"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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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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Monday, February 7, 2022

NUMBERS – From SINAI To The PROMISED LAND: Chapters 7

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

NUMBERS 7: “The TWELVE DAYS of SACRIFICE” – by James Fire, video teaching on youtube.

INTRODUCTION: It’s been said, “GOD must really love poor people – because He made a LOT of them”! Scripture states that not many mighty are called, not many wise, not many noble (wealthy that is) are called (1 COR 1:26). The LORD Jesus said, “It’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven” (MATT 19:24). Yet He also said that what seems impossible to us, is possible with GOD, for those who have faith in His ability to save (MATT 19:26)!

Selina Hastings, a noblewoman, Countess of Huntingdon, England, who in the 18th century helped in establishing the Methodist movement which brought about religious freedom and revival once said she was saved by an “m” – because the Scripture doesn’t say “not any” but “not many noble are called”.

In this chapter (89 verses worth – and this might be my shortest teaching yet, believe it or not!) we read about the leaders of Israel, these “princes” who are governors, or sheiks, or rulers, who no doubt have a substantially high standing upon the people and are wealthy – they too are allowed worship of YHWH; their offerings are welcome, their sacrifices acceptable.

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Thursday, February 3, 2022

A TTUF Interview w/ Dr. Greg Reid on WAR of the AGES – PART 1 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.
So much so that he has written a book about it: WAR of the AGES: A Complete Scriptural Guide to Confronting and Defeating Satan’s kingdom (You can also contact Greg for a copy of this book, should you not wish to purchase it from Amazon).

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 (find his book summary in this listing);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.
This interview is published in four parts and is concluded with a statement by Greg Reid and a brief word from myself (James Fire).

So without further ado, let’s begin this interview!

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Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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

INTRODUCTION: In any kind of employment or vocational endeavor, qualifications are an essential when looking over potential candidates. It’s no different in the church, but in fact, the criteria by which we judge among these candidates must be a far higher standard than what the world would use. Beyond the moral and ethical implications, a servant of the LORD must also be a child of GOD, and truly one cannot be the former in an explicit sense without first being the latter.

We are indeed servants of the LORD – doulos in fact, which is a bond-servant (LEV 25:39; ROM 1:1): one who goes beyond the parameters of a mere hired employee, and rather is a devoted, life-long servant that reserves no personal rights of their own but is wholly given over to the will of their master.

The LORD Jesus elevated us from the status of ‘servant’ to that of ‘friend’ in drawing us into a greater sense of intimacy (JOHN 15:15). And then elevated us one step even higher by calling us His brothers, as the Father was able to adopt us as His own through the atoning blood of Christ, shed for our sin (JOHN 20:17; HEB 2:11)!

Yet as we can see in so many of the epistles, these who are brethren of the LORD, never lose, nor forsake the blessed title of servant, for this is what the Word of GOD declares: He who would be greatest, must be servant of all (MATT 23:11). He Who is LORD of all, has humbled Himself to become the Servant of YHWH, and of all of us (MATT 20:28)!

Thus every position in church leadership must be filled with those who are humble, compliant to the soft touch of the LORD as He directs us and do all in the Name of Christ – according to His nature of love, holiness, righteousness, and godliness! Let us then see what Paul the apostle directs young pastor Timothy to do in regards to choosing church ‘servantship’ as leaders of the church!

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