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“Sewing & Reaping?”

Posted: June 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

I hope this title got your attention. No, we’re not “sewing.” But are we “sowing the wind, and reaping the whirlwind?” This concept comes from the Bible (Hosea 8:7; See Galatians 6:7, 8) as it relates to the Jews in the north. They forsook the true and living God and pursued the sensual idols and wicked ways of the heathen people around them. This led to their being taken as captives to a foreign land and scattered among the nations of the world to this day (See Deuteronomy 28:64-68).

But, against the wishes of the devil, there is coming a day (perhaps very soon) when the Jews will be restored as God’s favored nation (Zechariah 12-14). They will receive all the land that God promised to give to them, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). They are not “occupiers” of land that doesn’t belong to them. God is NOT finished with the Jewish nation. (See Romans 11).

We do NOT believe in “replacement theology” or that the Church has replaced Israel. [1] This false teaching will result in the worst holocaust in human history. It’s called “the time of Jacob’s (Israel’s) trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7; Matthew 24:15 ff). [2] Sadly, most of “Christendom” blames the Jews for the death of Christ. (Note: God holds all men, including you and me, responsible for Christ’s death – Acts 3:12-15; 4:25-28).

Adolph Hitler cited Martin Luther’s derogatory words to justify his attempt to annihilate the Jews. [3] Do you belong to and/or support a “church” or organization that denounces Israel as “occupiers” of a land that doesn’t belong to them? Are you and your church part of the B.D.S. (Boycott, Divest, Sanction Movement against Israel?)  If you’re a true Christian, get out of it (2 Corinthians 6:14; See Revelation 18:4).

Actions have consequences, whether they be good or evil. As He did with Israel, is God allowing wicked people within our boarders or other nations to punish us as a nation because we’ve chased God out of our schools, our homes, and our lives? Are you a “nominal Christian” and/or a “practical” atheist? Maybe you’re an agnostic. I hope you don’t claim to be an atheist. If you do, please read Psalm 14:1 to see what God says about you. Consider what anyone can learn from nature and what happens to ungrateful people (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:18 ff).

Why is the United States not mentioned in the Scriptures as it pertains to Bible prophecy while many other nations are clearly identified? Could it be destroyed because of our willful defiance of God in spite of His bountiful provisions and blessings upon us? With greater light comes greater responsibilities (Luke 12:48; See James 4:17). The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17; See Psalm 2).

God used the cruel, idol worshipping Babylonians and King Nebuchadnezzar to punish His chosen people, the rebellious Jews from the southern tribes, for 70 years (Jeremiah 25:11, 12). Then God used the Persian (Iranian) King Cyrus, to overthrow the Babylonians and release the Jews so they could return to Israel to rebuild their Temple (Daniel 1:1, 2; Isaiah 44:28; 45:1).

The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1). He sets up and takes down rulers of the nations (Daniel 4:17, 25). “And He has made from one blood [man – Adam] every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,” (Acts 17:26). There is only one race – the human race. The different languages and ethnic groups came into existence after the flood in Noah’s day when God scattered the rebels at the tower of Babel (Genesis 10, 11).

Once again, in these last days, wicked men are trying to set up their own “New World Order” without the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6, 7; See Psalm 2). God will allow them to do this, but He will limit their attempt to 7 years. Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive physically (Matthew 24:22). The Lord will pour out 21 judgments on the wicked people on the earth (Revelation 6-19). They will be like the plagues in Egypt during Moses’ day (Exodus 7 ff; Joshua 24:5). We hope you won’t be here on earth when all this takes place. What exactly do we need to do to be saved from the lake of fire and the Tribulation?

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

If you’ve been saved, and are a true Christian, keep this in mind if you choose to engage in sinful activities (James 1:12-15). You will grieve God the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) and you could be chastened severely. “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6-8). “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

We invite you to consider carefully what the Scriptures tell us about the future. [4] Make sure of your own salvation (2 Peter 1:10). [5] Then share the Gospel with others as you are led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14), and as you have opportunities (Galatians 6:10; Revelation 3:8). Treat each day as though it might be your last day on earth or the last day of someone else (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

When “all whom the Father has given to the Son” have come to Him and been saved, Jesus will return for the true Church (not the apostate church – Revelation 17, 18) and make her His bride (John 6:37, 44; Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 21:9; 22:3). Those who will be saved during the seven year Tribulation (Matthew 24:14) and the Millennium will not be part of the “Bride of Christ.”

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“Your Heart’s Condition”

Posted: August 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

Thump, thump. Thump, thump. What’s that sound? It’s the beat of your heart! For human beings, it’s one of the sweetest sounds you can hear — or feel — and one that you never want to stop!

“Your body is full of muscles, but the heart is the most important muscle in your body. About the size of your fist, your heart is located in the middle of your chest, just a little to the left of center.

Think about this. “If you use an average of 80 beats per minute, your heart beats about 4,800 times per hour. That’s a whopping 115,200 times per day. Over the course of a year, your heart would beat about 42,048,000 times! If you live to be 80 years old, your heart would have beaten approximately 3,363,840,000 times! That’s over 3 billion heartbeats! What a muscle!

Your heart keeps going and going, pumping blood throughout your body. And the best part? You don’t even have to think about it.” [1]

Creator. The Psalmist declared, I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are Your works; and that my soul knows very well” (Psalm 139:14). The Scriptures teach, and we believe that “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them… And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Genesis 1:27; 2:7).

Image. The “image of God” that Adam and Eve once had was distorted by sin. Their fallen, earthly image and their sin nature have been passed down to all of us (1 John 1:8). Most of our temptations to sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) originate with our sin nature (Galatians 5:19-21). When Christ returns at the time of the Rapture, true Christians will regain the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:49-53). “…we know that when He [Christ]is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Bodies. We believe that it is at this time (i.e. Rapture) that all true Christians will receive their glorified bodies and their garments of light like Christ’s (1 Timothy 6:16). Apparently it was lost in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned against God by eating the forbidden fruit. Some Old Testament believers who were wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and others who turned many to righteousness will receive a garment of light like the stars when they are raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation is over (Daniel 12:3, 12). Lesson – Don’t invest too much money into earthly clothes that you will leave behind when you die or when the Rapture takes place. “And having food and clothing [a covering], with these we [should] be content” (1 Timothy 6:8).

Heart. There is something else that is called the heart. It’s not visible to our eyes. But we all have one. It “includes the mind (Proverbs 23:7), the will (Daniel 1:8; Acts 11:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7) and the emotions (Romans 9:2). The sinful, immaterial heart with which we all were born is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Genesis 6:5; 8:21). When God saves a person, He doesn’t come into his/her old heart, but gives him/her a new one. The new heart of the believer consists of: (1) The new desirous will; (2) The mind of Christ (Philippians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:16) (3) The new desires of the new nature.” – Adapted from Dr. H. L. Schafer, Maturing In Christ, pp. 138, 139.

Born Again. To receive this new heart, we need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3ff) by putting our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and who rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not do so right now? Don’t put it off until another day because you don’t know if you’ll be alive tomorrow (James 4:14; Proverbs 27:1).

Share. God depends on all His children to share the Gospel with others so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; 8:26 ff; Romans 8:14). Will you earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) by having a part in their salvation?

Joy. The Apostle John wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4). We find it in God’s Word (John 17:17). Do you know the difference between the doctrines that are to be believed and practiced as opposed to those that are merely to be believed without being practiced (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; Titus 1:9)? If not, we invite you to consider our “Dispensations Chart” – “Understanding The Times” on our website:

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“The Aspirin Age”

Posted: July 1, 2017 in Uncategorized

“Whoever dubbed our times ‘The Aspirin Age’ didn’t miss it very far.  It is correct to assume there has never been a more stress-ridden society than ours. For many, gone are the days of enjoying bubbling brooks along winding pathways or taking long strolls near the beach. The relaxed bike ride through the local park has been replaced with the roar of a motorcycle whipping through busy traffic. The easy-come, easy-go lifestyle of the farm has been preempted by a hectic urban family going in six directions…existing on instant dinners, shouting matches, strained relationships, too little sleep, and too much tension.

“Add financial setbacks, failure at school, unanswered letters, obesity, loneliness, a ringing telephone, unplanned pregnancies, fear of cancer, misunderstanding, materialism, alcoholism, drugs, and an occasional death; then subtract the support of the family unit, divide by dozens of opinions, multiply by 365 days a year, and you have the makings of madness.  Stress has become a way of life; it is the rule rather than the exception.” – Chuck Swindoll, Stress Factures. p. 15

Wow!  Does this describe your life right now? If so, perhaps you need to get aside and spend some time alone with God through His Word and some God honoring music.  You may need to be assured of the fact that He is in control of everything. He will put an end to all evil one of these days. He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth when He comes back to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-7). All this may happen much sooner than you realize.  Until then, a Christian can/should realize that He is both with us and indwells us (John 14:17).  He can/should be our refuge during the storms of life.  Do you have a noisy heart right now?  Read Psalms 23 and 46.

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior?  He died for all our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day.  By one act of faith you can be transferred out of the devil’s family into God’s forever family.

If you aren’t sure that you will go immediately into the presence of the Lord at the time of your death, we’d be happy to show you from Scripture how you can have assurance of your salvation right now (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13).

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 As some of you already know, we are moving?  On April 8th we received an e-mail from the owners of the house in which we have been residing for the last eleven years, stating that they would like to move back to Paso Robles and live in their house.  It came as quite a surprise to us. We need to be out of the house by May 31st.  We’ve had a good relationship with them over the years and appreciate their letting us stay in their house.  It was an answer to our prayers when we got to Paso Robles to pastor the church here.  We’ve tried our best to take good care of their house.

After much prayer and seeking the will of the Lord for our lives, we also decided to resign from the church, effective May 28th, 2017, and move back to Minnesota, Lord willing, where our children and grandchildren live.

We feel a lot like Abraham and Sarah did when God told him to leave Ur and go to a land that He would show him.  He obeyed God and went while trusting the Lord to lead him and supply his needs.  I’m about the same age as he was, but he also lived much longer than I believe I will.  Thankfully we have the same God that he had, and He has promised never to leave or forsake us.

Looks Are Deceiving

            While our oldest son has offered to let us stay in his home for a while when we get there, we desire to find a place of our own in the Twin Cities area.  We got on the Internet and found a house that we thought would be ideal for our needs at this time. We even put money down for a background check.  But not feeling completely at ease about it, we asked our children to go to an open house to check things out for us.

To their surprise, when they entered the house, there was a very strong smell of incense.  Our daughter could hardly breathe.  When they went into one of the bed rooms, they discovered a prayer room with a rug on the floor and a large picture of an individual to whom they prayed apparently.  So that house was out of the picture.

We have another issue in that my wife is very allergic to some animals and I have some breathing challenges too.  So please pray for us as we seek to find a place that will meet our needs.  When the days become hectic and stressful, we remind ourselves of our need to trust the Lord one day at a time and moment by moment.


            With my resignation from the church, our income from it will also cease.  The mission with which we have been associated will allow us to receive support from those who desire to help us financially.  We don’t ask for nor solicit financial support from unbelievers.

I would like to do some supply preaching in churches if the Lord should open up some doors for us. I also have some other things that I’d like to do in the next chapter of my life.  There is still much work that needs to be done for God while we are here on earth.  We believe the Lord’s return is very near.  Perhaps Today!


            We would appreciate your prayers for us during this challenging time of our lives.  God’s grace has been and always will be sufficient for our everyday needs.  He is a great God and the One in whom we trust.  We’d like to hear from you. Let us know how we can pray for you too.

Kelsey and Janet Pietsch

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Still with: Western Baptist Home Mission, P. O. Box 2697, Santa Maria, CA 93457-2697

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1 Peter 5:12-14

Some Christians serve God in the “limelight” while others work behind the scenes in the “shadows.” But each member in the Body of Christ plays an important role in the growth of the Church. Christ, who is the One and only Head and Mediator of the true Church (Ephesians 4:5; 1 Timothy 2:5), cannot say to the feet, “I have no need of you” (1 Corinthians 12:21). He gave a spiritual gift to each New Testament believer at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10). Each believer is needed for the Body of Christ to function well. Some of the members in the Body have already graduated to heaven. But many of us are still here on earth with some work to do (Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16). Are we doing it for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)?

Assistants. The Apostle Peter wanted to acknowledge those who had assisted him in the work of the Lord. He appreciated those who served with him in the ministry and was desirous that other believers recognize them for their service to God and others (1 Thessalonians 5:12; Hebrews 13:7, 17). He also wanted them/us to know that “…God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Hebrews 6:10). Eventually we will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7).

Silvanus (Silas). He was a travel companion with the Apostle Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 15:40). He and Paul were Roman citizens and yet were unjustly beaten in Philippi (Acts 16:37) for casting a demon out of a young girl who had been proclaiming, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us [a] way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). No, Jesus wasn’t/isn’t one of many ways to God. He is the only way (John 14:6). After leaving Philippi and Thessalonica, Silas remained in Berea for awhile to help the new believers there (Acts 17:10-15). Peter considered him to be a faithful brother in the Lord (1 Peter 5:12). He seems to have been either the secretary or the messenger who took Peter’s letter to the suffering believers in Asia Minor (Turkey).

She Who Is In Babylon. The identity of this person is not known. Babylon may be a code word for Rome, but we can’t be sure. Believers are in the world but not of the present world system (John 15:19; 17:16). We are to let our words be seasoned with salt (Colossians 4:6) and to act as lights in the darkness (Ephesians 5:8).

John Mark. He was a travel companion with Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey (Acts 12:25). But when the way got hard, Mark deserted them and went back to Jerusalem where his mother had a home in which some believers met (Acts 12:12;13:13). We don’t know what reaction the believers there had or what they thought of Mark. When it came time for Paul and Barnabas to go on their second missionary journey, Barnabas wanted to take his cousin, Mark (Colossians 4:10) with them again, but Paul refused. He seemed to be more concerned about the work, whereas Barnabas was concerned about the worker. Paul and Barnabas split up over the issue of John Mark. Barnabas took Mark with him and they went back to Cyprus to minister there where he once owned some property that he sold and gave the money for the benefit of the suffering saints in Jerusalem (Acts 4:32-37).

Silent Years. Mark was pretty much out of the picture until Paul requested that he come to see him in prison just before he was beheaded (2 Timothy 4:11). No doubt Peter had had a good influence on Mark to whom he passed on much information about Jesus’ ministry. In fact, Mark was instrumental in writing one of the Gospels where Jesus is presented as the “Servant of the Lord” (Isaiah 42:1-21; 49:1-7; 52:13-53:12; Mark 10:45).

Profile. Whether you’re a “high profile” person in the “limelight” or one in the “shadows,” every Christian plays a vital role within the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). If you are a true Christian, do you know which one is your spiritual gift? Do you know which gifts were temporary and which ones are extant (1 Corinthians 13:8-13)? They need to be used with love (1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13) for edification of the Body and for the glory of God. When Christians fail God, they can be restored as Peter and Mark were.  Do you feel like a failure?  Would you like help from God’s Word? Ask for it. When Christians assemble together (Hebrews 10:24, 25), we should greet each other cordially with a “kiss of love” (“holy handshake”) and extend peace to those who are in Christ Jesus (1 Peter 5:14; See Romans 12:18). If you’re a believer, are you thankful that you can attend the assembly meetings? Do you attend them merely to be blessed, or to bless others too?

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John 8:41-48

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names and faces can’t hurt me”? You have to be kidding. Do you really believe this? You probably can recall incidents in your life when you were put down and humiliated with a nasty slur by someone else. Perhaps it related to your race, face, or place in society. Kids can be extremely cruel, but so can adults who should know not to do this. Do you recall such incidents? Did you want to retaliate against the person who hurt you? Maybe you actually did.

Names And Faces

As they ran out of logical responses to Jesus and His claims to be the God-man, which He backed up with many sign miracles, the hypocritical, religious scribes and Pharisees began to attack His person. This is known as “ad hominem.” They began to boil over with rage toward Him and were intent on killing Him (John 5:18; 7:7; 15:18, 25). With their snide remarks they accused Him of being an illegitimate, demon possessed, half breed (John 8:41-48). In doing so they besmirched the character of God the Father too.

They didn’t know or want to believe that He was born of the virgin, Mary and that He was indeed the promised Messiah/Christ. Instead of ascribing His miracles to the power of God, they attributed them to the devil. This was an unforgivable sin that cannot be committed today (Matthew 12:31). The only unforgivable sin today is to die physically without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior (John 16:9; 3:18, 36).

Sticks And Stones

When the hour that had been predetermined by the Godhead had come (Ephesians 1:11; Galatians 4:4), and after Judas had betrayed Him (Matthew 27:3), Jesus allowed Himself to be taken by wicked men and abused.  He was crucified in accordance with the prophecies that were made concerning Him (John 10:11-18; See Isaiah 52:13-53:12). He could have called ten thousand angels to rescue Him if He had wanted to do so (Matthew 26:53).  But instead He volunteered to lay down His life and die for our sins and pay they debt that we owed to God (1 Peter 3:18; Romans 6:23).

The Roman soldiers, who hated the Jews, beat Jesus mercilessly (Matthew 27:26). He was forced to carry His own heavy, rugged cross to Calvary where He was hanged naked on it. To make things worse, God the Father forsook Him from noon until 3 P.M. (Matthew 27:46) because He couldn’t look with approval upon His Son who was bearing our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He suffered all alone until His fellowship with the Father was restored just before He died physically when He said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). After being dead in the tomb for three days, He rose again bodily and made multiple appearances to over 500 witnesses over 40 days before ascending gradually, publicly, literally back to heaven from where He had come (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:9-11).

Gracious Offer

In the midst of all these false accusations and cutting remarks against Him, Jesus offered eternal life to any and all who would believe on Him alone for their deliverance from hell to heaven (John 8:52). The scribes and Pharisees misunderstood His words about death. As a general rule, all of us are going to die (Hebrews 9:27). But there have been and will be exceptions to this rule. Enoch and Elijah were transported from this life into another realm of existence outside of time without dying physically (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11). These two men serve as examples of a whole generation of true Christians who will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air without dying first. Obviously, many people don’t believe Jesus’ or the Apostle Paul’s words concerning this event (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Are you one of them? The Apostle Peter predicted that scoffers would come mocking such a thought (2 Peter 3:3). Do you believe or doubt this prediction referred to as “The Rapture”?


Expect it. “All [Christians] who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Spirit filled Stephen, who was a deacon in the early church, was stoned to death by religious hypocrites (Acts 7:58). The Apostle James was put to death by wicked King Herod (Acts 12:2). The Apostle Paul suffered more for the cause of Christ than all the other Apostles (2 Corinthians 11:23-12:10). Once he was even stoned to death but was resuscitated back to life (Acts 14:19, 20). The early Christians suffered greatly for holding on to their faith (Acts 8:1ff; Revelation 2:10).


None of us can suffer as Jesus did and die for the sins of other people. But we can/should be willing to lay down our lives for the sake of those who will believe on Christ for their salvation (2 Timothy 2:10). The Apostle Paul wrote, “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Those Christians who have a part in leading others to Christ for salvation will receive the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). When all whom the Father has given to the Son have come to Him, Jesus will come back for His Bride, the true Church (John 6:37; 14:1-3).


Will you be in that number? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? Do you have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13)? Are you growing spiritually and doing the will of God for your life (2 Peter 3:18)? Are you telling others how they can be saved too (Acts 1:8)?  Are you a “convenient Christian” or a “committed Christian”?  Do you need some spiritual help?


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1 Peter 1:10-12

What consistently brings you the most joy and happiness in your life? Is it your family, your friends, your possessions, or maybe your job/career? Maybe you’re honest enough to say, “I don’t have much joy or happiness in my life.” – S. Cole.  Are you easily disappointed, discouraged, and do you sometimes doubt God and His Word? God knows all about our tendencies and our weaknesses. He has a way for us to overcome these temptations that could lead us into our sinning against God (Ephesians 6:10-17; 1 Corinthians 10:13).

Relief. When we are suffering physically, emotionally, or spiritually, it’s nice to receive some relief from the pain. The believer in Christ needs to know that “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). If you’re not a believer yet, we’d like to introduce Him to you and tell you what He’s done for us and what He can do for you. The believers to whom the Apostle Peter wrote found comfort from the Lord through his pen.

Greatness. When we, as Christians, stop to think about the greatness of our God and the salvation He’s provided for us through the sacrifice that Jesus made to secure it for us, we can only say “Thank You Lord.”  We don’t deserve the salvation and a home in heaven that God has provided for all mankind (John 3:16; 1 Timothy 4:10; 1 John 2:2). His provision for mankind doesn’t mean that everyone will eventually go to heaven.  We don’t believe in “Universalism.”  Some people hate God and don’t want to spend eternity with Him and His children (Psalm 2; Revelation 16:11).  

Darkness. Most people love darkness rather than light (John 3:19) and refuse to acknowledge God’s existence and power that can be seen in nature (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20). When presented with the Gospel, most people refuse to believe that they can have eternal life simply by believing in/on Christ through this message. They want to have a part in their salvation and earn their way to heaven. But it can’t be done (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5) lest anyone should boast.

Grace/Faith/Christ. Our deliverance from hell to heaven is all of grace (undeserved favor), and not of our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6). It is also by faith alone in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, and not the Christ of the cults or other religions (Matthew 24:5; 2 Corinthians 11:4). Are you trusting in the wrong Christ to save you?

Gospel. The Good News we must believe to be saved is that Christ died for our sins, was buried for three days, and then rose again bodily on the third day. His resurrection was validated by over 500 witnesses on ten different occasions over 40 days (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

Secure. When a person places his faith in Christ alone to save him, he is saved once and for all and can’t lose his salvation (John 10:28, 29; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30). Instantly we are delivered from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 2:8). We are also being delivered from the power of sin over our lives (Romans 6:14). We must utilize God’s provisions for us to defeat the temptations that come from the devil, our own sin nature, and the present world system. When a believer dies physically or when the Rapture takes place, he will be delivered from the presence of sin (Romans 8:23; 1 John 3:2).

Mystery. The Old Testament prophets had difficulty understanding how the Messiah could be both a conquering King and a suffering Savior (Isaiah 53:1-12; 61:1-3; 1 Peter 1:10-12). Even the elect angels desire to learn more of the wisdom and ways of God (Isaiah 55:8, 9) and to understand the roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in a person’s salvation (John 3:33-336; Titus 3:5).

Future. Throughout the ages of eternity believers will continue to learn more and more about God’s marvelous plan of salvation (Ephesians 2:7). In the meantime we need to keep trusting our great God.  The [justified ones] shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). Are you living this way?

Trials. The hardships and troubles of this life are inevitable. But, believe it or not, they are for the believer’s good and for the glory and praise of God (1 Peter 1:7). However, the crowns, praise, and rewards we receive at the Bema Seat Judgment for Christians will depend on our properly motivated service to God (1 Corinthians 4:5; 13) and our responses to trials and tests. We won’t be rewarded if we violate God’s rules (2 Timothy 2:5; Romans 3:8).  We have “potential years” and “actual years.”  Willful acts of defiance and rebellion toward God and His Word may result in a Christian’s premature. physical death (Acts 5:1-10; 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:15).

Help. A spiritually maturing believer can help a fellow Christian who is caught in a trespass with a bad attitude and keep him from engaging in an act of sin that could bring disaster into his life (Galatians 6:1). We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). What about using your pen to write a note to edify someone (1 John 2:1)? Will you be an encourager like Barnabas was to Paul after his conversion (Acts 11:25; See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4)?

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.” – C. Swindoll.

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Do you ever struggle with disappointment (Job 3:3, 10), discouragement (Job 19:7-12), and doubt God and His Word (Genesis 3:1)? Are you tempted to act independently of God (Isaiah 14:14; Luke 4:1-13) and think you can handle things on your own? Think again (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Do you ever freeze up and get afraid or timid (2 Timothy 1:7; Luke 22:31-33) when you try to share your faith with others? Are you tempted to be proud (1 Timothy 3:6) of your own accomplishments rather than giving the credit to God (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Are you short with others who have wronged you? Do you ever have a bitter, unforgiving spirit (Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11)? Are you tempted to take/steal (Ephesians 4:27, 28) from others what doesn’t belong to you? Do you ever lie or twist the truth (Acts 5:4-6)? Are you busy with the things that you want to do but when it comes to spiritual matters and doing God’s will, are you spiritually lazy? Do you ever gossip or engage in tale bearing? Are you a busy body (1 Timothy 5:13-15)? Are you tempted to use filthy, inappropriate speech from time to time ((Ephesians 4:29)?

All these temptations that come from the devil are designed to interrupt your relationship with God and keep you, as a Christian, from doing the things that God wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Peter 4:10). But God has provided a defense against these fiery darts (Ephesians 6:16). The armor of God needs to be put on mentally each time we are attacked so that we don’t end up being defeated by the devil or his angels/demons (Ephesians 6:10-17). Do you know how to use these pieces of the armor to defend yourself? Could you share this information with other believers who may be struggling with a bad attitude that could lead to sinful conduct (2 Timothy 2:2)? What are you doing to bear other people’s burdens (Galatians 6:1-5)? Do you know the difference between the temptations that come from the devil/demons and those that come from your own sin nature (Galatians 5:21, 22) and the ones that come from the present world system (1 John 2:15-17; 1 Corinthians 7:31; Genesis 4:16-26)? There are different ways to counteract these three sources of temptations.

Satan is God’s enemy and wants to destroy God’s people and Bible believing local churches. But your faithful attendance at such a church each week can enable you and others to be strengthened through the teaching of the Word of God. Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? Are you edifying others (1 Thessalonians 5:11)?

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Perhaps Today! Are you ready? If not, ask for help! We have “God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” in 24 languages on our website:

Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him” (James 1:12). How much do you love God and His people?

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1 Peter 1:1

“The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to him. By God’s help, I aim to be that man.” – D. L. Moody. If you’re a true Christian who appreciates your salvation, have you presented to your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2)? Are you afraid that if you did this He might send you to some place you didn’t want to go or do something you didn’t feel qualified to do?

When I was much younger, my life revolved around playing sports until God changed the direction of my life by allowing me to have a back injury. Eventually this led to my doing what I’m doing today and loving it. I didn’t go to college and seminary to become a Pastor. I just wanted to learn how to live a meaningful life. You and I may not ever be significant in the eyes of the world, but the only One whom we really need to please is God (2 Corinthians 5:9). Jesus laid down His sinless life so we could be saved (John 10:15; Hebrews 4:15). Have you placed your faith in Him alone to save you? If so, are you continuing to live with an attitude of faith (Romans 1:17)?

Glory. Throughout history God has used and will continue to use people for His honor and glory. Even the wrath of man shall praise Him (Psalm 76:10). Joseph’s brothers meant evil against him, but God meant if for good (Genesis 50:20). God raised up Pharaoh so that His power might be demonstrated to this idolatrous, rebellious monarch and to the proud Egyptians (Exodus 9:16; Romans 9:17). No one can overthrow God and thwart His decree (Ephesians 1:11). Don’t try. You will lose. In the end, “every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord [God-man] to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11). We will all face Jesus as the Judge someday (John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27).

Peter. This Apostle was, in many ways, like a lot of us. He was introduced to Jesus by his brother Andrew (John 1:41). He was a successful fisherman (Mark 4:18) and he was a married man (Matthew 8:14). But when he met Jesus, his life was transformed. Let’s take a look at this man who had a great impact on the world. He was –

Impulsive/Presumptuous. It seems like he often spoke without thinking first. Once, while he and the other disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee at night, Jesus came walking to them on the water. They thought He was a ghost. When Jesus told them to be of good cheer and that it was He, Peter wanted the Lord to command him to come to Him by walking on the water. Peter did. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid and began to sink. So he called out to the Lord and Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him (Matthew 14:28). On another occasion Peter, James, and John accompanied Jesus up the Mount of Transfiguration. They were given a preview of things to come when Christ would come back to earth to rule as the King of kings, and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16; See Isaiah 9:6, 7). Jesus was transfigured before them and Moses and Elijah appeared with Jesus. Without much thought, Peter blurted out and said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah” (Matthew 17:4ff). Why did Jesus tell them not to tell others about the vision they had just seen until He had risen from the dead? Why did Jesus postpone the setting up of His kingdom on earth (Matthew 23:37-39; John 1:11; 19:6)?

Tenderhearted/Affectionate. Before going to the cross to die for our sins…and rise again from the dead, Jesus told His disciples that all of them would forsake Him. Peter claimed that he would never do that (Mark 14:27-31; Luke 22:33, 34). But then he did deny Jesus and went out and wept bitterly (Mathew 26:75). Thinking that he was totally useless, Peter went back to fishing until Jesus made an appearance to him and offered him another chance. When Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him, Peter could only say “Yes, Lord, You know that I [have a fond affection] for You” (John 21:3, 15-17). Peter didn’t use the same Greek word for love (agape) that Jesus did. But Jesus instructed him to feed His lambs and sheep. Do you feel washed up and useless at times? Do you have un-confessed sins in your life? If need be, confess your known sins to God (1 John 1:9) and to others if necessary (James 5:16). Then claim His promise to forgive you and move on in life. Make yourself available to God to use you as He chooses (2 Timothy 2:19-26; Isaiah 6:8). He knows where we are and may choose to use us for His glory, not ours.

Contradictory/Agreeable. Peter was loyal to the Lord and wanted Him to set up His kingdom on earth quickly (See Daniel 2:44, 45; Matthew 6:10; Acts 1:6, 7). When Jesus told the disciples that He would need to go to the cross first, Peter rebuked Jesus for talking that way. Then the Lord rebuked the devil who was using Peter to try to thwart God’s plan of salvation for all mankind (Matthew 16:21-23). On another occasion when Jesus wanted to wash Peter’s feet, he said, “You shall never wash my feet.” But Jesus responded, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me” (John 13:8). When Jesus said this, Peter wanted Jesus to give him a complete bath. Jesus said that wasn’t necessary. The point He was trying to make was that we only need a full cleansing from sin at the point of salvation. We can only be saved once. But when we sin as Christians, we need to confess them to God so our family fellowship can be restored when we walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:3-10). Don’t confuse judicial forgiveness (Romans 8:1; Ephesians 1:7) with family forgiveness (1 John 1:9).

Insightful/Dull. When Jesus asked His disciples what others were saying about Him, they told Him that some people thought He was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or Jeremiah. When Jesus asked them what they (His disciples) thought of Him, Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). This is what a person had to believe before Christ’s death and bodily resurrection if he/she wanted to be saved (See John 20:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Acts 16:31). On another occasion Peter acknowledged the difficulty of some of the things Jesus said (John 6:60-69). He also said this about some of the Apostle Paul’s writings (2 Peter 3:15, 16).

Timid/Bold. While Jesus was being unjustly tried by the religious leaders, Peter was asked if he was Jesus’ disciple. He vehemently denied three times that he knew Jesus (Mark 14:67-71). But after he was restored to the Lord, he preached a powerful sermon to thousands of Jewish people on the Day of Pentecost and many believed on Christ and were saved (Acts 2:14ff; 4:19, 20; 5:29). Truly his life was transformed. Our lives, as Christians, can be changed too if we yield our bodies to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Peter 3:15). These are not preconditions for salvation as some “Lordship for salvation” teachers proclaim. We’re save by grace alone, through faith alone, in the Christ of the Scriptures alone. Our salvation is not of works lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Healer/Miracle Worker. As an Apostle, Peter had the ability to perform miracles (Mark 16:15-17). He healed a man who had been lame since he was born (Acts 3:7). He rebuked Ananias and Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit about the sale of their property which led to their premature death (Acts 5:5, 10). Many sick people were brought to Peter for healing. If his shadow passed over them, they were healed (Acts 5:15). He healed a man that had been bed ridden for eight years and who was paralyzed (Acts 9:34). He also resuscitated Dorcas back to life (Acts 9:40). We believe that these temporary spiritual gifts are not being given out to believers today (1 Corinthians 13:8-10). Do you know which ones are still extant? (See “Bible Basics” on our website for more information.)

Useful. The Lord used an ignorant fisherman like Peter to bring glory to God and for others to come to learn about the true and living God (Acts 4:12). He loves to use those of us whom the world considers to be foolish, weak, base, and despised to confound those who think of themselves as being wise, mighty, and noble (1 Corinthians 1:26-31). If you’re a true Christian, would you like to be useful to God? You can be. If you’re not a Christian, why not “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ right now as the One who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? By one act of faith you can/will be saved.

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1 Peter – An Introduction

Are you a Christian who is burdened down in life by stress, loneliness, hardships, rejection, poor health, ridicule, and temptations? Would you allow me to bear that burden with you (Galatians 6:2)? I’d like to recommend to you a short letter that was written by one of Jesus’ disciples who had failed Him miserably by denying three times that he knew Jesus. He had boasted that he would never do such a thing (Matthew 26:35). But he did and then wept bitterly over it. He lost hope until Jesus restored him and recommissioned him (John 21:15-17). My friend, there is hope for you and me too.

“Hope is not a sedative; it is a shot of adrenaline, a blood transfusion. Like an anchor, our hope in Christ stabilizes us in the storms of life; but unlike an anchor, our hope moves us forward, it does not hold us back.” – Warren Wiersbe

Ridicule. True Christians have been ridiculed / persecuted since the Church began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:13). We all need Biblical hope – not wishful thinking, but a confident expectation based on a promise from God who cannot cannot lie. How many of His promises, that are addressed to Christians, do you know and claim? Doing this will enable us to have and enjoy the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7; Hebrews 3, 4). Are you at peace with God through Christ (Romans 5:1)? Have you placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)? If not, why not do so right now and enter into God’s family? Get out of the devil’s family before it’s too late (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). Need help? Ask for it.

Read. I would like to recommend that you dust off your Bible, if you have one, and read First Peter. It won’t take much time to read it. It was written to some early Christians who were under intense persecution. Having suffered and been imprisoned himself (Acts 12:1ff), the Apostle Peter was in a position to give some good advice to the rest of us. Actually it’s more than good advice. It’s part of God’s Word that is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:21). It can transform lives (Hebrews 4:12; Romans 12:1, 2).

Readers. The group of people to whom the Apostle Peter wrote were Jewish and Gentile Christians (1 Peter 1:1; See James 1:1). They were one “in Christ” (Ephesians 2:15; Galatians 3:28). Some of them may have suffered at the hands of the religious leaders in Jerusalem (Acts 4:17, 21, 29). They may have fled from their homeland and lost their jobs because of a persecution that was instigated by a man named Saul who later became the Apostle Paul (Acts 7:58; 8:1ff). Do you know someone whom you think can never be saved? Don’t give up on him/her. God is able to do far more than we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

Recorder. The secretary who took down the information or who was the messenger who delivered the letter to these persecuted Christians (in modern day Turkey) was none other than Silvanus/Silas (1 Peter 5:12). He himself had suffered unjustly when he and Paul were severely beaten and thrown into prison in Philippi for preaching the Gospel and casting out a demon from a young girl who brought her master much gain through fortune telling (Acts 16:19ff). Silas had seen God work on their behalf by causing an earthquake to shake the prison and break off their shackles. He also witnessed the transformation of their hardened jailor when he became a Christian and was baptized (immersed) that night (Acts 15:31ff). If you’re a Christian, have you been identified with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection by being immersed (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4ff)? Being immersed doesn’t save us but it expresses our obedience to Christ’s command (Matthew 28:19, 20), and lets others know that we are Christians (Acts 8:36-38). It will enable us to have a good conscience (1 Peter 3:21). Are you a “secret Christian” who is ashamed to be identified with Christ? What if He were ashamed of you? Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

Rome. The first letter that the Apostle Peter wrote may have come from the city of Rome (code name Babylon) while Emperor Nero was ruling (1 Peter 5:13). These persecutions took place around A.D. 64. It was during this time that the Apostle Peter was crucified upside down and the Apostle Paul was beheaded according to early historians. Fox’s Book of Martyrs informs us of the brutal things the early Christians endured for the cause of Christ. The blood of the martyrs became the seed of the church that caused it to grow. Would you be willing to die for your faith in Christ? If not, maybe you have the wrong kind of faith and need to get saved. Are you believing in vain (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23). Make sure of your salvation (2 Peter 1:10). If in doubt, we’re here to help you gain assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13). It’s not of works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6).

Reality. In this life true Christians can/should expect to suffer persecution (1 Peter 2:19, 20; 2 Timothy 3:12). Many Christians around the world have been suffering for centuries. We believe that it will intensify in our own beloved country. Jesus said that there is something wrong when all men speak well of Christians (Luke 6:26; See John 15:19; 16:2; 17:14). When he became a Christian, the Lord informed the Apostle Paul that he would suffer greatly for the cause of Christ (Acts 9:16). Paul recorded some of his hardships in life to validate his apostleship (2 Corinthians 11:21-33). He was willing to endure all things for the elect’s sake (2 Timothy 2:10). To what lengths would you go to see others saved? Christ died for His enemies (Romans 5:10). He is waiting for all whom the Father has given to Him to actually come to Him for salvation (John 6:37, 44). When that number is complete, Christ will return to make the true Church His bride. This event is known as the “Rapture” (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Are you ready for Him to return?

Rejoice. Every true Christian has been given a living hope that is based on many promises that come from God who cannot lie (1 Peter 1:3, 13; Titus 1:2). We are challenged to live holy (morally pure) lives (1 Peter 1:15, 16; See 1 Thessalonians 4:3). We can live victoriously over the temptations that come from our sin nature when we walk by means of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25) and when we’re filled by Him (Ephesians 5:18). If you’ve sinned against God, confess it to Him and claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; James 5:16). “For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God” (1 Peter 2:19).

Remember. No matter what your current circumstances may be, God wants all His children to praise and give thanks to Him always (Hebrews 13:15, 16; 1 Thessalonians 5:18). Our temporary suffering can/should strengthen our commitment to Christ and bear witness to God’s power to save anyone and transform his/her life. Nothing can separate true Christians from God’s love (Romans 8:18, 35-39). Our troubles didn’t come to stay; they came to pass (Revelation 21:4; Romans 8:18). Do you know how to earn the “Crown of Life” (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)?

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