"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Thursday, 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


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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Sunday, June 9, 2019


~ By Lambert Dolphin

Before we press on in Part Two of this series, let’s recap just a little bit of what we read in Part One:

“. . .other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions and providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. 

Thus, did Western man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling. And, having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer, until at last, having educated himself into imbecility and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over, a weary, battered old brontosaurus, and became extinct.

“Well, the world of the 1st century looked very similarly bleak, and there was no more reason for hope in the days of the apostles than there is in our own times. Yet when you turn to the pages of the New Testament you never see the reaction of despair. There is a cry of triumph and of hope running through all these pages, although their circumstances did not look any more hopeful than ours.

“Notice how Paul puts it as he introduces this passage to us here. Verse 6, "So we are always of good courage"; then again in Verse 8, "We are of good courage." That note has been sounded again and again throughout this passage. In Verse 1 of Chapter 4 he says, "Having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart"; and in Verse 16 of Chapter 4 he says, "So we do not lose heart."

Now let’s continue with the second part of this series. . .

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Saturday, June 8, 2019


~ By James Fire

We will now pick up where we left off in Part One of Chapter Six. Thus far we covered the first two seals on this scroll that the Son took from the Father, this title deed of the Earth and its inhabitants which was purchased by the very blood of the LAMB of GOD (REV 5:9).

The rider on the white horse we saw as GOD’s judgment on a Christ-rejecting world by giving them what they want (JOHN 5:43): the one world leader conquering (subduing, from the Greek verb nikao) the nations, by ‘arrow-less’ achievement. A bit of interesting legend about Nimrod's arrow in a little bit . . . 

The rider on the red horse is a judgment from GOD in the way of war – and as we observed before, it’s not until man ceases in his war against His Maker – rejecting both Him and His Righteous Rule and obtains peace with GOD (ROM 5:1-2), that there will be peace on Earth (LUKE 2:14), but not until then!

So now we move on to the other two of these four horsemen (Incidentally, we see a similar vision of four horses, but here with chariots, given to Zechariah in ZECH 6; like in REVELATION, these are sent to the earth from the presence of the LORD, and it specifies that these are “spirits” that are sent with a mission from GOD, and He will even use evil spirits to accomplish His purposes (1 KINGS 22:21), just as He used Satan himself in regards to Job; JOB 1:6-12; 2:1-6):

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

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

Contributing commentaries by Sonny Islas and James Fire

Chapter Thirteen – by James Fire

Commentary on GENESIS by Ray Stedman - For the video teaching of this chapter, click here.

GENESIS 13:1-2
And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south. 2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

Egypt has long been a type of the world in Scripture – and here we have Abram leaving Egypt; an Old Testament example of sanctification from the sinful influences of this fallen world. Moses, more than four centuries after this point will declare to Pharaoh when admonished by the King of Egypt to stay, and when refused, he asked Moses to keep the animals in Egypt; it was then that he said: “we shall not so much as leave a hoof in Egypt!” (EXOD 10:26).

Abram was a very wealthy man and this would seem to go contrary to who GOD usually calls to His kingdom (GOD must really love poor people – He sure made a LOT of them!):

JAMES 2:5 
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

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