“Hey Guys, You Don’t Get It!”

Mark 9:30-35 – They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days […]

The Kindness and Severity of God

Romans 11:22 Behold the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen away, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. Above is one of the many passages that ‘reformed’ doctrine omits from the ears of its victims. Too often even […]

Idolatry in Parenting

discipline

Righteous Discipline Matthew 10:34-38“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person’s enemies will be […]

The Fear of Man

Luke 6:26“Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.” I could stop right there. I mean, leave it to Jesus to drop the proverbial atomic bomb on people-pleasing preachers. You know what He just said there? “When everyone likes you, Pastor (preacher, […]

The Use of Personification in Scripture

What do I mean by the term “personification?” Personification is the stylistic and literary vehicle of embodying a common nature, establishment, or set of attributes into a personal character. Personification is a special kind of figurative language that writers use when they give inanimate objects and concepts the traits of a human being. Think of […]

Pre-tribulation Rapture: Is It Biblical?

I was raised in the “rapture” belief system. In fact I believed it most of my life, and even taught it to others for the better part of 11 years, after my conversion to Christ. I read all those “Left Behind” fictional books before I ever came to Jesus. If you had debated me on […]

Why Call Him Lord?

Luke 6:46-49“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? This statement of Jesus is one of hundreds that you never hear mentioned in so-called churches today. This one passage alone stands against most false teaching called “Christianity” today. Sadly the plethora of verses in the New Covenant containing the […]

Sacrifice in the New Covenant

Malachi 3:8-11Can a person rob God? You indeed are robbing Me, but you say, ʻHow are we robbing you?ʼ In tithes and contributions! You are bound for judgment because you are robbing me – this whole nation is guilty.“Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse so that there may be food in my temple. Test […]

Does God’s Foreknowledge Denote Predestination?

Within some circles, and especially Calvinistic theology, it is taught that the answer to the title question is “YES”, but nothing is further from the truth. Throughout the scripture there is example after example of places where God foreknew an outcome, yet that outcome DID NOT occur. Well how can that be? I have chosen […]

Law of Sowing and Reaping

Galatians 6:7-8Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. As an old farmer once said to […]

The Keys to the Kingdom

At Caesarea Philippi, also known as the “Gates of Hell”, Jesus is gathered alone with the Twelve in Matthew 16. Jesus is asking these chosen Apostles, “Who are people saying that I am?” Peter, with revelation knowledge answers Jesus, saying, “Master, You are the Christ the Son of Yahweh.” And as anyone with a basic […]

The Fear of the Lord

Proverbs 1:7 declares the key to the Biblical understanding. The passage says….. Proverbs 1:7“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” The phrase is repeated many times in Proverbs, stating the same concept using different terms, such as…. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”, […]

The Copper Serpent: Idolatry in the Temple

Numbers 21:6-9So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit the people; many people of Israel died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD that he would take away the snakes from us.” So […]

The Well Church

Hello readers! I hope this finds you all well. I wanted to take a moment, not to write any kind of teaching article, but rather offer you a truly beneficial, and free resource for your spiritual growth, and learning. The Well Church in Stigler, Oklahoma, pastored by my dear friend Daniel Smith, is a non-denominational, […]

Faith? What is it?

What is FAITH? “Preachers” talk about “Faith” in Jesus? Does the Bible teach it is some cognitive recognition of the fact that Jesus is the Son of God? Does it teach, as many heretics and false teachers are heralding, that Faith in Jesus means that you profess Him, and that what He did on the […]

This is Grace

1 Peter 2:19 “For this is grace (charis), when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.“ There are a lot of voices telling people what Grace is. Some says it is some “covering for sin”. Some say it is where God excuses our humanity and sin issues, because of Jesus. Others say this […]

Apocalypse?

When your hear or see the word, “apocalypse”, what comes to mind? Growing up in American movie entertainment, the term presents an entire genre of films based around the end of the world. A mega-hit that immediately arises, with a term often synonymous in our culture, is “Armageddon.” In that Bruce Willis classic, a meteor […]

Novice Teachers in the Church?

Should new converts and unprepared believers be allowed to “open air” teach God’s Word? 1 Timothy 3:6“He (leadership) must not be a novice or recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact.” A constant problem in today’s western church idea is the use of almost anyone […]

Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they will be called the children of God.”-Matthew 5:9 Notice Jesus didn’t say “peaceKEEPERS.” There is a huge difference in the two terms. A peaceKEEPER is a cowardly, passive nature that is tolerant of negative behavior, so as not to have to address it and feel uncomfortable in so doing. […]

Nicolaitans?

Here is an excerpt from the writings of Justin Martyr on the Nicolaitans, and the namesakes of various other similar, false teachers, and the doctrines formed of their opinions. Justin Martyr (in Dialogue with Trypho, 35) discusses the fact “that many of those who say that they confess Jesus, and are called Christians, eat ‘meats […]

The Mark of the Beast?

As per usual, “Facebook Christianity“ is being overrun with what is called “Newspaper Hermeneutics” by biblical scholars. It is the biblically illiterate art of taking every current newspaper headline, and trying to predict the prophecies of the Bible by them. To be blunt, it is foolishness that almost everyone in this country, especially western Christianity […]

Cain’s Wife

Genesis 4:17Cain knew his wife, and she conceived and bore Enoch. When he built a city, he called the name of the city after the name of his son, Enoch. I wanted to write a short lesson on the origin of Cain’s wife, because it is a situation that is constantly presenting itself in my […]

Tattoos: Set Apart or Self Indulgence?

“Jesus’ Tattoo Parlor???” Although this title is ridiculous, many today professing love and devotion to Christ live as if Jesus would actually run a place like that, citing that “we are not under law, but under grace.” Folks, such a concept would seem acceptable. I mean after all, look at the imagery in the church […]

Left Behind?

Is it Biblical? Does the Bible teach that the lost, rebellious people who have rejected Christ’s offer of salvation, through the obedience of the faith, to be the ones that get LEFT BEHIND? You know the books and movies by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins? The movie starred Kirk Cameron, and depicted a totally literal […]

Temple or Tower?

Where Does Christ Say We Worship, and Who? In the Garden, a type of Temple personified, you had a man and his wife created in purity by God, and they walked with God in this paradise, worshiping (serving) God in tending to the work they were called to do: reproducing offspring and teaching them to […]

The Exaggerating Jesus?

What if I told you that Jesus exaggerated a lot? Mobs would cry, “Heresy!!! Heresy!!!” LOL! But in fact, Jesus, and His culture (Ancient Near East) spoke very, very often in hyperbole, which is an exaggerated way of describing a thing. You know, like in today, saying of a big snowstorm, “This is ‘Snowmaggedon’, or […]

Revelation Chapter 17

The Great Whore Revelation 17:1 “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great prostitute who is seated on many waters,” We have in Revelation the tale of two cities: The Lord’s Kingdom versus the Beast’s kingdom, or […]

Revelation Chapter 16

The Bowls of God’s Wrath Revelation 16:1 “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple declaring to the seven angels: “Go and pour out on the earth the seven bowls containing Godʼs wrath.” The bowl judgments commence here from the heavenly temple perspective in chapter 16. They’re symbolic of the urns in the temple […]

Revelation Chapter 15

The Seven Bowls Revelation 15:1 “Then I saw another great and astounding sign in heaven: seven angels who have seven final plagues (they are final because in them Godʼs anger is completed).” Revelation 15 introduces the “bowls of God’s anger”, starting in verse 7 and will continue through chapter 16 to 17:1, with another mention […]

Revelation Chapter 14

The Song of the 144,000   Revelation 14:1-5 “Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Fatherʼs name written on their foreheads. I also heard a sound coming out of heaven like the sound of many […]

Counting the Cost of Discipleship

Looking at the spread of Christianity in antiquity, the earliest known document we have addressing it was written by the Roman Governor of Bithynia, Pliny the Younger, in 110 A.D. He writes: “For the matter seemed to me to warrant consulting you, especially because of the number involved. For many persons of every age, rank, […]

The Mystery of the Name

Hebrew is based on a root word system of three letters, and occasionally two, in which the meaning begins to change as aspects are added to, or altered in that root. The same root can be in a noun form and a verb form. Prefixing and suffixing the root takes the basic meaning of the […]

1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14 is a chapter of much debate and confusion addressing the subject of speaking in tongues, a gift of grace new to the New Testament, from Acts 2 onward. So, why would Paul have need to spend so much time on sorting out issues arising from this one gift in this church, when […]

Abraham’s Seed

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis […]

Revelation Chapter 13

THE KING BEAST Who is the Beast? Better yet, in chapter 13 we might ask, “Who are the Two Beasts?” Growing up in the eighties I heard Mikhail Gorbachev could be the Antichrist, due to the birthmark on his forehead and being that he was leader of the Soviet Union, who was depicted as being […]

Delusions of Grandeur

Ruins at Corinth The subject of speaking in tongues is a hotbed of controversy to say the least, but when it comes to the Word of God, our feelings, various views and opinions, and personal or spiritual experiences must bow! A minister once said to me, “Son, if you ever speak in tongues you’ll know […]

Revelation Chapter 12

Signs in the Heavens Here in Chapter 12 we see “signs in heaven.” We see the “mother, the child, and the dragon.” Sandwiched between the trumpets and the bowls, chapters 12-14 are the heart of the book of Revelation, and can supply some key points for interpreting the rest of the book. We see “signs”, […]

Revelation Chapter 11

Revelation 11:1 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and those who worship there, Nippur cubit, graduated specimen of an ancient measure from Nippur, Mesopotamia (3rd millennium B.C.) – displayed in the Archaeological Museum of Istanbul (Turkey). Chapter 11 […]

Revelation Chapter 10

Revelation 10:1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and his face was like the sun, and his legs like pillars of fire. Chapter 10 opens here with an image of a glorious angel, such as seen in Daniel 10:6, other scriptures, […]

Revelation Chapter 9

The Fifth and Sixth Trumpets Revelation 9:1 The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. Revelation 9 opens here with John seeing an image of an archangel sounding the 5th trumpet […]

Revelation Chapter 8

The 7th Seal and the Golden Censor….. Revelation 8:1 “When the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Here in verse 1 we see “silence in Heaven” portrayed in the span of half an hour. There’s been much debate about what it means. Some declare that this […]

Revelation Chapter 7

144,000 male Jewish virgins?!? What….??? Another mark on the forehead of some people? Revelation 7:1-2 “With this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. Then I saw another angel […]

Revelation Chapter 6

The Seals…… Revelation 6:1 “Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” We saw in chapter 5 that Jesus Christ has been found worthy to open the seals and the scroll. This book Jesus has […]

Revelation Chapter 5

The Throne Room Scene (cont.) Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Chapter 5 continues the same vision. Here we see imagery of an antiquated scroll, in the hand of Yahweh, on His throne. […]

Revelation Chapter 4

The Throne in Heaven Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” “After this” denotes another vision following the previous […]

Revelation Chapter 3

To the Church in Sardis Revelation 3:1-5 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of Him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is […]

Revelation Chapter 2

Chapter 1 dealt was a synopsis of what Jesus told John to write regarding “the things you have seen.” Chapters 2 and 3 deal with the “things which are”, which are addressing the seven churches of Asia Minor. They were the present issue at the time of John’s vision and writing. The purpose of these […]

Revelation Chapter 1

The Book of Revelation has been heralded by some as a “mystery” or a “coded riddle”, only made known as it unfolds in real time. But by its very title, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”, it denotes that the book is something already revealed. It is no marvel that so much confusion and speculation has […]

The Garden Tomb

The Traditional Garden Tomb in Jerusalem- Gordon’s Calvary A trip to Israel to walk upon the Holy Land is life-changing to say the least. In many ways, words cannot articulate what it does to a person. There is something spiritually rich about that land. Jesus’ life played out there. His miracualous human life is embodied […]

The Lord’s Day

1 Thessalonians 1:10 “…and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus, who delivers us from the WRATH to come.” Paul speaks here of the faithful ones waiting for the return of their Lord from Heaven and how He will deliver them from the wrath to come. But, contextually, […]

A False Identity 

To the church of Sardis in Revelation 3, Jesus said: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead!” They had given themselves this name that they were living up to and declaring about themselves that they “live”, or were in right standing with Christ in the […]

Leaving Our First Love

Jesus told the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4… “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” What was this first love He said they left? Was it their love for Him, Jesus? In context, the previous two verses completely dispel that thought… Revelation 2:2-3 “I know your works, your […]

 The Misconception of the Equality of Sin

You hear it all the time: “Sin is sin and no one sin is greater than another.” That kinda stuff is preached from pulpits in this present age, as if Truth! But hopefully done in ignorance. Is this really what the Bible tells us? There are several distinct Hebrew words with unique meanings that were […]

The Light of Charity

Matthew 6:22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness?” Anyone besides […]

No Man Knows….

Jethro Bodine, a hilariously, idiotic character from the TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies, said in one episode, “I don’t understand all I know.” LOL! The TV persona didn’t have a lot of common sense, and said a lot of boneheaded things, which made for great comedy. But to make a point, we in the church […]

Elijah: What’s in a name?

Elijah’s name (אֵלִיָּהוּ eliyahu) means, “My God, He is Yahweh.” It isn’t any wonder why in 1 Kings 18, after God showed Himself on behalf of Elijah, in contest to the prophets of baal, that the people chanted what they did….vs39… “And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, […]

What is Biblical Salvation?

A heretical gospel void of works…..   Today’s gospel in America is not Jesus’ gospel. Today’s gospel is about “self” and based on certain scriptures pulled out of context while others are completely ignored. Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of […]

The Gates of Hell 

Matthew 16:18  “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The ruins of the Temple of Pan   For years I would study the Bible and it appeared to me, through my ignorance of Biblical culture and […]

Burning Their Heads

Proverbs 25:21-22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.” In antiquity, the physical act of this was done to someone found guilty of an offense by […]

Gethsemane

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