Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rod of God.

We hear sermons about Aaron and Hur holding up the hands of Moses, as Joshua led Israel in a battle against Amalek, as examples of intercessory prayer. As long as Moses’ hands were held up, Joshua prevailed. But it’s also relevant to notice that Moses was holding “the rod of God.”

When we lift up the rod of the Law in the battle for souls, we will prevail. Scripture and church history testify to that. The enemy hates the use of the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) in witnessing, because he knows that if our evangelistic efforts (with the help of God) produce genuine converts, they will in turn reproduce their own kind, set our churches on fire and bring revival to this dying world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rock.

“The apostle says that Rock was Christ, 1Co 10:4, it was a type of him. While the curse of God might justly have been executed upon our guilty souls, behold the Son of God is smitten for us. Let us ask and receive. There was a constant, abundant supply of this water. Numerous as believers are, the supply of the Spirit of Christ is enough for all. The water flowed from the rock in streams to refresh the wilderness, and attended them on their way towards Canaan; and this water flows from Christ, through the ordinances, in the barren wilderness of this world, to refresh our souls, until we come to glory.” Matthew Henry

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Words of Comfort: Dusty Bible.

Make sure you daily gather sustenance from God’s Word. If you suspect that someone is a false convert, ask when he last read the Bible. His response will indicate whether he is close to or distant from the Lord. False converts, who let sin into their hearts, will often still pray to their concept of God but will stop reading His Word. Like the manner from Heaven which spoiled overnight, the Word becomes odious to them because of their sin.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Words fo Comfort: Supernaturally-Naturally.

A skeptic wrote: “God violates the laws of nature and of logic.”

His very omniscience is illogical. How can He be aware of every thought of every human heart at one time (see Psa. 139:1–10)? We struggle to entertain two thoughts at once. Neither is it logical that old movies invisibly and instantly (in full color) speed through the air and manifest themselves on my TV screen, phone or iPad.

So many natural things that we now take for granted defy the logic of earlier days. So it is not logical to reject the idea that the Creator of this universe—the One who created the laws of nature—could turn water into wine, still storms, curse a fig tree, and raise the dead. God made the sea; He can part it if He so desires. He can also walk on it. Since He created the human body, He can fix it without medicine. He can create pillars of salt, pillars of fire, and pillars of goose feathers, if He wants. Virgin birth? No problem. Resurrection—easy (see Acts 26:8).

If I acknowledge that a supernatural Creator exists, everything supernaturally becomes possible. Naturally.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Eating a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm.

"Didn't you say before that it was impossible for God to lie? Which is it? Are all things possible or not? I'm not taking anything out of context. Ray Comfort has said that it is impossible for God to lie, and now he is saying with God, all things are possible.  It can't be both. Logic... It's important." Brad Gurney

Let me try and show you how it can be both. It would be impossible for me to eat a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm. Of course it is possible for me to eat it--all I need to do is put it in my mouth and chew, but it is such a disgusting thought, I draw on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. Lying is so against God's holy nature, so repulsive, so disgusting and distasteful to Him the Bible calls on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. It is “impossible” for God to lie. That means you can totally trust every promise He makes.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: I Want Logic.

"I want logic. Either God can do all things, or he can't. It's not a matter of whether or not he wants to. If you want to prove that to me, then you can try. But it needs to be done with logic and reason and evidence.” Brad Gurney

Okay, let's have some logic. Tell me, do you like a blue sky? Do you enjoy a good sunset? How about a sunrise? Where to you, is "here"? Pinpoint "now." Where is up (point to it)? Now point to down.

The sky isn’t blue. It doesn’t have any color to it. The sun never rises, nor does it set (the earth turns). “Now” cannot be pinpointed. The millisecond you pinpoint it, it becomes “then.” There is no such direction as up, or down. Those who point up in the northern hemisphere, point in a different direction to those at the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere.

We can’t be sure of anything. Two hundred years ago the thought of flying 400 people in a steel can at 33,000 feet was illogical and impossible. iPads are illogical. It makes no sense that someone can see me and talk to me at the speed of light from 7,000 miles away.

You say that these things become logical when explained.  That’s our point when it comes to God. If you want to shut your eyes to the genius of His handiwork (evidence for His existence) then go ahead, but make sure you realize that what you are doing is illogical, unreasonable, irrational and ridiculous, in the truest sense of the word.  

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Words of Comfort: Illogical.

I have read where a number of people are demanding that we be “logical” when it comes to the character of God. Did you know that it’s logical that God sends every person who violates His Law to Hell? That’s logical, reasonable, rational, just, right, and good.

Here’s something illogical: God offers us Heaven as a free gift.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Words of Comfort: Common Ancestor.

“We have all evolved from the same common ancestor, that is where these morals come from.” Anthony Timmy Heist

The name of the common ancestor was Adam and any “evolution” (change) that took place was confined to the human race (humankind). We are moral creatures and we are morally responsible to the One who gave us life. That’s why we need a Savior.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Words of Comfort: Abortion: God Understands.

Perhaps you are considering having an abortion, with the thought that even though you know it’s wrong, God will forgive you.

That tells me something about you. You lack a virtue that isn’t highly prized nowadays. In fact it’s frowned upon by many. It’s what the Bible calls “the fear of the Lord,” and according to the Bible, it’s the “beginning of wisdom.” In other words, if you don’t fear God, you haven’t begun to be wise. 

A person who doesn’t fear God will lie to you and steal from you. This is usually because he believes that God doesn’t mind the occasional lie and a little theft.  But here’s where his worldview gets a little worrisome.  A person who doesn’t fear God may even kill you…if he thinks he can get away with it. That’s why America had around 200,000 murders, in just one ten-year period (1990--2,000).

Of course, some of these murderers distanced themselves from the crime, by hiring a killer to do the dirty work for them.  Can you imagine actually murdering another human being, or paying someone else to kill them? What could be worse? I will tell you. It is the hiring of a professional killer to take the life of a helpless child in the womb.

The lack of the fear of God traces itself back to something that is also rarely spoken of in today’s society. The Bible calls it “idolatry.” Idolatry is the making of a false god—either with our hands (in the form of an idol) or our minds. Idolaters say something like “I believe that God is like this….” and then they shape a god to suit ourselves—a loving, kind, and merciful god who “understands” when a mother is planning on murdering her own child. But that god doesn’t exist. He is a figment of the human imagination.

The person who fears God will not steal, murder or lie. This is because he knows that “lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,” and that lying is so serious to God that the Bible warns “All liars will have their part in the lake of fire.” God killed a husband and wife (in the Book of Acts), because they told a lie, and He killed a man (in Genesis 38) because he did something sexual that God frowned upon.

The Bible warns that if you as much hate another person, you are a murderer (see 1 John 3:15).  So how much more will God hold you responsible for an abortion?

Be wise, and let the fear of God cause you to beg for His mercy for even entertaining the thought that you could kill your own baby. Do that and you will find that this same wrath-filled God who you must face on Judgment Day, is rich in mercy. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for sinners. You broke God’s moral Law. Jesus paid the ultimate fine. That means God can legally dismiss our case. He can commute our death sentence: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Then Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone, and God will grant you the free gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Words of Comfort: After-life.

Luke Poulin said "Ray, have you ever, just once, considered the possibility that there is no after-life? Did you ever meditate on that idea? The idea that, once you die, it truly is over?" 

A Christian knows God. We don't simply know "about" Him. We know Him, and because of that we KNOW that there's an afterlife. Let me see if I can help you relate (I don't say that condescendingly). Have you ever, just once, considered that you are not alive? Did you ever mediate on that idea? How would you answer that question? That's the dilemma I have in trying to answer your question.

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