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A CHARGE TO THE MYSTICAL ORDER

THE MYSTICAL ORDER OF SPIRITUAL BAPTIST Inc

FROM THE DESK OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND APOSTOLIC HEAD

Sir Godfrey Gregg

1 Timothy 2:1-4

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Today I want to lay a charge to the church, this Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc asking you to support your Patriarch as he enters another year in his journey.

You have called Dr Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson to be your Patriarch/Leader of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc. (Read Ephesians 4:11) He is not a coward who will run at the first sign of trouble. (Read John 10:12-13) Nor is he a doormat for you to wipe your feet on when you disagree with him. Neither is he the main course or “pot-roast” for Sunday lunch after church. He has been called by God and recognized by you, the congregation, to be your Shepherd. Make it a wonderful journey of joy and not sorrow in his being your Leader. (Read Hebrews 13:17) After all, he has a high calling from God to lead you and to love you; and an even greater accountability for his service here to our Saviour in the Day he stands before Christ.

So, then, what are your responsibilities? What should you do in making it a joyful time here for the Patriarch and his family? I believe you have a three fold purpose in supporting your Patriarch.

First, the most important task you have as a church body is to PRAY daily, both individually and collectively, for Sir Darrindel, his family and your support staff. Satan is having a field day destroying the lives and ministry of ministers and their families. Your Patriarch is under constant attack. The attacks are relentless and at times, quite unexpected. They will come from some “professed” believers as well as unbelievers. His integrity and credibility are magnified under a microscope in a community which, for the most part, does not recognize or know Jesus Christ. There are those who rejoice every time a follower of Jesus Christ, especially a minister, falls ethically or morally. Your Patriarch and his family live in a glass house. They covet your prayers. They need your prayers.

I challenge you to pray for Sir Darrindel on a daily basis asking God to give him wisdom and to protect him as he faithfully serve our Saviour.

Second, you must be PATIENT with Sir Darrindel. He has stepped into a flawed church era. We are all flawed people. (Read Romans 3:23) The church is made up of sick and defective people who seek the Great Physician. I promise you that he will faithfully preach God’s Word and love you as God’s shepherd. It will take time for him to learn all of your names, and where you came from and even grew up. It will take time for you to appreciate his leadership, his humor and his faithfulness to God. Put yourself in his place as he tries to memorize your of names…especially, at this time of his life!

I challenge you to pray for Sir Darrindel and be patient as he leads lost and broken people to our risen Saviour.

And finally, you must PARTICIPATE alongside your Patriarch. He and the support staff cannot do it alone. You did not call him to do your job. You did not call him to do your ministry. You called him to pray for you, to equip you and to lead you in carrying out the Great Commission given to all believers. Your faithful participation does two things. First, it reveals your support of the Patriarch, the Executive Council and the direction God is leading this church. Second, it’s both an affirmation and encouragement to your Patriarch that you recognize that God has called him to be your Leader.

Now, I know Sir Darrindel. I know he will continue to seek God’s direction for The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc. I know he will continue to be faithful in his responsibilities. It may not be what is best for you or him but it will be what is best for the Kingdom of God; and it will glorify God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. It will be God Who, through Sir Darrindel, will inspire and instill a new vision for The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc to follow. As he leads this church toward even greater days than its past glory, be an active participant in following Christ. You were not created to be spectators but contestants in running the race to obtain the prize, which is an imperishable crown. (Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

So, a challenge is set before you! Are you ready to act upon this challenge? Let me ask the members of The Mystical Order of Spiritual Baptist Inc and our Affiliate churches to stand and make this commitment today before the Lord. Do you promise to pray for, be patient and participate with our Patriarch by following his example for the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Our heavenly father we approach Thy Throne again and ask that you will pour out your blessings first on your congregation and in turn they will join forces to asy you Lord to anoint your servant Sir Darrindel our Patriarch to continue in the Leadership of your church. Bless your servant and your children as we continue this march of life. In Jesus Almighty Name.  Amen

WEBSITE

My Lord Patriarch and Bishop of Starlight of Israel, Her Beatitude Crowned Queen Abbess Dr. Jacinta Albert-Patrick, our Cardinal Sir Eric Alleyne, Matriarch-Elect Hon. Janet McClean, Clergy, brothers, sisters, friends and well-wishers greetings.

I am pleased to announc the facelift of our website www.mysticalorderinc.org powered by dreamawaken.com and my coworker Roshen Raju.

There are a few more things to be done and the work is progressing well. I appreciate all the good efforts to reflect the ministry we so love.

However, I will love all our visitors to sign up so you can leace comments on the site. This will indicate what is going on and how we can improve and attract new visitors.

You will log on to www.mysticalorderinc.org and to the bottom of any article you will see “log in to leave a comment” click and it will take you to another page. Do not log in those bosexs, but below you will see register “click register” and you will be redirected to a page for you to sign up. Enter your email address and a user name. Please enter one that you will remember. Then click “register”. The website will send you an email with your username and password. Log in again and you can change your password. That is the way you can leave a comment. Thank you.

I look forward to reading your comments and tell me how we can improve the service.

I am moving another step to do some advertising to make some money for ministry. It is my intention to use the site to advertise for anyone for a minimum fee. I will get back to you and update you. I want to thank God for working through me to reach the people.

May Almighty God bless and keep us all in His perfect will.

Your brother and servant,

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Archbishop and Apostolic Head

MY BIRTHDAY OF THANKS

Today I celebrate another milestone in this life and on this earth. I thank God for the saving grace towards me and the indwelling of The Holy Spirit. Your Grace has brought me thus far and I praise the Lord for keeping me alive.

As I grow older I get more equipped with the knowledge of Thy word and the peace of God. Life has been a great challenge and I am so grateful for all the people in my life, who day by day help to keep me from falling. My daughter has been a tower of strength and with the addition of my grandson that cheers me up day after day. He is blessed to have his grandmother available at a short notice and to help raise him in the fear of the Lord. I ask God’s divine blessings on them along with his father. God I thank you for the family and for keeping us in the unity of Thy divine love.

This moment in my life with another year added and still filled with the grace of God. My devotion to You and my family  will always be my focus. Today I want to thank God for my church family. Our Patriarch, clergy, brothers, sisters and well-wishers. The many people I minister to daily through this website. God you are so loving and kind to me, and I will forever praise you.

For supplying my needs, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food on my table and shoes on my feet. You gave me a love Lord and a kind family so I want to thank you for all your blessings on me. I will not single out anyone but collectively I want to thank all my co-workers for the great support on the job. The bond that we’ve built, the laughter, jokes and the joy of just seeing each other. I am so grateful for every good gift you demonstrate in us.

Let me thank Dr. Waterman of the full Gospel Tabernacle, my adoptive father and his congregation. Your strength and testimony is greater than any gift or money that one can give. It was my Patriarch that introduce me to him and am I grateful? You bet I am, and will forever be as I am alive.

It is not the volume of work but the gratitude that counts. It is not by works but our faith in God that will earn us a place in the Kingdom of God. So today is my special day and I will be at work doing what I love best and that is to care for the people that need help. Just like the church is a hospital for those that are sick and helpless. If you are whole you don’t need the physician unless you are sick. So the great Physician is here the sympathizing Jesus.

To all I want you to trust God and live for Jesus day by day.

+ Archbishop Godfrey Gregg

 

Archangel St Michael – Prince of the Heavens

Archangels are defined as “messengers which carry Divine Decrees”.  It is the Archangels who command the legions of heaven and defend humans in the constant battle with the evil ones.  In the angelic order the Archangels belong to the Eighth Choir of the Heavenly hierarchy and since ancient times have held our fascination and interest.  This is not surprising since Archangels are considered the most important intercessors between the Supreme Being and us little mortals.

In the book of Revelations there are seven angels who stand before God.  Of these magnificent beings only Michael and Gabriel are recognized by name in the Islamic Koran.  Christians and Jewish traditions agree on the number seven but only four names actually appear on a regular basis: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Uriel.

St Michael is recognized as an Archangel in the Christian, Islamic and Jewish tradition.  In the Book of Daniel he is presented as a “great Prince who stands up for the children of your people”.  Michael’s name in the Talmudic tradition means “one who is like God”.  In the Christian tradition St. Michael is recognized as the patron saint of soldiers, fighters and police officers.

There are many stories about Michael’s intercessions on behalf of humans. Michael is credited to have wiped out the army of an Assyrian King that threatened to destroy Israel in the year 701 b.c.  In another account, it was Michael that saved the life of Abraham’s son Isaac when he was about to be sacrificed by his father. In the Jewish tradition it was Michael who appeared to Moses in the midst of a burning bush and it is Michael who will descend from heaven to bind the satanic dragon.

Michael is frequently portrayed as warrior with an unsheathed sword ready to strike Satan in all of its manifestations.  He is God’s greatest champion in the battle against evil.  Michael is also the conductor of souls to the other world.  Chapels and churches dedicated to Michael sprang all over middle age Europe in tribute to Michael the guide for the dead.  Many of these sites are considered focal points of earth forces.

In the book of Daniel it is foretold that when the world is again at a point of total destruction Michael will reappear.  Many scholars, theologists, new agers and psychics point to this century as the one in which Michael will reveal himself in his full glory.

WORKING WITH THE 7 ARCHANGELS

WORKING WITH THE 7 ARCHANGELS

In the Christian tradition Angels are organized into several orders known as Angelic Choirs. Various books have been written about the Celestial Hierarchy and though many different ideas and classifications exist, most theological works agree that there are 9 hierarchies or choirs of Angels.

Seraphim – Highest order of choir. They are the attendants or guardians before God’s Throne.
Cherubim – Second highest in the order. They have an intimate knowledge of God and continually praise him.
Thrones – Angels of humility, peace and submission.
Dominions – Angels of Leadership. They assign the duties to all other angels and carry the commands of God.
Virtues – Spirits of motion, they control the elements and govern nature. They are referred to as “the shining ones”
Powers – Warrior Angels that defend the cosmos and humans. They fight against evil spirits.
Archangels – Leading angels. They have the unique role of being God’s messengers. More on this hierarchy of Angels follows in this post.
Principalities – Christ rules directly over the Principalities.
Angels – This is the lowest choir and the one closest to the material world and human beings. They have the capacity to access any and all other Angels at any given time. They are caring and always willing to assist those that ask for their help.

The position of the Archangels in the Angelic Choir permits them to remain close to us human beings so they can carry God’s message to us. They are considered the captains of all the Angelic hosts and are at the service of mankind and the planet earth. They are healers that can mend our etheric, metal, emotional and physical bodies. They minister to us through the SEVEN RAYS OF ENLIGHTENMENT.

Archangel Michael – First ray is the Blue Ray
Archangel Michael serves on the blue ray of spiritual light. This is the ray of Faith, Protection and God’s Will. Call upon him if you are ever in need of personal assistance or distress. A call of help to Archangel Michael from the bottom of your heart will bring him immediately to your assistance. His day of the week is Tuesday and this is considered the best time to start any spiritual work for Michael. We recommend using red and blue candles to invoke his presence.

Archangel Jophiel – Second Ray is the Yellow Ray
Archangel Jophiel serves on the Yellow Ray of spiritual light. This is the ray of Wisdom, Illumination, constancy. The name Jophiel means Beauty of God. Call upon him if you need help passing an exam, if you need help with work or clarity to resolve a conflict. Jophiel will rescue people from ignorance or spiritual blindness. His day of the week is Sunday. We recommend using Yellow candles to invoke his presence.

Archangel Chamuel – Third Ray is the Pink Ray
This is the ray of love. Chamuel’s name means “He Who Seeks God.” Chamuel is the winged emissary of the expressions of love. He represents compassion, communication, and love in all of its expression. Call on Chamuel to help you with your divine mission and to guide you towards your soulmate. Also ask him to facilitate personal relationships so that you enjoy peace and harmony in every area of your life. His day of the week is Monday. We recommend using pink candles to invoke his presence

Archangel Gabriel – Fourth Ray is the White ray
Archangel Gabriel serves on the Ray of purity, order, hope, joy and discipline. His name means “Man of God”. Gabriel is the messenger angel. He is frequently depicted with a trumpet heralding the path to God. He helps you balance your life and clean your karma. Call upon him in times of despair for he will help you find hope. His day of the week is Friday. We recommend white candles to invoke his presence.

Archangel Raphael – Fifth Ray is the Green Ray
This is the spiritual light of truth, healing, and science. Archangel Raphael’s name means “God has healed.” He is the angel that heals our body, mind and spirit. You can call on Raphael in times of sickness. Call him if you need to heal your soul of suffering or traumas. His day of the week is Wednesday we recommend green candles to invoke his presence.

Archangel Uriel – Sixth Ray is the Purple and Gold Ray
The Ray which Archangel Uriel serves is th ray of service and ministration, peace and brotherhood. His name means “Fire of God” and is known as the Archangel of salvation. Call upon Uriel to establish peace and harmony where there is disagreement and discord. Invoke his name to bring brotherhood between people and to dispel discrimination. His day of the week is Thursday and it is the best time to start any spiritual work for Uriel. We recommend purple and orange candles to invoke his presence.

Archangel Zadkiel – Seventh Ray is the Violet Ray – Saturday is his day
Archangel’s Zadkiel Ray is the ray of Freedom, Mercy and Transmutation. Zadkiel carries the light of freedom, forgiveness, justice, and transmutation. He frees your soul by allowing forgiveness and blocking past traumas. Call on Zadkiel to help you clear your karma and bring positive energy. His day of the week is Saturday and we recommend a purple candle to invoke his presence.

Many people ask which color candle would be best to work with all 7 Archangels. I feel that blue and purple are the ideal colors for a candle to invoke the presence of this Celestial Hierarchy. Blue is the color of peace and used to depict heaven while purple is a color that heals, transmutes, invokes freedom, justice, and brotherhood which are the qualities inherit in these Heavenly Messengers.

CANDLE COLORS

WORKING WITH CANDLE COLORS

Burning candles for spiritual work goes back a very long time.  Spiritual workers use candles for wish making, casting spells, adding power to prayers, and veneration of dieties.  While there are many candles that come with labels or screened glass that specify the purpose of their use, many spiritual workers do not wish for others to know their business and use plain glass candles to do their work.  The Different color candles are used as follows:

  • WHITE – Spirituality and spiritual healing, peace, purity, and rest.  In Santeria this is the color of the Oricha Obatala.  The Oricha Elegua also uses a white colored candle.
  • GREEN – It is used for money, luck in gambling, succeeding in business,  finding steady work, and good fortune in general.
  • BLUE – For court case spells, for harmony and peace in the home, to have a joyful home, to promote good intentions.  In Santeria this is the color of the Oricha Yemaya.
  • RED – A powerful color used for passion, love, affection, bodily vigour.  In Santeria this is the color of the Oricha Chango ruler of thunder and lightning.
  • PINK –  Used for attraction (come to me), romance, keeping a good life. 
  • YELLOW – Used for devotional prayer, symbolizes gold and fortune, fast luck, cheerfulness, attraction.  In Santeria this is the color of the Oricha Ochun.
  • ORANGE – Used for fortune telling (Madama), change of plans, opening the way, prophetic dreams.  In Santeria this is the color of Chango Macho. 
  • BLACK – Used to separate, break up, repulse, thoughts of sorrow and despair,  freedom from evil
  • BROWN– for finding lost things, neutrality
  • PURPLE – mastery, power, ambition, control, command , wealth
  • RED AND BLACK  – remove a love jinxing spell
  • GRAY – A neutral color that serves to remove bad influences, negativity and promotes stability and peace of mind.

75 WARNINGS AGAINST DRINKING ALCOHOL-

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REALLY SAY?</p>
<p>75 WARNINGS AGAINST DRINKING ALCOHOL-</p>
<p>There is more Scripture condemning the use of alcoholic beverages than will be found on the subjects of lying, adultery, swearing, cheating, hypocrisy, pride, or even blasphemy.</p>
<p>1) Genesis 9:20-26 - Noah became drunk; the result was immorality and family trouble.<br />
2) Genesis 19:30-38 - Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality<br />
3) Leviticus 10:9-11 - God commanded priests not to drink so that they could tell the difference between the holy and the unholy.<br />
4) Numbers 6:3 - The Nazarites were told to eat or drink nothing from the grape vine.<br />
5) Deuteronomy 21:20 - A drunken son was stubborn and rebellious.<br />
6) Deuteronomy 29:5-6 - God gave no grape juice to Israel nor did they have intoxicating drink in the wilderness.<br />
7) Deuteronomy 32:33 - Intoxicating wine is like the poison of serpents, the cruel venom of asps.<br />
8) Judges 13:4, 7, 14 - Samson was to be a Nazarite for life. His mother was told not to drink wine or strong drink.<br />
9) 1 Samuel 1:14-15 - Accused, Hannah said she drank no wine.<br />
10) 1 Samuel 25:32-38 - Nabal died after a drunken spree.<br />
11) 2 Samuel 11:13 - By getting Uriah drunk, David hoped to cover his sin.<br />
12) 2 Samuel 13:28-29 - Amnon was drunk when he was killed.<br />
13) 1 Kings 16:8-10 - The king was drinking himself into drunkenness when he was assassinated<br />
14) 1 Kings 20:12-21 - Ben-Hadad and 32 other kings were drinking when they were attacked and defeated by the Israelites.<br />
15) Esther 1:5-12 - The king gave each one all the drink he wanted. The king was intoxicated when he commanded the queen to come.<br />
16) Psalm 75:8 - The Lord’s anger is pictured as mixed wine poured out and drunk by the wicked.<br />
17) Proverbs 4:17 - Alcoholic drink is called the wine of violence.<br />
18) Proverbs 20:1 - Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.<br />
19) Proverbs 23:19-20 - A wise person will not be among the drinkers of alcoholic beverages.<br />
20) Proverbs 23:21 - Drunkenness causes poverty.<br />
21) Proverbs 23:29-30 - Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.<br />
22) Proverbs 23:31 - God instructs not to look at intoxicating drinks.<br />
23) Proverbs 23:32 - Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.<br />
24) Proverbs 23:33 - Alcohol causes the drinker to have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces willfulness, and prevents reformation.<br />
25) Proverbs 23:34 - Alcohol makes the drinker unstable<br />
26) Proverbs 23:35 - Alcohol makes the drinker insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a warning. Alcohol is habit forming.<br />
27) Proverb 31:4-5 - Kings, Princes, and others who rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol perverts good judgment.<br />
28) Proverbs 31:6-7 - Strong drink could be given to those about to perish or those in pain. Better anesthetics are available today.<br />
29) Ecclesiastes 2:3 - The king tried everything, including intoxicating drink, to see if it satisfied. It did not. (Ecclesiastes 12:8)<br />
30) Ecclesiastes 10:17 - A land is blessed when its leaders do not drink.<br />
31) Isaiah 5:11-12 - Woe to those who get up early to drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.<br />
32) Isaiah 5:22 - Woe to "champion" drinkers and "experts" at mixing drinks.<br />
33) Isaiah 19:14 - Drunken men stagger in their vomit.<br />
34) Isaiah 22:12-13 - The Israelites choose to drink; their future looks hopeless to them.<br />
35) Isaiah 24:9 - Drinkers cannot escape the consequences when God judges.<br />
36) Isaiah 28:1 - God pronounces woe on the drunkards of Ephraim.<br />
37) Isaiah 28:3 - Proud drunkards shall be trodden down.<br />
38) Isaiah 28:7 - Priests and prophets stagger and reel from beer and wine, err in vision, and stumble in judgment.<br />
39) Isaiah 28:8 - Drinkers’ tables are covered with vomit and filth.<br />
40) Isaiah 56:9-12 - Drinkers seek their own gain and expect tomorrow to be just like today.<br />
41) Jeremiah 35:2-14 - The Rechabites drank no grape juice or intoxicating wine and were blessed.<br />
42) Ezekiel 44:21 - Again God instructed the priests not to drink wine.<br />
43) Daniel 1:5-17 - Daniel refused the king’s intoxicating wine and was blessed for it along with his abstaining friends.<br />
44) Daniel 5:1 - Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon; led his people in drinking.<br />
45) Daniel 5:2-3 - The king, along with his nobles, wives, and concubines, drank from the goblets which had been taken from God’s temple.<br />
46) Daniel 5:4 - Drinking wine was combined with praising false gods.<br />
47) Daniel 5:23 - God sent word to Belshazzar that punishment would be swift for the evil he had committed.<br />
48) Hosea 4:11 - Intoxicating wine takes away intelligence.<br />
49) Hosea 7:5 - God reproves princes for drinking.<br />
50) Joel 1:5 - Drunkards awake to see God’s judgment.<br />
51) Joel 3:3 - The enemy is judged for selling girls for wine.<br />
52) Amos 2:8 - Unrighteous acts of Israel included the drinking of wine which had been taken for the payment of fines.<br />
53) Amos 2:12 - Israel is condemned for forcing Nazarites to drink wine.<br />
54) Micah 2:11 - Israelites are eager to follow false teachers who prophesy plenty of intoxicating drinks.<br />
55) Nahum 1:10 - The drunkards of Nineveh will be destroyed by God.<br />
56) Habakkuk 2:5 - A man is betrayed by wine.<br />
57) Habakkuk 2:15 - Woe to him that gives his neighbor drink.<br />
58) Habakkuk 2:16 - Drinking leads to shame.<br />
59) Matthew 24:48-51 - A drinking servant is unprepared for his Lord’s return.<br />
60) Luke 1:15 - John the Baptist drank neither grape juice nor wine.<br />
61) Luke 12:45 - Christ warned against drunkenness.<br />
62) Luke 21:34 - Drunkenness will cause a person not to be ready for the Lord’s return.<br />
63) Romans 13:13 - Do not walk in drunkenness or immorality.<br />
64) Romans 14:21 - Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.<br />
65) 1 Corinthians 5:11 - If a Christian brother is a drinker, do not associate with him.<br />
66) 1 Corinthians 6:10 - Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God<br />
67) Galatians 5:21 - Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.<br />
68) Ephesians 5:18 - In contrast to being drunk with wine, the believer is to be filled with the Spirit.<br />
69) 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 - Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.<br />
70) 1 Timothy 3:2-3 - Bishops (elders) are to be temperate, sober, and not near any wine.<br />
71) 1 Timothy 3:8 - Deacons are to be worthy of respect and not drinkers.<br />
72) 1 Timothy 3:11 - Deacons’ wives are to be temperate and sober.<br />
73) Titus 1:7-8 - An overseer is to be disciplined.<br />
74) Titus 2:2-3 - The older men and older women of the church are to be temperate and not addicted to wine.<br />
75) 1 Peter 4:3-4 - The past life of drunkenness and carousing has no place in the Christian’s life.

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE REALLY SAY?

There is more Scripture condemning the use of alcoholic beverages than will be found on the subjects of lying, adultery, swearing, cheating, hypocrisy, pride, or even blasphemy.

1) Genesis 9:20-26 – Noah became drunk; the result was immorality and family trouble.
2) Genesis 19:30-38 – Lot was so drunk he did not know what he was doing; this led to immorality
3) Leviticus 10:9-11 – God commanded priests not to drink so that they could tell the difference between the holy and the unholy.
4) Numbers 6:3 – The Nazarites were told to eat or drink nothing from the grape vine.
5) Deuteronomy 21:20 – A drunken son was stubborn and rebellious.
6) Deuteronomy 29:5-6 – God gave no grape juice to Israel nor did they have intoxicating drink in the wilderness.
7) Deuteronomy 32:33 – Intoxicating wine is like the poison of serpents, the cruel venom of asps.
8) Judges 13:4, 7, 14 – Samson was to be a Nazarite for life. His mother was told not to drink wine or strong drink.
9) 1 Samuel 1:14-15 – Accused, Hannah said she drank no wine.
10) 1 Samuel 25:32-38 – Nabal died after a drunken spree.
11) 2 Samuel 11:13 – By getting Uriah drunk, David hoped to cover his sin.
12) 2 Samuel 13:28-29 – Amnon was drunk when he was killed.
13) 1 Kings 16:8-10 – The king was drinking himself into drunkenness when he was assassinated
14) 1 Kings 20:12-21 – Ben-Hadad and 32 other kings were drinking when they were attacked and defeated by the Israelites.
15) Esther 1:5-12 – The king gave each one all the drink he wanted. The king was intoxicated when he commanded the queen to come.
16) Psalm 75:8 – The Lord’s anger is pictured as mixed wine poured out and drunk by the wicked.
17) Proverbs 4:17 – Alcoholic drink is called the wine of violence.
18) Proverbs 20:1 – Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.
19) Proverbs 23:19-20 – A wise person will not be among the drinkers of alcoholic beverages.
20) Proverbs 23:21 – Drunkenness causes poverty.
21) Proverbs 23:29-30 – Drinking causes woe, sorrow, fighting, babbling, wounds without cause and red eyes.
22) Proverbs 23:31 – God instructs not to look at intoxicating drinks.
23) Proverbs 23:32 – Alcoholic drinks bite like a serpent, sting like an adder.
24) Proverbs 23:33 – Alcohol causes the drinker to have strange and adulterous thoughts, produces willfulness, and prevents reformation.
25) Proverbs 23:34 – Alcohol makes the drinker unstable
26) Proverbs 23:35 – Alcohol makes the drinker insensitive to pain so he does not perceive it as a warning. Alcohol is habit forming.
27) Proverb 31:4-5 – Kings, Princes, and others who rule and judge must not drink alcohol. Alcohol perverts good judgment.
28) Proverbs 31:6-7 – Strong drink could be given to those about to perish or those in pain. Better anesthetics are available today.
29) Ecclesiastes 2:3 – The king tried everything, including intoxicating drink, to see if it satisfied. It did not. (Ecclesiastes 12:8)
30) Ecclesiastes 10:17 – A land is blessed when its leaders do not drink.
31) Isaiah 5:11-12 – Woe to those who get up early to drink and stay up late at night to get drunk.
32) Isaiah 5:22 – Woe to “champion” drinkers and “experts” at mixing drinks.
33) Isaiah 19:14 – Drunken men stagger in their vomit.
34) Isaiah 22:12-13 – The Israelites choose to drink; their future looks hopeless to them.
35) Isaiah 24:9 – Drinkers cannot escape the consequences when God judges.
36) Isaiah 28:1 – God pronounces woe on the drunkards of Ephraim.
37) Isaiah 28:3 – Proud drunkards shall be trodden down.
38) Isaiah 28:7 – Priests and prophets stagger and reel from beer and wine, err in vision, and stumble in judgment.
39) Isaiah 28:8 – Drinkers’ tables are covered with vomit and filth.
40) Isaiah 56:9-12 – Drinkers seek their own gain and expect tomorrow to be just like today.
41) Jeremiah 35:2-14 – The Rechabites drank no grape juice or intoxicating wine and were blessed.
42) Ezekiel 44:21 – Again God instructed the priests not to drink wine.
43) Daniel 1:5-17 – Daniel refused the king’s intoxicating wine and was blessed for it along with his abstaining friends.
44) Daniel 5:1 – Belshazzar, ruler of Babylon; led his people in drinking.
45) Daniel 5:2-3 – The king, along with his nobles, wives, and concubines, drank from the goblets which had been taken from God’s temple.
46) Daniel 5:4 – Drinking wine was combined with praising false gods.
47) Daniel 5:23 – God sent word to Belshazzar that punishment would be swift for the evil he had committed.
48) Hosea 4:11 – Intoxicating wine takes away intelligence.
49) Hosea 7:5 – God reproves princes for drinking.
50) Joel 1:5 – Drunkards awake to see God’s judgment.
51) Joel 3:3 – The enemy is judged for selling girls for wine.
52) Amos 2:8 – Unrighteous acts of Israel included the drinking of wine which had been taken for the payment of fines.
53) Amos 2:12 – Israel is condemned for forcing Nazarites to drink wine.
54) Micah 2:11 – Israelites are eager to follow false teachers who prophesy plenty of intoxicating drinks.
55) Nahum 1:10 – The drunkards of Nineveh will be destroyed by God.
56) Habakkuk 2:5 – A man is betrayed by wine.
57) Habakkuk 2:15 – Woe to him that gives his neighbor drink.
58) Habakkuk 2:16 – Drinking leads to shame.
59) Matthew 24:48-51 – A drinking servant is unprepared for his Lord’s return.
60) Luke 1:15 – John the Baptist drank neither grape juice nor wine.
61) Luke 12:45 – Christ warned against drunkenness.
62) Luke 21:34 – Drunkenness will cause a person not to be ready for the Lord’s return.
63) Romans 13:13 – Do not walk in drunkenness or immorality.
64) Romans 14:21 – Do not do anything that will hurt your testimony as a believer.
65) 1 Corinthians 5:11 – If a Christian brother is a drinker, do not associate with him.
66) 1 Corinthians 6:10 – Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of God
67) Galatians 5:21 – Acts of the sinful nature, such as drunkenness, will prohibit a person from inheriting the kingdom of God.
68) Ephesians 5:18 – In contrast to being drunk with wine, the believer is to be filled with the Spirit.
69) 1 Thessalonians 5:6-7 – Christians are to be alert and self-controlled, belonging to the day. Drunkards belong to the night and darkness.
70) 1 Timothy 3:2-3 – Bishops (elders) are to be temperate, sober, and not near any wine.
71) 1 Timothy 3:8 – Deacons are to be worthy of respect and not drinkers.
72) 1 Timothy 3:11 – Deacons’ wives are to be temperate and sober.
73) Titus 1:7-8 – An overseer is to be disciplined.
74) Titus 2:2-3 – The older men and older women of the church are to be temperate and not addicted to wine.
75) 1 Peter 4:3-4 – The past life of drunkenness and carousing has no place in the Christian’s life.

TRUST GOD BUT BE TRUE TO YOURSELF

THE CARDINAL SPEAKS

His Eminence Sir Eric Alleyne

Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy Holy hill? The answer was, and still is, he that walketh uprightly and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. Praise the Lord! A pleasant and wonderful morning to the Creator of all living things, that which was, which is and will ever be. Hallelujah! According to Psalm 15, brother David was speaking about one who walks the walk, and talks the talk. One; who has surrendered all to Jesus and do not care what mankind may say or do to the physical body, because “one” knows a higher force is in charge. Amen!

To our Patriarch, my Archbishop, Queen Abbess, all ministers, affiliated churches, members, friends, well wishers and where ever the voice can be heard, I greet you in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen! Beloved, when David got the message that his son will not survive, because of his adulterous ways and had caused the death of Uriah, and had taken Uriah’s wife to be his wife, David went down in fasting and praying. Brethren, David reasoned with himself that he had committed two serious infractions against Almighty God, but David was a man beloved by God. Almighty God loves the sinner but He hates the sin. Brothers and sisters, I’m not high lighting this so we can continue in sin that grace may abound, God forbid. Amen! We have to trust Almighty God, but be true to ourselves, remember the spirit of God dwelleth in us, so we may try to fool or lie to one another, however, we are only deceiving ourselves. Amen! God is too wise to make a mistake, whatever happens or happened, is for a reason and purpose, and it’s for us to wake up. It’s a time where one has to put water in one’s wine, again I have to refer to the book of Ecclesiastes; to every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. Children of Jericho, it is high time we let our light so shine and stop being entangled with yokes of bondage. Amen! 

Fellow travellers to eternity, let us put all our faith and trust in Almighty god. Mankind eat and drink with you and crucify you in a heart beat, so let’s look to Jesus and live. Saints of God, I must caution us (myself included), David did not mourn nor lament over the death of his son. He arosed, washed and annointed himself, and went into the temple and worshipped Almighty God. So we too have to take an example from David, the show must go on, but let us not be presumptuous sinners. Amen! Brothers and sisters it’s nice to have a close friend, a confidant, someone — who drinks bush tea with you, when your stomach hurts, but when that confidant turns on you, “the radiant morn hath passed away, and spent too soon her golden store; the shadows of departing day, creep on once more”. Brethren, let us seek Him, while He may be found; let’s call Him, while He is near.

In closing, I pray that we trust God and be true to ourselves, for many a time we’re in a situation (writers opinion) we have contributed 90%, to it. Sometimes we ask God, why He allow this to happen, God is not a God of confusion, we were taught to seek Him first, but most of us choose to call on Him only when we’re in trouble. Amen! Heavenly Father, today we thank You for spared life and tender mercies, we thank You for the good times, the bad times and the times we have no control over. Jehovah we thank You that although we sin and fall short every day, you still send us The Comforter. Lord God, remember our elders in The Mystical Order, please guard, guide and protect them, teach us to be loyal, sincere and true to ourselves, before we can be true to you King Jesus. Master, this world at large, please have mercy. Not forgetting the less fortunate ones, even the little one who lost their parents due to man made wars and natural disasters, please provide for them O Jehovah Jireh. King of Zion, all these and more blessings we ask for in Jesus Almighty name. Amen! Amen! Amen!
Trust and obey, there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

Your humble servant,
His Eminence, Eric Alleyne. LOM.  OHPA.  OSM.
Cardinal of The Mystical Order.
Commanding Officer of The Mystical Court.

POWER OF THE BLOOD

THE MYSTICAL ORDER OF SPIRITUAL BAPTIST #S 1 & 2

POWER OF THE BLOOD


Leviticus 9:12
And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar.

Leviticus 9:18
He slew also the bullock and the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings, which was for the people: and Aaron’s sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about,

Leviticus 9:24
And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.

Leviticus 14:25
And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:

Numbers 19:4
And Eleazar the priest shall take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle of her blood directly before the tabernacle of the congregation seven times:

Hebrews 9:19
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

Hebrews 11:28
Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

Hebrews 12:24
And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

1 John 5:8-9
And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. [9] If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

I trust that these scriptures will be of great blessings to your heart and soul. Please pray for me and The Mtstical Order and Clergy that we may be better able to sserve you in spirit and in Truth.

FATHER’S DAY MESSAGE

THE MYSTICAL ORDER OF SPIRITUAL BAPTIST INC (2012)

FROM THE DESK OF THE ARCHBISHOP AND APOSTOLIC HEAD
Sir Dr. Godfrey Gregg
WHERE EVERY GOOD FATHER REMEMBERS

Today is a very special day that all fathers can be proud and grateful for a special day dedicated to us. Many mothers are included since they were left alone with the children and no help from the man supposed to be called father. However, we cannot let one bad egg spoil the crate, but my encouragement is for all real fathers to rise above your failures and move in a positive direction. As we begin this special day here is my message to you.

You, father?

Maybe he gets crabby sometimes. Maybe he could tell you things a little more gently. Perhaps he even blames and scolds you unfairly once in a while. But think of all the times when you did something wrong and got away with it. You’re still far ahead of the game. And don’t think your father is angry or grouchy every time he looks or talks in a serious way; maybe he’s really worrying about you, and with good reason. The next time he gives you a good going-over, take it like a good soldier who has made a mistake. Don’t ever go away with a grudge in your heart against your father — a grudge that won’t wear off for three or four days. You don’t have to put a halo on your father’s head or wings upon his shoulders to get the right picture of him. But remember that he is not just the man who provides the home in which you live, the food you eat, the clothes you wear and the money you spend.

He is your father!

Father gets little enough in return for all he does and gives. Love from his children? Certainly! But love packed in little packages and so tightly wrapped that poor father wears himself out looking for the speck of love that is tossed to him. And it’s a rare day when he has to get out an umbrella to protect himself against the showers of thanks that are rained upon him. But he keeps on working and providing and giving. He is satisfied with the happiness he provides for his family. I like that. Father gets a lot of ole talk and too little credit. So it is good to have a day when we pause to honor our fathers. However, we would waste our precious time if we allow it to evolve into sloppy, sentimentalism about fatherhood. Instead, I would like to share a word from the wise King Solomon having to do with fatherhood.

The Bible has a lot to say about fathers. There is no way in which we can deal with all of it. So today I’ll focus on two verses: Proverbs 3:11-12. “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.”

The implications in these verses can help you and me confront who we are as fathers. These could be reduced to a statement of fact for consideration. It would be something like this: The good father is the one who is disciplined and disciplining. Let us remember some of the implications which undergird this statement.

Every father is also a child.

The wise king addresses his words of counsel by saying, “My son…..” Let us never forget that we are children no matter how old we get. Think about that. You are always a child. You have an earthly father. You have a heavenly Father. You and I did not just appear full-grown. We are the products of the human reproductive process. Without an earthly father you would not exist. And without a heavenly Father, who started the whole creative process, you would not be alive today. This is so basic that it almost goes without saying. However, it is one of the most easily forgotten facts. There is something within you and me that rebels against authority. You and I want autonomy. We would just as soon not have to keep tipping our hats to our earthly parents and our heavenly Parent. Why not? Because it is humbling.

Deep within each of us is a desire to consider ourselves self-made. Perhaps it is the youth who comes from poverty circumstances. With the right combination of breaks and hard work, he gets an education, is established in a vocation, and is labeled a success. He becomes part of the “super star syndrome.” Articles are written about him. He makes it to the top. Little attention is given to the earthly parents who gave him his start. He may tip his hat in appreciation as he receives his award for what he has accomplished.

On the other extreme, there is the wealthy heir. He has inherited the family fortune. All his life he works hard to convince the world that he is someone in his own right. He may do it by trying to achieve in an area in which his father had no particular expertise. Or he may do it by developing a whole new value system in which he walks away from the fortune to live an alternative life-style. Some even squander the fortune in their frenzied endeavor to establish their own autonomy. You can read all about this in the story of the prodigal son. Most of us do not fit into these various extremes. We are somewhere in the middle. Yet we are just as determined to prove ourselves. In all of our efforts, as good as they may be, let us never forget that we are products of earthly fathers and mothers, and we have a heavenly Father to whom we are responsible. The Scriptures teach that every good and every perfect gift we have comes from Him. It is a humbling thought.

At the same time, it is a liberating concept. We are in relationship, whether we want to be or not, with the divine personality who entitles us to every breath we breathe. He, with one switch on the cosmic control board, can cut off our existence. It is an awesome thought. We try to repress it. Nonetheless, it is true. We are children, dependent upon His mercy, dependent upon His love, and dependent upon His daily provision. We need to remember that.

As fathers who are children, we need continuing wisdom.

Today’s text is set in the larger context of the entire third chapter of Proverbs. This chapter has, as its central theme, your and my need for wisdom. You and I are exhorted to seek wisdom. (Proverbs 3:1-18).

Is there any quality which gives more dignity to a father than wisdom? Those of us who acknowledge the fact that we are children of both earthly parents and a heavenly Father are much more readily able to find wisdom than those of us who are boldly proclaiming our autonomy. Wisdom comes only to the person who is humble, who acknowledges his need, who is willing to bow his knee before a higher sovereign. Living with respect and obedience to your spiritual father and leader of this Mystical Order.

Remember Solomon? His father, David, had just died. Humble before God, Solomon went to the altar. He took his offerings. In the night God appeared to him and said, “Ask what I shall give you.” Solomon acknowledged God’s love toward his own father, David, and acknowledged the fact that God had made him king in his father’s place. And then Solomon made this request: “Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (2 Chronicles 1:10). This was a selfless act of courage and love. Today it appears like the opposite. Where is the humility with grace? Where is the spirit of Solomon seeking the leadership of Almighty God?

God answered, “Since this is your heart’s desire and you have not asked for wealth, riches or honor, nor for the death of your enemies, and since you have not asked for a long life but for wisdom and knowledge to govern my people over whom I have made you king, therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, riches and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have” (2 Chronicles 1:11-12). This is the act of a father, yes your Heavenly Father.

God rewarded Solomon for wanting the right things. Granted, we have a problem understanding Solomon’s later life. How could a person of such wisdom do so many wrong things? Perhaps instead of presenting a problem, it illustrates the fact that we can willfully go against what we know is right and, in spite of God’s gift of wisdom, mess up our lives. This underlines a very important fact. You and I must live in the daily appropriation of God’s wisdom. It is a gift that you and I need to steward (a person who looks after the passengers on a ship etc).

A man who is a fool can, with God’s help, become a man of wisdom. A youth gifted with God’s wisdom can, by self-centered and autonomous pride, develop into a middle-aged or elderly fool.

Wisdom comes through the discipline of our heavenly Father.

God is the source of wisdom. All wisdom ultimately comes from Him and is enabled by Him. One of His key methods to give you wisdom is to do it through discipline. A careful study of the Bible will reveal that discipline is closely associated with two parental practices.

The first of these is instruction. This involves training and knowledge. If we were to look at this in athletic terms, we could compare it to what will begin this summer for the various professional sporting teams. They will check into training camps. There will be several major emphases to the instruction which the coaches will give at the beginning of this season. We have the world cup football season as an example, or even cricket in the Caribbean. The coaches instruct players as to what they are to do in certain situations. They are to memorize the plays and the strategies discussed. You just don’t go out there and do what you feel like doing. You are instructed by a trained and knowledgeable coach. You are told that if you do what you should do, there will be a desirable result (winnings). You are instructed as to how to use your head. Instruction involves knowledge. Instruction involves training. Instruction involves practice. Instruction is one part of discipline.

God has given us His Word. He instructs us as to what it is to be His person. He describes His game plan. He tells of our rebellion against His will for us. He alerts us to His provision as He became a man in Jesus Christ to die for our sins. He alerts us to His Holy Spirit’s presence in our life. He challenges us to a Spirit-controlled life. And we are called to daily practice. We learn our lessons daily, right in the middle of life. Everyday is a training and practice experience. Yet, only those that are willing to learn will accomplish the art of the game.

That’s what makes this second dimension of discipline all the more difficult. Not only is there instruction. A biblical understanding of discipline will show that combined with instruction is reproof and correction. All through the Bible we see God’s “rod of discipline” in dealing with His people. He takes corrective measures not to crush His children, but to train them in the ways in which they should develop. Some of our young people are taking training or instructions to become start and professionals at what they do at great pain. What pain! Pain is part of correction. Reproof is part of discipline. God cares enough to grade our efforts! Part of discipline is what we call “chastisement.” God could leave the training wheels on forever to protect us from the pain of falling down. What good parent would do that? I would rather fall off the bike a few times and find my balance than go through life protected from the exhilaration of vulnerability. The major problem today is many people want to run without learning how to creep. The Bible tells us to train up a child in the way he should go. New born babes desire milk because they are not able to eat solid food. The Bible tells us new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word that they may grow. Are we willing to learn the word of God fathers?

I look around today and see children beating their parents and even in the churches, where they congregate to destroy the very existence of the Leaders that have placed them in position with intent to raise them in the fear of the Lord. Their shoes became too big for their feet and so the head is swollen so big that it cannot fit on their shoulders. A true father walks in the instructions of the Word of God. In this Mystical Order there is a plan and rules to train our members to make you better citizens for the Kingdom and the world at large.

God warns against two natural responses to His discipline.

On the one hand, we are warned, “… do not despise the Lord’s discipline….” We have seen this in children. There is that occasional child who despises parental authority. That child steels his will against the rod. He hardens his heart against the parent’s discipline. He refuses to accept the instruction. He pretends not to feel the pain. We have seen this ugly sight. Hallelujah, we do not have to look far to see the rejection of instructions. Fathers that despise Authority will sooner or later see the results of their actions in the lives of their children. I ask the question today “Where is the example for our children? Remember the question the pigs asked their mother. The answer is astounding and as you get older you will understand this message today.

God urges us not to despise His discipline. Expect it. Realize that a disciplined life will have pain. There will be those corrections. Don’t snap back at Him. Don’t dare Him. Don’t refuse to be guided. Open your life to His discipline. Don’t despise it. How much more can I emphasize the plan of God for us? I am only human that have surrender to the will of God for Him to use me. I believe that I am a very humble father and my daughter is the product of this act of humility. Today I am so proud of you that I smile to myself of who you are and what you are doing to be the child your mother and I raised you to demonstrate. You make me proud and you are the result of following instructions.

On the other hand, He warns us to “… not resent His rebuke….” In another translation it is better said, urging us to “… not grow weary of His rebuke.” Even as there are those who harden themselves against the Lord, there are those who faint by the way. They collapse under life’s pressure, but with a little help the rebound. They are like the gymnast who dislocates a shoulder or breaks an ankle. He gives up, never experiencing the satisfaction which comes from a well-executed routine. Perhaps you are growing weary. You are discouraged. You are beaten down. You can’t handle much more. God’s discipline is not designed to knock us out. No not even to knock us down in church. This leads us to another implication.

Only a father who delights in a child takes time to give adequate discipline.

Let’s look at our text once again. It reads: “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent His rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, as a father the son He delights in” (Proverbs 3:11-12).

Look again to the Scriptures and you will see constant comparisons between God’s relationship with us as His children and us in our relationship with our children. Discipline dare not be viewed as a yelling, screaming, beating affair. God doesn’t practice child abuse. We have all seen a parent grab a child by the arm, picking this helpless little one up, kicking him or slapping him in the face. That is not discipline. That is lack of discipline. “That is not authority. This is lack of authority. That is not an adult. That is a child. That is not control. That is lack of control. I know this today because I went through that process. Yet, that form of discipline helped me to be the person I am today. What would I change yesterday that I am not doing today? By knowing the God today makes a lot of difference in my life. It can make that difference in your life to, if you will allow Him to take control of your life. I want to thank God for The Mystical Order and my Spiritual Father and Leader Sir Dr. Darrindel Hoyte-Johnson for his teaching and aiding me with knowledge which I am able to pass on in my daily emails. The bond between him and the children of Starlight of Israel Healing Faith Temple and especially our brother Troy Phillip. I look at that relationship and the discipline very often and see how instructions are executed for the good of the man.

In contrast, God is talking about a loving direction. It is an instruction and reproof which emerges from a sensitive and deep care. Delighting in a child doesn’t mean spoiling the child. Let us look at the gardener and learn a thing or two. How the soil is prepared for the season. A time to plant and that calls for preparation and instructions. You must be a disciplined gardener to prepare the soil properly in order to reap a good crop. By now you will know where I am taking this conversation and what we can learn from it in this hour. There are the good disciplined gardener and the non disciplined who takes short cuts but want to reap the good of the land. After planting you have to care for the seeds and that means watering if it is too dry, pulling the weeds carefully and in some case fertilizing the seedlings. You may have to build a fence around the garden to keep out the animals and so it is with our children and their father. So it is with a father who delights in a child. It takes time to give adequate discipline. A father who knows best loves his children enough to go through the pain of executing his God-given authority and discipline. Do you love your children that much? Are you willing to turn this responsibility over to a cold, hard world which will do the job for you — but with much less care and very little love?

The only person able to adequately discipline is one who lives responsibly under adequate discipline.

A responsible person must be accountable to someone. The father who knows best is subject to a Father who knows best. This is a restatement of our basic thesis: fathering is never easy. There is no human father who can properly wield authority who is unwilling to live under authority. A father who knows best is willing to be disciplined by a heavenly Father. He is willing to live under this authority. He is willing to model this before his children. Are you? The father who knows best is disciplined and disciplining. We teach him to pray, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” We tell him that God is our heavenly Father. In his mind he muses, “God is like my father? I’m not so sure my father really cares about me. He’s always away from home, watching television, reading the newspaper. Besides, he isn’t very nice to my mother. He’s not even fair. I don’t think I like God.”

Listen to me, brethren. Am I the kind of father I should be, that is what God is like! Where I am not so hot, I hope you’ll learn the all-important process of contrast. Wherever the Bible says that God is like a father, you can understand it means that God is like a perfect father. You know I’m not perfect, but I’m going to keep on trying. I want you to know that I know I’ve got a long way to go. I will never stop trying to be the good child and a better father. As long as there is life in my body and there is The Mystical Order my journey will continue to that perfect place of rest.

This is pretty good advice for both fathers and mothers, isn’t it? Although today we have spoken in relationship to God as Father, we need to remember that He is more than that. He is also One who comforts as a mother. Jesus referred to God as Spirit. He has both the feminine and masculine characteristics of the finest parents, while being so much more than Parent. Today’s words are also for mothers as well as fathers, as we are called to acknowledge to our children how we live accountable to God and ask their forgiveness wherein we have failed. Perhaps today you need to give, as I do, a little speech by phone, letter, or personal conversation to one of your children whose understanding of God has been damaged by how we have lived. And, before you do that, perhaps you may need to talk to your heavenly Parent, receiving anew His grace, love and forgiveness.

May Almighty God grant you joy, peace, love, wisdom, understanding so you can follow instructions and when tempted to do wrong , ask Him to make you strong.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY