"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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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

CROSSING The T’s STUDY in 2 TIMOTHY – Biblical Precepts and Principles for Pastoral ministry: CHAPTER ONE

INTRODUCTION
: From Barnes Notes we have the following:
In the epistles to the Philippians and to Philemon, written during his first imprisonment, Paul confidently looked forward to a release, and to a speedy departure from Rome. In this second epistle to Timothy, he had no such expectation. Thus he tells the Philippians, (PHIL 2:24) "I trust in the Lord, that I myself shall come shortly." See also PHIL 1:24. In the epistle to Philemon, PHILM 1:22, he says, "But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you."
In this epistle, however, the author had no such expectation.
2 TIMOTHY 4:6,
For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness
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After what some calculate to be about thirty five years in the ministry as an apostle of Jesus Christ, “Paul the aged” is nearing the end of his race. He must soon say goodbye to this world, and to those who he labored with, and most especially the one he referred to as “my true son in the faith”, Timothy. In this, Paul’s last epistle before his execution, he referred to the young man as “a beloved son”.

The tone of this last epistle has a somberness to it, of deep intimacy with this young man who learned much from the elder and apostle. There is a great deal of admonition here, a directness regarding Paul charge to Timothy and a reminder for faithful stewardship.
If first impressions are lasting impressions, then last words are most remembered words.

Can you imagine what it must have been like to have someone like Paul of Tarsus as your personal tutor? A vast intellect, a profound scholarship, a fiery passion, and a warrior’s heart was Paul the apostle.
In contrast, we had Timothy the timid, the sensitive, the thoughtful, devoted to his elders, an avid student and one that had a good reputation (ACTS 16:1-2) which Paul attested and agreed (with the assessment of others regarding this pastor).

The sorrow of this departure between mentor and disciple, and of father and son is but a momentary sorrow; our sorrow is not like that of the ungodly – for they have no hope after death, and we have every hope, placed solely upon the risen LORD of Glory Who defeated sin, death and hell, the LORD Jesus Christ (1 THESS 4:13)!

Like Paul, may we at the end of our own lives say,

2 TIMOTHY 4:7
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith
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So let’s get into the first chapter of this last epistle of the apostle Paul:

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 22

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

NUMBERS 22: “A TALKING DONKEY & A PAGAN PROPHET” – by Sonny Islas

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INTRODUCTION: At this point in the narrative, Israel is closer to Canaan (Israel) than ever before. Number 22 consists of the King of Moab named Balak and a false prophet named Balaam. King Balak is terrified because of Israel’s nearness, so he hires this pagan prophet Balaam to curse Israel – BUT GOD, steps into the picture and causes Balak’s wishes to utterly backfire.

Let’s start by reading:

NUMBERS 22:1-4
1 Then the children of Israel moved and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan across from Jericho. 2 Now Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 3 And Moab was exceedingly afraid of the people because they were many, and Moab was sick with dread because of the children of Israel.” 4 So Moab said to the elders of Midian, “Now this company will lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time
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Thursday, June 23, 2022

IS PRIDE STILL ONE OF THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS? From LAMB and LION Ministries by Tim Moore

To read the original publication of this article by Tim Moore, click here
For 13 years, I served in the Kentucky General Assembly, and repeatedly I would hear other legislators say, "I am a proud Democrat" or "I am a proud Republican."
That statement always sat wrong with me because I was taught from an early age that we should not be prideful about ourselves or our abilities. Confident, yes, but prideful? No!

There's a humility that a Christian should always exhibit, regardless of their capabilities or their giftedness, because all of these gifts come from God. Christians, in our humility, serve Christ and are willing servants. So, such exhibitions of pride sit wrong with me. And so, I've taught myself, my children, and my family not to be prideful.

And yet, right now, America has dedicated an entire month to pride — a sin which is absolutely abhorrent to God — and sexual immorality which has been declared to be an abomination in the Word of God (Gen. 2:24; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Mat. 5:28; Rom. 1:24-27; 1 Cor. 5:1-5; 6:9-10; 1 Tim. 1:9-10; Heb. 13:4).

Contrast this attitude of pride with the humility of Jesus Christ. When Jesus first came, He came lowly as a servant. Jesus said: "Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls" (Mat. 11:28-29 NASB).

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 21

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 21: “FROM DEATH INTO LIFE” – by Albert Lopez
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INTRODUCTION: When it rains it pours! Have you heard this saying? Most of the time people say this because something bad is happening in their lives! It’s not just that something bad has happened that triggers them to say this. A lot of the time it’s because someone has gone from one bad thing to another bad thing to yet again another bad situation.
You might also hear from this person "I can’t catch a break!"
This is when the person can only see death in their situation so to speak and cannot see life anywhere nearby. Sometimes it’s our own decisions or bad choices that get us in these bad situations but regardless it’s human nature to see the glass half empty.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

A Love Beyond Understanding By Kyle Peart | June 5, 2022

We have something special today, an article from ONCE LOST ministries with Flynn Huseby and Kyle Peart. We have a TTUF link to this ministry in RESOURCE section to the right. I highly recommend their articles and materials as a reputable, biblical apologetics and evangelism resource! 

Check out their YouTube Channel here!
Check out an interview that Kyle and Flynn did with host of LOVE For The TRUTH Radio (www.loveforthetruthradio.com), Cindy Hartline: Defenders Of The Faith— ONCE LOST Mins. Kyle & Flynn  

So, without further ado, let's check out what Kyle has to share with us today!

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 20

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 20: “MOSES MESSED UP – BIG TIME!” – by Sonny Islas
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INTRODUCTION: Well, let’s continue to wander with Moses and the gang in the desert as we pick up where we left off last Wednesday in NUMBERS 19.

NUMBERS 20:1-13
1 Then the children of Israel, the whole congregation, came into the Wilderness of Zin in the first month, and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died there and was buried there. 2 Now there was no water for the congregation; so they gathered together against Moses and Aaron. 3 And the people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: "If only we had died when our brethren died before the LORD! 4 "Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here? 5 "And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink." 6 So Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

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