"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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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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