Posted: August 18, 2022 in Bible ProphecyChristian LifeEvagelismGospelSufferingTribulation


  Forget your horoscope, the fortune tellers, the astrologers, and the false prophets who have made unbiblical predictions of the future. God isn’t giving out any new revelations today.  We have all we need for life and godliness in a Book called the Scriptures (2 Peter 1:3).  One of the big problems is, people don’t read this Book or they interpret it allegorically instead of literally (which includes figures of speech). 

  Did you know that over one fourth of the Bible, at the time of its writing, was prophetic in nature?  Much of it has already been fulfilled with Christ’s first coming and the rest of the prophecies concerning His second coming will also be fulfilled literally in the future.

  Four Horsemen.  Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about “The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse.”  They are mentioned in Revelation chapter six and represent four conditions that will take place in the future shortly after the “Man of sin” (Anti-Christ) signs a 7 year agreement with the Jewish people to ensure their peace and safety (Daniel 9:27).  They need and want this now more than ever.  Anti-Semitism is on the rise again and it will continue to get much worse.  Three major religions are struggling over the city of Jerusalem which is likened to a heavy stone for all peoples (Zechariah 12:3).

  Armageddon.  Eventually all the nations of the world will come against the Jews in a place called Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).  But the Lord Jesus Christ Himself (the Messiah) will deliver the believing Jewish remnant in the nick of time (Revelation 19:11-19; Zechariah 12:8-14; 14:1-15; Matthew 23:39).

  Rapture.  True, the word “rapture” isn’t found in the Scriptures but it accurately conveys the concept of being “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17).  This event has no “Biblical” signs that precede it.  It can happen at any moment and it will fulfill Christ’s promise to His disciples and to all true believers of this “Dispensation of Grace” (John 14:1-3; Ephesians 3:1-5).  Remember, a thousand years is like a day to God (2 Peter 3:8). 

  The Order Of Events.  After the Rapture but before the Anti-Christ and the Jews sign the seven year agreement, most Jews must be back in the land of Israel (Daniel 9:27).  Something apparently happens after the Rapture of the true church to make the Jews in other lands want to return to the land that God promised to give to them in an unconditional covenant (Genesis 15:18).  Ten kings (leaders) from the region of the Revived Roman Empire also must be in power (Revelation 17:13) and the world wide harlot religion must be in place and have power (Revelation 17:3).

  Judgments.  There are three sets of seven judgments: Seal, Trumpet, and Bowl judgments (Revelation 6-19).  The Seal judgments will take place during the first half of the seven year tribulation and are designed for the Gentile nations (Revelation 6:1-16; 8:1).  They will not harm the Jews in Israel who have an agreement with the Anti-Christ (Matthew 24:6).

  White Horse (First seal).  This horse represents the condition of false peace that will be made between the Anti-Christ and Israel (Daniel 9:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:3).

  Red Horse (Second seal).  This represents the war in which the Anti-Christ will depose three of the ten kings who want their power back after they become disillusioned with him (Daniel 2:43; 7:8, 23ff).  Perhaps he will use weapons of mass destruction to destroy these three kings and their countries.

  Black Horse (Third seal).  This represents the terrible famine that will follow in the wake of this war.  It will engulf the world but it will not affect the Jews living in the land of Israel.  They will enjoy plenty of food while others are starving.  This will be one of the reasons why Russian and her Arab allies will come down on Israel to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:11ff).

  Pale Horse (Fourth seal).  This represents death when one fourth of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8).  Later, during the sixth trumpet judgment, another one third of the world’s population will die (Revelation 9:15).

  Martyrs  (Fifth seal).  Apparently these are Gentiles who become believers in the true and living God after the Rapture and who are killed by the apostate church.

  War (Sixth seal).  When Russia and her Arab allies come against Israel in the middle of the seven year tribulation to take a spoil, the Anti-Christ will come to Israel’s deliverance and fight against them and destroy them (Ezekiel 38, 39).  But during this battle, the Anti-Christ also will be killed but will come back to life and amaze the whole world (Revelation 13:3, 12, 14).  Then he will demand that the Jews worship him as god.  They will refuse to do this (Matthew 24:15-28).  Since the devil couldn’t get Jesus to worship him (Matthew 4:8-10), he will try to get God’s chosen people to worship his human representative on earth.  But they won’t fall down before him.  Idol worship was something that the Jews had learned not to do while in Babylon (Daniel 3:1-18).

  Silence In Heaven (Seventh seal).  There is silence in heaven because this will be the first time in human history that one man will have domination over the whole world and demand that everyone worship him and take his mark (666) if he/she wants to buy, sell, or trade (Revelation 13:17). 

  Jews Persecuted.  When he breaks his agreement with the Jews he will not allow them to continue to offer any more sacrifices in the rebuilt temple.  The false prophet will have his image put in the temple, and the Jews will flee to Petra which is also known as Sela (Isaiah 16:1; Revelation 12:13-17).  Then God will miraculously protect the Jews for the rest of the seven years of tribulation.  The Jews will come to realize that God is once again dealing with them (Romans 11:25).

  Two Witnesses.  These two men will be in the city of Jerusalem for three and a half years and will have God’s power to devour their enemies (Revelation 11:3-12).  The one hundred and forty-four thousand Jews, from the twelve tribes of Israel, will evangelize the whole world with the Gospel of the Kingdom during the last half of the tribulation (Revelation 7:4-8; Matthew 24:14).  It is not the same Gospel which one must believe today to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).

  The Great Tribulation.  Sadly the last half of the tribulation will be far worse than the first half.  The Trumpet and Bowl judgments will devastate the whole earth.  God hasn’t abandoned the Jews forever and He hasn’t replaced the Jews with the Church (Romans 11:1).  These are two separate and unique groups (1 Corinthians 10:32).  God will fulfill all the unconditional promises that He made to the Jews.  Otherwise Christians can’t be sure that He will fulfill His promises to us.

  Questions.  Where will you be when all these things happen?  Are you sure?  Can you base your faith on the literal interpretation of the Scriptures?  Have you placed your faith exclusively in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins and rose again?  If not, why not trust Him right now before it’s too late?

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Perhaps you’re not familiar with this teaching that is very popular in some churches today. Do you know the difference between “Lordship For Salvation” vs “Lordship Because Of Salvation”? Which one do you believe is Biblical? It’s important that you know what God’s Word teaches.

Some people add to and others subtract information from the Gospel message. Warnings: Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4; James 3:1.

Tares In The Church. “The subject of Lordship salvation has become popular and prevalent in Christendom. I am sorry to say that evangelical Christendom has been divided concerning how one is saved by those who hold the Lordship salvation view. The more important question is whether one who sincerely believes in Lordship salvation is truly saved. I am convinced that this teaching produces more tares in professing Christianity than any other teaching concerning salvation. The Lordship salvation proponents often speak of the “Gospel” yet in their salvation presentations they rarely present the “gospel by which (or through the agency of which) one is saved. 1 Cor. 15:1-4 is rather clear concerning what the gospel is and the title “Lord” isn’t even used of Jesus Christ in this central passage.” – Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr. [1]

Important. While it’s important for Evangelists, and Pastor-teachers, Missionaries, and other Christian workers to know what the Scriptures say about this teaching, it’s also important that every Christian understands it too in order to detect what it truth and what is error (1 John 4:1).

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).

If you are uncertain about your salvation and your eternal destiny, we’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grown spiritually (2 Timothy2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18). Contact us here or through our website: Please LIKE and SHARE this with others.

We invite you to click on the links below to learn more about this misunderstood teaching which is confusing many people about the right way to be saved. [2]

[1] Quote by Professor David K. Spurbeck, Sr.

[2] Lordship Salvation links:

Gospel Presentations:

It pains me greatly when I listen to Evangelists, Pastor-teachers, and other “Christian workers” talk about the Gospel but never tell their listeners what it is and what it will do for those who believe in/on Christ through the Gospel.

Vain. I wonder how many people in churches, all around the world, are “believing in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2) and who are lacking Biblical assurance of their salvation as I once was. (See Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). I believe that the devil is gleeful (exuberantly or triumphantly joyful) when the Gospel is garbled (confused or distorted) in so many ways. (See page 2 on the link below.) [1]

The Gospel for salvation that the Apostle Paul preached was made very clear in 1 Corinthians 15:1-8. It involves two facts, and two proofs: Christ died for our sins; He was buried for three days and three nights. He rose again bodily from the dead; He was seen by more than 500 witnesses.

Jews & Non-Jews. Both groups are saved the same way today by the same Gospel (Romans 1:16). The True Church (which is the spiritual “Body of Christ”) is made up of Jewish and Gentile (non-Jewish) believers (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 2:15; 4:4).

Mental Assent. Merely knowing and believing these facts alone won’t save anyone from hell to heaven. There must be a transfer of trust from yourself and your good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31). The object of our faith must be in the Christ of the Scriptures, not the Christ of the cults (2 Corinthians 11:4). Read “Which Jesus Saves?” [2]

One Way. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12). Such a statement is not “politically correct” these days.

Concerned? If you, as a Christian, want to see your family, friends, and fellow workers saved, may we suggest that you read carefully and/or watch these Gospel presentations by clicking onto the link below? [3]

Warning. “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1). Read also Galatians 1:1-9; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 12-15. But –

The “Crown of Rejoicing” awaits Christians who are/were involved in the work of evangelism Biblically, whether it’s “cultivating the ground, planting the seed of the Gospel, or harvesting – being there when a sinner trusts the Savior for his/her salvation. (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). “I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). He alone can save sinners (Jonah 2:9).

Greatest Joy. This joy comes to believers who have lead an unbeliever to Christ for salvation, and then helps that person grow spiritually so he/she is able to walk with God in the light as He is in the light and enjoy fellowship with God and other believers (1 John 1:7; 3 John 4; 2 Peter 3:18).

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[1] Clear Gospel. (Read page 2.)

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[2] Which Jesus Saves?

[3] Gospel Presentations

Once upon a time, as the story goes, the Devil decided to have a huge garage sale. He advertised that he was selling off many of his tools. On the day of the sale, a curious crowd gathered, but they soon discovered that one tool had a big “Not for Sale” sign attached to it.

One man got up his courage and approached the Devil. He asked him to explain what that tool did and why it wasn’t for sale. The Devil answered, “I can do without many of my other tools, but not this one. It is the most useful tool that I have. It is called discouragement, and with it, I can wedge my way into hearts that would otherwise be unreachable. When I can get this tool into a person’s heart, it opens the way for me to put almost anything else in there that I want. It’s badly worn because I use it on almost everyone. But few know that it belongs to me.”

Obviously this story is a fable. The devil hasn’t been put out of business yet. (Do you know when this will happen? See Revelation 12:7-9; 20:1-10) . But it highlights a real problem we all have. The devil tempts us to be unhappy with a circumstance, an outcome, or perhaps our physical condition: “Why did God let this happen to me?” Discouragement often opens the door to self pity = pride, anger, bitterness, fear, worry, and and many other things that bring Christians down and make us ineffective in our service to and for God.

We are all prone to discouragement because we live in a broken, messed up world, and we have to be around other people who are struggling with many of the same frustrations that we are experiencing. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Others struggle with it too. Do you? I must confess that I do from time to time.

But I doubt that any of us have suffered as much as the patriarch Job did, but we can still understand what he was feeling when he exclaimed: “When I expected good, then evil came; when I waited for light, then darkness came. I am seething within and cannot relax; days of affliction confront me. I go about mourning without comfort…” (Job 30:26–28).

Discouragement usually sets in when people or circumstances don’t meet our expectations. Is there anything that we can do about it? Thank God, there is.

Solution. When God allows us, as Christians, to be tempted by the devil or a demon with disappointment and discouragement, we need to be sober and vigilant (1 Peter5:8) and submit ourselves to God (James 4:7). Then we must mentally put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and focus our attention on the “helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17). We need to remind ourselves of the salvation that Christ has provided, and is providing, and will provide for us in the future as well. [1]

Think about this – “The Christian was saved [from the penalty of sin] by the death and resurrection of Christ. He is being saved [from the power of sin] by the life of Christ, and His present ministry [in heaven]. He will be saved [from the presence of sin] in the future by the presence of Christ. When a saint’s mind is filled with these facts, [he is able to overcome] the lusts [strong desires] of discouragement, disappointment, cowardice and an unforgiving spirit.[2]

The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, the present, diabolical world system, and his/her own sin nature. The temptations to sin that come from each of these enemies must be overcome by using the different methods that God has provided for us in His Word. See the link below. [3]

“Life is filled with difficulties and perplexities,” King Solomon concluded, “and there’s much that nobody can understand, let alone control. From the human point of view, it’s all vanity and folly. But life is God’s gift to us and He wants us to enjoy it and use it for His glory. So, instead of complaining about what you don’t have, start giving thanks for what you do have—and be satisfied!” [4]

If you haven’t placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, do it now and be assured of your eternal destiny in heaven.

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[1] Three Phases of Salvation –

[2] Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, pp. 168, 190


[4] Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Satisfied – Ecclesiastes

Other articles:

Some of this material was adapted from and

God has been and continues to be very long suffering toward us sinners. He is not willing that any should perish but that all of us should come to repentance (have a change of mind) and be saved by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

There is a limit to God’s long suffering. He is a righteous God and will bring judgment on those individuals who reject His offer of salvation (John 3:18; 16:8-11; Matthew 25:41, 46). “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17).

God Himself knows when the “cup of iniquity” is full and when its time for judgment. He often uses one nation to punish other sinful nations. He even used the wicked Babylonians to punish the idolatrous Jews and deport them out of their homeland for 70 years. (See Daniel 1:1, 2; 9:2; Genesis15:16; 18; 19; Jude 1; Revelation 17:1-6.)

God is the One who told the descendants of Noah and his three sons to scatter over all the earth. But they disobeyed God, set up the tower of Babel to unite all the people. So God came down and changed their languages which forced them to separate from each other. (See Genesis 10, 11.) BTW – We’re all descendants of Noah and his three sons.

Today, as the Scriptures predicted, we can see the stage being set for the Devil’s counterfeit New World Order with a One World Government, a One World Religion, and a One World Economic System in defiance of God. God will allow him and sinful men seven years to implement their diabolical plan which will be responsible for over half of the world’s population to die (Revelation 6:8; 9:18). Then the Lord Jesus Christ will return and crush all the rebels (Psalm 2; Revelation 19:11-21) and set up His 1,000 year reign of peace on the earth (Revelation 20:1-10; Isaiah 2:4; 11:1 ff).

This will prove, once and for all, that sinful mankind cannot bring lasting peace to this world without the “Prince of Peace – the Lord Jesus Christ” (Isaiah 9:6, 7). God is opposed to the efforts of sinful men to bring about their “New World Order” under Satan’s control.

We invite you to read the articles below to learn more about God’s plan for the future. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website:

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:18).

“A New World Order?”

“Nationalism vs Globalism”

“Their Diabolical Plan”

“The Order Of Coming Events”

“Gospel Presentations”

Without knowing this information, the Bible will remain a confusing Book which seems to contradict itself. God used some godly, human teachers (Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 13:7, 17) to point out this truth to me that I hadn’t seen before. I’d like to share it with you. Bible reading, memorizing it, and meditating on it became a joy, not a burden or an obligation.

Within the pages of the Scriptures there are two kinds of doctrines (teachings): Those to be “believed and practiced,” and those that are to be “believed but NOT practiced.” While all the Scriptures are for (4) Christians, not all of it is addresses to (2) us.

Below you will find links to Pastor Richard Schafer’s outline and teaching on this subject and our FREE Bible Study Book Marker with our “Dispensations Chart.” You will find a link to some Gospel presentations which we hope you find helpful.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change and grow (2 Timothy 2:2; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website:



FREE Bible Study Book Marker with Dispensations Chart:

Here is the information an unsaved person needs to know and believe to be saved:

Are you all knotted up inside and full of fear, worry, and cares? Would you like to have and enjoy a tranquil, happy, and stable life instead? If you would, read on. (Maybe you know someone who could benefit from this information. If so, please pass this on to them. Read 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)

The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to save sinners like you and me (Luke 19:10) and to give those of us who would believe in/on Him eternal life and abundant life (John 10:10). He wants every true Christian to enjoy a life of tranquility, happiness, and stability. (See 1 Timothy 2:1-4; John 15:11) The Apostle Paul told the early Christians how they and we can have this kind of life.

“Be anxious for nothing [stop worrying], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6, 7). [1]

We need to know and claim the unconditional promises that have been given to us as Christians if we are to enter into this type of rest (Hebrews 4:1 ff). [2] Consider the words to this beloved song: “Trust [God and His promises] and obey, for there is no other way to be happen in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” [3]

Before we can have and enjoy the “peace of God,” we must gain “peace with God” which comes to us automatically when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. (See Romans 5:1). If you’ve never done this before now, why not now? [4] We are NOT saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Note: We are saved by one act of faith in Christ through the Gospel, but we are to continue to live our lives in an attitude of faith (Romans 1:16, 17; Galatians 3:11). Are you living with doubts & fears or by faith?

Do you know and are you claiming the unconditional promises that have been given to us as Christians so you can enter into this type of rest (Hebrews 4:2 ff)? If not, why not? [2]

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[1] Here are four of eight ways to communicate with God. (See our Bible Study Book Marker for the other four ways.) or

[2] Promises For Christians alone to claim. – (You might want to print a copy of these and review them often. Memorize and meditate on them regularly. Ask us about an easy way to memorize Scripture.)

[3] “Trust And Obey” song –

[4] Gospel Presentations –

Far too many Christians are failing to go on the spiritual maturity after they’ve been saved. [1] They live like infants who need milk rather than solid food (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Hebrews 5: 12-14). This may be due, in part, to the failure of some Pastor-teachers (“spiritual pediatricians”) to show believers the difference between the “doctrines to be believed and practiced, as opposed to those that are to be “believed but not practiced” (Titus 1:9). Likewise, deacons, who serve others in the local churches, need to know these distinctions (1 Timothy 3:9). We are under grace principles, not law (Romans 6:14, 15).

The Evangelists’ (“spiritual obstetricians”) primary responsibility is to lead unsaved people to Christ, bring them into a Bible believing local church, and to teach them how to be effective witnesses for the Lord (Ephesians 4:11-16; Acts 1:8).

Every Christian is given a “spiritual gift” at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14). It needs to be developed and used with love for the benefit and edification of other believers and for the glory of God (1 Thessalonians 5:11; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). When all the members are functioning harmoniously with other believers, the work of God gets done more effectively. [2]

While all the Bible is FOR us Christians, not all of it is addressed TO us. The Church and Israel are distinct entities (1 Corinthians 10:32). God isn’t finished with the Jews (Romans 11:1 ff). The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [3] We understand that the Scriptures have seven distinct “Dispensations – Rules For Living” for different people in different times of human history. Note: They are NOT different ways of salvation. (See our “Dispensations Chart” in our Bible study book marker on our website.)

Here are a few “House Rules” that God desires for Christians to follow: Grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), Walk by faith in God’s promises (Romans 1:17), Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), Maintain Christian unity (Ephesians 4:3), Use your spiritual gift with love (1 Corinthians 13), Love other believers as Christ has loved us (John 13:34, 35), Witness to and evangelize the lost (Acts 1:8), Do everything for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Sadly, most Christians fail to carry out these responsibilities that make up the “desirous will of God.” As a result they will have most of their works burned up at the “Bema Seat Judgment” without losing their salvation (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). Now, that’s grace (unmerited favor from God).

To learn more about where to find your Christian responsibilities in the Bible, whether you’re doing them or not, and what takes place on Judgment Day, we invite you to get our FREE Bible Study Book Marker and study it carefully for yourself.

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[1] Gospel Presentations – How To Get Saved

[2] Spiritual Gifts –

[3] Replacement Theology –

Read about Martin Luther’s view of the Jews and how it affected Adolph Hitler.

“About Our Friends”

Posted: August 6, 2022 in Christian Life

Dale Carnegie wrote a book entitled “How To Win Friends And Influence People.” Perhaps you’ve read it. We all need friends. Do you have a friend who knows all about you and still loves you and wants the best for you? Wise King Solomon wrote, “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17), “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Proverbs 27:6), “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend” (Proverbs 27:17), “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits’” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Pastor Chuck Swindoll wrote: “Without his dear friends displaying godly qualities like loving self-sacrifice, [King] David never would have survived [his son] Absalom’s rebellion. Thankfully, David had spent his life nourishing friendships that would shelter him until his dying day. What does it look like for a follower of Jesus Christ to cultivate his or her own grove of friends today?

“In his study of [the] account of David and his friends, he made four observations about friends. These timeless truths can guide anyone in her or her friendships.

• Friends are essential. There is no substitute for a good friend.

• Friendship must be cultivated. Closeness doesn’t happen automatically.

• Friends impact our lives—either positively or negatively. Their impact isn’t neutral.

• Friends can range from casual to close to intimate [1]

My father, Timothy Pietsch’s theme song for his radio program in Japan for 35 years was

“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer…” [2]

Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you” (John 15:12-16). Do you have this kind of relationship with God?

Have you been “born again from above?” (John 3:3-7). You can be if you’ll place your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

We’re thankful that God has revealed the future to us in His Word. We’re glad that He, not Satan, wins in the end. Are you on God’s side or the devils? Need to change your family status?

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[2] Author of this song: Joseph M. Scriven (1855)

Recently, especially because of the current economic condition, I’ve been trying to make it a habit to sincerely thank those who come to work in the places I go to shop. Without them we wouldn’t have the products/services that we want or need. Think about the people who stock the shelves, the cashiers, the janitors, the truckers who bring the products to the stores, the Doctors and nurses, the grocers who provide us with the food we need, the people who work at the power plants, sanitation workers, garbage disposal workers, etc. (See an additional list below.)

Consider the job you have. How many people would be at a disadvantage it you didn’t show up for work. I read an interesting statement recently. “Too many people want $20 an hour when they contribute about $3 worth of work.”

God wants every Christian employee to think of his/her ultimate employer (Boss) as being the Lord Himself (Ephesians 6:5-8). He is the One who gives us the strength to get out of bed in the morning, the vehicle to get us to work, the ability to think on the job, and so much more. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…for in Him [the Lord God] we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Moses wrote these words to the Jews who were about to go into the Promised Land (Genesis 15:18-21; See also Exodus 12:25). “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day” (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Christians employers (managers, foremen) shouldn’t threaten [or abuse] their employees, knowing that they have a Master (Boss) in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him” (Ephesians 6:9; See also James 5:1-6). Without productive workers, managers would be in trouble. Both managers and laborers should work cooperatively and diligently to supply the customer with the services/goods he/she wants or needs. Remember, ultimately, it’s the customer who “signs your paycheck” each week.

The Christian’s good work ethic could provide him/her with a platform from which to share his/her faith with non-believers (1 Peter 3:15). The Apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved” (1 Corinthians 10:31-33).
Simply put – We glorify God when we make Him known to others. We are the only Bible some people will read. What is the message they are getting?

Maybe you’re not a Christian. To become one you must “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins, was buried for three days and nights, and Who rose again bodily from the dead (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We’re not saved from hell to heaven by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

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