Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Words of Comfort: Driving Power.


“God [has] appointed a day in which He will judge the world, and we sigh and cry until it shall end the reign of wickedness, and give rest to the oppressed. Brethren, we must preach the coming of the Lord, and preach it somewhat more than we have done, because it is the driving power of the gospel. Too many have kept back these truths, and thus the bone has been taken out of the arm of the gospel. Its point has been broken; its edge has been blunted. The doctrine of judgment to come is the power by which men are to be aroused. There is another life; the Lord will come a second time; judgment will arrive; the wrath of God will be revealed. Where this is not preached, I am bold to say the gospel is not preached.

“It is absolutely necessary to the preaching of the gospel of Christ that men be warned as to what will happen if they continue in their sins. Ho, ho sir surgeon, you are too delicate to tell the man that he is ill! You hope to heal the sick without their knowing it. You therefore flatter them; and what happens? They laugh at you; they dance upon their own graves. At last they die! Your delicacy is cruelty; your flatteries are poisons; you are a murderer. Shall we keep men in a fool’s paradise? Shall we lull them into soft slumbers from which they will awake in hell? Are we to become helpers of their damnation by our smooth speeches? In the name of God we will not.” Charles Spurgeon

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Words of Comfort: One blood.


Some have wondered, if we are all descendants of Adam and Eve, why are there so many races? The Bible informed us 2,000 years ago that God has made all nations from “one blood.” We are all of the same race—the “human race,” descendants of Adam and Eve, something science is slowly coming to realize. Reuters news service reported the following article by Maggie Fox:

“Science may have caught up with the Bible, which says that Adam and Eve are the ancestors of all humans alive today. Peter Underhill of Stanford University in California remarked on findings published in the November 2000 issue of the journal Nature Genetics. . . Geneticists have long agreed there is no genetic basis to race—only to ethnic and geographic groups.

“People look at a very conspicuous trait like skin color and they say, ‘Well, this person’s so different’ . . . but that’s only skin deep,” Underhill said. “When you look at the level of the Y chromosome you find that, gee, there is very little difference between them. And skin color differences are strictly a consequence of climate.” [From, The Evidence Bible]

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Words of Comfort: Anti-evolutionary.

Dr. Colin Patterson, senior paleontologist, British Museum of Natural History, gave a keynote address at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City, in 1981. In it, he explains his sudden “anti-evolutionary” view: “One morning I woke up and . . . it struck me that I had been working on this stuff for twenty years and there was not one thing I knew about it. That’s quite a shock to learn that one can be misled so long . . . I’ve tried putting a simple question to various people: ‘Can you tell me anything you know about evolution, any one thing, any one thing that is true?’ I tried that question on the geology staff at the Field Museum of Natural History and the only answer I got was silence. I tried it on the members of the Evolutionary Morphology Seminar in the University of Chicago, a very prestigious body of evolutionists, and all I got there was silence for a long time and eventually one person said, ‘I do know one thing—it ought not to be taught in high school.’”

See www.EvolutionVsGod.com and watch evolutionary scientists from UCLA and USC flounder like fish on a desert floor, as they try and think of evidence for evolution.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Words of Comfort: Circular reasoning.


“Christians can’t use ‘circular reasoning’ by trying to prove the Bible by quoting from the Bible!”

The “circular reasoning” argument is absurd. That’s like saying you can’t prove that the President lives in the White House by looking into the White House. It is looking into the White House that will provide the necessary proof. The fulfilled prophecies, the amazing consistency, and the many scientific statements of the Bible prove it to be the Word of God. They provide evidence that it is supernatural in origin.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Words of Comfort: Come to His mind.


You and I can only entertain one thought at a time. However, think for a moment about the infinitude of the thoughts of God. He doesn’t think as we do. He is omniscient—He knows all things. That means He never has an idea. If a concept suddenly came to Him, then He would be ignorant of the thought before it formed in His mind. However, God doesn’t have thoughts “come to His mind.” Because He is omniscient, His mind has all thoughts resident.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Words of Comfort: Gun at my face.


“The [street] preachers needed to have faces set like flints, and so indeed they had. John Furz says, ‘As soon as I began to preach, a man came forward and presented a gun at my face; swearing that he would blow my brains out if I spoke another word. However, I continued speaking and he continued swearing, sometimes putting the muzzle of the gun to my mouth, sometimes against my ear. While we were singing the last hymn, he got behind me, fired the gun, and burned off part of my hair.’ 

“After this, my brethren, we ought never to speak of petty interruptions or annoyances. The proximity of a blunderbuss in the hands of a son of Belial is not very conducive to collected thought and clear utterance.” Charles Spurgeon


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Words of Comfort: Water Cycle.


Job stated, “[God] made a decree for the rain, and a way for the lightning of the thunder” (Job 28:26). Centuries later, scientists began to discern the “decrees [rules] for the rain.” Rainfall is part of a process called the “water cycle.” The sun evaporates water from the ocean. The water vapor then rises and becomes clouds. This water in the clouds falls back to earth as rain, and collects in streams and rivers, then makes its way back to the ocean. That process repeats itself again and again. About 300 years ago, Galileo discovered this cycle. But amazingly the Scriptures described it centuries before. The prophet Amos (9:6) wrote that God “calls for the water of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth.” Scientists are just beginning to fully understand God’s “decrees for the rain.”  [From, The Evidence Bible]


Monday, December 22, 2014

Words of Comfort: Faith snoozes.


In the Book of Acts we see that Peter lay soundly asleep in Herod’s prison. This is faith in action. Faith snoozes, even in a storm. Stephen had been stoned, James had just been killed with a sword, . . . and Peter sleeps like a parishioner in the back row of a dead church. He was bound with chains between two soldiers. More guards stood before the door of the prison. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and stood by him, “and a light shined in the prison.” There is a strong inference that the light didn’t awaken Peter from his sleep, because the Scriptures then tell us that the angel struck him on the side. As he arose, his chains fell off, he girded himself, tied on his shoes, put on his garment, and followed the angel. After that, the iron gate leading to the city opened of its own accord, and Peter was free. The sinner is in the prison of his sins. He is taken captive by the devil. He is bound by the chains of sin, under the sentence of death. He is asleep in his sins. He lives in a dream world. But it isn’t the gospel light that will awaken him. How can “Good News” alarm a sinner? Rather, the Law must strike him. He needs to be struck with the lightning of Sinai and awakened by its thunderings. That will rouse him to his plight of being on the threshold of death. Then he will arise and the gospel will remove the chains of sin and death. It will be “the power of God unto salvation.” Then he will gird himself with truth, tie on his gospel shoes, put on his garment of righteousness, follow the Lord, and the iron gate of the Celestial City will open of its own accord.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Words of Comfort: Follow-up?


The exciting thing about true conversion is that there will be little need for what is commonly called “follow-up.” A true convert will not need to be followed. He will put his hand to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62). Of course, he will have to be fed, discipled, and nurtured. These things are biblical and most necessary. This can be done simply by encouraging him to read the Bible daily, answering questions he may have, and teaching him principles of fellowship, prayer, evangelism, etc. (see our booklet, Save Yourself Some Pain).  
Sometimes there is confusion between “follow-up” (we need to follow the new convert because he will fall away if we don’t) and discipleship (instructing him to continue in the word of Christ—John 8:31). Look what happened after the Ethiopian eunuch was saved—he was left without follow-up. The Spirit of God transported Philip away and left the new convert in the wilderness. This is because his salvation wasn’t dependent on Philip, but upon his relationship with the indwelling Lord. Those whom God saves, He keeps. If He is the author of their faith, He will be the finisher. If He has begun a good work in them, He will complete it. He is able to keep them from falling and present them faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Words of Comfort: Falling fruit


The Scriptures tell us, “He who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). If we are wise, we will discern the condition of a person’s heart. If he is a sincere Nicodemus, tell him the good news; if he is like the arrogant lawyer (Luke 10:25–29) who has no understanding of sin, righteousness, and judgment, use the Law to stir his conscience and will. If he is not conscious of his sin, use the Law to convict him. If he has knowledge of sin, give him the gospel. When the fruit is ripe, it should practically fall off the tree, as with the Ethiopian eunuch. God led Philip to a soul that was ripe for salvation! If you have to twist and pull an apple off a branch, you will probably find it to be sour.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Words of Comfort: Storing up wrath.


As I was open-air preaching one day, a man looked to the heavens not to see the glory of God, but to shout obscenities at Jesus Christ that would make your hair curl in tight knots. He concluded his conversation by telling the Lord to strike him dead. He then turned to me and screamed, “Nothing happened!” I said, “Yes, it did. You have just stored up wrath for yourself, which will be revealed on the Day of Wrath.” 
Why would a man lack any fear of God? I believe it’s because we insist on telling a sinful world that God loves them and has a wonderful plan for their lives. This is the “gospel” according to the contemporary Church. We give the world a choice: Do they choose God’s wonderful plan, or is their own life’s plan more wonderful? Please go to, www.FreeWonderfulBook.com  Listen or read freely on line. 
“While reading this book my heart went into atrial fibrillation; it’s that good! After I finished it, I couldn't sleep. There's nothing like it. It is truly from God.” Author/evangelist Bill Fay (Share Jesus Without Fear)
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Fate of the Apostles

The Fate of the Apostles:

PHILIP: Stoned to death, Phrygia, A.D. 54
BARNABAS: Burned to death, Cyprus, A.D. 64
PETER: Crucified, Rome, A.D. 69
PAUL: Beheaded, Rome, A.D. 69
ANDREW: Crucified, Achaia, A.D. 70
MATTHEW: Beheaded, Ethiopia, A.D. 70
LUKE: Hanged, Greece, A.D. 93
THOMAS: Speared to death, Calamino, A.D. 70
MARK: Dragged to death, Alexandria, A.D. 64
JAMES (THE LESS): Clubbed to death, Jerusalem, A.D. 63
JOHN: Abandoned, Isle of Patmos, A.D. 63

From, www.FreeWonderfulBook.com  Listen or read freely on line.
“While reading this book my heart went into atrial fibrillation; it’s that good! After I finished it, I couldn't sleep. There's nothing like it. It is truly from God.” Author/evangelist Bill Fay (Share Jesus Without Fear)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Words of Comfort: Not gifted speaker


Don’t be concerned that you aren’t “gifted” as a speaker when it comes to reaching the lost. Moses “was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds,” yet God didn’t use him to deliver Israel until 40 years later. It took all that time of tending sheep to produce in him a meekness of character. We are told, “The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way” (Psalm 25:9). The “wisdom” that Moses gained in Egypt was not wisdom from above. When he saw injustice, he took the law into his own hands and committed murder. God doesn’t need the wisdom of this world. He merely desires a pure, humble, peace-loving, compassionate soul to use as a mouthpiece for the gospel. He wants us to be a lighthouse of His love. The moment we receive the Spirit of Christ, we receive the gift of those virtues. We don’t need to tend sheep for 40 years when we have the character of the Good Shepherd manifesting through us.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Words of Comfort: Arabs and Jews


In the Book of Beginnings, in Genesis 16:12, God said that Ishmael (the progenitor of the Arab race, see Time, April 4, 1988) would be a “wild man...and every man’s hand [will be] against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.” Almost four thousand years later, who could deny that this prophecy is being fulfilled in the Arab race? The Arabs and the Jews are “brethren” having Abraham as their ancestor. The whole Middle East conflict is caused by their dwelling together.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Words of Comfort: Building in vain


“We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings, that ‘except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel.” Benjamin Franklin

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Words of Comfort: A well-known ex-televangelist.


In January 2000, a well-known ex-televangelist said on a worldwide TV talk show, “I believe that every person who died in the Holocaust went to heaven.” He was very sincere, and if he was seeking the commendation of the world, he surely got it with that statement. Who wouldn’t consider what he said to be utterly compassionate? However, let’s look at the implications of his heartfelt beliefs. His statement seemed to limit salvation to the Jews who died in the Holocaust, because he added that “their blood laid a foundation for the nation of Israel.” If the slaughtered Jews made it to heaven, did the many Gypsies who died in the Holocaust also obtain eternal salvation?

If his statement includes Gentiles, is the salvation he spoke of limited to those who died at the hands of Nazis? Did the many Frenchmen who met their death at the hands of cruel Nazis go to heaven also? Perhaps he was saying that the death of Jesus on the cross covered all of humanity, and that all will eventually be saved—something called “universalism.” This means that salvation will also come to Hitler and the Nazis who killed the Jews. However, I doubt if he was saying that. Such a statement would have brought the scorn of his Jewish host, and of the world whose compassion has definite limits.

If pressed, he probably didn’t mean that only the Jews in the camps went to heaven, because that smacks of racism. He was likely saying that those who died were saved because they died in such tragic circumstances. Then Jesus was lying when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). There is another way to heaven—death in a Nazi concentration camp. Does that mean that the many Jews who died under communism went to heaven? Or is salvation limited to German concentration camps? If their salvation came because of the grim circumstances surrounding their death, does a Jew therefore enter heaven after suffering for hours before dying in a car wreck . . . if he was killed by a drunk driver who happened to be German? Bear in mind that his suffering may have been much greater than someone who died within minutes in a Nazi gas chamber. Many unsaved think we can merit entrance into heaven by our suffering. Their error was confirmed by this sincere, compassionate man of God. They may now disregard the truth, “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). They can now save themselves by the means of their own death . . . if they suffer enough. The ex-televangelist was concerned that his indiscretions of the 1980s brought discredit to the kingdom of God. However, those actions fade into history compared to the damage done by saying that there is another means of salvation outside of Jesus Christ, on a program watched by untold millions around the world. Who on earth needs to repent and trust in Jesus, if millions entered the kingdom without being born again? No one.    [From, The Evidence Bible]

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Words of Comfort: Don’t stand...


“And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, You men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:10,11).
The inference is, “Don’t stand here gazing up into the heavens. God has granted everlasting life to sinful humanity. Go and wait for the power to take the gospel to the world.” We haven’t been saved to gaze up to heaven, but to take the light to those who sit in the dark shadow of death. How can any person, who professes to have the love of God in him, sit passively while sinners die daily and go to hell? Paul said, “Woe is to me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16).
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Words of Comfort: The real work.


“Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the church, that of evangelizing the world and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected!” Oswald J. Smith

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Words of Comfort: Down your throat.


“So much for ‘we don't shove our religion down people’s throats.’" Estelle Bjoring

If the gospel is going down your throat, you can easily fix it by shutting your mouth and opening your ears.

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Words of Comfort: $25 a week.


On the West Coast of New Zealand, Jacqueline Anne Galland found herself in court because she had skipped out on paying over $2,000 in back rent. She had left so much trash it cost the property owner $1000 to clean it up. She told the judge that she could only afford to pay the landlord $2 per week. It was then that Judge Saunders asked her if she had purchased any tobacco recently. She said she hadn't. To which the judge said that she had actually purchased $62 worth of tobacco, adding, "Your son has a bald head and has a passion for cars, because he also bought a car magazine." He had been standing right behind her in the supermarket line. He gave her 180 hours of community work and ordered that $25 a week go to the former landlord until the $2000 was repaid.

"There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). If you would like your case dismissed, see www.needGod.com

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Words of Comfort: Dawkins and Moyers.


Richard Dawkins is an eloquent deceiver who talks with a forked tongue. He told Bill Moyers, “Evolution has been observed. It’s just that it hasn’t been observed while it’s happening.” He likens its “observation” to a murder case:

“It is rather like a detective coming on a murder after the scene. And you… the detective hasn’t actually seen the murder take place, of course. But what you do see is a massive clue….Circumstantial evidence, but masses of circumstantial evidence. Huge quantities of circumstantial evidence.”

Like all believers in evolution, he has huge quantities, massive clues, and mountains of evidence. But like Professor Craig Stanford (who said the same thing in “Evolution vs God”), he can’t think of even one example of observable Darwinian evolution. If he had one he would have given it to debunk the movie. Instead, Dawkins tweeted five times about it behind the safety of closed doors. This is because his circumstantial evidence didn’t happen yesterday, or last week, or last month, last year, 100 years ago (when the evidence would be old and cold), or even 1,000 years ago. It supposedly happened 60 million years ago.

Nothing about Darwinian evolution (as Dawkins likes to call it) can be observed or tested. His convictions rest on nothing but blind faith. He is a charlatan, and you only have to watch www.evolutionVsGod.com to see that what he is selling is nothing but snake oil. Somehow, that’s appropriate for a deceiver with a forked tongue.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Words of Comfort: The Good Samaritan


Most of us are familiar with the story of what is erroneously referred to as “The ‘Good’ Samaritan.” But the man in the story wasn’t good. By loving his neighbor as much as he loved himself, he merely obeyed the basic requirements of God’s Law.

However, in this story we see another moral responsibility for us as Christians. The thief who came to “kill, steal and to destroy” (see John 10:10) has left humanity mortally wounded on the side of the road. But most of the professing Church walks by on the other side. They’re not interested in evangelism because they have more important things to do. But the true convert falls upon this broken world and pours in the oil and wine, carries him to an inn, and says that he will take care of him until he can stand on his own feet spiritually.

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Words of Comfort: Bed of nails.


“So Ray, if you don't consider yourself religious, what are you? A cultist?” Daniel Potter

As a Christian I try and distance myself from “religious” people—the ones who are trying to earn everlasting life by their own efforts. In the East, they lie on beds of nails. In the West they sit on hard pews. Both are very painful and not necessary. The suffering has already been done. It took place 2,000 years ago on a cruel cross, because of which eternal life is now a free gift of God. See Romans 6:23 for proof, and www.needGod.com for how to find it. 

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