We All Fall Down

Everybody fails from time to time.

No one you know is perfect, and almost everyone can outline at least a few failures. God understands and prepares us for it in Proverbs 24:16. We are not perfect, even in our faith, and God wants us to understand and accept that.

Proverbs 24:16 – “Even if good people fall seven times, they will get back up. But when trouble strikes the wicked, that’s the end of them.” (CEV)

God Lifts Us Back Up

God knows we’re going to fail every once in a while. Yet, He also stands by us and helps us get back on our feet. Is it easy to accept failure? No. Can it make us depressed and feel down? Yes. Yet, God is there to help us work through our anger and disappointment.

Psalm 40:2-3 – “and pulled me from a lonely pit full of mud and mire.  You let me stand on a rock with my feet firm, and you gave me a new song, a song of praise to you. Many will see this, and they will honor and trust you, the LORD God.” (CEV)

God Wants Us to Correct Ourselves

So, God helps us back up, but does that mean we dwell on the failure or repeat the same behaviors? No. God wants us to acknowledge our shortcomings and work to better ourselves. Sometimes that means moving on to something else we can do better. Sometimes it means giving ourselves more practice.

Other times it means being patient for things to work themselves out.

Jeremiah 8:4-5 – “The LORD said: People of Jerusalem, when you stumble and fall, you get back up, and if you take a wrong road, you turn around and go back. So why do you refuse to come back to me? Why do you hold so tightly to your false gods?” (CEV)



Abraham and Lot

Abraham reminds us of loyalty and going above and beyond for friends. Abraham gathered hundreds of men to rescue Lot from captivity.

Genesis 14:14-16 – “When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.” (NIV)

Ruth and Naomi

Friendships can be forged among different ages and from anywhere. In this case, Ruth became friends with her mother-in-law and they became family, looking out for one another throughout their lives.

Ruth 1:16-17 – “But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.'” (NIV)

David and Jonathan

Sometimes friendships form almost instantly. Have you ever met anyone that you just knew immediately was going to be a good friend? David and Jonathan were just like that.

1 Samuel 18:1-3 – “After David had finished talking with Saul, he met Jonathan, the king’s son. There was an immediate bond between them, for Jonathan loved David. From that day on Saul kept David with him and wouldn’t let him return home. And Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, because he loved him as he loved himself.” (NLT)

David and Abiathar

Friends protect one another and feel their losses of loved ones deeply. David felt the pain of Abiathar’s loss, as well as responsibility for it, so he vowed to protect him from Saul’s wrath.

1 Samuel 22:22-23 – “David exclaimed, ‘I knew it! When I saw Doeg the Edomite there that day, I knew he was sure to tell Saul. Now I have caused the death of all your father’s family.  Stay here with me, and don’t be afraid. I will protect you with my own life, for the same person wants to kill us both.'” (NLT)

David and Nahash

Friendship often extends to those who love our friends. When we lose someone close to us, sometimes the only thing we can do is comfort those who were close. David shows his love of Nahash by sending someone to express his sympathy to Nahash’s family members.

2 Samuel 10:2 – “David said, ‘I am going to show loyalty to Hanun just as his father, Nahash, was always loyal to me.’ So David sent ambassadors to express sympathy to Hanun about his father’s death.” (NLT)

David and Ittai

Some friends just inspire loyalty until the end, and Ittai felt that loyalty toward David. Meanwhile, David showed great friendship to Ittai by not expecting anything from him. True friendship is unconditional, and both men showed each other great respect with little expectation of reciprocation.

2 Samuel 15:19-21 – “Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, ‘Why do you also go with us? Go back and stay with the king, for you are a foreigner and also an exile from your home. You came only yesterday, and shall I today make you wander about with us, since I go I know not where? Go back and take your brothers with you, and may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you.’  But Ittai answered the king, ‘As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.'” (ESV)

David and Hiram

Hiram had been a good friend of David, and he shows that friendship does not end in the death of the friend, but extends beyond to other loved ones. Sometimes we can show our friendship by expanding our love to others.

1 Kings 5:1- “King Hiram of Tyre had always been friends with Solomon’s father David. When Hiram learned that Solomon was king, he sent some of his officials to meet with Solomon.” (CEV)

1 Kings 5:7 – “Hiram was so happy when he heard Solomon’s request that he said, ‘I am grateful that the LORD gave David such a wise son to be king of that great nation!'” (CEV)

Job and His Friends

Friends come to each other when one faces adversity. When Job faced his toughest times, his friends were immediately there with him. In these times of great distress, Job’s friends sat with him and let him do the talking. They felt his pain, but also allowed him to feel it without putting their burdens on him at that time. Sometimes just being there is a comfort.

Job 2:11-13 – “Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven.  So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great.” (NKJV)




1 – Jesus was born earlier than we thought.

Our current calendar, which supposedly starts from the time Jesus Christ was born (A.D., anno domini, Latin for “in the year of our Lord”), is wrong.

We know from Roman historians that King Herod died about 4 B.C. But Jesus was born when Herod was still alive. In fact, Herod ordered all male children in Bethlehem two years and younger slaughtered, in an attempt to kill the Messiah.

Although the date is debated, the census mentioned in Luke 2:2 probably occurred about 6 B.C. Taking these and other details into account, Jesus was actually born between 6 and 4 B.C.

2 – Jesus protected the Jews during the exodus.

The Trinity always works together. When the Jews escaped from Pharaoh, detailed in the book of Exodus, Jesus sustained them in the wilderness. This truth was revealed by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:3-4: “They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.” (NIV)

This was not the only time Jesus took an active role in the Old Testament.

Several other appearances, or theophanies, are documented in the Bible.

3 – Jesus was not just a carpenter.

Mark 6:3 calls Jesus a “carpenter,” but it’s very likely he possessed a broad range of construction skills, with the ability to work in wood, stone, and metal. The Greek word translated carpenter is “tekton,” an ancient term going back to the poet Homer, at least 700 B.C.

While tekton originally referred to a worker in wood, it expanded over time to include other materials. Some Bible scholars note that wood was relatively scarce in Jesus’ time and that most houses were made of stone. Apprenticed to his step-father Joseph, Jesus may have traveled throughout Galilee, building synagogues and other structures.

4 – Jesus spoke three, possibly four languages.

We know from the gospels that Jesus spoke Aramaic, the everyday tongue of ancient Israel because some of his Aramaic words are recorded in Scripture. As a devout Jew, he also spoke Hebrew, which was used in the prayers in the temple. However, many synagogues used the Septuagint, Hebrew Scriptures translated into Greek.

When he talked with Gentiles, Jesus may have conversed in Greek, the commerce language of the Middle East at the time. Although we don’t know for sure, he may have talked with a Roman centurion in Latin (Matthew 8:13).

5 – Jesus was probably not handsome.

No physical description of Jesus exists in the Bible, but the prophet Isaiah provides an important clue about him: “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2b, NIV)

Because Christianity was persecuted by Rome, the earliest Christian mosaics depicting Jesus date from around 350 A.D. Paintings showing Jesus with long hair were common in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:14 that long hair on men was “disgraceful.”

Jesus stood out because of what he said and did, not for the way he looked.

6 – Jesus could be amazed.

On at least two occasions, Jesus showed great surprise at events. He was “amazed” at the people’s lack of faith in him in Nazareth and could do no miracles there. (Mark 6:5-6) The great faith of a Roman centurion, a Gentile, also amazed him, as noted in Luke 7:9.

Christians have long argued over Philippians 2:7. The New American Standard Bible says Christ “emptied” himself, while the later ESV and NIV versions say Jesus “made himself nothing.” The controversy still goes on over what this emptying of divine power or kenosis means, but we can be sure that Jesus was both fully God and fully man in his incarnation.

7 – Jesus was not a vegan.

In the Old Testament, God the Father set up a system of animal sacrifice as a key part of worship. Contrary to the rules of modern vegans who do not eat meat on moral grounds, God placed no such restrictions on his followers. He did, however, give a list of unclean foods that were to be avoided, such as pork, rabbit, water creatures without fins or scales, and certain lizards and insects.

As an obedient Jew, Jesus would have eaten the Passover lamb served on that important holy day. The gospels also tell of Jesus eating fish. Dietary restrictions were later lifted for Christians.


Who Am I In Christ

Who Am I In Christ


2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 1,325 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Ephesians 2:10 ESV / 940 helpful votes

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV / 924 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Romans 8:1 ESV / 836 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12 ESV / 722 helpful votes

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 578 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 15:5 ESV / 567 helpful votes

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

1 Corinthians 6:19 ESV / 536 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

John 15:15 ESV / 492 helpful votes

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.

Ephesians 2:6 ESV / 487 helpful votes

And raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 1:7 ESV / 481 helpful votes

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 466 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 3:26 ESV / 465 helpful votes

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

1 John 4:4 ESV / 449 helpful votes

Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Philippians 4:13 ESV / 415 helpful votes

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Romans 12:2 ESV / 414 helpful votes

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Philippians 3:20 ESV / 400 helpful votes

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:17 ESV / 394 helpful votes

And if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

1 Corinthians 6:17

But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.

1 John 5:18

We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Romans 5:1 ESV / 357 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV / 338 helpful votes

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Colossians 3:12 ESV / 324 helpful votes

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

1 Corinthians 3:16 ESV / 310 helpful votes

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

Ephesians 1:3 ESV / 308 helpful votes

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,

Philippians 4:19 ESV / 302 helpful votes

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Peter 1:4 ESV / 286 helpful votes

By which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

John 15:16 ESV / 284 helpful votes

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

1 Peter 2:9-10 ESV / 282 helpful votes

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

John 3:16 ESV / 273 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 1:5 ESV / 269 helpful votes

He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

Psalm 139:14

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Colossians 3:3 ESV / 252 helpful votes

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Colossians 2:10 ESV / 251 helpful votes

And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Philippians 1:6 ESV / 248 helpful votes

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 6:20 ESV / 243 helpful votes

For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Matthew 5:14 ESV / 243 helpful votes

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Ephesians 1:7 ESV / 241 helpful votes

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

Ephesians 3:12 ESV / 234 helpful votes

In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

1 Corinthians 1:2 ESV / 232 helpful votes

To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

1 Thessalonians 5:5 ESV / 230 helpful votes

For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.

Colossians 1:13 ESV / 229 helpful votes

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

Romans 8:37 ESV / 218 helpful votes

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

John 15:1 ESV / 218 helpful votes

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

John 14:6 ESV / 218 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

2 Corinthians 5:20 ESV / 214 helpful votes

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

1 Corinthians 2:16 ESV / 214 helpful votes

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Matthew 5:13 ESV / 212 helpful votes

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

Hebrews 4:16 ESV / 209 helpful votes

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Ephesians 1:4 ESV / 208 helpful votes

Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

Romans 8:28 ESV / 207 helpful votes

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 6:23 ESV / 204 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 1:1 ESV / 201 helpful votes

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV / 199 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:18 ESV / 196 helpful votes

For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Colossians 2:7 ESV / 191 helpful votes

Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

1 Peter 2:11 ESV / 187 helpful votes

Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 186 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Colossians 1:14 ESV / 183 helpful votes

In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

1 Peter 1:23 ESV / 182 helpful votes

Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;

James 4:7 ESV / 180 helpful votes

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 179 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 2:5 ESV / 178 helpful votes

You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Galatians 4:6 ESV / 173 helpful votes

And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 10:9 ESV / 170 helpful votes

Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

James 1:22 ESV / 169 helpful votes

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

Acts 1:8 ESV / 168 helpful votes

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Romans 3:24 ESV / 166 helpful votes

And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Romans 6:6 ESV / 165 helpful votes

We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.

Romans 6:18 ESV / 164 helpful votes

And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.

2 Corinthians 2:14 ESV / 162 helpful votes

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.

Romans 8:2 ESV / 162 helpful votes

For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

1 Thessalonians 1:4 ESV / 155 helpful votes

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,

Galatians 3:13 ESV / 154 helpful votes

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Romans 8:1-39 ESV / 154 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. …

Ephesians 1:7-8 ESV / 153 helpful votes

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight

Ephesians 2:5 ESV / 152 helpful votes

Even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—

Ephesians 2:1 ESV / 151 helpful votes

And you were dead in the trespasses and sins

Romans 5:17 ESV / 151 helpful votes

For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:24 ESV / 147 helpful votes

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Ephesians 2:13 ESV / 146 helpful votes

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 5:8 ESV / 139 helpful votes

For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

1 Corinthians 3:9 ESV / 139 helpful votes

For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

Romans 5:8 ESV / 139 helpful votes

But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV / 137 helpful votes

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Colossians 1:22 ESV / 134 helpful votes

He has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

2 Corinthians 1:21 ESV / 133 helpful votes

And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us,

Ephesians 1:6 ESV / 130 helpful votes

To the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

2 Corinthians 1:22 ESV / 129 helpful votes

And who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Timothy 1:9 ESV / 125 helpful votes

Who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV / 124 helpful votes

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 2:9-10 ESV / 122 helpful votes

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Romans 12:3 ESV / 120 helpful votes

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

John 8:12 ESV / 119 helpful votes

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

2 Corinthians 2:15 ESV / 116 helpful votes

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing,

Galatians 5:1 ESV / 115 helpful votes

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

John 10:10 ESV / 115 helpful votes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

Colossians 1:2 ESV / 112 helpful votes

To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 111 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 John 5:14-15 ESV / 108 helpful votes

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

A Prayer for Wisdom and Strength When Facing Temptation

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Cor. 10:13
     Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut. 31:6
     Faithful Lord Jesus, as you know, this was one of the very first verses I memorized back in the summer of 1968, just months after coming to know you. It was an important and hope-filled Scripture then, and a little over four decades later, the same holds true. The enticing and seizing power of temptation is just as real in my early sixties as it was in my late teens.
     It would be one thing if temptation came like junk mail—easy to recognize, ignore, and discard; but at times temptation comes with such enticing, alluring, and promissory power that “standing up under it” isn’t very easy. I would despair and question the reality of my faith if I didn’t have the assurance that temptation itself is not sin (James 1:13-15). Jesus, the very fact that you suffered the full fury of temptation gives me hope and keeps me wise.
     The encouraging and timely parts of this verse are the “commonality” of every temptation and the promise of a “way out” of any temptation. This assures me that whenever dark, foolish, or destructive thoughts enter my mind, such temptations are not unique to me. I’m not alone. Such temptations are common to other believers, just like me. I’m not terrible because I’m tempted, I’m just tempted to do terrible things.
     Lord Jesus, I ask for myself and for a host of friends, bring the hope and resources of the gospel to bear at the very place the seducing power of temptation rears its ugly head. Whether our temptations are Technicolor or seemingly “harmless”—sexual, vengeful, financial, or self-righteousness; whether we are tempted to medicate with alcohol or drugs, religion or goodness, sugar or purging, it makes no difference—show us the way of escape, and give us strength to choose that way.
     Give us enough grace in this very day to prove your faithfulness and to keep ourselves free from acting out in ways we will surely regret. Our peace, our great peace is in knowing that you are our righteousness, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your all-sufficient and loving name.


I know that Jesus loves me.

I can see it in the sky.

It shows in every white, white cloud

That dances for my eyes.

I know that Jesus loves me.

I can find it in the sound

Of the happy little waving leaves

That breezes whirl around.

I know that Jesus loves me.

I can hear it every day

In all the kind and gentle words

My parents often say.

I know that Jesus loves me,

For I feel a burning start

When I kneel and say a prayer.

The Spirit fills my heart.xxxxxxxxxxxxx


These are the end times. What does that mean? This earth will not continue as it always has. It will end. Time will end and God will judge the world. The heavens and the earth will be destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3) and God will create a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-8); but first there are other scriptures which must be fulfilled. [Note: It is important for you to read whole books of the Bible so that you can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Then you will have personal understanding of what is in the Bible. The Holy Ghost will teach you as you read and obey and you can judge what is right and what is wrong. Our Lord Jesus Christ hath made us kings and priests unto our God.] As the end approaches, evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. The laws are getting worse (for sin and against the saints), crimes are increasing, sins are increasing, blasphemies are increasing. As we see people open wide their mouths against the Lord, we are actually witnessing people sealing their own fate. . . . The school children are being kept from the truth of the Bible and are exposed to anything outside of it (legends, confounded puzzles and riddles, mysticism/devil worship, etc. Our children can learn, but they are being confounded and tempted and even those that do okay academically are being brainwashed with false knowledge). Through television, education, and various means, people are being tempted to sin and are wrecklessly plunging into sin. They are also being taught to despise Christians and to worship the devil through mystical/magician practices. This is preparing the way for the man of sin. Please see the next point. The man of sin, that Wicked, will appear (2 Thessalonians 2) and the great tribulation will occur, a time worse than any other time period (see Matthew 24). Christians will be killed and hated of all nations. [This is not new, the historical record shows that the Roman Catholic “Church” has killed millions of Christians. Her inquisition was instigated and sustained by the popes themselves. You can read further of these things on this index page.] Matthew 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. With lightened eyes, one can see today’s rabble-makers and rabble-rousers creating and stirring up wrath against the Bible and Christians. Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. Don’t read blasphemy–the enemies of the gospel are many and sometimes even Christian ministries give too much information as they seek to warn people of what is going on. Some of what is on this website is for those ensnared in sin so that they can be free–I do not want you to read everything that is here, be careful about what you read (I wrote and compiled these things back when I was confronted with certain grievous errors.). Pray, read your Bible, do good, and fall in love with Jesus. You also need to be baptized and learn how to live the Christian life (which includes doing all your daily tasks and housework, spending time with your family not forgetting your children but rather caring for them and enjoying them while working together, praying, Bible reading, walking, doing projects based on the needs of life (e.g. food, clothing, shelter, water, fire, health), etc. Cleave to the scriptures. They will keep you safe. I commit you to the love of God. You can find hymns and spiritual songs (free–with words and music) at this link to encourage, admonish, and uplift your spirit. The Christian Family Page is for the married and the unmarried. It is for those with no big problems and for those who have been harmed or abused in this life. Be careful of church people and church buildings. No Roman Catholic “church” can be right because Roman Catholic doctrines are not right. They directly contradict the scriptures. The Roman Catholic religion teaches multitudes to pray to “Mary” instead of in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It calls its Mary “the Queen of Heaven”. In Jeremiah chapters 7 and 44 (along with Deuteronomy 32:16-17), the Queen of Heaven is revealed to be a devil. The Roman Catholic institution says that our precious Lord Jesus is turned into a little cracker (the eucharist) when the priest speaks certain words at the “mass”. This is a very great blasphemy. Many Catholics possess and pray to little statue idols that they call “saints” when the Bible says do not make unto thyself any graven image (ref. Exodus 20:4)–this includes images and pictures of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (many are guilty of this trespass). They light candles for the dead, bow before relics (e.g., a dead man’s finger) and believe in a fictional purgatory that they try to pay their way out of–more money for the coffers of the “church”. Their leaders have deceived them and are making merchandise of them. The love of money is the root of all evil. There are many heresies that Catholics are taught to believe but if they will only decide that the word of God is true, they can come out of these deceptions in an instant. If you are a former Roman Catholic, you are familiar with the Romish rituals. You must never return to those unclean things. Get rid of all traces of Romanism that may be in your life–including the rosary which is used for what our Lord Jesus Christ called, “vain repetition” (ref. Matthew 6:7). I would not have you to be ignorant–the Roman Catholic institution is not the only apostate church…but the Bible reveals that she does have a special status. She is the mother of them all–Revelation 17:5 calls her MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH (cursor down this link to see Revelation 17:3-6 and photographs showing how she fulfills it). The Bible also calls her the great whore (Rev. 17:1; 19:2). As a whore, she has MANY children. And since she is a whore, you do not know who the fathers are of these various bastard children (“bastard” is a Bible word e.g. Hebrews 12:8). One outbreak that you see is the hordes of false churches with their hierarchal systems. Instead of a pope they have a superstar pastor at the top making merchandise of the people and having all kinds of departments below him (some churches even have investment counsellors). They meet in fancy church buildings and offer endless programs and activities to keep their members busy and entertained. When we look closely at these churches we find that heresies abound across the board–whether charismatic, pentecostal, “community” church, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, “Church of Christ”, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Greek Orthodox, “Jehovah’s” Witness, Calvinist, dispensationalist Baptist, non-denominational, Christian Science, et al. I cannot recommend one church. Be ware, dear one, be ware. Do not jump at the chance to be called by any other name but what the Bible calls you–Christian, saint, disciple, etc. Calvin was not crucified for me. I would never call myself a Calvinist, a Baptist or any such thing. A new Christian is young and a babe, like a baby. At a certain point, babies seem to start putting almost anything in their mouths. It is part of their exploration time. It is possible for them to put something in their mouth that is not good–or that is even fatal. New Christians need to read the word of God (Authorized King James Version of 1611) and grow up and get strong. There are many false teachers marching all over the earth and they can–and do–fool people. Just because a group has one doctrine seemingly right does not mean that they have them all right. It also does not mean that when they use words that you know, that they mean the exact same thing that you do. They use our words, but they do not mean what we mean, but you do not know that at first. As a person stays in their organization for a while, they get led into learning and believing the blasphemies. ). For instance, a mormon male may give you a King James Bible or try to tell you about the Lord, but he does not tell you that he believes that he can one day be the exact same as God the Father, which is blasphemy (I’ve been approached by some Mormon missionaries and I asked them if they believed that they could become gods with their own planets, etc., they were clearly uncomfortable but they did acknowledge that the answer was yes.). The cults fool the unwary and lead them into error bit by bit. Don’t jump to join any group. The Bible says to LAY HANDS SUDDENLY ON ****NO**** MAN. To the unsuspecting, cultists can seem so “nice” (just like that worm on the fishhook looks so nice and good to the unsuspecting fish–he eats the bait, the hook goes into his guts or head, and he quickly ends up in somebody’s frying pan). Study and obey God’s word (Authorized Version of 1611 of the Bible) and you will not be tricked. Read whole books of the Bible, don’t just flip here and there or just take somebody’s word for what the Bible says. II Timothy 2:15 STUDY to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. “How can I study the Bible except some man guide me?” There is a general overview of the Bible at this link, but it is only an overview, it is NOT the Bible–you must read the Bible itself. When you read and obey your Bible you will get your strength and your power and you will grow and overcome. Read whole books, don’t just flip from place to place. God’s people do not follow man and man’s traditions. We follow the scriptures, always. We read them until we die (and they still abide forever). The word of God, the holy Bible, is our bread–you need to eat and digest your own food, and leave the television alone, no more monthly cable bill. WARNING: The Galatians heard the gospel message of how to be saved through faith but they SOON left the truth for ANOTHER gospel–do not do this, be ware. False teachers preached A PERVERSION of the gospel to the Galatians. False churches do the same thing today–whether “Jehovah’s” Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Mormons, “Church of Christ”, antinomian dispensationalist Baptist, etc. May you never call yourself a Baptist, Calvinist, etc. because that is not what the Bible calls you. Saved people are Christians, disciples, saints. Cults take Bible doctrines and add to them, take away from them, pervert them, and twist them. We are to stay with the word itself, not somebody’s perversion of the word. THERE ARE ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES FOR FOLLOWING A PERVERSION OF THE GOSPEL. WE ARE TO LEAVE GOD’S WORD IN TACT, JUST AS IT IS WRITTEN. IT HAS ALL OF THE LOVE, GOODNESS AND CORRECTION IN IT–NO CHANGES ARE TO BE MADE TO IT, NO SOFTENING IT. NO CONTRARY DOCTRINES. I heard somebody say something like this, “You do not have to be careful with God’s word, it already has the care in it. Just be careful that you share it just as it is written.” Don’t alter God’s word. Revelation 22:18 If any man shall ADD UNTO THESE things, God shall ADD UNTO HIM the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall TAKE AWAY from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall TAKE AWAY HIS PART out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. [our note: The lake of fire that burneth with fire and brimstone is the destiny of those whose names are not found written in the book of life.] Galatians 1:6 I marvel that YE ARE so SOON REMOVED from him that called you into the grace of Christ UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL: 7 Which is not another; but THERE BE SOME THAT TROUBLE YOU, AND WOULD PERVERT THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST. 8 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. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If ANY man preach ANY other gospel unto you than that ye have received, LET HIM BE ACCURSED.