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Love week essay #2: What did Apostle John mean when he wrote ‘God is love’?

The End Time

Christians know Jesus and thus, they know His love. But many people don’t understand His love, biblically.

Others who aren’t saved, if they know nothing else in the Bible, they know the verse “God is love” from 1 John 4:8…which they use to reject any discussion of sin, wrath, or judgment, half the Gospel. But unsaved people can’t love (in a Christ-like, God-honoring way). (1 John 4:8)

So what does Apostle John mean when he writes ‘God is love’?

Here is a reposted essay from the blog at Grace To You explaining the verse.

The Nature of God’s Love: John MacArthur on God’s Love Defined Biblically

“God is love” (1 John 4:8).

That’s a transcendent thought that finds its ultimate expression in the cross of Christ. The most famous verse in the Bible confirms that God’s love was the motive for sending Christ: “For God so loved the world …

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Use Your Freedom Well

Daily Devotions

Can you imagine being an Israelite saved from Egypt? Can you contemplate the joy of following Moses, Aaron, the elders, the Angel of God, and the supernatural cloud as it leads you and your family out of the God-forsaken land? Then, can you imagine the renewed hope and joy you have after witnessing God bringing down the Red Sea upon Pharaoh’s head? Sure, tough days remain for you and your family. Absolutely, there are still be numerous burdens to carry and foes to face. However, from this point forward, you are free from your devilish taskmasters. No longer will you be commanded to throw your male children in the river. No longer will you be forced to make bricks for another man’s house of idols. From this point forward, you are free to love God, hear God’s counsel, enjoy and glorify him forever.

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Who is Fethullah Gulen, and was he the mastermind behind the failed Turkish coup? (Erdogan wants to put Gulen in prison & has arrested, fired or suspended 60,000 Turks believed to be Gulen’s supporters. Here’s the latest.)

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Who is Fethullah Gulen, and why is the leader of Turkey on a rampage to arrest him and tens of thousands of his followers?

Gulen, now 75, is a Turkish citizen, an Islamic cleric, and a long-time rival of Turkish President Recip Erdogan. He is currently living in exile in Pennsylvania.

In 2013, Time magazine named him one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” Describing him “the most potent advocate of moderation in the Muslim world,” Time said Gulen “preaches a message of tolerance that has won him admirers around the world.”

Others describe Gulen as a “cult leader.”

Erdogan says Gulen is the “mastermind” behind last Friday’s coup attempt. He is demanding the U.S. government extradite Gulen back to Turkey immediately.

Gulen strongly opposes Erdogan, but denies any involvement in last week’s violence and political intrigue.

Gulen “went into self-imposed exile when he moved from Turkey to the United States in 1999 and settled in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania,” reports

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Ted Cruz: It’s Not About You

Absolute Truth from the Word of God


Anyone who reads my articles, knows that I was for Ted Cruz until it was obvious to all that he had no chance.  I loved the fact that he professed his love for the Lord.

Tonight I realized for the first time, that Ted Cruz was not about fixing America. He was not about preserving the Constitution. He was not about securing our border for safety for all Americans.  Tonight I realized that Ted Cruz was about Ted Cruz.

I thought that perhaps he would encourage America to vote for Donald Trump, because not voting for him was, in essence, a vote for Hillary Clinton. The ramifications of a Clinton win this November are so disturbing, it is really hard to fathom.  She will immediately place a Marxist/Socialist on the SCOTUS and tip the scales for the progressives.

Clinton will annihilate the 2nd Amendment and a major gun grab…

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Works righteousness and boasting excluded

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

27 Ποῦ οὖν ἡ καύχησις; ἐξεκλείσθη. διὰ ποίου νόμου; τῶν ἔργων; οὐχί, ἀλλὰ διὰ νόμου πίστεως. 28 λογιζόμεθα γὰρ δικαιοῦσθαι πίστει ἄνθρωπον χωρὶς ἔργων νόμου. 29 ἢ Ἰουδαίων ὁ θεὸς μόνον; οὐχὶ καὶ ἐθνῶν; ναὶ καὶ ἐθνῶν, 30 εἴπερ εἷς ὁ θεὸς ὃς δικαιώσει περιτομὴν ἐκ πίστεως καὶ ἀκροβυστίαν διὰ τῆς πίστεως. 31 νόμον οὖν καταργοῦμεν διὰ τῆς πίστεως; μὴ γένοιτο· ἀλλὰ νόμον ἱστάνομεν. (Romans 3:27-31 NA28)

27 Therefore, where is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of principle? Of works? No, but through a principle of faith. 28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law. 29 Or is God the God of the Jews only? Is he not the God of the Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcision by faith and the uncircumcision through faith…

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Erdogan: Friend of ISIS and Obama

Absolute Truth from the Word of God

erdogan and ISIS

The mainstream media will never tell the public the truth, if the truth might incriminate Barack Obama.  You have to dig for the truth. You must find credible websites whose owners and writers are not politically correct.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the PM of Turkey is a monster.  Many of my readers know that I believe that BHO is America’s monster. These men are close friends. When people have very close relationships, it is reasonable to assume that they are in agreement about important issues.

Dr. Daniel Pipes, president of Middle East Forum, is a well respected syndicated writer and speaker.  I have communicated with Daniel on numerous occasions. His articles are published in the Washington Times and in many other conservative news sources. ( Middle East Forum)

Turkish Support for ISIS

by Daniel Pipes
The Washington Times
June 18, 2014

The battle in Iraq consists of “Turkish-backed…

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Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:14-16 NASB)

In our continued look at the growing apostasy within evangelicalism, the more we dig, the more we are finding that those whom we have been suspecting of compromise for some time now, actually have been on that path longer than we suspected. I believe that we are just now discovering this for two reasons. No one was really looking in that direction and God is answering our prayers, opening the doors of information and…

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The Justification Controversy: A Guide for the Perplexed

Possessing the Treasure

As I have shared in my posts here on this blog, God saw fit to mature me in Christ and open my spiritual eyes and heart to the truth of His Sovereignty in all things back in 2004-2005.  It was during this time that I became what many flippantly call a ‘Calvinist.’  I prefer the term Reformation Theology. In any case, It was as I was growing up in the Doctrines of Grace that I also became an apologist for them through this ministry. That was eye-opening I must say. However, I digress. To be a good apologist I had to become more educated so I began buying and reading everything I could on these good doctrines. It was amazing. I found that I could base all of my discernment ministry within the bounds of Reformation Theology and address all heretical and apostate behavior within the visible church from a…

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Pagans uniting under the guise of Christianity – Ronnie Floyd included

Hillsong and Roman Catholicism have one thing in common: paganism.

Hillsong uniting with Roman Catholicism and the false social gospel (Part 4)

A Christian church is called to have its ministers boldly claim the Christian gospel of salvation as outlined in 1 Corinthians 15, and love Jesus by holding to his teachings. The leaders of Hillsong do neither but have united with Roman Catholicism and by doing so, to unite Christianity with paganism.

Here is another case of Hillsong attempting to get Christianity to unite with Rome. [Click here to see what Roman Catholicism still teaches about salvation.]

These people who are pushing for this unity aren’t demonstrating love for God and His bride. If they loved God, they would love his Word. Instead they are encouraging Christianity to throw out Jesus Christ’s Word, turn their back on being his disciples and be amalgamated for the sake of unity.

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Turkey’s Military Coup Against Islamist Erdogan Fails and Obama is Celebrating

Absolute Truth from the Word of God


Remember the Arab Spring?  Watch the video below to clearly understand that this uprising was no spontaneous event. It was orchestrated by Obama, Hillary Clinton and George Soros.  Their goal is very simple:  They want all Middle East countries to be ruled by Islamists like Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Secular governments must go!

Click below to read my article on the Arab Spring:

Obama Orchestrated the Arab Spring and Failed

The attempted Military Coup in Turkey

As this attempted coup was taking place in Turkey to overthrow the Islamist government of Erdogan, Obama made a statement that he backs this “Democratically elected president” of Turkey.  Of course he does!  Erdogan is an Islamist and he has increased his power in Turkey in the last few months.

What many people do not understand is that the constitution of Turkey is not Islamist. Erdogan has been chipping away at the…

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