• What about Christmas?

         Over the years, believers have watched as the world’s system annually emphasis Christmas as being about feeding the flesh, feeding lust of the eyes and the pride of life. The gospel writer, John, informs us that this is not the way of God but rather the way of the world’s system that is supernatural and religious in its core elements. “For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (1Jn 2:16)”

        The late Adrian Rogers reminds us, “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14.
    The educated man is ignorant, the strong man is weak, and the wealthy man is poor who doesn’t understand the true meaning of Christmas.
    What good does it do us to put a man on the moon if we can’t get God in our hearts? What good is it to know astronomy, how the heavens go, and not know Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star, and how to go to Heaven? What good is it to know botany and the study of flowers and not know Jesus, Heaven’s sweetest rose, the Rose of Sharon, who can perfume any life? What good is it to know the events of history, yet not know that history is His story? What good is it to know geology and the ages of rocks and not know Jesus, the Rock of Ages? “For it is in Him we live and move and have our being.”
    Jesus was not just another child. He was not just the Galilean peasant, the great teacher. He was supernatural.
     You won’t understand Christmas until you understand that this child was born of a virgin. This child is the very Son of God. Never forget this. Read the words of Isaiah 9:6-7. Let his prophecy about this child speak to you today.

     Even though the first paragraph reminds us of the norm for the unsaved, we must be aware that a faction of that vast number does very well in blending in for the season then departing for another year. On the other hand, if believers neglect personal bible reading, personal prayer, and personally fellowshipping systematically with other believers, one day they may very well shamefully discover that their Christian life has reflected themselves more than that of their Saviour!

        Rather than experiencing another ho-hum Christmas season, it does us well to examine ourselves. Perhaps some may see the need and accept Him as the real Christmas gift, transforming from the inside to the outside in this marvelous new birth! The rest of us may   benefit greatly by handing the reigns back to Him, trusting fully in His leadership from this day forward!

        Always remember that true Christmas is 100% centered in Christ! Let Jesus set the standard and watch what happens!



     


  • The Book of Life, As It Effects Babies, The Mentally Challenged, And the Rest Of Us

    There is only one authoritative source for this small but profound doctrine. It is God’s Word. The text is II Sam.12:7-23. Instead of being with his army, for some unknown reason David was back in Jerusalem. From his vantage point, David gazed upon the beautiful young Bathsheba as she bathed. Eventually lust gave way to fulfillment.

    As the war progressed with David’s army even a greater one grew back home. When Bathsheba announced of her pregnancy to David he devised a scheme to rid himself of dealing with her husband and facing open shame as king. Little did he realize this only compounded matters between him and God. God sent the prophet Nathan to expose David’s sin and to pronounce God’s immediate future upon him because of it. Part of God’s plan was for the baby not to survive. [Stay with me now!] Soon after the child’s birth, the infant became seriously ill and David started fasting on the child’s behalf. On the seventh day the child finally died. The servants went in to tell David but were afraid of his possible reaction. After learning that the child had died David arose, cleaned himself, worshipped, and sat down to food. His actions confounded those around. Listen as David responded, “And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell [whether] GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. (2Sam.12:22-23)”

    Rest assured that not only is death a one-way door but God has special provision for innocent children and others who are born with mental limitations that prevent them from understanding sin. Their destination is not some type of baby limbo but rather it is the same place as the rest of the redeemed. In many ways, the work of the Holy Spirit was vastly different in the Old Testament from that in the New Testament. Although time will not permit us to examine this in detail, please remember that one functions of the Holy Spirit in the New Testament is that of permanently sealing the redeemed. However, in the Old Testament we observe that the Holy Spirit came upon people to accomplish things (like delivering a message) and then departed. The only Old Testament exception to this is with David. David was completely aware of this and I believe that it is one reason we find it mentioned in David’s lament about this entire mess in Psalm 51. Note carefully verse eleven

    Even Moses, thousands of years ago, had a tremendous theological understanding of such a book. Listen to what he expresses to God after realizing Israel’s terrible sin. “…Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.  32  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” (Ex.32:31-33)” From this we note several important things in regards to the book. This book is real and that resides in Heaven. God designed it, and to this very day, retains a perfect record within its covers!  Thus far, we have established that God removes the first time anyone sins, even once, his or her name.

    As we move to the New Testament, clues about this book add to its splendor! “And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow labourers, whose names are in the book of life (Phil.4:3).” Paul considered those who served with him as having their names in, what Moses referred to as “thy book”, Paul now calls “the book of life”.

    Without a doubt, another glorious fact about this most intriguing subject is recorded the last New Testament book. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels (Rev.3:5).”

    Now we must add, to our little growing doctrine,  the eternal truth that God promises never to remove the name of anyone who overcomes. The prevailing question is – and how does one become an overcomer?   The answer“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (IJn.5:4-5)  The object that needs overcoming is our sinful condition and the way we come over to God’s side is by accepting The Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. In Revelation 13:8,  we note, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” A time is rapidly approaching unlike any before. During this era, all, with the exception of those in this book, now referred to as belonging to the “Lamb,” will be forced by earthly powers to worship a satanically possessed false messiah. Since “all” on the earth will be required to worship him and those in the “book” will not, we must conclude that the latter will be far beyond all earthly searches. In Revelation 17:8, we note a reference to this “book” in events during this great tribulation period. “The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.” It is noteworthy that not only will this member of the satanic trinity be cast in “perdition” but also all those on the earth do not have their names recorded in “the book of life”.

    Although there is no general judgment described in Scripture, every soul, who has or will tread upon this earth, will at one point pass by the creator and face judgment! In the following passage, we read about the great white throne judgment. “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (Rev.20:11-14)” The text reveals a number of things but please follow along as I point out only a few. At this judgment only the unredeemed will be present, God’s record “books” will be present, “the book of life” will be there, all passing by will be judged out of the “books” not out of “the book of life”, and all present will have the same destination.  Without question, God keeps perfect records and pronounces perfect judgments!

    Revelation has two final references. “And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Rev. 21:27)” “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.(Rev. 22:19)” 

    Now let us tie all of this together. God has a book called “the book of life.” Scripture teaches us that at birth every soul has their name recorded by God in this book. At some point, a child’s indwelling sinful nature comes alive and causes that soul to rebel against God. When this rebellion occurs so does sin and with sin comes the erasing of that person’s name from God’s book. From that unknown point onward, that same soul needs God’s redemption in order to have his name placed back into God’s family register.

    Without any question, the Bible clearly teaches that prior to salvation, one must one must acknowledge their sins, repent of their sins, and trust the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, children who die in a state of innocence have not sinned, therefore, they cannot, and need not, be redeemed. Once a sinning soul is redeemed, or bought back, God re-enters that soul’s name back into His book and assures the recipient that, not only will he never be removed again but also that He was granted eternal citizenship in His city with Him, His entire family, and all the celestial beings! Only those in God’s book have God’s gift!

       Compiled by Dr. R. L. Luther

     


  • Second follow up on mysterious back yard objects

    Today (12-06-17) I spoke once again with Howard at M.S.U. diagnostic services in Lansing, Mi. It was encouraging to hear that the specimen he received was in the same condition as when I sent it; however, he went on to announce that his associates are even more puzzled than when they only had the jpgs and mpegs. Secondly, after briefly discussing the known elements, he said, “There is the possibility that these objects are not as rare as we think but it could be that no one has ever seen them before.” As soon as he has time, Howard plans to personally deliver the object to the geological department rather than send it through campus delivery services. He agreed that in January I should phone for an update.

    Right now, if I do not have this issue resolved by spring I might consider starting a dig in the back yard.

     


  • First reply from M.S.U. Diagnostic Services about our mysterious formations

     

     

    A few days ago (11-14-17) I spoke with Howard at M.S.U. Diagnostic Services in Lansing about the mysterious rock-like formations that appeared within a four-hour period in our back yard. After sharing the earlier received jpegs and mpegs with fellow technicians, he remarked that no one has ever seen anything like these nor do they have any guesses as to their identity. Howard is now determined to get this resolved as much as I do, thus, he requested a specimen and later that day one was in the mail headed his way. He went on to express that he planned to contact and share this weird matter with the biological research department.

    By the way, on the 13th of this month, I discovered three new ones near the area where we frequently walk. Why we had not stepped on them is beyond me!

    I am very confident that this matter will soon be resolved.

    As soon as I receive news, I will pass it on.

     

     


  • Our Mysterious Backyard Find


    Sunday night, October 22, 2017, around 9pm I took our dog (Toby) out to the backyard. When I slide the door open Toby jerked the leash assembly out of my right hand and headed east to the privacy fence, in pursuit of what was probably a raccoon or a rabbit. Nevertheless, when I caught up with him and headed back, my flashlight caught numerous white objects scattered out in an area approximately 10 feet wide 25-30 feet in length in the middle of our back yard. I scanned around a bit and went back into the house.

    Early the next morning I went out back for a better look. My brain had a difficult time accepting this strange phenomenon. These mysterious rock-like things, of about 1-1/2 inch in length, reminded me of limestone driveway gravel but it was easy to note that they were not. Each object was different from another in shape, although, they had many things in common. Their irregular texture revealed that they were made of little tiny compressed particles of about .030 of an inch in diameter. I have no knowledge of the composition of these odorless particles but I sure would like to know.

    As crazy as it sounds, and due to the fact that they are easily crumbled, each object appears to have a unique relationship to its location because none of them had particles nearby on the ground. This leads me to believe that they could have their origin from the earth or from the sky.

    Still another strange fact surfaces: About four hours earlier my wife and I were in the backyard untangling some extension cords. We were in some of the exact locations as the white objects and never noticed them, if they were there. Still another possibility stands up. Due to the rapid growth of about four hours or so, is it possible that one could have witnessed the growth of these bazaar things?

    Later that morning (Oct. 23rd.) I took one to a local home improvement center where contractors gather. Since no one had ever seen anything like this, the owner recommended the nursery on M 52. I left one at the nursery and later in the day they contacted me and were just as perplexed as I was, with the exception of one thing – they were positive it was not from fertilizer.  After I admitted that our yard had not been fertilized  in 1 1/2 yrs., the nursery owner gave me the phone number an extension agent. After several calls around our area, I phoned the agent, Mr. Bob Bricault, at MSU Diagnostic Services. He currently has all that you see below. I await their response.

     

    PS:  Please excuse the mentioned year of 2015 in the video clip. I should of had more coffee before returning to the yard.

      

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  • “Tracking Kings”

    CaptureThe Motive behind “Tracking Kings”

    A number of years ago, a pastor in Grand Blanc, Michigan, invited me to teach a series of systematic crunched down surveys on the books of the Bible. In the books of Kings and Chronicles, an amazing fascination with the kings of the old divided kingdom of Israel became apparent. These four books quickly reminded me of difficulty of keeping the kingdoms and the kings separated in the Old Testament narrative.
    After conducting a brief survey with a number of believers in several churches in Michigan and Indiana, I was shocked to learn that the majority viewed Kings and Chronicles boring, too difficult to understand, unimportant, let alone attempting to grasp in a study. Yet, in spite of my findings, God had placed a desire in all their hearts to know about these nineteen kings and one queen.
    The kings of Israel and Judah are important for three fundamental reasons. (1) The lineage of the promised Messiah descends through the kings of Judah. (2) From the end of II Chronicles to the last word in Malachi is a span of twenty-five books. Everything in these books in one way or another was, and still is, connected by God, directly or indirectly, to the era of the kings. (3) God says, “All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (II Tim. 3:16-17) Thus, we must accept the fact that this verse includes the books of Kings and Chronicles!

    The Mission of “Tracking Kings”

    God used the above discoveries to plant a two-fold burden in my heart. (1) There was the need of constructing a simplified systematic fashion of studying the kings using a blend of harmony and commentary in an easy to grasp format. (2) To illustrate how the books of Kings and Chronicles define themselves, utilizing a close as possible timeline. (3) Considering such a study, it became apparent that a yoke be present coupling the necessity of Biblical reflecting Old Testament history with the lives and times of these leaders to such a point that each reader could easily be able to discover twenty-first century personal applications.
    It is in these most important inspired Old Testament books that God quickly reminds us of man’s unchangeable sinful nature and of His loving, merciful, and gracious offer to reach down to him. God still loves to equip and move with His people – making history!

    The Manner of “Tracking Kings”

    1.- establishment of a chronological timeline
    2.- written in an easily understandable manner
    3.- plenty of informative end notes
    4. – define proper names when first used
    5.- utilize maps and charts as needed
    6.- generous quotes to broaden perspectives
    7. – challenging questions for the reader to dig deeper
    8. – assist the reader to note value of I & II Kings and I & II Chronicles
    9.- structure so as book can be used as a self-study guide, reference book, or a textbook
    10. – insert as much text as needed providing convenience the reader
    11.- a guide assisting the reader whereby he or she may meet the supreme KING

    The Menu of “Tracking kings”

    1.- 25 chapters.
    2. – 2 fundamental parts
    a. – “Trail Begins” – quick over view – of 1021 years.
    b. – “The Split in the Trail” – chapters 9-25 – covering 387 years.
    3.– time line of entire book – B.C.1996 to B.C.588 or 1,408 years
    4.- 143 questions
    5.- 179 end notes
    6. – bibliography of 56 books & 4 web sites.
    7. – four indexes
    8. – 460 pages

    Availability

    Although available from Barnes& Noble, Amazon, and I Tunes, may I suggest buying directly from me rllroger1948@gmail.com  roger@rogerluther.com or the publisher  – tel: 864.836.4111 ext. 104 (the publisher’s office)   fax: 864.610.8047    sspillman@truepotentialmedia.com   or   https://www.facebook.com/TruePotentialMedia  for  at $19.99 plus shipping and handling.    Digital copies are now available from the publisher, Amazon, or iTunes books. The cost is $9.99.

     

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  • “Tracking Kings” (new paperback & digital editions)

    The second edition soft back versions are currently available from True Potential Publisher Inc. at PO Box 904 Travelers Rest, SC 29690 tel: 864.836.4111 ext. 104 fax: 864.610.8047 sspillman@truepotentialmedia.com  https://www.facebook.com/TruePotentialMedia Twitter: @tp_media  or from me at $19.99 + $5.00 shipping – email rllroger1948@Gmail.com or roger@rogerluther.com /  pho. 810.569.3327     digital:    Amazon    iBooks_Badge_Small_45x15

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    Both Amazon and Barnes & Noble have one copy of the old 1st edition. As soon as they sell, than the 2nd edition (completely re-eited,  & restructured, with additions will appear. The new ones are less expensive and are more user friendly. You may order using the above information.

     


  • The Contrary Desires of the Flesh and the Spirit

    sheep#10aThe Contrary Desires of the Flesh and the Spirit
    For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Gal_5:17)
    Every believer in Christ has had the frustrating experience of wanting to do what pleases the Lord, but being unable to actually accomplish such. We are told here a spiritual struggle is behind that failure. “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.” The Spirit of God dwells within our lives. He is the “Spirit of holiness” (Rom_1:4). He desires that we be “partakers of His holiness” (Heb_12:10) and thereby walk in godliness. However, the flesh (natural humanity) is also present in our lives. These natural desires of man are not toward holiness, but rather toward self-indulgence and self-sufficiency. Thus, what the Spirit desires and what our flesh craves are set against each other. “These are contrary to one another.” The consequence of this internal conflict is “that you do not do the things that you wish.” Even though godly desires develop in us as new creatures in Christ, we find ourselves unable to implement these new longings by our good intentions.
    The Apostle Paul gave testimony to his own failure in this battle. “For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (Rom_7:19). The problem was that Paul’s personal resources (the flesh) were not adequate to produce the desired results. “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find” (Rom_7:18). Yes, Paul had some godly desires. “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man” (Rom_7:22). Nevertheless, there was a problem that he could not resolve on his own. “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Rom_7:23). A tendency to sin that dwelt in Paul’s human members (his body, his brain) pulled him down to defeat. He needed help.
    Access to that necessary divine rescue was through a humble cry for a deliverer. “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” (Rom_7:24). This appropriate confession of the spiritual bankruptcy of his flesh led to another confession of certain victory. “I thank God [it is] through Jesus Christ our Lord! ” (Rom_7:25). This humble turning from self to Christ allows one to walk in the Spirit (Romans 8), living by His victorious resources. “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” (Rom_8:2).
    Dear Jesus, Mighty Deliverer, I humbly admit that I am not able to implement by my best efforts the godly desires that are developing in me. I need You, Lord. So many times I have had holy intentions that ended up in carnal defeat. So, Lord, I cry out to You to deliver me from my present struggles, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, Amen.

    (The above was written by Bob Hoekstra)

     


  • Roger’s Roller Coaster

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    While discussing numerous things with a dear friend at church, Mr. “G.” brought up a subject and then said, “No pastor ever writes about these things. They could be encouraging to other believers.” He was referring to an autobiography of a pastor’s life, more specifically, my own.
    Unknown to him, he had successfully managed to instantly flatter and humble me. You see, one of my main objectives in life is to do whatever is needful to encourage the brethren and be pleasing to God but his suggestion seemed to be beyond the realm of my consideration and accomplishment. After all, I have a retirement home to customize, places to go, and an air boat to finish! Even though the flood my negative reasoning grows, I still occasionally hear his words. Months have come and gone since our initial conservation and, would you believe this morning (2-9-16) at breakfast, while reading the second chapter of Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth, Mr. “G’s” suggestion flooded my mind as strong as when first heard! I surmised that since it had been the farthest thing from my mind, and then suddenly overwhelmed my train of thought during Scripture reading, God must be behind this. The moment I submitted to proceeding with the challenge, a high level of peace flooded my soul.
    Thus, I prayerfully begin a long series of anecdotes, deeply praying that God will get the glory and His saints receive some level of strength on the journey of life. Although some focus will be upon me, the greatest focus will be upon Jesus. This will not be a run of the mill typical autobiography.
    Later this week we have preexisting plans to visit relatives in Florida for a few days. Upon returning, I will begin the journey I simply call “Roger’s Roller Coaster.”

     


  • “A know-so salvation”

    Candle_7“To the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved.” (Eph.1:6)

    “Do you have a ‘know-so’ salvation? What I mean is, do you know that you are saved and have the assurance that if you died tonight, you’d spend eternity with the Lord in heaven?
    Many folks don’t have that assurance, and in some cases it is not a spiritual problem. It is a psychological problem. They cannot accept the fact that God has accepted them.”

    “Charlotte Elliott penned these words to a timeless hymn of assurance:
    ‘Just as I am, without one plea,
    But that Thy blood was shed for me,
    And that Thou biddest me come to Thee,
    O Lamb of God, I come, I come!’
    You are accepted just as you are. It is all grace.”

    “Find the hymn ‘Just As I Am’ and sing it to the Lord. Make it your song throughout the day when Satan tries to make you doubt God’s love and eternal gift of salvation.”
    (Adrian Rogers )