Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

     I send you my best wishes for a wonderfully blessed New Year. I was trying to think of a subject that would be most appropriate to write for our first message in 2014 and I came to the conclusion that we might profit from some new thinking this year. I really shouldn’t say what we’ll discuss today is new because it has always been in God’s Word, but many Christians are not really aware of it. I’m talking about getting the full benefit of salvation.

      There are two different words used for salvation in the Old and New Testaments (ye shuw’ ah and soteria). but they both have the same meaning: deliverance, safety, healing and soundness. This may come as a surprise to some who believed their salvation only guaranteed them a place in Heaven. Let me quickly say that if it were the only provision that salvation offered, it certainly would be enough; but when God saved you, He had more in store for you. Many scriptures bear witness to this fact. Galatians 3:14, which tell us the blessings of Abraham are ours, is only one example. You can receive all the other promises of God the same way you received your deliverance from the kingdom of darkness.

      Romans 10:9&10 states: “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” That is the procedure for receiving all the other promises of God . . . . believing and confessing. When the confession of your lips harmonizes with the confession of your heart, you will then have the thing sought after. A search of the letters to the Churches in the New Testament will give you a vivid description of who you are in Christ if you are a believer. It may not be manifest in your life at this moment, but that is still part of your inheritance as a child of God. Let’s use an example. Philippians 4:19 proclaims “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” You might say this is definitely not true in your life because you have nothing but lack. Well I want to tell you there is a difference between “facts” and the Truth. God’s word is true regardless of what may be manifest at any particular moment in your life.

      We should take God’s Word, personalize it, and begin to confess it. Our example from Philippians would then read, “My God supplies all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus”. Repeat it aloud and often because faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). As you hear God’s Word, the belief in your heart will grow and, as we said before, when the confession of your heart harmonizes with the confession of your mouth, you will receive. We just used that Philippians scripture as an example. There are a multitude of other promises you should personalize and use. When you start this process you might encounter some difficulty. Your mind might balk at confessing things which haven’t been actualized as yet. You need to override those objections and boldly declare what God has said about you. In addition to that you must persist! Your confession is planting seeds of faith in your heart. They won’t bear fruit overnight. Just as the farmer must be patient, you must be patient. It may take weeks of months, but if you continue and don’t faint, your harvest will be bountiful!!!

 May the NEW YEAR bring you many blessings,



 “And do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

COMMENT: The other day I looked at the”American Scene” in the Washington Times Newspaper. Just for the fun of it, I decided to find out the ratio between good and bad news. Out of 23 different articles, only 9 were positive, the rest depicted crimes, natural disasters and terrorism. I had a relative in Detroit who had been nicknamed “411” (Information). She was “addicted” to TV news. During the day she listened to every newscast she could and even went to bed with that one-eyed monster on, fearing that she might miss some “important” happening. I am sorry to say that she was a very fearful person; since September IIth she wouldn’t fly in planes and the fear of being the recipient of “road rage” curtailed her driving. Our world continually bombards us with fearful images. As Christians, it is imperative that we renew our minds with God’s Word and try to minimize our exposure to the anxiety-provoking rhetoric of the world. (Well, some of you may be taunting me with: “Gene, you mention a lot about things from the Newspapers in the daily “Thoughts”. Aren’t you being a little hypocritical?”) Yes, I do subscribe to the “Post” and the “Times”, but I am very selective about what I ponder. Just as faith is the evidence of things hoped for, fear is the evidence of things dreaded. What was that which Job said? “That which I have feared has come upon me. And what I dreaded has happened to me.” (Job 3:25)
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Joshua 1:9, 2 Timothy 1:7 and 1 John 4:18


 ” So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:23,24)
COMMENT: Most of us would say that living 365 years would be quite a lengthy life for sure! However, if you lived during Enoch’s time you might have a different idea. Let me give you some examples of the longevity of some of this gentleman’s contemporaries: Methuselah – 969 years, Adam – 930 years, Seth – 912 years, Cainan – 910 years. However, Enoch and Noah were the only two people written in the Bible to have “walked with God”. From that information, I gather that it is not the quantity of time spent on this earth that counts . . . .it’s the quality. Some time ago my Pastor, Amos Dodge, told the congregation about a good friend of his who died at an early age but had used his time effectively and efficiently. Pastor Ron Mehl built a church from 15 to over 6,000 members, the largest church in the State of Oregon. He also wrote 10 books including the best seller, “God Works the Night Shift”.  None of us know how much time we have left on this planet, so wouldn’t it behoove us to “redeem the time” so that we can hear Jesus utter the words we all long for: “Well done, you good and faithful servant”?
SCRIPTURE STUDY: Luke 19:17 and Ephesians 5:15,16
POST SCRIPT:  I just got a letter from an inmate who wants a pen pal. He is a Christian but his family members will not correspond with him. He wrote and told me that he is in a cell by himself for 23 hours a day and he has a couple of decades to spend there.  If you would be interested in becoming a pen pal, please let me know.
Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire   

A HARD TEST “You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.” (Matthew 22:39b)

 COMMENT: Because of the selfish, grabby nature we all were born with (natural birth), the above commandment is impossible for unbelievers to accomplish. Born again Christians may have a problem fulfilling this mandate for a different reason. . . .a loathing of themselves. Some Believers are trapped in the quagmire because they are carrying around a feeling of guilt. They say: “I’m a Christian and I am acting in this sinful way. What is wrong with me?” Jesus told Peter to forgive his brother 7 times 70. (Matt. 18:21,22) If He tell us, we who are mere dust, to have that much compassion, how much more love and compassion do you suppose our Heavenly Father has for His Children?  When we sin, we should repent, ask for forgiveness and FORGET IT, God has. “. . . For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jer. 31:34) However, let’s not use God’s wonderful grace as a “license to sin”. Let us grow daily into the image of Jesus and work out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Phil. 2:12)SCRIPTURE STUDY: Leviticus 19:18, Proverbs 10:12 and 1 Cor. 3:16



Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire   

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your mercy and steadfast love. . . ” (Psalm 31:7- Amplified Bible)
COMMENT: In the mid 70’s I had just mc’ d an awards banquet for the Life Insurance Agency I headed. A young lady by the name of Janice Thomas came up to me and said: “You could do a lot of good in the Kingdom of God.” Well, I didn’t pay much attention to her because the only kingdom I was interested in expanding was my kingdom. Now that I look back on that incident, she didn’t see me as I was, but as I could be. There is a song that I have grown to love called “Mercy Saw Me”. Here is a part of the beautiful lyrics: “Beautiful, that’s how Mercy saw me. Though I was broke and all so lost, Mercy looked and saw my heart. Not what I was, but what I could be . . . .that’s how Jesus saw me.” In the book “Prayers That Avail Much” by Germaine Copeland, she says it so well: “But God – You are so rich in Your mercy! Even when I was dead (slain) by [my own] shortcomings and trespasses, You made me alive together in union with Christ, and it is by Your grace (Your favor and mercy that I did not deserve) that I am saved (delivered from judgment and made a partaker of Christ’s salvation).  You raised me up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving me joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One).” [page 208]
SCRIPTURE STUDY: John 3:16, Romans 10:9 & 10 and 1 Timothy 1:15
Sincerely Yours, Gene McGuire    Thewordalive
     GOOD NEWS                                    The Family Good News-Letter
29th Year                                         September 2, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

Since the Labor Day Holiday is upon us, I thought it might be appropriate to take a closer look at what we do to earn a living and what spiritual significance that activity might have. People usually divide occupations into two categories, religious and secular. When we think religious, the usual stereotypes come to mind . . . pastors, missionaries, gospel singer and evangelists. It might be beneficial for us to look at this subject from a different perspective. The reign of King David in Israel would be a good starting point.

     David wore two hats. He was both the spiritual as well as the so-called secular leader. This kind of arrangement is called a theocracy. I would like to share a short commentary with you from Thomas Nelson Publishers’ Daily Devotional Bible.  It treats the subject in a much better manner than I ever could. In addition, this approach helps me avoid the temptation to plagiarize. (SMILE)
     David was the king over a theocracy. He organized his people for religious duties as well as for what might be termed “secular” duties. In the theocracy, however, there was no distinction. Any assigned service was in essence a sacred duty, whether one was a soldier or priest. Duty toward the kingdom was duty toward God Who was over the kingdom. Such a thought should dominate the thoughts of the Christian. All of life is sacred. The believer is always on duty. Even in one’s chosen occupation, one is to be a dutiful Christian in the performance of his work. Working at a secular job to make a livelihood merely serves as a means by which one performs his overall duty toward God. The believer is never off duty in his moral obligation.
     Just in case some of you might exclaim “That Old Testament stuff doesn’t apply to me”, let’s talk a little New Testament!!!! Col. 3:23 tells us “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as (something done) for the Lord and not for men.” And if that doesn’t convince you, try on Col. 1:13 which informs us that “We have been translated from the Kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of God’s own Son.”  Therefore, we Christians are not unlike the Hebrews who were subject to King David, we too live in a theocracy. However, there is a significant difference between the two monarchs. Our King is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Savior of the World, the One True God, Jesus Christ.
                                                                     Have a Blessing and be a Blessing,

The Family Good News -Letter


Declaration of Independence and American Flag

Editor’s Note: The following message is found in a Christian tract written by Donald Crawford and published by American Tract Society. The work is called Our Declaration of Dependence. My attempt to get copies of this tract was in vain. Therefore I am reproducing the literature in order for you to enjoy this excellent discourse.

Gene McGuire

In July 1776, one of America’s most historic documents was signed in the city of Philadelphia: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. It marked the birth of this nation which, under God, was destined for world leadership. But what we often forget is that, in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God. The closing words of the DECLARATION solemnly declare:

“With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually

pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

It is important that we recall this very basic Declaration of Dependence, for in her prosperity and power, and in her unique position of world leadership, America

today is forgetting the God of our fathers, the God who gave this nation its birth and its present greatness. We need to be reminded of another warning that God gave to another great nation, Israel, on the occasion of her independence. This warning is found in the Bible, and although written over 3,000 years ago, it might easily refer to modern America today.

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land. . . a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing. . .When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God. . .Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied. . . then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God. . . (Deut. 8:7-14)


     History has made it abundantly clear that those who declare their independence from God by their lives and actions soon become slavishly dependent upon the circumstances and changes of life. On the other hand, those who have humbly declared their dependence upon God have been remarkably free and independent of concern for life’s uncertain circumstances. Abraham Lincoln, in his 1863 proclamation of a day for national prayer, said:

“Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to

feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace – too proud to pray

to the God that made us.”

So let us pray that our beloved country will have a new birth of freedom; not a freedom from God – which always leads to ultimate moral slavery – but rather a freedom built upon God and His commandments, apart from which any nation will perish. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.”

(Proverbs 14:34)

Let us also pray that each one of us will experience a personal new birth of freedom, a freedom that results from complete trust in the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of personal sin (Acts 10:34-43). As citizens of the United States, let us also become citizens of heaven, able to say that we “have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God”. (1 Peter 1:23)


     Then, like so many of the founding fathers of our beloved country, will we find in God our life, liberty, and true happiness.