Even the Bible Is Controlled By the Holy Spirit

If it took the Holy Spirit to inspire the scriptures, and it took the Holy Spirit to judge which books would be considered Scripture, how do we think we can understand the Word of God without the Holy Spirit? ‪#‎itsalive‬

Did you hear the one about Martin Luther remixing Bar Music for the Church?

Totally false… Martin Luther actually advocated for holiness and creativity in music, and wrote music to wean people away from the popular love ballads of his day.

Link here:

http://steadfastlutherans.org/?p=12198

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*The musical notation was simply a repeat sign, known in Luther’s day as a “bar”. Yes, believe it or not, some wacky American Lutherans saw Luther’s reference to “barred music” in German and changed the repeat sign into a pub! Why did Luther write positively about “bar(red) music”? Because it describes the musical form A A B. He thought that the repetition of the music of the first phrase would help in learning, and then the B phrase would give the balance of variety. Hence, many chorales are written in this way. The reason “bars” were used for notating this form was used to save ink & paper. Today we simply call these “repeat signs”.

How to Find the Holy Spirit in HIS-story

When you study church history, don’t look for the great philosophers, orators, and articulators. Don’t look for the men who were honored by all as a success in their time.

Look for the men that were rejected, ridiculed, mocked, ostracized, and at worst killed for what they believed and preached of the word of God. Look for the men and women that articulated their reproaches, necessities, and sufferings… and how God reigned in it. That’s how you will find out where the Holy Spirit was throughout church history.

Acts 15
26 men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 12
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Everybody wants the Change, but Who wants the Violence?

Matthew 11:11

11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

The Necessity of Violence

When you look through the Bible and thru church history, God’s definition of “one accord” and the unity that it takes for true change in communities, cities, and cultures is very different from ours…

Unfortunately real unity and real change usually only comes thru violence.

There are two types of violence that bring real lasting change:

spiritual violence: such as prayer, fasting, obedience, and preaching an unpopular message of repentance

natural violence: such as war, natural disaster or heavy persecution

Unfortunately, as humans we tend to avoid spiritual violence, settle for political hand-shaking and shortcuts, and then end up with natural violence in our cities and communities.

Is there anyone ready to embrace the spiritual violence that brings real change before its too late?