"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

THINK ON THESE THINGS – PHIL 4:8-9


PHIL 4:1-9
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow laborers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always: and again, I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful about nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you
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Paul the apostle, in writing this epistle to the church at Philippi, pours out his heart to these saints – here in chapter 4 he calls them “dearly beloved” twice in verse 1; also “longed for” “my joy” and “my crown”. He exhorts them in this chapter to “stand fast”, “to rejoice in the LORD”, “to not be anxious for anything”. He encourages them to “prayer and supplication”, and to “thanksgiving”. He reminds them that the peace of God is available to them and can “keep their hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WALKING WITHOUT STUMBLING A Four Part Series Examining the Lives of Samson, Saul, Solomon and the Savior

PART II-A: WALKING WITHOUT STUMBLING – SAUL: HIS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

We now turn to the second character in this study, the person of Saul, from the tribe of Benjamin. We begin this study in 1 SAM 8, where we find the prophet (and judge) of Israel, Samuel, in his old age – and he had appointed his sons as judges over Israel, but they did not walk in the ways of their father (vs. 3).
It was then that the elders of Israel came to Samuel in Ramah:

1 SAM 8:5-9
5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now
make us a king to judge us like all the nations. 6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. 
7 And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

This is heartbreaking to read, particularly when we think on all that the LORD did for these people, according to His tender mercies and grace – and yet for all that, the people reject Him as their King, wanting a mere man instead – just like the other nations.
It is an indictment against Israel, and even more so against the church of Jesus Christ today, when we look to the world and desire to model ourselves after them. We adopt their music, we admit their philosophies, we accept their amorality, we agree with their view of the Scriptures – all because we want to be ‘seeker-sensitive’ and not ‘offend’ them.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD - PART 2 of 2

By James Fire


HEBREWS 12:18-29
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet, once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet, once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire
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In this second part of the article THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, we will consider more mountains representative of the kingdom of God - and of Israel. In the first half we already looked at four of them, so we will turn our attention to the other three.


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Saturday, December 9, 2017

THE SEVEN MOUNTAINS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD - PART 1 of 2

By James Fire

That which is known as the NEW APOSTOLIC MOVEMENT believes the church must dominate all aspects of this world, ‘Christianizing’ it by instilling Christian beliefs and morals (even if there is no genuine salvation). This movement holds to the false doctrine of Dominionism, meaning that until the church achieves dominion over all the world, Christ cannot come back to rule and reign.

There are seven ‘mountains’ or domains that NAR wants to dominate in this world: 
1) Education 2) Religion 3) Family 4) Business 5) Government/Military 6) Arts/Entertainment and 7) Media.

The reason I bring this up is because I want to talk about Seven Mountains in the Holy Scriptures, both Old Testament and New, but before I do, it must be made absolutely clear that this has NOTHING to do with NAR doctrine or the bad theology behind Dominionism.

HEBREWS 12:18-29
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet, once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet, once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Wherefore, receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

Mountains are quite often a symbol in the Scriptures for the Kingdom of God and in a lesser sense, the various kingdoms of this world. It makes sense to use a mountain as a symbol for the Kingdom of God. The ‘King of the Mountain’ is Jesus – because He is the servant of all, taking the lowest place, and willingly offered Himself as our sacrifice on the Hill of Golgotha.

Those who prove to be the most faithful (note: NOT more successful) in their service to the LORD will rank higher in the Kingdom (MATT 23:11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.); the less faithful ranking lower.
We read about how the Kingdom of God will come about and the Messiah will rule and reign – and it isn’t by the church ‘taking charge in Jesus Name’.

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

WALKING WITHOUT STUMBLING A Four Part Series Examining the Lives of Samson, Saul, Solomon and the Savior

The following four-part series is based on a Men’s Retreat held on MAY 27-28 2013.

The Scripture admonishes us as believers to “walk in the Spirit” and by so doing, we will not “fulfill the lusts of the flesh” (GAL 5:16). 

We want to walk in victory, in the life that the Spirit gives to us, without stumbling, and falling into sin.

This is not to say that we will ever – while in these corrupted bodies upon which the curse of sin remains until they too, like our hearts, are redeemed at the coming of the LORD (ROM 8:23) – walk in sinless perfection, as is believed by some, but that we are to grow in the knowledge and grace of our LORD and in holiness (2 PET 3:18; 2 COR 7:1).

Just as babes take their first steps, they tumble and fall as they teeter, trying to gain a sense of balance and coordination but grow and mature and finally walk effortlessly with assured confidence; we also as saints, should mature spiritually until we walk with assured confidence in Christ and His enabling Spirit. 

Yet just we adults may still stumble and fall occasionally, so too we saints may do so. It should be the aim of every disciple of Christ to establish safeguards and parameters, lessons and living in such a way that promote a walk without stumbling.

In this study we will examine the lives of four men; their challenges, struggles, weaknesses, downfalls as well as their victories and successes: Samson, who was a Judge of Israel; Saul, the first King of Israel; Solomon, the second King of Israel from the tribe of Judah and finally the LORD Jesus Christ the Messiah and Ultimate King of Judah – in whom there was never any downfall, though He had met many challenges, and succeeded with unequaled supremacy!


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 26 – Part 2 The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

We left off in the first half of MATTHEW Ch. 26 where the LORD dropped a bomb-shell on His beloved – basically declaring that He would soon die by the most excruciating means possible: crucifixion (MATT 20:19).
Peter made an oath, that though all the others might be offended in Him, He would never be (and the other disciples said likewise). The LORD prophesied that he would deny Him not just once or even twice, but three times!
The LORD lets it rest and leads His followers to Gethsemane – and we witness all of that which transpires; everything from the unlawful trials He went through, the Satanic influences that inflamed the Sanhedrin as well as the society in Jerusalem – this is where we pick up on PART 2:

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