About Holly

I am a Christian first, attempting to follow Christ daily (failing sometimes), grateful always for new mercies. I am not looking for a new title, I am happy to be called after the name of Christ.  

Christ alone is my righteousness, wisdom, sanctification, redemption, all glory goes to Him – 1 Cor 1:30-31.  (In simple words, it means that all things that are good in me, are solely due to the fact that Christ took my place in death on the cross for my sins, and all of His perfection and goodness is attributed to me. Only because of what He has done for me, and I believed Him).  

Many people call themselves Christians, yet may have never believed the good news apart from some addition of works. They haven’t understood, that eternal life is not received based on what they do, but only by faith in who He is and what He did — that Christ died and paid the penalty in full for our sin debt (the wages of sin is death) in full. Many still feel they must DO something, or STOP something, or PROMISE something in the future, in order to receive His free gift of everlasting life (or to prove they are saved). Whether good works or not, we cannot add any of that to the one condition of believing His testimony of His Son (1 Jn 6:9-13). 

When we believe, we are freely given eternal life, (and His Spirit), which means we have everlasting life now, and it is free. No one can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28-29), including us so-called walking away. We are given to Him, He ransomed up, He PURCHASED us by His blood. He will not lose us because we are His.

  • Do they not blaspheme that NOBLE NAME by which you are called? (James 2:7)
  • And the disciples were first called CHRISTIANS in Antioch. (Acts 11:26c)
  • Yet if anyone suffers as a CHRISTIAN, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter.  I Peter 4:16

To pay the bills, I dealt in art most of my life, and am a mother to many (10). I also am a new grandmother to 11 going on 12 — all within the last few years (2021). My desire is to try to walk worthy of the One who has done so much for me. John 8:31-32; Luke 10:38-42; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 2:15; 2 Tim 3:13-17 are some good Scriptures to consider to help you do the same.

We reject lordship (better called load-ship) doctrine. We do not reject Him as Lord (as they falsely claim), but the teaching of lordship doctrine is religious legalism — simply adding loads too heavy to lift, for people before, during or after the gospel. It will be explained more thoroughly here on this site.

We also reject the teachings of reformed, Calvinist, Arminian, Hebrew Roots, Signs and Wonders, Word of Faith, etc.

We do believe in the eternal security of the believer (some call OSAS). The Bible explains it as being given the free gift of eternal life (Rom 6:23). We believe what He says — that we shall ‘never perish’. We are kept eternally by His Power not our works. We reject the reformed teaching of perseverance of the saints’ (the “P” in T.U.L.I.P.). John MacArthur says that ‘P’ is synonymous with Loadship. Perseverance of the Saints is not the same as eternal security or being eternally secure in Him. We reject all teachings of those who teach otherwise (Rom 16:17-18).

Eternal life is what the gospel of salvation is about, and if they are not saved from the eternal penalty of death, what were they saved from? After we have believed, we should absolutely become disciples which comes about as we cooperate not only to be in His Word, but to take heed to it.

The Bible

The Bible, in its original documents, is the inspired Word of God, the written record of His supernatural revelation of Himself to man, absolute in its authority, complete in its revelation, final in its content and without any errors in its statements. 2 Tim 2:15, Exo 24:12, Exo 32:16, Exo 34:27, Prov 30:5-6, Jer 30:1-2, Mat 5:18, Luke 1:68-70, Luke 24:25-27, John 10:35. (taken from, we are in agreement with their S.O.F.)


We are not mid-Acts dispensationalists, nor latter Acts ultra-dispensationalists, but one might see as more traditionally dispensational. We believe the church began in Acts 2 as the Holy Spirit began to baptize people into it, to the Jew first then the Greek. We believe they have over-divided and in so doing, have divided up the apostles, Jewish and Gentile Believers, and done disservice to the one new man that God intended in the church (Eph 2:11-18; Col 2:13-15). We do see the distinction between Israel and the church in the Scriptures and are not replacement theology or supersessionists.   

Outer Darkness

I personally reject Outer Darkness as a future form of punishment for unfaithful believers, whether church or later Saints. We may consider discussing it if one wants to discuss with the Scriptures alone, but without any unkindness or snarkiness. I realize some of the free grace community espouse this teaching in various forms. We are aware of the teaching, so no need to refer me to their books or others. I likely have read them 🙂 Their arguments did not convince me, I did not agree with their conclusion, I believe keeping Israel and Tribulation and Sheep and Goat judgments separate will help someone come to that conclusion. Of course there is only one correct way to view it, and yet there are several viewpoints within the teaching itself. Clearly they all must think they are correct to teach it, but only the Lord’s Word is truth, so each of us must keep studying it, interpret it literal when literal, and ask, ‘who does this speak to’? Who is the servant? How can a servant be weeping and gnashing their teeth once they have received an eternal body? Unless they have an eternal unsaved body? He will wipe away all of our tears, so that’s the understanding that fits for me at the present time. But I do know and understand how He tends to teach us from His Word as we are willing to apply ourselves, and do it with His approval as our goal.

Pre-tribulation Rapture

We are pre-tribulational, although we have some brethren that are mid-trib or pre-wrath believers. We do not divide over the timing of the rapture unless one is divisive in their stance regarding it. However we firmly hold to it and believe we can defend it.


Not really something we get into other than to call evil evil. We are not against speaking of politics or against evil practices with sound speech that cannot be condemned. We are conservative believers, but do not believe that it is likely we will see a truly good man until the Son of David sits on the throne. We do appreciate what politicians do that is right, and we pray for them.

Our stance; Pray for all men (1 Tim 2:1-6), God first and His gospel (not social or CRT), but the His Gospel which is the power of God unto salvation. His gospel is shared in 1 Cor 15, Christ died for our sins, He was buried in our place, and rose again from the dead in three days, as the Scriptures had already prophesied all these things aforetime (Rom 15:4). Only God can give or take up life. Jesus took His life back up again, as He prophesied in advance He would do, proving He is God in the flesh, had victory over sin, death, and the grave (John 10:17-18; 1 Cor 15:50-57). If you will believe upon Him as your Savior, you will be given the free gift of eternal life and you will never perish, nor ever be lost.

Making Disciples

We need to make disciples of believers, not try to make disciples of non-believers. Get them the gospel first, then point people to Christ and His Word so they can then be disciples (Lk 10:38-42). They need to be taught to continue in His Word (John 8:31-32). That is the simplest thing you can do. Help feed His sheep (John 20:15-17; Is 55:10-11).

We need to give Biblical admonitions and prayer for believers to walk in the Spirit. We need to commend believers and ELDERS to the Word of His grace (Acts 20:32). I wish so many church pastors and teachers would lay off the quoting of men so much, and just teach the Word. We are to call evil EVIL, (especially within the professing church), but many do not get that right now. We do not judge the world (1 Cor 5:12-13), however we obey God and speak His Word in love.

About Admin John Innc


My name is John. I have been a regular reader and poster at for a few years. Jack and Bruce have asked me to help them with administration of the site, and to provide commentary when I can. (And I asked John to also join us here as an admin. John also runs his own website at

I have been a believer for about seven years (about 12 since he wrote this), though I was raised in Southern Baptist Churches. I have been married to Jane for over thirty years, and have two teenage children.

I have worked in accounting and finance for more than thirty years, and received a BS in Business Administration. I don’t have any formal Bible training, but am anxious to learn as much as I can.

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Thanks.  John

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I believe the Bible in it’s original languages is the infallible Word of God, the final authority to all matters of life (and death), and was another tremendous gift from the Lord. I believe it is fully sufficient for all we need (2 Tim 3:15-17).

KJV – Onlyism

While many may prefer or only use the KJV, we do not follow after onlyism or double inspiration, please refrain from that argument here.

The Trinity

I believe in the Trinity, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, God in three persons. Jesus is God and while on this earth, was fully God and fully man. Only Jehovah is Savior, and Jesus is testified to in God’s Word as Messiah and Savior. Therefore, Jesus is God.

Using the Word of God

I believe Jesus gave us a good example of how to answer others, “It is written” (Matt 4), we live by every word that proceeds out of His mouth.  We should be ready with a defense, in both meekness and fear (1 Pet 3:15). The Word is the Sword in our armor, it is what should be used to answer not just the enemy, but all who are lost. Somehow the new move in this world, is to ‘speak our own words’ vs. the Word of God so that we are not a ‘Pharisee’.  No, a Pharisee does not have God’s Word abiding in them because they don’t believe… this is the trouble. They did not HEAR His Word (John 5:37-40). They were not WILLING to come to Him that they might have life.


The Just shall live by faith – the Gospel

1 Cor 15:1-11 (actually 3-4) declares the gospel to believers who had been led astray again. He is the only one way to be saved, and what we must believe about the gospel can be found there. We are justified by faith (belief) in this; that Christ died for our sins (we are sinners and need a Savior, He is the ONLY way – Jn 14:6). That He was buried and rose again, proving He was God and fulfilling Messianic prophecies, proving His Word was true. His miracles witnessed of who He was (attested by God). His resurrection assures us that we too will live again, and that when we believe on Jesus and what He has done in our place (as the only way to be saved), we have passed from death into life already (Jn 5:24). By His resurrection we know Christ had the victory over sin, death and the grave, so we have not believed in vain (1 Cor 15:50-57), we too will rise again.

We must believe on Christ alone for our righteousness, we can add nothing to the equation, and in fact we had better not, or we are still seeking to establish our own instead of relying on His (Rom 10:3-4; 1 Cor 1:30-31).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.     Romans 5:1-5

(THE GOSPEL-click here)

I stand with preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  Believing in the power of the foolish message that it pleased God to save man by, we should be determined to preach the cross not with wisdom of (man’s) words, lest the cross of Christ be made of none effect.  (I Cor 1:17-18; I Cor 2:2-5).

Many preachers have forgotten the POWER of this foolish message (or never believed it), and trust in their own words, gimmicks or church-speak. Or worse, they add works to it (stating they are trying to weed out or prevent false conversions). Unfortunately they are subtly corrupting minds from the message (II Cor 11:1-4). They seem to have forgotten we shall not come into condemnation.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  John 5:24

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.  I Cor 1:21

Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God, so we must preach the Word in and out of season. We plant and water, but we never know when the Lord will give the increase. But you will never have a harvest if you do not plant. (Rom 10:17, 2 Tim 4:2; 1 Cor 3:6, Ecc 11:1-4)

The meaning of Repentance

The word repent/repentance does not mean repenting from sin. Please see the extensive articles here, I suggest you start with this first one by Ron Shea.

Repenting from sin, or Turning from sin, or promises of turning from sin in your future, are not in the Gospel, and are works and should not be added as necessary works to be saved.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. This statement of Faith at is the same as what we believe.

See more here by Pastor Hank Lindstrom of Bibleline Ministries

Try also Thomas Cucuzza’s article on Repentance here


Sometimes we are waiting for the perfect timing, but we should trust God’s Word, it will not return void (Is 55:10-11), and get out there and plant or water trusting Him for the increase.

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.  If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.  He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.  Ecc 11:1-4

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?   And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  Rom 10:14-15

Other Doctrines

We should never think of men beyond what is written (1 Cor 4:6).  And we should always prove all things by holding fast to that which is good (1 Thess 5:21), be noble, search to see if what others say is true.  Check all references in context to see if someone is using the Scriptures rightly.  Bad doctrine will keep believers in bondage — fallen from grace, or will keep the lost from finding Christ — both are tragic.


Besides grieving us deeply (hopefully this is the way it affects you when you hear false teaching of any kind), I believe the Word shows every believer’s responsibility to judge the fruits of bad doctrine because of the great purchase price of the blood of Christ.

We need to expose the unfruitful deeds of darkness (Eph 5:11) prove all things (I Thess 5:21), test the spirits (I John 4:1), search the Scriptures to see if what they say is true(Acts 17:11), warn others (Acts 20:29-31mark and avoid the false (Rom 16:17-18), not partake in their evil deeds (2 John 1:9-11). LEADERS (Overseers) should be warning and taking heed to the flock, declaring God’s whole counsel, commending their flock to God and His Word (instead of constantly quoting other men). Does your pastor defend the clear gospel (Phil 1:7,17)?  If not, you might ask him why or you may need to leave.

We are living in perilous times. (2 Tim 3:1-9), so we should all warn (carefully and prayerfully). They draw away followers after themselves, and blaspheme the way of truth (2 Pet 2:1-3).

Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.  Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.  Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.  And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.    Acts 20:26-32

I also believe that there are MANY deceivers (as His Word says) and MANY deceived.  And that we as the church are much to blame as we have stood by and watched in the name of false ‘unity’ or because we’d rather ‘just pray’ or (as one sadly told me), think you are too spiritually mature to be deceived. Yes pray, and please speak the truth in love, and if you think you’ve arrived maturity-wise, then by all means, warn others, what is the point of being able to discern between good and evil, if you do not do it for the entire body.

As Eve was deceived by the subtilty of the serpent, (2 Cor 11) so can we also be deceived, and we can also put up with those who are corrupting minds from the simplicity that is in Christ.  Don’t be guilty of that — be Bereans and constantly be searching the scriptures to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11).

If you would like to know more, below are some good LINKS on Statements of faith and doctrine with which I agree: (As always, prove all things, search the Scriptures to see if these things are so! Look up the Scriptures in context!)







My Testimony is His Testimony

Always ongoing… I love Him because He first loved me, and I have plenty of sanctification left to be done.  I was not an overnight success story (unfortunately in many ways I regret), but on the other hand, my job is to move close to the Lord and His Word, so He can show me more about His will, and who He is.  He will instruct me, counsel me, give me wisdom, help me grow in Grace, sanctify and cleanse me, teach me His ways through studying with His approval in mind…

By God’s grace and mercy, I had fallen away from following Christ in any obedience, I had slacked just in living and what I thought was enjoying life.  My husband became ill, with a very grave disease.  There was seven years of hardship and blessing wrapped up into one, blessing for the extra time given, hardship for the obvious reasons, and blessing for the nearness of the Lord to the brokenhearted.

My husband went to be with the Lord Nov 2, 2009.  The Lord has been my Comforter and friend during this whole time.

His Word washes, cleanses, and sanctifies.  We get all we need from reading His Word (and taking heed to it (Ps 119:9; James 1:22-25), studying with His approval (2 Tim 2:15), hiding it in our hearts (Ps 119:11), meditating on it day and night (Ps 1:2), searching it (Acts 17:11), etc.  And I don’t know about others, but I need His Word because it lights up my path (Ps 119:105), gives me guidance, help, encouragement, counsel, wisdom, understanding and knowledge of the One who suffered and died for me (Pr 22:17-21).  It’s how He speaks to us.  How would any of us feel if we were with someone who wouldn’t let us talk to them for days?  Just talk ‘at’ us?

 Got Word?

A few of my favorite quotes from His Word:

  • For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. (I have lived this verse from the Bible) Jer 31:25
  • My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.  Ps 119:25
  • “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (Word of God) John 7
  • Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn…Isaiah 51:1a,b (I think this is where “cut from the same cloth” came from, although we’re cut from the same Rock).
  • Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. (Scripture speaking to Israel) Jer 31:3
  • My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word.  Ps 119:28
  • Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me.  The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life.  Ps 42:7-8
  • You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?  Ps 56:8
  • O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water.  O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Generally prefer KJV but like the NASB in this one.) Ps 63:1,8
  • Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  Gen 6:5-6
  • Precept upon precept, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.  Is 28 (story of “if” they would have just listened, they could have had the refreshing and the rest, and this is how the Word of the Lord was upon them.  Me too, I just said I would hear).
  • My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as a man pleads for his friend. (Bible) Job 16
  • For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Bible) Heb 4:12
  • Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. (Word of the Lord…) Pr 1:23
  • But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  I Cor 2:9
  • But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.  Is 40:31
  • Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.  Is 30:21
  • Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.  And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.   But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.  Luke 10:38-42
  • Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.   Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.  My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.  Psalm 73:23-26

Where do I stop? There is so much good in His Word. Not enough time and space.

It is my food and my drink.

He is my precious Redeemer.


But now, O LORD,

You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.    Is 64:8


A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity  Ps 68:5-6b


* For more info on the teaching of Perseverance of the Saints, I found this book to be very thorough.  Available in Kindle and also book form.    Click Here


I also like making Bible verse pictures for others to enjoy.  For more, search ‘Bible Memory Verses’ here.



64 Responses to “STATEMENT OF FAITH

  • Marciegram
    13 years ago

    Drinking deeply of the word of God and planting it in my heart.

  • Ginny Caylor
    13 years ago

    Holly is an inspiration and a blessing to all.

  • Sis, Holly, it was so nice reading your testimony and I sure did enjoy your favorite quotes!! Thank you for this encouraging site where we can drink up from the living water and feast on food for our souls.
    Keep on “looking unto Jesus the “author and finisher of our faith who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2
    Holly I also so enjoy your picture verses that lift the soul into praise for our Lord and Savior, may the Lord continue to bless your ministry for the Glory of God

    Excited in His Service,
    in Christ,
    Jackie Farley

  • John Gregory
    11 years ago

    Sister Holly! My name is John. I just turned 67 years old. (12/!5). Your blog is beautiful, & I will add you onto my prayer list. My wife Bea & I have been married
    38 yrs.. We both have been Christians for over 50 years, & we still love serving
    our Wonderful Lord Jesus. I hope to visit often.
    God bless,
    John & Bea Gregory

    • John and Bea (I had an aunt Bea who I loved), so happy to meet you both 🙂 Thank you so much for your prayers. So happy to hear of long term Christian marriages, I am thankful to hear that, it always brings tears to my eyes. It’s the love of Christ that compels us to serve in much joy, because He first loved us. It is not the accusations and fear mongering of men, that is for sure. So pleased to meet more of my sisters and brothers in the Lord. God bless you both!

    • John – do you have a blog?

    • I want to thank you for your prayers John. This popped up today, and I’m appreciative and pray all is well with you both.

  • are you on skype, mary from ex preacherman,

    • Hi Mary, great to see you! I tried to email you, but no, I tried skype, but it troubled my lap top so I removed it.

    • I don’t do skype yet, when I get my office set back up with my computer, I will likely do that then. Hope all is well Mary.

  • In a March 20, 2014 reply about Lordship salvation, you mentioned that 150 copies of the Geneva Bible were initially published. Can you tell me where you found that info?-I’ve been searching the internet for months on this. Thanks for your consideration of this. Jim

  • So wonderful. What an encouragement.

    God has truly led me here for encouragement at a time of sadness and loneliness.

    He is always with us and His people are beacons of light all over.

    So awesome. Your children have a fab Mum. (I’m Aussie)

    • Yay! Praise God, I have a few Aussie friends, His bride is all over the world, and He loves and cherishes and gave Himself for her…

      In Christ’s love.

      Ps 42:7-8

  • SO good to see a fellow-believer who is just – well, “normal” LOL, because that is surprisingly rare these days. May God lead you in all things and in all ways. Thanks for your hard work on this blog.

    • Thank you Tricia. Not sure what normal is 🙂 Although I did pray for normal Christian friends, so I do know what you mean. My desire is just to do as He leads, and not step out in front. To speak truth, not as I see it, but faithfully by His Word. May He be praised, He is worthy to be praised. May the Lord help you too, strengthen you in the spiritual battle, revive and strengthen you in His Word when you becoe discouraged (Ps 119:25,28) and don’t weary of doing good, in due season we will reap (if we faint not) 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by to encourage one of your sistren 🙂

      In Christ’s love, Holly

  • Sean Budde
    10 years ago

    Hi Holly…needless to say, impressive blog. I know you’ve posted about Calvinism, but it seems to me, that the charismatic movement is the biggest threat to true Christianity today. Here’s a link to a video on YouTube that i can’t recommend highly enough. It’s an expose of what some popular Word of Faith preachers on TV, are teaching today.

    (link removed by administrator)

    May God bless,


    • They certainly are one of the threats, seems to be depending on which kind of audience. No matter what, the Word is twisted, the gospel is changed, the Lord’s name is maligned, and the way of truth is blasphemed. Praying people will start reading their Bibles with God’s approval in mind, with respect, and an open heart to diligently seek Him.

  • Hi Holly, I came across your website when searching for some Ralph “Yankee” Arnold material. After reading your statement of faith, I would have to say that we are in agreement of a lot of things. I have just started a website recently, too. Glad to see other believers who stand firm on the word of God. It can get lonely at times, because many Christians seem to just want to play at being christian. Take care! – Amy

    • Amy, welcome 🙂

      Some just haven’t maybe heard the good news. They’ve heard a gospel with discipleship mixed in, and then left to fend for themselves. If we love Jesus, We will feed His sheep. We will commend them to the Word of His grace. God bless you.

    • Hi Amy, forgive me, I thought I had responded to you. Welcome! I am appreciative of Ralph Yankee Arnold and Hank Lindstrom, along with Tom Cucuzza. I can also tell you another blog that is good is, Jack and Yankee I believe were either at the same church or school, Florida Bible College. Thanks for stopping in, I’ll come and take a look when I can too. God bless your week, Holly

      • Hi again, Holly. I didn’t realize you had responded. Couldn’t recall where I’d commented. I think I may have been to before. Regarding people hearing the Good News, I don’t think that’s it for a lot of people I know, and also various public ministries which I see falling away from bible truth in a big way. I think they’re all under deception! Well, that’s my take on it anyway. I do pray for people, though, and for my own spiritual protection as well. Thanks for writing, Holly. God bless you, too.
        ps. I don’t have much on my site yet. Getting there. Building it has taken a lot of time. So much to learn. Amy

        • We’re all learning if we’re studying His Word with His approval. Continuing to press forward 🙂

          Glad to see you here! Yes, expreacherman! God bless your week, see you soon!

  • Andrea Farioli
    9 years ago

    I’m very glad of your presentation. Whoever believes in the Gospel is a part of the body of Christ, of the Church of God, without denomination.

    God bless you!

    Greetings from Italy.

    • Andrea, welcome and thanks for your comment.

      Please stick around and comment as you feel led.

    • Andrea, welcome and thanks for your comment.

      Please stick around and comment as you feel led.

    • Hi Andrea, Amen, whoever believes in the gospel is a part of the body of Christ.

      Christ loved the church and gave Himself for us to sanctify and cleanse us with the washing of water by the Word… 🙂 He nourishes and cherishes us, we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Eph 5)

      God bless (from the USA).

  • ian7759
    8 years ago

    Hey Holly, where do you stand on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the work of the Holy Spirit in the 21st Century? Are you a dispensationalist?

    • Hi Ian. I believe the Holy Spirit gives gifts to each member in the church. I do not believe in new revelation, nor do I believe in tongues as a whole as we see manifested today in the Pentecostal/Charismatic churches. I believe God still heals, but the miracles were to confirm His ministry, fulfill prophecy and confirm the ministry and the Word of the Lord being spoken through His servants the apostles. I am a dispensationalist, but not a hyper/ultra mid or latter Acts dispensationalist. There is one gospel that speaks of eternal life, not one for the Jews and one for the Gentiles. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever, however, He reveals Himself in the way He has chosen, His purpose will stand. I hope that helps explain. In Him, Holly

      • ian7759
        8 years ago

        Holly, you seem to be in the now on Bethel Church, basedon first-hand experience. i just discvoered a street healer on You Tube, and his name is Tom Fischer. I understand he had some affiliation with Bethel and was asked to leave for some reason. That’s as much as I know. But I am curious if you have heard of him. He apparently is new and there is little info out on him. I for one hope he is for real.

        I am curious if you have heard of him. I believe in the gifts of the Spirit for today and that Holy Spirit severally as He Wills. I do not believe in healing in the false WOF fashion, and am hoping Fischer is for real because he is reaching countless people in his one-to-one style ministry.

        • Ian, no, it was not first-hand experience, but listening to Bill Johnson’s Words, his wife’s words, and holding them up to His Word. Much research is all, some already done by others.

          As far as the street healer, I do not know him, but I always think of the account in Acts 3.

          Peter and John came upon the blind man who was asking for money. We know Peter told him to look at them and said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

          Peter pulled him up. The man was immediately healed. The man praised God, others knew and recognized this man had been formerly lame (no guessing there). As people gathered to see this, instantly it was made known it had nothing to do with their power or holiness, they did not build themselves up as ‘healers’. They pointed immediately to God, and then delivered the gospel, who Jesus was, and what He had done, and that they had witnessed it, and also the Scriptures/prophets had testified to it (same gospel we see in 1 Cor 15C). They also said it was their faith in His name that had made the man strong. They didn’t ask him, ‘do you have enough faith’? He didn’t ask to be healed, he asked for money.

          So with people who claim these gifts, all I can say is test the spirits (1 John 4). Are they glorifying God alone or the ‘healer’? Is the man declaring the gospel (correct one) and is he taking money? Note again, these apostles had no money. So, if he is ‘missing’ on his ‘healing’ and people aren’t immediately being healed, and the gospel isn’t being preached, and money is being taken, I’d have a problem.

          In His name, Holly

          • ian7759
            8 years ago

            Far as I know, he is not taking much glory for himself, my sense is that he is not like that. Also, definitely he is not taking money from people on the streets. If you find out anything more about him and his relationship to Bethel let me know. Immediately a red flag would go up if I learnt that he is primarily being supported in his street missionary work by Bethel and Johnson.
            Thank you for your thoughtful response above.

            Blessings, Ian

          • Ian, took a few moments to look him up (Tom Fischer). First we have to of course know what the Scriptures say, and something that troubled me on his “Street healing with Tom Fischer-Casting out demons with a look”, he says a Christian man, had a transfer of ‘spirit’ from an inmate, who hit him with something and then he likened this to how we get the Holy Spirit. A Christian can’t be ‘attached’ by a demon, or inhabited as this man is suggesting. He goes further to use Smith Wigglesworth ‘punching’ people to get the demons out, etc. (I did not finish the video). He also suggests that healing is an evangelism tool because he asks them if they believe in Jesus. But he tells them nothing about who Jesus is (God come in the flesh), what He did (die on the cross for their sins, rose again proving He is God), so I can’t see this as a legitimate spreading of the gospel (at least not on the videos I watched). One one, he says it doesn’t matter if Jesus or the apostles healed that way, it’s a matter of whether or not it works. He reminds me of a street act, a magician. He keeps suggesting to the guy he’s healed, even though he says he needs to have his back cracked and pain pills. He then says he feels a ‘tingling’ in his spine. The other guy responds, ‘my lower back hurts like a b–ch’, and this ‘healer’ is talking about the ‘tingling in the spine’ and the ‘lightness’ about you. He tells the one ‘your sins are forgiven you’. Where does he get that authority when he just told him he didn’t believe? Not that he didn’t believe in Jesus (which he hasn’t been told the gospel yet) but as a ‘method of healing’.

            Then he goes to consult with this medium, he tells her he has seen angels. He wants this medium to ‘come into agreement with him’ so that the demons will leave. How is that so? What agreement do we have with a non believer? This man may or may not have understanding in things that he is saying, I do not know his affiliations, but he has her praying to forgive her for past sins,

              Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 2 Cor 4:15-16

            The woman with the street healer is praying to the Holy Spirit, and addressing Him. This is not how we are shown in His Word. The Holy Spirit always witnesses of Christ, He does not draw attention to Himself. And the fire of the Holy Spirit that comes is judgment, not as these people teach.

            The woman with him is praying for Holy Fire to go into her. Then she is exclaiming it’s ‘gone’ from her by taking the Lord’s name in vain, OMG she yells and the preacher giggles with her. “Isn’t that crazy”? “Yes it’s crazy”. Later in the video he and girlfriend/wife/co-partner (not sure, but the previous praying woman on the video) tells about this medium who is now supposedly a semi-believer has cast out another demon out of her home, and then LATER receives the ‘baptism of the Holy Spirit’ because she starts ‘singing in tongues’.

            Just too much error to address Ian, I just pray because someone is doing signs and wonders you are not misled, the point is that many will do this in the end, and not be of Him. Follow the message. See if their gospel lines up with His. A separate baptism of the Spirit is not the gospel message as many as try to show it by a couple different passages they do not understand. They are either in the body, or they do not have the Spirit (1 Cor 12:12-13; Rom 8:9; Eph 4:4-6).

            In Christ, Holly

          • ian7759
            8 years ago

            I don’t have time tonight, seeing it’s past 3 AM Sunday night, to go into all the details of your last reply on wordpress. But I just wanted to do this much and relay to you my thanks, Holly. Thank you for the extra time and energy spent on researching this reported healer, as you hit on many points, the majority of which I would concur.

          • Ian, God bless your walk in Him. No better friend than Jesus.

          • Ian7759
            8 years ago

            There’s a new one now who has his own 501c non-profit, and is rapidly growing in popularity. His name is Art Thomas. Sadly, one discovers in short order on his website that he is very heavily influenced by Bethel. He has some good teachings though but I am befuddled at how these people have no discernment in going public regarding their associations. Art has already been on Sid Roth’s program, It’s Supernatural, a real landmark achievement for those who want to make it big.

          • Ian – these people make it rapidly clear that truth is not utmost and they are disobedient at best. They choose fame or money or popularity and/or they do not understand the truth themselves. We can mark and avoid them obediently, and they will have to answer to Him for their associations which will make little ones stumble. In Christ, Holly

  • ian7759
    8 years ago

    Thank you for clearing that up for me, holly. It’s just that I very much appreciated your apologetics on Bill Johnson and Bethel Church. My position is that of a non-cessationist, a balanced, moderate-line charismatic for lack of better terminology. (Actually I hate the word moderate because it implies that one does not go all out for something, I am all out for Jesus of Nazareth)! I’d rather say that I consider myself a “well-rounded” charismatic, who believes all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation today. However, I DO NOT believe in the little gods doctrine; I believe as such a one, that one must submit to the will of Spirit who gives gifts severally as HE wills. God is sovereign in all of this.

    • Ian, You are welcome. I believe as you say, the Holy Spirit gives us His gifts as He will, and they will line up with the rules in Scripture, for He is orderly, and a gentleman. For example, many who speak in tongues (the word translates to languages), have not considered that they do not speak with understanding. Here is the conclusion of the address to the church at Corinth in that matter. So if I hear someone tell me that they speak with another language, I ask them if they pray with understanding.

      What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. 1 Cor 14:15

      As for prophesying, I do believe the canon is closed, and we can speak God’s Word, He left us with quite a lot 🙂 and most do not really know the majority of what He has given us. I am content with my position, and always open to what the Holy Spirit will teach me through His Word. Thank you for visiting, appreciate it, God bless and guide us all into His truth always.

  • Nina Ruth
    7 years ago

    Love your blog that the Lord led me to just now!

  • Came here via YT. So sorry to see you take an essentially Arminian position. Well, anyway, at least you were clear about your preferences. Best Regards

    • Thanks for commenting David. No, definitely not Arminian, most certainly not Calvinist, nor Molinist. I just got home after about 7 weeks with my husband in hospital and acute rehab. So I can explain more if you’d like, but not for a few days. Not being a Calvinist most certainly doesn’t make someone an Arminian, both of which are just centuries old doctrine, nor matter how people say they just ‘systemized’ it. In Christ, Holly

  • I wasn’t sure where else to post this but wanted to say something. I’ve believed in God all my life but only recently was truly saved (though some things in my past make me question if I was already saved and just struggling, still trying to figure it all out). I’ve been caught up in a storm of confusion from online and how professing “christians” argue amongst themselves about who is right and who is wrong and who is going to hell etc. Its a headache! I found your site one day when I was googling salvation assurance. It is a thought that has been attacking me many times. Tonight I was looking up self deception and it lead me down a rabbit hole to John Macarthur and then your blog again. Looking at what you all believe and several other posts I believe alot of what you say as does our church. I’m still a baby christian (33 years old). I desire so much to know the right way to serve Him. I like that in your conversations your comments are always seasoned with salt, never aggressive like so many arguments I see online. Just wanted to post and say thank you and I will continue to watch your blog for more edification.

    • Dear Jenny, tears. Many of us have very similar stories. I believe I was saved but was led astray. And yes, the storm of confusion is surely out there and growing more perilous. Praise God for His Word written ahead of time for our comfort and hope.

      For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4).

      One thing we have to keep in mind, is whether we’re confronting believers who have been bewitched (Gal 3:1-5) into finishing in the flesh, or the unsaved, is how important it is to either recover them or pull them from the fire (2 Tim 2:23-26; Jude 22-24).

      (came back into edit, because this was cut off and at the bottome). Yes, those discussions from others can be unkind, but I hope I follow His guidance in them and use backspace and lots of prayer in them 🙂

      Luke 10:38-42 was a key for me, along with Proverbs 3:5-6. I decided to spend more time at His feet hearing His Word, knowing it would never be taken from me. And I tried to pray for more small things, (or acknowledge Him more). In all, I just asked for help which I needed. He knows the desires of your heart or inner person, delight in Him and His Word. Commit your way to Him (Ps 37:3-5). And remember, it’s a daily even moment by moment choice sometimes to become a disciple, and the key starts in continuing in His Word and abiding in Him (Jn 8:31-32; 15:4-5), for apart from Him, we can do nothing.

      Praying for you Jenny, and thank you for your kind comment, wonderful way to come in here today and see this. Wonderful testimony of His grace and tenderness in your life. Love in Christ, Holly

      • You’re welcome and Happy New Year! The sermon today at church felt like my pastor was talking right to me (and he may have been haha, I’ve been emailing him non stop about my anxieties and questions and he spoke on how to tell false teachings.) He spoke on if there is no love in their message to be wary. If they are manipulating and saying “if you don’t think like this you might not be saved” then be careful. And wow ya that hit the nail on the head for me. God has been so good to me all these years, even when I was of the world, he blessed me with miracles I can’t even begin to describe. So when I came to the realization of where my soul was I realized I fell into a works based mind set real fast. Like I needed to make up for lost time. I worried that because I did not have the desire to evangelize that somehow I was not saved. (like ray comfort, who by the way is how I found you guys haha. Was looking up stuff on him because he seems like such a kind loving man but something always just felt a little weird to me and I could not understand what. I try to take the meat and leave the fat with certain pastors.)I do want to serve God, but in different ways. I am autistic and struggle with alot of things but I know God will do the work in me. I was driven by fear for the past three months since I was saved, fear that what if I’m not doing this right? The verse “many will say Lord Lord” still scares me a little I admit.
        Unfortunately it was some of these online pastors that caused me to fear and on top of that the comment sections that go all sort of ways. Its sad seeing people condemn people to hell for things that really won’t condemn you to hell… forgive me I’m rambling! But Its nice finding a community that can have constructive conversation most of the time without things devolving into craziness!

        Thank you for the verses and your prayer! I need all the prayer I can get and I will pray for your ministry here as well!

        • So much of what you say is completely relatable. Making up for lost time can definitely put us in a works mindset and those works won’t be the rewarded ones for sure 🙂 I know lots of hay and stubble will be burnt up when I leave my body behind. Too much done in my flesh. Resting in Him like Mary, learning from Him, the best thing that ever happened to me, still is (Proverbs 22:17-21, He would teach ‘even me’.)

          Ray Comfort did to me too, I think his accent resonated with me. Even though he’s not Scottish, it still reminded me of my sweet grandpa’s accent. Trouble is with the meat/fat or meat/bones is you might get choked 🙂 Stay Noble! 🙂 (Acts 17:11), and He’ll guide you as you learn (Heb 5:12-14). Fear… yep… 2 Tim 1:7, not from Him. I have some dear friends who are also autistic or even OCD, He knows you intimately (Psalm 139) and has more precious thoughts towards you than all the grains of all the sand in all the oceans.

          On Matthew 7 and any of those ‘difficult’ passages, let me share a couple things with you. I’ll just lay out the passage o.k., and share a few thoughts. I’ll do it on a separate stand-alone comment. Love in Him.

        • Matthew 7

          Some use different translations, the word for narrow is sometimes translated difficult. The word itself means constricted way or pressed hard, as if between a Rock and a hard place.

          So we start here:

          We know salvation is not of works. It cannot mean salvation is hard. Although for the religious and the proud, it is hard sometimes for them to lay down those dead works. Here is the passage and I’ll share some thoughts within.

          14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

          (What/Who is the only way that leads unto life? John 14:6, And who is the gate/door of the sheep – John 10:7-9)

          15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

          (Who is spoken of here? What do they look like on the outside? Who are they really inside?)

          16 Ye shall know them (who?) by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

          (So what fruits can we know or recognize the false prophets by? Start with the beginning, Jesus speaks of the narrow way, the only way that leads to life. Then we look at their fruit. It can’t be that we can identify them by their good works, for they claim good works and look good outwardly. So do many religions who have seemingly good people in them. I think you’ll find the answer in the next verses.)

          21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

          (What will of the Father do you see clearly outlined in John 6:39-40? And again, if someone identifies it as good works for salvation, can we be saved by works?)

          22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

          (What are they trying to justify themselves by in this verse? Is that how you would justify yourself to Jesus, by your good works or by the fact you believed on Him to save you?)

          23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

          (Two things I think on here. 1) He never knew them. Not that He forgot them, or used to know them, but never did. John 10:14 says He knows His sheep. Notice this verse below from Psalm 94:4)

          How long shall they utter and speak hard things?
          and all the workers of iniquity >boast themselves?

          24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

          Believing Him is obeying His gospel (Rom 10:14-16), and growing in faith is by hearing His Word (Rom 10:17). Everything you read in His Word, pray, ask the contextual questions, then if you are unsure ask Him to guide you to other Scriptures or sound teachers for the multitude of counsel (Pr 11:14; 15:22).

          Find some sound believers if you can, if you are on facebook, look me up under Holly Garcia Held (if you would like, I know people often like to keep their FB for close friends and family). God bless you, and thank you again.

          • Thank you! When I read these passages myself I came to the same conclusion. As for sound believers, God lead me to my current church (LITERALLY days after being saved I was like MUST GO TO CHURCH and God lead my mom and I to the best church I’ve ever been to. Never felt love in a room like this place and they say pretty much the same as you on many points which is what attracted me to your blog in the first place.). There is an elderly woman in the church that I speak with who is absolutely darling. So sweet. She writes daily email devotions to everyone in the church. The pastor and his wife has helped me through my ocd emotional moments. Never once turning me aside and always reassuring me out of my anxiety. God knew I’d be in this state and would need all the help I could get! My mom is amazing too. God put the right people in my life for sure!

            Also when you mentioned the narrow gate I recalled a verse that I feel explained for me what narrow meant as well.Not that it would be hard, but just that not many would pick it.

            John 10: 7-9 7Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the GATE for the sheep. 8All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the GATE; whoever enters through ME will be SAVED. He will come in and go out and find pasture.

            I believe God lead me to this to help me understand. I’ve been praying many times in tears to understand so that I can stand firm amongst so many whose understanding makes things confusing. The word even says its easy a child could understand. The way is not narrow because its hard, its because so many can’t accept its Jesus and Jesus alone that saves.

            And thank you about offering on fb 🙂 God bless!

          • Jenny, warms my heart to hear how the Lord leads His lambs, (and yes on the door of the sheep – I had included below right after I posted). I’m so glad you have a wonderful church, that is a blessing to find. You’re exactly right, the way is not narrow because it’s hard to find. I always think about it like Light coming through a pinhole in darkness. The way is there. Some do not want to hear. Some, like the Pharisees in Acts 7, resisted the Holy Spirit, even stopped up their ears so they wouldn’t hear Stephen. The Lord will teach us when we want to learn. Love in Him, Happy New Year.

  • Hello it is me again! Hope you are doing well.
    I’ve started a notebook studying the New Testament starting at Matthew. While I have read almost all of the NT I’m trying to go through it again now slower and really try to understand what I am reading. I’d like your thoughts on Matthew 5: 17-20 and how that correlates with later verses that speak of freedom from the law. I’m sure there is some context here I am missing..

    • Hi Jenny, I wrote you a pretty detailed answer and zapped it right before a conference call, so maybe better I can come back and start again making sure I’m clear.
      It’s great you started a notebook. I do that in a Bible document since I filled up so many notebooks, I had to number the pages, dates, etc., and I finally decided a document would be far easier to search.

      I think it’s good to know how the Bible is separated. Not just the Old and New Testament, some would say the division would be Old Testament plus Matthew – Mark, but that may get a little too complicated. Just knowing that the Bible is all God’s Word but not all written to us (the church) is a good start. Then knowing which dispensation is helpful. But in short this time period was still law, or pre-cross, and Jesus was preaching to Israel (I came not except for the lost sheep of the House of Israel). This does not mean there is no application. There are great principles there, understanding good things that bless us, or understanding the spirit of the law (such as not excusing hating someone (murder) or lusting after someone in our heart), it just means that is a start to understanding it. So, here is the passage:

      17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

      And this passage from Luke 24 (the Road to Emmaus).

      44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, 46 and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

      So Jesus fulfilled the law, in fact he is the end of the law for righteousness for those of us who believe. (Rom 10:4), The law was added 340 years after the promises, because of Sin UNTIL the Seed (Jesus) WOULD COME. (Gal 3:16-19)

      As we learn divisions in dispensation, different covenants, and the type of covenant (like conditional or unconditional – premised on God’s promise only), things open up a little more.

      So while I hate to just give the answer, I like to point people to His Word to dig for treasure.

      Who is the law made for? (1 Tim 1:7)
      What is the purpose of the law (look at this link for several Bible verses)

      Hope that helped you with a good start 🙂 In Christ, Holly

      • Oh no thank you that helped! I totally glossed over the “till it is fulfilled” part in that. And thank you for the extra verses to dig through deeper. I’m terrible at research (college classes were a nightmare let me tell you!) so I love the help. It gives me something to work on 🙂
        God bless you! And thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

        • You are more than welcome. I think the key to research is caring about the subject. So for me, as I’ve made the document, I’ve been interested in things like where I see the entire (or part of) the Trinity referenced. Or Jesus in every book of the Bible, and when I reread/study a certain book, I’ll find certain things. Or types. Like Joseph being a type of Christ is a really special study. And sometimes I’ll just go through the Bible doc and do the whole Bible. I don’t want to overwhelm, the key is asking questions as you go, (who, what, why, where, when, how if applicable), look at Cross references and you find sometimes fulfilled prophecy etc., it’s really so great to do as you study. But start by prayer, and just enjoy talking to Him throughout, asking questions, trusting He will give you answers as you study and build on your foundation.

          • JennyA
            1 year ago

            Amen! I’ve started doing that as well. When I come to something I’m unsure of I put a question in my notebook and try to find the answer in the word.

            One such thing I stumbled across was when I was looking at what John the Baptist said to the Pharisees and Sadducees when he was baptizing. After he called them a brood of vipers he spoke of repentance. I looked it up online and the website I found put in parenthesis that repentance was “living holy” and I recall so vividly how I froze and was like whoa…(cause before I’d have agreed.) John is talking to the pharisees here. The men who were living the most holy by their standards. John was not telling them to live holy he was telling them to wake up and see what they should have been seeing all this time. That in itself has been pushing my research going forward and how I take in what I am reading. I remember this testimony of an ex jehovah witness that said a baptist preacher told him to “read the bible like a child” and that in itself saved the man from what he was following. So I am trying to do the same. Let go of any preconceived notions and just dive into the word blank. Its a journey but Im excited to really fully understand it!

          • Jenny, I am so with you. I stopped googling for quite some years, blocking my eyes when I did, sometimes gleaning Bible verses, but even then I noticed they used them out of context.

            Reading/studying (diligence) with His approval as our desire (How I see 2 Tim 2:15), and wanting to know His intent vs. presupposition or tradition. Asking Him to help me unlearn anything I’ve wrongly learned, and to rebuild my walls (as it were). It is treasure to love (Ps 119:142,16). Not only that I literally believe it revives and strengthens me (Ps 119:25,28). Praying for Him to open up the Word to you like He did to them on the Road to Emmaus 🙂

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