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Jesus Christ, God and Savior

2020-03-25T07:43:13-04:00 March 29th, 2020|

Don’t worry; we are all going to the same place. We are all taking different roads. But we are all going to the same place. Whether you worship Buddha, or follow Confucius; whether you are a Mormon or part of the Unity movement, the goal is the same.

But what about Jesus Christ? He made some rather exclusive claims. He said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus denied that there are several ways to the Father. He claimed that the only way to heaven and life with God the Father is through faith in His death and resurrection.

Is this Jesus to be trusted? Well, what does God the Father tell us? He says, “This is my beloved Son, listen to Him” (Mark 9:7). Why should you listen to Jesus? Jesus is God! Yes, that’s right, Jesus is God. The Christ of the Bible is God in human form. This Jesus is the “exact representation” of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3). “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). So you had better listen to Jesus. Jesus is God, “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).

This means there is only one way to heaven. If you have hope of being allowed into God’s heaven, you must go the way Jesus directs. You must trust in this God-man who gives His life in payment for the sins of people like you and me. You must believe that this same Jesus, who is God, opens the gates of heaven to you when you believe in Him.

Click here and listen to, “Jesus Christ, God and Savior.”

An Illegal Trial

2020-03-25T07:40:28-04:00 March 28th, 2020|

We recoil at the injustice done to men and women convicted of crimes they have not committed. Police brutality is closely monitored by the media. And reports of sexual harassment or child molestation get attention. Such was not the case with Jesus Christ. The religious leaders of the day hated Jesus. They hated Him because the common people loved Him. They feared losing their grip over the masses. The result was a tangle of illegal procedures used to procure a death sentence.

When Christ was arrested, the trial was the very same night. This was illegal. The law required witnesses to produce identical stories in the trial. They didn’t. Plus, there was no evidence given to support the death penalty. The high priest was forbidden to speak in a trail lest he prejudice the court. But in this case the high priest led the interrogation.

When a legal inquiry was convened by Pilate, the Roman governor, he pronounced Jesus innocent three times. Yes, Pilate knew Jesus claimed to be a king. But Jesus explained, “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Thus Pilate’s fear of Jesus was alleviated. But he feared the riot those religious leaders were inciting. And so he had Jesus crucified.

Did injustice triumph? No! Christ was also “delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23).

To help you understand this story better, click here and listen to a message called, “Testify to the Truth of Christ.”

Revival Changes Believers

2020-03-25T07:37:06-04:00 March 27th, 2020|

It’s an old excuse: “I won’t go to church; it’s full of hypocrites.” It is all too true. The unfaithfulness of many professing Christians deters us from going to church. What is the answer?

Well first of all, don’t use that old excuse. Despite how some so-called Christians act, get to know Christ yourself. Don’t worry so much about the other fellow. Confess your sins to God. Accept Jesus Christ as your savior. Set an example for others in Christian living.

On the other side, a lot of professing Christians need to change. This requires the work of God’s Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul gives a definite command to Christians, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). He goes on to explain that being filled with the Spirit affects every area of your life. Being filled with the Spirit puts a song in your heart and on your lips. Being filled with the Spirit causes husbands to love their wives like Christ loved the church and died for her. Being filled with the Spirit causes wives to love and serve their husbands. Being filled with the Spirit makes children love and obey their parents. Being filled with the Spirit makes you put in an honest day’s labor at work and rejoice at the good of your employer. Yes, being filled with the Spirit effects your life at its very roots.

But if men and women are going to be filled with the Holy Spirit, God must pour out His Spirit abundantly. We must have revival. Real revival will do away with the excuses of non-Christians for not going to church because Spirit born revival will change the lives of professing Christians. Others will really want what they have.

Click here to listen to the audio message, “Grace Filled Change.”

Terrifying Yet Comforting

2020-03-25T07:33:48-04:00 March 26th, 2020|

We all make appointments to see the doctor or to go to the beauty shop. With our busy schedules, we appreciate people making appointments to see us. We sure look down on a person who does not keep his or her appointments.

Did you know that God has made some important appointments for you? Whether you like it or not, you will keep all your appointments with God! You see, although God has not let you in on all His secrets, He does have a plan for your life. A part of God’s plan involves Jesus Christ entering the world to die on the cross to pay the penalty due to others for their sins. The Bible says, “He who believes in Him shall not be disappointed” (1 Peter 2:6). But quite a number of people reject this part of God’s plan. To these people, Christ becomes “`A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this they were also appointed” (1 Peter 2:8).

I sincerely hope that you are not keeping an appointment to stumble over Christ. That could be terrifying. Your eternal welfare hangs in the balance! My sincere prayer is that you will keep an appointment to trust in Christ’s love displayed on the cross. Now there is only one way to tell which appointment has been made for you. God won’t let you look into His appointment book. You must acknowledge your sins before God. You must repent of those sins; you must turn away from them. Then you must turn to Christ for forgiveness. You must trust in the sacrifice of Christ as the only adequate payment for your sins. Then you can have the assurance of a place in God’s household.

Click here and listen to the audio message, “Terrifying Yet Comforting.”

Christ, Our Priest

2020-03-24T19:36:19-04:00 March 25th, 2020|

Let’s play a word game. I’ll give you different words, who do you think of first– president, queen, prime minister? Those are easy, aren’t they? Famous names pop into your head immediately. Who do you think of when I give you the word, priest? You most likely think of a man in a clerical collar. Do you think of Jesus Christ? Probably not. But why?

The most obvious reason is that you do not think of Christ as a priest. A priest performs sacrifices. Christ was a man who went around doing good and then was put to death on a cross. That just shows good guys don’t always win. Wait a minute. Christ did perform a sacrifice. He offered the ultimate sacrifice. He gave himself. Yes, Jesus was betrayed into the hands of those who crucified him, but he reminded his disciples, “Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels” (Matthew 26:53).

The point is, Christ determined to go to the cross. Christ went to the cross to sacrifice himself for the sins of others. Because he was a man, he could sacrifice himself for the sins of people like you and me. Because Christ was God in human form, he was perfect, he was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). He could therefore, offer himself as a perfect sacrifice for sin.

And Christ did win. Christ was raised again from the grave. So the wonderful thing is that those who trust in the sacrifice of Christ for their sins receive forgiveness from God no matter how small or how large the sin may be. Have you trusted in Christ as your priest?

Click here and listen to a message called, “Christ, Our Priest.”

Free At Last

2020-03-21T15:42:55-04:00 March 24th, 2020|

You can stop drinking any time you want. And you can come off drugs at any time too. Those who are hooked on alcohol and drugs believe this popular deception. So they glide along thinking they can kick the habit.

But the Bible warns, “Do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation” (Ephesians 5:18). You see, getting drunk with just wine, can, over a period of time, lead you down the path of self-destruction. Is that putting it too strongly? Not at all. The Bible also warns church leaders not to be “addicted to wine” (1 Timothy 3:3). This means your body becomes dependent upon the alcohol. You’re hooked.

Now if you have to be careful about getting hooked on wine, what about strong drinks and drugs? “Strong drink is a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise” (Proverbs 20:1). Such a person is deceived because drunkenness leads to addiction. And this is especially true regarding drugs. Soon you are drug dependent. And when you try to kick the habit, it’s not easy. Withdrawal is hard. So hard that most folks don’t go through with it.

The real solution to alcohol and drug problems is to turn to God. Alcoholism and drug addiction are not diseases. They may cause diseased hearts and lungs and kidneys. But getting drunk is first of all a sin! And God’s answer to sin is Jesus Christ. He died to provide forgiveness for sin. And the Bible promises, “If we confess our sins, He (that is, God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Do you want to be cleansed from the unrighteousness of addiction? God can cleanse you. Turn to Him. Confess your sin. Ask God to deliver you.

And to help you, click here and listen to a message called, “Free At Last.”

Enjoying God

2020-03-21T15:41:37-04:00 March 23rd, 2020|

The entertainment industry is big. The TV ratings, for example, govern the flow of advertising money into network pockets. Why all the palaver? Simple. We want to sit back, relax, be entertained, and find joy. And it’s not just TV. It’s the Internet, recorded music, videos, digital magazines, live entertainment, and so on.

But the search for joy is elusive. The more young people get of videos, the more they want. The more dad gets of sports, the more he craves. And the more mom gets of the soaps, the more TV dominates her daytime schedule! And where is the joy? It is momentary. Once the Internet crashes or TV is turned off, boredom sets in. The joy is gone.

Is this the way it was meant to be? Not at all. God knows the struggles and trials you go through. He is aware of your ups and downs. And He knows your need for joy in living. He also knows the joy portrayed by TV commercials will not satisfy. Joy comes from really knowing another person, sharing your life, and being loved. That’s why tight family units are so important.

But ultimate joy comes from knowing God. The Bible says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). God is the person who can really give you inner joy which lasts. When you come to know God through Jesus Christ, you receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. And God’s Spirit gives you “love, joy, peace” (Galatians 5:22). As a result, you learn to enjoy God! You learn to enjoy God because you learn to enjoy simple things. The sky looks bluer, the grass looks greener, all of creation comes alive! You enjoy God for who He is, your creator. And that’s just the beginning!

To help you get started, click here and listen to a message called, “Enjoying God.”

What? Me Worry?

2020-03-20T14:30:13-04:00 March 23rd, 2020|

A frightened wife calls us. Her husband is in a state of panic, locked in a bedroom. Two of us coax him out and restrain him. It is a classic panic attack, an anxiety attack. Worry and anxiety are real, but they are devastating and can be disabling. They are more common than we think. Jesus commands, “Do not worry” (Matthew 6:31).

Anxiety often presents itself in men as panic or fear. It frequently presents itself in women in the form of phobias. When anxious, we see the world as a fearful place. The future is uncertain. There is a sense of helplessness. We may have headaches, nausea, chest pain, and fear a heart attack. A man measures his pulse every few minutes. It seems erratic. He panics. In the midst of anxiety, we are seldom satisfied. We are fidgety. We incessantly bounce a leg under the table. We are irritable. When a panic attack occurs, we are sure we are going to die, or we think we are going crazy.

Anxiety has to do with how we view life. It is a control issue. We sense life is out of control. Anxiety also has to do with how we react on the inside. It has to do with internal events, with how we think. Because anxiety is a control issue, giving someone more to do or increasing job demands is not the answer. Giving control lessens anxiety.

Three typical anxieties dominate our lives. Matthew 6:25 mentions two of them. “Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.” What am I going to take to the fellowship supper? What are we going to feed our company? Such anxiety escalates to war over food within families and between nations. We also fret about clothing. What am I going to wear to the dance, the theater, the wedding? Young people kill for basketball shoes and designer jackets.

Matthew 6:27 and 34 mentions a third worry. “Who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” And, “Do not worry about tomorrow.” Can you add minutes or hours to your life? Suppose there is cancer? Suppose we have arthritis, bad vision, paralysis, old age, or some new and heretofore unknown disease. Will we add days to our lives? We do not ultimately control these things.

The answer to worry and anxiety is rooted in God. Matthew 6:19-21 exhorts. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What do you treasure? Are fields, farms, houses, cars, computers, and jobs more important than God? We want God but not at the expense of a special car, a specific computer, or particular clothes. Anxiety rises because God is in our way.

When anxiety is high, faith is low. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith” (Matthew 6:30). Anxiety is indeed a control issue. We are not in control. God is. God provides adequate food and clothing. God also controls your future. To overcome anxiety, don’t center your thoughts on food, clothing, and the future. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Denny Prutow

One God, Three Persons

2020-03-21T15:40:27-04:00 March 22nd, 2020|

When something does not at first seem logical, does that mean it is not true? Of course not. Every high school student has studied Einstein’s theory of relativity. That theory helped scientists harness the power of the atom. That theory tells us when you approach the speed of light, time slows down. Now that does not seem logical to me. But whether my mind can comprehend it or not does not change the truth.

The same thing applies when we talk about God. For one thing, God knows everything. Many people think they know everything. But only God knows everything. That’s why God says, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).

God also reveals Himself to us in the Bible as One God in three persons. Now that does not seem at all logical. But this does not mean the Bible is not true. God the Father is God. There is no dispute about this. God the Son, that is, Jesus Christ, is also God. The Bible says He “alone possesses immortality” (1 Timothy 6:16). Because Jesus Christ is the source of all life He must be God. Then too, the Holy Spirit is God. The Holy Spirit is not some kind of force, as the force in Star Wars. The Holy Spirit is God. “God is Spirit” (John 4:24). And God’s Spirit is the Holy Spirit.

Our response to this might be the same as King David’s in Psalm 139:6, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is too high, I cannot attain to it.” But if you do not believe these things to be true, you do not believe in the God of the Bible. And if you do not believe in the God of the Bible you cannot really be a Christian.

To help you understand this better, click here and listen to a message called “The Triune God.”

The Hinge of History

2020-03-20T19:15:31-04:00 March 21st, 2020|

“Prior proper planning prevents poor performance.” This aphorism tells us no venture can succeed without adequate planning.

Looking at the world around us, it’s easy to believe the master plan has gone awry. After all, would a loving God really allow so much suffering and turmoil? Such a perspective is often the prime excuse to reject the God of the Bible. Before you reject, take a close look at the true nature of God’s plan for this world.

Shortly after creation, Adam and Eve, our first parents, turned their backs on God by refusing to follow their Creator’s simple commandments. As a result, the world was plunged into chaos. But God did not allow mankind to remain in this state of chaos, sin, and misery. God immediately promised Adam and Eve He would send a Savior. That promise was repeated to Abraham and his sons. It had been given to Noah. It was repeated to King David and his son Solomon. Finally, God sent the Savior. Christ was born of Mary. That event became the hinge of history. Everything led up to Christ’s coming. Everything points back to that event. Even the years on our calendar are numbered from Christ’s birth. This is so because God has been working out His story. All the pieces of history fit into God’s great plan.

When you understand this, you get a better perspective on the seeming chaos of life. To help you, click here and listen to the message, “The Hinge of History.”