2018 Archived Blogs
1st Quarter Blogs
Week of 1/1-5 (B1;18)
God's TRUE & POWERFUL Epistemic Source: His Holy Word
Psalm 1 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he
meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings
forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and
whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so but are like the chaff which the wind drives
away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the
ungodly shall perish.
"Alleluia" YHVH God! We praise Thee, oh God Most High.
Your Word is glorious, a miracle for those who would be wise
and humble enough to take it in. As You know, Lord, my wife
and I recently read various passages in Your Word and my (!)
how Your Word continues to be light unto our path which nurtures
like nothing else can. We, today, through Your generous mercy
and grace, are trees with robust leaves and luscious fruit. Thank
You for Psalm 88 (WOW! ... WOE!), Jeremiah 32:17-19 and
Matthew 18! You are SO generous in extending Your divine
encouragement in these dark days. Shine Jesus shine!
Even so, please come quickly dear Lord. Amen
Week of 1/8-12 (B2;18)
God's Insightful LIGHT Regarding The End Of Days
II Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV - bold emphases ours)
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters,
proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal,
despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of
pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness
but denying its power. And from such people turn away.
Lord God, some take Your mandate here to be harsh. Some
actually go on to reject Your protective Counsel: " ... from
such people turn away." Lord, help us to understand You
have not asked us to sink with the worldly ship! In fact, Lord,
You direct us to the contrary - You call us to endure and to do
so in the context of holy overcoming as we abide in Your holy
Son. THANK YOU for loving us so. And thank You for the
other side of this coin : You, in Your loving kindness toward
the lost, continue to direct us to be in the world - as Your
lights - but not of the world. Lord, help us better balance these
two aspects of life in Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son. Allow us,
please, Your discernment as we seek to balance our deeds of
Good News proclamation in light of some of Your other clear
Counsel ... like separating from the world. And help us avoid
judging other Family members wrongly when they balance
differently than we do but who are listening to Your voice as
to how You want them to act upon Your precious Counsel.
For the protection of Your sheep we ask ... unto Your glory
and praise. In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray. Amen
P.S. For additional end-time Counsel, CLICK HERE
Week of 1/15-19 (B3;18)
God's Truth VS. Traditions Of Men
Matthew 15:1-11 (NKJV ; emphases ours)
Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came
to Jesus, saying, "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition
of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat
bread." He answered and said to them, "Why do you also trans-
gress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For
God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother' ;
and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'
But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever
profit you might have received from me is a gift to God" - 'then
he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made
the commandments of God of no effect by your tradition.
Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: 'These
people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with
their lips, but their heart is far from Me. And in vain they wor-
ship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"
(Also see Mt. 16:5-12 where our Lord continues making this
emphasis of God's sound doctrine VS. the doctrine of men.)
Father God, my how Your beloved Son modeled Your ways! Help us,
we pray, follow His example as we press on as Your Ambassadors in
Christ Jesus. Help us to better discern the leaven of today's faulty
religious leaders. May Your Word continue to be our Truth foundation
through which we are able to rightly expose today's faulty doctrines
of contemporary spiritual teachers. And as we know Your Truth, we
praise You that You have indeed, and continue, indeed, to set us
free - THANK YOU oh Lord God Most High! In the blessed name
of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
Week of 1/22-26 (B4;18)
The End-Time THEME Of Deception
God WARNS about the plethora of deception during the End of Days.
Here's only some of His protective Counsel on this pertinent matter ...
I Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will
depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines
of demons ...
II Timothy 4:3, 4
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but
according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they
will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears
away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
Matthew 24:4, 5
And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one
deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the
Christ,' and will deceive many."
[Jesus continues to teach on end-times saying] Then many false
prophets will rise up and deceive many.
[Our Lord continues to speak to the days of the end following
the cutting short of the great tribulation by teaching] Then if
anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!'
do not believe it . For false christs and false prophets will rise
and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible,
even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore
if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out;
or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.
NB: The 3 rounds of deceptive false teachings of Mt. 24 (above)
take place at different times during the end of days given
the data of the chapter! Thank You Lord Jesus, for warning
us about these eternally significant matters!
The above passages are taken from the New King James Version,
Dear Shepherd of our eternal souls, THANK YOU. Thank You
for forewarning us about the end-time wolves in sheep's clothing.
Your Word is a lamp to our feet indeed! We PRAISE You, kind
Father God. In the name above all names we pray. Amen
For an address (article) on deception via censorship, CLICK HERE.
Week of 1/29 - 2/2 (B5;18)
The SIN Of Blaming God
Job 1:20-22 (NLT ; emphasis ours)
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head
and fell to the ground before God. He said, "I came naked from my
mother's womb, and I will be stripped of everything when I die. The
LORD gave me everything I had, and the LORD has taken it away.
Praise the name of the LORD!" In all of this, Job did not sin by
Father, help us to follow Job's example in praise even when
difficult days are upon us. And LORD, help us avoid the temptation
to blame You during this time when Your righteous judgments are
being poured out upon the earth due to the rebellion of our day.
Father, we dare NOT follow in the footsteps of the earth dwellers
who will, one day, as they incur the awful fury of Your Bowls of
Wrath, shake their fists in rebellious response to Your just
judgment. [see Rev. 16 for literal details as to just how they will
respond] Lord, help us to PRAISE You in all things, even during
the days when we are persecuted for righteousness' sake. Yes,
Lord, thank You once again for Psalm 88 and other places in
Your Word which speak to Your actions (Psalm 109, included!) -
even wrathful ones - through which Your will is accomplished
unto Your glory and praise. Please have mercy oh God Most
High. In Christ Jesus' holy and precious name we pray, amen.
Week of 2/5-9 (B6;18)
God's Call: ENDURANCE
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
(Matthew 24:13 ; NKJV ; emphasis ours)
While we could simply quote this one passage as sufficient
grounds for persevering in Christ Jesus our Lord, we discern
the NEED to further encourage. Please read on as to what
His Word clearly states regarding this important end-time
quality. CLICK HERE for further Counsel.
Father YHVH God, You've been very clear about apostasy,
falling away, luke-warmness, departure from the faith, etc.
during the days of the end. THANK YOU! Help us, we pray,
to accept and honor the full Counsel of Your Word concerning
this matter. Help us balance whereby we avoid the many
deceptions of half truths. Thank You for, in Your mercy and
grace, providing us the means to overcome. May we abide
in Your Vine; may we walk in Your Spirit. Unto Your glory and
praise we pray, amen.
Week of 2/12-16 (B7;18)
On End-Time Righteousness
Romans 12:9-21 & 13:11-14 ; NKJV
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling
to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with
brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly
in prayer, distributing to the needs of the saints, given to
hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not
curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those
who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not
set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble.
Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for
evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If
it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably
with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather
give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I
will repay," says the Lord. Therefore "If your enemy is
hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so
doing you will heap coals of fire on his head." Do not be
overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. ...
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time
to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than
when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at
hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and
let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in
the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness
and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus
Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
II Peter 3:11, 14 (NKJV)
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner
of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness ...
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent
to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless ...
Precious, HOLY Father, thank You for the MANY passages
which speak to separation from the world and the carnal
things of the world. God Most High, please help imbalanced
churches who think they can be friends with the world. Help
them understand that they cannot - even in Your eyes - be
(friends). Please remind them that friendship with the world
is enmity against You and that You, as You did with Your
compromised Old Covenant people Israel, will judge the
lukewarm. Dear Savior, guide us as we continue to be Your
Ambassadors who press on in loving proclamation - to the
world - the message of salvation from sin and death through
Jesus Christ Your beloved Son. Help us, dear Lord, who
seek to obey You in separating from the world, to be ongoing
lights to the world and to carnal churches, lights which point
to You and Your kind mercy and grace if we would but humble
ourselves and repent. Thank You, Father, for Luke 18:9-14.
Help us to walk, in mind and action, therein; help us to love
as Your Son, Jesus Christ, loved. Unto Your glory and
praise we pray, in Christ Jesus' holy name, amen.
A "P.S." based on James 1:21-25 ...
IF our response to this call (to walk in righteousness) is flesh based,
actions therefrom are fruitless, for it's the LORD Who needs to build
(even) this house. IF, on the other hand, our active responses to His
Word on this matter of righteous living are based on His moving
in our lives - through our abiding in the Vine (John 15) and walking
in His Spirit (Galatians 5) - then there's precious justification for the
ongoing celebration of Philippians 1:6. What GRACE! Praise
to His dear name.
Week of 2/19-23 (B8;18)
God's Call: "WATCH!"
Mark 13:37 (NKJV)
( Our Lord Jesus speaking ... ) "And what I say to you,
I say to all: Watch!"
Selected verses from Luke 21 (NKJV) - Jesus Christ
continuing to speak, especially to those listening:
" ... And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the
stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity,
the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them
from fear and the expectation of those things which are
coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be
shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud
with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to
happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your
redemption draws near."
Dear Father of our soon-coming King, Jesus Christ, thank
You for Your caring Counsel to us, Counsel of warning about
the end-time dangers currently raging. Help us, please, to
endure in love (see Mt. 24:12) by pressing on in Your King-
dom work of Gospel proclamation and Discipleship activity.
Thank You for reminding us NOT to grow weary in well
doing. Thank You for Your Counsel which calls us to very
specific end-time perspective during these days of the
end. THANK YOU for the insights You have so graciously
provided - wisdom as to just how to walk victoriously in
Christ Jesus Your Son before His initial appearing. May
we be Your lights during this dark hour, unto Your glory
and praise. In the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord -
Your beloved Son in Whom You were and continue to be
well pleased - we pray. Amen
Week of 2/26 - 3/2 (B9;18)
God's End-Time Forewarning: APOSTASY
Matthew 24:9-11 (ESV ; emphasis ours)
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death,
and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And
then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one
another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many
II Thessalonians 2:1-3 (NKJV ; emphasis ours)
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ
and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon
shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by
letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let
no one deceive you by any means, for that day will not come
unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is
revealed, the son of perdition. ...
I Timothy 4:1 (NKJV ; emphasis ours)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will
depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and
doctrines of demons ...
We would include this encouragement: Please also include
(in your Bible reading on this theme of "apostasy") our Lord's
letters to His churches, for these words of Counsel paint the
perspective God wants His end-time Church to embrace as
we walk through these end of days.
Dear Savior and soon-coming King, THANK YOU for kindly
instructing us through Your Word as You have. We PRAISE
You for being faithful to us in what You say. You have predicted
falling away in these days of the end and that's exactly what we
are discerning/seeing. Help us understand that apostasy includes
the possibility of eternal separation from You - that certain con-
cessions to the world will keep some out of eternal existence in
Your awesome presence. As we bow to the full Counsel of Your
revelation to us, impress upon our minds, please, that You are
ever faithful to Your promises - ALL of them, including the ones
which speak to this grave issue of falling away from the faith.
In light of Your Counsel concerning endurance, help us better
understand Your statement: "Those who endure to the end will
be saved." Help us grow in further discernment regarding the
full scope of Your revelation about SALVATION. Unto Your
glory and praise, for our best interests and for the interests
of the lost, we pray, in Your holy name, amen.
Week of 3/5-9 (B10;18)
Matthew 24:9-14 (ESV)
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to
death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's
sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another
and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise
and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be
increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one
who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of
the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world
as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be
made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues;
yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that
he offers God service. And these things they will do to you
because they have not known the Father nor Me.
... We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom
(The above 2 passages are taken from the NKJV Bible.)
Glorious Father, thank You so for Your forewarning concerning this
matter of end-time persecution. Help us embrace Your perspective
which was so perfectly modeled by Your Son - praise to Your holy
name. Help us view the ongoing sufferings of Christ of Your true
people as a blessing. Help us to remain faithful and respond to
dark opposition with the mind of Christ, in part, as expressed in
Mt. 5:10-12. Yes Lord, help us rejoice as we incur the sufferings
of Your Son unto Your glory and praise.
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Week of 3/12-16 (B11;18)
FLEE Personal Idolatry
I John 5:21 (NKJV)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen
Dear Darling of Heaven, help us better discern our own personal
idols which might, if held in esteem above You, keep some out of
heaven. Lord, protect us from our own manifestations of the carnal
self. Yes, Lord, please embolden us to say NO to those idols which
will keep people out of everlasting life with You if they bow to con-
cessions of eternally consequential degree. Lord, may no one
compromise the doctrine of Your Son (II John 7-11). Lord, may no
one who names Your name bow to the mark of the beast whereby
their names are omitted from the Lamb's Book of Life. And, caring
Shepherd, help us to further discern the other contemporary idols
which potentially direct us to spiritual adultery leading to eternal
damnation. In Jesus Christ's holy name I pray, amen.
Week of 3/19-23 (B12;18)
God's Call: Be READY!
In light of where we are (on the prophetic calendar), we strongly
encourage readiness in the context of both material and
Material (e.g., means to have food in the lean days ahead)
preparedness includes application of this passage:
Matthew 24:44-47 (NKJV ; emphasis ours)
Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming
at an hour you do not expect. Who then is a faithful and wise
servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to
give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant
whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over
all his goods.
Spiritual readiness, given the growing hostility against God's
people in Jesus Christ, includes the application of the per-
spectives which are articulated in this passage:
Matthew 5:10-16 (NKJV)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness'
sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you
when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of
evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be
exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for
so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You
are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how
shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be
thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the
light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be
hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket,
but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the
house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Lord God, we praise You for gracing us with discernment
through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit. May we "abound
more and more" in this perspective of readiness/preparedness.
May we trust You through the process, including the expressing
of trust by acting upon Your mandates which speak to things
YOU want Your people to be about (doing) before the 3rd Seal
of Revelation 6 is opened. Help us to be doers of Your Word
and not hearers only. In the sweet and holy name of Your
beloved Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ we pray. Amen
A SPECIAL Easter Blog
Think On These Things
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things
are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are
pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of
good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praise-worthy - meditate on these things.
The news channels sure neglect the promotion of the above
in what they choose to report on day by day. Today we're
encouraging the application of the verse above. Yes, let's
do just that regarding the GREATEST of all events in human
history. Let's ponder, through the devotional reading of God's
Word, the closing days of our Lord Jesus Christ before His
loving passion on our behalf. Here's a suggested reading
schedule through April 1st ...
And we'll assume all readers won't necessarily view this on
Friday, March 23rd. Note: The numbers below are CHAPTERS
of the book (to read for that day.)
Date Matthew Mark Luke John
3/25 21 14
3/26 22 15
3/27 23 11 19 16
3/28 24 12 20 17
3/29 25 13 21 18
3/30 26 14 22 19
3/31 27 15 23 20
4/1 28 16 24 21
Dear Lord, please pour out Your Holy Spirit on those who take
the time to seek Your face through this devotional reading in
preparation for our Resurrection Sunday celebrations! Thank
You for loving us so. Thank You for calling us to think on things
that are significantly bright in these days of great darkness. We
praise Your holy name. In the name above all names - in the
name of Jesus Christ Your beloved Son our Savior we pray.
Week of 3/26-30 (B13;18)
Our 2018 End-Time Bible Reading Schedule (April - June)
April 1 Daniel 1
April 2 Daniel 2
... etc. ...
April 11 Daniel 11
April 12 Daniel 12
April 13 John 13
April 14 John 14
April 15 John 15
April 16 John 16
April 17 I Tim. 4
April 18 II Tim. 3
April 19 II Tim. 4
April 20 II Thes. 2
April 21 I Thes. 4
April 22 I Thes. 5
April 23 I Cor. 15
April 24 Mt. 24
April 25 Mt. 25
April 26 I John 1
April 27 I John 2
April 28 I John 3
April 29 I John 4
April 30 I John 5
May 1 Revelation 1
May 2 Rev. 2
... etc. ...
May 21 Rev. 21
May 22 Rev. 22
May 23 Hebrews 5
May 24 Heb. 6
May 25 Heb. 7
May 26 Heb. 8
May 27 Heb. 9
May 28 Heb. 10
May 29 Heb. 11
May 30 Heb. 12
May 31 Heb. 13
June 1 Psalm 131
June 2 Psalm 132
June 3 Psalm 133
... etc. ...
June 18 Psalm 148
June 19 Psalm 149
June 20 Psalm 150
June 21 John 14
June 22 John 16
June 23 Mark 13
June 24 Matthew 24
June 25 Matthew 25
June 26 Luke 12
June 27 Luke 17
June 28 Luke 21
June 29 Revelation 2
June 30 Revelation 3
Precious Creator God, thank You for Your kind and generous
revelation to us concerning the end of days. Thank You so for
making man in Your image - man and woman! We bow our knees
in worship to You, the One True God. Help us, Father. Help us
apply Your "to do" mandates whereby we continue as salt and
light in this dark world. Open our eyes to this reality: To love
You is to honor and obey Your loving Counsel to us. In the
sweet name of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord we pray. Amen
A special end-of-quarter blog ...
A Message of HOPE & RESURRECTION Praise
Dear global inhabitants,
God has clearly communicated HIS most basic message to us:
Humanity has a problem: SIN & the consequence of SIN is
both physical & spiritual (eternal) DEATH.
God loves His special creation made in His image (man) such
that He is willing to SAVE us from that which all of humanity
has not been able to save us from: SIN and DEATH.
God has come - Immanuel - as the Son of God, Jesus Christ to:
1. Pay for the SIN of all of mankind through His blood by dying
on the cross - Good Friday's celebration!
2. Erase the consequence of SIN - death - by His victory over death
through His resurrection - Resurrection Sunday's celebration!
One CONDITION is required to apply God's provision over sin
and death: One MUST receive God's gift in the person and work
of Jesus Christ in order to activate, personally, this gift of forgive-
ness of sin and eternal life which the one true and glorious Creator
YHVH God has made available to all ... to whosoever will.
In HIM - in Christ alone - we find our solutions to sin and death;
In HIM - in Christ alone - we are offered salvation unto life eternal.
One must personally acknowledge and repent of his/her sin AND
accept by faith, God's mercy and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you IN CHRIST today? If NOT, please CLICK HERE
for directions to enter into Life in Him.
If you are IN CHRIST today, please consider this message
"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which
I say? Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does
them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a
house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when
the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and
could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. BUT he who
heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the
earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently;
and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."
(Luke 6:46-49 ; NJKV ; emphases ours ; also see Mt. 7:13-29)
Dear Savior God, thank You for dying for the sins of man.
Thank You for Your glorious victory over death through Your
resurrection. Father, thank You for creating all things through
Your eternal Word - God with us - Who came to seek and to
save the lost. Thank You for Your Son, our Savior - Christ
Jesus our Lord. And thank You, Lord Jesus, for sending
Your Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God. We praise You for the
glorious heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus as we walk in
Your Spirit unto Your glory and praise. Blessed be! You,
oh Most High YHVH God. Even so, please come quickly
Lord Jesus! Amen
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