2018 Archived Commentary Blogs
July's Commentary Blogs
May We BE ...
Our life actions spring forth from our being. It's difficult to have one
(i.e., life action) without the other - being. Just what am I getting at
God exists ; in His existence, He acts.
In similar fashion to James 2:14-26, faith exists (in conscious beings)
AND is expressed by action - vv. 17-20. We demonstrate our faith
predominately through our life actions - thoughts, words and deeds.
This is tied to the theme of God's call: We are to be doers of His Word
and not hearers only (Jms. 1:22) ; we are to love actively, even beyond
mere words (I John 3:16-18).
So back to our title, May We BE ...
In our lives - that is, those lives which are devoted to following our
Savior, Jesus Christ - we acknowledge both our being (who we are)
and our life actions (what we do).
May we be, in our lives, those who consistently express our true selves
by our actions. May we be contemporary followers of Jesus Christ who
live, today, as the full Counsel of Scripture so outlines.
In seeking to be, let's review our appeals toward this end since the
beginning of the year:
~ May we continue basking in His kind Word - CB1A;18
~ May we endure in seeking God's clear Counsel - CB1B;18
~ May we better discern ; may we delight in continued joy - CB1C;18
~ May we do the both/and thing and affirm both aspects [that is, what
the Bible is and the Bible's effects] of this most precious, eternal
revelation-from-God gift - His Word - CB1D;18
~ May we better distinguish between the actual Word of God from that
of words and opinions/interpretations of men - CB2A;18
~ May we make NO provision for the flesh but rather take full advantage
of His resources such that we endure unto His glory and praise - CB2B;18
~ May we seek God's help in affirming the entire scope of His Word - CB2C;18
~ May we praise the One who has graciously forewarned us about the
days of the end just prior to His Son's return - CB2D;18
~ May we balance, among other things, these two things: 1. our acts
which expose dangerous secular myths and, 2. our acts expressing
humble tough love such that we're also willing to deal with false
teachings within some churches today - CB3A;18
~ May we encourage the fostering of biblical watchfulness - CB3B;18
~ May we properly discern what's next and what's near on the biblical
prophetic end-time calendar - CB3C;18
~ May we allow the pertinent (to our day) Bible passages a fair hearing ...
may we allow the Word to say what it actually says - CB3D;18
~ May we seek the Lord's help in more thoroughly examining the
dangerous half-truths of the cult of unbiblical grace - CB4A;18
~ May we, leaning on God's strength, better discern other current
cultural deceptions - CB4B;18
~ May we (at the very least) be willing to prayerfully and exegetically
consider other explicitly biblical end-time proposals - CB4C;18
~ May we stop picking and choosing and simply accept the full
Counsel of God's Word - CB5A;18
~ May we be intruments of His praise - ones which bless His
holy name - CB5B;18
~ May we be those who reject the many incentives to fall away
from the faith - CB5C;18
~ May we be His Saints in Jesus Christ who take practical, life-action
steps toward heeding His end-time Counsel - CB5D;18
~ May we be contrite in spirit such that we seek HIS clear instruction
concerning being prepared to face the days prior to our final trumpet
rapture gathering (if we don't go Home, first) - CB6A;18
~ May we be ready and watchful as a result of heeding His precious
end-time precepts - CB6B;18
~ May we be humble enough to subject our reason to His powerful
Word - CB6C;18.
Lord, may we be all that You've empowered us to be for the good
purpose of bringing You glory, honor and praise during these end of
days prior to Your Son's initial appearing! In Jesus Christ's name, amen.
Toward APPLYING Bible Principles
[ Please see Acts 15 and blog B28;18 as to
setting the context for this commentary blog. ]
"The early church was well served by this meeting!" is an understatement.
This meeting was crucial.
We believe communication, when done in a Christ-honoring way, is good.
In seeking to apply one of the principles of Acts 15 - that God's contemporary
church (today) should also communicate about important matters ...
We bring this call:
As we did in 2014 when we initially posted this challenge - please see
FAQ #60 , we call the church to be a part of communicating crucial,
end-time Truths by participating in what we're calling, The Great
Our debate would include 4 Pre-Millennial views, each viewpoint
being able (during the day of the debate) to ...
1. state / define the position they espouse ; and,
2. defend their position by fielding questions from the other
presenters and from the audience.
The debate would look something like this (though not necessarily
in the order so outlined below):
Pre-Trib Rapture advocate would state/define the view
Pre-Wrath Rapture advocate would state/define the view
Post-Trib Rapture advocate would state/define the view
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering advocate would state/define the view
Then, each presenter would take 3 questions from the other presenters -
each question raising one "problem" of the position under consideration.
After the four position advocates have answered the questions from the
other panel members, the audience would also be given opportunities
to present questions.
Doesn't this sound like a meeting of this type could bring helpful under-
standing - communication in the church - toward better clarity on end-time
matters being discussed today?
Please email us (using the "Contact Us" link at the top of the page) IF
you're interested in seeing a meeting like this take place.
It would be an excellent opportunity to disciple using God's explicit
Truths forever settled in heaven - a discipleship moment which is so
very needed as we walk further down the end-of-days path.
We are currently batting 1,000 (that is, 100%) after over 7,000 at bats
By God's grace, we are able to correctly forecast some future events (and,
in the case of this stat in this blog, we are also able to correctly deny
claims tied to other future events) because our predictions are based on
the explicit content of God's Word. We have no control over our prophetic
announcements. In other words, we cannot fabricate their fulfillments.
At this juncture we'll simply repeat - in pertinent form - an earlier thus-
says-the-Lord prophetic announcement:
The rapture of the Church will NOT take place in 2018, 2019 or 2020.
( see blog CB1C;18 ) This prediction unfolds in the context of daily
fulfillment in this way: "The rapture will NOT take place today." This
now two-and-a-half-year prediction is True in light of II Thes. 2:1-12,
the books of Daniel and Revelation, Mt. 24 & 25 and, in general, in
light of the full eschatological Counsel of God's Word.
So if we were to add - figuring from this month of July, 2018 - another
910 days (approx.) to our present at bat average (thereby including the
rest of 2018, 2019 and 2020), we will, at the conclusion of 2020, still be
batting 1,000 ... after over 8,000 at bats. (Each at bat when we step
up to the prophetic plate, we seek a hit. Our prophetic hit is this:
being accurate concerning our daily at-bat predictions that "Jesus
Christ will not return today." We figure 1 bat/day due to the popular -
but incorrect - view which teaches Jesus Christ could return any day.)
As we did in blog B24;17, we need to confess HOW IT IS we are
able to bat 1,000 on this prophetic topic:
The entirety of God's Word is Truth (Ps. 119:160). As we allow His
Word to say what it actually says, we evidence our Truth Foundation,
which is this: God's Word. ANYONE could share the batting average
we hold. Folks simply need to affirm the unadulterated Word of God
and avoid mixing it with unbiblical opinions/interpretations of men.
It - the Bible - says what it means and means what it says, affirming
the reality of various genres existing in the equation.
So don't look to us for Bible prophecy. Look to the Word of God.
For starters, please go to blog B25;18 where our summer prophetic
reading schedule is posted - "winter" schedule for our friends in the
Southern Hemisphere. :-)
May the Word of God enlighten you such that you are among those
who "understand" - Daniel 11:32-35 - whereby you rightly discern the
season. May His Spirit bring illumination as we endure in listening to
YHVH God. May we apply what we learn and obey God's protective
Hello Unbelieving World !
Everyone has faith. It's not only those who believe in Jesus Christ
who confess faith is a real part of each member of humanity's
experience. While Christians confess faith to be one dynamic of their
worldview, secularists sometimes do not confess faith. In truth, though,
the materialists also embrace faith in their worldview tenets and day-by-
day practices. This is easy to demonstrate.
So allow us to depart for just one article - depart from blogging to a
Christian reading audience. In this commentary blog we're speaking
to those who have yet to place their faith in Jesus Christ whereby their
eternal state might potentially move from eternal existence separated
from God in the Lake of Fire to eternal life in God's presence, eventually
in the glorious setting of the New Heaven, New Earth and New Jerusalem.
So here we go - our article to unbelieving readers ...
Dear open-minded reader,
Our Lord Jesus Christ said deception would increase before His return.
We have seen specific predictions in the Word of God fulfilled in clear,
miraculous ways, including prophecies about deception.
If this has caught your attention, please take further steps in considering
God's other Truths, especially Truths about the gift of forgiveness of sin
through Jesus Christ's atoning death on the cross as He shed His blood
on your behalf. Please CLICK HERE and read over our presentations
of the Gospel. It really won't hurt you to do so. Perhaps it could help.
Do so before it's too late, for the Word of God teaches that there is a
limited time to accept salvation from our Creator. He even states this:
Eventually God will ... well, let me simply quote one passage, a passage
which also includes end-time prediction:
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan,
with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous
deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the
love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God
will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that
they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had
pleasure in unrighteousness." (II Thes. 2:9-12 ; NKJV)
DON'T be a casualty of the spiritual warfare and continue in the
binding deceptions of the dark one. One of his tactics is to operate
covertly whereby those in bondage don't even discern their state.
Satan is good at this given he's had over 6,000 years of practice.
PLEASE be open to Life Eternal by simply continuing to consider
God's precious love gift to you. Again, look over our Good News
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May eternal Father God open your heart to the blessings found
only in Christ Jesus His Son. We sincerely love you in taking this
time to bring this most important message. Thanks for reading!
August's Commentary Blogs
God's BEAUTIES In Marriage
May YHVH God be praised. His glorious beauty is seen in so many of
His creations. Let's touch upon marriage in this blog.
When Nancy and I were married - in November of 2002 - we gave our
wedding guests a devotional book titled, The One Year Book Of Bible
We are reading through this work again this year. The following daily
devotional readings (June 25 - July 5) in this book highlight passages
which address end-time Bible themes - ones which are most encouraging:
JUNE devotional titles
1. Looking To God For Mercy Psalm 123:1-3
2. Finding Strength In Times Of Trouble Isaiah 33:2, 3
3. Recognizing God's Greatness Psalm 135:5, 6, 13, 14
4. Interceding For Those Who Hurt Us Numbers 12:10-13
5. Deliverance From Death Psalm 69:14, 15
JULY devotional titles
1. Giving God Glory I Chronicles 16:29-33
2. Hannah's Prayer For A Child I Samuel 1:10, 11
3. Reminding Ourselves Of God's Greatness Psalm 86:8-10
4. Welcoming The King Of Glory Psalm 24:1, 2, 9, 10
5. Moses Praises The LORD Exodus 15:11-13
Please see our weekly blogs from B29;18 - B39;18. These blogs
especially feature the Bible readings quoted in the late June and
early July readings from The One Year Book Of Bible Prayers.
May God grant His rich blessing to others by moving Tyndale House
Publishers (and The Livingstone Corporation) to run a second printing
of this encouraging work.
We interrupt these commentary blogs with an important
appeal using a current cultural affair ...
Yes ... EXACTLY !
Have you been listening to the news of late?
I have been taken back by socialist Democrat Ocasio-Cortez and her
apparent unwillingness to debate. The appeals for debate have come
from Ben Shapiro, Allie Beth Stuckey, Candice Owens and Kaya Jones,
to name a few.
To date (FYI: I am writing this blog in mid August as we've been posting
our commentary blogs early the past few months), Ocasio-Cortez has
been unwilling to put her socialist views under scrutiny in the setting
of a fair, non-biased debate format. WHY is this the case? Is it that her
view is simply weak and that even (that is, fair) communication (offered
through a structured debate format) is problematic in her eyes due to the
weaknesses of her political position? What does history testify on this
matter of socialist viability? What do present-day evidences say?
Ocasio-Cortez, please debate in the setting of a free, open market!
Turning this topic of HELPFUL DEBATE to a different current
cultural affair ...
WHY is it that folks who hold various Pre-Millennial views, it seems,
don't want to debate in a fair context where the listening audience can
see for themselves the strengths and weaknesses of the positions
WHY is it that advocates of other end-time perspectives do not extend
to laity - the general Christian populace - a blessing through a debate
that would highlight the pros and cons of the positions being represented?
Is it possibly the case that fear of unfavorable exposure would uncover the
weaknesses of their views? Perhaps. Yes, let's be honest: Perhaps this
is indeed the case.
So let's do the RIGHT thing and have a debate featuring four Pre-Mil
end-time views. Let's bring the following viewpoints together (with some
accountability through audience participation) and allow each view to
define and defend the position being offered. Or is an event of this
type too risky ?
The four end-time views would, as we're suggesting, include the
Final Trumpet Rapture Gathering
As we've stated in an earlier blog, the early Church was willing
to discuss crucial matters of its day. Given our present cultural
concerns, why aren't we willing to talk over one pertinent, yes,
most pressing matter today (in the setting where differing views
exist)? We're talking about living out crucial discipleship today,
not in the distant future!
Let's consider a "30,000-foot view" (that is, a big-picture view)
and see this "Great Debate" happen. It would be to everyone's
edification, those who seek biblical Truth anyway.
End-time Pre-Millennial advocates: Let's see this debate take
place in the setting of the free, open market of ideas!
So we ask: Will the debate take place? *
Email us using the "Contact Us" link above and let us hear
your vote to move forward with this eye-opening debate ...
for our personal benefit, for the benefit of the lost who still
need Jesus Christ, and ultimately for God's glory and praise.
"Why?" some may ask. Because Truth matters, especially
Truth so helpful in better discerning some of the present cultural
deceptions which bear eternal consequence.
May we all be willing to call for this crucial event.
* IF the debate doesn't happen, for one reason or another,
would you seek helpful edifying discipleship by having us
come to your local church and accurately present the views
mentioned above in the setting of sweet conforming-to-Christ
activity? Please contact us for more information.
From FUTURE To PRESENT
Using this chart [ Click Here ], we'd like to ask a question:
Given 1) preparedness applies to the Saints - who are to be about
readiness until either their personal Homegoing or the final trumpet
rapture gathering, whichever comes first - and given 2) we are also
to be prepared for the days after the intial appearing of our Lord as
we venture into the early part of the Day of the Lord - see I Thes. 5 -
we ask [ here's our question: ],
How might we be ready for the days immediately following the (yet
future to this blog) astronomical signs and the sign of the Son of Man?
In light of the setting or context of that (future) time, are there
steps to take / actions to take - today - which are pertinent to our
experiencing the Trumpets (where the false prophets and false
christs of Mt. 24:23-26 are also doing their miraculous deceptions
so as to mislead God's Saints who remain - that is, those who
survive the three-and-a-half year war against the Saints) ...
actions steps we need to take, even at this time?
We're not sure about particulars but we do feel it appropriate to
follow the Counsel of I Thes. 5 and Mt. 24:23-26 in the context of
But let's move to - [ "From Future To Present" ] - concerns that are
even closer to us than the issues which will arise during the period
of the Trumpet blasts.
Let's consider some near-future concerns, things which will take
place even before the Trumpets of Revelation 8 - 11. Let's do
so through the means of asking yet another question:
Are we prepared - living today in light of our Lord's Counsel to be
ready for future days - for the upcoming war against the Saints ?
This three-and-a-half year period will see many martyred for Christ.
We bring to you - the reader - WISE words recently given in the
March, 2018 theater release / June, 2018 DVD release movie,
Paul: Apostle of Christ. (The context of the scene we'd like to
highlight is this: Dr. Luke is in prison in Rome.)
When Luke tells those in prison with him, "There will be Games
tomorrow" (the Games were also called the Circus where sincere
followers of Jesus Christ enter the arena and are killed by beasts),
when Luke tells them about their impending death, there is panic.
After an immediate response by the prisoners to this announcement
about the Games taking place the next day, Luke gathers the fearful
Christians in the prison and insightfully brings this response to
their panic: He says, "It will be a moment of pain ... but only a
moment ... [ then, in a calm, peaceful way, again says, ]
o n l y a m o m e n t ... then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!"
PRETTY COOL !
In light of a biblical wordview perspective, we, today, NEED to
develop this mindset, for it is one MAJOR means our Lord gives
us toward fulfilling His crucial mandate that we "endure to the
Again, it is CRUCIAL we further build this perspective personally.
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In closing ...
RE: the Homegoing of some members of our Family in
Christ - even TODAY - REMEMBER:
"... It will be a moment of pain ... but only a moment -
only a moment - then we shall be Home in the presence
of our Lord Jesus Christ forever!" For great encourage-
ment, read Mt. 5:10-12 and Romans 8:18 ... thank YOU,
precious LORD Jesus!
Counting It All JOY *
The following is taken from Spurgeon's Morning By Morning
(revised and updated by Alistair Begg ; Crossway Books, Wheaton,
IL 2007) ; pg. 205 ; bold emphasis in the middle of the article and
[ bracket ] below are ours.
After you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace ...
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
I Peter 5:10
You have seen the arch of heaven as it spans the plain: Glorious
are its colors, and rare its hues. It is beautiful, but, sadly, it passes
away, and the rainbow is no more. The fair colors give way to the
fleecy clouds, and the sky is no longer brilliant with the tints of
heaven. It is not established. How can it be? A glorious show
made up of transitory sunbeams and passing raindrops - how can
it remain? The graces of the Christian character must not resemble
the rainbow in its transitory beauty but, on the contrary, must be
established, settled, abiding. Seek, O believer, that every good
thing you have may be an abiding thing. May your character
not be a writing upon the sand, but an inscription upon the rock!
May your faith be no "baseless fabric of a vision," but may it be
built of material able to endure that awful fire that shall consume
the wood, hay, and stubble of the hypocrite. May you be rooted
and grounded in love. May your convictions be deep, your love
real, your desires sincere. May your whole life be so settled and
established that all the blasts of hell and all the stroms of earth
will never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessing of
being established in the faith is gained. The apostle's words point
us to suffering as the means deployed - "After you have suffered
a little while." It is of no use to hope that we shall be well rooted if
no rough winds pass over us. Those old gnarlings on the root of
the oak tree and those strange twistings of the branches all tell
of the many storms that have swept over it, and they are also
indicators of the depth into which the roots have forced their way.
So the Christian is made strong and firmly rooted by all the trials
and storms of life. Do not shrink then from the tempestuous winds
of trial, but [ instead, endure and ] take comfort, believing that by
their rough discipline God is fulfilling this benediction to you.
* "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing
that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have
its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."
(James 1:2-4 ; NKJV)
[ The following is the July 11th devotional read in
The One Year Book of Bible Prayers ; 2000 ]
A Prayer For Discernment
I am your servant; deal with me in unfailing love, and
teach me your principles. Give discernment to me, your
servant; then I will understand your decrees. Lord, it is
time for you to act, for these evil people have broken your
law. Truly, I love your commands more than gold, even the
finest gold. Truly, each of your commandments is right.
That is why I hate very false way. Psalm 119:124-128 ; NLT
The trials and struggles in our lives often force us to turn some-
where for help. Too often, however, we anxiously seek out any
listening ear when we're confronted with a troublesome situation.
The psalmist knew to turn to the Lord first for wisdom and discernment.
He asked God, "Teach me your principles," and "Give discernment to
me." He knew that living God's way would keep him from foolish actions
and the path of destruction. That is why he committed himself to learning
God's principles in the Scriptures and applying them to his life.
What difficult situation are you facing? God promises to give us
wisdom when we ask for it (James 1:5), so pray for God's discernment
in your struggle and ask him to show you how to apply his wisdom to
Dear Lord, as your servant I ask you to give me discernment ...
May we abide in His mercies which endure forever - Psalm 136.
September's Commentary Blogs
Responding To Matthew 24:9, 10
The information in this passage once again testifies to the
accuracy of Bible prophecy. Please CLICK HERE for
our specific message in this commentary blog.
May we better come under our Shepherd's protective care
by heeding His Counsel to us! Amen
Where Are We ?
Let's set our present cultural context using this question:
Where Aren't We ?
We are not :
1. in the millennial reign of Christ on earth
(which begins at His 2nd Advent)
2. in the period of the Bowls of Wrath
3. in the era of the Trumpet Blasts
4. currently experiencing the heavenly signs of
Mt. 24:29, 30 or Revelation 6:12-17
5. living in the Great Tribulation (and please note what follows
the Great Tribulation period: Mt. 24:23ff and Mk. 13:24ff)
and, we are not
6. in the period of Daniel's 70th Week
So what comes before the final week of human experience prior to
our Lord Jesus Christ's reign on earth?
Where Are We ?
We are currently living in the period of time when ongoing effects of the
early end-time signs continue to unfold - see I Tim. 4:1 ; II Tim. 3:1-5 &
4:1-4 and Luke 21:8-11.
We are living in a unique moment, in the early part of the end-time
period described in Matthew 24:9-14.
In light of our Lord's Counsel in Mk. 13:37 and Mt. 24:44-51, we are
called to be ready in specific ways:
God Counsels us to be materially, mentally and spiritually ready. His
mandate that we be watchful and prepared needs to be better acted
Here are a few practical steps to take whereby we love and honor God
by obedient action:
A. Promote a biblical mindset
(Note our modeling example [using a scene in the film, Paul:
Apostle of Christ] as to building a mindset which better fosters
resolve to say "NO" to compromise - see CB8B;18.)
Examples toward building a biblical mindset:
1. Take in pertinent data - revelation like Daniel 1, 3, 6
2. Establish your personal line which you are not willing to cross
(To view our suggested minimal "cannot do" list, CLICK HERE.)
3. Meditate on Bible readings, especially fostering perspectival
preparedness which is appropriate for our day
4. See some of our thematic blogs:
Don't Blame God
I Cor. 10:13
B. Promote love for God (John 14 - 16) by obedient action in
response to His call to be materially prepared
Examples promoting love for God
1. Build a food closet for yourself and for others so as to meet
upcoming opportunities in challenging days - e.g., food shortage -
whereby Gospel and Discipleship actions are able to be better taken
(because, for example, we have food when others become hungry)
2. Prepare for other challenging circumstances/experiences which are
better met through acts of prior preparations
3. Keep reading God's Word - e.g., discern the many passages in God's
Word which provide His Counsel as to how we, His Church, are to
respond when false teachers, false christs and false prophets work
their dark deeds
4. Other loving responses to His general Counsel might include what ?
C. Promote God-honoring fruits of Christ-enabled obedience by
guarding our own personal spiritual walk with God
Examples toward action steps which foster the above
1. Spend time in His Word
2. Pray continually
3. Abide in God's Vine ; Walk in God's Spirit
4. Live consistently - be doers of the Word and not hearers
only, deceiving ourselves - James 1:22 ; Revelation 1:3.
May we love God through our grace-based walk of obedience. May
we do so unto His glory and praise, unto our neighbor's best interests
and even unto our best good. May we redeem the time, for the days
are indeed evil in the face of Almighty Holy God.
I Wish ... I WISH ! (An in-today's-news blog)
I sure wish Christians had the resolve to endure in
faithful commitment to Jesus Christ and biblical Truth ...
but I confess, I'm skeptical. Let me clarify, please:
I am doubtful that many Christians-by-name will remain
true ( assuming they ever were really born again when
they first began professing Jesus ) given what I've heard
and seen the past 10 years of front-line ministry in both
college/university and church settings.
Brett Kavanaugh is an example (in a secular context) to those
who have waffled and/or who are considering compromise of faith
today. In spite of the warfare which he has experienced the past
couple months ... in spite of the cultural pressures bearing down
upon him, his commitment to sound judicial purity - in the context
of commitment to our USA Constitution - is MOST commendable
indeed. Continue standing tall, Brett Kavanaugh !
Christian-by-name only, listen carefully, for your eternal state
is hanging in the balance ...
YOU need to cease conforming to this world
and desist acting like satan's pawn!
Our Lord said, "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord' and
do not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 ; NKJV)
God calls TRUE Christians to be just that: Christ-like,
NOT like the "another Jesus[es]" of apostate churches
May we bow to the Truths in God's Word which clearly warn
about wolves in sheep's clothing. As He teaches in the same
context of Luke 6, a tree is known by its fruit. God help us
better discern the (satan-like) false accusers and false
teachers of our day. May we mark these dark instruments.
May we do so for our protection, for the sake of the lost-world
members who are still reachable, and ultimately for the purpose
of God's glory and praise.
Our Beloved Position In Jesus Christ
My wife and I have, in our TV stand, a large ceramic cross which
quotes Romans 4:25 - 5:11. In the middle of the cross is a heart,
on which, "FORGIVEN" has been written.
We, His Church, are graced with the imputed righteousness of Christ
Jesus our LORD. AMAZING! Thanks be to YHVH God.
In honor of God and His full Counsel, we affirm these glorious Truths
from the book of Romans. We also affirm His other revelation, revelation
which includes these imperatives from Galatians 6:
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows,
that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap
corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting
life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we
shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity,
let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of
faith." (Galatians 6:7-10 ; NKJV ; emphasis ours)
JESUS CHRIST's "I have this against you" Counsel to much of today's
church: Be DOERS of My Word and ABIDE consistently in your right-
eous state. If you will not love Me through obedient walk, I will spit you
out of My mouth and you will hear from Me on that great day of
accounting, "Depart from Me you workers of iniquity."
We once again encourage the reading of Matthew 13, John 14 - 16,
Romans 6 - 8 and Revelation 1 - 3.
Let's further ponder these Truths in a day where there is indeed much
apostasy unto great sorrow. We are in harm's way at this very hour so
let's continue to look to our Shepherd, the Author and Finisher of our
faith, for the protective Counsel He's so kindly extended to His sheep.
Costly Unperceived NEEDS
Instead, we're touching upon eternal matters tied to unperceived needs.
Because so many do not discern their spiritual needs, most don't even
seek after solutions which are readily available from Creator God, Jesus
This deception - namely, that folks don't need to address eternally
consequential matters due to a Divine standard (one above their
own limited worldview opinions) - will bring weeping and gnashing
of teeth or, cast in more contemporary language, will bring great
groaning on the day of accounting.
We wish to remind folks that we (at Endurance Ministries) have,
by God's leading, lovingly informed our global community about
both eternal concerns and spiritual matters pertinent for today.
But we can only do so much in our ministry efforts. Our appeals
need to be acted upon. In other words, the readers of His Word
and our informative blogs need to respond to the Truths presented
so as to bring solutions to present matters which are both temporal
But honestly ...
Due to faulty perspectives, many don't even care about the cloaked
( but clear and present ) dangers. Allow us to tell a related story:
Years ago we featured Charles Stanley's, Confronting Casual Christianity
book in a 6-week study we were offering at one of the college campuses
we served. We actually decided against bringing the study because
no one came to our introductory gatherings. Folks didn't even discern
their limited opinions - which affect their daily living - whereby the
needed corrections weren't even given a fair hearing. How sad!
In like manner, satan has, through a variety of deceiving voices,
blinded the eyes of those who are in bondage to him. In fact, many
mock those who call them to deal with crucial but unperceived needs.
Many are so short-sighted they fail to show any interest in eternally
significant matters. Again, this is so very sad, for eternity is a
l o n g time. Yet, our Savior, Jesus Christ, has foreseen this - read
In contrast to those who reject spiritual reality as graciously outlined
by the Eternal One, those who say "YES" to His big-picture reality
share this testimony:
Awake, my soul, to joyful lays, and sing thy great Redeemer's praise;
He justly claims a song from me, His loving-kindness, oh, how free!
He saw me ruined by the fall, yet loved me not-with-standing all;
He saved me from my lost estate, His loving-kindness, oh, how great!
Tho' num'rous hosts of mighty foes, tho' earth and hell my way oppose,
He safely leads my soul along, His loving-kindness, oh, how strong!
When trouble, like a gloomy cloud, has gathered thick and thundered loud,
He near my soul has always stood, His loving-kindness, oh, how good!
Soon I shall pass the gloomy vale, soon all my mortal pow'rs must fail;
Oh, may my last expiring breath, His loving-kindness sing in death.
Then let me mount and soar away to the bright world of endless day;
And sing with raptures and surprise, His loving-kindness in the skies.
(Song title: His Loving-Kindness by Samuel Medley ; 1782)
May we - God's sheep in need - continue in the reading of His Word
in this day when Truth has become offensive to much of the in-
bondage-to-satan world. And may sincere truth seekers be willing
to read God's love message to them. (We encourage you, if you're
open-minded, to begin your reading in the Gospel of John.)
Squeaky Clean ?
This is yet another "THUMBS -UP," common-sense evidence
citing for a YHVH- and Bible-centered worldview ... AND a
strong "THUMBS-DOWN" response to the spiritually dark
and secular one.
In a recent blog we contrasted God's beauties with the uglies
of darkness - what a difference! CLICK HERE
We also have made reference to the world being a very satanic
place - CLICK HERE for those details.
Here's our "THUMBS DOWN!!" appeal:
Common-sense folks, let's better discern the evil of some
who make accusations (and some who support those who
make these incomplete accusations) but who show NO
mercy or grace to those who have changed and no longer
walk in ways that are ungodly, hurtful or socially unacceptable.
May the progressives be consistent and show kindness
to others who have also reformed!
THUMBS DOWN to mercy-less accusers who contradict
their very claims to be kind people. Let's call a spade a
NO, we don't want the way of life which these folks are
calling for! It's the way of darkness; it's the way of the
ungodly who show little to no mercy or grace to those
with whom they disagree.
We don't want the fruits of rebellion which has, of late,
so further divided our country!
Common-sense discerners: Satan is known to be an
accuser and a rebel against light and truth. Some
worldly voices are manifesting these very dark qualities
today. Mark them and say "NO!" We don't want this
INSTEAD, we want mercy when we confess and repent.
We value forgiveness when we need it - and believe
you me, we ALL need it!
While God's ways are not our ways - Isaiah 55:8-10 - we
do so appeciate His loving mercies which He graciously
extends to those who would confess failure, receive
pardon and seek change.
Indeed, God's worldview in Jesus Christ offers light,
peace, joy, truth and love - THUMBS UP!
And, indeed, the worldview of darkness offers just that:
darkness, accusatory unrest, despair, binding deception
Squeaky clean? No one is!
We face a crossroad today.
Will we embrace light, loving mercy, grace and
truth - found only in Jesus Christ and the Holy
Spirit of God - CLICK HERE for crucial details - OR
will we choose deception, bondage to darkness, ugly
(and, at times, false) accusation and judgment?
We have freedom to make choices and say no to
darkness. Let's choose the right ones as we venture
closer to the war against the Saints and Jesus Christ's
glorious initial appearing.
October's Commentary Blogs
Understanding I Corinthians 15:50-52
Please view THIS LINK for this commentary blog article.
May God be praised as we affirm His Word!
To our current "Commentary Blog" page, CLICK HERE.