Friday, December 19, 2014

Words of Comfort: Follow-up?

The exciting thing about true conversion is that there will be little need for what is commonly called “follow-up.” A true convert will not need to be followed. He will put his hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62). Of course, he will have to be fed, discipled, and nurtured. These things are biblical and most necessary. This can be done simply by encouraging him to read the Bible daily, answering questions he may have, and teaching him principles of fellowship, prayer, evangelism, etc. (see our booklet, Save Yourself Some Pain).  
Sometimes there is confusion between “follow-up” (we need to follow the new convert because he will fall away if we don’t) and discipleship (instructing him to continue in the word of Christ—John 8:31). Look what happened after the Ethiopian eunuch was saved—he was left without follow-up. The Spirit of God transported Philip away and left the new convert in the wilderness. This is because his salvation wasn’t dependent on Philip, but upon his relationship with the indwelling Lord. Those whom God saves, He keeps. If He is the author of their faith, He will be the finisher. If He has begun a good work in them, He will complete it. He is able to keep them from falling and present them faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Words of Comfort: Falling fruit

The Scriptures tell us, “He who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). If we are wise, we will discern the condition of a person’s heart. If he is a sincere Nicodemus, tell him the good news; if he is like the arrogant lawyer (Luke 10:25–29) who has no understanding of sin, righteousness, and judgment, use the Law to stir his conscience and will. If he is not conscious of his sin, use the Law to convict him. If he has knowledge of sin, give him the gospel. When the fruit is ripe, it should practically fall off the tree, as with the Ethiopian eunuch. God led Philip to a soul that was ripe for salvation! If you have to twist and pull an apple off a branch, you will probably find it to be sour.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Storing up wrath.

As I was open-air preaching one day, a man looked to the heavens not to see the glory of God, but to shout obscenities at Jesus Christ that would make your hair curl in tight knots. He concluded his conversation by telling the Lord to strike him dead. He then turned to me and screamed, “Nothing happened!” I said, “Yes, it did. You have just stored up wrath for yourself, which will be revealed on the Day of Wrath.” 
Why would a man lack any fear of God? I believe it’s because we insist on telling a sinful world that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives. This is the “gospel” according to the contemporary Church. We give the world a choice: Do they choose God’s wonderful plan, or is their own life’s plan more wonderful? Please go to,  Listen or read freely on line. 
“While reading this book my heart went into atrial fibrillation; it’s that good! After I finished it, I couldn't sleep. There's nothing like it. It is truly from God.” Author/evangelist Bill Fay (Share Jesus Without Fear)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Fate of the Apostles

The Fate of the Apostles:

PHILIP: Stoned to death, Phrygia, A.D. 54
BARNABAS: Burned to death, Cyprus, A.D. 64
PETER: Crucified, Rome, A.D. 69
PAUL: Beheaded, Rome, A.D. 69
ANDREW: Crucified, Achaia, A.D. 70
MATTHEW: Beheaded, Ethiopia, A.D. 70
LUKE: Hanged, Greece, A.D. 93
THOMAS: Speared to death, Calamino, A.D. 70
MARK: Dragged to death, Alexandria, A.D. 64
JAMES (THE LESS): Clubbed to death, Jerusalem, A.D. 63
JOHN: Abandoned, Isle of Patmos, A.D. 63

From,  Listen or read freely on line.
“While reading this book my heart went into atrial fibrillation; it’s that good! After I finished it, I couldn't sleep. There's nothing like it. It is truly from God.” Author/evangelist Bill Fay (Share Jesus Without Fear)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Words of Comfort: Not gifted speaker

Don’t be concerned that you aren’t “gifted” as a speaker when it comes to reaching the lost. Moses “was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds,” yet God didn’t use him to deliver Israel until 40 years later. It took all that time of tending sheep to produce in him a meekness of character. We are told, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9). The “wisdom” that Moses gained in Egypt was not wisdom from above. When he saw injustice, he took the law into his own hands and committed murder. God doesn’t need the wisdom of this world. He merely desires a pure, humble, peace-loving, compassionate soul to use as a mouthpiece for the gospel. He wants us to be a lighthouse of His love. The moment we receive the Spirit of Christ, we receive the gift of those virtues. We don’t need to tend sheep for 40 years when we have the character of the Good Shepherd manifesting through us.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Words of Comfort: Arabs and Jews

In the Book of Beginnings, in Genesis 16:12, God said that Ishmael (the progenitor of the Arab race, see Time, April 4, 1988) would be a “wild man...and every man’s hand [will be] against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Almost four thousand years later, who could deny that this prophecy is being fulfilled in the Arab race? The Arabs and the Jews are “brethren” having Abraham as their ancestor. The whole Middle East conflict is caused by their dwelling together.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Words of Comfort: Building in vain

“We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Benjamin Franklin

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Words of Comfort: A well-known ex-televangelist.

In January 2000, a well-known ex-televangelist said on a worldwide TV talk show, “I believe that every person who died in the Holocaust went to heaven.” He was very sincere, and if he was seeking the commendation of the world, he surely got it with that statement. Who wouldn’t consider what he said to be utterly compassionate? However, let’s look at the implications of his heartfelt beliefs. His statement seemed to limit salvation to the Jews who died in the Holocaust, because he added that “their blood laid a foundation for the nation of Israel.” If the slaughtered Jews made it to heaven, did the many Gypsies who died in the Holocaust also obtain eternal salvation?

If his statement includes Gentiles, is the salvation he spoke of limited to those who died at the hands of Nazis? Did the many Frenchmen who met their death at the hands of cruel Nazis go to heaven also? Perhaps he was saying that the death of Jesus on the cross covered all of humanity, and that all will eventually be saved—something called “universalism.” This means that salvation will also come to Hitler and the Nazis who killed the Jews. However, I doubt if he was saying that. Such a statement would have brought the scorn of his Jewish host, and of the world whose compassion has definite limits.

If pressed, he probably didn’t mean that only the Jews in the camps went to heaven, because that smacks of racism. He was likely saying that those who died were saved because they died in such tragic circumstances. Then Jesus was lying when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). There is another way to heaven—death in a Nazi concentration camp. Does that mean that the many Jews who died under communism went to heaven? Or is salvation limited to German concentration camps? If their salvation came because of the grim circumstances surrounding their death, does a Jew therefore enter heaven after suffering for hours before dying in a car wreck . . . if he was killed by a drunk driver who happened to be German? Bear in mind that his suffering may have been much greater than someone who died within minutes in a Nazi gas chamber. Many unsaved think we can merit entrance into heaven by our suffering. Their error was confirmed by this sincere, compassionate man of God. They may now disregard the truth, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). They can now save themselves by the means of their own death . . . if they suffer enough. The ex-televangelist was concerned that his indiscretions of the 1980s brought discredit to the kingdom of God. However, those actions fade into history compared to the damage done by saying that there is another means of salvation outside of Jesus Christ, on a program watched by untold millions around the world. Who on earth needs to repent and trust in Jesus, if millions entered the kingdom without being born again? No one.    [From, The Evidence Bible]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Words of Comfort: Don’t stand...

“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10,11).
The inference is, “Don’t stand here gazing up into the heavens. God has granted everlasting life to sinful humanity. Go and wait for the power to take the gospel to the world.” We haven’t been saved to gaze up to heaven, but to take the light to those who sit in the dark shadow of death. How can any person, who professes to have the love of God in him, sit passively while sinners die daily and go to hell? Paul said, “Woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Words of Comfort: The real work.

“Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing the world and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected!” Oswald J. Smith

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