Daily Bread - March 2, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 March 2019 23:48
Ephesians 5:30-31 - For we are members of His Body, of His flesh and of His
bones, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall
cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one.

Just as God made the woman from the body of Adam, God has also made the
Church from the body of Christ (Genesis 2:24). God opened the side of Adam
and built the woman from the man so that when Adam first met Eve, he said,
"bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh" (Genesis 2:23). Because Eve was
made from Adam, they are considered to be one flesh - a concept that has
ultimately extended to every husband and wife (Genesis 2:24; Matthew
19:5-6; Mark 10:8; Ephesians 5:28-31).

In similar fashion, God made the Church when He opened the side of Jesus
and produced a river of blood that purchased the Church (Acts 20:28). This
mystery of Christ and His Church helps us to understand a little more about
how the Church is the Body of Christ. These two allegories of being both
the spouse and the Body of Christ emphasize the oneness in relationship and
purpose between Christ and His Church. Even though the individual has also
been made one with Jesus, the Church extends beyond the individual and is
given a unique relationship that is both distinct and superior to the
individual's relationship with Christ (Ephesians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 12:
12-27; John 17:22; 1 Corinthians 6:17). At the same time, each individual
has an opportunity to be a direct beneficiary of the relationship that
Christ has with His Church so long as they submit to the Spirit of God.

To Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon NEXT WEEK - March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - March 1, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 March 2019 06:53
Ephesians 5:29 - For no one ever hated his flesh, but nourished and
cherished her, even as also the Lord the Church.

The feminine pronoun 'auten' is used, because the Greek word 'sarx,'
("flesh") is a feminine noun, without respect to the gender of the person,
much in the same way that the Hebrew word 'nephesh' ("soul") is a feminine
noun, and the associated pronouns are always feminine regardless of the
gender of the person. The same may be said of the Church, as 'ekklesia' is
a feminine noun, and thus its associated pronouns are feminine as in verses
25 and 26.

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen

Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon NEXT WEEK - March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 28, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 February 2019 06:55
Ephesians 5:28 - So also the men owe it to love their wives as their own
body - he who loves his wife loves himself.

When a man and a woman are married, they become one flesh (Genesis 2:24;
Matthew 19:5-6; Mark 10:8; Ephesians 5:28-31). Therefore, the husband
should love his wife even as he loves himself, because she is now part of
his being. The husband should no more reject his wife than his own heart.
She should be no less important, valued, and honored as any other part of
his body. As we are members of Christ's body, the woman is a member of her
husband's body, which not only speaks of the oneness of the relationship,
but also of the subjection of the wife to her husband as the Body of Christ
is subject to the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:30;
Colossians 2:19).

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 5-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 27, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 06:37
Ephesians 5:27 - So that He might present to Himself a glorious Church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish.

Part 3: Doing Things God's Way Is Essential!

Christ Jesus loves the Church so much that He laid down His life for it,
but the local church must be submitted to Christ if the glory of Jesus is
going to be revealed. All His glory is found in us through our oneness and
union with Him (John 17:21-23). If He is going to be revealed, we must hold
the Head of the Church in His proper place, and allow His leadership to
govern what takes place in our lives and assemblies (Colossians 1:18;
Ephesians 4:15).

The body is dead without the spirit, and the Church is dead without the
moving of the Holy Spirit (James 2:26). The moving of the Holy Spirit that
is the first sign of life -both in creation and in the Church of Jesus
Christ (Genesis 1:2, 2:7; Acts 2:3-4). If the leaders are insistent on
doing things after the dictates of men instead of the Spirit of God, then
Christ Jesus will not be seen, and His presence will not be revealed by the
demonstration of the Spirit and power (Romans 15:19; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1
Thessalonians 1:5). If the Church is lacking in the manifest presence of
Jesus and the acts of His power, then there has to be a returning and a
revival that results in the Church becoming submitted to the Word of God
and the Spirit of God.

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 5-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 26, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 06:50
Ephesians 5:27 - So that He might present to Himself a glorious Church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish.

Part 2: Zealous for God's Glory to Fill His House!

When the glory of the Lord filled the temple in the Old Testament, the
temple was glorious, and the power of God was manifested in Israel (1 Kings
8:11; 2 Chronicles 5:14, 7:1-3; Exodus 24:16, 40:34- 35; Numbers 16:42).
The temple in the Old Testament was designed and built to be the place
where God's glory would be manifested for all the world to see. Although
there were times where the glory of the Lord shone bright with radiant
beams of Heaven, the rebellion and stubbornness of the leaders of Israel
had turned the house of God into a place of empty ritual and religious
merchandising (Isaiah 1:10-15). When Jesus came to the temple, He was
overwhelmed by its ruined state. In the zeal for His Father's House, He
made a whip and drove out the moneychangers (John 2:13-17). Today, that
same zeal is in the ministers of Christ that have been anointed with the
Holy Ghost.

Be zealous for the Lord! (Numbers 25:10-13; John 2:17; Galatians 4:18)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
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