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A Study on Bible Prophecy

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

The reason for this study book: The Church often struggles to find balance with regard to teaching on the topic of prophecy. Some ministries teach almost exclusively on eschatology and prophecy — others rarely teach on prophecy or end-time events at all. Nearly one third of Scripture is prophetic in nature. Those who study this significant segment of Scripture will find comfort and gain insight as prophecy notes what God has done, and what God is going to do. I believe that God’s prophetic message is given as a gift to prepare, equip, and inspire His people. Further, I believe there are three primary reasons that prophecies are presented in the Word. These reasons are noted below, and should facilitate a desire to gain a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, holy Scripture:

  1. Prophecy notes the goodness of God. The Lord warns those whom He loves. It is a good and loving God who takes the time to reveal, in advance, what will happen in the days to come. The wise make themselves aware of the warnings and declarations of God.
  2. Prophecy confirms the wonder and integrity of Scripture. The record of prophetic fulfillment is 100% accuracy. There are no parallels in all of history. Prophecy sets the Bible, and Christianity, apart from all other religious books and teachings.
  3. Understanding prophecy can better one’s witness. The world today is spiritual, but skeptical. A strong witness will include reasons to believe.  Presenting information on the accuracy and statistical probability of prophecy fulfillment strengthens one’s witness. When one concedes that biblical prophecy is verifiably true, what often follows is an acknowledgement that there is a divine hand behind the writing. And when one acknowledges that past prophecies have been fulfilled, one must concede that future prophecies will likely come true and that wise spiritual decisions should be made in order to prepare for what is to come.

May God richly bless you as you seek Him (Acts 17:11).


The Watchman's Journal - 99 Days on the Wall

About the Author

Joe Kerr ministered across the US, as youth pastor, teacher, coach, church planter, and freelance author and editor.  Joe has authored and co-authored numerous Bible studies and books including, The 30 Day Spiritual Adventure, a youth journal, De Dia a Dia, and coffee-time devotional, Cup O Jo, and the women's journal Stories Written.  Joe and his wife Susan live in coastal Florida, sharing their neighborhood with several cantankerous Sand Hill Cranes.

Introduction to the Book

"Being a Watchman is not always easy and we can become weary as it appears people are not listening and the attacks of the enemy want to take us down. This devotional is such an encouragement as well as provides ‘tools’ for the Saints to persevere and to stand strong and to be bold and courageous until He comes for we can do all things through Him who gives us strength.", Joanne Arnott, Contributing Author, Ministry Coordinator for Behold Israel

The world is headed for Armageddon. You see it coming far off, slowly edging closer day by day. You know there will be violence and destruction and death. You warn everyone who will listen. You pray for those who will be caught up in the chaos. You urge friends family and strangers – Be Ready! You are a Watchman on the Wall.

This journal speaks to all Watchmen; all who feel the same sense of urgency and the same massive calling to warn the world. Nehemiah spoke to the Watchmen in Jerusalem, “Then I said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people: “The work is great and extensive, and we are spread out far from one another along the wall. Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:19, 20)

The Watchman’s Journal 99 Days on the Wall provides inspiration, rest, encouragement and strength to continue the most difficult of callings in these Last Days.

Watch, Warn, Pray, and Finish Well.

 


Where Did Everybody Go?

About the Author

Tina Ray, wife of Gary Ray, is both an artist and poet with a heart for God and for reaching people for Christ.  She has a unique artistic style that is meant to provide a powerful Gospel message for those left behind after the Rapture of the Church (something that is imminent).  Her aim in this book is to speak to older children that if they find themselves left behind, that it is not too late to ask Jesus for salvation and encourages the reader to do so without delay.  Tina enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest and has been married for 35 years, has two grown children, and four grandchildren!

Here is an excerpt of the first few pages

My mom and my dad—nowhere to be found.
My new baby brother’s not making a sound.
And when I step into his bedroom to see,
his crib is all empty.
What’s happening to me?

A knock on the door sends me out of my skin.
“Are you there, dear? It’s Aunt Dee!”
I run let her in.

“What’s happened?!” I ask her as she holds me tight.
“I think that they all disappeared in the night!
There’s nobody here!
They’ve all gone away!”
The tears fall and Aunt Dee has nothing to say.


The Story of Jesus

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

The goal in writing the STORY OF JESUS is to provide a resource that makes reading Scripture more enjoyable and understandable. The Story Of Jesus resource is not designed to replace the Bible, it is designed to be an aid in reading and understanding the Bible.  In the STORY OF JESUS book, the material in the Gospels is merged and arranged in approximate chronological order to form an easy to follow account of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Pastoral notes and cross-references (see the right column of each page) provide background information on uncommon terms and highlight sections of Scripture of particular importance.

Scripture passages are quoted from The Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, by International Bible Society, published by Zondervan Publishing House.

This five part study resource profiles the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. In general, SECTION ONE profiles the birth of Jesus through the end of His first year of ministry.  SECTION TWO profiles His second year of ministry.  SECTION THREE profiles his third year of ministry.  SECTION FOUR profiles he last months of His ministry,  and SECTION FIVE profiles the week leading up to the crucifixion through His ascension into heaven.  Material for this book is drawn from the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).


The Story of Jesus - Bible Study Leader's Guide

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

This is the Bible Study Leader's Guide to "The Story of Jesus" book (see link above).

This study is designed to help individuals become more familiar with the Gospel story, better understand the chronological time line for the ministry of Christ, and gain insight into a number of challenging Scripture passages. Study resources include leader and student books, an e-book, ten PowerPoint presentations and several links to teaching videos that compliment the material in this book.


The Story of Jesus - Bible Study Student Guide

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

This is the Bible Study Student's Guide to "The Story of Jesus" book (see links above).

This study is designed to help individuals become more familiar with the Gospel story, better understand the chronological time line for the ministry of Christ, and gain insight into a number of challenging Scripture passages. Study resources include leader and student books, an e-book, ten PowerPoint presentations and several links to teaching videos that compliment the material in this book.


Why and How to Teach on Prophecy and Eschatology

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

Teachers and pastors are commanded to watch for the signs that announce the return of the King, and boldly communicate (by teaching the whole of Scripture) what God is doing and what God will do in the future. I believe this is where the church falls short today. Many watchmen, particularly in the west, report that strong, clear teaching on eschatology is not a prominent part of the teaching or preaching ministries in their home church. This booklet is designed to exhort and encourage—it addresses the mandate to ready listeners for the Rapture and return of Jesus, and notes both why this is not done, and how to do it.  Approximately one third of the Bible addresses the topics of prophecy or eschatology. Yet, many, many churches do not thoroughly address these subjects. Though there are challenges associated with preaching on certain passages, the calling is clear. Paul said, “For I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and the entire flock of which the Holy Spirit
has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He purchased with His own blood…” (Acts 20:27-28)

Leaders must lead. We must view God’s word of exhortation to Ezekiel as being timeless—applicable to leaders then and now. In Ezekiel 3 we read God’s command:

“When I say to the wicked, you shall surely die, and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand. Yet if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity, but you have delivered your soul.” (Ezekiel 3:18-19)

Teachers and preachers must be watchers and warners, and must not neglect to proclaim the fullness of God’s Word. God warns that those called to teach must both encourage and exhort or are in danger of judgment. Yes, it is easier to teach/preach on heaven, love, grace, and mercy, but leaders must follow the example of Jesus, who preached on love and grace, but also boldly preached on giving, sacrifice, commitment, witnessing, and the last days. Pastors are called to “feed the church” (Acts 20:28), “for they watch out for…souls, as those who must give an account” (Hebrews 13:17).


The Discipleship Handbook

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

This discipleship resource has been prepared by Gary Ray for the I Am The Watchman ministry (IAmAWatchman.com).  The Reasons To Believe booklet provides a general overview of the history and structure of the Bible, and presents evidence that will embolden faith, strengthen one’s witness, and provide support for believing that the Scriptures are true and inspired. The desire is to help individuals know and powerfully share the Gospel message so that as many as possible will be spiritually prepared for the imminent return of Jesus Christ. To be a disciple is to be a learner (Acts 17:11). To be a Christian is to be a ‘doer’ (James 1:22-25). To be a Watchman for the Lord is to lead in making the world aware of what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is going to do (Ezekiel 33:1-8). The prayer is that this booklet will help equip and encourage believers be the watchmen and witnesses that God has called them to be.


What Will the Post Rapture World Look Like?

About the Author

Gary Ray has served in pastoral ministry for more than 30 years. He is a student of the Word and has a passion for presenting Scripture in ways that are interesting and clear—particularly to those with limited or no church background. Gary is happily married and lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wonderful wife, children and grandchildren. He is a Watchman for the Lord—and encourages you to be one too. He can be contacted through the I Am A Watchman ministry contact portal.

Introduction to the Book

This booklet was written to express, in a very condensed format, what I have learned about leading in ministry after serving in pastoral roles for more than 30 years. By design, the writing in this booklet is more informal than scholarly. The hope is that it will read as a friend counseling a friend—or as an older minister who’s been around the block, counseling newer believers who are young in the process of exploring God’s leading regarding Christian service. Sensing that the Lord’s return was near, I prepared this booklet as a resource for those not taken in the Rapture and find themselves living in a Post-Rapture Tribulation-era world. Will God be present during this dark period of history? Will there be a Church? Will God be looking for individuals to teach, preach, and engage in Christian service? I believe the answers to all these questions is YES! My prayer is that this booklet will encourage, equip, and embolden individuals as they consider how God may want to use them to do great things in this important time in history.

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