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  1. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42) Much goes on in Christian churches today under the name of “fellowship.” Usually this consists of coffee and donuts, or church socials, or sports. As delightful as these functions may be, they should not be confused with ... More... View the full article
  2. A Celebration of a Servant’s Promotion By Mike Oppenheimer Let Us Reason Ministries In life, we come across certain people who are extraordinary in character. Ray Yungen was just such a person. It was Ray who first made us aware of the Catholic contemplative mysticism and certain New Age practices becoming popular and entering the church. He did more than point […] The post A Celebration of a Servant’s Promotion appeared first on . View the full article
  3. “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) The very concept of God having pleasure in things that take place on Earth staggers the imagination. Most amazing of all... More... View the full article
  4. OBITUARY of RAY YUNGEN To be posted in the Salem, Oregon newspaper on Sunday, October 23, 2016 Raymond Allen Yungen passed away peacefully on October 16th, 2016 at the Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon. Ray was born February 7, 1952 and was 64 years old at the time of his death. He was a resident of Salem for the […] The post OBITUARY of RAY YUNGEN appeared first on . View the full article
  5. Just four months ago, in June of this year, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Hollywood with necrotizing pneumonia. It was a close call that included a lung surgery, ten days in the hospital, and weeks of quarantine and some of the strongest antibiotics available even after he was out of the hospital. (I wrote about these days and what the Lord taught us in the hospital here.) Since June, we have been doing everything we could to guard Chandler from any possible germs or reinfection. But no amount of hand sanitizer or healthy eating could have protected him from the all-boy fall he had Monday night when he became air born while playing and landed on his head on concrete. He blacked out briefly but came to when our son-in-law, Peter, rushed to pick him up. Peter and Danielle decided to take him to urgent care to be checked. The doctor checked his vitals, asked him questions, and, thinking he seemed fine, suggested an MRI rather than a CT scan. (CT scans have such high levels of radiation that they become dangerous, especially if used repetitively. Chandler just had one a few months ago at the time of his lung surgery.) At first, Peter and Danielle were thankful to be able to avoid another CT scan. As they were waiting for the MRI, however, they just couldn’t shake the sense that they needed to have him checked more carefully than an MRI could do. After some prayer and consulting with a other doctors on the phone, Peter asked the attending doctor if he would be willing to order the CT scan in spite of the risks. This decision proved to be of the Lord as the scan revealed that Chandler’s skull had been fractured in three places and that there was blood leakage near the brain. He was rushed into an emergency surgery that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday morning. In surgery, the doctors removed a hematoma and were able to get the bleeding stopped. They also wired Chandler’s skull together. After surgery, the surgeon told us that the scan and the surgery saved Chandler’s life. From the recovery room, Chandler was airlifted to Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood for further evaluation. About the time Chandler fell Monday night, I had just arrived in Michigan to preach for Dr. R. B. Ouellette at the Church Triumphant Conference. I was to teach sessions throughout the day on Tuesday and then preach for the evening service. When Terrie called to relay the news, however, I made plans to fly back to Lancaster immediately. I spent the night in fervent prayer at gate 76 of Detroit International Airport as a team of doctors performed a delicate surgery on my grandson. I arrived back in Los Angeles shortly after the medevac helicopter brought Chandler in. This past week in the hospital has been excruciating as we’ve sat in the same PICU wing and same waiting rooms praying once again for our grandson to pull through. We praise the Lord that the surgery was successful and have been praying, waiting, and watching for every little step of improvement along the way. One thing that always touches me deeply about these moments is how quickly we take for granted the little things. Hour by hour, we find ourselves praying for such requests as that Chandler would be able to eat, have a bowel movement, sit up, stand, step—all those things that we just do naturally and tend to take for granted. During this past week, I’ve often been convicted about the lack of gratitude in my heart on “regular” days. These past four months have also reminded me in a profound way that God has a special plan for Chandler’s life. He’s not yet four, and he’s already had two near-death experiences and two major surgeries. I’ve read that the most formative years of a child’s life are between the ages of two and three and that age three in particular is significant for personality development. I truly believe that Chandler, who has spent over two weeks of his most formative year in PICU, is certainly being prepared by God for a very special purpose. This past Tuesday night, as I looked out of Chandler’s hospital window over the nighttime lights of Los Angeles—a city of 3.8 million people—I was reminded of what a great need there is in our world for Christians who will share the light of the gospel. Chandler’s name means “candle maker,” and I am praying that God will use him in a great way to reach souls for Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers for us and especially for Chandler. We are touched and encouraged by the outpouring of response in prayer from friends in the gospel around the world. Chandler was discharged from the hospital yesterday to continue recovery at home. We were amazed and grateful, and we know the Lord is working in response to prayer. We do ask for continued prayer as Chandler still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. We’re specifically praying for his headaches and dizziness to subside as well as for the swelling to go down and for his skull fractures and surgery incision to heal. Please pray also for Peter and Danielle as these have been challenging days for them. Terrie and I have marveled at God’s grace in their lives as we’ve watched them go through these times with Chandler. God is already using this couple greatly in ministry, and I believe He is preparing them for increased effectiveness as well. Finally, we ask that you would pray for God’s hand of protection on Chandler and for God’s grace to continue working in his young life that he might be greatly used of God. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:14–16 Related posts: Update on Chandler and Waiting on the Lord Praising the Lord for Answered Prayer for Chandler Our Newest Grandson: Chandler Paul View the full article
  6. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) The translators of the King James Bible used the English word “conversation” in 18 passages, among which are five different Greek terms. Most of the words would be understood by our modern idea “manner of life” or b... More... View the full article
  7. Sins of the Fathers, Nepotism, and Apostasy in the Church By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International There is an obvious pattern observed from a brief study of genealogies found in the Old Testament. When a father follows God and leads the people, overseeing in the right direction, there is absolutely no guarantee this virtue will carry over to the next generation. In other words, […] The post Sins of the Fathers, Nepotism, and Apostasy in the Church appeared first on . View the full article
  8. There are reasons my readers may decide this subject is too deep and come back another day. Not a problem. That graphic is involved! A question came up when I was looking at next week’s Sunday School lesson – John 8. Click to see it in the King James Version. I grew up with this version and there are many reasons I use it. When I have questions about words, I go to E-Sword app on my PC or my iPhone and look up the word using Strong’s dictionary. Each biblical word has been assigned a number to track its use through the Bible and it has the definition. As you can see from the above screen capture, it is a study tool, not a quick read. I absolutely prefer using it when reading aloud with others. Imagine (if it hasn’t happened in reality to you) reading aloud John 8 from KJV above and reading it from New International Version (NIV). Here, in case you can’t click right now, the first few verses are – NIV, then KJV: The wording does not change the picture each creates – Jesus, religious leaders, a woman taken in adultery and a plan to catch Jesus saying something wrong. But if we were reading aloud, together, words would run together and over each other and our focus would be on what we are reading rather than the message behind the words. In depth studies of the question of versions also brings division and contention. It is a course of study that brings out arguments and pits good men against each other. We need to be aware of the history, but not allow it to detract from God’s word. This particular passage is an example of such division. As given in the Pulpit Commentary: Doubts have beset the authenticity of the passage from the fourth and fifth centuries in the Eastern Church, both on external and internal grounds. The authority and practice of Augustine, Ambrose, and Jerome gave it a secure resting place till the criticism of Erasmus re-awakened doubt.I have found that knowing there is dissention does not negate my faith in biblical accuracy. God’s word has been questioned since the snake spoke with Eve: Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: (Genesis 3:1-4 KJV) Now, do I believe a snake spoke to a woman? Yes – not as we think of today, but as it was in the beginning. Do I believe in the consequences of that woman’s decision? Yes – just as I believe in the consequences of our own. As Paul explained historical facts having greater meaning: Which things are an allegory: (Galatians 4:24a KJV) Does being an allegory make them less applicable? No. To me it means God’s plan has been unfolding from the beginning of time and is in a book we need to be reading. Please, let us continue reading God’s word together.View the full article
  9. Biblical Christianity – The Biggest Obstacle to the New Age By Ray Yungen The New Age and Christianity definitely clash on the answer to the question of human imperfection. The former—the New Age—espouses the doctrine of becoming self-realized and united with the universe, which New Agers see as God but in reality is the realm of familiar spirits. On the other hand, the Gospel that […] The post Biblical Christianity – The Biggest Obstacle to the New Age appeared first on . View the full article
  10. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8) Adam and Eve originally were given dominion over all the animal creation (Genesis 1:26), but sin came in and things c... More... View the full article
  11. RAY YUNGEN MEMORIAL SERVICE RAY YUNGEN February 7, 1952 – October 16, 2016 TRIBUTES TO RAY YUNGEN MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR RAY YUNGEN SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2016 – 2PM VIRGIL T. GOLDEN FUNERAL HOME (IN THE CHAPEL) (Address/Map) If you would like to help with burial and memorial expenses, please click here. Share This! The post RAY YUNGEN MEMORIAL SERVICE appeared first on . View the full article
  12. In Luke 21, Jesus taught His disciples how to keep their sanity in the midst of cultural and societal upheaval. Would you like to keep yours? Me too! Here’s how… Expect a temporary fallen world to be inherently unstable— in verses 10-12, Jesus describes the end times as being characterized by the rise and fall of governments and nations; the increase of natural disasters; and an increased hostility towards those who believe the gospel. This doesn’t sound like good news, but hold on… Anticipate God using your testimony of hope—in verse 13, Jesus says, “And it shall turn to you for a testimony.” Literally, Jesus says, “Bad times are going to be good for gospel ministry!” Why? Because when temporal things that people hope in (like an election) don’t go their way, they need a stronger hope—which you and I already have. Settle Your Heart—Next Jesus says, “Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer.” I love this! Settle your heart. It’s a command. Don’t worry. Don’t be characterized by anxiety. Don’t let fear lead you. Choose a restful heart! This requires intentional decision-making, but it’s possible. This is a decision to let Jesus hold your heart, and not the media. Specifically, Jesus is saying, “Don’t worry about what to say… when the time comes, He will give you “a mouth and wisdom!” Wow! What a promise! Why not stop and pray right now—“Lord Jesus, settle my heart, give me a mouth and wise words today!” Expect Relational Rejection and Possible Persecution—In verse 16-17, Jesus says we will be “betrayed” by family members, hated, and persecuted. If a polarized election will destroy friendships, I guess we can expect our love for Jesus to be a problem for some as well. This may not be happening within our borders, but it sure is in many other portions of the world. Hold on, it gets better! Know that You are Safe—in verse 18, Jesus said, “But there shall not an hair of your head perish.” From His perspective, you are indestructible! The one who rose again from death, and who promises to raise you, tells you that no matter what happens in time and space—it can’t harm you. I guess we can truly live with “no fear!” We can leap into courageous, outrageous, risky faith-filled living! And now for my favorite part! Patiently Possess Your Soul—Finally, Jesus says in verse 19 “In your patience possess ye your souls.” Patience refers to cheerful and hopeful endurance—like a kid in his car seat on the long drive to Disney World! Possess means to acquire, or to own. And your soul here is your “psuche” or your psyche—your inner world of mind, will, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and values. This is your true identity, your inner man. He is literally saying, “You can retain your sanity when everyone seems to be losing theirs!” You can settle your hearts and buckle in for a cheerful hopeful journey through chaos. You can know that the chaos can’t touch you, and your journey will ultimately and eternally end with exceeding joy. Jesus told us it would be like this; and long ago He told us how to respond. Settle your heart. Possess your “psyche” in hopeful, cheerful endurance. All the while, help others find their new identity in Jesus—help others anchor their souls to Jesus. Sanity is a wonderful thing. Emotional, relational, spiritual stability is a gift from Jesus to me and you. Christians should be the most sane and cheerful people on planet Earth. As Christians, may we find our voice for HOPE. May we be known for our GOSPEL, not our political positions. May we find our voice for JESUS in an ocean of voices characterized by rage, anger, confusion, and temporal opinions. We live in tumultuous times, but we belong to a great Savior! Hold onto Him today, and let all of the “insanity” become an opportunity for GOSPEL TESTIMONY! “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:” (2 Corinthians 4:3) View the full article
  13. If not, I would suggest you do so, because this is basically an extension of my views on God’s grace freeing us from the Law. Which can be misunderstood. Some would take that announcement of freedom as an erasure of the Law given by God in the Old Testament. That accepting Christ as savior frees one from the Law in its entirety. Paul answered that question in the same book I was reading: Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. (Galatians 3:21 KJV) He addressed this in another letter to a different church faced with the same question: What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet. (Romans 7:7 KJV) It is the teaching of, the knowledge of the Law that convicts us to the point we open our hearts to the truth that we are sinners. The Law defines what should be done and gives us understanding that what constitutes sin. How else can we understand when Paul tells us: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (Romans 3:23 KJV) Isn’t it much better to have the Law spell out what God wants His children to do than to be the child who learns from painful experience? My toddler picked up a bobby pin and wondered what would happen if he stuck it in a wall socket. No – I hadn’t gotten around to teaching him the results would be very painful. God defined specific qualifications to remain sinless, all the while knowing there would be failures. He also provided worship processes to give solace and comfort while His people continued toward a greater promise – His provision of grace. That does not under any circumstances negate His law, though it does provide live with unearned grace that He provided: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8 KJV) Does my love for my son ever negate the consequences of a bobby pin in a wall socket? Nope. The consequences remain the same here in the flesh. Does God’s grace negate the consequences of my sin? Yes. This is His promise. But – it does not negate the consequences of sinfulness in the flesh. Paul faced that, too: What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (Romans 6:1-2 KJV) Our sins are defined by His Law. Breaking them has consequences in our relationship with God, impacts our witness to others regarding His love and makes us very unhappy. Don’t ignore that – Christians are not happy living with His will in our lives. I’ll close with a verse from Monday – one that tells me to use the Bible to determine God’s message to mankind. Not what is written here, nor any other person. That is opinion. Here is mine, there is another’s, but God provided what He had to say: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-8 KJV) View the full article
  14. Pope Urges Lutherans to Set Aside Doctrine to Work Together LTRP Note: Posted for informational and research purposes. One person who agrees with the Pope and has had a major impact on the evangelical/Protestant’s church’s move toward unity with Rome is Rick Warren through his long-standing Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan and Purpose Driven movement (accepted by tens of thousands of churches and dramatically changing the landscape […] The post Pope Urges Lutherans to Set Aside Doctrine to Work Together appeared first on . View the full article
  15. Letter to the Editor: Dave Hunt, Warren B. Smith, Caryl Matrisciana, Roger Oakland, Ray Yungen. Age, accidents, illness, natural disasters and death, it cannot go unnoticed that these men and women who have walked with God , have each been challenged with tremendous difficulties at this present time. Is it too much to suggest that the evil one is screaming at them in anger for the good work they have […] The post Letter to the Editor: Dave Hunt, Warren B. Smith, Caryl Matrisciana, Roger Oakland, Ray Yungen. appeared first on . View the full article