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If you like the adventure of peeling back the layers of things to discover what's hiding underneath - you'll find a lot to like here. If you're looking for real people who have been crushed - and crushed again - and find ludicrous mercy at the end of it, you've found us! If you've been desperately crying out to the Bridegroom and are becoming aware that He's drawing you to Himself in a very private and personal way - you'll find a lot to like here. If you've been around the block a few times and have grown weary of the nonsense that passes for Christianity - you may find refreshment here. If you're looking to find support for the living of a comfortable life - this isn't for you.

11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13

Welcome to The Open Scroll. If this is your first visit, let me introduce myself. I'm Bob Schlenker, the man responsible for what you find here. I've been ministering online as The Open Scroll since 1995. A blog was launched as an adjunct to this website in 2009, called The Open Scroll Blog. In 2012, Aaron Hermann began to minister with me.

You'll find a range of unique content here and on our other platforms including lots of video and some audio. If English isn't your native language, you might find this translation effort to be beneficial. At present there is a small but growing Russian version.

that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:27

We abound in joy and rejoicing as we minister before the Lord, yet do maintain a sober view of things - as we are continually reminded of the following reality.

Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

Matthew 7:21

The best guide to the content on this website is the holy spirit, which probably brought you here to begin with. If you've begun to explore the “buffet” that has been set out for you and are ready to discover what remains to be either lightly sampled or voraciously consumed according to your appetite, the following introduction may be of some use.

We have some blogs that are complementary. (We don't do social media, strictly speaking, according as the Lord has directed. We also have no books in print or published on Kindle, for the same reason.)

We minister here through a wide range of deeper matters addressing love, faith and hope. A walk of abiding in the Lord involves two roughly parallel tracks, like a train. On one hand, there's your character, who you really are. Let's just be honest. That needs work. Ours does too - we're not done yet. On the other hand, there's what you know and believe. We all grow up being deceived about many things. The church generally doesn't help much beyond a certain, rather low, level, though we'd like to think it should. Again, just being honest. Our faith depends on what we believe. If it's not The Truth, nothing good can come of it. You need His heart and mind - and you need to get it from Him! That's what this is about.

11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

Titus 2:11-14

21 And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, is it, or under a bed? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? 22 For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. 23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Mark 4:21-23

so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

2 Corinthians 2:11

Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves.

Matthew 10:16

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:23-24

Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.

Psalms 119:67

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9

Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the earth who have carried out His ordinances; Seek righteousness, seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh’s anger.

Zephaniah 2:3

9 “Remember the former things long past,
For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, ‘My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
11 Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man of My purpose from a far country.
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Isaiah 46:9-11