At the moment we place our personal faith in Jesus Christ, tremendous things take place. Colossians 3:1-4 identifies four of these truths:
- I died with Christ
- I am raised with Christ
- My life is hidden with Christ in God
- I will live with Christ in glory
These facts are true of every Christ-follower. Therefore, Paul encourages us to “set our hearts and minds” on them. We are to meditate upon them until we are solidly convinced of their reality. While we live in this world, our lives are secure in Christ. When we leave this earthly life, our eternity with Him will be glorious! All of these four realities are solely true because of the work Christ has already done.
After outlining how I have benefitted from the work of Christ, Paul turns his attention to some of the weeds that I am responsible to pull from my life. Since people come to Christ out of a variety of backgrounds and at different ages, some of us bring a lot of baggage and bad habits with us. Continue reading
At times, all of us hear the voices of discouragement. Sometimes they confront us even when we are confident that we are doing what God wants us to do. This blog will unmask three of the common methods Satan uses to discourage us, as well as the two ways in which we can rise above discouragement.
The attempt to discourage a person is clearly seen in the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. This man, for whom this book is named, was living in the land of Persia. After years of faithful service to the king as a cupbearer, the Persian monarch sent this Jewish man back to Israel to rebuild the wall and gates around Jerusalem.
The wall around Jerusalem had been pulled down a century earlier by the Babylonian army, removing its defenses from marauders. During that time, two men not of Jewish descent had achieved governmental leadership in the area. Their names were Sanballet and Tobiah. As in any turf war, they viewed Nehemiah as a challenger. They didn’t want to see him succeed in rebuilding the city’s defenses. Let me challenge you to read through the first six chapters of Nehemiah. Here’s where we begin to see how Satan attempts to discourage us, as well. Continue reading
You’ve heard of kids turning 180 degrees away from the values of their parents? Well, this is one of those situations. Hezekiah was a good leader of his country. He began his reign at 25 and was king of Judah for 29 years. But after he died, his son, Manasseh, became king. Manasseh was only twelve years old when he inherited carte-blanche authority in his country (how many of you would want to see a twelve-year old be your mayor or governor or president?). He reigned for 55 years.
The summation of his life is given us in 2 Chronicles 33:2, “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, following the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites.” Some of the detestable practices he engaged in were astrology, witchcraft, and seances. He also corrupted the Temple and sought to turn his country away from the Lord to worship other gods.
The worst thing he did, though, was he “sacrificed his children in the fire in the Valley of Ben Hinnom…” (2 Chronicles 33:6) He actually threw his screaming, terrified young children into burning trash dumps as WORSHIP of the gods he followed! Can you believe how heartless this maniac was? Continue reading
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1. This study examines three entities to which faith is attributed: 1) as the name of a Gospel, which is a body of truth, i.e., “The Faith;” 2) Jesus Christ’s faith, thus it is referred to as “the faith of Jesus Christ;” 3) as the faith of individual members of the Body of Christ.
1 – The Faith:
The term “the faith” is never found in the four Gospels. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, faith is usually attributed to individual people and the word faith does not appear in John. “The faith” first appears in the book of Acts where it refers to the belief of the Jews in the Pentecostal church in Jerusalem. They believed the Gospel of the Kingdom, which was simply, that Jesus was their promised Messiah. Peter and the other 11 apostles, along with the Jewish believers were waiting for the Tribulation, after which they anticipated Christ’s return to establish His Kingdom on earth, Acts 1:6 – 8. They followed the Law of Moses and worshiped in Jerusalem at the Temple, Acts 2:42 – 47. The Old Testament (OT) had prophesied the Tribulation and the Messianic Kingdom. Jesus Christ Himself foretold the Tribulation, Matthew 24:4 – 14 and His subsequent return to establish His Kingdom, Matthew 24:29 – 31. That was the Gospel or “the faith” to which they were obedient: “… the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.” Acts 6:7. However, they soon had to flee Jerusalem or be killed when Israel’s leaders rejected the Apostle’s offer of the Kingdom, climaxing with the stoning of Stephen, Acts 7:54 – 60. Continue reading
My wonderful Helen,
I am so grateful to God that He sent you to me to be my wife for all eternity: from 1957 and onward and upward.
Helen, we have seen what Evil has transpired since our God denying culture has turned the Lord against our sinful nation.
Thank God for such courageous persons as Ravi Zacharias who strove to rid our culture of Evil…who worked himself to death to convince our citizenry that only by going to the Root of Christianity can we turn the culture away from Satan and back to God’s Truth.
Your grateful, loving, husband,
Pro-life leader and film maker, Randall Terry, has released a new documentary, Pandemic: The Threshing of America.
The premise of the documentary is that the Coronavirus pandemic is a “plague” or “chastisement” for God – in the Scriptural sense – because of the innocent blood that cries from the ground for vengeance.
Below are the reactions of a Roman Catholic Bishop, and an Evangelical Pastor.
The 58 minute film can be seen in its entirety by clicking on the video above or by going to: http://www.randallterry.
Some people are eager to exert their power over others. Bribes, rapes, trafficking, business takeovers, and domestic abuse are just a few examples of how people force their will on others. If you have been cheated, falsely accused, or physically attacked, you know the sense of violation and the desire for justice. This abuse of power, forcing one’s will on others, is often seen in government, in business, on the playground, and in too many homes.
An example of this abusive power play is recorded in 1 Kings 21. Naboth would not sell his property to King Ahab. As a result, the king returned to his room and pouted like a spoiled child. His wife, Queen Jezebel, arranged a town meeting in Naboth’s village. She paid two men to lie about him, saying they heard him blaspheming God. Without a trial, Naboth was taken outside the village and stoned to death. Once he was dead, Jezebel gleefully told Ahab that he could now make the property his. Continue reading
As of this writing, tens of thousands of Americans have reportedly died from the coronavirus. Also, 30 million have abruptly lost work.
Scan the headlines these days, and the bad news because of the coronavirus seems to get worse and worse:
- April’s unemployment is described by the Wall Street Journal as “the largest one-month blow to the U.S. labor market on record” (5/3/20). The worst job loss ever.
- “Universities across the country are being hit with lawsuits by students who aren’t satisfied with the refunds they’re being provided after being told to leave campus” (Campusreform.com, 4/27/20).
- As one of six workers are suddenly out of a job, hunger is a growing problem. The AP reports, “Before the pandemic, food policy experts say, roughly one out of every eight or nine Americans struggled to stay fed. Now as many as one out of every four are projected to join the ranks of the hungry” (5/4/20).
Amidst all the bad news, is there any hope? Does America still have a prayer?
Yes. Thursday, May 7, 2020 was the National Day of Prayer. And, boy, did we need it. Continue reading
This year when President Trump renewed the American custom of a National Day of Prayer, within the attendees sat clergy of every denomination, and a number of Jewish Rabbis.
President Trump is consistently scorned by his antagonists and called a racist and an anti-Semite.
The truth is that every time President Trump speaks, and acts, he is pointedly/openly critical of those who are race-haters and those who display anti-Semitic hatred.
Here is what history tells us that ties the Satanic NAZI Fuhrer Adolf Hitler to the famous Theologian Martin Luther. Continue reading
My last two studies covered Romans 1:1 – 17 wherein the word “faith” occurs six times, teaching, among other things that the Gospel of Christ the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to the Apostle Paul “is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,” Romans 1:16. And that same Gospel also reveals the righteousness of God throughout history, i.e., from faith to faith: because faith was required for anyone at any time in history in order for them to be just or righteous before God, Romans 1:17. And it is not faith for faith’s sake; it means faith in God’s Word, true faith, which comes by hearing the Word of God, Romans 10:17. The word “faith” is not found after Romans 1:17 in the first chapter, nor in the second chapter. Instead, we find the other side of the coin of God’s righteousness, so to speak, and that is God’s wrath against those without faith. “For (in the gospel of Christ that reveals God’s righteousness) the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” Romans 1:18. Paul continues in chapter one and throughout the second chapter teaching why God is right and just to pour out wrath on faithless, unrighteous mankind, whether Jew or Gentile. Continue reading