Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry


Wally Fry

Hello Blogging Friends!

No…I’m not back, at least not in any meaningful sense. There might be some hope of that in 17 months when I finally graduate school, but probably not before then. I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all, and say I pray you are all blessed.

In the meantime, I thought some might enjoy the Christmas Cantata our church’s choir did Sunday morning. I hope it blesses you. There are two parts, by the way, so watch or listen to them both!

A Blogging Sabbatical

Hello friends. After 5 years of great fun, fellowship and learning it is time to take a break and step away from the blog so to speak.

As you all know, I am really, really busy. School, work, writing for the Bogard Press, and attempting to have a home life keep me going full speed.

In 3 months, provided this semester goes well, school will ramp up to a whole new level. We also have a new church home and have assumed some teaching responsibilities and community outreach and ministries.

Finally, my recent physical has enlightened me to the fact that I am no longer a young man. I really need to remove some stressors from my life or possibly pay some consequences.

So, its break time, and it will likely be a long one. I’ll still read my favorite bloggers and comment when I can, though.

Peace and great blogging to all!

Just a Thought

We cannot answer for our own sin, except to die for it. To answer the challenge for all of us requires a perfect sacrifice

Hebrews 10:14 

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Men Often Speak Well of False Prophets

by Mark Clements

Thursday, October 3

Men Often Speak Well of False Prophets

Luke 6:20-26

“But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your
consolation. Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets,” Luke 6:24-26.

In Luke’s account of one of Jesus’ early sermons, he recorded Jesus pronouncing four blessings upon those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in Him, no matter their circumstances. Jesus followed the pronouncement of blessings with four warnings against those who find their ultimate purpose and hope in temporary worldly pleasures. Those who cast away concern for God, and His eternal purposes are swept up in the pursuit of immediate pleasures found here in the world. Satan has done a good job of making sure people who seek earthly comfort are able to find it. This world offers riches to be enjoyed, feasts to consume, jokes to be laughed at, and flatteries in which to boast. Jesus pointed out that those who join themselves to false teaching for personal gain are quick to receive praise from the world, since they have adopted secular standards.

What did this mean for the true prophets? The Bible recorded the way in which God’s true spokespersons were treated by the world. They were ridiculed, outcast, persecuted, attacked, tortured and even killed. However, true prophets were obedient to God’s calling and were willing to endure temporary discomfort for the eternal rewards of Heaven. Today, consider which means more to you. Do you pursue the applause of fellow humans or the embrace of your Creator? Earthly praise will end with the earth, but God’s pleasure will last forever.

JUST A THOUGHT: Men may talk about you, but what does God say?

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Just a Thought

A selfish person will find a thousand reasons NOT to help; a loving person will find a thousand ways TO help.

Proverbs 19:17 

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-False Prophets Have Always Been Present

by Mark Clements

Wednesday, October 2

False Prophets Have Always Been Present

2 Peter 2:1-3

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction,” 2 Peter 2:1.

Counterfeit spiritual authorities have been in existence since the time of Adam and Eve. One of the hallmarks of God’s creation is man’s tendency to reject the sovereign rule of its Creator. From the Fall of Lucifer to the Fall of Adam and the consequent depravity found in every human since, it has always been easy to find examples of people who mislead others into theological error. In an effort to warn his readers, Peter reminded his readers that false teachers have been among God’s people from the beginning. What could they expect from counterfeit spiritual authorities? Peter wrote that false teachers would begin by introducing heresy that denies the lordship of Jesus Christ, they would show evidence of fleshly living, including sensuality, blasphemy and greed. They would seek also to exploit God’s people for their own gain.

We can be sure such heretics persist among God’s people today. Satan would love nothing more than to convince would-be believers into thinking that they are following Jesus when they are really following him. These false teachers offer a counterfeit to Christianity and fool many people. Remember, these false teachers are condemned by God and will reap destruction. We must not only remain vigilant in adherence to God’s truth, but also we have a duty to protect those who would be exploited by the greed and sensuality of those caught up in man-made religion. We will be able to recognize false religion by studying the beautiful truth of God’s Word and hiding it deep in our hearts.

Not everyone who calls himself Christian follows Christ

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