We love him, because he first loved us.-John an apostle of Christ
To love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30) is not only quite fitting (and well-deserved on the part of the Lord), but it is also a commandment. But who among us can say he has fulfilled this commandment to the fullest measure? I make no such claim personally; though I would very much like to.
But thankfully our Heavenly Father is full of grace and mercy; and I truly believe he considers an honest effort at fulfilling the First Commandment as acceptable. Through the strength of the Holy Spirit and the leading of the Word of God we absolutely can show the Lord a good return on the love he has invested in us.
Though I always hope to post an article each week I don’t always accomplish that goal. This is one of those weeks. I do have a couple of writings I am working on, and some promptings from the Lord I am studying out (concerning technology and the Mark of the Beast); but nothing I feel is ready for presentation at this time.
I hope you would take time to look over the list of my previous articles and find one you have not yet examined. I trust you would find something useful. And, as always, THANK YOU for your prayers!
Many of today’s ‘enlightened’ believers would take great exception to my previous article on the deceptive teachings of the New Apostolic Reformation crowd and the Seven Mountains Mandate they are trying to shove down our throats. But, opinions and accusations aside, we have an old saying up here in Montana:
The proof is in the puddin’!
The Word of God is absolute truth unfettered by the ravages of time or societal change. It needs no ‘update’ or embellishment to make it relevant today. It is a Living Word that speaks just as clearly to us as it did the believers to whom the Apostles and Prophets penned it. But sadly, a growing number of folks are settings aside the timeless truths of the Bible and embracing ‘new revelation’ that supposedly supersedes the ‘old wine-skin’ of the traditional (and historical) beliefs of the Body of Christ.
Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch?– Jesus the Christ
Speaking out against the false vision embraced by so many of today’s most popular ministers has cost me a lot of readership; and I cannot say that does not bother me.
Because it certainly does!
While I am not out to build a big name for myself, or any kind of organization to sit in control of, I am quite concerned with reaching as many people as possible with the important truths which the Lord lays a burden upon me to share. If I am going to be faithful to the call of Christ upon my life (to speak the truth in love) I must stay the course. I must tell it the way God tells me!
Where you fed a big ole’ helping of Stuffed Scripture at church last service?
by Paul Benson
At times the Lord speaks to me quite strongly through giving me images in my mind, and then placing great emphasis upon those images. He once gave me the shocking image of a deviate spastic woman in a wheelchair (The Spastic Harlot); and then shared with me the grief of his heart with a sad realization the image of that woman’s defiled and spastic body (impure and not under the control of it’s head) was his view of American Christianity! That image still weighs upon me, and breaks my heart to this very day.
On another occasion I kept getting this picture of a dejected Christmas stocking, emptied of all the precious contents that had in recent days made it an object of fascination, now laying amort among the colorful trash that straws the floor of most living-rooms on Christmas morning. Having lost its appeal this sad stocking was cast aside; thrown to the floor like a piece of refuse. For some reason the image of this empty stocking laying on the floor seemed to fill me with great sadness and remorse.
How much sadder yet to receive from the Holy Spirit the insight that this living-room, whose floor was so cluttered with the flashy (but now shredded) trappings and trimmings of Holiday festivity, was the American Church; and that discarded stocking was the precious Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Let’s explore that thought a bit, and I think maybe you will agree with my sentiment. Continue reading “Scripture Stuffing and an Empty Stocking!”
Here is a great article on the subject of tithing. It is NOT a requirement for New Testament believers. Those who promote tithing are placing folks back under the bondage Jesus gave his life to free us from. We are to be led by the Spirit in ALL we do; and not by the requirements of the Law that was done away with. Great job Brother! P.B.
14″Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross….” Colossians 2:14
10 “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” Acts 15:10
7 “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 2:7
I strongly believe that generous giving is an essential element of New Testament Christianity. We are to give to the poor (if coupled with gospel evangelism), and to those who labor in the word, in evangelism and in doctrine. I also believe we are to care for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to the extent that…
The Devil and “Most Senior Demon Honorable Screwtape” were having a lunch of “Broiled Jr. Devil” (those that had messed up) with dessert of frozen bureaucrat. They also had table guests from the CIA, NSA, FBI and the White House, most wearing hoods over their faces, and all of whom knew all about the mega-data collection processes called “Facebook, Twitter etc…” That’s the internet system that has been set up to build dossiers on every living person on earth, so in case of need, it would all be there in black and white.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.-John an Apostle of Jesus Christ
Those who know me personally, or are familiar with my writings, have come to understand I am a bit of a ‘Jesus freak’. As a self-destructive, alcoholic, drug-addicted street hoodlum living on the edge of destruction, who got saved and set free in 1980, it was not religion that brought life to me. It was a person. It was Jesus!
Zooming through life in a haze of booze, dope, criminal activity, and short-lived relationships, the revelation of God’s love for me expressed through the sacrifice of his Son was an unexpected fork in the road. A divine insight that not only changed the course of a life that was rapidly approaching a tragic conclusion, but forever changed who I was as an individual. And, although over the years my Christian walk has been fraught with many pitfalls and personal failings, it has always been Jesus who lifted me up and restored me. The author of my faith will truly be the finisher of my faith as well!
When I look at the state of Western Christianity it grieves me severely. So much of it is in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christ and his Apostles! If I had but one last opportunity to express only one last bit of advice to the Body of Christ of this generation it would be this: We, as the Church of the living God, need desperately to put the focus back upon the Lord Jesus Christ! Continue reading “Keeping It About Jesus!”
An unbalanced (and man-centered) focus has allowed the vision of the Church to be dimmed with a flood of false teaching about the Return of our Lord. Returning to a proper focus will help dispel that darkness!
(This article is a compilation of commentary from the book ‘The Pre-Trib Rapture: A Bucket Full Of Holes!’ by Paul Benson)
A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. -Solomon son of David
I can’t help but notice a trend in today’s preaching that does not mirror a ratio of emphasis we see in the Bible. What I mean by that is: How many times do the Scriptures mention the ‘catching away’ of the Church? Not many. One clear description we find in chapter four of 1Thessalonians, and a few brief references to it elsewhere.
But the coming Resurrection of the Dead and the transformation of the living Saints, which is going to be such an indescribably awesome phenomenon, is either vividly described or plainly referred to dozens of times in the Bible. It is a theme thoroughly woven into the fabric of Scripture! Seeing this, should we not think it odd that so much attention is given to the catching away in modern preaching, and so little given to the other? Continue reading “Rapture Versus Resurrection: Where’s Your Focus?”