3/16/14 – LiveStream.Com did not archive the video for some unfortunate reason.)
Tonight I’ll be speaking on why Christians are the Temple of God and Why that’s important to get through ours skulls!
The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NASB)
“16 Do you not know that you are a [c]temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man destroys the[d]temple of God, God will destroy him, for the [e]temple of God is holy, and [f]that is what you are.”
This is a very, very significant truth & idea that Paul is trying to convey to the Church in Corinth. By the way, the greek word used is Naos, which transliterates to “temple” or “sanctuary”. So for anyone who may have a tendency to refer to the room we are in as “the sanctuary” – please correct that bad habit! Let me use this as an opportunity to get something off my chest. Read more
Well, I finally did it. I spent the $70 to get the Wisdom Panel 2.0 DNA kits for dogs. I sent in the results and a couple weeks later (today), the emailed me the results in PDF form.
I’m not convinced with the results. You can view the PDF Here: Brook’s DNA Test Results. The following 2 images are TWO pages of the TWELVE page PDF results. Read more
Last year I received a letter in the mail from the Washington D.C DMV claiming I was speeding. As you can see it was one of those Photo-Enforced Speeding Tickets and they had multiple pictures of my CAR. I knew better to just submit and pay a fine like the majority of people do in this country, unfortunately. I am in the habit of not taking “plea deals”, and I am always in the habit of fighting my tickets and NOT pre-paying them so I don’t have to go to court – like many folks do. I just about always record my interactions with the police, whether it’s a traffic stop or not, that way it keeps the entire situation objective, transparent and I can hold the public servant accountable if he/ she violates my rights.
Thanks to many of you amazing and beautiful individuals, we are rapidly raising more and more awareness about Eustace Conway and Turtle Island Preserve being attacked and threatened by local government busy-body beauracrats.
I am now volunteering and working very closely with Eustace and his volunteers down their at Turtle Island Preserve. I am going down there for my first initial visit to a accomplish a GREAT deal of things! In saying that, unfortunately do to my employment situation the last 6+ months, I will need financial assistance just to get down there. I don’t mind talking about this publicly. I’m 100% about transparency, honesty and accountability. For anyone who doubts me or wants to “Vet” me, I can give you ample amounts of solid references.
The financial assistance I will need, will really just be gas money. I haven’t even paid rent yet for March, along with other bills because quite simply I don’t have the money to pay for it yet. I recently got a Full Time job, (finally and thankfully) three weeks ago. So I’m in catch up mode. The trip is a little over 300 miles, approximately 5 hour drive. I will be leaving EARLY Thursday morning on the 28th for a long weekend down there at Turtle Island Preserve. I will need approximately $90-100 in gas (possibly a little more). It will take about a tank, maybe slightly more, each way. Below is a PayPal Button you can donate directly to me.
My goal is to raise enough financial support to keep me down there FULL-TIME the entire Spring, and possibly even summer. I can and will be most effective at the many things I will be doing if I’m on the ground with Eustace and his few volunteers. An enormous amount needs to be done, more to come on that later in this blog, but I am extremely confident we can be victorious in this battle! If you are interested in donating money to me personally to get me down there not only next weekend but to keep me down there full-time for the Spring and possibly Summer. PLEASE contact me, immediately on facebook
I hope each and every reader realizes, that this battle that Eustace is in, is a critical battle that has the potential to setting major precedents. This battle he is in with the government, over, simple, honest, peaceful and primitive living, intertwined with his educational school, teaching youth and adults how to live close to the earth, self-sustainable lives – is our roots! Eustace has been out in the woods, living peacefully for 26+ years. The very nature and purpose of his life is literally being attacked by the government, because of what he says, “The Egos of small men with limited vision.”If you’re just now hearing about the story, get caught up to speed here - and check out this recent interview here.
So, to the real meat of how to help Eustace Conway and Turtle Island. After having hours of conversations with him and his volunteers already, I have much information to put out.
I need to get down there and Eustace wants me down there ASAP. I unfortunately need financial assistance, as mentioned above, to do so.
Eustace Conway / Turtle Island Preserve needs your financial support. In case you don’t know Turtle Island is a Non-profit Organization. They need money for grants and scholarships to be able to provided to youth who need financial aid to attend the school/ camp. They need money for operational expenses, legal expenses and the list goes on. In the near future I will be creating a fundraising campaign, likely on IndieGoGo and give more details and the actual amount we need to try and raise. If you have the means to donate, please go here and donate (any amount is greatly appreciated and greatly helpful!)
Whether this help comes from the actual financial aid OR from “in-kind donations”, meaning, donating resources, time, skill-sets, etc, They need:
at least one digital, portable, hand-held camera down there.
Graphic Design Artists
Legal Advice/ Help (preferably seasoned, experience civil rights attorneys/ organizations, such as The Rutherford Institute)
Skilled/ Seasoned “Freedom Activists”
Skilled Farm Help (rugged/ primitive conditions), includes volunteers, interns, etc
Fundraiser(s) for the Turtle Island Preserve
Marketing/ Branding help Turtle Island Preserve
Point of Contacts in the Media to reach out to to get more interviews
Honest, Trustworthy individuals who have the time and are able to commit to volunteering to assist in helping fight this winnable battle
I realize the economy is not great and people are broke, such as my self. So if you want to help but can’t help out monetarily, or even in “in-kind donations”, you can be extremely helpful just by sharing articles about what is going on, contacting the media, spreading the words locally in your own communities and on the internet in forums, social media platforms, etc. We need a small army of volunteers, so let’s make it happen!
It’s a short-term goal to have a few t-shirt designs made and then actually get the products ready to sell, or give away with donations. Please, by all means, if you are interested in attending his camps/ schools this spring and summer, check out their website, look at the details, if you need to make the phone call down there for additional details do so and consider attending his school! That obviously is another great way to support him. Additionally, a DVD featuring Eustace, called “Reconvergance” has just NEWLY BEEN RELEASED. The Film Maker is giving 50% of sales to Turtle Island Preserve! DVD’s are $20, consider purchasing one!
Tonight I was invited on Free Talk Live, a “Pro-Freedom” Talk Radio show based out of New Hampshire, specifically, Keene, NH. After the first 15 minute Segment I was able to get Eustace Conway on the line to take over the rest of the HOUR!
Enjoy the interview and help spread the word! Folks this is just day #2 That I’m on this. If you can help, want to help, etc, Facebook friend me ASAP! Eustace won’t ask, but HE NEEDS DONATIONS! So please consider donating! Enjoy the interview! This is just the tip of the ice berg, there will be MANY more to come!
Eustace Conway, his 500 acre preserve and his consistent/ persistent volunteers have never had any issues with the local government in the last 26 years he’s been residing out in the mountains of North Carolina – until of course, he got his own TV Show. As of this writing, we are still questioning the motives behind the employees of the “Planning and Inspection Department” and “Health Department Safety Specialist” who’ve harassed him over a mandate that his doghouse and outhouse meet a series of absurd regulatory codes. Of course that’s not their only gripes with Eustace, he didn’t get permission from those wise-overlords in the county to construct the buildings on the land that he owns. Eustace didn’t bother to get an arbitrary piece of paper granting him permission to do what he wishes to do with his own property. It was his property, he owns the property, and was not infringing on anyone else’s life, so why should he need a bureaucrat’s permission slip? What Eustace wished to do was hand build a number of supporting structures on the land that he legally owns.
The initial contact was some time in June of 2012 which was during the heart of Season One. They called him up and said they wanted to visit his property.After coming out there and taking a look, they slammed him with a number of administrative “violations” which restricted Eustace’s ability to use his own property as he saw fit.This blog is not meant to be an entire recap of events since then, it’s about the events that happened, today, and how I/ we can help stand with Eustace.
When reading the article, I wasn’t surprised that government employees were harassing and threatening Eustace over trivialities which undermined Eustace’s right to dispose of his property as he chose to.I was reminded of a similar incident in about a resident in Virginia Beach with chickens in her backyard, facing criminal charges! We saw another example of something much, much similar to Eustace’s situation back in November of 2010, when a man named Dick Thompson was being harassed for “Living to Simply”. The aggressive action taken by local governments against these peaceful individuals is the opposite of a benevolent government looking out for the needs of its “citizens.” These harassments are merely the tip of the iceberg: government employees dictate to Americans what types of light bulbs we can or can’t use, the same with toilets etc and outlaws peaceful behaviours such as the commerce of Raw Milk and Cannabis - between peaceful, consenting adults. Too add insult to injury, these decades old laws remain in effect, despite new research that proves THC not only cures certain cancers, but inhibits cancer as well (along with the plethora of medicinal, industrial and nutritional value it as also). So what gives? Do we still believe the government keeps our “best interest” in mind? Do we believe that government employees acting in the name of the people, as if 315 million agree on every particular issue, have a right to deprive the rest of the American population of the choice to
After reading the Daily Mail article about the situation I started YouTubing videos about Eustace and his Preserve. I quickly, very quickly realized how awesome of a person he is. Referred to as some by a living day Henry David Thoreau, or Daniel Boone, that certainly describes Eustace, from what I’ve learned about him over the last 12 hours. I quickly started sharing the article and letting people know to keep this story on their radar. “The Liberty Movement” is often known to come to the aid of fellow individuals who’s rights are being undermined by the thugs of government. I then called the Preserve and left a message for Eustace, not expecting he would actually get it, sure enough he called me back shortly later! We talked for about 56 minutes and I had a big old smile on my face the entire time. We talked about a wide range of things. I gave him my background in a nutshell, and told him I was eager to help out. I explained to him that I may have never seen that article, or heard about the situation if I had not been off of work today because of the weather – and I must say, I do not believe that was a coincidence.
He later told me in our conversation that he believed I was an “answered prayer” – that of course, was quite encouraging to hear.
Eustace explained to me what kind of help he was in need in, lots of computer and internet related help, as he told me he’s like a “cave man” when it comes to that stuff. Since getting out of the Army in 2009, I have done quite a bit of Social Media Marketing and Management for not only myself and the things I’m involved in, but for actual local and non-local businesses as well. I’ve developed a nitch for networking, organizing, facilitating and making things happen, especially when it comes to dealing with government beauracrats. Since I’ve gotten out of the Army, I’ve become activist, and advocate for Freedom and The Non-Aggression Principle. I have a huge network of like-minded folks, all the way from Oregeon to California & Florida to Maine, seriously, and don’t leave out those amazing Free Staters in New Hampshire whom are consistently doing great things advancing the cause of Freedom in that state! My initial desire was to get down there as soon as next week, that’s how excited and eager I am to help out.
Unfortunately because of my own responsibilities here where I reside, I won’t be able to physically go down there, unless it’s on the weekends, or unless things with his situation get much more imminent. After concluding my exciting conversation with Eustace, I started getting to work online, before I knew it messages and phone calls were flowing in about the matter. Later that afternoon, I spoke with his lead volunteer staffer, Desere, the officer manager, among many other roles. Desere has been the one managing their Facebook Pages, to the best of her abilities – although it sounds like she’d much rather be outside getting her hands dirty and breaking a sweat.
Why do I want to help out these people I’ve never met? For several reasons actually and I’ll explain. For starters, if we the general public, does NOT only start utilizing their individual rights as well as defending them there will be little to no rights to fight for 20 years from now, when are children and grand children are young adolescents. Previous generations have already slipped into the coma called apathy, and the lies, distortions and manipulations of the media. The USA has become a bloated police and surveillance state, while both parties continue to vote away our freedoms and spend money faster than the Federal Reserve can print it out of thin air. It is literally “us vs them”, The State vs “the citizen”, but don’t call me that because I’m no-one’s slave or subject. Just to highlight two reasons, a second reason I’m eager to help out is due to the fact that, this man, these people, are living my dream!
It’s my goal to create enough wealth for me to purchase some land some day and self-sustain, homestead and live off the grid, maybe not to the primitive degree that is taking place on Turtle Island Preserve, but close to it!
I’ve been following pioneers like Will Powers of “Growing Power”, Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, and others for several years now, and it’s my goal to mimic men like these, including Eustace one day. This will be my third year growing my own food, and I’m hoping to get a half dozen chickens or so this spring. I strongly believe in the principles this country was founded on, which was a free society, maximizing liberty, freedom of choice, etc. I strongly agree and respect Ron Paul’s answers in this video with Pete Eyre where they discuss things like Jury Nullification, civil disobedience, self-government and more. Paul says concerning self-government that he thinks it’s “Great, I’m fine with it, that’s really what my goal is… You know, if we had a libertarian society (free society), we would have no qualms with enclaves of people governing themselves how they choose” and he uses the Amish as one example.
So this is my beginning, in standing with Eustace and his volunteers & essetially the principles that I stand for and that the majority of the public stood for 150-200 years ago, which the tiredless minority are fighting for today. I hope you will join me in my efforts in standing for freedom, standing for peace, standing up for our neighbors and resisting tyranny, even when disguised in suits toting badges and weaponry. If you want to help me and my efforts to help them, please contact me. If you want to help them, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Without a doubt, please continue to raise awareness about this situation, as it seems like on a daily basis our freedoms our under attack from people who claim it’s for our own good. Embrace Voluntaryism, The non-aggression principle and do all things in and with love.
Things YOU can immediately do to help:
Call, email, fax the local beauracrats whom are making the threats. POLITELY ask them to cease and desist in their threats to comply. Let them know the world is watching and they will be held accountable for their actions.
Consider making donations to Turtle Island Preserve. Eustace told me straight up he doesn’t like asking people from money, and because of that he has two small loans out to cover operation expenses. LETS CHANGE THAT and give him a surplus! He will likely also need money for a Legal Defense Fund, so please donate whatever you are able to!
SHARE SHARE SHARE – not only only this blog, but other articles about his situation. We need to get this story VIRAL! Tell your friends, neighbors and let the media know!
Consider chipping in for my gas and travel expenses as I plan to periodically make the 5 hour (one way) drive to the Preserve to help with things on the weekends
If you have a skill set that you’re willing to utilize, like myself, at a pro-bono rate, contact me or Desere (at the email address above).
Lastly, if you, like myself, have not been following Eustace Conway and the Turtle Island Preserve Get caught up to speed! Below are links to articles and videos:
This past Saturday night, September 29th I spend the evening down at Cafe Diem to watch my buddy Angus Novak, and other friends of mine jam out. They play a variety of Blues cover songs and have some originals as well. The name of their band is the Back Porch Ornaments and they really impressed me about a month ago when I finally got around to see them. Well last night I knew at least a dozen people up there, including some folks I invited. Read more