The Bipolar Bible Teacher

Welcome to a Place of Quiet Rest and Renewal

     I want to welcome you to my website where the Scriptures of God and His grace take precedence over opinion and ideology. There are too many so-called "Christian" websites where it seems that differences of thought are met with near hostility and an underlying intolerance for anyone who does not see eye to eye with others who love the LORD and are dedicated to the inerrancy and sufficiency of His Word and mission of redemption. What I'd like to present here are collections of Bible-based messages and studies that I've preached and taught over the years, as well present new writings as the LORD directs. I support and believe the fact, based in Scripture, that the Lord God Almighty is the absolute Sovereign over the affairs of men and creation and that all things are under His control. Scripture also shows clearly and without apology that everyone, without exception, is totally corrupted with sin and cannot in any way redeem themselves before God in their own strength, nor will they do so willingly. Humanity instead stays in a state of  constant rebellion and hatred towards God until, in an act of grace and mercy on His choice alone, He bestows the Holy Spirit to come upon every repentant person to be graciously drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and rescuer, for salvation and true life. God, in His love and compassion for His fallen creation, freely offers salvation for all, yet reserves the right to save whomever He wishes and will receive all the glory for doing so. The issue is not why the LORD sovereignly chooses to redeem whoever He wants, but why He would save any of us at all since we're the ones who rebelled against His authority in Eden. He is wonderful and evermore to be praised and all glory goes to Him alone. He is the Author of salvation and we need now more than ever to trust and obey Him as the day comes for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to this Earth to rule and reign as the absolute undisputed King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Repent and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior this day, for you don't know if you'll see tomorrow (2 Corinthians 6:2; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39; Acts 4:12; John 3:16; 11:17-27; 14:1-6; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Hebrews 4:12, 14-16; 9:27; 1 John 1:5-10; 3:1-3; Philippians 2:5-11: Isaiah 9:6-7; 52:13-53:12; Matthew 16:13-19; Mark 1:15, 38; 9:42-48; Luke 12:15-21; 16:19-31;Matthew 28: 1-10; Mark 16: 1`-8; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:1-11; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-7).

Some Information About Myself

   I have been an ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention since 1992, having served the Lord Jesus Christ as a pastor, high school and college teacher, and hospital chaplain primarily in my home state of Louisiana. I have degrees in History Education (B.A.,Louisiana College, 1984), Religious Education (M.Div.,New Orleans Baptist Seminary, 1994), and Pastoral Theology (D.Min.,Andersonville Seminary, 2000). In 2003, I earned five units of Levels I and II Clinical Pastoral Education in the field of Healthcare Ministry, with experience in Trauma Counseling and Pastoral Psychiatric Care from East Jefferson General Hosptial, located in Metairie, Louisiana. I figure that was enough to keep me busy, but there is more to the story.

   I have been married to the woman who is the love of my life since 1983, and we have two adult children, both living in Oklahoma. We also have a daughter who is waiting for us in heaven and will see again soon, along with our parents and friends when Jesus returns for His church any time now (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; Revelation 3:10, 19:11-21; John 14:1-3). We left Louisiana for good in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, and the LORD graciously provided a new home for us in Oklahoma, along with other blessings.

   In June of 2020, I decided to retire from public ministry and service due to health concerns and to devote my time and energy to internet evangelism, writing Bible book studies and articles dealing with prophetic issues for the "Rapture Ready" and "Inspirational Christian Blogs" websites. I have also written DVD study guides and revisions of books for Paul Begley Prophecy Ministries located in West Lafayette, Indiana, and have recently completed a book on the basics of prophecy that will be published in the near future, the rapture notwithstanding. If you would like to get in contact with me with comments or questions on biblical or prophetic issues, or have a prayer request, I can be reached at my Email address: donaldwhitchard@gmail.com . Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to meeting you when we gather around the throne of Christ, perhaps today.

Troubling Signs in the Church That Concern Me

    I will cut to the chase. Much of the end times body of Christ is suffering needlessly from the effects of a self-imposed case of deliberate biblical ignorance. If not dealt with immediately by concerned church members and their leaders who want to stay faithful to the LORD, there will come a sure death of what had been Bible-based churches, doctrinally solid denominations, the evangelistic and teaching work of pastors, and the uncompromising importance of the Gospel. The present day church now seems to be eager to water down and compromise the message of Christ alone for salvation, making it more acceptable and less convicting to unredeemed society. I tend to be convinced that this is why we see church services that resemble rock concerts instead of being sanctified places of holiness and reverence before the LORD. There is the blatantly demonic rise and acceptance of spiritually putrid false teachings from morally bankrupt false teachers who adhere to a heretical gospel of health, wealth and prosperity at the cost of the eternal loss of people's souls. We have repetitive, hollow worship that is centered on emotions and experiences and not upon the majesty and awe of the Sovereign God. We see youth and young adults dropping out of church and abandoning the faith they thought they possessed. We are now witnesses to an ever growing acceptance of trends and lifestyles that blatantly defy the holiness of God and Scripture. I am concerned about these trends and movements with their troublesome influence and inevitable harm to the church. However, I am also not that surprised that all this is occuring at such a rapid pace. The Scriptures tell us that these things would come to pass (Matthew 24:1-14; Mark 13:1-13; Luke 21:5-19; Romans 1;18-32, 3:10-18; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:1-9, 4:1-5; 1 John 2:18-25, 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; 3 John 9-12; Jude 1-25; Isaiah 5:20-21). My viewpoint, however, is not the foundation upon which to build a more sound and righteous life for the body of Christ. We must return to the Scriptures and them alone for  guidance and instruction in the ways of what the Sovereign God expects and demands of us. We must understand that the Lord Jesus expects nothing less from us than absolute obedience and devotion. We must devote our time and energy to the reading and study of Scripture, have times of fervent specific prayers to confront and rebuke false teaching and the works of the enemy, find and support the remnant churches and their pastors who still hold fast to the truth of the Word, and possess the Christ-focused ability to stand firm in the faith. We need to continually devote ourselves to seeking the direction and guidance of the LORD more than ever as these last days draw to a conclusion. We must remember that we who are the true body of Christ are on the winning side and we must be vigilant in getting others to embrace the only hope offered, and that is eternal life in our Lord Jesus Christ. As long as I remain in this world, I will not cease in doing the work to which He has called me, and to those of you who stand firm in the LORD, remember that we are to occupy until He comes, and then we will hear from Him these words, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your LORD." That day is coming soon ! (Mathew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21;John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; 1 Corinthians 15:50-58; Titus 2:11-15; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Revelation 1:8; 19:11-21, 20:11-15; 22:12-13).

Paul's Advice on Service: Titus 3:4-7

     In this pastoral letter, Paul presents yet another example of the grace and love of God in securing our salvation. This theme is present in nearly all of his letters to both the churches and individuals, such as Timothy, who was his young "son in the faith", pastoring the church at Ephesus, and Titus, who was reluctantly serving on the island of Crete, which did not have the best of reputations (Titus 1:10-14).

      If anything, this short letter to Titus is to show every potential pastor or minister of the LordJesus Christ that the message of the gospel is to go everywhere (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8), regardless of locale or attitude of the citizens. The main idea to take away from the Pastoral Epistles and the example of our Lord Jesus is that you go where the people are. Much of my years of ministry service were centered places such as hospitals, rescue missions, high school classrooms, and customers at the jewelry store where I worked (not only did I sell engagement rings to young couples, I also counseled them, witnessed to them, and sometimes performed their weddings). I led one of my co-workers to Christ after she survived a car wreck and had led a pretty wild life beforehand. You bloom where you're planted at that moment and to trust God for the outcome.

 Allow me to be direct with anyone reading this article and claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Friends, once you surrender your life to Him, HE OWNS YOU AND CAN DO WITH YOU AS HE PLEASES! (Matthew 16:24; Luke 14:26, 33; John 8:3, 15:8). He may put you in areas that no one else has been, and He will equip you to do the work (Philippians 4:13, 19). Paul himself would have liked to be out on the road, but he often found himself a prisoner in a Roman jail for preaching Christ. He could have grumbled or complained, but during this time, he wrote the letters to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to his friend Philemon, which have blessed and stengthened believers for over two thousand years.

      Even if we don't understand everything God does in and through us where we are at the time, be assured that you are never in any place by accident or chance, especially as it pertains to the task and joy of sharing the story of God's mercy and grace with those who may have never heard of Jesus or darkened the door of a house of worship. It is safe to say that a lot of the people Jesus ministered to did not feel welcome in the local synagogues or worthy of being in the Temple. Just look at the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant, the calling of Matthew from the tax collector's table, the encounter with the woman caught in adultery, the people delivered from demons, sickness, death, leprosy, paralysis, and blindness. His sharpest words were to the religious leaders who should have given compassion to others, but were wrapped up in their traditions and rules. If ever a group needed the forgiveness and gace of Jesus, it was them. It didn't turn out well for them in terms of eternity.

If you claim to be faithful to the LORD, He will give you talents and gifts and the opportunities to do the specific work which He has given to all who follow Him, and that is to be a witness for Him. He has given each of us specific gifts and talents to be used in His service, and expects us to bear good, spiritual fruit for His glory and honor. Be faithful, be obedient, and trust Him to put you in the place of service where the harvest is plentiful. It's not about you, but for the glory and honor of the Lord Jesus Christ. Turn to Him today (2 Corinthians 6:2).

"I Thought I Lost You, Boy" - A Message to Prodigal Children

    One of my favorite movies is "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". It's one that I never get tired of viewing, not only because of the adventure that is depicted, but it is also a story of a father and son who find each other after years of both physical and emotional seperation and mend what had been a near permanent rift in their relationship. You probably know the plot of the picture as well as I do, so I won't go into the details.

   Indiana Jones has not really been in contact with his bookworm, aloof father in years and only come together when they have to find the Holy Grail, a symbol of eternal life, before the Nazis claim it as one of their treasures and a potential weapon for Hitler's plan of world conquest. Henry Sr. has allowed his determination to find the grail over the years to blind him to the duties he had as a single father in rearing his son. Indy feels that he and his late mother were afterthoughts at best, and he never understood the apparent obession his Dad had for this relic. There is definite tension and conflict between the two men even though they are working together in this quest.

   An underlying subplot is the issue of faith and of the person of Jesus Christ Himself. Henry is obviously a devout man by his mannerisms and when he slapped indy for using God's name in vain, something he does not take lightly. Indy is religiously indifferent and probably agnostic by nature, although he demonstrates some faith when he is trying to find the grail himself in the midst of a hazardous path. I cannot help but refer to  the parable of the Prodigal Son when I watch this film. Both Indy and his Dad are prodigal in the sense that both men have wandered from their relationship with each other and in some sense, their responsibility towards God. Henry tended to disobey the teaching of Paul in Ephesians 6:4, and Indy is the personification of the son in Luke 15:11-13.

   The incident in the film that bonds the two men and in a sense brings the wayward son home to the father's embrace is when Indy apparently falls off a cliff where he has been fighting the villain in a moving tank and disappears from view, to the horror of Henry, Sr. and indy's friends. Henry looks over the cliff at the wreck of the tank and laments that he has lost Indy and really did not tell him anything of real value during his lifetime. He again looks over the cliff and attempts to compose himself in this time of tragedy. In the meantime, Indy slowly climbs over the nearby precipice of the cliff and wanders over to where his grieving friends and father are standing.

   Henry looks over at Indy, breaks into a joyful smile and tears and lovingly embraces him and says the following, "I thought I lost you, boy!" The two men are now reconciled and Indy now knows that his Dad really loves him and will now go about truly bonding with him as it should have been for both of them years before. The prodigal son has come home to the Father's love and embrace and will never turn his child away, just as Jesus told His audience (Luke 15:11-24) who needed to be reassured that the God who made them loves them and calls on them to come home to His love, care, mercy, and protection. Like Henry, Sr., I would like to think that his words were the same ones as the father said in Jesus' parable..

    These were, in fact, the exact words my Dad, with whom I had been estranged for many years, said to me as he clung to me crying and yet with joy and thankfulness to God, believing for a split second that I had lost my grip on a safety rope attached to the rig I was to work on and had fallen overboard into the Persian Gulf instead. He thought that I had either been crushed or drowned. I had held on to the rope and was on the tire that served as a cushion between the boat and the dock. I would be all right, and that was the incident that began the rebuilding of the bond that might have been lost in another time and place. God knew in His wisdom that I would not get away from Him, and that I would never be lost and apart from Him. He also brought my Dad back to His embrace, and another lost son had come home.

    God's love for us is found all throughout Scripture (Deut.7:8; Job 14:15; Psalm 146:8; Jer.31:3; John 3:16, 16:27; Romans 5:6-11, 8:31-39; Eph. 2:5; 1 John 3:1, 4:9, 16). He does not want you lost and to be apart from Him. He is ready to forgive your sins, bring you salvation and true peace, and a promised home with Him in eternity free from sin and sickness and in fellowship with Him forever. Come home, lost lamb. The Father is waiting. Isn't He wonderful? Amen. 

"What did I find? - Illumination!" - Dr. Henry Jones, Sr.

RIP, Sir Sean Connery. (1930-2020)

Who is Like Unto Thee, O Lord? You are the Creator and King of All

They Just Don't Get It, Do They?

"But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory. which none of the rulers of this age knew, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory."                                                            - 1 Corinthians 2:8 (NKJV)

"In as much then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil."  - Hebrews 2:14 (NKJV)

"He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil."                                                      - 1 John 3:8 (NKJV)

"The devil, who decieved them, was cast into the Lake of Fire and brimstone where the Beast and the False Prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."       - Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)

 

    One of the reasons why the Holy Scriptures are maligned and mocked in these last days is due to the fact that the enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ, the devil, or Satan, is desperately attempting to keep people away from what God's Word declares about him and his fate of which he cannot escape or hide. There are absolute reprobates who either openly worship and exalt him with horrid and blasphemous rituals and practices as well as those we would call the "garden variety pagan", who dismiss the very idea of an evil, malevolent entity, or the existence of God altogether. He tends to be content in believing that everything we know, do, and experience ends when we take our last breath and assume room temperature, ending up either in a grave or an urn on a mantle. The destiny of the devout and the deceptive in either case ends in the same eternal abode of terror and punishment.

    Satan and his minions, also known as the demons, have blinded the eyes of the world to think that we're essentially doing all right, and as long as we give adequate mention of some binding force that keeps us together on special days, there really is nothing of which to be seriously concerned in a spiritual sense. Reprobate humanity, whose sinful behaviors and words keep them out of the kingdom of God have taken it upon themselves over the course of history to do everything within their power, with the assistance of the devil working quietly in the background, to shut down, threaten, persecute, and eliminate all of us who are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and His message of salvation and redemption only thorugh Him (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).

    Christians have had to suffer the most bloodshed and terrors from opposing religions, governments, and every individual or group hell-bent on eliminating evey vestige of the name and person of Jesus Christ from both this nation and those around the world ever since the Resurrection and the establishment of the church in the first century. Emperors, barbarians, popes, self-professed "prophets", infidels, intellectuals, false teachers, radicals, and others have made Jesus Christ and His people the exclusive target of their rage and hatred.

    For over two thousand years, streets, towns, rivers, cities, and pulpits were and are now stained red with the blood of the martyrs who have laid down their lives for the glory of the Lord and the Gospel to all peoples and nations. Christianity in the United States has gone from being the centerpiece of our country to being the enemy of what some are calling "the New World Order" that will be headed by the prophesied Antichrist (Revelation 13, Daniel 7, 9, 2 Thessalonians 2). When that time comes, the devil will loose every vestige of his evil powers and fanatical hatred for God upon all who would come to Christ during the approaching "Great Tribulation", prophesied by the Lord Jesus while on the Mount of Olives with His disciples (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21). 

  The Scriptures proclaim that those who are truly in Christ will escape this time of terror and genocide by being taken off this earth to meet the Lord in the air along with our brethren in Christ, both living and dead. We are given glorified bodies free from sin and have the promise of eternal life with the LORD (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58). Jesus' death on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead demonstrated and affirmed for all time His victory over death, hell, and the grave. His sacrifice on the cross for our sins and His resurrection completely destroyed all of the devil's plans and actions, sealing his fate and that he will be judged, condemned, and thrown into hell forever, along with his demonic hordes and all who have rejected Christ (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 25:41).

   The devil knows this all too well, but in these last days is doing his best to blind people to the fact that despite everything that has happened to us as the people of God, he still hasn't gotten rid of us, and the message of Jesus Christ continues to transform lives. Nothing he has done to us has worked or been successful, and the blind devotees he has under his sway don't get it. He has been a viscious, hateful, cruel, despicable, murderous, slandering, deceptive, malevolent, evil creature towards those of us who trust in Christ over the centuries and we have shed tears and times of agony in all types because of his deeds and words.

   He is not be ignored or downplayed by any means, but sometimes his schemes remind me of Wile E. Coyote attempting to catch the Road Runner. No matter how elaborate the plans, methods, or determination he can muster, he always ends up either falling off the cliff or getting hammered by one of his own devices, while the Road Runner goes merrily down the road. God gives him just so much space and room to do his deeds, then his chain gets yanked and everything he has put together is thwarted by the Sovereign God of all Creation, who will use all things for His glory and who directs the very path of history. Satan will never and has never gotten one over the LORD, or has caught Him unprepared.

    If this fallen angel had any sense to accept his fate, much of what we have had to endure would have been avoided, but he and his gullible followers will keep trying to one up God without any success or victory. He is a defeated foe. We need to be on the watch for his schemes, to be sure, but we should also take comfort in that one day he will be forever confined to the Lake of Fire, never to roam again. Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks he is smarter than the LORD or believes that in serving Satan, he has more power to cause trouble. My King has beaten up your prince, and those of you reading this who do not have a relationship with Jesus Christ need to settle that issue now. You have been warned.

 

The Scriptures Are Clear About These Days

1) Lawlessness - living outside of or contrary to a lawful system.

     Lawlessness is described as the fruit of ungodly people (Acts 2:23), a stumbling block to an orderly society (Matt. 13:41), and unrighteousness on display (2 Cor. 6:14). The Scriptures call it sin without apology or excuse (1 John 3:4). It is never compatible with righteousness (2 Cor. 6:14). it is a form of torment for righteous people (Matt. 24:12; 2 Peter 2:8). It was one of the factors that brought about the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 2:22, 23). It is the description of the Antichrist (2 Thess. 2:7-8), and Jesus accused the scribes and Pharisees of being consumed by it (Matt. 23:27-28). It is the basis for condemnation and the Law of God was established to confront and punish it (Matt. 7:23). It is a sin that can be forgiven and forgotten by the grace and mercy of God upon the offender's repentance and surrender to Christ (Rom. 4:7; Titus 2:14; Heb. 8:12, 10:17).

2) Blasphemy - cursing God

    Blasphemy arises out of pride (Psalm 73:9, 11), hatred (Ps. 74:18), affliction (Isa.8:21), defiance (Isa.36:15, 18, 20), skepticism (Ezek.9:8; Malachi 3:13-14), self-deification (Dan.11:36-37; 2 Thess.2:4) and unworhty conduct (2 Sam.12:14; Rom.2:24). This is the nature of unrepentant humanity (Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-18) and their hate towards God will get worse (Gen. 26:27; Ex.20:5; John 3:20,15:25). The evil people left behind in the Tribulation Period will curse and blaspheme God for the judgments He will bring on the earth (Rev.6:12-17, 9:20-21, 16:1-12). They will be judged and condemned to eternal torment in the Lake of Fire at the end of time (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Rev. 20:11-15).

3) These are the Last Days according to Scripture.

   What are the events to cone regarding this time? The day of salvation will come to an end (Matt. 24:3, 14) and there will be a harvest of souls (Matt.13:36-43). The Man of Sin (the Antichrist) will be defeated (2 Thess.2:1-1`2), and everyone will be judged (Matt.25:31-46). God will destroy this sin-infested world and make it new (2 Thess.1:6-10).

   The Second Coming and the End is mocked and denied today (2 Pet. 3:3-5) and is preceded by lawlessness (like now) (Matt.24:12) and blatant apostasy (Luke 18:8). It will come when least expected Matt.24:37-42) and will conclude with fire (2 Thess.1:7-10).

    Our attitude as followers of the Lord Jesus Christ should be one of watchfulness (Matt.25:1-13), being at work for the kingdom (Matt.25:14-30), and with an attitude of hopefulness (Luke 21:25-28). We should always be living in a state of holiness before the LORD (Romans 13:12-14; 2 Peter 3:11-14), telling others about Jesus and His offer of salvation to all (2 Pet. 3:9,15), and be anxious for the promise and certainty of eternal life with the Lord Jesus and our brethren (Rev.21:1) in the presence of the LORD, free from sin, sickness, and seperation.

    That day is fast approaching (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10). Are you ready to meet the LORD? If not, get that done today (2 Cor. 6:2).

Contentment in Spite of It All

"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

                                                                      - Philippians 4:11-13 (NKJV)

 

 The great lion of God, the apostle Paul, was in a prison cell when he wrote this letter to the church at Philippi. He had also written letters to the Ephesians, Colossians, and to his friend Philemon concerning receiving his slave Onesimus back as a brother in Christ as well as forgiving him for running away. No doubt, there were some times when Paul thought to himself that he could be of far better service to the Lord Jesus by being on the road and going to cities to preach the gospel, as was his sacred calling from the Lord when he encountered Him on the road to Damascus years before.

   However, in the confines of a jail cell, he was safe from his enemies, and was sheltered, fed, and protected by a rotating shift of Roman soldiers who kept watch on him at every moment. Prison was harsh, but here is where he composed the letters that have taught, encouraged, and enriched Christians for centuries. Paul learned that God had placed him where He wanted him, and that he was to be content with the situation, serving with gladness and with the assurance of knowing that the Sovereign God of all creation had everything under control and was directing all the details and affairs of Paul's ministry.

    Those of us who have been redeemed by the gracious mercy of Jesus Christ and are under His rule need to take time and learn from Paul's example that we do not always get our way, nor do we often get to choose where we are to serve, or where to live, or not to grumble when we don't get the type of "ministry" we think would be the best means of serving Him. He can put us in a situation where we may need to wait on His direction, which cannot be measured by a clock or calendar. He may impress us to study the Word more diligently in order to prepare for a new area of service. He might stop us when we are going full speed ahead on a whim or direction that is not in our best interest or in His will. He can also tell us in His own way that some things have to come to an end, and that our gifts and talents are to be used in a new way to share the Gospel that we may not have considered.

     This is where I am presently as it pertains to serving the LORD as a minister of the Gospel. Because of issues such as kidney damage, asthma, and a minor stroke that hit me this past summer (2020), my immune system is all but gone, I am catagorized as a fall risk, I have given up driving, and I'm a probable target for any disease or sickness such as COVID-19. I have had to face the fact and accept that I am now medically compromised and will beprimarily homebound, going out in public on rare occasions. For someone like myself, who has been active all his life and was up untill a couple of years ago doing well, this is a totally new and unique way of life for me. So, I could sit here and grumble, getting frustrated and restless, or look at Paul's situation and see this as a time to adjust and be more open to new areas of outreach that were not available to me years ago. I've chosen the latter, and I'm truly at peace with this decision. I recently got back in contact with the local rescue mission here in town, and will be working with the Bible/Christian Living seminars using Skype and Zoom to keep in contact with the classes and provide counsel and instruction.

    It's all good. I've got all I need to do the job to which the LORD has given me, and I'm able to spread His Word to a worldwide fellowship, which falls in with what He said in Matthew 24:14, Mark 13:10, and Luke 21:28. I want to conclude by encouraging my fellow pilgrims to be faithful in the work to which the LORD has assigned to you, to be obedient to His direction, to stay in the Word, pray as often as possible, be a good witness to those around you, and to be content with what you have in terms of talents, gifts, and possessions which He trusted you to use for His glory and honor.

    If you've come across this site and read what has been posted, I implore you, if you do not have any relationship with God, surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Ask Him to save you from your sins, sorrows, and rebellion against God. He will cleanse and forgive you, never leave or forsake you, and will bring you to heaven at the end of your life to be with Him forever (Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:16; 10:28-30; 11:25; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Romans 3:10-18; 5:6-11; 8:37-39; 10:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; 9:27; 2 Peter 1:19-21; 1 John 1:1-10; Revelation 19:11-21; 20:11-15; 21:1-7; 22). To reject His offer of love, forgiveness, and salvation means to spend eternity in hell, where there is no mercy, love, grace, hope, joy, comfort, peace, or contentment (Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-31; Revelation 1:18; 6:8; 20:13). Don't put this off. You are not promised tomorrow, and He could come back for His people at any moment (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 3:10). Be ready and get real contentment in Him.