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The New Commandment to Love

2020-07-22T06:36:14-04:00 August 15th, 2020|

Those who support the right of homosexuals to live their lifestyle openly would never call homosexuality a sin. Those who are in favor of killing babies in the womb never call it murder. On the other hand, there is the moral law of God summarized in the Ten Commandments. This law is very unpopular. After all, who does God think he is by imposing His standards of morality on us?

This is the ultimate in arrogance, men and women telling God what to do. Many who call themselves Christians are of the same mentality. They really believe that the Ten Commandments are for a bygone era. They use as a basis a verse in Romans 6:14 which says, “You are not under law, but under grace.”

But the Bible is not saying that the Ten Commandments are passé. The Bible is telling us that we do not earn our way to heaven by keeping the commandments. We must trust in Jesus Christ. He lived a perfect life while on this earth. We must trust in His good works, not our own. We are all sinners. We need forgiveness.

But those who are truly forgiven through faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ go on to display love for God. They love God because God first loved them in the sacrifice of His Son. How do these people display their love for God? Listen: “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). In other words, you show God you love Him by doing what He commands. If you think that God’s commandments are too much of a burden, you are not a Christian. Listen again, “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him (that is God),’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar” (1 John 2:4).

Today’s Podcast lays out “The New Commandment to Love.”

Conviction to Seek the Lord

2020-07-22T06:35:39-04:00 August 14th, 2020|

When war comes, whether you think of the Korean conflict, Vietnam, or the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, Iraq, or more recent terror attacks, a good bit of fear attends the situation. We all understand that. The fear seems natural. In fact, a lack of fear would seem strange. The fear that attends such mortal conflict stems from the fact that it is just that, mortal conflict. People loose their lives in such wars.

Perhaps this is why there is often a turning to God in such times. The fear, literally the fear that death may come, stimulates men and women to seek after God. They go to church services, they talk with chaplains and ministers, they start reading the Bible. Actually, all of this is quite normal. You see, one of the great reasons God made people like you and me is “that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:27).

But most people don’t seek for God. In fact, in our society, many people spend a majority of their time just trying to make ends meet. They are seeking food and cloths and shelter. It is a major effort. Others, who are well off, spend time seeking every conceivable kind of pleasure. Then comes a huge disruption. There is war. There is death. Along with it comes a little more thoughtfulness about life. And yes, some fear.

You might ask, “What is God doing?” Or, “Why is God doing what He is doing?” Here is an answer. He is using situations like war to get your attention. The outward circumstance is the war. But the tool God uses in your life, to get your attention, is fear. By this fear, you are being encouraged to “Seek the Lord while He may be found” and “Call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6).

Today’s podcast discusses how God convicts you to encourage you to seek Him.

You Should Seek the Lord

2020-07-22T06:34:12-04:00 August 13th, 2020|

There are two big questions concerning life. First, “Why are we here?” And second, “What happens to us when we die?” The Bible gives us some answers. The Bible tells us that people like you and me were created “that they should seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him” (Acts 17:27). Yes, one purpose for our existence is to seek for God.

But there is a problem. The Bible paints a picture here of people groping around in the dark. They are like people who get up in the middle of the night and are disoriented. They feel along the wall in the dark to find the light switch. However, the real darkness in which people are groping is the darkness of sin. As a result, people do not seek God the way they should. As the Bible says, “There is none righteous, not even one, there is none who understands, there is none who seeks for God” (Romans 3:10-11).

The point is this, if people are not likely to seek after God, they are not likely to find Him. Two things happen. First, life has no ultimate meaning. This is true because people are missing God’s purpose for them. You see, when you find God and his purpose for you, you have a calling in life. This brings real meaning, ultimate meaning, to existence.

But a second thing happens if you do not find God. If you do not find God now, in this life, you will be separated from Him in the life to come. When you die, your destination will be “the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). So challenge I you to, “Seek the Lord while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6).

Today’s podcast shows you that a primary purpose for your existence is to “Seek the Lord.”

Conversion to Christ

2020-07-22T06:33:29-04:00 August 12th, 2020|

There is a real aversion to conversion these days. People would rather fight than switch. And amazingly enough, this is one of the symptoms of our age. We do what we want to do when we want to do it. And if we are unable to, we actually feel deprived. But it is this self-centeredness that is really getting us into trouble. An excellent example of this is the self-esteem movement. Huge emphasis is placed upon building self-esteem. In other words, we are looking for ways to puff up ourselves. A poor self-image is damaging to our ego. And we could not stand that. And so huge amounts of money and training are spent on building self-esteem.

But wait a minute. Do you realize the outcome? When people indulge in so much self interest, they put up barriers between themselves and others. This is exactly what is happening in our society. People are looking at themselves so much that interest in others is on the decline. And this results in separation within families and communities.

But listen to what the Bible says. “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). In other words, we are not to esteem ourselves highly. In fact, we are to esteem others more highly than ourselves. And to change from a self-centered attitude to an others-centered attitude, requires conversion. More importantly, to change from a self-centered life to a God-centered life requires real conversion. This is why Jesus Christ came into the world calling men and women to “repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15).

Today’s podcast, “Conversion to Christ,” helps you understand the meaning of and your need for conversion.

What We Have Seen

2020-07-22T06:32:48-04:00 August 11th, 2020|

Do you enjoy reading the daily paper, watching the nightly news, or reading a favorite internet source? Why?  You want the news.  Reporters go out to see and hear what is taking place in the world. If there has been a tornado or hurricane, they report what they have seen and heard. Then there are also editorials on the news. For the most part, these editorials are comments and interpretations of world events.

There was a time when events were interpreted from a biblical perspective. But that is off the point. When we read the Bible, we get what the writers have seen and heard. Listen to the apostle John for example, “What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life; and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life … ” (1 John 1:1-2).

You see, the Christian faith is not something that is beyond our view or beyond our senses. There is not a deep impassable chasm between this world and the world to come. The fact is that it is possible to know God. First of all, God reveals Himself through the creation. As Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God”. But God has reveals himself in Jesus Christ. Christ came into the world, born of a virgin. He lived a perfect life. He died on a cross to pay for the sins of people like you and me. He rose again to prove that sacrifice was acceptable to God the Father. All of this was seen and heard. The Bible reports what was seen and heard as good news. That’s what the gospel is, good news.

Today’s Podcast further explains 1 John 1:1-2 and “What We Have Seen.

The Focal Point of Holiness (Leviticus)

2020-07-22T15:55:56-04:00 August 10th, 2020|

Exodus ends, “In the first month in the second year, on the first day of the month” (Exod. 40:17). Leviticus continues the story of God’s people settled at the foot of Mt. Sinai with the little word and. “And the LORD called Moses . . . ” The Book of Numbers begins “on the first day of the second month, in the second year” (Num. 1:1). Leviticus covers only one month of the story.

Holiness is the major theme of Leviticus. The English word holy appears 620 times in the English Standard Version; it appears 81 times in the Book of Leviticus or just over 13 percent of the total citations. The Hebrew root for this word, with various inflections, appears 776 times in the Hebrew Old Testament. Of these citations, 137, almost 18 percent, appear in Leviticus.

In addition, the command to be holy is repetitive. “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground. For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45, see also 19:2, 20:7, 20:26, 21:8).

To be holy means to be separate and distinct from the world and to be consecrated to God. It was God’s special presence with them that made Israel distinct from all the other nations (Exod. 33:16). And God’s special presence was manifested in His Shekinah glory, His dwelling glory, over the Tabernacle. Yes, the Tabernacle was God’s special dwelling place among His people. God’s special presence was designed to make Israel a holy nation, not just externally, but also in their hearts.

Interestingly enough, Leviticus taught the priests and the people about their worship, which centered in the Tabernacle. Leviticus taught the priests and the people the rituals and sacrifices required in their approach to their most holy God (Lev. 1-15). Leviticus taught the people a “holiness code,” the rituals and sacrifices necessary to overcome their uncleanness and enable them to approach their most holy God (Lev. 17-27). And Leviticus prescribed the rituals and sacrifices of the Day of Atonement necessary to remove their sins and enable them to approach their most holy God (Lev. 16). In other words, Leviticus taught Israel, and teaches us, that worship was and is the focal point of holiness.

Picture the Tabernacle. White linen curtains mark the outer court of the Tabernacle; they shimmer in the bright desert sun. The golden altar of sacrifice is set before the Tabernacle proper and glistens in the sun. The curtains covering the Tabernacle are partially pulled back, revealing their vivid blue and scarlet colors. And the gold boards of the Tabernacle walls are also revealed in the dazzling sunlight. Beyond doubt, the Tabernacle was quite distinct from the surrounding landscape. Add to this picture, the Glory Cloud dwelling over the Tabernacle, and the tribes of Israel camped around the Tabernacle facing it. This picture portrays the fact that worship was the focal point of Israel’s holiness, her separateness from the world.

This lesson applies to us today. Gathering for corporate worship is one of the most visible ways we display our holiness, our separateness from the world. In worship, we meet with our God. He assures us that He is the One who sanctifies us; He makes us holy (Exod. 31:13). Yes, worship is the focal point of our holiness. From there, we disperse to live in this world as God’s holy people, individuals who are not of this world.

Denny Prutow

Seeking and Finding

2020-07-22T06:32:05-04:00 August 10th, 2020|

There are many people in the world today who are bearing burdens far too great for them. What kind of burdens are they? Well, Jesus talks about them in Luke 11:46. He is talking to the church lawyers. They are the worst kind. He says to them, “Woe to you lawyers as well! For you weigh men down with burdens hard to bear.” These church lawyers believe in salvation by works. They weigh people down with the burden of trying to measure up. It is the burden of proving yourself to God. The only problem is that you have to be perfect. And it is a burden too hard to bear.

There are a lot of people today who think they have something to prove. In the process they find out that it is a heavy burden. They wind up with frayed nerves and ulcers. The thing is these heavy burdens show us that we are frail. They show us we are weak. They show us our own inabilities and sinfulness. But when this happens, we should recognize those weaknesses and sins. Trying to hide them only compounds the burden.

You see, Jesus Christ offers Himself to people who recognize their own frailties and sinfulness. Listen, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

When you accept the invitation of Christ, you stop trying to prove yourself. It is too big a burden. Rather, you trust in Jesus Christ. You find God through a confession of sin and faith in Christ.

Today’s podcast helps you further in the process of “Seeking and Finding.

Let Love Continue

2020-07-22T06:31:29-04:00 August 9th, 2020|

Young people everywhere are looking for companionship. If they don’t find it at home, they find it elsewhere. This is why most kids join gangs. This is why married people find themselves in affairs. This is why high school and college students pair up so quickly. Although marriage gets a bad rap in many circles, this is why people get married. They do not want to be alone. They want and need companionship. This was one of the original designs of marriage.

For example, listen to how God speaks about divorce. “The Lord has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant” (Malachi 2:14). God views marriage as a covenant of companionship. By the same token, an adulterous person is described as someone “that leaves the companion of her youth, and forgets the covenant of her God” (Proverbs 2:17). It is within marriage we are to find our most intimate companionship. In marriage we covenant, make promises, that this will be the case.

We are also to find companionship within the church. A companion is someone of like mind you can eat with, talk with, get advice from, be encouraged by, and find help from. The family is one circle of companionship. The church is another circle of companionship. People in the church learn to show love to one another, practice hospitality, and extend help to those in need. It is church people who have extended themselves the most to help those affected by hurricanes and flooding. A church worthy of the name is a group of people willing to share their lives with one another, willing to be real companions.

Now, listen to today’s podcast, “Let Love Continue.

The Tests of Love and Hate

2020-07-22T06:30:57-04:00 August 8th, 2020|

Love and hate, they seem to go together. Why? For some reason we love to hate. This is a real problem. If we really do get pleasure from hating other people, it is evidence that we are not on the road to heaven. That’s right. Hatred is an evidence of our spiritual condition.

Listen to what the Bible says, “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him (I John 3:16). This seems awfully hard. But it is true. The Bible is saying that when we bear a grudge and harbor hatred in our hearts, it is the same as murder. Jesus puts it this way, “You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court” (Matthew 5:21-22). In other words, brooding anger without a cause, which amounts to hatred, is the same as murder. In fact, in many cases it leads to actual murder. As we have already said, “No murderer has eternal life in him.” In this day of drive by shootings and indiscriminate rape, these words of the Bible should come home to us.

The opposite is also true. “We know we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren” (1 John 3:14). Love which is worthy of the name is selfless. It means placing others first. It means we give of our time and energy and material wealth to others who are in need. Such love also becomes an indication of our spiritual condition. Listen to 1 John 3:14 once again, “We know we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren.” Here is a test you can perform on yourself.

Today’s podcast is “The Love-Hate Complex.”

Drifting from Christ

2020-07-22T06:30:27-04:00 August 7th, 2020|

I’ve just read some strange statistics. According to a recent Gallop Poll, average weekly attendance at worship services has risen to 43% of the population. This is a twenty year high. The Barna Research Group reports that only 28% of Americans believe that the local church has any relevance to the way we live. This really seems strange. But, the fact is, many people purposely attend church where little is expected of them. They are on the road of least resistance. They like it just fine that way.

Jesus puts this into the proper context. Listen, “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). What Jesus is telling us is simple. A lot of people are drifting through life. They are going down the wide road, following the crowd. They have little care for eternal things. Even though Jesus says this wide road leads to destruction, they couldn’t care less. After all, they have been in tight spots before and gotten out.

The same thing applies in the after life, they think. They don’t take Jesus seriously because they don’t take the Bible seriously. When Jesus says only the narrow road leads to life, they blow Him off. They are on the broad road and glad of it, even if they go to church. This means that even while they are going to church, they are drifting away from Christ. If this is true, “how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3). That’s a good question.

Catch today’s podcast is called “Drifting Away from Christ.