In Ephesians 4:1-6 the Apostle Paul declared biblically, apostolically and prophetically that the church is one,
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. (NKJV)
There are many local churches. We read in the New Testament that the church was separated by cities. We read that each local church was assigned Elders and Deacons. However, the church was and is one.
The Moravian Church, one, if not the oldest Protestant Denomination, has it roots 100 years before Martin Luther’s protestation. A Philosophy Professor and rector of the University of Prague by the name of John Huss (1369-1415) was declaring then the things that Martin Luther declared 100 years later. John Huss was burned alive for his believes, however, his spirit remained alive and well.
“The reformation spirit did not die with Hus. The Moravian Church, or Unitas Fratrum (Unity of Brethren), as it has been officially known since 1457, arose as followers of Hus gathered in the village of Kunvald, about 100 miles east of Prague, in eastern Bohemia, and organized the church. This was 60 years before Martin Luther began his reformation and 100 years before the establishment of the Anglican Church. By 1467 the Moravian Church had established its own ministry, and in the years that followed three orders of the ministry were defined: deacon, presbyter and bishop.” (http://www.moravian.org/the-moravian-church/the-moravian-church/history.html)
The religious history of the United States cannot be written without the central participation of this amazing group of brothers and sisters.
The Moravians first came to America during the colonial period. In 1735 they were part of General Oglethorpe’s philanthropic venture in Georgia. Their attempt to establish a community in Savannah did not succeed, but they did have a profound impact on the young John Wesley who had gone to Georgia during a personal spiritual crisis. Wesley was impressed that the Moravians remained calm during a storm that was panicking experienced sailors. He was amazed at people who did not fear death, and back in London he worshiped with Moravians in the Fetter Lane Chapel. There his “heart was strangely warmed.” (http://www.moravian.org/the-moravian-church/the-moravian-church/history.html)
The Moravians lived by a very powerful way of thinking. The thunderous echo of their mission statement continues to penetrate the hearts of men and women of God today who know that these words are true,
“In Essentials, Unity; In Nonessentials, Liberty; In All Things, Love.”
I don’t think you have to be a prophet or a doctor in theology to realize that the Body of Christ is painfully divided. We should also quickly add that this issue of unity is not to be taken lightly. In John chapter 17 we see Jesus earnestly praying for us, as God’s children, to be one. The issue of unity in the Body of Christ is not a recommendation; it is indeed an obligation. Our disunity is a direct disrespect to God’s Word.
Many people have spoken about the importance of unity in the church for hundreds of years. It seems like these voices are growing more and more fatigue. The unity of the Body of Christ looks like an impossible task to say the least.
The church was united during the times of the Apostles, but that unity was challenged from the beginning with the introduction of false teachers, false prophets and false doctrines. As you read the Epistles of the Apostles you can clearly see that the fight for the unity of the Body was intense from the beginning.
For the first three hundred years after Christ, the Church suffered a brutal persecution; but the church was growing and its power was clear. Things changed after Constantine declared Christianity, the official religion of the Roman Empire 312 years after Christ. This was the beginning of a very sophisticated plan of the enemy to seduce the church to mix in with the world.
This takes me to another important note on these series, the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church claimed to be the one and only True Church. Catholic tradition makes the grandiose claim that the Apostle Peter was their first Pope. For historical reasons we can arguably see the official beginning of the Catholic church at the Council of Nicea and the Nicene Creed from 325 C.E. which states, “We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”
I can humbly say that the Catholic Church was the first man-made religion to present herself as the direct false representation of the Church of Christ on this earth. Their crimes against humanity are no secret, there Biblical atrocities and their own history is available for everybody to see and study if they care for the truth.
This is not, however, a series about the history of the Catholic Church, but I must point out, as an amazing fact, that the Catholic Church has remained united even through many turbulent periods. They had divisions, some denominations that have come out of the Catholic Church are almost a photocopy of the way Catholics conduct their services. I am also aware that there is a strong element of the Charismatic Catholic Church. But, for the most part, still today, they enjoy great unity.
Is the Catholic Church’s unity a sign that they are indeed the true church? Absolutely not. Martin Luther protest against the Catholic Church was as valid on October 31, 1517 as it is today. I do not recognize them as the mother church because Biblically they went astray and they are still astray today. The problem is that we, as Protestants, have also gone astray with our shameful divisions.
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:13-18 (NKJV)
These passages of Scripture give us the initial words used to describe the story of the Church. The true church can be found on the proper, sincere and heartfelt answer to Jesus’ one question, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” John 16:13 (NKJV)
The foundation of the church is not based on us answering this question in any kind of selfish and unaccountable way. This was not a question impossible to be answered; it was not a trick question. In Matthew 16:14 they answered the wrong way by saying,
“Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” (NKJV)
What does John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah and the rest of the prophets had in common? They were all men. They were Godly men, powerful Biblical personalities; nevertheless, they were just like you and me, mere men.
Neither John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah and the rest of the prophets claimed to be the Jesus or intended to start a movement; they were indeed, Godly men. However, we have seen through the history of the church, that charismatic men have come up with their own ideas of who Jesus is. They have also taken Jesus and the Word out of the center and positioned themselves and their own constitutions and bylaws in place of it. Peter, on the other hand, answer Jesus’ question correctly,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16 (NKJV)
Peter clearly established who the Christ or Anointed One is and His relationship as Son of the Living God. That seemingly simple revelation is the foundation of what we call the church. To this revelation Jesus answered,
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:17-18 (NKJV)
On these two verses we can see that the church is blessed by God, that revelation comes from God and that the church can’t be overcome by the devil, by the world or by whatever hell throw at it. An appropriate question to ask at this point is… Where is that church today?
When we are young we either think we know it all or we just find it cool to be clueless. Wasting time when we are young becomes a daily routine we learn, not only to embrace, but to look forward to it. As we grow older we realize how much we don’t know as a fresh revelation. In our hunger for knowledge we now realize that our brains are also older and they don’t capture and retain information, as they should when we wasted our days. The old also realize that he is running out of time. Now reading is what we look forward to it. Oh but how special is he who make these realizations early in life!
¿Quién fue Jesús? Alguien que cambió los tiempos. Un hombre no carismático, uno que no fue conocido por su atractivo físico, mas por la profundidad de su amor.
Un hombre que amó en esta tierra como nadie nunca ha amado. Un hombre que caminó con una pasión y con una compasión incomparable. Un hombre que se hizo visible al mundo por treinta y tres años. Un hombre del cual nunca salió palabra injusta. Un hombre que nunca cometió pecado de mente ni de acción. Nadie vestido de carne y hueso jamás a ha podido alcanzar semejante perfección.
El propósito de Jesús fue siempre puro. Ayudó a tantos, bendijo a miles, mas fue grandemente traicionado. Isaías contó su historia proféticamente y fue testigo de Su dolor cientos de años antes de los tiempos de la cruz. Dios abrió la puerta de revelación e Isaías dibujó la historia del dolor de Cristo de la siguiente manera,
53 ¿QUIÉN ha creído á nuestro anuncio? ¿y sobre quién se ha manifestado el brazo de Jehová?
2 Y subirá cual renuevo delante de él, y como raíz de tierra seca: no hay parecer en él, ni hermosura: verlo hemos, mas sin atractivo para que le deseemos.
3 Despreciado y desechado entre los hombres, varón de dolores, experimentado en quebranto: y como que escondimos de él el rostro, fué menospreciado, y no lo estimamos.
4 Ciertamente llevó él nuestras enfermedades, y sufrió nuestros dolores; y nosotros le tuvimos por azotado, por herido de Dios y abatido.
5 Mas él herido fué por nuestras rebeliones, molido por nuestros pecados: el castigo de nuestra paz sobre él; y por su llaga fuimos nosotros curados.
6 Todos nosotros nos descarriamos como ovejas, cada cual se apartó por su camino: mas Jehová cargó en él el pecado de todos nosotros.
7 Angustiado él, y afligido, no abrió su boca: como cordero fué llevado al matadero; y como oveja delante de sus trasquiladores, enmudeció, y no abrió su boca.
8 De la cárcel y del juicio fué quitado; y su generación ¿quién la contará? Porque cortado fué de la tierra de los vivientes; por la rebelión de mi pueblo fué herido.
9 Y dipúsose con los impíos su sepultura, mas con los ricos fué en su muerte; porque nunca hizo él maldad, ni hubo engaño en su boca.
10 Con todo eso Jehová quiso quebrantarlo, sujetándole á padecimiento. Cuando hubiere puesto su vida en expiación por el pecado, verá linaje, vivirá por largos días, y la voluntad de Jehová será en su mano prosperada.
11 Del trabajo de su alma verá y será saciado; con su conocimiento justificará mi siervo justo á muchos, y él llevará las iniquidades de ellos.
12 Por tanto yo le daré parte con los grandes, y con los fuertes repartirá despojos; por cuanto derramó su vida hasta la muerte, y fué contado con los perversos, habiendo él llevado el pecado de muchos y orado por los transgresores.
Reina-Valera Antigua (RVA)
Oh gracias Jesús por tu santo sacrificio, por tu inolvidable amor, por tu poder, por tu misericordia, por tu fidelidad y por salvar mi alma. Hoy eres mi Salvador, mi Señor, mas también mi mejor amigo.
¿Por qué sigues argumentando con Dios? ¿Por qué insistes que todo está bien con tu alma? ¿Tienes paz? ¿Tienes gozo? ¿Oh necesitas esa cerveza para poder reírte a carcajadas? Brincas de relación a relación, de novia a novia. Hoy estás con este, mañana estás con este otro. ¿Hasta cuando querido hijo? ¿Hasta cuando mi niña?
Pero voy a hacer honesto contigo, Dios te ama y está listo para recibirte tal y como eres, mas entiende esto. Dios demanda que te entregues a El completamente y no ha medias. Tienes que arrepentirte de tus pecados y reconocer a su Hijo como único Salvador. Solo Cristo es el camino, la verdad y la vida.
Amado hijo, amada hija, tienes que reconocer que estás mal, que el problema eres tú y el pecado que te está matando día a día. Te invito, no ha que seas Catótico, Pentecostal, Presbiteriano, Metodista, etc. te invito a que seas Cristiano, te invito a que seas hijo o hija de Dios y a que seas parte de la familia de Cristo.
La realidad del Evangelio está siendo constantemente atacada, todo el mundo parece tener las respuestas, más las verdaderas respuestas están en la Biblia. El centro del mensaje del Juan el Bautista y de Jesús era este, ¡Arrepiéntete! Romanos 10:9-10 nos da las respuesta a tu problema y al mío. La Biblia nos dice que si confiesas con tu boca que Cristo es el Señor y lo crees en tu corazón serás salvo.
Tú puedes seguir viviendo tu vida a tu manera. Tienes el derecho a hacerlo. Puedes seguir creyendo las mentiras del mundo. Puedes seguir engañándote a ti mismo, pero tú sabes del vacío que tienes en el corazón, tu sabes que no tienes paz y tú sabes que sin esa cerveza no tienes gozo. Tú sabes que después que se fue tu borrachera, después que se te pasó la jumeta, después que terminaste de eyacularte, después que se acabó el fiestón y el efecto del Bacardí, o la Tequila o el Don Q, no encuentras paz y no encuentras gozo.
Es cuestión de tiempo antes de que tu novia te abandone por otro; es cuestión de tiempo y tu novio se irá, tan pronto como sepa que estás esperando un hijo suyo.
Hoy te suplico… Ríndete a Cristo. El te ama como nadie nunca te amará, El es fiel, y nunca te abandonará. Deja de estar tratando de vivir esta vida solo o sola…Ven a Cristo, ven a la vida, ven a la verdad y verás tu vida transformada.
On this page you will find a history of surpluses and deficits in the United States, running all the way back until 1789.
Directly underneath you will find an up-to-date table that contains all of the budget surpluses and deficits in the United States from 1940 until present day, both in nominal dollars and inflation adjusted dollars. A projection for 2013 is included as well:
Deficits/Surpluses From 1940 Until 2013 (*fiscal years)
1* – Presidential control
2* – Senate control
3* – House control
1789 to 1849: Cumulative Surplus of $70 million dollars
1850 to 1900: Cumulative Deficit of $991 million dollars
1901 to 1939 (Nominal Dollars)
Year – Nominal Dollars – Surplus/Deficit
1901 – 63 million
1902 – 77 million
1903 – 45 million
1904 – 43 million
1905 – 23 million
1906 – 25 million
1907 – 87 million
1908 – 57 million
1909 – 89 million
1910 – 18 million
1911 – 11 million
1912 – 3 million
1913 – Breakeven
1914 – Breakeven
1915 – 63 million
1916 – 48 million
1917 – 853 million
1918 – 9.03 billion
1919 – 13.36 billion
1920 – 291 million
1921 – 509 million
1922 – 736 million
1923 – 713 million
1924 – 963 million
1925 – 717 million
1926 – 865 million
1927 – 1.15 billion
1928 – 939 million
1929 – 734 million
1930 – 738 million
1931 – 462 million
1932 – 2.76 billion
1933 – 2.6 billion
1934 – 3.59 billion
1935 – 2.8 billion
1936 – 4.3 billion
1937 – 2.2 billion
1938 – 89 million
1939 – 2.85 billion
Major Events from 1940 to 2012
Great Depression – 1929 to 1938
WWII – 1939 to 1945
Korean War – 1950 to 1953
Vietnam War – 1955 to 1975 (US combat units deployed in 1965)
Oil Embargo – 1973
Soviet Union Collapses – 1991
Gulf War – 1990-1991
9/11 – September 11th, 2001
Iraq War – 2003 to 2011
Global Financial Meltdown – 2007 to ?
In the last 69 years, the U.S. government has managed to post 12 surpluses, with the most recent coming in 2001.
The largest uninterrupted stretch of surpluses came between 1920 and 1930. This eventually came to an end after the government spent billions of dollars combating the Great Depression.
The largest uninterrupted stretch of deficits came between 1970 and 1997.
It’s hard to imagine that the United States will post a surplus anytime soon – will we give the 28 year stretch between 1970 and 1997 a run for its money?
Today we stand in need of another reformation, for the bride is once again a silenced minority. The bride is being disrespected, insulted and discredited by the world at the hands of the establish church and governments.
The Catholic Church continues to be the largest church in the world. The protestant church, in a way, has become a part of the establish church, at least here in America.
The prosperity gospel, the materialism, the all about me gospel, the give me, giveme gospel and the gospel that rejects the fact the God’s people must change, has indeed taken over.
Through history God has used revivals to reveal to us what was needed in a particular time in history.
The emphasis of The First Great awakening of the 1730s and 1740 can be seen in the following quote:
“In all these Protestant cultures during the middle decades of the eighteenth century, a new Age of Faith rose to counter the currents of the Age of Enlightenment, to reaffirm the view that being truly religious meant trusting the heart rather than the head, prizing feeling more than thinking, and relying on biblical revelation rather than human reason.”
This First Awakening was for the church; it was a massive assault against the established church. It was the contrary of what was acceptable by the prestige and by the powerful. Baptists and Methodist led this revival.
The Second Great Awakening stated in 1790 and extended all the way to the early 1900s. This was a revival of new souls; it was what was needed at the time.
The Third Great Awakening started in the 1850 and also extended trough the 1900s. This was the beginning of the Social Gospel. This revival confronted and fought for the abolition of slavery, but also placed a great emphasis on holiness. So this third revival was not only designed to affect the world, but also the character of the church. The Methodist led the way in the doctrine of sanctification.
The Azusa Street Revival gave us a sense of our need for God’s Spirit. This revival re-introduced something that seemed to have been taken away from the pages of the Bible, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This time God used a black man by the name of William J. Seymour, son of slaves, to lead the way of this great revolution. This was the start of the Pentecostal denomination.
So through these four revivals God gave us the true Gospel of Salvation through Jesus. Everything starts there. Without salvation we have nothing. Through these four revivals we saw a massive evangelism as new souls were added to the Kingdom. We also saw God’s desire to affect the world. Through these four revivals we saw sanctification become centered in the Christian life. We also saw God establishing our need for His Spirit to be able to accomplished what we are called to carry out.
So what about today? Today we stand in need of another revival. This time God is bringing all the four great revivals of the past in one. As we make Jesus our Savior and our Lord, walking in the Spirit will become the center of our live. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit is what will indeed make us the light and the salt of the world, as we become one bride.
If I have to give a name to the revival that is coming I would call it a Revival of Unity and Holiness. It will be one that will also be for the church, but it will also bring millions into the kingdom. The world will see a church where brothers and sisters from different nationalities and denominations will come together as a true family.
The church will indeed be a church that will embrace holiness and will stop using our imperfections as an excuse to pursue surrendering to sin. This will be a revival where people will study the Scriptures and measure everything by the Word.
I see a church that is alive, I see a church that is prophetic, I see a church that is powerful, I see a church with amazing music that the world will envy. I hear new songs, new sounds and new rhythms. I see a talented church, but not just talented, but also filled with character and the anointing of God. I see these things and more, for those are the things that will be needed for that crucial hour.
We must understand that the establishment, in everything, functions through powerful networks. However, we the church, function through God’s Spirit manifested in God’s most dangerous tool against the world’s system, revival.