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September/October 2017

 

Have you checked the latest HERESCOPE?

Posted December 16, 2017

THE PRINCE OF PEACE
The Hurt of War amidst the Hope for Peace

A Christmas meditation by Pastor Larry DeBruyn

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon His shoulder:
and His name shall be called Wonderful,
Counsellor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace.
—Isaiah 9:6, KJV

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One of my favorite Christmas carols, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, contains the same line in all five stanzas; that being the sweet refrain, “peace on earth, good-will to men.”[1] Yet lurking ominously in the midst of this song lies this reckoning which contradicts the hoped for reality:

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And in despair I bowed my head: “There is no peace on earth,” I said, “For hate is strong, and mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to men.” [2]

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With the exception of a few decades, the history of the world is the history of war.

Even now by announcing its move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the United States government has taken a step towards its eventual recognition of Jerusalem, not as an international city as currently endorsed by the world’s nations, but as the capitol of the nation of Israel. The announcement has been greeted by demonstrations and protests, both organized and spontaneous, with masked masses burning both Israeli and U.S. flags, shouting defamatory and inflammatory protests and raising clenched fists in the air as they call for war.

Then, too, civilization remains under similar attack with so-called anti-fascists contradictorily employing violent means to seek a peace that is not there, with North Korea threateningly firing missiles over the Pacific Ocean towards the U.S. mainland, with Russia threatening by military conflict to seize eastern Ukraine, with ISIS and Al Qaeda, Boko Haran and other terrorist groups operating in the world, with massive movements of immigrant populations from one country to another the world over, all of this and more contradicts any romantic notion that there will be peace on earth and good will toward man any time soon. Perish the thought . . . but a devastating World War III may be just around the corner.

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Latest Newsletter!

September/October 2017

In this newsletter:

THE EARTHLY BRIDE AND HER HEAVENLY BRIDEGROOM

By the late Johan Malan

WHAT IS A TRUE CHURCH?

By Pastor Anton Bosch

FROM FIRST TO LAST...
A Spiritual Life-Lesson from the Back of the Line

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Read the September/October 2017 Newsletter

 

Now Available in Electronic Format!

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Pastor Larry DeBruyn's book review of Wm. Paul Young's The Shack is now available in .pdf format for reading online or for downloading.

Pastor DeBruyn's book offers something for everyone. For those who simply want to know more about The Shack, UNSHACKLED is a good source of basic information. This is the type of book that you can comfortably hand to your friends. UNSHACKLED is also a great book to give to pastors and church leaders to read. It is scholarly and very well-written.

Click on the link below for the book:

UNSHACKLED - Breaking Away from Seductive Spirituality

 

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Newly Released Teaching Series on DVD!

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Also Available!

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Click on the link below for the booklet:

God's Present of His Presence

 

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Also Available!

NEW EVANGELICALISM: The New World Order

By Paul Smith

Like Cascading Dominoes the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise.

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This book is available through Discernment Ministries. Check HERE for prices and availability.

 

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Also Available!

Contentiously Contending!

By Anton Bosch

Back in 2007 this blog ran a series of messages by Pastor Anton Bosch on the topic of "contentiously contending." We are pleased to announce that these messages have been published in a booklet.

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Herescope readers who loved the series will be happy to know that they can now order this in a printed booklet format - for only $3.00 per copy! Order your copies at the Discernment Products Page (Books) HERE, or by phoning 903-567-6423.

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