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Saturday, June 30, 2018

PERSECUTOR TO PERSECUTED


Bobservations: 
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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The WHY and HOW to IDENTIFY FALSE TEACHERS



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:

The WHY and HOW to IDENTIFY FALSE TEACHERS?

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Friday, June 29, 2018

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON – A STORY OF PRIDE


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

JEREMIAH THOMAS' LETTER TO HIS GENERATION

JEREMIAH THOMAS and Pastor RUSTY, HIS DAD
The following letter is written by a sixteen year old Christian man, who was a healthy, vibrant,  articulate, athletic, believer in Christ; raised in a godly Christian home and who recently recommitted via water baptism in Christ. His name is 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

LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS - PARTS 14 & 15



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. 



CHAPTER 14

HEALTHY CHURCHLIFE - THE PRACTICAL OUTWORKING

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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BOBSERVATIONS: ZEAL for the LAW is met with GOD'S ZEAL FOR MERCY AND GRACE


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



Living In The Last Days - Part 13

CENTRALITY OF THE CHURCH AND HEALTHY CHURCH LIFE

*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?


CENTRALITY OF THE CHURCH AND HEALTHY CHURCH LIFE


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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LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS - Parts 11 & 12


by A.M. Kisly


Living In The Last Days - Part 11

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

A LIFE OF QUALITY

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

SATAN IS TARGETING YOU!

~ 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

WALKING WITHOUT STUMBLING Part 3 of 4: – The WISDOM and FOLLY of SOLOMON


~ 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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