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January 2015 Newsletter

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False Prophets

My Dear Family in Christ,

Almost any media has someone claiming to be a prophet. Facebook, Paltalk, YouTube, Twitter, TV, Radio, papers, churches and denomination and many more are filled with people claiming, “I am prophet this”, “I am prophet that”, and so it goes. Nothing wrong with claiming to be a prophet if you have been called by God to be a prophet. However, we have a responsibility, says the Bible, of testing to see if they are prophets. Not hiding your head in the church.

How do we test? Do we look at their past? No. If we did that, we would have to take Paul out of the Bible. He had a bad past of murdering innocent people. Do we look at their present actions? Not really, if we did that, we would have to assume that Sampson was not a prophet. However, the Bible tells us that he was called by God and led Israel for 20 years. And that besides the fact that he was a sex offender and a murderer. Even the prophets of God are human and make mistakes. Do we test by the quality of their clothes? No, otherwise John the Baptist would not be a prophet. Do we judge by the amount of money they make or what they eat? No, otherwise we would have to remove Jesus from the list of prophets. Do we judge them by whether or not they agree with us? No, if we did that we would eliminate the whole Bible. Do we judge them by whether or not they belong to our church or organization? No. The reason God sends prophets is because the church or organization God had raised up was or is no longer teaching the truth and has fallen. Most of the prophets God raised up were called from outside of the church leadership to which He was calling them to prophecy.

So what is the test? 2 John 1:8-11 gives us the test. Those who teach the teachings of Jesus are of God. Now that makes sense. Since the teachings of God are of God, the prophet must be of God. We can all make mistakes. But only those who teach the teachings of Jesus are of God. But the enemy has his prophets all dressed up, in good standing with their churches, full of money and degrees claiming to be God’s prophets (teachers). Wolves in sheep’s clothing. The sad fact is the majority of the churches are listening to the wolves, the false teachers. We just aren’t willing to look behind the Façade.

On December 16, 1944, German troops, disguised as American M.P.s (Military Police), were sent to infiltrate the American lines of defense in what would be known as the “Battle of the Bulge”. The Germans almost won the battle because of their deception. The Germans did this because they knew that they had lost the war. Their time was short and they needed a deceptive plan to win an acceptable peace treaty. They were desperate.

They were hoping the allies would offer a peace plan that would allow the present power structure to remain in place. To do this, they used an elite unit of Germans who had lived in America, to speak and act like Americans. They were taught to impersonate Americans right down to the idioms they used and the gum they chewed. This unit was then implanted as M.P.s to direct traffic of the American army.

As advancing German troops pushed their way into the American lines, the Americans rallied to fight them. But as the Americans moved forward toward the German line of battle, they were being miss-directed by the false M.P.s away from the battle to other areas. The false M.P.s were doing a great job at confusing and disrupting the American defense against the German push. The Germans were making great progress and causing horrific casualties. It wasn’t until the Americans were able to unmask the impostors that they were able to mobilize their forces for a coordinated attack and win the battle and the war. Hence, No peace, no compromise, total unconditional surrender.

The devil knows that his time is short. He is desperate. He is losing the war. True, the majority of the warriors are on his side, but he knows that he can’t stand up to the power of God. His purpose is to destroy as many lives as possible before being destroyed himself. He is also hoping that God will offer a peace plan that the devil can accept. The devil knows the love of God. Every sinner is breaking the heart of God. The devil is praying that God will change His law. To do that, he has sent “false prophets among the people.” “They will secretly introduce destructive heresies.” 2 Peter 2:1. Having a “form of godliness but denying the power. Have nothing to do with them.” 2 Timothy 3:5.

The devil has his wolves, dressed in sheep’s clothing, among the soldiers of Christ. Whole churches are devoted to a form of godliness, but denying the power of God to change their lives and live the perfect and sinless life by His power. What are some of these lies? How about “saved by grace”? Not one text in the Bible tells us we are saved eternally by grace. Yet, the devil’s prophets, teachers, pastors and church leaders are all twisting Bible texts to teach “saved by grace”. This false teaching Jesus never taught for eternal salvation. But the devil loves it. He wants to be saved from eternal destruction by the grace of God so he can continue in rebellion against God.

What are some of the “forms” of godliness? How about going to church? How about food? How about what we wear? How about “dynamic” preaching and praying? Great forms that put on a good show of godliness, but where is the power of God in the life? And what would that power be? How about living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life? Again, Jesus never taught “church-going” for our eternal life. Jesus never told one person to go to church. Not one sermon did He preach on church-going. Not one scripture in all the Bible teaches us to go to “church”. And yet, that is all the devil’s servants are teaching. The Catholic Church system depends on people going to church instead of Jesus. Church-going is Catholic.

We must be wise and understanding in order to know who is who. Who really are the true ministers of Christ today? Who really are the true Christians? “Test everything.” 1 Thessalonians 5:21. “Test the spirits.” 1 John 4:1. “Examine yourselves.” 2 Corinthians 13:5.

Over and over again Christ warned the disciples to beware of false prophets. They are in the church. They look like and act like ministers, priests, pastors, deacons and elders “and no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14. But since there is only one truth, why are there so many different churches and teachings? There is so much confusion, not just between denominations and churches, but within the same church. Maybe that is why the Bible calls them “Babylon”. Just because they have degrees, are well educated and pious does not make them true Christians. Some of the most educated and pious men who are loaded with degrees from universities are Catholics and working for the enemy. But they are not teaching truth.

Let’s go back to our guide, our teacher for truth, the Old Testament. Jesus taught from the Old Testament for truth. The disciples taught from the Old Testament for truth. Paul taught from the Old Testament for truth. Remember what Paul said to Timothy, “and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15. Those “sacred writings” to Paul were the Old Testament. That is all he had. Remember, there was no New Testament, as we know it today, before the 4th Century. That’s 300 years after Paul.

Were there false prophets and teachers in the Old Testament? Yes. In Numbers 16 we read of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. They were of the same denomination as Moses. They rebelled against Moses. “They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, ‘You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?’” Sounds like a lot of churches and denomination today. “We are all holy, we belong to God. We keep the Sabbath? Who are you?”

The first thing we notice is that they came as a group. Wickedness can never stand alone. The devil loves a crowd. People mostly know what is right, but it is easier to do wrong when you have others doing it with you. You can point a finger and say, “See, he claims to be a Christian, and he is doing it too.” But that is not the criteria for Christianity. That is why it is better, in today’s world, to send your children to public schools instead of “Christian” schools. At least in the public schools your kids know they are surrounded by non-Christians. At least they know who the “enemy” is. And they know who they are to be teaching the truths of Jesus to. But if they are going to a “Christian” school, they simply accept what the students and teachers are saying and doing. They let down their guard and before long, there is no difference and wickedness has become righteousness. That is why we shouldn’t be going to our churches, either.

The second point we notice is that they all claimed to be “holy”, “God’s children”. Just because God worked a miracle for them they claimed to be His special people. Have you ever seen that in your group? Someone has had a special miracle take place in his life and now he feels that he is Moses. No! God worked a miracle through a donkey, but the donkey won’t be saved. God worked miracles for the church of the Israelites, but only two over the age of twenty entered the Promised Land. So, just because your church prints all those wonderful stories of grace doesn’t mean Jesus is happy with your church. Grace is given to everyone, including Lucifer, and he won’t be in heaven.

Back to Korah, Dathan and Abiram. We know what happened to them. They were destroyed. Even though they were part of the church. Even though they taught “God”. Even though they preached “peace and safety”, and that everything would be OK. They were destroyed. They wanted to take the church in another direction than that which God was commanding them to go.

Another major force of false prophets is found in 1 Kings 18:16 – 39. Elijah invited the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah to the top of Mount Carmel for a show-down. Again, we see the principle of grouping. The wicked always outnumber the righteous. The false prophets came up and put on a dazzling display for the people. They danced around their altar and sang and shouted and put on quite an entertainment. The people must have been impressed. The false prophets are real showmen. They know how to be dynamic and put on a show. Have you seen that in your church? “How I love my church. Such wonderful entertainment. I am so blessed. Our pastor is so dynamic.”

Elijah, on the other hand, had little to say and no show for the people. He was not dynamic and offered a boring prayer. No jumping around, no singing, shouting or commotion. No, he just knelt down and asked God to do His thing. It was God who put on the show. And what a show it was. You know the rest of the story.
In another story of false prophets in 1 Kings 22, we are told about the kings of Israel and Judah asking advice from the four hundred men who claimed to be prophets of God. But when it came right down to it, only Micaiah was the true prophet of God. And he was despised.

We could continue right on down through Jeremiah, Nehemiah and down to Jesus’ time. The church had plenty of those who thought they were somebody. God always uses the meek, the humble, and the nobodies, much like this little ministry. God doesn’t need showmanship. He needs obedience. God doesn’t need a somebody, He is Somebody. Don’t look to the majority or the church or any denomination who claims to be of God. Listen to the one who is teaching the teachings of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for your eternal life. While the leaders of Israel for extolling the fact that their church was of God and God would not abandon His church or destroy it, Jeremiah was teaching the people to abandon the church and get out. Jeremiah 6:1. Who was right?

The false prophets and teachers are no longer “out there”. The “false” are now in the churches of God. Even within the Sabbath keeping churches. The “false” are now the leaders, the presidents, the educators, the Sabbath school teachers and the pastors. The devil has totally infiltrated God’s organizations. God will remove those organizations out of His sight. 2 Kings 17:23. Why? Because, the churches continue to mock this little ministry that God raised up to teach the teachings of Jesus. “They kept mocking the messengers of God, despising His words and scoffing at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against His people, until there was no remedy.” 2 Chronicles 36:16. They just loved their church and didn’t want to listen to the prophets and teachers God was sending them.

Once we know who the false teachers and prophets are, we have a duty:

1. “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.” 2 John 1:10, 11.
a. Well, taking them into your house represents taking them into your confidence. In other words, don’t be going to their churches or watching 3ABN, etc.
b. Don’t be reading their magazines which are so full of nice, wonderful grace stories. Stories you can read in the Reader’s Digest, Catholic Digest, or any denominational paper or “60 Minutes”.

2. “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies… Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute… With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed – an accursed brood! They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.” 2 Peter 2:1, 2, 14-15.
a. Did you read that? They never stop sinning. Does that sound like your church? After all, how can you stop sinning if you are being taught “saved by grace”?

3. “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.” 2 Peter 2:19.
a. Are you still a slave of sin? Is your church admonishing you and teaching you how to get rid of the sin in your life?
b. How many years have you been going to your church? Are you still doing the same sins today as you did when you joined your church? Isn’t it time to come back to Jesus?

4. “For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group. (What we would call “Sabbath keepers” or “Christians” today). They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach…” Titus 1:10, 11.

5. “So that you may command certain men not to teach false doctrines any longer.” “Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm.” 1 Timothy 1:3, 6, 7. “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1, 2.
a. It said they will “abandon the faith”, not the church. They are still in the church, they are just bringing the world into the church through music, dress, women’s ordination and a thousand other ways.

6. “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers, to keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.” “If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed.” 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14.
a. Keep away from every brother who calls himself a Christian who is idle. Are churchgoers idle? Are they just sitting there patting themselves on their backs because they know the truth? Are they fighting any personal battles to live the perfect, righteous, sinless and commandment keeping life?

7. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:8.
a. That sounds a lot like “saved by grace” and “unconditional love”. How about going to church in stead of Jesus? Nice tradition.

8. “Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 1:8, 9.
a. “Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for?” How many of you have been taught by your pastor, church or denomination that you must work out your eternal salvation? Probably what you have heard is that we can’t work your way into heaven. Isn’t it time to get out of your church and come back to Jesus and His truths? Jesus and Jesus only.

9. “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.” Jude 1:18, 19.
a. Is your church divided? Is it fighting over music, women’s ordination, church activities, etc? Are you scoffing at this truth and this ministry which is teaching the teachings of Jesus?

The teachings of Jesus only. Don’t let anyone take you away from that. No matter how smooth their teachings about grace, run from them if they do not teach the teachings of Christ. They may read from the Bible, but that doesn’t mean they are teaching you truth. The Catholics read from the Bible. The devil knows the Bible, but he won’t be in heaven. There is a difference between Bible Truth and Bible facts. Most churches, teachers and false prophets teach Bible facts, but none are teaching Bible truths. Remember, the devil “believes” but he won’t be in heaven.

Listen to what Peter said of Paul’s writings. “His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.” 2 Peter 3:16. They distort them to disagree with Jesus.

The reason the majority of the churches have so many people is not because of righteousness, but because of social contact. It is the “in” thing to do. It feels good. “I look like a good Christian.” It’s good for business. It is a good show. A place to get your backs patted and your egos stroked. No different than the social clubs of the world. If the churches were to start teaching the commands of Jesus: stop sinning, be perfect and keep the Ten Commandments to have eternal life; very few people would show up. In place of the truth, the ministers, churches and denominations teach acceptable teachings that the people want to hear. “For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.

The sad fact is, today, the Bible tells us that all the churches and denominations have done just that. All have turned aside to myths. Let me share a quote from a pastor of a Sabbath keeping denomination with over 18 million members world-wide. This quote was printed in their flagship paper the “Review”. This pastor is a Jesuit. He may not know he is, but because he has degrees to his name and has been to school, he has been trained by Jesuits to teach their teachings. Listen to his quote. “You can get so busy following the law that you forget the Maker of the law.” How satanic. That is exactly the sentiment the devil had in heaven. It is a subtle way the Jesuits keep using to chip away at the Ten Commandments. The Sabbath keeping churches were set up by God in the 1800’s for the purpose of bringing people back to God through the keeping of the Ten Commandments. Listen to God and how He wants you to remember Him.

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7. “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12. It is because the Israelites forgot to teach the laws to their children and grandchildren that they forgot the Maker of the Law. They made “church” their god and were destroyed by God.

“Leading Adventists who have rejected the light are fired with madness against God’s holy law, as the Jewish nation were against the Son of God. They are in a terrible deception, deceiving others and being deceived themselves. They will not come to the light, lest their deeds should be reproved. Such will not be taught. But the Lord reproves and corrects the people who profess to keep His law. He points out their sins and lays open their iniquity because He wishes to separate all sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in His fear and be prepared to die in the Lord or to be translated to heaven. God rebukes, reproves, and corrects them, that they may be refined, sanctified, elevated, and finally exalted to His own throne.” {2T 452.2}

I think that we as Christians are no longer testing our churches because we are happy with the deceptions they are teaching us. We have fallen so far from the “seal” of God, that we have accepted the “mark” of the devil from our churches. The lies they are teaching are to accept any doctrine and life that does not require us to live the perfect, righteous, sinless and commandment keeping life. We are happy in our churches being taught peace and safety and ear-itching grace stories that please us. But to sacrifice our lives, to pick up our crosses and follow the example of Jesus: not in your life! Remember, to keep the Sabbath day holy, we must be holy ourselves. Otherwise, going to church on Sabbath does not make you a Christian or a follower of Jesus. It makes you a good Sabbath keeping Catholic. Remember, the Jews were tithe paying, church going, Sabbath keeping people who were looking for the coming of the Messiah, and they put Jesus on the cross.

The false prophets have done a wonderful job. They have succeeded in fleecing the sheep. The children of the Kingdom will be cast out, not because they have been deceived, but because they have accepted the deception. They have chosen to believe the lies instead of changing their lives. It is so much easier to sit in church believing the lie than to do what the Bible says and to get out, come to Jesus and change your life. Remember, following the “example” of Jesus in going to church will not get you any brownie points if you are not following the “example” of Jesus in living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life.

Today the devil is using his false prophets, teachers, preachers, pastors and leaders of churches to propagate his ecumenical movement. Many churches and denominations don’t believe they are part of that ecumenical movement. However, since all churches and denominations have been infiltrated by the Jesuits, they all belong to the movement. That is another reason why in Revelation we are commanded to come out of all of them.
So what is the message this ecumenical movement is involved with that will bring all the world under the Catholic domination? Love! The “saved by grace”, “unconditional” love of God. All of it a lie. But it sounds good and it feels good. Therefore, all the world, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Jews, Christians and atheists will all join together in their belief in the one “love of God”.

In the Bible, not one prophet of God was sent to the people to proclaim the “saved by grace” “unconditional” “love of God”. The reason God had to raise up prophets was because the people had apostatized from the “love of God”: His Ten Commandments. Therefore, the prophets had to warn the people, not of the “love of God”, but of the wrath of God which was about to be poured out on them. The prophets were sent to warn the people to return to a loving God by showing their love through obedience and devotion to His law.
The prophets were not sent to tell the people of the love of God, but to tell the people their duty to a loving God. There is a difference. God’s love will not save one person. Our duty to that love will save us. The people had to know and understand their obligation to God. The prophets and teachers, pastors and apostles were sent to teach the people how to return to God and fulfill their obligation to God or they would die.

Are you listening? Are you ready to step out of your lying church and accept the message God is sending you through this ministry? God does love you. But His love can’t save you. Only you can save yourself through obedience to the commands God has given. As God said, “obey and live”. As Jesus said, “Not everyone who calls Me their Lord (or goes to church or believes) will get into the kingdom of heaven. Only the ones who obey My Father in heaven will get in.” Matthew 7:21. Jesus also said, “If you love Me, you will do as I command.” John 14:15. And what did Jesus command? To be perfect, stop sinning and to keep the Ten Commandments to get our eternal life. Matthew 5:48, John 5:14, Matthew 19:16, 17.

 

TIME WITH JESUS

My Dear Family in Jesus,

Jesus desired to awaken inquiry. He sought to arouse the careless, and impress truth upon the heart. Parable teaching was popular, and commanded the respect and attention, not only of the Jews, but of the people of other nations. No more effective method of instruction could He have employed. If His hearers had desired a knowledge of divine things, they might have understood His words; for He was always willing to explain them to the honest inquirer.

Again, Christ had truths to present which the people were unprepared to accept or even to understand. For this reason also He taught them in parables. By connecting His teaching with the scenes of life, experience, or nature, He secured their attention and impressed their hearts. Afterward, as they looked upon the objects that illustrated His lessons, they recalled the words of the divine Teacher. To minds that were open to the Holy Spirit, the significance of the Saviour’s teaching unfolded more and more. Mysteries grew clear, and that which had been hard to grasp became evident.

Jesus sought an avenue to every heart. By using a variety of illustrations, He not only presented truth in its different phases, but appealed to the different hearers. Their interest was aroused by figures drawn from the surroundings of their daily life. None who listened to the Saviour could feel that they were neglected or forgotten. The humblest, the most sinful, heard in His teaching a voice that spoke to them in sympathy and tenderness.

And He had another reason for teaching in parables. Among the multitudes that gathered about Him, there were priests and rabbis, scribes and elders, Herodians and rulers, world-loving, bigoted, ambitious men, who desired above all things to find some accusation against Him. (Notice, these were basically “church” people.) Their spies followed His steps day after day, to catch from His lips something that would cause His condemnation, and forever silence the One who seemed to draw the world after Him. The Saviour understood the character of these men, and He presented truth in such a way that they could find nothing by which to bring His case before the Sanhedrin (church leaders). In parables He rebuked the hypocrisy and wicked works of those who occupied high positions, and in figurative language clothed truth of so cutting a character that had it been spoken in direct denunciation, they would not have listened to His words, and would speedily have put an end to His ministry. But while He evaded the spies, He made truth so clear that error was manifested, and the honest in heart were profited by His lessons. Divine wisdom, infinite grace, were made plain by the things of God’s creation. Through nature and the experiences of life, men were taught of God. “The invisible things of Him since the creation of the world,” were “perceived through the things that are made, even His everlasting power and divinity.” Romans 1:20, R. V.

In the Saviour’s parable teaching is an indication of what constitutes the true “higher education.” Christ might have opened to men the deepest truths of science. He might have unlocked mysteries which have required many centuries of toil and study to penetrate. He might have made suggestions in scientific lines that would have afforded food for thought and stimulus for invention to the close of time. But He did not do this. He said nothing to gratify curiosity, or to satisfy man’s ambition by opening doors to worldly greatness. In all His teaching, Christ brought the mind of man in contact with the Infinite Mind. He did not direct the people to study men’s theories about God, His word, or His works. He taught them to behold Him as manifested in His works, in His word, and by His providences.

Christ did not deal in abstract theories, but in that which is essential to the development of character, that which will enlarge man’s capacity for knowing God, and increase his efficiency to do good. He spoke to men of those truths that relate to the conduct of life, and that take hold upon eternity.

It was Christ who directed the education of Israel. Concerning the commandments and ordinances of the Lord He said, “Thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” Deuteronomy 6:7-9. In His own teaching, Jesus showed how this command is to be fulfilled—how the laws and principles of God’s kingdom can be so presented as to reveal their beauty and preciousness. When the Lord was training Israel to be the special representatives of Himself, He gave them homes among the hills and valleys. In their home life and their religious service they were brought in constant contact with nature and with the word of God (not church). So Christ taught His disciples by the lake, on the mountainside, in the fields and groves, where they could look upon the things of nature by which He illustrated His teachings. And as they learned of Christ, they put their knowledge to use by cooperating with Him in His work. {COL 20-23}

 

PRISON MISSION REPORT

JCPM,
An inmate here gave me your address. I need lots of help in my understanding in prayer, the Bible and the Words of God. Do you have tracts, studies or books to help me better understand my new Christian life?
Michael, NM

Hi Ronald,
I am going to have my mom send you $20. I would like one workbook sent to me. I was wondering when you get the $20, if you could send a 2nd workbook to my fiancee? Even though she isn’t in a physical prison, I want to share the truth with her. But I am in here and it is real difficult. The devil still is tempting her with drugs. She isn’t doing them, but is having cravings. I’m worried about her. I am putting her address in this letter so you can send her the 2nd book. Plus, it is another way she and I can connect with each other as well.
Jason, CA

To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing you concerning your book, “Change Your Life Biblically”. I think it is one of the best study guides I have ever read, other than the Bible. I am currently using someone else’s here on the unit, but would love to receive one for myself. Learning God’s Word is very important and plays a very important part in our lives. So I would like to learn and study more of this book without the rush. Please feel free to send anything that can help me in studying God’s Word.
Luther, TX

Hey Buddy,
I wanted to thank you for the magazine and for your testimony. I hope and pray that your ministry advances and grows. I pray for an abundance of prosperity and peace for you and yours. Thank you for all your help and all you do for us inmates in chains. I will pray to God for an extra special blessing for you and for Jesus Christ Prison Ministry.
John, CA

Dear JCPM,
Would you please be so kind as to write to me? I am serving a seventeen year sentence for bank robbery and I need all the help I can get. My mother, who died recently, studied and practiced Buddhism and Christianity. My mother meant everything to me. Now that she is gone I am all alone in the world.
Jon, CA

Dear JCPM,
I am an inmate. I received a resource list from church which listed your ministry. I would, please, like to request your book and materials that your ministry provides to inmates.
Hannah, CA

Hi,
My name is Ernest. I am 54 years old and I got 6 years. I would love to read your book. I have been a Christian for 2 years and I need to learn more about the Bible. I lost my wife 2 years ago and I turned my life over to Jesus.
Ernest, CA

JCPM,
Can you please send me some Bible studies? Thank you in advance for your time and effort concerning this matter.
S.D., NY

Dear Ron,
I am serving a 27 year prison term. I have a little over three years in with an out date in 2032. Ron, I have never known such peace, joy and comfort as I know this very minute, in all my 49 years. A fellow Christian here on the yard loaned me his “introductory Issue” and your words grabbed me from the first couple of sentences. Especially, “He had revealed Himself to me on such a personal level...”. The Lord has given me a new heart that belongs to Him in a way that is beyond explanation. I am blessed to share in His joy and happiness, daily. I just wanted to let you know that I am very interested in your book and I will keep you and your ministry in my prayers.
Phillip, CA

JCPM,
I’m doing ten years in prison for a mistake I take full responsibility for. I felt like my life was worthless as well as over. I don’t have no one in my life that’s helping me through this. My mom and brother try when they can, but have pointed out to me that “you made your bed, so lay in it”. And the mother of my five year old has taken my son away from me as well as her love and strength. I have contemplated suicide many days and nights for as death seemed to bring more love and peace then what life seems to bring during these times. Happiness seems even further from the light. Then my bunkie told me about you guys and how you all can help me on the journey to get to know the Lord better as well as drop words of encouragement and help me with my other things. Then I cried because if what he says is true, then I know love is real and now just in hope of finding someone to share it with as well as have Christ in my midst. I would love your help and guidance for I’m only 25 with a lot of growing to be doing and would like to start now.
Terry, FL

Dear Brother Ron,
Yes, it had been awhile since I had last wrote you. I have no excuse for not writing to you sooner. That’s cool, I like the way you answered my question by braking it down to me. I can use that out in the so-called, “free world”. Now, I’ve got a praise report to share with you. First off, yes I was dorm janitor but now I’m not. As of last Friday the 13th, the day after I got back off of the medical chain, I got a job change. I work up at the front office here at the trusty camp. Thank you Jesus!
Marvin, TX

Brother Ron,
Just writing you to say, “Thank you” for sending my copy of “Change Your Life Biblically” so quickly. I was surprised at how soon I received it and have read it twice over. I am rereading it once again but at a slower pace checking it against Scriptures. It has helped me understand more of the Bible than I did before. I would take in so much information from so many different resources that at times I would become a little discouraged. I would find myself becoming confused but always knowing what I had already read in the Bible and was able to retain. I knew that confusion was not of God or His Word so I would cling to the truths and clear understandings that I did have. Over the years there would be things I heard from others, even pastors or evangelists on television, who seemed sincere in what they say and believed to be true and that is what can be misleading at times. I was speaking to Marvin and we were talking about how complicated some make the Bible out to be. I believe the Lord wants us to search out the Word for ourselves. But I believe He wants us to use His Word to interpret His Word. Sometimes people can be crafty with the way they word things or use someone else’s words. I only want to know the truth. After all, it is not just anything at stake here, but my eternal salvation and that is why I pray to the Lord for revelation and wisdom for myself and all God’s children. I know He cannot and will not lie to us, whereas man can. I like what you said in your book about different translations of the Bible because that was a concern of mine. Thank you again brother Ron. As soon as I’m able I will send more stamps.
Rodney, TX

Greetings,
I would like to request the “Change Your Life Biblically” Bible study. I need something to study daily that will enhance my knowledge of Christ and will allow me to utilize this time I have doing something positive.
James, CA

Hello,
I am a struggling Christian currently incarcerated in a small-town county jail. I’ve written to you before about your newsletter or correspondence Bible study course or something like that. I don’t quite remember at the moment. Well, one of my fellow inmates showed me a book he got from your ministry called “Change Your Life Biblically”. He said he got if for free. I started to read it but I never got to finish it. I am very interested in it and would really like to finish reading it. I have 6 months left on my sentence and I would really appreciate having a copy of that book for my personal use to keep, to write in, to research. So I’m asking if you will send me a free copy of “Change Your Life Biblically”. I don’t have any money to donate right now. But when I get out I’ll be sure to support your ministry.
Sage, CA

Brother Ron,
Let me take this opportunity to say, “Thank you” on behalf of all of us for all your hard work and dedication. A Christian brother of ours recently let me read your Jesus Christ Prison Ministry newsletter and I was really moved. Then I find that your the source of this “Change Your Life Biblically” book. Another Christian brother of ours has a copy and I had the privilege of glancing through it. I was completely blown away by just the little bit that I read. It turns out that there is quite a long list of potential enthusiasts ahead of me to read it. Then a couple of weeks later I read your newsletter and find that I have an opportunity to obtain my own. Praise God. I am a Christian and I do my very best to walk in obedience to God’s Word. Do I know it all? Not even close. That is why I engulf myself with anything godly. Literature, music, Bible study, church, anything. And I believe that your book “Change Your Life Biblically” will open a new chapter for me in my walk with Christ. I am going to wait patiently yet anxiously if that makes any sense till I receive that book. I want and need that book. :-) Thanks again and God bless you,
Sacom, TX

Hello Brother in Christ,
I just wanted to share with you I’m a new beginner in Christ Jesus. I believe He died for my sins and He is risen from the dead. I’m serving a long sentence and I would like you if you could keep me in prayer. Also, if you could put me on your weekly newsletter every month. Right now I ain’t got nothing but if I come upon some stamps I’ll send them to you. I want to check your book out. Like I said, I’m a new believer but then I have my doubts, does God really care or listen to my prayers? Why do things keep happening to me? If this book of yours claims to work if I read it, then I have no choice but to accept His words.
Ruben, CA

To Whom it may Concern,
I am an inmate. I would really enjoy any and all materials you could send to help me and the other girls grow in the Lord. We are really lacking in faith-based materials.
Lisa, CA

Thank you so much Ron.
We are hanging in there. It has been very challenging but God has helped us continue the business. I’m sure you know all about dealing with challenges and I’m so thankful that you continue to spread the truth. I love your videos and watch them almost every night because they really help me to remind me and encourage me to be like the Lord. I have a lot of problems controlling my temper by yelling at the kids and snapping at Kevin because I’m stressed out so the videos and online info helps me a lot. God bless you,
Lourdes, CA (Non-inmate)

 

Testimony for God's People

Continuing with our “True Remnant Church” series, let us again start off this month with a quote from God’s modern day prophet to His people. I wonder sometimes if we truly care what God says. I think we have made our churches our “god” as long as they tell us what we want to hear. But to hear the truth today is as wanted as it was to the Pharisees. How our itchy ears have become scratched by our churches.

What can I say to you, my brethren, that shall arouse you from your carnal security? I have been shown your perils. There are both believers and unbelievers in the church. Christ represents these two classes in His parable of the vine and its branches. He exhorts His followers: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing.”

There is a wide difference between a pretended union and a real connection with Christ by faith. A profession of the truth places men in the church, but this does not prove that they have a vital connection with the living Vine. A rule is given by which the true disciple may be distinguished from those who claim to follow Christ but have not faith in Him. The one class are fruit bearing, the other, fruitless. The one are often subjected to the pruning knife of God that they may bring forth more fruit; the other, as withered branches, are erelong to be severed from the living Vine.
In the day when this was written, the “church” was still pretty much faithful to God. The leaders were still teaching people to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life. The church was still teaching Bible truth. Today, 150 years later, that “church” is no longer teaching Bible truth. Now the church leadership has fallen and no longer teaches people to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for their eternal life. It has become Catholic. Services, rituals, church activities and smooth teachings have taken the place of life-changing admonitions and rebukes.

I am deeply solicitous that our people should preserve the living testimony among them, and that the church should be kept pure from the unbelieving element. Can we conceive of a closer, more intimate relation to Christ than is set forth in the words: “I am the Vine, ye are the branches”? The fibers of the branch are almost identical with those of the vine. The communication of life, strength, and fruitfulness from the trunk to the branches is unobstructed and constant. The root sends its nourishment through the branch. Such is the true believer’s relation to Christ. He abides in Christ and draws his nourishment from Him.

This spiritual relation can be established only by the exercise of personal faith. This faith must express on our part supreme preference, perfect reliance, entire consecration. Our will must be wholly yielded to the divine will, our feelings, desires, interests, and honor identified with the prosperity of Christ’s kingdom and the honor of His cause, we constantly receiving grace from Him, and Christ accepting gratitude from us.

And that is the problem. The prophet was “deeply solicitous that our people should preserve the living testimony among them, and that the church should be kept pure . . .” but it has not. It has fallen. The Testimonies that God wanted read in all the churches are now pushed to the back and are never taken out. Man-made books and philosophies have buried them and the church has become Catholic.

When this intimacy of connection and communion is formed, our sins are laid upon Christ; His righteousness is imputed to us. He was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. We have access to God through Him; we are accepted in the Beloved. Whoever by word of deed injures a believer thereby wounds Jesus. Whoever gives a cup of cold water to a disciple because he is a child of God will be regarded by Christ as giving to Him.

Again, it is not intimacy with the church, it is intimacy with Christ. Those who are obedient to the words of Jesus to stop sinning, be perfect and to keep the Ten Commandments for our eternal life. Why, oh why do we make church our god by defending our church as the Pharisees did while we refuse to make Jesus our God by refusing to be obedient to His words. Only His words have eternal life. Everything else is eternal death.

It was when Christ was about to take leave of His disciples that He gave them the beautiful emblem of His relation to believers. He had been presenting before them the close union with Himself by which they could maintain spiritual life when His visible presence was withdrawn. To impress it upon their minds He gave them the vine as its most striking and appropriate symbol.

The Jews had always regarded the vine as the most noble of plants and a type of all that was powerful, excellent, and fruitful. “The vine,” our Lord would seem to say, “which you prize so highly, is a symbol. I am the reality: I am the True Vine. As a nation you prize the vine; as sinners you should prize Me above all things earthly. The branch cannot live separated from the vine; no more can you live unless you are abiding in Me.”

All Christ’s followers have as deep an interest in this lesson as had the disciples who listened to His words. In the apostasy, man alienated himself from God. The separation is wide and fearful; but Christ has made provision again to connect us with Himself. The power of evil is so identified with human nature that no man can overcome except by union with Christ. Through this union we receive moral and spiritual power. If we have the spirit of Christ we shall bring forth the fruit of righteousness, fruit that will honor and bless men, and glorify God.

But the devil has substituted church for Christ. He has brainwashed you into thinking that if you go to church, you are connected with Christ. You are no more connected to Christ sitting in a church than were the Jews of Christ’ day sitting in their churches listening to Him speak. They hated His words and drove him from their churches. So have the churches done today. They have driven the Savior from their churches and substituted His living words with man-made wisdom, rituals and ceremonies. “Church, church, church.” How Catholic.

The Father is the vinedresser. He skillfully and mercifully prunes every fruit-bearing branch. Those who share Christ’s suffering and reproach now will share His glory hereafter. He “is not ashamed to call them brethren.” His angels minister to them. His second appearing will be as the Son of man, thus even in His glory identifying Himself with humanity. To those who have united themselves to Him, He declares: “Though a mother may forget her child, ‘yet will not I forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands.’ Thou art continually before Me.”
And that is the whole point. We don’t want to be pruned. We don’t want to suffer for Jesus. We want the world and heaven. Can’t be done. The churches want your money and your obedience. Lucifer is in the churches and as long as you are going, you are giving Lucifer your money and your obedience. You are sound asleep. Jesus has warned us. At THIS TIME in Earth’s history, Jesus has warned us to come out of the churches for they have all fallen. They are all under the deceptive control of the Catholic Church. The same master deceiver who is in control of the Catholic church is in control of your church.

Oh, what amazing privileges are proffered us! Will we put forth most earnest efforts to form this alliance with Christ, through which alone these blessings are attained? Will we break off our sins by righteousness and our iniquities by turning unto the Lord? Skepticism and infidelity are widespread. Christ asked the question: “When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” We must cherish a living, active faith. The permanence of our faith is the condition of our union.

The answer is “no”. We will continue, like the Jews, to go to our churches, listen to our pastors, pat ourselves on our backs and smugly declare that we are of God. And all the while, we are refusing to be obedient to the voice of God. It is so much easier to live for the church than it is to live for Jesus.

Jesus is to be our example. Yes, you say, Jesus went to church. Yes He did. But He did not go to church to get close to His Father. For that He went into the mountains, by the sea and into the meadows to commune with His Father. Jesus never went to church for spiritual development. He went to church, as the Bible says, to teach. Luke 4:16. If you are not teaching the teachings of Jesus in church, then you are not to go. The modern prophet of God as stated that it is your duty to go where the teachings of Jesus have not been heard and follow the example of Jesus: Teach His teachings! Matt. 28:20.

However, one more thought on this “example of Jesus”. Jesus gave us the example of living the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping life. My question to you is, why are you picking only the easy part? Why do you pick and choose what you want to follow as your “example”? Unless you follow the example of Jesus in every aspect of His life, you are lost. Going to church will not save you. Going to Jesus will.

I pray that you will get a backbone and stand up for Jesus. That you will begin teaching the teachings of Jesus in your church. Then you will be following the example of Jesus when they stone you and cast you out.

To be continued next month.

 

 

Ministry News

I thought I would share this wonderful New Year letter from a most beautiful mother who loved the Lord and wanted to see her son belonging, not to a church, but to the Lord. Please sit back and enjoy a mothers love for her son.

My Dear Son,

I write this for your nineteenth birthday. It has been a pleasure to have you with us a few weeks in the past. You are about to leave us, yet our prayers shall follow you.

Another year of your life closes today. How can you look back upon it? Have you made advancement in the divine life? Have you increased in spirituality? Have you crucified self, with the affections and lusts? Have you an increased interest in the study of God’s word? Have you gained decided victories over your own failings and waywardness? Oh, what has been the record of your life for the year which has now passed into eternity, never to be recalled?

As you enter upon a new year, let it be with an earnest resolve to have your course onward and upward. Let your life be more elevated and exalted than it has hitherto been. Make it your aim not to seek your own interest and pleasure, but to advance the cause of your Redeemer. Remain not in a position where you ever need help yourself, and where others have to guard you to keep you in the narrow way. You may be strong to exert a sanctifying influence upon others. You may be where your soul’s interest will be awakened to do good to others, to comfort the sorrowful, strengthen the weak, and to bear your testimony for Christ whenever opportunity offers. Aim to honor God in everything, always and everywhere. Carry your religion into everything. Be thorough in whatever you undertake.

You have not experienced the saving power of God as it is your privilege, because you have not made it the great aim of your life to glorify Christ. Let every purpose you form, every work in which you engage, and every pleasure you enjoy, be to the glory of God. Let this be the language of your heart: I am thine, O God, to live for Thee, to work for Thee, and to suffer for Thee.

Many profess to be on the Lord’s side, but they are not; the weight of all their actions is on Satan’s side. By what means shall we determine whose side we are on? Who has the heart? With whom are our thoughts? Upon whom do we love to converse? Who has our warmest affections and our best energies? If we are on the Lord’s side, our thoughts are with Him, and our sweetest thoughts are of Him. We have no friendship with the world; we have consecrated all that we have and are to Him. We long to bear His image, breathe His Spirit, do His will, and please Him in all things.

You should pursue so decided a course that none need to be mistaken in you. You cannot exert an influence upon the world without decision. Your resolutions may be good and sincere, but they will prove a failure unless you make God your strength and move forward with a firm determination of purpose. You should throw your whole heart into the cause and work of God. You should be in earnest to obtain an experience in the Christian life. You should exemplify Christ in your life.

You cannot serve God and mammon. You are either wholly on the Lord’s side or on the side of the enemy. “He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Some persons make their religious life a failure because they are always wavering and do not have determination. They are frequently convicted and come almost up to the point of surrendering all for God; but, failing to meet the point, they fall back again. While in this state the conscience is hardening and becoming less and less susceptible to the impressions of the Spirit of God. His Spirit has warned, has convicted, and has been disregarded, until it is nearly grieved away. God will not be trifled with. He shows duty clearly, and if there is a neglect to follow the light, it becomes darkness.

God bids you become a worker with Him in His vineyard. Commence just where you are. Come to the cross and there renounce self, the world, and every idol. Take Jesus into your heart fully. You are in a hard place to preserve consecration and to exert an influence which shall lead others from sin and pleasure and folly to the narrow way, cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in.

Make an entire surrender to God; yield up everything unreservedly, and thus seek for that peace which passes understanding. You cannot draw nourishment from Christ unless you are in Him. If not in Him, you are a branch that is withered. You do not feel your want of purity and true holiness. You should feel an earnest desire for the Holy Spirit and should pray earnestly to obtain it. You cannot expect the blessing of God without seeking for it. If you used the means within your reach you would experience a growth in grace and would rise to a higher life.

It is not natural for you to love spiritual things; but you can acquire that love by exercising your mind, the strength of your being, in that direction. The power of doing is what you need. True education is the power of using our faculties so as to achieve beneficial results. Why is it that religion occupies so little of our attention, while the world has the strength of brain, bone, and muscle? It is because the whole force of our being is bent in that direction. We have trained ourselves to engage with earnestness and power in worldly business, until it is easy for the mind to take that turn. This is why Christians find a religious life so hard and a worldly life so easy. The faculties have been trained to exert their force in that direction. In religious life there has been an assent to the truths of God’s word, but not a practical illustration of them in the life.

To cultivate religious thoughts and devotional feelings is not made a part of education. These should influence and control the entire being. The habit of doing right is wanting. There is spasmodic action under favorable influences, but to think naturally and readily upon divine things is not the ruling principle of the mind.

There is no need of being spiritual dwarfs if the mind is continually exercised in spiritual things. But merely praying for this, and about this, will not meet the necessities of the case. You must habituate the mind to concentration upon spiritual things. Exercise will bring strength. Many professed Christians are in a fair way to lose both worlds. To be half a Christian and half a worldly man makes you about one-hundredth part a Christian and all the rest worldly.

Spiritual living is what God requires, yet thousands are crying out: “I don’t know what is the matter; I have no spiritual strength, I do not enjoy the Spirit of God.” Yet the same ones will become active and talkative, and even eloquent, when talking upon worldly matters. Listen to such ones in meeting. About a dozen words are spoken in hardly an audible voice. They are men and women of the world. They have cultivated worldly propensities until their faculties have become strong in that direction. Yet they are as weak as babes in regard to spiritual things, when they should be strong and intelligent. They do not love to dwell upon the mystery of godliness. They know not the language of heaven and are not educating their minds so as to be prepared to sing the songs of heaven or to delight in the spiritual exercises which will there engage the attention of all.

Professed Christians, worldly Christians, are unacquainted with heavenly things. They will never be brought to the gates of the New Jerusalem to engage in exercises which have not hitherto specially interested them. They have not trained their minds to delight in devotion and in meditation upon things of God and heaven. How, then, can they engage in the services of heaven? How delight in the spiritual, the pure, the holy in heaven, when it was not a special delight to them upon earth? The very atmosphere there will be purity itself. But they are unacquainted with it all. When in the world, pursuing their worldly vocations, they knew just where to take hold and just what to do. The lower order of faculties being in so constant exercise, grew, while the higher, nobler powers of the mind, not being strengthened by use, are incapable of awaking at once to spiritual exercises. Spiritual things are not discerned, because they are viewed with world-loving eyes, which cannot estimate the value and glory of the divine above the temporal.

The mind must be educated and disciplined to love purity. A love for spiritual things should be encouraged; yea, must be encouraged, if you would grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Desires for goodness and true holiness are right so far as they go; but if you stop here, they will avail nothing. Good purposes are right, but will prove of no avail unless resolutely carried out. Many will be lost while hoping and desiring to be Christians; but they made no earnest effort, therefore they will be weighed in the balances and found wanting. The will must be exercised in the right direction. I will be a wholehearted Christian. I will know the length and breadth, the height and depth, of perfect love. Listen to the words of Jesus: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Ample provisions are made by Christ to satisfy the soul that hungers and thirsts for righteousness.

The pure element of love will expand the soul for higher attainments, for increased knowledge of divine things, so that it will not be satisfied short of the fullness. Most professed Christians have no sense of the spiritual strength they might obtain were they as ambitious, zealous, and persevering to gain a knowledge of divine things as they are to obtain the paltry, perishable things of this life. The masses professing to be Christians have been satisfied to be spiritual dwarfs. They have no disposition to make it their object to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; hence godliness is a hidden mystery to them, they cannot understand it. They know not Christ by experimental knowledge.

Let those men and women who are satisfied with their dwarfed, crippled condition in divine things be suddenly transported to heaven and for an instant witness the high, the holy state of perfection that ever abides there,—every soul filled with love; every countenance beaming with joy; enchanting music in melodious strains rising in honor of God and the Lamb; and ceaseless streams of light flowing upon the saints from the face of Him who sitteth upon the throne, and from the Lamb; and let them realize that there is higher and greater joy yet to experience, for the more they receive of the enjoyment of God, the more is their capacity increased to rise higher in eternal enjoyment, and thus continue to receive new and greater supplies from the ceaseless sources of glory and bliss inexpressible,—could such persons, I ask, mingle with the heavenly throng, participate in their songs, and endure the pure, exalted, transporting glory that emanates from God and the Lamb? Oh, no! their probation was lengthened for years that they might learn the language of heaven, that they might become “partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” But they had a selfish business of their own to engage the powers of their minds and the energies of their beings. They could not afford to serve God unreservedly and make this a business. Worldly enterprises must come first and take the best of their powers, and a transient thought is devoted to God. Are such to be transformed after the final decision: “He that is holy, let him be holy still,” “he which is filthy, let him be filthy still”? Such a time is coming.

Those who have trained the mind to delight in spiritual exercises are the ones who can be translated and not be overwhelmed with the purity and transcendent glory of heaven. You may have a good knowledge of the arts, you may have an acquaintance with the sciences, you may excel in music and in penmanship, your manners may please your associates, but what have these things to do with a preparation for heaven? What have they to do to prepare you to stand before the tribunal of God?

Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Nothing but holiness will prepare you for heaven. It is sincere, experimental piety alone that can give you a pure, elevated character and enable you to enter into the presence of God, who dwelleth in light unapproachable. The heavenly character must be acquired on earth, or it can never be acquired at all. Then begin at once. Flatter not yourself that a time will come when you can make an earnest effort easier than now. Every day increases your distance from God. Prepare for eternity with such zeal as you have not yet manifested. Educate your mind to love the Bible, to love the prayer meeting, to love the hour of meditation, and, above all, the hour when the soul communes with God. Become heavenly-minded if you would unite with the heavenly choir in the mansions above.

A new year of your life now commences. A new page is turned in the book of the recording angel. What will be the record upon its pages? Shall it be blotted with neglect of God, with unfulfilled duties? God forbid. Let a record be stamped there which you will not be ashamed to have revealed to the gaze of men and angels.

EGW,
Greenville, Michigan, July 27, 1868. {2T 261-268}

May you all have a happy New Year. May we all follow “mother’s” advice and prepare to live the perfect, sinless, commandment keeping life this year so we can live it in the perfect, sinless and commandment keeping home we are expecting to live in soon.

Love in Christ,

Ron