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Reformation Day Revival

2020-10-20T15:54:46-04:00 October 31st, 2020|

One of the great revivals of all time took place in Europe. This revival is called the Reformation. The anniversary date is October 31, 1517. During this revival, there was renewed interest in the Bible. And this makes sense. The Bible is the book of the Holy Spirit. It came into being when “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:21). This means that when the Holy Spirit is poured out upon men and women, they are eager to read the Bible. It no longer gathers dust on their shelves.

Not only so, people under the Spirit of revival want to hear the preaching of the Bible. Why? They want to really understand the Bible. This reviving is true because it means not only reading the Bible but also understanding it and applying it to daily life. The disciples of Jesus experienced this sort of thing. After the resurrection, Jesus met two of His disciples and discussed the Old Testament Scriptures which predicted His death and resurrection. At first the disciples were confused. “Then He [Jesus] opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45).

We need times of revival today. A revived interest in reading, understanding, and applying the truth of the Bible to daily life is much needed in our society. Reformation Day, October 31st, should remind us of this.

Click here and listen to: “Revival and the Bible.”

Reformation Day Faith

2020-10-20T15:52:38-04:00 October 30th, 2020|

Halloween is just around the corner. Pumpkins adorn store windows. Cobwebs and spiders hang in restaurants. You can purchase bats and witches in your local bookstore. A host of movies invite us to dabble in the dark side of the supernatural. Even our schools celebrate the dark side. The occult is in. But Christianity is out. Too bad.

October 31st is really the day we should celebrate deliverance from the dark side. You see, five hundred years ago, our world was submerged in darkness. Few people could read or write. They had to depend upon their priests in these matters.

The first book ever printed by movable type was the Guttenberg Bible printed in Germany. But it was in Latin. So the common people could not read it. People were kept in ignorance.

Many people followed witches and sorcerers. Historians call these times the Dark Ages. But then in the early 1500s there was a tremendous religious revival. It is called the Reformation. And guess what! The date remembered for the Reformation is October 31, 1517. That’s right! October 31st is Reformation day. It is a day we remember because people began to be brought out of darkness into light.

The Reformation was spurred on by a young German named Martin Luther. One of the things he was to translate was the Bible from Latin into German. He started schools so people would learn to read the Bible. New light dawned. People fled their superstitions and worship of pagan gods. Doesn’t it seem strange that we want to worship the dark side today?

Click here and listen to: “Reformation Day Faith”

Ghostly Day or Godly Day

2020-10-20T15:51:53-04:00 October 29th, 2020|

Martin Luther (1483-1546), not Martin Luther King, Jr., was born over five hundred years ago. He became a monk in a religious order. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted ninety-five statements on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. The church door was like a bulletin board. Martin Luther wanted to debate his ninety-five statements. A debate of historic proportions did begin. We call it the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther was protesting certain teachings in the church and wanted to bring about reform.

The center of the protest had to do with how people get to heaven. The church taught men and women they could buy their way into heaven. If they offended God by their conduct, they could pay the church certain sums of money and literally buy tickets to heaven. Through his experience, Martin Luther discovered nothing he did could rid his conscience of the awful burden of guilt he felt. Nothing would do except faith in Jesus Christ. Luther learned to be right with God and receive eternal life you must trust in the death of Christ on the cross as the only adequate payment for your sins.

We know October 31 as Halloween. It is also Reformation Day, a day to remember Martin Luther and his renewed discovery of faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to heaven.

Click here and listen to: “Jesus, The True and Living Way.” 

All Saint’s Day

2020-10-20T15:50:11-04:00 October 28th, 2020|

We get more and more hype and gore on October thirty-first. We not only have witches and goblins. We have chain saw massacres, Freddy slashing his way across the big screen, and every other conceivable horror brought to our attention.

October thirty-first was a similar time of feasting and celebration back in the 1500’s. It was Allhallows Eve or the eve of All Saint’s Day. A German monk by the name of Martin Luther challenge his contemporaries on that day. He took issue with the idea heaven could be bought with money or a good life. In fact, Martin Luther started a great controversy called The Reformation. It started on October 31, 1517. And that Day is called Reformation Day.

It is the day celebrated by all protestants, those who protest the teaching that heaven can be earned through good works. The cry of the Reformation was salvation by grace alone through faith alone. “But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works” (Romans 11:6). Martin Luther proclaimed faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin as the only pathway to forgiveness and eternal life. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Now, listen to today’s podcast, “Your Grace Empowered Walk.”

Unless the Lord of Hosts

2020-10-20T15:48:36-04:00 October 27th, 2020|

October 31, commonly known as Halloween, is Reformation Day. In 1517 a German religious monk, Martin Luther, posted ninety-five statements on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. In those days church doors were used as bulletin boards. Martin Luther launched a great debate. He sparked what historians call the Protestant Reformation.

Martin Luther argued we receive salvation from sin and heaven to come through faith in Jesus Christ. Only the perfect work of Jesus Christ earns heaven. The Bible says, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:8-9).

Martin Luther maintained we do not and we cannot earn a place in heaven. “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6).

On the other hand, Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. He also died to pay the penalty due to others for their sins. We deserve that death penalty. Christ takes the judgment of God against sin for all those who trust in His work rather than their own. In this way Isaiah 1:9 comes true, “Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah.”

Today’s podcast is also called “Unless the Lord of Hosts.”

Grace Alone, Faith Alone

2020-10-20T15:47:46-04:00 October 26th, 2020|

The great principle of the Protestant Reformation is salvation by grace alone through faith alone. This principle comes through loud and clear in Isaiah 1:27 in the Old Testament of the Bible. “Zion will be redeemed with justice, and her repentant ones with righteousness” (Isaiah 1:27).

In the Old Testament Zion is a picture of the New Testament church. Hebrews 12:22-23 teaches us this truth. When someone redeems a slave, they pay a price for that servant. Justice refers to the just payment for evil. Justice demands recompense be made for evil acts. Righteousness refers to the requirement for heaven. Leviticus 18:5 says, “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord.” To live is to have eternal life. The requirement for eternal life in heaven is perfection. But no one is perfect except One, Jesus Christ.

Since Jesus Christ died to pay for the sins of those who believe in Him, justice is served. Since Jesus Christ also lived a perfect life on behalf of those who believe in Him, the requirement of righteousness is met. Through Jesus Christ God can “be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26). This is God’s grace received through faith. We celebrate this Reformation principle on October 31.

Listen to today’s podcast, “Christ Justifies the Ungodly.”

The Heart of the Goal (1 Timothy 1:5, Part Three)

2020-10-20T09:49:46-04:00 October 26th, 2020|

“But the goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Paul now expands the idea of love. “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” Here we see the beginning of confidence in preaching and teaching. We can be confident that God produces love in the hearts of men, women, young people, and children. He works love in hearts, which Scripture defines, describes, and exemplifies. God does so by producing and creating good consciences, pure hearts, and sincere faith.

What is a pure heart? It is a heart that God cleanses. He removes the ugly stain of sin. The heart is the center and core of the inner person, including the thinking, the feeling, and the volition. When God operates on the heart, He changes thinking. When God performs spiritual heart surgery, He bridles emotions. When God’s heart operations also alter the will. He changes our sinful inclinations. He gives us a godly attitude or disposition. In this way, He produces love. The goal of our instruction is love emanating from a pure heart. God uses instruction as a means to renew hearts and bring about love.

Also, God uses biblical instruction to foster love by producing and creating good consciences. The conscience is knowledge standing alongside the activities in which we engage. Listen to the word “con-science.” Science refers to knowledge. You have also heard of chili con-carne, chili with meat. Conscience refers to knowledge standing along with and beside our conduct.

When you do something, your conscience reacts. If you do something wrong or immoral, your conscience feels terrible; you feel guilty. When you do something good, your conscience responds accordingly. The word good simply means, Godlike. Your conscience ought to be Godlike. That is, it ought to say, “yes,” when God says, “yes,” and “no,” when God says, “no.” Through faith in Jesus Christ, God cleanses your conscience. Through biblical instruction, God trains your conscience so that it works properly. It says “yes” when God says “yes.” “The goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience.”

Paul adds sincere or un-hypocritical faith. This faith says, “I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. I trust Him as the One Who died on Calvary’s cross to pay the penalty due to me for my sins. I am free from the guilt of sin because of the work of Jesus Christ. This faith is un-hypocritical because of the life standing behind it. With a good conscience and a heart directed towards God, there is loving obedience to God’s commandments. “The goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Finally, biblical instruction elicits love out of or from a renewed heart, conscience, and will. In Ezekiel 36:27-27, God promises, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances” (Ezekiel 36:26-27). Paul’s ministry recorded in Acts 16:14 exemplifies this process. “A woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul.”

Peter also explains the same process. When God opens our hearts, He causes us to be born again. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again” (1 Peter 1:3). And what is the means God uses in this spiritual heart surgery? “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God … And this is the word which was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:23). God uses biblical instruction to change hearts and produce love. Trust Him to do so. “The goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”

Denny Prutow

Riches to Rags

2020-10-20T15:45:40-04:00 October 25th, 2020|

The story of rags to riches can be told over and over again. Men and women work hard, see their businesses succeed, build large estates, and live comfortable lives. But men and women also lose fortunes as businesses fail and farms collapse.

The Bible tells the story of a young man who wanted to know how to inherit eternal life. Jesus set the Ten Commandments before this young man. And this fellow boasted, “All these things I have kept from my youth” (Luke 18:21). But Jesus was more perceptive. He showed this man the greed of his own heart. “One thing you still lack,” He said, “Sell all you possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Luke 18:22). The young man became “very sad.” Why? “He was extremely rich” (Luke 18:23).

This is a story of riches to rags. The rich man wanted to keep his earthly wealth. But he had to leave it all behind anyway. “For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either” (1 Timothy 6:7). He also failed to gain heavenly riches. He didn’t follow Jesus. And this same Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6).

Click here and listen to: “Reformation Day Riches.”

Only One Way?

2020-10-20T15:44:05-04:00 October 24th, 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). And 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). And so you had better listen to Jesus. Jesus is God. And “It is impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18).

This means there is only one way to heaven. And 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 gave His life in payment for the sins of people like you and me. And you must believe that this same Jesus, who is God, opens the gates of heaven to you when you believe in Him.

To help you understand the importance of trusting in the Christ of the Bible, please listen to today’s podcast, “Jesus Christ: God and Savior.”

Gospel Light

2020-10-20T15:42:52-04:00 October 23rd, 2020|

I won’t go to church, it’s full of hypocrites. What’s the answer? Don’t succumb to the excuse. Despite how some so-called Christians act, get to know Jesus Christ yourself. Don’t worry so much about the other fellow. Confess your sins to God. Accept Christ as your Savior. Serve him as your Lord. Set an example for others in Christian living.

Sure, a lot of professing Christians need to change. This requires the work of God’s Holy Spirit. The apostle Paul tells Christians, “Be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). He explains being filled with the Spirit affects every area of 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 work and rejoice at the good of your employer. Being filled with the Spirit affects your life at the very roots.

The light of God penetrates the darkness of your life to bring renewal. God shines the light of his Spirit in your heart and changes you on the inside.

Now, and listen to the message, “Gospel Light Pierces the Darkness.