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In seeking to further apply Titus 2:1 - "But as for you,
speak [gently, in humility (II Tim. 2:24-26)] the things which
are proper for sound doctrine ..." (NKJV ; emphasis ours) - we
are bringing a new format to our 2018 blogs. We hope you
are further edified in this year's new approach.
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.
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
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