Thursday, January 31, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 31st January 2013.




A few comments from our recent episode “Will Pets Go to Heaven?”
YouTube comments:
  • (From Dreama) “I happen to think pets and other animals will be in Heaven . . . Ps... I don't like Mark anymore ;)”
  • (From Kota) “Does Mark have a fake eye?”
  • (From Tony) “I think newly created animals will be in heaven, but if cats will be there, then can you really call it heaven?”

(Email from Esly) “I had to share this... because you guys are obviously F-A-R from knowing why cats are so valuable! Lol. This is mainly for MARK & E.Z. (and any other cat-racist out there!) My cat has saved my life from SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many different insects that could have bitten me!!! Especially out here in Australia… where there are heaps of dangerous spiders EVERYWHERE!!!! GIANT ONES w/venom!!!



When I'm sleeping my cat, "Snuggles" walks around the house to hunt & check around making sure everything is in place, safe & normal . . . So, other than being awesome companions, cats are like pest-control radars! . . .



So next time (MARK especially), has more to say against cats... remember what I said - by thinking & pondering about God's awesome intricate design of them. They are miraculous creatures (not to mention cute & cuddly). They are incredibly intelligent & have a LOT to offer to people who love & care for them!!!
. . . Mark... get a cat & learn to care for it! It may change your life for the better! Blessings to all of you guys!”


In part as an apology for Mark’s emotionally scarred, tainted view of the animal kingdom, we have an appreciation video of sorts, celebrating the unique delights and challenges cat owners have:




(Email from Diana) "Can you tell me if it is wrong to drink and where does it talk about it in the Bible? I was raised in a non-drinking home and my husband is catholic and we argue about this all the time."

From GotQuestions.org:  Scripture has much to say regarding the drinking of alcohol (Leviticus 10:9;Numbers 6:3Deuteronomy 29:6Judges 13:4714Proverbs 20:131:4Isaiah 5:1122;24:928:729:956:12). However, Scripture does not necessarily forbid a Christian from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. In fact, some Scriptures discuss alcohol in positive terms. Ecclesiastes 9:7 instructs, “Drink your wine with a merry heart.”Psalm 104:14-15 states that God gives wine “that makes glad the heart of men.” Amos 9:14 discusses drinking wine from your own vineyard as a sign of God’s blessing. Isaiah 55:1 encourages, “Yes, come buy wine and milk…”

What God commands Christians regarding alcohol is to avoid drunkenness (Ephesians 5:18). The Bible condemns drunkenness and its effects (Proverbs 23:29-35). Christians are also commanded to not allow their bodies to be “mastered” by anything (1 Corinthians 6:122 Peter 2:19). Drinking alcohol in excess is undeniably addictive. Scripture also forbids a Christian from doing anything that might offend other Christians or encourage them to sin against their conscience (1 Corinthians 8:9-13). In light of these principles, it would be extremely difficult for any Christian to say he is drinking alcohol in excess to the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Jesus changed water into wine. It even seems that Jesus drank wine on occasion (John 2:1-11Matthew 26:29). In New Testament times, the water was not very clean. Without modern sanitation, the water was often filled with bacteria, viruses, and all kinds of contaminants. The same is true in many third-world countries today. As a result, people often drank wine (or grape juice) because it was far less likely to be contaminated. In 1 Timothy 5:23, Paul was instructing Timothy to stop drinking the water (which was probably causing his stomach problems) and instead drink wine. In that day, wine was fermented (containing alcohol), but not necessarily to the degree it is today. It is incorrect to say that it was grape juice, but it is also incorrect to say that it was the same thing as the wine commonly used today. Again, Scripture does not forbid Christians from drinking beer, wine, or any other drink containing alcohol. Alcohol is not, in and of itself, tainted by sin. It is drunkenness and addiction to alcohol that a Christian must absolutely refrain from (Ephesians 5:181 Corinthians 6:12).

Alcohol, consumed in small quantities, is neither harmful nor addictive. In fact, some doctors advocate drinking small amounts of red wine for its health benefits, especially for the heart. Consumption of small quantities of alcohol is a matter of Christian freedom. Drunkenness and addiction are sin. However, due to the biblical concerns regarding alcohol and its effects, due to the easy temptation to consume alcohol in excess, and due to the possibility of causing offense and/or stumbling of others, it is often best for a Christian to abstain from drinking alcohol.



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Words of Comfort: The Four C's


I often use “The Four C’s” as proof of God’s existence when I meet an atheist who is reasonable. 

1. Creation. It is impossible for creation to create itself, because it would have to have been pre-existent before it created itself, to create itself, which is scientifically ludicrous (this is true even if they call creation “Nature”). 

2. Conscience. The knowledge of right and wrong is shaped by society but is God-given (even society has moral requirements). This leaves us without excuse before God when we violate His moral Law. 

3. The Commandments. Just a few moments looking at the Ten Commandments--and how God sees lust as adultery and hatred as murder, leaves us all guilty on Judgment Day, justly heading for Hell (the Commandments give us good reason to need a Savior). 

And, 4. Conversion. When an atheist comes to know the Lord, the argument as to whether or not God exists is over. 

(Condensed from, How to Know God Exists)


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Words of Comfort: Delight in the Law?



The Scriptures tell us that the Law is perfect, holy, just and good. But this is not true for the criminal who has violated its perfect precepts. The Law condemns him, will execute him, and it will damn him. For him the Law is terrifying and merciless. 

However, to the “just” (those who have been made right with the Law through the mercy of the Judge), the Law is something to smile upon. The Bible says that we can have boldness on the Day of Wrath. It no longer terrifies us because we are no longer criminals in God’s eyes. We love the Law because it was the schoolmaster that brought us to the Savior, and for that we are deeply thankful to God for using it to bring us to the cross. Paul said, “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man” (Romans 7:22). J.C. Ryle said “Never, never despise the Law.” John Wesley said to esteem it as we do the cross, because of what it did (in bringing us to the Savior) and because of what it does (in keeping us close to him).

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 29th January 2013.




John Travolta takes Million Dollar Bill from fan




What Hollywood Believes – John Travolta

In speaking of his beliefs, John Travolta said, “When I was 21 years old, I found Scientology and that gave me a kind of sanity. The technology I found so brilliant, that that kind of put things in perspective for me. A film not doing well isn’t a disaster—a plane crash is a disaster, you know what I mean?”
As far as what happens after death, Travolta explained, “I think that the body ends and you as a spirit go on. It’s up to you what you are going to do. It could be [reincarnation] if that is what you chose to do. You want to get back into another body or if you just want to hang out, whatever you feel like.”
When asked whether he believes in God, Travolta answered, “I think the whole idea of Scientology is to think for yourself . . . If you ask me personally, I think yes there’s God. But each day through a lot of the studying that I do, I think I get to understand, possibly, what God is about but I don’t think I fully get the picture yet.”
After stating that he prays, though not regularly, Travolta was asked, “Who or what would you be praying to?” He replied, “To the yet-not-fully-understood God concept.”
John Travolta, like the rest of us, doesn’t fully get the picture yet. Who of us can say we completely understand God or even the mysteries of this life? The Bible says that “we see in a mirror dimly.” There are many questions to which we haven’t yet found adequate answers.
Despite this, surveys reveal that most people pray, even skeptics. A good dose of severe turbulence at 30,000 feet is enough to make any atheist backslide momentarily and request help from some Higher Being—even if it’s just a one-word prayer uttered deep within the mind. The issue isn’t whether we pray, but whether God answers our prayers.
God does answer prayer, but often not in a way most of us would want or even expect. Undoubtedly, most of our prayers are selfish, such as for health and wealth. For reasons only He knows, God sometimes says yes and sometimes says no. And sometimes He says, “Wait for a while.”


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Words of Comfort: Why Evolution is the Dumbest of Dumb Theories

CBS recently showed a clip of a poor woman whose face and hands were chewed off by a 200 pound pet chimpanzee, that was allegedly on some sort of medication. The CBS anchorman warned viewers that what they were about to see was graphic, and it certainly was. The woman no longer had a human face. She had no face at all. She didn't have a nose, a mouth, or even eyelids. Her hands were chewed off and she had to eat through a straw. And we think that we have problems.

No here's the point. The world's greatest surgeons didn't know how to recreate (let alone create) her face. The problem was that she didn't have any features for them to work with. So they couldn't give her eyelids, a nose, a mouth or even hands. A naive person may ask "Why not?" A nose is just a nose.

Not so. A nose is made of living, breathing skin, blood, blood vessels, glands, nerves, muscle and cartilage. Human beings can distinguish more than 10,000 different smells, which are detected by specialized receptor neurons lining the nose. It’s thought that there are hundreds of different receptors, each encoded by a different gene and each recognizing different smells. Making a nose is no small feat.

The mouth is made of the softness of lips, blood vessels, blood, nerves, and salivary glands. Working eyelids are also a slight problem. Think of what they do. They are like automatic windshield-wipers that come down as fast as the bat of an eye, and they are perfectly curved to match the eyeballs. So, how would you start to make an eyelid?

While we are on the subject of the eye, think for a moment about how incredible God must be, to make your eyes. Each of your amazing eyes has 137 million light-sensitive. The focusing muscles in each of them move an estimated 100,000 times a day. How utterly unspeakably incredible is the genius of Almighty God, and how wonderful is it that He was manifest in the person of one Man--Jesus of Nazareth. All things were made by Him. The incarnation is truly mind-blowing.

I remember from the moment I was born again, nothing looked the same to me. The human eye was no longer just an eye, it was the handiwork of God. The sun was no longer just something to provide warmth and light, but it was an expression of the power of God. It amazed me to think that He spoke it into existence. Nothing created itself. This entire universe is the work of His wonderful hands.

If the greatest minds of men can’t create a nose, an eyelid, a flower, a frog, a bird or a bee--from nothing, how intellectually deceitful is it to say that this entire creation came into being without an intelligent designer!

This is why atheistic evolution is the dumbest of dumb theories. Darwinism is the philosophy of a mad-man. Human genius doesn't know where to start to create even a nose, but the atheist believes that nothing created everything, and that the "something" that that nothing was, wasn't even intelligent. Atheistic evolution is an unspeakable embarrassment. It is amazing to think that the pinnacle of God's creation would stoop to such stupidity.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 28th January 2013.



(Email from Brandt) “My pastor and church seem really interested in the idea of inviting friends to church. Is this biblical? Why does it bother me so much???”
What is the chief goal of the church on earth? To love & glorify God. What is among the chief ways we do that: reach the lost. When we are consumed with the reality that the lost are dangling over the fires of hell by a silk string we will look for every and any way to reach them.
  • I might encourage a rewording of this question, I would ask “Is there any reason God wouldn't want us to bring the lost to church?” Church is a most natural place to win the lost as they're going with the mentality to hear about spiritual things, and it is a place of beginnings for the new believer.
  • The primary outreach throughout the New Testament was of believers reaching outside the church. Ray has said many times that you can reach more lost people with the gospel in a half-hour open-air than the average church will in a year—simply because lost folk don’t run to church each week. To be as effective as we can our main outreach should be outside the church and focus the church on building up the saints (but that doesn’t mean we can’t also reach many at church). 
  • 1 Cor. 14:23-25 says that we should be mindful about unbeleivers being present in our church services, to be careful about not freaking them out, and to be intentional about reaching them. 
    • “Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind? But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you.” 
  • Many churches have an altar call or a gospel presentation as a part of each service specifically just for the lost to hear the gospel. Others have special events when they share the gospel. These are both excellent opportunities to invite lost people to your church. 
  • 1 Pet. 3:1 says, “Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives.” 
    • As this passage shows, there is something powerfully compelling about people loving Jesus, it amplifies your words. Church can be a great place to expose people to the Body of Christ, which in and of itself is powerfully attractive and may help put a face on the gospel. 



Wretched: Christian Slang


Whether in personal witnessing or in a church service, we don’t make unbelievers feel like they just showed up to a secret club meeting that they weren’t invited to.



What do you say if someone says, “God doesn’t really care about what I do, does He?”

If you think God doesn’t care about what people do then you must believe God is either completely amoral (with no standards of right and wrong), or you believe that God is wicked hearted and takes pleasure in watching His creation suffer. If you believe God is amoral, then you must think God winks with indifference at child pornography, racism, rape, murder, and terrorism. The Bible tells us the extreme opposite. It declares that God is holy; He will bring all workers of evil into fierce judgment. God hates sin with the fury of a wolverine whose cubs have been stolen. God has concluded that after death there will be a judgment to examine how each has lived their life (Heb. 9:27). Be assured each individual will have to give an explanation for their conduct to their holy Judge. God will see to it that all who have sinned, and disregarded His offer of salvation through Jesus Christ, will be found guilty and be sentenced to an eternal penal complex called hell. God intently cares about you, and what you do with your life. Please, do what’s right with your life by following Jesus Christ.

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Words of Comfort: Why a Christian Can Believe in Fairies


An atheist asked me the question, "Can a truly saved Christian believe in evolution?"

I let him know that a Christian can believe in fairies, if he wishes. While I wouldn't doubt the salvation of one who did, I may doubt his sanity. This is because Christianity doesn't come from what you believe (although that is part of the equation), it comes from who you know.

Let me back up a little to explain what I mean. The Bible teaches the Jesus Christ was pre-existent before He was manifest in human form. His claim about His identity was utterly unique. He maintained that He was the very source of life, saying a number of times, words like "I am the life." When someone repents and believes the gospel (that Jesus Christ died for his sins and rose on the third day), he places his trust in the Savior and comes to "know" God. Then God "seals" the believer with the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ who Scripture says "is our life" then dwells within the believer. Colossians 1:27 says "Christ, who is in you," and in John 14:21 Jesus said that He would come to and would actually dwell within the Christian through the Holy Spirit.

Here now is the bottom line. If you have Jesus Christ, you have life. If you don't have Jesus Christ (through the new birth of John chapter 3) you don't have life. You are still dead in your sins, and justly under the condemnation of God. Here now are the pivotal verses--from1 John 5:12-13):

"He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life..."

That said, if you have the Son of God, then we are told that the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. Your theology in time will become "sound," and you will align your beliefs with those truths revealed in Holy Scripture. If the Old Testament says there was a literal flood (as did Jesus), the Christian cannot believe otherwise. If the Bible, in Job 26:7 says that the earth freely floats in space when "science" of the time said that it didn't, the Christian quickly sides with the Bible.

In the case of evolution, Scripture is very clear that God made man in His image (not as a primate). He made him and all the animal kingdom as male and female, and He gave them (and every living animal) the ability to reproduce "after their own kind," and not to evolve in time into other "kinds" or species of animals. We see the truth of all of the above both in the fossil record and in the creation that surrounds us.

So if you call yourself a Christian and you think that a belief in God and a belief in evolution are compatible, you will have to label yourself an “idolater.” This is because the god you believe in is not the God who revealed Himself in Holy Scripture. You have made up a false god and you are in violation of the First and the Second of the Ten Commandments. So how then can you call yourself a Christian? If I were you, I would quickly obey the admonition to examine myself and see if I was truly converted.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Friday, 25th January 2013.




“What do you think of ‘Flirty Fishing’? Where you date someone with the intention of winning them to Christ?”

Flirty Fishing is a form of evangelistic religious prostitution practiced from around 1974 to 1987 by female members in the cult the Children of God, now known as The Family International. While not used in a formalized capacity very often today, many unwittingly do still hold this “If I date him, I can change him” mentality. Some call it “missionary dating.”

Listen very carefully to this Bible passage:

Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? (2 Cor. 6:14-16, NLT)

God said you should not date anyone who isn’t a serious follower of Jesus. In case that didn’t register let me rephrase that… God says you are ONLY ALLOWED to pursue a relationship with a genuine follower of Jesus. You can’t date an unbeliever. This is not an option, it is a command from God (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Perhaps you’re thinking, “But, if I date them I can help them know God, so why shouldn’t I date them?” You can’t throw a cup of crystal clear water into a large mud puddle and expect the mud puddle to become clean. The mud puddle will instead swallow up the “good” water. That’s what the Bible teaches in principle about dating unbelievers. You can’t change people. It’s impossible! Only God can truly change someone’s heart. But bad can pollute good.
People can pull you away from God. The Bible says, “Do not be deceived: ‘Evil company corrupts good habits.’” (1 Cor. 15:33). Did you notice how that passage started? “Do not be deceived.” Many Christians think that maybe it’s not the best, but it’s okay to date people who aren’t head over heels for Jesus. Don’t be tricked. Who you hang with is who you’ll become.
Unsaved people will drag you away from the Lord. It’s a fact; there is no arguing about it. Toward the end of King Solomon’s life he turned away from the Lord. Why? He got romantic with unbelievers. You don’t think dating an unbeliever will pull you away from God? It already has. The choice to date an unbeliever is an act of rebellion. God has commanded us not to date unbelievers, but you say it’s ok. You’ve already stepped away from God! When God says something, listen… and obey. He’s always right.
Do you realize when you’re dating an unbeliever you are training yourself to marry the wrong person? Sooner or later the person you date will be the person you marry. You may not know exactly who the “right one” is, but you do know that an unbeliever could not be that one. Do not pray about it. Don’t insult God. God has already spoken on this matter; He’s not going to change His mind. Dating an unbeliever is dating the “wrong one.”
Seriously, before you do anything else you need to chisel deep into the stone of your soul that you will never, NEVER, date someone who isn’t a serious follower of Jesus.


Stuff Christian Singles Hear


“I pass out a lot of tracts and love the Lord… speaking about tracts, I’m also single. Could you share some tips about finding my godly match—who will of course also pass out tracts with me?”

Maintain the right reason for dating or courting. The purpose of dating is to see if that person could be your future spouse; all other motives are rooted in selfishness. Not understanding the purpose for dating/courting has wrecked many lives and broken many hearts. If you’re dating because you’re bored, rent a movie; if you’re lonely, get a poodle. You must understand that if you're looking to date someone with the wrong motives it could end up disastrous for both of you.

Don’t date them simply because they’re “Christian.” Going into church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than walking into a pet shop makes you a dog. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'” Spiritual and religious deeds aren’t enough; they need to have departed from evil doing. Without holiness no one will see the Lord (Heb. 12:14). You need to focus on your own walk with God and then look for someone who will be a constant spiritual inspiration and encouragement.

Getting married won’t make you happy. If you need a person to complete you, you aren’t ready for marriage. You need to be complete and content first; otherwise you’re just dragging your old luggage into a new room. Paul said he found the secret to being content in all situations, and it’s found in focusing your life on loving God (Phil. 4:11-13). Contentment is a state of mind not the state of the situation. If you’re not happy single, you won’t be happy married. If marriage created happiness half of all marriages wouldn’t end in divorce. The problem isn’t flowing out of your singleness; it may be a symptom of a deeper struggle in your walk with God. Your contentment, value, sense of worth should come from relationship with God now, not from another human being later.

You date personality, but marry character. Love is intoxicating. The dating/courting process can be euphoric and totally blinding. It’s why people date for a year and then break up. They often couldn’t see things as they really were at the start because they rushed in too quickly. While dating, people only show you what they want you to see; make a habit of noticing things before you go on your first date, while you’re more objective. Before you fall in love and see everything through rose-colored glasses, take advantage of objectively getting to know their character before you date them (their walk with the Lord, how they respond to tough situations, etc.). After your fairy tale year of dating or early into your marriage, you’ll notice the emotions calm down and that person resorts back to being the same person you knew before you dated them. Romance doesn’t change character it merely masks it. Be sure you like that person as a person before you date them. Proverbs 27:15 says, “A quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping on a rainy day.” Proverbs 25:24: “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.” Once you’re married it’s for life; you can only improve on your situation and put hard work into it to making it better, but if you’re single you now get to decide how hard “working on it” will be.


“What if you’re courting, and the person you’re with says if ‘you really love me, you’ll get physical with me’?”
First, break up with them. They love themselves much more than they love you or God.
In the Bible there are two letters written to the church of Corinth, in ancient Greece. In 1 Corinthians 13 the world’s most famous definition of love is given. Now if anyone thought they knew what love was I’m sure it was the Corinthians. Corinth was a huge city of over 300,000 people that had Aphrodite, the goddess of love, as one of their chief gods. Her idols littered the streets, and at least three temples were dedicated to this queen of love.
It’s said that at one point there were over 1,000 prostitutes who worked in one of Aphrodite’s temples selling their bodies to raise money for the temple. In Paul’s two letters to the Corinthians he warned about incest, adultery, premarital sex, prostitution, and homosexuality. No doubt the Corinthians were raised to believe the lie that sex and love were the same thing. God felt it was so important to correct their understanding of love that He devoted a chunk of one of those letters to giving an explanation of what real love is.
Let’s take a quick look at 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, God’s definition of true love:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

Just as fire is known by its heat, love is known by its actions. Notice that God’s definition of love isn’t about butterfly feelings, it’s not about romance, it’s certainly not about sex… it’s about actions. True love shows itself in the things it does. Love chooses to be patient, to be kind, not to envy, etc. Love isn’t a passing emotion that comes and goes like the tides of the sea. True love goes past emotions. It’s a commitment to seek the good of the other person. It goes beyond looking for the best for “me” and looks for the best for “them.”
If you feel pressured to have sex or “fool around” by the person you’re dating, they’re not showing a whole lot of love for you, and certainly not for God. Love is selfless, not selfish. Love pursues and protects purity. Love patiently waits for marriage. If someone really loves you, they will have your best interests at heart and fight to keep you away from sex before marriage.

Sexual purity means saying no to a physical relationship before marriage. The Bible says, “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust . . . Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts” (2 Tim. 2:22). Anything that causes you to get “turned on” should be avoided like a skunk that just ate a can of beans.
The Bible says that “there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality” (Eph. 5:3). If there’s a tiny speck of sexual sin involved, skip it. The Bible says, “Run away from sexual sin!” (1 Cor. 6:18, NLT). If you sense you’re getting yourself in a position where things might get physical… sprint! Just like Joseph did.

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Words of Comfort: Please Explain...

“Can someone please explain how hell is real. Let's face it, it simply might not be.”

To deal with the problem of Hell, we either have to say that there is no God (which is truly mindless), or we have to create a god that has no sense of justice (an idol). To say that the Creator of the universe is going to turn a blind eye to what Hitler did and to all other mass murderers, is to say that He’s infinitely worse than a judge who turns a blind eye to the mass murders by the Mafia. We would immediate remove a corrupt judge from the bench and prosecute him. A good judge must see that justice is done, and so it is with God. If He is good He will see to it that Hitler gets justice. But the Bible warns that He is so good that He will punish every murderer, every rapist, every thief, liar, fornicator, blasphemer, adulterer, and He will even punish those who looked with lust and so committed adultery in their hearts (see Matthew 5:27-28). His justice will be thorough, with a standard of moral perfection. The trial is set for Judgment Day, God’s prison is a place called Hell, and there will be no chance of parole. I thank God that because He is rich in mercy, my case was dismissed because Jesus paid my fine. The judged commuted my death sentence.


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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 24th January 2013.



Is. 5:20 – “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Abort73.com compiled these statistics:
  • From 1973 through 2008, nearly 50 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. (AGI). 
  • The 2009 there were 713 abortions per 1,000 live births in NYC (CDC). 
  • In 2009, 36.6% of abortions were performed on women with one or two prior abortions, and 8.1% were performed on women with three or more prior abortions (CDC). 
  • 40% of minors having an abortion report that neither of their parents knew about the abortion (AGI). 
  • In 2008, 12 women died as a result of complications from known legal induced abortion (CDC). 
  • In 2009, women aged 20-29 years had the highest abortion rates (CDC)
  • Twenty-two percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion. (AGI).


(Chat room) "Based on illegal abortions in the passed... if we overturn roe vs wade, won't pregnant mothers who feel desperate do this in ‘the back alley’ sort of way?"

During the recent election many were encouraged to “vote their conscience.” The more accurate guidance I’d advise is to NOT trust your own heart (which the Bible says is by nature wicked) and make your choices according to the Bible, God’s heart. God has said very clearly in multiple places in the Bible that life begins in the womb (Psalms 139:13-16); meaning ending a life in the womb is murder. No amount of justification can make supporting murder acceptable.

Being concerned about back alley abortions is like saying, “We want to provide women a safe way to murder their children.” If a mass murderer wants to kill adults, should we legalize it, have the government pay for it, and then give him a comfortable office so he doesn’t have to kill people in dark alleys—where he could accidently hurt himself in the process?

  
Ray on Mike Gallagher Show

Ray Comfort will co-host the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show on the Salem Radio Network (SRN) this Friday, January 25. The three-hour show airs live every weekday 9am-Noon, Eastern; 6am-9am Pacific.

Ray's cohost for the program will be Mark Davis, regular Friday host of Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA on SRN. The timing of Ray's appearance on the show is related to the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday, January 25.

January 22, 2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and on Friday January 25th the March for Life organization will commemorate that solemn occasion with the 40th anniversary of the largest human rights demonstration in the world, the March for Life in Washington D.C.

Pro-life issues will be the focus of the radio show that day and Ray will have a huge nationwide platform to share the gospel and promote "180" on the air all during the three-hour program to a very large and predominantly secular audience on major stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas-Ft Worth, Denver, Atlanta, Philadelphia and hundreds of other communities from coast to coast.

We would appreciate your prayers for Ray. May God open the doors for him to reach millions of people through this opportunity.

Please help us share this news and ask your friends to listen.

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“180” email + promo

(Email from Adam) "Watching [“180”] made me realize how easy it was to articulate the pro-life stance when speaking with other people. A few months ago I was in class when my pro-choice teacher brought up abortion. I challenged her stance using some of the points Ray used in the video, and while most of the class began the day as pro-choice. I was able to pick apart every argument she made, and by the end of the class just about every student in the classroom switched pro-life. Thank you for making this video. I believe God is using it to help change hearts, and change the view of abortion in our country."

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Alicia from “180”: “I think God’s a loving God. . . ”


 Like Hitler, those who have created an idol in their minds will think they have the sanction of God and that He approves of their sins. How does the Bible say God really views those who don’t know Christ? (See Psalm 7:11; Colossians 1:21; John 3:18; 3:36.) 

"Although God is loving and merciful, He is also holy, righteous, and just. To emphasize some of His attributes at the expense of others creates a distorted view of who God is and therefore creates false expectations of what He will do at the judgment seat.” —Bill Bright

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Words of Comfort: Orangutans.

Interesting story: My daughter, who is homeschooling her five children wanted to teach them about the intelligence of primates. So she Googled “orangutan, intelligent” and straightaway found an amazing clip of an orangutan dressing itself at a zoo in Florida. As she watched the clip, she could hear the muffled voice of a woman in the background. As she listened closely, she heard her say that she had seen a TV program where they called an airline, and asked to take an orangutan on board as a passenger. Incredibly, the woman was talking about our television program. We have used footage of an orangutan and address the subject of evolution in our new movie “Genius,” so I called the couple, found that they love our ministry, and they kindly gave us permission to use the footage in a new promo. 

Check it out and see if you can hear what she said: 



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 23rd January 2013.




What Hollywood Believes – Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt was a choirboy as he was growing up, and his father taught him and his siblings “to be respectable, churchgoing folk.” Raised with “a strong Baptist faith,” Pitt shared his spiritual beliefs in the following interview:

There is one subject [Pitt] refers to time and time again, and that is religion. “I would call it oppression,” he says, “because it stifles any kind of personal individual freedom. I dealt with a lot of that, and my family would diametrically disagree with me on all of that.”
It’s only when we later drift into an unlikely debate about one of the New Testament parables that I realize just how different a kind of God Pitt grew up with. To him, the parable of the prodigal son is an authoritarian tale told to keep people in line. “This,” he explains, “is a story which says, if you go out and try to find your own voice and find what works for you and what makes sense for you, then you are going to be destroyed and you will be humbled and you will not be alive again until you come home to the father’s ways.”

You may not be familiar with the story Jesus told of the Prodigal Son, so let’s take a moment to consider what it says. The Prodigal asked his father for his inheritance, then went into a far country and spent all his cash on parties and prostitutes. He enjoyed “the pleasures of sin.” But after a famine hit the land, the only job he could get was feeding pigs. When he became so hungry that he was desiring the food that the pigs were eating, he “came to himself”—he came to his senses. Realizing that even his father’s servants had it better than he did, he decided to return to his father and say, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. Take me on as a hired servant.” So he got up out of the pigsty and went back to his father.
The father was looking for his son’s return, and the Bible says that “he saw him while he was yet a great way off.” The father ran to him, fell upon him, kissed him, and rejoiced that his beloved son had returned. He freely forgave him and returned him to his former state.
That’s a picture of you and me. We desire pig food. Our appetites are unclean in God’s sight. That may sound offensive, but consider what we crave. Think for a moment of the contents of the average soap opera—adultery, jealously, lust, fornication, gossip, and greed. Or the average modern movie. To be successful in today’s market it must have violence, profanity, sex, and graphic murder, preferably in slow motion. Look at the covers of magazines in bookstores and supermarkets. They are “soft-core” pornography, which a few years ago was considered hard-core and hidden from young eyes. Think of video games that kids crave—they are extremely violent and sexually perverted. Think of rock music, with its explicit sexuality, its blasphemy, and its dark side. Consider the Internet’s multi-billion dollar hard-core porn industry, or how the average person uses unclean words in daily speech, without a second thought. Life in the pigsty is normal, natural, and completely acceptable.
And I have touched only the tip of the cold iceberg of humanity’s sins. God actually sees our thought-life and the secret sins we hide from others. He also sees our transgressions from the perspective of absolute and pure holiness. Who can argue that our appetites are not unclean in His sight?
But despite the unclean nature of our appetites, Jesus’ story of the Prodigal Son is a positive and wonderful story of God’s love. If we will come to our senses and admit that our appetites are unclean, and then leave the pigsty, God will meet us halfway.
Just as the prodigal “came to himself ” and sanity returned to his sin-soaked mind, take a minute to think of your desires and sins, and consider where they will take you. Ask yourself, “Which is better? Heaven or hell—death or life?” It shouldn’t take long to decide. Don’t try to compare yourself to others in the pigsty. Think of God’s holiness and compare yourself to His Law. Is your thought life pure? Have you loved God above all else? He gave you life. Have you loved your neighbor as much as you love yourself, as you have been commanded to? Has lust entered your heart? Have you ever hated someone, or been guilty of gossip? If your conscience is tender, it will remind you of the sins of your youth—sins that God sees as if they were committed yesterday. What will happen to you on Judgment Day? Rather than trying to justify yourself, bow your head before your Creator and simply say, “God be merciful to me, a sinner.” And the wonderful thing is that God is rich in mercy to all who call upon Him.



We are desperately concerned for Brad Pitt and the wide path he’s on, but like any unbeliever there are still many wonderful things that we can applaud about him. Angelina Jolie and Brad have adopted several children.
  
The heartwarming video about adoption we shared on-air:

If you’re considering an abortion, offering up your child for adoption is a wonderful thing to do. As well, we would encourage adopting a child to anyone. 

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

Words of Comfort: Male Elks.


This is going to sound a little crazy, but I will say it anyway. Today’s news revealed that football great Junior Seau suffered brain injury from continual trauma to the head, and many believe that was what led to his 2012 tragic suicide. He was just one of many football players who end up with serious brain damage. Here’s what is going to sound a little crazy. I believe it’s because the players wear helmets. My wife and I watch rugby almost every night. The game is as physical as American football, but they don’t wear helmets. While there is the occasional mild concussion, it’s been years since I heard of any rugby player receiving trauma to the head that led to brain damage. This is because when they make contact with another player or with the ground, they have a God-given instinct to protect the head. Not so with American football. They act like male elks in the mating season, crashing heads with anything and everything, because the helmet has removed the natural instinct to protect the head. The very thing that they are trusting in to protect them from brain injury, is the very thing that is causing it. Of course, even if I’m right, nothing will change because football helmets are a billion dollar industry.



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 22nd January 2013.


The Sound of Abortion


Encouraging email
(Email from Bart) “Mark, I talked with you at First Baptist Church of Lakewood tonight, after your talk. You gave me the Genius DVD. I did not watch it yet, but thank you for it. I went on livingwaters.com and then watched 180themovie and posted it on FB.

I passed out 2 tracts on my way home, one at the gas station and one at Del Taco. I was scared, but did it anyway. I said, "Hey have you seen this? It's a million dollar bill." The guy said "No way!" I said "Yeah" as I handed it to him, "On the back it has a Christian message and tells you how you can avoid hell." He started reading it and asked if he could keep it.

At Del Taco it was similar. I had not seen anyone so interested in something. She was reading the back and was glued to it.

I pray next time I engage more and talk with the person. Thank you for encouraging a brother in Christ to act like a follower of Christ.”


New Genius promo / Samonette #8


Do pets go to Heaven?
Scripture provides us with sufficient insight for believing that animals will be in the new heaven and new earth (however, it doesn’t explain if these animals had previously lived on the earth). 

Isaiah 11:6-9:

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
And a little child shall lead them.
 The cow and the bear shall graze;
Their young ones shall lie down together;
And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
 The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole,
And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

“Elijah was taken up to heaven in a chariot pulled by horses (2 Kings 2:11). We’re told there are horses in heaven (Revelation 6:2-8; 19:11). In fact, there are lots of horses, enough for the vast armies of heaven to ride (Revelation 19:11; 2 Kings 6:17).” – Randy Alcorn (click here for more of Randy Alcorn’s thoughts)
  
From GotQuestions.org: The Bible does not give any explicit teaching on whether pets/animals have “souls” or whether pets/animals will be in heaven. However, we can use general biblical principles to develop some clarity on the subject. The Bible states that both man (Genesis 2:7) and animals (Genesis 1:306:177:1522) have the breath of life. The primary difference between human beings and animals is that humanity is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27), while animals are not. Being made in the image and likeness of God means that human beings are like God, capable of spirituality, with mind, emotion, and will, and they have a part of their being that continues after death. If pets/animals do have a “soul” or immaterial aspect, it must therefore be of a different and lesser “quality.” This difference possibly means that pet/animal “souls” do not continue in existence after death.

Another factor to consider is that animals are a part of God’s creative process in Genesis. God created the animals and said they were good (Genesis 1:25). Therefore, there is no reason why there could not be animals on the new earth (Revelation 21:1). There will most definitely be animals during the millennial kingdom (Isaiah 11:665:25). It is impossible to say definitively whether some of these animals might be the pets we had while here on earth. We do know that God is just and that when we get to heaven we will find ourselves in complete agreement with His decision on this issue, whatever it may be.


Randy Alcron & Greg Laurie answering this question


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Words of Comfort: Why Theft is good for Society


Think of the many police officers that have a steady job because of thieves. If there were no thieves—no purse-snatchers, pick-pockets, bank robbers, burglars, cybercrime, identity theft, Ponzi schemes, insider-trading, bribery, money laundering, credit card theft, muggings, fraud, white collar crime, etc., millions of law officers around the world would be out of a job. So would many judges, lawyers, prison officers, and those who build prisons and the architects that design the holding facilities for the millions of thieves.

Plus there’s the massive catering industry that supplies these millions with daily food, the prison uniform makers, the cleaners, the doctors and psychiatrists who attend to their every need. It is because of thieves that there are locksmiths, safe-makers, alarm systems, insurance agents, car alarms, and the huge security industry with their many security guards, crime reporters and the massive news media who daily feed off reporting theft. Even though theft is clearly bad for any society, there could be an argument put forward by some that it is beneficial.

So it may not be wise, if I wanted to speak against theft, to say that theft is bad for society. Instead, as a Christian, I would simply say that theft is morally wrong because God says it’s wrong. Case closed. This is what God’s Word says about the subject:

“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, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).

Similarly, I would be unwise to say that homosexuality is bad for society. This is because if it can be shown that homosexuals make good pilots, good movie producers, doctors, dentists, and good parents, they win the argument. Case closed. It wouldn’t make sense to use the same line of reasoning regarding abortion. The killing of the unborn employs a multitude of doctors and nurses, who would adamantly argue that their industry certainly benefits society by not bringing unwanted children into the world. Rather, we speak against abortion because the Bible tells us that murder is morally wrong no matter how much money it returns, or who benefits by it.

But the real tragedy is that the dispute about the detrimental effects of homosexuality makes the cross of Jesus Christ irrelevant. If homosexuality isn’t seen to be a sin, then homosexuals won’t see their need of a Savior. On top of that, the argument makes Christians seem like a hate-group, because they don’t want homosexuals to have equal rights. If we say that homosexuality is wrong, we should do so because we want homosexuals to enter the kingdom of God. We care about them as people and where they spend eternity. We should also care about fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, thieves, the covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners.

Each of these groups is in terrible danger, and they are not aware of it because they are not hearing the truth in love from the Church. But if we don’t warn them, (as prominent atheist, Penn Jillette, once said) we are truly being hateful. And if we are hated for the truth, our consolation is that we are not giving an opinion. We are simply stating what the Scriptures say, and therefore anyone who disagrees has a disagreement with the Word of God, and not with the Church. We stand behind the biggest coat-tails in the universe. GeniusTheMovie.com


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Monday, January 21, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 21st January 2013.




A photo of Scott open-airing at Huntington Beach lastweekend!



(Email from Scott in TX) “I recently dedicated my life to Christ and ended an 11 year addiction to pornography. I've been wrestling with the idea of going into full-time ministry. The one thing holding me back right now is I'm in debt and can't afford to go to seminary. I'm currently involved with [a ministry] which takes the gospel into local prisons in the Houston, TX and surrounding areas. I do this at least once a month. I'm really on fire for God right now but still not sure if full-time ministry is right for me. How did you know that full time ministry was God's call for your life?”

1) Is full-time ministry for you?
  • Pray!
  • Examine your heart. What is your motivation for considering ministry? Our heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Do you secretly yearn for the spotlight, the attention, power, to be in charge, pride, etc. Could it be a misguided attempt to be “more spiritual”? Or is it purely to serve God?
  • Get advice from godly leaders (especially your pastor).
Prov. 11:14: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”
Prov. 15:22: “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”

2) Seminary isn’t necessarily necessary
  • God trains some via formal education; God trains some through watching sheep on a hillside. Paul received formal education from the famous teacher Gamaliel, Peter caught fish and was mentored by Jesus. 
  • You also have the comfort that if God wants you to have formal education through seminary He will provide the means to do it.
  • You mentioned serving in an outreach once a month. If you feel full-time ministry might be for you, I’d advise you get more involved. Get your feet wet. Serve in a ministry that will have you at church at least weekly.
  • After you’ve proven yourself faithful in serving weekly in a ministry, share your passion and ask if you could be mentored by a pastor. Learn, serve. As you get more along it may be clearer if this is God’s direction for you.
  • David learned what to do and what not to do under Saul. Depending on your age, family, etc. consider an internship at a church.
  • After being arrested for preaching Jesus and standing before the Sanhedrin (biblical scholars), Acts 4:12 says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
  • Greatest advice to give for someone wanting to be used by God in any vocation, especially ministry is to be with Jesus. Seek Him and dig into His word.


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