Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Duck Season - by Pastor Kevin Sadler



Duck Season
by Pastor Kevin Sadler

 “The story is told of a certain African tribe that learned an easy way to capture ducks in a river. Catching their agile and wary dinner would be a feat indeed, so they formulated a plan.
“The tribesmen learned to go upstream, place a pumpkin in the river, and let it slowly float down into the flock of ducks. At first, the cautious fowl would quack and fly away. After all, it wasn’t ordinary for pumpkins to float down the river! But the persistent tribesmen would subsequently float another pumpkin into the re-gathered ducks. Again they would scatter, only to return after the strange sphere had passed. Again, the hungry hunters would float another pumpkin. This time the ducks would remain, with a cautious eye on the pumpkin; and with each successive passing, the ducks would become more comfortable, until they finally accepted the pumpkins as a normal part of life.
“When the natives saw that the pumpkins no longer bothered the ducks, they hollowed out pumpkins, put them over their heads, and walked into the river. Meandering into the midst of the tolerant fowl, they pulled them down one at a time. Dinner? Roast duck.” 1
There is much deception in this world. We need to be cautious and on guard with the things we hear and read. In life, the pumpkins of false doctrine and error keep subtly coming at us. There are dangerous teachings around us at all times. Sometimes because of the volume of information coming at us through television, radio, the internet, and social media, we let our guard down and we begin tolerating them. We can feel safe when we are not. We can very easily get caught in “the snare of the devil” (2 Timothy 2:26) and be led astray into error and unsound doctrine if we don’t keep our focus on the truth of the Word, rightly divided.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13).
This verse shows that Paul had no grand illusions that the world would become better and better. Rather, by divine revelation, he wrote that things and people will only get “worse and worse.” Paul informs us that, as the dispensation of grace progresses, deception will only go from bad to worse, and it will get so bad and out of hand that deceivers will believe their own lies. After peddling their lies for so long, they will actually come to believe them personally. Of course, we know that they are ultimately being deceived by Satan (2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Revelation 12:9).
We visited Mount Rushmore earlier this year. As we were walking in, I noticed a booth set up by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the free speech area. There were a few people staffing the booth. As I looked at the booth and literature and knowing some of their deceptive, false teaching, it made my blood boil. On our way out, I saw an older man setting up a little chair and a simple sign with the gospel on it, right across from the Jehovah’s Witness booth. His hat said, “Jesus is my Boss.” I went over to him and thanked him for his boldness and willingness to be a light for the Lord. He was a dear brother in Christ. His name was Gary, and he had driven his motorcycle to Mount Rushmore from West Virginia just to sit there and pass out gospel tracts and share the truth. He thanked me for my encouragement and asked that we pray for him together. My family prayed with him, all of us holding hands in a circle. It struck me how the truth was made known by Gary very simply and humbly, with a small sign and some gospel tracts. He was just being a lighthouse for the truth.
Rather than telling Timothy to go after deceivers to correct the lies that they believe, Paul advises,
“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (2 Timothy 3:14).
Timothy needed to rely on what he knew to be true: what Paul had taught him. What Timothy learned from Paul, and had been assured about, was the revelation of the Mystery, the body of truth for this present dispensation of grace (Ephesians 3:1-9).
We’re never going to right all the wrongs or correct all the lies people believe. It’s a waste of valuable time to try. We simply need to keep our focus on the truth and the proclamation of it. We need to do what Paul instructed Timothy to do, to “continue” or remain steadfast in the teachings of “the Word of His grace” (Acts 20:32) that the Lord committed to Paul. We must “continue” to stand for the message of grace committed to the Apostle Paul and “continue” to grow in our knowledge of it. By knowing and obeying God’s truth for today as found in the letters of Paul, we are protected from falling prey to the devil’s schemes and being pulled down into error and false doctrine.

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

An Exhortation to Pray - by Pastor Ricky Kurth

An Exhortation to Pray

by Pastor Ricky Kurth

Did you hear about the woman who bowed to pray on New Year’s Eve, saying, “Lord, for the coming year, I pray for a fat bank account and a thin body. And whatever You do, please don’t mix the two up like You did last year.”

While Christians often forget to pray for others, most of us remember to pray for ourselves, especially when it comes to things like that!

Of course, you wouldn’t think a pastor would forget to pray for others, but pastors are Christians too. So Paul wrote to Pastor Timothy, saying,
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men” (I Timothy 2:1).
Now, when Paul only exhorts Timothy to pray after charging him to “teach no other doctrine” (1:3,18), it’s easy to conclude from this that praying is not as important as teaching. But an exhortation from God is a serious thing! After the Lord told the Jews that “the blood of all the prophets” would be “required of this generation” (Luke 11:50,51), Peter chose to “exhort” them, “saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:40). That sounds serious to me! And when Paul then exhorts us to pray, we know that prayer must be just as serious a matter in the eyes of God.

As we look back to the previous chapter to see why Paul would exhort Timothy to pray “therefore,” we see that Paul just finished charging him to “war a good warfare” (1:18). Well, what does every soldier do before going into battle? He prays! I don’t care if he’s a Christian or not. An old saying says, “There are no atheists in foxholes!”

Yet, as Christians, it is so easy to forget that God has called us to “wrestle… against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). After Paul went on in that passage to describe the armor God gave us to conduct that warfare (v. 13-17), he exhorted the Ephesians to pray (v.18). Naturally! After donning his armor, every Roman soldier was certain to pray to his god, and so must we.

Beloved, we must pray for the lost with whom we share Christ, and we must pray for the saints with whom we share the mystery, if we hope to “war a good warfare” against the wicked spirits that are keeping them in darkness with their “doctrines of devils” (I Timothy 4:1). If you are laboring to bring souls to Christ and then build them up in the faith, why not follow the example of Epaphras, who was “always laboring fervently…in prayers” that people might “stand perfect and complete in all the will of God” (Colossians 4:12).

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Is Christ Your King? - by Pastor Ricky Kurth


by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Most Christians would answer this question with a resounding yes, but most grace believers would respond with an emphatic no. They know that the people of Israel lived in a kingdom (I Samuel 24:20), and they know that the Lord was born “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2:2) and will one day rule over them in the kingdom of heaven on earth. They rightly reason that a kingdom is ruled by a king, but that believers today are members of “the Body of Christ” (I Corinthians 12:27), and a body is ruled by a head. Since Christ is our Head (Ephesians 4:15), it is easy to see why some say He is not our King
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But the same apostle who tells us we are members of Christ’s Body also tells us that “the Father…hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son” (Colossians 1:12,13). Paul is speaking here of God’s overall kingdom of the saved of all ages, but any kingdom, by definition, is governed by a king.

There are, of course, some dispensational differences. A kingdom has to be governed by law, so God gave Israel a law, a law that said that if your neighbor is hungry you should feed him (Deuteronomy 15:8). But bodies aren’t governed by a law, they are governed by love. When your stomach is hungry, your head doesn’t need a law to tell you to feed it. You feed it because “no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it” (Ephesians 5:29). In a kingdom, you have to have laws that say things like “thou shalt not kill,” and “thou shalt not steal,” so God gave the kingdom of Israel a law that said things like that. But our apostle says that laws like “thou shalt not kill” and “thou shalt not steal” are “briefly comprehended in this…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself(Romans 13:9,10). So after telling the Galatians that we are not under the law but under grace, Paul told them, “by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Under grace, we don’t kill or steal from one another because we love one another! But what would happen in the kingdom of Chicago if the mayor announced that he was suspending all laws, and from now on everyone should just love one another? It wouldn’t take long for people to realize that love works well when it comes to governing a body, but a kingdom needs laws!

But despite these dispensational differences, Christ is still the king of the overall kingdom of which we are a part. Someday He will “sit upon the throne of His glory” in the kingdom of heaven on earth (Matthew 25:31). In the meantime, does He sit on the throne of your heart? Why not choose to give “the King” the “honour and glory” He deserves (I Timothy 1:17) by choosing to obey Him.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

12 Video's Studies in 1 PETER - By Les Feldick




12 Video's Studies in 1 PETER 
 By Les Feldick


1.      Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 2 Segment 1  1 Peter

2.     Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 2 Segment 2  1 Peter 

3.     Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 2 Segment 3  1 Peter                    

4.     Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 2 Segment 4  1 Peter

5.      Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 3 Segment 1  1 Peter

6. Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 3 Segment 2  1 Peter 

7.     Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 3 Segment 3  1 Peter

8.     Les Feldick Book 54 Lesson 3 Segment 4  1 Peter

9.     Les Feldick Book 55 Lesson 1 Segment 1  1 Peter 

10. Les Feldick Book 55 Lesson 1 Segment 2  1 Peter

11. Les Feldick Book 55 Lesson 1 Segment 3  1 Peter

12. Les Feldick Book 55 Lesson 1 Segment 4  1 Peter
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Ghost Writers in the Sky - by Pastor Ricky Kurth

   Ghost Writers in the Sky
  by Pastor Ricky Kurth


2 Timothy 3:16-17


 The Bible was written by men like Moses and Paul, but it was Holy Spirit written by God. We know that “scripture” (v.16) means the books of the Bible, for Paul quoted one of them when he asked “what saith the  ?” (Romans 4:3).

It is taught that a third century council determined the canon of which books should be in the Bible, but Peter knew that Paul’s epistles were “Scripture” as they were being written (II Peter 3:15,16). The prophets identified which epistles were Scripture (I Corinthians 14:37).

We know no books are missing from our Bible because the Bible has 66 books and Isaiah has 66 chapters. The first chapter of Isaiah has things in it that remind you of the first book of the Bible (Isaih 1:2,9), and the last chapter has things that remind you of the last book of the Bible (Isaih  66:22; Revelation  21:1). Each chapter in between in Isaiah has things that remind you of the corresponding book in the Bible.

The Greek word for “inspiration” (3:16) means God-breathed. You have to breathe out to form the words that come out of your mouth, and that’s what God did with the words that proceeded out of His mouth in the Bible (Matthew 4:4). The breath of God gives life (Genesis2:7) and the Bible is alive (Hebrews4:12) and powerful enough to give life (John 6:63). When you expire the life-breath of God leaves you, so when God inspired the Bible His life breath entered the words.

People say that men wrote the Bible and not God, but one of those men said that God spoke by him (I Samuel 23:2). But they didn’t take dictation, for the Bible writers all had their own style that reflected who they were. Luke was a doctor (Colossians 4:14) and wrote like one (Acts 3:7). But they all spoke “as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21)

Inspiration is what makes God’s word “profitable” (3:16). God’s Word doesn’t profit us financially if we obey it like it did for Israel, but it can still give us the “profit” of “peace” and “righteousness” (Isaiah 48:17,18). You’ll never have peace without righteousness, by the way. It is “lying words, that cannot profit” that say that salvation delivers you to sin (cf. Jeremiah 7:8-10).

But the Bible is only profitable if it is rightly divided (II Timothy 2:15). If it isn’t divided at all, you’re going to think obeying God’s word will profit you as it did Abraham and Job. If it is wrongly divided between the Old Testament and New Testament, you’re going to think you’re not saved every time you sin (I John 3:9: 5:18). The Bible must be divided between Paul’s epistles and the rest of the Bible.

But the Scriptures couldn’t profit us unless God preserved them, which He promised He would (Isaih 40:8; Matthew 18). There are no tittles in our KJV, but we know it is still God’s Word because Paul spoke God’s word in Hebrew (Acts 22:1-22) and it was still God’s word when Luke wrote it down in Greek even though it was a translation. But we know other versions are God’s Word because God knows how to use other words to say “the same words” (Matthew 26:39-44).

The Bible is profitable “for doctrine” (3:16) or teaching because it is the only thing that is sure. Peter said it was more sure than what he saw with his eyes and heard with his ears (II Peter 1:16-19). Yet when we say God no longer gives the gift of healing, our Pentecostal friends often say He is because of something they think they’ve seen.

“Reproof” (3:16) is what you give someone who isn’t acting right. 14 of the 17 times the word appears it is used to speak of how a father reproves his son for not acting right (in Proverbs). Reproof was given to children with the rod (Proverbs 29:15). “Correction” (3:16) is what you give someone who isn’t thinking right according to what you taught him (Psalms 94:10,11). Children were corrected with the rod as well (Proverbs 22:15).

God reproved and corrected the children of Israel with the rod (Jeremiah 2:19) of Babylon. But God is not reproving us

 to-day. We are His sons (Alatians4:6) and you correct adult sons with words. God corrects us with the words of Scripture.

  Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul.
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Break With Tradition - by Pastor Paul M. Sadler



 Break With Tradition - 
 by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


2 Timothy 3:16-17


 The Bible was written by men like Moses and Paul, but it was Holy Spirit written by God. We know that “scripture” (v.16) means the books of the Bible, for Paul quoted one of them when he asked “what saith the  ?” (Romans 4:3).

It is taught that a third century council determined the canon of which books should be in the Bible, but Peter knew that Paul’s epistles were “Scripture” as they were being written (II Peter 3:15,16). The prophets identified which epistles were Scripture (I Corinthians 14:37).

We know no books are missing from our Bible because the Bible has 66 books and Isaiah has 66 chapters. The first chapter of Isaiah has things in it that remind you of the first book of the Bible (Isaih 1:2,9), and the last chapter has things that remind you of the last book of the Bible (Isaih  66:22; Revelation  21:1). Each chapter in between in Isaiah has things that remind you of the corresponding book in the Bible.

The Greek word for “inspiration” (3:16) means God-breathed. You have to breathe out to form the words that come out of your mouth, and that’s what God did with the words that proceeded out of His mouth in the Bible (Matthew 4:4). The breath of God gives life (Genesis2:7) and the Bible is alive (Hebrews4:12) and powerful enough to give life (John 6:63). When you expire the life-breath of God leaves you, so when God inspired the Bible His life breath entered the words.

People say that men wrote the Bible and not God, but one of those men said that God spoke by him (I Samuel 23:2). But they didn’t take dictation, for the Bible writers all had their own style that reflected who they were. Luke was a doctor (Colossians 4:14) and wrote like one (Acts 3:7). But they all spoke “as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21)

Inspiration is what makes God’s word “profitable” (3:16). God’s Word doesn’t profit us financially if we obey it like it did for Israel, but it can still give us the “profit” of “peace” and “righteousness” (Isaiah 48:17,18). You’ll never have peace without righteousness, by the way. It is “lying words, that cannot profit” that say that salvation delivers you to sin (cf. Jeremiah 7:8-10).

But the Bible is only profitable if it is rightly divided (II Timothy 2:15). If it isn’t divided at all, you’re going to think obeying God’s word will profit you as it did Abraham and Job. If it is wrongly divided between the Old Testament and New Testament, you’re going to think you’re not saved every time you sin (I John 3:9: 5:18). The Bible must be divided between Paul’s epistles and the rest of the Bible.

But the Scriptures couldn’t profit us unless God preserved them, which He promised He would (Isaih 40:8; Matthew 18). There are no tittles in our KJV, but we know it is still God’s Word because Paul spoke God’s word in Hebrew (Acts 22:1-22) and it was still God’s word when Luke wrote it down in Greek even though it was a translation. But we know other versions are God’s Word because God knows how to use other words to say “the same words” (Matthew 26:39-44).

The Bible is profitable “for doctrine” (3:16) or teaching because it is the only thing that is sure. Peter said it was more sure than what he saw with his eyes and heard with his ears (II Peter 1:16-19). Yet when we say God no longer gives the gift of healing, our Pentecostal friends often say He is because of something they think they’ve seen.

“Reproof” (3:16) is what you give someone who isn’t acting right. 14 of the 17 times the word appears it is used to speak of how a father reproves his son for not acting right (in Proverbs). Reproof was given to children with the rod (Proverbs 29:15). “Correction” (3:16) is what you give someone who isn’t thinking right according to what you taught him (Psalms 94:10,11). Children were corrected with the rod as well (Proverbs 22:15).

God reproved and corrected the children of Israel with the rod (Jeremiah 2:19) of Babylon. But God is not reproving us to-day. We are His sons (Alatians4:6) and you correct adult sons with words. God corrects us with the words of Scripture.

 Thank You Lord For Saving My Soul.
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