The Spirit World Part 3 "Seraphim and Cherubim" by Ps Michael Podhaczky

When it comes to angels, there are two another classes of spiritual beings that have been called angels. But are they really angels? We are not sure, but they are usually classified under this heading. However, there are differences between the two.

The word used to describe these beings is seraph, and it means, ‘burning,’ so seraphim are the plural of word and means, ‘burning ones.’  It would appear that they emit a brilliance of the glory and purity of God. This would seem to be to such an extent that they appear to be on fire. The only place that they are mentioned in the Bible is in Isaiah 6:1-7.


Some of the things that we know are that; 
  • Each has a face, hands, feet, six wings: 6:2
  • They were in worship as purified servants for effective worship and service: 6:3
  • They carry out their ministry with deep humility and reverence: 6:2-3
  • They praise and proclaim God’s perfect holiness and also surround God’s throne: 6:3
  • They seem to fly around the throne of God constantly declaring worship Him by declaring His holiness: 6:2,6
  • As they sang God’s praises, the posts shook: 6:4
  • They give the impression to do some sort of priestly duties regarding cleansing and the holiness relating to the altar of God: 6:6
The other classification of spiritual beings is what is called Cherub or the plural Cherubim. Although the etymology of the word is unknown, it has been proposed that it may mean ‘to cover’ or ‘to guard’, but this is a guess. They are mentioned many times in the Old Testament but only once in the New Testament at Heb 9:5.
The first time they are mentioned in the Bible protecting God’s holiness: Gen 3:24.They were also on the Ark of the Covenant: Ex 25:17-22; 1 Kings 6:23-28; 8:6-7; 1 Chron 28:18.
In Ezekiel’s visions he went on to describes the Cherubim (although he saw four in the visions, there could be more we do not know), who carried the throne of God: Ez 1:15-21; 10:9-13,15-19; cf. also 1 Sam 4:4; Ps 18:10; 80:1

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The Spirit World Part 2 "Angels" by Ps Michael Podhaczky

What are your views of angels? As one reads the Bible, it soon becomes evident that angels do exist. The term angel was introduced as a general, sweeping umbrella turn of phrase for a number of spiritual beings. So, what are angels? Here I will need to define some terms, to try to unravel what we mean by "angels". These spiritual beings are sometimes called angels; cherubim, seraphim, and the four living beasts of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. Here we will deal with the general idea of angels.

The word for angel basically means a messenger. The word can also relate to people as messengers (Job 1:14; Is 42:19; Mal 2:2:7; 3:1; Lk 7:24; 9:52; Rev 1:20). The first time that an angel as a spiritual being is mentioned is in Gen 16:7 and the last time is in Rev 22:16.[1]They are created to be messengers for God, Rev 2 and 3. Jesus said that they were called the angels of God, Jn 1:51. They are spiritual in nature, not having a physical body, Heb 1:13-14; 13:2.

They live in heaven, even though at times they may appear on earth, Matt 18:10; 22:30; Lk 2:15. There are countless numbers of angles, Matt 26:53 (a legion is about 6000); Heb 12:22. According to Jesus, angels do not get married and have children: Matt 22:28-30; Mk 12:25. They are not to be worshipped, Col 2:18; Rev 19:10; 22:8,9. There is much more that could be said on this topic, however make sure that you consider what you see and hear on this subject carefully in the light of the biblical evidence.

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[1] Williams, Rodman J. Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective. In One Volume. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1992), 1, 169.

The Spirit World - Part 1 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

There are various views on this matter from the downright weird through to something that although we might understand it all, is acceptable. Where do you stand on this subject? Did you know that the Bible states there are spirit beings, which are at work in the spiritual and physical world in which we live whether we can see them or not? How informed are we on this subject?

What this blog means when discussing spiritual beings is that they are incorporeal (not having a physical body) beings, “…that is bodiless but can become visible.”[1]These beings can be either holy or evil, for or against God in their nature and function to carry out a task. These are beings know generally as angels (Gen 16:11; Lk 1:11-20), demons (Mk 1:34,39) and Satan (Matt 4:10; Lk 10:18).

Why would we need to study the spirit world? Well, here are some reasons in brief,
·         It can be helpful to try to deal with some of the ideas around the nature of the spirit. These may range from total scepticism, superstitious or excesses like, a person becoming an angel when they die, folklore, the occult or outright Satanism.
·         As Christ-followers, it is important to know what we believe, regarding the spirit world of angels, demons and Satan.
·         The Bible tells states that there are spirit beings. These are at work in the physical world in which you live whether we can see them or not, what do we do with this information?

The study of angels should be of great comfort to you as a Christ follower. However, it is important to remember, “Angels do not replace God or His love.”[2]So, let me encourage you to approach this subject prayerfully, mindfully, and fluently in your biblical understanding and learning.

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[1] Spirit.” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spirit  (24th October 2018).
[2] Dickason, Fred C. Angels Elect & Evil. (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1981), 12.

What is ‘human?’ by Ps Michael Podaczky

There are various definitions that exist that could be offered to answer this question. However, as Christ-followers if we hold the Scripture to be the Word of God and true, then we can trust what it has to say on this matter. It has been said that this,
“…can be answered, not by speculating on our human essence – particularly what distinguishesus from other creatures – but by listening to a story and the stable definition that arises from that revelation. In this story, God not only reveals Himself; He reveals us to ourselves.”[1]
This revealed truth is found in Gen 1:26 we read that humankind was created because of a decision made by God. That is He said, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make humankind (Hebrew adam) in our image, according to our likeness.’”

Consequently, humankind was the result of God’s sovereign choice and purpose and not a mere accident or coincidence. Humanity was intentionally a distinct creation and is not like any of the other created creatures anywhere in creation. Humanity was a creation of God’s spoken Word. God made them out of earth (Hebrew adamah), and then He Himself breathed His life into Adam. It is only after receiving God’s life-giving breath that humanity became a living being, (Gen 2:7). This revealed truth states that God, “…the creator created them male and female…;” see Gen 1:27; 5:2; Duet 4:32; Matt 19:4; Mk 10:6, “...God made them male and female…”

Therefore, humanity whom He created was the glory of His creative work. Then the greatest mystery is that God would send His Son in the incarnation as one of humanity. This was Jesus Christ, who would redeem humanity from there sin and draw us back to the Father. We do know that Redeemed humanity in Christ is the object of God’s love and fulfils God’s purpose. This is a brief answer to the question ‘What is ‘human?’
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[1] Horton, Michael. Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples. (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), 116-117.

Facebook by Ps Michael Podhaczky

I read the following article and thought that it was greatly needed in this day and age, especially when so much is said and done on Facebook. As Christ-followers, it is important that our conversations are bringing glory to the Lord and build others up. This may include all forms of communication and not just Facebook.

18 Ways to Ruin Your Reputation on Facebook
By Paul Steinbrueck
Facebook is a great way for you to build and maintain relationships with people both inside your church and in your community. But Facebook is not without its risks. Every time you post something, you risk hurting, offending or distancing yourself from people. So, here are 18 things you want to avoid doing on Facebook

First, the ugly
1.    Post something out of frustration in the heat of the moment
We all get frustrated at times. Moreover, if you want to engage people authentically, you need to “keep it real.” But, Facebooking when angry, frustrated or hurt is never a good idea. Take a few minutes (or a few hours) to cool down, and then think again if you really want to use Facebook to vent.

2.    Criticise people
Even if you don’t use a person’s name, chances are your Facebook friends with that person or someone close enough to the situation to know who you’re really talking about.

3.    Embarrass yourself
Expect everyone in your congregation and your community to see everything you post to Facebook. So don’t post anything you wouldn’t be comfortable saying or showing from the pulpit on a Sunday morning.

4.    Embarrass your family
Our spouses and kids say and do funny things all the time. Most of those things can be posted to Facebook with no problem, and they help people to see you’re a normal person with a normal family. But be sensitive and when in doubt, ask your spouse and kids if it’s OK to share a quote, happening or pic online.

5.    Criticise other churches in the community
Every church has a different mission, ministry philosophy, style of worship and theology. But we all share one Lord, one faith and one baptism. We should be known for our unity, not our division.



The self-absorbed
6.    Only talk about your church
Christians, when people become Facebook friends with you, it’s because they want to engage with you (a real person) not a spokesperson for your church.

7.    Share everything posted to the church FB page
Even if you post personal updates to your Facebook profile, don’t repost every church update as well. Some, yes—all, no.

8.    Just talk about yourself
When you go to a social event, do you like hanging around with people who only talk about themselves and never ask you about you? Don’t be one of those people online either.

The disingenuous
9.    Act like your life is perfect
Nobody is perfect, and everyone knows it. If you act like everything is good all the time, you’ll be perceived as inauthentic, wearing a mask.

10.  Act like you’re always “joyful in the Lord.
Nobody is happy all the time either.

11.  Act like you have all the answers
Nobody likes a know-it-all either. Share insight and advice when asked. Be confident but not arrogant.

The offender
12.  Act like the language/morality police
Your Facebook friends are not perfect. They are going to swear, post questionable pictures of themselves and share things you don’t agree with. If something is really bad, consider contacting the person privately about it, but don’t call people out publicly for what is, unfortunately, a common behaviour in our culture.

13.  Roll out the fire and brimstone
I don’t know if preaching about sin and hell worked with past generations, but it’s not going to put you in a position to influence people on Facebook. People on Facebook respond much more favourably to hope and love.

14.  Be overly political
It’s OK to take stands on key issues, but unless you want to irk half your church and close the door to half the people in your community, don’t tow a party line.

15.  Engage people in debates
Online (and offline) debates rarely cause anyone to shift their position on an issue. Discussion is great, but if things get heated or personal, it’s time to lighten up.
The disengaged
16.  Post a lot of theological stuff that’s over your friends’ heads.
It’s great for Christians to engage their Facebook friends in spiritual conversations, but avoid posting your doctoral thesis. It’s not going to engage anyone and will put people off.

17.  Log in once every week or two. Relationships require consistency
You can take breaks, go on vacation and don’t need to be on Facebook every day, but you’ve got to be regular if you’re going to build relationships onFacebook.

18.  Fail to respond
When people send you messages, post to your timeline or comment on your status updates and links, it’s important to respond. Answer people’s questions. Thank people for their insight and stories.

What things have you seen pastors do to hurt their reputation on Facebook? What would you caution pastors against doing?

Paul Steinbrueck is co-founder and CEO of OurChurch.com, elder of CypressMeadows.org, and a husband, father of 3, and a prolific blogger.

Who Are You? (Vocation) Part 4 by Ps Michael Podhaczky

Let me encourage us to prayerfully let our imagination run wild to discover our God-given vocation. Remember, nothing is too hard or ridiculous for God. We can live in this wonderful place of vocation as this is who we have been created to be. It'snot consumer Christianity here, as this doesn’t lead us to our vocation; but leads us away. It is our intimate relationship with the One who when creating us spoke into our lives with His gift of vocation. Thus, we need to pursue what really matters at all cost. As Christ-followers we have died to self, in Jesus Christ, in order to enter into the fullness of our God-designed vocation.

This takes a fusion of head and heart. It is not just the head, which may lead to a changed mind, but not a changed inner life. Neither is it just the heart, which can become emotionalism. It is about the whole person. If we attempt one without another, it can lead to a disconnect between our head and heart. It will also take a fusion of being solitary and in community. It is not purely about me, as it may lead to introversion, and not impact the community around me. Nor is it just the community, which may lead to becoming shallow in or even a people pleaser. It is about the whole person, being alone with our heavenly Father becoming aware of our vocation. However, we also need to be in community with each other where our vocation can be expressed. It has been said that,
“We need to take personal responsibility for our lives and our vocation; we need to be intentional and proactive. We each will ask, ‘What is the good work which I am called?’ And only you and I can answer this question. We have to make the call; no one else can do it for us. Yet it is equally important to stress that although we each can make the call, we cannot do this alone. We need the company of others co-discerners who walk with us on this road.”[1]

As the Spirit prods us, encouraging us deeper into God’s will so that He can use our vocation. So, let us be open to see His Kingdom come around us and His will done on earth as He uses us in our God designed vocation. Let Him continue to transform us to be more Christlike. To grow in the authenticity of our vocation, living in community, deeper in love and offering greater hope to those around us. This is possible through our God-given vocation.
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[1] Smith, Gordon T. Consider Your Calling: Six Questions for Discerning Your Vocation. (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016), 10-11.