Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 10th October 2012.

Encouraging email!

(Email from Carla) “I am a Christian strongly against abortion and was blown away by 180. I am in Zimbabwe, Africa. A missionary team from the States brought out the video to our church. 180 is getting around the world! I will be showing it to our youth group this weekend. I am praying for your ministry. You are spot on. May the Lord bless you.”

Encouraging endorsement from John Piper last year

Evidence Bible

“If preaching could save a man, Judas would not have been damned. If prophesying could save a man, Balaam would not have been a castaway. We may preach with the tongues of men and of angels, yet, if we have not love, it profits us nothing. We may be even leaders of the Church in the noblest and, highest enterprises and yet, for all that, Christ may say to us, at the last, ‘I never knew you.’” Charles Spurgeon

“If you’re single and courting/dating, how far is too far?”

A wise king decided to interview peasants from his kingdom to serve on his four man royal carrying team who would carry him on his portable throne. He asked each candidate, “If you were carrying me along a dangerous path, how close would you go to the edge of a cliff with me seated on my throne?” One man bowed and answered, “Your Majesty, I am very strong I could go within a foot of the edge of the cliff.” Another man said, “Your Majesty, not only am I stronger than the other men here, but I have near perfect balance. I would go within six inches of the edge of the cliff.” One man replied, “Your Majesty, I wouldn’t go anywhere near the edge of a cliff. Why would I want to endanger your valuable life by leading you so close to danger?” Who do you think got the job?

The truth is we protect those we care about. If you care about the person you’re with you’ll protect their purity. Every time you do sexual stuff outside of marriage you’re stripping yourself of your purity and actually pushing your date away from God.

The question “How far can we go?” is no where near as important as “How far should we go?” Physically you can go all the way, but you shouldn’t. When you do anything sexual you are ripping a pedal off the rose of someone else’s purity. If you really care for each other you should show it by protecting each other from the dangers of sin. Don’t take them anywhere near the edge.

1 Thessalonians 4:3,4, 7,8 (NLT) says: “God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor . . . God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.”

You’ve gone too far when you compromise purity. Save all physical intimacy for marriage. Keep your hands to yourself; don’t get physical… and, keep your mind clean.

Jesus’ definition of sexual purity is not even dwelling on thoughts of sex, let along acting on them. Jesus said, “Whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Mt. 5:28).