Thursday, July 31, 2014

Words of Comfort: Under The Sword.


The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We are often admonished to “fear God,” and to work out our salvation with “fear and trembling.” How do we obtain the commanded virtue of the fear of God?

One great key is to look at Israel. They lost sight of Moses, so they created their own image of god (the golden calf). Suddenly Moses appeared in wrath, threw the Ten Commandments at their feet, and cried, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The people decided whether they wanted to serve sin or God. Those who refused to stand with Moses came under the sword. That undoubtedly produced the fear of the Lord.

We live in an age where many have lost sight of Moses. The moral Law has been removed from the marketplace, from schools, and even from many churches. As a result, America has made her own image of god. Our commission is to cry to the world, “Who is on the Lord’s side?” We are to proclaim the gospel of peace. Those who refuse to make peace with God through the blood of the cross will be cut down by the wrath of the Law. That should put the fear of God into any of us.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Words of Comfort: FreeWonderfulBook

God told Israel to be careful with details when building the tabernacle. How much more should we be careful as we help to build the Church—the temple of the living God (see 2 Cor. 6:16). The modern Church prides itself in being free from the traditions that held the blind Pharisees, yet the average altar call is soaked in manmade traditions: “with every eye closed, while the music is playing, while counselors are coming, no one is watching you…won’t you come and invite Jesus into your heart?” Such traditions are not based in Holy Scripture, are filling our churches with false converts, and are creating those we erroneously call “backsliders.” In reaching the lost, it is essential that we follow the pattern given in Scripture. See www.freeWonderfulBook.com


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Words of Comfort: Ark of the Covenant.



Everything about the Ark of the Covenant was symbolic of the Messiah. It was made of wood, indicating the Messiah would be a human. It was overlaid with gold, signifying the Messiah would be divine. It contained three objects: the tablets of stone, a pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded. The tablets signified that the Messiah would have the Law of God in His heart. The manna meant the Messiah would be the Bread of Life. The rod with blossoms was a prophecy that the Messiah would arise from the dead. The lid of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat. Once a year the High Priest sprinkled blood on the Mercy Seat to atone for the sins of Israel. The Mercy Seat pointed to the fact that through the work of the Messiah the mercy of God would cover the Law. The blood foreshadowed the fact that the Messiah would have to shed His own blood to atone for our sins.

Jesus fulfilled every prophetic type of the Ark. He was God in the flesh (John 10:30). He had the Law in His heart (Matt. 5:17). He declared Himself to be the “Bread of Life” (John 6:35). And He shed His blood on the Cross, atoning for our sins and covering the Law with Grace (Rom. 3:21–26). By Dr. David R. Reagan

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Words of Comfort: His Holiness = Our Death.


What a fearful thing it was when God gave His Law. And this was when He came in peace. He was not manifesting He terrible wrath, but simply giving His Law to Israel through Moses, yet it was an unspeakably fearful sight. A number of times in this chapter God warned Israel to be careful not to approach the mountain, “lest the LORD break out against them.” The holiness of God would fall upon sinful man quicker than a massive bolt of lightning would consume a dead ant. Think of an unrepentant murderer, who has raped innocent young girls then callously cut their throats, standing before a judge. As the good judge looks upon the devious criminal, he is filled with anger as he brings down his gavel and passes the death sentence. Desire for justice fuels his wrath. How much more will a perfect and holy God be wrath-filled and break out on sinful humanity for our wickedness! No man can stand in God’s presence and live. His holiness demands our death. The only way we can live is to be sheltered in Jesus Christ.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Words of Comfort: Rest?


It is often said that we should “come apart” before we come apart. We should make sure we take the time to rest. If you are overwhelmed with your work for God, delegate, but don’t just do nothing while sinners sink into Hell. It is far better to burn out than to rust out. Pray always. Preach the word, in season and out of season...always laboring in the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain. We will have eternity to rest.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Words of Comfort: Amalekites.


A skeptic writes: “God said He would blot out all remembrance of Amalek. The Bible itself disproves this by mentioning Amalek to this day.”

God told Moses to “write this for a memorial in the book,” and God preserved the Book for 5,000 years so skeptics would know that God keeps every promise He makes. The phrase “I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven” means that He will blot them out as a nation from the earth. There are no descendants of the Amalekites on the earth. They don’t exist.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rod of God.


We hear sermons about Aaron and Hur holding up the hands of Moses, as Joshua led Israel in a battle against Amalek, as examples of intercessory prayer. As long as Moses’ hands were held up, Joshua prevailed. But it’s also relevant to notice that Moses was holding “the rod of God.”

When we lift up the rod of the Law in the battle for souls, we will prevail. Scripture and church history testify to that. The enemy hates the use of the moral Law (the Ten Commandments) in witnessing, because he knows that if our evangelistic efforts (with the help of God) produce genuine converts, they will in turn reproduce their own kind, set our churches on fire and bring revival to this dying world.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Rock.


“The apostle says that Rock was Christ, 1Co 10:4, it was a type of him. While the curse of God might justly have been executed upon our guilty souls, behold the Son of God is smitten for us. Let us ask and receive. There was a constant, abundant supply of this water. Numerous as believers are, the supply of the Spirit of Christ is enough for all. The water flowed from the rock in streams to refresh the wilderness, and attended them on their way towards Canaan; and this water flows from Christ, through the ordinances, in the barren wilderness of this world, to refresh our souls, until we come to glory.” Matthew Henry

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Words of Comfort: Dusty Bible.


Make sure you daily gather sustenance from God’s Word. If you suspect that someone is a false convert, ask when he last read the Bible. His response will indicate whether he is close to or distant from the Lord. False converts, who let sin into their hearts, will often still pray to their concept of God but will stop reading His Word. Like the manner from Heaven which spoiled overnight, the Word becomes odious to them because of their sin.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Words fo Comfort: Supernaturally-Naturally.


A skeptic wrote: “God violates the laws of nature and of logic.”

His very omniscience is illogical. How can He be aware of every thought of every human heart at one time (see Psa. 139:1–10)? We struggle to entertain two thoughts at once. Neither is it logical that old movies invisibly and instantly (in full color) speed through the air and manifest themselves on my TV screen, phone or iPad.

So many natural things that we now take for granted defy the logic of earlier days. So it is not logical to reject the idea that the Creator of this universe—the One who created the laws of nature—could turn water into wine, still storms, curse a fig tree, and raise the dead. God made the sea; He can part it if He so desires. He can also walk on it. Since He created the human body, He can fix it without medicine. He can create pillars of salt, pillars of fire, and pillars of goose feathers, if He wants. Virgin birth? No problem. Resurrection—easy (see Acts 26:8).

If I acknowledge that a supernatural Creator exists, everything supernaturally becomes possible. Naturally.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Eating a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm.


"Didn't you say before that it was impossible for God to lie? Which is it? Are all things possible or not? I'm not taking anything out of context. Ray Comfort has said that it is impossible for God to lie, and now he is saying with God, all things are possible.  It can't be both. Logic... It's important." Brad Gurney

Let me try and show you how it can be both. It would be impossible for me to eat a live, fat, blood-filled, wriggling worm. Of course it is possible for me to eat it--all I need to do is put it in my mouth and chew, but it is such a disgusting thought, I draw on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. Lying is so against God's holy nature, so repulsive, so disgusting and distasteful to Him the Bible calls on the strength of the word "impossible" to substantiate the claim. It is “impossible” for God to lie. That means you can totally trust every promise He makes.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: I Want Logic.


"I want logic. Either God can do all things, or he can't. It's not a matter of whether or not he wants to. If you want to prove that to me, then you can try. But it needs to be done with logic and reason and evidence.” Brad Gurney

Okay, let's have some logic. Tell me, do you like a blue sky? Do you enjoy a good sunset? How about a sunrise? Where to you, is "here"? Pinpoint "now." Where is up (point to it)? Now point to down.

The sky isn’t blue. It doesn’t have any color to it. The sun never rises, nor does it set (the earth turns). “Now” cannot be pinpointed. The millisecond you pinpoint it, it becomes “then.” There is no such direction as up, or down. Those who point up in the northern hemisphere, point in a different direction to those at the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere.

We can’t be sure of anything. Two hundred years ago the thought of flying 400 people in a steel can at 33,000 feet was illogical and impossible. iPads are illogical. It makes no sense that someone can see me and talk to me at the speed of light from 7,000 miles away.

You say that these things become logical when explained.  That’s our point when it comes to God. If you want to shut your eyes to the genius of His handiwork (evidence for His existence) then go ahead, but make sure you realize that what you are doing is illogical, unreasonable, irrational and ridiculous, in the truest sense of the word.  

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Words of Comfort: Illogical.


I have read where a number of people are demanding that we be “logical” when it comes to the character of God. Did you know that it’s logical that God sends every person who violates His Law to Hell? That’s logical, reasonable, rational, just, right, and good.

Here’s something illogical: God offers us Heaven as a free gift.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Words of Comfort: Common Ancestor.


“We have all evolved from the same common ancestor, that is where these morals come from.” Anthony Timmy Heist

The name of the common ancestor was Adam and any “evolution” (change) that took place was confined to the human race (humankind). We are moral creatures and we are morally responsible to the One who gave us life. That’s why we need a Savior.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Words of Comfort: Abortion: God Understands.

Perhaps you are considering having an abortion, with the thought that even though you know it’s wrong, God will forgive you.

That tells me something about you. You lack a virtue that isn’t highly prized nowadays. In fact it’s frowned upon by many. It’s what the Bible calls “the fear of the Lord,” and according to the Bible, it’s the “beginning of wisdom.” In other words, if you don’t fear God, you haven’t begun to be wise. 

A person who doesn’t fear God will lie to you and steal from you. This is usually because he believes that God doesn’t mind the occasional lie and a little theft.  But here’s where his worldview gets a little worrisome.  A person who doesn’t fear God may even kill you…if he thinks he can get away with it. That’s why America had around 200,000 murders, in just one ten-year period (1990--2,000).

Of course, some of these murderers distanced themselves from the crime, by hiring a killer to do the dirty work for them.  Can you imagine actually murdering another human being, or paying someone else to kill them? What could be worse? I will tell you. It is the hiring of a professional killer to take the life of a helpless child in the womb.

The lack of the fear of God traces itself back to something that is also rarely spoken of in today’s society. The Bible calls it “idolatry.” Idolatry is the making of a false god—either with our hands (in the form of an idol) or our minds. Idolaters say something like “I believe that God is like this….” and then they shape a god to suit ourselves—a loving, kind, and merciful god who “understands” when a mother is planning on murdering her own child. But that god doesn’t exist. He is a figment of the human imagination.

The person who fears God will not steal, murder or lie. This is because he knows that “lying lips are an abomination to the Lord,” and that lying is so serious to God that the Bible warns “All liars will have their part in the lake of fire.” God killed a husband and wife (in the Book of Acts), because they told a lie, and He killed a man (in Genesis 38) because he did something sexual that God frowned upon.

The Bible warns that if you as much hate another person, you are a murderer (see 1 John 3:15).  So how much more will God hold you responsible for an abortion?

Be wise, and let the fear of God cause you to beg for His mercy for even entertaining the thought that you could kill your own baby. Do that and you will find that this same wrath-filled God who you must face on Judgment Day, is rich in mercy. He sent His Son to suffer and die on the cross for sinners. You broke God’s moral Law. Jesus paid the ultimate fine. That means God can legally dismiss our case. He can commute our death sentence: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Then Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. Please, repent (turn from sin) today and trust in Jesus alone, and God will grant you the free gift of everlasting life. Then read your Bible daily and obey it. www.180Movie.com


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Words of Comfort: After-life.

Luke Poulin said "Ray, have you ever, just once, considered the possibility that there is no after-life? Did you ever meditate on that idea? The idea that, once you die, it truly is over?" 

A Christian knows God. We don't simply know "about" Him. We know Him, and because of that we KNOW that there's an afterlife. Let me see if I can help you relate (I don't say that condescendingly). Have you ever, just once, considered that you are not alive? Did you ever mediate on that idea? How would you answer that question? That's the dilemma I have in trying to answer your question.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Law of Moses.


Charles Spurgeon said, “With every commandment—the bare letter is nothing, compared with the whole stupendous meaning and severe strictness of the rule. The commandments, if I may so speak, are like the stars. When seen with the naked eye, they appear to be brilliant points; if we could draw near to them, we should see them to be infinite worlds, greater than even our sun, stupendous though it is. So is it with the law of God. It seems to be but a luminous point, because we see it at a distance, but when we come nearer where Christ stood, and estimate the law as he saw it, then we find it is vast, immeasurable. “Thy commandment is exceeding broad.” Think then for a moment of the spirituality of the law, its extent and strictness. The law of Moses condemns for offence, without hope of pardon, and sin, like a millstone, is bound around the sinner’s neck, and he is cast into the depths. Moreover, the law deals with sins of thought,—the imagination of evil is sin. The transit of sin across the heart, leaves the stain of impurity behind it. This law, too, extends to every act,—tracks us to our bed-chamber, goes with us to our house of prayer, and if it discovers so much as the least sign of wavering from the strict path of integrity, it condemns us. When we think of the law of God we may well be overwhelmed with horror, and sit down and say, ‘God be merciful to me, for to keep this law is utterly beyond power; even to know the fullness of its meaning is not within finite capacity. Therefore, great God, cleanse us from our secret faults—save us by thy grace, for by the law we never can be saved.’”

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Words of Comfort: Miracles.


In reference to answers to prayer, John Milk said "Again, that is not a miracle. Unlikely things do happen."

You are a blind man on a sight site. Every person who has been born again has had a miracle. The new birth is a miracle. I had mine on April 24th, 1972. I don't need another. God supernaturally opened my blind eyes and gave me completely new desires.

Jesus said that a sinful and adulterous generation seeks a sign, but the only sign given was the sign of Jonah. He was a “type” of Jesus being swallowed by death and resurrected from the dead. If you want a sign from God, repent and trust in Him who suffered and died for the sins of the world, and you will get your personal miracle.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Words of Comfort: Only Christ.


Never a man spoke like this Man:

"In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. ” Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it. ”" (Luke 10:21-24).

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Words of Comfort: Like the Professor.


I believe that God created the oceans and all the sea creatures that are in them: “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind…” (Genesis 1:21).

Approximately 70% of the earth is covered in water, so I took a camera to a university and asked a professor (a marine biologist) where the water came from. He said that the possibility was that the ocean came from space in the form of comets. So I asked him where the 28,000 different species of fish came from. Up until that point he was friendly, but the question seemed to offend him. He then put his hand over the lens and ended the interview. Apparently he didn’t know where the fish (or the oceans) came from.

So if you believe the oceans came from comets, can you tell me where whales, dolphins, porpoises, plus the 28,000 different species of fish came from? I don’t want links to rabbit trails (I will delete those). I want you to tell me in your own words--do you believe that there was life in the rocks/soil waiting for water to come from space? Did the fish come on comets? Or, like the professor, you don’t know?

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Words of Comfort: Ten Cannons of God's Law

Those of you who have read the book “Out of the Comfort Zone” will know that back in 1982 I discovered what is now called “Hell’s Best Kept Secret,” and how I had a strong conviction that God was going to move myself and my family from New Zealand to the United States.

You will also know the amazing way in which He did that, how I waited another three years in America for doors to open, and how I received a call from a well-known preacher. He had seen the teaching on video, and felt it was so important he had me share it with a thousand pastors.

He put it on video and that year he screened what he titled “Ten Cannons of God’s Law” to 30,000 pastors. My faithful PA found the 1992 clip on YouTube where I (in a comparatively youthful body) shared it with those pastors:  



Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Words of Comfort: Scientists in Israel


Scientists in Israel have made news because they say that the Bible is wrong. It says that camels were domesticated somewhere between 2000 and 1500 BC. They believe that they weren’t domesticated in Israel until centuries later, more like 900 BC. But they are wrong. Camels were domesticated 1,000 years earlier. We know this because we have a historically reliable record: “And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she lighted off the camel.” Genesis 24:64 doesn’t say she “lit up” a camel—she lighted off a camel, which means she was riding the domesticated beast. Still, many in the world will prefer to believe scientists over the Bible, and it doing so they strain at a gnat and…well you know the rest.

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2014/02/06/camel-bones-suggest-error-in-bible/

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Science Guy