ChristMarked – Death Knocking at the Door, Yet Eternity Awaits: By Troy Paylor

CONGRATULATIONS to Troy Paylor who was accepted into seminary this week! I’m so proud of this young man, please join me in praying for him as he continues to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord!

Death Knocking at the Door, Yet Eternity Awaits

Hello to all, as I write this, I know various people today are so worried about staying healthy, not getting sick from the coronavirus and wear a face mask and such. As we can tell from this pandemic more than anything is that man is scared of death. One of the reasons we can conclude of those who don’t believe is because man doesn’t believe in God, and definitely doesn’t believe in eternity, but whether they believe in eternity or not doesn’t vanquish the eternity that awaits every soul. The anxiety of this country has skyrocketed causing people to do whatever possible to make sure they don’t contract this disease or whatever is the label attached to it. Now, with this being the case I know the fear of death is supremely higher than ever before. This pandemic has caused man to ask questions that may not have ever arisen in his mind, yet seem to become louder and louder each day as they take a step outside and feels the fresh air come across their face. Wonders of freedom make us all long for days to be able to roam again, to get back to jobs that we consider for ourselves essential, yet the probing question remains to all who haven’t faced death only to lose to its gripping consequence; what happens after I die? Is that it? Is there an afterlife? If so what must I do? Well whether the lost man believes it or not Eternity exists, and the opposition may come with well I can’t see it or feel it, yet the same could be asked well can you see or touch air? No but it seems to be what you believe is true.

The same can go with gravity and various forces that we don’t question, just believe it to be true, well because everyone believes it. Well to those who face the questions of death and so forth who are lost, I want you to know eternity is real, there are two places you can dwell forever, either Hell because of not repenting and believing in Jesus Christ, or Heaven because of the repentance and believing in Jesus Christ and Him crucified. For the Bible says what? “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”Romans‬ ‭6:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬. You all probably think, well what do I have to do to be saved? The answer isn’t accepting Him into your heart, first dear person you must know that you don’t keep any part of the Ten Commandments or the rest of God’s law perfectly. You must admit yes that you are a sinner, but that doesn’t just do it for the wages of sin is what? Death. Because Jesus says He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Him. So that means you can’t even live a good enough life to merit heaven. Heaven is for blood-bought sinners who repent and believe in Christ. You probably think yourself to be a good person, but compared to God, you are a sinful wretched being, for Jesus says he didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners, so you must know how utterly short you fall of God’s law. You must repent of your sins, which means to turn from your sin to God, to forsake your sinfulness and turn to Christ Jesus, why? Because he is the only way you will be righteous before God, and make it into Heaven.

So what is the Gospel? That God, in the beginning, made everything good, including mankind, but Adam and Eve sinned against God, disobeying the one command given, which was not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, yet man did. Because of that, humans became mortal to where death is the actual reality all have to face, yet God would bring one who could fulfill the law and die in sinner’s place taking the full wrath of God in Himself for the sheep. Christ born of a virgin, lived the sinless life, that no man besides Christ Jesus could do. Christ was Truly God and Truly man, so lived a life always pleasing to the Father, died in our place, and rose the third day. He was God in the Flesh, and told all who want to be saved, that you must repent and believe in Him to be saved. For Christ is the righteousness of those who repent and believe and Him and you shall dwell in eternity. Without Christ, none will see heaven, so to all, I urge you to repent and believe in Christ Jesus, for death awaits, it’s only a matter of time before it comes to you, and it’s not going to matter how good of a person other people thought you were but did you repent and believe in Jesus Christ, and did you continue to repent of your sin and live a life for the Glory of God. So remember that, although coronavirus is scary and lethal, remember that death awaits and it’s important where you dwell forever. God bless you all and to the lost I urge you to repent and believe in Christ Jesus who is the most precious treasure, ““The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭13:44‬ ‭ESV.


The above was written by my brother-in-Christ and friend Troy Paylorfrom Christ Marked. You can hear his testimony here,and as always beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

To Judge or Not To Judge

Our brother-in-Christ, Patrick Studebaker from Cave to the Cross Apologetics, joined us for a cross over episode! We talk about discernment, warning about false teachers, and responding to criticism. We detailed the difference between slander, and discernment, and walk through Scriptural definitions of heresy and blasphemy. It was such a blessing to have our brother explain righteous judgement Biblically, as well. We all hope that you’ll be edified by this episode, and encouraged if you’ve ever been rebuked for sharing truth. Below is a time stamped outline, that we hope will be helpful for anyone who wants to skip through the episode to certain points. Don’t miss the blooper reel, waiting as ever, at the end like a cherry on top! You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as PodbeaniTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayiHeart RadioStitcher, and in video form on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Intro – Cross over with A Cave to the Cross Apologetics: Patrick Studebaker 

https://cavetothecross.com/ep62/

https://cavetothecross.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFr4iNerb0HEEfidOyGmnmg

  1. Slander TS 00:18:00
    1. Slander (etymologically a doublet of “scandal,” from OFr. esclandre, Latin scandalum, “stumblingblock”) is an accusation maliciously uttered, with the purpose or effect of damaging the reputation of another. 
    2. As a rule it is a false charge (compare Matthew 5:11); but it may be a truth circulated insidiously and with a hostile purpose (e.g. Daniel 3:8, “brought accusation against,” where Septuagint has diaballo, “slander”; Luke 16:1, the same Greek word). 
    3. Warnings, condemnations and complaints in reference to this sin are very frequent, both in the Old Testament and New Testament. Mischievous “tale-bearing” or “whispering” is condemned (Leviticus 19:16Ezekiel 22:9). 
    4. There are repeated warnings against evil-speaking (as in Psalms 34:13Proverbs 15:28Ephesians 4:31Colossians 3:8James 4:111 Peter 3:10), which is the cause of so much strife between man and man (Proverbs 16:27-30), and which recoils on the speaker himself to his destruction (Psalms 101:5140:11). 
    5. Especially is false witness, which is “slander carried into a court of justice,” to be condemned and punished (Exodus 20:16Deuteronomy 19:16-21; compare Proverbs 12:1714:5,2519:521:2824:28). 
    6. Special cases of slander more than usually mean are when a wife’s chastity is falsely impeached by her husband (Deuteronomy 22:13-19), and when one slanders a servant to his master (Proverbs 30:10). 
    7. Even a land may be slandered as well as persons (Numbers 14:36). Slanderers and backbiters are mentioned in some of Paul’s darkest catalogues of evildoers (Romans 1:29,302 Corinthians 12:202 Timothy 3:3). 
  1. Heresy  TS 00:37:25
    1. from a Greek word signifying (1) a choice, (2) the opinion chosen, and (3) the sect holding the opinion. 
    2. In the Acts of the Apostles ( 5:17 ;  15:5 ;  Isaiah 24:5  Isaiah 24:14 ;  26:5 ) it denotes a sect, without reference to its character. 
    3. Elsewhere, however, in the New Testament it has a different meaning attached to it. Paul ranks “heresies” with crimes and seditions ( Galatians 5:20 ). 
    4. This word also denotes divisions or schisms in the church ( 1 Corinthians 11:19 ). In  Titus 3:10 a “heretical person” is one who follows his own self-willed “questions,” and who is to be avoided. 
    5. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God ( 2 Peter 2:1 ).
  1. Blasphemy TS 01:05:00
    1. The Old Testament At least five different Hebrew verbs are translated “blaspheme” in English translations. 
    2. Translators choose “blaspheme” when, for instance, the verbs “curse” (qalal [l;l’q]), “revile” (gadap [@;d”G]), or “despise” (herep) are used with God as the object. 
    3. No special verb is reserved for cursing or insults directed at God.
    4. However, to curse or insult God is an especially grave sin. It can be done by word or by deed. There is little distinction between the sinner who deliberately abuses the name of the Lord ( Le 24:10-16 ), and the one who deliberately flouts his commandments ( Nu 15:30-31 ). 
      1. For both, the death penalty is prescribed. 
    5. Similarly, the prayer of the Levites in Nehemiah 9 calls “awful blasphemies” all that Israelites did when they made the golden calf (9:18).
    6. David’s flagrant sin with Bathsheba may be called a blasphemy ( 2 Sa 12:14 ), but a more likely translation is that David has “made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt” (NIV). 
      1. Instead of testifying by lifestyle to the character of the Lord, David’s action confirms the blasphemous belief of the nations that the Lord is no different from any other national god. 
    7. The New Testament. The Greek root blasphem- [blasfhmevw] can be used of strong insults thrown at other people ( Mark 15:29 ;  Acts 13:45 ;  Eph 4:31 ;  1 Peter 4:4 ), or even unjust accusations ( Rom 3:8 ), but it is more usually used of insults offered to God (e.g.,  Rev 13:6 ;  16:9 ). 
      1. Jesus is accused of blasphemy for pronouncing forgiveness and for claiming a unique relationship with God ( Matt 26:65 ;  Mark 2:7 ;  John 10:33 ).
  1. Righteous Judgement TS 01:16:00
    1. https://www.gotquestions.org/do-not-judge.html
    2. John 7
      1. https://www.biblestudytools.com/esv/john/7.html
  1. Christians Should be Balanced – We talk about this several times all through out.
    1. James 2
      1. https://www.biblestudytools.com/james/1.html

Shenanigans: TS 01:30:00

Becca: Nacho Libre or Napoleon Dynamite?

Patrick: What is a movie from your childhood that scarred you?

Lauren: Weirdest response or comment from a listener?

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Interviewing Susan Heck: Bible Teacher Who Memorized the Entire New Testament

Hello, dear friends, I hope this post finds you all doing well! Today I’m excited to have our interview with Susan Heck ready to view, or listen to. It was a privilege to talk with a sister-in-Christ with such a wealth of Biblical knowledge. And yet, she was humble, kind, and meek throughout the entire conversation. There were a few times during the interview were I certainly learned from her, and the entire discussion was such a blessing to us. We hope that it will be an edifying and encouraging episode for you, as well.

Below is a time stamped outline, that we hope will be helpful for anyone who wants to skip through the interview to certain points. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Susan Heck Outline

  1. Testimony: Timestamp – 00:01:13
  2. How did you memorize whole books of the bible: Timestamp – 00:06:00
  • Use a recording device
    • Record your own voice
    • read the Scripture quickly
    • Listen throughout the week
    • Make a copy of the Scriptures and bring it with you everywhere
    • Go over it verse by verse
    • Review the Scriptures 30 times
    • Go back and review all memorized books every 2 – 4 weeks
  1. Fasting and reading scriptures: Timestamp – 00:23:40
  • I only know these things from my word of faith days
  1. Courting and Match Making: Timestamp – 00:30:50
  2. Head Coverings: Timestamp – 00:36:00
  3. Future Books or Projects: Timestamp – 00:40:45
  1. What are some of your favorite preachers, books: Timestamp – 00:45:30
  • Favorite female teachers
  1. What are you currently reading: Timestamp – 00:47:00
  2. Listener Question Sandi: Timestamp – 00:52:45
  • I was listening to one of her messages where she mentions that She also teaches ladies how to do bible studies. Can you ask her if she can share how to do an outline? How do you start am outline?

Shenanigans: Timestamp – 00:58:50

PINEAPPLE Question – Lauren WINS!

Becca – Favorite children’s book? Also audience question

Lauren – Worst food you’ve had while traveling

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The Mark of Christ on a Young Man – with Troy Paylor

Hello, dear ones, I hope this post finds you all doing well. Today we’ve dropped an episode with another very exciting announcement. Our young brother-in-Christ, Troy from ChristMarked, joined us in the program for a Bible study on 1 John 1:1-14 as well as allowing us to get to know him better. He walked us through his testimony, and how he came to decide to go to seminary, to blog, and now to podcast. We hope that this new Scripturally focused podcast will be edifying to you all, as it certainly was for us.

While Becca and I are uncomfortable teaching through God’s Word with our mixed audience, we’re happy to have Troy join us and lead us through a study of Scripture. We’re also honored to be able to announce he will be joining our podcasting channel, dubbed the Hub, where he’ll be making his way through the Bible. You can, of course, listen across all major podcasting platforms such as Podbean, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and in video form (eventually) on Youtube. We also now have a Patreon page, which you can find here https://www.patreon.com/Tulipshoneyhub. As always, beloved brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Troy Paylor Outline

1. Intro – Troy Paylor from ChristMarked

2. Instagram: TimeStamp – 00:01:30

a. Personal @trp1256

3. Testimony: TimeStamp – 00:04:08

4. Blog: TimeStamp – 00:22:35

a. https://christ-marked.webnode.com/tour-dates/

b. Ministry @christmarked

i. Loved a latest post about Jerry Bridges

1. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

a. https://www.amazon.com/Trusting-God-Jerry-Bridges/dp/1631467921/ref=sr_1_2?crid=38NYC7Z6QHI3V&keywords=jerry+bridges+books&qid=1580188167&sprefix=Jerry+Bridges%2Caps%2C270&sr=8-2

c. https://www.facebook.com/Christmarked/

5. Seminary Student: TimeStamp – 00:29:00

a. When did you notice the call?

b. Ministry Plans

c. Apologetics?

6. Favorite books, teachers etc: TimeStamp – 00:38:45

7. Bible Study Plans and Books: TimeStamp – 00:52:15

8. John 1:1-14 ESV: TimeStamp – 01:02:24

a. The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

b. 9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son[d] from the Father, full of grace and truth.

9. Podcast: TimeStamp – 01:11:50

a. Name

b. Type of info

Shenanigans: TimeStamp – 01:21:43

Lauren

• Question: Is you had to be bitten or stung by the world worst bugs which one would it be? Wasp, spider, or ants?

Becca

• Question: What is your playlist like?

• Listener Question: What music do you listen to right now?

Through the Narrow: The Dangers of Empowerment and Identity – By Gina Cook

In my last article titled, “The False and the Deceived,” I highlighted the fact that the occult has entered into solid, evangelical churches and it’s doing so in very unsuspecting, backdoor kinds of ways. The ways I brought up were through the altered teachings of the empowerment of the Holy Spirit and our identity in Christ. Now I’m going to follow up by going a little deeper into these specific teachings and why they are so attractive, who are the evangelical teachers peddling them and what other things they are teaching after you invest in their material.

As I briefly mentioned in the previous write-up, the Bible wants us to know about the empowerment of the Holy Spirit indwelling in us (Ephesians 1:13, Titus 3:5, 1 Corinthians 2:10-1612:11, John 14:16-17). It’s a beautiful and needed aspect of our Christian life. Without the empowerment of the Holy Spirit in us, we could not be saved and we could not truly please God, love God or obey God. Without the Holy Spirit illumining the Word to us we would not understand God’s Word and would still have our minds darkened.

So it’s crucial to understand Christians are identified in and empowered by the Lord and what that all means, but we must also understand what empowerment and our identity do NOT mean because that is where deception creeps in.

As John said, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Sadly, in our flesh, we want to be special, to be in control, to see ourselves higher than they ought to. Many of us want to rub elbows with the Lord; to be God in many ways, sometimes without even realizing it.

Teachers who falsely teach on identity usually make the focus on yourself seem like a godly thing and that sells well. It’s truly remarkable how self-centered it is, yet to see so few pick up on that. It’s about flesh-petting power trips and “changing the world because I finally realize my potential, in Christ.” No, that is not how the world is changed. The worldly, lost souls find change through the power of the Holy Spirit through the preaching of the Gospel-the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16).

Seeking power and identity in the wrong places and wrong ways only puff up and corrupts. Just as we see in pagan circles, people just keep seeking more and more power, self-awareness and validation from the spiritual realm, and can’t seem to ever find enough.

Before I get into certain teachers that push these twisted teachings, it’s important to know what other terms and beliefs you can find once delving into their studies. This is not to say that people who use any of these terms are all the same, are all unsaved, false teachers or that all attach the same definition to these terms, yet when we come across a teacher using these terms, we should pay close attention and look deeper into what they mean by them.

One term/teaching is “incarnational ministry” or being “incarnational”. To these teachers, we must be incarnational to reach people for Jesus. It’s about us “being Jesus,” being incarnate like Christ. Truth is, the only One Who can be Jesus is Jesus. The only One who can be God incarnate, which means God taking on human flesh, is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. To imply we are incarnational is to give the impression that we become carbon copies of Jesus. Incarnational ministry focuses on the person “being Jesus” instead of being Christ-like, which puts emphasis on their puffed up identity and gifting rather than focusing on Him and the Gospel message they are supposed to share. These teachers emphasize “living the good news/the Word” over preaching it and preaching it boldly. It becomes more about showing their faith rather than sharing it. The Bible does say, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven,” but that’s in the context of our godly lives giving evidence of the Gospel/True God that we are simultaneously preaching — our good works are in no way the power unto salvation-only proof of His saving power in us.

1 Corinthians 2:2 says “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified”.

1 Corinthians 1:21 says, “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.”

(For more on incarnational ministry you can check this link out: https://www.compellingtruth.org/incarnational-ministry.html )

Not only is it severely wrong/dangerous to teach that we can “be Jesus”/incarnational, but it’s also just as dangerous to believe our works and special gifting is the main power and influence on the lost. Incarnational ministry is closely related to “friendship evangelism” where people put more salvific value in the relationships they build than they do with the Gospel being preached (More on that can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/friendship-evangelism.html).

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Another popular thought in this movement is that “Jesus never taught in a classroom and doesn’t want you concerned about studying theology”. This is to suggest that Jesus isn’t concerned about teaching the Word as much as He is about living it out. The Bible says in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Yet, this does not mean Jesus is against the study/teachings of Scripture or that He never taught the Word to groups of people sitting there listening to Him teach. We see in Scripture Jesus teaching in the synagogues and we read His instruction that we are to be studying the Word and rightly handling it (Matthew 5, Mark 10, Luke 4:15, John 8, 2 Timothy 2:15). How can we know how to live for God if we don’t know the Scriptures?

Another term, a practice, they may teach is contemplative prayer or “listening prayer”. It’s based on the false teaching that God talks to us in our prayer time and gives us personal, specific truth or new revelation. They will present this as praying to seek God’s direction. Many times it’s centered on reading/praying a Scripture verse and listening to what God then communicates to you during this quiet time. Listening for God outside of Scripture and feeling some sort of spiritual presence is the focus for them. They typically use Scripture as a part of a meditative practice that’s found in other false religions, where a person repeats a word over and over and tries to clear the mind of everything else to hear from the spirit realm. Jesus never taught us to listen to Him during prayer time. When He taught us how to pray it was all about our communication to Him, not the other way around (Luke 11). Contemplative prayer is more related to the mystical practices of the occult. In the occult truth is sought in self, nature, spirits, and forces but never in the true Lord Jesus Christ and His written Revelation to us.

Another teaching/practice that is usually found amongst these others; uniting with all denominations. There is this huge push to put aside doctrinal differences because Jesus “ate with sinners”. They teach to unite for the common goal of spiritual growth. We are to build relationships with those in other (false) religions to “bring the love and peace of Christ” in their lives. What is going on is Satan is the Father of Lies, false religions and false unity. The bigger and stronger you make this false unity, the more dangerous its influence becomes. It’s leavening the whole lump. God tells us very clearly, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15.

The last teaching/practice I’m going to address (and there is much more I could mention) is the slow push to remove you from pastoral oversight and care by overemphasizing the importance of “life groups,” “small home church groups” or something of that nature. It’s insinuated that this is a warmer more biblical and productive fellowship, not the colder typesetting you get in a large church gathering under a qualified pastor. Please don’t misunderstand me, I know small gatherings for Bible study aren’t a bad thing necessarily and can provide great fellowship and instruction. Also, I know there are solid churches encouraging some form of small group gatherings, but for these teachers, close, intimate study groups are more about “connecting” than studying Scripture. You are told to build very strong relationships with these few people in your group and learn together under the study of the teacher’s material. As the studies go on and the more material you invest in, the teachings get more twisted and less likely to be held in the light of Scripture. What seems to happen, without anyone in the group discerning and sounding the alarm, is vocabulary starts to change, the Gospel starts to be watered down while relationships in the group and in the “missional work” they do together are strengthened. The scary part is the teachers behind much of this know the Gospel message for the most part. They can convincingly recite the Gospel enough on their websites and in their books to keep many alarms from setting off. God tells us, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” in 2 Peter 2:1.

Again, not all teachers that use any or all of these terms are to be lumped into the same category but if anything, one must be very cautious about being under their teachings and influence, no matter what good things they have done or taught.

These teachers are perhaps not all well-known but they are making an impact. Some are associated with well-known and beloved evangelical preachers many of us have been taught and blessed by. Others are lone wolves. Some are organizations with several people at the head. Here are just a few of many who have taught one or all of the things mentioned above, ones that seem to have more influence in evangelical churches:

-Alan Hirsch, author of several books including The Forgotten Ways

-Jeff Vanderstelt; lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington, and says to be “the visionary leader of the Soma Family of Churches and Saturate resource ministry”. He is author of the book “Gospel Fluency” and the Saturate material. (He is the teacher I mentioned in my previous article; the one a previous church of ours had studied under.)

-The NAMB- North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptists. It is filled with these teachers. You will see some of these teachings here: Rethinking mission: Incarnational presence – NAMB

-Eugene Peterson; a Presbyterian pastor and author of the Message “Bible”. In his interpretation of John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” This is a popular translation of the verse for those who teach incarnational ministry. By the way, the actual translation of this verse… “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Not even close.

Bob Roberts Jr., founding pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas who boasts and is very active in “loving people from every faith, and pioneering relationships with those that are usually shunned by Christians.”

“I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.” 1 Corinthians 4:6.

It imperative that we understand our spiritual identity is about what He has done for us so that we may live for and serve God. When we are identified in Christ, the Son is the focus, not us. We have been reborn and adopted, redeemed and restored, for God’s glory alone. Truly we are unworthy servants who should be doing what we ought to do because He alone is worthy and if we truly love Him and His Word we will be like the Bereans. (Luke 17:7-10 , Acts 17:11)

I encourage that for us all, to keep testing what we are taught to the infallible, inerrant Word of God! “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16

By Gina Cook


Through The Narrow is written by Tami Dykes and Gina Cook, both are published authors. You can find Tami’s book here, and Gina’s book here.

LivingWaters presents Crazy Bible

Here is a rare second post for you, my dear friends. I’ve been so busy lately with Kayleigh’s Homeschooling, studying for the CNA exam, and taking care of a new puppy, that I missed this video for a week! I still haven’t been able to watch The Fool, but when I do I’ll give a full review. Until then, you’ll have to settle for another moving, and telling, video by LivingWaters. Please join me in praying for the young lady in this movie, and the young people Ray spoke to. This 30 minute video certainly gives us plenty to pray for! I’m sure it will bless you, and encourage you to share the Gospel, as it did me.