Wednesday Testimony – Dying Well

There are many ways we can give a testimony, from the beginning of salvation to the beginning of eternity with Christ, we tell the world of Gods glory. If you have any experience with Foxes Book of Martyres then you know the power a testimony can have of a believer who dies well.

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John Calvin has became a controversial figure in church history, as you know I like to avoid controversial issues. Ok, jokes aside, if you want soft serve Christian posts you’ve probably landed on the wrong side of the blogosphere. Calvin’s life might have been controversial, but his death is extremely telling.

He wrote in his last will and testament that he did not want a marked grave. His family and friends were shocked when they found out, and still to this day no one knows where Calvin was buried. It’s interesting to note that John Calvin sought fame before becoming saved, he wanted to be well known. Once saved he wanted only to make known the Savior. In his death he made one final effort to point his followers to Christ, and away from his name. 

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We tend to look back at these impressively bearded men of church history in awe and wonder. Calvin’s death should serve as a reminder, as a testimony to where our awe and wonder should be placed. The vessel God uses is not to be the point of our worship, God Himself is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory. He took the heart of stone out of a man and replaced it with a heart of flesh. He used that man to change church history, then He brought that man home to eternal peace in His glorious presence. 

It’s not by Calvin’s might that he died well, but by the grace of God. Wednesday Testimony’s are not to deify man, but to glorify the one who saves man. If we put our faith in man we will consistently be disappointed.

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Place you faith in the God that saves, flee from the wrath to come! If you are unsure of your salvation, if you’ve never worked through it with fear and trembling, I encourage you to do so now. Cry out to God! If you have any questions feel free to ask, or find an elder or pastor in your church to talk to about this. 

As always, my beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

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Twisted Tuesday’s – Universalism 

The twisted scripture for today is 1 Timothy 2:4


Beloved, today I’m going to address Christian Universalism, which is the belief that everyone will eventually be saved whether in this life or after it, through Christ’s work on the cross.

There is also Unitarian Universalism, which teaches all faiths are true and everyone will be saved regardless of what Christ did on the cross. This belief is not something true Christians can be deceived by as it is a rejection of Christ as our Lord and savior. My purpose on Tuesday’s is to review scriptures taken out of context or twisted to fit a certain viewpoint. Unitarian Universalism, while extremely dangerous, does not fall into this category. So-called ‘Christian’ Universalism, however, does.


Many others have done a far better job discussing this subject in detail than I ever could. Our brother in Christ over at Possessing the Treasure wrote extensively about this here. If you want more than the basic summary I write, I encourage you to read his post.

Essentially the idea is that God desires all to be saved, therefore God will save everyone even if they do not repent and place their trust in Christ in this lifetime. No one will end up in hell, isn’t that great? The issue with this belief is that it not only twists Paul’s words, but it ignores other passages in both the New and the Old Testament.


Brethren, the disciples of Christ didn’t just risk their lives to spread the Gospel, all but John lost their lives in the process. Why would this be necessary if salvation was afforded after death? In fact, if all are going to be saved, it seems like God could have thought of an easier way for Christ to redeem His bride, why the cross?

This type of deception comes when believers fail to take into account the full counsel of Gods Word. Dear ones, I want to bring you back to what we discussed last Tuesday, the Law of Non-Contradiction. If a verse seems to contradict another verse in the Holy Spirit inspired scriptures then the flaw is with your understanding, not the verse. Look closer, don’t accept my word for it, or anyone else’s, in fact, the only word we should accept is the Word of God.


Beloved brethren, with a deep affection for you all I desire that none of you should fall into deception. This is why I plead with you day in and day out, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. I pray for you all, I ask for your prayers as well, so that we can each grow in the grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hymns from the Past – A Mountain Fastness is our God


A Mountain Fastness is our God,

On which our souls are planted:

And though the fierce foe rage abroad,

Our hearts are nothing daunted.

What though he beset,

With weapon and net,

Array’d in death-strife?

In God are help and life:

He is our Sword and Armour.

2 By our own might we naught can do;

To trust it were sure losing;

For us must fight the right and True,

The Man of god’s own choosing.

Dost ask for His Name?

Christ Jesus we claim;

The Lord God of hosts;

The only God; vain boasts

Of others fall before Him.

3 What though the troops of Satan fill’d

The world with hostile forces?

E’en though our fears should all be still’d:

In God are our resources.

The world and its King

No terrors can bring;

Their threats are no worth:

Their doom is now gone forth:

A singe word can quell them.

4 God’s word through all shall have free sway,

And ask no man’s permission:

The Spirit and His gifts convey

Strength to defy perdition.

The body to kill,

Wife, children, at will,

The wicked have power:

Yet last it but an hour!

The kingdom’s ours for ever!

5 To Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,

For ever be outpouring

One chorus from the heavenly host

And saints on earth adoring!

That chorus resound

To earth’s utmost bound,

And spread from shore to shore,

Like stormy ocean’s roar,

Through endless ages rolling.

By Martin Luther

Sorry I couldn’t find anyone singing this hymn, beloved, if you have a link please feel free to share it. I hope you all have a wonderful day of fellowship, praise and worship, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

It’s no Cake Walk

Are we running a race, or playing a game of Cake Walk? 


How many pastors will get up this Sunday and preach a sermon about self love, confidence, or even health and wealth? Probably a grand majority of the professional Ear Scratchers. How many will get up and preach a message that’s actually relevant to the sheep living in a fallen, cursed, world? Too few.

I think this is a contributing factor to the rapidly decreasing percentage of church attendance. If I want to get a pep talk I can turn on Joel Osteen without wasting gas money. I can get a great frap at McDonalds now for two bucks less then most ‘church coffee bars’ are making them. If I want great music I can book myself tickets to my favorite band. All the ‘church growth’ models are failing because they’re making the church like the world. Believers go to church to get away from worldliness, not to wallow in it.


What happens then when a pastor stands up on Sundays and preaches the Cake Walk? The members are ill prepared for the race they’re running. How discouraging to go throughout the week facing temptation, mockery, exhaustion, and the general wear and tear of life, only to have the leader of your church pat you on the shoulder and tell you how great life is. Your best life now? 

What if my child just died? How do I have my best life now? What if my husband just left me? Is this as good as it gets? What if I got fired and I don’t know how I’m going to make rent? I’ve heard Jeremiah 29:11, got anything for how to pay rent? How about for the wretched sinner? Is there anything in the Bible for sinners? Or are you just going to stand there and tell me stories about how you climbed a mountain and saw a beautiful view?


Oh beloved, how do men who read the Bible stand and say such foolishness? They have to, because they began the false doctrine they teach with a lie. That lie is that if you come to Christ everything will get better. You’ll be healed, your marriage will be fixed, your income will be multiplied. If they’ve gotten you into their churches by convincing you that Christianity is all about the worldly gifts, they have to keep repeating that lie.

It becomes very dangerous when someone finally stands up and says ‘hey, I came here for a Cake Walk but all I’ve had in this life is trials and tribulations’. The danger isn’t in the question, it’s in the answer. ‘Friend’, the Joel Osteen wanna be will say ‘you just don’t have enough faith. You just need to sow a bigger seed.’ What heavy burdens they have placed on their flock, burdens they are unwilling to help carry!


Christianity is not a Cake Walk, it’s a race. You don’t run this race to get a bigger house, or more attention from your spouse, you run it for the glory of God. Why glory in God? He sent His only begotten Son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not parish but have ever lasting life. He is worthy of all honor, praise, and glory! 

Beloved, there are scores of people, an entire harvest of them, who have been disenfranchised by the health and wealth false gospel. We only need to be courageous enough to share the true Gospel with them. I have a simple suggestion, brethren, Gospel tracks. Did you know that people are still finding, reading, and coming to saving grace through Gospel tracks? My daughter and I have a blast finding different places to leave them in hopes that the lost will be found. 

Run your race well, dear ones, as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Twisted Tuesday – Soul Sleep

Every evening I have the same conversation with myself, wagering over minutes. If I go to bed at such a such time I can get up this early and still get everything done. My alarm goes off and the pep talk begins. ‘If you wake up now you can get more done’ but ‘I don’t want to get up yet, it’s so comfortable here’ oh but ‘yet a little sleep, a little folding of the hands’…another little thought says ‘coffee coffee coffee’ that’s usually the thought that works, I love coffee.


I hate having to sleep, every night as I grudgingly make my way to bed I think of how many other things I’d rather be doing. When my alarm goes off at 4:30 am I have a change of heart, suddenly I can’t think of anything I’d rather do. Since becoming a mom I’ve seen sleep as a necessary evil. I don’t know if I’m in the minority or not, but I would be a much happier person if we didn’t need to sleep at all.

I assume for most people, rest is restful so I can understand the desire to create a doctrine around it. Today’s twisted scripture is John 11:11.


I’m going to address John 11:11 although many who hold to the doctrine of Soul Sleep also use verses from Ecclesiastes as support. Every scripture in the Bible is beneficial to believers, but not every part is there for doctrinal purposes. Such is the case with the book of Ecclesiastes, which begins by underlining the words written therein are ‘under the sun’. As with everything in the Bible, context is important.


So what is Soul Sleep? It’s the idea that when you die you sleep, and you’re completely unaware that you’re dead. This contradicts several other passages in the Bible, which brings us to an important point. How can you be sure that you’re not believing heresy? The Law of Non-Contradiction. Gods not going to contradict Himself, so if it appears there is a contradiction the error is with us, not Gods Word. That means we need to search the scriptures and see if it is so.


When we go to the scriptures, using our handy-dandy Strong’s Concordance, we find the word Christ uses figuratively meant deceased. When we match this up with other scriptures that inform us that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord, this doctrine falls apart. Which is why it is so imperative, beloved, that we take the full counsel of Gods Word.

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, so be good Berean’s, brethren, and study to show yourselves approved.

Intelligent Design – The Miracle of Life Part II

I’m so excited, beloved, to continue this series with you. Part I we discussed the amazing way a mother’s body stops the immune system from destroying the tiny, developing, baby which the Killer Cells think is some sort of parasite. This week I want to go over some misconceptions about the early stages of the miracle of life.


The vestigial organ argument is used by Evolutionists to suggest our bodies are full of parts left over from when humans weren’t humans. It’s been largely refuted by good science, and almost all the organs once listed have been proven to be needed. The same goes for babies, and we’re going to tackle three today.

The first is the ‘yolk sac’ babies develop in the first trimester. For animals, a yolk sac provides food for the babies inside an egg. God designed humans differently, a baby is attached to its mother in the womb and receives its nourishment through her. So why the yolk sac, is it left over from when we were reptiles? No. It turns out the yolk sac contains the first blood cells for the baby, which means if this ‘vestigial’ piece was removed the baby would die.

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The second is ‘gill slits’ which appear on the baby during the first month of the first trimester. Evolutionists claim this is evidence that we were once fish. If you torture evidence long enough it’ll confess to anything. Thankfully, good science has proven that the ‘gill slits’ are really just wrinkles from where the ‘throat pouches’ are growing. There’s never a time when the baby has gills, however, these wrinkles are very necessary for development.

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Lastly is what Evolutionists claim to be a ‘tail’ which is actually the end of the spine. In the first month of the first trimester, the spine sticks out, but will eventually be covered when the legs grow. It’s not a vestigial tail left over from our past as different creatures. In fact, although many still wrongly use this as evidence, no true tail has ever been recorded on a human being. There are babies that are born with extra skin and fat in different places or nerve tissue usually to the detriment of the child’s health, but never an actual tail connected and usable as a tail should be.

What is really happening during the first month of the first trimester? DNA with all the information needed to make the color of eyes and hair, the height, and perhaps even the temperament, is already present and at work. What tells the cells to form into hearts, lungs, eyes, or legs is unknown to the secular scientists. They understand that it’s happening, but not why or how. We, brethren, understand what’s happening, why and how God is forming a human being from the day of conception to the day of birth, in His image.

God’s Word is true, His Sovereignty is complete, and His grace is sufficient.


Friend, if you’ve been told that evolution has scientifically proven God does not exist, I ask you to take a closer look. Evolution hasn’t scientifically proven anything because it’s not observable science. Don’t put your faith in failable men, put your faith in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins and cry out to God. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. If you’d like to read about how I came to faith in Christ alone my testimony is here.

My beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I hope this series is encouraging to you. As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Hymns From the Past – Flung to the Heedless Wind

From what I can tell, beloved, Luther wrote this Hymn after receiving the news that two brothers in Christ were burned at the stake. 

Flung to the heedless winds

Or on the waters cast,

The martyrs’ ashes, watched,

Shall gathered be at last.

And from that scattered dust,

Around us and abroad,

Shall spring a plenteous seed

Of witnesses for God.

The Father hath received

Their latest living breath,

And vain is Satan’s boast

Of vict’ry in their death.

Still, still, though dead, they speak,

And, trumpet-tongued, proclaim

To many a wak’ning land

The one availing name.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Reformation month, beloved brothers and sisters. I’m so excited to see church history revisited by so many, and the names of those who gave their lives to put Gods Word in every mans hands are being remembered. Be blessed, dear ones, and as always be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved!