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July's  Commentary Blogs

 

CB7A;18

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
here?

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.

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CB7B;18

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
Debate
.

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.  

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CB7C;18

Batting  1,000

We are currently batting 1,000 (that is, 100%)  after  over 7,000  at bats
since 1999.

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
Counsel.  Amen!

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CB7D;18

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
web pages and email us if you have any questions.  Our offer is
fair.  We'll even send you a Bible and a few fascinating DVDs if 
you reside in the continental USA - should you request them.  
Simply send us $5 to help cover our shipping fees.  Send your
gift to  Endurance Ministries; P.O. Box 92098 ; Portland, OR ;
97292-2098.  (Send a check, not cash.)  If you email us, we'll 
return your email.

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

 

CB8A;18

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 
Prayers.

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 
offered? 

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 
following:

    Pre-Tribulation Rapture 
    Pre-Wrath Rapture
    Post-Tribulation Rapture
    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. 

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CB8B;18

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
Mark 13:37.

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
end."

Again, it is  CRUCIAL we further build this perspective personally.

If we could send you another DVD which highlights so many
perspectival  examples  of past proper life-in-Christ  mindsets so
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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!

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CB8C;18

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) 

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CB8D;18

[ 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
your situation.

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



CB9A;18

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

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CB9B;18

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:

See our past posts for pertinent help:      B15;16   &   B17;16

God Counsels us to be materially, mentally and spiritually ready.  His
mandate that we be watchful and prepared  needs  to be better  acted
upon
  today.

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.  

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CB9C;18

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
today!

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.  

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CB9D;18

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. 

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CB9E;18

Costly  Unperceived  NEEDS

We're  NOT  addressing  perceived  needs of individuals in this blog.

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
Christ.

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
and eternal.

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
Matthew 7:13-29.

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.)

____________________


CB9F;18

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
"spade."

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
darkness.

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 
and hate. 

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

CB10A;18

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.