Steven Garofalo
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Steven Garofalo, M.A. Apologetics is president and founder of ReasonForTruth.Org and EquippedAcademy.Com. His mission is to help you not just survive, but to thrive by cutting through the distortion of current events with discernment, wisdom, and the truth of God-to encourage, educate and prepare you for what is, and what is at hand. www.ReasonForTruth.Org www.EquippedAcademy.Com
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HARD TIMES CREATE STRONG MEN

“Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.”
― G. Michael Hopf, Those Who Remain

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GOD OR PRESIDENT? (1:47 minutes)

Since the beginning of time, the central issue with mankind has been wanting a human king above God as our King. Why is that? I will address this in less than 2 minutes in this short vignette. -Steven Garofalo

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Hard Times Create Strong Men-(in 59 Seconds)

“Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” The quote, from a postapocalyptic novel by the author G. Michael Hopf, sums up a stunningly pervasive cyclical vision of history. Steven Garofalo reiterates the point in 59 seconds.

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Mark Whitacre: From Informant to God's Informer

I interviewed my good friend Mr. Mark Whitacre and you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! This is the same Mark Whitacre who was the infamous real life character portrayed by Matt Damon. Mark's story is stunning from his testimonial regarding the faithfulness of a godly wife to his unwavering-sold out faith in Jesus Christ. I haver never seen anyone have so much wealth and power and give it all up voluntarily to go to jail. You do NOT want to miss this testimony. May it uplift, motivate and encourage you heading into the 2024 New Year!

The Matt Damon movie is not accurate. The FBI was so incensed that they took upon themselves to produce a more accurate movie to honor Mark for his courage and honesty. That movie-Mark’s real story can be found at www.MarkWhitacre.com
https://vimeo.com/898810521?share=copy

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Two Christmas Accounts ONE TRUTH

There is ONE TRUTH about Christmas but multiple accounts! Merry Christmas and enjoy this re-broadcast!-Steven

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I want to wish you and your family a very-Merry Christmas!-Steven

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CHRISTMAS IS LOVE!

CHRISTmas is LOVE. What do I mean by that? God is Love and Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ His Son. To hear more-click below and listen in...and MERRY CHRISTMAS-Steven

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WHAT EXACTLY DID JESUS MEAN BY THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT?
By Steven Garofalo, February 26, 2024 (Copyright 2024)

We often hear about speak on, and gloss over the three parts Jesus gave us in “The Greatest Commandment”. But why three things? Why didn’t Jesus just give us one thing? Today, I am going to show you that Jesus was speaking about just one thing but in three parts as the “Greatest Commandment”.

Matthew writes in 22:36, “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

It’s important to note that Pharisees in the time of Jesus were religious “lawyers” or a student of the Law of Moses. We all know that layers in today’s age exist in many if not most cases to prove a point-whether true and honest or not. In today’s passage, this Pharisee put the Lord to a test with a question designed to reveal how much Christ knew about the law.

In reply, to answer the lawyer’s question, Jesus said:

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)

Jesus was quoting from the great Jewish confession of faith called “the Schema”. The confession is called this because it begins with the Hebrew word “schema”, meaning “HEAR:” “Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God , the  Lord is one!” (Deuteronomy 6:4, 5; 11:13-21)

The Pharisees knowing the Hebrew Scriptures knew the answer to their own question as it was clarified in Isaiah 33:15; Amos 5:4 and Micah 6:8 and Hab: 2:4. In the big picture when Jesus said to “Love the Lord your God”, he sharply defined he answer in three focussed ways as to how the Pharisees and all people were to understand and live out life on earth in light of God’s Word. As such, Jesus mentions that we are love with all of our HEART, SOUL and MIND. So what does this mean?

 

We are to “LOVE THE LORD OUR GOD WILL ALL OUR…”

  1. HEART: Includes our emotions, passions, desires, and motivations.
  2. SOUL: Simply means our “ALL”.
  3. And MIND: meaning our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs, memory, imagination and intelligence.

In the PHYSICAL this means our senses and actions.

In the NON-PHYSICAL this means our conscience, will, personality, temperament, and spirit.

All of these aspects are inter-related; each facet affecting and influencing the other, We cannot separate one aspect of our being from another. Nevertheless, it is beneficial to look at each one individually so that we can understand ourselves better and therefore love God more fully.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN "GREAT" and "FIRST"?

Verses 38-40 go on to say, “This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbors as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law of the Prophets”.

Some Greek texts place “GREAT” before “FIRST”. Nevertheless, love for God takes priority over every other command is the point. Looking at verse 39, this command (love your neighbor) is from Leviticus 19:18 but is not an imperative to love one’s self. People naturally love themselves and are at least somewhat self-centered to begin with. Because we love ourselves, we want the best for ourselves: likewise, we should be concerned for the welfare of others.  Lastly, verse 40 wraps up nicely in that the Ten Commandments can be divided into two categories: those dealing with love for God (the first four) and those dealing with the last six). The same way he said for “all the Law and the Prophets”.

IN CONCLUSION: While we often hear about speak on, and gloss over the three things Jesus said about  “The Greatest Commandment”, the Bible makes clear that Jesus was speaking about three parts and not as three things. These three things in sum equal the single greatest commandment.

When Jesus said that we are to love God with all our heart, soul and mind, He was indicating that love for God is to come from every facet of one’s constitution or mental clarity as to how we will live our life. It is unlikely that the Pharisees would have taken exception to this part of His answer. “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR” meaning to taking delight in meeting the needs of others. Sometimes the phrase “AS YOURSELF” is used to prove the need for cultivating a positive self-image before being able to love others. But Moses and Jesus assume self-love as the basis for the comparison of loving one’s neighbor. When one is cold, he puts on a sweater; when he is hungry, he eats. As one happily meets his own needs, i.e. “loves himself”, he should similarly meet the needs of his neighbor. Those two great commandments are mutually exclusive, for if one loves God he will love what God loves, and God loves people (Matthew 25:31-46; 1 John 4:20).

In the end, if we LOVE the Lord our God with our ALL, we will naturally love our neighbor as ourself. And this is what Jesus meant by the Greatest Commandment.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS?
By Steven Garofalo, February 19, 2024 (Copyright 2024)

“What Do You Think About This?” 2 Samuel 8 records the expansion of David’s kingdom under the blessings of God. The Philistines seem to have migrated from the Aegean Islands and Asia Minor to the eastern Mediterranean region around 1200 B.C. And where did they settle? On the coastal plain of Israel. There, the Philistines developed a relatively advanced culture and a powerful army. The philistines were a major threat to Israel during the reigns of Saul and David (5:17; 1 Sam. 13:5).

In light of this background, David took by force a city or place calledMetheg-Amman” which probably refers to “GATH” (1 Chronicles 18:1) which was a key Philistine city that David captured and controlled. 2 Samuel 8:2 sets the setting and provides us context for today’s lesson, saying this:

“After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines.”

We know three things here.

  1. That David was in God’s will.
  2. That David defeated the Philistines and subdued them.
  3. That David took Metheg-Amman out of the hands of the Philistines.

SO WHAT! Well, this leads to our question for the day which is “WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS” in light of verse 2 which says this:

And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute.”

In verse two, we read about David seemingly killing some Moabites sparing others? I want to challenge you to THINK about that and come to your own conclusion as to if that was good, bad, right or wrong in light of God’s Word first and in application to what is gong on in our modern age.

WHO WERE THE MOABITES

This is an important clarification to make as the Moabites were descendants of the incestuous relationship between Lot and his older daughter (Genesis 19:36, 37). But did it mandate their being put to death? These people occupied the land opposite Judah, east of the Jordan River and the Dead Sea. This verse may indicate that David spared the young Moabites (whose heights was “A LINE” and executed the adults (whose height was two lines). In any event, the survivors became vassals to Israel (2 Kings 1:1).

I want to focus your attention on what took place here in that David spared the young Moabites (whose heights were equal to that of one measuring line) and executed the adults (whose heights were equal to two lines). This would eliminate men of fighting age to come back on David and his men. Or, it may mean that one out of three Reiss of soldiers would be randomly spared. The former is most likely the case.

In light of WHAT” took place and “HOW” it took place is what I want to challenge you to process for today. I think it safe to say that David was taking the land God promised to Israel, so perhaps, you might focus on “HOW” David selected those who would LIVE and those who would BE PUT TO DEATH. I’m’ not making a case either way. I simply want you to think about if it was ethical to put some of the Moabites to death in the first place outside of an active war. Again, I am not saying right or wrong-I’m challenging you to come to your own conclusion in light of imperfect biblical characters living out a perfect biblical story we call the Bible.

Most  importantly, what does that tell us about today’s world chaos regarding migrants, wars, out of control crime and the like. I will provide you my thought in applicaiton to current events in that I believe the Christian community in American and the West (Europe) in general has grown very soft on biblical truths. We allow lawlessness men and women to commit unfettered crime and immoral behavior to flourish. Then there is this thing called "migration" which is illegal lutside of U.S. law. Not to make a political stand-but illegal immigration is just that “ILLEGAL”. These folks are coming here illegally and law makers are forcing the tax paying public to pay for it out of debt. Is that legal, moral, right or biblically right? Again, I will leave that to you to decide. Then there is the War in Ukraine, which biblically speaking could have easily been diverted had the 1991 written agreement between the USA and USSR been respected stipulating that the 13 NATO nation coalition not advance to any other countries east towards Russia. President Clinton, a very immoral president was the first to break the agreement. Does God honor a broken covenant (a recent episode)?

I'm very pro-American, but I am also pro-Bible above pro-American exceptionalism. Christianity is not a Western or American formed religion, God chose the Middle-East for His chosen setting to bring Jesus Christ into the world. Please read the Word for yourself and then apply those principles to your own life and that of our nation and the world at large. I think your mind and biblical understanding of God’s truth might just surprise you. And then wrestle with the question as to "WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS". And that is how you "Reason For Truth". Steven

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THE MOST EXCITING THING YOU WILL EVER DO
By Steven Garofalo, February 16, 2023 (Copyright 2024)

Serving the Lord is the most exciting and rewarding thing in the world. At times, it can be a scary thing to do, but God gives us the confidence and courage to do it.

Today, I am going to show yout that in serving the Lord, it's the WHY behind  the THAT we serve that matters most. Serving the Lord should be done with a non-pious heart as one of the most selfless things we do in this life while serving our Lord.

Ministry seems to have slipped into some kind of "mission-drift" and has morphed more into "platform building" and "ministry branding" than misison-whereby we desire to consume content from those who trend closest to our feed as opposed to the best God and right content has for us according to His word and the leading of His Spirit for that moment and day.

It’s important for us to look at the fact that each one of us has a pronounced calling mission from God-albeit however large or small we perceive that to be. The important thing or each one of us to is to understand embrace the fact that Christian service to the Lord is not “sexy” (culturally speaking). In other words, it’s not about popularity, the most popular speakers, or about those who are most downloaded on the internet. That has nothing to do with the most biblically accurate or right message coming at us in the moment or how we are to live out our own mission. Interestingly, most of this populist-Christian service is fading away with the decline of cultural Christianity in America and around the world. The most downloaded content on the internet is more and more having to form to the regulating norms of online platforms which reward the least biblical messages and burry the feeds of more biblical messages that go against the will of the state. This is why I started our community. People more and more are demanding greater subsistence in their teaching. That being said, let’s get back to serving the Lord and what that means for you and I.

WHERE DOES SERVING THE LORD COME FROM?

For all of us, serving the Lord naturally flows from a humble Christ-centered servant-heart driven by God. God by the way is very opposite from us. What you and I perceive as desirable is often seen by God as a distraction and sometimes sinful.  If you question this assertion, I challenge you to pause and think about what you read in your Bible today-if you read your Bible today at all. What did or does it say? Was it a feel good message or a message of personal and corporate change, challenge, and calling? Such a message is encouraging by the way as it truly makes us better and brings us long-term joy. If you read God’s Word prayerfully today, you will see that it purifies you and makes you better if you take it seriously and apply it to your life.

Life is full of both good times and difficult ones. His ways are not our ways. You and I would never choose to put ourselves through trials, even if we know they will make us become better servants of God. We simply wouldn't do that in most all cases. We tend to read the Scriptures as if the Bible, the Word of God is something to read as opposed to lived out in real time. If we are being honest with ourselves, we will admit that we (including me) seek to avoid trials, pain and suffering. But it’s in between the pages of the Biblical Scriptures and through prayer-in fellowship with the Holy Spirit that God makes us better, prepares our hearts our minds for the day ahead of us, and calls us to action in His will for His purpose according to His plan for our lives.

SO WHAT!

Do you and I hear such a message very often? Sadly, most pastors and churches today preach according to our DESIRES as opposed to our NEEDS according to God. The reason for this is that they don’t want church members to leave and go to the church down the street (taking their tithe with them) in an effort to hear a more soothing message that makes them feel better. Simply put, in many cases, the modern church has succumbed to the culture as opposed to being salt and light to a lost world. As a result, the church is formed by culture as opposed to the church forming the culture. For you and I today, let's emember that being salt and light to the world often means going against the grain of contemporary culture. And this may (on occassion) entail our facing a bit of pain and suffering for that decision and direction in our lives. Do you thing this is boring? You can be assured that nothing is more exciting than serving the LORD in the present.

In closing, please allow me encourage you with two passages starting with Paul’s words in Romans:

“We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5).

Who doesn’t want to be able to REJOICE in our modern age. While this will entail some suffering and trials (which we perceive as bad in and itself), these things can be good things in what they produce in us if we allow God to use them to and for His glory.

LASTLY, James tells us:

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (JAMES 1:12).

Who doesn’t want to run the good race and finish strong? In order to run a race well and finish strong we must condition our hearts, bodies and minds to do well daily and hit the finish line strong. This entails remaining STEADFAST UNDER the TRIALS of LIFE. For when we have done so, we will be ready to receive the crown of life. Let's remember that none of us are guarenteed tomorrow. None of us know the moment He will call us home to receive that crown, so we must be ready at the start and finish of each and every day; remaining steadfast in His spirit. So I ask you, WHAT IS MORE EXCITING THAN THIS?

(NOTE BENNE) We live in very difficult times. I want encourage you to push through! Always keep in mind that what goes up must come down. And what is down will eventually go up. This is how God works. God opposes the proud but raises up the humble (James 4:6-7). Our current downward slide will one day (nationally and internationally) will bottom out at some point. At that point our nation (and all nations) will have two choices; to authentically turn back up to God or continue to turn away from God to their demise. This is where SERVING THE LORD comes in. We are called to serve the Lord TODAY for what He has called us to this day and for all the Lord calls us to later today and in the future. In other words, we must prepare the fields for what is coming next as well as the present. If we pre-position ourselves for and in our families, communities, government, at the university and in the work place, we will one day take back our culture and the world for Christ. What will our nation, our life, and the world be like after this next turning? The answer lies with us in light of God's plan. It all boils down to if and how we CHOOSE TO SERVE THE LORD.

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