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Have you ever been the victim of deep sorrow and trauma at the hands of a Diotrephes? (3rd John 1:9-10). Have you ever had your marriage, family, church, and friendships split at the hands of divisive brethren? (Rom. 16:17-18). Were you ever in such pain that you fell to your knees begging God for answers because evil workers crept in unnoticed (Jude 1:4), took advantage of your kindness and benevolence, burnt the house down, and blamed you for it? Were malicious words utilized against you in secrecy? Did a wolf in sheep's clothing creep in through the window and enter the homes of your loved ones to recruit them against you with whispers and gossip, embellishments, and deception? (Jude 1:16). Were you the unfortunate recipient of fellow brethren siding with the culprits, even after you had given them factual evidence proving your witnessed case? Did you see those you love and ministered to devoured by the tactics of wickedness, flattery, and intimidation? Did you realize how God showed you the wisdom to discern who was truly your friend and who was only masquerading? Did these things happen to you from those you loved the most? Were you pushed out or forced to withdraw from toxic individuals whose behavior drenches in self-righteousness, pride, control, hypocrisy, bold-faced lies, and psychological manipulation? Have you witnessed the facade of these evil workers who only allowed you to know what they wanted you to know of them, never open and transparent with their past (Phil. 3:2), how they portray themselves in a certain way to charm you into their corrupt ambitions? (Phil. 1:17). Did you recognize how these Pharisaical brutes can create law, find you guilty, and condemn you, though the same law they created somehow does not apply to them? Have you been able to see how everything they accuse you of, they are indeed guilty of practicing? Those you thought were your closest allies in the faith? Have you ever experienced the trials that come when you have all the evidence to prove your innocence, yet some choose to side with the lies that came from the hands of cunning slanderers? Have brethren you tried to reach out to for help told you, "Just get over it and get along?" Have brethren you thought loved you distanced themselves from you due to the lies of a most deceiving individual? Could you see that these ignorant brethren would have told and done the same thing to Jesus regarding the Sanhedrin? Paul to Alexander the coppersmith? Gaius and Demetrius to Diotrephes? Have you ever been found begging God for forgiveness because you didn't understand what happened? Have you tried to make sense of the attack? Have you done everything you could to help fix the issue but it was too late and hardened minds prevailed? Have you been humbled by learning the lesson? Did you recognize your weakness taken advantage of? Has God blessed you abundantly while devils continue to devour themselves in destruction?

Much more could be said, but if all this sounds very familiar to you, you've been blessed with the insight to discern greater evils than most can, for one must have gone through such temptations to know how deep it goes. It is our loving service to have you reach out to us if you seek like-minded understanding, for there might be no ministries to help people live through this most challenging reality. Find out why and how evil people (at times "best friends" or family) caused so much chaos, learn to prevent it from ever happening again, reach out, and know you are not alone.

The Scriptures and the love of faithful brethren saved us from falling away and remaining hidden in fear, knowing we were not the only victims.

"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." - Peter.
Your servant,

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You've fallen asleep comfy in your bed, and a fire started in your house. You wake to panic as you become aware of your surroundings, trapped by a wall of lavalike heat. You find yourself in danger, where smoke and flames threaten your life. Your neighbors were capable of seeing the threat and had since called for help. The firefighters arrive on the scene and immediately find you in your bedroom--time for a rescue. Are you yet seen in a location of satety? No, not yet. There still needs to be a transfer from the site of dakness, smoke, and fire to an area of light, fresh air, and safety. And so the firefighters guide you out of certain death into a secure location. You have now been saved, not without damage, trauma, and loss. But you've gained your life and get to learn fowared another day.

You've become idle in your sinful behavior and practices. You wake to panic as you become aware of your eternal punishment. A neighbor cares for you enough to share Jesus with you. Will you obey the gospel?

The reception of forgivness was the desired result of all who willfully gave their lives to Christ, submissive to His spiritual operation (Col. 2:11-12). Paul, the apostle, speaking to his brethren in Colossae, was accurate in reminding them of their reconciliation. And how the Word of God they had chosen to hear produced fruit for the Kingdom. The Kingdom was God's preplanned location where all found within would have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

A domain needs a King, Christ Jesus. A Kingdom has boundaries, borders, law and order, and justice. This Kingdom is of a peculiar kind, and we should all seek first legal citizenry (Mt. 6:33). His Kingdom is the body, the church (Col. 2:1,18,24). The body for it has organic members all united for the purposed function--the church fo its assembly, it's family. The way in? Being a repentant believer confessing Christ, immersed into water calling on His name, in order to receive the forgiveness of your sins, being added to His Kingdom, local assembly (i.e. "rescued, transferred, redeemed"). 

This good news of Jesus Christ "was proclaimed in all creation" to give humankind a way out of the flames and sinful consequences. And we are wise to hear its call.

Is your house on fire?

Ref. Colossians 2:13-24

Your servant,




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