Another Trojan Horse…

Like the insidious “gift” of the Trojan horse… the Greek way of thinking has crept into our schools, businesses, even the Church!

Since the beginning of life on earth there have been two distinct systems of education. One based on learning in relationship, the other based on self-sufficiency and independence.

The Hebraic way offers a holistic personal and professional development in a loving and caring paternal relationship. The Greek way is secular, sterile, compartmentalized and done independently.

As always, God has a way that may seem foolish to some, but is always…. A most excellent way!

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The Prodigal Son…a parable about Greek vs Hebraic learning?

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I love that I can read the same Scripture more than once and get an entirely different message from it.  It’s like the skin of an onion where you peel back layer and layer only to discover more!

I recently discovered a new “layer” from a very familiar parable that Jesus taught; the Prodigal Son.

It’s very possible that I saw this particular facet of truth because I have just finished writing a book on the subject.  But I saw this story as an illustration of the two different educational systems we choose from on a daily basis; the Greek and Hebraic ways of learning and thinking.

Since the beginning of life on earth there have been two distinct systems of education.  One based on learning in relationship (Hebraic), the other based on self-sufficiency and independence (Greek).

For those of you that may not be familiar with the parable, I would encourage you to skip down to the bottom of this article and read it.  If you know the story, but haven’t read it for yourself, or it’s been a while, I would encourage you to read now too.*

In summary, one of the two sons of a father demands his inheritance and leaves to live a licentious life.  He eventually comes to his senses and returns to his father’s house to live as a servant, not as a son.  The father sees him from far off and runs to greet his son.  The father immediately restores his son’s position and authority and calls for a party to celebrate the son’s return.

While there a many things we can learn from this parable, the lesson I would suggest is the following.

It is our choice to live with the father or leave his house.  We can learn in a relationship with a paternal mentor (Hebraic way) or we can choose to leave and learn independently on our own (Greek way).

It is easy to leave and it is easy to return; it is a matter of choice.

If you decide to leave, you’re on your own.  But if you decide to return, you’ll be fully welcomed without condition or limitation!

The same is true about the two learning systems.  If you leave a mentorship relationship, you can always return (assuming that the mentor is as forgiving and merciful as the father in the parable).  Despite the fact that you may have gotten “lost” on your own, the mentor can help you “clean up” and get back on track.

To enjoy all of the Father’s blessings we must dwell in the Father’s house. It should go without saying that if we leave, we are on our own.

Living in relationship with the Father gives us access to His vision, wisdom, encouragement and strength.  Co-working with the Father…with His authority.  You have access to the Father’s assets and provision.

The Hebraic way of learning offers a holistic personal and professional development in a loving and caring paternal relationship.  The Greek way is secular, sterile, compartmentalized and done independently.

The Hebraic way, at first, seems difficult and expensive; it requires time and love.  The Greek way offers efficiency, speed and ease.

The Greek way of thinking and learning has not only crept its way into our schools and businesses, but into the Christian church!

As always, God has a way that may seem foolish to some, but is always…. A most excellent way!  It’s that WAY that we need to return to if we desire to enjoy God’s best!

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*Let’s visit the story…  The Parable of the Lost Son

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinnedagainst heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.  ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

 

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EXAMPLE OF FAITH IN THE MARKETPLACE…


“So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my mind; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my mind. 1 Corinthians 14:15

How real is the spiritual realm? My lawyer friend from Nigeria tells a personal story of how he was preparing for an important case. He knew that he must be prepared to argue five separate points. He was to appear before his country’s supreme court, so it was a very important case.

As he neared the time in which he was to go to court, he began to pray about how he was to argue the case. He spent much time in legal preparation and intercessory prayer. As he went to court, the Spirit spoke to him and said, “Do not argue point one, point two, point three, or point four. Only argue point five.” Imagine my friend’s struggle of faith. If he were reading this wrong, the shame and professional fallout would be devastating.

The time had come to present the case before the judge when my friend said, “Judge, I wish to withdraw points one through four. I wish to argue only point five.” The opposing counsel stood up and objected. “Your honor, he cannot do that!” “Objection overruled, counsel,” said the judge.

My friend went on to present his case around point five only, and then sat down. When the opposing counsel stood to present his case, he stood speechless for 12 minutes. He could not get a word out of his mouth. He finally mumbled a few words and complained to the judge that he was going to have to yield. It seems that the opposing counsel had prepared to argue only points one through four, but failed to prepare for point five. The judge ruled in favor of my friend.

The unseen Lord wants to help us in the physical realm of our work life. We must acknowledge His presence and tap into this incredible resource He has given to each of us. Seek Him today and ask Him to reveal His perfect plan for you this day.

Reprinted from by Today God Is First by Os Hillman

Do YOU have actual examples of how you used YOUR spiritual gifts in the marketplace? Please share them in the Comments section…

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Your Slave-owner’s Dream FIRST…Then Yours!

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In reading the accounts of Joseph’s captivity in the book of Genesis, it occurred to me that all 3 of his owners benefited financially from his involvement in their BUSINESSES in the marketplace; long before his own dream was realized!

Takin Care of Business…

Potiphar was the first one that Joseph blessed in Egypt after his brothers sold him into slavery.

The story recounts that the “blessing of the Lord was on all that Potiphar had in his house and field for Joseph sake.”

Joseph’s owner put him in charge of everything… to the extent that he didn’t have to make a decision about anything except what he would eat! AMAZING!!

There is no indication that any of that visibly helped Joseph realize his dream one bit. In fact, despite Joseph being such a benefit to him, Potiphar had no hesitation throwing him into prison over one false accusation by his wife!?

Fish in the Jailhouse…

A similar thing happened while Joseph was in prison. The warden put Joseph in charge of everything! Joseph did so much in the daily administration of the prison that the warden didn’t have to pay attention to anything; and the entire operation succeeded! Can you imagine getting paid and you aren’t doing anything to earn your salary?!

Again, did Joseph realize his dream? No.

Throw in a Chief Baker and Chief of Butlers…

While in prison Joseph had a chance to exercise one of his spiritual gifts. Two of the Pharaoh’s most trusted staff were in prison. Both of them had a dream they didn’t understand.

Joseph saw that they were troubled by something so he asked them about it. No one could interpret the dreams they had. Joseph told them that God can interpret dreams and asked to hear about them.

So after hearing each dream, Joseph told them what the dreams meant. When they were released from prison both experienced exactly what Joseph told them. Yet the didn’t tell Pharaoh about Joseph being falsely imprisoned.

And again, he didn’t realize his own dream.

Pharaoh has a dream…

Two years pass and Pharaoh has a vivid and disturbing dream which none of his advisors, soothsayers or magicians could interpret. But the Chief of the Butlers remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about his ability to accurately interpret dreams. So Joseph was called before Pharaoh.

Joseph’s interpretation impressed the Pharaoh so much, that he put Joseph as second in command over the entire nation of Egypt. He also single-handedly saved the nation from famine and increased the wealth of Pharaoh to the point that he owned everything and everyone in his domain!

And that’s when Joseph realized his own dream! He was reunited with his family, he saved the Hebrew people from starvation and brought them to Egypt to be treated as a guest of royalty-a guest of Joseph!

Joseph’s experiences and the use of his gifts were progressive; from a single proprietorship, to a prison, to a nation.

The preparation to be able to experience his own dream took years and years of development; humility, ability, maturity, and wisdom.

There’s a chance that you, like Joseph, may have to make your boss look like a genius… before you realize your own dreams, goals and aspirations.

And, like Joseph, it may not look very spiritual doing things in the marketplace; especially if it means making an ungodly person or organization successful. It sure won’t look like you are successful!

But it’s ALL God honoring!

Your preparation is just as anointed as the fruition of your dream; no matter what it looks like!

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If you aren’t familiar with the story, here are some of the details:

Single Proprietorship…

“Now Joseph had been brought down to Egypt, and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, the captain of the guard, an Egyptian, had bought him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, and he was in the house of his Egyptian master. His master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord caused all that he did to succeed in his hands. So Joseph found favor in his sight and attended him, and he made him overseer of his house and put him in charge of all that he had. From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had, in house and field. So he left all that he had in Joseph’s charge, and because of him he had no concern about anything but the food he ate. Genesis‬ ‭39:1-6‬ ‭

Next the Warden Gets His Dream Fulfilled…

“And Joseph’s master [Potiphar] took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners who were in the prison. Whatever was done there, he was the one who did it. The keeper of the prison paid no attention to anything that was in Joseph’s charge, because the Lord was with him. And whatever he did, the Lord made it succeed.” Genesis‬ ‭39:20-23‬

Joseph Interprets Two Prisoner’s Dreams…

“Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody. And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.” So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.” Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh’s cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer. Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.” When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.”

In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.” On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” Genesis‬ ‭40:1-17, 19-23‬

Pharaoh’s Dream…

“After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing by the Nile, and behold, there came up out of the Nile seven cows, attractive and plump, and they fed in the reed grass. And behold, seven other cows, ugly and thin, came up out of the Nile after them, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. And the ugly, thin cows ate up the seven attractive, plump cows. And Pharaoh awoke. And he fell asleep and dreamed a second time. And behold, seven ears of grain, plump and good, were growing on one stalk. And behold, after them sprouted seven ears, thin and blighted by the east wind. And the thin ears swallowed up the seven plump, full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream. So in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was none who could interpret them to Pharaoh. Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.” Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile. Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows, but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke. I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good. Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them, and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.” Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.” This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”

Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭41:1-40,

Theres’s more!  See Genesis chapters 42-50

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Paperback Edition of One Language is Now Available!

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What if… The “4-wall” Church leaders, MarketPlace leaders and Missionary/Church-planting leaders all worked TOGETHER!

There’s an entire generation of young people (and a large part of the current church) who need to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God, understand the spiritual power they possess because of their faith in Jesus Christ, and the need for them to impact the world around them, especially in the market place, with their gifts, talents and passion for the glory of God!

Imagine a world in which every Christian is experiencing the whole gospel, pursuing a common God-given goal in unity , each doing their part to complete God’s stunning vision of reclaimed and redeemed cultures , where we live, doing something you love!

It’s time for One Language!

The paperback edition of my book, One Language, is now AVAILABLE for purchase! Please consider purchasing it from the link below (my CreateSpace eStore).

If you would like the eBook, it’s only $9.99, and I can process it through PayPal if you e-mail your request: richardkroll@me.com

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Seeing the awesomeness of God is the beginning of wisdom…

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When was the last time you were “awestruck”… you saw something or experienced something that could only be described as AWESOME?!?

I remember looking at the night sky near the Equator in Kenya for the first time… I could literally see galaxies! It’s as if Someone had smeared the pitch black sky with stardust; there were more stars than black space! I stared at it for hours… It was AWESOME!

Growing up in Michigan I always loved seeing mountains in other parts of the country and world. I called them “eye candy.” But nothing prepared me for my first visit to the Grand Canyon.

I almost didn’t go because in my mind, “Who wants to go and stare at a hole in the earth?” But I went.

It was overwhelming! My mind couldn’t comprehend the vastness of what my eyes saw. Then there was the raw beauty of colors, shapes, shadows and depth. It was AWESOME!

The Hebrew word we translate as “awe” is yirah, which also means “respect, reverence, and worship.” Yirah also means “fear.” For a long time I thought to “fear the Lord” meant to be afraid of Him, but as I thought about this facet of the word “yirah,” with those earthly images in my mind, the first thoughts of how it applied to God were not fearful. I felt awe and reverence. I felt awestruck by Him!

Having the type of awe and reverence for God that motivates us to do His will is the beginning of wisdom. Do you yirah the Lord today?

“The ‘yirah’ of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭

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Like Saving a Drowning Man

Drowning BusinessmanMany times making disciples is like trying to save a drowning person…they call for you. They ask for your help; sometimes begging. They seem willing to do anything to change their current situation. But once you get involved… get close to them, they scratch and claw and attack you. Many times trying to drown you to save themselves.

Like saving a drowning person, it’s a thankless job. You risk more than they do and most times they either take it for granted or attack you for caring enough to help.

But if we have one clear cut mandate from Jesus, it’s to make disciples. It doesn’t matter if it’s appreciated. It doesn’t matter what the cost. We are to use our time, gifts and talents to lovingly make disciples.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬

The most important law of ecology is this: Learning ≥ Change.

For an organism to survive, the rate of learning must be equal to or greater than the rate of change happening around them. With the rate of change escalating, we must learn faster, learn better, and learn more.

The word disciple comes from the Greek word mathétés. The root word means “the mental effort needed to think something through.” So by definition, a disciple is someone who never stops learning.

Are you?

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