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Come With Thanksgiving

2020-11-03T18:25:22-05:00 November 22nd, 2020|

We celebrate Thanksgiving this week. That is, we take time off from work and school for a holiday we call Thanksgiving. Psalm 95 tells us, “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving.” Literally the psalm tells us to make haste to enter into the presence of God. Do you make haste to enter into God’s presence? You really make haste to get to the football game or the basketball game. Will you make haste to come before God with thanksgiving.

Of course there are those who look down their noses at God. Media Mogul Ted Turner called Christianity “a religion of losers.” The newspaper report tells us that Turner said Christ should not have bothered to die on the cross. “I don’t want anybody to die for me,” he was quoted as saying. “I’ve had a few drinks and a few girl friends, and if that’s gonna put me in hell, then so be it.” A minister characterized Turner’s belief like this: “That bloody religion of Christianity is no religion for a gentleman, thank you.”

But “Who may ascend to the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3-4). How are you going to have hands perfectly clean from sin? How are you going to have a heart purified from all sin? There is only one way! You must trust in the sacrifice of Christ. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24). “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Yes, Jesus Christ takes people like you and me into God’s presence. So, it is only through Him that we can come before God to give Him thanks. Many people are unable to give thanks to God because, like Ted Turner, they reject Jesus Christ.

Today’s podcast encourages you to look to Jesus Christ and say, Lord, Take My Hand.

God’s Signature

2020-11-03T18:34:16-05:00 November 21st, 2020|

Any artist or craftsman leaves his signature on his work. Paintings by Monet are recognizable almost instantly. I have a friend who is a welder. He says he can tell who fabricated a piece of heavy equipment by looking at the welds. Years ago we took our cat to the local vet to have some stitches removed. The nurse exclaimed immediately, “Those aren’t doc’s stitches.” She did not recognize the signature.

The same is true with the creation around us. It also contains the signature of God, the Creator. The Bible says, “He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). This witness cannot be avoided. C. S. Lewis discovered this. “Picture me alone in that room…, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared came upon me…I gave in, and admitted God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps that night the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.”

Because C. S. Lewis could no longer shut out God’s witness to Himself, he was forced to renounce atheism. This is the power of God’s witness to Himself in creation. To help you understand this better, click here and listen to “The Light of Nature.”

God’s Love for You

2020-11-03T18:33:11-05:00 November 20th, 2020|

One of the most familiar of all Bible verses is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” And the amazing thing about this verse is that God has loved the world.

Do you know what the world is? Yes, it is planet earth spinning through space. And it is all the people on planet earth. But if you stop there, you miss the point. You see, the world is a spiritual kingdom which is contrary to God. 1 John 2:15-16 warns, “Do not love the world…For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father.” Yes, the world and what it contains is contrary to God, it is hostile toward God. And so James 4:4 urges. “Whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” Imagine, according to the Bible, the world is the enemy of God.

This is what makes John 3:16 so amazing, so powerful. God has loved His enemy, the world which has rejected him, rebelled against him and spurned Him. God loved the world so much that He sent His Son into enemy territory to reclaim hostile people like you and me. This is God’s love.

But John 3:16 also tells you how to respond to God’s love. It says God “gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Do you embrace God’s love? Do you trust in Jesus Christ?

To help you better understand God’s love, you can click here and listen to a sermon based on Romans 5:8 called, “A Demonstration of God’s Love.”

New Birth is Possible

2020-11-03T18:31:32-05:00 November 19th, 2020|

Many people have troubled lives. Perhaps you do too. You don’t even like looking into the mirror in the morning. You wonder, ‘What can I do to change?’ You really want to change and get a new start in life. There may be a particular failure in your life; a failure in your marriage or on your job? Perhaps you tried to change a bad habit. The resolutions you’ve made are already a dismal failure and the year has just begun. You ask, ‘What can I do?’

To find the answer to your question you must go to the Bible. In the book of John, Chapter 3 verse 7, Jesus says, “You must be born again.” In other words, you must be born from above; you must be born of the Spirit. Ezekiel 36 explains a little more. There God promises, “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. And I will put My Spirit within you: (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

If you are going to change, if you are going to get another start in life, you must first be changed on the inside. Your heart must be changed. You must receive a spiritual heart transplant. To put it in the words of Jesus, “You must be born again.” Are you in need of being born again? Do you have questions about what it means to be born again?

I’d like to help you. Please click here and listen to my sermon on John 3:1-8 called “You Must Be Born Again.” And God bless you with this new birth.

Christ or the Devil

2020-11-03T18:31:09-05:00 November 18th, 2020|

The occult is belief in mystic arts such as magic and astrology. And the occult is all around us. Efforts are made to display the occult as innocent and friendly. Our children are encouraged to follow the lives of mystical characters who perform magic and cast spells. And astrology is a big business. Our daily newspapers always carry the horoscopes.

Now perhaps following your horoscope and children pretending they are wizards seem innocent enough. But they are only a step away from deeper involvement in the occult. More than one person has attempted to communicate with the dead. Bereaved parents and lonely widows are particularly vulnerable to such practices. But the Bible warns against these things. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who used divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead” (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).

Why was God so emphatic? There is only one reason. The practices of the occult are a deception of God’s enemy, the devil. The apostle Paul was very forthright with a magician who opposed him, “You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil” (Acts 13:10).

Don’t follow the devil. It may seem like a game right now. But the followers of the devil will be excluded from God’s heaven. And that’s just what the devil wants. He wants you.

Turn to God through Jesus Christ. Christ came into the world “that He might destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8). To help you grasp the importance of all of this, click here and listen to the message, “The Christian and the Devil.”

Family!?

2020-11-03T18:20:19-05:00 November 17th, 2020|

Is there other life within our solar system? The stories of Star Trek, the Next Generation, and of Deep Space Nine are fascinating. But are there creatures on the other planets in our solar system? If intelligent life exists on other planets besides planet earth, then the theory of evolution is more likely to be true. If we did evolve, the Bible is wrong and Christianity is a farce.

Interestingly enough, when the first space probes were made to planet Mars, no life whatsoever was found. No Martians were found. When the Martian lander analyzed the soil on Mars, no bacteria was found. There was not even any dead bacteria. Life as we know it does not exist of Mars. In addition, the conditions are so radically different from those on planet earth that life as we know it cannot possibly exist on any of the other planets that revolve around the sun.

This means there is a good case for the creation of the earth by God as recorded in the Bible. If God did create the earth and put us on it, then you and I are responsible to God for our actions. Not only so, the Bible is true when it talks about sin. The Bible is also true when it urges us to believe in the only true sacrifice for sin, the Lord Jesus Christ.

If the Bible is true and the theory of evolution is not, then we better reexamine other issues. For example, we say the family is evolving. The traditional family of mom and dad and the kids is giving way to single parent homes and same sex marriages. The traditional definition of family is shifting, is relative. However, if evolution is not true, there is a standard definition of family. It is not really evolving. To help you understand the importance of the God given family, click here and listen to the message, “You Have a Home and a Family.”

New Treasure from the Old Mine

2020-11-03T18:19:19-05:00 November 16th, 2020|

The church is walking a tightrope. We commonly say we are in the world but we are not to be of the world. Jesus Christ put it this way, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19). The world is the system of values and the way of life contrary to God. God’s values are given in the Bible. They are summarized in the Ten Commandments.

The world and the Bible are at odds these days. Here are some examples. Pro-life, anti-abortion, advocates stand on the commandment, you shall not murder. They are on a collision course with pro-abortion adherents taking a freedom of choice stance. On one hand, it is a federal crime to block entrances to abortion clinics. On the other hand, homosexuals have disrupted church services and attacked pastors’ homes with impunity. In the meantime, school boards prohibit prayer in the classroom and at commencement exercises. Yet mandatory sex education programs include free condom distribution. The world and the church collide and the church is viewed as a narrow, bigoted, and outmoded institution.

This is why Jesus Christ exhorted His followers, “Every scribe who has become a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a head of a household, who brings forth out of his treasure things new and old” (Matthew 5:52). The church must not lose its moorings. The old standards of right and wrong remain. The gospel of the grace of God through the death and resurrection of Christ also remains. These things must be set before a lost and hurting world. However, the message can be packaged in new, refreshing, and challenging ways demanded by our present circumstances. To help you understand this better, click here and listen to the message, “New Treasure from the Old Mine.”

Never Good Enough

2020-11-15T09:35:49-05:00 November 16th, 2020|

Pete, “How’s it going?” Max, “Not very well.” Pete, “What’s the problem?” Max, “Oh, I know I’m not a Mormon or a Muslim or an old Pharisee. I know doing good works does not save me. But I’m always coming up short, thinking that I’m not doing enough, that I’m not living better, that I do not please God the way I should. It’s really getting me down.” Pete, “But….” Max, “But the Bible seems to push me in this direction; sermons seem to push me in this direction; your Calvinistic bent, with its heavy emphasis on the Law, seems to push me in this direction. I just can’t live up to all the expectations.”

Yes, God has a standard by which we ought to live. When someone asks me how I’m doing, I too hang my head, acknowledging I fall far short of the mark. I sin daily in thought, word, and deed. My sins are many and very great (Amos 5:2). However, the gospel is simple, beautiful, powerful, and comforting. “For 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). This gospel motivates and propels us.

Christ died once. The Old Testament priests offered sacrifices day after day, month after month, and year after year. Christ died once for all time; He never needs to repeat His sacrifice. His sacrifice was also for sins; that is, He died on account of our sins. Our sins put Him on the cross. As the only just or righteous person, the only person on the face of the earth living without sin, He died in place of sinners, unjust and unrighteous people, like you and me. He took the punishment due to you and me. But why did He purpose to live a perfect life? Why did He purpose to surrender His life on a cruel cross and die the most horrible and inhumane death by crucifixion?

He did this to take us by the hand and lead us into the very presence of His Father. Based on His perfect life and atoning death, He leads us into the presence of God. We do not approach God on our own merit. We have not; we will not. Our failure is great, and our weakness is evident. But Christ’s work is final and complete; only His merit saves. Our response is simple trust; we bring nothing to the table. Our faith is an acknowledgment of our emptiness, that we have nothing to offer God. Christ is complete. As we trust Christ, all His righteousness becomes ours. His death pays for all our sins, errors, and perversity. Christ presents us to the Father based on His work. He came into the world for this purpose. “Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul! I will praise the LORD while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being” (Psalm 146:1-2).

Therefore, Christ establishes the ground upon which we live. What we do and how we live, we do and live as an expression of thanksgiving and love for God and salvation in Jesus Christ. Always maintain this biblical perspective. Paul puts it this way, “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, italics mine). When you maintain this perspective on the life you owe to God, it is a joy and not a burden to live for Him.

Denny Prutow

Evolution or Theism

2020-11-03T18:10:21-05:00 November 15th, 2020|

How old are the earth, the moon, the sun and the stars? Why, they are millions of years old. Yes, you remember how your high school or college biology text book explained the evolution of man. The process took millions of years. And so the earth must also be millions of years old. And after all, fossils found in rocks which are millions of years old really prove the point.

But do you know what? There is mounting scientific evidence that the universe may not be as old as you think. For example, when the first men were sent to the moon, there was a great deal of concern over the amount of dust on the moon. So much dust would have accumulated on the moon over the course of millions of years, the space ship might be lost in that dust. But what happened with Neil Armstrong took his first step on the moon? He was not swallowed up by the dust. In fact the amount of dust on the surface of the moon was found to be amazingly small. And the astronauts brought back beautiful photographs of their foot prints in that dust. Perhaps the moon is really not as old as most scientists believe.

Why is all of this so important? Well, for one thing, if the earth is not as old as some scientists tell us, then the teaching of evolution could not be true. And if the teaching of evolution is not true, there is only one alternative. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Yes, the alternative to evolution is God. The alternative to the evolution of the earth is the creation of the earth and its inhabitants by God. And scientifically speaking, this alternative must be considered.

Today’s podcast is “Challenging Agnostics.

Forgiveness and Life

2020-11-03T18:09:22-05:00 November 14th, 2020|

A little community in western Kansas has a famous tourist attraction, the hideout for an old outlaw gang, the Dalton Gang. A tunnel was dug between the little house and the barn. And when the sheriff came, the gang would run down the tunnel to the barn, jump on their horses, and make their get-a-way. The members of the Dalton Gang were wanted dead or alive.

You may not be the member of an outlaw gang but believe it or not, you are still wanted. Because in the end, you are no better off than the members of the Dalton Gang. You see, every person who has never trusted Christ for the forgiveness of their sins is really dead. The Bible says you are dad in sin (Ephesians 2:1). Don’t laugh. There are many kinds of death. The kind of death I’m talking about is a spiritual death.

Oh yes, you may think you are very much alive. And you are alive to various sins. But you are dead to God. The Bible warns, “These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power” (2 Thessalonians 1:9). Don’t take it for granted God will welcome you into His heaven when all your life you have refused “honor Him as God, or give thanks” (Romans 1:21).

Now the flip side of the picture is much better. Those who turn from their sins and trust in the death of Christ as the only adequate payment for their sins are alive to God. Listen: “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

Are you alive to God or dead in sin? To help you answer this question, please listen to today’s podcast, “Where There is Forgiveness.