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Marriage Counsel

2018-12-29T19:41:21+00:00 January 2nd, 2019|

The family and the institution of marriage are falling on hard times these days. The divorce rate, teen-age pregnancies, the alarming number of abortions each year, are all indications. The conflict over whether birth control pills should be given to teen-age girls without knowledge or consent of their parents is another indicator. And neither the sanctity of marriage nor the immorality of sexual activity outside of marriage enter into he discussion of these matters. What is the answer to this breakdown in families and in marriage?

There seems to be a desperate need for people, young and old, married and single, to understand the real meaning of marriage. And this means getting back to God and the Bible. The Bible tells us, “The Lord God said, ‘it is not good for the man to be alone; I will make a helper suitable for him'” (Genesis 2:18). Then the Bible explains, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). The point is, God instituted marriage. And God instituted marriage for our own good. And so we had all better listen to what God has to say about marriage.

If you are a young person who is caught in the trap of sexual activity outside of marriage, you need to learn some lessons from God. Or if you are married and your marriage is not on a solid footing, you need to turn to God for help. And even if you have some solid ideas about marriage, teaching from God’s Word, the Bible, will still help you. I’d like to help you whether you are married or preparing for marriage. Click here and listen to a sermon called “Sex, Love, and Marriage.”

Read Through the Bible in 2019

2018-12-29T20:00:34+00:00 January 1st, 2019|

We all want to grow or at least we should want to grow. This year, 2019, presents another opportunity for such growth. We can read the Bible and grow together spiritually. Jesus prayed to His Father for our growth when He said, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

The word “sanctify” has two meanings. First, it means to set aside something or someone for holy use. In other words, Jesus asked His Father to set apart His disciples for holy use or work. God had already commanded His people, “Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy; for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44). Second, “sanctify” means causing growth and sanctification is the process of spiritual growth.

Take a look at how Jesus says this growth will come about. “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” To grow, men, women, boys, and girls must be filled with the truth of the word of God. Jesus has the Scriptures in mind. Today we have the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments in the Bible. The way to spiritual growth is therefore through the reading and the study of the Bible. Next year you have the opportunity for significant spiritual growth through the reading and study of the Bible. Read through the Bible in 2019 and experience the difference it makes.

Click here and listen to today’s podcast, Jesus’ Prayers, Your Sanctification, and Scripture.

Your Prayer Closet

2018-12-01T13:54:57+00:00 December 31st, 2018|

Every relationship requires good communication. Many folks, however, will not open up. They do not let others get to know them. They put up a front or wear a mask in order to hide. They keep their inner feelings and attitudes a secret. Unfortunately, they think they can keep those same inner feelings and attitudes secret from God.

Listen to what Jesus Christ says, “When you pray, go into your inner room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will repay you” (Matthew 6:6). God, the Father, sees in secret. Does it seem strange Jesus talks about this when speaking of prayer? God knows the content of your heart. You can’t put on a mask and hide from Him. He sees behind the mask and empty words. When you talk to God, you have to be honest, really honest. He not only sees into your closet, He sees into the closet of your heart.

I wonder if this is why a lot of people simply avoid prayer. They don’t want to be honest with themselves or with God. Jesus exhorts, “Go into your inner room…and pray to your Father who is in secret.” In other words, talk straight with God. Take off the mask and let your hair down. Don’t pull any punches about yourself. Turn to God and pour out your heart. Jesus promises, “Your Father who sees in secret will repay you.”

To help you understand this better, click here to listen to a sermon called “Private Prayer.” In might help you down the road to a better relationship with God.

Christ and Time

2018-12-01T14:00:13+00:00 December 30th, 2018|

A promise made: “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

The fulfillment announced: “In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11).

The promise was made 740 years prior to the fulfillment. According to our calendars, this date was 740 BC, Before Christ. When the fulfillment came, the Christian era began. It was the first year of the first millennium AD. AD abbreviates Anno Domini, the year of our Lord.

We stand in the first century at the edge of the third millennium. The dates on our checks and embedded in our computers look back to the birth of Jesus Christ, the Mighty God, the Lord of time.

To help you understand this better, click here and listen to the message called, “The Hinge of History.”

 

Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit

2018-12-01T13:46:50+00:00 December 29th, 2018|

As you know, one of the things we all long for is love, to experience love, to both love someone else, and more importantly, to be loved by someone else.

The ultimate in being loved is to experience the love of God. The Bible says, “The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:5). The love being spoken of here is a love which is experienced. It is not the same as love which is demonstrated through words and actions.

The Bible does tell us how God demonstrates His love. It says, “God demonstrates His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). To see and understand this demonstration of God’s love is very important. To see Christ’s death on the cross as the payment for your personal sins can be life transforming. Yes, you must accept the love of God demonstrated, shown forth, on the cross.

But just as important is your need to experience God’s love in the depth of your being. You can only experience God’s love as that love is literally poured out within your heart through the Holy Spirit. And Jesus says, “How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him” (Luke 11:13).

I’d like to help you to understand the love of God poured out by the Holy Spirit. Click here to listen to a sermon based on Romans 5:5 “Your Relationship with the Holy Spirit.”

Your Confession of Christ

2018-12-01T13:45:36+00:00 December 28th, 2018|

Today many people consider themselves to be Christians. “I go to church on Sunday,” they say or “I live a morally upright life, sure, I’m a Christian.” But being a religious person or a so-called good person does not make you a Christian.

It is a solid commitment to Christ that makes a person a Christian. You see, all true Christians have one very important thing in common. They all make the same heartfelt confession. That confession is “Jesus Christ is Lord.” The Bible says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). Real Christians renounce control over their lives. They bow to Christ. They recognize His direction in their lives. And they commit themselves to follow Christ.

The confession they make is in no way an empty confession. It is possible for people to make a confession of Christ without real inner conviction. Jesus talks about such people when he says, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and I will declare to them, ‘Depart from me’ (Matthew 7:22-23). Your confession of Christ must stem from a heart full of faith. And above all, Christ is able to look into your heart. Yes, you must truly believe that Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty due to you for your sins. And you must believe that God raised this same Jesus from the dead, and you must worship this risen Lord as the one who sits on the throne of the universe and King of kings.

To help you toward making this confession, you can listen to a sermon based on Romans 10:9 called, “Christ is Lord.” Just click here.

Your Commitment to Christ

2018-12-01T13:42:38+00:00 December 27th, 2018|

In today’s world, men and women and boys and girls are committed to many different things. A husband may be committed to making a go of farming. A wife may be committed to a career in advertising. Another fellow may be committed to the cause of a balanced federal budget. A young lady may be committed to the cause of women’s rights. A teenage boy may be committed to playing football. The gal he admires may be committed to the cheerleading squad. There are all varieties, types and levels of commitment.

There is, however, one commitment every person young and old should have. It is commitment to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Commitments to athletics, to schooling, and to your work will carry you to certain levels of achievement in this world. Commitment to Jesus Christ will not only bear you up under the burdens of this life, it will carry you into the life to come. That’s far more important.

Long ago a Roman jailer feared for his life because he thought all his prisoners escaped. He fell down before the apostle Paul and Paul’s companion, Silas, and cried, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31). That jailer’s commitment to Christ carried him through an immediate crisis. It also led him into the glorious presence of God in heaven. That’s what commitment to Christ does. It makes the pains of this life tolerable. More importantly, it opens the gates of heaven.

Have you committed your life to Christ? Have you confessed Jesus Christ as the Lord over your life? I’d like to help you. Click here to listen to from Ephesians 2:17-18 called “Recommit Yourself to Christ.”

Your Relationship With God

2018-12-01T13:41:34+00:00 December 26th, 2018|

There’s no question about it. Men and women, young people and children avoid God. Why? One reason is that our society does all in its power to discourage belief in God. We are told to believe in ourselves. We are told that the strength to cope with life is found within us. And we are told to that to believe in a Creator is foolishness.

But let me ask you, “How do you know you were not created by God?” “I just know, you say.” But how do you know? Have you searched out every corner of the universe? Do you know all there is to know about everything? You refuse to believe in the God of the Bible who does know everything. But then you claim to know everything by denying His existence. Do you think you are God?

Hang on. Listen to what the Bible says. It tells us the greatest sin of mankind is rejecting God in favor of self worship. It says people have exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man. It says, “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator” (Romans 1:23-25). And this is your sin if you think you can live without God.

It is because of this sin that Jesus Christ came into the world to die on a cross over 2000 years ago. He came to pay the penalty due to people like you and me for their sins. And so, it is time for you to turn back to God. You can’t get along in this life without him. And without Him you will definitely not enter heaven in the life to come. So it is time for you to admit your sins to God. It is time for you to trust in the sacrifice of Christ as the only adequate payment for your sins.

To help you, please click here and listen to a sermon called, “Your Relationship with God.”

God in Human Form

2018-12-01T13:35:45+00:00 December 25th, 2018|

Christmas is the greatest story ever told. Why? Jesus Christ was not an ordinary man. He was God in human form. The Bible describes His coming like this: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14-15).

According to the apostle John, the Word is the second person of the Trinity. John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This Word is God. But this Word also existed alongside of God. Here we have both God the Father and God the Son. And although God the Son “existed in the form of God,” He was “made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:6&7).

How could this be? Mary asked the same question. Here is the answer she received: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason The holy offspring shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Then when Christ was born, a heavenly chorus of angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest” (Luke 2:14). It is the chorus we should all join to celebrate God in human form.

Click here and listen to the audio lesson, “God in Human form.”

Pleasing God

2018-01-01T16:50:55+00:00 December 24th, 2018|

On the night of His birth, an angel appeared to shepherds outside Bethlehem to announce Jesus’ arrival. “Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11). The Savior promised to Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:15) and believed in by Noah (Genesis 5:29), Abraham (Genesis 12:3), David (Psalm 32:1-2), and many others was now born in Bethlehem.

“And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased'” (Luke 2:13-14). An angelic choir gives praise to God for the birth of the Savior. The choir also brings a promise of peace. It is peace among those who please God.

How do we please God? The Bible tells us forthrightly. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6). We please God through faith in the promised Savior just as Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, and David did.

God’s salvation is “not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy” (Titus 3:5). “For by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). He is the only “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Click here for, “Glory to God in the Highest.”