The Needs of The Bride

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This weeks post is a very important message shared by Jay Ferris in July, 2007 at an annual conference called “Searching Together.”   Jay once said this may have been one of the most anointed times of sharing in public he’s ever experienced, and it was a subject that was very dear to his heart.

He said, The things I share I’m very passionate about, but I’m ready to repent if you can show me a more excellent way.”

What is the excellent way?  And what are the needs of the Bride of Christ?   Be encouraged that this is definitely an audio worth listening to.


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Emergency First Aid For Relationships

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The following is a small but necessary side trip from our main theme – God’s kind of Love, and relationships that come from God, but I am hopeful that it will prove helpful for those who have a heart to love like God in relationship to others.

Over the past 40 years of attempting to live this out, I have come to think of myself as a lover in training. I commend this identification to you as well.

That said, there is no challenge as lovers in training so difficult and demanding as loving and being caught between two people who don’t get along or are incompatible. If you love and encourage the one, you offend and discourage the other. It is the most conflicted situation that we, as lovers in training are likely to encounter.

Here again, this is where lovers in training need to turn to the cross, and even Jesus’ garden experience the night before the cross. Jesus was caught between us and His Father, with whom we were/are incompatible. For Him to drink the cup was to associate Himself with our incompatibility. “My God, My God why hast Thou forsaken me… ?,” Psalms 22:1. This is the price of being caught between two people who don’t see eye to eye. It is the highest challenge to our faith, and the one where, more than any other, we need to identify ourselves as lovers in training.

Love!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted on April 10, 2011

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Time Out For a Brain Adjustment

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In the past couple of days, I have been prompted to revisit this from my more recent money book, Are You Worried Yet…:

What I saw was a choice between two kinds of “time-shares,” two places to rest, two places to live, even a choice between two kingdoms. How can we leave the one, without entering the other?  Getting out of Babylon, it seems, is a call to every one of us, but where are we to go if we are given no alternative? Does “the gospel” consign us to some kind of mental holding pattern until Jesus comes back? Why should people living in darkness want a piece of that action?

We need to live in the Spirit’s alternative to Babylon; we need to live there now. My experience tells me that this is well within reach of the faith once delivered to the saints, and still available even in our own day. What we are presently calling “church” isn’t fooling anyone, except perhaps ourselves.

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Even Kings Had Never Heard of IT!

“…and kings will shut their mouths because of him. For what they were not told, they will see, and what they have not heard, they will understand.” Isaiah 52:15

What was it that had not been told? What was it that they had never seen? What was it they had not heard? What was it that they were to understand? For that matter, do we understand it yet?

Before Jesus died – before He had the skin torn off His back – before he had His beard ripped out, and a crown of thorns planted into His skull, He had said:

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
John 15:13

Until the day that Jesus died, no one had ever seen a love greater than that! What kings got to see on the day He died was a love that was good for enemies:

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Romans 5:10 NIV

The King of all kings was about to found a kingdom on a love that was good for enemies. No one had ever seen, heard or understood anything like that before, and that is what we need to understand!

By Jay Ferris, originally posted on March 26, 2011

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As A Little Child

As A Little Child
This morning, as I thought about the aversion to meaningful/lasting relationships, the following two verses of Scripture came into alignment for me:

“Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:15 KJV

“Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.” Deuteronomy 1:39 KJV

This verse from Deuteronomy pretty well nails the problem – “… knowledge between good and evil.”

Let’s call it “childhood wounding.” It seems that it is happening at a younger and young age as we see the end of the age approaching. There is all kinds of child abuse, all of it in the context of relationship. We hardly need to go into the details to make our point here. For the present it is enough to say that “wounded” and “offended” people are very reluctant to re-engage intimate relationships, whether with those who have hurt them in the past or those who are likely to hurt them in the future.

The Kingdom of God is all about relationship(s). If we cant get past our wounding, our offendedness, our “…knowledge of good and evil,” we are just not going to enter in. This is the conversation I would like to have here for the next few weeks – months.

We need to get real about the offenses and the wounding, and discover how to move beyond all that. Otherwise the best we are able to do, where “entering in” is concerned, is some kind of Christianized religious white wash.

Love!

For more reading on this subject, see The First Commandment With Promise

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Behold



The day He died, Jesus had the best view on the hill.

Among other things He saw that day, He saw His mother standing beside John, “the disciple He loved.” He gave them to each other that day – John to her as a son, and her to John as a mother.

But the beholding I would like to share about here is our own beholding; what we need to see in connection with the day He died.

Pilate presented Jesus to the crowd and said, “Behold the man.” Jesus was wearing a crown that day.

Many years before that day another king wrote: “Behold …” – Well, perhaps you might want to read it for yourself in Song of Songs 3:11.

While you are there, please note the context beginning with verse 7.

And here are a couple of clues that might help with your own beholding: Jesus said that these Scriptures were all about Him, and, another way of understanding Who this passage is about is to remember that king Solomon was also the Son of David.

Jesus began to put the solitary in families even before He died.

By Jay Ferris, Originally posted March 3, 2011

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Family

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I am presently having some difficulties with my desk top computer, so am writing this on an iTouch, (small keyboard – big fingers :-/). This just to say that this will have to be very brief.

In light of what I have just posted where aiming at the truth is concerned, I need to say a word or two about “family” or “families.” It is written God “… puts the solitary in families.” (see Mark 10:29, 30) It really should not require rocket science to point out that a “family” is not the same thing as a “brotherhood.”  It does not say God puts the solitary in brotherhoods. There is a significant difference between a brotherhood and a family. Two very important differences have to do with reproduction and nurture.

Under the present circumstances that is all I want to say about this for the moment, but in the days of this writing, this has become a critically important truth for me, where relationships that come from God are concerned.

Please think on these things!

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