We worship The Word of God, “His name is called The Word of God.” (Revelation 19:3) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us …” (John 1:1,14). The Word of God is not paper and ink, but Jesus Christ. The Word of God is not a mere book, but the content of the Bible, holy, living, enduring, true.

How much does God care about His Word? “Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy Name.” (Psalm 138:2)

The True God wants us to find Him; to know Him. He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through His creation, so we will seek Him, then through His Word, so we will know Him. What good would it do if God revealed to us His Word, but then it later became impossible for anyone to find?

The true Word of God has always been there for the finding. If you seek, you will find. Jesus confirmed that the scriptures had been preserved by the Jews. This is the same Old Testament that we use today.

When Erasmus looked for the New Testament, he found it. He also found that those who were blessed to have scriptures through the centuries, almost exclusively, had the true version. The false versions had been largely rejected and discarded.

There were some places and people, who cared little for the integrity of the scriptures, that had the rare, unique, corrupted variants. Not only are those texts distinct from the consensus of the majority texts, they also disagree with each other. Oddly, there are some (non-believers) who collected the minority texts and asserted that they were better than the vast majority that agreed with each other. The one reason they give to defend such a position is that those manuscripts are older. There are two problems with that explanation. One, they are not older. Two, Satan was providing corrupt copies of the scriptures even while the apostles were still here to correct them. That is why the Bible itself contains corrections to false teachings that were being spread. So, even if they were older, that would not mean they are better.

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

In order for us to live by every word, then those words would need to be preserved. In the above verse of scripture, the Greek word here translated “it is written” is used scores of times in this same form in the New Testament in reference to the Old Testament. The form, or tense, that is used could never be used in reference to something that a person wrote down for their own reference, then forgot where they left the parchment. The writing that is referenced here was written in the past but has carried forward to the present moment when it is referenced – it has been preserved.

Matthew 5:17-18
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

In the above passage, the mention of the law and the prophets is another way of saying “the Old Testament.” Jesus is the Word of God, so the Scripture is His Words. So, the following verse is saying that the Bible will be preserved. This includes both the Old Testament, and also the New Testament that He was in the process of establishing.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Mark 16:15, 19-20
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with [them,] and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Hebrews 2:1-4
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let [them] slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him;]
4 God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

1 Peter 1:23-25
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Psalm 12:6-7
6 The words of the LORD [are] pure words: [as] silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

For more information regarding the reliability of the biblical texts, our favourite book on the subject is “Which Version is the Bible” by Floyd Nolen Jones.

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The word “human” is not in the Bible. Yet, in the sense that we use the word today, we know that the Bible teaches the humanity of Jesus, as well as His divinity. Why is this important?

Hebrews 4:15-16
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

2 John 1:7-9
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

At times, the New Testament uses the word “flesh,” or the phrase “flesh and blood,” in context, for human. For example:

John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places.]

John 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

Jesus was flesh.

Luke 24:39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

John 1:1,14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus was a descendant of Adam and Eve.

Genesis 3:14-15
14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Jesus’ genealogy in Luke 3 is traced back to Adam, as proof of the fulfillment of this prophecy.

Jesus was a descendant of Abraham, as well as a descendant of David.

Romans 1:3-4
3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
4 And declared [to be] the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

Matthew 1:1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Galatians 3:16,19
16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

19 Wherefore then [serveth] the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; [and it was] ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

The Old Testament always means human when it uses the phrase “son of man,” for example:

Psalm 8:3-5
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Pronouns aside, “Son of man” is the most common way Jesus used to refer to Himself in scripture, likely a direct allusion to Daniel chapter one. “Son of man” always refers to Jesus in the New Testament, and the second chapter of Hebrews beautifully ties together the Old and New Testament uses of this phrase:

Hebrews 2:6-18
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom [are] all things, and by whom [are] all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified [are] all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

All humans are of one blood.

Acts 17:24,26
24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, …
26 … hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, …

When the Almighty God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, came, He came in the flesh. When He came, every physical attribute of Him; His bones, His blood, His brain … His body … was human.

In His sovereignty, God could have remained distinctly distant and exalted high above us lowly humans, but He did better than that. His nobility is so sure, His virtue is so holy, His eminence is so firm, that He was able to humble Himself as a baby in the womb, and even to a humiliating execution as a criminal.

Someone stated that they did not know that I found polygamy to be unbiblical. Although this statement seems astounding to me, I have chosen to take my part of the responsibility for any confusion, and provide clarification. Since the statement was made publicly on the Internet, it seems proper and prudent to also state the clarification publicly on the Internet. I do not want anyone to get the wrong idea about what we believe, especially on such an important topic.

When we said “God designed marriage for one man and one woman,” this is an explicit statement against polygamy, as well as each of the following:

  • When I was discussing qualifications for elders in the church, one example I used for someone who was a novice in the scriptures, thus disqualified, is if they disagree that God’s design for marriage is between one man and one woman.
  • When I was explaining that a certain person’s doctrine had points that were seriously wrong, I offered polygamy as an example, since it was so obviously wrong.
  • I said Jesus expected that anyone should be able to see, from Genesis, that God designed marriage for one man and one woman. When Jesus pointed this out, He was exhorting us to a standard that was established from the beginning of creation. Those who lived in accord with this design received a blessing, and those who did not, suffered the consequences.

If I have said anything that could be misinterpreted to be positive, or even neutral, towards polygamy, please accept my apologies. I thought it was plain and clear.

Why would anyone want to read about what I do day to day? Well, most people would not. Some people are curious. Some may be considering partnering with us in ministry, so this could be an introduction, to help you decide. Others might already know me and have wondered how I stay so lean. This answers that question. Or they may wonder why my joy and peace do not leave me in stressful situations. This bit of writing should serve for those reasons. I am mainly writing this so I can read it to my children.

Also, even if no one else ever reads this, I think it will serve well as a form of self-reflection. By thinking through what I am doing and why I am doing it, with each of these precious moments I have been given, I can hope and pray that my future choices will be closer to the best priorities.

If any historians happen to be reading this, in hopes of discovering what life was like back in this century, I have a bit of a disclaimer, of sorts. My life does not represent the common activities of this time and culture. Most people consider our family to be quite different from the norm.

Of course, my days are not each alike, so I will not be describing just one day. Rather, the topic will be day to day stuff, when and why. I do not intend to include such intimate details that you will be embarrassed by reading.

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Psalm 19:1-4
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.
3 [There is] no speech nor language, [where] their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Romans 1:19-20
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed [it] unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, [even] his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 10:17-18
17 So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

It seems that the above verses are telling us that evangelism is not necessary. In contrast:

Proverbs 11:30 … he that winneth souls [is] wise.

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

So, why evangelise? There are some good reasons.

One reason to preach the gospel is if you are called of God to do so.

Ephesians 4:1,11
1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

11 And he gave some, apostles; … and some, evangelists; …

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

The purpose of this article is to give you encouragement, rather than guilt, regarding evangelism. However, if you are called to evangelise, and you are not doing it, then this article is not the source of your guilt!

Another reason to evangelise is that God cares for the lost. But, if God cares so much about the lost, then why doesn’t He tell them the gospel Himself? He does tell them. He does? Yes, He does tell them, as demonstrated by the scriptural passages at the beginning of this article. Then why do we need to tell them? We don’t need to tell them. We don’t? No, we don’t need to tell them. They are without excuse. If we needed to tell them, and we didn’t, then that would be their excuse. Whether we tell them or not, they have no excuse, because God already told them. Then, why is this a reason to evangelise? Because it is a blessing that God allows us to partner in His work. What a Partner! What a blessing! We will be blessed when our cares have the same object as God’s cares.

So often, God sheds His Light for others through us. What a beautiful design. He is The Source of all good gifts (He that ministereth seed to the sower, 2 Corinthians 9:10), yet He allows us to do some of the giving. That way both the giver and the receiver are blessed. Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). Aren’t you glad He invited you to the party?

Those human souls are all you can take with you from Earth to Heaven. As they say, “Measure your wealth not by money, but by all you have for which you would not take money.”

There are also other eternal rewards for winning souls to Christ.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Heaven will be better than we can imagine. But, there are some blessed things that can only be done in this life.

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There is a field of science that is not as well known. It is called information science, or informatics. No, not information technology, or computer science. Among other things, this discipline establishes the methods to classify the levels of information. This science is used in the search for extra terrestrial intelligence, in order to determine the filters to use in separating out the noise in the data, from the higher orders of information.

For many years, the search has been pursued to detect coded information from the heavens that has not been produced by mankind on Earth. It is rightly asserted that such codes must originate from an intelligent mind. Unlike the pulsar stars, which simply have a tempo, due to their spinning beam of radiation, this higher order of signal must have meaning and purpose that is clearly discernible. Random, or repetitive, chaos never produces this level of information that is truly evidence of intelligence. This is a fact of science that is not even controversial among information scientists.

The universe is so large that, if meaningful information could be produced by accident, then it certainly would, just because of the sheer volume of data. Thus, there would be no point in searching through all of this data, coming from the stars, to find evidence of intelligence. The fact that they are searching, is a veritable statement of agreement with this conclusion.

Here is an extreme example. If we found instructions for the protein chains of an entire organism, so that we could discern the amino acids and the sequence of assembly, then we would truly have information of the highest order. No one would argue with that. But, if this could have come about by chance, then there is no way to tell the nature of the source, and we still would not know if there was true intelligence behind it.

What information scientists have found is that random data can only corrupt true information. Random data cannot produce new information, thus, the amount of true information is never increased by accident.

Even though this view of the source of true information is irrefutable, there are some who don’t like such realities. Not because they dispute information science, but because they are desperate to cling to some explanation that tells us how we could have gotten here without a God. They want to believe that non-living molecules can, over the aeons, collect enough information to become the first DNA for a life form.

Even if this were possible, it does not come close to explaining all of the complex machinery required, so the DNA can reproduce itself. The final nail in the coffin, for such wild ideas, is that DNA is needed to construct the machinery as well.

If we simply use microscopes, instead of telescopes, then we have long ago found conclusive evidence of extra terrestrial intelligence. In any strand of DNA, of the simplest life forms, there is so much evidence, such immense quantities of complex information, that the only way to escape the conclusion of an intelligent heavenly source, is a strong bias against it. Angels are extra terrestrials also, but God is the ultimate extra terrestrial intelligence.

Because of the nature of the language used in lyrics, some portions of the Psalms may have a wider range of possible meanings. When we attempt to choose which meaning is intended, then it is important to limit our selection to that which is consistent with sterling biblical doctrine. An important concern is that we need to have a solid scriptural understanding of the topic at hand, in order to properly see the message of a passage or phrase in the Psalms.

When a person writes in verse, then we can try to discern its meaning based on the beliefs and values of the songwriter. In a similar way, when a song is part of scripture, thus written by God, the whole Bible is the context.

The Psalms are a glorious expression of holy doctrine. These verses are not intended by God to be the foundation. Rather, they are ornaments that beautify the structure of doctrine, as they are securely fastened to the solid foundation of the whole counsel of God.

Some people do not find beauty to be of much value … God does. So, this view of our poetic scriptures does not, in any way, reduce the appraisal of their worth. They are precious gems.

Word Studies

Jesus preached repentance (Mark 1:15).

John the Baptist preached repentance (Matthew 3:2).

The twelve apostles preached repentance (Mark 6:12).

What did they mean? What is repentance that saves?

Repentance must include admission of sin. But, this is not enough. If we confess sin, but do not turn away from it, forsake it, then we have not repented. The the basis of the Greek word that Jesus used for “repent” is to “turn.” If we confess sin, simply to be forgiven, this is not repentance. We are still facing squarely toward our sin and the only admission we are allowing is that we don’t want to be punished. If all you can say about your sin is that you don’t want to be punished, you are still with the world, on the wide road that leads to destruction. When God forgives you, He does not excuse your sin. As John the Baptist said, “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.” Luke 3:7-8

So, what is the difference between an unsaved person who sins, but is unhappy about it, and a saved person who falls? This may seem like a subtle distinction, but it is the contrast between life and death. The change is as radical as being born … again. Also, you who are saved, now have a well of living water within you. The difference is that profound.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.

Yes, repentance will include emotions of remorse, guilt, sadness. That is the root of the English word. But, those emotions will not save you. There is more to saving repentance than remorse.

When we repent, we don’t just turn away from something, we also turn toward something. We change the direction of our lives.

Isaiah 55:6-7
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

In fact, it is only through the power of God that we can hope to live in righteousness.

Romans 8:6-9
6 For to be carnally minded [is] death; but to be spiritually minded [is] life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

We cannot see the air, but we can see the effect of the movement of the air, sometimes subtly, sometimes powerfully. Can you see the effect of The Spirit moving in your life? (John 3:8) Are you drawing on the power of The Spirit? Or are you just trying to be good?

Mark 1:14-15
14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

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Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is.]

1 Timothy 4:10b … we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

1 John 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 Timothy 2:4-6
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Colossians 1:19-20
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in Earth, or things in Heaven.

Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in Heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

  • Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
  • Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?
  • Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Revelation 22:16-17
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

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If the only thing that changed in our lives when we left Earth and went to Heaven is that we were no longer tempted to sin, that alone would be enough.

If only we could see the unveiled glory of God, that alone would be enough.

If only we need no longer dread sickness, pain or death, that alone would be enough.

Imagine that you never experienced thirst. In that case, you would also never experience the refreshment of your thirst being quenched. One of the reasons we are here on this Earth, is so that we can develop a thirst that can only be relieved in Heaven. Every holy thirst that we have here, will be refreshed in Heaven. Not only will this refreshment be complete, but it will also be satisfied in ways that we cannot now imagine.

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