09:43 05Jun12 Donna Diorio -
I could not be more in agreement with this statement, Dan. My
longing has been for the life of the Spirit expression in both
Messianic and Church services - somewhere between the extremes of
heavy liturgy or heavy charismania. Balance seems the hardest
place to find.
09:47 05Jun12 Deanna L White -
As ususal, you have given us a wonderfully balanced and wise
teaching. I am feeling super-exuberant about it! Guilty as
charged about judging others but I have had my longing to once
again take up a more discerning and merciful Spirit confirmed by
your words. It is an easy, and lazy, thing to fall into these
patterns of thinking. I repent and rejoice with exceeding great
joy that our Good Shepherd continually calls us back to His path
of Love. You have revealed it to us so well. Thanks!
10:14 05Jun12 Susan St Clair -
Thank you for such a well balanced article, Dan. I really felt
the Presence of the Holy Spirit in this message, and I am
searching my own heart in regard to this.
10:30 05Jun12 James Rucker -
Thank you for this article. I found myself judging others for
these same things you mentioned, I chose to think differently I
am not qualifyed to be a judge.
11:11 05Jun12 Victoria -
Thank you for writing such articles to help others with
edification and discernment. I like all of the articles in this
edition, and may He bless all of your work in Him!!
11:17 05Jun12 MS -
So glad to see this addressed! I will say the "laughing
revival" by the Holy Spirit helped me to have joy and hope
through 2 horrible years when my husband's health was
nearly destroyed. Still I am uncomfortable to hear someone say
Jesus hates religion. The Bible never said that.
12:22 05Jun12 Rosalind Daily -
Thank you for finally addressing this annoying
vagueness/accusatory spirit and for pointing us to the real
problems: one's own pride and arrogance (and consequent
lack of love), and a failure to take the Scripture's
admonition/Spirit's power to discern.
12:58 05Jun12 Robert Bell -
We get along easier with those who sin the way we do.
-- Dr Juster replies: How sadly true!
16:32 05Jun12 Kenneth Brooks -
Brilliant! Best description on the abuse of this word I have yet
heard. In the name of not being religious, I have seen so many
purposely turn to things counter-cultural to that of Jesus
Christ, simply for the purpose of not being "religious". In all
the attempts of what was deemed as anti-religion, many actually
became such by way of the back door. Your explanation and
restating of what's really taking place, is the doorway to
true freedom, rather than a shaking of one demon, while
simultaneously receiving others.
-- Dr Juster replies: A very well stated comment.
23:51 05Jun12 Austen Ater -
Right on! As one who is ever seeking to be worshiping in Spirit
and in Truth, it is good to hear this reminder and encouragement
not to fall into pride. When you wrote "What was God doing in
the gathering" wow! How perfect! That is what we should always
be asking, it takes our egos out of the picture, brings us back
to children being led by our loving Father! Thanks for your
exhortation. Keep abiding in Yeshua!
09:49 06Jun12 Tom -
I've heard this word since the 60s. There are a LOT of
things wrong with it. "Relationship" is a pretentious,
intellectually arrogant "snob" buzzword. It also lets the phoney
demand recognition and respect without having to produce any
evidence of spirituality. They like to say, "I'm spiritual
but not religious." Big deal. satan is really spiritual, but
he's not religious. "Relationship" is a conveniently vague
and nebulous term which has only been around since the mid-1700s
and is used for the "relationship" we have with pit bulls and
best friends. Judas had a relationship with Jesus ... not a good
arrangement. It's a misleading word which can include or
exclude a wide range and degree of conditions. A police officer
knocks on my door regularly ... he's a friend who mows my
lawn (I'm an old geezer). I LIKE having a policeman knock
on my door; that's not true of everyone. But that's MY
relationship with the "cops". Consider the origin of each word:
"relationship" whatever interaction we may have with others.
"religion" is derived from the Latin word, RELIGARE, which
literally means "to tie again" (as in to REUNITE two things ...
God and man!). "Realtionship", in my opinion, is just another
tactic in the ongoing determination to de-construct Christianity.
I like James' definition of "Religion". I'll stick with
One last point: Romans 7:1-4. Yes, a widow is "free" from the Law
regarding adultery if her husband is dead and chooses to remarry.
BUT, she becomes subject to all the Laws and Customs of marriage
if she RE-marries. Those who marry MUST be ready to make some
"changes" in their attitudes and conduct ... and follow accepted
rules and conditions.
And a footnote. Here in Oklahoma we still raise horses. We can
"break" a horse, or we can "train" a horse. Either way, the end
result HAS to be the same ... the horse has to be obedient and
subject to the rider or they get rid of that horse.
-- Dr Juster replies: What a brilliant comment! What a well thought out and well
written blog! I would love to see it preserved and published.
08:15 07Jun12 Dan Packard -
The unity of believers in the body of that one new man Paul spoke
of - with Yeshua as its head - has always been one of the
greatest challenges before us. The bride Yeshua returns for must
be spotless, so there is no alternative but unity. Thank you for
going to your brother who has something against you and
listening. That is what we will all have to do, and keep doing,
until we remove the logs from our own eyes and help our brothers
and sisters with the twigs in theirs. It is difficult for us as
citizens of our nations to come to terms with, but our civil
governments in the US and Israel will be among those that Yeshua
will have to completely cleanse of evil when He returns and
subjects them all to His absolute rulership. If not for the
overwhelming power of Yeshua's blood sacrifice, mercy, grace
and resurrection power, I would despair at the divisions in
Yeshua's body today. When I focus on Him, I find hope and
peace to continue.
-- Dr Juster replies: Very true and according to my view as well.
13:49 09Jun12 Pelham Gross -
I repent! Useless phrases hereby retired as of this moment!
"Thanks, I needed that!"
16:28 13Jun12 Juan Pascual -
It is funny reading this article as one who, as a young
Christian, had this kind of mindset. But I am happy to say now
that I am grown up a little bit in the Lord, I have learned that
the form of expressing worship in church is not as important as
the truthfulness in it.
As believers we are told in the Bible that God is looking for
worshipers who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. And I
have attended different Christ-centered services with various
ranges of expressions of faith, from classical formal liturgy to
almost chaotic village healing crusades. And I honestly think God
equally enjoys being present and honored in all of them.
18:20 06Mar16 SD -
Absolutely brilliant and marvelous. And so much needed. I fear
the self congratulatory use of the term will remain in avid use
until Yeshua comes, however. PLEASE also write about the equally
damaging and also misogynist malarkey about "the Jezebel Spirit."
It is, in my view, nothing much more than an instrument of
control used by male leaders to put down "uppity" women. And it
has to go. As you know BOOKS have been written justifying this
superstitious term. THANK YOU!!