Our Longing for Justice

2021-01-12T11:09:27-05:00 January 26th, 2021|

Whether we complain about the officiating in a basketball game or the outcome of a jury trial, we all long for perfect justice. But experience shows that perfect justice will never be achieved in this life. As long as we are all imperfect human beings, faultless justice will elude us. And so we look to another life where the scales will be balanced. This means all the works of men and women throughout history will have to be brought before the Almighty.

We, therefore, sense the Bible is true when it says, “It is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). And although we may chafe against it, we know God “has fixed a day in which He will judge the world.” We should also be thankful that perfect justice is promised. “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).

But since we are all imperfect, how can we expect to get off scot-free? Christ paid the price of injustice and set the scales right by His death on the cross. Through Christ’s death, God is both “just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:26).

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Levels of Understanding

2021-01-12T11:08:01-05:00 January 25th, 2021|

It’s true in school; it’s true at work; it’s true in the church. We achieve various levels of understanding. At school, we progress from grade to grade. As we do so, we understand we are preparing for higher level classes. At work, we learn the elementary tasks first. Then we are able to progress to higher levels in our particular specialty.

It is surprising we don’t look at Christianity in a similar way. For some reason, we think we get the whole package at once. When we have some understanding of Jesus Christ, we think that’s all there is. And we’re satisfied to remain at the level of a novice in the faith.

Impetuous Peter discovered He could not do this. Christ asked, “Who do you say that I am?” And Peter had a ready answer. “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:15-16). But then Christ “began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day.” Peter’s response to this was quite different. “God forbid it, Lord,” (Matthew 16:21-22).

How like Peter we are. We understand Christ is the Son of God. But do we understand the Son of God came to die and rise again? To help you to grow in your understanding of Christ, click here and listen to a sermon called, “Lord, Open My Eyes.”

The Loving Hand of God

2021-01-12T11:07:07-05:00 January 24th, 2021|

A cosmic cry comes from the cross. It is Jesus Christ. He is bearing the sins of humankind. Because of the crush of these sins, He also suffers the fury of the Father’s punishment for those sins. In the midst of the fire of that wrath Christ wails, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). At this moment Jesus Christ is separated from all of the love, mercy, comfort, and care of the Father. He is under condemnation. He stands in the place of people like us to bear their punishment for negligence in the things of God.

As the lament of Christ echoes throughout the universe, the people of God sing this antiphonal response, “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

Yes, Jesus Christ suffers ultimate separation from the Father. He undergoes all the wrath of hell itself. He does this so those who trust in His sacrifice will never have to suffer this same separation from the Father. Believers can, therefore, have the confidence of being forever in the loving and merciful hands of God.

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Dealing With Guilt and Sin

2021-01-12T11:06:31-05:00 January 23rd, 2021|

One of the hardest things for people to do is to admit they have been wrong. This is true for government leaders down to ministers of the gospel. Pride gets in the way.

And so, what do we do if someone does come to us and does say, “I have sinned”? First, we may be embarrassed and bow out without saying anything. Then too we may put off the confessor. “Don’t pay any attention to those feelings of guilt,” we’ll say. “They’re not that important. Just because some people think sex outside of marriage is wrong doesn’t make it wrong.”

Another approach is to encourage the confessor to handle the problem on his or her own. “So you’ve sinned. Big deal! Just straighten up. Learn from your mistake. And get on with your life.” Sounds like good advice. But guilt feelings are real. And they are not easily overcome. In fact, leading psychiatrists have begun to encourage us to deal with guilt rather than ignore it.

Our reactions are based on the belief that the Bible’s definitions of sin are outmoded. But we should not ignore the God who created us. You see, just as physical pain is a warning signal regarding physical problems, feelings of guilt signal spiritual problems. They tell us that there is a problem between us and the God who created us. And God knows this. That’s why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world. He is able to cleanse us on the inside and remove those feelings of guilt by granting us forgiveness. And being forgiven is much better than trying to ignore, live down, or live with the burden of guilt.

To help you understand this, click here and listen to a talk called, “I Have Sinned.”

Little Known Facts about Abortion

2021-01-12T10:59:04-05:00 January 22nd, 2021|

One of the most emotional issues of our day is abortion. Those in favor of abortion consider the opposition to be against free choice. How could anyone be against free choice? Those against abortion consider the opposition to be against life. How could anyone be opposed to life? The result is bitter conflict. But who is right? Where can we find the answers? We must retreat to higher ground. We must go to our Creator for answers. We must go to the God of the Bible.

Listen to what the Bible says about children. “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3). In other words, every time we eliminate a child by means of abortion, we spurn a gift given to us by God. Not only so, we spurn God Himself. We reject His wisdom in giving us this gift. Sure, an unexpected pregnancy is difficult to deal with. No one will deny this. But the child is still a gift from God.

However, when God’s gifts are rejected, self-destruction results. For example, women want the choice of abortion. As a result, 1.5 million abortions are performed each year. Of these, we abort about 80,000 more girls each year than boys. The outcome is self-destruction. Fewer little girls brought into America today, means fewer and fewer women in America tomorrow. Much work has also been done to insure minorities are able to have abortions. As a result, on a per capita basis, non-white women have twice as many abortions as white women. The outcome is self-destruction. There will be fewer and fewer minority children in America. Rejecting the gifts of God is always self-destructive.

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Open Your Mouth for the Dumb

2021-01-12T10:57:57-05:00 January 21st, 2021|

The subject of abortion is a very emotional one. It should be. After all, it touches us all where we live, especially if we have either contemplated or had an abortion.

A powerful argument for abortion is the argument that the unborn are not really persons protected by the constitution. That argument has a familiar ring! Do you recall the name, Dred Scott? During the Civil War, this slave of an army surgeon was stationed with his master in states where slavery was forbidden. Dred Scott sued for freedom. The case went before the Supreme Court. But the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that black men and women were not to be considered people. They, therefore, had no rights under our constitution. Dred Scott remained in chains.

Today we are told the unborn are not people. Today we are told the unborn have no rights under our constitution. So today, millions of human beings have never seen the light of day outside their mother’s wombs. And millions more will be murdered.

But the Dred Scott decision could not make black men and women non-persons. They are human beings created in God’s image. Because the Supreme Court has relegated the unborn to the status of non-persons does not make it so.

The Bible says, “Open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and the needy” (Proverbs 31:8). A womb is no longer a sacred place! The unborn need your help. Will you speak up for them?

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Christ Opens Heaven

2021-01-12T10:50:57-05:00 January 20th, 2021|

What is the value of your home or your car? We can spend a lot of money on a home or a car. As a former employer frequently reminded his elderly clients, “You can’t take it with you.” Material possessions have no eternal value. This is true even if we work very hard to make our mark on the world.

Our so-called good works have no eternal value either. We cannot work our way to heaven. Why? The requirement for entrance into heaven is perfection. None of us are perfect. “So you shall keep My statutes and My judgments, by which a man may live if he does them; I am the Lord” (Leviticus 18:5). God sets the standards.

God also provides the perfect life of Christ to open the door to heaven. Christ did what you could never do. Christ was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He is the only man to perfectly obey God and fulfill His requirements for entrance into heaven. “Through the obedience of the One [Jesus] the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19).

Those who believe in Jesus Christ have His perfect life placed in their heavenly bank accounts. When God looks at them, he does not see their sin, their imperfect lives. Instead, He sees the perfect life of Christ. This can be true for you if you trust in this perfect life of Christ to take you to heaven. Christ’s sinless life becomes more precious than all you own. It becomes much more important than your own life.

To help you understand this better, take some time, click here, and listen to “Christ’s Righteousness.”

The Cross between Heaven and Hell

2021-01-12T10:50:06-05:00 January 19th, 2021|

We are all going to the same place although there are many paths to life in the hereafter and many different names by which we call upon God. Do you believe that? Well, you are not alone.

Did you know that the teaching of the Bible is quite different? The Bible lays out two distinct paths. Listen to what Jesus said. “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14). Yes, the alternatives are the way of life and the way of destruction. There is no third path. Only these two alternatives exist.

As to the path leading to destruction, the Bible says it is followed by those who live in careless disregard for God’s commandments. “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).

There is only one alternative to this terrible judgment for sin. That way is the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). You must trust and follow this Jesus! He said, “I came that they might have life, and might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). This is the wonderful Good News. The alternative to facing judgment for sin is eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.

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God’s Spirit in Your Heart

2021-01-12T10:49:16-05:00 January 18th, 2021|

There is honor among thieves; so the saying goes. And it’s true. The thief takes a dim view of stealing. And so you had better not steal from a thief. You could loose your life. All of this goes to show there is a sense of right and wrong within each of us.

The Bible maintains this truth when it says, “They show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending themselves” (Romans 2:15). Yes, even if you have never been to a church service or ever read one line from the Bible, you cannot escape Gods’ Ten Commandments. The requirements of God’s Ten Commandments are written on your heart. That’s why you have a conscience and why you sometimes feel guilty. That’s why you sometimes have a debate in your own mind over what is right and what is wrong. You can’t ever escape God’s Ten Commandments.

But why has God put His requirements for living into your heart? The answer is quite wonderful. The Bible says, “The law has become our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24). In other words, when you begin to see yourself in the light of God’s Commandments and when you being to feel guilty because of your sin, you also begin to see your need for Jesus Christ. Christ is the way of salvation from the penalty for sin. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). So if you really understand God’s Ten Commandments, you also understand your need of salvation.

To help you get a better hold of this, click here and listen to a message called “God’s Spirit in Your Heart.”

Feelings in Place?

2021-01-12T10:48:29-05:00 January 17th, 2021|

When parents ask their children to do the chores, the children often refuse because they don’t feel like it. As adults, we sometimes take the same position. We cannot bring ourselves to begin a task because we really do not feel like it. We fall into a trap. We think good feelings must precede our work. We think a lack of good feelings is an excuse for avoiding work. But what is the result? As the work piles up, depression overtakes us.

Here is the problem. We have things backward. Listen to what Jesus says. “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them” (John 13:17). The word “blessed” may be translated “happy.” Jesus is talking about the human emotion of happiness and the context of this human emotion is service. Jesus has just finished washing the disciples’ feet. He explains that joy and happiness will come in doing similar tasks of service. Do you get the point? Good feelings are not required before our work. In actuality, they come after our good deeds.

So don’t be fooled. If you are blue because of the work before you, get busy. Joy is found in doing your work not in avoiding it. Avoiding work will only lead you into depression. “If you know these things, you are happy if you do them.”

To help you understand this better, you can click here and listen to a message called, “Think, Act, Feelings Follow.”