Sunday, November 21, 2010

Changing Blog Location

I've moved!  I will no longer be adding posts to this blog.  Please use the link at www.attherock.org/Covenantson and subscribe to my new blog location. 

Thank you,
Steve Parker

Friday, November 19, 2010

Accusers and Askers

Do you hear that sound? Listen closely. I hear it nearly every day and so do you. It is all the people who give the least and ask for the most. They are the accusers and askers.

I teach the principle of seed, time and harvest which simply means, if a man sows seed in some way, i.e.. time, finances, encouraging words; in time, he will reap a harvest of that seed. Fortunately, most people get it! It is revelation to them and therefore, they become sowers of seed and soon after, receivers of the harvest. These are the ones who do not give up because the harvest didn't come the next day. They are those who planted when it was raining (easy) and when it was dry and desolate (hard). They understand that seed will produce nothing if it is not placed into the ground. Watermelons do not grow out of pockets and bank accounts, they grow out of fields where the seed was sown. I am not speaking only of money, yet, that is a big one to speak of. I am also speaking of one's time, talent, gifting and skill. Those with the revelation of seed, time and harvest understand and therefore are blessed. They are the ones others look at with jealousy, disdain, and contempt. They are the ones getting the promotions, raises and accolades while the others continue to complain and accuse. Do you hear that sound? Is it familiar to you? Maybe if you are not hearing it, it is because you are making it.

There was a season in my life when I was strongly considering going into politics. I lived in Tennessee at the time and heard and saw enough accusers and askers to consider a political career in order to bring change. I thought if I could at least be positioned in secular government, I perhaps could enact legislation to quiet the noise. I met the woman who would be my wife and she encouraged me to stand down from that direction. Wonderful wife! We're happily married eighteen years now, and she still encourages me to stand down on many issues unless I can sneak one by her. Such as this. I have found, not because of ministry, mind you, but through my life, that those who are always asking for the most, always do the least. They accuse him who is doing of growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth, or being lucky, or connected to the right people, or whatever, while asking for handouts from that same doer. When a handout is given, the accuser and asker aren't thankful, after all, it was the doers responsibility to provide for the lazy, unfaithful, ungrateful, unbelieving slug that he is. For example, I have sat with people in my office who have found every way to not pay tithe, even arguing it's scriptural significance. Yet, when they have a need, they do not think twice to ask for help from those who do pay tithe. This is the reason why at The Rock, if one does not tithe and sow seed for a harvest, when that one is hungry and cold, there will be no food or blanket. There is a consequence for sin and disobedience. Hunger and cold. Unfortunately, the church has overlooked the consequences of disobedience in men and catered to their lawlessness causing a splurge of accusers and askers to proliferate throughout the church. Not at The Rock. There is grace for those who are learning, but severe consequence for those who are perpetually lawless. At some point all of us must recognize the accusers and askers and stop feeding their sin. In time, if they have an honest heart, they to will come to the revelation of seed, time and harvest.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

To Be Saved

What does it mean to be "saved?"  Does it mean one has received Jesus Christ as Savior and now all bills will be paid?  Does it mean there will never be any difficult days again because God will make sure the "saved" one is delivered?  Maybe, it means one can now continue to live like hell safely?
To be saved is not an idea of freedom from lack or exclusion from difficult times, or even an overlooking of lawless living.  To be saved means there is an answer to all of the above and more.  The answer can only be found by allowing the conduit - Jesus Christ - to reconcile us to His Father, who then becomes our Father.  To be saved means I will no longer live life to myself, rather, I will expect excellence of myself, not for bragging rights, but to give God glory!  To be saved means I will actually consider others before myself and express compassion on their circumstances.  To be saved means I am aware of lawlessness all around me, but I do not immerse myself in it.  To be saved means I understand all things that are lawful for me are not necessarily advisable for me.  Just because I can, doesn't mean I do.

Unfortunately, christians have become so entangled in doctrinal laws they have become the most lawless.  More emphasis is placed on not disappointing a denomination or fellowship of churches than on not disappointing the Father.  The very christians who cry out for freedom are the ones creating the most laws.  Wouldn't it be amazing if those of us who believe Jesus Christ is God's Son, and He really did die and rise again, and He really is the savior of men, would stop asking What Would Jesus Do and begin doing What Jesus Did, which was honor His Father through a life of obedience and excellence with high standards, integrity and truth.

I'm a preacher and I enjoy being around more non-believers than I do believers simply because I always know where non-believers stand.  They do and they are what they say.  No gimmicks, no facades, no masks.  That is changing.  I am thankful that those who are part of my congregation represent well what a believer should be.  From time to time there is one who will come and play the saved card only to reveal he does not know what that means.  If he stays long enough, he will change his position in Christ or his choice of church.  For those who make the decision to represent the Christ anointing in the earth with excellence, honesty and truth, thank you.  You are one of a few, but the numbers are growing!



Friday, September 10, 2010

Give'em Hell!

There is much abuzz concerning the Gainesville pastor who has decided to get the world's attention by burning the Quran.  First of all, let me be clear by saying, I totally disagree with his position.  Yet, while saying that, I can also say I appreciate his passion.  Perhaps, if he used that passion instead to make Yahweh's name great through life choices, there would be no need to burn the Quran.  Life choices, such as balancing a checkbook, honoring one's wife, raising Godly seed, showing up for work on time, participating in uplifting and wholesome conversations while disengaging from those that aren't.  The kind of choices all of us who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior should be making to get the world's attention.  These are silent choices, yet they speak the loudest!  People are not drawn to Christ because we burn Qurans.  They are drawn because our testimony is irresistible!

The news media are extremely hypocritical in this whole thing.  They do every day what this man plans to do only once.  In fact, they love bringing attention to him because it draws viewers to their channels and to their stations.  They don't want him to go away.  If they did, they would have never given him any attention, and the silence alone would have closed the door on his fifteen minutes of fame.

The testimony of believers is weak as it is.  We don't need to give the enemy more fodder.  We need to give him Hell!  Give it back.  It doesn't belong to you who believe.  Don't fall prey to the evil deeds of delivering fleshly attacks and responses.  Let the Spirit of God rise up in you and be a demonstration of hope and peace and trust.



Friday, September 3, 2010

The Rock Church Podcast

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Gathering Again!

Instead of me writing this blog this week, I am posting a message one of my sons, Tim Kearney, sent to me in an email.  I believe his message sums up how the people of The Rock have positioned themselves during this month long sabbath rest.  During July, each family or individual positioned themselves not in a building we call the church, but in their own homes as ministers unto each other.  As July comes to an end and we rejoice over what Yahweh did in each person, we look forward to with excitement our gathering again on August first.  Here is Tim's message:

"We, a congregation. A body of people joined in belief-- each with our own unique identities, our own nuanced interests, our own close-knit relationships and our own deepest yearnings and passions.  We have gone forth, dispersed on purpose. As parts of the whole we have seared as beacons of The Kingdom at work in everyday life, without the crutch of routine or pageantry seen across this land.  Now our time for being dispersed is almost up. We are a people strengthened and rested in our Father, sure of our identities which have been put to the test of living...and I'm excited.

I can't wait to join you all once again, Family!"


Sunday, July 4, 2010

Harvest of our Obedience

Wow! Here we are at the start of July 2010 and we have entered again into the Sabbath month for The Rock Church. During this time, we as a house do not meet in a building constructed to be a "church." Instead, every family gathers in their own home to minister to one another and share what Yahweh has done and is doing in them. Every family needs to be led, and the head of each family needs to take their place and be the father God has purposed them to be. Fathers lead their family and/or themselves during this time into the place of rest intended for them. As we take the time to rest the "land" of The Rock and our lives, Yahweh is raining on that same "land" by Holy Spirit, preparing it and causing it to become its most fertile. No offering is received at The Rock during this time of rest. Only the tithe, which belongs to Yahweh, is received. The offering which is above and beyond the tithe, is seed. That seed is being stored up in each family's home to be sowed when we return in August. The ground will be awaiting the planting of seed and the harvest will be great to those who believe. The lives of many will be changed by their obedience to the "word of the house," while some, because of fear and doubt, will only be a witness to what Yahweh is doing in others.
In the Old Testament the priest would receive an offering of firstfruits following the Sabbath and wave that offering before the Lord while blessing the people. This is a now word to us. We are honoring the Lord with our time, ministry, families, and finances and we look forward to what will soon be the HARVEST OF OUR OBEDIENCE!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Fishing with a son and a friend.

For the last four days I have been in Vermont with my son, Joshua, and my good friend, Apostle Jim Schneider.  We have been fishing in an amateur fishing tournament on Lake Champlain hoping to win $30,000.00.  It's a good thing we didn't go simply for the money since we would have finished very disappointed.  Instead, we finished very strong, without a money prize, but with the prize of a strong relationship made even stronger.  There are friends who are friends when it is convenient, and then there are those that are friends even when convenience is not possible.  I have been within a few miles of some friends that wouldn't even take fifteen minutes of their time to have a cup of coffee, and I have been hours away from others who didn't think twice about driving that distance just for fifteen minutes of coffee simply because we are friends.  I prefer the latter.

During the second day of this fishing trip the weather was challenging and because Lake Champlain is so large, it was as though the "sea" was boiling and a tidal wave was imminent!  I got sick!  I don't know if I was, but I felt green.  I didn't want to keep my eyes open and I didn't want to close them.  I didn't want to stand and I didn't want to sit.  I wanted to find my bed, in my house, with my pillow and pretend the sickness was all a dream.  I really didn't complain other than a simple statement a couple of times.  In fact, I believe it was my silence that let Jim know things were not well.  The last thing I wanted to do was be the reason we stopped fishing because to stop fishing meant we couldn't win.  Yet, without thought of prize money or trophy fish, Jim was selfless in his attention to my illness and chose to pursue a path to the nearest shore to enable me to recover.  He was adamant in his position and showed amazing grace as a friend.  It didn't take long after standing on solid ground until I felt well again and realized what a friend I have in Jim.  During this whole ordeal even my twelve year old son was patient and without complaint.  He demonstrated how a true son cares more for his fathers needs than he does for his own even if he doesn't know why.  The son who sees to the fathers needs will one day find he has none of his own.  He is fulfilled.  Joshua blessed me by asking if I was okay.  He knew if I was okay, he would be too, and he was.  In the end, Joshua caught the largest fish of the three of us and was the only one to catch a fish large enough, at three pounds, to actually register in the competition.  I am proud of him.

I have done many things that I enjoy with many different people, but I have done few things that I have enjoyed more than this trip with my son and my friend.  I thank Yahweh for these times and moments and I look forward to so many more!



Friday, May 14, 2010

What People Want

In March I celebrated my twenty first year in ministry. I thank Yahweh for His grace towards me in the process and for gracing me for the people He sent my way. I'm sure there have been times He was as frustrated with my choices and actions as much as I have been by the same in others.

In a perfect world, we all make perfect choices and hear and obey God's voice every time. This is not a perfect world and we are not perfect people. Ah, the need for apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. I am so thankful for what the Father in His divine wisdom put in place to equip me as a legitimate son. I don't have to steal a birthright, try to keep laws that can't be kept, or even pretend to be flawless so I can know Him. All I have to do is position myself to be taught and crucify my pride and He will impart wisdom to me through those He sent as oracles of truth. We have to understand that it is not about what we want, but rather about what He wants. We all want to believe that that is our desire and position, yet pride of having to be right or the need to one up others, too often leads to what we want, not what He wants. People want what they are comfortable with, that is not the Kingdom. People want what makes them feel good, that is not the Kingdom. People want to impress God with their gifts, that is not the Kingdom. People want to be equal in gifts and anointing, that is not the Kingdom. The Kingdom is trust, hearing, obeying, change, adjustment, humility, and grace. It is believing in what He is doing even if what He is doing is not what we are used to. In truth, Yahweh really doesn't care what people want, because He knows where that leads. The sooner we all realize where what we want leads, it will become imperative to find out what He wants, and then obey.

I'll see you Sunday morning ready to get past us and into Him!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Rejoice!!!

Why wouldn't I want to shout and dance and clap my hands with enthusiasm over all that the Father has done for me?  I can't imagine feeling so religiously restrained to rejoice in Him for His goodness to me that I have to sit on my hands and plant my feet on the ground as though He would be offended by my demonstrative praise!  Somebody tell me how that honors the God of wonders in any way.  On the contrary, I see Yahweh not only receiving my exuberant shouts and dance, but even entering in with me as I praise Him with such vulnerable expressions.  The more I understand this, the more I find myself shrugging off the voices of religion and becoming like a child at my Father's feet as I worship and praise.  David said in Psalm 32: 3 & 11 "When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long.  Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!"  NKJV  What is it about rejoicing that makes the religious cringe?  It is that once a person begins to rejoice in the Father they are no longer in control and religion loves control.  What religion cannot control, it attacks!  Kingdom people have a response to every attack, and to this particular one let us all find ourselves rejoicing in Him with passion and freedom and with the clap and the dance and the shout until all of Hell recoils with confusion because it has no answer!  Let the dance find its way back into the lives of the believer, let the clap be heard louder than the symbol, let the shout raise every roof and let every believer be guilty of honoring the Father with such expression that the heavens quake as Yahweh Himself turns to us and rejoices over our rejoicing over Him!  Hallelujah!  Let the people rejoice!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Making a Way!

I am a husband and a father. I love being both. Being blessed to be each of those comes with a lot of responsibility, though. They look to me for guidance, safety, food, shelter, encouragement, leadership and so on. My role is to provide those things while being one of the family, not separate from it.

I see myself as making a way for them. Taking on the challenges so they don't have to. Defeating giants they will never see. Making sacrifices for their dreams and being happy about it-even fulfilled. There are so many thieves trying to rob my family of their hope, dreams and purpose. Social change, popular opinions, current fads and such things look harmless and small, yet they are an enemy if present without restraint. These are some of the things that are fighting against the fathers who are making a way of life for their families. As fathers we must understand and recognize anything that comes to peel our wives and children away from the purpose of family. I am making a way because I am confronting the thief. I am standing at the door as a strongman. I am teaching the joy of a family being together, playing together, eating together and simply being involved and supportive of each other no matter what enemy rises up. I am making a way because I honor Yahweh and recite the importance of His presence in our lives to them. I teach them the need to draw out of Holy Spirit what we cannot draw out of a thousand teachers. I am making a way for them because they see in me it is possible to be a believer and be a strong father who is blessed and loved and happy and bold in the middle of a messed up world. I am changing the earth not so much in the moment, but more so in the next generation as I choose to make a way with my choices! I'm blessed to be making a way!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Babylon is Falling

Everything about the earth (Babylon) that is opposed to the Kingdom of Yahweh is quickly falling apart. It is not the true believers who are trying to figure out what is going on. We know and we are not suprised. It is those who do not know Yahweh God and have been caught off guard as if intruded upon like a "thief in the night" that are scrambling to find answers. The answer is not more taxes, more stimulus, more government, less government, banks, grants, etc. The answer is repentance. A genuine return to the creator of all things is all that will redeem this earth and those in it. The earth is crying out for righteousness. Can you not hear it in the earthquakes, tsunamis, fires and such that are nothing less than the groanings of the earth to be governed by righteousness and be redeemed through repentance? The earth is crying out and Bablylon is falling. Will anyone listen? I know there are those who will read this and throw me and my writings in the trash bin of religious nuttiness, yet as I look around, it is they who are contributing most to the "falling" by attempting to fix with the mind what can only be healed by the Spirit.