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Saturday, December 29, 2018

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter Four


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire     

Notes on GENESIS 4 (and 5) by Lambert Dolphin - Adam's Account Part II: 

Commentary on GENESIS by Ray Stedman -

Chapter Four – by pastor Sonny Islas
[Note: supplemental commentary and notations in italics are mine, James Fire].


At this point God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden due their disobedience lest they stay there and eat of the Tree of Life and live in their sinful state forever. Eve chose to obey the word of Satan and Adam chose to obey the word of Eve, when they all should have obeyed the Word of God. In their fallen sinful condition, Eve gives birth to two sons, Cain and Abel.

GENESIS 4:1 
And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord.

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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Trust & Obey

by Pastor Josh Boubion

Many believers in their walks with the Lord come to a place where they just can’t take on the burden of not being used as much as they want to be used by the Lord. They look back at their walk of countless years of bearing the burden of the Cross. Because they don't see where the LORD is using them to any great effect, they mourn, and become determined and ambitious to begin a work on their own that they hope God will bless.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

TTUF Recommendation for Warren Smith

Warren Smith is a name recognized by any Christian who has done research into the Emergent Church Movement, as well as the New Age Spirituality, among other false and imposing doctrines that are infiltrating the church.

From his own website: FROM The NEW AGE to AMAZING GRACE: www.warrenbsmith.com/

"Warren B. Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University)—A free lance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked as a Hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, television, and at seminars and conferences."

Warren now has a youtube channel and we are eager to watch and learn the latest that he brings to the body of Christ as a true watchman on the wall, discerning and warning of the apostasy and leaven that the enemy seeks ever to infest the body of Christ with.

Visit often both his website and his youtube channel - and if you haven't read any of his books yet, get some! You will be enriched in your knowledge necessary to spot and reject the falseness of doctrines and practices which are unbiblical.

We have used his materials in many of our own articles, particularly the ones on Rick Warren, TTUF Profile on RICK WARREN using his book Deceived On Purpose, as well as FALSE TEACHINGS, FALSE PEACE and FALSE CHRIST (Part 1 of 3) based largely on False Christ Coming, Does Anybody Care?

May the LORD bless, keep and use our brother Warren for His great glory and kingdom!


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Monday, December 10, 2018

TTUF Presents Lambert Dolphin's "Prayer 101"

I have been blessed throughout my Christian life by some excellent teachers; Chuck Smith, Dave Hunt, Chuck Missler and so many others I've sat under in various local churches in both New York and Arizona.

These elder saints have gleaned so much wisdom, knowledge, love and compassion from the LORD that is evidenced by their ministry and lives and poured these out selflessly to the glory of God.

Lambert Dolphin is yet another godly saint that has been used as a vessel of the LORD to enrich His body with solid, biblical and grounded teaching and I've been granted the privilege of interacting with him on Facebook! I asked him, after examining his website, if I might share some of his articles on TTUF and he graciously permitted me to do so with the utmost of liberality.

With so many subjects covered on his website I felt like a kid in a candy shop, but I was immediately drawn to this article you have before you.

I pray that this will greatly bless and encourage us to put into practice what we will learn here!

Without any further delay, let's find out what brother Lambert has to share with us!


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Saturday, December 8, 2018

The HEAVEN-SENT GIFT of GOD


Let’s take a journey, all of us, to that realm of eternity, before time and space themselves were created, in the hallowed halls of heaven, where the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (ROM 1:20; COL 2:9; 1 JOHN 5:8) entered the Father’s office and closed the door for a confidential meeting that left the angels curious.

Long before God said, “Let there be light” this meeting was held by these Three Who knew the end even before the beginning (ISAIAH 46:10).
They discussed how it would go with Lucifer, how he would instigate a rebellion in which a third of the angels would follow him (ISAIAH 14; EZEK 28; REV 12:4). How Adam would yield to his wife and partake of the forbidden fruit (GEN 3:6) and thereby plunge the entire human race into the dreadful curse of sin, death, destruction and damnation (1 COR 15:21-22).

They would have to judge and condemn the human race for their sin: The absolute holiness integral to God’s very nature could not possibly demand anything less (EZEK 18:4,20).
Yet God also declared His unconditional love for these souls who had not then even been born (JOHN 3:16).
How could the judgment of God against wickedness be upheld without condemning man to an eternity of hell (REV 14:11)?

How could He demonstrate His absolute love for them without compromising His holiness?


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GOSPEL PRESENTATION – TURNING POINT TOWARDS ETERNITY


Life is full of turning points; we have all experienced them; where our life was heading in a certain direction, then an event happened, or a decision was made, and it affected the remainder of our life by going in a different direction. 

Sometimes we wonder, had we made a different decision in life, where it would have led.
Turning points include the choices we make: in who we make friends with, what hobbies or activities we engage in, where we go to school, what we major in, in college; what job we take, where we decide to move to, who we marry. All these decisions affect the path of life we are on. Turning points can lead to great blessing or terrible tragedy . . .

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TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – CHAPTER 3: The Seven Churches - Part Two


We will now continue to examine the seven churches. I have previously studied these churches on my blog FROM The MIND of FIRE, so we will simply re-post those articles here, continuing with the letters of fifth, sixth and seventh churches as they were written in Chapter Three (the titles of these messages are hyper-linked; click on those to read the entire articles). Bear in mind that each of these is a complete study in themselves, so it will take you quite a while to get through them. The last three of the seven churches are included in this TTUF study along with a summary conclusion article:

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Monday, December 3, 2018

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter Three














Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire     

Notes on GENESIS 3 by Lambert Dolphin - Adam's Account Part II: 

Commentaryon GENESIS by Ray Stedman -

Chapter Three – by James Fire

Of what we have examined thus far in this book of Moses, we have witnessed the creation of all things, including that of man and his help mate according to God’s established and ordained order; we’ve also looked at the stewardship that the LORD gave to His first couple over the garden of Eden as well as the specifics regarding Adam and Eve and how she was created. We’ve witnessed the prohibition of God concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Here in chapter 3, we will look into the greatest tragedy, as well as the greatest hope of all time – the fall of mankind into sin, and the promise of redemption made by God Himself. We will come to understand exactly why this world is not “very good” any more as God had declared when He completed creation – the effects of what happened more than 6000 years ago are still felt and seen today! When we grow discouraged and disillusioned at the way this world is going, and feel bewildered by it all, we must remember who it is that’s (still) in charge of this world system (but not for much longer! 2 COR 4:4).

So, without any further delay, let’s get into this chapter!

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

The MILLENNIUM: REIGN of the MESSIAH - Part Twelve: Concluding the Old Testament Examination


By James Fire

After eleven articles we are nearing the end of the Old Testament survey on the doctrine of the Millennium. We will examine the primary passages left in the minor prophets (from Hosea to Malachi) and then venture into the New Testament (this will start in Part 13) and see what we can learn about this glorious time in that part of canon.

There are some who believe the promised kingdom of Israel, with the LORD reigning from Jerusalem is over; that all these verses in the Old Testament that declares this promise are null and void under the New Testament because the Jews rejected their Messiah.
Nothing could be further from the truth – as we have seen, and shall continue see!

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Saturday, November 24, 2018

TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – CHAPTER 2: The Seven Churches - Part One


Here we will begin to examine the seven churches. I have previously studied these churches on my blog FROM The MIND of FIRE, so we will simply repost those articles here, beginning with letters of the churches as they were written in Chapter Two (the titles of these messages are hyper-linked; click on those to read the entire articles). Bear in mind that each of these is a complete study in themselves, so it will take you quite a while to get through them. Four of the seven churches are included in this TTUF study:

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Friday, November 23, 2018

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter Two


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Mp3 audio teaching of GENESIS 2 by Lambert Dolphin 

Commentary on GENESIS by Ray Stedman  

Chapter Two – Sonny Islas

Genesis chapter 2 is the creation account in more detail - specifically in regard to plant life, animals, man, woman and life in the garden. The account in Chapter One is chronological, for it lists each of the six days and what God accomplished in each of them. Chapter Two isn’t chronological, but gives attention to what the LORD intended for us to focus on.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – CHAPTER 1


So, we begin with the exposition of this marvelous book of prophecy! When I was a new believer in Christ, eschatology – or the prophetic study of “last things” – was an early favorite of mine. I consumed everything I could get a hold of by way of books, tapes and VHS tapes. It’s still a tremendous favorite of mine and quite to the contrary of the belief of some, prophecy IS our business and it IS VERY practical!

Study of last days prophecy is in part, what is required in spiritual vigilance; looking for the coming of the LORD with a strong sense of expectancy, and this hope has a purifying, practical effect on the saint:

1 JOHN 3:2-3
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

And we are commanded by our LORD to “watch and pray” in regard to His Return (MARK 13:33; LUKE 21:36).

We must and will resort to Scripture and careful observation of what the text actually says, and not what we may think it means.
A close eye on the original Greek for many of these passages and words will be necessary as well as comparison with parallel texts found in the Old Testament and New. Just as the Holy Spirit inspired John to write this book, we likewise need the guidance of the Holy Spirit to understand it.

I do believe however, that for most of this book, especially from Chapter 6 and onward, the fullness of understanding will be granted to those who will be living through this time, as they are the ones who will need it the most. For us, the church of Jesus Christ, His body, His bride, these latter chapters are in a sense, academic – holding to a ‘pre-tribulation’ view, we understand that the admonitions and warnings are not for us, but for those who will face this dreadful time under the reign of anti-Christ.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Introduction and Chapter One

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Oneby James Fire

INTRODUCTION:

Genesis means “beginnings” and in the case of this first book of the Bible, it means the beginning of creation, the beginning of mankind, and most importantly, the beginning of the revelation of God and His truth.

Genesis is the first of five books written by Moses, along with Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, together known by the Jewish people as the Torah and the Torah itself as the beginning of the TaNaKh (or as we call it, the Old Testament) – T = Torah (Teaching); N = Nev’im (Prophets); K = Ketuvim (Writings).

The first ten chapters of Genesis form the foundation of all the major doctrines of the Bible: theology – the study of God*; anthropology – the study of mankind; hamartiology – the study of sin; soteriology** – the study of salvation; angelology – the study of angels (holy and fallen); ecclesiology – the study of the church, represented in type by the first husband and wife, Adam and Eve symbolizing Christ and His bride, the church; eschatology – the study of last times or last things: these things are foreshadowed and foretold even in these ten chapters of this first book of the Scriptures!

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TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – AN INTRODUCTION


~ By James Fire


This is an extremely exciting opportunity for me because this is the first time ever, I will be embarking on a verse by verse, expositional study on the Book of Revelation. I’ve taught chapters, and portions of Scripture from this book over the years, but never in its entirety – until now!

Of all the books of the Bible, this seems to be the one most often neglected by the church. Many pastors claim that it’s too mysterious, hard to understand, etc. Others think a study of this book will ‘scare Christians’. 

I find it ironic however, that even the very word ‘revelation’ means “a disclosure” that is, to reveal something – not to make obscure or mysterious (and thus, “hard to understand”). Yet there is a reason why this book is hard for some to understand – and we’ll get into that briefly in just a moment. 

As for being ‘scary’, this is the revelation of Jesus Christ, and while there are truly terrifying events that will take place during this seven-year period, for the child of God, this should hold no fear. While this testimony declares the coming of the wicked one, the anti-Christ and his rule under the power of Satan over all the world, ultimately this book is about the coming of our LORD and Savior – our Blessed Hope!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The WAR on The WORD


 ~ By Gregory Reid (with supplemental commentary by James Fire)

Originally published on Monday, September 24, 2018

(This article was written in response to an article published by the “Hello Christian” web site this morning. It is pretty rough, just fair warning. G.R.)

(This article is kept intact as Greg wrote it, but supplemented by comments made by myself, James Fire. Where you see the names Greg, John and James appear, followed by a colon (:), those remarks may be attributed to the specified speaker. Where you see no name, these are statements made by Greg Reid himself. J.F.). Now for the article:
  
It was of course inevitable that the Emergent Church would begin to have babies that were far more unbiblical than itself. Andy Stanley is one of those spiritual offspring of a departure from Biblical faith and adoption by experiential religious deception. He recently told a group of pastors at the Southern Baptist Convention that they needed to get the spotlight off the Bible. (August 2016 “Onward” conference.) Now his little spiritual children are following suit.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

WALKING WITHOUT STUMBLING Part 4 of 4: – The WISDOM and WALK of The SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST

~ By James Fire


In the ancient schools of Greek culture, teachers would often instruct their classes on any particular subject by first explaining what it is not, before explaining what it is.
In this four-part series, we have examined the lives of Samson and the kings of Israel, Saul and Solomon. Much of what we have examined in the lives of these men relates to what we should not do in our walks with the LORD to ensure we don’t stumble and fall from our steadfastness in Christ (2 PET 3:17).

We may learn much by negative examples, learning from the mistakes of others and establish parameters and guard against committing such things ourselves. In addition to our spiritual education, we also learn by the positive examples as outlined in Scripture: we can look at the lives of Joseph and Daniel, Samuel and Elijah, as well as Peter and John, Paul and Timothy. However, we will focus on the quintessential and supreme example that’s set for us, the LORD Jesus Christ, the Savior!

HEBREWS 12:2
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the 
throne of God
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Friday, September 14, 2018

The CHURCH HAS BEEN PSYCHED! - The Invasion of Humanism and Psychology


~ By James Fire

For two thousand years the church of the LORD Jesus Christ has had the blessed opportunity for a rich, fulfilling life that is not of ourselves but of Christ Himself. We partake of this life through the Holy Spirit that indwells us by means of the atonement of the Lamb of God, Jesus of Nazareth when He offered up Himself as the sacrifice for our sins, and then rose from the dead, conquering over sin, death and hell on our behalf.
Additionally, we also partake of this blessed life through the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures that equips and directs us into a life of godliness:

2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect
[complete], thoroughly furnished
[equipped] unto all good works.

2 PETER 1:2-4
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust
.

By the Spirit of God, and the Word of God we saints have everything we could possibly need for a Christian life in this fallen world. The Omniscient (all-knowing) and Omni-present (existing in all places and all times) God has reviewed the world in all its history, from Day 1 to Day nth and considered every situation, challenge, issue, problem and circumstance that we as human beings could encounter and provided answers for us in the Scriptures according to the wisdom of God.

Yet in the past couple of centuries, and specifically in our day, an infiltration into the church by vain philosophies of mankind, according to earthly wisdom (1 COR 2:4-7,13-14), has occurred. Two of these that I want to address in this article are: Secular Humanism and Psychology.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A short exhortation by pastor Sonny Islas - Like a Baby in the Womb

1 JOHN 2:6 says, 
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

Those who are truly in Christ are like a baby in the mother’s womb. How so? you ask. 

The baby (fetus), while in the mother’s belly is connected to her via the umbilical cord. While inside (like us “In Him.”), through the umbilical cord, the mother provides life’s essentials such as blood, oxygen and nutrients in order to sustain the growing and thriving child. 

In a spiritual sense, when we connect to Christ through faith (the spiritual umbilical cord) we too get His blood: to redeem us and wash away all our sin. We get His oxygen: the Holy Spirit (the breath of eternal life) to seal us, sustain us and empower us to do all that we’ve been born again to do. 

We also get His nutrients: His life changing Word which gives us practical wisdom, purpose, direction, strength and the knowledge of God Himself. 

These are some of the graces we get when we are “in Him” [The phrase "in Christ" appears 12 times in the epistle by the apostle Paul to the Ephesians]. As long as we stay closely connected to Jesus through unshakable faith, passionate prayer, and total surrender or steady obedience to His Word with the much-needed help of His Spirit; it is then that we can and will live out His life in a more fruitful and effective way. 

Keep this in mind: most spiritual growth happens when you are alone with God. In times when no one is looking like that of a baby in the secret place (the womb). 

Lastly, in JOHN 15:5, Jesus said, I am the Vine, you are the branches, He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

Here to serve,

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Separated and Called


Bobservations Column:
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz

In our reading today, we learn of more gifts of the Holy Spirit, beyond what are listed in 1 Corinthians 12. Ephesians 4:11-12 says “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

As with other gifts of the Spirit, the gifts each have their own role within the Body of Christ. And just as 1 Corinthians states, the Holy Spirit gives gifts to people severally as He sees fit, according to His purposes.

We see this in our study today within the Church of Antioch. the Church leadership is identified by names, and then we read that the Holy Spirit speaks to them and Paul and Barnabas are separated out to a specific work of God’s choosing. If Galatians 2 identifies James, Peter, and John as the “Pillars of the Church” at Jerusalem, then clearly those named are the leaders of Antioch. They were men of varied backgrounds, and social strata, but all were of one mind in Christ. They ministered to the Lord and fasted, and the Holy Spirit used them to launch Paul and Barnabas into a life of spreading the Gospel.

Each of Antioch’s Leaders were themselves aware of what happens when you go out and spread the Gospel; all were part of Antioch’s Spiritual awakening, and church growth. Willingly, they went out and started a church, and once established, God sent one of their own out with Saul (Paul) to take the Good News even further than they had, to the ends of the Earth.

Paul and Barnabas were filled with the Spirit, and surely the Spirit gave each of them multiple Spiritual Gifts, to accomplish their mission. And if we want to be used by God? 1 Corinthians 12:31 says, “But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. “ This “more excellent way” Paul mentions is apparently another of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: the Gift of Agape’. It is not a love that comes naturally, neither can it be feigned. It is God’s love for us that we are called to share with the world: from Jerusalem, to Judea, to Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth. 


“ And now abideth faith, hope, and (agape’), these three; but the greatest of these is (agape’). "

~ 1Corinthians 13:13

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

GUARDING AGAINST APOSTASY

by Anne Kisly


2 Timothy 4:3 


For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;"

We are witnesses to the times we are living in, the end times. How do we know? The bible warned about these times, Matthew 24 details the signs of these times.  Before we go on, I think we should review these signs.

The following clear and concise excerpts are taken from 50 Reasons, by Dr. David Reagan:
1) The Signs of Nature 

“…and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:11)

This category of signs has always been the least respected, even among believers. The mere mention of it usually evokes a sneer accompanied by the words, “Come on, what else is new? There have always been earthquakes and tornadoes and hurricanes.” But those who have this attitude forget that Jesus said the signs would be like “birth pangs” (Matthew 24:8). That means they will increase in frequency and intensity the closer we get to the Lord’s return. In other words, there will be more frequent natural disasters and more intense ones.

2) The Signs of Society
“Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God…” (2 Timothy 3:1-4)

This passage sounds like a typical evening newscast today! Notice the three things it says people will love in the end times: self, money, and pleasure.

The love of self is Humanism — the belief that Man can accomplish anything on his own. The love of money is Materialism. When Humanism is your religion, your god will always be money. The love of pleasure is the third love that is mentioned. This is Hedonism, the lifestyle that is always produced by Humanism and Materialism.

But God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7). He therefore sees to it that when people chose Humanism, Materialism, and Hedonism, the payoff is always Nihilism — which is a fancy philosophical word for despair.

Need I emphasize that our world is wallowing in despair today? We live in a society plagued by abortion, homosexuality, domestic violence, child molestation, blasphemy, pornography, alcoholism, drug abuse and gambling.

Like the days of the Judges in the Old Testament, people are doing what is right in their own eyes, and the result is that people are calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Challenges In Faith

Bobservations Column:
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz


New winds of doctrine constantly buffet the church. Doctrines come, and doctrines go, and sadly, in the process, many undiscerning believers can be turned away from the church. The proof of them all is the Scriptures themselves. True Christian Doctrine for Christ’s Church will withstand the test of time, and the test of Scriptures.

False doctrines that tickle the believers’ ears can be exposed readily, because they that choose to follow these must somehow alter God’s Word to support the doctrine, and give credence to other beliefs of the sect, or cult. Subtlety is the name of their game. Leave enough authentic passages that one might not notice additions, or subtractions. Yet this is why God tells us that He does not change (Malachi 3:6 / Psalm 89:34). He will be faithful to His unchanging Word, and He has even warned us of the consequences of the changing of His word by human hands (Revelation 22 : 18, 19).

This is what Peter faced in today’s passage in Acts 10, a new doctrine, addressing the Gentiles, not just the Jews. For a Jew to have his heart opened to the idea that God’s grace could also be upon the Gentiles, seemed preposterous, and Peter learned a hard lesson at the hand of God: salvation was for all, not just God’s Chosen People. And as proof, here we are on the receiving end of God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Fringe Churches and Cults have often used the tactic of altering God’s Word so that their doctrines are supported. From “...the word was god,” in John 1, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have presented us with, “the word was a God...” The founder of the Seventh Day Adventist Church needed to support a spiritual fulfillment of prophecy, so more than 60 words were added to the Book of Daniel to support the doctrine of Soul Sleep. The Golden Plates from the Mormon Angel Moroni promptly disappeared after being received by Joseph Smith. There was no way to check the accuracy of his later teachings.

As Peter is confronted with Gentile salvation, God provides a miraculous display that tells him that God is the Provider of all, for all.


“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” ~ Gal. 1:6-9

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

WANT TO GIVE UP? An Exhortation from pastor Josh Boubion

~ By Josh Boubion

WANT TO GIVE UP?

There has been a long line of people who have rejected the Lord in their lives from Adam and Eve to your 'uncle Steve'. 

I understand that life can get real tough and it seems like leaving is the best option. Many marriages have communication complications that turn into arguments, and all too often leads to wanting to give up. At the heart of it all most of the time we are people-pleasers; we don’t want to see others upset with us or disappointed in us. So our first thought in times of an argument or when the pressure is coming on at work, we want to just run away and not deal with the matter at hand.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The NEW AGE/NEW SPIRITUALITY PRIMER The LEAST YOU NEED TO KNOW

~ By Greg Reid

In the 1980’s there were several groundbreaking books that clearly defined the New Age movement and its dangers and why we needed to recognize it and fight it, including Constance Cumbey’s Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, Johanna Michaelsen’s Beautiful Side of Evil and then Like Lambs to the Slaughter, and The Seduction of Christianity by Dave Hunt.

The seminal works of these writers and others cracked the code of this very real, very determined spiritual worldwide agenda to move the world toward a one-world, one-religion order which would eventually introduce “The Christ” (Antichrist), returned to bring world peace. There was a definite, if evolving vocabulary which was key to recognizing its intrusions: Global peace, Earth Day, the Christ Spirit, etc. We vigilant warriors from within were ready to fight this dangerous movement that was OUTSIDE the church.

Well, it got inside. And wiped clean in three decades were all the warnings, the teachings, the basic understanding that made it recognizable.

But as the intrusions of New Age/New Spirituality get bolder and face less resistance from Christian pastors and leaders, the need has become greater for at least SOME working knowledge of the New Age and its agenda.
Because like it or not, their writings have made that clear that the church will either comply or will eventually be eliminated. It is a spiritual agenda pushed by Satan since the moment Adam sinned, to set himself up as God and ruler over mankind.
This is being forwarded by those who are often sincere and sincerely convinced that world unity is a necessity and that opposers must change or be removed, eventually fulfilling once again that they will kill you thinking they are doing God a service. (JOHN 16:2)


I offer this very basic primer in hopes of helping to arm and prepare believers once again – to spiritually fight this ugly intrusion into the church and begin to push the battle line forward in this fight for the heart of truth in the church. Read it, pass it on, copy and share it if you can.

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Monday, July 2, 2018

WARRIOR's CREED

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.

1. JESUS IS NOT “PART” OF MY LIFE!
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.

2. I WILL WATCH MY WORDS.
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

The GOSPEL of MATTHEW: Ch. 28:1-20 –The MESSIAH and HIS KINGDOM MESSAGE


~ 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

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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