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Week of 10/1-5  (B40;18)


Our 2018 End-Time Bible Reading Schedule  (October - December)

By God's precious grace, he has given us His Counsel of light and 
life in order to navigate the worst  storm  in the history of mankind.
We  SO  encourage you to seek His instruction during these days
prior to Jesus Christ's glorious rapture gathering of His Church. 

October 1   Revelation 1
October 2   Revelation 2
...  etc.  ...
October 21   Revelation 21
October 22   Revelation 22
October 23   Psalm 23
October 24   Matthew 24
October 25   Matthew 25
October 26   Mark 13
October 27   Luke 12
October 28   Luke 17
October 29   Luke 21
October 30   I Timothy 4
October 31    II Timothy 3, 4

November 1   Psalm 51
November 2   Psalm 52
...  etc.  ...
November 29   Psalm 79
November 30   Psalm 80

December 1    Daniel 1
December 2   Daniel 2
...  etc.  ..
December 11    Daniel 11
December 12   Daniel 12
December 13   I Thes. 4
December 14   John 14
December 15   I Cor. 15
December 16   Rev. 11, 14
December 17   I Thes. 5
December 18   II Thes. 2
December 19   Joel 2, Acts 2
December 20   Isaiah 40
December 21    Isaiah 55
December 22   Psalms 1, 19
December 23   Psalm 119
December 24   Luke 2
December 25   Matthew 1
December 26   John 1
December 27   John 2
December 28   John 3
December 29   II Peter 1
December 30   II Peter 2
December 31    II Peter 3

For the word of God  is  living and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit,
and joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and 
intents of the heart.       (Hebrews 4:12 ; NKJV)

Oh glorious One, may Your Word which goes forth from Your
mouth bring ministry to our weary bones during the dark days
which will soon fall upon mankind.  May we Your people in Jesus
Christ Your Son be Your faithful Ambassadors to a world in great
need.  Shine Jesus shine.  We praise You holy Father and rejoice
in being able to do so as a result of the cleansing blood of Your
Lamb - Christ Jesus our Savior and Lord and through Your
Holy Spirit's moving in our lives.  Thank You precious Father.



Week of 10/8-12  (B41;18)


God's  WORD  To His Church Today - Part 1


To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,  These things says He
who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst
of the seven golden lampstands:
I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot
bear those who are evil.  And you have tested those who say they
are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;  and you have
persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's
sake, and have not become weary.  Nevertheless I have  this  
against you, that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore
from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else
I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its
place - unless you repent.  But this you have, that you hate the 
deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He who has an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who
overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the
midst of the Paradise of God.        (Revelation 2:1-7 ; NKJV)

Oh LORD our God, we exalt Thee.  You alone are God Most High
and there is no other.  Father, thank You for loving us as You do.
Thank You for loving us to the extent You graciously bring (to Your
people in Christ Jesus Your Son)  warning.  We are so reminded
of the book of Jude which also lovingly extends warning to those
whom You have called, sanctified and preserved.  Lord, may You
work the good works in us which return us to our first love.  We
confess wayward moments, Lord.  We confess these times, claim
Your generous forgiveness - I John 1:8-10 - and go on to cry out
to You for Your help to live our lives in Your Son in ways that  
please  Your great name.  Yes, Holy Father God, we want to
be like Your Son in whom You are well pleased.  Thank You
for Your Holy Spirit's enabling to those who are baptized in
You.  We are sincerely grateful for this, Your gift to us!  In
Jesus Christ's name we pray, amen. 



Week of 10/15-19  (B42;18)


God's  WORD  To His Church Today - Part 2


To the angel of the church of Smyrna write,  These things says the
First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:  
I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and
I know  the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not,
but  are  a synagogue of Satan.  Do not fear any of those things
which you are about to suffer.  Indeed, the devil is about to throw
some  of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have
tribulation ten days.  Be faithful until death, and I will give you the
crown of life.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit 
says to the churches.  He who overcomes shall not be hurt by
the second death.        (Revelation 2:8-11 ; NKJV)

Father God, Your Word is amazing.  In the spirit of  thanksgiving,
we express sincere thanks and praise for Your grace in being so
willing to lead us through Your precious Word.  Help us, Lord, to
follow in the footsteps of those who have gone on before us.  Help
us, Lord, to endure to the end.  And help us to do so with a  grateful
heart  knowing the sufferings of the days ahead will not even be
able to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us  IF
we but endure.  Help us, Lord, to follow Your Counsel to the end,
knowing it is those who overcome - even faithful unto death - who
will not be hurt by the second death.  Loving Father, we gladly
serve You as living sacrifices - whatever that may bring.  And
thank You for enabling us to live in  victory  through the sufferings
of Christ Your holy Son as we abide in Your Vine and walk in Your 
Spirit.  Lord, we PRAISE Your great name.  In Jesus Christ we pray, 



Week of 10/22-26  (B43;18)


God's  WORD  To His Church Today - Part 3


To the angel of the church of Pergamos write, These things says He
who has the sharp two-edged sword:  
I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan's throne  is.
And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in
the days in which Antipas  was  My faithful martyr, who was killed
among you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against you,
because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who
taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to
eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus
you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which
thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight
against them with the sword of My mounth.  He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes
I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.  And I will give him a white
stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows
except him who receives it.        (Revelation 2:12-17 ; NKJV)

Precious Father, some Christians  act  as if Your book of Revelation
is not applicable to Your Church today.  Lord, how far from the Truth
that perspective is!  Your Word is a powerful two-edged sword.  Thank 
for the pertinent Counsel in this book which closed Your canonical
written revelation to us.  Thank You for calling us to hold fast!  Thank 
for loving us perfectly, even to the extent of disclosing areas in our
lives which still need correction.  Thank You for - even two thousand 
years after Your Son's similar appeals - calling us to repent.  May
we humble ourselves, confess our sins and take the next step of
repentance: change ... may we stop sinning.  Lord, all of Your Word
is Truth - Psalm 119:160 - and is forever settled in heaven.  Help us 
embrace  Your  perspective as to the truthfulness of Your  entire  Word, 
including Your warnings of  eternal  consequences tied to the  practice  
of sin, for these warnings in Your Word are many!  Thank You for Your 
Spirit's help toward overcoming.  May we walk in Your Spirit during 
these days of tremendous opportunity.  Unto Your glory and praise 
we pray, in Jesus Christ's name, amen. 



The following blog is a brief  interruption  of
our current series on the 7 Revelation churches.


Week of 10/29 - 11/2  (B44;18)


God's Commands To Each And Every One


My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed
and in truth.  And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is
greater than our heart, and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart 
does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And what-
ever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His command-
ments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this
is His commandment:  that we should believe on the name of His
Son, Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us command-
ment.  Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and
He in him.  And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit
whom He has given us.        I John 3:18-24 ; NKJV

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  
Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all.
For God will bring every work into judgment, including every
secret thing, whether good or evil.       Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 ; NKJV

Father, thank You for being ever so clear.  You say, even
through Your Son, that we demonstrate our love for You 
through obedience.  Thank You that this lifestyle is not a 
salvation-by-works effort but simply a loving response to
You in our newborn state.  Thank You for including in Your
Word an essential  command: I John 3:23.  We love You by 
obeying Your command to believe on the name of Your Son, 
Jesus Christ. Help us affirm the full Counsel of Your Word 
and live as You have so called Your people to live.  Thank 
You for Your Son's summary of Your commands by giving 
us the two great commandments.   We love You by obeying
You.  We also love You by obeying Your command to love 
one another.  Oh precious God of love, we praise You.  
Thank You for equipping us with the means to love You as 
we should.  And thank You for forgiving us when we fall short.  
Even so, please come quickly Lord Jesus.  Amen



Week of 11/5-9  (B45;18)


God's  WORD  To His Church Today - Part 4


To the angel of the church of Thyatira write,  These things says the
Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine
I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience;  and  as
for your works, the last  are  more than the first.  Nevertheless I have
a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel,
who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to
commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  And I
gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not
repent.  Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit
adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their
deeds.  I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall
know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts.  And I will
give to each one of you according to your works.  Now to you I say,
and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine,
who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put
on you no other burden.  But hold fast what you have till I come.
And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to
him I will give power over the nations - 'He shall rule them with a
rod of iron;  they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'
as I also have received from My Father;  and I will give him the
morning star.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches.        (Revelation 2:18-29 ; NKJV)

Oh glorious Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy 
Kingdom come, Thy  will  be done on earth as it is in heaven.
... For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever
and ever, amen.  In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray.

Because these passages are SO pertinent for God's Church
in Jesus Christ today, we encourage you to offer prayers tied
to the content in these Revelation 2 & 3 chapters.  For example:

Holy Father, You are so clear regarding sexual sins.  You have 
called us to separate from this world and we bow to the fact that
this includes, among other things, our abstaining from sexual
immorality - of all types.  Lord, help us understand You are true
to Your FULL Counsel, Counsel which includes the  promise  that
those who practice sins of various types will  NOT  inherit Your
Kingdom.  Lord, through Your Holy Spirit's moving in our lives,
help us walk in purity in these days of great unrighteousness.
May we look up, for our salvation draws near.  Until that day,
may we abide in Your precious resources in order to walk
fruitfully in You.  Lord, may we  RUN  from sexual sin since
it so pollutes the temples You desire to  victoriously  indwell.
Thank You, Lord, for Romans 6 and I Corinthians 6!  And Lord,
by way of confession, when we fail, thank You for I John 1:9.
What ongoing victory in Christ Jesus Your Lamb Who takes
away the sin of the world, especially (effectually) the sins of
those who, by faith, say "yes" to you and receive His sweet
sin-forgiving provision.  In His name - the name of Your only
begotten Son, Jesus Christ we pray.  Amen



Week of 11/12-16  (B46;18)


God's  WORD  To His Church Today - Part 5


To the angel of the church of Sardis write,  These things says He
who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars:  
I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but
you are dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain,
that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before
God.  Remember therefore how you have received and heard;  hold
fast and repent.  Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon
you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their
garments;  and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.
He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will
not blot his name from the Book of Life;  but I will confess his name
before My Father and before His angels.  He who has an ear, let 
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
(Revelation 3:1-6 ; NKJV)

Father God, help us to  watch  as You, through Your Son, have so
commanded Your people.  Help us to honor Your Word and accept
Your Son's warning as to  consequences  of failing to watch.  And
Lord, help us better balance Your Truths forever settled in heaven
and simply affirm the obvious:  You call Your people to walk in
holiness and warn against hypocritical Christianity.  Thank You
Lord, for Your stern revelation in this church letter, especially 
in verses four and five but correction found throughout.  These 
expressions of Fatherly love are received as such - oh how You
love us Lord God.  Thank You for demonstrating that love by being
willing to correct us when we wander off Your straight and narrow.
Allow us, please, we pray, to hear what  Your  Spirit says to Your 
Church today.  In Jesus Christ's holy name we humbly pray, amen.  

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