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God is blunt when it comes to telling the truth and He pulls no punches even when it comes to people that are His.  However, the news media of today seem to glamorize the people and issues they are for without the mention of any or many of the negatives the person or issue has.

Innate in man is to make himself look as good as possible even if he leaves out part of the truth.  And it seems to be the same with today’s media; innate in media is leaving out parts of news stories that may take away from their narrative.

God, on the other hand, exposes even His own people when they attempt to circumvent His perfect plan.  He is after His own glory and the joy of His people.  When we get away from pursuing God then we do not get the ultimate joy that we are after.

In the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel 11 we find David, the King of Israel and a man after God’s own heart – lounging at home when he should have been going to battle with his army.

“It happened, late one afternoon, when David arose from his couch and was walking on the roof of the king’s house, that he was from the roof a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful.  And David sent and inquired about the woman.  And one said, ‘Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’  So David sent messengers and took here, and she came to him, and he lay with her…Then she returned to her house.  And the woman conceived, and she sent and told David, ‘I am pregnant’” (2 Samuel 11:2-5, ESV).

And this was not the end of the story.  David sent for Uriah and brought him back from the battle field in an attempt to have Uriah lie with his wife and thus clearing David from sin.  Uriah had much more character than David in this instance for he could not see lying with his wife while his brother-in-arms were still at war.  David sent him back to the fray and had him murdered.

In the next chapter of 2 Samuel God sends a prophet named Nathan to confront the king with his sin.  God spoke through Nathan that there would be serious consequences to his sin.  The Bible puts it like this: “Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in His sight?  You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.  Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.  Thus says the LORD, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house.  And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.  For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.  David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’  And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die.  Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die’” (2 Samuel 12:9-14).

God pulls no punches, He exposes the good and the negative in His children.  He does this so that His children will see their need every day for His presence in their lives.  God exposes sin for the good of the sinner and the showing forth of His grace and mercy.

In the latest World Magazine, and the Dispatches/Human Race section the following article is shared.  Killed: A 23-year-old Baltimore rapper died in an ambush June 25, an hour after hosting a charity basketball game to ‘pray for peace in the streets.’  In what police say was likely a targeted killing, an unidentified man gunned down Tyriece ‘Lor Scoota’ Watson at a busy intersection in broad daylight.  Watson rapped about the streets and drugs, but he engaged the inner city and its kids, advocating nonviolence after the death of Freddie Gray.  His family said he was likely targeted because he was making something of himself and trying to escape Baltimore streets” (p. 8).

After the atrocities in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota the media seemed to play up the police and civilian interaction and it was mostly negative.  It seemed as if the security of our states, counties and cities were taking fire from the media from only one angle.

But everyday crime, which is extremely unfortunate does not get reported.  Is Tyriece’s life less important than those who made nightly and cable news?  Not to God and not to his family – his life mattered as do all lives.

The news media pulls punches by making you listen and watch what brings then ratings.  But it does more, it promotes their stars’ personal agenda and makes the person they back look like the perfect person they would like to see.

God presents warts and all, yet shows how these warts can be redeemed.  We must be informed!  First line of information for a Christian is the Bible.  Second, do not take a story at face value that is pushed by any news media, but read other news sources and find out for yourself what the truth is.

Fortunately, the Bible has been and still is the best source of truth.  To find out truth research is required and curiosity is a good quality to have when finding out any bottom line.

It is good that God pulls no punches because it addresses the realities of the human condition.  Yet, it does not leave you hopeless, but completely hopeful by the person of Jesus Christ.  Until we realize that God has provided ultimate hope through His Son, we will want punches pulled because they hurt when they land.  Jesus has taken the most serious punch the world has to give and that is death but He won that victory but rising from the dead.  Turn to Him today, He wants you to be His.

Why Speaking the Truth About Islamic Terror Matters

Mateen was following Sharia directives, yet the left won’t acknowledge it

Why Speaking the Truth About Islamic Terror Matters

The Orlando shooter, we have learned, beat and abused his wife. President Obama tells us these are the acts of a mentally disturbed man and we must ramp up gun control to keep it from happening again. The reality, however, is that the shooter’s actions proved him to be a devout Muslim who abided by the teaching from the Quran on how one should discipline a disobedient wife.

The rest of the country, and especially Christians, are the true enemy, in the view of the left — and the downtrodden must stick together through thick and thin.

The political left is once again manufacturing a false narrative to keep the public in the dark about Islamic terror. The latest example comes from the tragedy in Orlando and CNN news anchor Don Lemon. Lemon, as an openly gay member of the press corps, is in a position of power to lead the narrative about what happened at Pulse, when 49 members of the LGBT community were summarily executed by an adherent to Islam,

Hours after the shootings, Lemon said, “The shooter in Orlando is clearly someone who has distorted Islam.” … Read more on FaithZette


If you know anything about herding sheep, you’ll know it isn’t as easy as it looks!  The shepherd must work hard at keeping the sheep together and when it is time to lie down they must make sure that the conditions are just right regarding proper food and water.  Apparently sheep also have a tendency to wander away and get lost, leading to a vulnerability for predator’s such as coyotes or wolves.

Now this author is not a sheepherder but he knows the Shepherd.  After watching a lesson from a sheepherder via “youtube” an experienced herder simply leads the sheep and beckons them gently to follow him.  They follow him because they know his voice and if anyone else would call out to them they would not follow.

In first century Israel, there were shallow caves called sheepfolds where the shepherds would house the sheep at night.  The sheep were protected on all sides except for the entrance.  Most entrances did not actually have doors or gates but the sheepherder would lie down at the gate and sleep.

Within that sheepfold, the sheep feel the safety and security of having the shepherd at the door.

In the gospel of John, Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd in 10:14. The first 21 verses are comforting music to one’s ears and soul.  Jesus begins the story about Himself by saying if anyone comes into the holding area of sheep other than the door, they are thieves and robbers.  The one who enters by the gate or door is the shepherd.

The entire chapter 10 of the gospel of John is deep and meaningful but in the first 21 verses we see two major points.  The first is that Jesus is the Good Shepherd and He knows whose are His and the sheep know who He is.

Jesus says something in verse 16 that has been misunderstood for years but needn’t be.  He said; “And I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.  So there will be one flock, one shepherd” (ESV).

Jesus is simply saying that not only will Jews believe in Him for salvation and be welcomed into eternal life but so will Gentiles.  He is not referring to Mormons or saying there is more than one way to heaven but that the Old Testament would be fulfilled hearing about Jesus and believing in Him for eternal salvation.

Jesus did not come only for the Jewish nation but the whole of creation.  Isaiah the prophet mentions that the Savior of the Jews would be a “light to the nations.”  This goes beyond the idea that Jesus is only a Jewish Savior, but actually the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham in the book of Genesis.  The idea of the Gentiles being included along with Israel, came long before Israel was settled.

And with Jesus being the door or gate to the sheepfold, He is saying that He is the only way into the “green pastures.” There is no other way to the Father except through Jesus and this is clear here and later in John 14:6 where Jesus tells His listeners that He is “the Way and the Truth and the Life and no one comes to the Father except through me.”

Peter tells the Jewish leaders as he stood before them: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul the apostle writes that the wall that existing between Jews and Gentiles is now broken down.  There is one way for all to be saved and that is through what Jesus accomplished upon the cross.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd and He beckons all to come to Him, however, only those who hear and respond to His voice will be saved.   How does one know the voice of Jesus?  If you are thinking about Jesus right now as you read this, it is a very good indication that He is calling to you.

Four major religions claim to be the one true religion: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity.  And of those, only one has God coming to man and not man going or trying to get to God.  Only Christianity offers grace and simply what that means is there is a great chasm between men and God that man cannot bridge.  God bridged it Himself by sending His Only Son so that whoever would believe in Him would have eternal life.

If you are working your way to God, do you know how many good works you have to do to be accepted?  If you want your good deeds to exceed your bad deeds to enter heaven or paradise; how do you know if the good has exceeded the bad?  What is the scale that is used to determine the good works or deeds verses the bad?

Honesty would confess that you do not know if you have done enough to gain God’s approval.  God knows this and this is why He came to earth so that “all” men would have opportunity to enter heaven or paradise.

The Good Shepherd is calling out to you, do you hear His voice?  If you do, will you follow?  God has made it simple – he who believes in Jesus has life.  Those who come to Him will never be cast out but drawn into His everlasting arms.

The truth of the Syrian conflict

Benghazi to Damascus

The “Arab Spring” stalled in the face of Bashar al-Assad’s defiance.  The President of Syria shocked many in the western world when he chose to slaughter hundreds of thousands of his own people rather than yield to the demands of regime change from the Muslim Brotherhood, backed by President Obama.

You see, the sweep of the “faux-democracy” movement known as the Arab Spring was to have long since washed away all secular governments in the Mideast – dictatorships and monarchies alike – clearing the way for the installation of Sunni-dominated theocratic Islamist governments under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This is the truth behind all of the recent convulsions in the Middle East; in Obama, the Muslim Brotherhood found a willing patron, someone willing to empower them to restore the former Ottoman Empire (the goal espoused by Hassan al-Banna at their founding) by whatever means necessary.

The ultimate aim of the Arab Spring is to build a “Caliphate,” a coalition of Islamic states operating under the rubric of an Islamic union, ruled by an Islamist Kalif, who will usher in an era of economic, spiritual and military renewal for the depressed states of the region.

Seeing everything through the red-lens of a Marxist, Obama has bought the Muslim Brotherhood’s lie that the root of terrorism lies in western exploitation and oppression of Arab peoples.  Believing this fantasy has permitted Obama to envision an enduring legacy for himself – as the man who finally brought peace to the Mideast – by enabling this “pan-Arabic Islamic Union” to form and take its place among the economic powers of the world.  An Islamic version of the European Union if you will.

What has been overlooked (or simply ignored depending on your source) is the fact that Islam recognizes no borders but its own and exists for the sole purpose of subjugating the earth to Islam.  This is not the stuff from which prudent alliances are made.  It is the stuff from which one crafts one’s own destruction.

Benghazi was a central transit point for the illegal shipment of arms and advanced weaponry to so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels from the captured stockpiles of the now deposed Gaddafi, as well as other advanced weapons provided by the United States and other nations without the knowledge or permission of Congress.

The Consulate/arms depot that was the Benghazi mission was a certain target for not only Libyan rebels (who wanted the arms for themselves) but also for Iranian-backed forces who had sniffed out the operation months before.

All these elements were in place and known to the Obama Administration, yet they blundered ahead, risking the lives of not only the Americans at the Benghazi mission, but also the tens of thousands of innocent lives placed in harm’s way by introducing such firepower to remarkably unstable offshoots of al-Qaeda in the hopes that they would use them responsibly.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin recently explained, the majority of fighters in these Syrian opposition groups are mercenaries who will shift sides at the first whiff of a larger paycheck.  These are the same mercenaries that have subsequently joined ISIS (bringing with them all of the advanced weaponry America has kindly provided) and promptly began a slaughter of non-Muslims such as has not been seen on this earth in centuries.

Putin continued –

“One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras.”

“Are these the people you want to support? Are they the ones you want to supply with weapons?”

The Global Faith Institute has been informing both the public and policymakers of the true dynamics at work in this conflict for several years now.  We wrote of the arms-running operation in Benghazi mere days after the fatal attack on the mission.

We mapped the players and their motivations in the following weeks, accurately predicting the events of the last three years based upon our sources and research.

With Russia no longer relying on proxies to advance their interests in the region, it is extremely important – I daresay, essential – to understand the truth behind the headlines and the actions of both our enemies, our allies and our own government.

We are closer to major war at this moment than we have been since the height of the Cold War.  In the coming weeks, in major publications across the United States we will publish a series of articles under the heading of From Benghazi to Damascus – the truth behind the Syrian conflict.

May the Lord bless and guide our efforts.  Stay tuned.

Reeling and Healing

What man meant for evil God meant for good.  As we look back on our week here in the United States and see what happened in Charleston, SC we saw evil personified.  But what has come out of that should fill us with hope.  Followers of Jesus did not respond with hate, but with love for one another and even the perpetrator of the horrendous crime of murdering unsuspecting victims.

There has been, is and will be grieving for the loss that this whole nation feels and especially the body of Christ.  The write of Psalm 116:15 reminds the follower of Jesus that “Precious in the sight of the LORD in the death of His saints.”  However, it is natural to grieve over one who was close to us; even Jesus did it in John 11:35 when He wept at the death of his dear friend Lazarus.

Often times when evil rears its ugly head those who are Jesus followers retreat into a shell and allow the evil to run amok.  But this does not have to be; what we must do is come together and bring strength to that link which seems to be weak after a confrontation with evil.  We retaliate but not with weapons made by men but weapons made by God.  Vengeance is never ours to bring down upon our “enemies” but vengeance upon evil is only and always Gods.

Paul that apostle tells the church at Rome in his letter to them: “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord” (Romans 12:19, ESV).

We began to get a glimpse of this in Charleston when the family members of the slain and members of the church body forgave the gunman and even invited him back to the same Bible study of which he took the lives of the slain.  Paul goes on in verses 20-21; “To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if his thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’  Don not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

This young man was and is definitely hungry for God and thirsty for God, but he went about finding that very wrong.  But God used this horrendous incident to show who He is and what He is truly like.  God so loved the world even though it was not looking for Him and all evidence points to us hating God with a passion; that is when God the Father sent God the Son to die on our behalf so that we might receive eternal life if we receive it by faith.

Though we saw evil first hand my we see even more clearly the hand of our loving Savior as He overcomes hate with love and evil with good.  As we move forward let us as followers of Jesus, whether black or white, or Latino or Asian may we set aside our color differences and see with great clarity what makes us of one great race – Jesus Christ and our reception of Him as our Savior and Lord.  Let the church rise up and follow our Head into a great time of witnessing His love for a lost world.  Lost people matter to God and He wants them found.

Grieve yes, but only temporarily, but love always!  Follow the example of Jesus and love when it does not make sense.  This shows God’s love for people of the world in which He came to save.


The prophet Isaiah wrote to the nation Israel 59:1-2; “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull, that it cannot hear; but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.”  There is something grand here, and something devastating.

God is able to save to the utmost and He is calling to those who do not yet know Him, but they are not listening.  The issue is not with God it is with man.  Our sins have placed a wall between the perfect and sinless God, while we cherish our sins (Psalm 66:18) and wonder why God does not hear us.  The God who created man in His own image, watches as the pinnacle of His creation seems to prefer rejecting God over the life that He promises.

Earlier in the prophet Isaiah’s book he writes: “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; thought they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18).  God knows that we all have sin, but His desire is for us to be in an intimate relationship with our Maker.

However, the Bible teaches that no one living wants a relationship with his/her Maker.  “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.  All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.  Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.  The venom of asps is under their lips.  Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.  Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.  There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:10-18).  This does not seem like very good news.  But you must understand the bad news before you can recognize the good news.

Paul the apostle writes, 3:21; “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it – the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.  This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.  It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26).

Now that is good news!  All man’s sin are atoned for through Jesus Christ, but the key is at the end of verse 26; “of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  This is the only way that our sins can be made white as snow… turned from scarlet to white.

Faith in the finished work of Jesus can destroy the wall we erected through our sin.  This can be summed up in one verse from the New Testament: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Note, God initiated the salvation of humans by sending Jesus into the world so that we might have life through Him.  But it takes believing in Jesus to make the transition from scarlet to white, or from darkness to light.  God loves you too much to let you go on your own to eternal separation from Him so He gives you lifeline through His Son, God in the flesh.

Is your sin keeping you from the God who created you in His image?   A soul that sins shall die and spend eternity away from the presence of God, but why should this happen when God has provided a way of salvation, a way to have all your sins forgiven and to have a personal and intimate relationship with Him?

Don’t cherish your sin and run from God but instead run to Him through believing in Jesus who took on flesh and came to seek and save the lost.  Come to Him now by responding to His call on your life so that your sins, though they be as scarlet, will become white as snow.



Last week we began to consider the concept of Jesus being both God and man simultaneously.  We, as humans, have a difficult time with this because only God can is capable of such a form of existence.  He isn’t bound by the strictures of time and place that order our mortal lives.

He is God, and His ways are far higher than ours and so are His thoughts.

The Bible tells us “Concerning His Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by His resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:3-4).

First, we see that Jesus was born of David according to the flesh.  God’s Son, has a mortal lineage.  Another translation of the original language puts it this way: “who being born of the seed of David according to the flesh.”

So Jesus, the Son of God was born just as we were.  No gimmicks, simply God becoming man the way a man becomes a man.

Job speaks of this in Job 19:25; “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth.”  Job knew that only God could redeem him as he is confronted by God, and that one day God would physically walk upon the earth.  He didn’t know when, but he was certain of it.  This is what we’re taught in Hebrews 11.

Donald Grey Barnhouse reminds us; “He was and is the God-man; in Him is absolute humanity and absolute deity.”

Galatians 3:16 states: “Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring.  It does not say, ‘And to offsprings,’ referring to many, but referring to one, ‘And to your offspring,’ who is Christ.”

Paul is referencing Genesis 12:7 and God’s promise to Abraham that he would have a son.  God was not looking simply at Isaac, but all the way down to Jesus!  He would be fully human.

The prophet Isaiah also foretells of the Savior’s coming into the world in 7:14; “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign.  Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.”  This is repeated in Matthew 1:23 at the birth of the God-man.

Another story of Jesus being fully human mentioned by Barnhouse in his commentary is Matthew 17:24-27 and the paying of taxes.  Peter is approached by tax-collectors and asked if Jesus pays taxes.  Peter being Peter, answered in the affirmative.

Jesus already knows this when Peter returns to where they’re staying and asks Jesus about who is to pay taxes and who is not. Jesus tells Peter to go catch a fish and to get the tax money from it.

Barnhouse shares it this way: “Go down to My Sea of Galilee, which I created.  I have had one of My creatures lose a coin in the water, and My law of gravity carried it down where I had one of My fish take it into his mouth.  You go fishing and I will have that fish come to your hook.  You take the fish and take the coin out of its mouth, and it will be a coin of sufficient value to pay your taxes and Mine.” (p. 43)

What aspect of human existence is more mundane than paying taxes?  Jesus paid taxes and yet we know He was much more than human.

Jesus also had a human lineage.  In the gospel of Matthew we have one account of Jesus’ human lineage and in the gospel of Luke we have another.  Jesus was from the tribe of Judah as were his human parents Joseph and Mary.  This fulfilled the promises of God to Judah.

Through Solomon came Joseph, and through Nathan came Mary.  Solomon and Nathan were brothers, but we know that Solomon become king in David’s place.  Both were of the royal blood but only one can become king and it was handed to Solomon’s lineage.  Since Mary came through the lineage of Nathan and Joseph through the lineage of Solomon it all works out.  Joseph adopts Jesus as his own son thus making Jesus the oldest and the One who would take precedence.

Why go through all these gyrations?  Why bother to ensure that Jesus was both man and God at once?  So we, God’s children, would know that our God understands us as one of us, not only as our Lord.

Hebrews 4:15-16 says “for we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”




The truth of the title is backed up many times throughout the Bible, but in the New Testament book of Hebrews we read; “He will never leave you nor forsake you.” The word that stands out, that wraps its arms around you and steadies your knees is “never.”

He, the God of all, the one who created all that is; who upholds the universe by a word; who is omnipotent, will never abandon you, and He said so using the same mouth that spoke the universe into existence. How powerful a promise is it then?

He will “never” leave you. This word “never,” is in no way ambiguous. God – who created you and saved you through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ – has stated that He will never forsake you. This is a promise of God from both the Old Testament and New Testament.

Moses led the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt, through the desert and the Red Sea. Moses spoke directly to God and in turn delivered God’s word directly to the people. For this, Moses was revered.

In reading the story of the children of Israel leaving captivity and entering the desert, we find that Joshua was an integral part. He and Caleb were the two spies who scouted the Promised Land before telling Moses and the people that they could indeed secure the object of God’s promise.

The first time we encounter God’s eternal promise of endless communion is in Joshua 1:5, when Joshua takes over the leadership of the children of Israel from Moses. Joshua becomes responsible for the entire nation, and ultimately, the distribution of the land they were promised.

God takes the time to encourage Joshua, reassuring him that as He was with Moses, He would also be with him. God goes on to tell him to be strong and courageous because of His presence with Joshua; God would never, absolutely not ever, leave him no matter how intense and seemingly hopeless the situation.

Dr. Thomas White, President of Cedarville College in Cedarville, OH said these amazing words of encouragement: “God is faithful, He can be trusted.” He is faithful because He is ever present and all-powerful and He will never leave or forsake any of His children.

If you want to encounter this reassurance for yourself, read the stories of followers of Jesus in the lands where the Islamic State is taking over. There are magnificent testimonies of those who have been given strength and courage by God, enabling them to defy the brutal persecution and in many cases, martyrdom that follows their refusal to deny His name.

They know that He is with them at all times and they place their trust in Him.

We must pray for those in the Middle East that are enduring such persecution and those who find themselves being called infidels simply because they believe in Jesus. Let us come along side of them and pray on their behalf for this great God to continue to strengthen and comfort them during these trials. May they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is faithful and He can be trusted.

May they also know that followers of Jesus in the West are praying right along with them during their severe trials.

If you are not a follower of Jesus, the God-man, may He reveal Himself to you through His Word, through another follower of Jesus or through dreams and visions. God is faithful and He can be trusted.