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How many times have you been saved?

January 31, 2008

“The reason some folks don’t believe in missions is that the brand of religion they have isn’t worth propagating.”

All men are born evil!

What would the modern preacher have done?

January 28, 2008

Or, what would you have done?

The Cross that Modern Preachers put in the back

The Garden Experience

January 27, 2008

Have you had a Garden of Gethsemane experience? It was in a garden where Adam first said, “Not Your will, but mine be done,” and it was in a garden where Jesus fell to His knees and prayed, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” At the time, His disciples were asleep; so don’t be discouraged if those around you are asleep, when it comes to seeking the lost. Simply get on your knees and say, “Father, the thought of sharing the Gospel with the lost makes me sweat great drops of blood in fear. Yet not my will, but Yours be done.” Make it so real that the next time you are tempted to do you own thing, you’ll remember your agonizing Gethsemane experience-that you live for His will, not your you own. There goes another minute. Gone forever. Go share your faith while you still have time.

If the Vehicle Lacks Fuel

January 26, 2008

Ask yourself who you know who isn’t saved. Without the blood of the Savior, the Bible says those people you are thinking of will one day be cast into the Lake of Fire. How does that make you feel? Does it make you want to reach them with the Gospel? If we are lacking the fuels of compassion and gratitude for our own salvation, the task of sharing our faith will become a chore. It will be a burden. If our vehicle lacks fuel, we’ll have to push it rather than drive it. If we have to push the vehicle of evangelism, it will be a tiresome task, while driving it will be exhilarating. Without the gas of gratitude, our attitude won’t be an enthusiastic, “I delight to do Your will,” but a begrudging, “I have to do Your will.” There goes another minute. Gone forever. Go share your faith while you still have time.

January 25, 2008

“In no other way can the believer become as fully involved with God’s work, especially the work of world evangelism, as in intercessory prayer.”
– Dick Eastman

Father, let me dedicate

January 24, 2008

Father, let me dedicate, all this year to Thee,
In whatever worldly state Thou wilt have me be:
Not from sorrow, pain or care, freedom dare I claim;
This alone shall be my prayer, glorify Thy Name.

Can a child presume to choose where or how to live?
Can a Father’s love refuse all the best to give?
More Thou givest every day than the best can claim
Nor withholdest aught that may glorify Thy Name.

If in mercy Thou wilt spare joys that yet are mine;
If on life, serene and fair, brighter rays may shine;
Let my glad heart, while it sings, Thee in all proclaim,
And, whate’er the future brings, glorify Thy Name.

If Thou callest to the cross, and its shadow come,
Turning all my gain to loss, shrouding heart and home;
Let me think how Thy dear Son to His glory came,
And in deepest woe pray on, “Glorify Thy Name.”

Some hymnals alter the last verse to:

If we must in grief and loss Thy behest obey,
If beneath the shadowy cross liest our homeward way;
We will think what Thy dear Son once for us became,
And repeat till life is done, glorify Thy Name.

“You can be so interested in great theological and intellectual and philosophical problems that you tend to forget that you are going to die.”

-Martin Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers, p. 193.

Sin’s Power

January 17, 2008

That sin must die, or you will perish by it. Depend on it, that sin which you would save from the slaughter will slaughter you.

January 12, 2008

To say “We told you Hell was real!” will be no consolation for the faithful Christian. The stakes are too high for such shallow trifles.

“If you wish to know God, you must know His Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by His Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.” Charles Spurgeon

“Atheists express their rage against God although in their view He does not exist.” — C. S. Lewis

Charles Spurgeon (the Prince of Preachers) said, “There is a war between you and God’s Law. The Ten Commandments are against you. The first comes forward and says, ‘Let him be cursed. For he denies Me. He has another god beside Me. His god is his belly and he yields his homage to his lust.’ All the Ten Commandments, like ten great cannons, are pointed at you today. For you have broken all of God’s statutes and lived in daily neglect of all His commands. Soul, you will find it a hard thing to go at war with the Law. When the Law came in peace, Sinai was altogether on a smoke and even Moses said, ‘I exceeding fear and quake!’ What will you do when the Law of God comes in terror; when the trumpet of the archangel shall tear you from your grave; when the eyes of God shall burn their way into your guilty soul; when the great books shall be opened and all your sin and shame shall be punished…Can you stand against an angry Law in that Day?”

A mighty Fortress is our God

January 11, 2008

A mighty Fortress is our God,
A Bulwark never failing;
Our Helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great,
And, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth His Name,
From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers,
No thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still,
His Kingdom is forever.

What is sin?

What is sin?
The Glory of God not honored.
The Holiness of God not reverenced.
The Greatness of God not admired.
The power of God not praised.
The Truth of God not sought.
The Wisdom of God not Esteemed.
The Beauty of God not treasured.
The Goodness of God not savored.
The faithfulness of God not trusted.
The Commandments of God not obeyed.
The Justice of God not respected.
The Wrath of God not feared.
The Grace of God not cherished.
The presence of God not prized
The person of God not loved.
That is sin.

January 7, 2008

“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
Henry Martyn,
Missionary to India and Persia

Singing Songs in the Lifeboat

The Apostle Paul said, “For me to live means opportunities for Christ.” Is there a zeal to share our faith burning in our bones? It’s more than spending time in worship or in prayer. Jesus said to “Go and preach.” Prayer and worship are the basics of the Christian faith, but if we are not obediently sharing that faith, we are not fulfilling The Great Commission. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Without evangelistic zeal, we are like survivors of the Titanic, singing songs in the lifeboat while people are drowning. Singing songs is fine … but not while people are drowning. Let’s put service with worship. Let’s put legs to our prayers, and today seek to save those who will perish without the Savior. There goes another minute. Gone forever. Go share your faith while you still have time.