Just carrying on a FAMILY TRADITION!!

We are no doubt witnessing a change, No,  a “radical transformation” in the church concerning kingdom relationships, especially among leadership!  I have personally visited with at least “4” men of God the last couple of weeks, all ranging from 70-80 years old, who are not thinking about RE-Tiring, but RE-FIRING for the work of God!

I always known I had an “old-school” attitude with a “new day” alignment in the things concerning the kingdom!  I’ve always related to a generation of older men who have had their hearts opened to stay “new and fresh” in the things of God, but had the wisdom and insight to help the generation coming.  This is INVALUABLE!!

I thank God for a heritage in the gospel, family names that have been linked together through years of relationships, the Becton’s, the Dyson’s, the Glass’, the Grisham’s, the Miller’s and too many others to name that are intricately interwoven!  Right or wrong, good and bad, orthodox and unorthodox, A “wise scribe is like unto a man that is a householder, who will bring out of His treasure things new and old!”  (Mt. 13:52)

If generations are not important, tell me why so much of the Old Testament begins with the “genealogy of families, and the New Testament begins with “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham?” (Matt. 1:1)    

The natural always precedes the spiritual!  We are now the generation of Jesus Christ, the 42nd generation, a “chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, His own special people;  that we should show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light.”  (I. Peter 2:9)

Isa. 58:12-  And those that be of you shall rebuild the old waste places;  and you shall raise up the foundations of many generations:  And you shall be called, “The Repairer of the Breach”, and, “The Restorer of Paths to Dwell In!”

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!

JB

WHERE THERE ARE NO FATHERS…the church lacks vision!!!

Where there is a ‘lack of Fathers’, the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father’s kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!
But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!
As my spiritual father says, “You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!”  In other words, you will take their “revelation” and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to “partake” of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!
I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.See More
Photo: Where there is a 'lack of Fathers', the church is sterile and immature!  It is the Father's kingdom, therefore it is the Fathers that bring adjustment and correction, not just teaching and instruction!  The church many times resists even the presence of fathers because of a feminine, mothering spirit that leads to passivity and apathy!

But when true fathers who know who they are and therefore secure, they bring a gentleness, yet firmness that does not intimidate or lord over, but encourages and affirms.  What hampers a good sense of belonging in a fellowship is when insecure leaders allow opinions and ideas from others to restrict the DNA OF FATHERS!

As my spiritual father says, "You want to drink their blood, but you do not want to eat their flesh!"  In other words, you will take their "revelation" and what flows from their spirits, but you do not want to "partake" of their humanity if it does not suit your purpose!  How we relate to our leaders on the tough times reveal the real motives of our hearts!

I. Thess. 2:4,5-  But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.  So, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives (souls), BECAUSE YOU HAD BECOME DEAR TO US.
 
Apostle Derek Brown in a dialogue with Dr. Mark Chironna said something very powerful:  “One of the problems with the transition in the institutional church is that they do not know the current leadership father’s!”

This has been a burden on my heart for several years!  It’s like in the natural children not knowing their grandparents, not knowing their heritage, their legacy, even the future of the bloodline because we haven’t had the blessing and inheritance of the Father’s!

Then, even sadder, in the church, many leaders do NOT want their people to be exposed to their father’s, either because of the 1) fear of insecurity or weakness, and/or  2)  fear of rejection by the people!