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God’s Memorial Day

2019-05-24T14:17:47-04:00 May 27th, 2019|

In the United States, we set aside Memorial Day each year to remember those who gave their lives in the armed forces. We remember those who died on faraway battlefields to bring freedom and democracy to oppressed peoples. We commemorate their actions by honoring them in ceremonies across the land. We sometimes call it Decoration Day because we decorate the graves of fallen heroes with flags and flowers.

When Israel crossed the Jordan River to enter the Promised Land for the first time, God commanded Joshua to pile up a heap of stones at the place. “So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” The stones memorialized God’s great grace.

Then too, as a great statue of David memorializes the work of Michelangelo, the universe commemorates the genius of the living God. “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). We see His might, power, glory, and strength in the brightness of the distant stars, the glow of the blazing comet, and in the shadow of a lunar eclipse.

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (Romans 1:20). The universe is God’s Memorial. Every day is, therefore, God’s Memorial Day.

Denny Prutow

Dressed for the Wedding

2019-05-18T12:23:59-04:00 May 27th, 2019|

We dress up for weddings. We don’t want to be embarrassed. We don’t want to embarrass the bride and groom either. God has scheduled the biggest possible wedding at the end of the age. Jesus Christ is the groom. The church is His bride.

We must have proper apparel for this important event. We don’t want any questions. “Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?” (Matthew 22:12). We must enter this wedding dressed in holiness and righteousness. “Worship the Lord in holy attire” (Psalm 96:9).

How do we obtain holiness and righteousness? “As through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Believe it or not, we inherited Adam’s dirty clothes. Our own dirty laundry makes the situation worse.

Where Adam failed, Christ succeeded. He was “holy, innocent, undefiled” (Hebrews 7:26). He, therefore, became a perfect sacrifice. “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

Christ’s sacrifice scrubs us up. Christ’s life of perfect holiness is our new suit. John 3:16 puts it together. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

To help you prepare for the wedding feast of Christ, listen to the message, “Dead in Adam, Alive in Christ.”

He Loved Me

2019-05-18T12:21:44-04:00 May 26th, 2019|

Here is my favorite Bible verse. “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (Galatians 2:20).

There is a mystical union with Christ. Paul sees himself killed with Christ on the cross. His old hateful and degenerate self is dead. At the same time, he lives. He lives because Christ lives within him by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul’s new life comes to him by faith in Jesus Christ. Paul fought long and hard against Jesus. He finally came to his senses. He recognized Jesus as the Son of God. This Jesus was and is a divine person equal with God.

Because he was flooded with new life from above, Paul understood the love of God in giving His only begotten Son (John 3:16). Paul also concluded that Christ died on that cross to pay his debt of sin. It became intensely personal. Paul concluded of this Jesus whom He fought for so long, He “loved me and gave Himself for me.”

We too need to come to the place of looking to Jesus and saying, He “loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

To encourage you in making this confession, click here and listen to the message called, “He Loved Me.”

Just Being There

2019-05-18T12:19:29-04:00 May 25th, 2019|

Coming alongside and just being present with someone in the hospital or under some special pressure is often all that’s needed. It’s a sign of love. It’s a token of care. We don’t need to talk a lot. We may not know what to say. We may be afraid of foot-in-mouth disease. We can be present. We can listen. We clasp a hand. We willing listen. These are powerful tools of comfort.

There is a divine application. God says, “I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:11-12).

God fulfills this promise in heaven. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).

This is not pie in the sky. Jesus Christ “dwelt among us” (John 1:14). He was and is “God with us” (Matthew 1:21). His invitation is clear, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

To learn more on this topic, click here and listen to: “The Inherited Promise.”

Love in Our Hearts

2019-05-18T12:18:08-04:00 May 24th, 2019|

The glory of God filled the sanctuary. The priests retreated from their places of ministry. King Solomon dedicated the new temple with a display of God’s approval. Then Solomon offered this prayer. “May the Lord our God be with us, as He was with our fathers; may He not leave us or forsake us, that He may incline our hearts to Himself” (1 Kings 8:57-58).

Jesus Christ answers Solomon’s prayer. First, the great Christian confession is simple. “Jesus is Lord” (Romans 10:9). Second, Jesus came into the world to be God with us. “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which translated means, ‘God with us’” (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23).

Third, after His death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven to sit on the throne of God, Christ pours out His Holy Spirit “that He may incline our hearts to Himself.” The Holy Spirit gives us what we need, a whole new disposition and attitude of heart. He pours God’s love into our hearts (Romans 5:5).

This love, produced by the Sprit, is a new inclination of heart. We experience the power and presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. We freely embrace the good things of God. We freely serve others. “Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power” (Psalm 110:3).

Click here to listen to the message called, “Hearts Disposed to Love.”

Covenant Love

2019-05-18T09:38:41-04:00 May 23rd, 2019|

Covenants are agreements. Sometimes they are one-way streets. When you buy property, you agree to applicable covenants. This may mean you cannot build a store, drill a well, put up a fence, or sell water from a stream on the property.

God’s arrangement with us is a covenant. First, God loves His people. “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but because the Lord loved you and kept the oath which He swore to your forefathers” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Second, God desires the response of love from His people. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

Third, God gives His people a way to display their love. “He declared to you His covenant which He commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments” (Deuteronomy 4:13).

When we come to God through Jesus Christ, we agree to the covenant. We trust the death of Christ as the only adequate payment for our sins, mistakes, and errors. “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many” (Mark 14:24). We also follow Jesus. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

Click here to listen to a message about “Covenant Love Reviewed.”

Be True

2019-05-18T09:34:32-04:00 May 22nd, 2019|

What is the purpose of an oath or a vow? “Men swear by one greater than themselves and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute” (Hebrews 6:16).

God confirmed His promise to Abraham with an oath. “By Myself I have sworn,” declares the Lord, “I will greatly bless you” (Genesis 22:16 and 17). The New Testament verifies this. “When God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself” (Hebrews 6:13). God interposed “an oath” (Hebrews 6:17).

Frivolous oaths and vows do not confirm our words. I swear on a stack of Bibles. Does the strength of our word depend upon the number of Bibles in the stack? Cross my heart and hope to die. Will we be struck dead if we are not true?

Lawful vows imposed by proper authorities are stabilizing. They call us to truth and fidelity. They remind us to be true. “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it (Deuteronomy 23:21). Are you a husband or wife? Keep your marriage vows. Do you serve on a jury? Remember your oath. Are you a church pastor, attorney, or physician? Consider your professional vows. Are you an elected official? Think about your oath of office. Be true to your word.

Click here and listen to the audio message, “Be True.”

Love Truth

2019-05-14T13:00:04-04:00 May 21st, 2019|

To encourage them, before Jesus went to the cross, to the grave, and then to heaven, He made a promise to His weary and heartbroken disciples. “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16-17). This promise indicates an important attribute of the Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth.

The devil was and is adverse to truth. Jesus indicates this in a remark to certain religious leaders. “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).

Politicians, business people, computer analysts, and construction workers, should love truth. Here are the alternatives. The devil is a liar. He fathers lies. The Holy Spirit loves truth. He fathers truth. If we are filled with the Holy Spirit, we love truth. We do not say to someone answering the phone, “Tell them I’m not here.” The Spirit of truth says, “He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).

Click here to listen to the audio message, “Love Truth.”

Robbing Time

2019-05-18T12:40:22-04:00 May 20th, 2019|

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15). In other words, don’t take what is not your own. Let’s talk about time in this regard. Time is fixed. It inexorably moves ahead. You cannot box up a quantity of time and save it for later. Oh yes, you can reserve time to take a vacation. In doing so, you plan ahead. When the time comes, which it will, you take your vacation. When the allotted time expires, you return to work. The point is, you don’t control time; you control yourself. You don’t manage time; you manage yourself. Time management is self-management.

In your work at home, in school, in church, or your profession, you have a certain amount of time at your disposal to accomplish your tasks. When you work with others, you are under obligation to complete your assignments in the time allotted. Stepping aside, you allow others to complete their assignments in the time allotted to them. You should not take time away from them which is not yours. You shall not steal.

Quite a number of years ago, I was asked to do a short conference at a mission church. The pastor of the mother church was there and asked if he might say a few words to those assembled. His words turned out to be not a few. He consumed the entire time allotted for the meeting. I did not preach that evening as planned. You shall not steal.

In the position of a guest minister on another occasion, there were three other ministers on the program in the hour-long service. When I was introduced to the pulpit, it was ten minutes to the end of the hour. Debating what to do, I read the Scriptures, preached my sermon, introduced the closing psalm, and pronounced the benediction, one half-hour after the appointed time.

Not too much of a problem you may say. But we plan around announced service times. In this case, residents of a home for the elderly may have been deprived of a meal because of the insensitivity of the preacher. Perhaps the other ministers in this service overdid their parts and took time away from me. But I also took time away from congregants, time not my own. You shall not steal.

All of this applies to meetings, meetings which last too long and take time away from other people like family members. Yes, all manner of board meetings take too long and rob time from other areas of life. Think of the times you have been in school board meetings, teacher’s meetings, staff meetings, or church meetings that churn on and on because of a lack of good management. The answer is, therefore, more planning and self-management. You shall not steal.

Sure, I’m talking about common courtesy and common sense. But it’s deeper than this. It involves ethics. It involves God’s moral law. Early in my tenure as a seminary professor, a student preacher not only took his allotted twenty minutes in the chapel service, he extended his sermon for an additional twenty minutes. This took us well into the following class period. The student did not seem to grasp what he had done. “I don’t understand,” he said. “When I preached this sermon in church, it took an hour [sixty minutes] but I cut it back twenty minutes!”

Significantly enough, the topic of the sermon was ethics. However, our student failed to grasp that he robbed fellow students and professors of a significant amount of their class time. You shall not seal. Sadly, I too am guilty of robbing time. Are you?

Denny Prutow

The Service of Angels

2019-05-14T12:58:15-04:00 May 20th, 2019|

Angels are messengers with a clear job description. They are “ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

The devil tried to tempt Jesus with the ministry of angels. He took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple, told Him to jump, and quoted from Psalm 91. “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You’; and ‘On their hands they will bear You up, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone’” (Matthew 4:6).

Actually, the devil misquoted Psalm 91:11-12. The promise is one of daily care in the midst of everyday life. “He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.” Angels have the job of keeping those who will inherit salvation from stumbling.

Jesus is the great and precious stone presented to us in Scripture (1 Peter 2:7). To those who disbelieve, Christ is “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense” (1 Peter 2:8, Isaiah 8:14). Angels have the extraordinary work of assisting those who will inherit salvation. They keep them from stumbling over The Rock, Jesus Christ. What a service!

Take time to listen to a message on the work of the angels called, “Angelic Covenant Blessings.”