"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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Thursday, July 4, 2024

A TTUF EXAMINATION OF HEAVEN – PART THREE: The Second Heaven

Space: the Final Frontier…” were the epic words that started a legacy known as Star Trek and has had as much impact on the cultures of the world as that other famous line, “In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit” that brought us to the world of Middle Earth.

And as vast as our galaxy is, to say nothing of the universe itself, we must ponder the question, “Is it really the final frontier?” Once this entire creation and known reality is swept away, GOD is going to create a new heavens and a new earth (REV 21; ISA 66:22)! Think of the excitement we will have in exploring these heretofore unknown frontiers!

But even if one discounts all of that - there is the limitless exploration and discoveries of the mysteries of GOD! You see, what we know of GOD is limited to the inspired canon. That’s not to say that the Holy Scriptures in conjunction with the Holy Spirit doesn’t provide us an astounding amount of revelation about our Creator and Redeemer, it’s simply as the acronym suggests: B.I.B.L.E. Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.

We have all the basics that we need to live godly in Christ Jesus (2 PET 1:3-4); we’re blessed with plenty of knowledge to enjoy a full and rich relationship with the LORD. But once we enter into eternity with glorified bodies and minds, the LORD will be able for the first time, to reveal His nature and all of the Truth that’s personified in His Person with no limitations on our part to grasp it all.

That being said, since He is eternal in His nature, the wealth of knowledge available to us One Day as glorified saints will also be eternal. In other words, we won’t ever stop learning of our glorious GOD. We will be continuously afforded more and more Truth that will in no way contradict the canon of Scripture we have now but will expand upon and exemplify the Holy Scripture with deeper, more profound Truth.

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Saturday, June 29, 2024

The G.E.P.C Study – GALATIANS 5 – PT. 2 of 3

Going Through Paul’s epistles to Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossi

INTRODUCTION: Just as we saw a contention between Law and Grace and the dilemma that many Jews faced between the Old Covenant which they grew up with and the New Covenant which they had yet to become accustomed to, here in this portion of GALATIANS 5 we see another contention between the flesh and the Spirit.

Walking in the liberty afforded to us by Christ and His indwelling Spirit means that for the first time in our lives from the moment we were born again, we can choose to be holy! Think on that for a moment! With the indwelling Spirit we have a new nature as opposed to the old nature.

The new is created after Christ – “the last Adam” and the old which we inherited from “the first Adam” when he fell into sin. We are no longer abject, helpless slaves to sin. Christ has set us free (ISA 61:1; GAL 5:1) and we can live (“walk”) now a life of holiness.

As when any child begins to transfer their mode of transportation from crawling to walking, they aren’t proficient at all to begin with. But they make the effort. They stumble, fumble and fall, but they get back up again. With the able assistance of Daddy and Mommy, they begin to know what it’s like to use their feet (rather than hands and knees). The world looks different from this perspective. They have access to more this way than when they were just adorable ‘rug rats’.

Likewise when we were babes in Christ, we began to walk, and somewhere along the way, we became proficient enough that we weren’t stumbling every hour of the day.

Then we discovered that we could walk between worlds as it were: the kingdom of GOD and a life of holiness or the kingdom from which we came: that domain of darkness where our sin nature (“flesh”) feels at home.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

TRIUMPHANT TRILOGIES – Examining JOHN 12,13 & 14

As we have seen already in ROMANS and in PSALMS, there exists trilogies of sorts in Scripture, three different parts that deals with specific themes of the Scripture.

For example, in ROMANS 6,7 & 8 we see the life of the disciple of Christ in three different aspects: justification and dying to self in Ch. 6, sanctification apart from the Law in Ch. 7 and glorification and our heirship in Ch. 8. Of course there is some overlap between them (Chapter breaks weren’t in the original, nor were verses).

And in PSALMS 22, 23 & 24 we see a trilogy focused on the Messiah: His sacrificial atonement in 22 accomplished in the past, His role as Shepherd over Israel and the church in 23, an ongoing role, and the future Messianic reign expressed in 24.

Now we have before us two sets of trilogies: JOHN 12,13 and 14 along with 15,16 and 17 – all centered around the Passion Week, the last days of Christ on Earth prior to His resurrection.

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Saturday, June 22, 2024

PROVERBS 23:9-12: FOOLS, THIEVES and WISE GUYS

Previously on Wisdom Wednesday I taught on PROVERBS 22:28-29. You can hear it (again) at the SBC YT Channel, entitled: Prosperity: Profitable or Perilous? (posted May 16th).

I dealt with the whole thing regarding “removing the ancient landmarks” – those divided personal properties among the tribes of Israel. Dishonest, greedy folk would move those landmarks to increase the size of their own property, infringing on and diminishing the property of others – thus land theft. I’ll go in a little different direction tonight in vs. 10-11 of PROV 23, focusing instead on the prince of thieves, and no – I’m not talking about Sir Robin of Locksley aka Robin Hood. First, vs. 9:

PROVERBS 23:9
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, For he will despise the wisdom of your words.
PROVERBS 9:8-10 
8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
MATTHEW 7:6
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces
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Monday, June 17, 2024

A PLOT OF THE NEFARIOUS KIND – Examining Satan’s Strategic Psychological Warfare Program – Part One

There is a video series on YouTube at The Fuel Project Channel called KNOW YOUR ENEMY. An excellent series of short videos (over 70) that examines two kingdoms through the course of human history: GOD’s own and also Satan’s.

As Christians our primary objective is to know, love and serve GOD. Only on a secondary basis are we to “know our enemy”; in the sense that we are not to be “ignorant of his devices” (2 COR 2:11) and his "wiles (methodologies; EPH 6:11). We are to be sober (of a serious mind) and vigilant (ever watchful, on guard, wary) of this one who goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 PET 5:8). He is the most subtle, most cunning creature GOD ever created (GEN 3:1).

It's absolutely true that Satan was defeated at the Cross:
COLOSSIANS 2:14-15
14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it [the Cross].
This does NOT mean however that he is no longer dangerous, not a threat, someone we can afford to ignore or dismiss. Were that the case, we would have no need of the Armor of GOD (EPH 6:10-18) that the LORD in His wisdom has provided for us!

This article examines the film NEFARIOUS, based on Steve Deace’s book, A Nefarious Plot. If you haven’t seen this film yet, be advised there are numbers of spoilers in this piece.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL by Joan Peters – A TTUF Book Report

As many of you know that have read articles from the web site I contribute to, The TRUTH Under FIRE (www.thetruthunderfire.com), our endeavor is to:

"herald without compromise the Truth as delivered to the church of the LORD Jesus Christ by way of the Holy Bible. . . and also to dispel deception as found everywhere else, by careful, verified research."

This article is a republishing of a two part article written on The RED PILL Consortium blog condensed into one here with updated links.

This deception is propagated by the 'Matrix-like" machine whose cogs and parts consist of our so-called educational system, various political, governmental and religious organizations and corporations, and our public media, as well as other sources.

One such deception is in regards to the nation of Israel. Most of us believe the situation in the Middle East is as it is, based on what we see, hear and read in the 'news'. What I like to call “the lame stream media”.

This 'information' is utilized to further the goals of those who run 'the Matrix' in order to conform our views and beliefs in accord with the deception and illusion that is perceived as factual, when - in fact - it is a fiction, or as Joan Peters has called it, "a flight from fact" in her book FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL.

There are few credible sources that dispel the darkness of this deception that runs amok throughout the world, but her book is certainly one of them!

Here are some reviews of this tremendous work:

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