The Backyard Preacher # 188 “The True Teachings of Jesus.”

It is common in our society that the teachings of Jesus seem to resonate from without instead of from within.  Jesus was very consistent in his internal message of the Kingdom of God.  Today we have a church built on the keys of ego.  Find out the true teachings of Jesus!  

The True Teachings of Jesus
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The Backyard Preacher # 185″Fear Not”

Have no fear Nate is here.  I can’t save you but I can guide you to the edge of the cliff and allow you to choose to step off into either death or life based on your faith.  No harm will come to you no matter what you do.  You are the center of your solar system.  You are the maker of your reality.  You choose to fear or stand courage’s! Now decide.  

Fear Not

The Backyard Preacher # 177 (Mothers Day Episode)

Mother’s Day is not just a day in which we celebrate mothers.  Mother’s Day is a day in which we celebrate the spirit of the feminine.  The church has cast aside the sacred feminine nature of God for so long we have lost balance.  It is time to restore the sacred feminine within our lives and church.  

Take Your Church Back

Preaching as we experience in church is 99% always a monologue. This is the opposite of how Jesus taught. Jesus taught using dialogue. Even the Greek word διαλεγομένου which is primarily translated to preach is used when Paul was ministering in Acts 20:9. διαλεγομένου actually can mean to converse, or to have a dialogue.

Why then has the church for the majority of its existence use monologues?
1. Keeps the lay man in their place.
2. To distinguish between clergy and laity.
3. Power.
4. Control.
5. Money.

Obviously in our day of large congregations it would be difficult to have a congregation that conducted a constructive dialogue about God or a certain biblical subject.

Our churches are too big! Let’s keep them between 12-20 people. A group that can meet together share a meal and fellowship in each others homes. A place in which all are priest of God. The leader will be the one who serves the most. If the group get too big it is divided into another group. Not only is this how Jesus taught it has tremendous benefits.

1.No cost.
2. No paid clergy.
3. Everyone shares their homes and food.
4. People learn more through engagement.
5. No large buildings to take care of.
6. No exspensive projects to incorporate.

This is essentially about taking church back from the “chosen” few, and placing it back in the hands of the church.

Church Without Borders

Is it possible to truly have a church without borders?  Borders; why are they built within every congregation who claims to know the will of God?  Borders separate would be people of like mind; they divide families and friends, and discourage asking the question of why the borders exist.  The borders are the man made doctrines and dogmas of the church.  What exactly did Jesus mean when he spoke of himself?  “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.  I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34, NIV)  Did Jesus take delight in the fact that people would be divided because of him?  If you continue to read the text Jesus points out in verse 36 the very members of a household will become enemies.  The overall question is what kind of warning is this?  Is Jesus saying that border walls are good and that his teachings will cause divisions?  Or, does Jesus foresee the outcome of human error and our ability to create division over teachings as we all try to be right?  It is an undeniable fact that we have seen the madness of the Christian faith over the last 2 thousand years, the division it has caused and the lives destroyed.  Maybe, just maybe Jesus desired not to cause division, rather an unavoidable human consequence.    

What then can the church look like to fix our divisive nature?  Thankfully I may have the answer.  We must remove all doctrines and dogma except for two teachings; first, Christ as the incarnate son of God who lived, died, and was resurrected. Second the teaching of the Apostle Paul found in 1 Corinthians 13, which gives us the definition of love.  Every other teaching then must be able to pass the love test.  All then is permitted and all is forbidden. Absolutely everyone is accepted in God’s eternal love.  Think of all of the social issues of today which divide the church.  These social issues would be no more as we would not recognize them as issues within our body of Christ.  All is truth, and all is lie.  What remains is God’s eternal love.  With humility and introspection we live out our lives in peace.  We accept all people.  There would not be a need to argue over theological interpretation for each person has the ability to interpret for themselves and then give this same authority to their fellows in respect of their own knowledge.  The leaders among us will be those who serve the most as appointed leadership will not be beneficial.  We will lead one another in humility as we are all ordained priest of God.  We will gather to break bread, and our fellowship will be without major ritual that causes some to place someone on a higher level than another. Worship through song, prayer, and conversation. 

Humanity cannot find God because humanity is looking up instead of looking within and around.  Humanity as a whole is the very essence of God.  A church cannot be divided.  A church divided is not a church.  A body cut in half is not able to function and is dead.  The body of Christ is resurrected and full of life; this body is you.  As you know we live in very divisive times, my heart is drawn as a Christian to present Godly answers to the issues we face.  What if we stopped allowing issues to be issues and allowed ourselves to be happy?  Politics are ruining the church in America, social justice is ignored by the majority in favor of a theology lacking in love and morally bankrupt.  Many Christians seek signs and wonders, yet Jesus said you will not see any sign but that of Jonah.  The sign then that people need to see is you.  Be the resurrection, be the life to your fellows.  I believe we can have a church without borders if we just take ourselves out of the way.      

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The Backyard Preacher Podcast # 162 (Masculinity)

Nate talks about masculinity in regards to the Gillette commercial.  What is masculinity?  What kind of actions are manly?  Nate talks about this and more.  

TBP # 162 Masculinity