Thursday, December 31, 2015

Words of Comfort: Crushed.


“Ray did have his moment of getting crushed by Aron ra on the atheist experience.” King Ateo

If I did get crushed, I didn’t notice it. In fact, I enjoyed being on the program because they had the courtesy to allow me to preach the gospel. I hope I have many more “crushing” experiences because that’s what brings out the juice.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Words of Comfort: Outside of the Bible.


“The Israelite ‘borrowed'’ a lot of their stories and teachings from surrounding cultures, like the famed 10 commandments which is a reap of from the Egyptian book of the dead, more specifically the 42 principles of Maat which predates the biblical account by 2000 years.” Nekan Solanke

It never ceases to amaze me that any historical event outside of the Bible is viewed as the gospel truth, and anything inside the Bible is viewed with a contemptuous skepticism. 

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Words of Comfort: Praying vs. not praying.


"Sentiment is nice and can be expressed in a number of ways but have you ever wondered why praying works the same as not praying?" Craig Smith

That may be your subjective experience and the experience of others who in their ignorance and proud hearts look on God as a divine butler. But it certainly isn’t our experience. God has answered the penitent prayer of millions who have called on the Name of Jesus Christ.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Words of Comfort: A low door.


“Why would God make your religion so easy to ridicule?” Red Xon

He has deliberately made is easy to ridicule so that the proud would stumble in their arrogant conceit. He has chosen foolish things to confound those who are wise in their own eyes. The door to everlasting life is very low, and those who refuse to humble their proud hearts will not enter.

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Words of Comfort: Something for some parents...


A not-so-subtle and deceitful atheist wrote: “As a proud Creationist (capital letter), my parents are trying to send me to a 'normal' school full of atheists (lower case). I can't convince them that the word of God is absolute and that they are about to send me to Hell with their science? Help!!!  I love you Ray.” Leon Chevalier

You have nothing to fear at all. Atheists don’t have any science to back up their blind faith in Darwinian evolution. For evidence of how stupid it is, tell your parents to watch www.evolutionvsGod.com    

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Words of Comfort: Errors and mistakes in the Bible?


“How do I break through to the spiritual conversation when someone I am trying to witness to tries to constantly bring up ‘errors’ or ‘mistakes’ in the Bible, such as ‘Joshua speaking to the sun to stand still rather than the earth to stop moving,’ or differences in the gospels such as ‘One gospel says there was more than one man in chains in the cave possessed with legions of demons and another gospel says there was one man possessed with legions of demons?’”

The human mind is in a place of contention against God and His Law (see Romans 8:7). If you answer these questions, no doubt he will come back with more than he has collected from Internet sites. All he wants to do is fortify his godless worldview so that he can indulge in his beloved sins.

So what you should do is address his conscience. Take him through the Ten Commandments as Jesus did in Mark 10:17, or as Paul did in Romans 2:18-20. This will have the effect of stopping his mouth (see Romans 3:19-20). To see how this is done, watch www.evolutionVsGod.com

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Words of Comfort: Unfruitful.


“You know after listening to the show yesterday, you posed the question, where do you think you will go after you die? With cultural Christianity rampant in most places (guilt by birth in a Christian home, or after a sinner’s prayer some time back) most of the ‘friends’ that have no fruit would say ‘Heaven’ of course. So, what would you say to someone that has no fruit in their lives, yet would say Heaven is where they would go?” Lynda

The world thinks all is well between them and God because they cling to their own conception of what they believe God is like. Self-righteousness is rooted in idolatry. They go about to establish their own righteousness “being ignorant of the righteousness which is of God.” So what you should do it show them the nature of God revealed in the Bible. Show them His perfect standard of righteousness—that He considers lust to be adultery and hatred to be murder. If the conscience is doing its God-given duty, that should stir a healthy fear of facing Him. Nothing makes sinners flee from sin like the fear of God. Without that healthy fear they will remain complacent in their sin.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Words of Comfort: Look at the cross.


All we ask is for those in the world to stand still and see the salvation of God. We want them to stop their arguments, set aside their prejudices, and look to the cross of Jesus Christ with an open and honest heart.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Words of Comfort: In our hearts.


Moses told Israel of God's plan for them, that He wanted to put His Law in their mouth. In the new covenant, God puts His Law into our hearts and causes us to walk in His statutes. See Ezek. 36:26,27 and Jer. 31:32,33 for more details. 

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Words of Comfort: Unbroken bones.


None of the Passover lamb's bones were to be broken. Just so, while the others crucified with Jesus had their legs broken by soldiers to hasten their death, Jesus' bones were not broken (see John 19:33,36). 

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Words of Comfort: Who'll train your children?


Among the many topics you talk about with your children, the most important one is God. Too many parents consider the church to have the primary responsibility for spiritually training their kids. But the responsibility lies on your shoulders. If you are a father, take the lead in teaching your children about the things of the Lord; don't leave it up to your wife. Consider the command of Scripture: "And, you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Eph. 6:4).

Perhaps you feel inadequate to lead. If so, be aware that pride will often masquerade as a feeling of inadequacy. Humble yourself. Forget what your wife thinks. Forget what your kids think. Forget what you think about your inabilities. Your only concern should be what God thinks. If you are a single parent, step into the role of the leader. 

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Words of Comfort: Passing over.


We can see the wonderful truth of the gospel of salvation in the Passover of Egypt. God's wrath will pass over all who apply the blood of the Savior to the doorposts of their lives. All those who obeyed Moses had to exercise humility of heart and faith in his words. He told them to do something that seemed foolish. Such is the way of the gospel; it is foolishness to those who are perishing (see 1 Cor. 1:18).

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Words of Comfort: Our Passover Lamb.


In Exodus 12 we learn that each Israelite family was to select a spotless, male lamb to dwell with them for a short time and then kill the lamb without breaking any of its bones. The blood of the lamb, applied to their doorposts, would cause the angel of death to pass over those who put their trust in God. 

God commanded the Jews to commemorate this event annually with a Passover celebration that included the sacrifice of an unblemished lamb. It was during this celebration that Jesus, our Passover Lamb, who dwelt with His people for a short time, was killed without a single bone being broken. 

By Todd Friel (Adapted from Don't Stub Your Toe.) 

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Words of Comfort: Sunlight.


The same sunlight that melts wax hardens clay. The heart of the sinner determines his response to the Word of God. 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Words of Comfort: Turn for a Band-Aid.


As with many today, Pharaoh's repentance was superficial. They turn to God for a Band-Aid to cover life's plagues and pains. We should flee to the Savior because we have sinned against God. Read Psalm 51 for the motive for mercy from God. 

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Words of Comfort: George Carlin.


Atheist George Carlin (who passed into eternity in 2008) said, "But I want you to know something, this is sincere, I want you to know, when it comes to believing in God, I really tried. I really, really tried. I tried to believe that there is a God, who created each of us in His own image and likeness, loves us very much, and keeps a close eye on things. I really tried to believe that, but I gotta tell you, the longer you live, the more you look around, the more you realize, something is...wrong here. War, disease, death, destruction, hunger, filth, poverty, torture, crime, corruption... Something is definitely wrong. This is not good work. If this is the best God can do, I am not impressed."  When an atheist rejects Genesis 1 (about creation), he automatically rejects Genesis 3 (about the "Fall" of mankind). God created all things perfect, but when Adam sinned against God, it brought God's curse on all of creation. Thus, disease, suffering, pain, and death are ultimately the fault of man, not God. Reject that explanation and you end up with a philosophy similar to George Carlin. The sufferings of this world shouldn't be used as an excuse to reject the Scriptures, but should be seen as very real evidence that what the Bible says is true. 

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Words of Comfort: Genuine repentance.


Those who come to Christ in genuine repentance are those who fear the word of the Lord. Those who don't fear God may enter the House of God as false converts, but their hearts are still in the field of the world. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Words of Comfort: A renewed heart.


"Pharaoh gave way under this plague. He promises that he will let the people go. Those who bid defiance to God and prayer, first or last, will be made to see their need of both. But when Pharaoh saw there was respite, he hardened his heart. Till the heart is renewed by the grace of God, the thoughts made by affliction do not abide; the convictions wear off, and the promises that were given are forgotten. Till the state of the air is changed, what thaws in the sun will freeze again in the shade." Matthew Henry 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Words of Comfort: Killing and making alive.


"The true function of the Law is to accuse and to kill; but the function of the gospel is to make alive." Martin Luther 

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Words of Comfort: Take hold of the Law.


As a Christian, you need not dread the Law. If you are in Christ, the Law will not fall upon you (see Rom. 8:1). So take hold of it and do what Jesus did in Mark 10:17. Let the world know that lust is adultery in God's sight (see Matt. 5:27,28), and that a holy God considers hatred to be murder (see 1 John 3:15). When we cast down the rod of the Law (as Moses cast down his rod), it helps to convince the lost that the gospel of salvation is from God. Once they are "convinced of the Law as transgressors" (James 2:9), they are ready for the good news of the gospel-that they can be saved from its bite because the rod has already struck the Savior for our justification. 

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Words of Comfort: Waited for honor.


"Joseph, who was to be only a servant to Pharaoh, was preferred at thirty years old; but Moses, who was to be a god to Pharaoh, was not so dignified till he was eighty years old. It is fit he should long wait for such an honor, and be long in preparing for such a service." John Wesley 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Words of Comfort: Inability.


An awareness of a lack of eloquence is a virtue in the Kingdom of God. Those who are conscious of their own inability are the ones who will pray that God helps them. They will rely on the Lord rather than on their own talents. 

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Words of Comfort: A crown in the end.


"Few things do so much harm in religion as exaggerated expectations. People look for a degree of worldly comfort in Christ's service which they have no right to expect, and not finding what they look for, are tempted to give up religion in disgust. Happy is he who thoroughly understands, that though Christianity holds out a crown in the end, it brings also a cross in the way." J. C. Ryle 

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