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“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”                 (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

Welcome to another post in the category of posts entitled, ‘SERMON SUNDAY.’ Lord willing, at least a few times a month I will share a sermon with you by a well respected preacher who focuses on an important truth in Scripture in order to awaken the slumbering church, and also to alert Christians to the importance of reading and studying God’s Word. It may be a short sermon in written form, or I may present something to you in video form. I pray that when time allows, you will take the time to read or to listen to what I will be sharing with you.

I will also be sharing some expository preaching with you, but sadly, that is a very rare thing to find these days. I’m sure that many of you can attest to that undeniable fact. Sadly, many pastors today who seek to grow their churches oftentimes resort to distorting God’s Word either by taking a verse out of context, or by interjecting their own ideas into the text to make it say what they want a verse of Scripture to say (eisegesis). Sometimes a pastor will even go as far as to manipulate Scriptures in such a way so that they can preach about themselves (narcissistic eisegesis).

Then there are some pastors who just present watered down messages with very little Biblical content, and others who ‘preach’ controversial messages that will appeal to today’s culture in order to attract more people. Sadly they will continue ‘preaching’ these types of messages in order to entertain the crowd to keep them coming, rather than preaching God’s Word as they are instructed to do in order to feed and equip the sheep/saints and to expose the sin in men’s hearts so that God will grant them repentance and lead them to a knowledge of the truth.

My main goal in presenting these sermons to you is to point you to Jesus Christ and to make you realize the extreme importance of studying God’s Word and testing the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture.

Maybe you are one of those people who faithfully stand for Biblical truth and you recently had to leave your church because of what has been taking place as you have witnessed your pastor slowly drift from Biblical truth. Or maybe you left your church many years ago and you still haven’t found a church where the pastor preaches from God’s Word. If so, I have all of you in mind when posting these teachings and videos, as well.

For those who somehow find there way here, I hope and pray that you will be blessed and encouraged by the many Biblical teachings that I will be sharing with you in the weeks and months ahead –Lord willing.

Now for today’s SERMON SUNDAY:

In the video that you will find further below, you will hear Pastor Tom Stegall of Duluth Bible Church preaching from the following passages of Scripture:

O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

 “Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:5-9)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.”                        (1 Corinthians 7:39)

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14)

Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake. But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof: Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?”                                 (1 Corinthians 10:23-30)

 “Hast thou faith? Have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” (Romans 14:22,23)

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.” (Proverbs 12:15)

“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” (Proverbs 24:3-6)

“Open rebuke is better than secret love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” (Proverbs 27:5,6)

He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” (Proverbs 28:9)

They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel. But lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.  And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.(Psalm 106:13-15)

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” (Psalm 37:23)

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)


Video description:

“Pastor Stegall provides some practical, biblical truths regarding the process of determining God’s unrevealed will for the believer in Christ.”

And now here is Pastor Tom Stegall with today’s Sermon Sunday which is entitled, “How To Discern God’s Unrevealed Will In Your Life.”  When time allows I hope that you will consider listening to his message, and that you will be blessed and encouraged by it. As always, please be sure to test everything in light of Scripture as we should always do when listening to someone who is teaching or preaching.                                               (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)



A. How NOT to Determine God’s Will

God’s will is not to be sought…

1) Through SIGNS

2) Through mysterious CIRCUMSTANCES


4) Through our FEELINGS


B. How TO Determine God’s Will…

1) Always PURSUE the REVEALED will of God first

2) Search the Scriptures for any PRINCIPLES that apply

3) Weigh your spiritual PRIORITIES as you seek the perfect will of God

4) PONDER the Scriptural and practical counsel of mature, spiritual believers

5) Regularly PRAY about your decision with a yielded, submissive spirit

6) Trust in the unfailing PROMISES of God

7) PROCEED with your decision only with the peace of God ruling in your heart

Thank you very much for stopping by and taking time out of your relaxing weekend (at least I hope that it has been so far) to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You





For the past couple of years, WordPress has been giving its bloggers an ‘annual report’ so each blogger can see what their readers were most interested in reading on their blog.  And even though they do that for us on a daily basis through the stats they provide, I thought I’d share that report with you –my faithful readers.

But first and of most importance, I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all of you who have taken the time to stop by and read my posts and poems.  You have made all the time I put into writing out of love for Jesus, Biblical truth, — and you — all worthwhile.  And thank you very much to those of you who have taken time to post a comment.  Without you, I just might think that no one is interested in what I have to say and that I am simply talking to myself!

If you read the report, you will discover that the most requested topic that I have written about, as well as the most requested search terms that brought people to this blog, are topics and words related to Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows — my former church for over 14 1/2 years.  The most read post for the year 2013 (as well as 2012) was ‘WARNING YOU WITH TEARS,’ (thanks in large part to Twitter’s MegaChurchMouse who sent the link to that post out on ‘Twitter’ one day) and the most used ‘search words’ of 2013 were words like: ‘why I left Harvest Bible Chapel,’ ‘Dan Marquardt Harvest,’ and ‘Scott Phelps Harvest.’

As I clearly made known to all of you on that post, the reason I wrote WARNING YOU WITH TEARS (among other HBCRM related poems and posts) was because my heart was (and is) heavy with concern for those of you who attend Harvest and were/are not aware of what was/is going on there, as well as for those of you who are like I once was –a person with serious concerns about what was taking place there looking for someone to confirm those concerns.  And because of that overwhelming concern, the prayer and desire of my heart was to somehow reach and warn those of you who attend Harvest.  And by the WordPress report that the “helper monkeys” sent to me that I posted the link to below, you can see that many from Harvest found their way here again in 2013!

I only hope and pray that everything I have shared with you on this blog will cause many of you who may be blinded by your trust in James MacDonald (or by whomever) — as well as your loyalty to him — to realize your main focus and devotion should be to Jesus Christ, and that your responsibility as a follower of Christ and not a man or his ministry, is to pray for discernment as well as to ‘be a Berean’ (Acts 17:11) and test everything that is said and done at Harvest (and at every church, conference, and ‘revival,’ for that matter)  in light of the truth of God’s Word, as well as to seriously look further into all of this.

And for those of you who found your way to this blog in 2013 and have had your serious concerns about what’s happening at HBCRM confirmed by some of the information in the poems and posts on this blog, I pray that you also found (and will continue to find) truth, hope, and comfort not only in the many Scriptures I posted, but also in some of the things I may have said out of love and concern for you knowing firsthand the hurt, sorrow, disappointment, and even righteous anger that many of you may now be experiencing.  I also wanted to give you a strong reminder to pray for discernment and to constantly test what you hear James MacDonald and every Christian leader say against the truth of God’s Word.

For those of you who are followers of Jesus Christ, I hope that — along with me — you will take some time tonight to reflect on God’s goodness and faithfulness to you in this past year, even though you may also have experienced many days and possibly months of heartbreak and disappointment.

And for those of you who do not yet know Jesus as your personal Savior from sin and Lord of your life, I pray that you will take the time to consider seeking Him with all your heart.  Turn to Him with a heart filled with sincere sorrow over sin, and a willingness to turn from it by placing your full trust in what Jesus did when He died in your place as full payment for any and all sin, guilt and shame that may haunt you to this day.

Thank you very much for stopping by, and thank you very much for taking the time to read my poems and posts!  If you have any requests on what you would like me to write about in 2014, please make a comment or send me your suggestions using the ‘contact form’ and I will (Lord willing) prayerfully consider writing about it when time allows.

Lord willing, I am hoping to finish ‘Part 2’ of my testimony —‘From Fear And Uncertainty, To Peace and AssuranceHow God Revealed the Truth to Me As I Was Reading A Catholic New Testament Bible’  by Resurrection Sunday/Easter, so if you are interested in reading that, you will know when to check back and hopefully find it finished by then.  As mentioned in the past, one of the other things that I am extremely concerned about and see the real need to write about in order to warn those of you who may not be aware of this, will be — ‘Mysticism in the Church.’ So if you’re interested in finding out what it is, please consider coming back!  But until then, and as always, please read your Bible and pray for discernment!

God bless you with His truth, grace, and peace in this New Year and in the years to come –Lord willing.

A blessed, healthy, safe, and Happy New Year to each and every one of you!


“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” (Isaiah 43:18)

“…forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 3:14)

“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”  (2 Corinthians 7:10)

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come.”    (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Here is what WordPress sent to me, and now I’ll share it with all of you:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


‘UNCHANGING’ – A poem contrasting the ‘unchanging’ nature and Word of God, with the ever changing ways of the modern day church and its message.