Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 31st October 2012.





Evidence Bible

“In the moral conflict now raging around us, whoever is on God’s side is on the winning side and cannot lose; whoever is on the other side is on the losing side and cannot win. Here there is no chance, no gamble. There is freedom to choose which side we shall be on, but no freedom to negotiate the results of the choice once it is made.” A.W. Tozer


What Hollywood Believes – Michael J. Fox

In an interview about his battle with Parkinson’s disease Michael J. Fox said, “I just feel like I’ve been in God’s pocket for so long. I just didn’t think that I was going to be hammered with this. That I would find a way to live with it, to learn from it and deal with it. And I have.”

Although initially devastated at the diagnosis, he said, “I never had a moment where I fell to my knees and said . . . , ‘Oh, God, this is horrible.’ You know, ‘Why has Thou forsaken me? What is this?’ I never had that moment. What I had was, ‘Wow. Okay. That’s not what I was expecting.’”

At one point Fox underwent a brain operation. Asked whether he was afraid, he replied, “I had full faith in my doctors, and I had full faith in God.”

As a result of this disease, his vision of life has also been altered. “It’s made me stronger. A million times wiser. And more compassionate,” Fox said. “I’ve realized I’m vulnerable, that no matter how many awards I’m given or how big my bank account is, I can be messed with like that. The end of the story is you die. We all die.”

No doubt many were moved to tears when Michael J. Fox began his battle with Parkinson’s disease, and asked the question, “Why is there suffering anyway?” Perhaps some concluded, “That proves there is no ‘loving’ God.” Let’s consider this important concept.

Study the soil for a moment. It naturally produces weeds. No one plants them; no one waters them. They even stubbornly push through cracks of a dry sidewalk. Millions of useless weeds sprout like there’s no tomorrow, strangling our crops and ruining our lawns. Pull them out by the roots, and there will be more tomorrow. They are nothing but a curse.

Consider how much of the earth is uninhabitable. There are millions of square miles of barren deserts in Africa and other parts of the world. Most of Australia is nothing but miles and miles of useless desolate land. Not only that, but the earth is constantly shaken with massive earthquakes. Its shores are lashed with hurricanes; tornadoes rip through creation with incredible fury; devastating floods soak the land; and terrible droughts parch the soil. Sharks, tigers, lions, snakes, spiders, and disease-carrying mosquitoes attack humanity and suck its life’s blood. The earth’s inhabitants are afflicted with disease, pain, suffering, and death.

Think of how many people are plagued with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, emphysema, Parkinson’s (like Fox), and a number of other debilitating illnesses. Consider all the children with leukemia, or people born with crippling diseases or without the mental capability to even feed themselves. All these things should convince thinking minds that something is radically wrong. Did God blow it when He created humanity? What sort of tyrant must our Creator be if this was His master plan?

Sadly, many use the issue of suffering as an excuse to reject any thought of God, when its existence is the very reason we should accept Him. Suffering stands as terrible testimony to the truth of the explanation given by the Word of God. The Bible is the supernatural testament of our Creator about why there is suffering . . . and what we can do about it.

The Bible tells us that God cursed the earth because of Adam’s disobedience (sin).Weeds are a curse. So is disease. Sin and suffering cannot be separated. Again, the Scriptures inform us that we live in a fallen creation. In the beginning, God created man perfect, and he lived in a perfect world without suffering. The original creation was “good” and was not filled with violence and bloodshed. It was heaven on earth. When sin came into the world, death and misery came with it.

But the day will come when the entire creation will be delivered from the “bondage of corruption” and there will be no more curse. In that coming Kingdom, in the new heaven and new earth, there will be no more pain, suffering, disease, or death. We are told that no eye has ever seen, nor has any ear heard, nor has anyone ever imagined the wonderful things that God has in store for those who love Him.286 Think for a moment what it would be like if food grew with the fervor of weeds. Consider how wonderful it would be if the deserts became incredibly fertile, if creation stopped devouring itself and humanity. Imagine if the weather worked for us instead of against us, if disease completely disappeared, if pain was a thing of the past, if death was no more.

The dilemma is that we are like a child whose insatiable appetite for chocolate has caused his face to break out with ugly sores. He looks in the mirror and sees a sight that makes him depressed. But instead of giving up his beloved chocolate, he consoles himself by stuffing more into his mouth. Yet, the source of his pleasure is actually the cause of his suffering.

The whole face of the earth is nothing but ugly sores of suffering. Everywhere we look we see unspeakable pain. But instead of believing God’s explanation and asking Him to forgive us and change our appetite, we console ourselves by feeding on sin’s sweet delicacies. There we find solace in its temporal pleasures, thus intensifying our pain, both in this life and in the life to come.



Words of Comfort: “Atheists do not claim that nothing created everything.”


Many atheists refuse to admit they believe the entire universe came into being from nothing, because it is a scientific impossibility and they recognize how silly it sounds. If everything didn’t come from nothing, their alternative is to say that creation (nature) created itself. However, a thing cannot make itself. To do so would mean that it had to pre-exist before it existed, and therefore it didn’t create itself because it was already in existence. (For where the universe came from, see Isa. 34:4 and Isa. 45:18 comments.) Here is a list of some who have admitted to believing that nothing created everything:

1. "It is now becoming clear that everything can—and probably did—come from nothing." —Robert A. J. Matthews, physicist, Ashton University, England

2. "Space and time both started at the Big Bang and therefore there was nothing before it." —Cornell University’s "Ask an Astronomer"

3. "Some physicists believe our universe was created by colliding with another, but Kaku [a theoretical physicist at City University of New York] says it also may have sprung from nothing..." —Scienceline.org

4. "Even if we don't have a precise idea of exactly what took place at the beginning, we can at least see that the origin of the universe from nothing need not be unlawful or unnatural or unscientific." —Paul Davies, physicist, Arizona State University

5. "Assuming the universe came from nothing, it is empty to begin with...Only by the constant action of an agent outside the universe, such as God, could a state of nothingness be maintained. The fact that we have something is just what we would expect if there is no God." —Victor J. Stenger, Prof. Physics, University of Hawaii; author of God: The Failed Hypothesis

6. "Few people are aware of the fact that many modern physicists claim that things—perhaps even the entire universe—can indeed arise from nothing via natural processes.” —Mark I. Vuletic, Creation Ex Nihilo—Without God

7. "To understand these facts we have to turn to science. Where did they all come from, and how did they get so darned outrageous? Well, it all started with nothing." —"Fifty Outrageous Animal Facts,” Animal Planet

8. “To the average person it might seem obvious that nothing can happen in nothing. But to a quantum physicist, nothing is, in fact, something." —Discover Magazine “Physics & Math/Cosmology”

9. "It is rather fantastic to realize that the laws of physics can describe how everything was created in a random quantum fluctuation out of nothing, and how over the course of 15 billion years, matter could organize in such complex ways that we have human beings sitting here, talking, doing things intentionally." —Alan Harvey Guth, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, Discover Magazine

10. "The fact that life evolved out of nearly nothing, some 10 billion years after the universe evolved out of literally nothing is a fact so staggering that I would be mad to attempt words to do it justice." —Richard Dawkins, The Ancestor’s Tale




Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Words of Comfort: Brilliant Idea



I solved the problem of hundreds termites dropping onto our living room window sill, and then crawling across the floor. I pulled out seven feet of two-inch-wide packing tape, turned it upside down and stuck it to the window sill. Consequently all the termites that fell on it didn’t go anywhere. It was a brilliant idea. That is, until my dog saw some birds through the window, and filled with delight lunged at them he put his paws on the window sill. Suddenly I had a terrified dog running around with seven feet of sticky tape stick to his foot, and sending dead termites all over the house.

When delighted sinners lunge at sin, there will be terrifying consequences that will stick to them and never let them go.


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Monday, October 29, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 29th October 2012.



Evidence Bible

“God has removed the sting of death for each believer. I should save my sorrow for those without Christ and seek to win them.” Larry Clark


What should a believers attitude be about Halloween?

From the Evidence Bible: Halloween. The celebration can be traced back to the Druid festival of the dead. The Roman Pantheon, built by Emperor Hadrian in A.D. 100 as a temple to the goddess Cybele and other Roman gods, became the principle place of worship. In 609, Emperor Phocas seized Rome and gave the Pantheon to Pope Boniface IV. Boniface consecrated it to the Virgin Mary and kept using the temple to pray for the dead, only now it was “Christianized,” as men added the unscriptural teaching of purgatory. In 834, Gregory IV extended the feast for all the church and it became known as All Saint’s Day, still remembering the dead.

Samhain, a Druid god of the dead, was honored at Hallowe’en (“All Hallows Eve”) in Britain, Germany, France, and the Celtic countries. Samhain called together all wicked souls who died within the past year and who were destined to inhabit animals. The Druids believed that souls of the dead came back to their homes to be entertained by those still living. Suitable food and shelter were provided for these spirits or else they would cast spells, steal infants, destroy crops, kill farm animals, and create terror as they haunted the living. This is the action that “Trick-or-Treat” copies today. The Samhain celebration used nuts, apples, skeletons, witches, and black cats. Divination and auguries were practiced as well as magic to seek answers for the future. Even today witchcraft practitioners declare October 31 as the most favorable time to practice their arts.

Many Christians use Halloween as an opportunity to reach the lost by giving candy and gospel tracts to trick-or-treaters.What other day do scores of people come to your door for gospel tracts?


Ray w. Salvation Army – episode 2 – drawing a crowd





Words of Comfort: The Joy of Fast Food



I love fast-food. It’s convenient, smells good, looks good, and tastes good. What’s more, it gives almost instant pleasure to the taste buds. But fast-food is killing millions in this country because for them it’s not just a once a week treat, they live on it. Over population isn’t the problem. Over indulgence is, and American obesity is becoming so big it will push us all into the sea. It has become America’s number one health problem: “Nearly two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is triple what it was a generation ago. Together, they add up to a public health crisis that feeds a $60 billion industry of products, services, diets and foods designed to help people lose weight.” [1]

Sin is like fast-food. The mere hint of a lustful thought causes the sinful heart to salivate. One sexual image in the mind can explode into a ferocious appetite that will eventually overtake the human will and be the death of us. Lust brings forth sin, and sin when it’s finished brings with it death, and death ushers those in their sins into damnation in a terrible place called Hell. There is a way out of obesity, but there will be no way out of Hell.


[1] http://www.cnbc.com/id/36073283
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Friday, October 26, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Friday, 26th October 2012.






Evidence Bible

“While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight; I’ll fight to the very end!” William Booth


“My baby aint no atheist!”

http://youtu.be/cwC5d1E-AqE




Words of Comfort: Hollywood Minute: Jack Nicholson


What you didn't know about Jack Nicholson... 






Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 25th October 2012.



Evidence Bible

“The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.” Cicero


Question of the Week Winner (from last week that we never got to answer)

(Email from Chris) “The Jehovah's witnesses have just left! Tried the three minutes to live scenario and for most of our talk, the older gentlemen kept responding, that's not for me to decide, it's up to God . . . what can I do to have a "reason"able argument with them and not the kind that makes my blood pressure sore? Rather than me turning away saying "this talk is not profitable", I'd rather them go away feeling that their faith is not what they thought. HELP!!”



From the Evidence Bible: Encounters between Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses typically revolve around a discussion of deity. The reason for this is twofold. First, this is the area where Watchtower theology deviates most dramatically from orthodox Christianity. In contrast to the Trinitarian concept of one God in three Persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—the JWs have been taught to believe that God the Father alone is "Jehovah," the only true God; that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God; and that the Holy Spirit is neither God nor a person, but rather God’s impersonal "active force."

Second, the subject of deity is a frequent confrontational focus because both Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christians (at least those who like to witness to JWs) feel confident and well-prepared to defend their stand and attack the opposing viewpoint. Due to the profound theological differences, such discussions often take the form of spiritual trench warfare—a long series of arguments and counterarguments, getting nowhere and ending in mutual frustration. But this need not be the case, especially if the Christian will "become all things to all men" by taking a moment to put himself in the Witness’s shoes, so to speak (see 1 Corinthians 9:22).

In the JW’s mind he himself is a worshiper of the true God of the Bible, while you are a lost soul who has been misled by the devil into worshiping a pagan three-headed deity. He is, no doubt, quite sincere in these beliefs and feels both threatened and offended by the doctrine of the Trinity. To give any serious consideration to your arguments in support of the Trinity is simply unthinkable to the JW; he would be sinning against Jehovah God to entertain such a thought. So, in order to make any headway with the Witness, it is necessary to bridge the gap—to find common ground that will enable him to rethink his theology. Rather than plunging into a defense of "the doctrine of the Trinity," which can be mind-boggling even to a Christian, take things one step at a time. A good first step would be to consider the question, "Is Jesus Christ really an angel?" It will be frightening to the Jehovah’s Witness to open this cherished belief of his to critical reexamination, but not nearly as frightening as to start off discussing evidence that God is triune.

Since the Watchtower Society speaks of "Jesus Christ, whom we understand from the Scriptures to be Michael the archangel" (The Watchtower, February 15, 1979, p. 31), put the JW on the spot and ask him to show you "the Scriptures" that say Jesus is Michael. There are none.

The Watchtower Society New World Translation (NWT) mentions Michael five times as: 1) "one of the foremost princes" (Dan. 10:13); 2) "the prince of [Daniel’s] people" (Dan. 10:21); 3) "the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of [Daniel’s] people" (Dan. 12:1); 4) "the archangel" who "had a difference with the devil and was disputingabout Moses’ body" but "did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms" (Jude 9); and 5) a participant in heavenly conflict when "Michael and his angels battled with the dragon" (Rev. 12:7).

Ask the Jehovah’s Witness which one of these verses says that Michael is Jesus Christ. Help him to see that it is necessary to read Scripture plus a complicated Watchtower argument to reach that conclusion. Rather than being merely "one of the foremost princes," Jesus Christ is "Lord of lords and King of kings" (Rev. 17:14, NWT) and is "far above every government and authority and power and lordship and every name named, not only in this system of things, but also in that to come" (Ephesians 1:21, NWT). And, unlike "Michael who did not dare condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’" (Jude 9, Today’s English Version), Jesus Christ displayed His authority over the devil when He freely commanded him, "Go away, Satan!" (Matthew 4:10, NWT).

In arguing that Jesus is Michael the archangel, the Watchtower Society also points to another verse that does not use the name Michael but says that "the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet . . ." (1 Thessalonians 4:16, NWT). However, the expression "with an archangel’s voice" simply means that the archangel, like God’s trumpet, will herald the coming of the Lord, not that the Lord is an archangel. Point out to the JW that none of the verses he has attempted to use as proof-texts even comes close to stating that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel. In fact, Scripture clearly teaches the opposite: namely, that the Son of God is superior to the angels. The entire first chapter of Hebrews is devoted to this theme.

Have the Witness read Hebrews chapter one aloud with you, and, as you do so, interrupt to point out the sharp contrast between angels and the Son of God. "For to what angel did God ever say, ‘Thou are my Son . . .?’ And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him’" (vv. 5,6, Revised Standard Version). Remind the JW that angels consistently refuse worship ("Be careful! Do not do that! . . .Worship God," Revelation 22:8,9, NWT), but the Father’s command concerning the Son is, "Let all God’s angels worship him" (Hebrews 1:6). That is how the Watchtower’s own New World Translation read for some 20 years until, in 1970, the Society changed it to read "do obeisance to him" instead of "worship him"—part of their consistent campaign to eliminate from their Bible all references to the deity of Christ.

True, you have not yet proved the "doctrine of the Trinity" in this discussion. But you have laid a good foundation by giving the Jehovah’s Witness convincing evidence that Jesus Christ is not an angel (he is now faced with the question of who Jesus really is), and you have shown that the Watchtower Society has misled him, even resorting to altering Scripture to do so. Now you are in a much better position to go on to present the gospel. (3:16 continued)



Words of Comfort: Mission Europe




Many of us have the thought that to reach the lost in foreign countries we have to live, eat, dress, and speak like them for some time before we can reach them with the gospel. We wanted to show that any of us can relate to any culture with the message of everlasting life almost instantly, with a little guidance and a good interpreter. This is because God has given every human being a will to live—a heart cry of, “Oh, I don’t want to die!” That can be tapped into by a good open air preacher. Plus, every one of us has an intuitive knowledge of right and wrong. While the conscience may be shaped by society, it is primarily given to us by our Creator, and this is the faithful ally that responds to the Gospel when it is presented biblically.

Season Four is available at Livingwaters.com



Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 24rd October 2012.


Evidence Bible

“We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic . . .Where we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity.” Franklin Roosevelt


SNEAK-PEEK… “Roots” – Living Waters’ first Youth Training Resource!



This video-driven youth curriculum is based on Season 4 of our TV program, “The Way of the Master," where Ray and his faithful team visited 13 European countries in just 13 days, sharing the gospel with individuals and preaching open-air to crowds in each country. For this special youth study, we’ve selected six of those countries, with some of our favorite adventures to share with you—along with brand-new footage. You will be captivated as you see members of the team being held by Italian police, learn why evolution is a fairytale for grownups, and get answers to some of life’s toughest questions, such as “Hasn’t Christianity caused more wars than anything else?” and “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” This unique and exciting adventure across the nations of Europe is hosted by Kirk Cameron.

This course is perfect for youth ministry small groups, homeschool curriculum, or family devotions.

In this course you will get:

· Six half-hour episodes from "The Way of the Master," Season 4: Europe—including brand-new footage

· Special interviews with the Duggar family, from TLC’s “19 Kids & Counting”

· Printable youth ministry small group discussion guide & homeschool quizzes

· Promotional material (video trailer, printable poster and flyer, social media art, etc.)

· Bonus DVD: "The Science of Evolution" (30 min.)

The goal of these lessons is to help youth sink their roots down deep into God’s Word, to help them grow and go. Youth will learn about a biblical worldview, fascinating history, key apologetics, and how to share their faith.


To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel:http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster



Words of Comfort: You Can Do This!


I made the mistake of not looking at the subject of a one-hour radio interview until the day before the interview. It was “How would the Apostle Paul vote in the coming election?” I wondered how I would fill an entire hour. When the host cut to me, the only thing missing was a drum roll. When he asked “So Ray, how would the Apostle Paul vote?” I said, “I have no idea!” and made a few jokes about a new wave of “What Would Paul Do?” wrist-bands. Then I said that I thought that although Paul would become involved in the political process, his real agenda would be to reach to this Hell-bound world with the message of everlasting life. I thought that Paul would go to our universities and preach the gospel, because that’s how you reach and affect a culture—by speaking to the future lawyers, doctors and political leaders. I asked the fast-talking host if he had ever considered preaching open air in his local university, saying that, if in ten years’ time the government decided to outlaw all forms of “hate speech,” we would look back on these neglected years of liberty with great regret. We had the God-given freedom to preach the gospel, and we didn’t take advantage of it. If it’s a public campus, it’s our blood-bought First Amendment right to free speech. You don’t even need a permit if you don’t have amplification.

I challenged myself with these thoughts, and a day later took a team to UCLA and we preached to a large congenial crowd for about 80 minutes. I took a poster of Richard Dawkins holding a copy of “180” (he had been speaking at UCLA two days earlier) and said, “Professor Dawkins has his copy, so make sure you get yours.” (Pictured is a happy atheist with his copy--this poster is available for download through LivingWaters.com).

While many Christians are more concerned about changing the nation politically than they are in fulfilling the Great Commission, Richard Dawkin’s is changing millions of our young people into God-haters, and we are letting him get away with it.

If you feel challenged by these thoughts but don’t know what to do, please consider getting Season Four of our TV program. By the end of Episode 13, you will know what to do and how to do it. The entire season has been devoted to equipping Christians to preach the gospel in the open air (we preached open air in 13 European countries in 13 days). It will teach you how to pull in a crowd, how to hold their attention, how to handle hecklers to your advantage, how to make an atheist backslide, how to refute the foolishness of the unscientific theory of evolution, what not to do, and how to overcome your fear of “drying up” or not being able to answer a difficult question. All you will then need is a little courage. You can do this. Make your life count for something eternal.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 23rd October 2012.



Evidence Bible

“No man knows the brightness of the gospel till he understands the blackness of those clouds which surround the Law of the Lord.” Charles Spurgeon


A new episode of WOTM, Season 4 debuts tonight on TBN!




Episode description: In Monaco the team had been forbidden by the palace authorities from interviewing anyone in the streets, so it looked like there was no way they were going to preach open air. Monaco has the largest police force in the world, both per capita and per the size of the country, and the last thing the team wanted was to get into trouble with the police. But an amazing thing happened that made open-air preaching possible. Watch the usual fascinating interviews, and then cross to California for an in-depth look at the incredible Ambassadors’ Academy.


“Who made God?”

Think about space for a second. Does space have an end? Nope. If you fly a zillion miles in a space ship and there is a brick wall with “The End” written on it, then you have to ask, “What’s behind the brick wall?” We just can’t wrap our minds around it; it’s the ultimate brain freeze. We are forced to believe (have faith) that space has no beginning and no end. Exactly the same goes with God. Difficult as it is for our limited minds to grasp, God created the dimension of time and isn’t limited by it. He is the alpha and the omega; He is the beginning and the end. Just as by faith we accept space has no beginning and no end, we also accept that God simply always was.



Words of Comfort: Eternal Life for Dummies

I once brought pizza for more than 40 atheists and we had about an hour of Q & A. During that time one very earnest woman asked why animals were subject to suffering and death. When she asked the question, the other atheists suddenly burst into applause. I asked why they were clapping, because it wasn’t a “gotcha” moment. 

I agreed with her inquiry as to why innocent animals had to suffer and die. It was the sight of my dog being struck by a car (when I was 18 years old) and then having to be put down, which wakened me out of my dream world. I didn’t think too deeply before that time. I was struck myself with the impacting revelation that death comes to every living thing. To will come to trees, fleas, frogs, dogs, cats, bats, cows, and flowers. If it has a heartbeat, it will eventually stop. If it draws breath, it will eventually expire. Everything will die because God cursed the entire creation because of sin, right down to its very atoms. Yet, in His incredible mercy, He offers us everlasting life on this wonderful earth, free forever from the Genesis curse of suffering and death…and what sort of dummy would I be to refuse that gift?

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Words of Comfort: Oh No!


I once sat behind Mark Spence, one of our talented film editors, and we together made ten edits to a new documentary called “Genius.” As he made each change, I more than put a line through each one on my notepad; I put about ten lines through it and then scribbled over it in a form of doodling. After we completed all ten, he suddenly stopped working and said, “Oh no! I’ve been on the wrong file. Nothing has been edited on the master file. What was that list again?” I looked down at my page of scribble and didn’t answer. It was illegible. However, when I lifted the page up to the direct sunlight, I thankfully could make out the list.

As we go through life, we have the attitude that even though we broke a Commandment here and there, it was in the past. It is done, and finished. We were wrong, but that’s all been erased through time, and is now out of sight and mind. But nothing is gone in God’s eyes without the shedding of blood, and it was His sacrifice in Christ that meant that sin could not just be covered, but annihilated. If your sins are not completely washed away by the Savior’s blood, the powerful sunlight of God’s Law will seek it out, and it will be the evidence of your guilt and damnation.

Whatever your excuse is for not coming to the foot of the cross, please, cast it away and repent and trust in Jesus today.


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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Friday, 19th October 2012.



Evidence Bible

“The law is like a moral mirror. It shuts our mouths and opens our eyes. It condemns but does not convert. It challenges but does not change. It points the finger but can’t give mercy. And it drives us to Jesus, who has the answer we are looking for.” Greg Laurie


Is Jesus Michael the Archangel?




From GotQuestions.org: Jesus is not Michael the archangel. The Bible nowhere identifies Jesus as Michael (or any other angel, for that matter). Hebrews 1:5-8 draws a clear distinction between Jesus and the angels, “For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son; today I have become your Father’? Or again, ‘I will be His Father, and He will be my Son’? And again, when God brings His firstborn into the world, He says, ‘Let all God's angels worship Him.’ In speaking of the angels He says, ‘He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire.’ But about the Son He says, ‘Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.’” The hierarchy of heavenly beings is made clear in this passage—angels worship Jesus who, as God, is alone worthy of worship. No angel is ever worshipped in Scripture; therefore, Jesus (worthy of worship) cannot be Michael or any other angel (not worthy of worship). The angels are called sons of God (Genesis 6:2-4; Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7), but Jesus is THE Son of God (Hebrews 1:8; Matthew 4:3-6).

Michael the archangel is perhaps the highest of all the angels. Michael is the only angel in the Bible who is designated “the archangel” (Jude verse 9). Michael the archangel, though, is only an angel. He is not God. The clear distinction in the power and authority of Michael and Jesus can be seen in comparing Matthew 4:10 where Jesus rebukes Satan, and Jude verse 9, where Michael the archangel “dared not bring a judgment of blasphemy” against Satan and calls on the Lord to rebuke him. Jesus is God incarnate (John 1:1, 14). Michael the archangel is a powerful angel, but still only an angel.


To watch today’s “On The Box with Ray Comfort” episode, visit our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/thewayofthemaster



Friday, October 19, 2012

Hollywood Minute: Brad Pitt


You won't believe what Brad Pitt believes!




Thursday, October 18, 2012

Words of Comfort: Evolution is...


“When you have a portion of the population that doesn’t believe in that, it holds everybody back, really,” Nye contends before proclaiming secular science as the law of the land. ”Evolution is the fundamental idea in all of life science — in all of biology.”

The “science” for which the United States is respected for has nothing to do with the unscientific and baseless theory of evolution.

“And I say to the grownups if you want to deny evolution and live in your world that is completely inconsistent with everything we observe in the universe, that’s fine, but don’t make your kids do it because we need them,” Nye implores parents. “We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need people that can — we need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.”

Evolution is unobservable. It’s based on blind faith in a few dry bones, and on unreliable dating systems in which the gullible trust. Kids should be allowed to make up their own minds about this issue, and not be censored to “one side is all we will let you hear.” Mr. Neys says that “we need engineers that can build stuff,” when he really believes that “stuff” builds itself, from nothing. It doesn’t need any sort of intelligent designer.


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Words of Comfort: Primates?


“Denial of evolution is unique to the United States,” Nyes erroneously claims, despite the fact that the U.S. ranks toward the bottom of industrialized nations in science. “People still move to the United States, and that’s largely because of the intellectual capital we have ─ the general understanding of science.”

If Mr. Nyes really believes that denial of evolution is unique to the United States he should get out a little and maybe visit a few Moslem or Hindu countries, and see how many think that they are primates (as evolutionists do).



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 16th October 2012.




Evidence Bible
“He who does not take the step of faith, and so enter upon the road to heaven, will perish. It will be an awful thing to die just outside the gate of life. Almost saved, but altogether lost! This is the most terrible of positions. A man just outside Noah’s ark would have been drowned; a manslayer close to the wall of the city of refuge, but yet outside of it, would be slain; and the man who is within a yard of Christ, and yet has not trusted him, will be lost.” Charles Spurgeon


What Hollywood Believes – Matt Dillon

When working on a movie about Buddhism, Matt Dillon was given a Buddhist “amulet” by two people working on the film. He said he used the amulet to protect him from fear, and he still wears it. “It reminds me, whenever I’m afraid, to replace it with a faith that things will work out.” He was raised as a Roman Catholic but said he appreciates Buddhism’s “rational, informal quality. Coming from my experience of growing up a Catholic, I found Buddhism to be refreshingly easygoing and forgiving.” It is interesting to note that Matt Dillon struggled with the miraculous side of the Bible. He said, “I find myself immediately put off by magical realism...miracles just happening, people walking on water. I struggle with that. I’m convinced that Jesus was a great holy man. He had a great message, but I question the walking on water.” He went on to say, “I pray every day. I don’t pray to any specific deity, but that’s my thing. That’s important.”

If Jesus was indeed “a great holy man,” then what He said was true. If He lied about Himself even once, then He is neither great nor holy. He instead was a deceiver, and there is therefore nothing “holy” about Him. C. S. Lewis stated it this way: “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He’d either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he’s a poached egg—or else he’d be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But don’t let us come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to.”



Words of Comfort: Einstein was not an Atheist


The faith of some of the more crusading fundamental atheists has no doubt been bolstered by a letter written by Einstein, in which he said, "The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this."[1] It is being heralded by some as evidence for a denial of the existence of God, but according to best-selling author, Ray Comfort, "This letter is consistent with the beliefs Einstein held throughout his life. He had previously stated, 'I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one.'"[2]

Comfort said, "He was angered by those who alleged that he was an atheist, saying, 'In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human understanding, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views.'[3] In his book, The God Delusion, atheist Richard Dawkins, does what angered Einstein, in saying that he was an atheist.[4] When asked if he had a belief in God, Einstein replied, 'I am not an atheist.'[5] He even said, 'The fanatical atheists are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who -- in their grudge against traditional religion as the 'opium of the masses' -- cannot hear the music of the spheres.'[6] Despite this, fanatical atheists still claim him as one of their own. An undeterred Richard Dawkins says, 'Along with various other sources, this letter finally confirms that Einstein was, in every realistic sense of the word, an atheist.'"[7]

Comfort co-authored a new book with an aerospace engineer, called, Made in Heaven that shows even more than the harmony in creation, of which Einstein spoke. According to the author, it reveals (in detailed color) how science has shamelessly stolen from God's creation, and yet has refused to give Him attribution. Engineers and inventors have long examined God's creation to understand and copy complex, proven mechanics of design in something known as Biomimicry™. Much of this inspiration is increasingly drawn from amazing aspects of nature, including insects to plants to man in search of wisdom and insight. We are surrounded daily by scientific advancements that have become everyday items -- from Velcro, to cat's eyes lighting the night road, to barbed wire and many other "inventions," simply because man is copying from God's incredible creation, without acknowledging the Creator. One reviewer said of the book, "It is the most compelling visual presentation of the creation model I have seen..."

Comfort added, "I sent a signed copy along with a fruit basket to Richard Dawkins when he was recently at UCLA. I want him to know that I care about him despite his constant preaching of bogus science, lying about Einstein being an atheist, and poisoning our youth against the faith that tells them to love their enemies. He should be in England, trying to clean up his own back yard -- where militant Islam's aim is to politically take over his country. But I guess speaking out publically about a violent religion takes courage, and it's nowhere near as popular or as lucrative as his regular tours of the U.S."


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1 Einstein letter, set for auction, shows scientist challenging idea of God, being 'chosen'
religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/04/einstein-letter-set-for-auction-shows-scientist-challenging-idea-of-god-being-chosen/?hpt=hp_c2

2 Albert Einstein, letter to Guy H. Raner Jr., Sept. 28, 1949, quoted by Michael R. Gilmore in Skeptic, Vol. 5, No. 2

3 Prince Hubertus zu Löwenstein, Towards the Further Shore (Victor Gollancz, London, 1968), p. 156; quoted in Jammer, p. 97

4 Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion (London Transworld 2006), p.34

5 From G. S. Viereck's, Glimpses of the Great, Einstein, in response to a question about whether or not he believed in God.

6www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1607298,00.html#ixzz28b9PxWLC

7 richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2012/8/15/albert-einstein-s-historic-1954-god-letter-handwritten-shortly-before-his-death



Monday, October 15, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 15th October 2012.




Evidence Bible

“Pray that God might raise up men who would see the beauty of the Lord our God and would begin to preach it and hold it out to people, instead of offering peace of mind, deliverance from cigarettes, a better job and nicer cottage...What good is all our busy religion if God isn’t in it? What good is it if we’ve lost majesty, reverence, worship—an awareness of the divine?” A. W. Tozer


Ray with the Salvation Army teaching open-air




(Email from Andrew) "Can introverts be used by God? It seems like in the Christian community, everyone likes the outgoing extrovert."

Maybe you don’t have an outgoing personality. If you prefer to keep to yourself, ask God to help you change that, for the sake of the lost. A firefighter may be the personality type that likes to stay alone in the comfort of a fire truck and read books, but if he wants to do what he knows he should, he must change that attitude. So, as a first step out of the “truck,” make the effort this week to practice being friendly, and greet complete strangers. When you walk into the grocery store, the mall, school, or work, give a friendly greeting to people you don’t know. (Of course, be friendly with those you do know, too!) It may seem difficult at first to greet a complete stranger, but force yourself to say, “Hi. How are you doing?” Try it and you will see that it really isn’t difficult at all. In fact, it’ll make people smile and make you feel good yourself. The challenge is to greet at least 5 strangers before the next session. Although this may seem awkward, it’s a very important step toward sharing your faith.



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Do you ever think about flies, or eyes, or skies, or birds, nerds, words, or tress bees, and even knees- with their remarkable ball-and-socket joints and their smoother-than-oil synovial fluid that keeps everything moving efficiently? Have you ever looked deeply into your own eyes in a mirror or studied the dexterity of your hands and thought about how you are “fearfully and wonderfully made”?

Our problem is that we don’t consider creation in any real depth, and we give even less thought to the Creator. We are truly blind, and we will stay in that state until we humble ourselves and have our eyes opened through the new birth (see John 3:1–6). When I became a Christian at the age of 22, everything suddenly looked different. I was no longer blind. The trees looked different. The sunrise looked different. I looked at all of nature differently. I saw that every branch, every tree, every leaf was lifting up its arms in praise to the God who made it! The early morning birds sang His praises. The colorful and fragrant flowers radiated with vibrant life and opened their faces to His glory. The tiny ant screamed of the genius of Almighty God. Everything looked different because I was different. I was a new person with a new heart and new desires, having the eyes of my understanding enlightened. In a moment of time I was no longer blind, deaf, and dumb . . . and so my soul is about to make its boast in the Lord. I hope you hear what this book says and are glad — because you look beyond the painting and see the Painter.  –Ray Comfort

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Words of Comfort: Hollywood Minute: John Lennon





Friday, October 12, 2012

Words of Comfort: You Won’t Believe Your Eyes!


You won’t believe your eyes! (I’m not kidding)!




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Words of Comfort: Atheists and Pizza


Late last month I was a speaker at the Creation Museum in San Diego, where there were more than 40 atheists protesting outside in the sweltering high 90 degree weather. When I invited them inside for free pizza in air conditioning saying it was exclusively for atheists, all of them came in. We then had a wonderful hour or so of Q & A, which they kindly gave me permission to film (we will make this available in the near future).

Afterwards an atheist asked me who--according to the Bible, purchased the Potter's Field. I told him that it was the Pharisees (see Matthew 27:6-10). When he said that there was a contradiction in Scripture because the Bible also says that it was Judas who purchased it, I said, "I will give you $100 if he did." He then pointed to Peter's words in Acts 1:18 (referring to Judas): "Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity..." I gave him $100, because Scripture does say "This man purchased a field." He was thrilled and so was I--that I hadn't said $1,000. He was right about what Scripture says, but he was wrong about it being a contradiction.

In 1994, when Bill Gates purchased the diary of Leonardo da Vinci for more than $30 million, he wasn't at the auction. Someone who was there purchased it "by proxy"--in his name using his money. Yet we say that Bill Gates purchased the diary. The Field of Blood was obviously purchased by proxy by the Chief Priests, using Judas' 30 pieces of silver, and the acquisition was made in his name. This is just another example of a "seeming" contradiction, and those who think that they have found a mistake are making one.



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).




Words of Comfort: Gift for Dawkins


I had a gift basket and a new book (Made in Heaven) along with a friendly letter, delivered to Richard Dawkins yesterday--he spoke at UCLA. Please pray for him.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 9th October 2012.




A new episode of WOTM, Season 4 debuts tonight on TBN!

Episode description: After visiting some rather refined areas, the team's fourth stop, Amsterdam, proves a little rougher as it has a reputation as the place to go for drugs, legally. It is also known as the gay and lesbian capital of Europe, and then there's the "Red Light District," with its legalized prostitution. Find out what happens when a disaster hits the team that could destroy the whole tour; learn the root cause of Europe's fall into atheistic humanism; and meet some interesting characters, in this fast-moving and absorbing episode.




Evidence Bible

“We are not called to proclaim philosophy and metaphysics, but the simple gospel. Man’s fall, his need of a new birth, forgiveness through atonement, and salvation as the result of faith, these are our battleax and weapons of war.” Charles Spurgeon


From Ray’s book, “What Hollywood Believes”

Tom Cruise’s full name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. He was asked, “What drew you to Scientology? Did you grow up in a faith?” He answered, “Different faiths. Different faiths. And what drew me to it [Scientology]—it was so practical and it just made sense to me, and things that I wanted to figure out in my life . . .” Cruise has described Scientology as “an applied religious philosophy that you use in your life to help you . . . It’s something that helps an individual find out who you are.”


Is Scientology Christian or a cult?

From GotQuestions.org: Scientology is a difficult religion to summarize. Scientology has gained popularity due to some Hollywood celebrities who have embraced it. Scientology was founded in 1953 by fiction author L. Ron Hubbard, just four years after he made the statement, “I'd like to start a religion—that's where the money is.” That is where he found wealth, also—Hubbard became a multi-millionaire.

Scientology teaches that mankind is an immortal being (called a Thetan) not originally from this planet, and that man is trapped by matter, energy, space, and time (MEST). Salvation for a scientologist comes through a process called ”auditing,” whereby ”engrams” (basically, memories of past pain and unconsciousness that create energy blockage) are removed. Auditing is a lengthy process and can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. When all engrams are finally removed, the Thetan can once again control MEST instead of being controlled by it. Until salvation, each Thetan is constantly reincarnated.

Scientology is a very expensive religion to pursue. Every aspect of Scientology has some sort of fee associated with it. This is why Scientology's “pews” are filled only with the wealthy. It is also a very strict religion and very punitive against those who would try to leave behind its teachings and membership. Its “scriptures” are limited solely to the writings and teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

Though scientologists will claim that Scientology is compatible with Christianity, the Bible counters each and every belief they hold to. The Bible teaches that God is the sovereign and only creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1); mankind was created by God (Genesis 1:27); the only salvation available to man is by grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:8); salvation is a free gift that mankind can do nothing to earn (Ephesians 2:8-9); and Jesus Christ is alive and well and is seated at the right hand of God the Father even now (Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20; Hebrews 1:3), awaiting the time when He will gather His people to Himself to reside with Him for eternity in heaven. Everyone else will be cast into a very real hell, separated from God for eternity (Revelation 20:15).

Scientology categorically denies the existence of the God of the Bible, heaven, and hell. To a scientologist, Jesus Christ was simply a good teacher who unfortunately was wrongfully put to death. Scientology differs from biblical Christianity on every important doctrine. Some of the most important differences are summarized below:

God: Scientology believes that there are multiple gods and that some gods are above other gods. Biblical Christianity, on the other hand, recognizes the one and only true God who revealed Himself to us in the Bible and through Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Him cannot believe the false concept of God as taught in Scientology.

Jesus Christ: Like other cults, Scientology denies the deity of Christ. Instead of having a biblical view of who Christ is and what He did, they assign to Him the characteristics of some sort of lesser god who has obtained legendary status over the years. The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was God in the flesh and through His incarnation He could act as a sacrifice for our sins. It is through Christ’s death and resurrection that we can have the hope of eternal life with God (John 3:16).

Sin: Scientology believes in the inherent goodness of man and teaches that it is despicable and utterly beneath contempt to tell a man he must repent or that he is evil. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that man is a sinner and the only hope for him is that he receive Christ as his Lord and Savior (Romans 6:23).

Salvation: Scientology believes in reincarnation and that personal salvation in one's lifetime is freedom from the cycle of birth and death associated with reincarnation. They believe that religious practice of all faiths is the universal way to wisdom, understanding, and salvation. In contrast, the Bible teaches that there is only one way of salvation and that is through Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Comparing the teachings of Scientology with the Bible, we see that the two have very little, if anything, in common. Scientology only leads away from God and eternal life. Scientology, while sometimes disguising its beliefs in Christian-sounding language, in fact diametrically opposes Christianity on every core belief. Scientology is clearly, and most definitely, not Christian.



Words of Comfort: Without Question


“You’re just not going to get the right answer, your whole world is just going to be a mystery instead of an exciting place,” claims the actor-scientist who never reached the status of professor. “As my old professor, Carl Sagan, said, ‘when you’re in love, you want to tell the world.’”

Neither was Carl Sagan an atheist. Atheists claim that he was one of theirs, but he wasn’t.

Mr. Nyes talks about having the “right answer,” but I would bet my right pinky that when he is pressed about what was “in the beginning,” he would say, “I don’t know.” Then he would add, “We don’t know (speaking on behalf of the entire human race) but we will one day.” Ask him what is the purpose of human existence, and he will say, “We don’t know.” Ask him what happens after death, and he will say, “We don’t know.” I have spoken to hundreds of evolution believers and atheists, and they are all the same. They don’t know. They just believe, without question.

 

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 8th October 2012.


Evidence Bible

“The missionary church is a praying church. The history of missions is a history of prayer. Everything vital to the success of the world’s evangelization hinges on prayer. Are thousands of missionaries and tens of thousands of native workers needed? ‘Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into His harvest.’” John R. Mott


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“I witness, but no one gets saved. I feel like a failure. Any advice?”

The biggest failure in witnessing is failing to witness. We don’t have access to the Book of Life. We never know how many were saved at an event or church service or on the streets, and we never know how many go home after hearing the gospel and get saved. When we stop working the Holy Spirit doesn’t, He goes home with them and keeps reaching out. The “sinner’s prayer” is a modern invention, it’s not found in the Bible (not that it’s wrong, but it’s not your standard of success). Success is found in obedience. If you’re hungering after God, being honest and reflective, making sure you’re preaching the gospel biblically, maintaining the right attitude, being wise, etc. you can rest assured that you’re putting a smile on God’s face.
1 Cor. 3:6,7: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.”
Jonah 2:9: “Salvation is of the Lord.”
Jn. 6:44: “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
Jn. 16:8-11: The Holy Spirit convicts of sin, righteousness, and the judgment to come
2 Tim. 2:25 – God grants repentance


(Email) "What scriptures would you say are the most important to have memorized while evangelizing?"

· First one is for the heart of the evangelizer. “But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:23-26)

· Jn. 3:16

· Heb. 9:27

· Ex. 20 - 10 Commandments

· Rom. 5:8

· Eph. 2:8,9


E.Z.’S SCRIPTURE MEMORY LIST



Exclusivity of Christ:

John 14:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.



Acts 4:12

New King James Version (NKJV)

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”



Judgment:

Acts 17:30-31

New King James Version (NKJV)

30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”



Hebrews 9:27

New King James Version (NKJV)

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,







1 Corinthians 6:9-10

New King James Version (NKJV)

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.



Revelation 21:7-8

New King James Version (NKJV)

7 He who overcomes shall inherit all things,[a] and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[b] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”



Revelation 20:11-15

New King James Version (NKJV)

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.











False Conversion:

Matthew 7:21-23

New King James Version (NKJV)

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’



Titus 1:16

New King James Version (NKJV)

16 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.



James 4:4

New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Adulterers and[a] adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.



1 John 2:15

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.







1 John 1:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.



1 John 2:3-4

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3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.



Salvation By Grace:

1 Corinthians 15:1-4

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,



Galatians 1:6-10

6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.



Ephesians 2:8-9

New King James Version (NKJV)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.



2 Timothy 1:8-9

New King James Version (NKJV)

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,



Romans 4:4-5

New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,



Romans 11:6

New King James Version (NKJV)

6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.[a] But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work.



John 6:28-29

New King James Version (NKJV)

28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”



Titus 3:1-8

New King James Version (NKJV)

3 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.



The Ten Commandments:

Exodus 20:1-17

New King James Version (NKJV)

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.13 “You shall not murder.14 “You shall not commit adultery.15 “You shall not steal.16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”



Deity of Christ:

John 1:1-2

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1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.



John 8:58

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58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”



John 10:30-33

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30 I and My Father are one.”31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. 32 Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?”33 The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”



John 5:18-23

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18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.



John 20:26-29

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26 And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas,[a] because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”



Matthew 28:18-20

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18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[b]



MARK'S SCRIPTURE MEMORY LIST



TEN COMMANDMENTS:

1.  No other God's:
Exodus 20:3
Deuteronomy 6:4
Mark 12:30

2.  No idols:
Leviticus 19:4
Judges 10:14
Jonah 2:8
Hosea 9:10
Hosea 11:2
Isaiah 46:7
Romans 1:21-23
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
1 Corinthians 10:7
1 Corinthians 10:14
Galatians 4:8
Galatians 5:19-21
Colossians 3:5
1 Peter 4:3
1 John 5:21
Revelation 21:8

3.  Blasphemy:
Exodus 20:7
Psalm 139:20
Matthew 12: 36-37

4.  Sabbath:
Exodus 20:8
Romans 14:5,6
Colossians 2:16-17

5.  Honor Parents:
Exodus 20:12
Proverbs 20:20
Ephesians 6:1-3
Colossians 3:20

6.  No Murder:
Exodus 20:13
1 John 3:15
Revelation 21:8

7.  Adultery:
Ecclesiastes 12:14
Isaiah 29:15
Mark 9:47-48
Matthew 5:27,28
Matthew 15:18-20
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
1 Corinthians 6:18
Galatians 5:19-21
Ephesians 5:3-5
Colossians 3:5
Revelation 21:8

8.  No stealing:
Exodus 20:15
Proverbs 10:2
Proverbs 11:4
Ecclesiastes 12:14
Hosea 7:1-3
Matthew 15:18-20
Luke 19:8
Romans 13:9
1 Corinthians 6:9-11
Ephesians 4:28

9.  No lying:
Exodus 20:16
Psalm 58:3
Psalm 101:7
Proverbs 6:16-19
Proverbs 12:22
Proverbs 19:5
Proverbs 19:9
Proverbs 24:28
Matthew 12:34
Matthew 15:18-20
Ephesians 4:15-16
1 John 2:4
Revelation 21:8

10.  Covetousness:
Exodus 20:17
Proverbs 11:4
Matthew 16:26
Mark 8:36,37
Luke 12:15-21
Romans 13:9
Ephesians 5:3
Ephesians 5:5
Colossians 3:2
Colossians 3:5
Hebrews 13:5
James 4:2
1 Timothy 6: 5-11
1 Timothy 6:10
1 Timothy 6:17
1 John 2:15-17
2 Peter 2:15
Jude 1:11

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About God:
Psalm 19:1
Psalm 119:160
Isaiah 44:24
Romans 1:20
Colossians 1:16

Atheism:
Psalm 14:1
Romans 1:20-22

Bible:
Hebrews 4:12
2 Timothy 3:16-17
2 Peter 1:20-21

Blood:
Hebrews 9:22

Born Again:
John 1:12:5

Conscience:
Romans 2:15

Count the Cost:
Mark 8:34-35

Faith:
Romans 3:21-22
Hebrews 11:6

Forgiveness:
Ephesians 1:7

Grace:
Romans 5:20
Ephesians 2:8-9
2 Corinthians 8:9

Hypocrisy:
Matthew 7:21
Matthew 15:7,8
Mark 9:47,48
John 8:24
John 8:31-32
John 14:21
Romans 6:6
Ephesians 5:15-16
1 Peter 1:15-16
1 John 2:15-17

Jesus:
Isaiah 53: 5-6
Luke 24:46-48
John 11:25-26
John 14:6
1 John 5: 10-12
Revelation 1:8

Judgment:
Proverbs 19:5
John 3:5
John 3:18,19
John 5:28,29
Acts 17:30,31
1 Corinthians 6:9,10
Hebrews 9:27
1 John 1:8,9

Justification:
Romans 5:1-2

Man's sinful Condition:
Isaiah 64:6
Romans 3:10-12
Romans 5:12

Mercy:
Titus 3:5

Pleading:
Matthew 19:29
James 4:7-8
1 John 2: 16-17

Repentance:
Psalm 34:14,15
Psalm 51:1,2
2 Chronicles 7:14
Matthew 3:8
Matthew 10:32-33
Luke 13: 3,5
Acts 3:19
2 Corinthians 7:10
2 Peter 3:9
1 John 1:8,9 (Confession)

Righteousness:
Proverbs 11:4
Romans 3:10-12
1 Peter 2:24

Salvation:
John 3:3-5
John 3: 17-18
John 3:36
Acts 4:12
Romans 3:10-12
Romans 6:23:9,10
Ephesians 2:8-9
1 Peter 3:18

Sin (Romans Road):
Romans 3:23
Romans 5:8
Romans 5:12
Romans 6:23
Romans 10:9-10, 13
2 Corinthians 5:21
1 Peter 3:18

Trust:
John 3:16

Warnings:
Proverbs 30:5,6
Mark 9:47,48
Luke 8:17
Romans 6:23
2 Peter 2:1
1 John 4:1-3
Revelation 20:15

Witnessing (for teaching purposes)
Luke 19:10
Romans 1:16
Romans 1: 18-20 (ish)
Romans 5:20
Galatians 3:24
2 Timothy 2:24-26
2 Timothy 4:2
1 Peter 3:15