Wednesday, January 01, 2020


Starting TODAY and PLEASE do it EVERY MONTH (12 Times this year) GRACE & PEACE
28 DAYS THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE - No it is not a diet program, it is not a nutritional program, it is not an exercise program. It is a program for reading through Paul's epistle in one month. Why don't you join me?
01 Romans 1-3
02 Romans 4-6
03 Romans 7-9
04 Romans 10-12
05 Romans 13-16
06 1 Corinthians 1-3
07 1 Corinthians 4-6
08 1 Corinthians 7-9
09 1 Corinthians 10-12
10 1 Corinthians 13-16
11 2 Corinthians 1-3
12 2 Corinthians 4-6
13 2 Corinthians 7-9
14 2 Corinthians 10-13
15 Galatians 1-3
16 Galatians 4-6
17 Ephesians 1-3
18 Ephesians 4-6
19 Philippians 1-4
20 Colossians 1-4
21 1 Thessalonians 1-3
22 1 Thessalonians 4-5
23 2 Thessalonians 1-3
24 1 Timothy 1-3
25 1 Timothy 4-6
26 2 Timothy 1-2
27 2 Timothy 3-4
28 Titus 1-3 & Philemon 1

Sunday, December 29, 2019

GUEST POST: Why the Old Man Hates To Read the Bible


Why the Old Man Hates To Read the Bible
By Justin Johnson

The most praised book that is read the least must be the Bible. People buy multiple copies and don’t even read it!

Every year a multitude of new books are published about the Bible which people are eager to buy.

Only a few of these are any good, but a lot of them are read because it is easier to read books about the Bible than the Bible itself.

Our old man hates reading the word of God, but loves to boast in man’s wisdom. Books about the Bible can be a trap to the flesh to ignore the Bible. Our carnal old man will vainly glorify the Bible as a book, but will neglect actually using it. Beware.

Romans 7:18 says that in our flesh is no good thing, and I believe it.

The Bible is not a product of the flesh, and it does not satisfy the flesh to use it. Our old man opposes the study of God’s words, choosing rather to read books written by great men instead of the one book written by the Almighty God and our Lord.

The old man needs to be reckoned dead, crucified with Christ. Our old man wants nothing to do with the book that preaches its own death. Inevitably, the old man robs people from studying the Bible and blinds them from seeing the truth about life in Christ.

“Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:11

When we see that in our flesh is no good thing, then we know that the same is true of every man and their books.

That the Bible is praised but not read is a sign that the old man is alive and well. Our old man will resist the words of the Bible when given the opportunity to trust in men’s words.

The Snare of Books

It may be said, “But there are helpful things in books written by men.”
Indeed, it is true that books serve a good purpose.

Reading good books can be helpful and profitable for a time, but never as a substitute for the one book that came from the mouth of God designed for your knowledge of the truth. Whereas many books are useful for reading only once, the Bible is only useful if read continually.

The snare of reading great works of men is the lie that there is some good in human wisdom. The snare of our vain flesh is to think that God’s words are no different than any man’s words. The Bible says the opposite: true wisdom is God’s wisdom; man’s wisdom is nothing. God’s wisdom is found only in the Bible.

“…the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Cor 1:25
All the treasures of wisdom are hid in Christ.

“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.” – Col 2:3-4

The old man wants to declare that there is wisdom that it can produce. The Bible tells it to shut up and play dead (Rom 3:19).

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.” – 1 Cor 3:19-20

The Bible is inspired by the Creator of the universe and is different than every other book on the shelf. No other book compares when your goal is to grow in wisdom.

GUEST POST: 23 Reasons You Should Stop Tithing


23 Reasons You Should Stop Tithing

By Justin Johnson of Grace Ambassadors

Among pastors, there is a terrible abuse of using law tithing to place the church back under the condemnation of the law. This must be stopped.

Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert entire households, teaching things which they ought not to, for the sake of dishonest gain.” Titus 1:11

Jesus taught the church of Paul’s dispensation a better way of giving without the law. This resource is not intended to dissuade giving generously to the Lord’s causes. God loves generosity as a reflection of your thanksgiving to Him. While this resource explains why Paul’s doctrine teaches you to stop law tithing, God does not teach lesser generosity.—2 Corinthians 9:7

1. We are not under the law of tithing. Tithing was part of the law. We are no longer under the law. (Rom 6:14)

2. Tithing was only for certain people. Tithing was only required of people who had increase from the land (farmers, etc) (Deut 14:23)

3. Tithes are food, not money. If someone wanted to turn tithes into money, they had to pay a 20% penalty. (Lev 27:30-33)

4. The church is not God’s covenant people (please read on, and even comment, before heresy is named). The old and new covenants were made with Israel and Judah, and so the requirements were never intended for Gentiles (Heb 8:8). Gentiles could be blessed by honoring Israel and worshipping Israel’s God.

5. The Levitical priesthood does not exist today. The most popular tithe today is the tithe that went to the Levitical priesthood (Num 18:21). There is no Levitical priesthood today.

6. The pastor does not replace the priest. Preachers and teachers in the body of Christ church are not priests. Christ is the only mediator (1 Tim 2:5).

7. We do not inherit Israel’s land. The tithe given to the Levites was because they had no land inheritance (Numbers 18:21).

8. Tithes are to be brought to the temple in Jerusalem. Jews today don’t tithe because there is no temple in Jerusalem to bring the tithes (Deut 12:5-11)

9. There are no more temple sacrifices. Since Christ paid our sin debt, there is no need to pay (tithe) someone else to do this service for us.

10. The local church does not replace the temple. Know ye not that you are the temple of God, not your building! (1 Cor 3:16)

11. The church does not observe required feast day celebrations. It was three times a year in Deut. 16:16. At certain feast days is where the tithes would be offered. One tithe even allowed you to stay home and spend it on what you desired (Deut 14:26).

12. Law tithing requirements were greater than 10 percent. Deut 14:28 is one example of the tithe on the increase every 3 years that was above the regular Levitical tithe. There are other required offerings also according to Mal 3:9.

13. The law of tithing is weak. A required tithe does not change the heart or the action. It always requests more, is not a gift, and is merely fulfilling an obligation (Mat 23:23, Gal 4:9, Rom 8:3)

14. Melchizedek doesn’t apply today. Abram’s tithe was taken from the spoils of his enemies in response to a unique blessing, and it only happened once (Gen 14: 18-19, Heb 7:4)

15. Law tithing obligates the doer to the entire law — (Gal. 5: 3, James 2: 10)

16. Physical blessings are no longer granted. The law tithe taught physical blessings to Israel from God for tithing (Mal 3:10). Without a covenant with God, a priesthood, a promise, or a temple tithing for profit will not work.

17. Christ has given the church all spiritual blessings. Those blessings are in heavenly places in Christ (Eph 1:3)

18. Peace with God is attained without tithing — Rom 5: 1

19. God provides all our needs without tithing. Phil 4:19 says your needs are supplied according to his riches in glory in Christ. What you need is not physical, it is spiritual.

20. We work to provide for our physical needs in this dispensation. Paul makes it clear that if we don’t work we don’t eat (2 Thess 3:10). Mat 6:11 and Mal 3:10 are not effective now since the church today is not Israel. If we do not provide for our own today we are “worse than an infidel” (1 Tim 5:8)

21. The tithe was required. Giving today is not “of necessity” (2 Cor 9:7). This is an important distinction between generosity and obligation.

22. The law tithe places you under a curse. If you do not continue tithing then you can be cursed (Gal 3:10)

23. Christ has redeemed you from the law of tithing. Law tithing represents ignorance or negligence of Christ’s cross (Gal 3:13, 1 Cor 1:17, Gal 2:21).