When traveling we are either providing the poor in developing countries with safe and clean drinking water and meeting other various needs of the poor whether internationally or locally; in the States we also travel across the country to universities and other public forums bearing witness to the truth; we often bring camping gear and stay at free camp sites while doing this. Also, some of us have traveled on foot and bicycles witnessing across the country. For more information or to donate to our 501 c3 nonprofit organization you may click the following link: The Blessing of Water
Jesus said, "This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent" (John 6:29). Many today believe Jesus died for their sins, but it does not appear that many believe on Him. Many believe Jesus really existed on earth and that He really died for their sins, yet this belief is contradicted by the life they live. The life many live does not make sense in light of the life and teachings of Jesus. If we really believe that Jesus' words will judge us on the last day (John 12:48), that if we keep His sayings we shall never taste of death (John 8:52), that His words are Spirit and life (John 6:63), and that if we follow Him we will not be in darkness (John 8:12) then it only makes sense to not merely read His words, but more importantly to study and devote our entire lives to them. And if one claims to believe that Jesus died for their sins, and they confess Him as their Lord and Savior then such a one's confession makes no sense if they have never read and studied His words. For one who has read and studied the words of Jesus understand that those very words will judge them on the last Day and that they are Spirit and that they are life. Such a one will understand that man does not live by bread alone but by "every word which proceedeth out from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). If one has read and studied His words then one will know that Jesus claimed to be God, for "Verily, verily", said He, "Before Abraham was, I AM" (John 8:58), and as the apostle stated, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:1-3). So such a one understands, that the only way to live that makes sense in light of what Jesus taught is to devote their entire lives to studying Him, following Him, and learning to walk even as He walked (1 John 2:6), for "The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master" (Luke 6:40). Think of it: If you really believed Jesus was God then wouldn't it make sense to devote your entire life to studying His words and living them out as faithfully as possible. Whilst holding to the belief that Jesus is who He said He is how could you remain ignorant of His words any longer? How could you possibly prefer any other occupation or education? Is there another work or are there other words of more value than God's?
In reality, if we really believe Jesus, then He will become our education and His work our occupation.
Forsake all to follow Jesus: sell what you do not need and what is useless to the kingdom; live communally; work with your hands; use the money for basic necessities and the rest for kingdom work; strive to use all of your time and energy for eternal labors; study the Scriptures, pray, meet with other believers, sing together, work together, witness together; men and women . . . dress Biblically modest; do not swear or take oaths; do not go to war, file lawsuits, or use violence for self defense; strive to love your enemies and do good to those who hate you; marriage is between one man and one woman, whether believer or unbeliever, and marriage is permanent until death; perfect holiness in the fear of God; have the mind of Christ Jesus.
The early Christians forsook all to become Christians. For one does not become like Christ by saying a prayer, attending a meeting, going to Bible school, or participating in an all night prayer meeting from time to time. Jesus explicitly stated, "If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple . . . So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple" (Luke 14:26, 33). Notice the words (((cannot be my disciple))). So many today believe Jesus died upon the cross, but they do not believe Him who died upon the cross for them. For many do not even know Jesus spoke these words, "whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple"; how then could they be His disciple? Your parents, siblings, and children, and even you yourself have plans and desires for you. But you cannot be Jesus' disciple unless you hate your parents, siblings, and your own life. This hatred does not consist of ill feelings or ill will, but that you live for the will of God and for no other and Jesus showed us the perfect way to do this. Realizing this, we forsake our plans and the plans our family has for us to devote our entire lives to studying the life and teachings of Jesus and learning to walk, even as He walked. But if we are to do this perfectly, we will not do it alone . . .
Jesus lived communally with His disciples and their families. Jesus' disciples did not learn to walk as He walked by attending a weekly meeting and perhaps an all night prayer session from time to time. They were with Him every day. They lived communally with Jesus and had all things in common. They travelled with Jesus throughout all of Israel listening to Him teach, heal, minister to the poor, strangers, widows, and children. They observed how He conducted Himself with those from all walks of life, during temptations, amidst persecution, and under other various difficult and dangerous circumstances. Thus, after Jesus' ascension into glory it was evident that the early disciples "had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13), and through being with Him they became the kingdom that "turned the world upside down" (Acts 17:6), for as Jesus said, "Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men" (Matthew 1:17). Not only did Jesus live communally with His disciples but others followed . . .
The early Christians lived together with their families. "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart" (Acts 2:42-46). Now all that believed were together on a daily basis, just as Jesus was with His disciples. Not to say that the thousands of believers were all in one house or all met together daily in one place (for persecution was hot and a meeting of thousands would be detected), but that believers were together daily, not on a weekly basis. Thus, we are of the opinion that discipleship emerges from living communally or being together daily with other believers and thus we learn through experience that . . .
The church is a real family not united by fleshy ties, but by the bond of Christ. For we were all born into a natural family consisting of parents and siblings, but through Christ we are born again into a spiritual family consisting of real elders (1 Timothy 5:1), mothers, brothers, sisters and children "For", saith He, "Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother" (Mark 3:35). And again, "There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life" (Mark 10:29-30). When we forsake all to follow Jesus we are born into a whole new life, a new and living way, a real kingdom, and royal family where all are doing the will of their Father in heaven. If we leave fathers and spouses we do not receive new fathers and spouses, for we have "One Father, even our Father which is in Heaven", and we are married to our spouse whether they are a believer or not. As with all families there are differing gifts, abilities, weaknesses, and personalities and we are to learn to function as a body, not bodies. This takes patience and true charity. So some houses became full and family was realized because some forsook their possessions and sold them and then moved in with their spiritual family.
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“Reason dictates that persons who are truly noble and who love wisdom will honor and love only what is true. They will refuse to follow traditional viewpoints if those viewpoints are worthless...Instead, a person who genuinely loves truth must choose to do and speak what is true, even if he is threatened with death...I have not come to flatter you by this written petition, nor to impress you by my words. I have come to simply beg that you do not pass judgment until you have made an accurate and thorough investigation. Your investigation must be free of prejudice, hearsay, and any desire to please the superstitious crowds. As for us, we are convinced that you can inflict no lasting evil on us. We can only do it to ourselves by proving to be wicked people. You can kill us—but you cannot harm us.” From Justin Martyr's first apology 150 A.D. Martyred A.D. 160