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Monday, July 2, 2018


The following article was written by Greg Reid, of Youthfire! ministries and appears here by permission, unedited and unabridged from its original published date of February 13, 2014.

Jesus IS my life. I will not give Him 10% of my money, time or obedience. By His grace, I will lay my life down at His feet and give Him 100%. I am not my own.

Proverbs says that life and death is in the power of the tongue. More people have been destroyed by lying, criticism, judgmentalism and gossip than by any war. Before I speak, I will weigh my words, and the consequences. I will pray, “Set a watch at my lips, O Lord.”

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Sunday, July 1, 2018


~ By James Fire

There are many people who insist that there is no difference among all the religions of the world; that they are all basically the same (and there is some merit to this, see the “TWO RELIGIONS” video at the conclusion of this final study of MATTHEW). Aside from addressing the obvious differences of monotheism, polytheism and pantheism, there are diametrically opposed differences between Islam and Hinduism, and the even more drastic differences between those two, Talmudic Judaism and biblical Christianity.

The one factor that separates Christianity from ALL world religions is the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Suppose for a moment that Jesus was just a man and made the claim (as He did) that He would rise from the dead on the third day; a bold claim to be sure – but once He was laid in the tomb, and three days later if He didn’t rise from the dead, and then three days turned to a week, then two weeks – and He still didn’t rise again, that claim would be proven false. Everything that He said, everything He did, would then become invalid. Without the hope of the resurrection, what hope would we then have?

It’s as the apostle Paul stated:

1 COR 15:17-22
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Such high stakes in establishing a ‘new religion’ would not warrant such a gamble which, by the laws of probabilities, could not possibly happen, even if someone were to make such a rash prediction. Yet Christ did rise from the dead, on the third day, just as He promised!

We now turn to the final chapter of The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE! And as we know, it has a happy, no – far more: a blessed ending, to say the least!

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Saturday, June 30, 2018


by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

A few weeks ago, we were talking about how zealous minds will zealously meet with those with whom they disagree. Such was the zeal of Saul, the young man consenting to the stoning of Stephen. Because Saul was a true believer in the Laws of Jehovah, he was tenacious in his persecution of Jesus’ Church. Religious zealotry has always been the bane of every faith system.
There are religions and whole cultures in the world that have taken up Saul’s mission to put an end to Jesus’ teachings once and for all. There are two and three difficulties with their plans, however. The first and most obvious is what Jesus said in Matthew 16: “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” [That’s the Son]

The second problem that anti-Christian doctrines have is from God Himself as He makes a promise to Abraham, a man who was following God’s directions by faith: “I will bless those that bless you, and curse those that curse you” (from Genesis 12). God was speaking to Abraham, a man of faith, and to his descendants, who would follow that faith. [That’s the Father]

And therein lies “the rub,” that the promise of the Abrahamic Covenant was not going to simply follow the biological seed of Abraham, but follow his Spiritual seed that shared his faith in God. This is further evidenced by Saul’s (Paul’s) later Epistle to the Romans (9:4-8). “Not all Israel is Israel.”

The third difficulty is of a more spiritual nature. How does one kill off an ideology? How can one limit or kill the Spirit of God? No one can kill God, for He is eternal. [That’s the Spirit]

All these serve to reinforce the issue of God’s protection over the Believer’s life, and the Believers’ mission to take the Gospel everywhere. And in today’s teaching, Saul’s zealous hatred for God’s only begotten Son is confronted directly by Jesus Himself, even as Saul continues his path of destruction. 

~~~ Remember that we are protected; God’s enemies are not. ~~~

“But they rebelled, and vexed His Holy Spirit: therefore He was
turned to be their enemy, and He fought against them,” ~ Isaiah 63:10
The warnings of Gamaliel are fulfilled. ~ Acts 5:38,39

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Here we present yet another new TTUF contributing writer, Josh Boubion, assistant pastor of Calvary Chapel Appleton. Here is his bio he provided for us:

Joshua Boubion was born April 3rd, 1985, in Tucson Arizona. Raised with a single mother, low income, a younger sister and three older brothers. The Lord broke him down at age 13, [when] one night he decided to commit suicide and give up on this life. Instead he decided to die to himself and trade in for His righteousness He freely gives at the cross. 

Since then God has used him in teaching the Word of God to equip the saints for the work of the Ministry. From youth, college, and adults in seeing fellowships formed by the Lord. Currently an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel Appleton, with a beautiful wife, and 3 children serving the Lord. 

Josh’s full bio is posted on our TTUF team page: to view this page, go here to visit all of our members!

So without any further delay, here is the message from Josh:


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Friday, June 29, 2018


INTRO: We here at The TRUTH Under FIRE are blessed to announce that we have assembled a new team of guest writers who will periodically share biblical insights, lessons and informative, encouraging articles by the grace of God: We have Greg Reid, and pastors Bob LawrenzSonny Islas and Josh Boubion, with prospects of some more potential members that, LORD willing may join our TTUF Team as researchers, administrative assistants and writers (you can view the biographies of all our TTUF team members here; Sonny Islas' and Josh Boubion's will be posted soon).

Here is a brief biography of Sonny:
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Sunday, June 24, 2018


The following letter is written by a sixteen year old Christian man, who was a healthy, vibrant, articulate, athletic, and raised in a godly Christian home, who recently recommitted and water baptized in Christ named Jeremiah Thomas. Then his life suddenly changed in a dramatic, seemingly tragic way . . .

I first read about Jeremiah when my co-author, Anne Kisley of The TRUTH Under FIRE posted his prayer need on Facebook. As I read about him and his plight, I began to tear up. This healthy, godly young man was afflicted with terminal bone cancer of the most aggressive and deadly sort.

We began praying for him at our Saturday night prayer meetings, and at church. We plead and wept and interceded for him and his family. People on Facebook formed new FB pages dedicated to praying for and ministering to Jeremiah and his family, bringing what encouragement we could by prayer and financial assistance.

He is the son of pastor Rusty Thomas and his wife Kendra and brother to 12 siblings. And he is a valiant warrior for Christ - when confronted with this cancer, his prayer was - and is - "LORD I am not worthy of Your healing, but You will always be worthy of my praise!"
Amazing! And his fervent desire is to see abortion ended in the State of Texas: still, even when most people would focus on their own need and deadly dilemma of cancer, Jeremiah is undeterred, prayerful, and reaching out to governors in Texas and Oklahoma and beseech them, implore them to end the holocaust of abortion.

Impressive? To say the least. You haven't heard the half of it yet! Let's hear him tell his own story! BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE UPDATE AT THE CONCLUSION OF THIS ARTICLE!

For the video version of this letter, read by Jeremiah himself, go here.

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Thursday, June 14, 2018


The following two chapters concludes this series, 

Living in the Last Days!

May we keep a continual posture of dependence upon God and maintain a humble and contrite spirit throughout our pilgrim journey on this earth. May the Lord God cause His face to shine upon us and enable us to persevere until the end. 



Healthy church-life is not something that develops spontaneously. It does not mean that whenever a group of Christians come together as a congregation, even though they may be sincere, that healthy church-life will develop. What are some characteristics and features that contribute to and constitute healthy church-life? Let us now ponder over some features which make up healthy church-life in practical outworking.           

It is fundamentally the people of God who contribute to healthy church-life. The children of God, in one sense, can make or break healthy church-life. It is not something static but rather, it is dynamic, either growing in quality with the passing of time or degenerating, as the case may be. It would very much depend on the response and cooperation of the believers involved in that context. Knowing this, we must ensure that we fulfil our roles and responsibilities in church-life, and we must guard against just being mere "spectators" looking in, as it were, at church-life and giving critical comments rather than being part and parcel of church-life itself and seeking to contribute positively in any way that is fitting in the eyes of God.

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I would like to take a moment to introduce you to one of our new contributors and guest writers for TTUF.

Bob Lawrenz and his lovely wife, Norine, have been personal friends of my mine and my husbands for many years.  He is Senior Pastor of Whitestone Christian Fellowship in Victor, New York, and the writer of the Bobservations column that is being presented here to you today.  What are Bobservations? They are concise observations of scripture written in devotional style from Pastor Bob to his flock.  Thus you have Bobservations.

Along with being given permission to share these Bobservations with you, we have also made his audio teachings available (still being uploaded to our website) here:  Bible Study Teachings - Pastor Bob Lawrenz.

You can read more of his bio here: Pastor Bob Lawrenz

We are so blessed to have him as a contributor to TTUF, and look forward to the biblical insight and wisdom he imparts to us through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

With that I present to you:

Zeal for the Law is met with God's Zeal for Mercy and Grace!
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018


Living In The Last Days - Part 13


*This series is used with permission by the writer, Quek Koh Choon

Before we get into part 13 of this series, a few words . . .

I believe that a healthy church not only believes in the soon return of Jesus Christ (the rapture), but is waiting and preparing herself for His return. 

I know that there are many believers who are all over the place in what they believe about the rapture of the church, but we here at TTUF believe in a pre-trib rapture as the scripture teaches.

Living in the last days,  Titus 2:12–13 says that the grace of God teaches us “to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

This passage identifies that “blessed hope” as the glorious appearing of Jesus Christ, our great God and Savior! No question about it!!

The true church has the joyful assurance that God will extend His blessings to us and that Jesus Christ will soon return. We are waiting for this glorious event to happen imminently. Why do we believe this? Because Jesus said He would return (John 14:3), the angels said He would return (Acts 1:11), and the epistles say He will return. The rapture will be announced by the voice of the archangel and the Trump of God. The bodies of those who have died will rise first, then we which are alive will be 'caught up' together in the clouds. Our bodies will be changed, we will see Him as He is, and we will be together with Him forever.(1 Thessalonians 4:13–18). 1 Corinthians15:52 says that this will happen "in the twinkling of an eye".  The true church will be waiting, and watching, and hoping, and preparing as the bride makes ready herself for the bridegroom.

The apostate church are not so.  They are like those in 2 Peter 3:4 saying,
"Where is the promise of His coming?  For all things continue as they were." They are not watching or waiting or preparing themselves for the appearing of or Lord, Jesus Christ. Why?  Because they deny Christ, and inevitably will deny the Second Coming because it is associated with judgment.

As you go through this part of the series, keep these things in mind.  Are you saved? Have you surrendered to God?  Are you sharing the gospel with the Lost?  Are you prepared to suffer for His name's sake? Are you watching and waiting for His return?  Are you prepared to meet the Lord in the air?


We continue to focus on what we can do to ensure that we stand in the last days. In 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10, we see clearly that God has called a people to be His, not just individuals, although individuals are important to Him. It is God's desire and plan that a group of individuals should be called out to be His people, His nation and His priests. It is therefore imperative that the believers, filled with the Spirit of God, should grow and develop towards maturity in the context of God's calling. The child of God should not stand alone and seek to grow alone. It has to be within the context of the church and healthy church-life. The believer must recognize that he is a member of the family of God and he should take his proper place in the local congregation. Notice the term "healthy church-life". It is not just a group of Christians coming together, but rather God's people congregating together after the pattern that God has prescribed in the Scriptures, manifesting the life of God in practical church-life. We see therefore that one aspect of ensuring that we stand in the last days is to grow and develop in the context of the church of God and in the context of healthy church-life. Why is it so, we may ask? 

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by A.M. Kisly

Living In The Last Days - Part 11

*This series is used with permission by the writer, Quek Koh Choon 


We continue to focus on what we can do to ensure that we stand in the last days. A major area we need to look into is to build a life of quality. There may be some overlapping truths with the areas of character and commitment; however, a life of quality is something so important that it should be looked at on its own. In this respect, we would be considering some significant aspects that reflect a life of quality.

The first aspect we can ponder upon is an adequate and wholesome knowledge of God and the truths in Christian living. For the child of God, without this adequate and wholesome knowledge, there can be no life of quality. Spiritual life would be superficial and with worldly influences and pressures present in abundance, the child of God would certainly be tossed to and fro in his faith and understanding. He would then be easily led astray by false teachings and wrong emphasis. In addition, it becomes very much easier for the child of God to pursue "beliefs" colored by deception and distortion.

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Monday, June 11, 2018


~ By Anne Kisly

Target retailers all across America have set up displays in their stores promoting ‘gay pride’.  No matter where we go today, we are bombarded with seduction, and no matter how much the world seeks to ‘normalize’ aberrant and sinful behavior, it can never change what it is!  

While this world seeks to desensitize and convert you, remember God has set the moral standard, and on His standard we stand.
'Desensitization' means subjection the public to a continuous flood of gay-related advertising as norms. 
'Conversion' means the conversion of the average American's emotions, mind, and will, through a planned psychological attack, in the form of propaganda fed to the nation via the media. 
God sets the standards for our lives, "For in Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28)  There is No Compromise!  You cannot in your hearts and minds accept the world’s standards without making God a liar.  Christian take heed! 
Pride is Sin!  “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness.  All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.” (Mark 7:21-23)    Pride is indeed a sin and as the passage says, it “defiles a person.”  Pride makes you unclean and impure.   

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018


~ By James Fire

We have examined the lives of Samsonl  a Judge of Israel and Saul the first king of Israel; now we will turn our attention to the third person in this examination on how to walk without stumbling: Solomon, the third king of Israel (David his father, of course, being the second and God’s destined and approved man for the throne). 

Hopefully, prayerfully we will learn by these examples of failure on how NOT to walk and thereby avoid the same ‘stumblings’ as these men. The last Person we will look at in this four-part series is our Savior – the LORD Jesus Christ, the only legitimate example of spiritual perfection that we, by the Spirit of grace, are enabled to follow.

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Monday, May 28, 2018


~ By James Fire

In JOHN 7:37-39 the LORD declared:
37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

The Spirit of God was not yet given, but once the LORD completed the work for which He was sent to Earth, and the Father glorified Him via the crucifixion and made His soul an offering for sin (ISAIAH 53:10), the opportunity for saints to be indwelt by the Spirit of God, sealed by the Spirit Who is our earnest in fact became a reality (2 COR 1:22)! No other age in all the history of the Bible afforded such an astonishing privilege as to literally become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 COR 3:16)! This is something distinct with the body of Christ, the church of the living God (1 TIM 3:15) in this present age. However, once the Messiah returns to this Earth that He also purchased with His own blood (REV 5:9) Israel will receive Him and the prophecy of EZEKIEL 36:26 will be fulfilled (ZECH 13:6; ROM 11:26).

Yet where we are now in the study of MATTHEW is the midst of that ministry of sacrifice, atonement, propitiation, redemption and judgment. Our LORD, our LAMB of GOD Who takes away the sin of the world (JOHN 1:29), was cut off from the land of the living: for the transgressions of His people Israel, was He stricken (ISAIAH 53:8) . . .
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Saturday, May 26, 2018


~ by James Fire

This word “worship” is a contraction of 'worth-ship' but that's a little hard to pronounce so we say ‘worship’. We focus on the 'worth-ship' of Jesus Christ, Who indeed is worthy of all our praise and adoration! Amen?

The LORD Jesus said in:
JOHN 4:23-24
. . . the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers* shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.
*- Note that it says “true worshipers” as opposed to false worshipers. In Leviticus we have an example of false worship: 

LEV 10:1-3
10 And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange* fire before the Lord, which He commanded them not. 2 And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord.

*- The strange fire was incense that was not according to the command of the LORD, Who gave specific instructions for the production of this implement of worship: myrrh, cinnamon, kaneh bosem, cassia and olive oil. Nadab and Abihu decided ‘to do their own thing’ and come up with incense of their own. Look what happened.

The LORD Jesus observed of the religious leaders of His day:
MATT 15:8-9
8 This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

So, we can rightly deduce that teaching the doctrines of the commandments of God is worshiping God rightly.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Another Word from the Wall - HOW's YOUR DECEPTION DETECTOR?

~ By Greg Reid,

Where do I even begin? One of the advantages of the internet is I can keep up with everything that’s going on out there. One of the disadvantages of it is I have to keep up with everything that’s going on out there! 

It would be easier in some ways not to look at everything that comes across my desk. But God reminds me that a watchman’s job is not to hang out in Starbuck’s Jerusalem but to stay on the wall and make sure everyone knows what is happening, to warn of danger. I get to do the Starbuck’s thing on occasion but most of my time is by necessity and calling doing THIS. And there is just so much to report all the time, and my prayer is that I can always provide godly perspective in these times that are surely nearing Jesus’ return.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

The RAPTURE and The Tribulation of Seven Years (aka DANIEL’s 70th Week)

~ By James Fire

In the days of Noah rainfall was a thing unheard of; the world was irrigated by a heavy mist that rose up from the ground, spread out and saturated everything (GEN 2:6).
So, when Noah (1) began building a 450’ long barge (2) (GEN 6:14-16) in the middle of dry land, and warned of a time yet to come, when the skies would open up and shed cascades of water, as well as the fountains of the deep erupting like geysers, flooding the Earth (GEN 7:11), he was mocked for such a ridiculous idea.
But just as the world mocked Noah for the idea of water falling from the heavens, the world mocks the church because we talk about the living and the dead in Christ disappearing from the Earth suddenly in a rapture, rising up and leaving this world for heaven. And this event could occur at any moment (I might not be able to finish this teaching)!

Yet the warning of coming Judgment still issued from the mouth of Noah
(3), for 120 years’ worth of preaching (4) (2 PET 2:5; GEN 6:3)!

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Sunday, April 15, 2018


~ By James Fire

Prophetically speaking the Bible has much to say about Israel and the Messiah of Israel, and to understand where we are on God’s Prophetic time table, we only have to look to Israel.

It’s not always appreciated in our day, that Israel as a national entity didn’t exist for almost 1900 years (from 70 AD when the nation was dispersed by the Roman Empire until MAY 14, 1948).

For the last 70 years, the Jewish people have been brought back into the land, established once again as a national entity, with their own government, their own economy, an updated form of Hebrew, their own social structure and military – one of the greatest in the world; their Air Force is second to none! Quite an accomplishment! Their historical heritage is restored and preserved.

NEVER in all the history of humanity has this ever happened to a nation; Israel is the first and only people to have been dispersed and brought back and re-established after almost two millennia! And the Bible, the Word of God predicted that this would happen, not once, but twice – but not a third or fourth time!

ISAIAH 11:11a-12b
11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, [from all the world over], and from the islands [coast lands] of the sea. 12 . . . and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

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Monday, April 2, 2018


~ By James Fire

There are those that see the crucifixion of Christ as a martyr dying for a cause; martyrs however may offer their lives for some purpose, belief or organization, or nation and are victims of their oppressors. This is not the case with the LORD Jesus Christ – He willingly offered His life; no one took His life from Him (JOHN 10:17-18). Many haters of the Jewish people will refer to them as ‘Christ-killers’ – and while the religious leaders of that day had their hand in this deed, so did the Romans – and truth be told, so did I: it was my sin that nailed Him to the cross!

Far from being merely a victim, the LORD Jesus Christ achieved the ultimate victory in this paradoxical performance of propitiatory atonement:

In weakness like defeat, He won the victor's crown;
Trod all our foes beneath His feet, By being trodden down. “He Satan's power laid low: Made sin, He sin o'erthrew.Bowed to the grave, destroyed it so; And death by dying slew.

Let us begin our procession into this, the Holy of Holies – the offering up of the atoning blood of our LORD and Savior . . .

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The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Eleven

~ By James Fire

I had no idea when I began this series that it would extend beyond ten articles, but here we are on the 11th installment and we still haven’t completed the Old Testament survey of this remarkable time yet future known as the Millennial Reign of Christ! The preponderant evidence of such a period of time as revealed by the Scriptures is a matter of fact. It cannot be explained away, spiritualized or allegorized. Nothing except a literal reading and explanation makes sense of all of this.

When the Messiah returns to Earth, He will come as a ruling King, and no King is without a Kingdom – obviously the very term ‘Messiah’ is by definition, the King of Israel – not a king over Gentiles (though He most certainly shall reign over all the world), not the King of the church – Christ is the Head of the Church, and LORD, but where in Scripture does it explicitly state that Christ’s office over the church is as her King? The Messiah will reign over the Kingdom of Israel (ACTS 1:6-7).

Let’s now proceed with our examination of the book of Daniel and see what the LORD had revealed to him.

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Monday, March 19, 2018


A Newsletter -Word from the Wall
March, 2018

I think I mentioned in my last letter that there had been someone making a YouTube video trying to prove that I was a fraud, etc. He’s a pretty committed pagan Satanist type and he did make a second video. He may have made more by now. At first I was going to post my resume and certified classes I taught in criminal justice online, then I thought better of it. Please pray for me to have the grace not to respond to the vicious, ugly attacks of the enemy. I have to move forward with this calling until the end, and I can’t let myself be distracted. These attacks don’t just come from “the dark side” and occult/pagan/New Age sources, but increasingly, from believers who are ensnared in occultic practices within the church and are extraordinarily sensitive to any kind of concern or correction. 

As I ask God for more grace in my presentations, I realize it does not change the responses. People are increasingly losing the ability to have an ear to hear in the western church. We are still obligated to speak the truth. As my favorite theologian Walter Martin used to say, “Speak the truth. Speak in love, but for God’s sake – speak it!

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Saturday, January 20, 2018


~ By James Fire

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

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 Part 2 of 4: A Four Part Series Examining the Lives of Samson, Saul, Solomon and the Savior

~ By James Fire


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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