Sometimes the simplest truths speak the most profoundly. And sometimes those simple truths are spoken to us through the lessor members of God’s magnificent Creation.
by Paul Benson
I live in a part of the nation where most ‘manly’ men drive a big pick-up truck with a big slobbering dog riding happily in the back. Although I would not consider myself less than manly, I have to confess I have neither the big truck nor the dog. What I do have is a small Ford Ranger and two very spoiled cats. Neither of which are very keen on riding in a vehicle. I had never been a cat lover in times past, and was well into my 50’s before I ever kept one for a pet. Then about five years ago a neighbor (trying to pawn off the kittens from the latest litter of his overly fertile and unfixed cat) suggested I take one as a solution to a mouse problem I was having. Reluctantly I agreed.
It wasn’t too long before, much to my surprise, this cat and I became quite good friends. I named her Baby Kitty (I know, quite clever of me), but eventually circumstances dictated I needed to change her name to Mama Kitty. And so, being the thoughtful person I am, I decided to keep one of her kittens so she could have someone to pal around with. And yes. she was crowned the new Baby Kitty. And yes, they have both been fixed so this Baby Kitty should never need a new name. As time has progressed I have grown very fond of these creatures. And, remarkably, I have discovered these cats have an amazing talent. They both have the ability to preach! Continue reading “Cats That Preach”
Whereas many choose to debate the ‘eternal security’ issue like the Hatfields and McCoys, I see more wisdom in seeking for understanding that will deliver us all to a place where we ARE truly secure: abiding steadfast in Christ!
by Paul Benson
As believers we need to have a strong assurance of our salvation. That we are nestled safely in the grace of our God; sins forgiven, past forgotten, our future certain. But we also need to be aware that there very much is such a thing as a false assurance, a deluding influence which causes many to mistakenly believe they are secure when they are not. And it is vital we know how to discern the difference.
There are multitudes who have never been truly saved, but believe that they are; and there are some who were once full of grace but have fallen from that state, and do not realize it.
Contrary to the teachings of many (who promote a doctrine of Eternal Security) the Bible is full of stern warning of this false assurance; and what it will bring upon those who do not escape its grasp. But thankfully the Bible is also full of assistance in recognizing this condition; and how to trade in a counterfeit assurance for the genuine article. We can know our true status with God (and how to correct it if need be)! Continue reading “The True ‘Security’ Of The Believer!”
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. -Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ
Many people like to pin name-tags upon themselves: ‘Pastor So and So’, or ‘Apostle Follow-Me’, or ‘Prophet Seen-This-Seen-That’, and so on and so forth. I personally choose not to; but if I had to put a tag upon myself it would probably be something along the lines of ‘Paul a Recovering Failure as a Christian’. You see, I am the one who faltered in his faith. I am the one who lost his vision of the Promised Land, and spent years wandering in the wilderness of sin.
By the power of God’s grace that era of my walk is now some two decades behind me. I live a sanctified life free from habitual sin. And although I have an absolute confidence the sins of my past are forgiven, and I walk free of any condemnation over that disobedience, still I do not particularly like discussing those days. But from time to time I get a prompting from the Lord to revisit the defeat of those years, and the victory God brought to me, in the hopes of helping someone else find the victory they need. Continue reading “Finding The Heart To Finish Strong!”
I thought maybe this week it might be nice to take a breather from all the concentrating on doctrine, world affairs, and the unfolding judgment of God upon our nation, and take a fresh look at just how wonderful God really is. Care to join me?
by Paul Benson
We live in quite serious times; and much of the work I do as a Christian writer deals with subject matter a little on the negative side. Constantly warning about false teachings, the sinful condition of the world, God’s call for repentance, and the divine judgment now manifesting upon our reprobate nation can get to be a bit taxing. Sometimes we just need to draw aside and meditate on how wonderful God really is; and to renew ourselves in a revelation of his love and mercy. I’m kinda having one of those weeks.
When I pray I often like to recite the Lord’s Prayer, and at times I have difficulty getting beyond the first six words: Our Father who art in Heaven. I find my thoughts flooded and my feelings overwhelmed with the realization of how big God is (and how terribly puny I truly am); and yet he cares so deeply about me. How utterly amazing! Well I promised a question and a poem. Here’s the question: Continue reading “Just A Question and A Poem”
Should believers give up praying for America to turn back to God (as many are suggesting); or cease with their warnings of divine judgment upon her?
by Paul Benson
Are Americans Without Hope Of A Future?
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. -Paul an apostle of Christ
As human beings it is quite natural to take concern for the future; for our own, and also that of our children and grandchildren. We want to live a peaceable life, and to have an assurance that our offspring will grow up in a culture where they can thrive and prosper as they raise families of their own. But these days many are wondering if there will even be a future for them to live in!
The prophets of God have long since been testifying of the coming destruction of this nation. Looking around at the current condition of our society: the economy, food and oil production, industry, religion, education, and now outright acts of terrorism (not to mention the tyrannical turn our government has taken) it becomes quite apparent the blessing of God has been removed from this country.
What direction are we being steered in by those who claim to be at the forefront of what God is doing in this generation? Do we actually know where our mentors are headed; or for that matter even really care? Well, we should!
by Paul Benson
When leadership goes astray one is faced with two choices. Either continue to follow that leadership and end up at whatever destination it does; or divorce yourself from it, and seek the proper path through other means. Prayerful informed choices will always trump those make in haste or ignorance.
Quite alarming to me is the realization most Christians of this generation have absolutely no idea what their favorite celebrity preacher or prophet really believes as doctrine, or what they perceive to be the divinely mandated role of the Body of Christ in the end-time scenario ahead of us. I think we need to ask ourselves just where are these supposed leaders of today’s Christian community actually leading us to; and more importantly: is that where God wants us to go?Continue reading “Cotton Candy Prophets and the Road To Rome”
Do you ever wish you had a greater ability to know which ministries to trust, and which ones you should avoid? Maybe this will help.
by Paul Benson
Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. -Jesus Christ
These words of Jesus are not a warning of people claiming to be the Christ as some suppose, but of those who will come in Jesus name, declaring Jesus to be Christ, but preaching deception. Just because someone opens a Bible and says, ‘Jesus is LORD!’ does not mean what they say came from God.
The warnings of false Prophets and false Teachers among us occupy a sizable chunk of the Scriptures. We are given not only stern and frequent warning about these beguilers; but also many clues to recognize their attributes and tactics, as well as the fruits that follow them. The inability to distinguish between correct ministry and deception is directly related to a lack of familiarity with the teachings of God’s Word. Let’s take a fresh look at some key points the Bible gives on recognizing false workers. Continue reading “Discerning Deceivers: 12 Biblical Keys To Recognizing False Prophets and Teachers”
In this age of great deception, more than ever the world needs to hear the Love of God preached in a manner that is in accord with the Scriptures. But are they?
by Paul Benson
The Love Of God
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
The most important revelation you will ever get in life is that God really does love you, and wants to be in perfect communion with you. Matching that level of importance, or at least running a close second, is the understanding that all who reject his love will face his eternal wrath.
Until we come to this realization we cannot properly appraise the purpose (or value) of life. No matter how successful a person is, or well known and respected, without a proper understanding of the love of God for mankind we will never know but a meager fraction of life’s potential. Considering the fact our interaction with, and response to, this divine outreach is a matter of eternal life or eternal death; it might behoove us to make sure we have an understanding of God’s love which is in accord with the Scriptures. Continue reading “Does God Ever Get Angry? Are We Expressing A Balanced View Of God’s Love?”
Why does so little preaching today focus on the Blood of Jesus? Have we lost touch with the message that truly saves?
by Paul Benson
For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11
The message that brought salvation to me was a sermon on the Blood of Jesus Christ. In 1980 a 23 year old lust-filled, alcoholic, drug-abusing criminal sat in an old fashioned revival meeting and received the good seed of the true Gospel. I cannot express to you how totally strange (2nd time in Church in my entire life), but yet so very wonderful, that experience was to me. The sermon was a lively message on the power of the blood of Jesus to bring salvation and the forgiveness of sin.
The sweat drenched preacher, with his wife loudly augmenting his every sentence with some hot licks on an old Hammond B3 organ, was like nothing I had ever seen before. The boisterous preaching of Sam Luke the evangelist, in the fiery old-time Pentecostal style, seemed to my mind like the words of a certified lunatic. He was preaching that the red blood of Jesus could take my scarlet sins and black heart, and wash them clean and make them white as snow. Although my mind was telling me I seriously needed to get out of there, something had a hold of my heart; and I sat there transfixed, hanging on his every word. Continue reading “THE LIFE IS IN THE BLOOD!”
A vision given to Bill Britton of God’s dealings with, and care for, those whom he chooses for service.
by Bill Britton
(When I first read this vision as a new believer in the early eighties I flat out rejected it. I remember remarking, “God does NOT treat us like livestock and pen us in and break our spirits!” Boy did I have an education coming! Now I see this writing of Brother Britton as one of the most beautiful and accurate allegorical visions ever written. I treasure these words. Paul Benson)
I SAW THE KING’S CARRIAGE
On a dirt road in the middle of a wide field stood a beautiful carriage, something on the order of a stagecoach but all edged in gold and with beautiful carvings. It was pulled by six large chestnut horses: two in the lead, two in the middle and two in the rear. But they were not moving, they were not pulling the carriage, and I wondered why. Then I saw the driver underneath the carriage on the ground on his back just behind the last two horses’ heels working on something between the front wheels on the carriage. I thought, “My, he is in a dangerous place; for if one of those horses kicked or stepped back, they could kill him, or if they decided to go forward, or got frightened somehow, they would pull the carriage right over him.” But he didn’t seem afraid for he knew that those horses were disciplined and would not move till he told them to move. The horses were not stamping their feet nor acting restless, and though there were bells on their feet, the bells were not tinkling. There were pom-poms on their harness over their heads but the pom-poms were not moving. They were simply standing still and quiet waiting for the voice of the Master. Continue reading “The Harness Of The Lord”