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  1. “Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.” (Genesis 25:27) Jacob has often been given a bad reputation for his deception of Isaac. He is branded a liar and worse, while the Scriptures describe him very differently. To begin with, the Hebrew word translated “plain” in our text is tam, everywhere else rendered as “perfect” or &ld... More... View the full article
  2. Certain Men Crept In LTRP Note: Please pray for Roger this week. This week he entered India where he will be speaking to pastors and also deciding if the Bryce Home project will open up in India. Pray for his safety and health and also that the pastors he is speaking to will receive the messages he brings to […] The post Certain Men Crept In appeared first on . View the full article
  3. Do you need grace today? Do you desire to grow in grace this year? I suppose these are questions with self-evident answers. We know we need God’s grace, and we know Scripture commands us to grow in grace. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.—2 Peter 3:18 This is what we desire for our lives as well as for the lives of those to whom we minister. But how? How do we grow in grace? And what does growth in grace look like on a practical level? God’s grace is not static; it is dynamic. It brings real change in our lives and compels us to increased growth. If you want to grow in grace, here are three areas where grace works: Grow in His Love Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.—Ephesians 6:24 God’s love is a fruitful love. Love itself is a fruit of the Holy Spirit’s work in the life of a yielded Christian (Galatians 5:22), and it is this love that compels us to continue in service for Christ. For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.—2 Corinthians 5:14–15 A grace-filled Christian is a loving Christian—someone who rests in God’s love for him, does not neglect truth but is bound to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:14–15), and is constrained by God’s love to serve others. So, if you want to grow in grace, begin by growing in God’s love. And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.—Ephesians 3:19 Grow in His Likeness God’s grace makes us like Jesus. It is the grace of God working within us that is responsible for a lifestyle (conversation in the verse below) that represents Christ to the world. For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.—2 Corinthians 1:12 Of course, we know that God’s ultimate plan for us is to conform us to the image of Christ and that He will make every detail of our lives work together toward that goal. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…—Romans 8:28–29 But God’s grace also gives us comfort through the seasons of difficulty that are part of this path. Even as Jesus was full of grace, He imparts His grace to us. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.—2 Corinthians 12:9 You’ve heard it said: “Nearness is likeness.” If we are walking near Jesus, His likeness will become evident in us, by His grace. Grow in His Labor God’s grace moves us to action. Yes, it begins with growing in God’s love and likeness, but it doesn’t end there. It moves us to labor in the work of God for souls. This requires that we are ready always to share the gospel and that we purposefully go to others with the gospel. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:—1 Peter 3:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.—Mark 16:15 It also means that we labor in transferring truth to the next generation of Christian servants. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.—2 Timothy 2:1–2 We can only remain faithful in God’s work by God’s grace. The Alternative to Growing in Grace Sometimes we subconsciously think that the alternative to pursuing growth in grace is just taking a break. We think it’s a moment of rest and that we can pick up again whenever we feel ready. Yet, the verse we all know—2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace…”—is preceded by a verse of warning. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.—2 Peter 3:17 We will either grow in grace, or we will fall from faithfulness. Being stagnant isn’t an option. Could I encourage you then, will you make a commitment to grow in grace this year? Related posts: 4 Results of a Grace-Based Approach to Ministry Growth Points 006—Religion, Grace, & the Local Church 4 Ways You Can Promote Grace in Ministry View the full article
  4. “And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.” (Genesis 25:27-28) Isaac’s early life became the biblical picture of Christ (Genesis 22:7-9). Not only d... More... View the full article
  5. Paris Peace Conference Spectacular Failure With No Visible Results By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz Breaking Israel News In what should have been an all-out Israel hate-fest with possibly disastrous consequences for the Jewish state, 70 nations gathered in Paris for a “peace” conference on Sunday – but at the end of the day, the results were lackluster and failed to accomplish anything significant against Israel. […] The post Paris Peace Conference Spectacular Failure With No Visible Results appeared first on . View the full article
  6. “And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had . . . go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:2, 4) Abraham required a most sacred vow from Eliezer (Genesis 15:2) to secure a bride for Isaac from the line of Shem rather than from... More... View the full article
  7. Caryl Matrisciana Memorial Service on YouTube Caryl Matrisciana’s memorial was held January 14th at Calvary Chapel Cypress with Pastor Chris Quintana. The following video is the service. It begins at about the 9 minute mark. Share This! The post Caryl Matrisciana Memorial Service on YouTube appeared first on . View the full article
  8. “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere. . . . Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.” (Genesis 13:10-11) Some otherwise righteous folks are unable to handle wealth. Lot and Abram had become so wealthy “that th... More... View the full article
  9. Israel Watches Unimpressed as Nations Gather to Decide Fate of Holy Land By Ryan Jones Israel Today The nations of the world gathering in Paris on Sunday to determine the fate of the Holy Land. Israel was not among them, and watched wholly unimpressed as the international diplomats engaged in “pointless” dialogue. Trying to sound a note of balance, French President Francois Hollande said that both Palestinian […] The post Israel Watches Unimpressed as Nations Gather to Decide Fate of Holy Land appeared first on . View the full article
  10. “Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son.” (Genesis 21:10-11) After Isaac had been weaned, Sarah noticed Ishmael mocking her and Isaac (View the full article
  11. Preliminary to Armageddon . . . Paris Jan 15 LTRP Note: On January 15th 2017, over 70 countries will be meeting together in Paris, France where they will be discussing Israel and peace in the middle east. See article links below this article information on that conference. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. (Psalm 122:6) By Bill Randles An event is occurring today which […] The post Preliminary to Armageddon . . . Paris Jan 15 appeared first on . View the full article
  12. A Day of Observations of Life in the Bubble From a Lighthouse Trails Reader: Saturdays are good because I pick up Joan [not real name], a family member and go early to the Farmers Market. I went into the house, and Joan, who is close to 50 years old, excitedly showed me some Disney character socks she purchased for her friends and herself. They […] The post A Day of Observations of Life in the Bubble appeared first on . View the full article
  13. “I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.” (Genesis 18:21-22) Three “men” stood before Abraham’s tent, two of whom were later revealed to b... More... View the full article
  14. Russian Yoga Fans Alarmed at Arrest of Teacher Under New Law LTRP Note: Posted for informational and research purposes. The Guardian (UK) A yoga teacher in Russia has been charged with illegal missionary activity under a controversial new law designed to fight terrorism. Computer programmer Dmitry Ugay was detained by police in St Petersburg in October while giving a talk at a festival about the philosophy […] The post Russian Yoga Fans Alarmed at Arrest of Teacher Under New Law appeared first on . View the full article
  15. “And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.” (Genesis 15:3-4) Right after Abram’s meeting with Melchizedek, God verified and amplified His ... More... View the full article