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Posted 3/4/16 at 3:06 PM | Stan Arney

Daniel’s Vision And John’s Vision

Daniel 7:1-8

In The First Year of Belshazzar King of Babylon, Daniel had a Dream and Visions of his head while on his bed. Then he (Daniel) wrote down the Dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, “I (Daniel) saw in My Vision by night, and behold, The Four Winds of Heaven were stirring up The Great Sea. And Four Great Beasts came up from the Sea, each different from the other. The First was like a Lion, and had Eagle’s Wings. I (Daniel) watched till its Wings were plucked off; and it was Lifted Up from the Earth and made to Stand on Two Feet like a Man, and a Man’s Heart was given to it (The Lion). “And suddenly Another Beast, a Second, like a Bear. It was Raised Up on One Side, and had Three Ribs in its Mouth between its Teeth. And they (The Four Winds of Heaven) said thus to it (The Bear): ‘Arise, Devour much flesh!’ “After this I (Daniel) looked, and there was Another, like a Leopard, which had on its Back, Four Wings of a Bird. The Beast (The Leopard) also had Four Heads, and Dominion was given to it (The Leopard). “After this I (Daniel) saw in the Night Visions, and behold, a Fourth Beast, Dreadful and Terrible, Exceedingly Strong. It (The Fourth Beast) had huge Iron Teeth; it (The Fourth Beast) was Devouring, Breaking in pieces, and Trampling the Residue with its Feet. It (The Fourth Beast) was different from All the Beasts that were before it (The Fourth Beast), and it (The Fourth Beast) had Ten Horns. I (Daniel) was considering the Horns, and there was Another Horn, a Little One, Coming Up among them (The Ten Horns), before whom Three of The First Horns were Plucked Out by the Roots. And there, in This Horn (The Little Horn), were Eyes like The Eyes of a Man, and a Mouth Speaking Pompous Words. FULL POST

Posted 3/4/16 at 12:58 PM | Neil Vermillion

Praising Even When It Hurts

So many times in our life we encounter trials, obstacles, and struggles. While this is nothing new, it's certainly not enjoyable. And so we work to learn the lessons needed in order to benefit from these experiences, and we do the best we can. But what could also help us in these times of difficulty? Is there something else we could do? Is there more?

Perhaps the greatest thing we could do, in addition to learning the necessary lessons to be gained, is to embrace and enjoy the process as much as is realistically possible. Not every encounter will be fun, but the more we are able to enjoy the process the more we will be able to grow and endure, in spite of the hardships.

But how does one go about enjoying this kind of process? Even with a foreknowledge of future events, and a confidence of a greater hope yet awaiting us, the adversity we experience is still very real, still very difficult. So how can we learn to enjoy and endure difficult seasons?

Perhaps the best way is to enter into praise. Praise provides a way for us to embrace and endure trials.  We can praise with our mouth, we can praise with our actions, we can praise in our minds, we can praise in song, among many other forms of praise. The good thing about the act of praise is that it is also an act of our will, not necessarily of our emotions, feelings, or circumstances. And with this understanding, we are able to enter in to praise as a matter of our individual, God-given will, as a matter of choice. FULL POST

Posted 3/3/16 at 5:20 AM | Stan Arney

Nothing Can Separate Us, From The Love of God Almighty

Romans 8:31-39

What then shall We (Jesus’ Disciples) say to These Things? If God (God Almighty) is for Us (Believers), who can be against Us (Believers)? He (God Almighty) who did NOT Spare His (God Almighty’s) Own Son (Jesus Christ), but Delivered Him (Jesus Christ) Up (Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion) for Us All (Mankind), how shall He (God Almighty) NOT with Him (Jesus Christ) also Freely Give Us (Believers) All Things? Who shall bring a Charge against God’s (God Almighty’s) Elect (Believers)? It is God (God Almighty) who Justifies. Who is He (Jesus Christ) who Condemns? It is Christ (Jesus Christ) who Died (Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion), and furthermore is also Risen (Jesus Christ’s Resurrection), who is even at The Right Hand of God (God Almighty), who also makes Intercession for Us (Believers). Who shall Separate Us (Believers) from The Love of Christ (Jesus Christ)? Shall Tribulation, or Distress, or Persecution, or Famine, or Nakedness, or Peril, or Sword? As it is Written: “For Your (Jesus Christ’s) Sake, We (Believers) are killed all day long; We (Believers) are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in All These Things, We (Believers) are more than Conquerors, through Him (Jesus Christ) who Loved Us (Believers). For I (Paul) am Persuaded, that neither Death nor Life, nor Angels nor Principalities nor Powers, nor Things Present nor Things To Come, nor Height nor Depth, nor ANY Other Created Thing, Shall be able to SEPARATE Us (Believers), from The Love of God (God Almighty), which is in Christ Jesus, Our Lord. FULL POST

Posted 3/2/16 at 10:52 PM | Stan Arney

The Abomination Of Desolation

Matthew 24:15-28

“Therefore when YOU (Believers) SEE The ‘Abomination of Desolation,’ Spoken of by Daniel, The Prophet, Standing in The Holy Place” [Whoever (Believers) READS, Let Him (Believers) UNDERSTAND], “then let those who are in Judea FLEE to the mountains. Let him who is on the housetop NOT go down to take ANYTHING out of his house. And let him who is in the field NOT go back to get his clothes. But WOE to those who are Pregnant and to those who are Nursing Babies in Those Days! And Pray that Your Flight may NOT be in Winter OR on The Sabbath. For then there will be Great Tribulation, such as has NOT been since The Beginning of The World until This Time, NO, nor EVER shall be. And unless Those Days were Shortened, NO Flesh would be SAVED; but for The Elect’s (Believers) Sake Those Days will be Shortened. “Then if ANYONE says to YOU (Believers), ‘Look, here is The Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do NOT believe it. For false christs and false prophets will Rise and Show Great Signs and Wonders to DECEIVE, if possible, even The Elect (Believers). See, I (Jesus Christ) have Told YOU (Believers) Beforehand. “Therefore if they (Unbelievers) say to YOU (Believers), ‘Look, He (Jesus Christ) is in the desert!’ do NOT go out; or ‘Look, He (Jesus Christ) is in the inner rooms!’ do NOT believe it. For as the lightning comes from the East and flashes to the West, so also will The Coming of The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. FULL POST

Posted 3/1/16 at 5:22 AM | Stan Arney

King David Foretells The Messiah’s Triumph And Kingdom

Psalm 2:1-12

Why do the Nations (Unbelievers) rage, and the people (Unbelievers) plot a vain thing? The kings (Unbelievers) of the Earth set themselves (Unbelievers), and the rulers (Unbelievers) take counsel together, against The LORD (God Almighty) and against His (God Almighty’s) Anointed (Jesus Christ), saying, “Let us (Unbelievers) break Their (God Almighty and Jesus Christ) Bonds in pieces and cast away Their (God Almighty and Jesus Christ) Cords from us (Unbelievers).” He (God Almighty) who Sits in the Heavens shall Laugh; The Lord (Jesus Christ) shall hold them (Unbelievers) in Derision. Then He (Jesus Christ) shall Speak to them (Unbelievers) in His (God Almighty’s) Wrath, and Distress them (Unbelievers) in His (God Almighty’s) Deep Displeasure: “Yet I (God Almighty) have Set My (God Almighty’s) King (Jesus Christ) On My (God Almighty’s) Holy Hill of Zion.” “I (God Almighty) will Declare The Decree: The LORD (God Almighty) has said to Me (Jesus Christ), ‘YOU (Jesus Christ) are My (God Almighty’s) Son, Today, I (God Almighty) have Begotten YOU (Jesus Christ). Ask of Me (God Almighty), and I (God Almighty) will Give YOU (Jesus Christ) The Nations for Your (Jesus Christ’s) Inheritance, and the ends of the Earth for Your (Jesus Christ’s) Possession. YOU (Jesus Christ) shall Break them (Unbelievers) with a Rod of Iron; YOU (Jesus Christ) shall Dash them (Unbelievers) to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” Now therefore, be Wise, O Kings (Unbelievers); be Instructed, YOU (Unbelievers) Judges of the Earth. Serve The LORD (God Almighty) with fear, and Rejoice with trembling. Kiss The Son (Jesus Christ), lest He (Jesus Christ) be Angry, and YOU (Unbelievers) Perish in the way, when His (God Almighty’s) Wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are All (Believers) those Who Put Their (Believers) Trust in Him (Jesus Christ). FULL POST

Posted 2/29/16 at 10:55 PM | Stan Arney

King David Foretells The Death Of The Messiah

Psalms 22:1-31

My God (God Almighty), My God (God Almighty), why have YOU (God Almighty) Forsaken Me (The Messiah/Jesus Christ)? Why are YOU (God Almighty) so far from helping Me (The Messiah/Jesus Christ), and from The Words of My (The Messiah’s/Jesus Christ’s) Groaning? O My God (God Almighty), I (The Messiah/Jesus Christ) Cry in the daytime, but YOU (God Almighty) do NOT hear; and in the night season, and am NOT silent. But YOU (God Almighty) are Holy, Enthroned in The Praises of Israel. Our fathers Trusted in YOU (God Almighty); they Trusted, and YOU (God Almighty) Delivered them. They Cried to YOU (God Almighty), and were Delivered; they Trusted in YOU (God Almighty), and were NOT ashamed.

But I (The Messiah/Jesus Christ) am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and Despised by The People (Unbelievers). All those (Unbelievers) who see Me (The Messiah/Jesus Christ) Ridicule Me (The Messiah/Jesus Christ); they (Unbelievers) shoot out the lip, they (Unbelievers) shake the head, saying, “He (The Messiah/Jesus Christ) Trusted in The LORD (God Almighty), let Him (God Almighty) Rescue Him (The Messiah/Jesus Christ); let Him (God Almighty) Deliver Him (The Messiah/Jesus Christ), since He (God Almighty) Delights in Him (The Messiah/Jesus Christ)!” FULL POST

Posted 2/29/16 at 4:51 PM | Stan Arney

Jesus Christ Dies On The Cross

Matthew 27:45-56

Now from The Sixth Hour until The Ninth Hour, there was Darkness over All The Land. And about The Ninth Hour, Jesus (Jesus Christ) Cried Out with a Loud Voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God (God Almighty), My God, why have YOU Forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is Calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him (Jesus Christ) to drink. The rest said, “Let Him (Jesus Christ) alone; let us see if Elijah will come to Save Him (Jesus Christ).” And Jesus (Jesus Christ) Cried Out again with a Loud Voice, and Yielded Up His (Jesus Christ’s) Spirit. Then, behold, The Veil of The Temple was Torn in Two, from Top to Bottom; and the Earth quaked, and the rocks were split, and The Graves were Opened; and Many Bodies of The Saints (Believers), who had Fallen Asleep were Raised; and Coming Out of The Graves, after His (Jesus Christ’s) Resurrection, They (The Resurrected Saints/Believers) went into The Holy City and Appeared to MANY. So when The Centurion AND those with him (The Centurion), who were Guarding Jesus (Jesus Christ), saw the Earthquake and The Things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was The Son of God (God Almighty)!” And many women who followed Jesus (Jesus Christ) from Galilee, Ministering to Him (Jesus Christ), were there looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary, The Mother of James and Joses, and The Mother of Zebedee’s Sons. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/16 at 11:41 PM | Stan Arney

Raised In Victory

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Moreover, Brethren (Believers), I (Paul) declare to YOU (Believers) The Gospel, which I (Paul) Preached to YOU (Believers), which also YOU (Believers) Received and in which YOU (Believers) Stand, by which also YOU (Believers) are SAVED, if YOU (Believers) hold fast That Word, which I (Paul) Preached to YOU (Believers), unless YOU (Believers) Believed in vain. For I (Paul) Delivered to YOU (Believers), first of all, that which I (Paul) also Received: that Christ (Jesus Christ) died for Our sins According to The Scriptures, and that He (Jesus Christ) was buried, and that He (Jesus Christ) Rose Again, The Third Day, According to The Scriptures, and that He (Jesus Christ) was SEEN by Cephas (Peter), then by The Twelve (Jesus’ Disciples). After that He (Jesus Christ) was SEEN by over Five Hundred Brethren (Believers) at Once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have Fallen Asleep. After that He (Jesus Christ) was SEEN by James, then by All The Apostles (Jesus’ Disciples). Then last of all He (Jesus Christ) was SEEN by me (Paul) also, as by One Born Out of Due Time. For I (Paul) am The Least of The Apostles (Jesus’ Disciples), who am NOT worthy to be Called an Apostle, because I (Paul) Persecuted The Church of God (God Almighty). But by The Grace of God (God Almighty) I am what I am, and His (God Almighty’s) Grace toward me (Paul) was NOT in vain; but I (Paul) labored more abundantly than They (Jesus’ Disciples) All, yet NOT I (Paul), but The Grace of God (God Almighty) which was with me (Paul). Therefore, whether it was I (Paul) or They (Jesus’ Disciples), so We (Jesus’ Disciples) Preach and so YOU (Believers) Believed. FULL POST

Posted 2/28/16 at 4:34 PM | Stan Arney

Thessalonians Epistles Excerpts

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But I (Paul) do NOT want YOU (Believers) to be ignorant, Brethren, concerning Those who have Fallen Asleep, lest YOU (Believers) sorrow, as others who have NO Hope. For if We (Believers) BELIEVE that Jesus (Jesus Christ) died and Rose Again, even so God (God Almighty) will BRING WITH HIM (Jesus Christ) those who Sleep in Jesus. For this We (Jesus’ Disciples) say to YOU (Believers) by The Word of The Lord (Jesus Christ), that We (Believers) who are Alive and Remain Until The Coming of The Lord (Jesus Christ) will by NO Means PRECEDE those who are Asleep. For The Lord (Jesus Christ) Himself will Descend from Heaven with a Shout, with The Voice of an Archangel, and with The Trumpet of God (God Almighty). And The Dead in Christ (Jesus Christ) will Rise First. Then We (Believers) who are Alive and Remain shall be Caught Up Together with Them (The Dead in Christ) in the Clouds to MEET The Lord (Jesus Christ) in the Air. And thus We (Believers) shall ALWAYS be with The Lord (Jesus Christ). Therefore Comfort One Another (Fellow Believers) with These Words.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

But concerning The Times and The Seasons, Brethren, YOU (Believers) have NO Need that I (Paul) should write to YOU (Believers). For YOU (Believers) Yourselves KNOW Perfectly that THE DAY OF THE LORD (Jesus Christ) so comes as a Thief in the Night. For when they (Unbelievers) say, “Peace and Safety!” then Sudden Destruction comes upon them (Unbelievers), as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they (Unbelievers) shall NOT Escape. But YOU (Believers), Brethren, are NOT in darkness, so that This Day (The Day of The Lord) should overtake YOU (Believers) as a Thief. YOU (Believers) are All Sons of Light and Sons of The Day. We (Believers) are NOT of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let Us (Believers) NOT sleep, as others do, but let Us (Believers) Watch and Be Sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let Us (Believers) who are of The Day, Be Sober, Putting On The Breastplate of Faith and Love, and as a Helmet, The Hope of Salvation. For God (God Almighty) did NOT Appoint Us (Believers) to Wrath, but to OBTAIN Salvation, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, who Died for Us (Believers), that whether We (Believers) Wake or Sleep, We (Believers) should Live Together with Him (Jesus Christ). Therefore Comfort each other (Fellow Believers) and Edify One Another (Fellow Believers), just as YOU (Believers) also are doing. FULL POST

Posted 2/27/16 at 8:29 PM | Stan Arney

Some Thoughts From Peter, John, And Jude

2 Peter 2:1-17

But there were also false prophets (Unbelievers) among the People, even as there will be false teachers (Unbelievers) among YOU (Believers), who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying The Lord (Jesus Christ) who bought them (Unbelievers), and bring on themselves (Unbelievers) swift Destruction. And many will follow their (Unbelievers) destructive ways, because of whom (Unbelievers) The Way of Truth (The Gospel of Jesus Christ) will be blasphemed. By covetousness they (Unbelievers) will exploit YOU (Believers) with deceptive words; for a long time their (Unbelievers) Judgment has NOT been idle, and their (Unbelievers) Destruction does NOT slumber.

For if God (God Almighty) did NOT spare the angels who sinned, but Cast them (the angels who sinned) down to Hell and Delivered them (the angels who sinned) into Chains of Darkness, to be Reserved for Judgment; and did NOT spare The Ancient World, but Saved Noah, One of Eight People, a Preacher of Righteousness, bringing in The Flood on the World of the ungodly (Unbelievers); and turning The Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, Condemned them (Sodom and Gomorrah) to Destruction, making them (Sodom and Gomorrah) an example to those (Unbelievers) who afterward would live ungodly; and Delivered Righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that Righteous Man, dwelling among them, tormented His Righteous Soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds), then The Lord (God Almighty) knows how to Deliver The Godly (Believers) out of temptations and to Reserve the unjust (Unbelievers) under Punishment for The Day of Judgment, and especially those (Unbelievers) who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority. They (Unbelievers) are presumptuous, self-willed. They (Unbelievers) are NOT afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas Angels, who are Greater in Power and Might, do NOT bring a reviling accusation against them before The Lord (God Almighty). FULL POST

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