Friday, April 21, 2017

IT'S CALLED BEING A DAD: RAISING BOYS, Dan Mayfield

When a little son says, "le't play dolls and I want to be the mommy", a wise dad says, "No, you are a boy and someday you are going to be a dad. You can be the dad."
When a little boy says to his dad, "I want to be a princess", a wise dad says, "Son, you are not a princess and you can never be a princess. You are the Prince and here's your sword."
When a little boys says, "I want to feel pretty". The wise dad says, "You're handsome. There's no time in your life that you should feel 'pretty'. You are going to be a man and men don't make pretty. Girls are pretty. That's how God made them. God did not make you to be a girl. He made you to be a boy and that's what you are going to be."
When your boy wants panties. You say no. Then you find out what person is putting this into his head.

FOOL THE ENEMY: THE WISDOM OF CHRIST, Dan Mayfield

Sun Stzu said, "Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. O divine art of subtlety and secrecy! Through you we learn to be invisible, through you inaudible; and hence we can hold the enemy's fate in our hands."1 (Book 6:8,9)
Jesus came to save the world from a powerful enemy. Jesus did not win by conventional means. He fooled the blinded and carnal-minded, and won by not fighting their fight, but instead by appearing weak and not up to the task of defeating satan. He was "meek and lowly", Mt 11:29. His followers were blue collar workers, the despised, and rabble-rousers. Still, the spiritual mind was attracted to Him; the

GOD MADE THINGS PLEASURABLE: THE NEED FOR SELF-CONTROL, Dan Mayfield

AT the lecture last Saturday, I was talking about Romans 14 and the issue of meat which in part related to
Jewish Christians still feeling uneasy about eating some meats they felt unclean; even though Jesus showed all foods to be clean, Mk 7:19.
I asked the audience for a show of hands of those who did not like bacon. Out of the 140 or so adults present, only 1 raised her hand. That is a remarkable number. How many other foods would enjoy such favorability?! Not liking bacon is like not liking sunshine or pretty flowers. Bacon, and steaks and chicken are definitely from God.
2“The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the

PARENTS KNOW THEY AREN'T DEALING WITH THEIR "BRATTY" CHILDREN, Dan Mayfield

If you are ignoring and not correcting that your child is mean, nasty, disrespectful, etc, then you should expect that your lack of attention and correction is going to be directly responsible for them having the same behavior at 14 years old. And when they leave for college or marriage and do not have a Christian spirit, know that your lack of attention when they were young is directly responsbible for their lack of faith. You didn't want to hear this. But when you are older and your child is not following God, you will not be

ROMANS 14 - Class Study and Discussion, Dan Mayfield

1. Who is the "weak" person and how is the strong strong Christian to treat him? vv1-2. Verse 2 shows who the "weak" brother is. It is not the one who eats any meat. But it is the one who won't eat the meat thinking doing so would be tantamount to idolatry (1 Cor. 8) or to one opposed to eating meats thinking they are unclean though Jesus declared all food to be clean (Mk 7:19).
2. What does God view the weak or the strong Christian? v3
3. Meat and vegetables. Who won't eat meat? Gal. 2:11-13; 1 Cor. 8:4-7

Thursday, April 06, 2017

THE ELDERLY MAN BEING CONSIDERED FOR APPOINTMENT AS AN ELDER: the spiritual condition of his children, by Dan Mayfield

"the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion." Titus 1:6.

In Paul's list of requirements for a man to be an Elder, Paul says that he is presently (must be, present infinitive) the husband of one wife. Paul also says that the man presently has, not had, but has in the present, children who believe. Why this requirement? Because his performance as a father is part of the consideration for deciding if he can manage God's household.

"but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?" 1 Tim. 3:5.

Here is what Paul is saying. The elderly married man had children and he raised them to believe in Jesus so that even now, as you examine and consider him now for this office, he presently has

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

WHERE MOST CRAZY COMES FROM, Dan Mayfield

I think craziness or insanity can to a large degreee be laid at the feet of the deceptions we accept. The deceived person is a divided person because in the same body two belief systems dwell. Having diametrically opposing ideas in the same brain and heart and soul constitutes an internal war. There's a war in the mind of every person who believes the lie that there's no God. There's a war in the mind of someone who claims to believe in God and is at the same time accusing God of evil. These contradictions are a constant flash point of conflict. The person will suffer mightily. Both inside in the core of his or her being, but then also with, or should I say against, true believers in Christ. These

MORAL CONVICTION AGAINST SIN, Dan Mayfield

If your theology has a lot of grays, you are almost certainly in conflict with God. If God says something is evil, but you say, 'well....", you have a problem.

Things are morally right or wrong. Everything we do in the sight of God has a plus or minus attached to it. Things are right or they are wrong. Romans 2:5-11 (look it up) says that God is going to judge every soul based on what they do, whether good or evil. And good and evil is clearly spelled out in the Bible.

When God is solidly stating that something is morally wrong, a Christian must be just as solid on the matter. Paul said in 1 Corinthians that homosexuals who haven't repented of it, adulterers who

FELLOWSHIP LESSON, Dan Mayfield

Last week we looked at fellowship from 1 John 1 and saw that it is conditional on the basis of believing in the Christ who was heard, seen, and touched.

Today's text: "14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17“Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18“And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” " 2 Cor. 6:14-18

Says the Lord Almighty. Bound together - literally 'unequally yoked'
"You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together." Deuteronomy 22:10
Not with unbelievers - they will corrupt your good morals.
Not with the unrighteous - close ties with the unrighteous
Not with darkness - Christians are to come out of the darkness and be of the day.

TYPES OF SIN. DIFFERENCE IN SINS, for 4/10/17

In general, how is sin defined? 1 John 3:4.

Remain dead still, don't move, don't think, don't flinch, and you have just sinned?
There is the sin of omission which is NOT doing what God commanded to be fine. It's the sin of doing nothing when God said to do something. James says the one who knows the right thing to do, but does not do it, it's sin, James 4:17. Jesus points to people who won't be saved because they did stuff, but they did not do the will of the Father, My. 7:21ff.

There is also the sin of commission which is done by doing what God said not to do, Col. 3:25. The is the flip side of opposite of the sin of omission. Only those who do God's will will be saved.
Romans 1; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Cor. 6:9-11

The natural and good becomes something not so good? Have you ever heard of the good becoming

WHY SHOULD YOU EVER TRUST SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT FEAR GOD? Dan Mayfield

A godless man has only to please man's eyes. He does not believe God is watching. The Bible says the Lord sees the evil and the good, Pro. 15:3. A godless man doesn't care what God sees. He cares about making a profit. Perhaps he will try to appear more honest than the business competition, but it's appearances. What you don't see you don't know.

I bought a 2004 Buick last year, supposedly low mileage, that according to the vehicle report had no accidents. Funny thing is that I began looking under my car and noticed that it had an aftermarket front bumper being held in place by a gerry rigged hanger made from a Minnesota license plate! Car

40,000 POUNDS OF BACON DESTROYED or A LEGION OF EVIL SPIRITS CAST OUT, Dan Mayfield

In Mark 5 we are told that Jesus went and visited the land of the Gadarenes and there He found a man who was overtaken with a legion of evil spirits. He was doing great harm to himself. Chains could not contain him. But Jesus cast out the legion into a herd of 2,000 pigs which all at once ran to the cliff and jumped into the sea to their death. There were 2,000 pigs in the herd. If there is 20 pounds of bacon per pig, that makes 40,000 pounds of bacon, not to mention all of the pork loins, roasts, and more. The people of the city were afraid and told Jesus to leave. They were more upset about losing the pigs than to be happy for the man who was sitting, clothed, and in his right mind. It's a real dilemma. Do we love the bacon more than I hate someone suffering? Do we love money more than our souls? Do we love the friends of the world more than the church? Do we love the Bible more than we love the doctrines of men? When we are confronted with the truth from Jesus, then is found out what we love most.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A LAND OF AN ENDLESS DAY, Dan Mayfield

"There will be no more night in the city, and they will have no need for the light of a lamp or of the sun. For the Lord God will shine on them, and they will reign forever and ever." Rev. 22:5

In heaven there will be no night, no sun, for God will be the light there. What if when we follow our long ago departed loved ones into heaven, that to them there was no time at all between their entrance and our being united with them in that glorious day? To the living, it is years, decades, centuries, and even millenia in time difference, but in the land of an endless day, it is all in the same day. The passage of time dims the memories and warmth of important relationships. But in the land that has no

WHEN I THINK ACCORDING TO HUMAN REASONING, IT'S JUST TOO HARD TO IMAGINE.... Dan Mayfield

According to my human thinking, it's hard to imagine that people are lost because they didn't get immersed. But God's thoughts are higher than my thoughts. When I think according to my flesh, it's too hard to imagine that gossip could send someone to hell. But I am not God. When I reason according to human relations, I can't imagine that it matters two hoots if religious people worship with musical instruments. But men like things God doesn't like. When I think according to my emotions, I can't imagine that divorce is serious enough that most remarried people are in ongoing sin. God looks on sin different than man does. When I think according to the world, I can't accept that most people are going to hell for eternity. Men don't like the idea of being judged. When I think according to what the human side likes and wants and feels, I can't imagine that out of all of the religions, that Jesus is the only right way. God says He alone is to be worshiped. When I think

MEN CAN'T BE PREGNANT AND MEN CAN'T MENSTRUATE. Dan Mayfield

This is the insanity of the world today that the transgender issue has introduced to our world. The military and the business community is being forced to give maternity leave to men and businesses are being pressured to give days off for the period of the month they have cramps! Know why? Because these men are really women and they are doing what women do. They are sleeping with a man and their body is going through the monthly cycle. It's entirely normal for a woman to go through this, but when the woman says she has become a man, that she feels like a man, then society should NOT be forced to enter into the delusion by extending benefits that are only afforded to a woman. ************************* Dr. Susan Berry reports that, “The author of a children’s coloring book has invented a character named “Toni the Tampon” to instruct children that men can menstruate. “Cass Clemmer, the author of The Adventures of Toni the Tampon, has been using her coloring book character to ‘destigmatize’ menstruation. Now, however, she also wants to ‘de-gender’ the female biological process and to persuade children that men get periods too.” http://www.christianpost.com/news/god-is-transgender-pastor-texas-bathroom-bill-177159/

WHICH COMES FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG. WHICH COMES FIRST, REJECTION OF GOD OR CRAZY? Dan Mayfield

"At his sentencing he was found to have schizophrenia and psychosis, which clouded his social judgement. He was sentenced to serve five-and-a-half years in Melbourne's psychiatric prison hospital." Here's what I believe. When you are not given boundaries, your life has no direction. When you have no morals, everything is acceptable, even things that are diametrically opposite and things that are harmful to others. When you have no God, you don't love men and you end up alienating yourself from many of your peers in society. When you dont' have God, you reject from your sphere of thinking a major part of truth. And when you don't have truth, you believe many lies. And when you believe many lies, you find yourself continually at odds with the world. This will make you crazy. Turn to God and find sanity. http://www.christianpost.com/news/where-is-jesus-now-murderer-sean-price-asked-victim-he-raped-christian-book-shop-178830/

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE

"I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD" Ex. 20:2 If you don't believe, He's your God. If you are walking through this life oblivious to your soul, still He is your God. Yahweh is your God. It's not Allah or Buddha or any other god. The LORD is your God. Only the LORD made it all. Only the LORD made you in His image. Only the LORD will judge you and only the LORD can save you. So turn away from the worldly pursuits. Turn away from idolatry. Turn away from human philosophies because God says, "I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD."

Saturday, March 25, 2017

HOW BAD MUST THE ETERNAL JUDGMENT BE IF BEING DROWN IN THE SEA WOULD BE BETTER! - Dan Mayfield

"5And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; 6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 18:5-6.

What is worse that dying a horrible death being drug to the bottom of the sea by a heavy stone is the eternal punishment in hell away from God. 

WHAT YOU HAVE THE LIBERTY TO DO PRIVATELY, LIKE EATING MEAT FROM THE MARKET, STILL MUST BE EXERCISED WITH REGARD TO THE OTHER CHRISTIAN'S CONSCIENCE. - Dan Mayfield

"1Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand." Romans 14:1-4

Now these liberties being described in Romans 14 are allowing for the individual to privately practiced them. Later in the same chapter, Paul says, "one person esteems one day above another", v5. God says that privately a man may have a special day that he observes for God. Another person

THOSE WHO SAY MAN IS BORN SINFUL, WITH A SINFUL NATURE, BORN WITH A CORRUPTION INHERITED FROM ADAM, MUST DISTORT EZEKIEL 18, Dan Mayfield


"19Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. 20“The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself." Ezekiel 18:19f

If someone answers by saying, "Right, a man isn't born with and punished for another man's sin. But...man IS born with a corrupted nature that can do nothing but sin." This is Calvinistic, Augustinian error and it is a distinction without a difference. Man is not born with a propensity or disposition to sin. Each man is accountable to God and based on his individual choice to sin God will judge each one.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

WHAT I HONESTLY AND RESPECTFULLY THINK ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FORGIVING THE UNREPENTANT, Dan Mayfield

“If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” John 20:23

I think some people are door mats. They don't hold their ground They are weak and quick to cave to pressure. They feel guilty as if they are the one in the wrong. They try to win by giving favors. They aren't good at standing firm. They confuse symbolism with substance. Winning souls can't be done with symbolism. Watch these misguided souls in parenting, if they are parents. They keep gifting to their undeserving child. They aren't good at bringing their child to sorrow. Giving candy and favors

ONLY GOD CAN FORGIVE SINS AS JESUS DID, Dan Mayfield

"5And Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6But some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7“Why does this man speak that way? He is blaspheming; who can forgive sins but God alone?” Mk. 2:5-7.

From Jesus' healing of the paralytic, we learn that Jesus is deity. He did what only God could do. Jesus said to the man, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." Mk 2:5.

Now to the question asked by the scribes, "Who can forgive sins but God alone?", the Bible says men forgive the sins of others. Men can forgive sins? Yes, and so we pray like this, "Forgive us as we forgive others". So what is going on here and why would this be blasphemy to those hearing?

The answer is clear that there is forgiving on the human level and their is forgiving on the God level. Jesus was doing the latter. If the man had personally harmed Jesus, then there would be nothing

Thursday, March 09, 2017

MARRIAGE IS FOR LIFE

If a person divorces a spouse, unless the spouse was maritally unfaithful, the person may not remarry. To this point, Paul said to the Corinthians, he or she "must remain unmarried or be reconciled." 1 Cor 7:10-11. To disobey this is to remove oneself from God's grace.

This is one area that the Catholic Church is more Biblically accurate than most denominations. Here is an excerpt from an are at www.firstpeterfive.com...

"“We receive it from a source who is part of the group in which Father Luis Carlos spoke after the meeting with the bishop of Pereira. Although there is still no document on the orthodox position of the bishop, Father Luis Carlos informed these people in private that the prelate recognized his mistake, accepted the arguments of the priest whom he reinstitutes into his priestly magisterium and

1 JOHN 1:3 THE FELLOWSHIP THAT'S SCRIPTURAL..

By the title of the lesson, you rightly conclude there is an unscriptural fellowship? What does that mean?

Do you like people? Could it be a problem that some Christians like people of the world more than other Christians?

Fellowship is between or with whom? Text: "what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
Until one is saved, he is not in fellowship with God, Eph. 2:12

What is fellowship? KOINONIA is defined as "Short Definition: participation, communion,

THE DEGREE OF JESUS' TEMPTATION: EVERYTHING WAS ON THE LINE, Dan Mayfield

"7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety. 8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. 9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation," Hebrews 5"

Satan tempted Jesus as he tempted Adam and all of Adam's children. If Jesus could not sin, all of the wilderness time of fasting and temptation was mere theater. If Jesus did not sin because He could not sin, then what He went through was NOT what men go through. God enjoins man to resist the devil

Monday, February 27, 2017

IT'S AN ATTACK ON THE FEMALE AND NOTHING LESS, Dan Mayfield

THE GOD ORDAINED, BIOLOGICALLY CORRECT ROLE AS MOTHER AND WIFE IS DISRESPECTED. THE WOMB IS A BURDEN AND UNBORN CHILDREN ARE DESTROYED. 98% OF FEMALES IN THE WNBA ARE LESBIAN. GIRLS ARE TAKING MALE HORMONES. THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD.

"21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools," Romans 1:21-22.

And now we see in Texas a high school girl is taking male hormones to "become" a male while still

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE DESIRE, Dan Mayfield

What you want or desire is what will guide you today. What you desire the most in life is what will guide you every day. Desires come and go, changing by hours and days. But only what we desire the very most in life will keep us on a sustained course.

Jesus, more than anything else, wanted to do His Father's will, Hebrews 10:7-9. Paul wanted to do God's will, Romans 7:19. Our choices today will be informed mostly by what is our greatest desire. It's the greatest desire that keeps us on track. And the greatest desire a man should have is to do the will of God.

THE LIBERAL LEFT OF THE UNITED STATES SHOULD BE THOUGHT OF AS A SECULAR RELIGIOUS CULT IN A WAR AGAINST CHRISTIAN VALUES. Dan Mayfield

It is a secular religion that permeates government. It permeates government schools around the country. It permeates every facet of media and the entertainment industry. And this secular religion assaults the Christian conscience in a daily onslaught.

But God has the answer and Christians are the voice. Apart from the direct blessing of saving through obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, God has done something else as a result of prayer. Through prayer and many consceintous people acting, the office of the most powerful position in the world has

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

DON'T MAKE CHILDREN MEAN, Dan Mayfield

I like the music by Muse, a British band with fantastic vocals. One song titled Supremacy has the words "brainwashing our children to be mean". I think it's ironic that so many embrace Evolution theory which if believed reduces humans to being mere animals. The law of the animal kingdom is eat or be eaten. The law of tooth and claw is the meanest law and it is the core of Darwin's "survival of the fittest" theory. Evolution is godless and the meanest thing to teach children.

BORN GAY? Dan Mayfield

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In the graphic is illustrated the problem of addressing the "born gay" idea because the article in question says there's no proof there's a gay or lesbian gene, not born that way in other words, but then the article repeats the lie that we are born with a predisposition to sin. The Calvinist "born depraved" teaching isn't proven any more than being born gay is proven. But Calvinism weakens a valid argument against gayness by inserting their error.

The writer of the article is correct that there's no gay gene. That lie took hold back in Bill Clinton's day. But when the

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

THE YOUNG GENERATION HAS BEEN THOROUGHLY CONVINCED THAT THERE'S NOTHING CURIOUS OR WRONG WITH A MAN KISSING AND LAYING WITH A MAN. Dan Mayfield

But homosexuality is wrong on many levels. Biologically it's wrong. It is contrary to the design that made man and woman perfect counterparts. Societally it is wrong. The marriage of man and woman is the building block of society. Homosexual couples build nothing. Biblically it is wrong. The Bible says it is a serious sin for men to lust for men or for women to lust after women.

LISTEN TO ME DEAR CHRISTIAN PARENTS. If you stick your head in the sand and allow the

Sunday, February 05, 2017

IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS, THERE IS PROOF OF REPENTANCE, CONFESSION AND OBEDIENCE TO THE GOSPEL, Dan Mayfield

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, here is the proof. Believers love and move and act upon the words of Jesus Christ. An idle and static believer has a belief that's still wrestling with pleasing the world. There's simply no reason for a saving belief to do anything but speak and act on what or who you believe.  When the believer

Saturday, February 04, 2017

THE BOOK OF REVELATION IN PERIOD OF DOMITIAN. Dan Mayfield

The following is from Foxe's book of Martyrs. It shows what was the opinion of ancient Christians that the persecution of Revelation was in the 90s. The Nero date is relatively new.
"THE SECOND PERSECUTION UNDER DOMITIAN
The first Roman persecution beginning under Nero, as is aforesaid, ceased under Vespasianus, who gave some rest to the poor Christians. After whose reign was moved, not long after, the second persecution by the emperor Domitian, brother of Titus. Of whom Eusebius and Orosius so write, that he first beginning mildly, afterward did so far outrage in pride intolerable, that he commanded himself to be worshipped as God, and that images of gold and silver in his honour

WHAT ARE WE TRAINING, REALLY TRAINING OUR CHILDREN TO BE? WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ PROVERBS 22 THE SAME WAY, REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OUR CHILDREN ARE OLD AND NOT CHRISTIAN OR IF OUR CHILDREN ARE YOUNG AND WE HOPE TO BECOME CHRISTIAN. Dan Mayfield

Proverbs 22:6 reads, "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

What I'm about to say here is serious and hard to hear. But I say it in love and without pride. When it comes to parenting, please do your best. And if your children are raised, trust God and praise God, because none of us could do it without Him.


Some say it's a rock hard promise. Others say it's a general principle. What's the answer?

I want you to remember first that all parents influence their children for good or for bad. We can't take credit for our children becoming upstanding citizens and dismiss responsibility if they becoming failures.

Parents who are quiet don't push their children to be bold. Parents who are weak in the faith don't

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

TRUTH DOES NOT CHANGE - MAL. 3:6

Thankfully, truly important things in life remain constant. Unless Jesus returns, the sun will rise and set tomorrow and the elements will maintain the physical properties given them long ago. But most importantly, God doesn't change. Consider the following verses:

"For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed." Mal 3:6
"But You are the same, And Your years will not come to an end." Psalm 102:27
"Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from

Monday, January 30, 2017

THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS A PLACE OF PRAYER, Dan Mayfield

"12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He said to them, "It is written, 'MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER '; but you are making it a ROBBERS' DEN." Mt 21:12-13.


The Herodian temple was physically destroyed by the Romans in 70ad. But the Jewish leaders had destroyed it's usefulness long before by departingfrom true worship and

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

ABORTION SHOULD NOT BE A RIGHT IN THIS COUNTRY, Dan Mayfield

It's a heinous, callous, brutal act of torture on a living being. If you don't believe me, just go get a sonogram first and watch the little guy or girl swimming and sucking on its thumb.

A woman has to turn
off the feeling, compassion part of her soul to sit idly by while a person carefully dismembers her baby.

THE TEEN YEARS ARE A CRUCIBLE PROVING GROUND OF FAITH, Dan Mayfield

As Jesus was tried by the devil, so children will try the faith of parents. Either fathers shape their
children to be godly people or the children shape the fathers to accept the world and compromise their faith. I've seen it more times than I care to count.

Experience has shown me that families go through a crucible, a great trial

WHEN THE HAND OF THE LORD IS UPON YOU; IT'S FOR A REASON, Dan Mayfield

Don't resist God when His hand of discipline is upon you. Repent and He will heal you.

PSALM 32:4
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.

PSALM 38:2
For Your arrows have sunk deep into me,

CONTROLLING THE TONGUE, Monday night study, 1/23/2017 Dan Mayfield

The right of free speech is often carried to a point of sin. One ancient author said, "men use the spur when they ought to use the bridle."1Q: Does a Christian stand out because of his or her speech?

"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person." Col 4:6.

James says, "1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

SO MANY PEOPLE ARE UNFEELING, SELF-CENTERED, AND MANIPULATIVE, Dan Mayfield

Paul talked about such people.

"2For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3unloving, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, without love of good, 4traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God," 2 Tim. 3:2-4.

How did they get this way? It starts early in life. In verse 3 Paul says they are "unloving" and the

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WHY ARE PEOPLE LOST? Dan Mayfield

Is it God's fault? Is it Adam's fault? Is it mother or father's fault? Or is it each man's fault? Are God's requirements too hard? Are men lost because God made it too hard? Is man born only to go to hell? Why are people going to hell? Why are so few going to heaven?
1. God is righteous and desires for all men to be saved, 1 Tim. 2:4f; Tit. 2:11; 1 Jn. 2:2; Jn. 3:16. The blame cannot be laid at the feet of the righteous God.
2. Adam sinned and led the way for his children, but they sinned all on their own - just as Adam did. Paul says spiritual "death spread to all men,

WOULD YOU LIKE HEAVEN? DM

The glorious Gospel with the promise of eternal bliss is hard to surpass in its appeal. Who doesn't want to finish up this life with a grand entrance into joyful rest forever? But who may enter that rest? Only those who have repented of sins and have followed Jesus Christ life of holiness. The Psamlist said,
"3Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?

PHILIPPIANS 1:3-14 CLASS OUTLINE

God knows your predicament and does not leave you alone, Philippians 1:3-14
Philippians chapter 1 verse 3 through 14 comma the messages that we do not do this alone. As the gospel spreads throughout the world, Paul isn't doing the work alone. The Philippians are working with him. God is working with him. And other Christians throughout the world are emboldened to tell the truth.
Prayer, Philippians chapter 1 verse 4 & 9.
For the Apostle Paul, there is Providential Power in prayer so that Paul is filled with trust and great joy. He knows he will get out of prison, vs12. Paul's prayers are all about other people even though he is in prison. The Greek word for prayer is supplication and it means a heartfelt intreating. For us, our

COMMANDS, ADMONITIONS, AND WARNINGS: CALVIN'S FACADERY, Dan Mayfield

What purpose is an admonition or command if God's sovereignty has ordained everything? Why warn against sinning if being holy or unholy is pre-ordained?
What Calvinists say. Calvinists preachers establish that God's sovereignty is absolute because man has zero choice. Not since the first sin of Adam does man have the ability to do anything but that which God has decreed for him to do. That's what they say.
But when you listen to Calvinist's preaching by MacArthur or Piper and others, there are many

Thursday, January 05, 2017

PARENTAL INFLUENCE: YOUR SONS WILL BE LIKE YOU, Dan Mayfield

When going to Egypt, Abraham asked Sarah to pretend she was his sister. It was a lie, though she was his half-sister, she was also his wife. Abraham feared being killed if he was known to be her husband, but not if he was thought to be only her brother.

"10Now there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to sojourn there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11It came about when he came near to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his

Thursday, December 29, 2016

LIVE THIS DAY FOR GOD LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST: START WITH PRAYER, DM

"It's appointed for man to die, and then comes the judgement." Heb. 9:27.

It's easy to be distracted from really important things. We are rarely distracted from responding to the dinner bell but the dinner bell is there to get out attention. We have alarms to wake us because we have been distracted by sleep. We now have in cars vibrators and bells that ring to get the attention of a distracted driving who is crossing the center median. We get distracted by the world so that minutes, hours, and days go by without

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

IMAGINATION

Before God made light, He imagined it. Before Christ came, before the foundation of the world God imagined it. If you want to do something, imagine it. We are made like God. We think, we love, and we create because we are like God. So use your imagination and create. Use your imagination to solve. If your imagination is guided by God's word, your creation will be pleasing to God. Praise God. 

THE NATURE OF THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT: GOD'S PLAN FOR US TO BE LIKE HIM, Dan Mayfield

Wisdom - "His understanding is infinite" Isaiah 40:28
Will - "Good, acceptable, and perfect" Romans 12:2
Love - "God is love" 1 John 4:8
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the three persons in the Godhead possess these in their nature. When God said, "Let us make man in our image", God embued man with a like nature - as much as the created can be like the Creator. Man possesses the greatest likeness to God than all other things in the creation. And this includes the wisdom of knowing, the power of self-governance, and the heart to be selfless and charitable.
Isaiah 48:16-17 speaks of the three persons in distinction of the other: "16 Come near to Me, listen to

THE HANDICAP OF BEING SMART, Dan Mayfield

It’s hard for a smart man to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s not directly stated in the Scriptures, but it’s true nevertheless.

We remember that Jesus said, “It’s harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” I have thought that “smarts” or intellectualism is equally as much of a hindrance as riches are to going to heaven.

The Gospel does not lend itself to pleasing the materialistic proclivities of man. Not to influence, not

NATIONALISM IS ABOUT SELF-RULE, Dan Mayfield

Do you know what Nationalism is? It is another example of man's desire for autonomy and self rule. When men are seeking to dissolve all borders in favor of "one world", nationalism is favorable to free people.

WHAT IF THERE WAS A COUNCIL OF D.C.?

The council of Nicea in about A.D. 325 was convened by Constantine I, the Roman Emperor, bringing together experts in the Bible to come to unity on important Christian doctrine. The Nicene Creed, still repeated in some churches today, was established by this council which specifies what the Bible says on the Godhead, with special attention on the nature of Jesus Christ in relation to the Father.

7TH MONTH FEAST - TABERNACLES - JESUS BIRTH, Dan Mayfield

This year in 2016 the feast of booths was on October 16-23. This feast was the third of the 3 major feast for the Jews. The Jewish people traveled to Jerusalem 3 times a year to commemorate God's work in their lives and this feast was a reminder of God's salvation during 40 years of living in tents in the wilderness. It was in the 7th month of the Jewish year when the last of the harvest of grapes and olives were harvested. So there were many offerings of thanks. The people went and

JESUS IS BORN: GOD WILL FIX THE MESS, Dan Mayfield

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel." Gen. 3:15.

Got a question for you. Is Eve's "seed" in Genesis 3:15 in the singular or plural? Note that God speaks to the devil, who Jesus came to destroy the works of, 1 In 3:8, and God refers to the woman's seed as "it" and "his".

I've read that it's talking about Christ and that it's talking about the church, I.e., Christ and the church will crush the devil's head and his works. It's true. But it's also true that you have no seeds without the first seed, who is Christ. The seed of the woman
must, first and foremost, refer to Jesus Christ for the is no

DECEMBER 25: WHAT TIME OF YEAR WAS JESUS BORN? Dan Mayfield

To understand when Jesus was born, we have to go back ABOUT 18 months to the beginning of a Jewish New Year. Add up the weeks 2(for the passover and pentecost weeks)+8(Zachariah served the 8th division of Abijah)+1(Lk 1:23 Elizabeth conceived immediately?)+40(gestation of John)+27(6 final months of Jesus

THE NEED FOR FREEDOM, Dan Mayfield


In L.A. Lambert's examination of a so-called Christmas sermon by the the famous agnostic Robert Ingersoll, Lambert said about creative genius, "genius depends for its development on favorable environments". The evidence proves Lambert to be correct.
When God made man in His image, "In the image of God He made them male and female", God

BAPTISM AND CIRCUMCISION, Dan Mayfield

Baptism and circumcision are clearly different, being part of two different covenants, but I can't agree with the following pedobaptist statement: "The New Testament nowhere describes baptism as the New Covenant replacement for Old Covenant circumcision."1

THE FOUR STATES OF THE SOUL, INCLUDING THE LIVING DEAD, Dan Mayfield

"But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives." 1

Timothy 5:6. There are stages of death and this is the first one when the body is still functioning, but the soul is dead in sin. The good news is that there's hope for this person to come to repentance and spiritual life through obedience to the Gospel.

PSYCHIATRY OR THE SOLID GROUND OF FAITH? Dan Mayfield

"A portion of scizophrenics, after a long period of time, often do seem to get better. And how that occurs remains a mystery." - A Brilliant Madness: A Genius Descends into Madness, Time Mark: 48:40
So we learn from the story of John 'the beautiful mind' Nash who got better after 30 years of psychosis, that he made the choice to quit his meds, he got better, and psychiatry cannot explain how.
After years of reluctance by the Nobel Prize committee to award him for his great work on Game

DO INTENTIONS MATTER? Dan Mayfield

I was asked, "Good morning. I saw a post with a question, if a person got baptized without good intentions. Should that person be rebaptized? Your thoughts."
God cares for intentions as much as He cares for anything. The intention goes to the thinking or imagination of the heart.
In Genesis before the flood it says, " Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the

CABBAGE DECLARES THE GLORY OF GOD

You know that if you make something, it tells a lot about you. Whatever God made also has within it His genius, perfection, and goodness infused into it. When you look at the stars, or a little infant, a beautiful mountain range, or even a head of cabbage, you must see the handiwork of God. I love how God has made Himself to be clearly seen through what is made so that men are without excuse.
"For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.", Romans 1:20.
"The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good." Psalm 14:1

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM. WHAT PUT YOUR CITY ON THE MAP? - Dan Mayfield

When Hazel and I married, we lived in a small town in east Texas. Mt. Vernon was known as the home town of "Dandy" Don Merideth, the great athlete and quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. What makes famous is at times remarkable and sometimes not. A town in Minnesota is famous for having the largest ball of twine. Some would drive an hour out of their way to see it.

CHRISTMAS: I'VE NEVER, EVER HEARD A CHILD RESPOND, "SO IS GOD ALSO MAKE BELIEVE?"

As a child I remember being terribly let down when my mom told me Santa wasn't real. But you know what? I kept getting up on Sunday morning, me and my sister, to ride the J.O.Y. bus to church. Children know there's nothing make believe about Jesus Christ. So if you do make believe, don't worry that your children will suddenly look down on you as a liar and blame you for being an unbeliever. It's OK to have fantasy for a child. Use that time to teach giving, family, love.

ON TRAINING A CHILD TO BE HONEST, Dan Mayfield

Let me offer a story I read in Biblical Illustrator which speaks of loving patience: "It avoids giving occasion for sin. It has been said that if you have a favourite horse, which always takes fright and shies at a certain point in the road, you are careful to come along another road, if possible, or to coax him, by speaking to him kindly, to go by without fear. So if you are aware that a certain subject will always

DO WE WELCOME THE GODLY, BLESSED SUFFERING FOR CHRIST? Dan Mayfield

"for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,..." 1 Pet. 4:1
Why does Peter connect suffering and a sanctified life? How are suffering and ceasing from sin related? The answer is found in Jesus Christ, our perfect example.
Suffering describes the life of Christ. He did not suffer for personal sins; Jesus was without sin, Heb. 4:15; cf 1 Peter 1:19. And Jesus did not suffer the general afflications men do as a consequence of their bad habits and self-inflicted wounds of wrong modes of living. Jesus would be a perfect example

GLORY IN YOUR SUFFERING AND WEAKNESS, Dan Mayfield

When suffering, do we glory in it and glorify God? Sing His praises? Draw nearer to Him in prayer? Are we undefeated and undeterred? We can learn from the Apostle Paul who said,
"Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then am I strong." 2 Cor 12.

WOOED BY JESUS, SUFFERING MAKES MORE SENSE, Dan Mayfield

The following is written by Harriet Beecher Stowe's son, Charles Edward Stowe, in his Recollections on his mother's life and the words are from Katherine, Harriet's sister, on the governance of her school.
"Plans for governing my school and in devising means to make my pupils to become obedient, amiable and pious.
"By degrees I finally arrived at the following principles in the government of my school.
First it is indispensable that my Scholars should feel that I am sincerely and deeply interested in their

FAITH ONLY, OBEDIENCE OF FAITH, OR WORKS OF THE LAW? Dan Mayfield

The denominational and religious world likes to set up the argument that the option is either faith only or law keeping only. But the Scriptures show the truth is neither of these. Don't let religious people set up a false dilemma that you either believe in "faith only" doctrine or else you believe in saving yourself apart from God. The "faith only" doctrine was rejected by Paul and James in the Bible. The truth is "obedience of faith" or "faith working through love" or "the works of faith".


The devil is at work in the deception. Don't be fooled. If you believe in Jesus and want His salvation, you must repent, turn from sin, and obey Jesus Christ. Acts 22:16; Colossians 2:11-13. Praise God.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIRTHDAY, Dan Mayfield

Why would anyone, especially Christians, pause to remember the birthday of Jesus Christ! Is it inconceivable to believe that Mary and Jesus' siblings would remember that birth marked with a star and shepherd boys, and later by a special delegation of kings bringing gold and other valuables? Inconceivable? What an amazing announcement by an angelic host on that day a child was born in Bethlehem! Because it was known when he was 12, is it inconceivable to believe that the year and date of His birth would be remembered? And because Matthew and Luke paid special attention to the genealogy of Christ that establishes His connection to David and Abraham, would anyone be wrong

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I FAIL SOMETIMES, Dan Mayfield

"make a defense to everyone who ask you to give an account for the hope that is in you, YET WITH GENTLENESS AND REVERENCE" 1 Pt 3:15
That gentleness and respect I sometimes forget. I defend, but I sometimes do it with a snarl and a bite. I apologize to God for forgetting to defend with the right spirit.
"And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." James 3:18. I sometimes sow but not in peace. And for this I apologize to God.

Friday, December 02, 2016

THE IMPORTANCE OF A BIRTHDAY (the birth of Christ)

Why would anyone, especially Christians, pause to remember the birthday of Jesus Christ! Is it inconceivable to believe that Mary and Jesus' siblings would remember that birth marked with a star and a special delegation of kings bringing gold and other valuables? Inconceivable? Just because it was known when he was 12 is it inconceivable to believe that the year and date of His birth would be

Sunday, November 13, 2016

LIVING ABOVE THE LAW, by Dan Mayfield

"realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers", 1 Timothy 1:9
I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with

PARTICIPATION IS A PRIVILEGE: VOTING

When we look across human history, we see Kings and Dictators ruling over nations. Passed on from father to son, the people had no say.

In 1 Samuel 8, the people said, "Give us a king to judge us." v5.

The people in so doing rejected the rule of God over their lives, v7.
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This is the history of man to reject the rule of God to instead be ruled over by men.

AN ELDER’S WIFE

There is one person in the church
Who knows the elder’s life
She’s wept and smiled and prayed for him
And that the elder’s wife.
She knows your servant’s weakest point
And knows his greatest power
She has heard him speak in simple tones
In his greatest triumph hour.
She has heard him groaning in his soul
When bitten raged the strife,

Living Above the Law, by Dan Mayfield

I have been reading the Epistle to Diognetus which gives a picture of Christian life and belief in the first century. Written by a person who claims to have been taught by the Apostles, he speaks with simplicity and shows the simplicity of Christian living as marked by its goodness and separation from the world. 
I wrote recently about the Christian living according to a higher law of Christ which is superior to any law of man. Laws of man are for disobedient law breakers. But Christians don't need the laws of men to keep them in line because they live according to the higher law of Christ.

Monday, November 07, 2016

THE HISTORIC CHRISTIAN POSITION IS AGAINST ABORTION, by Dan Mayfield

One of the earliest Christian writings called The Epistle to Diognetus [first century writing] speaks of the typical Christian life. In 5:6, it says, "They marry like all other men and they beget children; but they do not cast away [destroy] their offspring." The "casting away" indicates the care they have for children whereas many of the heathen would toss unwanted infants into the elements to die of exposure or to be eaten by wild animals. Christians have a respect for life.

There are many Christians today who do not have the compassion for the millions of infants who are destroyed from the womb with their parts sold to laboratories for research and for the making of

EXPEDIENT, COMMAND, OR ADDITION? by Dan Mayfield


This simple but clear graphic shows there are expedients needed to fulfill God's command to sing. The church has discretion to choose the spiritual words and the tune and even whether to compile the songs to be sung. The expedient is necessary to expedite God's word to sing. But remember that you

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

"DID YOU RECEIVE THE SPIRIT WHEN YOU BELIEVED?" Acts 19:1ff

This is the question Paul asked the disciples he came across in Ephesus. "Did you receive the Spirit when you believed?" They said they didn't know there was a spirit. This led Paul to ask about their baptism. They said they got John's baptism. So add Priscilla and Aquila taught Apollos the way out God more accurately, Paul taught them and immersed them this time to receive the Spirit.
What was Paul suggesting about the Spirit? Paul didn't ask if they received "the gift of" the Holy Spirit when they believed. So how was the Holy Spirit received when you believe?
Indwelling Holy Spirit?
Outpouring of H.S. as with Cornelius?
Apostolic laying on of hands to impart gifts?

WHY I REJECT CALVINISM: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN IS ENTERING A CONDITIONAL, BILATERAL COVENANT WITH GOD, Dan Mayfield

When it comes to covenants there are unilateral and bilateral Covenants. The unilateral Covenant in the Bible is a promise from God without any conditions. The rainbow Covenant and the Davidic Covenant that his descendants would always be upon his throne are examples of unilateral Covenants. The bilateral covenants of the Bible are promises from God based upon conditions which must be met by men.
To hear the gospel and become a Christian is not an example of entering a unilateral covenant. If Calvinism were true, becoming a Christian would be an example of being in a unilateral Covenant because all of the conditions are established and kept by God without conditions on man. This isn't Christianity and Calvinism isn't Christianity.
In Christianity, God establishes the conditions for giving the promise of eternal life. And to receive this gift from God, which God without partiality offers to all the children of Adam, each sinner must believe and obey the Gospel, Romans 10:16; 2 Thess 1:8; 1 Pet 4:17. To obey the Gospel requires turning from sin, confessing Jesus is Lord, and then being baptized by adult immersion, Acts 8:12; 22:16.
I say this in love. Get a hold of me if this is something you need to do.

THE DELUDED MIND IN THREE TEXT OF SCRIPTURE, Dan Mayfield

There are three actors who play a part in the delusion that can come over any of us.
FIRST, the man himself who knows the truth, but denies it and instead worships the creation.
"21For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. 24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the

GOD'S ELECTION TO SAVE MEN IS A BILATERAL COVENANT, Dan Mayfield

After some thought, I have come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of election. To understand the two, think about two kinds of covenants.
The first kind of covenant is a unilateral covenant. God has made these kind of covenants for example with the rainbow promise, with the Abrahamic covenant for nations to be blessed through Him, and another was the covenant God made with David that one of his decendents would always be on his throne. Someone put it best by pointing out this uniteral covenant is a promise. God makes the covenant with men without any requirements being placed upon man. God's keeping of His promise doesn't

IS GOD WORKING? IS JESUS WORKING? IS THE HOLY SPIRIT WORKING? by Dan Mayfield

What is God doing? Can you explain it? What is Jesus doing? Can you explain it? What about the Holy Spirit? Is the Holy Spirit doing anything? What are angels doing? Can you explain it?
When I read the Bible, I read of people who have a strong sense of the spiritual realm interracting with their lives. They are fighting a spiritual war against the devil, Eph 6:10ff; 1 Pet. 5:8,9. They are given the prospect of entertaining angels as others did. They are strengthened and comforted by the God of Comfort. They are listened to when praying and the answers come from the providence of God to give deliverance and healing, Philippians 1:19. Prayer itself is a direct interface between this world and God. And in prayer we know that Christ is still our High Priest, "always making intercession for them", Heb. 7:25; 4:15. Before the throne of grace, we "obtain mercy and find grace to HELP in time of need." The mercy and grace that helps in time of need is something from the throne of God. It is God's help that is

THE WORKING OF GOD....beyond a mechanistic 'you reap and sow'. by Dan Mayfield

We understand that the laws of nature, Rom. 2:14-15, which aren't to do with gravity or laws of thermodynamics, etc, but are the moral laws which press upon all men to keep them doing what they ought to do, we know that these have built in consequences so that we understand the words "you reap what you sow." Gal. 6:7. Though it's spiritual, being God's ordained plan, still it's natural in the sense of being put in place and working as a mechanism that works without direct involvement from the hand of God.
When I say that God is working, I mean that the Scriptures show the regular involvement of God in the affairs of men. It's always in accordance with the Holy Bible. It's real but behind what is seen. It's often an answer to prayer. It's necessary for the working out of His eternal will.

THE REVELATION OF JESUS (NOT THE 70 AD DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM) - BENSON

Peter wrote, "who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." 1 Peter 1:5.
To answer when is the last time and Jesus' revelation with His angels coming on the clouds so that every eye shall see,, the following is copied from Benson's Commentary which I believe he wrote in the 1700s. He did not subscribe to the idea that Jesus has already returned the second time as the 70ad folks teach who also wrongly teach that He has returned and that the judgment and new and and earth are what we now enjoy in the church. If ever there was a false teaching, this would be one. Read why Benson disagrees with these man-made and naturalistic interpretations of the second coming of Jesus.
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"Ready — ετοιμην, prepared, to be revealed — In all its glory; in the last time — The time of Christ’s second coming; the grand period, in which all the mysteries of divine providence shall beautifully and

SALVATION BY FAITH IS POSSIBLE.

Salvation by merit or perfection is impossible. The great people in the Bible who are our examples of winning the race (see Hebrews 11-12:1) are people who were imperfect yet they won the prize by faith in Christ. God rewards faith. God is very pleased when a man puts his faith in Christ. When we put faith in God, then salvation becomes quite doable, not hard or impossible; salvation is very attainable, because the merit secured by the perfect Christ Jesus.
There are a number of people who wrongly conclude that salvation simply cannot be lost once you are a Christian. This isn't the case. When faith is dead or disobedient, it is not a pleasing kind of faith to God. Devil's believe and tremble. Many people have turned away from the Lord and have fallen from saving grace, Gal. 5:4; Heb 6:6; 2 Pet 2:20-22.

HEAVEN AWAITS THE FAITHFUL, Dan Mayfield

1 Peter is a reminder to stay faithful through adversity because there is a great salvation, reserved in heaven, to be revealed in the last day. 1 Peter 1:4.
Though your Faith will be tested as by fire, at the revelation of Jesus Christ, it will result in praise, honor, and glory. 1 Peter 1:7.
Therefore, Peter says, "gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ' Be holy, for I am holy.'" 1 Peter 1:13-16.
Heaven waits for those who stand firm.

THERE ARE NO WASTED WORDS IN THE BIBLE, Dan Mayfield

Commenting on 1 Peter 1:7 which speaks of our tested faith resulting in "praise, honor, and glory" when Jesus returns, Ellicott says, "St. Peter is fond of heaping up words of like signification. (See 1 Peter 1:4, and 1 Peter 5:10.)". What do I think about this analysis that Peter "heaps up words" of like meaning?
Signification means "the representation or conveying of meaning.
an exact meaning or sense." I'm not sure Ellicott meant to say this, but I'm certain Peter did not mean to heap up words with like meaning.

PEOPLE WHO LOVE THE LORD JESUS ARE BEAUTIFUL, Dan Mayfield

We have a young man coming to worship. He is fresh out of prison and on parole. He's still wearing the ankle bracelet which if he's good will come off in December. He did a bad thing when he was eighteen but he's an example of why men don't need to rot away in prison. He's polite, can quote more scripture than you, and he's not making excuses. I've known a lot of people get out of jail or prison and their attitudes are still rebel against the law and establishment. This young man speaks like someone who is beyond keeping law because God's word is guiding him. It reminds me of what Paul said "realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane," 1 Tim 1:9. A man who is living by the law of the Spirit only wants to do the things there is no law against, Gal 5:22f. When you are a Believer, you are living by a higher law. Pray that in the next week he will be baptized. I have known this young man for several years so that when he got out, he immediately called. I can say that I love him.

ATHANASIUS ANSWERS THE EPICUREAN VIEW OF THE CREATION

"For if, as they say, everything has had its beginning of itself, and independently of purpose, it would follow that everything had come into mere being, so as to be alike and not distinct. For it would follow in virtue of the unity of body that everything must be sun or moon, and in the case of men it would follow that the whole must be hand, or eye, or foot. But as it is this is not so. On the contrary, we see a distinction of sun, moon, and earth; and again, in the case of human bodies, of foot, hand, and head. Now, such separate arrangement as this tells us not of their having come into being of themselves, but shows that a cause preceded them; from which cause it is possible to apprehend God also as the Maker and Orderer of all."
The complexity and diversity and interdependence of things in the creation argues for the Creator being their source.
The Epicureans wanted there to be nothing but matter and for nothing to matter but their pleasure. They sound like the godless heathens in 21st century America. Despite the evidence, they cling to the lie and they force it upon the next generation of children too young to answer their lie.

'OUR PEOPLE ARE OUR GREATEST ASSET', by Dan Mayfield

How many companies tout this? The Secret Service says it. The trucking company and the grocery store chain says it. It's not the buildings, the guns, the trucks, the technology; but people are the greatest asset. I believe it's true, but why?
It was on day six that God created man. "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." Gen 1:27. Man and woman are the crowning touch on God's creation. Not a mere animal, but having a spirit like God's, man is the best. So it's not surprising to hear even the godless powers of the world to say that their citizens are the most important thing.
But what is valued? Paul said, "Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even

THE SHINING FIRMAMENT, Dan Mayfield

Apollo 15 Astronaut Al Worden described the stars when he passed around the dark side of the moon saying the following: "The sky is just awash with stars when you’re on the far side of the Moon, and you don’t have any sunlight to cut down on the lower intensity, dimmer stars. You see them all, and it’s all just a sheet of white."1
It makes me think of what Daniel 12 says, "2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt. 3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever."
How bright is the "brightness of the expanse"? It's brighter than we imagined. And it hints therefore at how God will praise, honor, and glorify the person who brings the lost to the place of salvation in Christ.

Link: https://medium.com/learning-for-life/to-see-earth-and-moon-in-a-single-glance-89d094f6d40f#.7b1cp1iun

THE WORSHIP OF JESUS? by Dan Mayfield

C.S. Lewis wrote, "Among the Jews there suddenly turns up a man who goes about talking as if He were God. He claims to forgive sins. He says He has always existed. He says He is coming to judge the world at the end of time. Now let us get this clear. Among pantheists, like the Hindus of India, anyone might say that he is part of god or one with god. There would be nothing very odd about that. But this man, since He was a Jew, could not mean that kind of God. God in their language meant the Being outside of the world who had made it and was infinitely different than anything else. And when you have grasped that concept you will see that what this man said was quite simply, the most shocking thing that has ever been uttered

THE FATHER, SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

I don't want to show any disrespect to the Godhead that's composed of the three persons of the Godhead. We are Baptized into the name of the three, Mt 28:18-20. I love the Father, the Son, and I love the Holy Spirit. These are the source of our blessings.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all." 2 Cor. 13:14; see also 1 Peter 1:2;

I commented in the past and believe it still that I couldn't imagine going through this life without ever acknowledging the three persons of the Godhead. We pray to the Father and daily we talk to Him. And though we joyfully acknowledge that Jesus is seated at the right hand, helping us by mediating

GLORY TO THE GODHEAD, Dan Mayfield

I was reading through old post and saw from December 2015 that our deceased Bro. Keith Sisman was working on four books at the time. We are almost done with the last touches on his book Devil's Door which is the influence of paganism through history back to Noah and up to now.
I also note that Bro. Sisman was working on a book about 1400 years of Jihad and another book on the Godhead in Judaism. This last book about the Godhead of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Old Testament reminded me of this passage:
"16“Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the first I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.”
17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,

ABORTION AND FORGIVENESS

I know my hard and passionate opposition to abortion must be hard on a woman or man who participated in the abortion of a child. What I can say is that God forgives those who repent. You don't need to confess it here. But you have to talk to God about it.
If you are not yet a Christian, repent and be baptized and you will be born again. I say this with a lot of love for those who feel this terrible, secret burden. May God bless you. Dan

THE NEED FOR FAITHFUL PREACHERS: PREACHING IS MORE THAN READING THE BIBLE, by Dan Mayfield

If preaching is saying more than reading the Bible, why isn't it adding to the Bible? Because to correctly explain the Bible is not adding to God's Word.
"and they read in the book, in the law of God, explaining -- so as to give the meaning, and they give understanding to the convocation." Neh. 8:8
As Philip explained the Scriptures to the Ethiopian Eunuch without adding to God's Word, so Ezra and the faithful leaders faithfully explained the Word of God.
Paul says to Timothy, "Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." 1 Tim. 4:13. Notice that exhortation and teaching are in addition to the reading of the Scriptures.
Faithful preachers and teachers of the Bible are always aware that this work comes with a stricter judgment. If all preaching and teaching was only the reading of Scripture, without expounding, illustrating, applying, then there would be no danger. But the teacher of God's Word must be careful that the illustrations, applications, exogeting is accurate to what the Bible says.
When a preacher is saying something that doesn't sound like Scripture, question him. He may have simply mispoke and it can be easily corrected. May God bless the faithful preachers and teachers.

THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND AND DARWIN

"AboutDarwin.com - Darwin's Burial. Charles Robert Darwin died on April 19, 1882 at around 4:00 in the afternoon at his home in Kent. His funeral was held on April 26 on a Wednesday at Westminster Abbey. It was attended by scientists, philosophers, naturalists, admirals, and dignitaries of all sorts."
"Darwin, truly a humble agnostic, was very much admired, and his theory accepted by many in the church including, Harvey Goodwin, the bishop of Carlisle, who on the Sunday following Darwin’s funeral in a sermon preached in the abbey, said: 'It would have been unfortunate if anything had occurred to give weight and currency to the foolish notion which some have diligently propagated, but for which Mr Darwin was not responsible, that there is a necessary conflict between a knowledge of Nature and a belief in God….'"1
The agnostic Darwin did all he could to convince the world that the life came by chance, physical, chemical processes -- without God. And the Anglicans lift the man up with honor. It tells more than some want to admit about the Church of England.

WHEN YOU LIE AND DECEIVE, by Dan Mayfield

Unless you live in a vacuum, with no follow questions from others, telling a lie will require another lie. And when you tell the next lie, you better keep the story exactly the same. But it won't be the same. Because the questioner will for more details. Time? Place? How long? Why? What was said? How many times? How did you feel? And when the questions come, don't get upset or you will give up the lie. Remember, liar, you have to pretend it's all facts. You are just telling fact, as they relate to reality, relate to what happened in real space and time. So don't get upset with the questions. But you know the questions are coming from people who smell something funny and they only want to get the full picture and see it make sense. So just stay calm, liar, and calmly make up more lies. But remember, and maybe you want to

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