AdministratorApril 15, 2022 at 12:25 pm
What are your thoughts on this new series with Rick Larson thus far? Have you seen his film “The Christ Quake?”
MemberApril 19, 2022 at 3:52 pm
Again, since no one is replying, I’ll will try again to point out that loneliness and apparent humiliating failure are at the very ‘heart’ of the Gospel.
If one wants success in proving the Cross of Christ as a fact, it is easy to find those who believe that fact of its existence in history, and who are naturally attracted to such powerful arguments that can be found in support of such an opinionated ‘belief’, but very few are attracted to the fact of the humiliation of the Cross. Christ Himself was apparently a complete and lonesome failure at the Cross, but how many Christians truly trust that kind of a ‘whimpering’ Christ.
It is very possible to use the ‘Bible Alone’ to provoke and to win arguments that the Sabbath of the 4th Commandment as ‘roared’ by a very powerful and Egypt-conquering ‘LORD of the Sabbath’ from Mt. Sinai is still valid and therefore believable. But is it as easy to actually to trust that same ‘LORD of the Sabbath’ that spoke from Mt. Sinai, when He allows Himself to be humiliated by men, and to be forsaken by His Father, on the eve of one of those same Sabbaths as He ‘weeps’ from Mt. Moriah ? Yet truly, right then and there, ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself.’
Deacon Stephen recognized this fact of the willing humiliation and apparent failure of God, ‘in Christ’, when he was accused by the Jewish Sanhedrim of speaking against their ‘house’, their ‘temple’. No longer ‘My Father’s House’, Jesus, the ‘Son of God’, had left that same ‘your house’ desolate of God’s Presence, to those same Sanhedrim, for the last time, just before being fatally humiliated both by ‘His own’ human people and by His own Divine Father, Who had apparently finally ‘forsaken’ Him completely while He was on the Cross, 3-1/2 years earlier.
So, Stephen began quoting Isaiah 66 describing that ultimate, true ‘Temple’. But the Sanhedrim, realizing that Stephen was about to prove from Isaiah that the humiliated ‘heart’ of Jesus was the real ‘Temple of God’ — which God wished to be true of all human ‘hearts’, once again, after the human ‘fall’ into pride, in Eden — immediately silenced Stephen in midstream as follows:
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: . . . ”
And here Stephen begins to be crushed by a volley of stone missiles hurled by the leaders of God’s ‘desolate’ proud church, so he stops quoting Isaiah at this crucial truth pointing directly toward the humiliated heart of Jesus upon the Cross as being the perfect prototype of the ultimate True Temple of God in the living ‘heart’ of each human :
“. . . but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.” ~ Isaiah 66:1-2, KJV
And still, today, it is much easier and more attractive to follow the victorious LORD of the Sabbath, roaring from Mt. Sinai, and to believe in the mere ‘fact’ of the existence of the Cross of that same LORD of the Sabbath ‘in’ Mt. Moriah, than it is to trust in that LORD’s ‘weeping’ leadership into humiliation of ‘heart’ where the Father ultimately desires to dwell. Therefore few ‘Christian’ ‘support groups’ would think of praying for such humiliation and apparent failure, so those who might dare to, are most likely to find themselves to be all on their own — ‘al-one’. Yet in loneliness and humiliation, they have the Creator of the universe eager to dwell within them. . . or were God, Isaiah, and Stephen lying ?
If not then,
What is true ‘success’ ?
Are we willing to actually ‘pray’ for it ?
If so, ‘It is finished !’ is true of such a God-conquered human ‘heart’.
MemberApril 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm
Rick Larson is an incredible man! I have not seen his films yet. I’ve ordered ‘Star’ and intend to order ‘Christ Quake”. I’m so intrigued by the conversations. To be able to see, experience and realize the truths of the Bible as Mr. Larson, Mr. Mahoney and their associates have, must be thrilling! Thanking you all for what you do. It allows many of us to experience some of these wonderful treasures through you and your films.
AdministratorMay 10, 2022 at 4:39 pm
Hello Leila! Thank you so much for this deeply encouraging message! It sincerely means more than words can do justice and we are so grateful to you for it! We are all a part of this! We are all members of the body of Christ and the evidence that Rick Larson, Tim, and many others are presenting is a heritage that God has left for each of us to know beyond a shadow of any doubt that He is there.
All glory and credit to Him! The imprint of His existence and Word can be found in every realm of science. He’s gifted us with so much; things that can greatly strengthen the faith of believers and reach those who are lost.
Rick, Tim, and others working in these areas are striving to produce content that honors God and encourages others – so getting this kind of feedback is a huge spirit booster!
Thank you, again, so much! God is good and He has a purpose for each one of us. We are living in uncertain times but He is faithful and a certainty for all of us! Blessings to you!
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