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Recently, while I was teaching a Bible study at our church and over the Internet to some people around the world, the GPS on my cell phone identified me as being at “The *** Inferno.” One of my listeners pointed this out to me. Perhaps some of you who listened in were wondering if it was “A message from hell.” As hard as I tried to remove this location from my cell phone, I wasn’t able to do so. It’s still on there.

Story. All this reminded me of the story that Jesus told about the rich man who died and went to Hades to suffer for eternity (Luke 16:19-31). He asked Father Abraham to send Lazarus, the former beggar, to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool the rich man’s tongue because He was being tormented by the flames. He also wanted Lazarus to go back to earth to warn his five brothers so they wouldn’t end up there in that awful place. But Abraham told him that this wasn’t possible. He said, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”

Destiny. Folks, once we die, our eternal destiny will have been determined by what we did with the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. If our faith was resting in Him alone to save us, we will spend eternity with God in heaven (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8, 9). If not, all unbelievers will end up with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). We don’t want you or anyone else to go there.

Internet. The world wide web is part of the devil’s present world system (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; John 12:31). It’s like a web that ensnares others into his system (1 John 2:15; 5:19). Maturing Christians may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31; See James 4:1-4). We’ve been told that the Internet is also now under the control of the United Nations. That’s frightening. Who has the power to shut it down? Image the panic that would come on the people of this world if they didn’t have their cell phones or the Internet. I’ve read that if an EMP “electromagnetic pulse” bomb was set off high in the the atmosphere over the middle of our country it could knock out virtually everything that is electronically controlled. This would include our cell phones, computers, automobiles, and many other things upon which we depend every day.

GPS. Most people’s cell phones have “Global Positioning Systems” on them. This enables others to know where you are at any given moment. It amazes me that I can call people on their cell phones and the system can find them wherever they are. All around us there are signals of which most of us are not aware. It’s like the unseen spirit world where we have angels and demons working behind the scenes to influence and control human beings (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 1:14; Colossians 1:16). In my case, while I was broadcasting my Bible study live over the Internet, the GPS positioned me in the wrong place, at the “Inferno” in my town. I’ve never been there.

Spies In The Sky. Satellites way above the earth have the capabilities of seeing things on earth. I recall using “Google Earth” to locate the house in which I lived in Japan as I was growing up. I was able to go to the street level view and figure out the day of the week and the approximate time the picture was taken by the shadows and the surroundings. Enemy nations are working on laser beams that can render these satellites useless.

Computers. Some of them have the capabilities of using facial recognition to identify people. High tech cameras are supposedly able to pick up people’s finger prints or information from their eyes. Bar codes and other chips are being used in passports, credit cards, on items for sale to control travel and commerce. Recently someone was able to hack into our credit card information to purchase items. The credit card company suspected unusual activities and contacted us to determine if we had indeed purchased certain items. We hadn’t and so they issued us another credit card.

666. This is called “The number [mark] of the beast” (Revelation 13:11-18). The “beast” refers to the Antichrist’s character, not as he will appear to the people of this world. This individual will be very persuasive and will be able to perform the same three kinds of miracles that Jesus and His apostles did while there were on earth (John 20:31; 2 Thessalonians 2:9; Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12). Those who don’t take his mark will not be able to buy or sell without it and many of them will die physically. But those who take it on their hand or head during the “seven years of the great tribulation” will be doomed forever (Revelation 14:9, 10). This kind of technology is already being used on animals and some people, including some fire fighters and police officers. Some of these RFID chips are the size of a grain of rice and are being put into their hands. Some people prefer doing business this way rather than carrying around money and other forms of ID. Do you know how to avoid the awful tribulation that is coming, perhaps much sooner than most people believe?

Things To Come. The Scriptures tell us that two New World Orders are coming to this earth. The first one will be Satan’s New World Order. Thankfully it will last for only seven years (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 12:14; Jeremiah 30:7). If God allowed it to go on any longer, no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). This will be a counterfeit to Christ’s kingdom on earth that will last for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6). During the reign of the Antichrist (Man of Sin) over one half of the world’s population will die (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). It will come to an end when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule as the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; Matthew 24:29 ff). Satan, the Antichrist, the false prophet and all unbelievers who followed the devil will be defeated and removed from the earth.  

Peace On Earth. Following this, Jesus Christ and His Bride, the true Church, will rule over the earth for 1,000 years from the New Jerusalem which, we believe, will be like a satellite city circling the earth once a day (Revelation 1:7; 21:9-27). The Jews will be the predominate nation on earth (Deuteronomy 28:13), and resurrected King David will reign over the Jews and all other lesser kings on the earth (Jeremiah 30:9; Daniel 12:12). Some of the resurrected Old Testament believers will be judges and rulers over the people who will repopulate the earth (Isaiah 1:26; Luke 19:17).

No Comparison. The technological advancements of mankind are nothing compared to the abilities that Jesus Christ, the God-man has. He is all knowing and wise (John 2:24; Isaiah 46:10), all powerful (Ephesians 3:20; Revelation 1:8), loving and gracious (1 John 4:8; Ephesians 2:8; 1 Peter 2:3), long suffering (2 Peter 3:9), and willing to forgive those who believe on Him as their personal Savior (Matthew 9:6; Ephesians 1:7). But He is also holy (1 Peter 1:15, 16), and righteous and must punish sinners who reject His offer of salvation (John 3:18, 36; 2 Timothy 4:8).

Invitation. God graciously invites you and every other human being to put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). You can accept Him and receive eternal life or you can reject Him and it (1 John 5:11-13). Please make the right decision today! This is the only moment you have (2 Corinthians 6:2). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then it vanishes away (James 4:14; See Proverbs 27:1).

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We desire to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 34:3).  To be saved, one needs to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  To grow spiritually a believer needs to start out with the milk of the Word (1 Peter 2:2) and then move on the meat (solid food) of the Word (1 Corinthians 2:1-3; Hebrews 5:12-14).  Then to serve God, every Christian should realize that he/she is a minister (servant) with a ministry (Ephesians 4:12) and has been given a spiritual gift (1 Peter 4:10) that needs to be exercised in love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13).  And then, as we have been made to go into the world (Acts 1:8), we are to make disciples (true believers), baptize (immerse) them, and then teach them how to put into practice the new commandment that Jesus gave to His disciples (Matthew 28:19, 20; John 13:34, 35).

When one interprets the Bible normally, he/she will begin to understand the distinctive rules for living called “Dispensations.” [1]  There are some doctrines and teachings in the Scriptures that are merely to be believed and others that are to be believed and practiced (Titus 1:9; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).  All Scripture is for the believer’s understanding but not all of it is addressed specifically to the believer for his/her daily living.  Frustration will be the result of trying to live by the wrong set of rules to come to spiritual maturity (Galatians 3:1-5; 5:1-16).

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A roving reporter came up to a man on the street and said, “Do you know what the two biggest problems in America are?” The pedestrian said, “I don’t know and I don’t care.” The reporter said, “You are absolutely right.”  Far too many people are unaware of what is really happening around them and the sad part is, they don’t really care until it’s too late.

The Problem: Ignorance About And Apathy For –

God. There are many false ideas about God in our world. Atheists, who boldly say, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1) are fewer in numbers than they would like for us to believe. Some of them are often very aggressive in their attempts to try to force their beliefs on others. Atheism has been responsible for millions of deaths around the world. But disproving the existence of God is nearly impossible in view of the fact that not one of us has been everywhere in the universe where God might be. Agnostics are more honest when they claim not to know if there is a god or not. Many people do not believe that God is truly knowable. They have been misled by false prophets and teachers who claim to know the truth. In the midst of all this, there is the truth about God, who is the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Genesis 1:1; John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). And yet, because so many people love the temporary pleasures that go along with darkness rather than light (John 3:19; Hebrews 11:25), they make excuses for not coming to the Light of the world (John 8:12). He also claimed to be the [only] way, the [absolute] truth, and the [giver of eternal] life (John 14:6; See Acts 4:12; 16:31). Being the truth Himself, He also had/has the power to set us free (John 8:32, 36) from our enslavement to our sinful passions (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Peter 2:19), and from the overwhelming power of the devil who wants to take humanity with him to his eternal destiny in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10).

Ourselves. The reason Jesus told Nicodemus that he needed to be born again from above (John 3:3-5) was due to the fact that all of us, without exception, are born into this world with the devil as our spiritual father (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). We also have a sinful nature (i. e. a lawless disposition) that was passed down to us from our parents (Psalm 51:5; 1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). The devil tempts people to be proud of their race, face, or place in life (1 Timothy 3:6; See Ezekiel 28:17; 1 Corinthians 4:7), and to act independently of God (Genesis 3:5; Isaiah 14:14). Any human being can get out of Satan’s family simply by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Salvation is by grace alone (It’s totally undeserved). It’s through faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not in the Christ of the cults. It is not of works on our part lest we should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). A Christian can overcome the sinful passions that come from his sin nature when he learns how to walk by means of the Holy Spirit and when he is filled with the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18). We can overcome the temptations to be proud and to act independently of God by putting on the whole armor of God, while focusing our attention of the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:10-17; See 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7). Our self righteousness is unacceptable to God (Isaiah 64:6). Without Christ’s righteousness put to our account, we cannot enter heaven (John 16:10). It is imputed to us at the moment of salvation (Romans 4:3-6, 22-25). No longer does the Christian have to obey his old boss, the devil. Submitting voluntarily to God is the only reasonable and logical thing for a Christian to do once he/she has been saved. If you’ve been saved, have you presented your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you yielding the members of your body to God each day for Him to use you for His glory and your good (Romans 6:11-23)?

The Spirit World. Fiction seems to rule the day as many children and even adults are enamored by sorcery, witchcraft, and the supernatural, unseen world. It must delight the devil’s heart to know that so many people grope around in spiritual darkness and are not able to identify him and his agents, the fallen angels (demons). Did you know that behind the wicked rulers of this world there are spirit beings who manipulate them like puppets (Daniel 10:13; Ephesians 6:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4). They also use false prophets and teachers to dispense doctrines of demons to humanity (1Timothy 4:1). Secular humanism and evolution are two examples. Some of their other teachings are so close to the truth that they are almost undetectable to some believers (Matthew 24:24) and the average person who doesn’t know the truth from God’s Word.

The Solution: Bible Doctrine And Compassion

Our Need To Study. This involves hard work that many people don’t want to do. It involves studying the Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17), meditating on it (1 Timothy 4:15), memorizing it (Psalm 119:11), interpreting it correctly (Titus 1:9), and applying it properly (James 1:22; 4:17). Spiritual growth can be painful at times as our faith is tried (James 1:2; 2 Peter 3:18). But the rewards of studying God’s Word are immense. The truth can set us free from the tyranny of the devil and our sin nature (John 8:32, 36).

Our Need To Love. “God [the Father] so loved the world [you and me] that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have [eternal] life” (John 3:16). God’s love is produced in the lives of Spirit filled Christians who are walking by means of the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:16, 22, 23). We care about other people because God cared about us and His love has been poured out in our hearts (Roman 5:5). We are told to direct it toward the right objects at the right time (Galatians 5:13; 1 John 2;15-17). So we beg on Christ’s behalf – Put your faith in Him alone before it’s too late. Once you’ve been saved, start growing in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18).  Learn to serve the Lord and others with gladness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10).  Reproduce yourself (Matthew 28:19, 20).

Our Need To Warn. Today could be your last day on earth before you enter eternity. Don’t boast about tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1). Our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then it vanishes away (James 4:14). Live like today might be your last day on earth.  You’ll live a more productive life.

Paradigm Shift

Perhaps for the first time you’ve been made aware of truth concerning “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” for mankind. The Lord Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to reveal the Godhead and His plans to/for us (John 1:1-18). God is knowable through His inspired, written Word (2 Timothy 3:16 17), and through the living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1-18). No matter how sinful you’ve been, if you’re alive physically, there is hope for you (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). The only unforgivable sin today is the sin of unbelief in Christ (John 16:9; 3:18, 36). If you die in unbelief without Christ as your personal Savior, you will be lost forever and suffer with the devil and his angels (demons) in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). If you die as a true Christian, your future is as bright as the promises of God (John 14:1-3). We’d love to have you join us in heaven some day.

Help. Having read this, you will no longer be able to say, “I don’t know how to be saved and go to heaven.” We have done our best to share with you the truth from God’s Word on how you can be delivered from the clutches of the devil and from your own sin nature. If you need additional information, we invite you to contact us at 805-238-3549 or through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com.  If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this with a friend in need.

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John 8:13-18

“I believe that Jesus was a great moral teacher and a good man but I don’t believe that He is God.” Have you ever heard someone says this? Others might even go so far as to say, “I believe that Jesus is the God-man who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead, but I’m not willing to put my faith in Him alone for my salvation. I believe that good works contribute to my salvation.” What about you? Do you believe that you are going to heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you have been saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that could cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?  If in doubt, contact us right away.  “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul” (Mark 8:36)?  Make sure today.

Bold. Jesus made some bold “I AM….” statements about Himself that infuriated His enemies so much that they wanted to silence Him by killing Him (John 5:18; 8:58). Not willing to accept the miracles that He performed to validate His credentials (John 20:31), they insisted that He prove what He was claiming about Himself with other witnesses (John 8:13).  He did, but they still wouldn’t believe in/on Him (John 8:18).

Liar. Most of the religious leaders of Israel hated Jesus and were envious of His ability to draw people to Himself (Matthew 27:18). They accused Him of being a liar even though He proved that He was the Christ (Messiah) and the Son of God by the three kinds of miracles He performed before them (John 5:36; Acts 2:22). When someone loves darkness rather than light (John 3:19), he will do almost anything to make excuses for his unwillingness to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his sins…and rose again bodily from the dead.

Lunatic. It surprises some people to learn that Jesus’ own half brothers and sisters, who were born of Joseph and Mary (Matthew 13:55), didn’t believe on Him as their personal Savior until after they saw Him in His resurrected, glorified body (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). In fulfillment of the prophecy that Jesus would be considered insane (Isaiah 53:4), His own family members came to take Him away after He chose 12 men to be His disciples (Mark 3:21).

Lord. It may further surprise you to know that there are some people in cults who believe that Jesus was God manifested in human flesh, that He was born of the virgin, Mary, that He lived a sinless life, that He died for our sins…and rose again bodily.  And yet the Apostle Paul said that some of them had “believed in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1- 4).  They weren’t saved and headed for heaven. What did he mean by saying that?  Did you know that the devil believes in the Deity of Christ (Isaiah 14:14; Matthew 4:3)? The demons do too (Matthew 8:29; James 2:19).

Lord, Lord. To a group of people who claimed to have done many wonderful things in His name (prophesying in Christ’s name, casting out demons, performing wonder miracles), the Lord said, “I never knew you, depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matthew 7:21-23). Why did/will He say this to them? Simply because they didn’t do the will of the Father (Matthew 7:21). What is His will? To those who asked Him what they had to do that they might do the works of God, He replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent” (John 6:28, 29; See John 5:24). “…God (the Father) so loved the world (i. e. the people on earth) that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting (eternal) life” (John 3:16). Have you placed your faith in Him exclusively through the message of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) or are you depending on your faith plus your good works to get you to heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)?

Lordship. Sadly, many people are taught that in order for them to be saved, they must first make Jesus the Master of their lives and submit to His Lordship over every aspect of their lives before they can be saved. They make the conditions for spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation. Honestly, do you know of anyone who has stopped sinning by promising to make Jesus the Lord/Master of his/her life? Those who say that Christians don’t have a sin nature after they get saved are deceiving themselves (1 John 1:8). Men who teach this heresy and another gospel will be held accountable before the Lord for teaching it (James 3:1; 2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). Even the Apostle Paul struggled with his sin nature after he was saved (Romans 7:15-25). He wrote to believers to instruct them how to overcome their sin nature (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:11-23). If a Christian doesn’t have a sin nature, a lot of the Scriptures telling us not to engage in the works of the flesh (sin nature) could/should be deleted from the Bible.

Enemies. The Christian has three spiritual enemies: the devil, his own sin nature, and the present world system. Each enemy uses different tactics to interrupt our family fellowship with God (1 John 1:3-10).  Sin grieves the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:3).  We can quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19).  Do you know how to counter your spiritual enemies and live victoriously? If not, we’d like to invite you to join us on Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30 P.M. (Pacific Time) either in person or by phone hookup as we share Biblical truth with those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12). Figuratively speaking, we want to put a guard rail at the top of the mountain rather than have a hospital at the bottom of the mountain. Bad attitudes (trespasses – Galatians 6:1) can easily lead to sinful behavior (lawlessness – 1 John 3:4).  What can/should you do and not do if you see a Christian with a bad attitude?

Involvement. Jesus commanded His disciples to make true believers of all nations…(Matthew 28:19, 20). We are to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8; 2:32; 3:15; 5:32). If you’re saved, when was the last time you made an effort to be obedient to these commands? Are you a “convenient” or a “committed” Christian (Romans 12:1, 2)? Of all the things you plan to do today, where do glorifying God (1 Corinthians 10:31) and witnessing come into the picture? Are you doing what you want to do or what God wants you to do (Luke 22:42)? Will you personally get involved in rescuing the perishing, caring for the dying, snatching them in pity from sin and the grave, weeping over the erring ones, lifting up the fallen, and telling them of Jesus the mighty to save? If not, why? What is/should be your primary and secondary purposes in life? How do you carry these out? What dominates your thoughts (Psalm 34:3)? What is God’s purpose (John 17:3; Ephesians 1:6, 12, 14)?

Prayer. Would you make this song your prayer? “Not what I wish to be, /  Nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, / ‘Tis better far, I know, / So let him bid me go, or stay.” Then read Galatians 2:20 please.

Last Day? What changes would you make in your planning if somehow you knew that today would be your last day to spend on earth?  What if Christ were to return as He promised (John 14:1-3)?  Is “Deo Volente” your motto (James 4:14)?

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Essentials For Spiritual Growth”

1 Peter 2:1, 2

New born babies need a lot of love and care. They need milk right away to help them grow and develop properly. They need to be cuddled and have their diapers changed too.  Raising a child properly isn’t easy (Proverbs 22:6; 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15). This is true in the physical and spiritual realms. Just as good parents take care of their new baby, so the Christian who brought another person to Christ for salvation needs to be involved in the new believer’s life (1 Thessalonians 2:7-11).

Church. The new environment should include a good, Bible believing, local church where Christ is honored, the Word of God is preached with authority (2 Timothy 4:2-5), and the Gospel is proclaimed clearly (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). Don’t forsake the “true” church (Hebrews 10:24, 25). There are many “apostate churches” that are really like the “synagogues of Satan” (Revelation 2:9; 3:9, 14-19). If you can’t find a good church near you, why not help to start one? The early Christians met in homes (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 1:2). “O give me a church where folks in the lurch are encouraged, then healed from above; where seldom is heard a discouraging word, and the truth is modeled in love.” – Chuck Swindoll

Dirty. The Apostle Peter told Christians to to put off malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking (1 Peter 2:1). This is not what a person has to do before or in order to get saved (as the “Lordship for salvation” teachers say), but these are things that a Christian needs to put off once he has been saved. We aren’t saved by our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  “[Christians] can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Too many Christians act independently of God. Do you know how to overcome this and other temptations that come from the devil? (We’re currently teaching Christians how to do this during our Wednesday night Bible Studies. Some people who live in other communities and states are linking up with us by phone for these classes.)

Enemies. By learning about our three spiritual enemies (the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system) and then applying the truth to our lives, we will be able to have victory over the things mentioned above that need to be put off. “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). The way of escape is found in Scripture but many people don’t want to take/make the time to study about it (2 Timothy 2:15). Are you a convenient or a committed Christian?

Milk/Meat. The writer to the early Hebrew Christians was disturbed by their lack of spiritual growth. Even though they had been saved for a number of years, they were still like infants drinking only milk (Hebrews 5:12-14). They should have been enjoying solid food (spiritual steaks). How knowledgeable are you in the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:18)? How much of the truth is being applied to your daily life (James 1:22; 2:18-20; 4:17)? Are you enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give to Christians (John 10:10; See Galatians 5:22, 23)?

Primer. If you are a Christian, how well informed are you with the “Ten Basic Bible Truths”? Would you like some help learning them? If so, click here: http://kelseypeach.com/bible_basics.htm. Do you know how you should interpret the Bible by using the “normal” (literal, historical, grammatical) method (Ezra 8:8) rather than the “allegorical” method that was devised by the devil (Genesis 3:1) which lets one read into the Scripture almost any idea that comes to his mind? Satan’s method of interpreting the Bible is being used in many “apostate churches” today. Would you like a FREE “Dispensations Chart” that is a result of a normal interpretation of the Scripture? If so, ask how you can get one. It could change your life as it did mine.

Questions. Are you sure you would go immediately to heaven if you died right now (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; Read Matthew 7:21-23)? Why should God let you into His heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? Do you think you’d have to go a purging place first? Who came up with this idea, and why? Have you been “born again from above” (John 3:3-6; Titus 3:5)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? How long have you been saved (Hebrews 5:12-24)? Are you a carnal or spiritual Christian (1 Corinthians 2:15-3:4)? Are you steadily growing spiritually (2 Peter 3:18)? Do others see Christ living through you (James 2:18-20)? What is impeding your spiritual growth (Romans 6:14; Ephesians 4:30)? Is God pleased with your progress (2 Corinthians 5:9)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2)? Are you interested in the salvation of others, especially those in your circle of influence (2 Timothy 2:10)? Are you loving the present world system or God and His children (1 John 2:15-17; 4:20, 21)? Are you serving God and others with gladness or sadness (Psalm 100:2; 1 Peter 4:10)? What needs to change with God’s help (Philippians 4:13)?

Help. If you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17) we invite you to contact us for more information or help. We can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this information has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Please share this information with others too (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4). To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

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Yes, I hate to admit it, but I did fall off a bicycle the other day as my son, David and I were out having some father-son time. I hurt myself and threw my back out in the fall but thankfully I didn’t break anything as my wife did when she fell some time ago. I got up and we continued riding for a few more miles before returning the bikes. Then I got some ice to put on my back to bring the swelling down.

After falling, I could have said, “That does it. I’m not going to ride a bike anymore.”  But I didn’t do that. I got up and kept going in spite of the pain.

Many Christians get knocked down spiritually quite often and after awhile they give up. They feel like there is no use in trying to live the victorious Christian life any more. Maybe you feel that way.

Currently on Wednesday evenings (6:30-7:30) we’re talking about our spiritual enemies: the devil, our sin nature, and the present world system. These three enemies can cause our fellowship and our enjoyment of God and His children to be disrupted when we yield to their distinct temptations. Some folks, living in other states, are joining us by means of a phone connection. (Click on the link below to learn more and let us know if you’d like to join us by phone. Call us at 805-238-3549.)

This Bible Study is designed for those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior by believing that He died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

My problem was a matter of balance. In the spiritual realm, it’s also a matter of balance. Dr. Charles Ryrie wrote a book that I would recommend to you. It’s entitled, “Balancing The Christian Life” by Moody Press. He begins the book by defining true spirituality and then gives an explanation of what man is and what man can become through Christ. He wrote it for Christians who desire a practical application of balanced spirituality in their lives.

Current Wednesday Night Studies: “The Devil – Fallacies & Facts”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/the-devil-fallacies-facts/

Balancing The Christian Life by Dr. Charles Ryrie

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John 8:12

Imagine yourself having to drive on an extremely dangerous, mountain road during a storm in the middle of the night when suddenly your car’s headlights go out. You panic because you have to get to your destination as quickly as possible because a loved one needs your immediate help. What risks would you take to get there to help him/her?

Now try to imagine the plight of those who are in spiritual darkness on their way to eternal suffering in the lake of fire. They could die physically at any moment (James 4:14). Would you be as determined to help them if they weren’t related to you? The Scriptures tell us that Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for His enemies (Romans 5:10). The Apostle Paul endured all things for people he didn’t know, some of whom would believe on Christ and be saved (2 Timothy 2:10; 2 Corinthians 11:23-33).

Light. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). He also said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). In His prayer to His Father, Jesus said, “Your word (i.e. the Scripture) is truth” (John 17:17). Before considering “The Light,” let’s think about the awful darkness in which lost humanity is and the sinister one, the devil, who wants to keep people enslaved to himself in the dark.

Moral Darkness. The Scriptures don’t paint a pretty picture of us. It tells us that “…we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). “[Our] heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it” (Jeremiah 17:9)? “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God” (Romans 3:10). “…all have sinned [acted lawlessly] and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23). “And this is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil” (John 3:19). Having a sin nature (disposition), we twist what is beautiful into that which is ugly and evil (Galatians 5:19-21; John 8:3).

Spiritual Darkness. To make things worse, Satan put spiritual blinds on our minds when we came into this world lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on us (2 Corinthians 4:4; See 1 Corinthians 2:14; Romans 11:25). But thank God this darkness can be overcome by God the Holy Spirit who is greater and more powerful than the devil (1 John 4:4). Would you like to get out of darkness and enter the light and enjoy true freedom in Christ (John 8:36)?

Political Darkness. It shouldn’t shock us when most of the political leaders and tyrants of this world engage in corrupt practices. But keep this in mind – “…the Most High [God] rules in [over] the kingdom of men, and sets over it the lowest of men” (Daniel 4:17). In the Old Testament times God let the wicked King Nebuchadnezzar know who was really the sovereign God of the universe. To him God said, “They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen…till you know that the Most High [God] rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25). God “removes kings and raises up kings” (Daniel 2:20). These powerful rulers over other people should be wise and instructed by [serving] the LORD with fear, and [rejoicing] with trembling…lest they perish in the way (Psalm 2:10-12). Jesus is the righteous Judge and everyone will give an account to Him someday (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; Hebrews 9:27). Are you are suffering unjustly for being a godly person (2 Timothy 3:12; 1 Peter 2:19, 20; 4:12-19)? Know this – In due time God will take vengeance on the wicked (Romans 12:19; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10).

Intellectual Darkness. There are those who profess to be wise but who are fools in God’s sight (Romans 1:22). Some of them say “There is no God (Psalm 14:1). By the world’s standards some atheists may be considered as wise, mighty, and noble. But God will use the foolish, weak, base, and despised people of this world to bring them down to nothing (1 Corinthians 1:26-30). Why? So no flesh (human beings) will glory (brag) in His presence. While you may think that you are better than others, there is always someone wiser, more powerful, and more noble than you are. It’s foolish to compare yourself with others (2 Corinthians 10:12). After all, what do you have that you didn’t receive from God (1 Corinthians 4:7; See John 15:5)? Those who ignore the revelation of God through nature (Psalm 19:1) and who fail to acknowledge His existence and power are often destined to their own depravity and ultimate doom (Romans 1:18-31). Are you headed in that direction? Would you like to see “The Light” (John 8:12) and change your eternal destiny? If so, we’re here to help you.

Cultural Darkness. How sad it is when people call evil good, and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness (Isaiah 5:20; See John 3:19). In all likelihood this was the way it was just before the universal flood came on the earth in Noah’s day (Genesis 6:5). By the way, the topography of the earth was different than it is today (Genesis 10:25). During the days of the Judges in Israel the people were doing what was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25). “The art and music of an increasingly ungodly world are estranged from the beauty, symmetry and harmony of godliness. The discordant music and abstract art manifest the vanity, emptiness and purposelessness of life without God. How our world needs the Light of the Word [the Lord Jesus Christ]! – Dr. Paul N. Tassell

Depraved Darkness. By using comedy to try to make it more palatable to us, moral degeneracy is on the rise. “Pornography, profanity and perversion fill the magazines, movies and television programs of our day. The degeneracy, degradation and drunkenness of millions defy description…Society scoffs at Biblical morality while the corruption of the immoral eats away at the very soul of our character, bringing venereal diseases and AIDS to prey upon our physical beings.” – Dr. Paul N. Tassell

Eternal Darkness. Those who reject natural revelation (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18-31) and/or the pure Gospel message will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne judgment someday (Revelation 20:11-15; Hebrews 9:27). After having their works examined, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever, all unbelievers will be cast into outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. There will be no more opportunities to be saved and no more manifestations of the life of God for them throughout the ages of eternity (Matthew 25:30; Jude 1:13).

Plea. My friend, I plead with you, don’t reject the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior. He died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “Believe on [Him alone] and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Don’t try to add good works to faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Beware of those who teach “Lordship for salvation” (i.e. Vowing to make Jesus the Master of your life in exchange for salvation.)  Before you die you can be sure of your salvation and a home in heaven. You can/should know what God has said about this and believe Him and His Word (1 John 5:13).

Reflectors. When God saves a person, He usually leaves him/her on earth for a little while to bear witness to “The Light” so others can learn about God and His offer of salvation to all mankind (2 Corinthians 4:3-7; 1 Timothy 4:10;1 John 2:2). If you’re a Christian, are you letting “The Light” (Jesus) Who is within you shine forth? Is sin keeping other people from seeing Jesus living out His life through your life (Galatians 4:19)? If so, will you confess your sins to God and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9)?

Help. If you need some spiritual help, and you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15), we can be reached at 805-238-3549 or through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you.  Can God count on you to tell a few other people about Jesus and invite them to trust Him as their personal Savior?  Click on “Follow” if you’d like to receive future articles as they come out. Help us reach others with the Good News concerning Christ by sharing this information with a few of your family and friends.

Portions adapted from Dr. Paul Tassell, “That Ye Might Believe” pp. 55ff