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A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread... —Proverbs 12:10-11

Our text says a righteous man will regard the life of his beast. God cares about the welfare of His animal creation and we should also.  The word “regardeth” means to know.  He knows where the beast came from and what it’s needs are.  If his beast needs rest, he will see that it gets rest (Ex. 20:10).  If it is hungry, he will feed it (Dt. 25:4). He will treat his beast with “tender mercies” and not with cruelty (Dt. 22:6).  That is why there are laws against cruelty to animals.

Barb and I recently took our Rat Terrier (“Charming”) for a walk. About a mile down the pathway I noticed Charming was limping and favoring one of his back paws. He was obviously hurting, so I reached down and carried him back home in my arms. All the way home I was thinking, “Charming, you are fortunate I regard the life of my ‘beast.’”

In Matthew 15:22-28 we have the account of Gentile woman who came to Jesus pleading for Him to heal her daughter.  Jesus answered her request saying, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and cast it to dogs.” In essence Jesus called her a “dog.” How did she reply to that?  She said, “TRUTH, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from THEIR masters’ table.” You’ve got to admire her faith. She gave Jesus a reason He could not refuse. She did not deny she was a dog. She simply accepted her place as a “dog” under her Master’s table.

Our text says, “A righteous man regardeth the life of HIS BEAST.”  This Gentile woman applied this truth to persuade Jesus to grant her request.  She was stating her case, “Yes Lord, I’m a dog, but I’m YOUR dog and You’re my Master.  Being a righteous man You will take care of Your dog!”  She had Him!  She did what no one else could do during Christ’s 3½ years of earthly ministry—She entangled Him in His talk (cf. Mt. 22:15).  How could Jesus refuse to grant her desire. If He refused, He would be admitting He was not righteous.  So He said, “O woman, GREAT IS THY FAITH! Be it unto thee even as thou wilt.”

Notice the context of Proverbs 12:10 is verse 11—“He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread…”  When a farmer tilled his land in Bible times he would use a yoke of oxen to pull his plow.  Those oxen were his beasts.  Oxen were not kept as pets. They were used to work, bear burdens, and pull plows to till land.  Therefore a farmer would take great care for his ox (“beast”) so he could use it a long time to till his land. That is why Deuteronomy commands, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.” The owner of the ox would shelter it… feed it… watch over it… and allow it to get some rest.

Most farmers today do not use oxen to pull plows. Today farmers use powerful tractors.  But the principle of Proverbs 12:10-11 still applies.  A wise steward takes care of his equipment. He will keep it in top running condition.  If a man neglects his equipment it will cease to be effective in their purpose.

Proverbs 12:10-11 teaches the importance of being a good steward of whatever God gives you to accomplish a purpose (i.e. a beast to till the land to make bread).  Where did the farmer get the oxen to till his land?  Where did he get the plow?  Ultimately God gave them to him—therefore he should treat them as gifts from God (James 1:17). Even animals killed in hunting/fishing should be cooked and eaten (Prov. 12:27). Nothing should be wasted (cf. John 6:12).

We must recognize the fact that every good thing we have we got from God.  Today our “beast” could be a car that transports us… a house to shelter us… or a lawn mower, a stove, a washing machine, a computer, etc.   If you are a righteous steward you will regard whatever God has given you with care.  You’ll want to get as much “life” [profitable use] out of it as you can.  For example: Change the oil in your car… wash it… keep it tuned-up.

Do you regard the life of your “beasts?”  Are you treating them as a gift from God?

The post The Stewardship of Your “Beast” appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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ANNIHILIATIONISM—No eternal conscience suffering in the afterlife—Lost souls do not suffer eternally because their consciousness will be extinguished—They cease to exist or rest in some unconscious state. Basically no hell.

One of the characteristics of a cult is what do they teach about hell or eternal punishment.  7th Day Adventists; Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons all teach the false doctrine of annihilation.  7th Day Adventist teach “soul sleep.”  Jehovah Witnesses believe hell is the grave.   Mormon literature boldly states: “There is nothing of a hell of hot flame in Latter-day Saint philosophy.” [The rich man of Luke 16:19-31 would testify otherwise].

Sadly, some evangelical churches have latched onto this heretical teaching because they feel a soul burning in hell is too horrific to consider. They think it would be reasonably cruel for God to keep the lost soul in torment forever.  By holding this position they show their ignorance of the justice of God.  The Bible doctrine of hell should not be interpreted  by someone’s arbitrary consideration of comfort or discomfort.

One so-called “proof text” annihiliantists appeal to is Matthew 10:28, “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  They say the soul is destroyed in hell.  However, the word “destroy” does not necessarily mean total annihilation or cessation of being (see 2 Thess. 1:8-9).

2 Thessalonians 1:9 says, they “shall be punished with everlasting destruction FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.”  The preposition “from” expresses a “distance or separation between two things or persons” (Gen. 13:9-14; Lev. 20:24; Num. 16:21; Mt. 25:32). [Seattle is about 34 miles FROM Tacoma.] How can someone who doesn’t exist be removed FROM someone who does exist?  Only those who still exist can be separated from the presence of the Lord.  Separate the wheat from the tares and burn the tares.

Again, Revelation 14:10-11 indicates the punishment is burning “IN the presence of the holy angels, and IN the presence of the Lamb.”  How can someone be punished “IN the presence of the Lamb” and if he is extinct?

Matthew 8:12 and 22:13; 25:30 says “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Only those who exist can weep and gnash their teeth.

The soul is immortal and does not die (Mk. 9:42-48; Eccl. 3:14). The word “immortal” simply means deathlessness.

Why Suffering in Hell must be Eternal

    A person in hell is in a hopeless situation. If the punishment in hell was only a matter of time, a man would have hope of the time that his suffering would come to an end.  He could count down his time in hell as time expired. For example, if God said, “Your sin deserves 1,000 years in hell,” the man could say after the first year, “I only have 999 years left and this burning will end.” With each passing year he would have hope that someday it would all be over. But it isn’t going to be like that. There is no escape from hell (Luke 16:23-26).

One reason some people have a difficult time accepting the reality of an eternal hell is the Bible is holy and God is holy.  But, we are not holy.  Therefore, when you read the Bible, you are reading about things of another “order” and on a higher plane than we are on.  We are finite and not on the same level as a holy God.

Since sin is against an eternal and holy God, the punishment for sin must also be eternal.  This is why the terminology “everlasting” (Mt. 18:8: 25:41), “unquenchable” (Mt. 3:12), and “eternal” (Jude 1:7; Mk. 3:29) used to describe the lost soul’s punishment.

And these shall go away into EVERLASTING punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. —Matthew 25:46

If our sin were merely against a finite sinful human being, the sentencing of our punishment could be a matter of time (10 yrs. … 25 yrs… etc.).  But because man’s sin is against a holy, eternal God, Who lives forever, man’s punishment must also be forever.  A sinner will stop paying for his sins when God expires—But God will never expire.  Therefore, a lost sinner must pay…and pay…and pay…and continue to pay forever.  His payment cannot end until God ends.  But God will never end, therefore man’s suffering will never end.  That is why a man in hell has no hope.

The only hope a man has is before he dies. After death or Christ’s second coming, a man’s destiny is fixed (Rev. 22:11).

Jesus, God in the flesh, paid the eternal debt of my sin on the cross. An eternal debt requires and eternal sacrifice.  Because Jesus is God, He could suffer an eternal death in my place.  Therefore, if a man will accept Christ’s payment for his sin, he will not have to pay for his own sins himself. But, if he does not receive Christ’s payment for his sin, he will pay for his own sins forever in hell.

The post The False Doctrine of ANNIHILIATIONISM (No Hell) appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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Here is a LINK to a PDF of the latest study in my series Insights In Isaiah” — Isaiah 46:  Who’s Carrying Who?

LINK:  46-Who’s Carrying Who? (Isa. 46)

NOTE: If you have requested my entire series on Isaiah, I will post a link when it is finished (probably later this summer). All 66 chapters will be included.

The post Isaiah 46: Who’s Carrying Who? appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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“Julius courteously entreated Paul, and gave him liberty to go unto his friends to refresh himself.” —Acts 27:3

We live in a world that cold, crooked, callous, and cruel. Isn’t it a blessing to have friends you can go to when you’re weary and be refreshed?

In our text Paul was under “house arrest” and under the custody of a Roman centurion named Julius.  This unsaved Roman soldier recognized the importance of Paul being refreshed by his friends. Therefore he gave Paul “liberty to go to his friends to refresh himself.”

In Paul’s epistles he constantly reflected on the refreshment he received from friends (see Romans 15:32; 1 Corinthians 16:18; 2 Timothy 1:16; Philemon 1:20).

I am so grateful for friends who refresh my life.  I have a friend I’ve known for over 40 years who sends me a handwritten note every month.  How refreshing that is. I have another pastor friend who refreshes me every week with a text message that he is praying for me.  I have many other friends around the U.S. who pray for me regularly.  I cannot tell you how refreshing that is to me.  Aren’t you thankful for friends who refresh your life?

What are you doing to “refresh” your friends, or your pastor, or some missionary.  They could use it!  Maybe you should write them a note or send them a text that you’re praying for them.  I know how it would refresh their spirit.

“For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother” (Philemon 1:7).

The post The Refreshment of Friends appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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Sorry for the delay in posting the latest study in my series “Insights In Isaiah.”  Here is the LINK to a PDF to Isaiah 45:  Cyrus – God’s Anointed.

LINK:  45-Cyrus, God’s Anointed (Isa. 45)

NOTE: If you have requested my entire series on Isaiah, I will post a link when it is finished (probably later this summer). All 66 chapters will be included.

The post Isaiah 45 – “Cyrus, God’s Anointed” appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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“Moses also was displeased…” —Numbers 11:10

Moses was the pastor of the church in the wilderness (Acts 7:38).  Like many pastors today, Moses was often frustrated by the congregation he was leading. One thing that frustrated Moses was he could not always provide what the people asked for.  In Numbers 11:4-6 the people were not happy with the dinner menu. They wanted more than manna.  They wanted flesh to eat.

Moses was “displeased” by their complaining.  Frustrated, Moses cried unto the Lord, “Whence should I have flesh to give unto all this people? For they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat… I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me” (Num. 11:13).  The congregation wanted more than Moses could provide.  Besides, it was not Moses’ responsibility to supply their every wish and whim. Only God could grant their request. Only God could furnish a table in the wilderness. Eventually He provided more flesh than the children of Israel could eat (see Num. 11:20; Ps. 78:29; 106:15).

After serving as a pastor in a local church for over 40 years, I understand a little bit how frustrated Moses was.  Sometimes people wanted what I could not give them. While I would love to provide what they wanted, it was not in my capacity to give it.  It is frustrating, like when a child asks for something a parent cannot give.

Dear church member:  Don’t frustrate your pastor (and yourself) by demanding something he cannot provide.  Perhaps what you really want or need is something only God can provide.  Go to God and make your requests known unto Him who can provide all your needs.

The post A Frustrated Pastor appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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Someone has done the following comparison of “capitalism” to other political “isms”–

  • Socialism: If you have two cows, you give one to your neighbor.
  • Communism: If you have two cows, you give them to the government and the government gives you some milk.
  • Fascism: If you have two cows, you keep the cows and give the milk to the government; then the government sells you some milk.
  • New Deal-ism: If you have two cows, you shoot one and milk the other, then you pour the milk down the drain.
  • Nazism: If you have two cows, the government shoots you and keeps the cow.
  • Capitalism: If you have two cows, you sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies and the economy grows.

The idea of a capitalistic society has been debated lately in the news. It is especially scorned by the Democrat/Socialist congresswoman from New York—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  She claims capitalism is “irredeemable.”

Is true that capitalism may fail if misused. The downward spiral stair case looks like this:

  1. Step 1—America began as a CHRISTIAN nation.  Capitalistic enterprise is taught in several places in the Bible.  For example, Ephesians 4:28— “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.” Capitalism is taught in the parable of the laborers in the vineyard (Mt. 20:1-16). Capitalism is based on initiative, character, and freedom. Properly understood, capitalism is a system where individuals are free to own property and invest their energy and initiative in economic pursuits.  It is the only economic system consistent with personal liberty and responsibility. (2 Thess. 3:10-12).
  2. Step 2—Christian freedom paved the way for CAPITALISM(connected with character and freedom). A nation is free when its individual citizens accept the responsibility for their own welfare.  If the people turn that responsibility over to the government by de­mands for government services and regulations, the nation loses it’s freedom.
  3. Step 3—For capitalism to remain, we must assume the responsibility of COMMISSION, CHARITY, and CHARACTER.
  4. Step 4—When we neglect commission, charity, and character the result will be COMFORTand COMPLACENCY.
  5. Step 5—Comfort and complacency leads to COMPROMISEand the deterioration of character.
  6. Step 6—Compromise is accompanied by leniency towardsCRIME.
  7. Step 7—Being soft on crime increases CORRUPTIONin all areas of society.
  8. Step 8—Corruption ends in world-wide CHAOS.

This is the history of America IF our focus in not upon step #3. We must honestly ask ourselves, What am I doing with my capitalism?”  We must never move to Step 4!

The post CAPITALISM appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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After seven and a half months living in a 23’ Airstream, and traveling about 12,000 miles from West to East and North to South, Barb and I are ready to settle into a permanent “earthly” home.   We are buying a 1,280 square foot home in Florence, AZ. (See pictures below) It has three bedrooms, a two car garage with an epoxy coated floor, two bathrooms, and a covered patio almost the entire width of the house. [One of the bedrooms will be for guests who come to visit us!!!]  The house is located on E. Escape Avenue, in a nice neighborhood called “The Oasis at Magic Ranch.”  We expect to get the keys on April 9.

Once we receive the keys we will move our stuff out of our Airsteam and truck into our new house.  God has answered prayer and sent someone to buy our Airstream.  Ain’t God good!!!

Barb and I will be back in Washington by the end of April.  We are looking forward to attending Bible Baptist in Port Orchard again.  Barb has a surgery scheduled and she’ll need some time to recover. We also have some personal business to take care of; a few preaching engagements; and we need to gather all our belongings out of storage. We will be moving back to Arizona “permanently” toward the end of June.

The last seven months have been a wonderful adventure for us.  We’ve reconnected with many old friends and made many new friends.  God has opened the door for me to preach / teach in several local churches along the way.  Barb went on a Caribbean cruise with our daughter Charity and attended a special water-painting class in Prescott, AZ. I helped my good friend Brian Bennett in Jacksonville remodel two houses he was selling. Praise the Lord. We are so blessed!

We aren’t exactly sure what the Lord has in store for us in the future.  We just want to be used of the Lord to serve Him with our remaining days on earth. Please continue to pray for us as we seek to follow the Lord.  [I hope to finish my“Insights In Isaiah” Bible study book this fall.  I taught the first 29 chapters at BBC before we left. I’m working on Isaiah chapter 46 now.]

We love you. God bless you.  Hope to see you soon—Here, there, or in the air! 

The post Getting Settled in Arizona appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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Here is a LINK to a PDF of the latest study in my series Insights In Isaiah” — Isaiah 44:  God Forms Man – Man Forms a “god.

LINK: 44-God Forms Man-Man Forms a ‘god’ (Isa. 44)

NOTE: If you have requested my entire series on Isaiah, I will post a link when it is finished (probably later this summer). All 66 chapters will be included.

Thank you for your interest.

The post Isaiah 44 – God Forms Man – Man Forms a “god” appeared first on Al Hughes Ministries.

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We’ve reached the point of selling our Airstream. Available April 12, after we vacate and clear it out. Currently parked in Arizona. (We won’t haul it back to WA unless a buyer from there wants to negotiate delivery.) The 2015 23-D International Signature model has served us faithfully and well.  We’re ready to settle in a house again. See the details of the rig here.  $50,000 AIRSTREAM FOR SALE

 

 

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