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Flying, Running, or Walking?

28 January 2024

Walking by Faith

Dear Friend,

Photo of two walker silhouetted against a fiery sunset.Answer: Walking!1

The way in which the Lord is moving us right now is exhilarating. And a bit scary at times (to be honest). And confusing, insofar as the way forward is often fogbound. If our transition to Florida seems slow to onlookers (and to us!), it’s because we’re walking.

Have you ever noticed how Isaiah 40:31 is backwards from how a human being would have written it?

But they that wait upon the Lord
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint.

If this verse had been a [continue reading…]

Action, Reaction, and Counteraction!

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by
Percy Gutteridge

Scripture Reading: Acts 12 nkjv

Title tile for 'Action, Reaction, Counteraction!'Learn this simple, yet profound,
spiritual principle.2

Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover.

5Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.

7Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.

11And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”

Prayer

Come, Holy Ghost, for moved by Thee
The prophets wrote and spoke;
Unlock the truth, Thyself the key,
Unseal the sacred book.3

A Great Principle

It’s time to share about a profound, underlying spiritual principle of God, a spiritual law revealed in Scripture and confirmed in personal experience. This principle is one of the great factors that underlie His dealings with the universe. If you learn it, you will find it to be a tremendous blessing to you in the future; it will be a great comfort and consolation, and it will act as a bulwark of your faith.

I’m going to call this great spiritual principle [continue reading…]

The Testimonies of the Three “Invisibles”

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series The Curious Corners of Christmas

The Curious Corners of Christmas
Chapter: The Testimonies of the Three “Invisibles”

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by
Jim Kerwin

Bigger Than a Single Night!

Title tile for 'The Testimonies of the Three Invisibles'All three of them
have been hidden in plain sight,
especially the “treasurer”!

The story of Jesus’ birth is so big that it can’t be forced into a single night. The narrative of the entrance of mankind’s promised Deliverer is so powerful that it requires a stage far grander than a small stable in the City of David.

Over the preceding chapters, we’ve had to expand our Christmas timeline concept quite a bit. We thought that our immediate interest would be focused on the night of Jesus’ birth. But then, as we have read carefully, we realize that Matthew wants to start as far back as the life of Abraham (almost 2000 b.c., in Matthew 1:2ff); and that same Apostle also takes the story ahead to the visit of the magi, and the family’s nick-of-time refugee-escape to Egypt, perhaps as late as two years after that celebrated night in the stable. Of the actual night of the Birth, Matthew spares less than [continue reading…]

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

Fanny Crosby
(1820-1915)

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
Borne in a song to me,
Over the fields of glory,
Over the jasper sea.

Chorus:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding [continue reading…]

Giving Thanks for a Life

30 November 2023

Dear Friend,

    • For if you were to have countless tutors in Christ, yet you would not have many fathers…
    • 1 Corinthians 4:15 NASB

In Memoriam: Dr. Ray Rempt (1943-2023)

Dr. Raymond D. Rempt in 1972This photo of Ray Rempt was taken during our wedding in 1972.1

A dear brother called me the day after American Thanksgiving last week to tell me someone important in our lives — Dr. Raymond D. Rempt — had at last been released to be with Jesus three days earlier.

For those of you who didn’t know Denise and me in the early 1970s, Ray’s life was intertwined with ours for over ten years. Within two months of my salvation in 1968, he became my youth pastor. His role evolved to pastor, counselor, and finally friend and co-worker. It was Ray who shared — in no uncertain terms! — that going to Bible school would ruin me; so I didn’t. (The Holy Spirit immediately [continue reading…]

3: The Lordship of Jesus and the Correlate of Kurios

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series The John the Baptist Experience: Book 3

The John the Baptist Experience
Book 3: The Fellowship of the Forerunner
Chapter 3: The Lordship of Jesus
and the Correlate of Kúrios

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by
Jim Kerwin

The Meaning of the Title Kúrios

Title tile for 'The Lordship of Jesus and the Correlate of Kurios“You can’t have one without the other…”2

Before we can truly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus, before we can enter into all that His Lordship means, we must understand lordship and embrace it fully and personally. Sometimes we can better comprehend a concept by looking at its opposite, but in the case of the title LordKúrios (κύριος) in Greek  in the New Testament — we might see more clearly if we investigate the correlate of Kúrios.

The phrase “the correlate of Kúrios” in our chapter title sounds like the name of a spacey science-fiction thriller or the title of some silly sword-and-sorcery saga. Although many Christians might not have heard the phrase, once they find out what “the correlate” is, our phrase may sound even [continue reading…]

DD1: “All Flesh Is As Grass”

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series The John the Baptist Experience: Book 2

The John the Baptist Experience
Book 2: The Extraordinary Message
Deeper Dive #1: “All Flesh Is As Grass”

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by
Jim Kerwin

Title tile for 'All Flesh Is As GrassNews alert:
“The one who dies with the most toys loses!
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It All Comes to an End

Sometimes when we approach a subject, it’s best to launch into it in a state of heart reflection. Often an insightful poem, either secular or sacred, can set the tone. As an epigraph for this chapter, we’ll start with one work which is famous, and end our topic with a poem which should be famous:

Ozymandias

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two [continue reading…]

The Fear of Thee

Frederick W. Faber
(1814-1863)

My fear of Thee, O Lord, exults
Like life within my veins,
A fear which rightly claims to be
One of love’s sacred pains.

Thy goodness to Thy saints of old
An awful thing appeared;
For were Thy majesty less good
Much less would it be feared.

There is no joy the soul can meet
Upon life’s various road
Like the sweet fear [continue reading…]

I Love, I Love My Master

Fanny Crosby
(1820-1915)

  • 5And if the servant shall plainly say, “I love my master… I will not go out free:” 6Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever..
  • Exodus 21:5-6 kjv


“I love, I love my Master,
I will not go out free,”
For He is my Redeemer;
He paid the price for me.
I would not leave His service,
It is so sweet and blest,
And in the [continue reading…]

Learning to Be Content in Limbo

28 October 2023

Dear Friend,

Title tile showing a small sandbar in a vast oceanI’m in the process of learning “to be content
in whatever circumstances I am.”1

I’m way behind the apostle Paul’s learning curve, especially when he says, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am” (Philippians 4:11). But I am learning and accepting, however slowly. Don’t get me wrong — I’m glad to be here in Florida helping family. But, honestly, I’ve been homesick. I can’t remember a time when I’ve been away from home more than about five weeks at a time. Now it’s been over ten weeks. In fact, I was half-heartedly hanging up the crepe streamers for a “pity party” when the Lord had me encounter these words from Madame Guyon:

To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in ev’ry clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any source, since God is there.

While place we seek, or place we shun,
The soul finds happiness [continue reading…]

Oh Thou, by Long Experience Tried

Jeanne-Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
(1648-1717)
translated from the French by
William Cowper
(1731-1800)

also known by its original title of
The Soul That Loves God
Finds Him Everywhere

Oh Thou, by long experience tried,
Near whom no grief can long abide;
My Love! How full of sweet content
I pass my years of banishment!

All scenes alike engaging prove
To souls impressed with sacred love;
Where’er they dwell, they dwell in Thee,
In heav’n, in earth, or on the sea.

To me remains nor place nor time;
My country is in [continue reading…]

01: Preparing the Field

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series The John the Baptist Experience: Book 2

The John the Baptist Experience
Book 2: The Extraordinary Message
Chapter 1: Preparing the Field

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by
Jim Kerwin

First the Messenger,
Now the Message!

Title tile for 'Coming to Grips with Kingship and Collective AmnesiaThere’s another way to think
about Messiah’s way-preparing herald —
as the field-preparing plowman
for the Seed Planter!
2

In The Exceptional Messenger, the first book in this The John the Baptist Experience series, we focused on the remarkable anticipation God created concerning the role, the mission, and the results of His prophesied Forerunner, John the Baptist. In Exceptional, we came to understand something about how unique, how pivotal John was in God’s prophetic plans and timetable, as in Spirit-filled power he prepared the hearts for Jesus’ earthly ministry.

But now it’s time to turn our attention to what John proclaimed during his mighty, meteoric [continue reading…]

Blessèd Assurance

Fanny Crosby
(1820-1915)

  • The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God…
  • Romans 8:16 nasb
  • For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
  • 1 Thessalonians 1:5 kjv

Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Chorus:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect [continue reading…]

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series The John the Baptist Experience: Book 2

The John the Baptist Experience
Book 2: The Extraordinary Message
Chapter 2: Coming to Grips with Kingship
and Collective Amnesia

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by
Jim Kerwin

The Downsides of Democracy

Title tile for 'Coming to Grips with Kingship and Collective AmnesiaCan we forget what we never learned?
How can the phrase “Kingdom of God”
mean anything if we don’t really know
what a king is?

If the message of John the Baptist was a plow to prepare heart-soil, then the sharp, sod-busting point of his plow’s blade was summed up in this simple phrase: Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand!

Yet how little impact those nine words have on us, because we understand neither the word “King” nor the word “repent” as we should. Although “repent” is the first word, let’s first focus on the why of, the motivation for, repentance — the King and His Kingdom. Then we’ll follow up with that most important subject of repentance.

As wonderful as it is to live with the freedoms guaranteed in a democratic republic,2 democracy has a decided downside for Bible readers. Living as we do under a government in which we can [continue reading…]