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He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It’s been almost a year since I last posted to the site, turns out that the illness was serious and last September I was finally diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer. The past six months have been busy, between surgery, chemotherapy and fatigue I haven’t had much time for study or writing but now I’ve started to put a few things together which should be ready to post soon. While the updates may not be as regular as before, I will endeavour to keep this site going as long as possible, as long as the Lord gives me strength and ability to do so. I don’t claim to know God’s purpose for this trial but am confident that He is with me and whatever happens will be for His glory.

God bless,
Mark

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The Compromised Church Part 4 – Friend of the World

I know this was written eight years ago but it’s still very relevant. Thanks for this Mike. God Bless

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this…

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Repentance is a marker of Christian authentication

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

18 Now when Jesus saw a crowd around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. 19 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 21 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 22 And Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:18-22 ESV)

For the Christian, this life is a test as well as a proving ground in which God grows and matures those who belong to Him through pruning and removing what is not of Him in order that the believer will be humbled and, therefore, enter deeper into…

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Do not love the world or the things in the world; If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him

Another excellent post from Mike Ratliff at Possessing the Treasure, this time on 1 John 2:15

Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)

One of the markers of genuineness in a Christian is separation from the World. This isn’t a physical removal from planet Earth or a disintegration of the body of a Christian. A genuine Christian’s character should be in a continual upgrade unto Christlikeness. That means that as he or she cooperates with God in their sanctification, working out their salvation with fear and trembling, their character will take on more and more of Christ’s character instead of being…

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