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Christ’s Unique Death

2019-05-14T12:56:11-04:00 May 19th, 2019|

Christ’s death on a cross almost two thousand years ago was unique in all of history. The Bible describes it this way, “Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

First, Christ died “for sins.” Christ paid the penalty due to others for their sins against God. No one else in all of history has ever done this.

Second, Christ was absolutely “just.” He was totally without sin. He was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He was “holy, innocent, undefiled” (Hebrews 7:26). Christ was in no way deserving of death.

Third, Christ stood in the place of “the unjust.” No one else is able to say they are without sin. “There is no distinction; for all have sinned” (Romans 3:22-23). Christ stood in the place of sinners. He died, “the just for the unjust.” No one else has ever done this.

Fourth, Christ suffered and died “in order that He might bring us to God.” Christ takes by the hand those for whom He died and brings them into the very presence of God. No one else is able to do this.

Will Christ do the same for you? Yes, He will, if you believe in and trust His unique death.

To help you understand this Good News better, click here and listen to a message called, “Why Christ Had to Die for You.”

Judas and the Lord’s Supper

2019-05-14T12:54:13-04:00 May 18th, 2019|

Many people simply do not believe it possible. How could Judas have been at the Last Supper with Jesus? Anyone in his right mind would not have admitted that betrayer to a feast portraying unity. Before you make any grand pronouncements, perhaps you should examine the Bible. Dr. Luke’s objective was to investigate the life of Christ and “write it out for you in consecutive order” (Luke 1:3). No other gospel writer announces this particular purpose. Only Luke makes such a claim.

Look at what Luke says. As Jesus was instituting the Lord’s Supper, “He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. But behold the hand of the one betraying Me is with Me on the table’” (Luke 22:20-21). There he is. Judas has his hand on the table as the cup is passed. Noted commentator John Calvin says, “I would say it is probable that Judas was present when Jesus shared the tokens of His body and blood.”

Of course, the other disciples did not know the plot in Judas’ heart. They knew him as a fellow believer. There is a good lesson for us here. “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

To help you understand this, click here and listen to a message called, “Judas and the Lord’s Supper.”

Mindsets and Attitudes

2019-05-14T12:48:57-04:00 May 17th, 2019|

What gets into serial killers and rapists? Are they uncontrollable, unmanageable, and incorrigible? “The mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so” (Romans 8:6-7).

The word “mind” does not refer to our thinking apparatus. It relates to our bent of mind. It concerns our inclinations. It refers to our mindset. The mindset of the flesh, the attitude leaning away from God, takes us further from God and thus closer to eternal death. Such a disposition is antagonistic toward God. It is actually at enmity with God. Such a bent of mind does not submit to the Ten Commandments. It is unable to do so. It cannot because it will not.

We all have such a bent of mind, although it may not be as aggravated as that of the serial killer. We need a mindset inclined to follow the Holy Spirit speaking in the Bible. God can exercise power over us. The Holy Spirit can change our attitudes and make us willing to follow God. “Your people shall be willing in the day of Your power” (Psalm 110:3). Oh God, please make me willing.

To help you with this topic, click here and listen to the message, “Holy Dispositions, Evil Attitudes.”

Love Requires Renewal

2019-05-14T12:47:07-04:00 May 16th, 2019|

After forty years of wondering and grumbling the people just didn’t get it. After all the miracles in Egypt, the manna, and the quail from heaven, the people did not understand the grace of God. Moses gave the reason. “To this day the Lord has not given you a heart to know, nor eyes to see, nor ears to hear” (Deuteronomy 29:4).

Moses also gave this promise. “The Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live” (Deuteronomy 30:6). This promise is in keeping with the Great Commandment. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).

The New Testament picture is the same. Jesus says, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). The apostle John declares, “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1 John 5:3). The apostle Paul says of fellow Christians, “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). Hearts inclined toward the love of God require spiritual awakening and rebirth. This is why Jesus declares, “You must be born again” (John 3:7).

Click here and listen to an audio message, “In Your Mouth and In Your Heart.”

Is The Church Important?

2019-05-11T10:27:32-04:00 May 15th, 2019|

Many people insist that going to church is of little value. They tenaciously hold to the classic excuse for not joining or not attending church. “I can worship God out on a fishing trip or hiking in the woods.” Sure, you can worship God anywhere. And you should.

However, what does God expect from you with regard to church attendance? The Bible is quite clear. “Let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The church is the place where we “stimulate one another to love and good deeds.” We do that as we rub shoulders with other believers and take on the task of “encouraging one another.”

If we all take the attitude that it is just as good to go fishing, rather than meeting with God’s people, then love and good deeds will fail to materialize in our lives. Not only so, love will decrease! Good deeds will disappear. Is this one of the problems in our society today? It could be! Even those who claim to be followers of Christ have a low commitment to the fellowship of God’s people in the church! A healthy spiritual life involves receiving and giving encouragement among God’s people in the church.

For further encouragement, click here listen to “The Importance of the Church.”

The Devilish Dark Side

2019-05-11T10:25:35-04:00 May 14th, 2019|

The lure of the “dark side” is great. More and more movies and television shows feature stories of the occult. And the paperback book market on the subject is flourishing. Why is this the case? Jesus answers, “Men loved darkness rather than the light” (John 3:19). But unfortunately for those who love darkness, “God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:6).

The point is this; to crave the “dark side” is to turn your back on God. There is a real kingdom of darkness. The Bible calls it the “domain of darkness” (Colossians 1:13). And our struggle is “against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness” (Ephesians 5:12). This is why the Bible goes on to warn, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Fascination with the “dark side” of the supernatural may seem like a game. But it is a dangerous game. When people dabble in the occult and have been snared by Satan, they are in danger of being cast into “outer darkness” (Matthew 22:13). They could be among those “for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever” (Jude 13). There is only one answer. Turn back to God! Become one of the “children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).

To help you understand this better, click here and listen to, “The Christian and the Devil.”

Pat Downs and Full Body Scans

2019-05-10T08:05:19-04:00 May 13th, 2019|

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated….” This is the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Do full body scans and full body pat-downs at airports violate the Fourth Amendment? A former Assistant Administrator for the TSA affirmed, “Nobody likes to have their 4th Amendment [rights] violated going through a security line, but [the] truth of the matter is, we’re gonna have to do it.” And so the official position of the United States seems to be to casually violate its own rule of law. Thus we are in danger of becoming a country ruled by men rather than by law. Yes, the above is old news. But it provides food for thought.

There is a higher law to which governments and individuals, especially Christians, must bow. It is God’s law. The Seventh Commandment stipulates, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). What does this commandment require? It requires “chastity in body, mind, affections, words, and behavior”; and in addition, it requires “modesty” (WLC, 138). Among other things, the Seventh Commandment also forbids “immodest apparel” and “lascivious pictures” (WLC 139).

Reports are that full body scans may reveal nakedness. Depending upon machine settings and/or the manipulation of images, there are various levels of detail. And if reports are accurate, full body pat-downs involve government agents reaching into undergarments and touching private body parts. This includes improperly touching small children. You be the judge. Are these activities government sanctioned violations of the Seventh Commandment?

Not only so, note the Bible’s view of nakedness. Listen to Nahum 3:5, “‘Behold, I am against you,’ declares the LORD of hosts; ‘And I will lift up your skirts over your face, And show to the nations your nakedness And to the kingdoms your disgrace’.” Nakedness is a sign of God’s judgment upon Nineveh. Jeremiah speaks of Jerusalem in a similar way. “Jerusalem sinned greatly, Therefore she has become an unclean thing. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness” (Lamentation 1:8).

It is inevitable that images from naked body scans are leaked and posted on the internet. This already seems to be the case. Think about it. If the nakedness of Americans is put on display before a watching world, is the government’s inappropriate touching and the revelations of this nakedness a sign of God’s judgment?

What must we do? First, we must answer several questions. Do TSA requirements really involve us as Christians in violations of the Seventh Commandment? If this is the case, should we submit to full body scans and full body pat-downs? Can husbands allow their wives or parents allow their children to undergo such procedures? Is this the place to take a stand? What are the consequences? Should Christians avoid flying? How does Acts 5:29 fit? “We must obey God rather than men.”

Implementation of God’s commandments, the Seventh Commandment included, is not always easy. It requires diligent study, both individually and corporately. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Second, in this particular case, obedience to the Seventh Commandment also requires us to pray for our leaders and for our country, both individually and corporately. “I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity” (2 Timothy 2:1-2).

Denny Prutow

Honor Mom

2018-05-09T07:47:31-04:00 May 12th, 2019|

Are men and women to have equal honor in families? Absolutely. The Bible says, “Honor your father and your mother” (Exodus 20:12). For example, in the eyes of the children, mom is to have equal honor with dad. This means that a father has absolutely no right to demean his wife in the eyes of other family members. But many fathers will use the Bible against their wives. They point to Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, be subject to your own husbands.” And they rule their wives in a dictatorial way.

This perversion of God’s order for the family is the result of sin and the fall. After the fall, God said to Eve, “Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” (Genesis 3:16). Compare with this what the Bible says about sin. “Its desire is for you, but you must master it” (Genesis 4:7). In other words, the sinful desire of a wife is to dominate her husband. And the response of a husband is to crush the desire of his wife. The terrible result of sin is that “he shall rule over you” in a tyrannical way.

What’s the answer? Husbands must learn the love of Christ. They must follow Christ! “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25).

Click here and listen to the message, “Covenant Families.”

Covenant Families

2019-05-03T10:22:11-04:00 May 11th, 2019|

Mother’s Day is here. It’s time to celebrate the family. But many families are crumbling. Why? Because men and women do not take their marriage vows seriously. And state laws permit couples to easily bail out of their marriages.

But easy divorce isn’t a solution. Men and women should be brought face to face with the vows they have made. And they must come to understand the significance of those vows. You see, God says to every husband concerning his wife, “She is your companion and your wife by covenant” (Malachi 2:14). This means that marriage is a contract, a solemn covenant made between a man and a woman before God. When you marry you take vows. You say, “I promise and covenant before God and these witnesses to be thy loving husband or wife in sickness and in health, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, as long as we both shall live.”

Now if you covenant and promise to be a faithful husband or wife as long as you both shall live, and you break that promise, what prevents you from breaking that same promise again with someone else? Nothing. Unless you hear God’s Word which says, “When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it, for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:4 & 5).

Is your marriage in trouble? Then you need to take a fresh look at the vows you took. And you need to turn to God and ask Him to enable you to fulfill the vows you made before Him. To help you, click here and listen to a talk which discusses “Covenant Families.”

Dead or Alive

2019-05-01T08:40:10-04:00 May 7th, 2019|

Posters adorning post office walls often read, “WANTED, DEAD OR ALIVE.” They conjure up visions of the wild west. Even if it’s not your picture on the poster and you are not “wanted,” a vital question remains. Are you dead or alive?

“Why that’s silly,” you say. “Of course I’m alive. I would not be sitting here reading this article if I were not alive.” But wait a minute! You could be dead and not even realize it! You could be dead to the things of God. Your mind could be dead to saving understanding about God. Your conscience could be dead to the prodding of God’s Holy Spirit. Your heart could be dead to the real feelings of God’s love! This is, in fact, the way the Bible talks about people who do not trust the sacrifice of Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. “You were dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1).

On the other hand, the Bible says something wonderful about those cleansed from sin. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-5).

God does not want you dead or alive; He wants you ALIVE. Trust in His mercy. Receive new life through faith in Christ!

To help you grasp this devotion, please click here and listen to the audio message, “Where There is Forgiveness.”