Friday, January 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: Crime pays.


Dumb Maxim: “Crime doesn’t pay.” Of course it does. Criminals have made trillions of dollars through crime that pays, and it will pay, right up until Judgment Day when eternal Justice will have its way (see Romans 2:6). 

Please, don’t be found in your sins on that Day. See www.needGod.com

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Words of Comfort: Jumbo jet.


One hundred fifty years ago it would have been thought insane that a jumbo jet, filled with people, could fly. The law of gravity made it impossible for even a feather to remain in the air. Yet, we know that when a certain object moves at a particular speed, it moves out of what has been called the law of gravity into a higher law—the law of aerodynamics—even though the law of gravity still remains.
The world thinks the Christian is insane to live for Jesus Christ. But we know that, even though there is the law of sin and death, we live in a higher law—“the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” (see Romans 8:2). From, The Evidence Bible
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Words of Comfort: Inability to atone for sin.


Mahatma Ghandi acknowledged the inability of his religion to atone for sin. Despite his moral lifestyle and good works, he admitted, “It is a constant torture to me that I am still so far from Him whom I know to be my very life and being. I know it is my own wretchedness and wickedness that keeps me from Him.” All works-based religions lead to futility and death. It is only in Jesus Christ that sinners can find forgiveness for their sins and deliverance from death and hell.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: Use of the Law.


“To slay the sinner is then the first use of the Law, to destroy the life and strength wherein he trusts and convince him that he is dead while he lives; not only under the sentence of death, but actually dead to God, void of all spiritual life, dead in trespasses and sins.” John Wesley

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Death and taxes.


Dumb Maxim: “There are only two things in life that are sure—death and taxes.” Plenty of people avoid taxes; none avoid death (see Hebrews 9:27). The Bible calls death an “appointment,” and after that appointment comes the Judgment. You can avoid the Judgment of God by repentance and faith alone in Jesus. 

If you are interested in avoiding Hell, see www.needGod.com

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Free lunch.


Dumb Maxim: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Yes there is. See Matthew 14:19. God gave us freely all things to enjoy. It’s man that puts a price on things.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Words of Comfort: Did God blow it?


Did God blow it when He created humanity? What sort of tyrant must our Creator be if this was His master plan?
Sadly, many use the issue of suffering as an excuse to reject any thought of God, when its existence is the very reason we should accept Him. Suffering stands as terrible testimony to the truth of the explanation given by the Word of God.
But how can we know that the Bible is true?--simply by studying the prophecies of Matthew 24, Luke 21, and 2 Timothy 3. A few minutes of openhearted inspection will convince any honest skeptic that this is no ordinary book. It is the supernatural testament of our Creator about why there is suffering...and what we can do about it.
The Bible tells us that God cursed the earth because of Adam’s transgression. Weeds are a curse. So is disease. Sin and suffering cannot be separated. The Scriptures inform us that we live in afallen creation. In the beginning, God created man perfect, and he lived in a perfect world without suffering. It was Heaven on earth. When sin came into the world, death and misery came with it. Those who understand the message of Holy Scripture eagerly await a new heavens and a new earth “wherein dwells righteousness.” In that coming Kingdom there will be no more pain, suffering, disease, or death. We are told that no eye has ever seen, nor has any ear heard, neither has any man’s mind ever imagined the wonderful things that God has in store for those who love Him (see 1 Corinthians 2:9). Think for a moment what it would be like if food grew with the fervor of weeds. Consider how wonderful it would be if the deserts became incredibly fertile, if creation stopped devouring humanity. Imagine if the weather worked for us instead of against us, if disease completely disappeared, if pain was a thing of the past, if death was no more.
The dilemma is that we are like a child whose insatiable appetite for chocolate has caused his face to break out with ugly sores. He looks in the mirror and sees a sight that makes him depressed. But instead of giving up his beloved chocolate, he consoles himself by stuffing more into his mouth. Yet, the source of his pleasure is actually the cause of his suffering. 
The whole face of the earth is nothing but ugly sores of suffering. Everywhere we look we see unspeakable pain. But instead of believing God’s explanation and asking Him to forgive us and change our appetite, we run deeper into sin’s sweet embrace. There we find solace in its temporal pleasures, thus intensifying our pain, both in this life and in the life to come. 
From, The Evidence Bible

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Words of Comfort: Weeds.

Study the soil for a moment. It naturally produces weeds. No one plants them; no one waters them. They even stubbornly push through cracks of a dry sidewalk. Millions of useless weeds sprout like there’s no tomorrow, strangling our crops and ruining our lawns. Pull them out by the roots, and there will be more tomorrow. They are nothing but a curse!
Consider how much of the earth is uninhabitable. There are millions of square miles of barren deserts in Africa and other parts of the world. Most of Australia is nothing but miles and miles of useless desolate land. Not only that, but the earth is constantly shaken with massive earthquakes. Its shores are lashed with hurricanes; tornadoes rip through creation with incredible fury; devastating floods soak the land; and terrible droughts parch the soil. Sharks, tigers, lions, snakes, spiders, and disease-carrying mosquitoes attack humanity and suck its life’s blood.
The earth’s inhabitants are afflicted with disease, pain, suffering, and death. Think of how many people are plagued with cancer, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, emphysema, Parkinson’s, and a number of other debilitating illnesses. Consider all the children with leukemia, or people born with crippling diseases or without the mental capability to even feed themselves. All these things should convince rational minds that something is radically wrong.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Words of Comfort: The chicken or the egg?


Dumb Question: “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” The chicken. God made the fowls of the air first, then they brought forth after their own kind by laying eggs. See Genesis 1:20.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Words of Comfort: Dumb Maxim.


“All good things must come to an end.” This isn’t true for the Christian. We are part of the “everlasting kingdom,” will have “pleasure forevermore,” in a “world without end.”  

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: Intellect and conscience.


“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening” (Acts 28:23). 

Notice that Paul used both prophecy and the Law of Moses in his evangelism. Prophecy appeals to a man’s intellect and creates faith in the Word of God. As he realizes that the Bible is no ordinary book—that it contains numerous indisputable prophecies that prove its supernatural origin—he begins to give Scripture credibility. However, the Law of Moses appeals to a man’s conscience and brings conviction of sin. A “decision” for Jesus purely in the realm of the intellect— with no biblical knowledge of sin, which comes only by the Law (Romans 7:7)—will almost certainly produce a false convert.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Words of Comfort: Decisions, decisions.

Many Christian obtain “decisions” by using the following method: “Do you know that you are going to heaven when you die?” Most will say, “I hope so.” The Christian then says, “You can know so. The Bible says ‘All have sinned.’ Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and if you give your heart to Him today, you can know for sure that you are going to heaven. Would you like to have that assurance that you will go to heaven when you die?” He will almost always say, “Yes.” The person is then led in what is commonly called a “sinner’s prayer.”
There are a few serious difficulties with the popular approach: 1) There is no mention of Judgment Day—the very reason men are commanded to repent; 2) There is no mention of hell; and 3) The Law isn’t used to bring the knowledge of sin. The apostle Paul said that the Law was the only means by which he came to know what sin was (Romans 7:7). The modern approach may get a decision or gain a church member, but if there is no biblical repentance, there will be a false conversion.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Words of Comfort: Aquarium.


“The early disciples were fishers of men—while modern disciples are often little more than aquarium keepers.” -Unknown

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Words of Comfort: “Is ‘hell-fire’ preaching effective?”


Preaching the reality of Hell, without using the Law to bring the knowledge of sin (the Ten Commandments) , can do a great deal of damage to the cause of the gospel. A sinner cannot conceive of the thought that God would send anyone to hell, as long as he is deceived into thinking that God’s standard of righteousness is the same as his. Paul “reasoned” with Felix regarding righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come (Acts 24:25). This is the righteousness that is of the Law and judgment by the Law. Felix “trembled” because he suddenly understood that his intemperance made him a guilty sinner in the sight of a holy God. The reality of hell suddenly became reasonable to him when the Law was used to bring the knowledge of sin.
Imagine if the police burst into your home, arrested you, and shouted, “You are going away for a long time!” Such conduct would probably leave you bewildered and angry. What they have done seems unreasonable. However, imagine if the law burst into your home and instead told you specifically why you were in trouble: “We have discovered 10,000 marijuana plants growing in your back yard. You are going away for a long time!” At least then you would understand why you are in trouble. Knowledge of the law you have transgressed furnished you with that understanding. It makes judgmentreasonable. Hell-fire preaching without use of the Law to show the sinner why God is angry with him will more than likely leave him bewildered and angry—for what he considers unreasonable punishment.  [From, The Evidence Bible]
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Words of Comfort: Pestilent Fellow.

The apostle Paul was called a “pestilent fellow,” a “mover of sedition,” and a “ringleader” of a “sect.” The prophet Elijah was called a “troubler of Israel” (1 Kings 18:17). Those who stand for righteousness will be considered troublemakers in the world’s eyes.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Celestial Fire.


“Labor to keep alive in your breast that spark of celestial fire called conscience.” George Washington
The human conscience is God-given and society-shaped. It should drive us to the foot of the cross. To understand what that means, please check out www.NeedGod.com
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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Words of Comfort: Thundered.


“And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spoke to Me” (Acts 22:9).

Some may think that this is a mistake in the Scriptures, because in Acts 9:7 Paul said that those who were with him heard the voice. However, John 12:29 gives us insight into what God’s voice sounds like. People heard His voice but thought that it thundered (see also 2 Samuel 22:14; Job 37:4,5; 40:9). They obviously heard it but the words were not coherent to them. [From, The Evidence Bible]
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Words of Comfort: Raw Nerve.


If you ever get to preach in the open-air, don’t let angry reactions from the crowd concern you. A dentist knows where to work on a patient when he touches a raw nerve. When you touch a raw nerve in the heart of the sinner, it means that you are in business. Anger is a thousand times better than apathy. Anger is a sign of conviction. If I have an argument with my wife and suddenly realize that I am in the wrong, I can come to her in a repentant attitude and apologize, or I can save face by lashing out in anger. Read Acts 19 and see how Paul was a dentist with an eye for decay. He probed raw nerves wherever he went. At one point, he had to be carried shoulder height by soldiers because of the “violence of the people” (Acts 21:36). Now there’s a successful preacher! He didn’t seek the praise of men. John Wesley told his evangelist trainees that when they preached, people should either get angry or get converted. No doubt, he wasn’t speaking about the “Jesus loves you” gospel, but about sin, Law, righteousness, judgment, and Hell.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: No Roads.


A missionary society wrote to David Livingstone and suggested that if he could ensure them of safe roads, they would send him some help. He responded with the following note: “If you have men who will only come if they have a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Words of Comfort: Slaughtered.


“That sin must die, or you will perish by it. Depend on it, that sin which you would save from the slaughter will slaughter you.” -Charles Spurgeon

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Problem.

I Have a Problem
“FATHER, I HAVE a problem. It’s weighing heavy on me. It’s all I can think about, night and day. Before I bring it to you in prayer, I suppose I should pray for those who are less fortunate than me—those in this world who have hardly enough food for this day, and for those who don’t have a roof over their heads at night. I also pray for families who have lost loved ones in sudden death, for parents whose children have leukemia, for the many people who are dying of brain tumors, for the hundreds of thousands who are laid waste with other terrible cancers, for people whose bodies have been suddenly shattered in car wrecks, for those who are lying in hospitals with agonizing burns over their bodies, whose faces have been burned beyond recognition. I pray for people with emphysema, whose eyes fill with terror as they struggle for every breath merely to live, for those who are tormented beyond words by irrational fears, for the elderly who are wracked with the pains of aging, whose only ‘escape’ is death.
“I pray for people who are watching their loved ones fade before their eyes through the grief of Alzheimer’s disease, for the many thousands who are suffering the agony of AIDS, for those who are in such despair that they are contemplating suicide, for people who are tormented by the demons of alcoholism and drug addiction. I pray for children who have been abandoned by their parents, for those who are sexually abused, for wives held in quiet despair, beaten and abused by cruel drunken husbands, for people whose minds have been destroyed by mental disorders, for those who have lost everything in floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and earthquakes. I pray for the blind, who never see the faces of the ones they love or the beauty of a sunrise, for those whose bodies are deformed by painful arthritis, for the many whose lives will be taken from them today by murderers, for those wasting away on their deathbeds in hospitals.
“Most of all, I cry out for the millions who don’t know the forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ . . . for those who in a moment of time will be swept into hell by the cold hand of death, and find to their utter horror the unspeakable vengeance of eternal fire. They will be eternally damned to everlasting punishment. O God, I pray for them.
“Strange. I can’t seem to remember what my problem was. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Words of Comfort: You aren't alone.


Never be discouraged by thinking that you are the only one God can use to reach the lost. Elijah, fearing that all the other prophets had been killed, said, “I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10). Yet God had reserved 7,000 faithful followers who hadn’t bowed their knee to worship Baal (v. 18). Because God has His laborers, we need never panic when it comes to our loved ones being reached with the gospel. If we faithfully reach out and touch the lives of other peoples’ loved ones, God (in His perfect timing) can use others to touch the lives of the ones we love so dearly. Claim your family in prayer, then thank God for His faithfulness in answering those prayers.

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