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What is Prayer?

2020-01-15T13:37:46-05:00 January 23rd, 2020|

Most people pray. Even if it is saying, “Oh God,” when they are surprised or hurt. But such prayers are really not effective. Real prayer is a lot more than using God’s name as an exclamation point at the end of a sentence.

“Prayer is an offering up of our desires to God for things agreeable to His will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of His mercies.” This definition gives several keys to effective prayer. First of all, you must go to God in the name of Christ. That is, you must trust Christ as the one who has paid for your sins. And you approach God wearing the robes of Christ’s goodness and righteousness. Don’t try to approach God holding up your own good works. The Bible says, “All our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6). You have not earned a place before God. So go before God confessing your sins and trusting in Christ to open the door to God’s throne room.

And go before God with thankfulness. We are too quick to place our own wishes before God. We should remember that even the beating of our hearts and the ability to breathe are gifts from God. Don’t forget to thank Him. And remember, you are not to ask for things contrary to God’s will! So you had better read the Bible more to learn about God’s will. When you do that, you can pray a lot more effectively. The Bible says, “This is the confidence we have before Him, that , if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him” (1 John 5:14-15).

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Aborted Life

2020-01-13T10:18:31-05:00 January 22nd, 2020|

The subject of abortion is a very emotional one. And it should be! After all, it touches us all where we live, especially if we have either contemplated or had an abortion.

A powerful argument for abortion is the argument that the unborn are not really persons protected by the constitution. That argument has a familiar ring. Do you recall the name Dred Scott? During the Civil War this slave of an army surgeon was stationed with his master in states where slavery was forbidden. Dred Scott sued for freedom. The case went before the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that black men and women were not to be considered people. They therefore had no rights under our constitution. Dred Scott remained in chains.

Today we are told the unborn are not people. Today we are told the unborn have no rights under out constitution. And so today, millions of human beings have never seen the light of day outside their mother’s wombs. And millions more will be murdered.

But the Dred Scott decision could not make black men and women non-persons. They are human beings created in God’s image. And because the Supreme Court has relegated the unborn to the status of non-persons does not make it so.

The Bible says, “Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and the needy” (Proverbs 31:8). The womb is no longer a sacred place. The unborn need your help. Will you speak up for them?

To help you with all of this, please click here and listen to a message that answers the question, “Do All Aborted Babies Go to Heaven?”

Confirm Your Calling

2020-01-15T13:12:06-05:00 January 21st, 2020|

Most colleges and universities have a specialty. They serve the needs of individuals who want to follow a particular vocation. Did you know this is a reflection of God’s desires for our world?

After creation, God said to Adam, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:28). You see, God wanted men and women to build a society on this earth. And so, we all have different vocations and jobs to do in society. Right down to the present time. Yes, we are to learn various skills so we fit into society as productive citizens.

But there is more to it than this. God wants us to build a culture which is honoring to Him. And this means you must understand your calling to be a Christian. It is not sufficient to go to school and learn a skill so you can earn a good wage and support a family. All this is very important. But you must also see your vocation as a calling from God. And in order to do this, you must follow God through his son, Jesus Christ.

You must confess Christ as the Lord over your life. You must see as sin your desire to live life apart from God and apart from Christ. And you must return to God. There must be a new desire in your life to glorify God rather than yourself. And so, you must ask God’s forgiveness for your sin. And you must trust in the death of Christ as the only adequate payment for that sin. Then, you will begin to see your life, your work, your marriage, and your family as God’s plan for you to be a part of a society which honors him.

To help you along the way, click here and listen to a message called, “Confirm your Calling.”

God’s Standards

2020-01-15T13:09:17-05:00 January 20th, 2020|

Many adults and young people are confused today. Really confused. They have questions about what’s right and what’s wrong. Others have added to the confusion by saying, “If it feels good, do it, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, it’s alright, because there is no absolute right or wrong.” But there really is an absolute standard of right and wrong. That standard is summarized by God’s Ten Commandments, and those who want to truly show their love for God seek to keep these Ten Commandments.

Long ago, Moses said to the Israelites, “See, I have taught you statutes and judgments just as the Lord my God commanded me, so keep and do them, for that is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the people who will hear all these statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people’” (Deuteronomy 4:5-6). You see, to follow the principles taught in the Ten Commandments brings wisdom and understanding. If you follow the Ten Commandments, you know what is right and what is wrong.

It’s a rejection of the Ten Commandments which has really spread a fog of confusion in the minds of so many. This is why the New Testament of the Bible says, “The law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good” (Romans 7:12). “And so, do we nullify the law through faith? May it never be, on the contrary, we establish the law” (Romans 3:31). And Jesus himself says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

So here is the bottom line, God has an absolute standard for right and wrong. And if you reject that standard, you reject the one who gave it. You reject God.

To help you understand this better, click here and listen to a message called, “The Law of Love is the Ten Commandments.”

Disciplined Living

2020-01-15T13:04:36-05:00 January 19th, 2020|

The apostle Paul exhorts Timothy, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7). Does this seem strange? It shouldn’t. The word discipline in our English Bibles is the word from which we get the words “gymnasium” and “gymnastics”. It reminds us of constant practice in the gym. The gymnastics routine must be done over and over again. And the same goes for skating, skiing, tennis, golf, or a team sport like football or basketball. Practice, practice, practice. That’s the name of the game.

The same is true for the Christian life. “Discipline yourself.” If you have a problem getting into the Bible, you must work at it. Set a time each day and read your Bible. It takes discipline. We can say the same thing about prayer. You must practice prayer. You must discipline yourself and pray regularly. Keep a written prayer list and check off God’s answers to your prayers.

Does some particular sin often trip you? Discipline yourself. “Flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace” (2 Timothy 2:22). Turn away from the temptation to sin over and over again. Work on forming new habits. Discipline yourself. But here is a warning. You can’t do this alone. You must be a Christian. The power of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, must be at work in your life.

Click here to listen to “God Control is Self-Control.”

Trouble, Hope, and Praise

2020-01-15T12:22:46-05:00 January 18th, 2020|

Our faces are connected to our hearts. You can therefore tell how people feel by the way they look. A sad heart makes a sad face. An angry heart makes for a grimace and a snarl. Joy of heart results in a smile and a twinkling eye. There is a lesson here. The cure for despair or depression is not cosmetics or a new set of clothes. The cure for depression involves your heart and soul. This is why the Bible says, “Why are you in despair, O my soul, and why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise him. The help of my countenance and my God” (Psalm 43:5).

You see, it is your soul, your inner person, who is troubled and disturbed. You may have just lost a loved one. Perhaps that promotion you are waiting for just fell through. You may have received some disturbing news from the doctor. You are all torn up on the inside. The answer is not to melt in a pool of self pity. We too easily dwell on our circumstances and look to ourselves for answers. Victory over depression does not come out of our own troubled souls.

The proper perspective is to hope in God. We must turn our hearts toward God. Unfortunately, most people in despair turn to God to rail at him and to curse him. This only makes depression grow. When a person turns to God in hope and gives thanks to God, depression begins to lift. This kind of hope is not a vague sentimentality. It is a hope that rests in the wisdom of God and turns to God in praise, even during the tough times of life. The result is a change in how we look. God proves to be a help to our countenances. He brings joy to our faces.

To help you understand this, please click here and listen to “Trouble, Hope, and Praise.”

Christ and Your Problems

2020-01-15T12:20:13-05:00 January 17th, 2020|

Some folks portray the Christian life as a bowl of cherries or bed of roses. “Come to Christ,” they say. “Your troubles will be over.” As certain rental car advertisements retort, “Not exactly.” Someone forgot to pit the cherries. Someone else didn’t take the thorns off the roses.

Becoming a Christian does not suddenly remove all your problems. In fact, conversion to Christ can intensify those difficulties. Not everyone appreciates the followers of Jesus. Don’t let this deter you. Christ will teach you how to cope with your problems. Christ will support you in the midst of your troubles. He will personally comfort you.

However, to experience this guidance and comfort in times of adversity, you must entrust yourself to God. Jesus Christ sets the pace. No one ever walked on this earth and endured more pain and suffering than He did. The Bible relates His response. “While being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously” (1 Peter 2:23). In the midst of His suffering, Jesus Christ trusted His Father for comfort and strength to cope.

This is what you need too. In the midst of your problems, turn to Christ. Entrust yourself to God. He is the “Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3).

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Giving Place to the Devil

2020-01-13T10:23:34-05:00 January 16th, 2020|

Many people consider themselves “spiritual.”  They may even believe they are gods or will become gods. Some organizations claiming to be Christian also teach sinful human beings will actually become gods. Salvation from sin and the change of life brought about by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is not enough. These people must be like God Himself. They believe the promise of Satan. When Satan tempted the first woman, he said to her, “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5). But Satan “is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Should we believe the promise of the devil? Absolutely not! To do so is the give the devil a place in our lives. The Bible commands, “Do not give the devil an opportunity” (Ephesians 4:27). Why is the desire to be like God so bad? Listen to the words of Lucifer recorded in the Bible, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of the assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). Did you catch those last words, “I will make myself like the Most High”? Lucifer’s goal was to exalt himself to the position of God. He wants people like you and me to follow him.

The Bible talks about people who follow the devil. When it says, “They exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1;25). Don’t believe the promise of the Devil. It’s a lie. Follow the living and true God through His son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ came into the world to “destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8).

To help you, please click here and listen to “Giving Place to the Devil.”

God’s Continuing Grace

2020-01-13T10:20:48-05:00 January 15th, 2020|

We all believe in giving people, especially children, a second chance. Why, what would life be like if we only had one opportunity to prove ourselves on the job or on the athletic field? Fewer jobs would be held. Fewer young men and women would compete on the athletic field.

Now we believe in the second chance because we are made in God’s image. You see, God always gives people room to turn back to Him and to accomplish the tasks He has given them. The classic example in the Bible is Jonah. When Jonah turned his back on God and ran away from Him, God didn’t say, “Sorry Jonah, you blew it. I’ll get someone else to do your job.” No, not at all!

In fact, the Bible is very clear. Listen, “The word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time” (Jonah 3:1). You see, God did not give up on Jonah. After He got Jonah’s attention, He came back to Jonah a second time. Jonah was given a second opportunity to fulfill God’s calling. This is an example of grace. It is God’s grace again coming to Jonah.

God deals with each of us in the same way. The Bible says, “The Lord is … patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). This is why God came to Jonah the second time. This is why God comes back to you again and again to extend the grace of His word. In fact this message is an extension of God’s grace. Through it He is once again calling you to follow Him. Jesus is saying, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Will you respond to the Word of the Lord once again coming to you?

Click here and listen to, “Prepared by God’s Grace.”

Running from God

2020-01-13T10:15:36-05:00 January 14th, 2020|

How many times have you gotten discouraged and quit the task or the job in which you were involved? We have all done it at one time or another. When we do so, we are often running away from the job God assigned us. This means we are running away from God Himself. The classic example in the Bible is Jonah. God wanted him to preach to a foreign people. Jonah had second thoughts. Jonah ran away from the task God gave him. “Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord” (Jonah 1:3). His running was to no avail. God caught up with Jonah. God also got Jonah’s attention. “The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm” (Jonah 1:4). The result was that Jonah was thrown into the sea. “And the Lord appointed a fish to swallow Jonah” (Jonah 1:17). God went to great lengths to get Jonah’s attention.

Sometimes God must go to great lengths in order to get our attention too. Why? We are running away from God. He’s given us a task, a job, perhaps a life long vocation. But we run from God’s calling. Not only so, we run from God. Perhaps we are like Jonah. We take a trip. We do all we can to get God’s desires out of our minds. Will we escape from God? Never. God will alter our circumstances. He will control the elements to His own end. God has a way of putting us in a corner so we cry out like Jonah, “That which I have vowed I will pay” (Jonah 2:9). Has God given you a task upon which you have turned your back? Are you running from God? Turn Back.

To help you understand your need, click here and listen to “When you Run From God.”