"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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Sunday, December 25, 2016

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 21 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE:

By James Fire

Let us remind ourselves of the perspective of the four Gospel accounts, as we laid it out at the very beginning of this study; each expresses a particular view of the Person of Jesus Christ. Mark’s Gospel expresses Christ as the Servant, and represented by the Ox; Luke’s Gospel expresses Christ as the Son of Man, represented by the Man; John’s Gospel expresses Christ as the Son of God, represented by the Eagle, and our Gospel of Matthew expresses Christ as the King of Israel, represented by the Lion (of the tribe of Judah).

Indeed, Jesus or Y’shua is the Messiah, the King of Israel, the “Son of David” as the two blind men who were healed in the previous chapter called Him.
The LORD Jesus manifested the power of the Spirit, under Whose anointing He performed many miracles and healings that were foretold to be accomplished by the Messiah. The LORD pointed to these very works as evidence of His rightful claim and incontestable authority as God the Son and the Messiah-King of Israel (LUKE 7:19-23; JOHN 14:10-11). We will see many examples of His authority in this chapter, and yet for all this, He was still rejected by His people, Israel (this time), just as prophecy indicates (See ISAIAH 53:3)!
And now the saga continues, for in this chapter, Jesus of Nazareth is hailed publicly as “the Son of David” – the Messiah of Israel (His lineage at the beginning of this account proves indeed that He is of the Royal Line of David, both legally through His step-father Joseph and by the Royal blood line through His mother, Mary; and this is a pivotal event in His relationship with the nation. Let us venture to Jerusalem and see this awesome sight . . .
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Friday, December 16, 2016

The DARK NIGHT of The SHACK - By Gregory Reid

According to Wikipeida, "The Shack is [considered] a Christian novel, [written] by Canadian author William P. Young, a former office manager and hotel night clerk, published in 2007.The novel was self-published but became a USA Today bestseller, having sold 1 million copies as of June 8, 2008. It was the No. 1 paperback trade fiction seller on The New York Times Best Seller list from June 2008 to early 2010, in a publishing partnership with Hachette Book Group USA's FaithWords imprint (Hodder & Stoughton in the UK). In 2009 it was awarded the "Diamond Award" for sales of over 10 million copies by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association."

When TTUF co-writer Anne Kisly and myself heard about this story, having understood it's basic and flawed premise, we didn't pay it much mind, until we were stunned to learn that it was a national best-seller, particularly in Christian book stores.


We immediately looked into it and found excellent critiques in two books, upon which we based our respective book reports




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Monday, December 5, 2016

WE COUNT THEM HAPPY WHICH ENDURE

~ By James Fire

The LORD is an everlasting LORD – Whose attributes and holy character endures forever and ever: they are unchanging (immutable) and eternal. Let's read these nine references found in the book of Psalms that describe these attributes of God that endure forever:

The Glory of God endures forever – PSALM 104:31
God’s truth endures forever – PSALM 100:5
God’s goodness endures continuously – PSALM 52:1
God’s mercy endures forever – PSALM 106:1
Consider what PSALM 23:6 states: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me* all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

To “follow” in the Hebrew is radaph and it means to “pursue, to chase down, to overcome with determined intent”! That is the LORD's intent for His children: to pursue, and chase them down and bestow upon them His goodness and mercy - all the days of our lives! . . . 


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

TTUF Review of – DOCTOR STRANGE: A Visitation Into Mysticism


~ By James Fire

To ILLUMINE The NAUGHTY
On New Year’s Day, Jan. 1st 2014 the book, Illuminatiam:The First Testament Of The Illuminati  was published, for all the world to read. When I first learned of this, I was stunned, for I knew enough about this startlingly secret society to know that they would never reveal their full-disclosure themselves, until the world was prepared (by them) to receive them.

“Fear not for your war-stricken, poverty-ridden planet: help is on the way. The Illuminati's path for humanity--our Universal Design--has spanned throughout centuries to safeguard the human species from extinction. As this age of War comes to an end, the new dawn will usher in a society where all people, in all places, can live in Abundance. 

“Now is the time to prepare. Open your mind to learn of the power that gives authority to kings and queens but lives hidden inside every human. The Illuminati's first testament is your life's guide to all that is ahead: 

- Revelations about the Illuminati's role in history
- Decades-old secrets of wealth and prosperity
- How to join the Illuminati in the coming age
- Your true purpose in this world.”

. . . when they were ready to launch their plan for humanity – which would lead to their ‘new age’ and the World Teacher who would inspire the world to embrace its own godhood. 
With the release of this book, I knew that the recruitment of souls would only increase to fever-pitch, and what better means of recruitment than a dramatic presentation ala Hollywood cinema?
This factory of fanciful fiction, that has so successfully captured the visions of the J.K. Rowling stories of Harry Potter, has also produced another current series by Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (and countless other films of fantasy, gods, vampires and what not) which is released alongside of Doctor Strange, the film that we will examine today on The TRUTH Under FIRE.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The PERILS and PERVERSION of PORNOGRAPHY - It's Satanic Influences and Spiritually Destructive Darkness - PART 1

The PERILS and PERVERSION of PORNOGRAPHY - It's Satanic Influences and Spiritually Destructive Darkness – PART 1

By James Fire

WARNING: The following article, PART 1 and 2 is not intended for children. If you are a minor, you are urged to leave and instead, invest your time elsewhere.

Morality is something integral to the revelation of God’s Word. His Law, and specifically the Ten Commandments reveals God-ordained morality with every one of the ‘thou shalt’s and ‘thou shalt not’s. God is eternal and immutable, and so is His Law and Truth, thus morality likewise does not change, despite popular beliefs in our modern times.

Today, people believe that morals are relative and not revelatory; that is, it’s up to people on an individual or even a group consensus basis to determine what is moral and what is immoral and not prescribed by God for mankind; There are some that even espouse an amoral attitude and conduct. The majority reject the idea that morals are based on God’s truth and that we are obligated to obey it. If truth is rejected, not recognized as existent or deemed relative, not only then does justice suffer, but morality as well. And this inevitably leads to the destruction of any society.

The dangers of pornography and the relativism that allows, even extols it, is the subject in today’s TTUF article. . .

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The PERILS and PERVERSION of PORNOGRAPHY - It's Satanic Influences and Spiritually Destructive Darkness - PART 2

The PERILS and PERVERSION of PORNOGRAPHY - It's Satanic Influences and Spiritually Destructive Darkness – PART 2
By James Fire

WARNING: The following article, PART 1 and 2 is not intended for children. If you are a minor, you are urged to leave and instead, invest your time elsewhere.

We continue now with this article, and wish to share some more rather startling statistics that reveals the grim situation we are in; how the porn problem is pandemic in our society. May we as Christians pray fervently that this demonic bondage is broken over the lives of people who’ve been snared in these lethal sins!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 20 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

We sometimes forget that the Bible was originally written without chapter breaks or even verses for that matter. Those came about much later around the 15th century. The divisions of chapters in the Bible are man-made and not at all inspired by God. They were added to make referencing passages easier for us.
We have to remember that keeping things in context many times means ignoring (especially) the chapter breaks – and if we do this, we sometimes gain insights that we might not otherwise have, if we thought that the end of a chapter meant that a new subject would be addressed in the next chapter (as is the case with textbooks, or even fiction).
Where we ended in Chapter 19 of MATTHEW, the LORD Jesus spoke on the spiritual truth that “many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first”

Let us proceed then onto Chapter 20 and see if that thought is maintained and, or gives us any insights into His next declarations and teachings . . .


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Saturday, August 20, 2016

GOD’S CALL TO THE SHEPHERDS of HIS FLOCK.

 ~ By James Fire

One of the simplest and yet more profound representations of the LORD that we see in Scripture is as a Shepherd of sheep. We learn a lot about the LORD through this analogy, and a lot about ourselves as His sheep.

We will look at Scripture that testifies of the LORD’s faithfulness as our Good Shepherd, the things that He does for us, and how He is the perfect example for us who are shepherds of our families, of our congregations, Sunday school, Bible classes or of anyone who’s a starving sheep, that the LORD brings our way that needs spiritual feeding.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT – It’s ROOTS, It’s REALITY and Its RESOLVE PART 1

By James Fire

EZEKIEL 3:17
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

1 PETER 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
:

ACTS 20:29-31
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears
.

2 PETER 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of
.

Over the course of more than three and a half decades I have witnessed once faithful ministers of the Word fall from their own steadfastness and allowed infiltration and corruption by Satan, the great enemy of the church, who is ever seeking to corrupt and pollute the chaste bride of Christ and her purity.
We are in the days of the apostasy; many falling away from the faith; many more will. By God’s grace, may we watch and pray, warn; and exhort, rebuke, reprove with all patience (2 TIM 4:2) those who are steering away from the truth, and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons (1 TIM 4:1).

The following is a two part summary article that is composed of a great many TTUF articles on the subject of the Emergent Church movement. Also included in these articles are the latest news regarding this phenomena, ministry and book links that help expose these heresies and accompanying videos!


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The EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT – It’s ROOTS, It’s REALITY and Its RESOLVE PART 2

By JAMES FIRE


EZEKIEL 3:17
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

1 PETER 5:8 
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

ACTS 20:29-31
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

2 PETER 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

Though the situation in today's world seems grim, and getting darker spiritually all the time; and while we are examining these matters carefully - it's easy to become discouraged, even fearful.

What we must remember is that Christ has obtained already the eternal victory for those of us who are the church. No matter what may happen between now and the time when Christ comes to take us away with Him, we are victorious and have overcome the world - by our faith in Christ Jesus (1 JOHN 5:4).


To ignore these matters is unwise; to become fearful of them is unwarranted! So let us continue in our examination of these issues:

We are going to back-track a bit and look at the precedent of the Emergent Church. What we were led to believe is that the Emergent Church Movement came about when young evangelicals, who looking at the modern church, were entirely dissatisfied, discouraged, even angry at the lack of relevance and meeting the 'real needs' of people. When in fact, it wasn't these youth that was the foundation of this movement.


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Sunday, July 31, 2016

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Seven

By James Fire


We are just about done with the book of Isaiah, however we have a few more verses to consider in the last chapter (66) but then there is much to consider in the Old Testament Scripture regarding the Millennial Reign of the Messiah before we turn to the New Testament Scripture!
One vital point to be made regarding this time period is that it is inextricably linked to the Gospel message. The whole point of salvation is redemption from sin and rescue from the kingdom of darkness, and for fellowship with the LORD and reservations made in the kingdom of God for all who will receive Christ as their Savior.

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

TTUF INTERVIEW with GREG REID – Author of the book, NOBODY’s ANGEL: an autobiography PART 4 of 4

This interview is conducted between myself, James Fire and Greg Reid.

This article comprised of four parts (1-4) is dedicated to the LORD Jesus Christ, to His saint, son and warrior Greg Reid, and to Mark, a precious soul that was stolen from life by the enemy of the church.


Greg's profile:


     Dr. Gregory Reid is a retired Private Investigator with over 20 years’ experience as a contract criminal justice trainer on occult crimes and crimes against children. He is the author of 11 books, including TROJAN CHURCH, A Cry In The Wilderness, The Color of Pain and the recently released War of the Ages: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan's Kingdom.


This article is based on the book, NOBODY's ANGEL (follow this link to purchase your own copy)!


We now continue and conclude this interview with Greg Reid, picking up where we left off in Chapter Twelve



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Friday, July 15, 2016

TTUF INTERVIEW with GREG REID – Author of the book, NOBODY’s ANGEL: an autobiography PART 3 of 4

This interview is conducted between myself, James Fire and Greg Reid.

This article comprised of four parts (1-4) is dedicated to the LORD Jesus Christ, to His saint, son and warrior Greg Reid, and to Mark, a precious soul that was stolen from life by the enemy of the church.


Greg's profile:


     Dr. Gregory Reid is a retired Private Investigator with over 20 years’ experience as a contract criminal justice trainer on occult crimes and crimes against children. He is the author of 11 books, including TROJAN CHURCH, A Cry In The Wilderness, The Color Of Pain and the recently released War of the Ages: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan's Kingdom.


This article is based on the book, NOBODY's ANGEL (follow this link to purchase your own copy)!


Dr. Reid has been in youth ministry since 1975. A graduate of Christ for the Nations Bible School in Dallas, he holds an honorary degree from Logos Graduate School and is an ordained minister with American Evangelistic Association. He is the Director of YouthFire ministry and he served as youth pastor at CrossPoint Church in El Paso for seven years.


And now we will pick up where we left off, in PART 3 of 4 in our interview with Greg . . . 



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Saturday, July 9, 2016

TTUF INTERVIEW with GREG REID – Author of the book, NOBODY’s ANGEL: an autobiography PART 2 of 4

This interview is conducted between myself, James Fire and Greg Reid.

This article comprised of four parts (1-4) is dedicated first of all to the LORD Jesus Christ, secondly to His saint, son and warrior Greg Reid, and also to Mark, a precious soul that was stolen from life by the enemy of the church.

Greg's profile:

     Dr. Gregory Reid is a retired Private Investigator with over 20 years’ experience as a contract criminal justice trainer on occult crimes and crimes against children. He is the author of 11 books, including Trojan Church, A Cry In The Wilderness, The Color of Pain and the recently released War of the Ages: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan's Kingdom.

This article is based on the book, NOBODY'S ANGEL (follow this link to purchase your own copy)!



Dr. Reid has been in youth ministry since 1975. A graduate of Christ for the Nations Bible School in Dallas, he holds an honorary degree from Logos Graduate School and is an ordained minister with American Evangelistic Association. He is the Director of YouthFire ministry and he served as youth pastor at CrossPoint Church in El Paso for seven years. 

If you missed the first article, you can read it here.

And now we will pick up where we left off, in PART 2 of 4 in our interview with Greg . . . 


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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TTUF INTERVIEW with GREG REID – Author of the book, NOBODY’s ANGEL: An Autobiography - PART 1 of 4

This interview is conducted between myself, James Fire and Greg Reid.

This article comprised of four parts (1-4) is dedicated first of all to the LORD Jesus Christ, secondly to His saint, son and warrior Greg Reid, and also to Mark, a precious soul that was stolen from life by the enemy of the church.

Greg's profile:


     Dr. Gregory Reid is a retired Private Investigator with over 20 years’ experience as a contract criminal justice trainer on occult crimes and crimes against children. He is the author of 11 books, including Trojan Church, A Cry In The Wilderness, The Color of Pain and the recently released War of the Ages: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan's Kingdom.

    This article is based on the book, NOBODY'S ANGEL (follow this link to purchase your own copy)!


Dr. Reid has been in youth ministry since 1975. A graduate of Christ for the Nations Bible School in Dallas, he holds an honorary degree from Logos Graduate School and is an ordained minister with American Evangelistic Association. He is the Director of YouthFire ministry and he served as youth pastor at CrossPoint Church in El Paso for seven years. 


    Introduction to this article:

I remember as a child reading true stories about WW II GI’s and their feats of uncommon valor in the face of overwhelming odds, and not just surviving to tell the tale, but walking away from the field of battle as victors and winning warriors. I was spell bound by their accounts of warfare and how they unflinchingly marched headlong into the arena of war that stank of blood and death.

I also remember reading stories of the Holocaust, and the horrid, diabolical treatment the Jews suffered at the hands of the Nazis. The soldiers themselves taking these horrific orders from the top echelon of evil, the High Command officers who were steeped in occult practice and beliefs no less than Adolf Hitler himself.

This article is about one who was a victim, who suffered horrors equitable to those who experienced such in Auschwitz and Krakow – but also one who was and still is a conquering warrior, complete with battle scars and a determination for tactical offensives against the enemy, made resolute by the Spirit of God.

I am in awe of how the LORD has taken this broken soul, who was ravaged by occult and sexual abuses, stripped of his childhood innocence, endowed with dark magick and convinced of God’s hatred for him – to a blood bought saint of God, miraculously healed, body and soul and used in the hand of God as a “burning brand” by which the dark purposes of the enemy are exposed, and who stands as a beacon of hope for such souls that suffered his fate, and an able warrior who has outlasted his adversaries.

Please join me as I interview Greg Reid, author of his own life story, NOBODY’S ANGEL!
I pray that you will discover all that he hopes for the church in these last days: a greater awareness of the enemies tactics, the reality of spiritual warfare, and that no matter how much of a victim Satan might make of any one of us: we are never so full of trepidation and terror, so weakened by a sense of hopelessness, so enshrouded by despair and darkness, that a single cry from the heart to the LORD Jesus Christ can’t break those demonic chains and bring wholeness, healing and salvation through the LAMB OF GOD WHO HAS OVERCOME ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY!



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Monday, June 6, 2016

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 19 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE:

By James Fire

Miraculous healings, divorce, endorsement of Adam and Eve as real people – not Hebrew mythological beings, the model of Kingdom citizens, and an encounter with a rich, young ruler and much more in chapter 19 in our continuing TTUF study on The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE!

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Monday, May 30, 2016

The CANON of SCRIPTURE: SECTION ONE, ARTICLE THREE

SECTION ONE – Article Three: Transitioning from the Old to the New Testament and Establishing the Verification Thereof

By James Fire

LOOKING BACK And LOOKING AHEAD -

Our journey is about two thirds complete, in our general examination of the canon of Scripture as far as Section One is concerned. Again, in Section Two we will return to this subject, but there we will examine certain specifics of various text, letting Biblical scholar F.F. Bruce be our guide. In the first two articles already published we looked at the Old Testament canon, showing how historically, the writings of Moses recorded not only the Word of God, but His miraculous acts as well; such actions as could not be typically accounted for by natural means (despite what the atheist and agnostic critics might say). 
Likewise, upon the opening of a new era as determined by God, miracles came in abundance (such as the time of Elijah, and the opening period of the OT prophets that endured until the time of John the Baptist). Then again, the greatest and most profound of multitudinous miracles occurred during the earthly ministry of Jesus Himself, which we will examine along with the treatment of canonicity of the New Testament writings. Indeed, the miraculous acts of God verify the truth of God, as the truth of God authenticates the miraculous acts. 
For more about miracles, and how they complement the canon of Scripture, see the following article 


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Six


By James Fire

While we are nearly done with the book of Isaiah, we are hardly finished with all that the Scripture has to say about the Millennial Reign of the Messiah! And it seems that towards the end of this book, Isaiah’s intensity and frequency of mention of the Messiah increases, to the point where virtually every chapter and every verse references the King of Israel and His future kingdom there. Last time we covered chapter 61, but we hardly venture into the beginning of the next chapter when we are confronted with even more revelation!

While I made the point already (a few times), redundancy is important in this regard: Zionism in its biblical form is not only legitimate, it is destiny as outlined in prophetic Scripture! We see it everywhere in the written Word; prominently in PSALM 2 – as well as other places, like ISAIAH 62

That being said, there are other forms of Zionism which are to various degrees legitimate, or not, depending on their basis. Certainly occult Zionism as promoted by Rothschilds and other interested parties that have invested considerable finances to the establishment of the modern government of Israel is counter to the absolute and perfect will of God. The fact that it was to a majority degree, the money of such men that helped to bring things together for Israel matters not to God – He even uses Satan for His purposes, how much more the evil men who serve the fallen one? 

Ultimately, we understand that God is sovereign and that He holds all things in His hand; just as He declared that He would bring Israel back “the second time” (ISAIAH 11:11), He has also promised to restore the kingdom of Israel – the pure doctrine of Zionism – under His own rule as the rightful King of Israel.


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Sunday, April 10, 2016

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 18 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

There are times as Christians that we believe we are not to aspire to any ambitions for greatness; that we should not seek to excel but rather remain where we are in a state of presumed piety, claiming nothing for ourselves but that we are sinners of low estate. And as for being humble, yes – never should we seek self-promotion or self-exaltation; that is the way of pride and is antithetical to true greatness and humility. In this chapter, the LORD explains what true greatness is, that we ought to aspire to such greatness, not in our own power or intentions, but according to the will and grace of God. 
When the disciples came to Jesus asking who the greatest in the kingdom of heaven is, the answer was standing right in front of them! Yet the LORD in His humility did not point to Himself as the reply to their question. Instead, He calls for a “little child” to come to Him . . . we will examine this, and much more in Chapter 18 on The TRUTH Under FIRE!


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Sunday, March 6, 2016

STUDIES in the LIFE of PETER – A CALL to ALL SERVANTS of the LORD

By James Fire

These articles are based on the teachings given on FEB 27, 2016 at The ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church: SERVANT-LEADERS Conference - STUDIES IN THE LIFE OF PETER.

WHY DOES GOD NEED SERVANTS? HE IS ALMIGHTY. HE DOESN'T NEED THEM, BUT HE WANTS SERVANTS. WHY?
HE ISN'T INTERESTED IN 'LORDING' OVER SERVANTS AS A TYRANNICAL GOD OF WRATH BUT RATHER, THE LORD DESIRES SERVANTS, WHO WHILE SERVING HIM, WILL LEARN OF THE LORD WHO IS HIMSELF The SERVANT! (the GOSPEL of MATTHEW reveals Christ Who is King; The GOSPEL of MARK reveals Christ Who is Servant. The KING Who is The SERVANT).

MATTHEW 26:40-41
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 17 – The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE

By James Fire

In the previous article, we looked at MATTHEW 16, and in the study we particularly noted verse 28 where He said:

MATT 16:28
28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Many have wrongly assumed that this meant that the LORD's Second Coming would be within the life time of some of those who heard Him make this declaration. But as we examine this passage in light of the parallel passages in the other Gospel accounts, we will, by the Spirit of God rightly discern what the LORD meant by this. We will also learn more about the ministry of John the Baptist; witness the deliverance of another demon possessed person and the rudiments of faith, the essence of salvation and the LORD's perspective on taxation. All that and more in this chapter of 27 verses. So let's get ready to partake!


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Sunday, February 14, 2016

The CANON of SCRIPTURE: SECTION ONE, ARTICLE TWO

SECTION ONE – ARTICLE TWO: The JOURNEY CONTINUES, TRAVELING THE TORAH and BEYOND

By James Fire

HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION – 

Any building is only as firm as the foundation upon which it is built. From this observation, we consider that all of the books of the Bible are founded upon previous revelation. The authentication of the New Testament is based on that which was proposed, promised and prophesied in the Old Testament. Likewise the epistles of the New Testament are based on the Gospel accounts of the teachings of Christ Himself, Who is in fact, the very foundation and 'founder' of the Truth

We must affirm and emphasize that canon of Scripture was never determined by the church; rather, it was discovered by the church (and Israel before her) when God revealed His Word to His saints. How was the Word of God recognized as opposed to other writings which may have made such claims as being Divinely inspired?

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