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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Patience #3

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Job’s Response to Eliphaz

In Job 7:6 NLT says, “My days fly faster than a weaver’s shuttle. They end without hope.”

The rapid motion of a weaver’s beam is used to portray the quick passing of life from birth to death (Psalm 78:39; 90:5). While the nights are endured as long, the days fly by without hope and significance – a continuous blur as they shuttle by.

In his response to Eliphaz (Job 6–7), Job argued that any sin he might have committed was far outweighed by the calamity he had suffered. He said there was no need for complaint when all was going well (Job 6:5) and that food and salt go together (Job 6:6) just as trouble and wailing do.

In this passage, Job laments that his days are “swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.” They are not only brief, they’re pointless. Routine is at once our killer and our savior. To get up and do the same thing every day gives us a way to live and a reason to get up every morning. But Job’s reaction is one often made by people whose routines do not furnish them with meaning. Job had to cry out in his despair that not all the requirements of his life were providing him with much hope.

Still, the crisis itself may speak to that which is noblest. Since we cannot outrun a weaver’s shuttle, maybe we ought to focus on those values that the passing of time cannot steal. What values are timeless? What makes values valuable? Only one thing – values assigned by God never fade. The sense of the hurriedness of life belongs to us all – those who use their time well and those who don’t. But those who give their days and years to God do triumph over time. Those who focus on cultivating the values of God find that life is meaningful even in the rush of life.

Job, like all of us, must still get up, even on those hopeless days, and determine to pace our living. We must determine that the larger goals are to cultivate a heart for God, no matter what the day may bring. The habit of patience is reflective. It thinks about God and His purposes in our lives. Patience – the pacing of our affairs – says to the hurried, frantic clocks that surround us: “We can speed our day toward the grave, but we alone determine the quality of meaning those days will hold.” Amen!

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Patience #2

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

No Reception of God’s Promises

In Hebrews 11:32-40 NLT says, “32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.”

These last examples cement the critical truth of faith: they believed in the unseen realities of promise as defined by God’s word. These believers suffered in pain, but they held fast to His word (cf. Hebrews 1:1). One reason that these Old Testament saints did not realize the fulfillment of all God had promised was that the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ had not yet taken place. The readers of this letter had something far better – the blessings of the new covenant (Hebrews 8:6-13). But believers still live with the unseen promise of Christ’s return as a challenge to their worldly and faithless tendencies.

The roll call of heroes continues. The Old Testament records the lives of many people who experienced great victories; a few are selected for mention here. None of these people were perfect; in fact, many of their sins are recorded in the Old Testament. But these were among those who believed in God:


Gideon, one of Israel’s judges, was known for conquering the Midianite army with only three hundred men who were armed with trumpets and jars (Judges 6:11–8:35).


Barak served with Deborah (another judge of Israel) in conquering the army of General Sisera from Hazor (Judges 4:4-23).


Samson, another judge, was a mighty warrior against God’s enemies, the Philistines (Judges 13–16).


Jephthah, still another judge, delivered Israel from the Ammonites (Judges 11:1-33).


David, the beloved king of Israel and a great warrior, brought peace to Israel, defeating all of his enemies.


Samuel, the last judge of Israel, was a very wise leader. He also was a prophet. Samuel, along with all the prophets, served God selflessly as they conveyed God’s words to an often-rebellious people.


These people demonstrated that faith will accomplish much:
They overthrew kingdoms. Throughout their years in the Promised Land, the Israelites had great leaders who brought victory against their enemies. People such as Joshua, all of the judges, and King David were great warriors.
They ruled with justice. Many of the judges, as well as leaders such as Nehemiah, administered justice to the people.
They received what God had promised. Some people actually did see the fulfillment of some of God’s promises, such as possession of the Promised Land.


They shut the mouths of lions. Daniel was saved from the mouths of lions (Daniel 6). This statement could also refer to Samson (Judges 14:6) or to David (1 Samuel 17:34-35). They quenched the flames. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were kept from harm in the furious flames of a fiery furnace (Daniel 3). They escaped death by the edge of the sword. Elijah (1 Kings 19:2-8) and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 36:19, 26) had this experience. Their weakness was turned to strength. Hezekiah was one who regained strength after sickness (2 Kings 20). They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. This refers to Joshua, many of Israel’s judges, King Saul, and King David.


Some even received their loved ones back again from death. The widow from Zarephath received her son back from the dead because of Elijah (1 Kings 17:17-24), and so did the Shunammite woman, through Elisha (2 Kings 4:8-37).


We, too, can experience victory through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. We may have experiences similar to those of the Old Testament saints; more likely, however, our victories will be directly related to the role God wants us to play. Our lives may not include the kinds of dramatic events recorded here, but it surely includes moments where faith is tested. Give and/or words of our testimonies to those moments, publicly and honestly, and thereby encourage the faith of others.


While the above examples mention great victory – there is a victory that may not seem so. Other believers were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God. These faithful people experienced the blessings and endured persecution because they placed their hope in the resurrection. These people lived by faith because they knew that gaining the world and achieving this world’s success was not their objective. They waited for a better life that would begin after death. This promise of a better life encouraged them during persecution and other difficulties.

These descriptions could apply to many people who lived by faith – including some who were part of the community of the original readers of this epistle. Many Christians were persecuted and punished for their faith. They were:
Mocked – like Elisha (2 Kings 2:23-25), Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:19; 4:1), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 18:12).


Cut open with whips – like Jeremiah (Jeremiah 37:15).


Chained in dungeons – like Joseph (Genesis 40:15), Samson (Judges 16:21), Micaiah (1 Kings 22:26-27), Hanani (1 Chronicles 16:10), and Jeremiah (Jeremiah 37:16; 38:6).


Killed by stoning – like Zechariah (1 Chronicles 24:20-21); according to Jerome, Jeremiah was stoned at the hands of Jewish Egyptians because he denounced their idolatry.


Killed by being sawed in half – like Isaiah, presumably. Although we do not know for sure, tradition (from the apocryphal book, The Ascension of Isaiah, chapters 1–5) says that the prophet Isaiah was sawed in half at the command of King Manasseh because Isaiah had predicted the destruction of the temple. Isaiah had at first escaped and hid in the trunk of a tree while in the hill country. Manassah supposedly had the tree sawed in half with Isaiah in it.


Killed with the sword – although some prophets did escape death by the sword, others did not (see 1 Kings 19:10).
Many of God’s followers who lived before our Lord Jesus Christ and many who have lived after our Lord Jesus Christ have been persecuted. Their clothing was the skins of sheep and goats. Many faced being hungry, oppressed, and mistreated. Some had to wander and hide in the wilderness. Despite their difficult lot, the writer of Hebrews claims that they were too good for this world. These people were great men and women of faith.

All of the above people mentioned by name and those alluded to received God’s approval because of their faith. These people looked forward to a better day and salvation, but none of them received all that God had promised. Of course, they saw some of God’s promises fulfilled, but not the promises that referred to the new covenant and the promised eternal Kingdom. These people did not live to see the Kingdom arrive, but their future citizenship was secure there. Thus, they were able to endure suffering.


Hebrews 11 has been called faith’s “hall of fame.” No doubt the author surprised his readers by this conclusion: these mighty Jewish heroes did not receive God’s full reward because they died before our Lord Jesus Christ came. In God’s plan, they and the Christian believers (who were also enduring much testing) would be rewarded together.

The far better things that God has in mind refers to the new covenant. The forefathers did not receive this; rather, it is experienced by those who live after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is the one who introduced the new covenant and the new promises (see Hebrews 1:2).


There is a solidarity among believers (see Hebrews 12:23). Old and New Testament believers will receive the prize together. Not only are we one in the body of Christ with all those alive, but we are also one with all those who ever lived. One day all believers will share in the promised blessing with our Lord Jesus Christ. We will then be complete and perfect in Him.


Hebrews Chapter 12 contains clues regarding the situation of the believers to whom this letter was written. They have been encouraged not to drift away (Hebrews 2:1), but in this chapter we perceive a community weary of persecution, struggling to stay strong in an increasingly hostile environment, but weakening perhaps to the point of giving up and turning away from their faith.

What is the plan that God has prepared for us? What is the “something better”? Who can say for sure? His purpose will not be entirely consummated until our Lord Jesus Christ splits the skies and history is finished. And then we will know the end of all truth. God never lies; all that He has promised will come to be after we have waited long enough. Patience will at last expose us to glory immeasurable, for patience is the key to the final blessing of God. Amen!

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PATIENCE Is The Art Of Waiting On God

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PATIENCE #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Patience #1

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Day of Our Lord Jesus Christ is Coming Sooner!

In 2 Peter 3:1-16 NLT says, “1 This is my second letter to you, dear friends, and in both of them I have tried to stimulate your wholesome thinking and refresh your memory. 2 I want you to remember what the holy prophets said long ago and what our Lord and Savior commanded through your apostles. 3 Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. 4 They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” 5 They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of His command, and He brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. 6 Then He used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. 7 And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. 8 But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. 9 The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. 11 Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, 12 looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. 13 But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness. 14 And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in His sight.
15 And remember, the Lord’s patience gives people time to be saved. This is what our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom God gave him – 16 speaking of these things in all of his letters. Some of his comments are hard to understand, and those who are ignorant and unstable have twisted his letters to mean something quite different, just as they do with other parts of Scripture. And this will result in their destruction.”

Peter’s purpose was to remind the believers that their lives ought to be characterized by wholesome thinking (meaning sincerity or purity of understanding). Plato had used this phrase to refer to pure reason uncontaminated by the senses. The thinking and intentions of God’s people must be able to stand up under scrutiny and not be led astray by immoral desires (Philippians 4:8-9).

The way to maintain “wholesome thinking” (2 Peter 3:1) is to remember and understand Scripture. The holy prophets had written about the coming of the Messiah, and what he would command through his apostles. Most likely this refers to the law as upheld by our Lord Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount and propagated by the apostles (see 2 Peter 2:21).


The Holy Spirit unified the prophets and apostles in an unchanging message of hope and truth. The prophets had written of the Messiah, who would come to bring judgment and restore the Kingdom; those words had come to pass. The apostles had spoken and written that our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah would return to bring judgment. Thus, believers should live expectantly, knowing that those words will also come to pass.

We, along with the first-century believers, ought to be prepared for anything because we have been warned what to watch for and how to live. Peter wrote that in the last days there will be scoffers. The “last days” began with our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection and will continue until His return, when He will set up His Kingdom and judge all humanity.

Our Lord Jesus Christ and the apostles warned that during that interim, including the time period we live in, scoffers will laugh at the truth (see 1 Timothy 4:1-2; 2 Timothy 3:1-9). Once again, Peter was referring to false teachers who deny our Lord Jesus Christ and thereby deny His second coming (2 Peter 3:4). These false teachers will laugh at the truth of God’s word and instead do every evil thing they desire. Peter called the believers to remember the Scriptures and to live to please God; but the false teachers will scoff at the Scriptures and will live to please themselves and their sinful desires. Ironically, the very presence of these men who scoffed at prophecy was itself fulfillment of prophecy.

The false teachers’ scoffing focused on our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming. Our Lord Jesus Christ had promised that He would come back (Mark 13:24-27), but many years had passed and nothing had happened. The scoffers based their argument on the fact that everything has remained exactly the same since the world was first created.


Many first-century Christians believed that our Lord Jesus Christ would come in their lifetime. When Christians began to die without experiencing the Lord’s return, some began to doubt. These were prime targets for the false teachers, who pointed out that perhaps it was all a lie and Jesus Christ was never going to return. The false teachers argued that ever since creation, the world has continued in a natural order, a system of cause-and-effect. They did not believe that God would intervene or allow anything out of the ordinary (such as miracles) to occur. Therefore, they scoffed at teachings about a Second Coming and the end of the world. I like the old song, “End of The World by Skeeter Davis in memory of my mother – Herminia M. Aguilar (her maiden name). I remember she plays the piano of that song.

What these scoffers were forgetting in their argument (that the world had remained unchanged since creation) was that God made the heavens. The Creation disproves their “all things continue” argument because the creation of the earth was an imposed change on the formless void (Genesis 1:1-2). The very reason the world was continuing on in a stable, predictable pattern was because God, in His grace, had created it that way. However, this stability should not be taken for granted. The false teachers deliberately forgot that God also had destroyed the evil world with a mighty flood.

As God destroyed the earth before, He has also commanded that the heavens and the earth will be consumed by fire on the day of judgment. In Noah’s day the earth was judged by water; at the Second Coming it will be judged by fire (see Isaiah 66:15-16; Malachi 4:1; Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15). Judgment has already been decided. Ungodly people will perish; it is only a matter of God’s timing. Scholars have debated whether Peter was referring to a literal fiery destruction of the entire universe with new heavens and earth to follow, or to “fire of judgment.” Second Peter is the only New Testament book that says the world will actually be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:10-11). The passages cited above refer primarily to the fire of God’s judgment. If taken that way, the fire purifies the earth, burns up the Lord’s enemies and the futile works of humanity, and makes the earth new for our Lord Jesus Christ’s eternal reign. Peter’s point was that destruction would come, and the godless (those who have not believed) will not escape.

Peter had made his point that our Lord Jesus Christ would certainly return and bring judgment, but the question still remained, “Why was the Lord delaying so long?” Peter offered two reasons in 2 Peter 3:8-9.

First of all, the Lord does not count time as people do. He is above and outside of the sphere of time. God sees all of eternity past and eternity future. Indeed, to Him a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day (Psalm 90:4). God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; He simply doesn’t operate according to our timetable.

The second reason for the Lord being slow about His promise to return was His patience. He does not want anyone to perish, so He is giving more time for everyone to repent. He wants as many people as will to come to have faith in Him. God is not “slow” at all; rather, according to His timetable, He is being exceedingly patient, giving people time to turn to Him. Love is the reason that He delays the destruction of the world.


Some have attempted to make this verse mean that ultimately everyone will be saved. But nowhere does Scripture teach universal salvation. This verse means that God, in His great compassion, does not desire that anyone should “perish” (referring to eternal destruction and/or eternal death). He wants every person to turn to Him and trust Him. God is loving, but He also executes perfect justice. His perfect love causes Him to be merciful to those who recognize their sin and turn back to Him, but He cannot ignore those who willfully sin. Wicked people die both physically and spiritually. God takes no joy in their deaths; He would prefer that they turn to Hm and have eternal life. However, the promise of judgment and destruction show that God knows that many will not choose to follow Him.

The day of the Lord is the day of our Lord Jesus Christ’s return and of God’s judgment on the earth. Peter repeated a warning used by our Lord Jesus Christ, that this day will come as unexpectedly as a thief (see also Matthew 24:42-44). Our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming will be swift, sudden, unexpected, and terrible for those who do not believe in Him. The day of the Lord will be a time of judgment and destruction. Again, quoting words that he had heard our Lord Jesus Christ say, Peter described the coming end (see Matthew 24:29; Luke 21:25). Peter described three aspects of the conflagration:
The heavens will pass away with a terrible noise describes the end of the earth’s atmosphere and the sky above.
Everything in them will disappear in fire could mean that the celestial bodies will also be destroyed (the sun, moon, stars, and planets).


The earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment is an extremely difficult phrase, which has given rise to numerous textual variants in various manuscripts. Some of the readings speak of the earth disappearing, others of it being burned up, and others of it being “exposed” so that all the works that people counted on in this earth in place of God will be revealed for their futility, and then they will all be annihilated. (See also Hebrews 1:10-12.)


When will these events occur? Some have placed them between the events of Revelation 20 (the thousand-year reign of Christ, Satan’s doom, the final judgment) and Revelation 21 (new heaven and new earth, the descent of the new Jerusalem).


Peter explained that this earth will not last forever. As God intervened in the past to judge the earth by water, so one day, He will intervene again. But in that day, the judgment will be by fire, and everything will be destroyed. Those who presume to take God’s delay of this judgment to mean that they can do as they please will find themselves surprised upon His return. And when the destruction occurs, there will be no second chances and no escape for those who have chosen to disobey the Creator. However, in the following verses, Peter turned his attention to the believers, writing to them about how they should live in light of the coming judgment.

Peter’s description of the coming destruction of the earth ought to cause Born-Again Christians to carefully examine their lives so that they are holy and godly. Such lives would be in direct contrast to the unholy living and godlessness found in the world. Such lives, lived through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, will continue on after the coming destruction. Because of that knowledge, the Christians need not fear that day; they could instead actually look forward to it.


Peter wrote that the believers can also actually hurry it along by continuing to live holy (dedicated to God and separated from evil) and godly (characterized by personal piety and worship) lives, praying (Matthew 6:10), and telling people about the Gospel (Matthew 24:14). Born-Again Christians are not called to sit and wait for the inevitable end; instead, our mission during our time on earth is to live for God and to tell the world the Gospel message. Our Lord Jesus Christ had explained that, before His return, “the Good News must first be preached to every nation” (Mark 13:10).


As noted above, at the end God will set the heavens on fire and the elements will melt away in the flames (2 Peter 3:10). These will happen as a direct result of the coming of the day of God. The earth’s destruction will not be the result of any natural winding-down of the universe, but the result of God’s sovereign will, occurring according to His plan.

Born-Again Christian believers look forward to the end of the earth only because it means the fulfillment of another of God’s promises – His creation of the new heavens and new earth. God’s purpose for people is not destruction but re-creation; not annihilation, but renewal. God will purify the heavens and earth with fire; then He will create them anew. All Born-Again Christian believers can joyously look forward to the restoration of God’s good world (Romans 8:21). In a beautiful description of the new heavens and earth, Born-Again Christian believers are assured that it will be a world where everyone is right with God because God Himself will live among His people (including us, we as Born-Again Christians) (see Revelation 21:1-4, 22-27). Amen! We/re looking forward for that glorious day! Praise the Lord! Hallelujah!

As we as Born-Again Christian believers waited, perhaps impatiently, for the Lord’s return, Peter reminded them that the Lord is waiting so that people have time to be saved. God’s patience means salvation for many more who will have the chance to respond to the Gospel message.


When reading the various letters of the New Testament, it is interesting to study the interrelationships among the writers. Peter was one of our Lord Jesus Christ’s twelve disciples. He later became the undisputed leader of the church in Jerusalem. Paul came along later, after he was converted on the Damascus road by a vision of Jesus Christ (Acts 9). Paul was also considered an apostle. Peter and Paul had great respect for each other as they worked in the ministries to which God had called them.


By the time of Peter’s writing, Paul’s letters already had a widespread reputation. Peter backed up his words with the believers’ apparent knowledge that Paul had also written to them about this very topic. Peter recognized the value of Paul’s letters in the growth of the church, for he described Paul as writing them with the wisdom God gave him. The teachings of the apostles were never distorted by the person or area of ministry. Whether the letter came from Paul or Peter, the message could be depended on to be the same, for it had come from God Himself.

Notice that Peter wrote of Paul’s letters as if they were on a level with other parts of Scripture. Already the early church was considering Paul’s letters to be inspired by God. Both Peter and Paul were aware that they were speaking God’s word along with the Old Testament prophets (see 1 Thessalonians 2:13). In the early days of the church, the letters from the apostles were read to the believers and often passed along to other churches. Sometimes the letters were copied and then passed on. The believers regarded these writings to be as authoritative as the Old Testament Scriptures.


Some readers may have been put off by some of Paul’s comments that were hard to understand. But the cure is not to listen to those who would twist the truth, but instead to continue to increase in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The better we know our Lord Jesus Christ, the less attractive false teaching will be. The false teachers twisted all of Scripture to mean whatever they wanted. However, this would result in disaster. So, let’s be strong and courageous in our spiritual and physical health. Amen!

In the stretch between our small, short lives and the never-ending life of the Great God, we fidget and grow impatient. The answer is for us to move in closer to God and dwell in His everlasting light; only there will we find contentment with no impatience. Amen!

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PEACE Is The Reign Of The HOLY SPIRIT

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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The Faith of the Thessalonian Believers

In 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 NLT says, “2 We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. 3 As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 We know, dear brothers and sisters, that God loves you and has chosen you to be His own people. 5 For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you. 6 So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord. 7 As a result, you have become an example to all the believers in Greece – throughout both Macedonia and Achaia. 8 And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God. We don’t need to tell them about it, 9 for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God. 10 And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven – Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment.”

Paul began this letter by introducing three men well known to the Thessalonian church. Paul was the head of this missionary team and key writer of this letter. Silas was a prophet (Acts 15:32) who was held in high esteem by the Jerusalem church. Silas accompanied Paul on his second missionary journey (Acts 15:36–17:15) and helped him establish the church in Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-9). The young Christian named Timothy joined Paul and Silas during Paul’s second missionary journey. The account in the book of Acts describes the preaching of Paul and Silas in Thessalonica (Acts 17:4). Envious and angry Jewish leaders watched many from their synagogue follow our Lord Jesus Christ. When a riot broke out, Paul and Silas had to leave under cover of darkness.

Paul wrote to the church in Thessalonica. The Greek word for church is ekklesia, meaning “assembly.” These people were part of the assembly in Thessalonica that belonged to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. This set them apart from all the other “assemblies” that may have been meeting in Thessalonica.

Paul combined expressions from Jewish and Gentile customs. Jews wished each other peace (Greek eirene or Hebrew shalom); Gentiles wished each other grace (charis). When Christians used these words in greeting, the meaning was significant. Our Lord Jesus Christ offers grace to handle life’s difficulties; He offers peace that gives inner calm – no matter what the outward circumstances.

In many ancient letters, an introduction would be followed by a word of encouragement; Paul often followed this pattern. In most of his letters he would thank God for the believers. Paul told the Thessalonians, a young church facing persecution, that he and the other apostles always thanked God for all of them and prayed for them constantly. Paul was not depending on his great skills or his teaching to carry the young believers; instead, he was trusting in God to guide and protect them. Paul spent much time traveling and preaching, but apparently, he spent much time on his knees praying for the believers.

The Thessalonian believers had stood firm when persecuted (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 3:1-4, 7-8). Paul commended these young Christians for their faithful work, loving deeds, and continual anticipation of our Lord Jesus Christ’s return. Their work had been produced by faith. Paul made it clear that believers are saved by faith alone (Ephesians 2:9), but then faith should produce good works in the believers. The Thessalonians’ good deeds had been prompted by love. The believers were willing to give of themselves (even if it meant hardship) in service to others. Only God’s kind of love could prompt such willing labor. Their anticipation of the Lord’s return helped them to be strong in the face of opposition and difficulty because they know that God sees all and one day will make everything right.

Paul, Silas, and Timothy could resolutely say to the believers in Thessalonica that God chose them. That God “chooses” His people forms the basis of the doctrine of election – defined as God’s choice of an individual or group for a specific purpose or destiny. The doctrine of election teaches that believers are saved only because of God’s grace and mercy, not because of their own merit. God does not save anyone because that person deserves to be saved; rather, He graciously and freely gives salvation to whomever He chooses.

Paul knew that these believers had been chosen by God because his presentation of the Good News brought great results. Paul and his companions had brought the message to Thessalonica. There were no believers when they arrived; when they left, a strong church had been planted. This was not a source of pride for the apostles.

However, when Paul brought the message to people, he spoke with words, and God used those words to ignite the Thessalonians to understand and believe that message. God had used Paul’s words by enveloping them in divine power (see also 1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Ephesians 6:17). Paul’s words alone could not persuade anyone to believe or open a needy heart to hear the message. But his words – combined with the power of the Holy Spirit to convince, enlighten, and comfort the listeners – could help many to believe what Paul was saying and give their hearts and lives to our Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.


The last half of this 1 Thessalonians Chapter 1 Verse 5 points to Chapter 2 where Paul discusses his ministry with them. The Thessalonians could see that what Paul, Silas, and Timothy were preaching was true because these men lived it. They demonstrated their willingness to face opposition, travel under adverse conditions, and work without being paid while dealing with severe frustrations.

The message of salvation, though welcomed with great joy, brought the Thessalonian believers severe suffering because it led to persecution from both Jews and Gentiles (1 Thessalonians 3:2-4; Acts 17:5). By doing so, they imitated both the apostles (Acts 16:16-40; 2 Corinthians 11:16-33) and the Lord (John 15:18-19, 20, 21). The same Holy Spirit who empowered the Gospel message also opened hearts to receive the message and then gave joy to the hearers. The Holy Spirit works in those presenting the message and those hearing and accepting it. He gives “joy” (see Galatians 5:22).

The Gospel had come to them with power – power from the Holy Spirit. The message had come by the Holy Spirit, and the result was changed lives. The Holy Spirit with His nine gifts is a great blessings to have from heaven. What are the wonders of the Holy Spirit, and what is it that He does in our lives? Please read and meditate on the whole book of Romans Chapter 8.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:7-10 describe that the Thessalonians had followed the example of the apostles and of the Lord Himself (1 Thessalonians 1:6), and they, in turn, had become an example to all the Christians in Greece. Paul praised this church (no other church received this particular type of praise) because not only were they model believers to an unbelieving world, but they were also examples and/or models to other believers. These Thessalonian believers had a worldwide reputation and were an example to all the other churches. The message of these believers’ lives had an effect even beyond Greece – their faith was known everywhere.

So well-known was the Thessalonians’ faith that Paul did not need to talk about it – believers in other places brought it up first! Any believer from any church might be found talking about what was going on in Thessalonica. The other churches knew how some people in Thessalonica had turned away from idols to serve the true and living God. In fact, they were suffering severely for this change of faith and life (1 Thessalonians 1:6). The impact of this may slip past modern ears. The idols, the Greek “gods,” were considered to be extremely powerful. For these Thessalonians, living barely 50 miles from Mount Olympus where the Greek gods were said to live, to “turn from” their many false idols to the one true God had caused significant change in all areas of their lives. No wonder they faced persecution.


In addition to turning and serving, the Thessalonians were waiting. The Christian life doesn’t end at death. All believers await God’s Son from heaven. All believers look forward to the Second Coming when our Lord Jesus Christ will take His followers to be with Him, rescuing them from the terrors of the coming judgment. This refers to the time when God will display His anger toward a sinful world and destroy all evil (see 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10). God’s wrath is a certainty, for He will not let sin continue unabated forever.

We as Born-Again Christian believers, however, can trust in our Savior who would rescue us who rescued Thessalonian believers. Paul emphasized our Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming throughout this book. Because the Thessalonian church was being persecuted, Paul encouraged them to look forward to the deliverance that our Lord Jesus Christ would bring.

Our hope is in the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, the great God and Savior (Titus 2:13). Just as surely as our Lord Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and ascended into heaven, He will return (Acts 1:11).

What is the grand legacy of all this fire and wind? Peace! Reconciliation with God is God’s aim in this stressed-out world. The answer is never to try to unstress things. Don’t go to different religions and evil spiritual rituals that deprave your mind. Not yoga meditating on something or someone else that we don’t know. But meditate on God’s words with the Holy Spirit guidance and comfort that will give us peace. The answer is to confess Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord of our lives, receive the Holy Spirit, and enjoy the peace. Amen!

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PEACE Is The Companionship Of Our Lord JESUS CHRIST

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

In Luke 24:13-17; 30-39 NLT says, “13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus Himself suddenly came and began walking with them. 16 But God kept them from recognizing Him. 17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

30 As they sat down to eat, He took the bread and blessed it. Then He broke it and gave it to them. 31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. And at that moment He disappeared! 32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as He talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?” 33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them, 34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.”

35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread. 36 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus Himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” He said. 37 But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! 38 “Why are you frightened?” He asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt? 39 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.”

Luke Chapter 24 Verses 13-14 describe that this event occurred on Sunday, the same day as the Resurrection. Two followers of our Lord Jesus Christ were leaving Jerusalem and walking the seven miles to the village of Emmaus. Little is known of these disciples; one was named Cleopas (Luke 24:18), and the other was not one of the eleven disciples, as noted by Luke 24:33. During their walk, they were talking about everything that had happened.

Moving forward to Verses 15-16, they describe the two men were deep in discussion as they walked along. Apparently, a man walking in the same direction drew up beside them (they knew He had been in Jerusalem, Luke 24:18). This man was our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, but they were kept from recognizing Him. In other appearances after the Resurrection, our Lord Jesus Christ was also not recognized at first (John 20:14; 21:4). Here, God prevented these men from seeing Jesus Christ until our Lord Jesus Christ was ready to reveal Himself to them (Luke 24:30-31). God’s divine sovereignty kept them from understanding until the full reality of the bodily resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ could be understood.

Verse 17 describes our Lord Jesus Christ, who had walked up behind these men during their deep discussion, asked what they were so concerned about. At our Lord Jesus Christ’s question, they stopped short in their sadness. Apparently, in their discussion they had been unable to come to any understanding, so they were still sad and upset about what had occurred.

Reading forward, our Lord Jesus Christ had apparently walked up behind these men, so they assumed that He too, was a pilgrim traveling home from Jerusalem. If He had been in Jerusalem, how could He not have known what had happened there?

Our Lord Jesus Christ asked what things had occurred. They answered that much had happened to a man named Jesus. The two followers described Him as a prophet who did wonderful miracles and a mighty teacher. They had heard Jesus teach and had seen Him perform miracles of healing; but, as far as they knew, He had died like all the other prophets before Him.

The telling item in this statement is that these two disciples knew who was responsible for our Lord Jesus Christ’s death. The Romans may have actually done the executing, but the Jews’ (they said our) leading priests and other religious leaders arrested Him and handed Him over. If all of Jerusalem knew what had happened, then the religious leaders’ plan to try to blame the execution on the Romans had failed. Everyone knew the leaders’ role in our Lord Jesus Christ’s death.

The disciples from Emmaus had thought that our Lord Jesus Christ could rescue Israel. Most Jews believed that the Old Testament prophecies pointed to a military and political Messiah who would free the nation from Roman tyranny. Our Lord Jesus Christ had come to redeem, however, and had indeed paid a huge price – His life. No one comprehended this yet. They didn’t realize that the Messiah had come to redeem people from slavery to sin. When our Lord Jesus Christ died, therefore, they lost all hope. Their report that, that all happened three days ago reveals a bit of expectation at our Lord Jesus Christ’s promises regarding the “third day” after His death. As far as they knew, however, nothing had changed.

Another insight found in this statement is that these two men had left Jerusalem, hopeless and downcast, after having heard an amazing report. The women who had been to the tomb and heard the Angels’ words said that our Lord Jesus Christ’s body was missing and that Angels had said, “Jesus is alive”! Then some men (Peter and John, 24:12; John 20:3-4) verified what the women had said. Yet, there was still gloom, as noted by these disciples who had all this information, but had left the city still believing that all their hopes in our Lord Jesus Christ had been dashed.

Why did our Lord Jesus Christ call these disciples foolish? Even though they well knew all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures, they failed to understand that our Lord Jesus Christ’s suffering was His path to glory. The prophets had said that our Lord Jesus Christ would have to suffer before entering His time of glory. Beginning with the writings of Moses and then moving through all the prophets, our Lord Jesus Christ explained to these bewildered disciples what all the Scriptures said about Himself. Our Lord Jesus Christ pointed out all the Scriptures and how what had happened to our Lord Jesus Christ had fulfilled everything that had been prophesied regarding the Messiah.

They approached Emmaus and the journey’s end for the two travelers. Our Lord Jesus Christ would not have stayed with them if He had not been invited. But they were impressed with all that our Lord Jesus Christ had been telling them – probably answering many of the questions the two of them had been discussing before this man had joined them. They wanted to talk further, so they invited our Lord Jesus Christ to stay.

In these passages Luke 24:30-35, they describe at the meal, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, asked God’s blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. When He did so, their eyes were opened, and they recognized Him. These two disciples had not been at the Last Supper, so this was not what sparked recognition. This was the exact time God wanted them to recognize our Lord Jesus Christ. God had kept them from understanding (Luke 24:16), and now He opened their eyes through the teaching of the word (Luke 24:27) and the breaking of the bread. His mission accomplished with these two disciples, then our Lord Jesus Christ disappeared.

Our Lord Jesus Christ had vanished as quickly as He had come, and the two disciples were left to discuss how their hearts were stirred as our Lord Jesus Christ had talked with them and had opened the Scriptures to them. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s presence had almost imperceptibly, or difficult to perceive by the mind changed their mood from despair to hearts feeling strangely warm. Their hope had been confirmed; their doubts dispelled.

Evening may have been coming on (Luke 24:29), but their news was too exciting to wait until morning. Within the hour the two disciples were on their way back to Jerusalem. When they got there, they found that our Lord Jesus Christ had already appeared to Peter. Paul also mentioned that our Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Peter alone (1 Corinthians 15:5). This appearance is not further described in the Gospels. Our Lord Jesus Christ showed individual concern for Peter because Peter felt completely unworthy after denying His Lord. But Peter repented, and our Lord Jesus Christ approached him and forgave him. Soon, God would use Peter in building our Lord Jesus Christ’s church (see the first half of the book of Acts).

The two disciples then told their story of how our Lord Jesus Christ had appeared and talked to them and how they had recognized Him. Why our Lord Jesus Christ chose certain people to whom to appear at first and not others are unknown. Peter apparently needed an extra personal encounter; Mary Magdalene’s love and devotion accorded her the opportunity to see our Lord Jesus Christ first. Whatever the reason for our Lord Jesus Christ to have spent a lengthy time with these two disappointed followers on the road to Emmaus, the story stands as a beautiful treasure of our Lord Jesus Christ’s compassion and love for those who (we also who are Born-Again Christian believers), when discouraged and confused, needed His presence and wisdom to comfort them (including us).

Luke Chapter 24 Verses 36-37 describe that as our Lord Jesus Christ’s followers discussed His recent appearances, suddenly our Lord Jesus Christ Himself was standing there among them. He appeared among them behind locked doors (John 20:19). Our Lord Jesus Christ could do this because His resurrection and glorification had altered His bodily form. In this new body, He was able to transcend all physical barriers.


Our Lord Jesus Christ’s first words to the group of disbelieving and bewildered followers and disciples, all of whom had deserted Him in His time of greatest need, were: “Peace be with you.” This was a standard Hebrew greeting, but here it was filled with greater meaning. Our Lord Jesus Christ brought a greeting of peace, and His presence brought peace.

These people in the locked room were still wrestling with the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ’s body was missing, and then they heard amazing stories of His appearances to several people of their group. Our Lord Jesus Christ appeared among them suddenly, and they were frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost. But our Lord Jesus Christ’s body wasn’t a figment of the imagination; they weren’t seeing a ghost. Our Lord Jesus Christ encouraged them to look and touch. He had flesh and bones and could even eat food (Luke 24:43). On the other hand, His body wasn’t a restored human body like Lazarus’s (John 11) – He was able to appear and disappear. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrected body was glorified and immortal.

This will be our glorious day, too, when the rapture comes as indicated in the book of 1 Corinthians 15:12-24; 35-55 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Let me encourage you all to read these Scriptures, understand them, and know the truth. Amen!

When we discuss this passage, not much is made of the fact that our Lord Jesus Christ opened the Scriptures, yet how fundamental this is to our inner peace. If the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ can bring Scripture into the life of the tormented, God’s Word might also serve as a part of our recipe of peace. Amen!

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PEACE IS ACCEPTING A HIGHER WILL

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #4

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Our Lord Jesus Talked to Simon Peter

In John 21:15-19 NLT says, “15 After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. 16 Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. 17 A third time He asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

In these passages or Scriptures, they describe that our Lord Jesus Christ forces Peter to face his unresolved guilt over his denials of our Lord Jesus Christ. Peter also named Simon son of John was the name our Lord Jesus Christ had said when He first met this man who would become His disciple (John 1:42). But Peter had not yet proven himself to live up to that name-Peter, “the rock.” According to Luke 24:34, our Lord Jesus Christ had probably met with Peter previously. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s first question to Peter, “Do you love me more than these?” could be translated in three ways: (1) “Do you love me more than these men love me?” (2) “Do you love me more than you love these men?” (3) “Do you love me more than these things?” (that is, the fishing boat, nets, and gear). Of the three options, the first seems the most appropriate because Peter had boasted that he would never forsake Jesus, even if all the other disciples did (see Matthew 26:33; Mark 14:29; John 13:37). This was the same as saying that he had more love for our Lord Jesus Christ than the others did.


Peter did just the opposite of what he boasted: He denied Jesus three times. As a consequence, our Lord Jesus Christ asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” to affirm Peter’s love and commitment. Each time Peter told Jesus, “I love you,” our Lord Jesus Christ exhorted Peter to care for His flock: “Feed my lambs” (John 21:15); “Take care of my sheep” (John 21:16); “Feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Lambs and sheep can be taken as words of endearment, an expression of affection. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s love and concern is for all believers-the entire “flock” that would grow as a result of the apostles’ ministry.

Our Lord Jesus Christ used a proverbial statement about old age to depict Peter’s death, which was by crucifixion. From this day onward, Peter knew what death lay before him. Peter never forgot this prophecy from our Lord Jesus Christ; Peter referred to it in his Second Epistle when he spoke about his imminent death (see 2 Peter 1:14). Peter was crucified in Rome under Nero around A.D. 65-67. By His words, “Follow me,” our Lord Jesus Christ was reinstating and restoring Peter as His disciple. What assurance these words must have been for Peter. Despite what glory or trial or death lay ahead, he would always be under the Savior’s care, for he would be following our Lord Jesus Christ.


Three years earlier, along the same lake, our Lord Jesus Christ had said the same words to Peter -” Follow me.” These words mean “Keep on following.” Stripped of pride, impulsiveness, and false expectations of leadership, Peter was ready to follow our Lord Jesus Christ in a new way because of new experiences and a clearer picture of himself. “Follow Me” means consistent discipleship and steadfast pursuit of our Lord Jesus Christ, even if that requires martyrdom. It means continuing our Lord Jesus Christ’s work in the way He wants it done, not in a way we want it done.

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The Evidence of Confidence is PEACE

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Calms the Storm

In Mark 4:35-41 NLT says, “35 As evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” 36 So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. 38 Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” 39 When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. 40 Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey Him!””

In these passages or Scriptures, they describe that when evening came, our Lord Jesus Christ suggested that He and the disciples cross to the other side of the lake – that is, to the east side of the Sea of Galilee. The boat probably belonged to one of the fishermen in the group, most likely to Peter. For Peter to set sail in the evening was not unusual because he was used to fishing at night (see John 21:3). Fishing was best then; storms usually came in the afternoon.


Thus, when our Lord Jesus Christ finished speaking, the disciples pulled up the anchor and set sail. Our Lord Jesus’ ministry was never without purpose. He was crossing the sea in order to enter a new area of ministry. Along the way, the disciples would be taught an unforgettable lesson about His power.

A few people in the crowd probably expected our Lord Jesus Christ to come ashore to offer more healing or teaching. But our Lord Jesus Christ, human as He was, needed rest. So, He left the crowds behind when the boat set sail.


The detail that other boats followed is recorded only in Mark and signifies an eyewitness account – perhaps from Peter who sailed the boat and had to watch out for these other boats as they made their way out into the lake. (Josephus, an ancient historian, wrote that there were usually more than three hundred fishing boats on the Sea of Galilee at one time.) The other boats accompanying our Lord Jesus Christ may have been filled with persistent followers. The tiny detail gives us a picture of God’s grace – many people on these other boats were also saved when our Lord Jesus Christ stilled the storm.

The Sea of Galilee is an unusual body of water. It is relatively small (thirteen miles long, seven miles wide); but it is 150 feet deep, and the shoreline is 680 feet below sea level. Because it is below sea level and surrounded by mountains, it is susceptible to sudden storms. Winds sweeping across the land come up and over the mountains, creating downdrafts over the lake. Combined with a thunderstorm that appears suddenly over the surrounding mountains, the water stirs into violent twenty-foot waves. The disciples had not foolishly set out in a storm. In fact, they usually didn’t encounter storms at night and did not see this one coming. Even though several of these men were expert fishermen and knew how to handle a boat, they had been caught without warning by this fierce storm. Their peril was real as they battled huge waves that nearly swamped their vessel.

While this was happening, our Lord Jesus Christ was sleeping at the back of the boat. How our Lord Jesus could sleep during this storm indicates His complete exhaustion and reveals His human nature. That the noise, the violent rocking of the boat, and the cold spray of the water didn’t awaken Him gives us a glimpse of the physical drain on our Lord Jesus Christ throughout His earthly ministry.


The disciples had embarked on this journey at our Lord Jesus’ request after a long day. They were probably tired too, but they had set sail anyway. Then, of all things, a storm blew in – one that was threatening to sink the boat and drown them. And our Lord Jesus Christ was sleeping through it! They woke Him and asked, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” Their words were more of a criticism than a call for help. How easy it is for us to complain and criticize God for not coming to our aid, rather than making our request and then trusting Him to answer.


Although the disciples had witnessed many miracles, they panicked in this storm. Added to that, they revealed that they completely misunderstood their teacher. They had seen our Lord Jesus Christ perform great miracles of compassion, but they dared to ask if He cared about them at all. Their question was rude; their misunderstanding was deep.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, abruptly awakened from a deep sleep, arose and without speaking to the disciples spoke instead to the elements. Standing in the stern of the rocking ship, our Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down!” The disciples were shocked at the power of their teacher to speak and control the ocean waves. But they should not have been surprised. The storm was out of control, their fears were out of control, but our Lord Jesus Christ was never out of control. He has power over all the forces of nature, and He listens to the appeals of those who love Him.

The disciples had seen our Lord Jesus do incredible miracles, but they hadn’t taken their knowledge of His power and carried it to its logical conclusion. Our Lord Jesus Christ responded, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?” They wanted Him to do something; He wanted them to trust Him! Despite all that the disciples had seen and heard thus far, and despite their belief in our Lord Jesus Christ as the Messiah, they still had not grasped that our Lord Jesus Christ was Himself God, given God’s power and authority over all of creation.


But the disciples still didn’t understand, as betrayed by their question, “Who is this man?” They should have known because this miracle clearly displayed the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ’s divine identity. Being with the human, compassionate our Lord Jesus Christ was fine; being with the powerful and supernatural Son of God was terrifying.


When we become Born-Again Christians, we enter a cosmic struggle because Satan hates people to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan’s limited power is launched against believers individually and the fellowship church in general, hoping to sink us to the depths of the sea. But we have the ultimate power on our side, and the final victory is assured. Lord Jesus Christ should be our Savior, to whom we turn with all our needs and fears, knowing that He does care and will help.

Can it be that most of our lives are lived beyond the recognition of the power of God evidenced through the death and resurrection of His Son? Doesn’t God have everything in our lives under control? Should not our own security in troubled times come in remembering this? We have God’s living Son, our Lord Jesus Christ on board in our lives. We may have confidence, therefore, that in our own stormy situations He will calm the turbulence and give us the confidence of His presence. Amen!

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Prince of PEACE is JESUS CHRIST

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #2

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Peace #2

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

Melchizedek Blesses Abram

In Genesis 14:17-20 NLT says, “17 After Abram returned from his victory over Kedorlaomer and all his allies, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). 18 And Melchizedek, the king of Salem and a priest of God Most High, brought Abram some bread and wine. 19 Melchizedek blessed Abram with this blessing: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth. 20  And blessed be God Most High, who has defeated your enemies for you.”

Genesis 14 tells of an early invasion of Palestine by a coalition of four Mesopotamian kings who invaded the plain of the Jordan, subjugating the five cities there, including Sodom (Genesis 14:1-3). Lot, Abraham’s nephew, was among those taken captive. But God is sovereign over the nations, and Lot was saved because of his relationship to Abraham (cf. Genesis 12:3). In future generations when the nation of Israel was attacked and her people taken captive by Assyria and Babylon, nations also from Mesopotamia, she would find that her preservation as a nation was assured in much the same way – because of her relationship to Abraham.


When Abraham returned from defeating the four kings, he was met by Melchizedek, the king of “Salem” (Genesis 14:18). “Salem” is believed to be an early name for Jerusalem. Melchizedek was not just a king; he was also a priest of the Most High God (cf. Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 5:5-10; 7:1-10).

In Hebrews 5:5-10 NLT says, “5 That is why Christ did not honor Himself by assuming He could become High Priest. No, He was chosen by God, who said to Him, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” 6 And in another passage God said to Him, “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.” 7 While Jesus was here on earth, He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue Him from death. And God heard His prayers because of His deep reverence for God. 8 Even though Jesus was God’s Son, He learned obedience from the things He suffered. 9 In this way, God qualified Him as a perfect High Priest, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him. 10 And God designated Him to be a High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.”

As the Old Testament high priests did not take upon themselves the honor but were honored by God’s selection, our Lord Jesus Christ did not exalt Himself to become High Priest. Our Lord Jesus Christ also was chosen by God, as demonstrated by the quotation from Psalm 2:7, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.” Our Lord Jesus Christ became the High Priest and perfectly fulfilled the requirements.

Although our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the above requirements for becoming the perfect High Priest, He did not have one significant requirement: He was not born into the tribe of Levi and had not descended from Aaron. Our Lord Jesus Christ was of the tribe of Judah (see Genesis 49:10; Matthew 2:6; Revelation 5:5). Only Levites could be priests, and only descendants of Aaron could be high priests in the Jewish system. The book of Hebrews, however, tells how our Lord Jesus Christ’s priesthood was greater than the Aaronic priesthood by quoting Psalm 110:4: “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.” These words, coming from the inspired psalmist David predicted that the Messiah would come from a line of priests not traced back to Aaron. This theme is discussed extensively in Hebrews Chapter 7. The priests in the line of Aaron were not priests forever. Our Lord Jesus Christ, however, is a priest forever. In addition, Aaron’s descendants were priests but not kings. Israel’s kings could not serve the functions of the priests (those who tried faced dire consequences, such as Saul in 1 Samuel 13:8-14 and Uzziah in 1 Chronicles 26:16-21).

High priests had to be human (and thus able to sympathize with those they represented), and they had to be called by God. Our Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled both of these requirements (Hebrews 4:15; 5:5-6). Our Lord Jesus Christ’s humanity allowed Him to sympathize with us. To show this, the writer reminded the readers of how, while our Lord Jesus Christ was here on earth, He agonized as He prepared to face death (Luke 22:41-44). Although our Lord Jesus Christ cried out to God, asking to be delivered, He was prepared to suffer humiliation, separation from His Father, and death in order to do God’s will. He offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears. He knew He had been sent to die, but in His humanity, He faced great fear and sorrow over what He knew would happen. In His humanity, He did not want to die, but He submitted Himself to the Father’s will and God heard His prayers. Our Lord Jesus Christ suffered extreme agony and death in submission to God. But His prayer was answered in that He was saved from the power of death. He overcame death through His resurrection.

In the kingdoms of any ancient regime, no prince suffers; the crown prince especially is pampered and prepared for kingship. But our Lord Jesus Christ, even though He was God’s Son . . . learned obedience from the things He suffered. The bewildering lesson of this verse is that God Himself, born of human parentage, actually learned something in the suffering He underwent. Was the all-knowing God in need of learning? Our Lord Jesus Christ learned about the human condition. That knowledge brought more empathy than intelligence, more personal identification than measurable data.


Like our Lord Jesus Christ, we as Born-Again Christian believers often learn obedience through our suffering (see Hebrews 12:2-11). This example from our Lord Jesus Christ encouraged the readers to remain firm and not drift away from the faith in times of suffering. Just as our Lord Jesus Christ was perfected through His suffering, so Christians will be, too.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation was qualified as a perfect High Priest through suffering. The word “perfect” does not refer to our Lord Jesus Christ’s sinless state; our Lord Jesus Christ was already perfect before He faced suffering. His perfection was put to the test and came out with flying colors. Because humans experience suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ became fully human and experienced these parts of humanity as well. By sharing our experience of suffering, our Lord Jesus Christ shared our human experience completely. Because our Lord Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again, He became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey Him. These last words warned those who would turn away from our Lord Jesus Christ and turn back to an inferior system. Salvation comes only to those who obey as our Lord Jesus Christ obeyed – with complete submission to God and His will, even in the face of suffering.

Going back to the theme in Hebrews 5:6, our Lord Jesus Christ was designated . . . to be a High Priest in the line of Melchizedek. All priests in Aaron’s family line needed mediation for their own sins. All human priests died and were succeeded by others. But our Lord Jesus Christ was fundamentally different. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not need mediation for personal moral flaws. Our Lord Jesus Christ died, but rose again to die no more. No one succeeded our Lord Jesus Christ; He is a priest forever. He is both human and divine, made perfect through suffering, able to understand our weaknesses. That’s quite unlike the Aaronic priesthood, so the writer compares our Lord Jesus Christ’s priesthood with “the line of Melchizedek.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ the high priest – the constantly interceding priest – is our hope. He continues interceding when we think we’ve grown too busy to pray. Always at His post, our Lord Jesus Christ prays for us. Life becomes manageable – not always, because we have been faithful, but because our Lord Jesus Christ is our high priest – our always interceding priest – our priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Have we any turmoil in our lives? Let us let them go. Are we afraid that our personality is so flawed that God might never really accept us? Rejoice! We have a continually interceding priest, our Lord Jesus Christ the Righteous. He won peace for us on a bloody hill. And even as He died, He secured our right to immediate access to the Father. Best of all, His sacrifice was so sufficient that we never need fear that any of our sins can prevent our entrance into heaven, nor can our moral weaknesses bar us from His eternal peace. Amen!

Again, our Lord Jesus Christ suffered extreme agony and death in submission to God. But His prayer was answered in that He was saved from the power of death. He overcame death through His resurrection. Happy “RESURRECTION DAY!” He has risen and alive!


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PEACE Is A Truce With God To End Our Alienation From Him

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – PEACE #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Peace #1

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Romans 16:20 NLT says, “20  The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

This language echoes Genesis 3:15, wherein God declares that the serpent’s head would be crushed by the seed of the woman. These false teachers, servants of Satan, would try to sow discord in the fellowship churches, but God is the God of peace. The false teachers will be destroyed when our Lord Jesus Christ establishes His peace upon His return (see Revelation 20:1-6).

In reference to Verses 8-21, they describe that each curse was twofold. The serpent was directly cursed; it received a physical curse and the promise that it would ultimately be crushed by the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). God promised that He would execute His rule through the seed of the woman and our Lord Jesus Christ came as a fulfillment of that promise. The victory of our Lord Jesus Christ was a direct crushing of Satan in fulfillment of this curse, for Satan was behind the serpent in Eden (Romans 16:20; Revelation 12:9; 20:2).


The woman received the consequences of her actions, though they were not called a curse. The conflict between the man and the woman, foretold in the words “desire” and “master” in Genesis 3:16, is seen in the same Hebrew words used in Genesis 4:7. The strain that would occur between man and woman was in regard to the man’s ruling and supremacy over the woman. The world of man-woman relationships specifically and all relationships generally had fallen prey to the upside-down chaos that resulted from Adam’s sin. The consequences for women also included suffering great pain in childbirth. Thus, the only means of fulfilling God’s promise to crush the serpent’s head with the heel of someone born of a woman was through the child-bearing sufferings of a woman.


Adam also was not directly cursed, but the earth was cursed on his account, as Paul later noted in Romans 8:20-22. The curse on the earth has caused toil and frustration for humanity. Work is not a result of the curse; toil and frustration are. Another result of Adam’s sin was physical death (Genesis 3:19). Paul also noted that the root of death was in Adam’s sin (Romans 5:14-15).


Adam exercised faith and hope when he named the woman Eve (Genesis 3:20), for he looked to the life that the woman would bring forth. Adam and Eve could now only hope in the promise that someone born to Eve would undo the curses that they had caused through disobedience. The issue of Adam and Eve’s shame at their nakedness confirmed the split between man and woman. They were no longer the original and pure “one flesh” that God had created them to be. God confirmed their instincts of shame by making clothing and covering them (Genesis 3:21; cf. 3:7).

In Revelation 20:1-6 NLT is about > The Thousand Years > says, “1 Then I saw an Angel coming down from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. 2 He seized the dragon – that old serpent, who is the devil, Satan – and bound him in chains for a thousand years. 3 The Angel threw him into the bottomless pit, which he then shut and locked so Satan could not deceive the nations anymore until the thousand years were finished. Afterward he must be released for a little while. 4 Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ and for proclaiming the Word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their hands. They all came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years. 5 This is the first resurrection. (The rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended.) 6 Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. For them the second death holds no power, but they will be priests of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ and will reign with Him a thousand years.”

The end of Chapter 19 describes the Beast, the false prophet, and all their followers thrown into the lake of fire. This vision at the beginning of Chapter 20 describes our Lord Jesus Christ’s dealings with Satan. An Angel came from heaven with the key to the bottomless pit and a heavy chain in his hand. In Revelation 9:1-12, an Angel had arrived with the key to the bottomless pit and had released the locusts as part of the fifth trumpet judgment. This may be the same Angel.

In Verses 2-3 describe that there are several names are used here for the same being – the dragon, the old serpent, the devil, and Satan (see also Revelation 12:9 for another list of these names). The Angel seized Satan, bound him, and threw him into the bottomless pit, locking the door. Satan was put away and could not get out until God would decide to let him out. God’s sovereignty is emphasized again.


This describes a different situation than that in Revelation 12:7-13. Chapter 12 describes Satan’s fall from heaven and his freedom to roam the earth (Revelation 12:17). Chapter 20 describes Satan being removed from the earth for a time in order that he could not deceive the nations anymore. God did not bind the dragon as punishment – that would occur later (Revelation 20:10) – but to stop him from deceiving the nations. But who are “the nations”? It appears that, at the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:14-16; 19:19), only the beast, the false prophets, the kings of the nations, and their armies were destroyed. The battle at Armageddon did not kill the entire population of the earth.

Therefore, some unbelievers would still be alive (the believers would be with our Lord Jesus Christ, for they had been part of His army, Revelation 19:14). Satan will be bound for a thousand years. Whether symbolic or literal, this time period of Satan’s imprisonment matches the time period of our Lord Jesus Christ’s reign (Revelation 20:4-6).


Those who propose that this Millennium time period is not limited to a thousand years (the amillennialists) and believe that it is the time between the first and second comings of our Lord Jesus Christ interpret this binding as referring to Satan being kept from working in the lives of believers and from stopping the Gospel’s advance. Others explain, however, that the word “nations” is always used in Revelation to describe unbelievers. It seems clear, therefore, that Satan will be bound and locked away from deceiving the unbelievers (still alive after Armageddon), while our Lord Jesus Christ rules during this period. The words describing how Satan is locked and sealed away indicate that his activity on earth will be completely stopped for this period of time. During this time, the unbelievers will experience true justice and God’s perfect rule over the earth.


Why is there a millennium? Why doesn’t God go straight from Armageddon to eternity? Why this interim and then another final battle – Gog and Magog?

We don’t know, but it appears that unbelievers on earth are given the opportunity to experience what the rule of God is like. However, as shown in the following verses, even though unbelievers will experience the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will continue to rebel against God even without Satan’s deceptive influence. And the moment that Satan is let out of the prison, these people will flock after Satan and go to war against our Lord Jesus Christ. This will prove their absolute depravity, their true allegiance, and the necessity of the final punishment in the lake of fire.

In Verses 4-6 describe Satan has been bound and thrown into the bottomless pit so that for a thousand years he will not be able to deceive the nations. Here Revelation describes who will take part in that thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ, free from the influence of evil.


First, John saw thrones. The people sitting on the thrones had been given the authority to judge. Who are those sitting on the thrones? The Scripture does not identify them specifically. Many interpreters believe that these are those who had been martyred for their faith, but the problem with this theory is that the martyrs are not mentioned until the last part of the verse. Some suggest that this is only the twenty-four elders (Revelation 4:4) or that this forms an Angelic court of some kind.

In Matthew 19:28, the apostles are promised that they will judge from twelve thrones. First Corinthians 6:2-3 says that the saints will judge the world. What we can determine is that this is a court in heaven composed of those whom God wants to assist in judgment (see also Daniel 7:26).


Next, he saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony about our Lord Jesus Christ, for proclaiming the Word of God. Then a problem arises with the translation. Between the sentence describing the martyrs and the sentence that says they had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark, the Greek includes the words “and who,” which can be taken as a further description of the martyrs, or as a description of an entirely different group. If the latter is the case, John saw the martyrs, whom he had described in Revelation 6:9-11, as well as others who were martyred during the Great Tribulation. Then he saw a separate group who had not worshiped the beast.


If “those who had not worshiped the beast” is merely a further description of the martyrs, then it appears that only the martyrs came to life again, and they reigned with our Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years – a reward for their ultimate faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ by giving up their lives. This first resurrection could be a resurrection only of the martyrs. If so, then the rest of the believers along with the unbelievers are described as the rest of the dead who do not come back to life until the thousand years are over. At this point, God will separate the unbelievers from the believers, sending the former to the lake of fire and granting the latter eternal life.

However, we as Born-Again Christian believers in our fellowship churches think that all believers partake of the “first resurrection” because all believers have been freed from the second death – that is, the lake of fire. The phrase “come back to life” refers to a physical resurrection of our bodies. We as Born-Again Christian believers will have new bodies, as described in 1 Corinthians 15:51-53. Amen!


Those who do not believe in a literal thousand-year reign of our Lord Jesus Christ say that this first resurrection is spiritual (in believers’ hearts at salvation), and that the Millennium is their spiritual reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on earth between His first and second comings. During this time, believers are priests of God because our Lord Jesus Christ reigns in their hearts. In this view, the second resurrection is the bodily resurrection of all people for judgment.

We as Born-Again Christians in our fellowship churches believe that the first resurrection occurs after Satan is set aside. It is a physical resurrection of Born-Again Christian believers who then reign with our Lord Jesus Christ on the earth for a literal 1,000 years. The second resurrection will occur at the end of this Millennium when God will judge unbelievers who have died.

Again, we as Born-Again Christian believers are “blessed,” the fifth of seven beatitudes in Revelation (1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 22:7, 14).


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The Reveling of Angels Is Joy

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

We need to understand that love is the first characteristic of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is well placed at the head of the list, for it permeates all the rest of the attributes. Somehow, if we live a life of love, the other virtues will attend us all the days of our lives. Love is the key that unlocks the entire fruit basket of Galatians 5:22-23, as well as permeating 1 Corinthians 13.

Podcast – Joy #6

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Benefits of A Gracious God

In Psalm 103:20-22 NLT says, “20  Praise the Lord, you Angels, you mighty ones who carry out His plans, listening for each of His commands. 21  Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of Angels
who serve Him and do His will! 22  Praise the Lord, everything He has created, everything in all His kingdom. Let all that I am praise the Lord.

These descriptive Psalms describe the following highlighted and bold words > Bless the LORD – The Psalm ends as it began with a call to bless (Psalm 103:1, 2). EXCEL IN STRENGTH – lit. “warriors of strength” (Anderson). Do His commandments – Their acts of obedience are prompt and without reservation, so that they are ever ready to hear and follow His will (cf. Deuteronomy 26:17; Luke 1:19). Ye His hosts – referring to the hosts of heaven that do His bidding (Psalm 101:6).

If the angelic hosts are quick to do His will, how much more those who (we as Born-Again Christians) have experienced His mighty acts of salvation and mercy. Amen!

This passage instructs Angels to praise God, but aren’t we His messengers of joy as well? Joy is the business of Angels. Joy is humanity’s business, too. The Angels praise God when they see His mighty works and when they bask in the glory of His presence. That is our position as well: We look around our world and see God’s hand in the scenic vistas and quiet streams. We come before God in prayer and feel His presence wash over us. We sing with the Angels our praises to God. Amen!


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