For those with eyes to see and ears to hear, it is crystal clear that our Adversary has racheted up his assault on mankind on a worldwide scale perhaps unlike anything the world has seen since Genesis 11. Actually, his target is the Word of God, as it has been since Genesis 3. In boxing, gloves are now used to lessen the injuries caused by the original bare-knuckle fighting. In the context of current events, to say that the “gloves are off” means that those opposing God, Christ, and us are going all out to hurt us—and we must meet their evil aggression with aggressive faith, i.e., trust in our great big wonderful God. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS this presentation of what God has to say about how and why we followers of Jesus Christ are persecuted, and how we should respond. Now more than ever, we Christians who know the depths of God’s Truth need one another. No doubt you’ve heard the burning coals analogy: if one is separated from the others, it rather quickly loses its heat, and its purpose. How on fire are you?
In this teaching Jon Touchstone delves into the subject of morality showing us the law of God being the standard for moral strength – what is right and what is wrong. God wants us to know what is right and then have the discipline and courage to do it.
God’s Word warns us about the danger of keeping bad company because it corrupts good morals and good character. We look at examples of how cowardice can take the place of moral courage as it did with Adam and later King Saul, and how King David showed moral courage when he deliberately chose to fight Goliath.
We hope you'll find this teaching powerful and encouraging.
We live in a culture that’s addicted to offense. Even comedy is suffering because of so much sensitivity, and self-pity.
The Bible tells us that love is not easily provoked, it is not easily offended. In this teaching, Jon Touchstone covers a wealth a Truths in God’s Word that teaches us how to deal with offense, rather than being offended.
God instructs us to live in harmony, and to live honorably with our fellow man. We are to love our enemies and allow God to take vengeance where it is due. Many more wonderful truths are dealt with in this amazing teaching. We hope it will inspire you to deal with today’s culture of offense.
Ephesians 6 encourages Christians to put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to stand against the “wiles” (methods) of the Devil. As a spirit being, Satan does not directly attack people, but rather he works through worldly systems promulgated by humans. Humans who have bought into the Devil’s systems promote his methods, which are designed to confuse, discourage, and ultimately enslave humanity. Ephesians explains the role and purpose of the ministries in the Body of Christ is to equip believers so they are no longer tossed about by these worldly systems of men.
Presently, we are witnessing an all-out assault on humanity through a scheme or system of anarchy. Anarchists promote the idea of “no government,” which appeals to the baser instincts of humanity. However, history shows that anarchy generally devolves into slavery and oppression, for at the end of the day, “He with the biggest stick wins.”
The Book of Judges is a narrative of what humanity can expect to see if anarchy continues. The stories of deception, treachery, and ungodly behavior are shocking, yet the book does offer hope. Ultimately, Judges shows that the ONLY hope for humanity is the government of God where truth, righteousness, and judgment rule the day. Rather than that which is right in our own eyes!
Before you fight a war, it’s always good to know as much as you can about your enemy. Nowhere is this statement more true than in the spiritual realm. Many Christians do not take our Adversary seriously because they simply do not know enough about him. In fact, the Devil’s cleverest strategy is to make people believe that he does not exist, or that he’s not a real threat. The Devil would rather have us fight among ourselves as he stays hidden behind the scenes orchestrating his treachery.
Some Christians do not even believe in a literal devil. Instead, they believe he is a biblical symbol for evil. But that is not the position of the Bible. Satan is every bit as real as God. Besides, it’s impossible for a symbol to do the things Scripture attributes to him: deceiving, murdering, tempting, destroying, lying, accusing, and controlling.
God’s will is for us to obey Him, and that will bring about opposition from His enemies. In this teaching we will look at why it is so important to understand our enemy, and the methods he uses to deceive mankind.
Since culture is primarily the way in which people choose to conduct their lives – then where do we find in the Bible where God shows us His order for culture? The answer is: Genesis.
We all know there are some strange and unusual cultural ideas being embraced today. Genesis has a lot to say about how we as humans are to live and behave in society. Our duty as followers of Christ is to lead people to an understanding of what God has declared, not go along with the whims of man. In the very first book of the Bible is the where God lays out the foundations of truth on this matter.
One of the most misguided judgments ever made is to judge by appearance (John 7:24). Judging by wrong standards will never lead to a godly perspective of how God sees the different races of people in the world. All humanity is created equal in the eyes of God and we all bear the image of God, however the whole world is a prisoner of sin. So as we are equal in sin – we are also equal in salvation. The world draws distinctions, comparisons, and man-made theologies, but God says Christ is all and in all that believe. His desire is for us to live in perfect unity.
In this teaching Jon Touchstone begins in Colossians 2 where we learn that wisdom of the world offers fine sounding arguments, but in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Flattery and smooth sounding speech is used by those promoting the wisdom of the world, but God states He reveals His thoughts to those who have the spirit and love God.
This is a timely teaching that sheds light on current issues including social justice, identity politics, call out culture, cancel culture, and the power of accusation. It warns us not to get entangled with worldly thinking. God delights in how orderly we are, how firm our faith in Christ is, and to be spiritually preceptive to avoid elemental philosophies and doctrines of devils.
We know from Scripture that there are two spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Both kingdoms rely upon authority, but use it in very different ways. God is not a God of disorder, but peace. Therefore His authority, which we find in self-government, the government of the family, church government, civil government, and within God’s kingdom, are all given to man to bless him and order his reality. Satan, on the other hand, uses his authority to tyrannize and oppress.
God’s principles are clear from a societal point of view. As Christians, we believe in strong and consistent authority. We support strong personal responsibility, and strong families. We support strong faith and spiritual affiliation. We support just laws, and we support strong and just law enforcement. In this very timely teaching, given the current state of our nation and the world, Jon Touchstone takes us into the Word of God and looks at His intention for Civil Government.
In this study we continue the theme of our Research Night of understanding Love and the Manifestations of the holy spirit. Love is much more than a sentiment. It energizes our faith. In First John, we learn that we are able to love because God first loved us by giving his son up to death on the cross. We first love God, and then we love one another. In fact, the love we have for one another is really an extension of our love for God, because we are actually loving those whom God loves.
We learn from Matthew 24, however, that because of an increase of lawlessness in the world, the love of many will grow cold. We look into the nature of the person, called the man of lawlessness; otherwise known as the antichrist. This person figures prominently in First John and stands in stark opposition to Christ.
We know from scripture that there are two spiritual kingdoms – the Kingdom of God, and the Kingdom of Satan. Both Kingdoms rely upon authority, but use it in very different ways. Since God is not a God of disorder but peace, His authority, which we find in self-governance, in the government of the family, the civil government and within his kingdom overall, are all given to man to bless him and order his reality. Satan, on the other hand, uses his authority to tyrannize and oppress.
As a Christian the principles are clear from a societal point of view. We believe in strong and consistent authority. We support strong personal responsibility. We support strong families. We support strong faith and spiritual affiliation. We support just laws, and we support strong and just law enforcement. In this teaching Jon takes a look in the Bible at Civil Government.
Jon Touchstone teaches on Pentecost, the birth of the Church as recorded in Acts 1 and 2. A time when God gave those who believed in His Son the ability to fluently speak one or more languages they had never learned. This teaching also looks at the power that Pentecost brought to mankind – and asks the question, “why don’t we see that kind of power today in the Church?”
The current state of our nation, and the world, has given us more than the usual number of unwanted opportunities to WAIT, as follows: to leave the house, for a new job, for a restaurant to open, to shake hands, to hug someone, to see people’s smiles, for baseball to begin, and for sure to wait in line while only so many patrons are allowed into an establishment. These things have been added to everything else for which life requires us to wait.
One of the apostle Paul’s most encouraging—and remarkable—statements is: “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.” And he certainly endured some challenging situations, to say the least. What does he mean by “content”? That sounds quite passive. The dictionary says that “to wait” means “to remain inactive or in a state of repose until something expected happens,” but God defines it differently, as we will see.
Gary Lee Corns, one of our TLTF Elders, will teach “The Scope of our Hope.” Looking at God’s Word from a “30,000-foot view of Scripture,” we see that it has ALWAYS been God’s plan to redeem mankind from his foolish mistake of turning his back on God. Via the administrations in His-Story, He has made repeated attempts and adjustments to get man “back to the Garden” (not a geographical location) and into an intimate state of fellowship. As Messiah, King, and Redeemer, Jesus Christ is THE HOPE for all mankind to get there.
John Lynn will follow with “Going Up?" This enlightening verse-by-verse exposition of 1 Thessalonians 4:13 through 2 Thessalonians 3:5, a critical section of God’s Word, clarifies the difference between the Gathering Together of the Body of Christ and the Day of the Lord. Chief among these glorious truths is that the Anti-Christ cannot come to power in a one-world government (which will happen) until AFTER we Christians have been rescued from “this present evil age.”
In this teaching Jon Touchstone explains how we live has a tremendous impact on the land. Currently our land is hurting and in deep need of God’s divine healing. The admonitions from God’s Word addresses the critical fact that the sin in our life as a nation has direct — and disastrous — effects on our health as a nation and as a global community.
The consequences of deliberate sin is rapidly spreading throughout our culture and the Church. It is time that believers in Christ intentionally humble themselves in prayer, and seek God’s face through obedience, allowing the blessings of God to flow from heaven to heal our land. If we are going to call on God to heal our land, to heal our nation, and to heal our communities, it is vital that we are also forthright in changing our ways before God as a nation.
In humanity we have two groups, one that recognizes and battles against sin, and one that is unaware and blithely goes through life subject to sin.
Jesus exposed evil, and evil hates light because it’s deeds get exposed. We have a sphere of influence where we can be lights. We are citizens of Heaven and must awaken and put aside the deeds of darkness. We are living in an evil day and must put off the things of the flesh. Prayer is our first line of defense and offense.
Let us pray for a “Great Awakening.”
Scripture teaches that the heart of unredeemed man is in a state of corruption. Even with regards to the best of men, the Word of God testifies that the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. It is only through the spirit of God that the human heart is regenerated.
On April 12 this year Christians will celebrate the glorious RESURRECTION of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. No doubt God will use the observance of this historically verifiable event to prompt everyone He can to consider what it means that only one human in history has ever conquered death, our ultimate enemy. If there is no such thing as actual death (“the end of life”), Resurrection is superfluous—and our Hope is diluted.
If we are to maximize our vast spiritual potential, we must know WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST. Paul’s epistles show us our complete identification with our risen Lord and Savior—in his life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and newness of life. What the risen Christ said to his disciples just before his ascension is what he now says to you and me: “I am with you always, even to the very end of the age.” Our Lord Jesus is not an “absent Christ,” as he would be had he “departed” from us. Instead, he disappeared, and thus created an invisible presence.
The quality of thankfulness is an absolute requirement for the disciple of Christ. This thankfulness isn't contingent upon circumstances but what God did for us in Christ, what He continues to do for us each day and the promises of what He will do for us in the future.
TLTF Trustee Franco Bottley shares the Word re: Intimacy With God.
Being intimate involves mixing our life with another's, a uniting of souls, a sharing of hearts. This is something we all long for because it’s how God made us. We were created to connect. God made us and He intimately knows us better than anyone can. And for this reason, He can make us feel known in a way that no one on earth is able; and in this we can experience intimacy with Him in a profound way.
This teaching looks at intimacy in a way that goes beyond its common meaning. It shows us how to build a vital relationship with God, along with other factors necessary in developing a deep and meaningful connection with Him.
John Lynn follows with Living in the Presence of Christ. 1 John 1:3 says that each Christian is to have “fellowship” with both God, our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, our Brother. The “partnership” expressed in the Greek word koinonia is 100%/100%. Like Jesus, you and I are called to both suffering and glory. Jesus gave his all for us, and we are to do likewise for him, out of thankfulness and love. The primary way we can measure the quality of our relationship with the Lord by how we treat the people in our lives, such as “the least of these, my brethren,” whom he loves as much as he loves us.