01 Aug 2020

Be Dressed: Battle Ready

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20 Nov 2020

Thanksgiving 2020

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People are saying they can’t wait for this year to be over, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The United States is presently going through the aftermath of the Presidential election with lawsuits involving allegations of voter fraud. There’s an uptick in new Covid cases. New lockdowns and curfews are in prospect. And confusion abounds as we are approaching Thanksgiving on November 26. Families and friends are being urged not to get together on that day and some churches are once again resorting to online services only.  

So what have we to be thankful for? Much! Be thankful for our Saviour and that our names are written in His Book of Life. Be thankful that His salvation also manifests in the here and now of the practical realities of our daily lives.

In the words of the song, “It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!” It may look like we’re surrounded by chaos, but God surrounds us and is in total control. What we may see as mayhem on steroids, God sees working out perfectly in accordance with His plans and purposes. God is getting ready to show His hand that He is for real.  

Jesus is ever telling us not to be afraid but to be cheerful and take heart, for He has overcome the world (John 16:33). Paul tells us to rejoice and stand fast and be anxious for nothing but lay our burdens on the Lord in prayer; then we will know peace that is beyond our human understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Habakkuk had many questions of a kind that in the United States we may well be asking right now. Habakkuk complains that he sees violence and strife and looting and contention. He says the law is powerless, and justice never goes forth, for the wicked surround the righteous and therefore perverse judgment proceeds. That sounds very familiar right now to those of us in the USA. But God tells Habakkuk that He is about to move in an utterly astounding way that he will never believe even if He were to tell him in advance! Amen!

Let this be our confidence this Thanksgiving and Christmas season. And let us be strong in faith and rejoice and be joyful in the God of our salvation! Our joy is never dependent on our circumstances.

Even though the fig trees have no blossoms,
    and there are no grapes on the vines;
even though the olive crop fails,
    and the fields lie empty and barren;
even though the flocks die in the fields,
    and the cattle barns are empty,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord!
    I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!

(Habakkuk 3:17-18, NLT)

18 Jul 2020

Battle-Ready for Real?

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In Jeremiah 48:14 (HCSB) the Lord poses the question: “How can you say, ‘We are warriors—mighty men, ready for battle’?”

Andrew Murray said this: “To take the sword of the Spirit in the hour of battle indicates that I have lived in that Word and it abides in me: I have lived it out and it is the master of my personality.”  

You must ‘Live in the Word.’ The Word must abide in you. You must have been living it out, i.e. applying it it and proving it in your daily life. You must be so one with the Word that it is who you are.

How manifested is Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) in your life? “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

We must heed Jesus’s words in Luke 14:24, 26-28A, 33 (TPT):

“I say to you all, the one who receives an invitation to feast with me and makes excuses will never enjoy my banquet.

“When you follow me as my disciple, you must put aside your father, your mother, your wife, your sisters, your brothers—yes, you will even seem as though you hate your own life. This is the price you’ll pay to be considered one of my followers.  

“And anyone who comes to me must be willing to share my cross and experience it as his own, or he cannot be considered my disciple. So don’t follow me without considering what it will cost you.

“Unless you surrender all to me, giving up all you possess, you cannot be one of my disciples.”

Surrender all. Give up all you possess. Take up your cross and follow Him. Prefer Him above your family and your life. Hate your own life.

The martyrs of the early church coveted martyrdom. It was their “fulfillment,” they called it. They desired it and accepted it—believe it or not—joyfully! They even preached to the watching crowds as they were dying!

They triumphed because they did not love and cling to their own lives, even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11, TPT)

They were indifferent to the manner and circumstances of their death. They were willing to suffer and die even as Christ suffered and died for them. Some were scourged and flayed, sawn in half, beheaded, burned at the stake, roasted on red-hot iron chairs, torn by dogs or lions, slain by gladiators, even crucified, whatever the baying crowds demanded. If they did not die, they were brought back to the arena, some multiple times, until they passed. They could have denied the faith at any stage and been spared but they chose to go to their beloved Jesus and a far better place.

The early church martyrs, they were true warriors—mighty men and women, battle-ready.

19 May 2020

The Sower, The Discipler

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Two Devotionals

These short home-produced devotionals (each under five minutes) were requested from us under the Covid-19 restrictions with nearly all churches going over almost exclusively to online services, and so we thought we would also post them here.

We pray that they bless and inspire you. All the more as we draw nearer the Lord’s return with each day that passes.

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11 Apr 2020

Happy Easter 2020

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COVID-19

The message of the gospel never grows old. It’s always fresh, vibrant and alive just as the Word of God is as living, alive and powerful as it has always been. In the beginning was the Word; and without the Word made flesh, who came and dwelt among us, namely Jesus Christ, was nothing made. All of creation was made through Jesus who is Love. And because He so loved us—compelled by love—He came to save us.

Yes, we need saving. We live in a fallen creation. Why does everything proceed from newness to decay, from life to death? Why are there wars and terrorist atrocities and disasters and murders and accidents and pandemics? Why do we envy and fight? He never intended us to live this way. He meant for us to live in eternal peace, harmony and love with Him and with each other.

But man chose independence—and independent of God, man is lost. Man is not the arbiter of what is moral and righteous and pure. That is obvious as we slide deeper into abortions and infanticides and same-sex and transgender issues and genderless pronouns.

Jesus Christ came to save us and make a way back for us into eternal relationship with Him. “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” (John 3:16 Amplified, Classic Edition)

We need not delve into the complexities of God as a Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit just now. We just need to grasp the fact that in Love, as Love, God came and lived as a man in our midst. He said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life,” but because that messed with the world’s status quo and our messed-up thinking, and it still does, we rejected Him and killed Him. We crucified Him. We thought that was the end of Him.

But it isn’t. He rose from the dead three days later, appeared to his disciples and many others, and ascended back to heaven from whence He came. He LIVES!

He empowered his disciples to go out and preach His message and try to change the world. And still the world rejects Him and kills His followers. Yet despite, statistically, Christianity being the most persecuted faith in the world, both now and for two thousand years after Him, Christianity is still here. Persecution only makes Christianity grow in strength and numbers.

We are still left with a choice—to believe in, trust in, cling to and rely on Him or not. ‘Not’ leaves you lost and separated from Him forever and in eternal torment. Dare you risk it?

Jesus paid for our entrance into heaven by dying on the cross for us. His Love compelled Him. He came to earth to do so. He knew His mission and purpose and carried it out. Only He could do it. The Bible says God looked for someone but none was found worthy to pay that price, because all of mankind has shortcomings. Christians are not perfect human beings but we believe in, and trust in and rely on the One who was, and is, and we try to emulate Him, failing miserably many times. Yet He has paid for our ticket to heaven and yours. Will you take it and use it? It is His gift.

Because He is Justice as well as Love, He is not going to tolerate earth’s shenanigans indefinitely. The Bible says He is coming back as Judge. He came as Savior. He is returning as Judge. He is coming back soon. All who have accepted Him will not be judged but all who have rejected Him will be judged and cast into “outer darkness” forever. Pause and think on that. The coronavirus pandemic has given us all both time and reason to pause and think on that.

21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic

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World in crisis

Christ alone is the stability, the sure foundation of our times (Isaiah 33:6)

What a title to our New Year message, “Christ Our Confidence 2020.” Now, almost a quarter of the way through 2020, we are confronted with the coronavirus and a global crisis of confidence. Panic-buying, store shelves being stripped. Cities and borders and international and local travel locked down, social distancing.

What shall we say in answer to all this? The same as we said at the turn of the year. For the Christian, Christ is our confidence. We are safe and secure in Him, “the Rock of all ages.” His banner over us truly is LOVE. Nothing and no one can separate us from His Love, and no power can snatch us from His hand. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us.

He is always 100% on our side– Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Refuge and Deliverer. And, therefore, as His people, we can be totally assured and confident. Have faith in God.

He is the Truth that never changes. He is the Way that never deviates. He is the Life that is truly Life. Not a drug-fueled, booze-fueled, sex-fueled counterfeit.

In a world that is always in a spin, His cross stands.

Do you know Him? His door is open to you, no matter what you have done.

30 Dec 2019

Christ Our Confidence 2020

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Christ came in love to redeem us; and through faith in Him and repentance, we are redeemed. We are reconciled to God. We are loved by a Love that is perfect and holy, above and beyond all other loves. God loves supremely and unconditionally. There’s nothing we can do to make Him love us more; and there’s nothing we can do that will cause Him to love us less. While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is truly no condemnation for us in Christ Jesus—because we have been justified once-and-for-all by His blood. We are not justified by anything we do but solely by His blood. We are safe and secure in the Rock of all ages. His banner over us truly is LOVE. Nothing and no one can separate us from His Love, and no power can snatch us from His hand.

He came and gave Himself 100% for us, and He is always 100% for us– Provider, Healer, Shepherd, Refuge, Fortress and Deliverer.

Therefore, as His people, we have every reason to be totally assured and confident going into 2020 and this new decade.

Therefore, Happy New Year, everyone!

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded—Hebrews 10:35

For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth—Psalm 71:5

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see—Hebrews 11:1

But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory—Hebrews 3:6

(NIV)

21 Dec 2019

Immanuel

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Christ with us, for us, and in us.

He came. God with us, “Immanuel”.

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

He humbled Himself and came and dwelt among men.

John 1:9-14 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

He came to die for us—sinless and innocent of any wrongdoing. Christ died in our place, took our punishment as our Redeemer and Substitute, that through repentance and faith in Him we must be freed from bondage to sin, and have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

Colossians 1:23b, 25-27 This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant…………I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Christ with us, for us, and in us.

We cannot earn it. We do not deserve it. There is nothing we can do to make God love us more, nor anything we can do to make Him love us less. It is all through God’s amazing grace, to His glory; and we receive it all freely by faith in Jesus Christ.

[The Scriptures quoted in this post are from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]

24 Oct 2019

Be Dressed: For The Bridegroom

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Eric has finished a sequel to his book ‘Be Dressed: Battle Ready’. It is called ‘Be Dressed: For the Bridegroom’ and contains 25 chapters dealing with spiritual garments. It’s on time and on point.

Eric is inviting donations toward the considerable cost of publication. Being a published, rather than a self-published author is very expensive, running into several thousands of dollars. Therefore, any contribution, however small will be greatly appreciated. Please donate to Eric personally and “as a friend” to his personal Paypal account. Remember you cannot out-give God. He will bless you in return multiple times over. By all means donate to our ministry account (using the donate button at the foot of this page) if you desire a tax credit, but be sure to earmark the donation for this purpose.

13 Aug 2019

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