Friday, June 29, 2007


There is a purpose in my madness! I wanted to specialize a little, so the newest blog focuses strictly on concise scripture meditations and morsels. So many people don't have the time, or take the time, to read longer articles. If either of these is you, it is with you in mind that the new Cybermeditations blog is started today. Just click the link at the top and you are there. Much more coming later, Lord willing. I hope it is a help and blessing- Charles

Monday, June 25, 2007


"The duty of a theologian is, not to please the ear with empty sounds, but to confirm the conscience by teaching things which are true, certain and profitable.” -John Calvin

Monday, June 18, 2007


I am expanding the blog concept a little by adding some new blogs. The first is operational today, but not much posted there so far. Check it in a couple of days, please. It called "cyberphotos" and you can just click on it in the links section. I have made photos around the nation, and the world, over many years, and want to share some of them with you. Over time, I plan to post some of my best ones there.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


There is nothing that thrills the Christians heart more than knowing the Lord Jesus Christ will some day return to this earth. Some of His last words are these: And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work....Surely I am coming quickly (Revelation 22:12, 20). What precious promises, that our Savior Himself will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation (Hebrews 9:28).

Men have sadly blurred this great event by arguing whether Christs coming will be before a Millennium, after a Millennium, or whether there will even be a literal Millennium. Suffice it to say, it does not matter. The important thing is that Christ will literally return. Let us not argue the fine details of prophecy. There is so much reading into Scripture (this is called interpolation) that it is not easily admitted or recognized. Fundamentalists have made such an issue of dispensations, Jewish fables, and carnal millennial views, it is not worth all the time and effort involved to try and sort it all out. (Then, you still could not please everyone.)

Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel? (Acts 1:6). The question reveals a misunderstanding of the words of Jesus in Matthew 19:28, for the disciples evidently thought our Lord meant that the Romans were to be overthrown, with a physical restoration of Israels kingdom. But Christs word of response here is very significant: It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority (v. 7). Despite these clear words from the Lord Jesus, many through the years have set dates for Christs return, causing much unbelief and confusion about the subject. We remember well in 1988 a false teacher made lots of money deceiving the unwary with his 88 Reasons the Rapture Will Occur in 1988. Seems he and all others like him miscalculated and misinterpreted.

Our point here is not to make fun of prophecy or belittle prophetic study. Not at all. We love the prophetic Scriptures, and interpret prophecy literally, except where it is plainly symbolical. The problem is not so much interpreting literally, as it is in just believing what it says! We may not understand, for example, what Isaiah 2 and Micah 4 all means, but for sure we believe it. Ezekiel 38-39 we do interpret literally, but that does not mean we interpret it exactly like Hal Lindsey does. And as to what exactly Ezekiel 40-48 is teaching, or exactly means, is not for us to dogmatically assert. We do still believe it, even though interpreters differ on the passage.

Let us note here lovingly that what is primarily important about Christs return is that a glorious resurrection is to take place, and usually this is minimized. A whole chapter is given to its importance, I Corinthians 15, of course. When you study this chapter, new understanding is given the humble believer,for here are no arguments about a Millennium, when the Rapture will occur,or if there will be a re-institution of Old Testament animal sacrifices. These things are not here, beloved. And why should we advocate taking a position on these things, when the Scripture is silent on them? Heres what matters: This mortal must put on immortality.

The late evangelist, B. B. Caldwell, was once asked, What position do you take on the second coming of Christ? Caldwell simply smiled, stating, Im a looker. And thats a great answer, which is what we all better be, according to Hebrews 9:28, And unto them that look for Him will He appear a second time. Selah.


A lot of eschatology, and much of our theology in general, will be straightened out when Christ comes. Charles Woodruff

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


by Charles Woodruff

Elijah was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit (James 5:17-18).

A recent opportunity to preach to a gathering of believers in a Bible study allowed me to comment on these verses. Elijah is always a fascinating Bible character to study. In this case I zeroed in a little on the fact that he prayed, and although a man of like passions as we are, God heard his prayers. Yes he was a man, but God’s man. He was praying according to God’s will. I can’t use the quote of Martin Luther often enough; “Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness”. I first saw this quote almost forty years ago in chapter nine of The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W. Pink. We can readily see that Elijah was praying in the purpose and willingness of God. “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (I John 5:14).

Elijah’s first prayer was evidently that the land of Israel (at that time in spiritual depravity and gross sin), would be punished under God’s judgment by the withholding of necessary rain. “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (I Kings 17:1). In modern language he was telling wicked and powerful King Ahab, “It ain’t gonna rain until I say so!”, and it didn’t rain for three years and six months. It would take an anointed prophet of God, or a fool to get in the face of a powerful king and say this!

Nowhere in First Kings are we told about Elijah’s prayer before his visit to Ahab, or the exact length of the drought, but James in the New Testament tells us the rest. How did he know it? We do not know exactly. Was tradition passed down through the elders? Did the Lord Jesus Himself tell about it to His brother, James? That He knew it is evident: “But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon,unto a woman that was a widow“ (Luke 4:25,26).

More likely it was a direct revelation from the Holy Spirit to James. The wonderful thing about divine inspiration is that the Holy Spirit can give one writer part of the story, and another “the rest of the story” as Paul Harvey so often says. This is very evident in the four gospels where we have the four writers each giving, by the Spirit, their individual view of the whole, blending in harmony with the other gospels to give the complete picture. We do confirm that the Bible is complete -- there will be no new revelations.(See Revelation 22:18,19). The Bible is divinely inspired, infallible and indestructible.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3 :16).

Now, dear reader, imagine this; no rain in Israel for 42 months! That is 3 ½ years! Absolutely no rain! It rains at least two inches a year average in Death Valley, California! It rains about three inches per year average in most of the Sahara Desert! No rain AT ALL for three years and six months. Astounding!

We are currently in a severe drought in the southeastern United States. It hasn’t rained here at home in about three weeks. This county, Coweta, is showing only 0.74 inches for the entire month, and the month ends tomorrow! Nowhere in the South has much more for this month. Things are bone dry. Huge forest fires are raging in south Georgia and north Florida. The thick smoke and smell has even traveled here -- from over 200 miles away! I have never seen it like this in all my 64 years. It is severe, but the drought has only been going on for only about two months, and we have gotten a little rain. What about three years and six months with no rain? No rain at all!

Who controls the weather anyway? I can tell you right now, it is NOT Mother Nature (whoever that is).It is NOT the devil. It is NOT Punxsutawney Phil. It is NOT the Weather Channel. It is NOT some meteorologist. It is God! The meteorologists with all their degrees and worldly wisdom couldn’t get it right last year. For 2006 most of them had predicted the USA would have 8-10 hurricanes off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, yet there were only five and none hit land. There was only a strong tropical storm, which hit North Carolina. This was after the devastating season of 2005 which brought us Katrina, and other powerful storms. The weather people blamed “El Nino”. The same people are saying 7-10 major Atlantic storms for the 2007 hurricane season which starts next week. Almighty God controls the weather. He has from the very beginning:
“And every plant of
the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2:5,6). Notice it says God had not yet caused it to rain. God is the first cause, uncreated, and eternal, and He is still the controller of all things. “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose ofhim who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” (Ephesians 1:11).

He, and He only, gives rain as it pleases Him: “Are there any among the vanities of the Gentiles that can cause rain? or can the heavens give showers? Art not thou he, O LORD our God? therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things”(Jeremiah 14:22).

He can withhold rain as it pleases Him: “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you (Deuteronomy 11:16,17).

In whatever dispensation, era, age, epoch, or call it what you wish, God’s eternal principles and hatred of sin do not change God is still God.“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to day, and forever”(Hebrews 13:8). “I am the LORD (JEHOVAH), I change not” (Malachi 3:6). God’s immutability requires that He punish sin, either in the sinner or his substitute.This substitute, Jesus Christ,who took my place at Calvary, is Himself God manifested in human flesh (See I Timothy 3:16).As God, He has power over the elements.“But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” ( Matthew 8:27). In his discourse to the people of Lycaonia, the Apostle Paul pointed out that it was the true God who gave rain and other blessings even to those unconverted people. “Nevertheless He left not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” Acts 14:17). This is consistent with Jesus' words: “ That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” ( Matthew 5:45).

At this present time, there are some in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida who are wishing and hoping, and perhaps praying for a hurricane to hit soon with its beneficial rain, in spite of the damage it would do. Millions of dollars in crops are already lost, others are in great danger. What WILL we do if we get no rain for three years and six months? Or if we only get a small amount? You see how desperate people get when there is no rain? Yet, will they call upon God who has blessed us in past days? Most will not! If this drought continues, the Southeast could be like the dry country of Arizona and Utah. Everyone would be affected. Yet, the heathen who hate God will still curse if it rains and spoils their outings at the lake, or the sea shore.

We need prophets today, as W.F. Bell recently stated in an article I have on this blog. He was not necessarily speaking of foretellers, or seers (though I will not limit God and say that He could not raise up such, and He will again in the future- see Revelation 3:3-12). As I understand scripture, this verse has not been yet fulfilled. But W.F. was, I think, speaking of men like Elijah, or John the Baptist who would cry “Flee from the wrath to come”. God’s judgment is coming. I don’t think you need to be a prophet to predict that.. I see signs that it is already here.

God has said: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom He hath chosen for His inheritance“ (Psalm 33:12). He also said: “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). You cannot tell me these verses are not applicable to us today, just because they are Old Testament. Otherwise How could He judge “all nations” if scripture did not apply to anyone but the Jews? “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31-33).

This will sound like a harsh message to some, but I am persuaded it is one we all need. I do not claim to be a prophet or the son of a prophet, but I can tell you what is going to happen to the western nations if God is not pleased to send a refreshing. Forget literal rain. We need a refreshing of revival from on high in this land and others, or doom will come sooner than you think. There are estimated to be over 1.3 billion Muslims in the world today.We used to call them Moslems or Mohammedans. Some call them Islamists. Whatever you call them, there is a large radical core, perhaps the most consistent followers of Islam, who mean to convert us, or destroy us. You say “They can’t defeat the USA, the strongest nation on the earth. Be careful, my friends, for no one thought Hitler’s Germany allied with Tojo’s Japan and Mussolini’s Italy could be defeated, but the Axis was defeated. No one thought that the mighty Soviet Union would be defeated with all their nuclear power, but it was, without a shot being fired from the west. If God wants to use the Mohammedan nations to bring down this land of decadence, abortion, sexual perversion, sodomy, child molesting, murder, and blasphemy to its knees, then He will do it! If you will not worship the true God as revealed in Jesus Christ, then He will send you a false one. Hear me! The once great nations of Great Britain and France are just about to be majority Islam. It will happen here also unless God turns it around.

Why did Jehovah bring judgment on Israel during Ahab’s day anyway? Was it not because of wicked leaders causing the people to forsake God and worship false Gods? Why were both Israel and Judah carried off into captivity? Here’s why: “And the LORD sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servants the prophets Surely at the commandment of the LORD came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the LORD would not pardon” (2 Kings 24:2-4).

Innocent blood!
How much innocent blood has been shed in this land since January 22, 1973? You can see God hates it. If the adult humans slaughtered in the evil times of Israel’s kings were called “innocent blood”, how much more the blood of these millions of unborn children? Where do you think we are today with corrupt judges making laws in favor of sodomites, and against Christians as they legislate from the bench. Not to mention many of the corrupt congressman and corrupt officials in elected government. The majority of the early announced presidential candidates have few principles. This is where we are today in America. Not a pretty sight.
Repent and believe the gospel! Christ is coming again!

Thursday, June 07, 2007


"And when he had landed at Caesarea, and gone up, and saluted the church, he went down to Antioch" (Acts 18:22). "And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day" (Acts 21:7). "And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry" (Acts 21:19).
How thrilling to read the journeys of the apostle Paul and "Paul's company" (at least seven others, Acts 20:4). There were trials untold, but there was also much joy: "And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly" (Acts 21:17). Travel in that day was by no means easy, but they were led about by God Himself, and thus "they glorified the Lord" (Acts 21:20), "and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified" (Acts 19:17). The churches "were edified, and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied" (Acts 9:31). Notice this great upward crescendo here: (1) glorified, (2) magnified, (3) edified, (4) multiplied, (5) received, and (6) saluted. How precious is the unity, love, and fellowship of the "brethren" (Psalm 133:1; Ephesians 4:2-3).
The Greek word translated "salute" here is a beautiful word, aspazomai, meaning "to enfold in the arms, to greet, to welcome, to embrace." How warm is this word and these texts that use it (Romans 16:23; Colossians 4:10,12; I Peter 5:13). As you read the narratives, you can just "feel" the love and warmth being expressed. Is there anything in all the world more precious than this "love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given unto us" (Romans 5:5)? No! No earthly love or even marital love equals it, for this "love of God" within us is a supernatural, divine love, which only the quickened elect of God know anything about. How we should treasure meeting and greeting our brethren, as we are "all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28), no matter our nationality, social status, race, skin color, religious background, or our denominational affiliation. Our Lord Jesus Christ has truly obliterated all divisions among God's people, based upon natural, outward things (Colossians 3:11).
"But Christ is all, and in all." Let those seven words sink in deeply. "But Christ." "Is all." "And in all." There you have it, brethren!
This is why we embrace each other when we meet (the above opening verses from Acts). This is why we rejoice together, and weep together (Romans 12:15). This is why we truly desire each other's fellowship (Philippians 1:7-8). This is why we don't keep records of wrongs among us (I Corinthians 13:4-5). Our hearts have been bathed in agape love, and we seek the welfare and blessing of others (Genesis 43:27). This is the only way we ever could obey, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ " (Galatians 6:2).
No one brother is above another, as we are all servants of Christ (Matthew 20:26). We must rid ourselves of all proud titles, as we hear again the words of our Lord and Master: "and all ye are brethren" (Matthew 23:8). This is why we can "pray one for another" (James 5:16). Those who know and love God are admonished, "Beloved, let us love one another" (I John 4:7). This is true brotherly love.
With Captain David, I salute all brethren in distress, in debt, and who are discontented (I Samuel 22:1-2). Captain Jesus visits us also in our Cave of Adullam! Let's greet Him, "All Hail, King Jesus!" He whispers to us, "Shalom, Peace" (John 20:19). Oh brethren, hear these precious words: "Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD" (John 20:20). Oh that the Great Comforter would let us see King Jesus! Then, and only then can we "embrace each other" in true Christian love. I salute you! I greet you and embrace you in the love of Christ! "Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss" (I Thessalonians 5:26). "Let brotherly love continue" (Hebrews 13:1).

Saturday, June 02, 2007


“Let us search and try our WAYS, and turn again to the Lord.”
— Lamentations 3:40
The spouse who fondly loves her absent husband longs for his return; a long protracted separation from her Lord is a semi-death to her spirit: and so with souls who love the Saviour much, they must see His face, they cannot bear that He should be away upon the mountains of Bether {apart}, and no more hold communion with them.

A reproaching glance, an uplifted finger will be grievous to loving children, who fear to offend their tender father, and are only happy in his smile. Beloved, it was so once with you. A text
of Scripture, a threatening, a touch of the rod of affliction, and you went to your Father’s feet, crying, “Show me wherefore Thou contendest with me?”

Is it so now? Are you content to follow Jesus afar off? Can you contemplate suspended communion with Christ without alarm? Can you bear to have your Beloved walking contrary to you, because you WALK contrary to Him? Have your sins separated between you and your God, and is your heart at rest? O let me affectionately WARN you, for it is a grievous thing when we can live contentedly without the present enjoyment of the Saviour’s face.

Let us labour to feel what an evil thing this is — little love to our own dying Saviour, little joy in our precious Jesus, little fellowship with the Beloved! Hold a true humility in your souls,while you sorrow over your hardness of heart. Do not stop at sorrow! Remember where you first received salvation. Go at once to the cross. There, and there only, can you get your spirit quickened. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition. Let us clasp that cross, let us look into those languid eyes, let us bathe in that fountain filled with blood — this will bring back to us our first love; this will RESTORE the simplicity of our faith, and the tenderness of our heart. Adapted from Charles Spurgeon