Friday, March 29, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Friday, 29th March 2013.


“Couldn’t the resurrection have just been a hoax or a myth? Is there any evidence Jesus rose from the dead?”


1 Cor. 15:17: “If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”

Rev. 1:18: “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

Timothy McVeigh, the man behind the Oklahoma City bombing, was executed in 2011. He received a lethal injection for killing 168 innocent people, even though no one saw him commit this heinous crime. All the evidence against McVeigh was circumstantial. Indirect testimony: That’s what circumstantial evidence is. It’s an accumulation of facts from which one can draw intelligent conclusions.
In Acts 1:3 Luke reports, [Jesus] presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs.”Infallible proofs are what we would call in a court of law, pieces of evidence.
Let’s look at some of them:
1.     The ancient Jews had a number of immensely important religious rituals. These included the offering of animal sacrifices, obeying the Mosaic law, and keeping the Sabbath. But within five weeks of Jesus’ death, more than 10,000 Jews had suddenly altered or abandoned these rituals. Why would they relinquish rites that had long given them their national identity? The implication is that something enormously significant had occurred.
2.     The emergence of new rituals: the sacraments of Communion and Baptism. The early Jews baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, “which,” J.P. Moreland said, “meant they had elevated Jesus to the full status of God.”
3.     The rapid rise of a new church, beginning shortly after the death of Jesus. Within twenty years this new church (begun by the companions of a Man, thought to be a dead carpenter) had reached Caesar’s palace in Rome, and eventually spread throughout the Roman empire.
4.     The fact that every one of Jesus’ disciples was willing to suffer and die for his beliefs. These men spent the rest of their lives witnessing about Christ. They frequently went without food; they were mocked, beaten, and thrown into prison. In the end, all but one died a painful martyr’s death. Would they have done this for a lie? Of course not. They did it because they were convinced beyond a doubt that they had seen the risen Christ.
5.     The empty tomb. Unlike all other religious groups our founder doesn’t have a grave. In Jesus’ day there was no controversy about the tomb being empty. The Romans and Jews couldn’t deny it; there was no-body there.
6.     The Roman seal. A rope was stretched across the huge bolder that covered the entrance to the tomb. The rope was attached to the outside wall of the tomb by a piece of wax that had a Roman seal impressed upon it. The penalty for breaking the seal (which would happen if the stone was moved) was death.
7.     The stone. It is estimated to have weighed at least two tons, with a likely height of about seven or eight feet. It would have taken a few strong people to move it.
8.     The Roman guard. Well-trained Roman troops were stationed in front of the tomb. The penalty for leaving their post or falling asleep while on watch was death.
9.     The Christian Church. It is the largest institution or organization that has ever existed, with a global membership of over two billion people. “The Grand Canyon wasn’t caused by an Indian dragging a stick, and the Christian Church wasn’t created by a myth.” History records that the Christian Church was founded in A.D. 32, the year Christ was killed, and that it began because the apostles began to preach that Jesus rose from the dead. The basis of the Christian belief system was and still is the resurrection.
10.  The post-resurrection appearances of Christ. There were literally hundreds of eyewitnesses who saw the risen Christ over a period of about six weeks (1 Cor. 15:4-8). Connected to the appearances were the changed lives of Jesus’ apostles. They went from cowering, fearful men hiding behind locked doors to brave and bold martyrs who turned the world upside down. Why would they give their lives if they knewthe resurrection to be false?
11.  The character of Christ. Saint and skeptic alike see Jesus as the most integrity filled, noble, pure moral soul that ever walked the face of the earth. Such a man would not promote a deception that He arose from the dead, if, in fact, He didn’t. And we know Jesus didn’t promote a lie, He predicted His resurrection and He fulfilled it.
12.  The ongoing proof of changed lives. Even if we doubted 2,000-year-old evidence, we have all the circumstantial evidence we could possibly want—right in front of us. It is, J.P. Moreland said, “the ongoing encounter with the resurrected Christ that happens all over the world, in every culture, to people from all kinds of back-grounds and personalities. They all will testify that more than any single thing in their lives, Jesus Christ has changed them.”


The Easter Gift

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr1WD7NwbrQ




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Words of Comfort: Don't Miss This!


Featured Speakers: Mark Spence and Eddie Roman
Saturday, April 6, 2013

The first thing the Church must do is rediscover the reason for its existence—
to reach the lost with the good news of the gospel.

A mere 2% regularly share their faith in Christ.
Are you horrified at the thought of friends and loved ones going to Hell?
Do you want to reach them?

Are you sure of your own salvation?

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Words of Comfort: Ad Hominem

An ad hominem is used when someone who is losing an argument attacks the character of their opponent. While it’s hard to keep up with the many accusations of lying and being a swindler, I will try and address two of them for the sake of the gospel.

Burr Valentine has continually called me a liar because of a recent post about atheism being called a “religion.” He said “The Supreme Court did NOT declare atheism to be a faith-based belief system. Ray lied. Ray's a liar. Ray's a lying liar who lied.” The truth be known, I didn’t say that the Supreme court said that atheism was faith-based. It didn’t. I am the one who said that it is faith-based, and I took the quote about it being a religion directly from this headline: “Atheism is a Religion Says US Supreme Court"-- source: http://www.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474977925893

Over the years there has been continual accusations that I make millions by fleecing the sheep. As CEO for a nonprofit, last year my gross wage was $106,000. I took home $74,000 (taxes and medical insurances etc. are high in California). The average CEO for a nonprofit in the Los Angeles area is around twice what I earn. It ranges between $187,017 and $213,300. Source: http://www.sarahzsleeper.com/work8.htm. Charity Navigators said, "While there are nonprofit salaries that we would all agree are out-of-line, it is important for donors to come to terms with charity executives earning a fair wage – which is roughly $160,000 according to our research." Source:http://www.charitynavigator.org/__asset__/_etc_/CN_CEO_Compensation_Study_2009_Final.pdf

Atheists have posted links to our Living Waters donation page, presumably to show how I fleece the flock. However, as a non-profit we legally have to be donor-supported. If we don’t actively seek donors, and instead simply make profit from sales, we would be seen as for-profit and would rightly lose our non-profit status, and that means we would have to raise our prices. While I would love to be able to make everything available without charge, I have a staff to support (who have families and mortgages), and other bills to pay. That’s how life works.

Of course none of these explanations will even slightly satisfy atheists, but the information may be of benefit to those of you who have heard past accusations and will no doubt hear many more in the future. While I could simply ban those who accuse me of wrong-doing, I prefer that they stay because I am deeply concerned for their eternal salvation. However, in the future I will examine each, one at a time.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Words of Comfort: Goats Among The Sheep


Melissa Hagan: "Believe it or not, I used to be a Christian." 

I have a question for you Melissa. Please take a moment to carefully think of the implications before you answer. You said that you "used to be a Christian." So are you therefore saying that you knew the Lord. Is that correct?—because that’s the biblical definition of a Christian—to know the Lord? The answer creates a dilemma for someone who believes that she is an atheist. 

If you answer "Yes," then you are admitting, as a professing atheist, that God does exist. So you are forced to default to "I thought I did. But I didn't." So you didn't know the Lord. You were never a Christian. You had a false conversion. You are not alone. Millions have had false conversions and they sit in churches faking it. The Bible calls them goats among the sheep (goats in Israel can’t be easily distinguished from sheep). You, however, like many other false converts didn't stay among Christians and fake it for too long. You left the church, and became inoculated against the Christianity that you believe didn’t deliver its promises. 

Almost all in this category are the tragic result of a false gospel and they, like you, have been immunized against the truth. If you would like to know why and how you fell into deception, please take the time to listen to "Hell's Best Kept Secret" and then "True and False Conversion," on www.livingwaters.com These are free audios.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 26th March 2013.




Great Easter Outreach idea from Anna Jackson
(Email from Anna) “We made up simple candy baskets, included an invitation to our church, and a personal letter containing a gospel message. Taking them to the neighbors tomorrow.  :)”






Chihuahua Academy Update from Miguel







Witnessing clip from Sarah Mally of Tomorrow’s Forefathers


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Words of Comfort: Without Excuse.


This is what God’s Word says about the atheist and why he or she will be without excuse on Judgment Day: 
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools…” (Romans 1:20-22).
It’s amazing how “this bronze age 2,000 year old Book written by sheepherders” manages to perfectly peg the atheist. An atheist is someone who believes the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything—when the genius of God’s creative hand surrounds them. Every atheist knows God exists because of the incredible order of nature, and because He has given them inner light via the conscience (con—“with” science—“knowledge”). Yet they are unthankful for the gift of life, and imagine that they are primates with no moral responsibility towards their Creator. They darken their own foolish understanding, and then proclaim themselves to be wise. Watch their condescending response and watch them again confirm the truth of Holy Scripture.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Words of Comfort: Fornication in the home


A young lady wrote to me recently and shared that she had a real dilemma. She said, "I want to obey God and live in His perfect will and just please Him. What do I do when I have a sister coming to stay with me who is not a Christian? She is coming with her boyfriend. They live together and they want to stay with me when they visit me. They will be expecting to sleep together. I have been told two different things.....some have said I can't possibly let them sleep together in my home because I wouldn't have the blessing of God if I allowed that and it is tolerating sin.

Then again, I don't want to judge them at all, and I want to walk in love and as non-Christians that's what they know and how they live. I have been praying and asking God for His wisdom and discernment in this and am still not sure what is the most loving thing to do, because the bottom line is we are called to love. I also realize that walking in love often means not accepting things that are not right.....if they were believers it would be a no-brainer....they could not sleep together...but as non-Christians do I have the right to impose my belief system on them? Please help me and give me the Biblical perspective on this."

I wrote back and said that we had the same dilemma when my niece and her boyfriend stayed in our home recently. So if you ever have a similar problem, here are some questions that may help you: Would you allow a relative bring pornography into your home? I'm sure that you wouldn't, because you know that (in God's eyes) to lust is to commit adultery, and that's a violation of the Seventh Commandment. Would you allow someone to steal, and then use your house to keep their stolen goods? That would not only be a violation of God's Law, but you would be breaking civil law, and you could be prosecuted for allowing your home to be used for such a thing. How about if someone continually blasphemed the Name of Jesus in your house? Would you say anything?

I'm sure you wouldn't allow any of these things because first and foremost you want to please God. Why then would you allow fornication in your home, because it also violates the Seventh Commandment (see 1 Timothy 1:8-10)? How about if they brought some friends with them who were also into fornication, and they stayed at your house?

It's not a matter of you "imposing" your belief system. It's a matter of them respecting you and your home.

So the question is, how do you handle it? This is what we did. We said how excited and honored we were to have our niece staying with us, and that we had a nice comfortable bed upstairs for her boyfriend. We didn't make a big thing of it, and they accepted it without question.

I told this lady that if her sister did confront her on the issue, she should let her know that she loves her, but that she has her convictions and would like her to honor them. I said that she should also take the opportunity to witness to her (to help her understand the situation). If it did cause a problem, her consolation is that she did the right thing and God will work it out for her good (Romans 8:28).


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Words of Comfort: Exercising Faith

Most atheists despise the very thought of “faith,” not realizing that they exercise it many times each day. 

If you want to see some faith in action, watch what happens at the lights at any busy intersection. Drivers speed up to a red light trusting (having faith) in their brakes. It hardly enters their trusting mind that if the brakes fail, they are almost certainly dead. Watch them take off as soon as the light turns green, trusting (having faith) that the lights are working correctly, and that the alternative light isn’t stuck on green. Their trust is so great (their faith) that no one is running a red light, that they don't even look in that direction to see if the way is clear. Many trusting drivers have taken off in faith, and have tragically gone to meet their Maker. Watch unthinking pedestrians trust (have faith) the on-coming driver's brakes and his ability to use them, as they step out in front of his car and trust (have faith) the light when it says “Cross now.” 

With these thoughts in mind, it's important to know that when a Christian says to have faith in God, we're not saying to believe that He exists. That's axiomatic. We are saying to exercise the same trust we have each day in things and in people. The difference being that God is utterly faithful because He cannot lie. You can trust Him to never let you down. Ever.


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Words of Comfort: My Daughter’s Post


The Lord granted our hearts’ desires this week when a couple chose life at the abortion clinic. Christina prayed fervently as they listened intently while I shared the truth with them about their precious baby and about their standing before God. As they sat on the curb discussing their decision, one of the workers from the clinic came out and called out to me, threatening to call the police. What a surreal moment. To one side of me, there was a precious couple, with heads down, making a decision to give their baby life. And at the exact same time, there was an angry woman yelling at me to mind my own business and leave people alone – leave people alone to choose death for their babies. All I could see was that big, glaring, gold cross around her neck…

Words cannot describe the elation of seeing that beautiful baby on the ultrasound. The young mother put her hands up to her face and cried. The young father jumped when he saw that first image of his 13-week old child, kicking and squirming and putting on a wonderful show for his parents. The dad smiled from ear to ear and put his face down to the mother’s tummy and started talking to his baby. After all was said and done, they expressed their heartfelt gratitude that we were there that day. Please pray for this couple as they will face many obstacles, but most of all, please pray that they will come to know Christ.


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Words of Comfort: Dictionary Atheists

I like high profile atheist, PZ Meyers. We have clashed many times over the years. I consider it a love/hate relationship--I love him, and he hates me. We of course disagree on the subjects of atheism and evolution, but Igreatly respect him because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind. This is what he says about what he calls “Dictionary Atheists”—those who say that atheism is a lack of belief in gods: “Boy, I really do hate these guys. You’ve got a discussion going, talking about why you’re an atheist, or what atheism should mean to the community, or some such topic that is dealing with our ideas and society, and some smug $@!#* comes along and announces that ‘Atheism means you lack a belief in gods. Nothing more. Quit trying to add meaning to the term.’ As if atheism can only be some platonic ideal floating in virtual space with no connections to anything else; as if atheists are people who have attained a Zen-like ideal, their minds a void, containing nothing but atheism, which itself is nothing. Dumbasses.”


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 19th March 2013.



Richard Dawkin’s posted on Twitter:  “With respect to those meanings of ‘human’ that are relevant to the morality of abortion, any fetus is less human than an adult pig”

Comedian Joe Rogan wrote, “That’s silly. The outrage of abortion is that a fetus has the potential for human life. That’s obviously not true of a pig.”

SkyNews’ Chris Kenny added, “I followed you for rational thought not that sort of zealotry.”

Some critics, though, were a little less friendly, as The Christian Post notes:
Wesley J. Smith, senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism immediately tore into Dawkins’ posts that claimed fetuses are less human than adult pigs. The lawyer wrote that the argument is “utter nonsense” even from a biological perspective, which is the atheist’s field. “Indeed, he’d fail high school biology,” Smith said on LifeNews.


Powerful Gospel Presentation!



Words of Comfort: Ben Hur


I love the scene in the movie “Ben Hur” where a Roman soldier is marching condemned galley-slaves through the desert. They stop in Nazareth for a break, but as the thirsty slaves are being given water, the head honcho says that Judah Ben Hur wasn’t to have a drop. Judah collapses on the ground and gasps “God help me…” Suddenly, a shadow comes over him and a hand gently lifts his weary head from the dirt, and pours water into his parched lips. I have watched that scene numerous times and have never failed to sob like a child, because what I see is so similar to what happened to me in my conversion experience.

At the age of 20, I began to think deeply about life. I was very successful, financially secure, extremely happy, healthy, was my own boss, had a loving and beautiful wife…and I was suddenly very aware that, despite all my happiness, I was waiting around to die. It seemed that the whole of humanity was in a long line, moving closer and closer to a 1000 foot cliff, and was, one-by-one, jumping off to their death. It was as though everyone accepted the inevitability of it, and so no one was trying to get out of line. So I, ever so reluctantly, stood in line and waited for my turn.

At the age of 22 I heard the gospel for the first time. I am not exaggerating to say that I was like Ben Hur lying hopelessly in the dirt, and Jesus turned my head and poured the waters of life into my parched lips. I cannot express the relief and joy I found when I received the gift of everlasting life. To try and explain it to a non-Christian is like trying to explain light to a man who has been born blind. To use another somewhat lacking analogy, it’s like looking at a crying newly delivered baby. You know what he is crying for, so you put him on the mother’s breast, and he immediately stops crying. He is suddenly gratified. He was born with an instinct to suckle, but he had no idea what he was looking for because he had never experienced it before.

I had no idea that in my darkness I was searching for light, until I found it in Jesus Christ (see John 8:31-32). He is the one who said “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” And Jesus is the only one who can say, “… whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life" (John 4:13). See needGod.com for details.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Monday, 18th March 2013.


Sam with his new ball




CCN Mission Trip testimonies




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Words of Comfort: Heaven


“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). It doesn’t matter if you are Protestant, Catholic, atheist, agnostic, Mormon, Jew, religious, or if you think you are good or if you think you are bad…if you have not been born again, you will not enter Heaven. You have God’s promise on that.

“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). If you disagree with who will get into Heaven and who will end up in Hell, please don’t complain to me. It’s not my standard; it’s God’s. Take it up with Him…but make sure you do so with a humble heart. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. 

See needGod.com if you are interested in eternal life.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Words of Comfort: The Limit of Science


Back is 2007, brilliant Japanese scientists created an amazing robot. It was amazing because it was so human-like, and could even move like a human. There were a few obvious differences from Homo sapiens though. It wasn't alive, and it couldn't think, see, hear, touch, taste, or smell. Despite this, it was a marvel of human technology--the very best science could do at that moment in history.

There were a few other things the robot couldn't do. It couldn't run, walk, or even stand on its own two feet. Scientists had to hold it upright, because they didn't know how to create feet that balance an upright body of that size, let alone walk and run. Human feet are far too complex in design to imitate.

The human ankle serves as foundation, shock absorber, and propulsion engine. The foot can sustain enormous pressure (several tons over the course of a one-mile run) and provides flexibility and resiliency. The foot and ankle contain 26 bones; 33 joints; more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments; and a network of blood vessels, nerves, skin, and soft tissue. These components work together to provide the body with support, balance, and mobility. You and I have no problem standing upright and walking, because our extraordinary feet were designed and created by God.

When we have a piece of toast and honey and a glass of milk for breakfast it's so easy to forget that it came from bread, and the bread came from wheat, which came from the soil. God created the soil, and the soil contained nutrients that fed the wheat-seed, and it formed itself into the wheat plant, which then produced more wheat seeds. When the seeds were harvested, they were ground into flour, and mixed with yeast to make bread, so that we would have something to eat to satisfy our God-given appetite, so that we would have energy for that day.

The butter that we spread on the toast came from milk that came from a cow that chewed grass that came from soil nutrients that God created.

The honey came from an insect that God created to collect nectar from flowers than grew from the soil that He had made. The composition of honey consists of varying proportions of fructose, glucose, water, oil and special enzymes produced by bees. With their tongues, they suck out the nectar and store it in sacs within their bodies.

After filling their sacs with these sweet juices, they then fly back to their bee hive and regurgitate the stored nectar into the mouths of house bees. These bees are assigned the job of adding enzymes from their bodies to the nectar. The enzymes cause chemical reactions that ripen the nectar and evaporate its water. Lastly, the nectar is stored in a cell of a honeycomb. Overtime, the nectar ripens and becomes honey.

The reason we drink milk is because God created us with a reoccurring thirst to hydrate our bodies. That causes us to want to drink the liquid that came from the cow that chewed the grass that came from the dirt that God had made.

The world tells us to stop and smell the roses--to take the time to enjoy this life. Go one step further--smell the rose, then think about the One who made the rose, and the nose that smells the rose, and the grass that the cow eats to make the milk, that we drink.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 14th March 2013.


Encouraging emails that have come in!

(Email from Dan) "Last month I was talking with my neighbors and found out that his wife is pregnant. She said that she is going to get an abortion because she already has five children. I gave them a copy of the 180 movie because they don't have internet at this time. I told them it is a life changing video and that they should watch it. Well I spoke to her yesterday and she told me that she wasn't going to kill her baby. She also found out that it is going to be a boy! I asked her if it was the 180 movie that changed her mind and she said it was!! Praise the Lord for your wonderful ministry!"


Ray in 1989, his last day in NZ.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZ5KIRApHXs



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Words of Comfort: Like


Many of the multiple and daily posts on my Facebook page are getting over a thousand comments--some have two thousand. I can’t possibly answer every question and objection, so I need your help to engage the thousands of atheists (there have been over 100,000 new followers in the last couple of months). Please help. This is an opportunity to share the gospel from the comfort of your own home, or at your workplace during your lunch hour. Check these encouraging comments:

“I apologize to you and the other Christians whom I have insulted on this page… Being on here for the last few weeks has shown me one glaring truth about myself. I must believe in God because I can't be angry at what I don't believe…being on here has served to offer me clarity.” Danny O.


“I grew up in an atheist household…I want to thank you, not only for promoting the message of Christ, but also for showing me the real way to reach salvation.” Vincent R.

Just Google “Ray Comfort Facebook,” then “like” the page and share away.

 

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Wednesday, 13th March 2013.


(Facebook post) “Mr. Ray Comfort, I apologize to you and the other Christians whom I have insulted on this page. I came on here to criticize you so that I might avoid doing it in my personal relationships. Being on here for the last few weeks has shown me one glaring truth about myself. I must believe in God because I can't be angry at what I don't believe. My life has left me often feeling abandoned by God, leaving me filled with emptiness and resentment. I don't speak for other atheists who are at complete peace in their lives - only for myself. If I truly had no belief, I would not be spending all my time on this sight. I would simply go on with my life. So, being on here has served to offer me clarity. Some new friends I have made on this sight have suggested a few things, and I am open to them. Whether or not things change for me, only time will tell. But I will not be back on this page for the purpose of ridiculing and challenging others. I've run that road dry. I can think of no good reason to further attempt to belittle others for their beliefs. The more I do it, the more I am forced to look at the my true intentions. Thank you, Ray, for keeping me on here as long as you did. I'm done converting anger and disillusionment into hurtful sarcasm.”


Don’t Waste Your Cancer (from John Piper at Desiring God)

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/taste-see-articles/dont-waste-your-cancer


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Words of Comfort: How to Witness to a Closed-minded Person


You are about to share the gospel with someone, and he says, “I don’t believe in God or the Bible, it’s all bogus.” If you think it’s the end of the conversation, I have some good news for you. I have found a key that unlocks a door that has just been slammed in your face. This key works. I know, because I have used it a thousand times.

Before we look at the key, let’s establish what we want to achieve (this is important, because our theology will dictate our methodology). If we believe that people can be saved by making a decision, then our agenda will be to get decisions for Christ. But if we believe that salvation is a work of God from beginning to end, we will be guided by that conviction. I believe that we have as much to do with someone’s salvation as we do in making a tree. All we can do is plant the seed, and make sure it’s watered. It is God who makes the tree grow. So my aim is simply to plant the seed of the Word of God in the prepared soil of the human heart. Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6).

Now, let’s get back to the key that opens a closed door. I approach a stranger and say a warm, “Good morning.” He gives a friendly response, so as I hand him a gospel tract I ask, “Did you get your trillion? I’m trying to fix the economy.” I then ask, “What’s your name?” and introduce myself.

I say, “John, that’s a gospel tract. What do you think happens after someone dies—do you think that there is an afterlife?” He says, “No. There’s not. I don’t believe in God or the Bible. It’s all bogus.” The door is closed, so most of us at this point would probably say, “Okay then. It’s nice to meet you. Goodbye.”

Here now is the key that unlocks the closed door. I simply say, “I know that you don’t believe in those things, but if Heaven does exist, will you make it in--are you a good person? ” The word “if” is the key that will unlock the door. I deliberately emphasize it as I say it, because it’s non-threatening.

Our goal is to present the gospel, and to make it make sense we need to do what Jesus did, and go through the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) to bring the knowledge of sin (Luke 10:25, Romans 3:19,20 and 7:7,13) and show the need for the Savior.

God has given us two very powerful helpers for this task. The primary helper is the Holy Spirit, and the other is the sinner’s conscience. In Romans 2:15--16 the Scriptures speak of this second helper:

“They show that the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts and are operating there, with which their consciences (sense of right and wrong) also bear witness; and their [moral] decisions (their arguments of reason, their condemning or approving thoughts) will accuse or perhaps defend and excuse [them] on that day when, as my Gospel proclaims, God by Jesus Christ will judge men in regard to the things which they conceal (their hidden thoughts)” (Romans 2:15-16, Amplified Bible).

When the Bible says that “the essential requirements of the Law are written in their hearts” it means that the unregenerate person knows intuitively the code of conduct required by the Law. In other words his conscience is like an impartial judge in the courtroom of his mind, and that voice will accuse him of moral misconduct, if it is awakened from its sleeping state.

When the moral Law is properly presented, something wonderful begins to happen. The sinner’s dormant conscience awakens to do its God-given duty. It affirms the truth of the Commandments. He intuitively knows that it’s wrong to lie, to steal, to blaspheme, and to commit adultery. After going through the Commandments, “if” is once again used—“If God was to judge you by the Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, would you be innocent or guilty?” What he is hearing isn’t exactly what he wants to hear, but the accusations of guilt aren’t coming from without. They are coming from within his own heart, and that has the effect of stopping his mouth of justification, and helping him see that he has sinned against God.

Let me put it another way. It’s a very hot day. You are about to lift a glass of cool clear water to your parched lips. Nothing else matters but quenching your ravenous thirst. Then you hear someone say, “There’s arsenic in that water!” If it’s coming from a credible source, you will more than likely believe what you hear, pull that water away from your lips and tip it onto the ground.

We live among a hedonistic generation that drinks iniquity like water. Nothing else matters except quenching the thirst for sex, porn, parties and pleasure. As the Scriptures say, “God is not in their thoughts.” However, a biblical presentation of the gospel injects God into his thoughts and makes him think seriously about his own eternal salvation.

If you want to see this happening, please watch GeniusTheMovie.com and if you want further instruction, listen to “Hell’s Best Kept Secret” on LivingWaters.com


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 12th March 2013.


Neglected prisoner gets $15.5 million after serving 22 months in solitary



LWU “I don’t believe in Heaven or Hell.”



(Email) “Anyway! I just found the web series, and it brings me such joy to watch you guys at work. My question may not be thought provoking, but I’d love to hear back from Ray Comfort. I’m a fairly introverted sixteen year old, who fumbles her words together. I don’t think I have the confidence to go out and street-preach as you all do. I’ve seen plenty of your videos and learned the techniques, but I’m worried my brain will freeze. I’m not much of a debater, you could say. Regardless, my question is, how can I share my faith not only with people in general, but also my peers without turning them off. The teenage years are definitely tricky, and I haven’t mastered all the ways to get through it myself.”

  • What will happen if you freeze up? What’s your worst case scenario? You may look a little silly. What’s theirs? Hell. Don’t let fear of what people will think of you hold you up, if that stops you its pride. It’s like learning to ride a bike, you may fall off a few times, perhaps feel a little silly, but in the long term God may use you to bring souls to Himself. Once you realize it’s not that big of a deal if you mess up or freeze up, it will free you to learn and grow and share. Let compassion swallow your fears.
  • How do you avoid turning people off? Jesus said in John 15:20: “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.” Jesus promised believers will be persecuted. There is no way to avoid it. Just make sure that you’re being persecuted for the gospel and not by the way you communicate it. It’d be a great idea to learn 2 Timothy 2:22-26:
“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.”
  • Learn WWJD. It’s a simple technique that you can use to share the gospel. It frees up your mind to know exactly where you’re going. We taught in an episode from Season 1 of our show called, “WDJD”. You can watch it free online at www.WayoftheMaster.com
  • Memorize reasonable answers. In reality there are only about 10 main questions people ask. Things like why is there suffering, who made God, etc. Learn the answers to them. When you get stumped just tell them you don’t know and offer to get back to them (just snag their email).


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Words of Comfort: The Sound that Shook the World


It was the most profound sound ever heard in the history of humanity. Two thousand years ago, in a rich man’s grave, lay the three-day-dead, stone-cold body of a murder victim. Suddenly, deep from within that shattered and bloody corpse came a whisper of a sound, the implications of which thundered across the face of the universe. It was the faint murmur of a heartbeat in the lifeless body of Jesus of Nazareth. That tiny sound confirmed that the suffering on the cross was a finished work. Redemption of the human race was complete. The payment had been made, and the morally perfect thrice-holy Judge of the Universe was satisfied with the perfect sacrifice. That spark of resurrected life was evidence of the unspeakable…death had been overcome. Everlasting life could now be given as a free gift to guilty and Hell-bound sinners, because of the kindness and love of our beneficent Creator.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Words of Comfort: I Detest Religion


Call me ugly, stupid, short, weird, an idiot, or just plain ignorant. Call me anything you want, but please, oh please, don't call me "religious." 

I detest religion. It has caused multiple and tragic wars throughout history. It comes in second, after atheistic communism which is responsible for more than 100 million deaths. I'm pleased to say that I don't have a religious bone in my body. I don't believe that anyone can obtain eternal life by being religious, or by doing religious works (what are often called "good works"). I am a sinner, saved from damnation by the grace and mercy of God, and I am proud to be called a "Christian" because I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I believe that eternal life is a free gift of God that comes through sincere repentance towards the God we have offended and trust alone in the Savior, as taught by the Scriptures. If you are interested in eternal life, see needGod.com for details.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Friday, 8th March 2013




Are There Different Evangelism Styles?
(Email from Simon in New Zealand) “Our church has currently gone through a series about evangelism. It was based on a book which I can't recall. Basically it said that there were six ways people are wired to evangelize.
1. Confrontational - e.g. street witnessing, giving out tracts, open air preaching
2. Intellectual - e.g. showing evidence for the bible being God's word, apologetics
3. Testimonial - e.g. sharing what God's done in your life
4. Interpersonal - e.g. getting to know someone first, walking with them in their struggles, then share with them
5. Serving - e.g. doing garden work for the elderly lady next door
6. Invitational - e.g. inviting someone to church to hear someone preach.
The view was that all these points are forms of evangelism…What are your thoughts on this issue?”


To determine if these are all forms of evangelism, we first have to define our terms. We have to start with defining what is meant by evangelism. The word is “evangelism” is not actually used in the Bible. “Evangelism” in Greek is εὐαγγέλιον (transliterated as "euangelion"), and it is the merging of two Greek words, which mean “good” and “messenger.” If you define evangelism as fulfilling the great commission, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel”— then evangelism by definition is a messenger who brings that good news.

The next step is to see what example God has entrusted to us in Scripture. Do we see “styles” in preaching the gospel in Acts? You see flavors, you see personality types come through, Peter and Paul had different ways of thinking, but their message was always identical. In the 11 witnessing/open-air accounts in the book of Acts where we have a word-for-word transcript of what the disciples actually said, we see that without fail they all, regardless of their personalities, covered the same points—they used the Law, the preached the gospel, they called people to repent and believe for the forgiveness of sins.

If we’re to be faithful to evangelize our “style” has to include clearly preaching the gospel. It requires words. Doing someone’s yard work is certainly a beautiful expression of the love of God, but if you don’t explain the gospel it’s like shining the shoes of a blind man who’s about the walk off the edge of a cliff, but not warning them of the cliff.

1 Pet. 3:1 is a great example of how God uses acts of kindness:
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, 
Some may only hear “won by conduct” and jump to seeing good works as evangelism, but that’s not what this passage says. It starts off with saying “if some do not obey the word”. To reject the gospel means that they have heard the gospel. This passage teaches that good deeds amplify the gospel, they flesh out the gospel, after it’s already been preached. Make sure you start with preaching it.


Part 1 of this question is, does evangelism have styles? Our personality definitely comes through in our presentation of the gospel, but anything that doesn’t clearly and quickly communicate how someone can be saved is simply not evangelism. As in Acts, we must make sure we tell the dying patient about the cure before it’s too late.

Part 2 should be how can we as effectively as possible reach the most lost people?

Let’s say your church has 200 people on a Sunday morning. Let’s also say that every week you have 2 first-time guests. That means in 10 months you will have 80 people discover how to be saved. (Assuming your pastor preaches the gospel in every service.) If you take 9 people witnessing, split up into 3 groups, and go for 2 hours, you will preach the gospel to around 80 people. Which sounds like a better way to reach the lost?

Church + 10 months = 80 people
Street Team + 2 hours = 80 people

Which makes the best sense to you? If you go witnessing every week, in a month you’ll reach as many as your church will in the next 4 years! The lost aren’t running to church, so we need to go where they are. If the fish aren’t jumping into the boat, push out and catch them!

Why not grab some friends and dedicate your Fridays to rescuing the perishing. Go out to the movie theater, mall, roller-skating rink, wherever teens hang in your area (that’s well lit and safe) and witness your brains out for two hours!! Then go pig out at a restaurant.

Listen to the sobering words of Oswald J. Smith:

Oh, to realize and know that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How cold are our hearts! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!


Living Waters University: Ron



"Why do you think people embrace biblical evangelism and then grow lukewarm, even though they were taught correctly?"


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Words of Comfort: Prayer Request.




Thursday, March 7, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Thursday, 7th March 2013.



"What does the Bible say about tattoos?"

From blogos.orgNext on the GotQuestions.org Top 20 list is “Are tattoos a sin? Is it a sin to get a tattoo?” The only Bible verse that specifically mentions tattoos is Leviticus 19:28, “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.” With this verse in mind, I want to point out flaws in both sides of the argument. Some who oppose tattoos will point to Leviticus 19:28 and say “case closed, it is a sin to get a tattoo.” The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many commands in the Old Testament Law, and in the Book of Leviticus especially, that Christians do not obey. For example, the verse immediately prior to Leviticus 19:28 states, “Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard” (19:27). If we are going to use Leviticus 19:28 to outlaw tattoos, we should also outlaw everything else that the Old Testament Law forbids. The key point is this – Jesus’ death fulfilled and completed the Law, ending its requirements on us (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15). Therefore, the law against tattoos is not binding on Christians.

As a result of the inapplicability of Leviticus 19:28, some will argue that since the Bible does not speak against tattoos in a New Covenant context, it is acceptable to get tattoos. The problem with this line of reasoning is that there are many things the Bible does not specifically speak against. The Bible being silent on an activity does not necessarily indicate approval of that activity. Some who approve of Christians getting tattoos will also point to Revelation 19:16 and claim that Jesus has a tattoo, “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” The text does not say that it will be a tattoo. It could be written by a magic marker for all we know, or it could be a henna (non-permanent) tattoo, or it could be metaphoric/symbolic, not literal. Whatever the case, Revelation 19:16 does not say Jesus has a tattoo. Even if it did, it would not be blanket permission for Christians to get tattoos.

So, if arguments from both sides are flawed, what is the answer in regards to tattoos? For me, this issue seems to be primarily a struggle with Christian freedom. It would be so much easier if we just had an exhaustive list of do’s and don’ts. Christian freedom is uncomfortable because it forces us to truly examine our motives. That is why Christians tend to go to one extreme or the other, legalism or licentiousness. Legalism is easier because it provides us with the list of do’s and don’ts. Licentiousness is easier because it focuses on the “freedom” in “Christian freedom” while ignoring the “Christian.”

Perhaps the most applicable verse on the question of whether getting a tattoo is a sin would be Romans 14:23, “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” Sometimes, if you have to ask the question of whether something is right or wrong, it is a sign that it is wrong. As Christians, we should never do anything unless we are absolutely convinced that it is right. Further, we should never do something just because someone else says it is right. If you are absolutely convinced that getting a tattoo will be pleasing to God, honoring to God, and an increase in your being a light to the world – I will not stand in your way of getting a tattoo, nor will I claim that you have sinned by getting a tattoo. Ultimately, it is between you and God.

I seriously doubt I will ever get a tattoo. I am just not convinced that it is right to permanently mark my body with a tattoo. Speaking of Christian freedom, 1 Corinthians 6:12 states, “Everything is permissible for me, but not everything is beneficial” (see also 1 Corinthians 10:23). Might tattoos be permissible? Maybe. But, I simply do not see how they can be considered beneficial. For me, then, it would be a sin to get a tattoo because there is doubt, not faith (Romans 14:23).

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Some general questions you could ask yourself:
  • What is your motive? Is it to fit in/be stylish, is out of a desire to rebel, or prove a commitment to a girlfriend?
  • Will you still want it in 30 years? Many got tattoos of the Rolling Stones open mouth with a tongue logo, which after aging and sagging skin today looks like a shut mouth with a dead tongue dripping out it.
  • Will this affect your ability to get a job? Popular tattoos on the neck and forearms can be a turnoff to potential employers. (Some jobs require you cover them up for the rest of your life.)
  • Are you wanting a tattoo to honor God? Are you convinced this will glorify God?
  • Reflect on your age, if you are under 25 you may want to hold off for a year or two. The younger years are often given to impulse. If you’re going to have it for the rest of your life, putting it on hold to see if your feelings change won’t hurt anything.


Words of Comfort: Illumination


How privileged we are to have the Bible. It’s a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Without its illuminating pages we would be in darkness as to our origins, our reason for existence, and our eternal destiny. C. S. Lewis was so right when he said, “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” 

Through the foreknowledge of God, the Scriptures lay out the pilgrimage of mankind from beginning to end. We are told to watch Jerusalem, because its birth-pains give us the timeline for the ushering in of the Kingdom of God. The Bible points to Jesus of Nazareth—the perfect Lamb of God—the Savior of the world—the One to whom every knee will bow. He is the only one who can free us from the power of the grave and grant us everlasting life. Death is merely the first installment for sinful humanity. That, in itself, should put the fear of God is us, because He means what He says about punishing all evil. Hell may be used in profanity, but its existence is a terrible reality. Yet, despite our sins, He is rich in mercy to all who call on Him. This is the greatest news this dark, hopeless and evil world could ever hope to hear, and yet the proud can’t hear it. They can’t because they won’t. Such is the way of salvation. God only gives grace to the humble.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Words of Comfort: Predators!



Recently a man in New Zealand died after he was horrifically attacked and eaten by a shark. The atheist, however, can’t blame God for creating the shark, because (in his mind) God doesn't exist. He has to say that this tragedy was the cold result of the evolutionary process. It was a matter of survival of the fittest. The shark simply ate a primate who was in his territory. The Christian, however, has a different worldview. This terrible death of a human being confirms that we live in a “fallen” creation, under the curse of Genesis--where sharks devour people. So do lions and tigers. Snakes kill, bees sting, mosquitoes suck blood and spread disease, crocodiles bite your arm off, and bears rip open your rib cage. There are a whole lot of other nasty predators that will eat you for dinner, if you get into their territory or if they are hungry enough to come into yours. While evolution rests on faith because the believer has to believe what he’s been told about old bones, about theories and dating data, we can “observe” Genesis chapter 1 in the existing creation and in the fossil record. Not only is the curse observable, but we see male and female in every kind and all of them reproduce after their own kind, just as the Scriptures say. It’s all readily observable in Nature. None of it needs faith.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Today’s Show Notes: Tuesday, 5th March 2013.



"What are some hindrances to a potent prayer life?"

From GotQuestions.org The most obvious hindrance to a potent prayer life is the presence of unconfessed sins in the heart of the one who is praying. Because our God is holy, there is a barrier that exists between Him and us when we come to Him with unconfessed sin in our lives. “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). David concurred, knowing from experience that God is far from those who try to hide their sin: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened” (Psalm 66:18).

The Bible refers to several areas of sin that are hindrances to effective prayer. First, when we are living according to the flesh, rather than in the Spirit, our desire to pray and our ability to effectively communicate with God are hindered. Although we receive a new nature when we are born again, that new nature still resides in our old flesh, and that old “tent” is corrupt and sinful. The flesh can gain control of our actions, attitudes, and motives unless we are diligent to “put to death the deeds of the body” (Romans 8:13) and be led by the Spirit in a right relationship with God. Only then will we be able to pray in close communion with Him.

One way living in the flesh manifests itself is in selfishness, another hindrance to effective prayer. When our prayers are selfishly motivated, when we ask God for what we want rather than for what He wants, our motives hinder our prayers. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). Asking according to God’s will is the same as asking in submission to whatever His will may be, whether or not we know what that will is. As in all things, Jesus is to be our example in prayer. He always prayed in the will of His Father: “Yet not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Selfish prayers are always those that are intended to gratify our own selfish desires, and we should not expect God to respond to such prayers. “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures” (James 4:3).

Living according to selfish, fleshly desires will also hinder our prayers because it produces a hardness of heart toward others. If we are indifferent to the needs of others, we can expect God to be indifferent to our needs. When we go to God in prayer, our first concern should be His will. The second should be the needs of others. This stems from the understanding that we are to consider others better than ourselves and be concerned about their interests over and above our own (Philippians 2:3-4).

A major hindrance to effective prayer is a spirit of unforgiveness toward others. When we refuse to forgive others, a root of bitterness grows up in our hearts and chokes our prayers. How can we expect God to pour out His blessings upon us undeserving sinners if we harbor hatred and bitterness toward others? This principle is beautifully illustrated in the parable of the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18:23-35. This story teaches that God has forgiven us a debt that is beyond measure (our sin), and He expects us to forgive others as we have been forgiven. To refuse to do so will hinder our prayers.

Another major hindrance to effective prayer is unbelief and doubt. This does not mean, as some suggest, that because we come to God convinced that He will grant our requests, He is somehow obligated to do so. Praying without doubt means praying in the secure belief and understanding of God’s character, nature, and motives. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). When we come to God in prayer, doubting His character, purpose, and promises, we insult Him terribly. Our confidence must be in His ability to grant any request that is in accordance with His will and purpose for our lives. We must pray with the understanding that whatever He purposes is the best possible scenario. “But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does” (James 1:6-7).

Finally, discord in the home is a definite obstacle to prayer. Peter specifically mentions this as a hindrance to the prayers of a husband whose attitude toward his wife is less than godly. “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers” (1 Peter 3:7). Where there is a serious conflict in family relationships and the head of the household is not demonstrating the attitudes Peter mentions, the husband’s prayer communication with God is hindered. Likewise, wives are to follow the biblical principles of submission to their husbands’ headship if their own prayers are not to be hindered (Ephesians 5:22-24).

Fortunately, all these prayer hindrances can be dealt with at once by coming to God in prayers of confession and repentance. We are assured in 1 John 1:9 that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Once we have done that, we enjoy a clear and open channel of communication with God, and our prayers will not only be heard and answered, but we will also be filled with a deep sense of joy.



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