Thursday, December 31, 2015

Words of Comfort: Crushed.


“Ray did have his moment of getting crushed by Aron ra on the atheist experience.” King Ateo

If I did get crushed, I didn’t notice it. In fact, I enjoyed being on the program because they had the courtesy to allow me to preach the gospel. I hope I have many more “crushing” experiences because that’s what brings out the juice.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: Outside of the Bible.


“The Israelite ‘borrowed'’ a lot of their stories and teachings from surrounding cultures, like the famed 10 commandments which is a reap of from the Egyptian book of the dead, more specifically the 42 principles of Maat which predates the biblical account by 2000 years.” Nekan Solanke

It never ceases to amaze me that any historical event outside of the Bible is viewed as the gospel truth, and anything inside the Bible is viewed with a contemptuous skepticism. 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Words of Comfort: Praying vs. not praying.


"Sentiment is nice and can be expressed in a number of ways but have you ever wondered why praying works the same as not praying?" Craig Smith

That may be your subjective experience and the experience of others who in their ignorance and proud hearts look on God as a divine butler. But it certainly isn’t our experience. God has answered the penitent prayer of millions who have called on the Name of Jesus Christ.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Words of Comfort: A low door.


“Why would God make your religion so easy to ridicule?” Red Xon

He has deliberately made is easy to ridicule so that the proud would stumble in their arrogant conceit. He has chosen foolish things to confound those who are wise in their own eyes. The door to everlasting life is very low, and those who refuse to humble their proud hearts will not enter.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Words of Comfort: Something for some parents...


A not-so-subtle and deceitful atheist wrote: “As a proud Creationist (capital letter), my parents are trying to send me to a 'normal' school full of atheists (lower case). I can't convince them that the word of God is absolute and that they are about to send me to Hell with their science? Help!!!  I love you Ray.” Leon Chevalier

You have nothing to fear at all. Atheists don’t have any science to back up their blind faith in Darwinian evolution. For evidence of how stupid it is, tell your parents to watch www.evolutionvsGod.com    

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Words of Comfort: Errors and mistakes in the Bible?


“How do I break through to the spiritual conversation when someone I am trying to witness to tries to constantly bring up ‘errors’ or ‘mistakes’ in the Bible, such as ‘Joshua speaking to the sun to stand still rather than the earth to stop moving,’ or differences in the gospels such as ‘One gospel says there was more than one man in chains in the cave possessed with legions of demons and another gospel says there was one man possessed with legions of demons?’”

The human mind is in a place of contention against God and His Law (see Romans 8:7). If you answer these questions, no doubt he will come back with more than he has collected from Internet sites. All he wants to do is fortify his godless worldview so that he can indulge in his beloved sins.

So what you should do is address his conscience. Take him through the Ten Commandments as Jesus did in Mark 10:17, or as Paul did in Romans 2:18-20. This will have the effect of stopping his mouth (see Romans 3:19-20). To see how this is done, watch www.evolutionVsGod.com

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Unfruitful.


“You know after listening to the show yesterday, you posed the question, where do you think you will go after you die? With cultural Christianity rampant in most places (guilt by birth in a Christian home, or after a sinner’s prayer some time back) most of the ‘friends’ that have no fruit would say ‘Heaven’ of course. So, what would you say to someone that has no fruit in their lives, yet would say Heaven is where they would go?” Lynda

The world thinks all is well between them and God because they cling to their own conception of what they believe God is like. Self-righteousness is rooted in idolatry. They go about to establish their own righteousness “being ignorant of the righteousness which is of God.” So what you should do it show them the nature of God revealed in the Bible. Show them His perfect standard of righteousness—that He considers lust to be adultery and hatred to be murder. If the conscience is doing its God-given duty, that should stir a healthy fear of facing Him. Nothing makes sinners flee from sin like the fear of God. Without that healthy fear they will remain complacent in their sin.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Words of Comfort: Look at the cross.


All we ask is for those in the world to stand still and see the salvation of God. We want them to stop their arguments, set aside their prejudices, and look to the cross of Jesus Christ with an open and honest heart.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Words of Comfort: In our hearts.


Moses told Israel of God's plan for them, that He wanted to put His Law in their mouth. In the new covenant, God puts His Law into our hearts and causes us to walk in His statutes. See Ezek. 36:26,27 and Jer. 31:32,33 for more details. 

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Words of Comfort: Unbroken bones.


None of the Passover lamb's bones were to be broken. Just so, while the others crucified with Jesus had their legs broken by soldiers to hasten their death, Jesus' bones were not broken (see John 19:33,36). 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Words of Comfort: Who'll train your children?


Among the many topics you talk about with your children, the most important one is God. Too many parents consider the church to have the primary responsibility for spiritually training their kids. But the responsibility lies on your shoulders. If you are a father, take the lead in teaching your children about the things of the Lord; don't leave it up to your wife. Consider the command of Scripture: "And, you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).

Perhaps you feel inadequate to lead. If so, be aware that pride will often masquerade as a feeling of inadequacy. Humble yourself. Forget what your wife thinks. Forget what your kids think. Forget what you think about your inabilities. Your only concern should be what God thinks. If you are a single parent, step into the role of the leader. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: Passing over.


We can see the wonderful truth of the gospel of salvation in the Passover of Egypt. God's wrath will pass over all who apply the blood of the Savior to the doorposts of their lives. All those who obeyed Moses had to exercise humility of heart and faith in his words. He told them to do something that seemed foolish. Such is the way of the gospel; it is foolishness to those who are perishing (see 1 Cor. 1:18).

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Words of Comfort: Our Passover Lamb.


In Exodus 12 we learn that each Israelite family was to select a spotless, male lamb to dwell with them for a short time and then kill the lamb without breaking any of its bones. The blood of the lamb, applied to their doorposts, would cause the angel of death to pass over those who put their trust in God. 

God commanded the Jews to commemorate this event annually with a Passover celebration that included the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb. It was during this celebration that Jesus, our Passover Lamb, who dwelt with His people for a short time, was killed without a single bone being broken. 

By Todd Friel (Adapted from Don't Stub Your Toe.) 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Words of Comfort: Sunlight.


The same sunlight that melts wax hardens clay. The heart of the sinner determines his response to the Word of God. 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Words of Comfort: Turn for a Band-Aid.


As with many today, Pharaoh's repentance was superficial. They turn to God for a Band-Aid to cover life's plagues and pains. We should flee to the Savior because we have sinned against God. Read Psalm 51 for the motive for mercy from God. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Words of Comfort: George Carlin.


Atheist George Carlin (who passed into eternity in 2008) said, "But I want you to know something, this is sincere, I want you to know, when it comes to believing in God, I really tried. I really, really tried. I tried to believe that there is a God, who created each of us in His own image and likeness, loves us very much, and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is...wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption... Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed."  When an atheist rejects Genesis 1 (about creation), he automatically rejects Genesis 3 (about the "Fall" of mankind). God created all things perfect, but when Adam sinned against God, it brought God's curse on all of creation. Thus, disease, suffering, pain, and death are ultimately the fault of man, not God. Reject that explanation and you end up with a philosophy similar to George Carlin. The sufferings of this world shouldn't be used as an excuse to reject the Scriptures, but should be seen as very real evidence that what the Bible says is true. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Genuine repentance.


Those who come to Christ in genuine repentance are those who fear the word of the Lord. Those who don't fear God may enter the House of God as false converts, but their hearts are still in the field of the world. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Words of Comfort: A renewed heart.


"Pharaoh gave way under this plague. He promises that he will let the people go. Those who bid defiance to God and prayer, first or last, will be made to see their need of both. But when Pharaoh saw there was respite, he hardened his heart. Till the heart is renewed by the grace of God, the thoughts made by affliction do not abide; the convictions wear off, and the promises that were given are forgotten. Till the state of the air is changed, what thaws in the sun will freeze again in the shade." Matthew Henry 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Words of Comfort: Killing and making alive.


"The true function of the Law is to accuse and to kill; but the function of the gospel is to make alive." Martin Luther 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Words of Comfort: Take hold of the Law.


As a Christian, you need not dread the Law. If you are in Christ, the Law will not fall upon you (see Rom. 8:1). So take hold of it and do what Jesus did in Mark 10:17. Let the world know that lust is adultery in God's sight (see Matt. 5:27,28), and that a holy God considers hatred to be murder (see 1 John 3:15). When we cast down the rod of the Law (as Moses cast down his rod), it helps to convince the lost that the gospel of salvation is from God. Once they are "convinced of the Law as transgressors" (James 2:9), they are ready for the good news of the gospel-that they can be saved from its bite because the rod has already struck the Savior for our justification. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Words of Comfort: Waited for honor.


"Joseph, who was to be only a servant to Pharaoh, was preferred at thirty years old; but Moses, who was to be a god to Pharaoh, was not so dignified till he was eighty years old. It is fit he should long wait for such an honor, and be long in preparing for such a service." John Wesley 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Inability.


An awareness of a lack of eloquence is a virtue in the Kingdom of God. Those who are conscious of their own inability are the ones who will pray that God helps them. They will rely on the Lord rather than on their own talents. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Words of Comfort: A crown in the end.


"Few things do so much harm in religion as exaggerated expectations. People look for a degree of worldly comfort in Christ's service which they have no right to expect, and not finding what they look for, are tempted to give up religion in disgust. Happy is he who thoroughly understands, that though Christianity holds out a crown in the end, it brings also a cross in the way." J. C. Ryle 

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: We can speak!


When God commissioned Moses, he said that he wasn't eloquent, but He assured him that He would be with Moses and would give him the words to say (v. 6). This is the same promise God gave to Jeremiah when he argued that he couldn't speak (see Jer. 1:8,9). You and I have the same assurance from God today. 

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: Justly condemned.


"All men are under the Law by nature, and consequently they are condemned by it because they have broken its commands; and apart from our Lord Jesus men are only reprieved criminals, respited from day to day, but still under sentence and waiting for the appointed hour when the warrant shall be solemnly executed upon them." Charles Spurgeon 

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Beautiful feet.


God told Moses to take off his shoes because he wa standing on holy ground. That same Creator has made us holy in Christ. We have our "beautiful" feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, so that we can take the message of salvation to those who stand on unholy ground (see Rom. 10:15; Eph. 6:15). 

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Words of Comfort: Jefferson


America has lost its fear of God and one result of godlessness is that millions of unborn children have been murdered through abortion. "The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the sole legitimate object of good government." Thomas Jefferson 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Words of Comfort: 114-word sentence.


A skeptic asked: "Which one's a bigger fool Ray? The person who rationalizes and decides to do things for himself like ask questions, critically analyze things, do research and use scientific methods in order to figure out things in life or the person that blindly listens to every word of a 2000 year old shepherd's journal written in the bronze age of a superstitious era by a collaboration of sheep herders that claims to have all the answers to every possible question imaginable which in fact had been interpreted and translated throughout several generations until it ended up in the hands of a mad king who re-wrote it and intentionally left out information and altered it in a way that he saw fit?" 

Ray answered: You have to learn to use the period. I needed paramedics by the time I finished reading your 114-word sentence.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Other gods.


A skeptic asked: "The First Commandment says, 'You shall have no other gods before Me' -- that proves He isn't the only God!"

Ray answered: There are millions of false gods (Hinduism has hundreds of millions). Man gravitates towards idols--"other gods" (which he makes with his hands or with his mind), because they don't demand moral accountability. 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Words of Comfort: "God told Abraham to sacrifice his son to prove his love."


A skeptic asked: "God told Abraham to sacrifice his son to prove his love." 

Ray answered: God told Abraham to "offer" Isaac, and when he was about to kill him, God stopped him (see Genesis 22). This is a Bible "type"-- of God sending His "only-begotten Son" to suffer for the sin of the world. Any dirt we try and throw at God will always come back down on us, because He is without sin.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Words of Comfort: Slaves in the Bible.


A skeptic asked: "Why does God tell people to own slaves?"

Ray answered: If a Hebrew was in debt he could work off that debt by being a "bond-servant" or "slave."  We put negative connotations on the word "slave" because Americans kidnapped Africans (God prescribed the death sentence for kidnapping), sold them as bond-servants and treated them with great cruelty.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Words of Comfort: Best shot.

An atheist friend sent me a text recently and suggested that we make a movie that gives the existence of God our "best shot." I told him that we didn't need to do that because everyone knows that the Creator exists, but some pretend He doesn't exist because they think it frees them from moral responsibility. 

He said that he was living proof that I was wrong about that. My reply was that either my atheist friend or God was lying, and it's impossible for God to lie. I choose to trust God and not trust my friend. Despite the insult, we are still friends. There's the first principle of Christianity. You and I insult God when we refuse to trust Him. but there's one difference. The Bible says that before we find peace with Him through repentance and faith in Jesus, we are not His friends. We are His enemies. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Words of Comfort: Our holding cell.


I saw a movie when I was seven years old that scared the living daylights out of me. It was called "The Scarlet Pimpernel."  It was about the French Revolution and at one point a group of ugly ladies sat around the guillotine waiting for people to have their heads lopped off. When the chopper came down they would cackle like witches, and knit another stitch onto their already very long scarves. 

I remember thinking "Imagine what it was like for those a poor victims, waiting in a holding cell for that fearful blade to come down and sever them from the land of the living.

However, as I matured I began to see that all of humanity is in a holding cell, waiting for the chopper to come down. The "holding cell" is large, with a big blue roof, good lighting and air-conditioned, but this life is still a holding cell until death severs us from the land of the living. 

Thank God that He's rich in mercy and offers a reprieve to all who are condemned to death. If you want to wait around for the chopper to come down, then offer your weak excuses and argue about things that don't matter. It's your life. But if you are interested in everlasting life, check out www.needGod.com 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: Learn from this man's mistake...


A man once climbed up to his A-frame roof to paint it. It was very steep, so to paint it he tossed a rope over the roof, tied it to the bumper of his car, climbed back onto the roof, secured it around his waist, leaned back and began painting. 

All was well until his wife, not knowing what he had done, came out of the house with her car keys in hand, got into the car and drove off, pulling him up and over the roof. The man was seriously injured.  We can learn a great lesson from this man's mistake. You and I are only as secure as to that to which we secure ourselves. 

If you tie yourself to the unscientific theory of Darwinian evolution, you will live your life according to that godless and foolish worldview...and that will be to your eternal downfall. 

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Words of Comfort: Own understanding.


An atheist (Mike) asked: "How do you approach the evangelism side of life in light of Proverbs 3:5-7? It explicitly tells you *not* to rely on your own understanding. Even if you claim you are 'just a messenger of my god's understanding' you are *still* using your own understanding of scripture in order to say that." 

Ask anyone the color of the sky and most will say that it's blue, when it's not. Ask them if they have seen water shimmering on the road on a hot day, when it's just a mirage. Ask someone from the Northern Hemisphere to point "up" and then ask a New Zealander to do the same, and he will point in the opposite direction. Each does so because he trusts his natural senses--his understanding. 

During World War 2 a plane was found in the deserts of North Africa containing a dead crew. Their death was a mystery because they were miles off their course. After investigation it was found that they didn't know they had a strong tail wind, and when their instruments told them that they had arrived at their destination, they didn't believe them. Instead , they trusted their own natural understanding and kept flying until they ran out of fuel, and it cost them their lives. 

This is what Proverbs 3:5-7 actually says (in context): "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil."

Human understanding is fallible. It is easily fooled and it's often wrong, so Scripture says not to trust it. It even says, "He who trusts his own heart is a fool." It instead tells us to trust the infallible Creator. Think of it like this. You find you have brain cancer. A gifted neurosurgeon believes that he can save your life and explains to you that he can use the craniotomy technique. He then uses words such as "acetylcholine" and "hemianencephaly." He's talking way over your head, so you say, "You need not tell me anymore. I don't understand what you are wanting to do, but I trust you. I trust you with my life." You trust him with all your heart, and you don't "lean" on your own understanding.  When you figure out that principle--that "trust" means to let go of your fallible understanding, then you have got to square one when it comes to knowing God. 

This "trust" has nothing to do with His existence. We all intuitively know the Creator exists. It means to trust Him with your eternal salvation. The One who made the birds (male and female--all bring forth after their own kind), the flowers, the trees, the unspeakably amazing human eye, the seasons that come around every year, the life-giving sun and stars, the dimension of time, the life's blood that flows through your body (and the flesh that holds it in) and a million other things, is infinitely above human understanding.  Trust Him with all of your heart, and He will never, ever, let you down. See www.needGod.com 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Words of Comfort: A subtle device.


It is God’s prerogative to punish for sin. We are to forgive. Never let bitterness for being wronged cling to you. Give it to the Lord and, with His help, forget it. Sinners are going to Hell and you have been commanded to preach to them. Unforgiveness is one of the enemy’s most subtle devices to hinder you from such an important task.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Words of Comfort: Germination.


Never be discouraged when it comes to sharing your faith. Biblical evangelism is simply planting the seed of God’s Word in the soil of sinners’ hearts. God makes the seed grow. The day will come, either in this life or in the next, when you will see your spiritual “offspring”—those who have been born again through your faithfulness.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Shine in the world.


We should never fear to go into the world, because God is with us. We are to be in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine of lights in the world. We are seeking lost sheep to bring to the Good Shepherd. See John 10:1–16.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: Forgiven.


The life of Joseph is a foreshadow of the life of Jesus. Joseph forgave his brothers, the sons of Israel, explaining that God used their act of betrayal to bring him to Egypt, so he could save their lives.

Jesus, during the trial before His crucifixion, told Pilate that his authority to sentence Him to death was due only to God’s will. “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above” (John 19:11). Jesus, too, forgave those who crucified Him (Luke 23:34).

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Words of Comfort: Friendship with the world.


Do not be surprised if the world does not want to have a friendship with you. Keep in mind the promise of Luke 6:22: “Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.” However, we are to love them, daily pray for them, and reach out to them in the hope that they will listen and turn to the Savior.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Words of Comfort: The conscience awakens.


There is a way to awaken the conscience without having to wait for life’s afflictions to humble sinners. Afflict them with God’s Law. Remind them of their sins by doing what Jesus did, and going through the Ten Commandments. Charles Spurgeon said, “They must be slain by the Law before they can be made alive by the gospel.”

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Words of Comfort: Bow the knee.


Gen. 42:6 is the fulfillment of the dream Joseph had in Gen. 37:7: “Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Pharaoh had set Joseph over all the land of Egypt and all the people bowed the knee before him (see 41:43). God has given Jesus Christ a name that is above every name, and the day will come when all humanity will bow the knee to Jesus Christ (see Phil. 2:10).

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Rest on faith.


In the story of Joseph (in the Book of Genesis) Egypt’s deliverance depended upon their faith. Had they not believed Joseph, they would not have bothered to store up for the future during the times of plenty. Our salvation rests on faith in Jesus and God’s Word. If we did not believe that there is a coming Judgment Day, we would not trust in the righteousness of Christ. We would instead gorge ourselves during the times of plenty—in the pleasurable sins of this world.

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: Foreshadow.


The story of Joseph is a wonderful foreshadow of the life of Jesus. After a lengthy imprisonment for a crime he did not commit, Joseph was called to serve Pharaoh. Pleased with Joseph’s service, Pharaoh exalted him to a high position of authority. When Joseph’s brothers later come to him for help, Joseph forgave them for their betrayal of him and saved their lives by providing the food they needed.

In these details, Joseph continues to foreshadow the Savior to come, who took the form of a slave, was crucified as a sacrifice for sins He did not commit, and was then raised from death. God the Father was “well-pleased” with Jesus (see Matt. 3:17) and exalted Him to the highest position of authority.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Words of Comfort: We know the future.


We know what the future holds for this sinful world. God has given the believer an understanding of the times in which we live. We know of the terrible fate of the ungodly, and we long for this people to listen to us and to believe the words we speak. They are not our thoughts or words, but are the words of the Living God, directly from the Word of God.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Words of Comfort: Guard your heart.


We can learn a lot from the story of Joseph. One big lesson is that Potiphar’s wife is still around. Her name is “Lust,” and she incessantly calls to every man to spend time with her. (First and Second Peter often speak of the sin of lust.) When she calls, do what Joseph wisely did: run (see v. 12). Flee fornication. Guard your eyes. It would be better to be blind than to let your eyes offend you. Guard your heart. Keep lust from entering your mind. How easy it would have been for Joseph to yield to temptation, but his salvation was the fear of the Lord.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: Is God's patience inexhaustible?


Most people believe that God’s patience is inexhaustible. Gen. 38:7 shows that is not true. God lost patience with a rich man who said that he would build bigger barns and take life easy. He told the man that he was a fool and He took his life that night (see Luke 12:19–21). He also lost patience with a man and his wife when they told one lie, and killed them (see Acts 5:1–11). Such verses have a way of sobering us and bringing to us the most necessary virtues—the fear of the Lord.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Cancer of jealousy.


Fortify yourself with the love of God. It will be a shield against the sin of jealousy. When a brother or sister is praised and we are neglected, love will not notice. It is blind to the shallowness of the praise of man. If King Saul had loved David, he would have rejoiced when David was praised for his endeavors of war (see 1 Sam. 18:6–8). Instead, Saul allowed the cancer of jealousy to eat away at his soul. Hatred and murder were its bitter bedfellows.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Evidence for God's existence.


“Where is the evidence for God’s existence?” Waldon Yap

You are like a fish in the ocean wanting evidence for water. Evidence for the existence of the Creator is both intuitive and axiomatic. See Romans 1 for your motive and then Psalm 14:1 to see the mentality of those who pretend God doesn't exist. 

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Words of Comfort: Condoning rape?


I was speaking at UC Berkeley back in November of 2012, when an atheist stepped up to the open microphone and said that the God I believed in condoned rape. He pointed to Deuteronomy 22:28--29 where, according to him, if a man raped a woman all he had to do was pay a fine and then marry her. He was angry. This proved that the God of Christianity despised women and was therefore a tyrannical misogynist:

“If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.”

These verses don’t seem to be speaking of rape, because of the words “and if they be found,” which seems to mean that it was consensual.  If “they” were found is a reference to both of them being discovered, and that would then make the required dowry and betrothal make sense. This was similar to what we would nowadays call a “shotgun” (forced) wedding. Add to this thought that the previous verses speak clearly of rape (saying if the man “forces her”), and prescribes capital punishment to the rapist:
  
“But if a man finds a betrothed young woman in the countryside, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die” (Deuteronomy 22:25).

The death sentence for the rapist shows that God cares a great deal about women being validated. But the student didn’t seek out the truth, because he had no incentive to do so. He just wanted to find some dirt on the Judge.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Words of Comfort: Learning through painting.


I’m learning a lot through painting. First on the learning curve is that God is a million times more incredible that I even imagined. Likeness is amazing. It hides in the eyes. It lies in the tiny curve of a lip.

If I struggle to get a likeness, I leave it overnight and I’m amazed that the next day it’s as though I see it through different eyes. I can spot the problem is a second.

I wonder how many poor souls have taken their lives at night, when the darkness that surrounded them would have been seen differently in the light of morning.

The Christian is never in such darkness, because of the imputable promise of Romans 8:28. We must always keep that light shining. That wonderful promise transcends even death, so we look at everything in the light of eternity. Do that, and you will never be disappointed.

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