I trust that this site will be a resource for studies that confirm God's reality and the validity of the Bible; and help in explaining some of the gnatty little questions concerning God, the Bible and Christianity. Straight Talk about God is a non-threatening, friendly place to confirm God and build the confidence to act in trust of His word. Straight Talk is not affiliated with any denomination and generally shuns traditional Christian practices and doctrine. Straight Talk is founded on the teachings of Paul, along with those of Dr. Gene Scott. And MUCH independent study. Straight Talk about God is fulfilling Ephesians 4:12, which says that "the work of the ministry" is "the edifying of the body of Christ." In other words, as C S Lewis says, we're supposed to "show off God to each other." That's what this web site aims to do. Jesus told us that no one can come to God unless the Father "draws" him. If you're reading this, then you were "drawn" here and will most likely find the answer to a question that you have about God.
Faith is a verb.
Here's what I believe: Through the evidence of God's hand on the stage of history, His irrefutable creations and His working in my personal life, I gain the strength I need to overcome daily adversity, know His Word is forever settled in heaven, and that He will stand by me.
Be sure to see Fifty Pieces, a book of essays on the practical side of the faith walk.
I thought it might be convenient to have a central place where additions to Straight Talk could be easily accessed. These pages are also in their respective categories, but this way you won't miss a new page because it's "buried" in a different place on the site. There's a lot of stuff on this site. I hope this "staging area" has been helpful. Thanks for trying it out. I'll rotate in any new pages as they fall out. And I guess the new links will stay for a few months, at least.
Evangelism: Tool of the Devil
Is there a Believer alive who hasn't heard someone say, "I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior?" Is that really what happened? The common "formula" for being saved is to confess one's sins/sinfulness, and ask Jesus or God to forgive them. I've never heard anyone say that they were sitting around at coffee and Jesus showed up and asked if he could be their savior. Do the people who parrot this sentence ever realize how it sounds to the listener? What a grand statement of ego. And I've certainly heard it said when it meant, "I'm better than you."
Have mercy on your ego.
It's true so often, I could say that 100% of our stress is ego related. I can't find anything else that continually causes us to make bad decisions. It's those bad decisions that result in stress. Still, we'd be in a lot of trouble if we didn't have an ego. It's our main source of protection.
The Christian's Mission
We've heard that each person in the Body has a unique and irreplaceable function. We know from Ephesians 4 that this function is the building up of the Body, edification. This must mean that we are to focus our efforts on believers. What will reach believers? The Gospel of salvation? They've already heard and accepted that.
God's Objective: The Kingdom
It's All About The Kingdom. All a Believer's time, energy and money that is pointed at God, must go for the edification of the Body of Christ. Twenty-five percent of a Believer's life is to be spent in pursuit of God's Objective. God's Objective has always been to set up a Kingdom here on earth. The angels that fell were part of that process. God is using a certain 7000 years of history to fill the void left by those fallen angels.
The Real Gospel
Have you ever noticed that there seems to be more than one Gospel in the New Testament? Are they all the same? The Bible talks about the gospel of God, the gospel of Jesus, the gospel of hope, the gospel of salvation and more. The gospel of God must take precedence over any other gospels. God sent Jesus to earth to deliver a message(gospel) to humanity. It was God's message, not Jesus' message. This message is easily found by studying all the preaching and teaching that Jesus did.
The Trinity Explained
I haven't read all the scholars on the Trinity, but my teacher, Dr. Gene Scott used to say that it couldn't be rationally explained. He said he believed in it, but couldn't really say what it was. By combining what we know as commonly proved science and information from the Bible, I think I can come pretty close to an explanation. But it'll take a bit to lay it out in a logical argument.
Who Was Melchizedek?
The encounter by Abram with Melchizedek is obviously the first type of Communion in the Bible. What about the tithes that Abram paid to Melchizedek? It would definitely imply that Melchizidek was Abram's teacher in God things. It would also imply that this was not their first meeting. This conclusion can be reached by only applying these three Principles of God's Walk. God is real, faithing and pay the teacher.
YOU AREN'T REALLY YOU
God is a spirit. The devil is a spirit. The Angels are spirits. And You are a spirit. If You are a spirit, what is your body?
Your Self, your Spirit, You, manipulate energy to form a tool that allows You to experience the physical reality. That tool is your physical body. Your physical body is not You. This idea is nothing new. It's been taught since there were people. The point is not that your body, your brain, your mind is not You. The point is why we have bodies at all. Extending outward, the point is, why is there a physical reality?
ALSO FEATURED AT THE ARCHIVE: TRANSCRIPTIONS.
With the help of two Angels, this section of Straight Talk is up and running strong with some 80 transcriptions ready to read. There are ten programs in the Lost Tribes Series, twenty on the Illumninati and programs of various other subjects. The most rcent transcriptions are listed below in the Archive section.
OF SPECIAL INTEREST:
Nine transcriptions of New World Order programs. These were broadcast as long ago as 1997. Interesting how the stuff we talked about is now in place.
Fifty Pieces Audio and PDF
Also now available is an audio version of Fifty Pieces, A Personal Walk of Faith. This version is held on one CD and is formatted in MP3. The individual pieces are separated into their own tracks. If your MP3 player lacks Fast Forward and Reverse, you won't have to start at the beginning of the book each time. There are 56 tracks altogether.
I have also transferred Fifty Pieces into PDF format. This is convenient for searching the text and for printing individual pieces.
NEW ADDITIONS TO THE STRAIGHT TALK ARCHIVE:
I've added a new section to the Archive. It's called Recent. It will contain the last ten to twenty programs. These programs will eventually rotate into the appropriate categories, but I will always leave the ten most recent programs in the section.
The last few were:
Scriptural Evidence for Giving
I'm going to take you the long way around giving. Why did Paul AND JESUS make such a big deal out of giving? Because giving is the simplest way to trust God. And trusting God or faithing as you've heard me say, is the way to access God's promise of salvation. If you give God's way, He'll give you eternal life. Pretty good deal. That's why Paul and Jesus talk repeatedly about giving. There are many things in the Bible that are repeated. Did Mom ever say things twice so you'd know she was really telling you something she thought was more important than "How was school today?" God's the same way. You can read while you listen.
We're going to take a look at salvation and how to get saved today. Contrary to what most people believe, evangelism isn't our job. We're not told to go out and witness to folks and try to "lead them to the Lord." I've got three pieces here on how salvation comes about and Who does it. The Bible says we're saved by faith, but how does that play out in the real world? The transcription of Evangelism is here
The Kingdom of God
No Taxes. No corprations. No military. No elections. No ongoing crime. Sound Good? That's only a partial list of the benfits of the Kingdom of God, the Millennium. Who will be included? What is the God-purpose of the Kingdom? Herbert W. Armstrong puts together the structure, the ruling Family and outlines what the Kingdom will be like. I'm sure you will want to be included.
To Sabbath or Not To Sabbath-Communion
I want to deal with one of the controversial subjects for a Believer. Many Christians insist that we keep the Saturday Sabbath. Well, I keep with Paul. He says that every time we faithe we keep the Sabbath. We'll also see what Paul has to say about being worthy to take Communion. The short videos on these subjects are here for the Sabbath and here for Paul's Communion.