Friday, February 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: Daily Confession.


“I know I’m a sinner, but I confess my sins to God daily. I tell Him that I’m sorry and I won’t sin again.”

If you find yourself in court with a $50,000 fine, will a judge let you go simply because you say you’re sorry and you won’t commit the crime again? Of course not. You should be sorry for
breaking the law and, of course, you shouldn’t commit the crime again. But only when someone pays your $50,000 fine will you be free from the demands of the law. God will not forgive a sinner on the basis that he is sorry. Of course we should be sorry for sin—we have a conscience to tell us that adultery, rape, lust, murder, hatred, lying, stealing, etc., are wrong. And of course we shouldn’t sin again. However, God will only release us from the demands for eternal justice on the basis that someone else paid our fine. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for the sins of the world. His words on the cross were, “It is finished!” In other words, the debt has been paid in full. All who repent and trust in Him receive forgiveness of sins. Their case is dismissed on the basis of His suffering death.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Sainthood.


There are those who believe that someone must be dead for many years, and have performed miracles, before he can be “exalted” to sainthood. Not so. Paul is writing to living people and, as he often begins his letters, he refers to them as “saints.” The word “saint” comes from the same Hebrew root as “sanctified” and “holy,” which mean “set apart.” The moment we are born again, God sets us apart from the world (sanctifies us) for His use. In addressing the Corinthian church, Paul writes: “to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Corinthians 1:2). A saint is not someone who has lived a “holy” life, but a forgiven sinner who has called upon the name of Jesus and been made righteous by the grace of God.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Words of Comfort: Works follow.


Dumb Maxim: “You can’t take it with you.” The Christian’s works “follow” him (see Revelation 14:13). I came into this world with nothing, and I will leave it with my hand in the hand of Jesus. Die in your sins, and you die alone. Please don’t let that happen. See www.needGod.com


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Words of Comfort: Seeing is believing.


Dumb Maxim: “Seeing is believing.” Any magician knows that isn’t true. Our eyes are easily fooled (see Proverbs 28:26). There are many things we believe in without seeing, including the wind, history, love, radio and television waves, etc. Without seeing him we believe there was a painter, simply because a painting exists. Paintings are proof that there was a painter. The same applies with every building. We need not see a builder to know that he exists. The building is proof enough.  

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Pastor, lead the flock.


Pastors often ask me how they can be more effective in reaching their city. This is what I tell them. Ask your congregation how many are concerned for their city. There will be a forest of hands. Ask how many are praying daily for the city. Many hands will appear. Then ask how many are sharing their faith on a regular basis. Give a gauge by asking how many have verbally spoken of the way of salvation to twelve people in the preceding twelve months. About 5 percent will raise their hands.
I once attended an interdenominational prayer meeting, where I could tell who attended a particular church simply by the way they prayed. I could recognize phrases of their pastors in their prayers. It confirmed that congregations imitate their pastor. This is why I would advise a pastor to join a secular health club, or a golf club, or somewhere where he will rub shoulders with the ungodly. I encourage him to regularly tell his congregation of his witnessing experiences and to share his fears—to show not only that he “condescends” to witness to the unsaved, but that he has the same fears they have. In this way he can “lead the flock of God,” and it won’t be long before they imitate him.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Words of Comfort: Crumble into dust.


“If we work on marble, it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear up temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work on immortal minds and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and the love of our fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something that will brighten to all eternity.” Daniel Webster

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Words of Comfort: Hawking.


Stephen Hawking wrote, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way, except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us” (A Brief History of Time). He also stated: “Then we shall . . . be able to take part in the discussion of the question of why it is that we and the universe exist. If we find the answer to that, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would know the mind of God.”

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Words of Comfort: Your brain.


We can get a glimpse of the incredible mind of God simply by looking at His creation. Take one (very) small part—the mind of man: The brain is a soft lump of tissue weighing about 3 pounds. It is one of the most watery organs of the body, its outer tissue being 85% water. There is very little relationship between brain size and intelligence. Some very bright people have smaller brains than those who are less intelligent. The brain feels no pain because it has no pain receptors. It floats in fluid inside the skull, and the fluid (derived from blood) acts as a shock absorber. The brain stops growing in size at about age 15. Its surface is covered with folds. If it were laid out flat, the brain surface would cover two average student desks. The brain has four times as many nerve cells as there are people on Earth. With its 10 billion neurons, it can record 86 million bits of information each day of our lives. Supporting, protecting, and nourishing these 10 billion neurons are 100 billion glia cells, which make up half the mass of the brain.
Let’s now look to the heavens: “They defined the exact shape of the closest major galaxy, a
beautiful spiral named Andromeda, containing more than 300 billion stars. The nearest of these is (an incredible) thirteen quintillion (13,000,000,000,000,000,000) miles, or 2.2 million light-years, beyond the Milky Way, a distance calculated by comparing the star’s apparent brightness with a star of similar brightness and known distance from Earth. And beyond Andromeda lay billions of other galaxies.” Solar System (Time-Life Books)

The incredible complexity of the human brain and the vastness of the heavens speak of the
awesome power of the Creator’s mind, and together “declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Words of Comfort: Transformed by God.


If someone has been converted to the Christian faith by the wisdom of men, all it would take is the wisdom of unconverted men to talk him out of his faith. However, if he is transformed by the power of God, he is not solely motivated to Christianity by his intellect. The Holy Spirit has convicted him of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The motivation is the Law of God working upon his conscience. That has given him the knowledge that he has offended a holy God. His repentance is therefore directed at God, who responds in mercy. Those who are converted by God cannot be talked out of their faith because they were not talked into it.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: Understanding Chinese.


“I’ve tried to read the Bible, but I can’t understand it.”
The Scriptures tell us that the “natural man” cannot understand the things of the Spirit of God. Most Americans would find it difficult to understand the Chinese language. However, a child who is born into a Chinese family can understand every word. That’s why you must be born again with God’s Spirit living within you (see John 3:3). The moment you become part of God’s family, the Bible will begin to make sense.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Words of Comfort: Line up for candy.


Many years ago, I ran a children’s club. At the end of the club I told about one hundred kids to line up for some candy. There was an immediate rush, and the line sorted itself into what I saw as being a line of greed. The big and selfish kids were at the front, and the quiet and sickly ones were at the back. I then did something that gave me great satisfaction. I told them to turn about face. Everyone did. Then I said to stay where they were, and I took great delight in going to the other end of the line and giving the candy to the quiet, sickly kids first.
In a world where the rich get richer and the poor get stomped on, we are informed that God has gone to the other end of the line with the message of everlasting life. How has He done that? Simply by choosing that which is weak, base, and despised. You can see this by asking a skeptic, “Do you believe that the following biblical accounts actually happened?” Adam and Eve, Noah’s ark, Jonah and the whale, Joshua and the walls of Jericho, Samson and his long hair, Daniel and the lion’s den, Moses and the Red Sea Of course he doesn’t. To say that he believed such fantastic stories would mean that he would have to surrender his intellectual dignity. Who in their right mind would ever do that? The answer is simply those who understand that God has chosen foolish, base, weak, and despised things of the world to confound those who think they are wise. From, The Evidence Bible.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Words of Comfort: Felix trembled.


There were some in John Wesley’s day who refused to preach the Law (the ten Commandments) to bring the knowledge of sin. They justified their method by saying that they preached “Christ and Him crucified.” So Wesley points to Paul’s method of preaching Christ crucified:
“. . . when Felix sent for Paul, on purpose that he might ‘hear him concerning the faith in Christ;’ instead of preaching Christ in your sense (which would probably have caused the Governor, either to mock or to contradict and blaspheme,) ‘he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come,’ till Felix (hardened as he was) ‘trembled,’ (Acts 24:24,25). Go thou and tread in his steps. Preach Christ to the careless sinner, by reasoning ‘of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come!’”

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Words of Comfort: Abandon the ship!


Imagine for a moment that you are standing on the seashore gazing at a large ocean liner. The sun is shining. There is no wind and the sea is calm. To your amazement, about thirty people suddenly dive off the end of the ship and cling to a lifeboat. You shake your head in disbelief at their foolishness. Then without warning, the great ocean liner strikes an iceberg and suddenly sinks, taking all on board with it. Those who looked like fools in abandoning the ship were actually wise, and those who seemed wise by staying on board were, in truth, fools.
The world scoffs at those who abandon the ship of this world and cling to the lifeboat of the Savior. But Christians know that this great pleasure-cruiser will eventually come into contact with the immovable iceberg of the Law of God, sink into hell . . . and take all those on board with it.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Words of Comfort: God knows.


Dumb Maxim: “No one knows!” God does (see 1 John 3:20). Nothing is hidden from His omniscience. He sees your thoughts, your intentions, your imaginations, and He even sees darkness as though it was pure light (see Psalm 139). Every time you sin, you store up His wrath (see John 3:36). That’s why you need the Savior. He can wash away your sins in a moment of time. 

If you would like to avoid Hell and be granted the gift of everlasting life, see www.needGod.com for details.

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Religion.


It has been well said that “religion” is man’s way of trying to deal with his guilt. Different religions have different ways of attempting to rid their adherents of sin and its consequences. They fast, pray, deny themselves legitimate pleasures, or chasten themselves, often to a point of inflicting pain. They do this because they have a concept of what they think God (or “the gods”) is like, so they seek to establish their own righteousness, being “ignorant of God’s righteousness.”
The Good News of the Christian faith is that no one need suffer the pains of religious works. Christ’s blood can cleanse our conscience from the “dead works” of religion (Hebrews 9:14). Jesus took our punishment upon Himself, and He is the only One who can save us from sin and death.

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: A letter from an atheist...


“You are really convinced that you’ve got all the answers. You’ve really got yourself tricked into believing that you’re 100% right. Well, let me tell you just one thing. Do you consider yourself to be compassionate of other humans? If you’re right about God, as you say you are, and you believe that, then how can you sleep at night? When you speak with me, you are speaking with someone who you believe is walking directly into eternal damnation, into an endless onslaught of horrendous pain which your ‘loving’ god created, yet you stand by and do nothing.
“If you believed one bit that thousands every day were falling into an eternal and unchangeable fate, you should be running the streets mad with rage at their blindness. That’s equivalent to standing on a street corner and watching every person that passes you walk blindly directly into the path of a bus and die, yet you stand idly by and do nothing. You’re just twiddling your thumbs, happy in the knowledge that one day that ‘Walk’ signal will shine your way across the road.
“Think about it. Imagine the horrors hell must have in store if the Bible is true. You’re just going to allow that to happen and not care about saving anyone but yourself? If you’re right, then you’re an uncaring, unemotional and purely selfish (expletive) that has no right to talk about subjects such as love and caring.”
I cannot sleep at night. I am horrified at the reality of Hell. Most nights each week for the last 30 years I have been getting up around midnight to pray for the unsaved.  I have been “running the streets mad with rage at their blindness” for over 40 years. More than 5,000 times I have stood on a soapbox in the open air to plead with the lost, and I’m not the only one. Christians around the world fast, pray, preach and plead for the unsaved, and devote their lives to something this sinful world despises—warning them about the reality of Hell.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Words of Comfort: The perfect crime.


Dumb Maxim: “It’s the perfect crime.” There were 100,000 unsolved murders in the United States, just in the 1990’s. During that ten year period, at least 100,000 murderers got away with murder. However, Judgment Day will prove that there is no such thing as any crime that escapes justice. See Hebrews 4:13.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Words of Comfort: The Chief Shepherd.


“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
The cost of our redemption was the blood of God’s Son. The Father’s love for us was and is so great, He didn’t hesitate for a moment, but delivered Him up freely for us like a lamb for the slaughter. If that is the case, then what good thing will He hold back from those who walk uprightly in Christ! What demon can make one peep, or mutter an accusation against us, when we have such evidence of God’s love set before our eyes? What trial could ever separate us from the devotion of God in Christ? Shall the Shepherd, who put His life in great jeopardy by climbing down a precipice to rescue a lost sheep, carry it back carelessly? Will He now let it starve after He risked His very life to rescue it? Will He now stand by idly and let wolves devour the sheep? The Chief Shepherd descended into death itself to deliver us. He has already proven His great love by willingly giving His life for the sheep, so no tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, or even sharp sword will cut us off from such love.  From, The Evidence Bible

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Words of Comfort: Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes.


Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes kill tens of thousands of people each year. Multitudes endure crippling diseases, endless suffering, and unspeakable pain. Many non-Christians credit a heartless Mother Nature for giving us all this grief. They fail to consider that “Mother Nature” has a Senior Partner—Father God.
However, if God is responsible for all this heartache, that presents an interesting dilemma. If
God is an “all-loving” Father figure, as we are told, we seem to have three choices: 1) God blew it when He made everything (He’s creative but incompetent); 2) God is a tyrant, who gets His kicks from seeing kids die of leukemia; 3) something between God and man is radically wrong.
These are our choices...and those who take time to consider the evidence will lean toward number three. Something between man and God is radically wrong, and the Bible tells us what it is. There is a war going on. We are told that mankind is an enemy of God in his mind through wicked works (see Colossians 1:21). That’s not too hard to see. Man is continually committing violent acts such as murder and rape, lying, stealing, etc., as the daily news confirms. He uses God’s name as a curse word, while Mother Nature gets the glory for His creation—unless there’s a horrible disaster; then man calls that “an act of God.” An applicable acronym for WAR is We Are Right. Any country going to war does so because it has the conviction that it is in the right. However, a quick look at God’s Law shows us who is right and who is wrong. We, not God, are the guilty party. If we want His blessing back on our nation and in our lives, we must make peace with Him, and that is possible only through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Miserable.


Dumb Maxim: “As miserable as sin.” Sin gives pleasure (see Hebrews 11:25). However, it is short-lived in the light of eternity. No pleasure is worth the pain of damnation.

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