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“The Greatest Story Ever Told”

Posted: September 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

One of the things I love to do is to share with people “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is “The Good News” concerning Jesus Christ and what He has done for us human beings. God wants all His children to share this story with others while we’re here on earth (Mark 16:15). Our world is filled with bad news. But the worse the bad news gets, the better “The Good News” sounds.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that we are living in perilous times in our own country and all around the world, especially since the Covid19 epidemic and the riots, burning, looting since the death of a black man several months ago (See 1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff). People everywhere are hurting and are longing for peace on earth. Will it ever come? If so, when and how?

The Bible is quite clear about many things that will happen in the future. Rather than “things falling apart, they are falling into place.” (I have several charts that I’ve prepared for those who might like to know what has been predicted in God’s Word, the Bible. I will have some links below for you to click on and read if you desire to examine them for yourself.) [1]

To really understand and appreciate this information, one needs to be a person who is at “peace with God” (Romans 5:1). This comes to any and all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Believers can also have the “peace of God” that passes all understanding when certain conditions have been met (Philippians 4:6, 7).

I want my love and compassion for those around me to be like the love that Jesus had as He wept for the people in Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37; See 2 Corinthians 5:14). As I meet people, and as God opens doors for me (Revelation 3:7), I try to find something to say to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them.

If you’re a true Christian, I want to help you earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for leading people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Allow me to illustrate what I like to do when opportunities come my way.

Recently I came across some young fellows at the gym where I work out. One fellow had a shirt on that identified him with the marines. So I asked him about his shirt. He told me that he had been in the marines for about 12 years. I thanked him for his service to our country. I asked him how old he was and he told me he was 32 years old. I told him that I was happy that he wasn’t killed while he was in the service. I then told him about our son, Bill who was 38 when he died in Japan. [2] Then I gave him a tract about my son and the Gospel message on the back and asked him to read it when he had a few moments.

I also met a couple other younger fellows there. One had a shirt with the name of a college on it. I asked him if he went to that particular college. He told me that he didn’t but he liked the shirt. I asked him his age and then I told him about my son’s death. Then I mentioned to him and his friend that they probably didn’t get up in the morning expecting to die. But I told them that this is a real possibility with any and all of us (Hebrews 9:27). Life is like a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away (James 4:14). So let’s “Treat every day as though it might be our last day on earth.”

After giving them a Gospel tract I’d written, [3] they told me that they both were believers. So I made a couple new friends and got their names and invited them to go to my website for more information that is designed first to help unbelievers become true believers, and then to help Christians grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20).

In Dr. Larry Moyer’s book entitled “How-To Book on Personal Evangelism” [4] he writes about the importance and privilege of sharing the Gospel with others rather than thinking of evangelizing others as an unpleasant duty or a chore.

If you’re a Christian, do you ever share the Gospel with others? If so, do you witness to them out of guilt? Or are you amazed that God would even allow you to share the Gospel with others? Are you presenting the Gospel clearly to them or are you confusing them?

Could/would you memorize these two Bible verses and then share them with others as God the Holy Spirit opens doors for you so unbelievers can be saved? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). “Christ died for our sins…and rose again on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Dr. Manfred Kober put it this way – “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now.” [5]

For anyone to be saved, he/she must believe in/on the Christ of the Scriptures alone, apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The Gospel (Bad News & Good News) which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) must include, not only the fact that Christ died for our sins, but also the resurrection of Christ which is often left out by many people, including Christian leaders and teachers.

Without Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:36-43), we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:17). His bodily resurrection assures believers of the fact that God the Father accepted Christ’s substitutionary death as a sufficient payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 6:23). It also assures us of the fact that everyone who has died physically will be raised from the dead someday. Our works will be judged to determine our degree of pleasure in the next life if we’re true believers, or our degree of torment we will experience in the lake of fire if we’re an unbeliever (Hebrews 9:27). There are different orders of resurrections in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Believers will spend eternity with God, but unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want anyone to end up in hell (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Salvation is offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Are you depending on any of your good works to help you get there (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? How secure are you? Do you lack assurance?

We are here for those who seek spiritual help and who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

If this article has helped you, please let us know and then SHARE it with others. Remember – The Lord Jesus Christ won’t return for His True Church, the “Body of Christ,” until all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved (John 6:37, 44; 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). If you’re a true Christian, will you do your part in this great effort by sharing the clear Gospel with others? [6]

[1]“The Order Of Coming Events” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/ (See also our “Understanding The Times” chart of our home page.)

[2] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

[3] “The Bad News & Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[4] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998, p. 65 ff

[5] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[6] Dr. Ron Shea, “Clear Gospel” http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Do you ever feel like you are a puppet or a patsy who is being “used” or “controlled” by someone else? Consider the demon possessed girl at Philippi who brought her masters much gain (Acts 16). [1] Some authors claim to have “spirit guides” helping them write their books. Cult leaders and false teachers tell us that they receive new revelation/information from God (See 1 John 4:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 11-15). [2] Do you ever feel like words are being put in your mouth by someone else? Do they twist your words to mean something other than what you intended for them to mean (2 Peter 3:16)? Do you ever wonder if our politicians are being manipulated and afraid to speak out against all the evil that is going on in our world (Isaiah 5:20; Romans 1:32)? What will happen to them on judgment day (Hebrews 9:27)?

Rulers. What kind of people does God usually allow to become the rulers over others (Daniel 4:17, 25)? What’s going on behind the scene? Is there an unseen “chess game” going on between God and the devil? (See Job 1; 2; Daniel 10; Ephesians 6:12) What is at stake? Is there a remote possibility that the devil could lose a few key players but win the match against God? “Dualism” teaches that there are two opposing forces of equal power called good and evil. Is this Biblical? [3]

The Globalists. Todd Hampson writes, What we’re seeing [today] is a globalist plan to take down America. This plan has been in place for decades and has progressively ramped up the past 12 years to never-before seen levels. There are very real, very well organized, very intentional, very prophesied (if I can use that as a term), very powerful people behind the scenes fomenting division, disorder, lawlessness, and instability in America. Globalists want to take America down because it will implode the world economy and they want to rise to power through order out of chaos. It’s on our dollar bills, it’s in their public speeches, it’s out in the open. They don’t even hide it any more. Please research this for yourself and please prove me wrong. It’s hidden in plain sight. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true. Behind these globalists is an even bigger, more organized puppet master–Satan himself.” [4]

The Devil’s Plan. Since the devil tried but couldn’t get Jesus Christ to bow down and worship him in exchange for the kingdoms of this world over which he rules (Matthew 4:7-10; Ephesians 2:2), he’s going to try to get God’s chosen people, the Jews, to worship him instead. The final attempt will take place after his man of sin, the lawless one, (“Anti-christ”) has signed a “Seven Year Peace Agreement” with them (Daniel 9:27). He promises to provide peace, prosperity, and protection for the Jews from the surrounding enemy nations for the seven years of the Tribulation but breaks his promise after 3 1/2 years.

Killed. This happens when Russia and her allies come against the tiny nation of Israel in the middle of the Tribulation (Ezekiel 38, 39)  The “Man of Sin/Lawlessness” (Anti-christ) will be allowed by God to go to Israel’s defense and destroy Russia. But he himself will be killed in this battle and to the amazement of everyone, he will also be resuscitated back to life. But then, his assistant, the False Prophet makes a bid mistake when he has a statue/image of the Anti-Christ made and placed in the Holy of Holies, in the rebuilt Third Temple. Everyone will be required to bow down to his image and take the “Mark of the Beast” if they want to buy or sell anything. Having learned not to worship idols while they were in Babylon (Daniel 3), the Jews will refuse to bow to the Anti-Christ’s image or take his mark on themselves (Revelation 13).

Petra. In His discourse on the Mount of Olives Jesus warned the Jews who would be alive during this future time to flee, as fast as they can, to the mountains and go to Petra/Sela (Matthew 24:15 ff; Isaiah 16:1). Here God will protect them and provide for them as He did during their wilderness wanderings for 40 years (Nehemiah 9:21). He will also “weed out” the rebellious Jews (through the “Trumpet Judgments”) as He did while they were in the wilderness so that those who endure physically the “Time of Jacob’s Trouble” (Jeremiah 30:7) will be the true believers in the Messiah who was crucified and who died for mankind’s sins…and who rose again bodily on the third day (Matthew 24:13). They, along with Gentile believers who survived the Tribulation, will enter the 1,000 reign of Christ on/over the earth and will repopulate the earth (Matthew 25:1-13, 31-40; Revelation 20; Zechariah 12; 14). The first generation in the millennium will all be saved people.

Rulers. The Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead 75 days after the Tribulation (Daniel 12:12). King David also will be raised from the dead and be the regent on earth under Christ and His Bride, the true Church (Jeremiah 30:9; See Revelation 19:16). Other faithful Old Testament believers will be raised from the dead and will rule over cities on earth (Luke 19:17; See Isaiah 1:26).

Promises. The devil knows that if he can disrupt God’s plan for the ages and keep Him from fulfilling His unconditional promises to the Jews, he can call God an “impotent liar” Who can’t cast him into the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 20:10). But God can’t/won’t lie and He will keep all His unconditional promises to the Jews (Titus 1:2; Revelation 1:8; 20:10; See Romans 15:4).

God’s Agenda. The next major event on God’s calendar takes place when Christ keeps His promise to return for those who are true Christians and delivers us from having to go into or through the Seven Year Tribulation on earth (1 Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10). [5] This event is called “The Rapture” (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It was a mystery in the Old Testament times, but it shouldn’t be mysterious to Christians (Romans 16:25-27). It is sure, sudden, silent, selective, and satisfying. [6]

Questions. Friend, Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? If you are, please write us a note and share with us why you believe God should let you into His heaven. Why? Because “Not everyone who says to Me [Jesus], ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21; See John 6:28, 29).

Help. We want to help you have assurance of your salvation (See 1 John 5:13; 2 Peter 1:10). Once you’re truly saved, we want to help you grow spiritually, serve God and others effectively, and reproduce yourself. If you have questions/comments we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

[1] Demon Possessed Or Oppressed? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[2] Spirit Guides: https://www.gotquestions.org/spirit-guides.html

[3] Dualism: https://www.gotquestions.org/dualism.html

[4] Todd Hampson: https://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=4209

Nationalism v Globalism: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/10/20/nationalism-v-globalism/

[5] True Christians, How To Become One Of Them “Bad News – Good News”

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[6] Rapture and Coming Events:

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-order-of-coming-events-part-1/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/07/the-order-of-coming-events-part-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/the-order-of-coming-events/

Recommended Reading:

Dr. Renald Showers “What On Earth Is God Doing?” https://store.foi.org/p-134-what-on-earth-is-god-doing.aspx

Marcia Montenegro: “What Is A Spirit Guide?” http://www.christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Spirit%20Guide.aspx

 

Why are we currently experiencing such perilous times all around the world (2 Timothy 3:1-5)? Is something earth changing about to take place? What does the future look like? Does God’s Word give us any clues? We believe that we can learn much from the Scriptures if we are teachable and willing to change when we are exposed to the truth (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Most people want to live peaceable and quiet lives. But most people today aren’t enjoying this kind of a life. Why? Could part of our problem be because we, as Christians, don’t/won’t pray (worship God correctly – John 4:24), supplicate (cry out to God for help – James 5:16), intercede (for or against people – Romans 11:2), and give thanks to God for all men and for those who are in positions of authority (See Daniel 4:17, 25; Proverbs 21:1)? Could another reason be because we, as Christians, don’t witness to lost people (Acts 1:8) and share the Gospel clearly with them and invite them to trust in Christ alone to save them? Maybe we’re like Jonah who didn’t want to witness to the Ninevites.

God desires that all human beings be saved from eternal condemnation (John 3:16) and that we come to the knowledge of the truth as it is set forth in His Word, the Bible (1 Timothy 2:1-4). But how can people be saved unless they hear and believe the clear Gospel that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17; 10:14-16)? Most people won’t be saved because they love darkness rather than light (John 3:18, 19).  This is why The wicked [all unbelievers] shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17; 2:1-12; Matthew 25:41, 46).

If you’re a true Christian, have you, like Jonah, ever wished that God would give you a different assignment, and live in another time or in another place? Would you like to go back to the “care free days” of yesteryear? Maybe you had a happy childhood and wish you could go back to those days. Perhaps you, like countless others, have unhappy, painful memories of growing up in the home you did, and you don’t like to think about the awful things that happened to you, or the cruelty you experienced at your parent’s hands or from others. If He has saved you, please don’t let these or other things keep you from doing God’s will for your life.

Did you know that God planned for you to be alive at this time? Being omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24, 25), He knows everything about you, and even knew who your parents would be (Psalm 139). He’s allowed you to experience the things you have, and He would like for you to fulfill the important role that He has given to you. (See Romans 9:17 to learn about a wicked Pharaoh.)

If you are a true Christian, He has given you a special enablement (gift) to do His desirous will (1 Peter 4:10). He wants you to use it with love (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). Pause – Do you know what your gift is? Are you using it with love? (Contact us if you’d like to learn more about “spiritual gifts.”)

Your role in life may not be as a king like David, or a queen like Esther, or a prophet like Elijah, or a disciple like Peter, but He has specific things He wants you to do (Ephesians 2:10) so that others can learn about the living and true God (John 17:3; 1 Thessalonians 1:9). This is what the glory of God is all about (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Rather than griping and groaning like the children of Israel did in the wilderness, who paid a terrible price for such lawless behavior (1 Corinthians 10:1-13), God wants us Christians to learn from them by way of negative example. Did you know that He wants every Christian to give thanks “in every situation” (1 Thessalonians 5:18), “for all things” apart from sin (Ephesians 5:20), and “for all men” (1 Timothy 2:1)? This is His desirous will for every Christian.

Maybe you’ve seen those buttons that say, “PBPGINFWMY.” It means, “Please be patient. God is not finished with me yet.” Sometimes non-believers expect those who become Christians to immediately become perfect “saints” who never sin any more. That’s not true. (See Romans 12:1, 2.) Even tough we receive a new nature from God (2 Peter 1:3, 4; See John 3:3-7), we still sin (act lawlessly) periodically. But we don’t have to sin (1 John 2:1 ff; See 1 Corinthians 10:13). Within the pages of the Scriptures we have everything we need for life and godliness.

The problem is, most Christians either aren’t taught properly (1 Timothy 1:7; Acts 20:27), or they don’t rely on God the Holy Spirit to keep the “New Commandment” (John 13:34, 35; Philippians 2:13; 4:13) that Christ gave to New Testament believers. The best that an Old Testament believer could do was to love his neighbor as himself (Leviticus 19:18; James 2:8). We (New Testament believers) are supposed to love other believers as Christ loved us.

This kind of “agape” love is produced in the lives of “Spirit filled” believers (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22). We are responsible to direct the “Fruit of the Sprit” toward the right objects, at the right time, and for the right reasons. It must not be directed toward the present, diabolical world system that was devised by the devil, in the days of Cain, to control certain aspects of man’s sinful nature (1 John 2:15-17; See Luke 11:50, 51; Genesis 4:16-24). We must use the world system, but we aren’t to abuse it (1 Corinthians 7:31). We show our love for God by loving His children. (See 1 John 3:16, 17; Galatians 6:10.)

God has a different set of “House Rules” (Dispensations) for Christians which weren’t given to other people in times before Christ’s death and resurrection. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website to discover where these rules can be found in the Scriptures.)

Believe it or not, we may be coming to the end of this “Dispensation of Grace” in which we now live and to the end of our Constitutional Republic with all of the freedoms we’ve enjoyed for several hundreds of years. We may be on the verge of man’s “New World Order” (the rule of the Anti-christ) that was predicted in the Scriptures (Daniel 2:40-45; 9:24-27).

Thankfully, his rule during the Tribulation won’t last for more than 7 years. Otherwise no flesh on earth would survive (Matthew 24:22). As is, over ½ of the world’s population will die during this unprecedented time in human history (Revelation 6:8; 9:15). Where will you be when all these things happen? Are you sure or are you being deceived and lulled to sleep by the devil (1 John 5:19; See Proverbs 14:12)?

If you’ve never done so before, Believe on the Lord Jesus Chris alone, who died for all your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. If you do this, you will be saved eternally. So do it now! (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then get involved in doing the “good works” that God wants you to do while you’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10). Get involved in worshipping God in spirit and truth, supplicating for yourself and others, and interceding for the righteous or against evil doers, and giving thanks to God for causing you to be alive at this time in human history (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Share the Gospel clearly to the lost as you are being led by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14).  Use your spiritual gift to edify other believers (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

We’re here to help you and others if you are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions/comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you have found this information to be helpful, please let us know and then SHARE it with others.

For additional information, consider –

Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel: (Consider some confusing/false conditions for salvation)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

Professor David Spurbeck: The Gospel Checker

http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

Dr. Andy Woods, Lordship Salvation:  https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

Bad News – Good News” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

“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.”

If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

[1] https://baptistbulletin.org/the-baptist-bulletin-magazine/replacement-theology/

[2] http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

[3] https://www.gotquestions.org/Martin-Luther-anti-semitic.html

[4] The Order of Coming Events: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[5] The Gospel: https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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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: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-many-times-does-your-heart-beat-in-a-lifetime

“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.

Support

            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!

Prayers

            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”?

Suffering

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).

Application

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).

Questions

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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