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June 2017

Dear Friends,

Today I saw a miracle. It wasn’t a great healing. No one was raised from the dead. But I saw hearts changed. Hardness vanished, judgment was replaced with compassion. Kindness flowed. That, my friends, is a miracle. The change came about through knowledge. I saw that knowledge of truth made all the difference. Conjectures and speculations based on wrong or false information leads to wrong conclusions. Knowledge of truth is crucial; it leads to correct conclusions.

Paul reminds us of the saving power in truth and the danger in believing a lie:

2 Thess. 2:10-12 “…they received not the love of the truth that would have saved them. For this reason, God will send them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie, in order that judgment will come upon all who have disbelieved the truth and delighted in wickedness…”

That is why I have such a passion for telling the truth about God! He’s been portrayed falsely, and many folks believe the lies! The truth is, God is not quick to rain down judgments, not eager to throw sinners into the lake of fire. He’s not watching to catch us in a lie so He can punish us, nor is He spying on us to pounce if we do something wrong. In opposition to that, Peter tells us that God is “longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

John says, “The truth will set you free.” The truth about God and what He’s like changes us! It frees us from fear and worry, from a fearful looking forward to judgment. It’s a small miracle, to be turned from fear to peace and assurance.

Wouldn’t you think everyone would want to know the truth, especially about death? After all, everyone’s going to die. And sooner or later everyone faces the death of someone they love. Wouldn’t you think every person would want to know what happens at death, so they can face it well? I’m pretty sure, when death looks you in the eye, a lie will not do.

The knowledge of the truth does change lives. It creates the miracle of peace, trust and gratitude. To know that God does not throw the lost into a fiery hell, to suffer conscious torture in eternal flames; to know He is as loving, as merciful, as He says He is – that’s the truth. People need the truth; people need the Lord!

Ah yes! And about the change I saw – a dear friend was feeling very hard toward someone who owed him money and had not made provision to pay. He’d heard talk that put the lady in a very bad light. He intended no mercy. I knew the story well and shared a bit of it: Through the choices of others, the lady had been left penniless, abandoned and facing a legal battle for which she had no resources. Friends, truth made all the difference! The hardness vanished, kindness flowed, and in his words, “T he compassion arrived!” I saw the miracle of a changed heart!

Thank you for praying for us, for supporting this work, for sharing LLT materials. Thank you for your love for Jesus, that runs over onto us. You are dear to me! May God bless you and keep you.
In Christ, 

Pat Arrabito

PS: The most recent translations of the  Seventh Day series are Nepali and Estonian. We’re reviewing the Estonian right now in preparation to authorizing its use in Estonia. Praise God!

It was one of those minor disappointments hardly worth mentioning. It happened to me and perhaps something similar has happened to you.
My family and I had gotten into one of our jigsaw puzzle moods. There was a particularly difficult puzzle–a close-up picture of a lion’s head and mane–with several hundred pieces. So many of the pieces were the same or nearly the same in color that assembling the picture was a long, tedious process of trial and error. Long and tedious, but increasingly satisfying as the noble features of the lion took shape.

We invested many hours over a period of several days in that puzzle. Then, when we were done and there was not a single piece left, we still had an empty place in the picture. There was a piece missing. It was simply not to be found. I never did learn what happened to it. Perhaps the family dog had found it on the floor and eaten it.

It was really no big deal when weighed against truly important matters, yet I'm sure that those of you who enjoy working on jigsaw puzzles can sympathize with me. You know how fulfilling it can be to see those pictures come together, and you can imagine how disappointing it can be to discover that the picture can never be complete.

Imagine for a moment that the Bible is a complicated jigsaw puzzle. With all the pieces in place it gives us a clear picture of eternal truth. At least that's the way it's supposed to be. But many people have not yet been able to make all the pieces fit. Others, who seem to have had some success at fitting the pieces together still end up with pieces missing. Is it any wonder so many people give up on putting the Bible "puzzle" together?

Take a single puzzle piece and try to make sense of it. Alone, it can't tell you much about the total picture. Only when seen as part of the whole does it really make sense. In the same way we may be unclear about the meaning of individual parts of the Bible picture. In order to understand them correctly we must see them as a part of the whole.

One reason for the confusion over what the Bible says about death is that many people have never comprehended how this one topic relates to other important doctrines. In some cases, it may seem that Bible teachings about death and other key matters contradict each other. What people think they know about death seems out of place when we look at the bigger picture.

Here is just one example of the contradictions I'm talking about: death and the judgment. A common belief is that when a man dies he goes to his reward in heaven or hell. At the same time many people believe that there is a future day of judgment when God will assign to each man his reward. Now the thorny question: If the day of judgment is in the future, how is it that a man can go to his reward immediately upon his death?

One of our primary goals here at LLT Productions is to help readers and viewers find rational biblical answers to troubling questions about the nature of death, judgment, and the hereafter. We are grateful for your prayers and monetary gifts in support of our work. Your partnership is essential to this ministry. 

–Jim Wood

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