The Truth About Baptism (Immersion)

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An in-depth look at what the Bible has to say about Baptism.
This is a more exhaustive study that includes old-testament text/ commentary.

A shorter study on what the bible says about Baptism, with a specific focus on what Ephesians 4:5’s “One Baptism” means.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you’d like to have a study.

Deon Copeland Update: Needs Assistance in Baltimore

Greetings everyone. Some of you may or may not be tracking who Deon Copeland is and how he and I first met several months ago, for those of you who are not familiar with the original blog and the subsequent updates, click here.

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I’m writing this today to bring about another update on Deon. I spoke with both Deon and his brother Donald last week. Deon is now back in Baltimore where he has a limited amount of family still residing there, to include his brother who is also doing what he can to help Deon. Unfortunately, Deon is unable to reside with his brother, as his brother is renting out a room from someone because of his own financial situation. The few family members Deon has in the Baltimore area are unable to provide any significant help for Deon, as in financial help AND help with housing.

Deon has been to the hospital once since getting back to Maryland, I believe for seizures that are caused by his epilepsy and some other issues. They took care of him and got him back on the medicine he needs which apparently has helped him out in the past. With the help of Deon’s brother Donald, they are working on getting Deon another valid State ID card so Deon can continue to move forward and make progress. Deon just last year finished up his schooling for becoming an HVAC technician, yet didn’t get enough on the job hours at the place he was apprenticing for to get his certificate of completion. Deon without a doubt wants to work and be a productive individual again – he just needs some solid ground to stand on to give him that chance.

That solid ground at the moment, is simply a housing solution for him. Deon needs to find a place to stay ASAP or else he will have to depend on a nearby shelter where he has stayed in the past and is not fond of. It goes without saying, but he could also use some money for basic necessities like food, etc.

If you’re reading this, especially if you’re in the Baltimore area, or perhaps maybe know someone who is, who’d be willing to help Deon and give him an opportunity that would be greatly appreciated. Maybe you’re reading this from around the country or on another side of the globe and would like to help out some how, like donate some money for some basic necessities, please contact me. I’ve sent a small amount of money to Deon’s brother when Deon first arrived back in Baltimore. However, my current financial situation unfortunately is not good enough to provide him any more funds.

To contact me, feel free to reach out to me on Facebook
or you can email me at Nate5176[at]Gmail[Dot]Com

The Day I Met Deon Copeland (UPDATED!!)

(See update towards the bottom)

I get off of work today earlier than normal (which reminds me of another recent time I got off work early and something God-given/ crazy happened!) and as I’m driving the work van home, I see 2 Hanover County deputies talking to a black man sitting under a tree at the intersection of Mechanicsville Turnpike and Bell Creek Rd. At this point (in my experience with LEO’s), I naturally assumed they were harassing him for no justifiable reason (which turned out to be right).

I DO want to take special note though, he said that was the second time the police were trying to question him as he traveled on foot, here in Hanover County. The first cop apparently, ended up buying the guy some to-go, type of food and found him to give him the food, down the street after he was confronted the second time by a pair of deputies. I applaud your good and kind behavior officer, whomever you are.

So I passed the pair of cops talking to this guy while I drove to  drop off the van.  As I was coming back that direction to head home from running a quick errand after getting my vehicle, I saw this tall, slender black fellow walking along the shoulder of the turnpike (in front of my neighborhood) with a white plastic bag (something I didn’t see in his possession previously) and heading toward the intersection I had initially saw him.

Deon Copeland and I

Deon Copeland and I

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What is and How do you Worship and Serve God? (Part 2)

The following is an excerpt from the short book, “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” written by my good friend Jay Wilson, which can be found in Chapter 4, “Getting to the Inside of the Cup”.
For anyone interested in a hard copy or Ipad version contact me. To DOWNLOAD “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” by Jay Wilson Click here (To VIEW it online click the link on the first sentence). I can not say enough how much I recommend this book!!!!! THIS is Part 2. Both (See) Part 1 (here) and Part 2 will NOT be the entirety of the chapter, so you’ll have continue reading via the website or a hard copy if you so desire!

“Serving God
Service of the Priests

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).

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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

What is and How do you Worship and Serve God? (Part 1)

The following is an excerpt from the short book, “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” written by my good friend Jay Wilson, which can be found in Chapter 4, “Getting to the Inside of the Cup”.
For anyone interested in a hard copy or Ipad version contact me. To DOWNLOAD “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” by Jay Wilson Click here (To VIEW it online click the link on the first sentence). I can not say enough how much I recommend this book!!!!! THIS is Part 1. Both Part 1 and Part 2 will NOT be the entirety of the chapter, so you’ll have continue reading via the website or a hard copy if you so desire!

My personal preface to this chapter: Worship

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

Historical Overtones [of The Church]: Reformation Movement & Restoration Movement

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The following is an excerpt from the short book, “Cleansing the Inside of the Cup” written by Jay Wilson, which can be found in Chapter 3, “Turning to the Lord”.
For anyone interested in a hard copy or Ipad version contact me. To download this book click here. See a timeline of Church history here.

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.”

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Historical Overtones

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

Christians are The Temple of God: The Significance

My devotion I gave at Liberty Christian Church 3/16/14 – LiveStream.Com did not archive the video for some unfortunate reason.)

Greetings Church!

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.
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Brook’s Wisdom Panel 2.0 DNA Test Results (UPDATED 3/17/14)

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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

How to Beat a Photo-Enforced Speeding Ticket (or Red Light Ticket)

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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.

So I got this letter in the mail: Read more

How to Help Eustace Conway and Turtle Island Preserve

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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.

For starters:

  • 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
  • Cinematographers
  • Investigators
  • 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!