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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