Friday, November 29, 2013

Words of Comfort: "Yom"



Most theologians throughout church history agree that in using the phrase “the evening and the morning were the first day,” the Scriptures are speaking of a literal 24-hour day, rather than a period of years.

“To understand the meaning of ‘day’ in Genesis 1, we need to determine how the Hebrew word for ‘day,’ yom, is used in the context of Scripture...A number, and the phrase ‘evening and morning,’ are used for each of the six days of creation (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31). Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with a number 410 times, and each time it means an ordinary day—why would Genesis 1 be the exception? Outside Genesis 1, yom is used with the word ‘evening’ or ‘morning’ 23 times. ‘Evening’ and ‘morning’ appear in association, but without yom, 38 times. All 61 times the text refers to an ordinary day—why would Genesis 1 be the exception? In Genesis 1:5, yomoccurs in context with the word ‘night.’ Outside of Genesis 1, ‘night’ is used with yom 53 times—and each time it means an ordinary day. Why would Genesis 1 be the exception? Even the usage of the word ‘light’ with yom in this passage determines the meaning as ordinary day.” Ken Ham, et al., The Answers Book (revised and expanded)

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Words of Comfort: John Wesley.

“While [every true believer] cries out, ‘O what love have I unto thy Law! All the day long is my
study in it;’ he sees daily, in that divine mirror, more and more of his own sinfulness. He sees more and more clearly that he is fullness a sinner in all things—that neither his heart nor his ways are right before God, and that every moment sends him to Christ.

“Therefore I cannot spare the Law one moment, no more than I can spare Christ, seeing I now want it as much to keep me to Christ, as I ever wanted it to bring me to Him. Otherwise this ‘evil heart of unbelief’ would immediately ‘depart from the living God.’ Indeed each is continually sending me to the other—the Law to Christ, and Christ to the Law.” John Wesley


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Words of Comfort: The Annoying Husband






Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Words of Comfort: You Shall Not Steal.


If someone accuses you of trying to make him feel guilty by quoting the Ten Commandment, ask him which one makes him feel guilty, and say, “The Bible says, ‘You shall not steal.’ If you feel guilty when you hear that, why do you think that is? Could it be because you are guilty?” God gave us our conscience so we would know when we break His Law. The guilt we feel when we do something wrong tells us that we need to repent and trust the Savior.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Words of Comfort: The Adulterous Woman.

“Jesus didn’t condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery, but condemned those who judged her. Therefore you shouldn’t judge others.”
The Christian is not “judging others” but simply telling the world of God’s judgment—that God (not the Christian) has judged all the world as being guilty before Him (see Romans 3:19,23). Jesus was able to offer that woman forgiveness for her sin, because He was on His way to die on the cross for her. She acknowledged Him as “Lord,” but He still told her, “Go, and sin no more.” If she didn’t repent, she would perish.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Words of Comfort: Spirit of the Law.


What a fearful thing it will be when sinners face God’s Law. It cries out for justice; it has no mercy. It demands, “The soul that sins shall die!” But the Judge who rules can, at His own discretion, administer the spirit of the Law, and its spirit says that mercy rejoices over judgment—God is rich in mercy to all who call upon Him.
The letter kills, but the Spirit brings life. God would rather acquit the criminal from the courtroom . . . and He can do so because of Calvary.  A. N. Martin said, “The moment God’s Law ceases to be the most powerful factor in influencing the moral sensitivity of any individual or nation, there will be indifference to Divine wrath, and when indifference comes in it always brings in its train indifference to salvation.”

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Words of Comfort: The Devil.


The Bible calls the devil the god and prince of this world, and the ruler of darkness (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 6:12). He seeks to hinder the work of God and suppress God’s Word (Matthew 13:38, 39; 1 Thessalonians 2:18). He is a liar, the father of lies, and a murderer (John 8:44). The devil is your adversary and a devourer (1 Peter 5:8). He is the promoter of pride (Genesis 3:5; 1 Timothy 3:6), the stimulator of lust (Ephesians 2:2, 3), and the tempter (Luke 4:1–13) who came to “kill, steal, and destroy” (see John 10:10).

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Words of Comfort: If we knew...

John Wesley (the famous preacher) was asked what he would do with his life if he knew that he would die at midnight the next day. His answer was something like this: “I would just carry on with what I am doing. I will arise at 5:00 a.m. for prayer, then take a house meeting at 6.00 a.m. At 12 noon, I will be preaching at an open-air. At 3:00 p.m. I have another meeting in another town. At 6:00 p.m. I have a house meeting; at 10:00 p.m. I have a prayer meeting and at 12:00 midnight, I would go to be with my Lord.”
If we knew we were to die at 12 o’clock tomorrow night, would we have to step up our evangelistic efforts, or could we in all good conscience carry on just as we are?
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Words of Comfort: Sheep.


True believers in the Scriptures are likened to sheep, which: know the voice of their shepherd; are easily led (they submit without resistance); flock together (in unity); need a shepherd (or they stray); were a type of Israel (Matthew 10:6); imitate one another; are productive (wool, leather, meat, and milk); were a sign of God’s blessing (see Deuteronomy 7:13); and will be divided from the “goats” at the Judgment. Today you are either a sheep or a goat. Which are you?

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Words of Comfort: Slave!


A Hebrew servant (according to the Bible) who was given his freedom had the option to stay with a master he loved. If he chose to give up his freedom, his master took him to the doorpost and pierced his ear with an awl, “and he shall serve him forever” (Exodus 21:5, 6). In the same way, the sinner (upon conversion) is given freedom from sin and becomes a servant of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 7:22), to serve Him forever. He presents his body as a living sacrifice. His ear is forever open to the Door of the Savior (John 10:9) to hear His voice.

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Words of Comfort: The Good Shepherd.


Jesus spoke of Himself as being “the Good Shepherd” (see John 10). Hundreds of years earlier, David had written that the Lord was his shepherd, and now that Shepherd had become flesh. Here is a continuance of the most famous of psalms, Psalm 23. This was the “Great Shepherd” Himself (Hebrews 13:20), the One who takes away the “want” of the covetous human heart. He was the path of righteousness, who brought light to the valley of the shadow of death. Here was the Bread of Life, placed by God on a table in the presence of our enemies. Heaven’s cup “ran over,” and brought the Father’s goodness and mercy to us, so that we might dwell in the House of the Lord forever.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Words of Comfort: Different Ways...


God’s ways are distinctively and consistently different from ours. God did not rescue Daniel
out of the lion’s den as we would have. He didn’t turn off the fiery furnace into which Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abed-Nego were cast, as we would. He didn’t kill Pharaoh and save the Israelites
from the Red Sea; instead He worked His wondrous purposes in the lion’s den, in the furnace, and in the Red Sea. Lion’s teeth, fire, and water are no big deal to the God who created them. Death, at the presence of the Light of the world, is but a shadow that quickly dissipates like a frightened and sickly child.

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Words of Comfort: Patronizing Nonsense.


“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn’t be a great moral teacher. He’d either be a lunatic—on a level with the man who says he’s a poached egg—or else he’d be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But don’t let us come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He hasn’t left that open to us. He didn’t intend to.” C. S. LewisThe Case for Christianity—From, The Evidence Bible

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Words of Comfort: Tears.


Have you ever wondered why Jesus wept at Lazarus’ funeral (see John 11:35)? In one sense, this verse is a mystery because Jesus knew what He was about to do. He was about to give Mary and Martha the greatest gift, outside of salvation, that they could ever hope for. Yet, He wept.
The prophets tell us that the Messiah would be a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). He was moved with compassion for the multitudes, wept over Jerusalem, and knew what it was to “weep with those who weep.” Even though we have heaven before us, it pains the Head of the Body when the foot hurts. Jesus is a High Priest who is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Words of Comfort: Lazarus Tomb.


When Jesus cried out “Lazarus come forth!” outside the grave of the four-days-dead Lazarus, His word cut through the icy grip of death like a white-hot blade through soft powdered snow. The same Word that brought life in the beginning breathed life into the decomposing corpse of Lazarus. Suddenly, from the blackened shadow of the tomb appeared a figure, wrapped in grave clothes. As he stood at the entrance of the tomb (for tombs didn’t need an exit until that day), his face and body were covered with grave clothes. God took him by the hand and led him to the light.
The hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice. The victory Lazarus had over death was bad news for the devil and the undertaker, but it was only a temporary triumph, for the undertaker would eventually get his deathly fee. Lazarus would ultimately depart from this earth, but the time is coming when death shall be no more. On that day, we will exchange these vile, perishing bodies for incorruptible bodies that will never feel pain, disease, or death: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54).
For those who trust in Jesus, this body is but a chrysalis, which may become wrinkled and crusty with age, but it is just a shell that will be dropped off as the new butterfly emerges.  From, The Evidence Bible.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Words of Comfort: Lowly Beast.


Instead of riding triumphantly through the streets of Jerusalem on a kingly white stallion, Jesus chose to ride on a young donkey, a lowly beast of burden. Imagine how humbling it would be for the president of the United States to ride through New York on the back of a donkey. But this is what the King of kings did. This time He came in lowliness, humbling Himself and becoming obedient to the death of the cross. The next time He will come in flaming fire, on a white horse with ten thousands of His saints. Are you ready to face him?

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Words of Comfort: One Way.

Jesus is the One who said that He is the only way to the Father (see John 14:6). For Christians to say that there are other ways to find peace with God is to bear false testimony. In one sweeping statement, Jesus discards all other religions as a means of finding forgiveness of sins. The Bible says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12), and “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Words of Comfort: Nothing Happened...

“I made a commitment to Christ, but nothing happened.”

Some people don’t get past “square one” because they trust in their feelings rather than God. His promises are true, despite our feelings. If I make a promise to my wife, that promise is true whether she is feeling happy or sad. If she doubts my word, then she brings a slur to my integrity. Anyone who genuinely repents and trusts in Christ will be saved. The Bible makes this promise: “He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” [John 14:21]. There’s the promise, and there’s the condition. Any person who loves and obeys Jesus will begin a supernatural relationship with Him and the Father. He said, “And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3). That doesn’t mean you will hear voices or see visions. God will instead make you a  new person from within. He will send His Spirit to live within you. You will have a new heart with new desires. You will suddenly become conscious of God and His creation. The Bible will open up to you and become a living Word, and you will have an inner witness that you are saved, that your name is written in heaven, and that death has lost its sting (1 John 5:10–12).

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Words of Comfort: 100 Lashes!

An African chief got wind of a mutiny being planned in his tribe. In an effort to quash the revolt, he called the tribe together and said that anyone caught in rebellion would be given one hundred lashes, without mercy.
A short time later, to the chief’s dismay he found that his own brother was behind the revolt. He was trying to overthrow him so he could be head of the tribe. Everyone thought the chief would break his word. But being a just man, he had his brother tied to a tree. Then he had himself tied next to him, and he took those one hundred lashes across his own bare flesh, in his brother’s place. In doing so, he not only kept his word (justice was done), but he also demonstrated his great love and forgiveness toward his brother.
Such is the love of God in Christ. We are guilty, and yet He took our punishment upon Himself so that we could be free from the demands of Enteral Justice. For details on how to find God’s forgiveness and everlasting life, see www.needGod.com

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Words of Comfort: Gravity.


Much damage has been done to the cause of the gospel by telling the world that they will go to Hell “because they don’t believe in Jesus.” This makes no sense to the ungodly. It seems unreasonable that God would eternally damn them for not believing something. However, this can be explained this way: If a man jumps out of a plane without a parachute, he will perish because he transgressed the law of gravity. Had he put on a parachute, he would have been saved. In one sense, he perished because he didn’t put on the parachute. But the primary reason he died was because he broke what has often been called “the law” of gravity.
If a sinner refuses to trust in Jesus Christ when he passes through the door of death, he will perish. This isn’t because he refused to trust the Savior, but because he transgressed the Law of God. Had he “put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14), he would have been saved; but because he refused to repent, he will suffer the full consequences of his sin. Sin is not “failing to believe in Jesus.” Sin is “transgression of the Law” (1 John 3:4).

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Words of Comfort: To Know.


It’s an error to assume that because we believe or don’t believe something, it changes reality. Some may not believe in gravity, and they even may feel they have “evidence” to back up their belief. However, gravity exists whether they believe in it or not--and God is knowable whether we believe it or not. Jesus testified, “And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).
We not only have the testimony of the Scriptures to tell us this, but we have the testimony of multitudes of Christians who know the Lord personally. It is more truthful to say, “I don’t want to know God.” Sinful man runs from Him as did Adam in the Garden of Eden.

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