Are your affections on things above?

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Living a worry free Christian life by setting your affections on things above.

Christians today struggle with how to make it in this world.  Life is hard and there is no respect for the Christian who lives off of “spiritual welfare.”  God has given us all of the tools that we need to navigate this life, but we must not become a part of this world system.  Christians should live above of this world system, and it should hold nothing that would compete for our affections, but it does.

Christians have a choice to make regarding their affections: we can give them to this present life, or to the life to come; we can give them to this world or to the new world.  This present world, and all of the things we are affectionate about is going to be destroyed by God and replaced with a new one.  The choice is whether we will set our affections on the things of old or the things anew.

To live a healthy, worry free life, you must set your affections on things above and not on things of the earth. All true lovers of God know that they are dead to this worldly life and the things that it has to offer. There is nothing in the world that can compete with the life that we have hidden in Christ, which will be revealed to us when He appears. Christians who live for the pleasures, satisfaction or rewards of this life, are misguided in their affections. It is not what Christ can do for you, it is what Christ has ALREADY DONE for you. Is this world your home or are you just passing through?

Colossians 3:1-4

You have to learn contentment

Contentment is not something you simply obtain.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

You do not wake up one day and find that you are suddenly content.  Neither do you just get old enough and that makes you content.  Contentment is something that is learned.

Paul said, “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11).  Paul admits that he had to learn contentment.  It was not one of his personality traits, nor was it a special ability that he had.  It was something that he had to learn from the time he was very young until the day that he wrote these words to the Philippians.

As a young man, Paul sought his fortune and fame, as do other young men.  He thought he found it in the profession of a Pharisee.  As a young Pharisee during the time of the first persecution of Christians, he excelled.  He was poised for greatness because he was in on the movement from the “ground floor.”  He had been recognized for his zeal and was commissioned to root out and destroy Christians wherever he could.  But even though he made a name for himself, he still found no contentment.

He found no contentment when he finally met Jesus face to face on the road to Damascus, but this is where his lessons in contentment began.  He was blinded after the encounter and did not know if he would ever get his sight back.  He needed to learn to accept his blindness.  He could either have felt pity on himself, or make use of his life as he could.  But God had another plan.  And so the trials, troubles, sufferings and persecutions began until one day, in a letter to his friends, he writes, “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

Contentment begins with knowing God (Matt. 6:31-34.)  A person will never be content living in this world if they do not first learn how to live a Godly life.  If you come to the point in your relationship with God that you seek Him first, then you learn how to live Godly.  But it doesn’t stop right there.  You must learn not only how to seek Him first, but to depend on His love for you; that you will be okay under His leadership, love and care.  In short, you must learn not only how to seek God first, but to give Him your problems and stop worrying over them; depend on Him being bigger than any problem you could ever have.  These are hard lessons to learn.  Oh, it is not so hard to take our troubles to God, but it is difficult for us to leave them with Him.  We show this by worrying about our troubles.  You can already see how to live a stress free, content life when you have nothing to worry about anymore.

Contentment benefits living in this world (1 Tim. 6:6-9).  We must understand that we absolutely own nothing.  We must have the higher view of our life; that we brought nothing into this world, and when we go, we will take nothing out.  Even our legacy is not in our hands, it is in the hands of those left behind.  It is a false understanding to think you have made a difference in the world because any difference you made or not, is in the hands of those you leave it with.  It is not under your control.  We are on a pilgrimage that is preparing us for heaven.  Yes, God can miraculously make us prepared for entrance to heaven when the time comes, but in His infinite wisdom, He has seen fit to teach us about our upcoming life in heaven now.  The sooner we see that life does not surround ambitions of the world, the sooner we will live a content life.  This way, we can go to our jobs and places of work with joy and not stress.  In fact, we can be happy all day long because we realize that the things now trivial, were once big things to us.  You can easily see how contentment is learned by just having the proper perspective on life in general.

Contentment comes from seeking first a life with Jesus. (Heb. 13:5-6)  It comes by understanding that He means what He says and says what He means.  He says, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  You cannot get any more content in life than to live a life understanding that the one who holds you in His arms is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He won’t drop you or let go.  Babies trust their mothers all the way up to the time that mommy makes them do something that they don’t like.  They are content in their mothers arms until mommy does something that they don’t like.  It may be giving a bath, or changing a diaper, but whatever it is, this is where the trust is lost.  When they realize that mommy just did something for their overall good, even though it was uncomfortable for a spell, then the trust is returned.  The baby learns how to trust their mommy.  Likewise, Christians should learn how to learn contentment by growing up in the Lord; communing with Him and learning how to trust Him.  You can easily see that the closer and more often you are with the Lord, the easier it is to be content.

So Paul says that he had to learn contentment.  He is no different than any other man.  We all must learn how to be content.  Is your life troubled?  Do you feel so overwhelmed that you think you need to see a counselor to help you get your life back on track?  Do you have the tendency to turn to drinking or drugs to give you peace?  Then you are seeking an instant, microwave portion of contentment, but it does not exist.  You must learn how to be content.  God will make sure that, one way or another, you will learn how to be content with Him.  The only question is: just how much tribulation, trials or suffering you must go through to learn contentment.

 

The Excellence of God

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Psalms 8:9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Too often people don’t slow down enough to even consider God. They know the Creator exists, but they don’t move Him to the front of their minds for special consideration.  The Psalmist did, and when he did, he came away with this wonderful thought recorded in this special verse of Scripture.  Do you notice that he is not asking a question?  He is not trying to find out how excellent God’s name is.  He is making an exclamation.  He moved the Lord to the forefront of his mind and it came to Him that the Lords name is excellent in all of the earth.

We too can see the excellence of God.  We too can be overwhelmed with the excellence of God in His name.  All we have to do is take a moment and move Him to the forefront of our minds.

Offended in Jesus

Ron Coale, Rev.

Ron Coale, Rev.

Matthew 11:6 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

People today seem to be offended about everything.  Everybody you meet gets offended about something you do or say.  There is no getting away from it.  It seems like people go out of their way to get offended about something.  It seems like it is the new norm.  Everybody has a chip on their shoulder just waiting for someone to knock it off so they can get offended and bring attention to themselves.

Jesus preaches not getting offended, especially in Him.  The world would be a much kinder and safer place if people just chose to not be offended.  There would be much more love and caring for each other if there was less getting offended.  There would be less pride and more helping each other.

The first offence that people have tumbling them down a long slope of bitterness is in the Lord Jesus Christ.  More than ever, society is anti-Jesus.  They are not neutral as they claim to be best for everyone, but they have taken one side against God; they are offended in the Lord Jesus Christ.  The more society moves away from Jesus because they are offended in Him, the less blessing they will receive. We need God’s blessing more than ever.  If our country is going to return to it’s former glory, then it needs, no, it must have the blessing of God.

 

The Technicality Game by Ron Coale

Before Dee and I were married, we took her nephew to the drive in movie with us one night. Willie was quite the young boy. He liked everything that young boys like. I said I was going to go get some popcorn at the concession stand and Willie wanted to go with me. We got to the concession stand where he was eyeballing this very large Hershey’s chocolate bar. It was the kind that my dad would buy when I was a kid and it would last him for a month. Willie asked me if he could have one of those chocolate bars.  I said that he could, but he would have to let his Aunt Dee portion it out to him. I thought it best for her to give it to him in pieces and regulate how much chocolate he would eat.  I didn’t know that when we got back to the car, he showed her the chocolate bar and said, “Look what Ron got for me.  Can I have it?”  She looked at him and said, “Okay. I guess its okay.”

We continued to enjoy the movie. It wasn’t until about 15 minutes later when Willie was acting like a buzz saw. He was one big giant ball of energy. He was jittering and shaking and playing the air drums and talking a mile a minute. We looked at each other and wondered why is he acting this way. Then I asked her, “Did you give him that chocolate bar?” She said, “Well he told me that you said it was okay.” I told her I said it was okay if you gave him a piece of it. Willie had eaten a whole giant chocolate bar in about 10 minutes, and we were suffering the consequences.  For the rest of the evening he was wild with energy.

Willie and played the technicality game. The technicality game is  where you’re technically telling the truth but you say it in a misleading manner. Christians are the same way with God. They ask God to give them something when they know that He doesn’t want them to have it. They just play the technicality game to make Him think they are doing something good for Him.

Friends, God cannot be fooled. He knows what we think before we even think it. That is a thought that needs to be meditated upon. I’ll say it again, “God knows what we think even before we think it.” How do you deal with a God who knows what you think even before you think it? It’s no wonder that God tells us that we need to speak the truth. When Jesus speaks of himself saying that he is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6), He could in fact be giving us a warning; A warning that we should always tell the truth because God knows the truth even before we think it! He knows what we’re going to do even before we formulate the idea in our heads. So we better come clean!

There is no way you can deceive God.  There is no way that you can play the technicality game with him. He knows exactly what you’re going to do even before you consider doing it. That is a sobering thought! We’re dealing with the God who knows us even better than we know ourselves. There’s no way to manipulate the truth or play the technicality game with God (Matt. 6:8). There’s nothing we can do to deceive or trick God.

We are such feeble creatures. We are so finite because we live within the constraints of time. We don’t know what the next minute will bring in our lives. But God knows. I don’t mean to say this as a consoling statement. I mean to say it as a warning.  It is a statement that should make you think about always speaking truth with God. It’s a statement that should make you well aware that there’s someone who knows what you’re going to do in the next 5 minutes, and you can not deceive Him (Luke 12:27-31). You cannot play a technicality game with Him. You cannot manipulate events to make them work toward your favor. You cannot give an excuse for anything.  God knows!

How is it that He knows everything about your life? He does because He is already there. God does not live within the constraints of time. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev 22:13).  He lives outside the constraints of time. This is how He can live in our past and our future all at once. You and I however are linear creatures.  We exist from second to second, minute to minute, hour to an hour.

Not only can this be a sobering thought, but it can be a comforting thought as well. Because God knows what we’re going to do 5 minutes from now, He can arrange events in our lives that will shield, protect, guide and love us. In this way he has the power to make things happen and give us His mercy, grace and goodness.

 

Why the King James Bible Teaching

king james bibleIt doesn’t matter to us which Bible you use, but we teach King James Bible doctrine.  There is a big difference between the King James Bible teachings and the teachings of other bibles.  The Psalmist says: “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Ps. 119:160).  In Jeremiah 23:36, the Bible says, “For ye have perverted the words of the living God.” So, God’s word will last forever, but there will be people who make perversions.  This is the case that we have in the Christian world today.  Someone is taking living words from the living God and perverting it.

This all has to deal with the subject of final authority.  This the most crucial thing going on in the world today. Why?  Because the issue of final authority determines—absolute truth.

Today, people are being taught that all truth is relative.  Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity digests down to this destructive premise.  It subtly teaches that everyone can have their own truth.  Of course this lends to chaos as everyone becomes their own authority and god.  A christian however, places himself in subjection to the Bible.  However, Jeremiah said somebody took those words and perverted them.  Therefore, it is crucial for the Christian to find the right words of God so he can live by them, and reject the perversions.

The King James Bible is the word of God for several reasons.  These reasons should be looked at and analyzed very carefully.  No true lover of God would want to follow a perversion, or become his own authority for that matter.  The King James Bible is the word of God because:

  • It’s the only bible that doesn’t have a copyright.  If you have a King James Bible in your hand, you have a Book with no copyright on it. You may see a copyright on the notes, references, maps, index, etc., but not on the word of God itself.  Anybody can get a plain King James Bible and there’s no copyright in it.  When King James endorsed it, he placed the Crown Copyright on it, but you don’t have to ask the Crown today for the right to print it. The Crown copyright is different from present day copyright.  King James didn’t copyright it to make money off of it.  he wanted the world to have it freely.  The Crown copyright showed that King James endorsed it, and in Ecclesiastes 8:4 it says, “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” It was copyrighted under a king, showing a king endorsed it.  This is much different than the copyright of today, which involves making money.
  • It is the only Bible which is “Authorized.”  The term “Authorized” is applied to the King James Bible alone.  It is the only Bible which the Holy Spirit has blessed.
  • It was translated under a God-Ordained King (Ecc. 8:4).  AND, the king under whom the Bible was translated has a Jewish name–James.
  • God promised to preserve His word.  He said, “The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever” (Psalm 12:6-7).  No one can hide God’s true words from man.  If man wants to find it, there is certainly someplace it can be found. Christ said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words” (John 14:23).  How do you keep His words if you don’t have them? Christ said, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7). How do you get a prayer promise if you don’t keep His words? Christ said, “He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God” (John 8:47). How do you hear them, if you don’t have them? The Bible says to the preacher, “Preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2).  How can a preacher preach something he doesn’t have? If God can preserve us unto the day of salvation, then He can certainly preserve what He wrote.
  • It gives preeminence to the Lord Jesus Christ.  All other Bibles attack the deity of Jesus Christ.  Some bibles are quite obvious in their attack on the Lordship of Jesus Christ, while others are more subtle.  For example: the New King James Bible attacks the deity of Christ in Acts 4:27. It says that Jesus Christ was not God’s “child;” He was just God’s “servant.”  Other versions have come up with more blatant and dangerous changes to the scriptures.  The frontal assault is launched against such doctrines as: The Virgin Birth (Isa. 7:14; Luke 1:34; 2:33), The Blood Atonement (Col. 1:14; Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:7; Rev. 1:5), The Resurrection (Acts 1:3; Luke 24), His Deity (Acts 10:28; John 9:35; 1 Tim. 3:16), the Second Coming (Rev. 11:15; Titus 2:13).  These are just a few of examples of the many changes that show the devil’s handiwork in perverting the word of God.  Other “bibles” consistently attack the Lord Jesus Christ.  There is no way they can have any merit.  The King James Bible, on the other hand, never attacks the Lord Jesus Christ (John 5:39).  It does the exact opposite–it EXALTS the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Because the vast majority of all manuscripts validate the King James Bible.  The Textus Receptus (received text) comes from Antioch, Syria, where the disciples were first called Christians.  At times it is called The Majority Text.  This is because there are a vast number of fragments collected from many locations that are all in agreement.  There is a huge amount of these manuscripts (all in agreement) because the early church would copy the writings and distribute them to other believers, who would in turn, copy them and distribute them.  Since the early church did not have the monetary resources of Rome, they were not copied onto sheets of vellum, but onto inferior paper, so they didn’t last the test of time.  The other manuscripts (LXX) come from Alexandria, Egypt, where Rome had great influence.  The LXX comes from only two corrupt manuscripts, known as “Vaticanus” and “Siniaticus.” These manuscripts are full of alterations to meet the demands Rome. They have been determined to be older, but again, they are only few.  Rome having influence in Alexandria, Egypt at that time, these are the adopted manuscripts of the Catholic church.  All new versions are direct translations from these corrupt Catholic manuscripts.  The King James Bible is the only one translated from the Textus Receptus (The Majority Text) which came from Antioch where Christianity began.
  • The honesty of the Translators.  The translators use of italics in the Bible shows the honesty of the translators.  They italicized words they put into the text that do not appear in the original language. Perverted Bible translations do not do this. The translators had the integrity to let us know what was added and what was original.  God says in Revelation 22:18-19, “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”  Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Because It Exalts the Lord Jesus Christ.  The translators honored God.
  • It is a perfect translation. The words “translate” and “translated” only occur three times in the Bible (2 Sam. 3:10; Col. 1:13; Heb. 11:5.  Note: The number 3 is God’s number of perfection.). Each time, God is the Translator. Each time, something is going from one situation to a much better situation.  Since God inspired “holy men of God” (II Pet. 1:21) to write down His words in the first place,  He is certainly capable of guiding the translators to keep the words which Jesus told us to keep (John 14:23). It is also apparent by the character of God, that the translation became better than originally penned.
  • It’s fruit is good.  The Lord Jesus said that every good tree will bring forth good fruit, and we can know them BY their fruits (Mt. 7:17-20). God had the bible translated to bring forth good fruit. The perversions produce EVIL fruit. They produce infidels who profess to know God, but in fact they do not.  They spit out spiritual babies one right after the other who completely blind to basic Bible doctrine. However, the King James Bible is validated by the Holy Spirit who bears witness of the truth.
  • All perverted Bibles compare themselves to the King James Bible. They don’t compare themselves with each other.  They all compare themselves to the King James Bible.  This proves there is something special about the King James Bible. Why does everyone oppose the King James Bible and not the others? Satan has no desire to divide his own kingdom (Mt. 12:26). His desire is to discredit the word of GOD, not himself; so he attacks only one Book, God’s Book, the KJV.  Those who join the Devil in opposition to the King James Bible have no Final Authority.  They become their own authority.  I know they look like Christians.  They act, smell, talk, and dress like Christians, but they depend on their own judgment too much, thus becoming their own authority.

Let’s not accept the idea that the Authorized King James is outdated and needs to be replaced for a new translation. Satan knows that newborn babes in Christ will not have the real milk that they need in order to grow because they’ll have a watered down version of the truth. He figures that if he can’t kill the babes, he’ll do the next best thing-stunt their growth. At the same time the world will point to “Christianity” and say, “They don’t even have the same Bible.”

 

 

Offended people don’t really need to be offended

People get offended for the silliest reasons. 

Psalm 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 A young lady could not visit her father anymore.  Years had gone by and this unsightly situation prevailed.  Finally, one day it came out why she was unwilling to visit.  It seems as if she was offended that her father made her wear dresses when she was young.

People get offended at the silliest things.  Of course, it doesn’t seem silly at the time, but that is because they are not looking at the situation clearly.  They are looking at the situation from a tainted viewpoint.  They are offended because they are thinking about themselves; how it affects them, or how they are embarrassed…  There is no need to get offended.  In fact, the only way you get offended is because you choose to be offended.

The Bible says that if you love God, His laws and are at peace with others, nothing will get you offended.  You can endure much more when you are “right” with God.  Very little will offend you if you are “right” with God.  When you love the law of God’s teachings, you will put them first in your life.  To put God’s law first is to put the giver of God’s law first–God.  When you are “right” with God, there is very little that the world can do to you because you will be in control of what you allow to affect you and what you will not allow to affect you.

You can take it to the bank–the person that is easily offended is struggling with their love for God’s teachings, rules or laws.  They have either broken them or are having trouble letting them into their life so they can control their actions.  In a finer sense I can say, they are having trouble giving up their “rights” to God.  These type of people think that they are the standard by which things should be done, or even become vocal about the way others live their life for Christ.  Somewhere in Christianity, people have lost sight of God being in control.  Oh, they say that He’s in control, believe that He is, proclaim that He is, yet they still live like He is not.  They fret and fear and worry and try to arrange things to their own benefit, while all the time they have abandoned the peace they can have by living like God is truly their creator and they are the created.

Christians would do well for themselves if they could just visualize they are nothing more than an “object”; created by God; for God (Rev 4:11), and not get offended about that.  Then all of the struggle, worry, fear and fretting will amount to nothing, neither here or in eternity.  If you could just close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself giving your entire life to God, indiscriminately, with nothing held back, and no conditions placed upon the situation, you would be better off.  If you could allow that vision to slowly fade into a scenario of total obedience to God, even unto the death, you would live a much more peaceful life.  Why? Because total obedience, total commitment, total dedication describes love; a love for God.

King David saw a beautiful woman that he wanted to take for his wife.  He took her and she was eventually found to be with child.  The trouble was that she was already married to Uriah the Hittite who was off to war.  Trying to solve the problem himself, he thought if Uriah would come home, then he would surely sleep with his wife then his sin would be covered.  So he wrote orders for the general (Joab) to send Uriah home.  He told Uriah to “Go down to thy house…” (2 Sam. 11:8).  But, Uriah slept on the floor at the door of the king’s palace and did not go home to his wife.  When David discovered this he asked Uriah why he didn’t go home to his wife.  Uriah answered, “The ark of the Lord, Israel and Judah all sleep in tents.  My fellow soldiers all sleep in open fields.  I cannot allow myself these indulgences as long as this situation exists.”  To Uriah it was a matter of duty, honor and devotion to God.  He loved God.  But David gave secret orders for Joab to have Uriah lead the charge at hottest place of battle so Uriah would be killed in battle, and Uriah was killed.

Uriah loved not his life even unto death.  His love for God gave him peace.  Oh that Christians today could have that kind of dedication and love for God.  If they did, they would lead much more peaceful lives because very little would offend them.  When you think of God instead of yourself, little there is that you will allow to offend you.

How many Christians today would lead better, lives?

How much do we really know about God’s character?

It is God’s character to be a forgiver of sin.  Most of the time, when we hear this statement, we think about the forgiveness that WE GET and not about God’s character–THE FORGIVER.  God’s character is to think about others.  Man’s character is to think about Himself (Eph. 5:29).  We know all about ourselves, but how much do we really know about God? It is difficult to find Bible teaching that teaches with this very premise as it’s core.  You don’t very often find teachers who try to teach about God’s character and how He feels about things.  Most teaching falls into the trap of human need for satisfaction.  Man likes to know that he gets what he needs to make himself feel better about being a Christian.  However, teaching about the Bible, from God’s point of view, is out there; although it is difficult to find.  Most teaching is motivated by the need for money or popularity.  The teachers know this and that is why most extremely popular, media induced, Bible teaching is popular–because people hear what they want to hear to nourish and cherish his own self. There is nothing wrong with feeling good.  After all, it is an emotion that God put in us.  But He didn’t put it inside of us to be abused.  He put it in us so we can understand how He can feel, just as He put: hate, fear, remorse and sadness.  We are made in all of the image of God, not just the ones that we want to claim.  Man has abused the emotions that make us feel good by popularizing “feel good” churches.  So, he says, “if I feel good, and everything is positive, then I am identifying with God, but if it is negative and I feel conviction for my sin, then I am not identifying with God.”  This kind of thinking comes about from not grasping the truth that man is just a created being and God is the Creator. Man is nothing without God.  There is not even a thought that man can have without the awesome guiding, and direction of God.  Man is totally subject to God in everything.  There is not a breath our body takes without God moving the lungs.  There is not a beat of our heart that does not receive it’s power from God.  We are unabatedly subject to God. Why then did God give us the Bible?  We thought it was because He was giving us instruction on how to live.  True, but it is much more than that.  The Bible reveals  God’s character. New Tribes Missions author Trevor Mcllwain described it best when he said, “it is God’s love letter to us, telling us about Himself.”  Yes, He is instructing us about Himself, but all we see is how much we are not like Him.  He is showing us how He originally intended the relationship of Creator–creation to be.  It was supposed to be a wonderful relationship of God with man (the image of God) who could completely understand and identify with Him.  But man does not see it that way.  Man sees God as some kind of magic Genie who comes out to grant his wishes when he calls for him, then goes back into his bottle until he is needed again. God’s forgiveness of sin, especially this sin, speaks loudly about His character.  If we just consider ourselves as nothing, and God as everything, we can see God’s character.  If we can put ourselves out of the way long enough to learn something about God’s character, we will be much better off.  Then, we can begin living the Christian life.  Not the “Christian life” as the world supposes it to be.  The Christian life as God indented it to be.

Books by Pastor Coale

CCS2The Chinese Character Story is an amazing story of how God embedded the gospel and the story of Creation right inside the Chinese language. The Chinese communist do not believe in God, but the language that they use daily, holds the story of God. This booklet by Pastor Coale clearly shows how God could do such a thing as to turn Satan’s work around on himself.

 

 

Have you ever thought, “What other gospel addresses this same event?” The Parallel Gospels not only aligns the gospels in parallel with each other, It also organizes them in chronological order. Pastor Coale wrote this book to help him in his own study and he is sure It will be a great help to you as well.  This book is a great help in studying the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and will be referred to over and over.

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts and Tongues: The Charismatic Catastrophe will help all seekers of truth to know the mind of God concerning speaking in “tongues” and spiritual misuse of “gifts.” It is for this purpose that Pastor Coale brings this work to us. All too often, Christians are approached by super-Charismatics who prey upon them. They seek converts among innocent Christians trying to learn about God. When new Christians are told they are not really saved until they speak in tongues, they become rightfully concerned. Since they want to please their new Lord, they naturally want to speak in tongues, but something holds them back; something tells them things are not right, but they can’t put their finger on it. This booklet is written for those Christian brothers and sisters. If they follow where this booklet leads them in God’s word, they will clearly understand God’s teaching on this subject.

Chinese Character Story

Ron Coale

Pastor Coale has been in active ministry since 1996. He has worked in China, Thailand, Cambodia and all over the USA.

The Chinese Character Story booklet that I had written long ago is now available in digital form on amazon.com.  This book has inspired readers throughout the world, both in it’s English and Chinese format.  It has been used to show that the ancient Chinese forefathers knew emphatically the story of creation, even though China denies creation today.  It is an amazing story showing how God embedded the story of creation in the written Chinese language that is still widely used today.

It is in inspiration to see how God works on those who proclaim to be His enemy, using their efforts to deny God, to actually prove God’s existence, all without their knowledge they are being used by Him.

It is a truly good tool to use with the atheist who points to the far eastern religions of China.  Once they see that the Chinese ancestors clearly believed in God, they are perplexed about answering how that could be.

This book will open your mind to the “relationship” approach to living that the Shemite people thrive in.  I truly hope it will be a blessing to you.

The Chinese translation of this booklet can be obtained here for anyone who has a Chinese friend. This booklet has opened the door to lead many Chinese people to the Lord. Sincerely, Ron Coale