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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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



Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire


GENESIS 25 – by James Fire - to watch the Facebook video of this teaching as recorded at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church, go here.

Introduction: We are here at Ch. 25, the middle point to the book of GENESIS which consists of 50 chapters. We’ve covered a lot of ground, and the view of Holy and Inspired Scripture has shown us the creation of GOD’s handiwork, with the climax being man himself – then his fall into sin – and GOD’s promise of redemption through “the seed of the woman”, one of the many titles of the Messiah. We’ve seen the iniquity of the human race climaxing in the days of Noah, resulting in the Flood Judgment and a new beginning when the ark landed and GOD’s promise with the rainbow that the Earth will never again be destroyed by water (next time it’s by fire). We’ve witnessed the rise of the Tower of Babel, crowned with the pride of man, as he was then humbled by GOD, scattered over the face of the Earth by means of a multitude of tongues. Then the focus becomes all the narrower as Scripture reveals this one man: Abraham.

The life of Abraham hits it’s highest heights when by faith he believed GOD, and this faith was demonstrated by his willing sacrifice of Isaac, his beloved son. Recently we’ve seen him bury his wife, and through his servant Eleazer he finds a wife for his son Isaac.
Which brings us to our present chapter:
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Sunday, November 10, 2019

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


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

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire
Studies by Ray Steadman: GENESIS 24: Here Comes The Bride 

GENESIS 24 – by Sonny Islas - watch the Facebook video on this teaching at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church, here!
Introduction:
We are now in Genesis 24 the story of Isaac and Rebeka and their providential marriage. This was truly “A Match Made Through Prayer” (and careful selection!). So, the Savior’s story line continues. Abraham’s promised son Isaac is all grown up now and is ready for marriage. God provides him a beautiful young lady named Rebeka – Isaac’s first cousin (not considered incest at this time; the law of GOD prohibiting siblings or close relations intermarrying didn’t come until the Law of Moses; Deut 27:22). Eventually Rebeka gets pregnant and has twins: Esau and Jacob (whose name is changed to Israel; Gen 32:28; 35:10) the ancestor of Jesus Christ. Though we can learn some blessed principles in scripture – the big picture is always JESUS. The whole bible is really Jesus’ story. I hope everyone came prepared for a lengthy lesson!
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Monday, November 4, 2019

A LFFT Interview: Pt - 2: James Fire of TTUF being Interviewed by Cindy Hartline of LFTT Radio

This interview is conducted by Cindy Hartline of Love For The Truth Radio with myself, James Fire. We pick up where we left off previously in Part 1, and continue the discussion about the coming One World Religion and then wrap up on the vital subject of salvation.


Seg 3 The False Unity that paves the way for a Religious One World Mindset 

CH— It’s obvious that a Global religion will form to unify this One World Order mindset. Many will have to put their doctrines aside to establish a common religion. In your observation, what will this Religion look like? (New Age aka “New Spirituality” 

JF - Brian McLaren Emergent Church author and leader stated, “We don’t need a new Spirit, but a new spirituality”)

The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution by H.G. Wells, published 1928. A former Fabian Socialist, Wells writes:
"The...Open Conspiracy must weaken, efface, incorporate and supersede existing governments... The Open Conspiracy is the natural inheritor of socialist and communist enthusiasms; it may be in control of Moscow before it is in control of New York... The character of the Open Conspiracy will now be plainly displayed... It will be a world religion."

This is exactly what we see in the book of Revelation where the Beast, in this case, the political amalgam of a global super-state, being reined in and controlled by the Mother of Harlots, the false religious system that will lead the world in worship of the Beast. That is the end result, but how are we getting there? What sort of things need to happen and are happening to bring us to this global goal of spiritual unification?

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A LFTT Interview: Pt - 1: James Fire of TTUF being Interviewed by Cindy Hartline of LFTT Radio

This interview is conducted by Cindy Hartline of Love For The Truth Radio with myself, James Fire.

CH: We are going to discuss bible prophecy with our guest James Joseph Fire.  Prophetic signs, events and cultural changes that suggest the coming of a New World Order along with the eminent return of our Lord and why it is imperative that we be “ready” to meet him face to face!

Seg 1.  Introduction to our Current Culture in light of Biblical prophecy

CH — James lets first share with our audience the meaning of biblical prophecy… (as not a foretelling of future events).

JF - There is a common belief generally speaking that prophecy is the prediction of future events, and this is certainly true: “prophecy” here in the Greek the word is propheteia which means prediction as well as prophecy. The LORD reveals this through His prophet Isaiah:

ISAIAH 46:9-10
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure
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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Four Astounding Words

by A.M. Kisly

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."  Philippians 1:21

The last four words in this verse just quoted are, to me, four of the most astounding words in scripture.  "To DIE is GAIN!"  These words can be understood only by a singular group of people - born again, spiritually minded Christians. Unsaved people cannot understand them, nor can carnally minded, worldly Christians understand and appreciate them.

When a loved one dies we refer to that death as a "loss." We say, "We lost our mother," or "We lost our father," or "We lost our child."  But to the Apostle Paul, that spiritual giant who was God's minister to the Church, death was not a loss.  It was definitely payday for him!  Therefore he declared, "To die is Gain."

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Monday, October 28, 2019

Contemporary Christian Music: A Call to Social Justice?

by A.M. Kisly

Social Justice warriors are now calling on the Contemporary Christian Musicians to stop singing songs focusing on love, instead focus on division, hot button political issues and criticizing President Trump.  Protecting sovereign borders, and upholding the law of the land (legal immigration), is being touted by SJW’s as immoral, and racist…something Christian musicians should sing about? Right?

An article written by John Blake, and published by CNN, came out recently, attacking the Christian Music Industry. Mr. Blake titled his article, Why Christian Music's Biggest Stars Refuse to Change Their Tune for the Trump Era.


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Saturday, October 26, 2019

A STUDY on MORE BIBLICAL WORDS Part 3 – by James Fire and Sonny Islas


A STUDY on MORE  VARIOUS BIBLICAL WORDS  Part 3 – by James Fire

We began to examine biblical words and their meanings some time ago; pastor Sonny Islas started it all in
Part One; I continued in Part Two, and now we have Part Three - in which we both share a few words in this article.

You can watch the FB video on this teaching as it was presented at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church on 10/23/2019 here.
Note: all biblical words are hyper-linked so you can read these definitions for yourselves. So, without further ado, let's dig in!
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Thursday, October 24, 2019

The EMERGENT PROTOCOLS of LUCIFERIANISM – a REAL DARK NEWS/TTUF article

~ by James Fire

MATERIAL OR MYSTICAL? OR A MIX OF BOTH?

There are many who are Materialists and Modernists, who dismiss anything relating to a spiritual reality. These are those who believe we are merely biological organisms: thinking meat machines as it were.

They look at the idea of ‘Satan’ as a man of red skin, horns, pitchfork and a tail and one who rules in a mythical hell. The same goes for angels, demons and God – all imaginary. C.S. Lewis once stated in The Screwtape Letters, an allegorical work where an elder demon is instructing his novice regarding his ‘assignment’ (“patient”). 

If once we can produce our perfect work – the Materialist Magician, the man, not using, but veritably worshipping, what he vaguely calls ‘Forces’ while denying the existence of ‘spirits’ – then the end of the war will be in sight. But in the meantime, we must obey our orders. I do not think you will have much difficulty in keeping the patient in the dark. The fact that ‘devils’ are predominantly comic figures in the modern imagination will help you. If any faint suspicion of your existence begins to arise in his mind, suggest to him a picture of something in red tights, and persuade him that since he cannot believe in that (it is an old textbook method of confusing them) he therefore cannot believe in you.”

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

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




Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire
Studies by Ray Steadman: GENESIS 23:Til Death Do Us Part 

GENESIS 23 – by James Fire

Introduction: There is, above all of the burdens and griefs of life, the curse of death – that unavoidable appointment that all of us face. Gertrude in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet said it succinctly, “All that lives, must die.” The death of a dear friend was something that made GOD the Son weep at the tomb of Lazarus (JOHN 11:35). Every grave is a testament to the truth that:

The wages of sin is death (ROM 6:23). And they are cruel, but just wages to pay. While these wages have been “paid in full” (Christ declared it, when He said, It is finishedfrom the cross; JOHN 19:30), we who are the saints of GOD, born again of His Holy Spirit still are contained in these corrupted bodies, under the curse of sin – these bodies that get sick, they often contain defects, they wear down, get old and eventually wither away and cease to live and are reduced to dusty, dry bones.

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Criticism in Leadership


Servant Leaders Conference at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church on: Lessons from the life of King David - SEPT. '19

By pastor Vance Wood of LifeBridge on 2 Samuel 19:1-8
Watch the Facebook video of this teaching here.

When we receive criticism from others, we can often feel hurt, defeated, isolated; something that we’ve put a lot of effort into, some real thought, invested a lot of ourselves into something, and then people criticize it all. How’s that feel? It’s tough isn’t it? I think sometimes it’s pretty direct, it’s focused, it’s veiled: 

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: GENESIS 22: Life’s Hardest Trial 

GENESIS 22- 24 Karat FAITH by Sonny Islas                           
                                                                                                         

Introduction
Genesis 22 is the high point of the Book of Genesis. Mainly because of this shocking and unforgettable narrative that clearly points to the future sacrifice of God’s only Son – Jesus. Genesis 22 is also the high point of Abraham’s faith, love and relationship with Yahweh God. Abraham learned two great lessons,

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Monday, October 7, 2019

2 SAMUEL 7 – COVENANT KEEPER For The KING: ESTABLISHING The ETERNAL THRONE of DAVID By GOD’s PROMISE


Servant Leaders Conference at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church on: Lessons from the life of King David - SEPT. '19

~ By James Fire

We are here to learn about David, the faithful shepherd boy, slayer of lions and bears; the youngest and therefore the least of seven brothers, the last one to be considered a king; who alone stood toe to toe with a giant and got him to ‘lose his head’; the only musician who could soothe the agitated state of the King’s spiritually dark gloom, the Psalmist who desired only one thing: that he would “dwell in the house of the LORD forever, to see the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple” (PSALM 27).

David: the warrior and champion of Israel unrivaled except perhaps by Joshua, successor to Moses. David, the man after GOD’s own heart, who when confronted on his sin, didn’t try to shift the blame as did Saul, but ‘fessed up and was restored to his fellowship with the LORD. The king, whose covenant GOD established and is keeping for this king and the coming King of Israel, Jesus Christ!

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

DO NOT DIMINISH A WORD - JEREMIAH 26:2-3

Servant Leaders Conference at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church on: A Special Message - SEPT. '19

by pastor Sonny Islas 

Jeremiah 26:2,3 says Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand in the court of the Lord’s house, and speak to all the cities of Judah (in our own day, the church), which come to worship in the Lord’s house, all the words that I command you to speak to them. Do not diminish a word. Perhaps everyone will listen and turn from his evil way that I may relent concerning the calamity which I purpose to bring on them because of the evil of their doings (staying true to God’s Word is mercy extended).

As I was reading the book of Jeremiah under a palm tree at my house (it's a very nice spot by the way!), there was a command of GOD that was made up of only five words that arrested my attention; five words the LORD gave to His prophet Jeremiah. And when I read these five words, I couldn't seem to shake it off; where you just know for a fact that God is talking to you and you're wondering if this is something that the LORD is giving personally to you, or if it's something that He wants you to relay to His people. This is a special message only in that it doesn't have anything to do with David, necessarily - the theme for this conference was the latter life of King David. It's more of an urgent call, to those who handle God's Word, for pastors, preachers and Bible teachers, to remain faithful to the entire Word of God! And that's the call of this ministry, to stay faithful to Jesus, stay faithful to His Word, no matter what!

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Monday, September 30, 2019

A STUDY on EIGHT BIBLICAL WORDS Regarding Salvation: Part 2

~ By James Fire

Rob Bell, a liberal (and former) pastor of Mars Hill church, and ‘the hero of heresies’ regarding the Bible and the Person of GOD, made the following statement:

Our words are not absolutes. Only God is absolute, and God has no intention of sharing this absoluteness with anything, especially words people have come up with to talk about him.” 

And this includes words we find in the Bible, Rob? Seems this man is trying to ‘rob’ us of biblical truth, right?
He claims GOD is absolute, so it’s impossible to convey truth about GOD through words “people have come up with to talk about GOD.” Well, does that include you Rob? If so, then just stop talking OK? The rest of us would appreciate it!

What about the very words of JESUS, GOD made flesh, that dwelled among us – He conveyed the truth about Who the Father is, what He is like, what His plans and objectives and desires are, with the words He spoke!
GOD created reality; the Bible contains words that also correspond to reality, words like sin, righteousness, truth, deception, holy, evil, salvation and condemnation. We know that these words contain truth about the reality we live in.

When we read words like All-powerful, and holy, All-knowing, Creator, Redeemer, etc. we understand that these words are attributable to GOD, and that through such words we can understand Who GOD is.
We continue to examine biblical words; Sonny did eight important words in his examination, so I also selected eight words and all of them have to do with salvation.
“Salvation” is a word that includes a wide range of blessings, gifts and ministering by the LORD Jesus to the repentant sinner, turned saint. This study is known as soteriology – the study of salvation. The Compelling Truth website has a very good article on soteriology; you can view it here (NOTE: TTUF doesn't necessarily agree with everything as taught by this ministry).

These eight biblical words, their definition, according to the NT Greek that the Bible was written in, and usage in Scripture are as follows: 1) Justification (2) Imputation (3) Sanctification (4) Glorification (5) Redemption (6) Atonement (compare w/ propitiation) (7) Glory and (8) Grace.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

A STUDY on EIGHT BIBLICAL WORDS - Part 1


~ by pastor Sonny Islas

Most words that we go over tonight are very basic but still serve as great reminders.
The first thing that we must realize and appreciate is that words and their meaning are a gift from God. Especially the words in the Bible.
I like to look at the B.I.B.L.E. (which means “book” by the way or: Biblical Instructions Before Leaving Earth). I like to look at the Bible as a huge treasure chest filled with diamonds (filled with words to reveal and describe the most important things on Earth and in Heaven – mainly God and His precious ways). For those of you who are more about flavor and taste, instead of beauty and value, the chest is filled with Skittles because you can’t eat diamonds.

You can watch this on Facebook video: DEFINING BIBLICAL WORDS Part One  https://www.facebook.com/ELWchurch/videos/413714839251059/
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

10 GREAT REASONS TO GO TO CHURCH

Church attendance is not just a “good suggestion”; it is God’s will for believers. Hebrews 10:25 says we should “not neglect gathering together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Church is the place where believers can love one another (1 John 4:12), encourage one another (Hebrews 3:13), “spur” one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24), serve one another (Galatians 5:13), instruct one another (Romans 15:14), honor one another (Romans 12:10), and be kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32).

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the Church (1 Peter 2:6), and we are “like living stones . . . being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). As the building materials of God’s “spiritual house,” we naturally have a connection with one another, and that connection is evident every time the Church “goes to church.”

Listen as Pastor Sonny Islas expounds on just how important it is to gather together in God's house and be with His people.

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Obedience? Or Sacrifice?

Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz


The Prophets of the Old Testament were set as Watchmen over the nation of Israel. The Watchmen over a city were always strategically placed to be able to see enemies approaching, and to sound the trumpet to alert the inhabitants of the city, and prepare to do battle. The Officers on board a military ship do the same: spotting a threat, the alarm sounds, and “Report to battle stations” echoes throughout the ship. Cities and ships all have Watchmen, and with the Prophets, they were told they were assigned as Watchmen over the nation of the Israelites.

Ezekiel 3:16-21 speaks of the gravity of the position of watchman; one that calls to arms, and an advanced warning system, all from God’s loving provision towards those that are His. 
"And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.

Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul."
The Prophet Samuel was sent to King Saul, to give direction concerning the Amalekites! (1 Samuel 15). Saul had disregarded the word of the Lord and failed obliterate and destroy all the descendants of Amalek, and their possessions. After his victory over the Amalekites, pride set in and he decided that a spoil of the Amalekites’ goods was in order. Saul saved the best of their flocks of sheep and oxen. And by failing to obliterate all memory of Amalek, some Amalekites escaped the judgment of God. Later on, it was an Amalekite that slayed Saul!

So by ignoring the warnings of God’s Watchmen over the nation, the King’s fate was set. It was only a matter of time before Saul’s judgment would come.

For the Church, Jesus said, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that, miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.” 1 Cor. 12:28 and Eph. 4:11. Among others in the church, God has set prophets to warn, Watchmen to give His Word and to sound an alarm! Remember to heed to Word of the Lord, when the Prophets speak and prophesy.

“Behold to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.” -- 1 Samuel 15:22


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Sunday, September 22, 2019

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


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: GENESIS 21 – Ishmael Must Go! 

GENESIS 21 – “The Birth of Isaac” by Sonny Islas

THE ULTIMATE PROMISE KEEPER 

Introduction: In verses 1, 2 Moses highlights the fact that our God is the God of His Word: i.e., “as He has said,” “a He has spoken,” and “at the set time of which God had spoken to him.’’ In just those two verses we read “God is faithful, faithful, faithful” – believable, trustworthy, and reliable. We’re going to park here on this point for a moment.

Here and in many other places in scripture we find that our God is the Ultimate Promise Keeper. He promised, He would never flood the earth again (Genesis 9:13-16), He promised a son to Abraham and Sarah (Genesis 15:4), He promised to give them the land of Canaan (Genesis 15:7-9); He promised David he would be King (2 Samuel 7). He promised to give Israel and Judah over to captivity (Isaiah 5:13); He promised to bring them back (Jeremiah 15:7). He promised to build His church (Matthew 16:18), He promised to come back for His church as well (John 14:1-3). He promised that Eve’s seed (Jesus) would crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15; Satan) and behold the Cross of Christ! Yahweh is “Faithful and True” – it’s His Name (Rev. 19:11). If He said it, He will do it!

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Saturday, August 31, 2019

ENNEAGRAM – A BENEFIT Or A BANE: A TTUF Investigation, PARTS I and II


By James Fire

PART ONE:

The LORD Jesus Christ in warning against false prophets told us that good trees don’t bear corrupt fruit; nor do corrupt trees bring forth good fruit. Obviously, false prophets are corrupt trees in this parable that cannot bring forth good fruit. And we are to discern (“judge”) such fruit as to its quality – either good or corrupt (MATT 7:15-20).

There are so many ‘fads’ (to put it mildly) and so-called ‘new (read that false) revelations’ (to put it bluntly) coming into the church, it’s a wonder that there are any vestiges of true Christianity to be found anywhere in churches today!
This article is an expose on this methodology and discipline known as the Enneagram. I came across a video on my Facebook newsfeed and being curious about it, viewed the presentation. Needless to say, I felt a need to address this as it’s quickly becoming a phenomenon, embraced by Roman Catholics, Emergent Church folk, Evangelicals who are adopting it as fervently as the more typical adherents of this discipline have done for centuries among mystics, New Spirituality seekers and Sufis as a tool for things ranging from a system to distinguish personality types and traits, to a means of obtaining spiritual transformation.
To get a basic idea of what this is, I quote from GOT QUESTIONS (Note: I provide a disclaimer here on this article regarding the potentially benign usefulness of the Enneagram as a method “to identify personality types”):

A QUESTION ABOUT The ENNEAGRAM

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Saturday, August 17, 2019

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




Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: Old Natures Never Die GEN 20  

GENESIS 20 – by James Fire

Introduction: Our walk with the LORD is a process, one step at a time – and at times it’s three steps forward and two steps back, or four steps forward and one step back. There are times when, after experiencing a victory over sin, that we re-visit the temptation and fall back into what we were delivered from previously.

We see this in the ‘repeat performance’ of Abraham in this chapter, and how he somewhat blundered it. But we also witness the grace and tender mercies of GOD, being patient with his – and our own – repeat performances in failing to resist sin and temptations.

GENESIS 20:1-18

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

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


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire
Studies by Ray Steadman: The Wasted Years GEN 19
  
GENESIS 19:1-38 – by James Fire 
Watch the FB Video of this teaching here (8/07/19)

Introduction:
We are constantly making choices in our lives; some good and some bad – and we have to live with the consequences of those choices. All too often we find ourselves in trouble of our own making because of unwise decisions and taking directions in life that lead to potential disaster, or even disaster itself.

When we contrast the lives of Abraham and his nephew Lot, we see the truth of this. Abraham was not without his own unwise decisions; the same goes for Sarah his wife – point in case: Hagar and the subsequent birth of Ishmael, whose decedents even today are a constant thorn in Israel’s side. But then as Abraham grows in his faith, we see his life becomes blessed with spiritual stability and maturity (though he still stumbles here and there on occasion – as we will see in Chapter 20).

But as we consider the life of Lot, he just goes from bad to worse, making one bad decision after another – even though, the Scriptures attest to the truth that his soul was just, and it was grieved for the wickedness of Sodom (2 PET 2:7; Do we know how he feels, living in this wicked world?).
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Saturday, August 3, 2019

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


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: When GOD Comes To Dinner GEN 18:1-15
Studies by Ray Steadman: How Prayer Works GEN 18:16-33


GENESIS 18: GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS – by Sonny Islas
(We were not able to make a video recording of this teaching)

Introduction:
From GEN 18:1-15 Yahweh (God) shares Good News with Sarah “Sarah’s having a baby!” the son of Promise (Isaac).  
From verses 16-33 Yahweh shares Bad News with Abraham about His just judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah.
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Saturday, July 27, 2019

A TTUF CALL On APOSTASY: Time To Name Names: Message from The ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church

The following is based on three teachings by pastor Sonny Islas of ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church entitled, Time To Name Name's.
Pastor SONNY ISLAS

Sonny lists various teachers who are accepted among too many churches, most of them, having churches of their own, or speak at the pulpits of said churches, but are nevertheless, false teachers promoting false doctrines.
I will list the videos of these teachings as they've been posted on Facebook, and the names of false teachers mentioned are hyper-linked to articles that show from Scripture that they are not true to the Word of GOD and the doctrine of the genuine church of the LORD Jesus Christ.
Along with these, I will post different TTUF articles, videos and other materials that deal with this subject matter.
There is quite a lot of material here to keep you reading and watching for quite some time, so I'll not add any more commentary as these videos by pastor Sonny, along with these other articles and videos are more than enough to express the truth of our situation in these last days before the RETURN of the LORD JESUS CHRIST! MARANATHA!


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Sunday, July 21, 2019

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


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Steadman: The Circumcised Life

GENESIS 17 – by James Fire
Watch the video teaching on Facebook here, taught at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church.

Introduction:
The LORD appeared to Abraham in a vision back in GENESIS 15: that was the second time He did this; the first time in chapter 12:7, 12 years before chapter 15. Now we are in Chapter 17, which is 13 years after the last chapter when he was 86 years old. He’s 99 years old now, almost 100 – and still – no child from Sarah.

The last time we were in Chapter 16 and pastor Sonny said:
“…Sarai was blind to the fact that God was going to use her young [as well as her] old age barrenness in an incredible way! It was when Sarai could no longer scheme or naturally have a baby (90 yrs old) when God came through to show Himself mighty!
Sometimes, God will allow us to scheme and squirm, try, fail and fold (even brake) before He sends down the blessing. This way we don’t try and take any credit for His magnificent work. Sometimes we’re too strong and clever for God to bless us. In 2 COR 12:9 The LORD tells Paul ‘My power is made perfect in weakness.’”

And remember the story of Gideon, who had his ten thousand men, and GOD reduced his forces down to a measly 300 – just so that the children of Israel would know Who really won the war against the enemy!

GENESIS 17:1-2
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly
.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

A TTUF LOOK at REPENTANCE – WHAT IS IT and IS IT NECESSARY?


~ by James Fire

In this day and age, sound doctrine is not being tolerated by the professing/apostate church in startlingly increasing degrees (2 TIM 4:3); likewise, there are legitimate and necessary contentions for “the faith” in our stand for the truth that must happen (JUDE 1:3). Additionally, left and right there are disputes between Dispensationalists and Covenant Theologians (TTUF will be doing an article or possibly a three-part series on Dispensationalism in the near future); between Calvinists and Armenians, between Baptismal Regenerationists and strict Blood atonement salvationists, Baptists (Cessationists) and Pentecostals (Non-Cessationists) and so on and so forth.

Then we have this issue of repentance – some say that a soul cannot be saved until they repent, while others say the Gospel doesn’t contain the pre-requisite of repentance. What is the truth of the matter?

While I hold no pretentions that I will solve this debate for everyone, I will share my views on what I believe the Scriptures teach, in the hopes that those who are uncertain and need instruction will find this article useful and encourage them in their own study of this doctrine.
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GENESIS – An Expositional Overview of the Beginning of God’s Revelation: Chapter SIXTEEN


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Studies by Ray Stedman – It All Depends on Me

GOD’S WAY OR THE HARD WAY? GENESIS 16:1-16 – by Sonny Islas

Listen to the audio presentation of this teaching (and others as well!) here.

In Genesis 16 we’ll find that we can either do things God’s Way or we can do things our way (which then leads to learning the hard way). God made a promise to Abram (which automatically includes his wife Sarai because they are one; Matt 19:5) that He would bless them with a child (aka the Son of Promise). But because Sarai was unable to bear children, she devised an evil plan that painfully flopped. Sadly, Sarai and Abram had to learn the hard way because impatience and desire took the place of God’s way and timing.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The TTUF STUDY on The REVELATION of JESUS CHRIST – Chapter SEVEN


~ by James Fire

Introduction: From Chuck Missler’s study in REVELATION we have these insights:
Chapter 6 concludes with the statement, “For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” This next chapter seems to respond to that question.
In each of the major series of “sevens”—the seals, trumpets, and bowls—we notice that there always appears to be an inserted parenthetical passage between the 6th and 7th of each series. Having completed 6 of the 7 seals, Chapter 7 pauses for some amplification before we continue with the 7th seal in Chapter 8. Israel is the centerpiece in the Old Testament; and it now re-emerges as the centerpiece of God’s climax in Revelation. (It is also the centerpiece in the New Testament, but there is a lot of misunderstanding just how.)

It is interesting how Israel, again, is at the center of world events today. Chapter 7 deals with the “sealing” of the 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes.

Basically then, this chapter and others that insert these parenthetical events between the 6th and 7th seals, trumpets and bowls are a kind of dramatic pause that focuses attention on some things that the Holy Spirit deems worthy of His time to reveal, and for us to study.
So, let’s find out what we may, by the Spirit of GOD Who inspired the Scriptures, may we be granted understanding by the same Spirit.
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

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


Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire


GENESIS 15:1-6 Faith Conquering Fear  and
GENESIS 15:7-21 The Furnace and the Lamp  – both by Ray Stedman

Chapter Fifteen – by James Fire - here is the video teaching recorded at ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church.

In this chapter the LORD appears to Abram; this is the second time that He does so, the first time in Chapter 12:7, but that was about 12 years ago.

The LORD always appears when He is most needed, not necessarily in a vision, but His presence that gives us peace when we are afraid and need comfort, or through the revelation of His Word to grant us guidance when we are confused and need direction. Scripture states that He is a very present help in time of trouble (PS. 46:1).

Here the LORD’s Word comes to Abram and He declares Who He is and what He intends for this man, the father of the faith, whose example we follow as we walk by faith and not by sight (2 COR 5:7). And the LORD God declares the same to us, His children.  We know Who He is; our Abba Father, our LORD Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit our Comforter – and we know He has blessed and awesome plans for us (EPH 2:10; JER 29:11).

GOD brings a glorious revelation to Abram here, and we recognize the binding oath of a covenant which is known as the Abrahamic covenant, the central focus of this chapter.
There are seven covenants in the Bible that the LORD makes with the people of this world, four of which are made explicitly with Israel alone (Abrahamic covenant, Palestinian – or Land Covenant, Mosaic and Davidic covenant); the other three (Adamic, Noahic and the New Covenant) are made with all humanity and not limited to Israel.

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Monday, June 24, 2019

The JUDGMENT SEAT Of CHRIST – PART 3 of 3


By Lambert Dolphin

Bema Now
I woke with a start Sunday morning about 5 AM with a verse of Scripture in my mind,
“...we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses (tsĕdaqah) are like filthy
(menstrual) rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities
, (‘avon) like the wind,
Have taken us away
.”

It’s from Isaiah 64 I found out after consulting Blue Letter Bible. I did not at first realize that the closing chapters of Isaiah were addressed to Israel. I thought about the Judgment Seat of Christ which all followers of Jesus Christ will experience when they die or at the Rapture of the true Church.

When any follower of Jesus (who knows Jesus personally) dies (or “died”) he or she leaves earth’s constrained 4D space-time domain and time travels (I believe) to a great event in the heavenly places called the Bema (the Judgment Seat of Christ).

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Monday, June 10, 2019

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



Studies by Ray Steadman:
GENESIS 14:1-16When You Need A Friend 
GENESIS 14:17-24The Peril of Victory 

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire



Chapter Fourteen – by Sonny Islas

GENESIS 14MELCHIZEDEK BLESSES ABRAM                                                      
LORD give us the ability to really follow the story line in Genesis and to understand the role every main character play and how all that is written points to Jesus and His great story of salvation. Also, help us to apply all the practical principles that we run into. Amen.  

Genesis 14 is made up of two main events: 
1. Lot (Abram’s nephew) is kidnapped and is rescued by Abram. 
2. A very interesting individual named Melchizedek steps on the scene for the first time. He is a type of Christ (we’ll cover more of him in a moment)
The chapter begins a war and multiple raids: A powerful king named Chedor-laomer and his royal buddies (3 other kings) who are just, conquering, plundering and sweeping cities until he messed with the wrong guy – Abram and his God!

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