Fulfillment-Based Victory (Part 1)

THE new www.VictoryWordsOnline.com website is up and running and in our first podcast, Larry Siegle presents the basis for “Fulfillment-Based Victory” not as a theory, but as a way of life!  The Bible provides answers to life’s most difficult questions and knowing that we have a relationship with the God who created all things can be the key to finding peace, happiness and victory–even when it seems as though all is lost.

Join Larry Siegle for part 1 of his message, on the teaching program, Victory Words

http://victorywordsonline.podbean.com/

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The Acknowledgement of Extremes

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THE PURPOSE of this article is to acknowledge and to discuss the fact that extremes do exist within the framework of biblical preterism. [1]  In recent years, a zealous host of “former” preterists has arisen, shielded within the ranks of Futurist evangelical “orthodoxy” and determined to destroy that for which they once rejoiced and gladly endured the reproach and disdain of their contemporaries–the same ones who now congratulate their departure from such a “damnable heresy.” Read the rest of this entry »

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The Law of Faith in Operation

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OPERATION of the Law of Faith in action is evidenced throughout the Scriptures in a variety of ways.  The best definition of faith is simply that of, “taking God at His Word.” Sometimes faith seems reasonable–from a human standpoint, in other instances, not so much.  There is no “magic formula” or “sacred incantation” associated with the operation of faith in the lives of God’s dealings with people.

One great Biblical example of the operation of faith is associated with a great Commander of the army of Syria–Naaman who had been victorious in battle with the help of the Lord (II Kings 5:1).  Naaman was afflicted with leprosy–a terrible, disfiguring, skin disease (v. 1) for which there was no known cure at the time.

A “young girl” who is not named in the Scriptures, who had been abducted from the land of Israel, suggested to the wife of the Commander that there was a Prophet of God in Samaria who could heal Naaman of his awful disease (v. 2-4).  A letter was sent from Naaman to the King of Israel regarding the matter and the message reached the ears of Elisha, “the man of God” (v. 5-8), accompanied by expensive gifts from the King of Syria (v. 5). Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas: What About It?

christmas[EDITOR:  A recent article on the “Anti-Preterist” website posted an article about Preterists and the celebration of Christmas–or the lack thereof on the past of some.  It was the contention of the author that Preterists reject the observance of Christmas and therefore are somehow “off” in their theology as a result.  The article was full of unsubstantiated claims which deserve appropriate comment.]

The observance, or non-observance of calander holidays falls into the realm of individual conscience and therefore is a matter of opinion rather than a matter of “faith.”  It falls into the same category as those issues raised by the apostle Paul in Romans 14:1-23 in the realm and context of Christian liberty.  In this passage, the apostle Paul addresses specifically those during the first century C.E. who were troubled over matters of “disputes over opinions” (14:1), related dietary issues and the observance of certain “days” (14:2, 6). Read the rest of this entry »

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Come and See

This is a devotional video with a song recorded in the mid-80’s…  The name of the artist is Bob Bennett, entitled “Come and See”

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New Covenant Believers

baptismThere is no time so joyful as that of when a gathering of Christians witness the celebration of one who has accepted Christ as Lord and who enters into a relationship with Him by faith.

Like eschatology, the Bible teaching in response to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” is enshrouded in both mystery and controversy–not because it involves some “secret” rite of initiation, but rather because the process of faith transcends the limitations of human understanding (Isa. 55:8, 9; Phil. 4:7; I Cor. 2:9).

For some, salvation is understood to take place “at the point of faith” through a supernatural and direct act of the Holy Spirit on the human heart.  Others would include both “faith and repentance” together as inseparable works of grace, wholly and completely apart from any human response of activity–“not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Eph. 2:8-10).  Still others would argue the importance of making a public “confession” or “profession” or faith as an essential element of entering into a Covenant relationship with Almighty God (Acts 8:37; Rom. 10:9, 10).  Lastly are those who would affirm that baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins” (Acts 2:38) is the act that consummates faith and removes one from the realm of spiritual death and separation from God into the resurrection of life “in Christ” (Rom. 6:3-5; Gal. 3:26, 27). Read the rest of this entry »

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When Paradise is Restored at Last

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SOMEDAY leaving this world behind and again being reunited with our loved ones in Heaven is a hope shared by millions of people.  How wonderful the prospect is of being in a place where there is no tears, no pain, no human suffering because “the former things have passed away”!–Rev. 21:4

Likewise, many understand the prospect of someday  experiencing  “Heaven on Earth” during the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ with “all nations” flowing into the City of God–the New Jerusalem that “comes down from God, out of heaven” (Isa. 2:2-4; Rev. 21:2) as part of the predicted “new heavens and a new earth” (Isa. 65:17; 66:22; II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:1).  As the old hymn says, “…what a day of rejoicing that will be!”  The restored paradise will be free from the effects of sin, suffering, disease and death.  Even the animal kingdom is once again restored to its original condition of peace and harmony–Isa. 11:6-9; 65:25; Hos. 2:18 Read the rest of this entry »

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