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True and Faithful Witness?

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Imagine seeing a group of firefighters polishing their engine outside a burning building with people trapped at a top floor window. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with cleaning a fire engine—but not while people are trapped in a burning building! Instead of ignoring their cries, the firefighters should have an overwhelming sense of urgency to rescue them. That’s the spirit that should be behind the task of evangelism. But according to Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, “Only 2 percent of believers in America regularly share their faith with others.” That means that 98 percent of the professing Body of Christ are “lukewarm” when it comes to obeying the Great Commission (Mark 16:15). Oswald J. Smith said, “Oh my friends, we are loaded down with countless church activities, while the real work of the Church, that of evangelizing and winning the lost, is almost entirely neglected.” We have polished the engines of worship, prayer, and praise and neglected the sober task given to us by God. A firefighter who ignores his responsibilities and allows people to perish in flames is not a firefighter; he is an impostor. How could we ignore our responsibility and allow the world to walk blindly into the fires of hell? If God’s love dwells in us, we must warn them. The Bible tells us to “have compassion…save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude 22,23). If we don’t have love and compassion, then we don’t know God—we are impostors (1 John 4:8). Charles Spurgeon said, “Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” Please, examine yourself to see if you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). Don’t be part of the great multitude who called Jesus “Lord,” but refused to obey Him. It will be professing believers who will hear those fearful words, “I never knew you: depart from me” (Matthew 7:21–23).

Backward Christian Soldiers

Backward Christian soldiers, fleeing from the fight

With the cross of Jesus nearly out of sight.

Christ, our rightful master, stands against the foe

But forward into battle, we are loathe to go.

Like a mighty tortoise moves the Church of God

Brothers we are treading where we’ve always trod.

We are much divided, many bodies we

Having many doctrines, not much charity.

Crowns and thorns may perish, kingdoms rise and wane,

But the Church of Jesus hidden does remain.

Gates of hell should never ‘gainst the Church prevail

We have Christ’s own promise, but think that it will fail.

Sit here then ye people, join our useless throng

Blend with ours your voices in a feeble song.

Blessings, ease and comfort, ask from Christ the King

With our modern thinking, we don’t do a thing.

(Anonymous)

If God is speaking to you about your lack of evangelistic concern, pray something like this now: Father, please forgive me for my lack of love for this dying world. From this day forward I will strive to be a “true and faithful witness.” Please give me the wisdom to know what to say to reach the lost. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

(Compliments of “The Evidence Bible”)

 

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“How to Become an Athiest” by Ray Comfort

RayComfortThere are two main hard and fast rules for anyone who would like to become an “atheist.” If you are tempted, beware. It’s not an easy thing to do.

The first rule is to ignore design in nature. You will see it everywhere—from the planets, to the atoms, to the seasons, to the design of the human body, to the design of the birds and the bees, flowers, fruit, feet, and even fungus. And, of course, the amazing human eye. Everywhere you look and everywhere you can’t look, you will see design.

Now here’s the hard part: ignore your God-given common sense. Admit that everything man made is manmade, but be uncompromisingly adamant that everything in nature came from nothing, with no Designer. Once you have set aside your acumen to do this, crown yourself as being intelligent. Very. Then find other atheists who will confirm that you are indeed intelligent.

The second rule is to “believe.” This is very important, because if you let doubt in, it will let in fear, and that can be a scary thing when the issue at stake is a place called “Hell.”

Believe that you are right in your beliefs. Believe that evolution is indeed true. Believe that it’s scientific. Believe that there are no missing links, and believe that Richard Dawkins knows what he is talking about.

Believe that you are related to an ape, and therefore you are not morally responsible because apes have no moral absolutes. Believe that your conscience was given to you by your parents and society, and not by God (always use a small “g” for God, if possible).

To grow as an atheist, you will need to learn believers’ language—phrases like, “There is no creation,” “Evolution is a proven fact,” and the powerful “Flying Spaghetti Monster” argument. Learn the fine art of cutting and pasting quotes, and responding to evidence with “Straw man!” That means you won’t have to respond to anything challenging.

All this will give a perception of intelligence. Never question evolution, and don’t think for yourself.

Do these things, and you will be able to call yourself an atheist, or even a “new” atheist. How cool is that! Well, I should say, as much of one as you can be called one. No one can be a true atheist because you need “absolute knowledge” to say that there is no God. So until you are omniscient (like God), you will just have to do with pretending to be one.

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Daily Thought

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It takes courage to go where God leads. He’ll often take you right to the doorstep of your greatest fears, put you face-to-face with someone you can’t stand to be around, or bring a situation into your life that seems impossible to work out. Don’t panic. Those are the times when you can really see God’s power in action.

You were never created to handle tough times alone. Consider David. The only reason he could conquer a giant was because God was with him. You have the same advantage. God is fighting every battle with you, never against you. So take courage. Stand up to the giants in your life. With God’s help, victory is at hand.

Heavenly Father, many situations in life seem to be difficult to handle, but I know that because You are with me, I can have the courage to face anything that comes my way. I commit to stand up to the giants in my life with Your gracious help. Amen.

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The Sinking Ship

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Imagine for a moment that you are standing on the seashore gazing at a large ocean liner. The sun is shining. There is no wind and the sea is calm. To your amazement, about thirty people suddenly dive off the end of the ship and cling to a lifeboat.

You shake your head in disbelief at their foolishness. Then without warning, the great ocean liner strikes an iceberg and suddenly sinks, taking all on board with it.

Those who looked like fools in abandoning the ship were actually wise, and those who seemed wise by staying on board were, in truth, fools.

The world scoffs at those who abandon the ship of this world and cling to the lifeboat of the Savior. But Christians know that this great pleasure-cruiser will eventually come into contact with the immovable iceberg of the law of God, sink into hell…and take all those on board with it.

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“Mother Nature sure blew it…”

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Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes kill tens of thousands of people each year. Multitudes endure crippling diseases, endless suffering, and unspeakable pain. Many non-Christians credit a heartless Mother Nature for giving us all the grief. They fail to consider that Mother Nature has a Senior Partner-Father God.

However, if God is responsible for all this heartache, that presents an interesting dilemma. If God is an all-loving Father figure, as we are told, we seem to have three choices: 1) God blew it when He made everything (He’s creative but incompetent); 2) God is a tyrant, who gets His kicks from seeing kids die of leukemia; 3) something between God and man is radically wrong. These are our choices…and those who take time to consider the evidence will lean toward number three. Something between man and God is radically wrong, and the Bible tells us what it is.

There is a war going. We are told that mankind is an enemy of God in his mind through wicked works (Colossians 1:21). That’s not to hard to see. Man is continually committing violent acts such as murder and rape, lying, stealing, etc., as the daily news confirms. He uses God’s name as a curse word, while Mother Nature gets the glory for His creation-unless there’s a horrible disaster; then man calls that an act of God.

An applicable acronym for WAR is We Are Right. Any country going to war does so because it has the conviction that it is in the right. However, a quick look at God’s law shows us who is right and who is wrong. We, not God are the guilty party. If we want His blessing back on our nation and in our lives, we must make peace with Him, and that is possible only through faith in Jesus Christ.

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God Loves You

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“I love you” is a phrase everyone longs to hear. However, real love is evident without a word having to be said. It’s seen in the attention, affection, and sacrifice people show for the ones they care about.

If you want to know how much God loves you, just look at what He’s done. When Jesus died on the cross, He was saying “I love you” more beautifully than it’s ever been said before. But God’s love didn’t stop there. He listens to your prayers as if you were the only person in the world. He brings good things into your life, even out of seemingly impossible situations. God’s love for you will not end. And your awareness of that love will grow deeper as you grow closer to Him.

Heavenly Father, Your love is amazing, astounding, and miraculous. You showed Your love for me in Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and even today, Your love for me continues to be shown through everything You do for me. Thank You so much for loving me all the days of my life. Amen.

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“Do you think that Christians are better than non-Christians?”

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The Christian is no better than a non-Christian, but he is infinitely better off. It is like two men on a plane, one of whom is wearing a parachute while the other is not. Neither is better than the other, but the man with the parachute is certainly better off than the man who is not wearing a parachute. The difference will be seen when they jump from the plane at 20,000 feet. Jesus warned that if we jump into death without Him, we would perish.

Even harsher than the law of gravity is the Law of an infinitely holy and just Creator. Scripture states that sinners are God’s enemy (Romans 5:10) and that it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31).

(Evidence Bible)

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Daily Thought

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

It is so important to understand scripture in context. For instance, Phil 4:6 is often portrayed only as, “Try not to worry, be patient.” While the passage does demand patience, the context provided by the statement “Rejoice in the Lord always…” adds the critical detail of the manner in which we wait!

As you eagerly await the answers to life’s hard questions, don’t miss the opportunity to actually bear fruit while you wait. Instead of merely waiting for the Lord to fulfill your desire, allow your heart to be aligned with His in active patience through prayer, reading of scripture, and receiving of guidance. These are the practical ways in which we “rejoice in the Lord always.” In this way, you can experience the very best He has for you while you wait!

For when you are seeking first to glorify Christ in your life, then you will be truly satisfied to wait upon Him patiently. And who knows? Perhaps you will see the thing you are waiting for differently as a result of the journey you’ve just experienced.

Lord, thank You for Your word. Thank You for the way it directs us as we live our lives. I pray that you would help me to learn active patience, and in so doing “rejoice in You always.” Amen.

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“My God Would Never Create Hell.”

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Those who say that are right: their “god” would never create hell, because he couldn’t. He doesn’t exist. He is a figment of their imagination, a god they have created to suit themselves. It’s called “idolatry,” and it’s the oldest sin in the Bible. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God. The one true God, however, could and did create hell for those who reject His mercy. They will reap His just wrath.

No one knows when their last breath will be, shouldn’t where you will spend eternity the most important matter that you get confirmed now?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

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Glimpse of God

GlimpseofGod Can you remember the last time you caught a glimpse of God? Was it this morning? Last week? Two years ago?

Most likely it didn’t come through a flash of lightning or a startling vision. More likely you were at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in your hand. Or out on the back porch in a lawn chair. Or on your knees in the quiet of your bedroom. You might have been reading the Bible, meditating on some portion of Scripture or praying. Then again, you might have been in the middle of something as mundane as walking the dog, feeding the baby or driving to work, when suddenly –unexpectedly — you caught a glimpse of God. You saw Him in a new way, caught a fresh insight into His love…His greatness…His holiness. And what you saw touched your heart and made a difference in your life.

Did you know that God cherishes those moments as much as you do? He delights to be found by his seeking children. He loves to reveal Himself to those who are earnestly longing to know Him.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart… Jeremiah 29:11-13

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