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

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 22

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

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

For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video!

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

Let’s start by reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 21

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 21: “FROM DEATH INTO LIFE” – by Albert Lopez
For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video!

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

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Monday, June 20, 2022

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

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

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

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

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 20

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 20: “MOSES MESSED UP – BIG TIME!” – by Sonny Islas
For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video 

INTRODUCTION: Well, let’s continue to wander with Moses and the gang in the desert as we pick up where we left off last Wednesday in NUMBERS 19.

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

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Friday, June 17, 2022

PONDERING THE PARABLES – Part Eight

~ by James Fire

INTRODUCTION: We’ll soon complete this non-exhaustive series on the New Testament parables and it’s my prayer and hope is that readers will examine these articles and be encouraged to commit to a study of their own!

Whereas the preceding parables were largely prophetic in nature, what we have before us are more practical and involves conduct – both of the LORD and of ourselves, His saints.

Conduct matters, and don’t let anyone try to tell you differently. There are abusers of the grace of GOD who believe themselves to be saved, and rest on that – and such rest is warranted in the sense that our salvation is based on Christ and Christ alone, apart from any works of our own.

That being said, these sort who, having this assurance that they’re saved “no matter what”, are then free to live a life of sin, indulge the flesh, never have a care regarding the Word, prayer, obedience to the LORD, and yet somehow believe that because “I said the prayer of salvation” – that they can live like hell and still expect to make it into heaven.

John the Baptist as well as the LORD Jesus plainly stated that every tree that doesn’t produce fruit will be cut off and cast into the fire (MT 3:10; 7:19). Scripture states what the fruit of the Spirit is; and if only the fruit of repentance, it’s still fruit and evidence that one has turned from the old life of sin and turned to, received, and expressed faith in Christ (GAL 5:22-24).

Let’s take a look at these passages prayerfully and hear what the LORD would tell us:

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Friday, June 10, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 19

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 19: “RARE RED BREED For RIGHTEOUSNESS” – by James Fire
For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video!

INTRODUCTION: We’ve a rather unique sacrifice here offered under the Levitical priesthood in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple. This chapter deals with the “red heifer” and there’s a lot of symbolism that points to Christ, as well as prophetic issues, particularly prophecies dealing with the last days prior to Christ’s return.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022

CROSSING The T’s STUDY in 1 TIMOTHY – Biblical Precepts and Principles for Pastoral ministry: CHAPTER SIX – PARTS 1 & 2

INTRODUCTION
: We wrap up this epistle of Paul to his protégé Timothy, and the apostle has some closing, highly important, pertinent exhortations. Earlier he spoke on deacons and elders, then on their wives, the young men and women. Throughout, some needful insights were provided regarding the last days, the Word of GOD itself, and some related subject matter.

In this last chapter, he’s addressing bondservants and their masters (in our own culture, these things can be applied to employees and their employers).

He returns to the subject of teachers and personal conduct, making a connection between doctrine and lifestyle – something we will focus on here in this study; in a time for the church when doctrine is sidelined and conduct is scandalous, the need for these exhortations becomes self-evident.

At the last, Paul the aged appeals to his dearly beloved, young Timothy and charges him with the sacred trust of the Holy Scriptures, to stay the course and be mindful of his own personal conduct.

Let’s partake then of the holy manna!

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Sunday, May 29, 2022

“Confident Sufficiency in Christ Alone” - 2 CORINTHIANS 3


~ by James Fire

2 CORINTHIANS 3 “Confident Sufficiency in Christ Alone”
Watch the TWO PART Facebook video - PART ONE and PART TWO.

INTRODUCTION: The church at Corinth, founded as you know, by the apostle Paul is a perfect example of how corruption found in any culture wrongly infects the body of Christ. We aren’t to have fellowship with the works of corruption, sin, and darkness (EPH 5:11), because this will adversely affect us. “A little leaven leavens the whole lump” (1 COR 5:6). Whereas the LORD Jesus ate, drank, and regularly fellowshipped with sinners, these children of darkness (MT 11:19). Is this a contradiction? Not at all!

We’re called of GOD to be salt and light and have a godly influence among the lost. We can follow our LORD’s example and minister to the lost; but we’re not to come under the influence of ungodliness.

Of all of Paul’s epistles, 1st and 2nd CORINTHIANS have the most corrections, admonitions, and rebukes. This demonstrates the apostle’s unswerving love and devotion to the saints in this fellowship (2 COR 12:15), just as the LORD Himself rebukes and chastens those He loves (REV 3:19).

Last week pastor Kevin spoke about biblical hope: it’s not wishful thinking; rather it’s a confident expectation; a confident expectation of the truth of GOD’s Word that fulfills all of His promises. In this chapter, we’ll continue this theme of biblical hope found only in Christ Jesus and nowhere else, and thus the title for this sermon “Confident Sufficiency in Christ Alone”.

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Saturday, May 28, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 18

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 18: “PROTECT THE WORK OF THE LORD AND GIVE TO THE WORK OF THE LORD” – by Sonny Islas, For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video or on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!

INTRODUCTION: We are now in Numbers 18. Before we read, let me remind you of chapter 18’s backdrop and setting.

In NUMBERS 16, Korah and 250 other top Israelite leaders (from the Twelve Tribes), came against Moses and Aaron – really, they came against God because they wanted (lusted after) what wasn’t given to them and that was the priesthood. They were unhappy with their lesser roles and God’s choice of men regarding the priesthood which was Aaron and his sons.

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Friday, May 27, 2022

The GREAT DIVIDE COMING - by special guest writer, Lambert Dolphin


I believe I am among a sizeable subset of Christians in this country who believes that the United States is now on the fast track to judgment. Down through history the Bible shows that God periodically judges individual nations for their bad conduct. He chastens by lowering a nation's position, status, wealth, and power among the other nations. He destroys by war, by famine, plague, or natural disasters.

God judges individuals, both those who believe and those who do not. "For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world." (1 COR 11:31,32).

Many once-great nations are now completely extinct (see the series by Ray Stedman, "Behind History,"). There has never yet been a "Christian nation" on earth. It is the spiritual vitality of Christian churches within a nation that makes the difference. Human beings are fallen, and nations are fallen. 

"Fallen" speaks of a departure from righteousness, justice, and truth. Nations are often led by corrupt dictators--and the entire world system is ruled over by Satan. Nations with large numbers of professing Christians may not be more righteous than nations with a relatively few Christians who are mostly Philadelphian in their church leadership style. This is the reality of the world we were born into.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 17

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 17

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 17: “THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ROD” – by Albert Lopez

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever been on the wrong side of something? Like if you’re playing basketball or football and your team loses. You probably don’t like the feeling of losing specially if maybe you had a chance to win if you had only done this or maybe not this. Passed the ball at this time or shot the ball at this time. Many scenarios might play out, but the outcome was still the same you were on the wrong side of the scoreboard. You lost.

Then there is another outcome you are on the winning side at times. You end up on the right side of something. You followed the game plan. You stuck to it and so did your team. Everything turned out the way you planned, and you got the win.

Some of you may not be able to relate to sports but maybe you can remember a time when you and your siblings did something wrong or disobedient. Travesuras and you were the one who got in trouble or got the worst of the punishment. You were probably supposed to be the example if you are the oldest but instead failed miserably and went along with this misbehavior. You got into mischief, and you paid for it. You were on the wrong side or picked the wrong side

Then there were times maybe you can remember where you remember watching your sibling get into trouble and were witness to the punishment that was handed out. You were on the right side, and you hoped there was something that you can do to get them out of the punishment, but it was too late the chancla or the cinto was out and it was going to be used.

Not exactly the same thing but we can say that Aaron experienced what it was to be on the losing or disobedient side even rebellious side. He probably remembered the disappointment in Moses his brother’s eyes.

Most of all he probably also remembered how he helped in the corruption or defilement of the people when he made them a Golden Calf. If that wasn’t enough, he made them an altar for the Golden Calf. Then made a foolish proclamation saying that “tomorrow shall be the feast for the Lord”.

It was foolish because the people had been referring to the Golden Calf as their God who brought them out of the land of Egypt. This was the beginnings of the Idolatry that would follow God’s people and God would discipline them as we read throughout the bible. This was an example of how Aaron was on the wrong side of the rod and was witness to God disciplining the people’s disobedience that he was a part of. He however was spared, and we can see that God sparing him allowed him to be on the right side of the rod later on.

The time that Aaron ended up on the right side of the rod he took godly council which came from his brother Moses.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022

THE CHRIST OF GOD - PART TWO Of This TWO PART Article By Sonny Islas 5.1.2022

Watch the SHINE BRIGHT Facebook video of this teaching here or on the YouTube page here.

INTRODUCTION: Today, we are going to take a magnifying-glass-look at Peter’s great confession regarding Jesus’ identity, where Jesus asked, “who do you say that I am?” And Peter replied, “You are the Christ of God (In Luke’s Gospel).”

We’re going to discover how this majestic title, “Christ,” connects to the Old Testament scriptures and Old Testament prophecy. This will help us to better understand what Peter was thinking when he replied in this awesome way.

To start, Christ is not Jesus’ last name – Christ is a Messianic title.

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Monday, May 23, 2022

PONDERING THE PARABLES – Part Seven

~ by James Fire

INTRODUCTION: We are nearing the completion of this series on the parables – though this is probably not exhaustive in that I haven’t addressed every parable listed in the Scripture, nor have I mined the bottom most depths of any one of them.
Nevertheless, my prayer and hope is that readers will examine these articles and be encouraged to launch out on a study of their own!

While parables are allegorical, they expound on spiritual truth that is absolute, and in many, if not most of them there are prophetic elements that address the kingdom of heaven throughout the church age, the Second Coming of Christ, the inauguration of the Millennial reign – and all that these entail. Such is the first of several that we have before us in today’s segment.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?’ PART ONE Of TWO

WHO DO YOU SAY I AM?’ PART ONE Of This TWO PART Article

~ by Sonny Islas
Watch the SHINE BRIGHT Facebook video of this teaching here or on the Youtube page here 

Today, we will focus on Peter’s great confession regarding Jesus’ identity – where for the first time, Peter boldly declares Jesus as “The Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter’s spiritual eyesight is becoming a bit clearer as Jesus draws closer to the cross.

This is a high point in Jesus’ ministry because Peter and the bunch MUST have a divine understating of Jesus’ true identity if they will be saved from hell and if they would be the co-founders of the Church (EPH 2:20) and co-authors of the New Testament Scriptures.

MARK 8:27-30
27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, "Who do men say that I am?" 28 So they answered, "John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets." 29 He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter answered and said to Him, "You are the Christ." 30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him
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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 16

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 16


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


Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith


NUMBERS 16: “A FIGHT FOR HIGH POSITION” – by Sonny Islas, For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video or on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!

INTRODUCTION: At this point in the story, we’re going to read about a very envious and self-centered man by the name of Korah, (his name means bald, possibly pointing to his hairless body as a newborn baby, and like Moses and Aaron, he too was Levite). This man led a great rebellion against Moses and Aaron. He and his followers wanted to take Moses and Aaron’s God-given positions. But as we will soon see, Korah and his conspirators will get a rude awakening from the LORD Himself!

The Book of Jude calls Korah’s actions “the rebellion of Korah” (JUDE 1:11).

Korah went down in history as a rebel towards God and God’s men.

We can also view this sad scene as A GIANT OLD TESTAMENT CHURCH SPLIT. This was one massive division. It’s a picture of what one discontented megalomaniac guy can do. “A little leaven (the sin of pride) can in fact leaven (affect and influence) the whole lump (in Korah’s case – thousands of discontented Israelites)” (GAL 5:9).

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 15

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


Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith


NUMBERS 15: “DESIRE the FIRE for the LORD”


– by James Fire, For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video!


INTRODUCTION: From EXODUS to LEVITICUS and now in NUMBERS we have been learning about sacrifices, more sacrifices and still more sacrifices. The LORD in this chapter is reminding His people that once they enter into the Promised Land, that they were to offer up sacrifices in the spirit of praise and a heart of thanksgiving: It reminds me of an old church song we used to sing in my young days as a Christian:
“We bring the sacrifice of praise unto the house of the LORD. We bring the sacrifice of praise unto the house of the LORD. And we offer up to You, the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and we offer up to You the sacrifices of joy!”


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Friday, May 6, 2022

THE KEY TO GENUINE HAPPINESS - Wisdom Wednesday in PROVERBS with pastor Sonny

THE KEY TO GENUINE HAPPINESS
by Sonny Islas                                                               

Today’s mini lesson/devotional is titled: THE KEY TO GENUINE HAPPINESS (Check out the FB Video here. Or on the SHINE BRIGHT YouTube Channel here).

Here’s a simple and secular definition of the word happy: "feeling or showing pleasure or contentment". 

 But the word happy in the Bible is always connected to being blessed, which then has a higher meaning in the sense that the biblical idea of happiness is always connected to the way in which we respond to God and the way in which God responds to us. Your happiness is then connected to the way you respond to God. We’ll look at this a little more in a minute.

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NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 14

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 14: “CONQUERORS & CRYBABIES” – by Sonny Islas, For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video or on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!

INTRODUCTION: Let’s pick up where we left off last Wednesday in NUMBERS 13; this and NUMBERS 14 are one story line.

At this point in the narrative, we can categorize the people of Israel into two distinct groups – Conquerors and Crybabies or Believers and Unbelievers. Caleb and Joshua are among the courageous and faithful, the rest (except for Mose
s, Aaron, and few others) were among the cowardice and faithless.

And in every local Evangelical church today, you will find these two types of people. Those who take God at His Word and those who dismiss His Word, to their own eternal peril. Jesus puts it this way in Matthew 7:24-27 (and I paraphrase) Those who obey God’s Word are the wise ones who built their house on the rock and those who don’t obey God’s Word are the foolish ones who built their house on the sand. The Day of Judgment will reveal everyone’s foundation – made up of either solid rock or sinking sand.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

A TTUF Interview with Dr. Gregory Reid on WAR of the AGES – PART FOUR

INTRODUCTION: This is an interview with Dr. Greg Reid, a youth pastor, speaker, author of many books, who has his own website, and is a former victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and a man of GOD who understands spiritual warfare because it’s a reality for him.
He has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom.

The purpose of this interview is to excite interest and hunger in the readers to get this book into their hands and devour its contents, become familiar with and eventually adept at spiritual warfare – something that’s been forgotten in today’s modern American church and is terribly needed in this day and age, and the darkness that’s not only growing, but seeking to overwhelm and defeat those unprepared to face it.
Here we have the fourth and final segment of this interview:

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Friday, April 15, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 13

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 13: “NOT SO GOOD SCOUTS”
– by Albert Lopez, Not available on the Facebook video or on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel.

INTRODUCTION: Have you ever heard of a heist?
The definition of a heist: "to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: for example, to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels. to rob or hold up."
Have you ever seen an action movie about a heist, and you see at the start how this heist comes about? A couple things take place to get the ball rolling:
1st motivation - Usually money or something very valuable
2nd motivation - A plan for a group of people to carry out this work
3rd motivation - The right people with the right skills are given assignments to make this heist a reality.

Even with this there has to be confidence in the plan, the person or people that came up with the plan and the people carrying out the plan. The last thing is that a lot of the times there are unseen things that come up that the plan didn’t account for, and you have to be able to overcome those obstacles and then maybe the Heist is successful.

How do you start a heist? In a typical on-line game there is the following:
“Players must be rank 12 or above to set up a heist and must own a high-end apartment with a heist planning room. Once the player has reached the necessary level and purchased an appropriate apartment, Lester Crest will contact the player by text and follow up phone call introducing the heists concept.”
The only heist I want to be a part of is one where we go in and take all the souls possible from the Kingdom of darkness and return them to the Kingdom of Light through the power of the Holy Spirt.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2022

CROSSING The T’s STUDY in 1 TIMOTHY – Biblical Precepts and Principles for Pastoral ministry: CHAPTER FIVE

INTRODUCTION
: Thus far this epistle has shown us the apostles doctrine and mission, his personal experiences as a zealous Pharisee in opposition to the church, then by GOD’s grace converted to Christ and becoming an apostle. Then he launches into counsel for both men and women in the church, extols the Person in Christ as the Intercessor for His bride; from there he outlines the qualifications for deacons and bishops. Then he addresses the purpose of this epistle (1 TIM 3:15). After this, Paul gets into the prophetic, explaining the future apostasy from the faith, as well as marking the indicators for good teachers: godliness, diligence, and the importance of meditation on the Word of GOD, along with vigilance over personal conduct.

Now we begin chapter five where he addresses the issue of widows, the duty of church elders, impartial and deliberate judgments in church government, and advice in personal and practical matters. This epistle is rounded up in chapter six with the duties of servants, separation from false teachers, warnings against covetousness and ambitions to gain wealth. Paul then solemnly charges young pastor Timothy to keep his doctrine pure unto the end and issues a similar word to the wealthy regarding benevolence and charity towards the less fortunate. He ends the first epistle with final charges of fidelity to his son in the faith.

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Jesus' Death: Six Hours of Eternity on the Cross - Part Two by Lambert Dolphin


The Agony of Love - The Crucifixion of Christ
by Chuck Missler

Excerpt from this teaching: October 1, 2018
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. — Isaiah 53:4–5

Jesus Christ came to fulfill the Scriptures.
The Scriptures were written as a shadow, a dim reflection of Jesus Christ himself — to explain in advance God’s whole plan for the salvation of the human race. The more I study God’s Word, the more I’m amazed by God’s precision. The Old Testament gives us the history of the Jewish people, and it gives us Psalms and Proverbs and warnings and messages of all kinds, but the more I study it, the more I find Jesus Christ written on every page.

We find this foreshadowing fulfilled with great power in the first feast of the Jewish religious year — the Passover. At the Passover, the people of Israel were instructed to sacrifice an unblemished lamb and strike its blood on the doorposts and lintel of their homes as a sign to the Lord. Wherever the Lord saw the blood on the doorposts and lintel, He would pass over and spare those inside from His last great plague against Egypt. The blood of the lamb protected all those within the house, no matter who they were. Any house without the blood of the lamb was doomed, and the firstborn sons of all those in Egypt were killed that night.

Jesus died at Passover as our unblemished Lamb. He is the One who covers us and protects us from death. When we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, He begins to lead us from the bondage of our spiritual Egypt on the journey to our ultimate rest.

Because of the great significance of the Passover, the Lord told the Israelites to commemorate it every year throughout all generations. God even changed the calendar at that time. The Lord told Moses in Exodus 12:2 to establish the first month of the year as the month of the Exodus from Egypt.

We’re going to explore a topic that is absolutely unfathomable; the death of the Most High God. The story is so familiar we sometimes lose perspective. We are going to explore some often overlooked aspects of the crucifixion of Christ, recognizing the person that was arrested, abused, and murdered was not just a mere man. He was the Creator of the universe

He was crucified on a cross of wood, yet He made the hill on which it stood.

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Friday, April 8, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 12

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 12: “UNCALLED-FOR CRITICISM”

– by Sonny Islas, For the full message, watch it on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!

INTRODUCTION: Tonight we’re going to read about the betrayal of an innocent and goldy man. NUMBERS 12 records Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ older siblings being unjustly critical of their little bro, Moses. We will glean some golden lessons from this chapter.

NUMBERS 12:1-16
1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman. 2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it. 3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.) 4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out. 5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed. 10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous. 11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother's womb. 13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee. 14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again. 15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again. 16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran
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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Jesus' Death: Six Hours of Eternity on the Cross - Part One by Lambert Dolphin

This article is extraordinary in two ways: in its profound content and the amount of content! So much content in fact, that I felt it good to divide this into two parts (even in two parts they re both quite voluminous!). Nevertheless, at this time of year, I think it's good that we contemplate deeply on the Supreme Sacrifice made by our Savior!
So without further ado, here is the article by Lambert Dolphin!


A superficial reading of the gospel narratives concerning the death of Jesus will show that He was nailed to the cross at 9 o'clock in the morning, and was dead by 3 in the afternoon. His terrible ordeal, it would seem, was over in a mere six hours.

The agony in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before had been an ordeal in prayer before His Father that we can scarcely understand. The writer of Hebrews comments on this incident,
"In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard for his godly fear. Although he was a Son, he learned obedience through what he suffered..." (Hebrews 5:7, 8)

Then, too, Jesus had been up the rest of the night without sleep enduring beating, cruel mockery and unspeakable brutality. The next morning, the Romans scourged Him. (Mark 15:15, John 19:1).

Jesus was already greatly weakened when he carried his cross, stumbling, to the place of crucifixion alongside the main public highway, probably just outside the Damascus Gate.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

PALM SUNDAY - An Extraordinary Fulfillment of Prophecy


 ~~ By James Fire 
(this teaching was delivered on 4/10/2022 at The ETERNAL LIVING WORD Church - the video is hyperlinked here)

Turn in your Bibles to DANIEL 9, and put a marker in it, then turn to:

MATTHEW 21:1-9, one of three passages in the Gospels that reveal this incredible event that we call Palm Sunday!
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, "Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. 3 "And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord has need of them,' and immediately he will send them." 4 All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: 5 "Tell the daughter of Zion, 'Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.'" 6 So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. 8 And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!

“Hosanna” – meaning “save now”! And “the Son of David” – a title of the Christ (or Messiah; MT 22:42) of Israel. Up to this point whenever people tried to take Jesus and make Him King (JN 6:15), He refused. But on this day, He doesn’t just allow it, He arranges it! Why on this particular day, not any day earlier or later? This is a crucial prophecy that points directly to the identify of Who the Messiah is. Jesus is the ONLY One to fulfill this prophecy!

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Monday, March 28, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 11

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 11: “FOWL MOUTH MURMERERS” – by James Fire,
For the full message, watch it on the Facebook video!

INTRODUCTION: How many of you claim Jesus as your Good Shepherd? How many of you declare that Jesus is your LORD? What does this mean on a practical level?
It means that you have surrendered your own will in favor of the LORD’s will, Who will care for you and all your needs as your shepherd Who is ‘the goodest’ of all shepherds. Since He is your LORD, you shall not go without any necessities (PS 23:1). It means that whatever trials, struggles, testing, hardships, suffering that you endure, you are experiencing them because the LORD has ordained them – for our best interest as well as for His glory.

So when we murmur, complain, gripe about anything that’s in our lives, we are aiming such words (spoken or not, intentionally or not!) directly at the throne of GOD!
It's a silent accusation from the heart that says, “GOD isn’t doing a good job taking care of me! He doesn’t love me or care about me, because if He did, I wouldn’t be in this mess!”
Some messes we find ourselves in are of our own making, because of unwise, even dumb choices, so I’m not counting these!

Such accusations against our good, generous, holy, gracious compassionate, tender-hearted Abba Father is extremely offensive to Him, because they deny the truth of these noble attributes of His! Such words should never come from our hearts, out of foul mouths in speech that is sin!

And that’s where we begin our study – the children of Israel are sick and tired of this bland manna and want some spicy meat! In their complaining, GOD fills their mouths with quail, these fowl, hence the title of this teaching, “Fowl Mouth Murmurers”!

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

PONDERING THE PARABLES – Part Six

~ by James Fire

INTRODUCTION: We dealt with the exegetical properties of MATTHEW 25 in our TTUF studies before; you can check it out here. To summarize, we understand that the four different Gospel accounts are directed to different groups of people. The Gospel according to Matthew is directed towards Israel. All of the kingdom parables are likewise directed primarily to Israel and apply to the church in parallel in many regards.

As mentioned in the TTUF study we are presented with a picture here of the bridegroom and the ten virgins. Yet we understand that Christ – the bridegroom – has only one bride, not ten. If these ten virgins were meant to be a picture of the bride, then shouldn’t verse one say,
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet their bridegroom” rather than “the bridegroom”.

I see these then as the brides maids, but seeing that there are ten (and not eight or twelve), what does this signify?

From Biblestudy.org we have the following observations:
The number 10 in the Bible is used 242 times; “10th” is used 79 times. Ten is also viewed as a complete and perfect number (so is 3,7 and 12). It signifies testimony, law, responsibility, and the completeness of order. GENESIS 1 records that “GOD said” ten times in reference to His acts of creation. GOD gave 10 (primary, fundamental, foundational) Commandments. The people of GOD were responsible to give 1/10th of their properties and, or wages as a testimony to GOD’s faithfulness. The Passover lamb was selected on the 10th day and day 10 of the 7th month is also the Holy Day of Atonement, etc.
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Friday, March 18, 2022

A TTUF Interview with Dr. Gregory Reid on WAR of the AGES – PART 3 of 4

INTRODUCTION
: This is an interview with Dr. Greg Reid, a youth pastor, speaker, author of many books, who has his own website, and is a former victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and a man of GOD who understands spiritual warfare because it’s a reality for him.
He has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom.

The purpose of this interview is to excite interest and hunger in the readers to get this book into their hands and devour its contents, become familiar with and eventually adept at spiritual warfare – something that’s been forgotten in today’s modern American church and is terribly needed in this day and age, and the darkness that’s not only growing, but seeking to overwhelm and defeat those unprepared to face it.

Check out this THROUGH The BLACK interview with Colleen James and Greg Reid as they discuss two of his books, TROJAN CHURCH and WAR of the AGES!

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Thursday, March 17, 2022

NUMBERS FROM SINIAI To The PROMISED LAND - Chapter 10

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

Complete Study of Numbers 1-10 by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 10: “TIME TO MARCH FORWARD or GOD GOES BEFORE US”

– by Sonny Islas,

For the full message, watch it on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!
INTRODUCTION: At this point in the story, it’s been two years since the miraculous Red Sea crossing, and they’ve been encamped near Mt. Sinai but now it’s time to march forward to the wilderness of Paran (aka Kadesh).

This is a high point in the narrative because this will be the first time that Yahweh in the form of the glory cloud from above the Mercy Seat will lift up and move forward – to lead the way to Canaan - here – God goes before them, and they are to follow.
BUT as we’ll soon see, the journey that could have taken Israel days, took years, 40 years, due to their hardheads and hard hearts.

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Monday, March 14, 2022

ARE YOU READY FOR: The RAPTURE, REWARD and REIGN with CHRIST?

This teaching will be in three parts:
(you can watch this teaching on Facebook video, soon on SHINE BRIGHT You Tube Channel)

Part One – we’ll have a very brief review of the nine teachings we received at the Calvary Tucson Pastor’s 2022 Conference on Prophecy (these video teachings, plus a Q & A, are available on Calvary Tucson YouTube channel – for your convenience I also have them on TTUF).
Part Two – We’ll be looking at the rewards we may or may not receive once we are raptured into heaven, at the Bema Seat by Christ where He will judge our works as His disciples.
Part Three – We’ll see how these rewards are related to the degree of rule we will share in the reign of Christ.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022

CALVARY TUCSON Pastor/Leaders Conference 2022 on PROPHECY

We just finished three days of teaching on the much needed study on biblical prophecy at the Calvary Tucson church with pastor Robert Furrow and a line-up of top notch pastors, professors and leaders! The following are those teachings, along with a Q & A (is any conference really complete without one of these?), and I must say that we were enormously blessed with each and every one of them!

So much so, that I wanted to share them with you all here, copying the videos from off the Calvary Tucson's Youtube page! Along with each teaching I have a link to the teacher's bio, and also some web links to their ministries and ministry projects!

In such a day as ours when eschatological prophecies are ripe for fulfillment, it's tragic that too, too many churches are neglecting prophecy, believing that such things are peripheral in importance, not central to biblical doctrine, nor serving practical needs, but I disagree on all counts.

Prophecy IS very important, and practical and central!
JESUS is the very spirit, the very heart, the core of all biblical prophecy as the entire volume of the Scriptures are about Him (PSALM 40:7) and testify of Him (JOHN 5:39)! 

As for practical needs, does not Scripture itself state that we who have this hope of Christ's return are purified even as He is pure (1 JOHN 3:3)? Saints living in expectation of the LORD's return are living in a readiness, preparedness for His coming - living holy and godly - and nothing could be more practical! 

Further, these teachers are all dispensational in their eschatology, and inherently this means that they correctly teach that the church and Israel are distinct from one another, having different missions appointed to them by GOD with different destinies and functions. They are all dispensational (specifically, they believe that the church will not be here for the 70th week of Daniel, and that JESUS Himself will literally reign on Earth from Jerusalem for 1000 years in what's known as the Millennium.

Along with pertinent studies on this subject, David Guzik shared a very special message to wrap up the conference that I found particularly meaningful!

So, without further ado, will you join me in watching these videos and be blessed in all of the teaching on our Blessed Hope?
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Monday, March 7, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 9

Contributing commentaries by pastors Sonny Islas, Albert Lopez and James Fire
Complete Study of Numbers 1 - 10 by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 9: “THE OBSERVANCE WITH THE HEART OF OBEDIENCE” – by Albert Lopez,  Facebook video or SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel video not available.

INTRODUCTION: Many times, when we do things, we can do them halfway or even do them completely but even then, do them wrong. We have a poor attitude and are very careless with what is required of us. The problem is that sometimes we do these things with the wrong heart and the wrong motives.

Example: I tell Dominic to take out the trash. He says, “OK Dad” and he continues playing Xbox or continues on his phone. There is a second reminder, “I told you to take out the trash five minutes ago and it’s still there and if you don’t take out the trash; the trash will take us out”.
So, he goes to the kitchen grabs a snack, looks at the trash and goes back to his room. The 3rd reminder is now here, and it comes more as a consequence of not listening to the first two: “You are going to be grounded until you grow a beard. I want you to drop whatever you’re doing and take out the trash now!”

This could have been avoided if Dominic would have listened the 1st time he was told to do something. If only he would just have taken the two minutes or less to take out the trash and put a new bag on the trash-can and not put his needs above what was required of him. Knowing that taking out the trash is his job he should not have to be reminded each time to do it. Gladly doing it because he contributes to the team that is our little family would be the proper attitude and motive - and also contributes to filling up the trash.

This attitude would have avoided any type of bad consequences for disobedience on his part. Now this scenario can apply to you or to me and in different circumstances where we have an opportunity to show a right attitude with a good heart, but we fail miserably at times.

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NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 8

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

Complete Study of Numbers by pastor Chuck Smith

NUMBERS 8: “THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE GOLDEN LAMPSTAND & THE DEDICATED TO THE LORD’S WORK”

– by Sonny Islas, For the full message, watch it on Facebook video or on SHINE BRIGHT Church YouTube channel!

INTRODUCTION: At this point in the OT narrative, the children of Israel have been in the wilderness of Sinai for a little over two years now (NUM 1:1). They went from being slaves of Pharoah in Egypt to now being servant of Yahweh in the wilderness. To being contaminated by false worship in Egypt to being blessed with true worship in the desert.
In NUMBERS 7 twelve leaders, one from every tribe brought their offerings and sacrifices to the dedication of the Tabernacle (which was in a sense the earthly house of God). And now Aaron will be told how to arrange the lamps on the lampstand and the Levites will be ceremonially cleansed and dedicated - before the LORD and the entire congregation - for the work of the LORD.

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Friday, February 25, 2022

A TTUF Interview w? Dr. Gregory Reid on WAR of the AGES – PART 2 0f 4


INTRODUCTION: This is an interview with Dr. Greg Reid, a youth pastor, speaker, author of many books, who has his own website, and is a former victim of Satanic Ritual Abuse (SRA) and a man of GOD who understands spiritual warfare because it’s a reality for him.
He has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom.

The purpose of this interview is to excite interest and hunger in the readers to get this book into their hands and devour its contents, become familiar with and eventually adept at spiritual warfare – something that’s been forgotten in today’s modern American church and is terribly needed in this day and age, and the darkness that’s not only growing, but seeking to overwhelm and defeat those unprepared to face it.

TTUF has provided a summary of the book which you can read here; this was also produced to encourage Christians to get the book, and with an open Bible search these things out and determine where GOD has them positioned in His army.

Let’s continue then with part 2 of 4 of this interview:

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Sunday, February 20, 2022

CROSSING The T’s STUDY in 1 TIMOTHY – Biblical Precepts and Principles for Pastoral ministry: CHAPTER FOUR

INTRODUCTION
: The last verse of the prior chapter declares:
1 TIMOTHY 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory
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The truth expressed here in in opposition to what is here expressed in the first few verses of chapter Four (and bear in mind that the separation of Scripture with chapters was not in the original. The parchments in Koine Greek read straight through from verse 16 of chapter Three and on to verses 1-3 of chapter four, without skipping a beat.
The Holy Spirit intentionally places these two portions of Scripture in stark contrast to each other.

Just as GOD manifest Himself in the flesh (JOHN 1:1-3,14) at His First Advent and brought to us the pure doctrine of GOD (in harsh rebuke of the false doctrines of the Sanhedrin) prior to His Second Coming, the apostasy (which started in the 1st century, but has escalated dramatically from the 19th, through the 20th and onto the 21st centuries) is marked with the doctrines of demons and spirits of seduction. Let’s examine these Scriptures and we’ll expound on them!

1 TIMOTHY 4:1-3
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth
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To begin with, some commentary (summarized) from Jamieson Fausett and Brown:

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Thursday, February 17, 2022

PONDERING THE PARABLES – Part Five

~ by James Fire

INTRODUCTION: Let’s remember why the LORD JESUS CHRIST spoke in parables:
As we all know, He went about doing miracles and healing people by the droves, all of which were not only blessings upon those that He bestowed them, but also fulfillment of prophecy as well as signs and proof of His Messianic authority.

ISAIAH 35:5-6a
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. 6 Then the lame shall leap like a deer, And the tongue of the dumb sing

The whole thing with parables started in MATTHEW 13, but prior to that, when Jesus had cast out demons on two different occasions, the Pharisees made a major blunder and attributed the LORD’s miracles to the power of Satan, rather than to GOD (MATT 9:32-35). But the LORD didn’t respond to their accusation (vs. 35):

Jewish exorcists were often able to cast out demons once they learned their name (LUKE 11:19), and as was their custom, they would seek to learn the demon’s name.
But there were demons that were able to cause their victim to become mute, unable to speak – and so the demon was safe from exorcists because they couldn’t learn its name. There was hope however that when the Messiah came, He would be able to do what the Jewish exorcists could not: make “the tongue of the dumb [to] sing…”. The Hebrew word for dumb means ‘mute’ based on its root word (“to bind up”) as in one’s tongue, or ability to speak.

So when mute-inflicting demons that possessed these two individuals were brought before the LORD, and He cast them out – people were astonished “It was never seen like this in Israel!” This alone tells us that these weren’t ordinary exorcisms, but extraordinary ones, specifically because of these unusual circumstances.

Another situation in MATTHEW 12 was very much like the first. There, the LORD was once again casting out demons (MATT12:22-37).

The miracles, the healings, and the exorcisms that the LORD performed, and most especially those he performed in releasing the demon-enforced silenced victims were signs of the Messiah. The LORD Jesus fulfilled these signs perfectly as He Himself was anointed of the Spirit of GOD to do so. It was the Spirit of GOD that pointed to the Messiah as One of His primary witnesses. Therefore to reject Jesus in spite of these Messianic signs was likewise a rejection of the testimony of the Holy Spirit.

It was such testimony that would lead a person to the truth as mentioned in MATTHEW 16:16b: …You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. He Who alone is the Savior of the world. Thus to reject the testimony of the Holy Spirit is blasphemy which disparages salvation through Jesus Christ.

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