The Truediscipleship Blog

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Introduction

The blog section is where we will post the changes and plans that we have for Truediscipleship. The counter will not be permanently listed. However, we will periodically publish site statistics from Google Analytics.  This site will always be a work in progress. We are pleased to present the latest version of Truediscipleship.  This is a quantum leap from the previous version.

You can check for postings in this section periodically to know what is going on here at Truedicipleship. You can also feel free to leave comments.  All comments will be reviewed before they are published.  To leave a comment, simply enter your name and email address. A website must be entered, but you can simply make up something for that field if you like.

Thanks for your continued prayer and support. Enjoy the new site!

Additional Comment

We must share one challenge that has now come to our attention. As we transferred about 1,750 files or articles from the old site to the new site, this was done automatically rather than one by one. In the process of doing this massive transfer, most of the punctuation (e.g., quotation marks, commas, apostrophes) were deleted and words were brought together without the proper space between them! Now we are faced with the question of whether to go back to each article and read each one line by line and make the corrections, or go to the original Word documents, copy them, then delete the wrongfully altered articles, and paste the originals with new formatting.

Either alternative has problems and they both represent a massive amount of time and effort. Further, this would mean placing new articles in the hold position and failing to continue working on other important matters. In the meanwhile, we hope you will bear in mind that you will probably find many mistakes in the articles that require much work. Try to use the articles and derive as much benefit as possible in light of the punctuation distractions. Thank you so much! Richard

14 Comments

  1. I have a question Mr. Hollarman (Richard).
    How can I make a real and true friend? I had made friends who are taking advantages of me [Using my disability, for example, Selective Mutism, I am muted in my childhood and still now], and a friends who are stabbing behind my back and tried to gather a piece of my personal information from me [More like talking sweet and nice when she around me and then leave my life and come back once more in my lives], or a friend who’s are playing on my mentality [Bringing my hopes up and back down again]. Even though, my faith had grow when I just 13 years old and Graduated from Confirmation [From Catholic Church] and got my first ‘New American Bible Version’ (NABV) and my faith starts to growing from there. But my sibling and my parents had lost faith in him though, they had stopped going to church.
    Can your please give me some guidance and advice if your can Mr. Hollarman?

    Because I will keep continuing to growth my faith and trust in him, and gathering Wisdom and Obedience and I am committed to it with all my heart and soul. “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, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV.

    • Hello to you, Sally,
      It is so good that you have written and explained your heart and your difficult circumstances. I am also concerned about you and what you are going through. There are many different issues mentioned in your comments.
      First, it is good to know that God cares for all of us—regardless of our situation in life, and whether we are in Christ or not in Christ. He loves and we read that God is love—His very nature is love (1 John 4:8, 16).
      Second, you seem to be going through the trials that are part of living in this world and living in our present bodies. As you must know, after the original sin of Adam and Eve, our bodies have been affected and all kinds of disabilities come to us. (See Genesis 3 and Romans 8:19-27)
      Third, it is really terrible what others do to you. It is a great sin for someone to speak against and abuse another person. They are doing wrong to hurt you in this way. Although it will be hard, God wants you to love them in return, regardless of what they do or don’t do. (Luke 6:27-28; Matthew 42-48).
      Fourth, we find friends, but treating other people with love, with kindness, with patience, and with consideration. Further, we love other people and if they are reasonable people, they should respond to you with love and kindness. Not all people are like this, for some are so evil and selfish and proud, regardless of what we do, they may not respond. But we should do what we can, without retaliation or a bitter attitude (Romans 12:14-21). That last verse (Romans 12:21) is a key.)
      Fifth, you say that some are choosing not to follow God or His will. This is to be expected. Jesus said that even those who are closest to us may hate us and turn from us. They turned from Jesus, thus it is not surprising that they would turn away from us either (Matthew 10:34-37).
      Sixth, you did have an interest in the Lord and His Word years ago. This is good. We must love God’s word with all of our heart (Psalm 119:96-105) and value it more than food. “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12; see also Matthew 4:4).
      Seventh, it is of greatest importance that you consider your own relationship with God. Most professing “Christians” are not true Christians! Although they may “go to church” and claim to be a “Christian,” still they have never truly been saved from sin. One must believe in Jesus as the one who carried our sins in His body—by shedding His blood for us and giving His body to die for us on the cross (Romans 5:6-11; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
      Eighth, we must repent of our sins (have a different attitude toward our sins) (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 20:21; Romans 2:4-5). We must believe in Jesus as the Son of God, our Savior, and our Lord (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:26, 36). We must be buried in water (true baptism), or lowered into water and raised from the water, which most people have not done (see Acts 2:37-39; 8:12; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:11-13; 1 Peter 3:21).
      And we must seek to obey the Lord with all of our heart! I refer to the very words and will of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 6:46).
      I hope that you will search my website for further information on this important theme. In fact, there are many things on the website that will be helpful to you. Just go to http://www.Truediscipleship.com.
      May God bless you, Sally.

      • Thank you very much for your wisdom and obedience and an honest opinions that I’ve had looked for so long, even further, that you’ve had learned so much and so far in your life’s experience and your years that you had lived for him and he alone, and him alone only. Cause I will continue to live for him and he with all my life and with all my heart and with all my soul for him only–whether I am being put in culpability nor being labeled, nor being conjectured by the person. Thanks a lot for your understanding and your own knowledge Mister Hollarman (Richard). And I still had much to learn about life, wisdom and obedience like you have collected in the past Mister Hollarman (Richard), thanks very much for your own generous, for sharing your wisdom and obedience with us–I continue to live in reality where truth lay, not in science where is fiction and fantasy are, cause the opposite of science is ignorance, and it’s very difficult to ignore in our coming generation.

        • Hello Sally,
          Thank you so much for your kind and gracious words here. We definitely need to stand firm against the wickedness that prevails all around us. False science (not true science), sexual immorality (not “enlightened thinking”), false religion (not pluralism), and evil of all kinds must not sway us from a firm commitment to God’s own revealed Word, a commitment to Jesus Christ as God’s Son, and the morality that God demands. That is the only way!

          Thank you again, Sally, and I hope you will continue to check our website for further information.
          Sincerely, Richard

  2. Hello my name is Luis from NYC and I am moving to the Tampa Bay Area. I was wondering if you could recommend a good bible based church. I am 46 and know the word well enough but need help in my search for a good fundamental chruch (no Christian rap or Christian rock). Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Luis! Thank you so much for writing. It is good and refreshing for me to learn of your interest in the Bible and your devotion to the Lord Jesus. I agree that it is better to avoid all forms of worldly music (including worldly religious music–rap, rock, etc.).
      Luis, I can see the importance of finding others who are devoted to the Lord and His Word, and you are also wise in trying to find consistent Christians with whom to have fellowship.
      Personally, I don’t know the Bay area well at all and couldn’t advise any fellowship there. I encourage people to go back to the Bible and seek to be only what the early followers of Christ were. One article on our website that deals with this is entitled, “Come Out, and Come Together!” Another one to check out would be, “What God Wants in the Community of Christ.” Both of these should help quite a bit. Just type in these words into the Search feature at the top right, and this should lead you to those articles.
      I hope that you find this helpful. Please let me know how you are doing in the coming months. May God bless you abundantly! –Richard

  3. Cynthia Schletzbaum Gee says:

    Hello, Richard… just wondering… do you belong to a particular denomination?

    • Hello Synthia, thank you for writing and asking.

      Actually, we can find no trace of a denomination in the Scriptures. The closest thing would be the various factions that Paul warned against in the city of Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 1:10-17). Here, he condemns the attitudes that would create and sustain a sect or denomination.

      He says that every Christian in Corinth (and hence every believer in New York, Houston, London, Paris, and every other city) should “speak the same thing” and not accept any “divisions” among them.

      We are to be one body, based on the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11), guided by the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17), indwelt by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:4-17), and willing to promote the good news (gospel) of Christ (see Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-27).

      How do you see this important topic, Cynthia?

  4. Dear brother in Christ, I read a topic that is ” pleasing God in personal appearence”. It was very useful. Thank u and let God use u more better way for his glory…

    • Raja,

      Thank you so much for writing. I suppose that you have a heart for God and want to please Him in all you do. Tell me why you were blessed with this particular article.

  5. Hello Richard,

    God is still working on me! I recently purchased a new King James Study Bible and I read your article on Acts 2:38 which I agree with. This particular version however claims baptism is a outward expression of an inward faith and a public declaration. It also states it is not for the Forgiveness of sins. The study Bible also states that you are saved by faith alone in that same verses which again I disagree with. Your comments would be greatly appreciated thank you.

    • Jeffery, thank you so much for writing and letting us know about your thinking and what you are reading and studying. As God said to Solomon, “I have given you a wise and discerning heart” (1 Kings 3:12). We always need to have spiritual discernment so that we can distinguish between the right and wrong, that which pleases God and that which displeases Him.

      Although I don’t use a KJV study Bible, I do have other ones. The one I am using now (NASB) also states what you have mentioned. It seems to reflect the common “Evangelical” view since there are other views that would differ from our study Bibles. To be honest, it would be good for them to say, “some people don’t think that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.” On the contrary, many do believe this. In fact, they are so strong on baptismal salvation that they think that babies should be “baptized”! Sadly, they err in this way too.

      Keep your eyes and mind open, examine all things and hold fast to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Be like the Bereans who examined the Scriptures daily to determine God’s will (Acts 17:11).

      You will find many other articles on this website that should be of help to you. Simply type in “baptize” or “baptism” into the Search feature and you should find many choices.

      May God bless you, Jeffery. Write again sometime. Richard

  6. Hello again Jeffrey… I have transferred to this Blog from the Guest Book. I hope that you have found this location.

    Jeffrey, you have an interesting story since you have had virtually no spiritual/religious interest or contact during all of your 60 years. As I understand it, you now are earnest in your desire to be saved and to receive eternal life from our gracious God. I can see that He has been working in your heart and is drawing you to Him. You can rejoice in this for many go through life with no interest in God or His gift of eternal life–then they die without hope! How utterly sad and futile such a life is. But there is hope for you–and this is why the Lord Jesus came to this earth to give His life as a ransom, to rescue us from sin and death.

    Yesterday, I suggested 3 or 4 major articles for you to read. I thought that they would help to give you a basic background in where everyone begins (in a state of spiritual death and under God’s just wrath), and where God wants to take us (a reconciliation to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the cross to bear our sin and guilt and to “open the door” to a saving relationship with the God of heaven and earth)!

    Before I continue to discuss these important matters, I do recommend that you read those articles I mentioned yesterday and made reference to above. That is where you should begin.

    Let’s begin at the beginning! In the United States (you say that you are from the Cleveland area of Ohio), most people claim to believe in God. However, often this belief is much less than what the Bible calls “belief” or “faith.” A person may say that they “believe” in Abraham Lincoln because they think that this President lived. But they don’t have a deep personal relationship with Lincoln. Their faith is merely an “historical” faith.

    But you may say that you have “faith” in a close friend. You believe in him, you trust in Him, and you would lay down your life for him. Similarly, we need to believe in God in a sense beyond a faith in God’s existence. We also need to trust in Him, commit ourselves to Him, and obey Him. Jesus declared, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes in Him who sent Me [God], has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24). We must believe in God and in His Words!

    Jeffrey, I’ll leave this with you. Think about all of this and determine where you are. Do you believe in God? Do you believe in His words? Do you have a genuine faith in Him and all He stands for?

    Go back and read the articles I suggested yesterday and we’ll continue this very, very important discussion again!

    May God bless you in every way! –Richard

  7. Can you recommend a good church?

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