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By Benjamin H. Liles

          I've been doing my best to figure out how to make this site more appealing so as to attract and to keep my current readership. I believe I've figured out the best way to do that. So, when you go through this site, take a look at certain things, and certain features.

What the Watchman Does (Ezekiel 33)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I've been over this probably a few times before, yet I believe it bears repeating seen as Ezekiel reports on this as well. James writes in his letter to the church, "My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger...But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves...Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world" (James 1:19-27, Holman Christian Standard, italics for emphasis).

When God Calls Out


By Benjamin H. Liles

          My wife, Tanya, and I were having a good discussion about being self-sacrificing. To me it's an interesting topic. Paul wrote to the believers in Rome, "Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9, Berean Study). So, you may be wondering (I'm guesssing), "What do you mean by 'when God calls out' when you speak about being self-sacrificing?

Four Reasons to God's Loving-kindness (Ezekiel 32)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          While in the last chapter of Ezekiel I was sating that God rather exalts people, He truly doesn't like the pride of those who stand against Him. Pride, in His eyes, is clearly a sin as it removes him off the throne of mankind's heart. He wants us humble, and seeking Him as He wants His name, His glory known.

Once We Were Strangers (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Defeated. Humbled. I sit here tonight having finished this book from Shawn Smucker and I can't help but feel a sense of regret. One of the last books I reviewed, not fully recently, was a book of his, The Edge of Over There. At this point I feel not only as though I gave him injustice, but as Shawn says in this latest book (but in my view based on past experience), I was "unfair" (Once We Were Strangers, pgs. 165-166).

Sign of the Times


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Tonight, I just want to speak about what's on my heart. Lately, while being sick I've been wondering about the state of things: the state of my State, the state of my Country, and the state of this world. It reminds me of what Jesus Christ said to the disciples when He was asked, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" (Matthew 24:3, New King James).

Allowing God to Exalt (Ezekiel 31)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I'm going through Ezekiel 31 quickly and a sense of pride seems to be mentioned quite a bit as it concerns Egypt. I count eight times overall that God mentions Egypt being "at its height," that it is like a tree "exalted," and it goes on and on.

Forgive Our Sins


By Benjamin H. Liles

          What I'm sharing with you tonight is something so very extraordinary. It's liberating, thought-provoking and so very out there you may end up scratching your head. I'm sharing a video a guy made out of Windsor, Colorado.

The End Times Survival Guide (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I believe Mark Hitchcock provides definitive and clear help showing how we can survive the end times, when we get there. He helps us understand what those times look like, but at the same time lets us know, as scripture tells us, "Do not lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:16, Berean Study).

Living Honestly


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I recall years ago how my dad would often tell me, "Benny, an honest man never has to remember anything he's said." I have more than often than not thought on his words. While my dad is still in my life, i still, at times, think on things he's tried to teach me.

The Light Before Day (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

           This latest book by Suzanne Woods Fisher is both heart-warming, endearing, has a ton of twists and turns, and is still as timeless as the history and story-telling as she is so apt to render. The Light Before Day is practically a continuation of the previous book Minding the Light, but with Hitty and Henry grown up. Their father, and their mother's sister, Daphne, are now married...and, you simply have to read this book!

God's Faithfulness


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I keep close to you even when you think I am not with you. I have made a covenant towards you, and my steadfast love are with you when you remain in Me and My word.

On Earth as in Heaven


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Lately, I have been going through the Lord's Prayer showing how Jesus intended us to pray to Him as well as to the Father. While it is the "model" prayer of the believer found and following Christ, the basics are within the structure of this prayer Jesus teaches the disciples to continue on in doing.

Your Kingdom Come


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Two things stand out to me when I hear the words, "Your kingdom come," being used in the Lord's Prayer. One is that when I was younger I thought it meant God would come back to judge and render His justice among all--nations, peoples, tribes, and tongues.

Happily (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          While I have read this book and agree with most of what Kevin Thompson says, I have one condition I find missing: joy. And if I missed that part, I stand corrected. We are marked and called as believers within the body of Christ Jesus to put our hope and joy in His person.

Your Holy Name


By Benjamin H. Liles

          There once was a man who traveled down a dirt road. As he came to an intersection he couldn't help but notice that the two roads seemed complete opposites. One road was hugely overgrown, untended to, and seemed horribly narrow; too narrow for anyone to seemingly enter it. The other path was far more enticing, for it was beautifully kept. The trees were trimmed back, the hedges were trimmed neatly having a "boxy" feel to them, and signs pointed to a town just out of sight. Which way should this traveler choose?

God Judges Nations, Part 1 (Ezekiel 30)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Being as devout as I am as a follower of Christ, doing all I can to honor Him above all, getting further into His word isn't always easy or pleasant, especially when it comes to what God says about who will receive rewards and those who receive His punishment. With that said, there are some verses and chapters within Ezekiel that are hard and harsh, but God has the divine right to deal with those who dealt harshly towards His people of Israel.

Father, in Heaven...


"To the One who carved out the Oceans
and painted the stars in the sky, you are His
prized creation; the apple of His eye. 

~ Treasure of You, Heaven in the Real World, 1994, 
Steven Curtis Chapman

By Benjamin H. Liles

          I was listening to a song in my head by Steven Curtis Chapman that is off his album, Heaven in the Real World (1994). Part of the song, that has been rolling around in my head reads, "You are a treasure worth more than anything under the sun or the moon."

They have Joy in the Salvation of the Lord


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD; and in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! You have given him his hearts's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips...Therefore You will make them turn their back; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces. Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power" (Psalm 21:1-13, New King James).

Loving Touch


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I think it can be clearly seen I've fallen hard for my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ever since my health scare and the fact my gallbladder HAD to come out, I've never been so razor sharp focused in all my life.

God's Judgment on Pride (Ezekiel 29)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "In the tenth year, in the tenth months, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt...I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from Migdol to Syene, as far as the border of Ethiopia" (Ezekiel 29:1-10, New King James).

God's Righteousness, Our Reward


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I'm reading this morning and I read these words, "Let the heavens rejoice...For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth" (Psalm 96:11-13).

Be a Guest Writer!


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Have you ever wanted to share your passion of Jesus Christ with others? Have you wanted to lift Christ up, longing to run for the prize that is set before you? Now you can! You can do this, dear one. I am making it available to be a guest writer for my site to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ: the right way, which is His way. So come on in, the water's fine! There's no need to be afraid or ashamed. If you want to remain anonymous just fill out that form on the Contact page.

Discipleship: What it is and How to do it


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I believe, first off, we need to define who a Christian disciple is. A Christian disciple is a person who accepts and assists in the spreading of the good news of Jesus. Knowing this, because of what I've attempted to do over these past couple of years within this website is to be a valid testimony of Jesus Christ and what He has done. While my focus hasn't always been razor sharp focus until recent events, I can say I'm more a Christian disciple now than I was say a week ago.

Falling Away: Part 2 (Ezekiel 28)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When we start looking at what Ezekiel is saying concerning Sidon, we see God is against Sidon. We read, "Behold, I am against you, O Sidon; I will be glorified in your midst; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I execute judgments in her and am hallowed (made holy) in her. For I will send pestilence upon her, and blood in her streets; the wounded shall be judged in her midst, by the sword against her on every side; then they shall know that I am the Lord" (Ezekiel 28:22-23, New King James).

My Firsthand Experience of both God's Justice and Grace


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know so far that I have recounted how my infected gall bladder was about to go septic as of yesterday. But the truth of the matter is while I have been teaching God's word and explaining it to you as best as I could, within its proper context, I wasn't living my life out in faith.

          You most likely will say, "Okay, what are you saying here?" My point: I was literally, on October 9, 2018 about to die. I wasn't going to go to Heaven at all. Yes, I do believe Jesus Christ is real. But I wasn't acting out on that faith. What was happening is that God was showing me Tuesday night, late, that I was at "Death's Door."

Choices We Make


By Benjamin H. Liles

Realizing how important God's true act of love, mercy, and justice is important to understand; if you don't treat others with the respect you want back, and showing others they matter to you, you just won't understand the honor it means to enjoy this life. It truly is fleeting.

Sick and Gall Bladder Out


By Benjamin H. Liles

          From the outset of this I never meant this to be so long, so bear with me. This is a long article. If you're not interested in reading it, skip it, but it's very honest, truthful, eye-opening, and shocking. This is based on recent events of my life, what happened, and what I've learned mostly about myself. So bear with the length if you do read it. And by the way, notice the beginning words of Isaiah 55:6, "Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near."

Personal Statement of Faith


By Benjamin H. Liles

          As a Christ-follower, a disciple of His, through my faith in His shed blood to cover my sins, redeeming me from death and hell, this is all I believe, or rather my statement of faith:

Courage, Dear Heart


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          By this time I would think I know better than to simply take the cover of a book at its worth. When I first saw this book, I thought, "This will bring encouragement to a whole new level." But the problem I have is taking scripture and modernizing it to fit the needs of today's broken world. "What's wrong with the original text," I find myself asking. I asked my wife, Tanya, to read a portion of this book and she too had a problem with what was being said.

Eyewitness to Majesty


By Benjamin H. Liles         

          I want you to know that the title of this article rolled around in my head this morning (rather, 11:30a) as I slowly woke up. I say slowly, and morning in a loose sense; with the fog of sleep starting to finally wear off. And yet, truthfully, I still feel dazed. So, that said, let me explain this play on words: for they aren't mine. How can I claim to be an eyewitness to the majesty known as the mystery of Christ Jesus? Was I somehow, perhaps there around A.D. 30-33? Did I behold something so life-transforming and then happen to come to 21st Century America, from let's say a Time Machine?

Reviewing Books


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Don't get me wrong, and don't mistake anything I've written today from a review I wrote to think "Okay, he's not advocating for Christian ideals." Actually, I do, but I have a problem with doing things in order to sell books that don't adequately show God's approval on it.

Thirsty for More (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I do a great amount of studying. So much so it takes me some time as to how to approach and teach on something "To present yourself approved to God, an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15, Berean Study). When I say what I do flies counter to what I have known so far about what I teach and do it right so I can show God I love Him. Okay, having said that, what does this have to do with Allison Allen's book Thirsty for More?

Falling Away: Part I (Ezekiel 28)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          A popular mid-eighties song by Christian music group proclaimed, "Son of the morning, highest of all. You had so much going till you took the fall. Had a place in the glory but you wanted it all. Impossible odds but you had the gall. It seemed so unlikely that you would rebel, such a worthy opponent that you knew so well. But you went down fighting when you heard the bell, took a third down from heaven when you went to hell. This means war and the battle's still raging, war and though both sides are waging. The Victor is sure and the victory secure, but till judgment we all must endure; this means war!" (This Means War, This Means War, Petra, 1987).

Everything She Didn't Say (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When I read books to review I look for books that interest me, that may have an interesting graphic on a book, or perhaps--even possibly--be based on some truth. That is the case for Jane Kirkpatrick's book Everything She Didn't Say. While Jane Kirkpatrick has written tons, a myriad, of books and loads of stories left to tell as well, she has won awards for her books. She is a New York Times and CBA bestselling author of more than thirty books. Among this list are the books All She Left Behind, This Road We Traveled, and The Memory Weaver.

Sharing My Heart


By Benjamin H. Liles

          From time to time I don't feel the need to shake things up. I follow a set plan, a set way of doing things, including how I write "certain" posts. I feel a need to share a burden on my heart however. And honestly, I feel led to share this with you, my reader. We need to be honest in all we say and do. If we're not, how can we ever learn to open ourselves up to God? How can we allow ourselves the right to "approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need?" (Hebrews 5:16, Berean Study).

You Are Not Alone


By, Benjamin H. Liles

          Recently, after having written a latest article for this blog I came across an article of a different kind. A lovely wife lost her husband to suicide and depression. To be honest, I don't deal well with this subject, Maybe it's because it hits too close to home for me. I deal with telling the truth. I deal with talking about God and what He's doing. Where He comes from, and how He sees sin., So, this is unlike any other post I've written.

Damascus Road Experience


By Benjamin H. Liles

          He had been breathing threats against the saints of God for the better part of his early ministry as a Pharisee. As he said of himself, "If anyone else thinks he has grounds for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin; a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, persecuting the church; as to righteousness under the Law, faultless" (Philippians 3:4b-6, Berean Study). Who is this man? And why is he so hot after God's righteousness?

Sorrow for Falling (Ezekiel 27)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I admit to being gone a while on teaching God's word on here, and for that I do apologize. Another part that I admit on this is due to my lack of understanding what God is saying to Ezekiel about the nations surrounding Israel. When I look at the breakdown of Ezekiel, as Chuck Swindoll looks at the book, his thoughts are that the first three chapters, 1-3, are Ezekiel's call and commission. Chapters four through twenty-four focuses on why God's glory departs from Israel, which we have covered.

A Rumored Fortune


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Intrigue. Adventure. Victorian. Romance. These are just a smattering of a few words I can use to describe Joanna Politano's book A Rumored Fortune. While Joanna tells a story beyond compare of Tressa Harlowe, her father Josiah Harlowe, as well as Donegan Vance, Politano takes us on a story rich with robust and flawed characters. It is a properly paced book, never giving too much away at one time, and in that same breath that I will not give away either.

Called to Protect


By Benjamin H. Liles

          If I could compare Lynette Eason to another writer I would say that would be Terri Blackstock. While I have read a ton of Blackstock's books, this is the first book by Eason I have read. While i love reading Blackstock's books, this one Eason wrote kept me very much guessing who did it and all that entails. So, to say this is a huge honor for me, Called to Protect is a true page turner. You want to be kept up all night, which Blackstock had blazed a trail for, Eason is the gal who can definitely deliver on the "Keep up all night" in terms of the genre of Suspense and Crime.

The Reality of God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Over the past couple of years, while I have been doing this off and on, is to help you see and believe the realness of God. I mean when I was a whole lot younger I could have cared less if He was real. I lived like He didn't exist, but in my heart of hearts I was lying to myself. I realize now, that what I knew back then, was that I was causing myself immense and intense pain. Things I didn't need in the least bit. Okay, so what's the point here?

Stand Firm in Faith


By Benjamin H. Liles

          A recent tragedy in my wife's extended family helped to get me back to doing this. This trouble is actually so close to home for me it got me wondering, "How would I respond when tragedy strikes?" How do any of us respond? A dear cousin of my wife was wondering how life can be so frail as she sat on her porch. She noticed a man walking past and he was on his way to doing himself harm. Rather than simply letting him go by my wife's cousin decided to engage the man in conversation and ended up blessing him regardless.

Shift Your Thinking For Success


By Benjamin H. Liles

          To rate a book on a system such as a five star system takes into account how well, or how bad a book is: for me to say Dean Del Sesto's book Shift Your Thinking For Success is a four star book doesn't mean it's not stellar. Nor do I want to get after the art department for the design of the book, and yet this cover doesn't "Blow me away." I've got to be honest, so here goes.

Praying God's Promises


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Around the time I met my wife, Tanya, she had always told me that praying God's promises -- by scripture verse was not simply a good idea, but also activated God's presence in your life. I know that's way before this book was published by Revell, but there's a lot of truth to praying God's promises so it comes as no surprise Linda Evans Shepherd wrote this book just for that reason: to help those of us, like myself to focus better on the person of God and who He is. She says this and I've heard it said myself, "It's all about who you know."

The Edge of Over There


By Benjamin H. Liles

           One thing I will say for Shawn Smucker is that in regards to his book The Edge of Over There the lines are blurred between the forces of good and evil.  Unlike others who have read the previous book in this series, I have not been able to read the previous book, so I couldn't gauge whether or not the continuation between The Day the Angels Fell and his latest book, Edge.


Having a Relationship with God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him. We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (1 John 5:18-20, New King James).

Unwrapping the Bible


By Benjamin H. Liles

          At a whopping four hundred thirty-two pages, Unwrapping the Bible is a fun-filled, information packed book! I truthfully believe David Veerman has done an amazing job in unpacking the "essential truths" of God's word, the Bible, in an amazing and playful fashion. While he takes great measures to make sure we understand what he's saying about "understanding God," he also adds some thought-provoking questions so we can see where we are either missing facts on God, or how close we are to Him.

Minding the Light


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Suzanne Woods Fisher has done it yet again! With her latest book in the Nantucket Legacy Series she started, Minding the Light hits all the right notes just as Phoebe's Light did. I have to say that as little as I know about Quakers and the history of the whaling industry of that time. Also, I found out while reading through parts of the book that Benjamin Franklin descends from a couple who were Quakers who came from the Nantucket area. I suggest picking up this book to find out more.

Acts of Random Kindness


By Benjamin H. Liles

          He didn't do anything to harm anyone else. More often than not, Him and his followers, just twelve ordinary men, did what God--the Father--gave Him a command to do. He knew His mission. And countless times He wanted to stop, to simply give up. More than likely His feet were blistered, but we don't know for sure as scripture is silent on that issue. But Jesus Christ of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem, a descendant of David, the shepherd-boy who became king, gave up everything He was to do what God commanded of Him.