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PRAYER
MT 6 & LK 11

OUR FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN
Position: I recognize You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and GOD over All!

HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME
Praise: You are holy! You are worthy of praise and I worship You!

YOUR KINGDOM COME, YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
Priority: Have rule over all things, Lord! All things were made by Your hand!
All things have been placed under Your feet! You are Lord over All!
Here on Earth and in my heart, have rule over all things.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
Provision: I thank You that You have given seed to sow and bread to eat!
You provide daily to meet our need. Amen! Hallelujah!!!

FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US
Perfection: I praise You and thank You for Your Son Jesus
The Messiah, The Christ, My Propitiation and Salvation through the Cross.
This is my testimony: no Man has sinned against me.
I have forgiven all just as all has been forgiven of me.

LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
Protection: I thank You that You, Lord, are My Shepherd. I shall not want.
You make me to lie down in green pastures!
You lead me beside still waters! You restore my soul!
Though I walk through the valley of death I fear no evil. You are with me.
Your rod and staff are a comfort to me!

FOR YOURS IS THE KINGDOM THE POWER & THE GLORY FOREVER
Praise: You are holy! You are worthy of praise and I worship You!
All things have been placed under Your feet! You are Lord over All!
You are King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and GOD over All!
You are Power! You are the Glory and my Glory forever and ever!!!!

PRAY FOR THE PEACE OF ISRAEL
PRAY FOR THE PROTECTION OF ISRAEL
PRAY FOR PEACE IN GOD’S HOLY CITY OF JERUSALEM

PRAY FOR OUR NATION
OUR NATIONAL ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR PRESIDENT & VICE PRESIDENT
OUR AMBASSADORS
OUR SECRETARIES, DIRECTORS, & BOARDS
OUR SENATORS
OUR REPRESENTATIVES
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR INTELLIGENCE, MILITARY, & POLICE FORCES AT HOME AND AT LARGE AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR OUR STATE
OUR STATE’S ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR GOVERNOR & LT GOVERNOR
OUR SECRETARIES, SUPERINTENDENTS, & BOARDS
OUR STATE SENATORS
OUR STATE REPRESENTATIVES
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR STATE GUARD, INTELLIGENCE, & POLICE FORCES
AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
OUR LOCAL ECONOMY & WELFARE
OUR MAYORS, COUNCILMEN, & COMMISSIONERS
OUR SECRETARIES, SUPERINTENDENTS, & BOARDS
OUR JUSTICES, JUDGES, & ATTORNEYS GENERAL
OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
OUR POLICE FORCES, FIRE & RESCUE FORCES
& EMERGENCY SERVICES
AND THEIR FAMILIES

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH
THE WHOLE BODY OF CHRIST
OUR PRESBYTERS
OUR OVERSEERS & BISHOPS
OUR APOSTLES
OUR PROPHETS
OUR EVANGELISTS
OUR PASTORS
OUR TEACHERS
OUR DEACONS
OUR ELDERS

EVERY MEMBER RIGHTLY JOINED
AND FITTED TOGETHER

ONE GOD, ONE CHURCH, ONE VOICE!!!!

PRAY FOR THE CHURCH
THE LOCAL BODY OF CHRIST
OUR VISION TO REACH THE COMMUNITY
RELEVANT PREACHING
RELEVANT TEACHING
CONNECT GROUPS
YOUNG ADULT, COLLEGE & CAREER
YOUTH!
Children’s!!
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KING OF KINGS • LORD OF LORDS • KING OF GLORY

 

I.                   Preamble

 

“Who is this man Jesus?” It is a question often asked by those who only hear stories and only read books. Indeed, who is this man Jesus? Why should we follow him? Why should we listen to him? Why should we do what he says to do? What makes him so special that time was changed to mark his birth? Just what makes him so special? The answer is simpler than you might think.

 

Quite simply, Jesus did not, could not, would not … lie.

 

I hear some saying “so” and others saying “What difference does that make?” It makes all the difference.

 

Quite simply, it means Jesus told the truth … always.

 

What so many naysayers, agnostics, atheists, mono-theists, polytheists, non-theists, and all points in between forget to mention … what it was Jesus was saying. Several “religions” acknowledge Jesus as an ascended master, divine personality, prophet, great teacher, rabbi, holy man et cetera then they go about their business as if acknowledging Jesus as someone special they are covered and can go about in their systematic disbelief in the God of Jesus and who Jesus said He was-is.

 

“I don’t get that last part.”… I am not surprised. Many do not.

 

In Genesis chapter 3 [a.k.a. 1st Book of Moses], the One Who Built It All and In Whom All Power Exists spoke to Man and a serpent. He told them how it would end, what it would take to ‘fix’ the situation. It would require the seed of the woman. He would smite the serpent, crushing its head, and receiving a wound himself … okay, a bruised heel.

The sequence of events went something like this: a. Man messed up, b. Woman didn’t, salvation comes through the seed of a woman, c. has to be a man to fix the mess the original Man made, d. the serpent’s head gets crushed, his government is smashed useless, e. the seed Man is wounded, his walk is effected but only temporarily, itsa bruise, it’s not a permanent thing. The heel will heal.

Jesus was-is the aforementioned ‘seed Man’ that crushed the serpent’s head. Or should I say, it was Yhshua [יהושע] – “Jehovah saved.” The serpent had no clue this was coming even though being told it was. Jesus did not lie. The prophets of the God of Israel did not lie when they wrote and broadcast the words encouraging the believers that one would come to make things right. He did, too. He was born in the city where Abraham, Isaac, Jacob-Israel, Judah, and David were buried. He did all that was said this person would do. He did not meet everyone’s expectations for him; however, he met exactly the expectations he needed to meet to fulfill his plan.

They – the world’s religions, anti-religions, and anti-theists – say he was just a man, one of us. They are correct. For 33 years, he was one of us … in every way except sin.

 

II.                KING OF KINGS

 

For many years Israel had no king. In a land full of princes and princesses, why do you need a king? But the people’s heart grew dark with jealousy and they cried out for a king. In 1st Book of Samuel, chapter 8, the elders of Israel come to Samuel the prophet of the God of Israel. They asked Samuel to give them a king, like all the other nations. They rejected the God of Israel who was their judge and their king. They chose a Man to be their king, to be a judge over them, to go before them and make war. They wanted to be like the rest of their world.

In the days of the nascent kingdom of Israel there were kings all around Israel; the great Pharaoh to the south, the great kings along the Euphrates, and the great kings to the north. There came up out of Babylon a king greater than them all, Nebuchadnezzar. The world discovered a new thing, a king over kings. However, these kings died. As they died or were assisted in death a new king would arise. Some of these kings were able to become kings of kings, but they too died in their turns.

The God of Israel gave Israel a king who died. The God of Israel spoke encouraging words through his prophet Isaiah. In the Book of Isaiah, chapter 9, the God of Israel tells Isaiah what he will do. The God of Israel will make for them a new king and he will have an everlasting government. And he will not die.

A king was initially a leader of his people. As the population increased so the prestige of being a king increased. Regional populations began looking to this one person as their leader. The leader who became a king became sovereign – one who is great, supreme in power, rank, authority; one who is independent of all others, the highest authority. And just when these kings began thinking themselves gods, they discovered death. When they ritualized death as ‘the journey,’ they discovered there was a “king of kings.” Quite literally, the king himself had a king.

To be king of kings, you have rule over those who rule over others.

 

Jesus said he was the prophesied anointed one [Christ, Messiah]; the one who is the Everlasting Father, Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace, and with no end to his government. Jesus proclaimed Isaiah 61:1-2a fulfilled in the hearing of those in his synagogue. This is known to Israeli as a messianic prophecy.

From the moment of his pronouncement to his death on a cross, Jesus ceased being just a Man. He became the ‘anointed salvation of God’s people,’ the Lamb of God that takes away sin [separation from God], the seed of woman to crush the head of the serpent. After his death, burial, resurrection after three days in the tomb, he ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the God of Israel and All Creation. Jesus took back that which Adam lost, lordship over Earth.

III.             LORD OF LORDS

 

What does ‘lord’ mean? Or to be ‘lord,’ what does that mean? The English word ‘lord’ comes from Middle English and Anglo-Saxon meaning ‘head of a household.’ As households became bigger, the lord became the leader of the family. As families became bigger the household became a village became villages became a clan became a people group and the lords needed a lord to help guide them as a people thus came the lord of lords.

To Adam was given the task of having rule over the fish of the sea, over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moved on the earth. Adam was Lord of Earth. In Adam’s day, there were no other lords. He and Eve, Adam’s wife, were it. Every animal or creature that can be named was subject to them. They had rule of every living thing that moved on Earth; including the demons, the fallen angels and their chief, the one who was called Lucifer. Through Adam’s sin he lost his lordship and so did Eve. Adam’s ruler-ship, lordship, was now over Eve only. He was given the task of taking care of her only; the one he led into sin; but God said that to the woman to remind the man that she was now his charge, his responsibility. From Lord of All the Earth to lord of his family.

Everything is left without a leader. Everyone does what is right in their own mind.

Man no longer does what is right in the sight of God. Man causes God to have sorrow that He made Man, causes God to confuse Man’s speech, causes God to look for someone whose heart would be fully His. God calls to a Man named Abram.

Abram means ‘high father.’ By extension, lord or head of a household.

Abraham means ‘high father of a multitude.’ By extension, lord of lords.

This is another type and shadow of things to come. God has set up a Man who would hear God’s Word and act on it as the head of a new household in a new land. God then changes this leader’s name from great father or exalted father to high father of a multitude. All while the Man does not have a son of his own. This lord of lords was to hear God, act on God’s Word, and believe God that the things God said were so and done, all without seeing them with his own eyes.

Now what the first Adam lost [Lord of All the Earth], Jesus came to reclaim and set correct. Jesus in the flesh was the last Adam [1 Co 15.45], the last God created Man. The Jews of Israel that looked to the Messiah looked for a deliverer like earthly kings; like Saul, like David, like Solomon. Their Messiah came as a deliverer but not as a conquering king overthrowing all of the kingdoms of Earth. Their Messiah came as the Lamb of God the sin sacrifice to cover in blood the death sentence against the first born, Adam. He came as a conqueror over sin, disobedience, death, and the grave. He led captivity captive. He descended into death and conquered. He arose on the third day as Lord of Life and Lord of Death. He ascended to the right hand of the Father and was proclaimed Lord of Heaven, all things were placed under His feet. All that remains is for Him to return to Earth to lay claim to His rightful title of Lord of All the Earth, for which He paid with His own person in Gethsemane, in the courts of accusation, in the scourging at Roman hands, in the jeers of those who cried Hosanna!, at the cross on Golgotha, in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, in Sheol – the place of the dead, in the resurrection, and in the ascension to His Father.

God the Father through Jesus the Son reclaimed for Himself Lordship over Earth. What God gave to Adam He has retaken for Himself and will return to reclaim in person.

IV.             KING OF GLORY

 

Psalm 24 KJV

The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. 

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

 

Many times glory is referred to as honor or praise or worth that is due to someone because of their special nature or special deeds performed; and even some by right of birth. But the King of Glory encompasses all of that and then more. The King of Glory is intensity that we cannot measure. The Earth cannot contain Him. The stars combined are dim compared to Him. He is beyond a length, a width, a depth that we can measure. To taste His presence is to lose the desire to be here. As good as we may have it here on Earth, it cannot compare to the goodness of His presence. He shares His glory with whom He chooses. Do not take or try to steal it. It will lead to destruction.

 

The King of Glory stepped out of Eternity, made Man in His own image and likeness, then provided a way for Man to become the Sons and Daughters of God; Princes and Princesses of Glory to rule and reign with Him in Eternity.

 

This world is passing away. Its time is nearing completion. At the End of All Times, the King of Glory will return to Earth to establish His authority as King of Heaven, King of Earth, King of Death, and King of Life. And after the Times and Seasons are complete, He will put down Deception finally then He will establish a new Heaven and a new Earth.

 

The Lord God in His Full Glory is His purest expression of Himself. He has shielded us from His Glory as a kindness to us. If we beheld Him in His Glory we would not want to remain here. Moses saw Him pass by and was forever changed. Elijah covered himself and went into His Presence. Just seeing Jesus becoming full with the Glory of God caused Simon Peter, James, and John to want to build tabernacles and just live at that spot. Daniel fell down as a dead man upon seeing Him. Isaiah was undone and felt his guilt upon seeing Him. The task before each of them remained. It was not their season’s end. They remained on the Earth until completion.

 

The King of Glory is coming soon to establish His Kingdom on Earth for a season only. Prepare yourself for the coming of the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, King of Glory.

© 2009 Dr. David J. Rogers

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From time to time I am hit with insomnia. I just can’t sleep. I want to sleep. But ‘things’ keep me awake. Last night it was the movie “The Kingdom” starring Jamie Fox, Jennifer Garner, Chris Cooper, Jason Bateman, and Ashraf Barhom. It is a ‘gritty’ movie, but it does give one insights into the culture of the Kingdom of Saud. And that is what I needed to see.

No, I did not need to see the mechanizations of a terror cell. I found myself, as I often do as a writer, watching the people. These people that are so often painted as ‘the enemy’ by propagandists trying to sell air or newsprint overlook the fact that these are people. So I watched the people.

There is a disparity in religion and in culture; but you cannot take away the human side of being human. Fathers still love their sons and daughters. Wives their husbands. Sons and daughters their fathers and mothers. They are people. Think on that a bit.

The movie painted Americans as pushy and arrogant. From my own travels abroad, those are the ones that get noticed most often. I did not socialize with them when I could. Sometimes they were with me so I remained quiet and in the background, observing. Pushy, foul mouthed Americans driving hard to get their own way or [queue Jeremy Piven] manipulate events for the best possible outcomes.

In fairness, the stereotype was cast upon the locals as well. Saudi princes with pomp, show, and indecision. Saudi generals who are cruel and dictatorial. Internal squabbling between the forces [army versus police]. Yeah, it was not a pretty picture.

With stereotypes flying around, explosions for the movie ticket buyers, guns & bullets, grenades & rocket launchers, it was a stuntguy flick. In the midst of that we see a story unfold.

So here I am watching this movie and I kept thinking to myself, these people are not my enemies. These people are also sons and daughters of Noah, descendents of Adam, creations of the one true and living God. I see the pain and the difficulties of life affecting them as people. The suffering of a father seeing how his son suffers from the injustices of a political false accusation.

I want to go meet these people. Stare them in the face. Get to know them. Find a way to show them the love of God through a living prophet, Jesus the Salvation of God’s People. And that would be the starting point.

Hand in hand with my brothers and sisters around the globe we would return to the original job description, … tend the Earth, have rule and dominion, be fruitful and multiply it.

Alas, what can I say to a world that seeks more deities than there are people; who seeks division more than vision; who would rather listen to the deceptions of power-made politicians intent on sending someone else’s sons and daughters off to die for causes they are too afraid to meet personally.

It is my personal experience that people are great. It takes a politician to make someone hate someone else for gain.

Islam means submission. It was said in the movie, so I looked it up. Which made me look up Muslim; which means one who submits to God. Submission means a mission that supports a bigger mission or over mission. I can see that.

I am certain that among the Muslim there are those that greatly fear and serve God whole-heartedly. I do too. Our commonality ends with this though. I prophesy that Jesus, Yhshua, is the Anointed Salvation of God’s People. None can reach God without going through Him. And, this is not because I say it is so. It is so because it is so. Simply ask Him for yourselves.

So I end this bit of writing in prayer for a brother and a sister that is in another part of the world … may be in Saud, Persia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hindi, or wherever on this planet. I ask the Creator of Heaven and Earth to confirm His witness of His Son in their lives because I love them and do not wish to see them suffer alone. Amen.

© 2009 Dr. David J. Rogers

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It is Saturday. I get to go to church tomorrow. To the Church in America … enjoy that freedom while you can. There are those who are actively against you having that freedom. They do not realize the blade they use is two edged. What they use against the Church will be turned on them next. The captors become the captive. Sad.

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