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Loss of a Very Dear Friend Pastor Ken Silva

October 2, 2014


It is with sadness I must announce the death of a dear friend and brother in Christ, Pastor Ken Silva on September 29th, 2014. Ken ran Apprising Ministries and the Christian Research Network in addition to being the pastor of Connecticut River Baptist Church.

Please be in prayer for their Associate Pastor David Moses and their members who have done so very much to help Ken through his illness over the years! Here is a link to the official announcement from Connecticut River Baptist Church: PASTOR KEN SILVA’S PASSING

Please pray that the mission of Apprising Ministries and Christian Research Network not only continues, but grows!

While I am saddened by this loss, I have peace and joy in the thought that one day we will see each other again in Heaven. So for those who believe we will have plenty of time to catch up!

1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”


John Beardsley


Question! What’s Right with It?

August 30, 2014
...just to name a few

…just to name a few

I find myself in utter amazement when I hear the question “What’s wrong with it?” from individuals who claim a true Christian testimony as it relates to so-called Christian themed movies, music, TV shows, books and etc. The fact that these were created by people who have no knowledge of true Christianity is telling in and of itself. To prove that point, Jesus says; “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6. Yet the world calls many faiths “Christian,” not understanding that most do not hold to Jesus’ words. To the world the word Christian is a generic term for many beliefs, and or almost any person claiming a religious experience. Even some in the media and entertainment sector who claim to have a Christian testimony do not take the time to make sure their version of Biblical accounts is accurate according to God’s word. It is especially heart-wrenching to hear the question “what’s wrong with it?” from one who has claimed a personal relationship with Jesus for many years, and yet does not see, or is not willing to see the error which is blatantly abundant. Sadly, it is taken a step further by many to praise, ignore and justify the error by saying that God’s word will not return unto him void, even if it is misused. The ends do not justify the means! In this age we live in, there are few who take God’s word to heart and actually do their best to live by it. II Timothy 2:15 says “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

The true Christian society is growing increasingly apathetic and frankly, just plain lazy in their diligence to search the scriptures once in a while, let alone daily. If this were not the case, there would be a greater outcry in the world’s erroneous depiction and mockery of Christianity. It seems the psycho-babble from the world that you always have to be positive, loving and tolerant has saturated people’s brains to the point they either can no longer discern the truth, or they simply don’t have the desire to. The truth is, there is negativity in this world and there always will be. Turning a blind eye will not make it go away nor will it solve anything. The truth can be negative just because it is uncomfortable to hear, or because it reveals what we don’t want to recognize. It comes down to this, you will see the truth for what it is and stand by it, or you won’t. Should you decide to stand for truth keep this in mind—being loving and tolerant does not mean taking a back seat to everything decent and moral in order to satisfy the world’s rebellious and sinful nature. Since when should true Christians let the world dictate God’s principles, and tell them that they are wrong to act on them? If you live by God’s principles then you do not live by the world’s. When you hear someone ask “What’s wrong with it?” what they are truly saying is “I don’t see anything wrong with it,” in which you should reply “What’s right with it and why don’t you see anything wrong?” Most of the error and mockery is so in your face, Christians should be ashamed of themselves for not seeing it, or standing against it when they do see it.

When it comes to God’s word there is no room for error or the blindness of it. Neither is there room to appease those who would not hear in an attempt to please them. If you are asked, “Why do you always have to find something wrong with everything; why can’t you just accept it and not be so negative?” Because God said to rightly divide the word of truth. Ask yourselves, why is truth the target at which the arrow of negativity is being shot rather than the error, where it should be directed?

Why aren’t there more Christians rightly dividing the word of truth and unashamedly speaking up for it? Can it be they have been walking down the world’s path for so long they don’t know what the truth is anymore? If not, why are there so many afraid to make the truth be known? The truth will divide! Which would you rather be recognized for; knowing the truth and standing up for it even if it means standing among only a faithful few, or staying quiet and do nothing in order to be viewed as a positive person and earn praise from the faithless majority? We can all be peacemakers, but not at the expense of hiding, denying, ignoring, or justifying, the truth.

The wide path is for all those who want to follow the crowd; unconcerned where the path leads or who they are following. True and honest discernment will lead you down the narrow path of wisdom in life while you continue to learn and stand on the truths of God’s word.

Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

By Kathy Beardsley

Tolerance – The modern redefinition of this word…

August 30, 2014

TOLERANCE – The modern redefinition of this word is; to completely accept and support whatever the current cause is (regardless of your personal beliefs and standards) or be labeled intolerant hatemongers. The true definition of tolerance: to hold oneself up against, bear with, endure, forbear, suffer. This present day we live in seems to be moving beyond true tolerance in order to enter into a stage in which acceptance is mandatory and made law or consequences will be imposed. Actually, that mostly seems to apply to fundamental Christians standing firm on God’s principles instead of man’s. True Christians do their best to obey God’s principles and separate from the world’s rebellion of them. The world’s retribution, justified in their mind, is to lash back through accusations of discrimination, intolerance, bullying etc., all the while playing the victim and turning their distorted view of tolerance into a sympathetic cause for support. Jesus is the best example of true tolerance.

Hebrews 12:2, 3 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

Total and complete acceptance? No!
Offense of God’s principles is sin!
Listening to the world will surely throw
Even the mature Christian into a spin.
Refuse to cave in to worldly pressure,
Accept only the pure things of God.
Neutrality simply allows things to fester;
Critique the facts and discern the fraud.
Establishing truth is a fundamental gesture.

© 2014, Kathy A. Beardsley

The Sound from the Tops of the Mulberry Trees

August 18, 2014


2 Samuel 5:23-24 “And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; [but] fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.”

Hear is an excerpt from a sermon by Charles Haddon Spurgeon back in 1857,

Now, my Brothers and Sisters, is the time for us to bestir ourselves! Oh let us cry to God more earnestly! Let our Prayer Meetings be filled with men who come full of vehement petitions. Let our private altars be more constantly kept burning, causing the smoke of prayer to ascend and let our closets continually be occupied by earnest intercession! Bestir yourself—there is a “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

That is concerning the Church at large and the same Truth holds good of any particular congregation. One Sabbath-Day the minister preached with great unction. God clothed him with power—he seemed like John the Baptist in the wilderness, crying, “Repent you, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” He spoke with all the earnestness of a man who was about to die. He so spoke that the people trembled—a visible thrill passed through the audience. Every eye was fixed and the tears seemed to bedew every cheek. Men and women rose up from the sermon, saying, “Surely, God was in this place and we have felt His Presence.” What ought a Christian to say, as he retires from the House of God? He should say, “I have heard this day the sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees.” I saw the people earnest. I marked the minister speaking mightily, God having touched his lips with a live coal from off the altar. I saw the tears in every eye. I saw the deep, wrapped attention of many who were careless. There were some young people there that looked as if they had been impressed— their countenances seemed to show that there was a work going on. Now, what should I do? The first thing I will do is I will bestir myself! But how shall I do it? Why, I will go home this day and I will wrestle in prayer more earnestly than I have been likely to do, that God will bless the minister and multiply the Church! Well, what next? Where do I sit? Was there a young woman in my pew that seemed impressed? When I go this evening I will look out for her. I have heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and I will bestir myself. And if I see her there, I will speak a word to her, or, what is more, if I hear another sermon like it and I see any who seem to be impressed, I will try to find them out, for I know that two words from a private person are often better than 50 from a minister! So that if I have seen a young man impressed, I will touch him on his elbow and say, “You seemed as if you enjoyed this sermon.” “Yes, I liked it very well.” “And do you like spiritual things?” Who can tell? I may be made the means of his conversion! At all events, I shall have this sweet consolation to go to bed with—I heard the “sound of the leaves of the mulberry trees,” and as soon as I heard it, I bestirred myself that I might serve my God and be the means of winning souls from Hell! But, alas, my Brothers and Sisters, much of the seed we sow seems to be lost for lack of watering! Many an impressive sermon seems to lose much of its force because it is not followed up as it should be. God’s purposes, I know, are answered. His Word does not return unto Him void. Still, I think we might sometimes ask ourselves, have we not been too dilatory, too neglectful in not availing ourselves of favorable times and seasons when the power of the Spirit has been in our midst and when we should have looked upon it as the signal for more strenuously exerting ourselves in the service of our Master?

The same I might say of any time of general sickness, or any time of plague or cholera, or sudden death. There are times when the cholera is raging through our streets. The people are all trembling, they are afraid to die. Mark—that is the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.” It is the business of you and me to bestir ourselves when people are by any means led to serious thought—when God is walking through the land and smiting down first one and then another and the minds of the people are all on tiptoe concerning what the end shall be. When there has been some alarming fire; when a sudden death has taken place in the street, or in the court, or in a house, it is the Christian’s business to seize upon the time and to improve it for his Master!

“Now,” said the Puritans, during the great plague of London, when the hireling parish priests had fled from their Churches—“now is our time to preach!” And all through that terrible time when the carts, filled with the dead, went through the streets overgrown with grass, these strong-minded Puritans occupied the pulpits and boldly preached the Word of God! Brothers, that is what we should do whenever we see a time more favorable than another for telling sinners of the wrath to come! Let us seize it, just as the merchant looks out for every turn of the market, for every rise and every fall—and just as the farmer looks out for a good season for sowing or planting or mowing. Let us look out for the best times for seeking to do good! Let us plow deep while sluggards sleep and let us labor as much as possible in the best season to make hay while the sun is shining and serve our God when we hear the “sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees.”

Excerpt from a sermon by Charles H. Spurgeon, May 31st 1857
Online source: The Sound in the Mulberry Trees

Philippians 2:15-19 “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me. But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.”

1 Corinthians 9:26-27 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

2 Peter 1:10 “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

In this day and age where false teachers abound – now is our time to shine for the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Suicide – A Harsh Reality of Depression a Dreadful Snare!

August 17, 2014

RobinWilliamsSnareRobin Williams’ suicide is a sensitive and serious subject, but it needs to be talked about openly.

We don’t want anyone following the dark path of this and other Hollywood idols!– while I will certainly agree depression is real, it is also a snare. In Robin Williams’ case and many other ‘Hollywooders,’ depression I believe it was worsened through the use of drugs and alcohol at the very least, then compounded by prescription antidepressants. A snare is not a disease, and once you are caught in it you can ultimately destroy yourself unless you escape it!

Jesus Christ is the ultimate escape for depression because He is God and He is real. If you are thinking of using antidepressant drugs instead – well from what I have seen in life those drugs only help temporarily. If you have a television, or read the news, look and see how many who have committed suicide were actually taking or had recently stopped taking antidepressants! Listen, and read the side effects – thoughts of suicide is one of many!

I know of no man or woman regretting a decision to surrender to Jesus Christ seeking His forgiveness. I know I will never meet a man or woman in Heaven after I die that will regret that decision – the side effects of that decision are joy and peace that surpasses understanding! Oh, and how about life like that eternally! Sound good!?

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

As for where Robin Williams is for eternity is ultimately up to God, but the Bible teaches us to judge according to the scriptures (fruit of the spirit) not by our emotions. While Robin Williams was a very funny man to many, and yes may has done good things for the USO and other charities, his own words mocking God – are no laughing matter. He was known for perverse stand-up comedy routines shocking listeners who thought he was “family friendly” and add to that what he said of himself, “It was during his stand-up where he was most able to tap into what he calls, “possession…Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde… that’s where people can get as dark as they can in comedy ‑ in the name of comedy.”” Williams said that himself and he wasn’t joking when he said it! That quote made my hair stand on end!

Robin Williams’ life like many other celebrities are/were complete train wrecks – we shouldn’t be looking up to them. We should be warning others to put their faith in no man except Christ. “Ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16), Jesus said. When judging the “fruits” this is not judging the heart – we must judge by God’s Word, not by what appeals to human reasoning.

As the photos I included here show, no matter what expression he has, to a degree it was a facade – a mask covering the real man who was caught in the awful snare of depression. He like thousands of others did seek help – but from those who could not really help!

Mark 10:49-52 “And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. 50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. 51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. 52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

Are you blinded by depression today and somehow stumbled upon this webpage? Is Jesus calling to you through these scriptures? I believe He is! Stop where you are this second and pray to Jesus, surrender to Him this moment and let Him carry this load!

He will give you the escape and I sincerely believe it because I have the assurance of salvation, and you can too!

1 Peter 5:6-8 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:”

Jesus also said,

Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.

I promise you will not regret surrendering to God who has sought you out from the darkest place in your life that you are!

– John A. Beardsley III, August 17, 2014



Another famous actor died today;
An apparent suicide is what they say.
He was funny, and made a great impression;
Yet he was overcome by his depression.

He had all that this world could give;
A life many would kill to live.
What happened? Why this man?
I’ll try to explain as best I can.

A life without Jesus as the Savior,
Is destined to tormented failure.
True happiness will never depend
On how much money you have to spend;

Neither will a popular reputation
Save you from a depressed infiltration.
Resting-in-peace can only be achieved
When in Jesus as Savior you have believed.

I’m sorry to burst the sad and sympathetic bubble,
But things of this world are just wood, hay, and stubble.
When people die without salvation by grace,
Peace is definitely NOT a part of their resting place.

Death is a serious matter! We need to think before we speak.
R.I.P. to one whose salvation is too late to seek,
Is sadly, nothing more than an empty farewell.
Don’t let this be your fate. There is no rest in Hell!

2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

© Kathy Beardsley 8/11/2014

Apprising Ministries – Liberty University Defending Glenn Beck At Its Convocation

May 26, 2014

I guess Liberty University is answering the question if Mormonism could be considered another denomination as the article from Apprising Ministries shows: Liberty University Defending Glenn Beck At Its Convocation on May 23rd 2014.

It is really a sad day when what is purported to be a Christian University could betray our Savior welcoming a leader within the Mormon cult for their convocation!

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Mormons Are A Different Denomination?

May 1, 2014

Glenn Beck is to Evangelical Liberty University what Albert Mohler is to Mormon BYU!

According to Mormon Glenn Beck,

“I share your faith. I am from a different denomination. And a denomination that I’m sure can make many people at Liberty uncomfortable—I’m a Mormon—but I share your faith in the atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ.” (source)

To my Bible believing Christian readers, do you find this as offensive as I do? Continued dialogue with Mormon leaders will result in more Mormon lies being taught to our kids in college. What Mormon leader Glenn Beck said is a lie that has been perpetrated for decades, even the US military chaplaincy program treated Mormons as Protestants! I experienced that fact first-hand, and now here it is again openly shared in what I thought was supposed to be a Christian university! Perhaps they are joining with Mormons as well as Benny Hinn too!?

To anyone at Liberty University, when did you hand the keys to the hen house to the wolves?
As for my savior’s blood atonement not the Mormon’s concept please consider the fine work done by Mormon Research Ministry exposing the many lies of Mormon teaching. In particular this quote from their site regarding the Mormon view of salvation and atonement it is a sharp contrast of the non-Christian Mormon cult to that of Biblical Christianity.

“7. You’re Saved By Works

More than any other Mormon lie, this undermines Christ’s atonement, which is the most sacred doctrine of the Bible. Mormons usually equate salvation with resurrection. Likewise, they refer to eternal life as “exaltation.” I did both while teaching prospective converts. I relished the church’s third Article of Faith, which claims, “through the atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”

Trying to bridge the doctrinal divide between Mormons and Christians, I emphasized that salvation is by grace “after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). What classic Mormon double-talk. Unmistakably, the Bible says eternal life is a gift from God (Romans 5:15; 6:23) to those who believe in Christ (John 6:47), call upon Him (Romans 10:13) and receive Him as Lord and Savior (John 1:12). Contrary to Mormon dogma, this gift cannot be awarded meritoriously.” (source)

If you are considering sending your kids to LU, I hope you take a really hard look since there is such a huge lack of discernment!

John Beardsley, Truth with Snares

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