The Living Truth Fellowship
God’s Faithfulness

God’s Faithfulness

October 16, 2021

John Lynn was not only the Founder and Head Minister of this ministry, The Living Truth Fellowship, but for many of us he was a friend. His love for God and Christ and his commitment to God’s people throughout the tenure of his fifty-year ministry provided for us a great example of what faithfulness looks like. John was truly a faithful minister, and he will be missed.

Our God is faithful, and His work continues. Other than our Lord, it was never dependent upon any one man. When Moses died, God’s work continued with Joshua. And so must it be with us. We are called to put forth our best effort to work from our hearts to bring glory to our God.

Long-Term Living

Long-Term Living

September 9, 2021

Although the whole world has been under the prevailing influence of the Evil One since Adam forfeited his God-given earthly dominion to him, the state of the world today certainly appears worse than anything any of us have seen during our lifetimes. What comes our way each day requires an overriding Hope that gives us a clear vision of a new world to come, with multi-variegated blessings beyond our imagination.

Most believers associate Hope primarily with Christ’s coming to raise all our loved ones who have fallen asleep, and rightly so. But besides spending forever with countless sterling saints in a glorious Paradise, there surely will be every good thing we enjoy now—magnified immensely. One of the most satisfying aspects of our forever future is JUSTICE, as meted out by Judge Jesus. Every human being—believer and non-believer—will get what he or she deserves, both good and bad. For Christians, the good includes REWARDS for how we have lived since being saved.

The Walk Of The Spirit

The Walk Of The Spirit

August 30, 2021

Jesus told the Jewish Leader Nicodemus, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the spirit is spirit.” In this famous verse, we learn that the two realms, flesh and the spirit, are separate and mutually exclusive. The book of Galatians further elaborate for us that “the flesh lusts against the spirit and the spirit against the flesh;” that these two are contrary, the one to the other, so that a person cannot do what he would.
 
In this teaching by Jon Touchstone we learn more about the two realities - the walk of the spirit versus the walk of the flesh. And though the born-again Christian is filled with holy spirit at the time he accepts Christ, scripture tells us that he must choose to live by that spirit. His choice will determine whether his life will manifest the Works of the Flesh or the Fruit of the Spirit.

The Pillar and Foundation of Truth

The Pillar and Foundation of Truth

August 27, 2021

One of the refreshing qualities of the Word of God is its honesty about human nature. Just as we are burdened with our own sinfulness, so was the early church. The Corinthian Church at one time had been a growing and thriving Church, but it became mired in quarrellings and infighting. Leaders vied with one another and believers became followers of personalities rather following their spiritual head, Christ. As a result, the Church’s spiritual progress came to a grinding halt and Paul was forced to intervene and correct the situation. The fact is, this was his first order of business in 1 Corinthians.

Join us in this teaching to learn how, as told in 1 Timothy 3:15, the members of the Church should conduct themselves in God’s household, the pillar and foundation of TRUTH.

The Precious Conscience

The Precious Conscience

August 18, 2021

It’s been said, “There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.” This is a true. The conscience is our inner witness. Each of us has one. It praises us when do right and chastises us when we don’t. it’s our most valuable commodity for our moral life. This is why we must guard our conscience with all our effort. A violated and corrupted conscience is not just burdensome. It affects our ability to see things clearly and make sound, godly judgments. Unfortunately, for any of us who has lived life for long, the conscience invariably gets bruised along the way. But this good news is this: Jesus saves to the uttermost. He is able to heal your conscience and set you back on the path of righteousness.

Proverbs: The Contrast of Wisdom and Foolishness

Proverbs: The Contrast of Wisdom and Foolishness

August 12, 2021

The Word of God tells us that Wisdom is the principal thing; so therefore, we are to get wisdom; and with all our getting, we’re to get understanding also. Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.

God’s wisdom is not far from us. God proclaims it from the rooftops. Wisdom simply requires our pursuit. We must seek her with our whole heart, or not at all. When we do, she promises to “pour out her spirit unto us.”
 
Take some time today to pursue wisdom in this vital teaching by Jon Touchstone, you will be blessed you did.

What Do Jesus Christ and Paul Revere Have in Common?

What Do Jesus Christ and Paul Revere Have in Common?

August 12, 2021

Answer: A sermon on a mount. Paul Revere’s message (“The British are coming”) was considerably shorter than Jesus’ (“The kingdom is coming”). And, while Paul’s words were significant in regard to the future of our country, they can’t compare to the timeless truths that “King” Jesus (which is how Matthew’s gospel portrays him) spoke in his “Inaugural Address” to his people, Israel.
 
Matthew 5-6-7 contain a plethora of prime principles regarding many aspects of life and godliness, including murder, adultery, divorce, helping the needy, trusting God, prayer, judging, and much more, but these God-breathed words must be understood in an administrational context. This current “administration of the Secret” was “hidden in God,” and therefore Jesus had no clue about it. Thus, everything he said (prior to his Resurrection) related to Israel, past, present, future. Don’t miss this comprehensive exposition of the first “recorded” teaching Jesus ever did.

Pride and Meekness

Pride and Meekness

July 30, 2021

As it is with the fallen angel Lucifer, pride is a primary constituent of man’s fallen nature. Psalm 10:4 says that in his pride the wicked does not seek God; in all his thoughts there is no room for Him. This is because the person of pride is consumed with thoughts of himself. As long as a person thinks he is right, he is going to be incomprehensibly proud and presumptuous. This is the opposite of the spirit of humility of Matthew 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The “poor in spirit” are those who recognize their utter spiritual bankruptcy, their dependence on God and their inability to come to Him aside from His divine grace.

How to Try the Spirits

How to Try the Spirits

July 18, 2021

1 Timothy 4:1 tells the Christian that in these latter days many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. Because of this, he must be armed with understanding so that he can discern between the truth of God and the subtle errors of the wicked one. 

Yo Adam, Thanks for NOTHING!

Yo Adam, Thanks for NOTHING!

July 9, 2021

The subtitle for this teaching is Yo Jesus, Thanks for EVERYTHING! As you probably know, the Bible is the story of two men. The first man bequeathed to us an irreparable SIN nature that plagues us daily—that’s the problem. The second man imbued us with a DIVINE nature that gives us the potential, and the authority, to think and trust God like he did, to speak as he spoke, and to do the works he did—that’s the solution to the problem. Think about the cavernous contrast between how good and how bad a human being can become, in all categories of life—physical, mental, spiritual.

I have come to the conclusion that most Christians have a much lower opinion of themselves than God and Christ do. Perhaps you are in that category, along with me. As the saying goes, each of us is definitely “a piece of work,” but we can learn how to be “strong in the grace of God” and overcome the nagging sin that dwells in us. That is what this teaching is about.

The Independence of Truth

The Independence of Truth

June 15, 2021

The Bible states that we have the spirit of truth and the spirit of error, which are universal concepts that apply to all of humanity, not just Christianity (1 John 4:5). The world’s viewpoint is that man is able to subsist apart from God, which is the great lie and a temptation for those who do not know Christ. 

In this teaching John Touchstone shares the three principles of truth which are universal realities. Each person has the right and the responsibility to hold on to their freedoms, while pursuing the truth where it leads them. Just as the man who stood as independent from all others when it came to the truth – Jesus Christ. 

God’s Matchless Grace

God’s Matchless Grace

June 9, 2021

Grace is defined in Scripture as God’s unmerited favor. It’s due to his goodness that God bestows this favor, along with its concomitant, Mercy, upon mankind. However, to understand these attributes in their deeper significance, the student of Scripture must first understand God’s judgment.

This teaching is about two men – Adam and Jesus Christ. It was through the God’s judgment of the one man, Adam, that sin and death found their way into this world and passed upon every human, estranging him from his God. Thankfully, however, it is through the blessed Grace of the other, Jesus Christ, that we find life and peace with God.

Join us for this engaging topic of God’s Word.

Exercising Our Authority in Christ

Exercising Our Authority in Christ

June 3, 2021

The key word in this inspiring teaching is “authority,” which is the Greek, exousia. It means, “the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)”.

As you probably know, Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing. When he sent out the 70 disciples, he said: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy. They believed him, and did the same works he did. When he interrupted Saul on the road to Damascus, the Lord said: “I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the authority of Satan to God.”

Jesus never prayed that a demon would come out, nor are we are told to do so. Ditto for sickness. He simply exercised the authority God had given him to deal with it. Romans and Ephesians tell us that you and I died with Christ, were buried with him, raised with him, and then seated with him. We now sit in a position of authority IN CHRIST. The question is: Will we choose to use that authority?

Light and Darkness

Light and Darkness

May 13, 2021

The power of God is light and the power of Satan is darkness. This is the way in which the servant of God must discern things. Since God is light (1 John 1:5), it is God alone who defines what light is, just as Satan shows us what the opposite of light is – darkness.

This truth provides in God’s Word the deeper understanding for the spiritually antithetical relationship that exists between God’s light, which represents holiness and goodness and awakening and clarity, and Satan’s darkness, which connotes fear and despair and wickedness and blindness. In this ensuing struggle, darkness eclipses the light, while the light in turn dispels the darkness. 

In this teaching Jon Touchstone explains how God makes the distinction between light and darkness. Showing how Jesus became the light of the world, and those that follow after him shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Pentecost: E Unum Pluribus

Pentecost: E Unum Pluribus

May 6, 2021

You may recognize the Latin words, E Pluribus Unum, which are the traditional motto of our United States of America. They mean, “Out of many, One.” As you know, Jesus Christ changed A LOT of things, and on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2, the newly appointed Lord reversed the last two words and made his motto, “From ONE, Many.” From one Promised Seed came many fruit, both that which he knew from prophecy (Israel), and that which was a Secret until God told him after his Resurrection. That second “many” became One (Body). John’s exciting teaching features the word “seed,” and will both enlighten and inspire you.
 
The magnitude of what happened on the Day of Pentecost recorded in Acts 2 is still reverberating around the globe. Think about how Jesus’ disciples went from being so terrified that they hid from the Jews, to being so bold in proclaiming the Resurrection truth that it cost them their lives, and set in motion 2000 years of deliverance for millions of people. Each of us has the same gift they received that day, and we too can walk in that holy spirit power.

What The Bible Says About Hypocrisy

What The Bible Says About Hypocrisy

May 5, 2021

There is one trait that is constant to the human species: it’s hypocrisy. What we intend and what we actually do aren’t always the same. 

In this informative teaching, Jon Touchstone takes a look at what God’s Word says about hypocrisy, and how we can combat moral defect through lives built upon simplicity and integrity.

The Importance of Faithfulness

The Importance of Faithfulness

April 16, 2021

Faithfulness is one of those defining virtues in the character of any man or woman that’s required for success in virtually every category of life. It’s the faithful spouse who stays true to the marriage when tempted to do otherwise; it’s the faithful parent who nurtures and admonishes his or her children through the challenges of child-rearing; and it’s the faithful servant whose walk pleases the Lord’s heart.

As Proverbs 3:4 tells us, it’s by faithfulness we find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.  The Christian is instructed through faithful examples of our God and our Lord. We are reminded of God’s faithfulness every time we hear the promise, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,” or his son’s when we consider how he endured the cross and despised the shame.

We know you will be truly blessed by this provocative and affirming teaching on Faithfulness.

Collision Of World Views

Collision Of World Views

April 12, 2021

In today’s world, the Christian is confronted with a variety of points of view. From the social doctrine of humanist Christianity, to the promises of the prosperity doctrine, to the recent political ideologies of the Social Justice and Black Lives Matter movements, our churches often find themselves as the center of these conflicts.

There is a collision of worldviews occurring in the pews of our churches, unnoticed in many cases, and more than ever fault lines of difference are appearing. What does the Bible say about the Christian witness in these modern times? What does Jesus have to say? In this very frank teaching Jon Touchstone lays out some stark contrasts between biblical and worldly points of view.

The “Smiley Face” of God

The “Smiley Face” of God

April 9, 2021

On Easter, Christendom celebrates the joyous Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The contrast between death and life cannot be more pronounced. Death elicits faces twisted in grief, and weeping, while the birth of a new life brings radiant countenances, and laughter.

The face is an essential element of every human relationship. Even God, to make himself known by men, had to reveal His “face” by way of His Son, Jesus Christ. He was his Father’s “genetic lookalike” because he flawlessly internalized the heart of God as found in His written Word and was thus the perfect image (face) of our Father.

What’s in a face? Each person’s rubbery kaleidoscope reveals a wide range of emotions – and the best thing about anyone’s face is his smile! The state into which mostly masked humanity has fallen during the Covid-19 furor has systematically “defaced” and dehumanized people and diluted the quality of countless relationships.

The Perpetual Victim

The Perpetual Victim

March 16, 2021

Our modern Western culture has embraced so many of the debilitating ideologies of victimhood. It’s taught to our children in schools and mandated in our business and cultural policy. What is the servant of God to do? It’s been said that “Suffering is universal, but victimhood is optional.” Each of us daily must face this choice – to either acquiesce to the circumstances and assume the role of the victim, or to draw strength and resolve from our limitless heavenly Father and push on through until we overcome. It’s always our choice.
 
Join Jon Touchstone in investigating this culturally-prevalent notion of Victimhood to understand why we must, as God’s children, reject these harmful ideologies.

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