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One of the most misunderstood scriptures in the whole New Testament just happens to be quoted every time I have to attend a  funeral. I know you have heard it also and each time I hear it I just want to take the preacher aside and say to him/her; have you lost your mind, or did you miss the class on dying in the Lord? I say that because not once have I attended a funeral that is outside the Apostolic/Pentecostal ministries world wherein the minister did not quote this scripture: “to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord”. They seem to think that this scripture defines, or affirms our place in heaven, just  because an individual has died. Well! Allow me to put things in the right perspective. This scripture is one in which the Apostle Paul was making a clear assessment of his earthly dwelling place; and that was, his body. The message he is sending to the saints and not to unbelievers is this, he desired to be absent from his present body. He did not desire to die nor did he wish his life would end. Paul was merely identifying what his experience had been like in his present; naturally decaying, aging, dissolving, frail body and how he desired to be absent from that body and be present with the Lord. Please believe me, Paul was not  suggesting by any means that to be absent from his natural bod  constituted his right to be in the dear presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. For we know according to the Holy Scriptures; we die, we rest from our labor, and we are resurrected from the grave, and we are changed from mortal to immortality while we are in the clouds meeting him in the mid air. It is in St. John 3:13 we find these words “and no man hath scended up into heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven”.


The Long awaited book by Bishop has just been released.

"Jack Will Jump Out The Box" is a collection of scriptures that deals with the power of the tongue. The tongue is the only organ that has been described as "deadly poison". The book is just that; a collection of biblical facts of how we as members of the body of Christ can often allow damaging words to proceed out of our mouths. "Jack" is described as the "devil", and the "box" of course is out mouths. When we take the "crank"; that is the pressures of life, the trials and tribulations of our everyday walk, begin to turn our emotions , "Jack" will eventually jump out the box. 

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