Monday, August 28, 2023

Think About This... The LORD God Does Not Change!

by Guy C. LaMar

If the LORD God – the family of God which at this time consists of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ – places Their wrath in a certain way onto a nation, a country, or a province, that has done certain abominable things that are against Their divine will thousands of years ago, make no mistake about it, the Eternal our God will do the same to the wicked nations, countries, and provinces in this 21st century world – this present evil age!

The United States of America has fallen into the filth and mire of duplicating former heathen nations that the Eternal One has utterly destroyed and eliminated.

The LORD God’s protection will not be on any nation that REJECTS Their Way.

If you would like to know what the results are of what is truly happening to the USA, then let us read Isaiah the 1st chapter – a two-fold prophecy –

Verse – “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning JUDAH and JERUSALEM …”

Verse 2 – “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the LORD has spoken:

‘I have nourished and brought up children, AND THEY REBELLED AGAINST ME; 3) The ox knows its owner And the ass its master’s crib; But ISRAEL DOES NOT KNOW, My people do not consider.’

Verse 4 – ‘Alas, sinful nation, A people laden with iniquity, A brood of evildoers, CHILDREN WHO ARE CORRUPTERS! They have forsaken the LORD, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward.’”

Verse 5 – “’ WHY should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints. 6) From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment.’”

Verse 7 – “’ Your country is desolate, YOUR CITIES ARE BURNED WITH FIRE; Strangers devour your land in your presence; …’”

Sadly, the vile Antifa and the BLM types used violence and burnt down cities, destroying property, stealing, and even murdering to achieve their goals of abominable activities and mentally deranged propaganda!

Also, here in the United States of America, there is an invasion of illegal strangers coming into the nation, with our borders and many major cities nothing but cesspools – an overwhelming influx of criminals and mentally deranged flooding our nation! The once great USA now has a weak and fickle leadership that is allowing invaders to take over!

Verse 9 – “’ Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant, We would have become like Sodom, We would have been made like Gomorrah.’”

God’s living word tells us in Ecclesiastes “that which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9.

Brethren and friends – the once great and powerful United States of America is at the end of its rope! And, because of the vast influx of so many people from different cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles – truly the non-vetted masses! Most of them are not yearning to MAGA, but rather to take advantage of an already weakened America! There are growing cultures and ideologies that are foreign to the founding stock of Americans, and there is a complete rejection of Christianity.

The United States of America has turned her back on God in such a way that there is no doubt of her imminent fall. She has completely embraced Sodomy along with paganism and is allowing Satan the devil to rule her.

When a nation, country, or province, completely rejects God – it crumbles to the ground. As the LORD says in this two-fold prophecy, “’ Unless the LORD of hosts Had left to us a very small remnant,’” the only saving grace that the USA still has is the fact that there is a very small remnant of His true servants who reside within the nation. □

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Saturday Sabbath with Jews and Sunday with Gentiles?

Don't buy into Satan the devil's lie that Sunday is "the Lord's Day."

by Guy C LaMar

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I noticed a video on social media where a person was ranting about how Sunday was “the Lord’s Day,” and that the Sabbath was only for the Jews.

Here is a collection of vital information that we would like to share with you on this MOST IMPORTANT matter. We can assure you, there is a whole lot more that can be said than just what we have here in this article.

The book of Genesis─the name means “beginnings” ─ speaks almost immediately about the subject of the holy Sabbath─the seventh day of the week. It is as though the LORD God wanted this vital issue clearly established in the minds of people from Their “Instruction Manual” from the outset.

Near the book’s beginning, immediately after the “Creation chapter” concludes, God’s living word states this –

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2) And ON THE SEVENTH DAY God ended His work which He had done, and HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY from all His work which He had done. 3) Then God BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY AND SANCTIFIED IT, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” – Genesis 2:1-3.

Now, while no one should have missed, or misunderstood, the importance of this passage, nearly everyone has.

There is a belief in the minds of a great many regarding the Jewish people, and whether these ONLY were, or still are, to observe the holy Sabbath. Then there are still others who wonder which is the seventh day of the week on our modern Gregorian calendar. And, can we really know which day should be observed? Still, others do recognize that our Lord Jesus Christ kept the holy Sabbath, but are taught and believe that He “kept it for us.” Or, “He kept it because He was Jewish.” And still yet, there are a great many that teach and believe that the holy Sabbath is and has always been the seventh day of the week, but that “the Roman Catholic Church,” and the supposed authority granted to Saint Peter, changed observance to the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK─SUNDAY.

In God’s living word, when the LORD God (Matthew 4:4) mentions the word Sabbath or the seventh day, it is referring to the day we call “Saturday” on the Gregorian calendar. Nearly every reputable biblical commentary will point this out. Most people do know that the holy Sabbath is taught repeatedly in the Old Testament. Yet, most people reason amongst themselves that this is for the Jewish people. And, they continue to reason that when our Lord Jesus Christ came, He changed the holy Sabbath to Sunday in the New Testament.

Did He!?

The word Sabbath or Sabbaths is mentioned 172 times throughout God’s living word. You may be shocked to learn that 60 of these words are found in the New Testament.

Throughout the New Testament, you won’t find any proof that Jesus ever changed the holy Sabbath day.

Early in our Lord Jesus’ ministry, we find that He taught on the holy Sabbath day (Mark 1:21; 6:2; Luke 4:31; 13:10). In fact, Luke 4:16 says this was His custom! Mark 2:27-28 says, “And He said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28) Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.’

Yes! Our Master Lord Jesus is the Master of the Sabbath! Which was made for you and me!

If our Lord Jesus had changed the holy Sabbath to the first day of the week─Sunday, the apostles who were taught directly from our Lord Jesus would have known about it. The Apostle Paul and those with him who were traveling to Antioch went into the synagogue on the Sabbath to preach (Acts 13:14-15). This was many years after the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus.

In verse 42, after the Apostle Paul’s Sabbath sermon, many of the Jewish people who heard him became offended and left. But notice –

“On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God” – verse 44.


The Gentiles, those who had no prior knowledge of a holy Sabbath observance, begged that these glorious words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. Now, why didn’t the Gentiles ask him to come back the following day─Sunday? Because the Apostle Paul, like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, kept the holy Sabbath!

Notice Acts 17:2 – “Then Paul, AS HIS CUSTOM WAS, went in to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures.” Friends, this occurred some twenty-eight years after the death and glorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! And, we see that it was the Apostle Paul’s custom to remember and keep the Sabbath holy, just as it was our Lord Jesus’ (Luke 4:16).

Within those same years (Approximately A.D. 65), the Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle to the Hebrews. After discussing the Millennial rest (denoting or relating to a period of a thousand years) in the first few verses of chapter 4, the Apostle Paul then shifts to the weekly holy day that pictures that Millennial rest –

“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” – Hebrews 4:9.

The Koine Greek word for rest is sabbatismos, which simply means “keeping of the holy Sabbath.”

Many Holy Bible margins point this out. The Apostle Paul taught in the book of Hebrews that we are to remember each week on God’s holy Sabbath of a soon-coming Millennial rest for the entire world.

Now, there is another verse that adds to the verses we have thus covered. It is found in Matthew 24:20 – our Lord Jesus speaking to the Israelites –

’ And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.’
(In the end-time when you see the ‘abomination of desolation’ get out of Judah, flee, and when a lot of the Jewish people see their torment coming, are going to attempt to leave what we call ‘Israel’ today. Many are going to head north and try and cross Turkey over into Europe. And the Turks will NOT allow them. The Turks will round them up and sell them or kill them. Horrible end-time trauma comes upon the nation of Judah; modern-day Israel. (Again, be sure to read our two-part article “The Day of the LORD” in which more can be found concerning this ‘abomination of desolation’ spoken of by Jesus Christ). This whole passage in Matthew 24 is prophetic. Our Lord Jesus is talking about a future ‘great tribulation’ that is so terrible that it involves the whole world, and if the LORD God didn’t cut it short, ’ no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.’ – verses 21-22.

This ‘great tribulation,’ such as has not been since the beginning of the world, has not occurred yet in the history of mankind. But it is soon coming onto the world scene. When it does come, God’s people will be protected. Minister Michael C. Garrett speaks of this period of time –

“Now, I’ve always thought: well, IF God resurrects His people – His spiritual people; the spiritual House of Israel – ON THE SEVENTH TRUMP, and we know that the Battle of Armageddon is about the Sixth of the Seven Last Plagues – the Day of the LORD, theoretically, everyone who should have been resurrected has already been resurrected, so, to whom was He referring!? I think most of the decades I’ve been around … it was sort of assumed, and I think incorrectly, that those ‘elects’ were somehow the Church members. But keep in mind, IF you properly understand the order of events, the Church members – the people who have God’s Spirit – will at that time have been resurrected already. So, who is the ‘elect’? Well, notice what it says in Isaiah 45:4 – “’ For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, …’” Who’s He saving the earth for!? … He’s saving the elect as in physical Israel. For the sake of the physical people of Israel, those days will be shortened.”

(Garrett, M.C., Feast of Trumpets – ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 29 Sept. 2019).
Our Lord Jesus Christ tells His followers in Judah to pray that at the time of the end of this age, their flight will not be on a holy Sabbath.

There are lots of New Testament teachings about the Sabbath.

In God’s living word, there is little said about the first day of the week─Sunday. While God’s holy Sabbath on the seventh day of the week is mentioned 60 times in the New Testament. The first day of the week is mentioned eight times.

In 1st Corinthians 16:1-4, the disciples were told by the Apostle Paul to take up a “collection for the saints” “on the first day of the week.”

There are many who use this as a proof text to show that people should go to church on Sunday, and should collect money each Sunday. One should read the entire passage!

Romans 15:25-28 shows that this collection was taken for the saints in Jerusalem because they were extremely poor. Furthermore, the Apostle Paul said he would help carry the collection if they needed him – 1st Corinthians 16:4.

Surely, this was a collection of food and clothes items─not money. It was for the saints in Jerusalem, not for all the churches. And, they were instructed to lay something aside on the first day of the week─Sunday. This is not a command to gather together and worship the LORD God on Sunday!

In Acts 20:7, we find that the disciples gathered together on the first day of the week to “break bread” (which simply means to have a meal). This was an evening gathering that lasted until midnight. To better understand this passage, we must understand when the LORD God’s days begin and end. A “Day” begins at sunset. The LORD God’s holy Sabbath is to be remembered and kept holy from Friday at sunset to Saturday at sunset wherever you are. If this gathering in the book of Acts was at night on the first day, then it would have been on what we call Saturday night. The Apostle Paul preached until midnight. And, he was left behind by his companions that night (see verse 13). Now, if it was a commanded assembly on the first day of the week, they would not have left him. But, they left Brother Paul and began sailing that night. The following day (Sunday), Brother Paul proceeded to walk some 20 miles to Assos. Be sure to read the whole story and you will begin to see that this is in no way a command to observe Sunday! The Apostle Paul was merely taking advantage of his last opportunity to meet and speak with the brethren at Troas─which was on Saturday night.

Colossians 2:16-17 is also misapplied by a great many to supposedly “do away” with the LORD God’s holy Sabbath. It reads –

“So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17) which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.”
(Verses 16-18 do not abolish the dietary laws of clean and unclean meats, the festivals, or the weekly Sabbath of God. Rather, Paul is clearly affirming that the Gentiles in Colosse were to continue to observe these commandments as they had been taught. Paul was instructing the Colossians to disregard the criticisms and harsh judgments of those outside the Church because the observance of these days is a continuing foreshadow of the things that are yet to come in God’s Plan. By being faithful and keeping these commandments of God, they would always be worshiping the true God, be built up in Jesus Christ, and never lose the understanding of God’s Plan. By true repentance to God the Father and Jesus Christ, they would not be deceived by the vain philosophies of men, nor would they be seduced into the worship of fallen angels ─ Satan and his demons. The Holy Bible In Its Original Order A New English Translation by Fred R. Coulter. York Publishing Co., 2007, 2009, pg. 1199).
God’s living word shows us that the “Body of Christ” is the Church – see 1st Corinthians 12:27. That is the point that our beloved Apostle Paul was making. Brethren, we can’t allow any individual or group of people determine for us what is God’s Way─ what day we should or shouldn’t remember and keep holy. The LORD God tells us and reminds us through Their Spirit within us─ the “body of Christ.” The Lord Jesus─the Head of the Church determines what is doctrine. Not any man. God’s living word COMMANDS us that we are to “’ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy’” – Exodus 20:8.

Yet, let us not overlook this important part that the Apostle Paul spoke of –

“which are a shadow of things to come, …”

The General Sherman Tree, in the sun, casts a shadow. Follow the shadow, it leads to the largest tree in the world! If you cut down this enormous tree (the holy Sabbath in this metaphor), then there is no tree.

The Lord Jesus’ holy Sabbath, as this “shadow,” is a weekly reminder of not only the spiritual rest this world will have in the Millennium, but also a weekly reminder of the LORD God’s awesome Plan for the redemption of all humanity─past, present, and future!

Sadly, the majority of new easy-to-read Bible translations have greatly bastardized verse 17 to make it sound like our Lord Jesus Christ “kept it for us.”

As a note: Compare the original Authorized Version, the King James Version, with the New English Bible. The only mistake in the KJV is the word “is” was added by the translators.

It’s also important to note that this Epistle of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul to the Gentiles at Colosse, “the uncircumcision of your flesh.” The Gentile converts had no prior understanding of the holy Sabbath, or of a physical circumcision of the foreskin of the penis. Yet, the Apostle Paul discusses it with them. He told them that not only are they “dead” in their sins against the LORD God upon conversion, but also they are no longer required to receive a “circumcision of the flesh,” because that was part of the Old Covenant─our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it [the Old Covenant] to the cross.”

This world’s Judeo-Christianity, along with this world's Christianity, has never properly understood God’s living truth in this matter. Also, the Sabbath that was drawing near when our Savior Jesus Christ was being tortured, humiliated, spat upon, rejected, scourged with a whip, and eventually murdered, was NOT a holy seventh-day Sabbath─it was an annual Sabbath─one of the LORD God’s annual holy days (John 19:31).

In A.D. 31, the year that our Lord Jesus was crucified, that annual Sabbath occurred on a Thursday. Our Lord Jesus died on the afternoon before─on Wednesday.

Three full days and nights bring the actual glorious resurrection to the afternoon of Saturday, shortly before sunset. By the end of that Sabbath afternoon, our Lord Jesus was already gone – Matthew 28:1. Do you realize what this means!? The main “proof” that this world’s Christianity uses to allow for a Sunday observance is that “our Lord was resurrected on that day.”

No, He wasn’t!

So, there is absolutely no biblical proof whatsoever of a Sunday observance. Where did this damnable belief originate!?

Changing the official holy day of gathering together and worship from the LORD God’s seventh-day Sabbath to the first day of the week─Sunday, was ordered by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. On March 7th, 321, he issued a civil decree – making Sunday a day of rest from labor. Stating, “All judges and city people and the craftsmen shall rest upon the venerable day of the Sun.”

Here is a portion of the Edict Against the Heretics by Constantine – 
“FORASMUCH, then, as it is no longer possible to bear with your pernicious errors, we give warning by this present statute that none of you henceforth presume to assemble yourselves together. We have directed, accordingly, that you be deprived of all the houses in which you are accustomed to hold your assemblies: and our care in this respect extends so far as to forbid the holding of your superstitious and senseless meetings, not in public merely, but in any private house or place whatsoever. Let those of you, therefore, who are desirous of embracing the true and pure religion, take the far better course of entering the catholic Church, and uniting with it in holy fellowship, whereby you will be enabled to arrive at the knowledge of the truth. In any case, the delusions of your perverted understandings must entirely cease to mingle with and mar the felicity of our present times: I mean the impious and wretched doublemindedness of heretics and schismatics. … from this day forward none of your unlawful assemblies may presume to appear in any public or private place. Let this edict be made public.”
Friends, here is historical proof of the enforced observance of Sunday. To assemble together for worship on any other day was considered heretic!

In the fourth-century A.D., the Catholic Council of Laodicea affirmed Sunday worship and declared that all Sabbath-keeping Christians are heretics. At that Catholic conference, it was determined – Canon 29
“Christians must not Judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be Judaizers, let them be anathema [meaning cursed or excommunicated] from Christ.”
Today, many Sunday-observing “Christians” admit the holy Sabbath was changed by the Roman Catholics

Roman Catholics and Methodists Confessions –
Stephen Keenan, A Doctrinal Catechism 3rd ed., p. 174. “Question: Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept?
“Answer: Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her-she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday, the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday, the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority.”

CLOVIS G. CHAPPELL, Ten Rules for Living, page 61. “The reason we observe the first day instead of the seventh is based on no positive command. One will search the Scriptures in vain for authority for changing from the seventh day to the first...”

Charles Buck, A Theological Dictionary, Sabbath – “Sabbath in the Hebrew language signifies rest, and is the seventh day of the week... and it must be confessed that there is no law in the New Testament concerning the first day.”

Sunday School Advocate, Dec. 31, 1921 – “… In those days the people worshiped the sun because many words were made to tell of many thoughts about many things. The people became Christians and were ruled by an emperor whose name was Constantine. This emperor made Sunday the Christian Sabbath, because of the blessing of light and heat which came from the sun. So our Sunday is a sun-day, isn't it?”

New York Herald 1874, on the Methodist Episcopal Bishops Pastoral 1874 – “The Sabbath instituted in the beginning, and confirmed again and again by Moses and the prophets, has never been abrogated. A part of the moral law, not a jot or a tittle of its sanctity has been taken away.”
Biblical scholars will try to reason their way around the LORD God’s immutable living truth! But, the LORD God DOES NOT command nor endorse any kind of Sunday gathering or worship. Instead, the LORD our God commands –

“’ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy’” – Exodus 20:8.

The LORD God’s Law commands us to remember and keep the Sabbath day holy. Throughout God’s living word in the Old Testament, you will find it repeatedly. And, when the children of Israel began defiling the LORD God’s holy Sabbath, it led to their captivity – see Jeremiah 17:27; 52:12-15.

The children of Israel were commanded to remember and keep holy the Sabbath day. The LORD God’s prophets kept the holy Sabbath! – see Ephesians 2:19-21. Our Lord Jesus Christ remembered and kept holy the Sabbath day. Again, it was His custom (Luke 4:16). All of the apostles observed the seventh day holy Sabbath (Acts 17:2). They FOLLOWED our Lord Jesus Christ’s example! In 1st Corinthians 11:1, our beloved Paul says, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

The LORD God’s holy Sabbath day was “made for man, not man for the Sabbath” – see Genesis 2:2-3. And, the Eternal God made it by not working on that day, and resting and sanctifying it – setting it apart.

The holy Sabbath is not just for Jewish people – it’s for ALL MANKIND

True Christians follow Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Who is now an awesome being sitting at the right hand of Father God in the upper heavenly realms! He remembered and kept the holy Sabbath. The apostles ─long after the glorious ascension of our Master Jesus Christ remembered and kept the Sabbath day holy.

Sunday keeping is something that Satan the devil instituted to deceive all mankind from properly learning of the LORD God’s FOURTH COMMANDMENT. But, mankind being stiff-necked in his religiosity, refuses to accept that he has been beguiled. Because their traditions are what they prefer over observing a command from the LORD God.

Friends, our Lord Jesus warned that people would worship Him in vain by teaching and observing doctrines of mankind.

It’s simple – we can either do the things that Almighty God commands, or the ways of this world, which are under the influence of Satan the devil – as he is the “god of this age” – 2 Corinthians 4:4.

The holy Sabbath day ─Friday sunset to Saturday sunset was not instituted by the Jewish people. It was instituted by the LORD God. The holy Sabbath day was kept long before the Jews were ever even mentioned in God’s living word!

And, as already mentioned – our Lord Jesus makes it abundantly clear that the holy Sabbath day is vitally IMPORTANT – even in the times of the end of this age.

DO NOT buy into the lie that Sunday is “the Lord’s Day.”

Sunday keeping is not the Lord’s Day – nor is it the holy Sabbath day.

The holy Sabbath ─ the seventh day ─ is the day to remember and keep holy.

The holy Sabbath is known today as Saturday. The day instituted by the LORD God – the family of God.

The 7th Day.

It is from Friday sunset to Saturday sunset as the LORD God instituted from the beginning.

The Day of the Sun is a man-made idea influenced by Satan the devil to get mankind away from properly keeping the Ten Commandments! □

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Letter to our Friends - August 11, 2023

We are based upon the Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God

P.O. BOX 6458

Leonard V. Johnson
Pastor and Founder

Dear Friends and Associates in Christ Jesus:

Greetings from Spring Hill, Florida.

We are continuing to Proclaim and Preach To Jesus Christ’s Spiritual “Lost Sheep” and To His Potential “Sheep”

A great many are focusing on the wrong things to work at, proclaim, and preach. As we’ve mentioned before –
“ … many of the descendants of the [Church of God] continue to practice the misappropriation of Matthew 24:14. They continue to teach it as, “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a WARNING and a WITNESS unto all nations, …” It does NOT say that! Jesus Christ said – quoting from the Authorized Version – ’ And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’ The word witness is from the Greek word marturion, meaning testimony. And, testimony is almost always rendered “witness” in the Revised Version (RV). The New American Standard Bible (NASB) renders it, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Jesus Christ just said the TRUTH OF GOD will be preached. But human beings have incorrectly come up with the idea that THEY are going to be the ones doing the preaching! …

… in T R U T H – in the end-time – that TESTIMONY will come from Jesus Christ through His chosen ‘witnesses’ (possibly 12) – the “end-time prophets.” Friends, it is not referring to printing presses, radio stations, or TV, and all of that …

… as I had written in May 2019 - Matthew 28:19-20, though preaching as a witness is included within the scope of the commission – it is actually placing MORE emphasis upon the ENTIRE PROCESS OF CONVERSION, of feeding, of growing, and of overcoming – than merely witnessing. The keyword is “process.”

The word “teaching” in verse 19 is the key to this understanding. The New King James English more accurately translates the word “teaching” to “make disciples.” And, this is not that teaching is wrong as long as you understand that teach means a process. All the teaching required to make disciples doesn’t take place merely in making a witness. There are huge differences between the two.”

(Letter to our Friends – January 21, 2020).
And I’d like to add one of the greatest and most difficult jobs that our Lord Jesus gave us brethren – love our enemies

’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you’ – Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:35-37.

The true spiritual individual can confidently say, as the Apostle Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” – Galatians 2:20. When you can honestly and sincerely say this, then you truly have the mind of our Lord Jesus Christ within you!

A true spiritual individual does not flip-flop on doctrines or spiritual issues – “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of A SOUND MIND” – 2 Timothy 1:7. We are not, brethren, one of those carried away with every false pseudo-spiritual or occultism, in which false manifestations of God’s divine Spirit is being counterfeited by demonstrations of self in nothing more than a fanatical emotionalism. The Apostle Paul writes – through the very Spirit of our great and powerful God – “ … we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” – Ephesians 4:14. And, as the Apostle Paul said to the Church in Corinth – “ … in understanding be mature [spiritually] – 1 Corinthians 14:20.

’ By their FRUITS,’” not by their fanatical emotionalism – such as their supposed ability to babble in an “unknown tongue.” Or their empty profession or confession of faith. And, I’ll address this below. Or, their self-righteousness. It’s by their “ … love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” These are the things which expresses – in living character – and witnesses to others true spirituality. These things are the expression of God’s love “poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit [which] was given to us” - Romans 5:5. Truly, the Holy Spirit within us is GOD’S LAW in action in our lives! “ …love is the fulfillment of the Law” – Romans 13:10. And this is true spirituality.

“Though I speak with the [languages] of men and of angels, but have not love [agape love; Godly love], I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” – 1 Corinthians 13:1.

There were pompous and self-righteous people there in ancient Corinth – as there are even today in this world – who spoke with eloquence. And there were those who spoke in various languages which they abused for purposes of mere ostentation.

“And though I have the gift of prophecy [also, inspired speaking], and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” – 1 Corinthians 13:2.

“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned [cf. Daniel 3:28], but have not love, it profits me nothing” – 1 Corinthians 13:3.

What is it to have Godly love!? Notice –

Love suffers long [is patient] …” – under the provocation of evil. “ … and is kind; love does not envy [also the Greek includes jealousy]; love does not parade itself [in words; such as those who use words and languages as mere display], is not puffed up [as with entertainment zeal]; 5) does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked [easily], thinks no evil [basically, imputeth not evil]; 6) does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the TRUTH; 7) bears all things [as in – we should endure without divulging to the world our personal distresses], believes all things [as in – unsuspiciously believes all that is not palpably false], hopes all things [what is good of another, even when others have ceased to hope], endures all things [as in – persecutions in Christ Jesus in a patient and loving spirit] – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7.

Sadly, a great many worldly churches – including many of the churches of God we know – DO NOT properly follow the LORD God’s admonition in taking care of our own before we help others by sending money, bibles, or additional supplies to foreign nations. Now, if indeed the brethren in nations such as Africa are true brethren – in other words they exhibit the living fruits of God’s Spirit and are indeed classified as true begotten children of Father God under His classification (Romans 8:14), then surely that is another matter. But, all too often there are empty confessions of faith that come to us from such nations. We receive dozens of such e-mails monthly. Here is one such e-mail sent to us as an example –
Dear servant of the Most High,I am glad indeed for the first time to
write to you and share what I have learnt from your website and our
Please receive much greetings in Jesus name. We are a young growing
group into a church.
We have looked through your website and really been blessed.We request
you to come and train pastors and other laymen about GOD'S WORD.
would love if it is possible for you to come visiting and minister in
our fellowship and mentor us in ministry. We also request for teaching
materials such as Bibles in our local language that is,(EKEGUSII)and
other teaching materials for the church. We invite you to come as soon
as possible in our fellowship.
God bless you as I pray to hear soon please.
Here was our response:
Dear PR. Samson Bosire Ototo,

Thank you for recently contacting the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries. We sincerely appreciate your interest in this great Work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We thank you for your invitation to come visit there in Kenya East Africa and to minister in your fellowship and mentor the ministry. Unfortunately, we are unable to come visit now, due to financial reasons.

We do not currently have teaching “materials” such as books and booklets. You can find our teaching’s however at

Please stay in touch with us dear brethren. You can always contact us at, or write to us at the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries P.O. Box 6458 Spring Hill, FL. 34606.

Sincerely in Jesus’ name,
As usual, we never heard from him again. Here are seven logical principles for funding foreign missions. I especially like number 5 - Don’t Just Give Money; Give Yourself.

We do, however, work on producing and publishing a growing number of audio articles, online books, and booklets, in foreign languages for the convenience of our brethren and associates scattered abroad. The following are some of what we have so far –

Audio Articles in Swahili.
Proving the Truth online booklet in Spanish.
Is God a TRINITY? online booklet in Swahili.
What Is “The Unpardonable Sin”? online booklet in Swahili.
From the Beginning… God’s Master Plan online article in Swahili.
Is God Listening? online article in Swahili.
Do you understand Ezekiel 37? online article in Swahili.
‘The Firstfruits – Unto God’ online article in Swahili.
‘No One Has Ascended To Heaven’ online article in Swahili.
Repent For Salvation online audio article in Swahili.
Will God Truly Save His People? online article in Swahili.
He Who Follows Me Will Not Walk In the Dark online article in Swahili.

This understanding is supported in the Book of Revelation in trying to reach as many people as possible through multiple languages before the glorious and powerful return of our Lord Jesus Christ –

“After these things I looked, and behold, A GREAT MULTITUDE which no one could number, OF ALL NATIONS, TRIBES, PEOPLES, and [LANGUAGES], standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes [which symbolizes righteousness], with palm branches in their hands [which symbolizes victory]. … 13) Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘Who are these arrayed in white robes, and WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?’ 14) And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’

So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who [will come after] great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’” – Revelation 7:9, 13-14.

The Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day

The Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day will begin next month!

Services are to begin the evening of September 29th and continue until sunset ending the Last Great Day which is October 7th in 2023.

Everyone, if you are able, is welcome to attend and observe with us the Feast of Tabernacles and the Last Great Day in Owensboro, Kentucky.

We plan on holding services at the Logsdon Community Center. Its address is 2400 Friendship Dr. Owensboro, Kentucky 42303.

We should already be saving our second tithe so we can afford to go and observe the Feast of Tabernacles joyfully, as the LORD God’s living word declares we should.

Do not put it off – time marches fairly quickly.

According to TripAdvisor – Owensboro has some 161 restaurants and some 18 places to stay.

The closest airport is Owensboro–Daviess County Regional Airport (OWB / KOWB), 5 miles from the center of Owensboro, KY.

If you have yet to let us know you are attending with us, please do not delay. Please send Minister Michael C. Garrett an email letting him know at

Suggested Sabbath Day Service

Here is our suggested Sabbath day service for our scattered brethren and friends around the world:

• TWO songs of praise. (our songbook, The Bible Hymnal, is suggested, there are some Instrumental Accompaniment to the Bible Hymnal available on our website).
• Opening prayer.
• Announcements – from the deacon or pastor.
• Sermon – from the pastor or guest speaker. The one suggested for this week is in relation to what I spoke about earlier – many people’s empty profession or confession of faith – "Do You Have God's Spirit?"
• Closing song.
• Closing prayer.

Some World News In Relation To Biblical Prophecy

In the United States of America, a great many place their confidence in former President Donald Trump. While others believe that the former president will cause the destruction of the USA! Still, others are loosening the blindfold and seeing for the first time the utter corruption of the Biden Crime Family.

The heavily Satan-influenced Nancy Pelosi, the former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, thinks that if former President Donald Trump is re-elected the USA is doomed! Notice –
Nancy Pelosi Declares America Will Cease To Exist If Trump Becomes President Again

When asked about the possibility of another Trump presidency, Pelosi commanded the reporter “Don’t even think of that.”

“Don’t think of the world being on fire,” she continued, adding “It cannot happen, or we will not be the United States of America.”

“If he were to be president, it would be a criminal enterprise in the White House,” she added, without a hint of irony.

The “irony” is that if the Biden Crime Family, as corrupt as they appear to be, is re-elected, the USA may cease to be a sovereign nation his next term – should he live and stay in office long enough. I personally believe that within the next several months he will step down as president-elect. Even though Mr. Fact Check tells us otherwise. And, could it be that Vice President Kamala Harris moves on to the Supreme Court? She can legally vote herself as a new Supreme Court Justice. This possible change was floated last year when Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer retired. And, calls are getting louder for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to resign. Her appointment to the highest court would certainly allow the unofficial presidential runner Gavin Newsom to slip in when or if President Biden steps down – or is deemed too incompetent. Notice this report from The Hill last November –
Here’s a game plan: Biden replaces Harris with Newsom and then resigns

“… Newsom won reelection easily and now has the luxury of turning his ambitious eyes completely toward the White House. The question then becomes, will his party turn its eyes toward him as the person who might save it from the Biden-Harris dilemma it is surely about to face?

If the answer is “yes,” the “solution” is really not complicated at all. In one scenario, Biden could ask Harris to resign and replace her with Newsom, who then becomes the heir apparent for 2024. Or Biden could replace Harris with Newsom and then resign himself, making Newsom the president before 2024 and arming him with the full force of the Oval Office. …

Might the Democrats leapfrog him into the Oval Office before 2024? It would be political malpractice for them not to consider the option.”

It’s certainly a head-scratcher! However, let’s be perfectly clear – without national repentance, the United States of America will come to its destruction! (cf Daniel 11:39; Habakkuk 2:6-8).

Also in the News – there appears to be a new strain of COVID-19 that is concerning many (See: Zawya‘New Covid-19 variant detected: What we know so far about EG.5.1’).
August 9, 2023

A new Covid-19 variant, EG.5.1, has been linked to an uptick in hospitalizations in the US and UK. The World Health Organization (WHO) has added the Omicron subvariant, nicknamed Eris, to its monitoring list …
Of course, we can trust WHO about as far as we can throw them! But, that being said, we know that our Lord Jesus Christ prophesied of grave pestilences in this end-time –

’ … And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places’ – Matthew 24:7.

Instead of promoting people improving their diet and health, this Biden government and his pharmaceutical cronies are working on MORE VACCINES! And, more than likely will push for a vaccine for this latest variant. Question: Why was there an illegal Chinese-owned bio lab in California!? It still remains an under-discussed issue when it should be treated as a national emergency! As we get closer to the return of our Lord Jesus, there will be even more deadlier pestilences! (cf. Revelation 6:7-8).

Concluding Comments

The Prophet Jeremiah wrote the following:

“Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: ‘You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings, ‘ says the LORD. … 10) For the land is full of adulterers – Jeremiah 23:2, 10.

Minister Garrett wrote:
“God says He will repay them the way they deserve to be repaid. Now, people can say, “To whom is He speaking!?” Is He talking about the physical people of Israel, who have been misled by their false religions!? It’s possible. I think that is part of the implication. But I think it is also referring to the Churches of God – the Body of Christ – and there are in these different organizations pastors who seem more concerned about their own needs, their own sense of power, their own sense of control, than worrying about the spiritual health of people who are a part of their organization. And I do believe every human being who thinks he is a leader in the Body of Christ – you need to read these words very soberly because if you’re not careful you might be on the receiving end. … “For the land is full of adulterers; …” – Now, I’ve tried pointing out before that the word “adultery,” it might, in part, refer to the physical sin of adultery. Sex outside of marriage. Breaking those bonds of loyalty. But, most of the time, not all of the time, when you see words in the Bible such as fornication, adultery, whoring, those types of words, if you read the whole passage, it is God’s pronouncement against people who are engaged in false religion. You see, at one time God married Israel. And when Israel, the people of Israel, leave God and go – in His own terminology – a whoring after other gods and other religions, God looks upon that as the highest form of adultery. Of the betrayal of wedding vows.”

Now, you might very well say to yourself, we don’t have to worry about “adultery” or any false religion. Yet, friends, we are in a world that often promotes evil as good and good as evil. Their “false gods” (as Mr. Garrett teaches in the sermon series “Toxic Philosophy”) are distorted worldly philosophy and public opinion which continues to rapidly sway further away from Almighty God and Jesus Christ.

In deep gratitude and love, in Jesus' name,

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

To Jesus Be the Glory - Chapter Five (Sermon)

by Michael C Garrett

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There are so many ideas and thoughts – and places within God’s living word we want to show you. We want to show you what the authors of God’s living word had to say, and how thoroughly impressed they were with the One we now call Jesus. Who, in effect, was the great Creator God, as you read back in the Book of Genesis. The same being who dealt with all of the prophets, and all of the special people – like Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. We truly just want to share in this information. We hope that it becomes as meaningful to you as it has become to us.
     We would like to start this fifth chapter with asking you to turn to Acts chapter 3 and verse 19.
     This is a verse that – because it’s so early in the Book of Acts – many people have heard of it, but we don’t know if people have truly understood it. Or have been impressed with it.
     It says, reading the first part – “Repent therefore and be converted, …”
     This sounds kind of church-like doesn’t it? You know, “religious stuff.” But, when you stop to understand – repentance means you come to a point in your mind where you’re wanting to change. That is what the word conversion means. You’re wanting to change.
     And we’re just asking all of you to please consider some of the concepts that we are wanting to talk to you about. So that your mind begins to change – the way you think begins to change.
     Now a little earlier in the Book of Acts – Acts 2 and verse 38, this powerful piece of the sermon the Apostle Peter was giving on that day –
     “ … ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized …’”
     Repent – be ready to change, be willing to change, and be wanting to change.
     You know the Apostle Paul said, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” So, there is in any life – you begin life as a baby, and you know nothing but wanting food and your diaper changed. But as you go through your childhood, you learn more, and you ought to be able to do more. Do you remember when you were fifteen years old and you wished that you could drive a car!? Or, all the different things we looked forward to. Do you remember being a student in your school, and you looked forward to going to your senior prom!? Or, whatever it was. For young girls at school to become cheerleaders. For young boys to grow up and become football stars. We always had that dream of doing something greater. There was a time when you thought – well what would I do for my career!? How will I occupy my time, and how will I provide for myself financially? Some of you thought – I would like to have a family someday. And you dreamed about that day. And many of you – there was a day when you did hold that precious newborn gift of life in your arms. And you realized – Oh no, I’m not a child anymore! I’m responsible for this child. So, as you go through life you change in the way you think. Now, there comes a point when you realize – and this is a shocking point – that there are fewer days in front of you than days in which you’ve already lived. And you start to see a life-long hourglass where the grains of sand drop one by one – and you notice that there is more sand at the bottom than the top. As the daytime drama Days of Our Lives opening sequence states – “like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” It was kind of corny and overly dramatic – but dead on. So, as you go through this life process, there comes a time when you realize you’re probably not going to live to be two-hundred years old. Now, you talk to a 10-year-old – they’re never gonna grow old! But, those grains of sand in the hourglass are dropping day by day. And our life changes.
     But, we’re not wanting to speak about the physical at this moment, we’re wanting to speak about the spiritual.

Have you changed spiritually?

Did you think – for those of you who have gone through an initial process of conversion – that when you got baptized and came out of the water, and the minister laid his hands on you and said a prayer and asked the LORD God to grant you the glorious Spirit. Did you think that was the end of it!? Saying to yourself – “I’ve done it all! I’ve been baptized, my name is in the Book of Life – I’ve solved everything! I’ve made it!” No. You are but a small spiritual baby – like a small spiritual embryo. There is all of this growth that you must go through. Certainly, you have heard it said before – when you stop growing, you die. Mentally, physically, and spiritually. We must always keep pursuing a higher level of existence.
     Now, eventually, shall we say, the physical body gets difficult – moments of difficulty. But in your mind and in your spirit you never stop growing. And, what is your goal!? Our Lord Jesus Christ said it – “’ But seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness, …’” Now, you talk about a goal! To change some organism that at one time didn’t even exist – that only exists because it has consumed potatoes and carrots, roast beef, hot dogs, or anything else you can think of. I guess for some people it’s potato chips, ice cream, and beer! But, the only reason your heart is beating is because you have eaten these things that have literally come from the earth. DIRT. We have often said – we are living dirt. And yet, these things of which we are, someday ─ and this is so difficult for many of us to comprehend; and I don’t know if we think about it enough. It ought to be what we think about every morning when we wake up, throughout the day, and the last thing we think about before we go to sleep ─ there is a plan in God’s living word devised by these two great beings where They want to expand Their family. They want future eternal sons and daughters – members of the family of God. We – you and I – were once just a dividing mass of cells called a blastocyst, the size of a poppy seed. Then after about five weeks, we’re the size of a sesame seed. But, we are destined to become eternal spirit beings – living on the same plane as God the Father and Jesus Christ! Talk about change! Change is everything. Without change you’re stagnant. Without change, you die.

Religious Racism

Many people will say, “I don’t want to know anything more than I knew in 1972!” Decades before! But, for us, we want to learn more every day, every year. We want to do what the Apostle Peter says, “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
     Now here’s a thought – we hear in the news all the time, systemic racism. But, there is such a thing as religious racism. And, religious racism carries with it even more hatred, distrust, and antipathy than even “DNA racism.” What a shame! Now, we don’t care what faith you are – Catholic, Protestant, or some of the church groups we know – the end result within every group has as its desire to someday be with God for all eternity. How they get there, and what it’s going to be like, and where they will be, that changes from group to group. But the goal is basically the same. Isn’t it!? Eternal life with God Almighty and Jesus Christ – somewhere. This means – every person you meet when you go out into this world; and actively think about this – is destined, sooner or later, to be given from God Almighty an invitation to become a member of the family of God. Which means we are all destined to be eternal brothers and sisters in Christ. Eternally forever.
     Question – if you cannot look at fellow human beings with that degree of optimism and hope and truly good tidings. Do you even deserve to be in that group!? We dare say – if you do not hold these feelings, there’s a good chance you might be disqualified from being a part of this eternal family. You certainly need to think about this. But, for a church group to think – we can’t stop and talk to them there a this! And we’re not a this, we’re a that! We see it all the time, we hear about it all the time. And it is WRONG! It is EVIL!
     But, this desire to change. And, for us, a fire hydrant of biblical knowledge has opened up! We’re like Ethel Merman – the famous actress and singer – who had a distinctive and powerful voice – we just have to sing, “You'll be swell, you'll be great. Gonna have the whole world on a plate! Starting here, starting now. Honey, everything's coming up roses!”
     Turning to the Book of Luke chapter 13 –
     There’s this event that our Lord Jesus was talking about – verse 1 – “There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.”
     So, some religious people got on the nerves of the Roman authorities, and they were massacred. And our Lord Jesus hearing this story thought – Alright, I’ve got a chance to make a point here.
     Verse 2 – “And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose [do you believe] that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?’”
     And there were people – talking about this religious racism. There are people who if they hear something bad happen about another person they take glee in it. They’re happy about it! And, just a few moments ago we heard that a couple that we know have come down with COVID. And, COVID is not anything to mess around with, is it, friends. It can kill you. And, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University as of August 7th, 2021, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the US, allegedly, crossed the 35.73 million mark, with the death toll reaching 616,712. 1 Now, again, have they played with the numbers!? Probably. But, I know people who have died because of COVID. It’s real. Some people don’t even know they have it, it’s so light. Some people end up in the hospital with a breathing tube down their throat, and finally, they just lose the ability to breathe, and they die. Horrible. Horrible death. In which you literally can’t breathe. Certainly, all of us fear not being able to get our next breath. All of us fear drowning, don’t we!? We fear drowning – Oh if I have to go, I don’t want to go that way! Well, that’s in effect, what those COVID patients are going through. They just can’t get any oxygen in them anymore because their lungs are shot. Filled with fluid, not functioning. Well, there are people who take glee in the demise of others. We would strongly suggest that you do not do that! Because we have a feeling sooner or later you might be in the same situation.
     Remember, we’re all supposed to be, and we’re all destined – except for a very small percentage; yes, there are a few people who will NEVER EVER understand the living Word of God, the Truth of God, and the Plan of God. Even when they are brought back to life and taught by the members of the family of God, they will still rebel against the LORD God! And, those people will finally be disposed of and turned into dust and ashes. But, for the majority of all humanity – everyone you know is destined to be your eternal brother or sister. So, why would you wish anything bad on your brother or your sister!?
     Well, the family might not be very close now, but someday it will be together.
     It’s just, will you be there, or will you have eliminated yourself from the possibility!?
     But, our Lord Jesus Christ says in verse 3 – “’ I tell you, no; …’”
    No, they weren’t worse than anybody else. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s what happened to them. It’s just like a family traveling down the road in their automobile, and a semi-truck crosses the yellow line, and the entire family dies. Were they more evil than the other people traveling down the highway!? No. They were just at the wrong place at the wrong time – and this horrible tragedy occurred.
     And then He says, “ … ‘but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’”
     Unless you change, you’re going to end up dead too. These are the words spoken by Jesus.
     Verse 4 – “’ Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, …’”
     It was some kind of tragic construction accident. The ruins which have been excavated, are likely the ruins belonging to a second tower that was rebuilt after the first tower collapsed. The ruins are a circular foundation nearly 20 feet across. 2 But, the construction workers didn’t design it well, or they used shoddy material, or whatever. This massive tower came crashing down killing eighteen people “’ do you think they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?’”
     No. Do you think the people who died on September 11th, 2001, were worse sinners than all the other people in New York City, New York? Do you think the people – somewhere in the region of 599 to 690 people who were trapped on floors 77 to 110 of the South Tower – who in order to free themselves from intense pain, and inevitable death, they jump out a window to their death! The South Tower stood over a quarter-mile tall at 1,362 feet. Were they the most rotten sinners to walk the earth!? No. They literally were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And something horrible happened.
     You know, you hear stories – we just had the 20th anniversary – that there were people who didn’t make it to work that day because they were a little late getting to the subway, or their automobile wouldn’t start – and they never got to work that day. And, they would have been among those people. Can you imagine how odd those people must think? And, you hear that some people have what is called survivor’s guilt. They think – Well, that should’ve been me, why was I spared and they perished? They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And you weren’t. That’s the only way you can explain it.
     Verse 5 – “’ I tell you, no; but unless you repent …’”
     Again, that sounds religious, doesn’t it!? Repent, repentance, conversion. All it means is a willingness, and an aptitude, and a desire, to change. To change the way you think, and to change the person you are.

Let Us Grow In Grace

So, if you would – I made an allusion to this – go back to 2 Peter chapter 3 –

Verse 18 – one of the more profound verses in God’s living word. And it’s a verse that most people we don’t think consider too often. One of the last things the Apostle Peter wrote. And, you talk about New Testament heavyweights. You obviously have to talk about our Lord Jesus Christ, and you obviously have to talk about the Apostle Paul. But, you also have to include the apostles Peter and John. They were absolute giants in their field. Their field of being disciples of Jesus Christ. And, one of the last things he ever wrote – “but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
     And with that concept – we know of people who are ashamed of the name Jesus Christ and they’re embarrassed to talk about the concept of grace.
     Yesterday, Guy was telling me a story – that he was giving a sermon one time down in Alabama, and a particular hard head was in the room. And Guy had mentioned the concept of grace. And this man had looked up rather confused and said, “We don’t talk about grace!” Well, friend, the only thing that is going to save you from eternal death is grace. It’s true – the only thing we have is grace! The only commodity we have is the LORD God’s love and grace. And, the sacrifice that Jesus Christ went through just for you! “grow in grace.” And, a part of growing in grace is a sense of thanksgiving. Colossians 3:15 – “and be thankful.” And that is what has come across to us. How thankful we are that we have a great High Priest and a loving Elder Brother who cares enough about us that He will heal us of our physical trials.
     I know that I’ll never stop saying THANK YOU to our LORD God because of Their healing hands. In chapter two of this series, I covered with you the tragic situation at my home, where my right big toe got into an argument with a concrete block. Well, my toe lost the argument! But our great High Priest cared enough about me, that He saved my toe. He healed it. Several doctors announced to me that it must’ve been a miracle! Human beings didn’t do a thing! All they were saying was – ‘Well, looks pretty bad! Better chop it off!’ The first specialist I saw, I think he carries a scalpel in his pocket! Like the old American Western series ─ Have Scalpel – Will Amputate! And when I went, “Whoa, settle down!” He became indignant as if I was questioning his professional judgment. He goes, “Well, it’s only a toe!” “Yes,” I said, “but it’s mine!” I came into this world with that toe, and I plan on leaving this world with that toe still attached to me. But, as we’ve said, our Lord Jesus Christ who is in charge of the universe. Every distant tiny blip of light that is itself a massive galaxy of possibly hundreds of thousands of suns and planets. And, of all the things He has on His table – His managerial schedule – He took time out to save my toe! But, in doing that, He gave me so much more to think about! And as I’ve said in previous sermons and articles, it has changed me. My spiritual DNA has been changed. It’s been greatly improved. And, I will never be the same. On a regular basis, I ask Jesus in prayer – don’t ever let me forget. Don’t ever let me fail to remember. And, I now, when I wake up in the morning, I look down at my right big toe, just to remind myself – and I say once again, “Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!” And, one of the last things I do at night, is I look at my right big toe. It’s still there! Perfectly healthy! “Thank You, Thank You!” I’ll never stop thanking our LORD God! Like Ethel Merman had to sing – I’ve got to tell this story. I’ve got to tell this story so that you might have a larger view. Cameras have an aperture in the lens that controls how much light passes through to the camera sensor – so what I am trying to do is get the spiritual lens of your spiritual eye to take in more Light. To have a larger picture. Don’t live with a tiny f-stop. Don’t be like those who say, “I don’t want to know anything more than I knew in 1972!” Because if you are, then excuse me, you are spiritually dead.
     Our Lord Jesus Christ talks about church groups back in the Book of Revelation. He says, “’ I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.’” They’ve stopped growing! They’ve stopped believing. They’ve stopped acknowledging the greatness of Jesus.
     At the end of chapter four, we were in the Book of Hebrews. And, we made it to verse 7. Now, there are some people who say that I’m long-winded. Shrug. This story won’t be complete today. Because we have a lot to say. I hope that we can in some manner relay all this to you. And it won’t be in one hour or two hours. And it won’t be in thirty minutes. There are some pastors who insist on having their sermons at a maximum of thirty minutes. Then, they don’t have much to say, do they!? They must not know much – I mean if what you have to say is only thirty minutes long, you don’t really have a whole lot to say! What you have to say, if it’s based upon the living word of God, should be forever. There’s an old song that the Protestants love to sing – and we love to sing it too – I Love To Tell The Story. Yes, we do! We love to tell the story of Jesus and His love! It’s the only story we really want to tell anymore.
     Hebrews chapter two – the Apostle Paul. And let us remember the first three words before verse 1. Now, the Apostle Paul did not write chapter and verse. He wrote one complete scroll. He had just said, “will inherit salvation.” Speaking of people like you and me. Heirs of salvation. Heirs of eternal life. Then the next thought out of his mind, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”
     Before we began today, a group of people was being discussed – and it was brought up that all this group is, is a social get-together. Our Lord Jesus says multiple times, and let’s go there quickly. The Book of Revelation chapter 2. The revealing, the apocalypse. The word apocalypse is derived from the Greek word apokálypsis, which translates most literally to “an uncovering.” Where our Lord Jesus inspired the Apostle John to have a much better understanding of what was going to happen throughout history, and in particular, near the end time. But, here this famous statement said by our Lord Jesus – Verse 29 – “’ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit [the mind of the LORD God] says to the churches.’” There are church groups in the world that have turned off their spiritual hearing aid. They have taken wax and stuck it inside their ears. They can’t hear a thing. They aren’t willing to change. They aren’t even wanting to change. And they are maybe, possibly, spiritually dead. You either grow, or you die. Notice chapter 3 –
     Verse 21 – it is so beautiful – “’ To him who overcomes …’”
     Overcomes. Overcomes what!? Lack of knowledge. To him who overcomes the ways of Satan the devil. The ways of this world. “’ To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me …” – this is Jesus Christ talking! “’ … to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.’”
     Friends, as I’ve mentioned in the previous chapters, something that happened to me, with my right big toe. On the day – again, all these specialists lining up wanting to amputate my toe – with some powerful prayers. Some of them were mine, and some of them came from our brethren around the world. And again, thank you! When I showed up at the fourth specialist, a nurse took off my shoe and my sock, along with the little blue “turban” bandage covering my right big toe, and I looked down at my toe – now the day before the ankle was twice as large; like a giant sausage with little toes sticking out. And my right big toe was swollen and red. Then twenty-four hours later – and as I said, “Dear Brother, dear Jesus, I need you like John Wayne! You’ve got to show up; You’ve got to ride in here and save me! Or, my toe is going to be gone!” And He did! He saved my toe – I’ll never forget it! So, one day later, I’m looking down at my right foot – it looked perfectly normal. The specialist comes into the room, looks at it, and goes, “Mike, I gotta tell ya, as I look down upon your foot, I see no evidence that anything is wrong with your foot or your toe.” At that point, I knew that the prayers which had been offered up to God Almighty and Jesus Christ had indeed been heard!
     Remember one time our Lord Jesus, a certain commander of a century in the Roman army came to Him, pleading with Him to come to his servant who was lying at home paralyzed. And Jesus told him, “’ Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.’” And, that very hour his servant was healed! Jesus had already said, ‘It’s fine! Your toe is gonna be fine!’
     Well, these people that ever-so-often we run into they don’t have ears to hear, they don’t have eyes to see.
     Now, I’ve told this story several years ago – my right middle finger was in a state similar to my right big toe. The specialists were threatening to cut it off! And, at the very last moment, before I went to see the last specialist, I had gone to bed, went to sleep, and upon waking – it was healed! Now, I had decided that I wasn’t going to tell that story. But, when I did one Sabbath, I had heard later that there were some people in the congregation saying, “I don’t believe him! He’s lying.” Friends, I have to say, I might make some mistakes because I am human. But one thing I will never do is knowingly lie about the living word of God, or lie about something concerning Almighty God and Jesus Christ. To me, it would be the worst thing one could do!
     Verse 22 – “’ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit [the mind of the LORD God] says to the churches.’”
     And we hope that your minds are hearing us right now! We hope that this vital information is seeping into your minds! And, we hope that it’s beginning to change you. We wish that we could dispense some spiritual drain cleaner – to remove the wax, to remove the callousness – God’s living word often talks about the callousness of the human heart. Some of the prophets refer to the human heart as the hardest stone ever created – harder than diamonds. And for some people it is.
     Now, chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation – the first part – is talking about a church that was in Ephesus, which we would call Turkey. At that time it was called Asia Minor. And, our Lord Jesus complimented the church on a few things early on, but then He says in verse 4 – “’ Nevertheless I have this against you, …’” Something they are doing troubles Him! “ … ‘that you have left your first love.’” That word love here in Greek is agape. Which means godly love. A lot of so-called Christians have lost their first love. They developed wax in their ears, and callouses on their heart, cataracts on their eyes. They don’t hear or see a whole lot, and their heart – symbolic of their emotions and intensity – is calloused over. Their spiritual drainpipes are all clogged up. Like a toilet that gets stopped up – it becomes a real mess.
     Well, the Apostle Paul says in the Book of Hebrews chapter 2 –
     Verse 1 – “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard [and the things we are hearing], lest we drift away.”
     WHERE DID THE LOVE GO, Mr. and Mrs. Jones, as you sit there reading!?
     Verse 2 – “For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, …” meaning, you can absolutely depend upon it. “ … and every transgression and disobedience received a [proper] reward.” – which, for most of us we don’t really want that to happen, to really want to be rewarded in a negative way for everything we have thought, said or done. Which we actually deserve. And, that’s where grace comes in.
     Verse 3 – “how shall we escape …” How shall we go on “ … if we neglect so great a [Plan of] salvation, …”
     We’re going to put it a different way – how ignorant can a person be to let eternal life slip through their fingers because they're bored!? Because the Bible doesn’t mean anything to them. Because the promise of eternal life doesn’t mean anything to them. Because of the future of someday sitting on a throne with Jesus! That’s what we just read back in the Book of Revelation.
     Recall the great image I spoke of in chapter two!? In this image in my mind's eye, I received this beautiful hug from our Lord Jesus Christ. And as my head was on His left shoulder near His ear, I kept saying, “Thank You, thank You, thank You, thank You!” I began naming all of the things I could think of to give Him thanks, honor, and glory. It was a wonderful moment that happened in my mind's eye.

A Key To Eternal Life

What is one of the keys to eternal life? And, let us also ask, what is one of the worst things you can get yourself into? – in a mindset. The Book of Hebrews talks about it. And, this is one thing you NEVER want to happen to you. It’s in chapter 12. Beginning in verse 14 – “Pursue peace with ALL people, …”
     Remember we spoke earlier about those church groups!? They are sort of like incestuous. They’ll talk to one another, but everybody else they are religiously racist. They are prejudiced against. The LORD God says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”
     And then verse 15, the Apostle Paul wrote, “looking carefully. …” In other words, examine yourself. Paul says in another place, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” Look into a spiritual mirror. We’ve often referred to that great man of philosophy, that great man of education and wisdom – Michael Jackson. He sang a song entitled “Man in the Mirror” with the lyrics, “I'm gonna make a change For once in my life. It's gonna feel real good, Gonna make a difference, Gonna make it right.”
     Well friends, every one of us – stop worrying about the person across the room, LOOK IN THE MIRROR! Look into your spiritual mirror. And try to ask the question, if you can – When God the Father and Jesus look upon me, what do They see!? Are They pleased? Are They thinking, Well done My faithful son, daughter, brother, sister!?
     Notice what he says, “looking carefully lest anyone fall short [fail, faulter] of the GRACE OF GOD; …”
     Here’s that word again – grace. There are people who hate that word! I one time led a song – and I think it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written. And when you understand the background of the song, it becomes even more powerful. “Amazing Grace”. Now, the congregation loved it, because they hadn’t been allowed to hear or sing that song. Because the leaders of that group didn’t like the word grace. And, at the end of services, I was going to sing it again, but the main speaker got up behind the lectern and began mocking the words of the song. “Amazing grace, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me.” So, Mr. James Lamb was sitting to my left, and I whispered to him – I was going to sing that song again. And he whispered back – I don’t think you should. And I was truly disappointed in that main speaker, because in all honesty – I had admired and respected him. But on this issue, he was dead wrong!
     Continuing here in verse 15 – “ … lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, …” And, even infect you. “ … and by this many become defiled.”
     Bitterness. One of the worst spiritual diseases you could ever get. And, if bitterness is bad, what is the antidote? Well, we referred to it a few moments ago, it’s in Colossians chapter 3.
     Verse 14 – “But above all these things put on love, …” Godly love which is the bond that keeps everything together. Of perfection, righteousness, and hope.
     Verse 15 – “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, …”
     Peacefulness is sort of like the opposite of bitterness. And, anger and resentment.
     “ … to which also you were called in one body; …” the Body of Christ.
     “ … and be thankful.”
     There’s a lot of discussion concerning COVID vaccines. Some people get the vaccine, some people don’t. It’s all the news appears to talk about anymore!
     But, one vaccination you want to prevent you from becoming bitter, stale, hard of hearing, and dull of eyes, is THANKFULNESS.
     “and be thankful.” Every day, every moment. □

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2 “The Tower of Siloam”. Associates for Scriptural Knowledge. 2003. Retrieved 4 August 2023.