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Unlike the late Elizabeth Taylor who had 8 husbands, this woman wanted just four husbands. First a banker, then a movie star, followed by a clergyman, and finally a funeral director. When asked why, she responded, “One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.” [1]

Some people are very superstitious about the future. And isn’t it amazing what decisions people make, thinking that “somehow things will just work out” if they stay close to the right people? But think about this – God has no grandchildren. We can’t get into heaven based on our parent’s faith.

If we are to be saved from eternal condemnation and enter heaven someday, each of us must personally believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. We aren’t saved by our good works. (See Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Ephesians 2:8, 9.) Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ? If not, why not now? [2]

When you enter into a conversation about future events with some people, you discover that some of them have strange and mixed beliefs. Some people get irritated; others are intimidated, and a few panic. But most people give little or no thought to the return of Christ which is mentioned often in the Scriptures and which we believe is imminent. Some scoff at the idea (2 Peter 3:3 ff).

The Rapture and the Second Coming of Christ are not to be confused. Do you know “The Order of Coming Events?” [3] Did you know that over ¼ of the Bible, at the time of its writing, was prophetic in nature? Fulfilled prophecy is one of the main reasons we should study and believe the Bible.

Dr. John F. Walvoord, long-time president of Dallas Theological Seminary, was one of the most prominent evangelical scholars of his generation. He is considered perhaps the world’s foremost interpreter of biblical prophecy. He gave “50 Reasons For A Pretribulational Rapture of the Church” which we would encourage you to read. [4]

If you’re a Christian, God wants you to “Study [the Scriptures carefully – which includes Bible prophecy] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16. 17). Be ready to give good Biblical answers to those who might ask you about your faith in Christ and His Word (1 Peter 3:15).

Instead of wasting your time watching worthless TV shows, click on the links below to access additional information about “Bible Prophecy.” [5] It could change your life dramatically.

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change. If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached here or through our website:

[1] Some material adapted from Charles R. Swindoll’s book, Growing Deep In The Christian Life, Multnomah Press, Portland, OR, c. 1986, pp. 263 ff

[2] Gospel Presentations:

[3] The Order Of Coming Events –

[4] Dr. John Walvoord – 50 Reasons For a Pretribulational Rapture Of The Church”

[5] Contrasting: The Two Comings Of Christ –

FREE Bible Study Book Marker & Dispensations Chart –

Drs. Tim LaHaye & Thomas Ice, Charting the End Times: A Visual Guide to Understanding Bible Prophecy,

Some people like to pass the time by working on puzzles. I prefer to work on puzzles that are found in the Scriptures. Believe me, I’ve been studying the Bible for over 60 years and there are still many things I don’t understand. I never want to stop studying or learning new things from God’s Word and applying them to my life. By the way, even in eternity future believers will keep on learning new things from God (Ephesians 2:7). At the Rapture we become like Christ’s glorified humanity, not little gods to repopulate other worlds.

God’s Word tells believers to “Be diligent [study] to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). Why? “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God [God breathed], 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; See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10).

Those Christian men, with the gift of Pastor-teacher, who desire to be overseers of the Lord’s local churches, need to “[hold] fast the faithful word [Greek: “didachen” = that which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [Greek: “didaskalia” = that which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9). [1]

James, Christ’s half brother, warns, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment” (James 3:1; See 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:4 ff). But on the other side, the Apostle Peter wrote that shepherds who do God’s work God’s way will receive the “Crown of Glory” from the Lord Himself (1 Peter 5:1-4). They need to feed, guide, guard, and heal God’s sheep.

God the Holy Spirit can illuminate the minds of those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; John 7:17). Unconfessed sins grieve Him (1 John 1:9; Ephesians 4:30), and those who deny Him (say “no” to His leading) quench Him (render Him inoperative) in their lives (1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 2:12).

We want to glorify God by making Him known to those who are lost, telling them how to be saved [2], and by edifying believers in their faith. We have a FREE Bible Study Book Marker [1] to help those who want to understand the Bible better. Ask about it. If you have questions/comments, contact us here or through our website:

Our desire for you is the same as Paul’s desire for Timothy. “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:1, 2).

[1] When the Scriptures are interpreted normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually, we can see that God has different “Rules for Living” (Dispensations) for different people in different times. They are NOT different ways of salvation. Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart.”

[2] “The Bad News & Good News”

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version.

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What kind of home life did you have when you were growing up as a child? Was it a happy home or a stress filled home? Were your parents strict or lenient? Who was the dominant parent in your family – your father or your mother? Or did you or your siblings rule the house and do whatever you wanted to do? Did you grow up in a single parent home? Were you an only child or did you have brothers and sisters? What “house rules” did you have? Did you rebel against them? What happened when you disobeyed them and did whatever you wanted to do? Was there any discipline at all and was it consistent?

Imagine, if you can, a small, one story, three bedroom house with 23 people living in it. I knew a Hispanic man who lived in such a house. When we were starting a church out in California, he came to church one day and told me that he enjoyed the service. Then he said, “I want to help you build this church up with people.” I wasn’t exactly sure how he planned to do that.

So the next Sunday he came to church with 22 other members of his family which included his kids and grandchildren. We had quite a crowd that day. My wife took the small children and taught them, and I had the adults as we met in a motel conference room that we had rented.

With so many people living in his house, there had to be some “House Rules” or there would have been total chaos. In like manner, there needs to be “House Rules” in societies and in nations. Any form of government, including communism, is better than total anarchy, when everyone does what he/she wants to do without any regard for others. We seem to be living in times like this as the Scriptures predicted (Read 1 Timothy 4; 2 Timothy 3.)

Since the beginning of time, God has had rules to regulate mankind. Through a careful study of the Bible, using the normal rules of interpretation, we discover that there have been six periods of time called “Dispensations” and one yet to come in the future. Each period of time has different rules for different people. But they all end up in failure because man has a corrupted, sinful nature (disposition) that we all inherited from our first parents (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). We’ll have one as long as we live. Christians are given a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4) when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)

Right after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they and their descendants lived according to their consciences. This lasted for about 1,600 years and ended up in total disaster and the need for God to bring in a universal flood to wipe out all mankind, who apparently had been genetically modified (GMO), with the exception of Noah and his family (See Genesis 6-8; Jude 1:6).

Later, after a couple more “Dispensations” had failed, God gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the Mosaic Law that lasted for about 1,500 years. They had strict dietary laws, ceremonial, and civil laws to regulate their lives. They had a special priesthood that acted as a bridge between God and the Jews. They were given many promises, including a Messiah to deliver them from their bondage to other nations and from their sins. When the Jews rejected their Messiah (Jesus Christ), God temporarily set the Jews aside, and is currently dealing primarily with another group of people (non-Jews) under “Grace Principles for Living.”

For additional information about how Christians are supposed to live today, go to our website: and download our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” and notice the Christians’ Responsibilities, Failures, and coming Judgment. Then consider these two articles:

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If you have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), you will not spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). Instead you will spend eternity with God where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Baptism. Once you have been saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not the Christ of the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9), you should be baptized (immersed) to identify yourself with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38). It is NOT a requirement for you to be saved but it gives evidence to others of your faith. It enables you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Spiritual Growth. God wants every true Christin to “grow [spiritually] in the [sphere of] grace and [experiential] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:17). Do you have a strong desire to grow spiritually? If so, we’re here to help you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).

Your First Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

Making Distinctions. Christians are exhorted to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What does this mean? We are to interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. The devil was the first one to use the allegorical (non-literal, not normal) method of interpretation. He said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ff).

Profitable. “All Scripture is [God breathed] and is profitable for doctrine [teaching], for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man [and woman] of God [i.e. believers] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16. 17 NKJV). Cp kober

Truth. While all the Bible is to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17), (which also accurately records the lies that the devil and humans tell), not all of it is to be “believed and practiced.” Examples: Today, Christians don’t offer bloody sacrifices to God but spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4; 13:15, 16). Our diets are different (Leviticus 11:2 ff; 1 Timothy 4:4). Israel had a priesthood consisting of Levites; every Christian is a priest today (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There are other differences too.

Our Practice. A Christian man, with the spiritual gift of Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), who desires to be a bishop (an overseer) of God’s people, must hold “fast the faithful word [which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

The Rules. Throughout human history God has imposed different “Rules for Living” (known as “Dispensations”) upon all or some of mankind. Three dispensations are prominent in the Scriptures: “The Mosaic Law” (Exodus 20), “The Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), and the future dispensation of “The Kingdom of the Heavens” (Ephesians 1:10). Dispensations are NOT different ways to be saved. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Failure. Sadly, all seven Dispensations, that God uses to test mankind, end up in failure. This demonstrates that man, by his own efforts, while living independently of God, cannot please God (Hebrews 10:38; 11:6). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Man’s heart (mind, will, and emotions with which we all were born) is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23). We can’t save ourselves by our own brand of good works, and once saved, we are to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

New Birth. We all need to “be born again from above” (John 3:3-7). With the new divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4) we are able to do the things that God wants us to do while we live here on earth (Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:10) as we are being led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

Value. The Old Testament tells us much about the unchanging character and attributes of the only true and living God (Exodus 3:14). It also serves as a negative example of how not to behave lest we suffer the same kind of consequences that the Jews in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God disciplines His own unruly children who act lawlessly. “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (See Hebrews 12:5-11). The Old Testament also gives us hope (a confident expectation) as we are reminded that God will keep His promises to us as Christians just as He did for the Jews (Romans 15:4). Many of them were fulfilled with Christ’s first coming to earth and many more will be fulfilled when He returns to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

Location. The Christians’ “Rules for Living” can be found generally between John 13 and Revelation 3. Before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), all true Christians will be removed from earth to heaven at the Rapture (Revelation 3:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9).

Old v. New. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment to “love one another (i.e., fellow believers) as I (Jesus) have loved you.” By our doing this the world will know that we are His disciples. The Old Testament requirement was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best they could do. But Christians can/should have and use the divine love (agape) that God the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are rightly related to God (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is greater than brotherly love (Romans 12:10) or love for one’s own family (2 Timothy 3:3).

Action. Since Christ laid down His life for us, “… we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (i.e., fellow believers). But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother [or sister] in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16, 17). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Spiritual Gift. Not only are we concerned about your salvation, but also about your spiritual growth as a Christian. God wants us to use our spiritual gift with love for the advantage of other believers (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He wants to use us as His witnesses as we share the Gospel clearly with lost people so they can be saved (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

We invite you to go to our website at for additional information and help by clicking on various links you find there. We have many articles at

The Gospel

The Bad News & Good News” (on our website)

Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea (Illustrated)

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by Ford Porter (Over 650,000,000 tracts printed in 123 languages)

Handy Bible Study Book Marker (On our website) Click on –

Understanding the Times” for our Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to Pray, How to Witness

Doctrinal Statements

What We Believe (See our website)

Grace Life Baptist Church –

Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Incorporated –

New King James Scofield Study Bible

Audio Bible Readings

King James read by Alexander Scourby –

New King James – Old and New Testaments

New Living Translation with Mike Kellogg – New Testament

Helpful Bible Study Methods by the late Dr. Howard Hendricks

Living By The Book (Paperback)

Living By The Book  (Audio-video)

Personal Bible Study – Why Study the Bible? (Audio-video)

Bible Survey

Memorize Scripture, The Easy Way

The Apostle Paul, while lingering in his prison cell for preaching the Gospel (2 Timothy 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), and anticipating his any moment death, wrote to his son in the faith, Timothy, with these words – But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 NKJV). Do some of these things describe you? We know that unbelievers behave this way. But so do “carnal Christians” who are out of fellowship with God who are not walking in the light as He (God) is in the light (1 John 1:7). Would you agree with me that these words certainly describe our day and age?

He also wrote, “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing” (2 Timothy 4:1-8 NKJV). Do you love and eagerly anticipate His any moment return? (See John 14:1-3).  “Perhaps Today!”

The Prophet Isaiah wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20). When the Lord Jesus Christ returns to this earth to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-7; Matthew 24:29 ff), He will restore righteous judges to Israel as at the first who won’t be bribed by evil doers (Isaiah 1:26; See Amos 5:12). May that day come soon.

Action Steps. While we, as Christians, live in these evil days, it would be well for us to know and claim the promises of God that are addressed to Christians and then enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7; Hebrews 4:2). Don’t claim promises that were given exclusively to believers in other dispensations or you could be greatly disappointed and even get angry with God. Example: The blessings and curses to the Israelites (Deuteronomy 28). If you’re not a Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then you may claim these promises for yourself.

Help. We here to assist those who are teachable and willing to study God’s Word and change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9). We can be reached through our website: If this has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE this with others.

Promises For Christians

“The Silver Spoon.” There is a story of a sophisticated couple who invited their pastor and his wife over for dinner one evening. They enjoyed their time together, and the evening was lovely. As the wife was cleaning up after the pastor and his wife had left, she noticed his silver spoon was missing. This made her wonder if her pastor had stolen her spoon. About a year later, the couple invited the pastor and his wife over for another meal. They enjoyed the evening, yet the wife had to ask. “Pastor did you steal my silver spoon last time we ate together?” To which the Pastor said, “No, I put it in your Bible.” Ouch!

Perhaps you own a nice Bible but it seldom gets read or used. Maybe you don’t realize what’s in it and how valuable it is due to the fact that no one took the time to explain some basic things to you about it.

Perhaps you are wondering – What is the Bible and how did we get it? What is its primary purpose? How many authors were involved in writing it and over how many years was it being written? What do these terms mean: revelation, inspiration, illumination? How trustworthy and authoritative is it? What part of it is merely to be believed, and how much of it is to be believed and practiced? How should it be interpreted – normally or allegorically? Where does a Christian find his/her rules for living? Why are there so many versions of the Bible?

God gave us the Scriptures to teach us about Himself, about ourselves, and why there are so many problems in our world and what He can do for us to solve them. He wants us to know that He loved us sinners and provided a Savior for us. God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation will be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. We are NOT saved by our good works lest anyone should boast.

Sadly, most people will not accept God’s offer of deliverance. Have you? Do you know for sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Here are some things that might help you understand the Bible better so you can enjoy the eternal life that God has provided for true believers:

“Understanding The Times – Dispensations Chart – Bible Study Aids” (Download this from our website.)

“How We Got Our Bible” by Dr. J. B. Hixson’s – (8 Videos)

“Charting The End Times” by Drs. Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice,

Bible Survey by Gary Tucker –

We invite you to read other articles on our Blog that pertain to “Bible Basics,” “Bible Prophecy,” and “Bible Study.”

If you have questions/comments, contact us through our website: Please SHARE this with others so they can be helped too.

Philippians (#2)

Follow the leader.”  Do you remember playing that game when you were a child? But now that you’re older you may wonder whose advice you should follow since there are so many people vying for your attention. The Psalmist wrote: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

On a one hundred year old headstone in a cemetery in Indiana there is an epitaph that reads: Pause, Stranger, when you pass me by, / As you are now, so once was I. / As I am now, so you will be. / So prepare for death and follow me.”  Someone added these words: To follow you I’m not content, / Until I know which way you went.” This person wanted to know if the deceased was in heaven or hell? Not all those with “R.I.P.” on their tombstones are actually resting in peace (Read Luke 16:19-31). Are you sure you know where you will spend eternity? Why should God let you into heaven? Having the right answer is critical to your eternal happiness. If your not sure, let us help you. (Read “The Bad News & The Good News” on our website.)

Physical death (the separation of the soul and spirit from the body) is the general rule for most of us (Hebrews 9:27). There have been a few exceptions in the past and there will be more in the future (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:1-11; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). We’re all born spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1) and we need to be born again from above” if we are to see the kingdom of God (John 3:3-7). Physical and spiritual death can be reversed, but the “second death” can’t be (Revelation 20:14; 21:8). It involves eternal separation from God in the lake of fire for all unbelievers. We don’t want you or any other human being to go there. (Read John 3:16, 18, 36; 1 John 2:2)

But while we’re living here on earth, it’s important that we follow the right leaders and live by the right rules. (Refer to our “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.) There are many false teachers and antichrists who are misleading multitudes of people (2 Corinthians 11:4; 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; 1 John 4:1 ff; Jude 1:3 ff). The consequences are disastrous. There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33).

In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the believers in Corinth, he wrote: Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” or Imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1). As long as the leader follows Christ, we should follow him and his example. In his letter to the Christians in Philippi, Paul wrote to them with a different tone – not as an apostle” but as a bondservant of Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:1; Philippians 1:1; See Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17).

Suppose the church you attend was without a Pastor. You were selected to be on the pulpit committee and you and the others had the job of interviewing possible candidates for the position. If you received a letter (resume) like this one below, how would you respond to it?


Understanding your pulpit is vacant, I should like to apply for the position. I have many qualifications. I’ve been a preacher with much success and I also have had some success as a writer. Some say that I’m a good organizer. I’ve been a leader most of the places I’ve been.

I’m over 50 years of age. I have never preached in one place for more than three years. In some places, I have had to leave town after my work caused riots and disturbances. I must admit I have been in jail three or four times, but not because of any real wrongdoing on my part.

My eyesight and health are not too good, though I still get a great deal done.

I’ve not gotten along well with most of the religious leaders in towns where I have preached. I am not too good at keeping records. I have been known to forget whom I baptized.

However, if you can use me, I shall do my best for you.”

Sincerely yours,

Would you recommend this man to the church for them to consider him as their new Pastor? If not, what if you learned that the letter was signed, “The Apostle Paul”? [1]

Would you like to learn more about him? Who was he and what did he do during his life time? Consider these things about him. Read

Since the Lord Himself selected the Apostle Paul to be the “steward of this dispensation of grace” in which we now live, we need to read, study, and apply what God gave to us through Paul’s writings (Ephesians 3:1 ff; 2 Timothy 2:15; 4:16, 17; 2 Peter 3:15, 16). Peter, John, James, and Jude supplement Paul’s writings.

The Lord’s half-brother, James wrote: “…be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” and “…to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 1:22; 4:17). As hard as it may seem to do, if God commands us to do it, He will give us the strength to do it (Philippians 4:13). By our loving the brethren, we demonstrate our love for God (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10). Our primary purpose needs to be to glorify God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31). What are others learning about God through you?

May we encourage you to read Dr. Luke’s account of the formation of the church in Philippi in Acts 16 and also Paul’s brief letter to the Philippians. Here are some “Bible Study Helps”:

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[1] Paul’s resume.

[2] Who was Paul?

Please memorize this and share the Gospel with others as the Holy Spirit leads you so they can be saved.

Friend: You have sinned.

But Christ died for sinners and rose again.

Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally.

Do it now!”

M Kober

Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9

We are planning to begin a verse by verse study of the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Christians who were living in the city of Philippi (a part of Europe). Believe it or not, their struggles and challenges were very similar to ours (1 Corinthians 10:13). Paul wasn’t moping around in prison, but was joyful as he wrote this letter to them. He was in prison for preaching the Gospel concerning Christ’s death for our sins and insisting that the bodily resurrection be a part of it (Acts 23:6; 24:15; 2 Timothy 2:8-10). A dead man can’t save anyone. If Christ were still dead, Christians would be most pitiable (1 Corinthians 15:19). But He’s alive in heaven right now interceding for His own (Hebrews 7:25).

Our hope (confident expectation) of being raised bodily from the dead, if we should die, is based on Christ’s own resurrection. (See Hebrews 9:27; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). His bodily resurrection insures (guarantees) the bodily resurrection of everyone who was ever conceived and who died, each in his/her own order (1 Corinthians 15:20-28). The wicked dead are NOT annihilated as some cults teach. Universalism is a false doctrine.  Nor is anyone reincarnated again and again as some religions teach. This is a false hope that many people have.

We would like to invite you to join us each week on Facebook or on Youtube. You might want to ask your spouse, your family, or your friends to join us if they can. We want this to be a very practical study to help you and other Christians grow in your walk with the Lord so you can glorify Him, by making Him known to others (Psalm 34:3; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

First, we’ll carefully observe what the Word of God actually says. Then we’ll try to interpret it by asking, “What was the writer trying to convey to us?” We believe in the literal, historical, and grammatical interpretation of the Scriptures. Finally, we’ll try to help you apply the truth to your life. After all, faith without works is dead (James 2:20).

You may not be able to join us live on Facebook, but you can watch these studies at your own convenience at a later time. We know that your time is valuable. Don’t kill it.” Use it wisely (Ephesians 5:16). We all have 168 hours each week. Spending time in God’s Word can transform your life (Romans 12:1, 2) and enable you to enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6, 7). Peace with God comes at the moment we’re saved (Romans 5:1).  Peace on earth will come when Christ returns after the 7 years of the tribulation (Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 6-19).

If you’re not a Christian yet, we want to encourage you become one right now, wherever you are, by putting your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. When you do this you will become a Christian instantly. If you do this, you will be taken out of the devil’s family (kingdom) and placed in God’s forever family (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 3:8-10; John 3:3-8; 8:44). We are not saved by our good works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:1-10). If you lack assurance of your salvation, please contact us so we can help you make sure of it (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

We will be using the New King James translation of the Bible and one with Dr. C. I. Scofield’s notes in it. If you don’t have one, we would like to encourage you to secure one for yourself at your Christian book store or from the Internet. It is available in regular or large print.

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I plan to share with you some of the things I do as I study my Bible. If you don’t have our Understanding the Times Dispensation Chart,” we’d like to invite you to download and print one from our website: We also have an article entitled The Order Of Coming Events.” You can download it here: These two charts will help you understand where we are in time so you can maximize your remaining time on earth. Treat each day as though it might be your last day on earth. Your degree of pleasure in heaven, or your degree of suffering in the lake of fire will be determined by your works on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:10-15).

We know that your time is valuable. We all have 168 hours each week. Spending some time in God’s Word can transform your life and enable you to enjoy the peace of God that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:6, 7). Fifteen minutes is about 1% of your day. So spending 2% of your day with us in God’s Word would be about 30 minutes.

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We want this to be a rich experience for you and for those whose lives you influence. We’re looking for faithful Christians (1 Corinthians 4:2) to whom we can pass on this information, so they can pass it on to other faithful Christians (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Are you a F.A.T.F.R.E.E. Christian (Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic Christian) Are you teachable and willing to change? None of us has arrived yet. There is still room for more growth and Christlikeness (Philippians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:22, 23).

Please send us your questions and comments, along with the concerns that you have. We’re here to show our love for God by loving His children first (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 2:15-17; 3:16, 17; See Galatians 6:10).

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Do you remember seeing this Wendy’s commercial on TV? If you’re too young to remember it, watch it below [1]. Most people are concerned about the material and temporal things of life and give very little time and attention to the spiritual side of life which is far more important (1 Timothy 4:8). Maturing Christians are told not to love the world system that is passing away (1 John 2:15-17). We may use it, but we are not to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We’re citizens of heaven and we’re just passing through earth to heaven (Philippians 3:20; John 14:1-3).

Where’s The Evidence?

Perhaps you claim to be a Christian. If so, where’s the evidence for it for other people to see? While God doesn’t require good works from us for us to be saved, other human beings do. James, the Lord’s half-brother, doesn’t contradict what the Apostle Paul taught. He pointed out that we’re saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. But good works will come after one has been saved (Ephesians 2:8-10). James, on the other hand, said that faith that doesn’t result in good works will not convince other human beings that you are truly saved (James 1:22; 2:18-20). Abraham was saved when he agreed with God and believed that God would give him a son in his old age (Genesis 15:6). No one knew that he was saved until many years later (perhaps 20 years) when he offered his son, Isaac to God as a sacrifice (James 2:21-24). Rahab, the harlot, displayed her faith in the God of the Jews, when she took the two Jewish spies in and hid them (Joshua 2:1 ff; James 2:25). Believe it or not, she even became an ancestress of Christ (Matthew 1:5; Hebrews 11:31). Is your life all messed up? Are you saved? If God could save her, he can save you too. Read 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 to see the kinds of people whom God saved and changed. There is hope for all living human beings, including you and me. Don’t let the devil convince you into believing that you have committed “the unpardonable sin.” Do you know what it is (John 16:9)?

Lordship For Salvation?

Some people are being taught erroneously that in order for a person to be saved, he/she must make Jesus the Lord and Master of his/her life. They take the requirements for spiritual growth (or what they call “discipleship”) and make them conditions for salvation. Many of Christ’s disciples followed Him and wanted Him to be the “Welfare King.” He refused their offer (John 6:15). When He spoke to them about their spiritual condition and what they needed to do to be saved, they turned away from Him (John 6:28, 29, 66). Judas was a disciple, but he wasn’t saved (John 17:12). Are you confused by this false teaching? I was for a long time until God opened my eyes to the truth. If your are wondering about this yourself, I’d like to refer you to the links below. [2] If you are teaching this false way of salvation to others, stop! God holds preachers and teachers more responsible (James 3:1).

Carnal Christians

Some people who have been saved were abandoned by those who led them to Christ. They weren’t taught how to live the Christian life. [3] So they keep on yielding to the temptations that come from the devil, their own sin nature, or the present world system that was devised by the devil to control certain aspects of the sin nature. Those Christians who deny that they still have a sin nature are simply deceiving themselves, not others (1 John 1:8; See Romans 7:14-25). The sin nature is the source from which most of our temptations come. When a Christian walks by means of the Spirit, he can’t/won’t yield to these temptations (Galatians 5:16, 25). But he also needs to be mindful of the temptations that come from the devil (1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-17) and the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31).

Victorious Living

God has provided for Christians everything that we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). He doesn’t want us to sin but He knows that we will sin periodically (1 John 3:8-10) This is why we have an Advocate/Lawyer with the Father to help us (1 John 2:1,2; 4:10). The problem is that many (perhaps most) Christians seek the wisdom and philosophy of this world and know very little about how to live a life that pleases God (See Romans 8:8; 2 Corinthians 5:9). They integrate the worldly, demonic, self-help philosophy and psychology of the world with the Bible (Colossians 2:8; James 1:5; 3:14-17). [4] No wonder there are so many dysfunctional Christians who turn to unsaved men for counsel rather than turn to Godly men and women of God who could provide assistance from the infallible Word of God (Psalm 1:1; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9).


Is your life all messed up? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? [5] Do you believe that you have to go to Purgatory after you die to be cleansed further before you can enter heaven? (The Scriptures don’t teach this false doctrine.) Any purging that needs to take place in the life of a Christian is done in this life alone (Ephesians 5:26; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Timothy 4:5). Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If you need spiritual counsel and are teachable and willing to change when you see what God says in His Word, we invite you to contact us for additional help. We can be reached through our website at or you can read helpful articles at Join us on Facebook and Youtube for our Bible studies. If you’d like to receive future articles as they come out, click on Follow.

[1] Where’s The Beef commercial.

[2] Lordship for Salvation.

Lordship Salvation: Forgotten Truth or a False Doctrine? Parts 1, 2

[3] Maturing In Christ by Dr. H. L. Schafer.

[4] Psychohersey.

[5] The Bad News & The Good News. See our website for more information on how to be saved.

Have you ever sung this song in church? “Holy Bible, Book Divine, / Precious treasure thou art mine; / Mine to tell me whence I came, / Mine to teach me what I am. / Mine to chide me when I rove; / Mine to show a Savior’s love; / Mine thou art to guide and guard; / Mine to punish or reward. / Mine to comfort in distress; / Suffering in this wilderness; / Mine to show, by living faith, / Man can triumph over death. / Mine to tell of joys to come, / And the rebel sinner’s doom; / O thou holy Book divine, / Precious treasure, thou art mine.” – John Burton, Sr.

If you’ve had an occasion to stay in a motel or hotel, you’ve probably seen a Gideon Bible in the drawer. Inside the front of the Bible you will probably read these words. See if you agree or disagree with them:

The Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.

Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.

It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter. Here too, Heaven is opened and the gates of Hell disclosed.

Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.

It is given you in life, will be opened at the judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and will condemn all who trifle with its sacred contents.” [1]

The Bible is the Word of God (Mark 7:13; Luke 4:4; 8:11: John 17:14-17; Acts 17:13; Romans 9:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 4:5; Hebrews 4:12). God selected some men to write the Scriptures because He wanted mankind to know certain truths about Himself and His creatures (2 Peter 1:21). Therefore, the Bible states in words what God wanted to say and what He wanted mankind to know.

It reveals truth to us that we could not otherwise know. (Natural revelation – Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20 vs Special revelation – John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.) God did not reveal everything in the Bible at one point in time, but rather revealed truth in a gradual or progressive manner over 1,500 years by about 40 authors. He is not revealing new truth to anyone at this time in history (See Ephesians 2:7). But He will in the future after the true Church has been raptured (Joel 2:28; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52). Beware of those who claim that God spoke to them audibly and gave them some new information to reveal to others. (Examples: Some who belong to “Charismatic Churches” and those who are part of the “New Apostolic Reformation”). [1]  My friend, we have everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of the 66 Books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:3). God may illuminate a person’s mind to the truth (Ephesians 1:18), but He is not revealing anything new now. The spiritual gift of prophecy, that was given to some early Christians, is not being given out to Christians today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). See our “Bible Basics Docs” on our website for more information on “Spiritual Gifts.”

God supernaturally enabled and supervised the authors of the Bible to accurately write the Scriptures, while using their vocabulary and style, and as a result of this enablement, the Bible is the breathed-out Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 2:10-13; 2 Peter 1:21; John 16:13).

Because the Bible is inspired (God-breathed), it is both infallible and inerrant in the original autographs. Each word of the Scripture and the whole of Scripture was “God breathed” (Matthew 5:17-19; 1 Peter 1:23-25). This is known as verbal, plenary inspiration.

Copies and translations of the original autographs are not inspired. However, they are authoritative in so far as they accurately represent the original autographs. The canon [3] of the Bible includes thirty-nine Old Testament books and twenty-seven New Testament books. The cults add to the Scriptures (See Jude 1:3; Revelation 22:18, 19). All sixty-six books are to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17). But not all of the Bible is to be believed and practiced (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:11; 2 Peter 3:1, 2, 16). Thus there are “dispensations” (different rules for living – not ways of salvation) that are found in the Scriptures. (Example: Mosaic Law, Grace, Kingdom) See our “Understanding the Times, Dispensations Chart.”

The Bible is to be interpreted literally, historically, grammatically, contextually, and not allegorically. A true approach to understanding the Bible should include observation (What do I see?), interpretation (What does it mean?), and application (How does it work?). Every saved person who is filled by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18) can be illuminated and thus be able to interpret the Bible (1Corinthians 2:15, 16; Ephesians 1:15-19; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 John 2:20, 27) and know what God wanted said to us.

Think About This

The man who can read the Bible, but who won’t read it, or listen to it being read, has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Failure to apply the truth to one’s life can have everlasting consequences.” (Psalm 119:9-11; John 3:18; James 1:22)

Help.  If you aren’t sure about your eternal destiny, read “The Bad News & The Good News” at or contact us.  We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change. 

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[2] New Apostolic Reformation.

[3] Canon.