There can be no doubt that the way Christ Jesus uses the word Ekklesia, when He declares to Peter that the Lord would be the foundation upon which Christ Himself would build His Community of believers, is to express His original intent for His Ekklesia. That original intent for His Ekklesia is that the Lord expects every Ekklesia to be a Community of believers—disciples who not only are concerned about the world, from a Christ-like perspective, but also are representing the Kingdom of God on this Earth in such a way that they are causing the entire world to conform to the culture of the Lord’s Ekklesia. In other words, Christ Jesus’ original intent for His Ekklesia is that each Community of called-out believers would be changing the world until everyone in the world begins to walk, talk, and act like true believers in Christ are supposed to walk, talk, and act.
I am very thankful to God for the many places I have been to in this world. Some of my travels happened while I was serving my country in the United States Air Force. Other journeys have taken place while working on foreign and/or national mission fields. Still other excursions have been for pleasure and/or leisure. So far, the places I have loved visiting the most are Japan, China, and South Korea.
The Arab Midianites are God and Israel’s enemies, because they conspired with the Moabites to curse Israel. Additionally, the Arab Midianites are God and the Israelites’ enemies, because Midianite and Moabite women conspired to seduce Israelite men for the purpose of getting them to fall into idol worship, primarily the worship of their local deity, Baal of Peor. Now Baal was a major god of the many gods in the Canaanite pantheon, and while God did not tolerate His chosen people’s idolatry, because to do so would mean God was going against His own Laws, God loathed Baal.