A Note from Les: Dear Friends:
A Note from Les: Dear Friends:Once again, we take this opportunity to respond to the hundreds of letters that we cannot answer personally. We try to answer all those with specific questions and, as first priority, answer those who have questions about their salvation, Our hearts go out to those of you who have lost a loved one or who are experiencing other hardships, such as major health problems, job loss, or marital problems in your family. Our prayers go up every morning on your behalf - that God may comfort and keep you in your hour of need.
Our travel itinerary is falling into place, so we hope to see and meet many of you face-to-face. We will be in Florida in March; Indiana and Ohio in May; Oklahoma City in June (the 8th); North Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia in August; and Minnesota and Wisconsin in September.
We thank you so much for your prayers and financial support, Sometimes our faith is tested when, at mid-month, it seems we will not have sufficient funds to pay the bills – but then, Praise the Lord, here it comes, and Laura can say once again, "Dad, the bills are a paid." We serve a wonderful God of Grace!
A Note from Iris:I am happy to report that we have had a beautiful winter season so far (and it seems like most of you have also had good winter weather), and we have not had to buy extra hay for the cows. Now they are beginning to calve so Spring must be getting close! So far, so good. The Lord has been good and we pray His blessings on this year's calf crop as well as the hay. We thank all of you for your prayers on our behalf in these areas. Les and I are both far beyond retirement age but enjoy the busy ranch as well as the very busy ministry. We get our physical exercise from the ranch, and our spiritual food and strength (as well as plenty of mental exercise) from the ministry. We need them all, and praise the Lord for our good health and the many, many other blessings.
A Note from Laura:We thank you all so very much for being a part of this ministry. It would not do much good for Les to teach if there were no listeners, or people supporting with prayer and finances enabling him to do so. It really is humbling to know that so many of you remember us daily in your prayers and support us faithfully. We truly thank you and thank the Lord for you.
I want to thank you all for using your memo lines or notes to make my job easier and to also thank you for your patience when we sometimes make a mistake or take a little longer than we would like to get your orders sent to you. We do now have a new helper out here in the office - the first non-family member of our staff. Her name is Cheryl Sexton and she was definitely sent by God! I have enjoyed working with her and she will be learning more and more about our office and the workings of it.
For those of you interested in our financial condition, I would like to report that we came into the new year with $3,000.00 in the bank. God never ceases to amaze us in meeting our financial needs!!! As always, 100% of your donated dollars goes directly back into TV and Radio, as well as approximately 10% of the money from product sales. The rest of the money from product sales is used to pay all of the ministry expenses - including video, audio and book production.
Some of our other big expenses include office supplies, postage, and the newsletter production/mailings. We also have a ministry within the ministry that most of you are probably not aware of which includes a prison ministry, a Haitian ministry, and other outreaches (including sending all of our audios to a radio station in Africa as well and giving our products to other ministries - the latest being all the books to be used in a a ministry in India. So, we thank you again for the part you play in spreading the precious Word to many, many others.
What In The World
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
These words were spoken by the Lord during his earthly ministry so, of course, they apply to Israel in the closing days of the tribulation leading up to His second coming. Naturally, these momentous events cannot happen overnight.
Since about 1900, the world has been operating in preparation mode. As we look back, everything has been setting the stage for these frightening events. World War 1, the war to end all wars, brought human suffering and death to more people than at any time previous. A short time later - World War II - deja vu, only multiplied many times over. And here in America, where we've remained relatively secure, enjoying lifestyles like no other nation in history, we are suddenly awakened by death and destruction on our soil in the form of the terrible events of 9-11; and, as a nation, had our faith and patriotism rekindled. But, already, we are slipping back into a malaise that says in so many words, "It can't happen again."
However, like it or not, we are no longer an island unto ourselves. Everything is now globally connected. Consequently, we cannot ignore the turmoil over most of South America, The Philippines, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Balkans, much of Africa, and lastly, but by no means least, the impossible situation in Israel and the Middle East. No way can America solve the problems in all these areas. And yet, sooner or later, it will affect us. Our only hope is the Blessed Hope - Titus 2:13 - "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."
Pray without ceasing for the Lord's return, lest we find ourselves in the pain, death and destruction that, for the most part, has not yet reached our shores.
Question / Answer
Question: We have had numerous people ask again lately about the Sabbath, so we are doing a reprint in response to the question, "Does God require us to keep the Sabbath?"
Answer: In the beginning, after 6 days of creating and bringing Adam on the scene, God rested the 7th day.
There is nothing in scripture to indicate that Adam, or anyone else, kept the Sabbath. It was never mentioned until God gave it to Israel as part of the Covenant of Law. Then, it was to be a day of rest for man and beast alike. (Leviticus 23:3)
It was a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:12-17). Since we are under Grace and not Law, the Sabbath Day has no place in our experience. It, with all the other ordinances and laws, was crucified with Christ. (Colossians, 2:14)
Never was the Sabbath changed to Sunday. The first day is never called the Sabbath. It was merely the day, in view of the resurrection, that the early church came together. (I Corinthians 16:2 and Acts 20:7)
Romans 14: 5 and 6 makes it plain that no one day is to be above any other. But, our Lord is our all-in-all, seven days a week, not just one. (Col 2:16 and 17)
The newsletters that are sent to reader's by regular mail always contain the upcoming seminar schedule, the TV and radio schedule, the class schedule, and the ministry's contact information. But on this web site, all of this information is kept current on their own pages at these four links. To avoid confusion, the older information that is less up to date has been removed from the newsletters that are placed on-line.
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