Friday, July 31, 2015

Words of Comfort: Saving Egypt.


The history of Joseph, who saved his family and all of Egypt from death due to starvation, foreshadows the Messiah to come, who has the power to save us, whether Jew or Gentile, from eternal damnation.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: Faithful laborers.


The Bible is careful to list genealogies to show the faithfulness of God regarding His promises. The New Testament also lists names (often at the end of epistles) of some who have been faithful to God. There you will find names of those who “labored” with Paul, were called his “fellow workers,” and “a faithful and beloved brother.” May God be able to count on each of us as His faithful laborers, and fellow workers in the gospel.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The terror of the Lord.


The world has a bias toward idolatry. The lost would never begin to believe that God could or would terrify. However, a little honest reading of Scripture will convince them that God is to be greatly feared. The apostle Paul said that it is knowledge of the terror of the Lord that should cause the Christian to persuade men and woman to flee to the Savior (see 2 Cor. 5:11).

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Little fire.


“Indulged children, like Dinah, often become a grief and shame to their families. Her pretense was, to see the daughters of the land, to see how they dressed, and how they danced, and what was fashionable among them; she went to see, yet that was not all, she went to be seen too. She went to get acquaintance with the Canaanites, and to learn their ways. See what came of Dinah’s gadding. The beginning of sin is as the letting forth of water. How great a matter does a little fire kindle! We should carefully avoid all occasions of sin and approaches to it.” Matthew Henry

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Words of Comfort: Used by God?


“Whom God would use greatly He will hurt deeply.” A. W. Tozer

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Words of Comfort: Saved from God.


It is legitimate to come to the Savior in fear. We have greatly wronged the One who gave us life by violating His Law, and His wrath abides upon us. If we do not repent and trust in the Savior, we will reap the terrifying fruit of our actions: death and everlasting hell. What a fearful thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31)! R. C. Sproul rightly said that Jesus doesn’t save us to God, He saves us from God.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Omniscient witness.


The words “God is witness between you and me” should not be taken lightly. God is the omniscient witness. He is ever-present and sees all—all thoughts, all actions, all intent, and all desire. Even the darkness is pure light to Him. Nothing is hidden from His holy eyes, and we should therefore live in the light of such a fearful truth.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hannah and Rachel.


“Envy is grieving at the good of another, than which no sin is more injurious both to God, our neighbor, and ourselves. But this was not all, she said to Jacob, give me children or else I die—A child would not content her; but because Leah has more than one, she must have more too…Observe a difference between Rachel’s asking for this mercy, and Hannah’s (1 Sam 1:10, etc). Rachel envied, Hannah wept: Rachel must have children, and she died of the second; Hannah prayed for this child, and she had four more: Rachel is importunate and peremptory, Hannah is submissive and devout, If thou wilt give me a child, I will give him to the Lord. Let Hannah be imitated, and not Rachel; and let our desires be always under the conduct and check of reason and religion.” John Wesley

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Audacity


From Living Waters, creators of the award-winning TV program “The Way of the Master” and the hit movies “180” and “Evolution vs. God,” comes the powerful film “Audacity.” Executive produced by TV co-host and best-selling author Ray Comfort (Hell’s Best Kept Secret, Scientific Facts in the Bible), this film delivers an unexpected, eye-opening look at the controversial topic of homosexuality.

Peter (Travis Owens) is an aspiring comedian encouraged by his friend Ben (Ben Price, Australia’s Got Talent finalist) to perform at the local comedy club. But stage fright isn’t Peter’s only fear. When confronted with one of today’s most divisive issues, he feels compelled to speak, but can he? Challenged by his coworker Diana (Molly Ritter) to defend his convictions about homosexuality and gay marriage, will he have the courage to stand for what he believes—even at the risk of losing a friendship? And how will he respond when faced with a harrowing life-or-death experience?

“Audacity” uses a unique approach to address a very sensitive subject in contemporary society. Regardless of your views on homosexuality, you’ll gain fresh insights and a new perspective.


Monday, July 20, 2015

Words of Comfort: Soul-winners.


“You all desire to glorify Christ by becoming soul-winners—I hope you do—and be it remembered that, other things being equal, he is the fittest in God’s hand to win souls who pities souls most. I believe he preaches best who loves best, and in the Sunday-school and in private life each soul-seeker shall have the blessing very much in proportion to his yearning for it. Paul becomes a savior of many because his heart’s desire and prayer to God is that they may be saved. If you can live without souls being converted, you shall live without their being converted; but if your soul breaks for the longing that it hath towards Christ’s glory and the conversion of the ungodly, if like her of old you say, “Give me children, or I die,” your insatiable hunger shall be satisfied, the craving of your spirit shall be gratified.” Charles Spurgeon

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Friday, July 17, 2015

Words of Comfort: Rejection and hatred.


Evangelism is an arduous task. None of us like the rejection and hatred that come from proclaiming the truth in a sin-loving world. However, in light of the love of God that was expressed toward us through the cross, the task is not burdensome (see 1 John 5:3). We delight to do His will.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: The ladder.


“Christ…is this ladder: the foot on earth in his human nature, the top in heaven in his divine nature; or the former is his humiliation, the latter is his exaltation. All the intercourse between heaven and earth since the fall is by this ladder. Christ is the way: all God’s favors come to us, and all our services come to him, by Christ. If God dwell with us, and we with him, it is by Christ: we have no way of getting to heaven but by this ladder; for the kind offices the angels do us, are all owing to Christ, who hath reconciled things on earth and things in heaven (Col. 1:20).” John Wesley

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Words of Comfort: Speak volumes.


If someone asks you a question, while you are open-air preaching, that you don’t know how to answer, simply say, “I’m sorry, I don’t know the answer to that, but I will try to find it for you, if you like.” There’s nothing wrong with a humble admission. In fact, it may speak volumes more to your hearers than an eloquent answer.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Words of Comfort: Preach in the shower.


If you’re fearful about preaching open-air for the first time, practice at home before doing it “live.” Go over the gospel in your mind until it’s second nature—no, until it’s first nature. When you are alone, preach it. (In the shower is a great place to preach.) Go through a few anecdotes. Get used to the sound of your own voice. Pretend to engage a heckler. Invite some friends over to role-play with you—and practice what you preach.

If you are afraid of looking foolish if you mentally draw a blank while speaking, have a backup plan. Keep a New Testament with you and if you freeze up, say, “I would just like to read something to you.” Read John 3:16–18 and conclude with, “Thank you for listening.” Just knowing that you have that option will dissipate the fear.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Words of Comfort: Just do it.


To get started in open-air preaching, keep in mind that you are needed to “go into the world,” so don’t listen to your fears; just do it. If you have ever felt the joy of sharing the gospel with someone who is genuinely listening to every word you are saying, multiply that by 30. That’s a good open-air session. There’s nothing like it when you have a good heckler, and a crowd of people listening to the words of everlasting life.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Words of God: To the ends of the earth!


As sons of God, we are commanded to take the gospel to the ends of the earth (see Acts 1:8).

“Ultimately, evangelistic apathy is not a methodological failure; it is spiritual disobedience. The Bible is replete with commands and admonitions to communicate passionately the Gospel with others. Our failure to do so is nothing less than sinful disobedience to the God who gave us unmerited favor through His Son, Jesus Christ.” Thom Rainer

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Will you see God?


This doesn’t mean that Isaac saw the essence of God. No man can see God and live (see Exod. 33:20). Isaac saw a manifestationof God, as did Moses and others. The only way a man or woman can stand in the presence of God without being consumed by His holiness is to be pure of heart. That can come only by God’s mercy through the blood of the cross. All who are made pure in heart through faith in Jesus will see God (see Matt. 5:8).

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Words of Comfort: Back to the filth.


The false convert has never “crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal. 5:24). He, like the pig, must go back to wallowing in the mire. Pigs need to wallow in mire because they crave the slime to cool their flesh. So it is with the false convert. He never repented, so his flesh was not crucified with Christ. It is instead burning with unlawful desire. The heat of lust is too much for his sinful heart. He must go back to the filth.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Words of Comfort: Pearls & swine.


Esau gave up his precious birthright because of the cravings of his flesh. Those who make a profession of faith without having a humble heart (which the Law produces) have the experience described in 2 Pet. 2:22: “‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.’” This is the tragic result of casting pearls of the gospel of grace to the proud, or those whom the Bible calls “dogs” and “swine.”

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Words of Comfort: Didn't die without hope.


Abraham did not die without hope. Jesus said that he rejoiced to see His day: “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad” (John 8:56). Abraham was made righteous by grace through faith in the coming Messiah. “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, ‘In you all the nations shall be blessed’” (Gal. 3:8).

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Words of Comfort: Bride and cross.


When God draws a sinner to Himself and saves him, he becomes part of the virgin Bride of Christ. The believer who has seen the love of God in Christ will take up his cross and follow Him (see Mark 8:34).

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Miracles and worship.


There are times when the miraculous happens and convinces the believer that what he is experiencing could only be the hand of God. It is always a wonderful mystery as to why God would condescend to involve man in working out His great purposes. It is also a great mystery as to how He could possibly orchestrate circumstances of the future so perfectly. In such experiences words don’t suffice. One can only bow in worship.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Words of Comfort: Moon and buildings.


“Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings. The second sentence is false. Religion does not turn you into a terrorist. The overwhelming majority of religious people have similar values to yours; my church-going grandmother would have been just as horrified at people using their faith to justify murdering people as the most hardened atheist, and there have been atheist individuals who also think they are justified in killing people for the cause. So stop saying this!” Professor P.Z. Meyer

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