All posts by Hal Bekemeyer

Hal is a pastor at Fellowship Bible Church Orlando and a regular co-host on the “Grace Life Podcast”. His teaching ministry encompasses some forty plus years in various ministries in his home state of Florida. He trusted Christ as his Savior at the age of twelve and was almost immediately plagued with an insatiable desire to understand the Scriptures. Being dissatisfied with the answers provided by the denominational setting in which he found himself, he began a reading campaign into the writings of many bible commentators. Simultaneously, he invested many hours reading, and wrestling with the Scriptures. Studying the Gospels and the eschatological books of scripture was especially painful and frustrating because of many imagined contradictions and inconsistencies. It was only as he encountered a dispensational hermeneutic that he was finally able to embrace the bible in its entirety and to embark on a journey of faith and service from that time until this day.

We Are One – A Study in Organic Dynamics

The Organic Union We live in an age when individual rights, self-reliance and independence is greatly valued (at least in word if not always in substance). People everywhere are “doing their own thing.” This attitude is also pervasive in the Church, the Body of Christ and manifests itself in many forms. One form that many ...

Three Pillars in the Believer’s Establishment

Romans 16:24-26 – “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ¶ Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made ...

Unsatisfied

Our flesh is in a continual state of dissatisfaction. It relishes all the religion and self-effort that we can throw at it and then screams for MORE. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch not; ...

Universal Reconciliation?

Occasionally, I check out various writings on subjects that interest me and lately I have been perusing Universal Reconciliation websites. It is puzzling to me about all the hoopla over the translation over the Greek word ‘aionios’ (everlasting, eternal, etc.). The common vein is to question all translations of the scripture and to suggest that ...

The Romans 8:28 Trap

Questioning God Romans 8:28 ( KJV ) 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Often believers find themselves at odds with God because of difficult circumstances in their lives. They experience feelings of abandonment and question God’s ...

The Essence of Grace

“Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.” What a marvelous declaration from God that echoes through this age, as penned by the Apostle Paul! However, it is so sad that many people are ignorant of the fact that we live in a time designated by God ...

Something To Think About

One of my favorite scenes from Star Trek involves Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. To one of the Captain’s inquiries Spock replies; “I fail to understand the logic of your asking for my opinion on matters which you have already made up your mind” (or something to that effect). I have found this to be ...

Raised With Christ

(Col 3:1) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” It is interesting that this verse begins with “if”. If is a word that speaks to conditionality; it is not a word that only deals with a question. Here in Colossians ...

Quench Not the Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a vital element in our relationship to God, not only as a member of the Godhead but as the performer of Divine operations that shape this relationship. The Holy Spirit is the one that baptizes us into the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13) and seals us there (Ephesians 1:13) and ...

No Words Stand Alone

“No man is an island,” says the song, and much the same can be said of any word in any language. ​One of the arguments set forth against the reliability of the King James Bible deals with the issue of the vernacular of the original languages. It is suggested that, since many of the original ...

Unsatisfied

UNSATISFIED Our flesh is in a continual state of dissatisfaction. It relishes all the religion and self-effort that we can throw at it and then screams for MORE. “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch ...

My View of Calvinism

CALVINISM 1. Makes God the author of sin. 2. Cheapens the grace of God by limiting it’s scope. 3. Populates the planet with a majority population of un-redeemable un-men like creatures who were created by God as “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction.” 4. Denigrates faith by teaching that regeneration precedes faith. 5. Falsely teaches ...

Judges, Grace Police, and Para-church Schisms in the Body of Christ

This particular article will be confusing for some as I am addressing a particular group of people with whom I have encounters dating back almost forty years. This group is known as the, so-called, “Grace Movement.” I have often felt over the years that this is somewhat a misnomer in that, in behavior, much of ...

Frustrating Grace

(Col 2:20-23) “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, {21} (Touch not; taste not; handle not; {22} Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? {23} Which things have indeed ...

Conformed or Transformed?

This item was written by my dear friend Doug Dodd (now in glory). It speaks to the effect of our new life in Christ as opposed to religion and human effort. Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23And be renewed in the spirit of your ...

Complete In Christ

Paul, in his prayers for the saints expressed this desire; (Eph 3:16-19) “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; {17} That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, {18} ...

Brief Commentary on Philippians 3:2

“Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.” (Phil 3:2)  Dogs are used in a negative context consistently throughout Scripture. Interestingly, they are in the context of Psalm 22 – a messianic psalm concerning the betrayal, and crucifixion, of the Lord Jesus Christ. Examples: (Exo 22:31) “And ye shall be holy men ...

Are You Being Saved?

“Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, {4} Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:” (Gal 1:3-4) Believers often are myopic in their view of the redemptive work ...

Approved of God

It is tragic that many believers are driven by the same mindset of the unconverted – they think they can earn God’s acceptance through their works. While many understand that it is “not through works we have done” in regards to positional righteousness, they still believe that their works will impress God in place of ...

“All Things” Work Together for Good

Questioning God Romans 8:28 ( KJV ) 28And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Often believers think themselves to be at odds with God because of difficult circumstances in their lives. They experience feelings of abandonment and ...