"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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Saturday, September 30, 2023


From A TTUF Study in Paul’s Epistle to the Romans – “On the Road of Righteousness” Chapter Eight: Part Two

Chapter Eight: Not Living in the ‘Condo’s’ Anymore! Continues…

~ By James Fire

We’ve all driven by old buildings with signs out in front that read “Building – Condemned: Do Not Enter”. It’s understood that that building is no longer sound or suitable for habitation and is scheduled to soon be demolished and swept away in order to make the property more useful.

Once Adam fell into sin, and the curse of sin was proclaimed, he along with Eve and all of their progeny were condemned with all of creation that they were given stewardship over. Creation and God’s finest achievement: man himself, were no longer sound or suitable for His purposes and habitation.

On a day scheduled in the Mind of God, everything would be demolished and swept away in order to make room for God’s new creation (2 PET 3:13), but there’s hope that man will be an integral part of this new creation!

How Great Is That Darkness on Planet Perdition (aka Planet Rhebyl)! 

Humanity continues in rebellious depravity; such sinful souls are repelled and offended at the holy Light that is God, preferring instead the darkness of their own depravity, secured by satanic bondage:
JOHN 3:18-20
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
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Saturday, September 23, 2023

The G.E.P.C Study – GALATIANS 3 Part TWO:

Going Through Paul’s epistles to Galatia, Ephesus, Philippi, and Colossi

INTRODUCTION: Now with the conclusion of Ch. 2, the apostle has completed his defense in regards to his apostleship, and while he has touched on the issue of faith vs. the Law up until this point, here in Ch. 3 and beyond, Paul begins to methodically examine, dissect, and properly divide Scripture to prove his points, namely that salvation is apart from the Law, that there is no way we can be justified through self-effort (“the flesh”), and that there needn’t be any division between Jews and Gentiles who are “in Christ”.

Justification is entirely by faith, apart from the Law (GAL 3:1-24) and the rule of the believer’s life is gracious, not legal (GAL 3:25-5:1).

His arguments extend beyond Ch. 3 of course but in the following chapters, the apostle is dealing with issues surrounding the characteristics displayed in the life of a Christian who is justified by faith alone (GAL 5:2-26) as well as the outworking of the new life in Christ Jesus (GAL 6:1-16).

15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ
(See GEN 12:3,7; 17:7).

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Sunday, September 17, 2023


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

DEUTERONOMY 34: GOD TURNS THE PAGE – by Sonny Islas; check out the complete teaching here [will be uploaded when available]!

We are now at the end of the Pentateuch, which means “five Books,” the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Law of Moses or the Books of Moses. And It’s been a real blessing for us to have gone through the first five books of the Bible with you all.

DEUTERONOMY 34 records the death of Moses and the official rise of Joshua, his successor.

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Sunday, September 10, 2023


This section will deal with How To Help the Helpless:

We can all feel overwhelmed and powerless to confront this Tsunami of Sin and Avalanche of Evil, recognizing that we can’t do anything in our own power (that would bring any lasting effect). We therefore resort to the LORD for His strength, His power, His ability to affect this iniquity. We must begin with prayer, and in that place, receive from the LORD direction as to what we are to do afterwards. If we fail to resort to the LORD, we will fail and fall in little time!

Remember the old adage: “I can do many things after I have prayed, but I can do nothing until I have prayed”. In a separate series on TTUF, I’ve been doing a study in NEHEMIAH, and I’ve taken note that in hearing (and later seeing) the abject and total ruin of Jerusalem, this man of GOD had a singular response: he prayed to GOD!

Then he and those with him rolled up their sleeves and got to work by “the power of His might” (EPH 6:10). We must engage in this battle firstly on our knees, then use our hands, our feet, our hearts, ears, and eyes as instruments of righteousness for our Father’s use! We must go in the power of GOD so that we won’t become wearied and faint (ISA 40:28-31)!

You and I won’t be able to change this world, but by the grace of GOD you can change the world for a lost soul, a hurting human, a person terrified by being trafficked.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023


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

DEUTERONOMY 33: Last Blessings Before going Home – by Albert Lopez the complete teaching not available on YouTube Channel SHINE BRIGHT Church.

INTRODUCTION: The song of Moses is followed by the blessing of Moses. Imagine hearing this very devastating news as though you were Moses:
You who delivered My people from Egypt and represented Me in front of the people. You misrepresented Me on one occasion and you will not be entering the land, the Promised Land.

But then, after hearing this, you turn around and have the heart to bless God’s people and do it with intention, being specific according to each tribe. That is what Moses is about to do.

Exposing sin is for some, easier than applying grace

How are we doing in this area? Can we bless other’s even if we “are not getting blessed”?

Jacob was exposing his son’s heart and sins in GEN 49 while Moses was exposing his heart and grace here. WHY???


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