Friday, May 29, 2015

Words of Comfort: Heaven is a location.

“Someone you love more than life itself dies and goes to Hell, and you die shortly after and go to Heaven. Is it truly Heaven without that person beside you?”
Heaven is a location, not a mere state of mind. God is the Creator of all things. With Him, nothing is impossible, and He says that He will give pleasure forevermore. Not believing that doesn’t change reality.
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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Words of Comfort: Guilt trip.

“Christianity is a guilt trip?”
Which of the Ten Commandments makes you feel guilty, and why?
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: “I don't hate God. I just don't believe He exists.”

“I don't hate God. I just don't believe He exists.”
Such is the way of many cultures that if a son or daughter marries out of the faith or does something of which they strongly disagree, in the parent’s minds, they no longer exist. There is no greater contempt for a person than to so hate them they don’t exist in your mind.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Words of Comfort: Newborn.

“He who looks into the eyes of a newborn baby and says that child is evil and born of sin and will go to Hell if not baptized is seriously mentally ill.”
You are confused. The Bible doesn’t say anywhere (or even hint) that if a newborn baby isn’t baptized, it goes to Hell.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

Words of Comfort: Teardrop.

“I could abundantly justify compassion for perishing men, even on the ground of natural feelings. A mother who did not, like Hagar, weep for her dying child—call her not ‘mother,’ call her ‘monster.’ A man who passes through the scenes of misery which even this city presents in its more squalid quarters, and yet is never disturbed by them, I venture to say he is unworthy of the name of man. Even the common sorrows of our race may well suffuse our eyes with tears, but the eternal sorrow, the infinite lake of misery—he who grieves not for this, write him down a demon, though he wear the image and semblance of a man.” Charles Spurgeon

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Words of Comfort: Thirsty?

It was love that drove Hagar to cry out to God for the child. How can love not compel us to lift up our voices and weep, given the impending deaths of multitudes around us? God has opened our eyes to see the wells of salvation in Christ, so we must lead sinners by the hand to Him who cried, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink” (John 7:37). From,The Evidence Bible

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Words of Comfort: Real fear.

There is no worse state for a nation or the Church to be in than to lose the fear of God. Someone once said, “I fear God, and next to God I chiefly fear him who fears Him not.” Those who do not fear God will lie to you, steal from you, and even kill you if they think they can get away with it. It is the fear of the Lord that causes men to depart from evil. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28).

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Words of Comfort: A rare message.

This is the message that we must preach: that all humanity flee from the wrath to come, that they are to be saved from this wicked and adulterous generation through repentance and faith in Jesus alone. Sadly, these words are rarely heard from the lips of popular preachers. Every time we enter a pulpit or open our mouths to preach in public, we should be mindful that there are more than likely unsaved people listening to our words. Their blood will be on our hands if we fail to warn them (see Ezek. 33:3–9; Acts 20:26,27). From, The Evidence Bible

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Words of Comfort: Remember the thief.

It can be a difficult situation if someone you are witnessing to asks about the fate of a loved one who died and was not a Christian. Simply say, “Only God knows the eternal destiny of the person, and the Scriptures assure us that He will do what is right. So we can take consolation from that.” Some may be tempted to say that the loved one went to hell, but the truth is that we don’t know what happened minutes before their death. Remember the thief on the cross.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Words of Comfort: Decision vs Repentance

Keep planting and don’t be tempted to revert to using the methods of modern evangelism to get “decisions for Christ.” That may make you rejoice because you think you are seeing fruit, but keep in mind that while we may rejoice over “decisions,” Heaven reserves its rejoicing for sinners who repent (see Luke 15:7), and repentance is God-given (see 2 Tim. 2:24–26). Sow in tears, and you will reap in joy—in God’s time.   From, The Evidence Bible

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Words of Comfort: Germination.

There may be times when you do not see any fruit for your evangelistic labors. You are planting seed in the hearts of sinners but it seems that no one is being born again. If that is the case, consider this verse: “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor. 15:58).

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Words of Comfort: "What's wrong with Catholics?"

“What's wrong with Catholics?” Carlo Benniti

We love them. Jesus said that everyone (Catholic or Protestant) needs to be born again to enter Heaven (see John 3). Many Catholics don't know that--a tragedy beyond words. 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Words of Comfort: Mark Twain hated God.

"The best cure for Christianity is reading the Bible. ~ Mark Twain.”  Cindy Martin

Mark Twain wasn't as atheist, but he hated Christianity and the God of the Bible because he was sexually immoral. He instead made up his own god to suit himself. Sexual sin almost always ends up in idolatry. Some embrace the foolishness of atheism to try and rid themselves of moral responsibility, but not Mark Twain. The man was brilliant and extremely witty. 

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Words of Comfort: Clue for atheists.

"I am God. Prove me wrong." -Marcus Chill

"I just banned you. How's that for a clue?" -Ray Comfort

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Words of Comfort: Feminists and the Bible.

Feminists bristle at the Bible’s statement that God made man in His image. This verse doesn’t mean that God is a man, or that He looks like man (see John 4:24). It means that when God made man and woman, He endowed them with a mind, emotions, and will. Humans are rational, moral beings with an inherent God-consciousness. However, in revealing Himself to mankind, God describes Himself in the male gender using terms such as Father, Son, Bridegroom, etc. Those who consider God to be female and call Him “Mother” are engaging in idolatry. To change who God has revealed Himself to be is to create a god in their own image.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Words of Comfort: Children of disobedience.

The Bible calls human beings “children of disobedience.” Children know naturally how to be selfish and lie. Rebellion is rooted deep in the human heart until we are born again and become children of God (see John 1:12).

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Words of Comfort: When I died...

“There was a day when I died, utterly died, died to George Mueller, his opinions, preferences, tastes, and will—died to the world, its approval or censure—died to the approval or blame even of my brethren and friends—and since then I have only to show myself approved to God.” George Mueller

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: Day of rest.

“I am no preacher of the old legal Sabbath. I am a preacher of the gospel. The Sabbath of the Jew is to him a task; the Lord’s Day of the Christian, the first day of the week, is to him a joy, a day of rest, of peace, and of thanksgiving. And if you Christian men can earnestly drive away all distractions, so that you can really rest today, it will be good for your bodies, good for your souls, good mentally, good spiritually, good temporally, and good eternally.” Charles Spurgeon

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Words of Comfort: The Law vs. Legalism.

Some people may wonder if using the Law (the Ten Commandments) in evangelism produces legalism. When the Law is used to show a sinner that sin is “exceedingly sinful”—that nothing can commend him to God—he clings to the cross knowing that he is saved by grace and grace alone.

This knowledge gives the Christian the understanding that even after a lifetime of good works, fasting, praying, seeking the lost, etc., his “works” don’t commend him to God—he is still saved by grace and grace alone. However, when the Law isn’t used before the cross, and a sinner simply makes a “decision for Christ,” he comes with a lack of understanding about the true nature of sin. After his commitment, he thinks that his good works, his fasting, praying, evangelism, etc., commend him to God. He is the one who thinks that what he eats, what he wears, and what he does become relevant to his Salvation. He is the one who is liable to say “touch not, taste not, handle not”—the one who becomes “legalistic.” Using the Law in evangelism before the cross liberates a new convert from legalism.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Words of Comfort: God and man.

Some may ask how Jesus could be both God and man. It has been well said that when God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, became a man, He didn’t cease to be God. He created a body, and then filled that body as a hand fills a glove (see Hebrews 10:5). See also 1Timothy 3:16.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Words of Comfort: Lighthouses

A lighthouse keeper gained a reputation as being a very kind man. He would give free fuel to ships that miscalculated the amount of fuel needed to reach their destination port. One night during a storm, lightning struck his lighthouse and put out his light. He immediately turned on his generator, but it soon ran out of fuel, and he had given his reserves to passing ships. During the dark night, a ship struck the rocks and many lives were lost. At his trial, the judge knew of the lighthouse keeper’s reputation as a kind man and wept as he gave sentence. He accused the lighthouse keeper of neglecting his primary responsibility—to keep the light shining.

The Church can so often get caught up in legitimate acts of kindness—standing for political righteousness, feeding the hungry, etc.—but our primary task is to warn sinners of danger. We are to keep the light of the gospel shining so that sinners can avoid the jagged-edged rocks of wrath and escape being eternally damned. From, The Evidence Bible

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