• Just For Pilgrims And Others -180 – “Just how contagious is our faith?”

    “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Heb.11:13)
    All of us have made promises that, at one time or another, we failed to keep them. On the other hand, how far superior are the promises of God! In the passage, preceding the above verse, we discovered that God promised Abraham and his descendents a land but was that all. Jesus said, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw [it], and was glad.” (Jn.8:56)
    God’s promises to Abraham were miraculous in themselves! One would think that most would have been content by grabbing a chunk of land but not so. The impression of God’s words to Abraham were so strong that not only did he look for God’s city (vs.10) and the Messiah but also they had the same affect on his descendants for the rest of their lives. My dear friends, that is something! Secondly, God’s promises changed everyone’s view of themselves. They mirrored that they were “strangers” and “pilgrims” i.e. they viewed themselves as not being a natural born citizen of the land and could live along side of the inhabitants without becoming part of them.
    In summary, consider the work of Christ, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”(Heb. 8:6) Although Abraham’s convictions were highly contagious, how much stronger ours should be! True Christians have encountered the Messiah and the eternal indwelling Spirit assures us of arriving in His celestial city one day!
    We all need to examine ourselves – just how contagious is our faith?


  • “What Drives Us”

    (Heb.11:8-10) “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.”
    In Hebrews we find a short overview of the “by faith” in Abrahams life. Less than a minute to read the verses reflect a lifetime to be lived. Some optional thoughts pop out to us. Abraham so clearly heard from God at the beginning that Gods presence and promises led him until his dying day. In addition, his endurance and obedience reflected the God he believed was the one and only true God.
    The above verses give us insight that Abraham was a true pilgrim on a journey. Although he and his family spent a lifetime wandering in God’s Promised Land, Abraham died never finding the one thing God promised – “…a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.” The moment Abraham passed from life he walked through a gate of God’s city!
    My dear friends, all of us know people that are knowledgeable of our lives but please keep in mind, as time passes the crowds grow smaller and their knowledge diminishes. Just like Abraham, we should desire that until our dying day, people, strangers or friends, should see in us our obedience to God, our individual devotion to Him, and the assurance that, we too, just like Abraham, will enter God’s promised and prepared city for us! What drives our lives is far more important than what we acquire in life. With Abraham, it was his relationship and fellowship from God, and that city.   What drives us?

  • Want to Be In On What God Likes?

    The little book of Esther is another reminder of how God can protect, provide, and pronounce victory over the enemy, bring Glory to Himself, joy to His people, and touch others.
    The era was during the reign of Ahasuerus – the mighty Persian King that ruled from India to Ethiopia, over one-hundred and twenty provinces. His conquering of Babylon brought with it all the captive Jews. Eventually the evil Mordecai manipulated the King into decreeing extermination upon all Jews throughout the land. The brave Mordecai knew that God could use Esther, if she was willing, but to intercede before the king could be instant death. In spite of all risks, listen to Mordecai talking to Esther, “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, [then] shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for [such] a time as this?” (Est: 4:14) Courageous Esther risking it all stood before the great King and was granted permission to write whatever decree she desired and to seal it using the king’s seal. Once again, God spared the Jews.
    Notice very closely the results when faith and courage unite before God to accomplish His will. (Est: 8:17) “And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a good day. And many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.”
    Thus, we learn that when the highest level of faith and courage stand together, God gloriously accomplishes His will for His people and for others! What a day it would be if just a small group of God’s people were so joyful and festive that fear would fall on the outsiders, resulting in many of them receiving redemption and joining us!
    What about you, or perhaps you and another?


  • Just For Pilgrims And Others -180- “Real Diversions That Have Potential of Pulling Us Away ”

    According to Eph. 6:12, Christians have, and will continue to deal with, a highly structured devilish military with a two-fold objective – either pulling us away from Christ or keeping others from accepting Him. Scripturally, Paul pens this anti-God military in the plural and highly structured – “principalities.” Even though these “principalities” cannot separate God from loving us (Rom.8:38), believers who have strayed from walking closely with God have fallen prey to seeing their feelings and situations as being such.

    Although the following passage is rich in many Biblical truths, try reading the passage through the above glasses.
    (Heb 10:28-39) “He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
    29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance [belongeth] unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 [It is] a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions; 33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. 34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance. 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. 37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

    Truths to glean:
    1. During the Old Testament era under the Mosaic law, it took only two witnesses to have a violator put to death without any mercy from the legal system. Please keep in mind the same source of that law declares that He bears witness to any, and will deal with accordingly, believer, or someone who teaches around the value of the blood of Jesus being necessary for salvation and holiness in God’s eyes. Even though the enemy tries to season a soul with works instead of maintaining a strong focus upon Christ’s blood, God warns against it in every age – including ours! Stay mentally secure with God!

    2. The readers are to remember an earlier time when they were new believers and suffered ridicule from unbelievers and some believers had even switched sides and found fault with new believers themselves. As a young lad, I can remember hearing news of a new conversion followed by joy from some and others saying, “Give him a week or so and then rejoice.”
    Stand strong in the eyes of God for new believers!

    3. Many believers can remember when they were on fire with the Lord and instantly were ready to sacrifice anything for any believer’s benefit, knowing that the best is always ahead with Christ, but now their fire has all but died out – lukewarm at best. Godly commitment and adventure have become past tense. Many could testify of the past but so few anymore can testify of today. Outside pressures and inward mind games prevail.
    God says to them wake up! Stop submitting. Have you ever considered that God might be behind what enemy forces are calling God’s chastisement or, perhaps, you are receiving what you deserve?
    Permit me to explain. If God so desires, He can permits unpleasant things to come our way to bring out the Good in us. On the other hand, our enemy desires for us to see otherwise. Remember, if we always look for bad in things the devil will gladly point it out and there we stay until next time. On the other hand, when something goes haywire, pause and focus on the fact that God may be teaching us something so we will be more equipped to please Him! We all require a precious essential grace needful for doing the will of God and receiving God’s best. This God sent blessing is simply having more patience with God than with others like themselves and even unbelievers. Remember, “tribulation worketh patience.” (Rom. 5:3)

    Let me encourage you today to stay mentally secure with God, stand strong in God’s presence for new believers, and stare in God’s direction for the best interpretation of circumstances and feelings, especially self pity.

    May God bless you with the best day ever!



  • An Interesting Obituary

    Here is an interesting piece sent to me by a friend … well worth the read!

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from The public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”
    The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the Beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 Years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:
    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.”

    The Obituary follows:
    United States of America”, Born 1776, Died 2016.
    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last presidential election:
    Number of States won by: Obama: 19   Romney: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000   Romney: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million   Romney: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
    Obama: 13.2   Romney: 2.1
    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income tenements and living off various forms of government Welfare…”
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..
    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
    Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory Romney won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country. Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low Income tenements and living off various forms of government
    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of Democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase..
    Summing up the above quotes, if Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say Goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.


  • God’s Omnipotence in Creation

    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
    An eloquent preacher said, “God stepped from behind the curtain of nowhere and stood upon the platform of nothing and spoke a world into existence.”

    God is the creator of all that your hand can touch, your eye can see, your ears can hear, and your nose can smell. If you see a watch, I hope you assume there’s a watchmaker. And if you see the precise atomic flux of the universe, I hope that you don’t believe that happened by chance.

    Evolutionists believe that if you take billions of years and add time plus chance, that you can turn frogs into princes. In school they call that fairy tales. In the laboratory they call it science.

    God spoke your life into existence. His Word sustains your breath. His Word can silence your breath. Thank Him for your life today!
    (commentary by Adrian Rogers)

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  • True Freedom in Christ

    “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22

    When Jesus Christ comes into your life, He changes you. Maybe you have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Maybe you struggle with lust, fear, doubt, or self- pity. Maybe you’re a slave to public opinion or perfectionism. But I want to tell you that the Jesus Christ who set Adrian Rogers free is the Jesus Christ who will set you free.

    Our freedom in Jesus Christ isn’t the privilege to do what we want. Instead it is the glorious, abundant, supernatural power to do what we ought.

    It is saving grace that sets us free. It is sustaining grace that keeps us free.

    Bow before the Lord and thank Him for the freedom you’ve been given through the great price of Calvary.
    (the above commentary by Adrian Rogers)

    Remember – the moment you personally receive Christ as your personal Savior, His fruit becomes your fruit from that point throughout eternity!



    My dear friend, who led my father to the Lord many years ago, poster the following:

    Christmas, Easter
    Amazing Grace
    Days for everything
    Measuring time
    Holidays, holy days
    Birthdays, parades
    Let’s pretend,
    Don’t tell the kids
    A game
    Things rule,
    Want reigns
    Entertain me
    Technology galore
    No relief
    Tired minds!

    To and fro
    Fro and to
    Going nowhere
    Malls full
    Things galore
    People grazing
    Reindeer and gifts
    Rabbits and baskets
    Stuff goes fast
    Nothing lasts
    Glad to sad
    Life’s endless cycle
    Bored empty hearts
    Lost in the void
    Troubled lives
    Real pain!

    Amazing grace
    Love and hope
    Hunger for meaning
    Desiring the eternal
    Reindeer, rabbits
    Can’t satisfy the heart
    Grace and peace
    Life from the designer
    GOD sent His Son
    Father wears skin
    Jesus His name
    Greatest of Gifts!

    Flying reindeer
    Bearded round men
    Gifts galore
    Rabbits, colored eggs
    Sweet goodies
    A lowly donkey
    Carries a servant King
    Hands scarred by nails
    Offering hope
    A cross
    Love and forgiveness
    A second chance
    An empty tomb
    He is risen
    New life forever!


  • Please but Please never Forget!

    powmia“This is a strong tribute to some young fellows who suffered terribly and also a President who never quit until he got them Home. This President was vilified for far less than what the present worm in the white house does nearly everyday completely without consequence. In a time in our history when folks who do what just a short time ago would have been considered a common response are labeled heroes, my guess most of these men don’t consider themselves heroes just good solid American Soldiers. My time in Viet Nam taught me many lessons, the one that stands strong in my mind is there is nothing human Tougher or more Dangerous than an American Soldier with his back against the wall.  This is a video about  North Vietnam POWs.   No matter what one thinks of Nixon, watch this!It is interesting and emotional. It is about 10 minutes long & you can fast forward through some of it.” (source of the above quotes is unknown) I spent 15 months in Vietnam and witnessed the horrors of ARVIN (the army republic of South Vietnam) POW Camps but I cannot fathom the experiences of Americans prisoners in Hanoi and countless other unknown places, excluding many others who just vanished! Even though this war has been 40 plus years ago, they are and forever will be, like multitudes of others before and since, Americans who bravely sacrificed, and are still sacrificing, for the land of the free and the home of the brave, regardless of what some ignoramus may think!




  • 2nd edition of “Tracking Kings”

    My dear friends,


       Front Cover  Many believers, especially those students in Bible colleges, institutes, universities, and even in seminaries continue to struggle with the kings and the last twenty-five books of the Old Testament

        My name is Roger Luther and a number of years ago God gave me a burden that eventually grew into a manuscript and eventually into a book published by True Potential Publishing in 2009. This 412-page hardback is entitled “Tracking Kings.” Its content is about the Old Testament Kings with primary focus directed on the kings, and one queen, of the divided kingdoms after the death of King Solomon. In addition, this publication is a product of almost five years of detailed research. Without a doubt, my greatest burden when writing the manuscript is the fact that from the end of II Chronicles to the last word in Malachi every book in some way was connected by God, either directly or indirectly, to the era of the kings. I distinctly remember, as a student in the mid 70’s, the extreme difficulties I experienced in the Kings and Chronicles and the books thereafter. My deepest prayer is that this work would in some way be a small asset to all in God’s service, but especially, those who are sitting where I once sat.

     Below you will note objectives and guidelines I followed from the beginning.

        1.­ the establishment of a chronological timeline

        2. to write in an easily understandable manner

        3. season the book with plenty of footnotes – providing assistance and additional information

        4. define proper names when first used

        5. include maps and charts as needed

        6. use a generous amount of quotes to broaden perspectives

        7.  insert essay-type chapter questions to challenge the reader to dig deeper

        8.  to aid in assisting the reader in the value of chronologically studying I & II Kings and I & II Chronicles

        9.  structure the book in such a fashion that it can be used as a self-study guide, reference book, or textbook

        10. insert Scripture as needed in order to assist the reader in the narrative, instead of just providing references  

        11. conclude by guiding the reader to a place where he or she may meet the real supreme KING, if they have not already done so.

     Fundamental statistics about “Tracking Kings”

           1. The book has 25 chapters.

           2. Part one (chapters 1-8) overviews a time span of 1021 years.

           3. Part two (chapters 9-25) covers a period of 387 years.

           4. The entire timeframe of the book is from B.C.1996 to a time between B.C.588 or 1,408 years.

           5. The book contains a total of 143 essay-type questions. 

           6. 179 footnotes, adding supplemental and documented material to the narrative

           7. The bibliography contains 56 books and 4 web sites.


       “Tracking Kings” is currently available from the publisher, Amazon.com, Barns & Noble, or from me.

         My reason for sending this e-mail is to notify as many as possible that “Tracking Kings” is currently being re-edited and the 2nd edition will once again be ready for students of Scripture and stores. In addition, this new edition will also be available in every conceivable electronic version, to provide an alternative for out of country students and those stateside desiring such a rendition.

        If you feel this is something you, your college, university, seminary, friends, or library may benefit from, please contact me at Rllroger1948@gmail.com  or the publisher – Steve@tppress.com  and we will be delighted to send you a complimentary section on the life of Jehoshaphat.  After reading the excerpt, if you so desire, notify us and we would be honored to add you name to a list, qualifying you as being some of the first to purchase this 2nd edition as soon as it comes off the presses.

    Thank you very much for your time,

    Dr. R. L. Luther