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Googled in Heaven or “How could they drive out demons without faith?” December 19, 2009

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So Recently I asked the question what if there was a google in heaven – would your name come up.  (Googled in heaven)

and I read this passage.

Acts 19:13-17 (NASB)
But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, “I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.” 14 Seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said to them, “I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” 16 And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified.

The question  was asked, “How could they drive out demons without faith?”

First we need to understand the culture ,“Exorcism was a common trade, (Matthew 12:25-27) and the best exorcists were thought to know the names of the more powerful spirits. It was also commonly believed that the Jewish priests had access to the secret name of the God of Israel and its pronunciation and thus had special power over the spirit world. So it was very natural for renegade Jewish exorcists to add Jesus’ name to their incantations.”  So exorcism we done in by the power of the YHWH.

Second we know Matthew 7:21-23 “  that people either did or thought they drove out demons. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

So to answer the question I would say maybe. Maybe at the time of Christ one could drive out demons without faith in Jesus? But only by the power of  God’s name. But we do know that now those who have faith in Jesus, are known by God and have authority to cast out demons.

Doug ><>


Radical existential inclusion into Christ December 4, 2009

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1 Corinthians 5:3-5 (ESV)
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus.

This is a fascinating passage filled with all kinds of questions like:

  • is he into astro body projection.
  • Can Paul really be with these people and in another location at the same time?
  • What was it like for Paul? What did he experience?
  • What does this mean for us today?
  • Can I be present at Community of Hope in worship when I am on vacation?

I think the key in getting this passage is seeing Paul’s understanding and experience of being “in Christ”. It’s a radical existential  inclusion into Christ.  For Paul when they “assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus,” “with the power of our Lord Jesus” he was there too.  The truth is, if I am one with Christ then where Christ is I am also.   Check this out.  Not only on earth but also in heaven! Ephesians 2:5-6 (by grace you have been saved— and raised up with him and seated with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus).  So at this moment Jesus and I are in Brecksville Ohio sitting in a leather chair typing and Jesus and I are seated at the Father’s right hand in heavenly places.  I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about this mystic sweet communion.

Grasping this truth is mind transforming and paradigm shifting on a quantum level.  Look how far he goes with this.  Everything that is Christ’s is ours also.  1 Corinthians 3:21-23 For all things are yours, …the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.  Death and life and present and future ARE MINE! And even the mind of Christ – 1 Corinthians 2:16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

So if I’m one then there are some gigundous implication –

  • What do you think?
  • How do you experience this “mystic sweet communion”
  • Is there connection to the Lord’s Supper 1 Corinthians 11:29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

Prosperty and the the “martyr cult” November 24, 2009

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As we move into speaking on the book of Philippians is found this historical bit interesting – Doug ><>

Philippi During the Early Christian Era

“The first church attested in the city is a small building that was probably originally a small prayer house. This Basilica of Paul, identified by an mosaic inscription on the pavement, is dated around 343 from a mention by the bishop Porphyrios, who was present at the Council of Serdica that year.

Although there is neither archaeological nor literary evidence for the foundation of the Christian community by Paul, the prosperity of the city in the 5th and 6th centuries was attributed to him and to his martyr cult. As in other cities, many new ecclesiastical buildings were constructed at this time. Seven churches were constructed in Philippi between the mid-4th century and the end of the 6th, some of which competed in size and decoration with the most beautiful buildings in Thessalonica, or even those of Constantinople.”



The Wedding at Cana November 22, 2009

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Something I meant to run by you–our NT group that met and seemed to have a lot of debate on the wedding at Cana exchange between Jesus and Mary prior to His miracle.

Two things:

(1)  The group was disturbed by Him calling His mother “woman”;

(2)  They were puzzled by why He would say that His time had not yet come, but then went ahead and performed the miracle.

I’m interested in your thoughts.  Thanks.

In Christ,



Here is what I think –

(1) The group was disturbed by Him calling His mother “woman”;

Commentator  say:

The word “woman” can be  misleading. It sounds to us very rough and abrupt. But it is the same word as Jesus used on the Cross to address Mary as he left her to the care of John (Jn 19:26). In Homer it is the title by which Odysseus addresses Penelope, his well-loved wife. It is the title by which Augustus, the Roman Emperor, addressed Cleopatra, the famous Egyptian queen. So far from being a rough and discourteous way of address, it was a title of respect.

(2) They were puzzled by why He would say that His time had not yet come, but then went ahead and performed the miracle.

First you need to see that when Jesus talks about his time or “hour” he is talking about his suffering and death on the cross (John 7:6, 8, 30; John 8:20; John 12:23-24, 27, 33; John 13:1; John 17:1).   I think the wedding reminded Jesus of his own wedding to his bride, the church and he knew that the dowry for his bride is his “hour”.  The wine Jesus was asked to provide may have turned his thoughts to the wine he would provide that is the wine of his blood or the wine of the wedding feast in the kingdom or both.

Matthew 26:27-29 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins. “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Doug ><>


ESV Lovers can listen too! November 17, 2009

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I know some like the ESV so check this site out to listen!



Rather Listen?

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I know some people would rather listen while they read so check out this link – Let me know what you think? Pastor Doug ><>




Moving from Your Head to Your Heart October 30, 2009

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The S-P-A-C-E P-E-T-S acrostic is a useful aid to meditation. It is in the thinking and applicatioanimal_kermit_the_frog_fozzie_bear_miss_piggy_gonzo_muppets_from_space_001n that gets the word to move from your head to your heart. Each letter represents a question that can help you apply the passage to your life. If you memorize the nine questions which this acrostic represents, you will have them available every time you want to meditate on a passage. This acrostic asks: Is there any…

Sin to confess? Do I need to make any restitution?

Promise to claim? Is it a universal promise? Have I met the condition(s)?

Attitude to change? Am I willing to work on a negative attitude and begin building toward a positive one?

Command to obey? Am I willing to do it no matter how I feel?

Example to follow? Is it a positive example for me to copy or a negative one to avoid?


Prayer to pray? Is there anything I need to pray back to God?

Error to avoid? Is there any problem that I should be alert to, or beware of?

Truth to believe? What new things can I learn about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, or the other biblical teachings?

Something to praise God for? Is there something here I can be thankful for?