• 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!

    Roger

     


  • 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
    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..
    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)

    Genesis 1:1,eloquent preacher,nowhere,into existence,watchmaker,atomic flux,evolutionists,fairy tales,science,the Word sustains,Him

     


  • 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!

     


  • REINDEER / RABBITS and REDEMPTION

    My dear friend, who led my father to the Lord many years ago, poster the following:
    REINDEER / RABBITS and REDEMPTION

    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!
    RISEN INDEED 24/7

     


  • 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!

    Roger

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=LemllfcAY8A&sns=em


  • 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



  • Heaven Is More Than A Dream!

       Copy of New Jerusalem#2 “I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
    Do you believe that there is a home in heaven waiting for you? There is! Because Jesus cannot lie. He is Truth incarnate. He always told the truth. He said, “If it were not so, I would have told you.”
    Jesus would not let the hope of heaven go on beating in your heart if it were simply a lie, a superstition, or a fond delusion. Heaven is not merely a state of mind. It is not a condition. It is a place so real that Jesus is there in a literal, resurrected body. There is a body in this place called heaven. It is His resurrected body. Heaven is a place on God’s map.
    (above commentary by the late Dr. Adrian Rogers)
    For those who have accepted Christ as their personal Savior, we truly have a dream home that is far beyond the dreams of mortal man and we will not need a GPS to find it because a personal escort awaits us on the other side!

     


  • Repentance part#3 Does God Repent?

        Two weeks ago, we started looking at this extremely important and, in my opinion, the most neglected Biblical doctrine we have – that of repentance. You may be saying, what about the doctrine of salvation. My dear friends, according to Jesus there is no salvation apart from repentance – (Luk.13:3) “ I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

      God only knows how many times the unsaved have experience pressure produced by despair and run before Him crying out and experiencing a temporal emotional release. It is at this very moment the devil, if given the opportunity, confuses that soul into believing they have just experienced salvation. Apart from truly crying out to God with a broken heart because of their sinful condition and asking God to mercifully, forgive them, and then inviting Him into their hearts as their personal Savior, the personal consequences may be life-long. Except God intervenes by using His word, more than likely through His people, there is a 100% possibility that the rest of their lives will be spent living being submerged in spiritual deception. Thus, it becomes commonplace for believers, who have witnessed their actions, to interact with them as believers when in reality they are not.

    We will continue to address the above issue in upcoming studies but for now let us focus on something deeply connected with this doctrine that is often thought about but rarely studied. Does God repent? It boggles some minds remotely consider this thought.

    The late scholar, Dr. Herbert Lockyer, says, “The word “repent” in its various forms occurs 45 times in the Old Testament, and carries the underlying thought of contrition. Two words are translated repent.”[1] The first word means to sigh or groan; the second word is that of lamenting or groaning. The first word appears about 40 times in the Old Testament and, in most cases, refers to God.

    Once again, does God repent? The answer is both yes and no! In order to assist our understanding in the repentance of God, it is needful to see God as compared to humans. (Num. 23:19) “God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

    I. First, we will look at “no” – God does not repent because some of His statements are unconditional.

      A. The first is noticed in Genesis 3:3 –  “But of the fruit of the tree which [is] in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

    B.  God had personally instructed Saul through Samuel, (1Sa. 15:3) “Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” Do to Saul’s disobedience in this assignment, God immediately used Samuel to addresses him once again. (1Sa 15:18-29) “And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed. 19  Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? 20  And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 21  But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. 22  And Samuel said, Hath the LORD [as great] delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey [is] better than sacrifice, [and] to hearken than the fat of rams. 23  For rebellion [is as] the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness [is as] iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from [being] king. 24  And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice. 25  Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26  And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel. 27  And as Samuel turned about to go away, he laid hold upon the skirt of his mantle, and it rent. 28  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, [that is] better than thou. 29  And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he [is] not a man, that he should repent.” 

    C. God’s prophecy to David about the Messiah

    (Psa.110:1-4) “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 2  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. 3  Thy people [shall be] willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning:
    thou hast the dew of thy youth. The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”
    NOTE; Heb.7:21

    D.  Because of Israel’s sins:

    (Jer. 4:27-28) “For thus hath the LORD said, The whole land shall be desolate; yet will I not make a full end. 28  For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken [it], I have purposed [it], and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

     E. God’s unchangeable covenant with Abraham

    (Gen 12:1) “ Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

     F. The unchangeableness of some of His actions and decrees

    “God’s repentance is the unmovedness of Himself, while others move and change. The Divine finger ever points to the same spot;

    but man has moved from it to the opposite pole. But as in all repentance there is sorrow, so, reverently be it said, in that of God. It is God’s sorrow of love, as, Himself unchanged and unchanging, He looks at the sinner who has turned from Him.”[2]  Mal.3:6 –  For I [am] the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.”

    II. Next we’ll look at “yes” – when God repents because some of His statements are conditional.

    A. When “no” and “yes”  seem to meet –  Adam and Eve knew about God’s mercy and grace early on. Although Adam and Eve’s children had been e instructed in the ways of God, each exceeding generation continued to move farther away from God. Thus, we read of God’s broken and his intentions. (Gen. 6:3-5) “Gen 6:3  And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. 4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare [children] to them, the same [became] mighty men which [were] of old, men of renown. And GOD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth, and [that] every imagination of the thoughts of his heart [was] only evil continually. 6  And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.  7  And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

    B. When people repent of their evil, He repents, or turns from punishment and realizes for the penitent the blessings of His promises. – (Jer 18:5-10) “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter’s hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 7  [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; 8  If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 9  And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; 10  If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.  Thus God can repent and relationships, fellowships, and circumstances can change.

     C. As illustrated in of Nineveh

    God told Jonah, (Jon 3:2) “Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.”  Later in Nineveh we hear, (Jon 3:9) “Who can tell [if] God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?”  At the end of His mission in downtown Nineveh, (Jon 3:10) “And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did [it] not.”

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    In Summary:

    There would seem to be a contradiction in Scripture. The Bible says in some places that God never repents. In other Scriptures we discover that God does repent. The statements are not a contradiction. The Bible is never contradictory.

    God’s repentance was and will continue to be  dependent upon His conditional and unconditional covenants made with humankind.

    From these few examples, you see that God repents only when the people encounter, and react with a positive response, to His statements that are conditional. He turns from judgment if people change. He also turnsto judgment if people do not obey His Word.

     

     

     



    [1] Herbert Lockyer. All the Doctrines of the Bible  pg.170

    [2] BIBLE HISTORY OLD TESTAMENT VOL. 4 ISRAEL UNDER SAMUEL, SAUL, AND DAVID TO THE BIRTH OF SOLOMON by Alfred Edersheim,  pg.69


  • Quote From My Cherished Friend

    My cherished pastor friend from by teenage years, Danny Griffin, recently quoted from his father  saying,

    “  My father told me that his best years of living and working were between the ages of 70 and 90 because he felt no need to impress anyone and was no longer impressed with anyone! He had ceased with expectations and had come to live in the world of anticipation with great freedom! Once we are freed to live above others expectations answering only to our heavenly Father we can truly love God and serve one another! He served as a faithful loving pastor for 65 years making a difference! Dad believed ministry was not about the pulpit but people, not sermons but service. Dad died at 92 years of age at peace! So-Be-It.”