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Live: Hangout With Team BTC On Pee Toxicity, Beards & Farting Commissions

“When you can learn how to speak to people’s issues, and then you have a vision to get them out, you become like the archetype of Moses, leading the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the promise land.”

Sup folks,

Today’s hangout is about pee toxicity, stroking beards and the magic of farting commissions (LOL – just kidding).

Really today’s hangout is about creating the results that you want…

…by speaking to people’s issues in the way they want to be spoken to and showing them ‘THE way out’ through your vision.

Watch the hangout, and leave me your thoughts in the comments below.

Love ya,
- David Wood

P.S. Have you seen my new video? (click here).

Warning: Don’t watch it unless you’re prepared to join immediately.

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4. Anticipate the new creation

But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. (Hebrews 12:22-24)

There is a contrast between v.18 and v.22.  v.18, ‘you have not come to …this…’ then, v.22, ‘but you have come to …something else…’

vv.22-24 give seven blessings in the redeemed covenant relationship we have in Christ.  First the place, v22 – the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.  We have not come to a place that can be touched, but we have come to belong in God’s city.  As Christians we are already heavenly citizens.  Instead of the frightening cacophony of vv.18-19, there is rather the joyful praise of countless angels in festive gathering, v.22.

The ‘assembly of the firstborn’ refers to all Christians, all those who are adopted Christ’s name and call God Father.  The ‘spirits of the righteous made perfect’ are already there, all those who have been perfected in Christ, and died in faith, like the saints in Chapter 11.  And in the middle of the verse, there is God, not at a distance, not filling everyone with terror, but in the middle.  We have direct fellowship with God and all his people.

Verse 24 explains the reason why.  There is someone else there too.  Jesus, who like Moses is the mediator of the covenant, he is the one who links us to God.  Abel’s blood cried out ‘guilty’ from the ground in Genesis 4:8.  Jesus’ blood shouts out ‘redeemed’ from heaven in Heb 9:14-15.  When we look at this heavenly gathering it really shows us what we have together in Jesus Christ.

This is what we have come to when put our faith in Jesus; we have come into this heavenly assembly.  We are not there yet, but we are already part of it.

Whenever we gather together, as Christians, here in the world, there is something special.  We gather to hear God speak through his Word, and to sing his praises together, and so it is a reflection of that heavenly assembly.  We take part in something that reflects the fellowship that we look forward to in eternity.  We embrace our ultimate hope.  We anticipate the new creation.  We are rewarded with the promise that we are already taking part in it, glorifying God in the heavenly assembly.

Rock climbers, who love getting out to the mountains but can’t, often go to an indoor climbing wall.  There is nothing to compare with the majestic vastness, the unremitting verticality and the breath-taking beauty of a great big mountain cliff.  There is nothing like the warmth of sun, the breath of the wind, the feel of the rock and the deep silence of the scenery, interrupted only by the distant click of a mountain goat dislodging a stone echoing across the valley.  But that doesn’t mean that indoor climbing isn’t climbing.  It is not mere training, it is not just a chance to meet up with climbing friends and it is not just to share their identity as climbers.  Even though it is all those things, it is real climbing, it reflects as the true climbing experience much as possible.  And there is, of course, much excitement and chatter about the mountains.

That is something like meeting together as Christians.  Because there is a heavenly assembly, when we meet on earth we are really meeting as heavenly citizens, although we look forward to the new creation.

Conclusion

We gather together for four reasons.  We gather to glorify God as his people together to reflect his glory, his triune person and work of redemption.  We gather to commit to the covenant through which we are united to him in Christ by the Spirit.  We gather to build up the body in love and good works and be built up against apostasy.  We gather to anticipate the new creation and join with the angels and the saints in the heavenly assembly in praise and joy in the presence of God.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

3. Build up the body

There is much connection and overlap here with the previous two reasons.  This is the practical and functional aspect of being a covenant community for God’s glory.

With all of that covenant identity and its heritage in redemption history and creation, how then should we live?  Of course we should live lives which glorify God, lives of worship as true worshipers of God in Christ.  We should love each other and take every opportunity to do good deeds in the world.  So the writer to the Hebrews exhorts us; “Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love and good deeds.”  And how, pray, should we do that?  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Having summarised our covenant relationship in Christ, the writer exhorts meeting together to encourage faithfulness.  It is not just in Hebrews.  In Ephesians 4:11-12 Paul says, It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.

The function first of the apostles and prophets and then of the evangelists and pastors and teachers is to help build up the church, the body of Christ.  They are to prepare God’s people for works of service.  The objective is unity in faith and knowledge of the Son of God.  It is maturity, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. 

In Heb 3:13, and Heb 10:26ff, the writer exhorts meeting together to guard against apostasy.  In one respect weight loss clubs are like church.  The message is that if you don’t go along you are going to be very exposed to becoming weak, to losing your way, to giving in.

We need to be encouraged to fight against sin.  We need to hear sin rebuked and repent in our hearts.  We need to be reminded of hope we have in Jesus Christ and the love he demonstrated in his death.  We need to see that the idols which compel us and the sins which beset us pale into insignificance and be reinvigorated in our passion for our holy Lord.

We need to grow in our relationship with each other so we can reflect Christ more perfectly in the bond between us.  Paul exhorts us in Colossians 3:12-14, on how we should behave with each other:

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

It is vital to gather together as God’s people, otherwise we simply cannot relate to each other in this transformed, redeemed and wonderful fellowship.

That fellowship in the love of Christ bears witness to him in the world.  It seems counter-intuitive, but it is right.  We come into church so that his love may be broadcast out of the church.

We connect with God’s heart together, so we can go out into the world with God’s heart.  The work in the church will spread into the world.  We are the first fruits of the new creation, and we look forward to the renewing of all creation.  That is the final reason we gather.


PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

2. Commit to the covenant

Relating worship to covenant is like lifting the lid and seeing how it works.  God’s covenant of grace is the beautiful humming symphonic signature to all scripture and all existence.  It is how he has revealed himself to be.  It is how he relates to us and given us a ground of relationship with him.

Hebrews 10:19-25 begins with the work of Christ in terms of temple and sacrifice and concludes with the need to meet together.

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water which is the word of God  (Holy Bible).  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  (Hebrews 10:19-23)

Because of the sinful fallen state of human beings, no-one can approach God.  But God in his mercy called out a people for his name and gave them a way to relate to him to deal with their sin. The basis was God’s covenant, or more objectively God’s covenantal nature.  God’s Word is final and cannot be broken. God’s Word is the word of life and if it is broken it must result in death.  But He accepted the sacrifice of an animal as a substitute.  And he gave the people a sign of his presence in the Temple, though they could only approach Him in a limited way.

Hebrews shows how that was all fulfilled in Christ.  In Christ we can draw near to God as his people.  We can enter the Most Holy Place, as it were.  This was the innermost room in the Tabernacle and the Temple.  Only the High Priest could go through the curtain once a year, after sacrificing for the sins of the people and for his own sins.  Now we enter in by being his body, by being joined to him by faith, through the unity of the Holy Spirit.

We are God’s covenant people in Christ, we are God’s house.  We approach him and worship him in Christ, our High Priest, by a new and living way.  Christ is constantly before the Father in heaven, and we have direct access through him.  It is a wonderful thing that Jesus has achieved for us by being our perfect once and for all sacrifice for sin.So there is a transition from the Old Testament to the New Testament in terms of gathered worship.  We don’t need to gather in the temple to atone for our sins.  Christ has fulfilled that.  We don’t need the temple to be the place of God’s presence.  Christ has fulfilled that, and we have free access to God in him.We still gather as God’s covenant people, and we still relate to God through a covenant.  That is we are still bound by his Word, and our relationship is one of keeping his Word, keeping his Word in Christ our redeemer.  We are a people who live according to the Word God has given us.So it is very important that we gather as a people, as a local church to unite under the authority of God’s Word.  We gather to hear his Word and to assent to it, to listen with faith and resolve to obey the Father in the name of Christ by the strength and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.We are reminded of his promise, of the hope we have; we are reminded of the faithfulness of the one who promised.  So we must draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith.  We are reminded of our redemption in Christ to be God’s covenant people.  God’s Word is a covenant Word, it binds us together and it binds us to him in Christ.  When we gather we commit to the covenant together.  We listen to God’s Word and we say, “Yes and Amen” in Christ our saviour.  We say, “We are your people and you are our Lord!” To express that we belong to the covenant as members of a local church we have been given two signs.  There is one for initiation and one for renewal: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  There is a great deal of continuity with the Old Testament system, where circumcision was the initiation into God’s people and the Day of Atonement was the renewal of the covenant.  All is fulfilled in Christ, but these signs are divinely ordained, and are effectual in the context of obeying God’s Word.

Baptism is hinted at in Heb 10:22.  “Having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”  This is the work of the Holy Spirit.  We are entered into the covenant if the sign of baptism signifies the work of the Spirit in our hearts.

In the Lord’s Supper we celebrate our identity as God’s people in the work of Christ past, present and future.  We commit to the covenant again, fulfilled in his death on the cross.  We renew the covenant in our hearts as we eat the bread and drink the wine and feed on Christ in our hearts by faith. We are God’s covenant people. We gather together before our Lord, we submit to his Word, we commit to his covenant.  We declare we are a people for his name, and that is worship.We gather to be reminded, revitalized and renewed in that bond.  When God’s people are gathered together throughout the Old Testament they are renewed and edified.  God’s Word restores their weary hearts and lifts their worried heads.  That has not changed.The New Testament puts a huge emphasis on the strengthening of the bond between us in a practical way.  It has much to say about building up the body in Christ so it is a glorious body.  Again, that is worship.  That is our third reason for gathering.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

The story of God and his people can be understood as the story of how he has worked to bring us to him in true worship.  We are created for worship and we have been redeemed by Christ for true worship from our fallen state of false worship.  Our whole lives are for worship.  Worship is a state of being; the state of our hearts before God.

We must worship God as he reveals himself, and on his terms.  God relates to his people in covenantal terms. Christ fulfilled the covenant as God prescribed it, and we come to God in him.I believe that the New Testament gives us four basic reasons for why we gather in respect of worship.  There is a degree of overlap, and each enhances the other.

1. Glorify God

God created us for worship.  Our purpose is to glorify God.  In simple terms, we gather together to write this large.  We embrace our purpose corporately and thus powerfully in praise and unity.  Remember what Paul wrote to the Ephesians:

For through him [Christ] we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.  Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God's people and members of God's household,  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.  In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.  And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18-22 )

We have access to the Father by one Spirit.  We are fellow-citizens and members of God’s household.  We are joined together in Christ and become a holy temple in him, a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Sometimes we encounter so much emphasis on our personal decision to believe in Christ, that we lose the emphasis on unity with him and therefore unity with each other in him.  We glorify Christ more perfectly when we gather as the local church.  We express our unity in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and we come to the Father in praise and adoration.

We partake in the reality of our redemption with the greatest effect when we express our praise of our Father in the name of His Son through the unity of the Spirit together.  We are redeemed to glorify God as he has revealed himself to be.  God is Trinity and when we gather, united by the Spirit in the name of Christ to praise his name we glorify him as he is.So when we gather we hear his Word together.  And it is just as it always has been and always will be; from Abraham and his offerings to the angels and their singing.  And how we should worship is regulated by the revelation God has given.As with Abraham in the beginning and all who respond to God in faith, revelation leads to worship.  And gathering in itself is a form of revelation.  It reveals the redemptive work of God.  It reveals the power of his grace and the unifying work of the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus.  It reveals his love in our fellowship.  All those who are gathered worship God by gathering; by hearing his word and by uniting in praise for his glory.

We are redeemed for true worship, and true worship is a state of being not an event.  That means we should yearn to express our worship of God together with other Christians.  The meeting of the local church, a committed community of believers who love each other in Jesus name is the way God has given us to do this.  We are many members, but we are one household.  Glorifying God is something we do best together.

This can and has been illustrated very simply.To be a footballer you have to be a member of a football team and play in a football field. That is where being a footballer is most clearly expressed.It needs to be played as part of an orchestra.Being a Christian is like that.  We have an identity as a Christian as an individual.  We are worshippers all of the time; that is our vocation, our purpose.  But we engage in our purpose most clearly when we are in the context of the local church gathered together.


PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalm 23:1

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

Psalm 72:1Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. 3May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. 4May he defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; may he crush the oppressor. 5May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. 6May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. 7In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more. 8May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. 9May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust. 10May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. 11May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him. 12For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. 13He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. 14He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. 15Long may he live! May gold from Sheba be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long. 16May grain abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. May the crops flourish like Lebanon and thrive like the grass of the field. 17May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. Then all nations will be blessed through him,and they will call him blessed. 18Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds. 19Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen. 20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

Psalm 2 :1 to the end...Why do the nations conspire

and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, You are my son; today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession. You will break them with a rod of iron ; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

The Psalms91
Abiding in the Shadow of the Almighty 1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High
         shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2  I will say of the LORD,
         He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler,
         and from the noisome pestilence. 4  He shall cover thee with his feathers,
         and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night;
         nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6  nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness;
         nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7  A thousand shall fall at thy side,
         and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8  Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold
         and see the reward of the wicked. 9  Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge,
         even the Most High, thy habitation; 10  there shall no evil befall thee,
         neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.10
         to keep thee in all thy ways. 12  They shall bear thee up in their hands,
         lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Mt. 4.6 · Lk. 4.11 13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder:
         the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Lk. 10.19 14  Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him:
         I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 15  He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
         I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. 16  With long life will I satisfy him,
         and show him my salvation.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:7-8

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

I lift up my eyes to the hills.From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord,

who made heaven and earth.Psalm 121:1-2

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 188:8

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

Faith is not just a mere confession; it is a great profession.  It is not just saying what God says; it is doing what God says.

When faith is at work, the power of God is connected, which makes all things possible. Faith is your access to the power of God, not tears!  Without faith nothing gets done!

Faith is not a philosophical fact; neither is it an intellectual fact; faith is a spiritual force, drawn from the living word to produce living proofs. Hebrew 4:2, 16

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

and how from infancyyou have known the Holy Scriptures,which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15–17

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

God.  I’m thankful that I was chosen to live this life and given the strengths to impact everyone around me. I’m thankful to have been brought into this world with my family, for those are lessons that make me who I am

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

I am a fun loving, positive thinker who loves to help others and influence their lives in a good and positive way. I love to travel, meet new people, talk about life. I enjoy lazy Sundays,One of my favorite things is hanging out near the ocean and gazing at the sparkle as though diamonds in the water. I am a fan of the outdoors, connecting with nature's simplicity. I am interested in fitness and practicing a healthy balanced lifestyle.

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

Giving thanks and being truly grateful for the things in my life had such a positive affect on my happiness because I truly appreciate what I presently have and the things around me more.

I am grateful for the choices I’ve made and the ones I continue to make
I am grateful for ALLOWING FEELING LIVING MY DREAM LIFE

I am grateful for money in the bank
I am grateful for feeling the abundance of the universe
I am grateful for being ready to move into my new room tomorrow
I am grateful for getting a new phone so easily

PeterThankgod
PeterThankgod

  1. I am thankful for having the most wonderful, loving, caring, gentle man that God put on the planet to hence mine path.
  2. I am thankful for having two healthy...
  3. I am thankful for my family who are there when I need them
  4. I am thankful that I had two wonderful, hard working and loving parents who made me to have a vision
  5. I am thankful for the fact that I can work from my home as directed by Sir Dave Wood...
  6. I am thankful for being able to get into bed at 9pm with a cup of tea and food.
  7. I am thankful for clean healthy water to drink whenever I choose.
  8. I am thankful for  the opportunities I have been given in life which have allowed to visit many countries and meet wonderful people from all over the world.  
  9. I am so grateful to you Dave...May God give you more longevity....Thank You for this opportunities..for reality.

AngelaWC
AngelaWC

Awesome hangout...Brooklyn, NY

skylady
skylady

Miraculous 'Punk Kids' !!!  Great group...

Sally from Arizona, by the Columbia River...

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