Thief I: One of the greatest time-wasting sins consists of idleness or sloth.
Thief II: The next thief or time-waster is excess of sleep.
Thief III: The next thief or time-waster is an inordinate adorning of the body.
Thief IV: Another time-wasting thief is unnecessary pomp and curiosity in retinue, attendance, house furniture, provision and entertainments, together with excess of compliment and ceremony, and servitude to the humors and expectations of time-wasters.
Thief V: Another time-wasting sin is needless and tedious feastings, gluttony, and tippling. (Tippling – drinking)
Thief VI: Another time-waster is idle talk.
Thief VII: Another thief which by the aforesaid means would steal your time, is vain and sinful company.
Thief VIII: Another notorious time-wasting thief, is needless, inordinate sports and games, which are stigmatized by the offenders themselves, with the infamous name of pastimes, and masked with deceitful title of recreations;
Thief IX: Another time-wasting thief is excess of worldly cares and business.
Thief X: Another time-waster is vain ungoverned and sinful thoughts.
Thief XI: Another dangerous time-waster sin is the reading of vain books, play-books, romances, and feigned histories; and also unprofitable studies, undertaken but for vain-glory, or the pleasing of a carnal or curious mind.
Thief XII: But the master-thief that robs men of their time is an unsancitified, ungodly heart; for this loseth time whatever men are doing; because they never intend the glory of God.
HT: Defending Contending.
See also: McCheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan
31 Dec 2009
30 Dec 2009
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Gen 4:5-7+Phil 4:8 - Dealing With Depression-Jay E Adams - 40 min
MUST HEAR-Young People (& old): Train Yourself for Godliness (The Christian Life as an Athlete)-Matt Haney.
This sermon by brother Matt Haney of GCC (Tim Conway's church) is a MUST, MUST hear. Take the time to listen you will benefit. I will soon be compiling a list of 'required listening sermons', and this will certainly be on there. It's 92 minutes, and you'll be hung on to every word. So much practical application is given. P.S. It's not just for young people.
Young People: Train Yourself for Godliness (The Christian Life as an Athlete)-Matt Haney.-92 min
29 Dec 2009
Click HERE to read ULTIMATE QUESTIONS by John Blanchard.
28 Dec 2009
1. M'Cheyne One Year Bible Reading Plan. An excellent plan used by Paul Washer and most of our fellowship.
2. A Bible Reading Plan - Mack Tomlinson. Some wonderful insight and advice on reading the Bible.
27 Dec 2009
by our guest speaker Sebastian Mani:
Listen to or download mp3:
Matt 4:1-11 - Temptations of Christ-Sebastian Mani - 53 min
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25 Dec 2009
Part 1 of 2 (10 min)
Part 2 of 2 (6 min)
24 Dec 2009
23 Dec 2009
But it is just as true that women need to encourage their husbands as well. A wife's words are a very powerful means of bringing either discouragement or encouragement to their husband.
Here are the words of one wife to her husband that were brought to my attention. Had to be a real encouragement to him!
"Let me count the ways that I love you in the midst of life!
You are my love
You love the Lord more each day
You are willing to keep trying
You put up with so much from a wife like me
You are forgiving
You desire to seek the Lord first
You love your family
You stay in touch with friends
You study to show yourself approved
You are persevering
You cast all your cares upon the Lord, and why wouldn't you do that?-- He cares for you
You are always willing to pitch in and help at home
You are willing to care for your children and grandchildren
You keep your hair combed
You remember to turn your socks right side out for the wash
You have lovely green eyes
You endure painful situations
You trust in the Lord with all your heart
You keep on trusting Him
You encourage others to know the Lord
You are willing to go to the ends of the earth to obey the Lord
You are wise with your time
and I will continue this list at another time............................
Have a great night."
I have a feeling her husband was encouraged and more ready than ever to keep doing the things she mentioned.
Wives, encourage your husbands-- it'll do em good and they'll become better husbands and better men.
-- Mack Tomlinson
Kevin Williams preaching the Gospel at Benson St Chapel, Bury, Christmas Carol Service Dec 09
Play or download the FULL SERMON mp3 audio:
Matt 1:21-23 - Only Two Ways To Leave This Life, Choose Life Eternal-Kevin Williams - 29 min
See also:(Sunday mornings sermon) Attributes of God pt 17-The Holiness Of God
22 Dec 2009
21 Dec 2009
The town-crier opens his mouth and he heralds the message! Why? Because he's conscious of his identity as a herald appointed by the sovereign to his task. That was the mark of the preaching owned of God at Iconium. These men so spake. That was one of the marks of their preaching when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John, they perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men.
In other words, it was not boldness fostered by and buttressed with credentials that would impress the world. Just the opposite was true. It was the very fact that they didn't have the world's credentials and yet dared to hurl the word of God into the consciences of men.
They said, "What in the world makes these men tick? They are unlearned and ignorant men in terms of our standards of what makes a man competent to speak to others. They're fisherman and they're talking to us - the doctors of the law. That ain't kosher! "Don't you know we know philosophy. What do you know about philosophy?"
"Not too much, except God calls it the wisdom of this world which comes to naught."
"Well, don't you know that's insulting to Plato and to Socrates?"
"The wisdom of this world that comes to naught - what do you know of it?"
"What do you know of the world's opinion of this and that?"
"Well, what in the world do you know?"
"I know my Master's message."
"And when they beheld the boldness of Peter and John perceiving they were unlearned and ignorant men they took note of them that they had been with Jesus."
What is essential is that in this formative period God molds men who understand their identity as the heralds of God so that holy boldness marks their preaching, boldness that will be suffused with tenderness and with gentleness. Many times perhaps with the softest tones of entreaty but never marked by that nervous biting of the nails because "Oh this might offend this one and that truth may offend another", men who speak with all calling forth of the message of their Master, and that's a spiritual quality - not a personality characteristic.
That's why Paul asked Christians to pray that God would give it to him. Isn't that what he said in Ephesians? He said, "Pray for all saints and pray for me." That what may be given to me? What did he pray for? "That boldness may be given unto me. That I may open my mouth and speak boldly as I ought to speak."
When our Lord himself preaches the gospel how does he preach it? He says, "He that believeth not is condemned already." He doesn't put the emphasis on, "Oh well, you don't have the fullness of joy and peace that you could have." Now that is a truth, but I'm saying that's not the predominant emphasis of Scripture. There on the day of Pentecost what does it say when they heard these things? Did they started to jump up with eagerness saying, 'Oh that's wonderful! You've got something better than we've got.' No. It says they were stabbed to the heart and they cried out, "What shall we do?"
What happened to the Philippian jailer? The same thing. He comes in trembling saying, "Sirs. what must I do to be saved?"
You see when the town-crier came, he never came with trivia. And I say to you men, on whom God has laid his hand. May God shut your mouth the day seriousness ceases to be one of the predominant characteristics of your preaching.
Do you believe in heaven with all its glories? And do you believe in hell with all its frightening agonies? Do you believe that weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth are not poetic images? Then in God's name, how can we help but be serious? And that's why I say to every unconverted man or woman boy or girl. God have mercy upon you if you trifle with the gospel. It's life to life and death to death.
- Al Martin
20 Dec 2009
-The awesome truth of what it means that God is Holy
-How we are to be Holy
-You cannot play games with God
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Isaiah 6:1-9: - Attributes of God pt 17-The Holiness Of God-Kevin Williams - 57 min
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19 Dec 2009
"How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. " John 5:44-46
See also: How would you feel if your thought life was to be shown on National TV tonight?
18 Dec 2009
17 Dec 2009
1. The Gracious Summons-Charles Leiter
2. Pt. 2 Response to the Gracious Summons-Charles Leiter
3. Pt. 3 Humble Repentance of the Few-Charles Leiter
15 Dec 2009
The WINNERS of the books are:
1. The One True God study book by Paul Washer - Arron Cook of Wakefield
2. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. One Pack of Gospel Tracts by Paul Washer. - Terry Western of N Somerset
3. Treasures of Bonar. - Paul and Jennifer Taylor of Chapel-en-le-Frith.
4. Words To Winners Of Souls by Horatius Bonar. - Leigh de Paor of Arklow, Ireland
5. The Letters of Samuel Rutherford. - Sue Connor of South Harrow
6. Spurgeon Gems, a collection of quotes. - David Morgan from Wolverhampton
7. Charity And Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards. - Gavin McGregor from Rusholme
Craig Musselman of GCC San Antonio gives an excellent message on how we are to do our day-to-day personal evangelism and the differences between open air work. Brother Craig explains why 'canned' one-size-fits-all approaches to evangelism (i.e. same method/message everytime) are unbibliclal.
Our Conduct in Personal Evangelism ~Craig Musselman.
14 Dec 2009
Listen to the audio HERE. Or read the transcipt HERE.
13 Dec 2009
-The meek and gentleness of God.
-To to be yoked with Christ is to do everything with Him
-To be joined with Christ is to be released from the heavy yoke of bondage of the world.
-How many so-called 'Biblical womanhood' circles are no more than pharisaical legalism.
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Matt 11:28-30 - Attributes of God pt 16-God is Meek and Gentle-Kevin Williams -55 min
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12 Dec 2009
Defending The Faith-Curt Daniel.
11 Dec 2009
He said, "No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!" But he (Abraham) said to him, "If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead." Luke 16:30-31
This verse contradicts whole movements in apologetic* circles. Facts aren't the problem. Unbelief is the problem. Getting into a fact-war with an unbeliever will only allow him/her to hide their unbelief. Facts are useful and glorious, but only in the context of certainty. We don't give up the certainty of God's existence and then try to prove Him with facts. On the contrary, we use facts to indict the thinly-veiled unbelief.
For more reading see Garrett Holthaus post here.
*Apologetics means defending the faith.
10 Dec 2009
Lie #1: In order to believe the Bible one must commit intellectual suicide.
One of the myths of our modern educational system is that a truly intelligent person will not believe the Bible. Actually, just the opposite is true. A truly intelligent person cannot help but believe the Bible. The belief that God has revealed truth to men in His Word and especially in His Son Jesus Christ is the only thing that can make sense out of life.
Most of the early colleges and universities in America were founded upon this principle. Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, Princeton, and many other institutions of higher learning had the Bible at the center of their curriculum. Jesus Christ was considered to be the foundation of all knowledge. As the first code of Harvard laws stated in 1642, "…Let every Student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed to consider well, the maine end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottome, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and Learning."
Some of the greatest intellects of history have found the Christian world view to be completely reasonable, rational, and intellectually satisfying. Men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, John Wycliffe, Rembrandt, John Milton, Blaise Pascal, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Boyle, Jonathan Edwards, Michael Faraday, James Clark Maxwell, Lord Kelvin, and C.S. Lewis, to name a few, saw no contradiction between thinking and believing.
The reason the Bible is ridiculed by many so-called "intellectuals" today is that their hearts are morally depraved. Their pride and arrogance have blinded them to the truth. "Professing themselves to be wise, they have become fools." (Romans 1:22)
Students, don’t fall for the pseudo-intellectualism which surrounds you on campus. It is a façade which puffs up your pride, but in the end will leave you empty. Ultimately it will matter little if you are counted wise or foolish by the college crowd. What will matter is whether you have walked with God and made it your aim and desire to be pleasing to Him. This is true wisdom and man’s reason for existence.
Lie #2: Christianity is basically the same as the other religions of the world.
Though there are some superficial similarities between Christianity and other religions, the essential message of Christianity stands in sharp contrast to all other beliefs. Christ claimed a relationship with God that excluded the possibility of salvation by any other way than Himself. He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." (John 14:6) The apostle Peter spoke of the exclusiveness of the work of Christ when he wrote, "there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
Christianity is Christ. His life, death, and physical resurrection from the dead on behalf of sinners is what makes Christianity distinctive. The other religions of the world are essentially humanistic: sinful men attempt to reach God through their own self-righteous efforts. In Christianity, on the other hand, God reaches down to sinful men and gives them a righteousness purchased by the death of His Son on the cross. To view Christianity as basically the same as other religions of the world is to miss the main point of Christianity – "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
Lie #3: Money, power, pleasure, and prestige are worth striving to attain.
Academic honor, the high paying job, the position of prominence and the "good life" are all dangled before the college student as enticements for pursuing a college education. But even if you should attain wealth, notoriety, and luxury (which most graduates don’t), are they really worth the effort?
Long ago, one of the wisest men who ever lived had all these things in abundance, but found they did not satisfy. King Solomon had far more fame, fortune, and worldly pleasure than you can ever hope to attain, yet came to realize that they gave no true meaning to life and that death would soon take even these things away. You brought nothing into the world, and it is certain you can carry nothing out. In an instant, all is lost. Your labors, plans, projects are left behind at the grave. In light of this the pursuit of the fleeting pleasures and treasures of this world is "vanity and striving after the wind." (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
Jesus added an even more sobering aspect to the foolish quest for money, power and pleasure. He said that not only will you lose all these things at death, but far more importantly, you will also lose your soul. Hell awaits the person who lives for the things of this world. As Jesus put it, "For what will it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
In contrast to the attitude of striving for self-advancement and self-gratification so common on the college campus, Christ taught that the way of true greatness is to become a servant of others, that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the poor in spirit, that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble, and that true life and joy can be found only as you deny self and take up your cross daily to follow Him.
Why waste your life on things that won’t last and will, in the end, cost you your soul? Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. He feeds the birds of the air. He clothes the lilies of the field. As you put your trust in Him, He will take care of you.
Lie #4: The drunkenness and fornication so common on college campuses must be OK since "everybody’s doing it."
One way students try to convince themselves their sinful life style is really not bad is by rationalizing that everybody is living this way. Sexual immorality, drunkenness, drugs, foul language, cheating and lying are not only considered standard operating procedures, but students actually boast about them. This attitude is reinforced as they sit in psychology and ethics classes and hear these and related subjects discussed as academic, amoral issues.
Actually, such practices are far from being mere academic topics. They are matters of life and death. The wages of sin always was and always will be death. God’s holy character is the absolute, unchanging standard for all morality, and He will leave no sin unpunished. What is said in ethics class or how other students live does not change God’s abhorrence of sin in the least.
The Word of God says, "You shall not follow a multitude in doing evil." (Exodus 23:3) Jesus spoke of a wide gate and a broad way that leads to destruction and many who enter by it. He also said that "the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life and few are those who find it." (Matthew 7:13, 14) The meaning is simple: if you go with the crowd, you will end up in hell with them!
Students, "do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10)
Lie #5: Jesus never claimed to be God.
A few quotes from the New Testament are sufficient to dispel this myth.
In John 10:30, Christ expressly claimed equality with God by stating, "I and the Father are one." Later in the same book He put forth the same claim in a different way by saying, "He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father." (John 14:9)
Besides these explicit statements of deity, Christ constantly attributed to Himself divine characteristics. He claimed the power to forgive sins and the right to receive worship from His fellow men. When Thomas called Him "My Lord and My God", He did not rebuke him. On the contrary, He demanded absolute devotion to Himself and promised men divine gifts such as peace and eternal life. He taught His own sinlessness and moral perfection. He put forward His teachings as absolutely authoritative, saying that heaven and earth would pass away but His words would never pass away. He claimed to be the Light and Savior of the whole world and that He would come in power and great glory at the end of the world to judge all men.
His Jewish contemporaries certainly understood Him to be claiming Godhood. Over and over they charged Him with blasphemy for this very thing. On one occasion when they were going to stone Him to death, Jesus asked them for which of His good works He was being stoned. The Jews answered, "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy; and because You, being a man, make Yourself out to be God." (John 10:31-33)
These are only a few of the New Testament references concerning Christ’s divinity, but they should be sufficient to lay to rest this often repeated misrepresentation of Christ.
Jesus cannot be dismissed as a good moral teacher like Buddha or Confucius. His claims for Himself do not allow this option. see The Radical Claims That Jesus Made.
Lie #6: The New Testament accounts of the life of Christ are not reliable since they were written long after His death.
This is one way men have tried to avoid the supernatural character and staggering claims of Christ. These things, they say, were invented by His followers many years later. This attempt at escaping the Christ of Scripture, though, cannot stand in the light of historical investigation. The evidence that the biographies of Christ were written within the lifetime of His contemporaries is now so strong that even the late William F. Albright (the foremost American Biblical archaeologist until his death in 1971) was brought to the opinion that "every book of the New Testament was written by a baptized Jew between the forties and the eighties of the first century A.D. (very probably sometime between about 50 and 75 A.D.)".
Moreover, the portrait of Christ given in the New Testament is entirely beyond the scope of human intervention. He simply stands too high above anyone who could have possibly produced Him. It would have taken someone equal to the Christ presented in Scripture to have invented such a perfectly human and divine character. Certainly the early apostles were psychologically, morally, and religiously incapable of such a task. Furthermore, they would hardly have given their lives (which most of them did) for something they knew they had conjured up out of their own imaginations.
The only explanation that makes sense is the obvious one: that the New Testament contains just what it claims – firsthand, eyewitness accounts of the most amazing person that ever walked this earth. One who was, in fact, God incarnate. As the Apostle Peter put it, "We did not follow cleverly devised tales when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)
If you really want to use your mind, why not read the New Testament itself, being as honest as you can with what you read? In the gospel of John, which is a good place to start reading, the Lord said, "My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me. If any man is willing to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak of Myself." (John 7:16, 17) If you are truly willing to obey God, you can know that the things you are reading are true.
Lie #7: Christianity can be written off as false because of the sham of some of the big-time evangelists and TV ministers.
The fact that there are charlatans who claim the name of Christ should not be surprising. There have always been people who have used "godliness as a means of gain." Jesus warned His followers to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing (looking like Christians) but inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7:15)
Christ’s sharpest words are directed toward religious leaders who "outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness." (Matthew 23:28) He called them "blind guides," "whitewashed tombs," and "sons of hell." He said they "clean the outside of the cup, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence." (Matthew 23:25)
Far from being something that disproves Christianity, the presence of false prophets and hypocrites is something Christ Himself said was to be expected.
Don’t try to use the hypocrites in the church as your excuse for not following Christ. You will have to give an account of your own life to God, regardless of how many hypocrites you can point to who profess Christianity. "For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:10) See 3 Minute Video.
Lie #8: Evolution is a reasonable explanation of the origin and present makeup of the universe.
It is important to define what we mean by evolution. We are not just talking about change. Everybody is agreed that there has been a great deal of change over the centuries and the world around us.
By evolution we mean the theory that molecules have become men through a process that is purely naturalistic. This is sometimes called macro-evolution, and as it is presented in most college classes, it is basically a materialistic worldview. Men like Julian Huxley, G.G. Simpson, Jacques Monad and Carl Sagan are some of the leading proponents of this view. The following brief statement by Sagan is a good summation of this outlook. "The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be." Such a view is contrary to both Biblical revelation and reason.
The idea that by pure chance life could somehow come from non-life (spontaneous generation) and that the ultimate source of all we see around us, including man, is impersonal matter or energy, is absurd.
The spontaneous generation of life was disproved long ago by Redi, Pasteur, and other scientists. The concept has been smuggled back into modern science by evolutionists who need it to give a naturalistic, materialistic origin for life. Despite popular misconception, the various biopoieses experiments like the Miller-Urey spark discharge apparatus have not even come close to producing anything that could be called life.
Even more destructive to the whole evolutionary scenario is the idea that impersonal, mindless matter aimlessly interacting with itself has somehow brought forth man with his personality, rationality and concepts of morality and purpose. Can amoral matter produce man with his moral concepts? Can impersonal matter produce man with his personality? Can mindless molecules account for the mind of man with its rationality?
It is in this area of rationality that the evolutionary worldview is seen to be most deficient. In fact, the theory is self-destructive. Any theory that holds the mind and thoughts of man to be ultimately a product of chance destroys itself; chance-produced thoughts are meaningless thoughts. Rationality is completely destroyed in a system that ascribes thought to irrational causes. Charles Darwin himself called this his "horrid doubt." In a letter written toward the end of his life he states, "But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would anyone trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?"
By destroying the validity of man’s mental activity, evolutionary theory cuts off its own head. The mind of man cannot be trusted for anything, not even for the theory of evolution itself.
By denying God, man ends up denying his own mannishness. Truth, beauty, love, morality, and rationality are robbed of all significance. Everything becomes a pointless and empty absurdity. Little wonder that the Bible states, "The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ " (Psalm 53:1)
Dear students, don’t embrace this foolish myth. You know you are more than the energy particle extended. Though it has been terribly marred by sin, the image of God is still the essential ingredient of your humanity and testifies unfailingly to you that you are not a product of chance. No matter how much you may try to suppress it there still comes welling from deep within you the cry that you are not an animal nor a machine, but a person. You didn’t get this from the amoeba, you got it from God who created you and calls you to Himself.
Lie #9: Man is basically good.
It is amazing in the light of human history that men still see themselves as basically good. Think of just our century: two world wars, the Nazi concentration camps, Viet Nam, the sixty-six million Russians exterminated since the Bolshevik revolution, the millions murdered under Mao Tse-tung, and the present worldwide slaughter of one half of all babies while still in their mothers’ wombs.
These are just a few recent examples of the fact that most of the history of mankind has been written in blood and tears. Still man tries to deceive himself with flattering thoughts of his goodness, greatness, and perfectibility. Man, in love with himself, will hear nothing of the Bible’s realistic assessment of the situation – "The hearts of the sons of men are full of evil, and insanity is in their hearts throughout their lives." (Ecclesiastes 9:3)
One of the reasons that Jesus Christ was despised and rejected by men was because He told them the truth about themselves. "The world hates Me," He said, "because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil." (John 7:7) Or, as He put it on another occasion, "No one is good except God alone." (Luke 18:19)
It is true that man as God originally made him was good, but since he has rebelled and turned away from his Creator, man is in his very nature corrupt and evil.
One reason men still view themselves as basically good is that they compare themselves with one another instead of measuring their lives by God’s righteous and holy standard. Of course we don’t seem too bad if we lower the standard to fit our behavior.
Another reason men view themselves as good is that they look on the outward appearance instead of at the heart. Sometimes we can do a pretty decent job of cleaning ourselves up on the outside, but what about the thoughts and intents of the heart? Jesus said that this is really what God’s commands are all about. For instance, the command against murder goes much deeper than just physically taking someone’s life. Jesus said that this command is broken when you get angry with your fellowman or call him a fool. (Matthew 5:21, 22) Every time you lose your temper, or seek revenge, or harbor resentment you are committing murder in your heart. You can kill by malicious gossip, or by spite and jealousy. As the Apostle John said, "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer." (1 John 3:15) So, while you are quick to condemn Hitler or Mao for their murderous acts, remember how God views your hateful attitudes.
Or consider another example that Jesus used to show the true meaning of God’s law. He said that the command against adultery is transgressed every time you look on a woman lustfully. Those who make a practice of committing adultery in their hearts will be excluded from the kingdom of heaven just as surely as those who practice the outward act. (Matthew 5:27-30) Think of this the next time you are at the movies, or at the beach, or looking at Playboy magazine.
Students, you may be able to hide your sin from others. You may even be able to convince yourself that you are not so bad. But be assured of this, God sees the true picture, and one day you shall stand before Him to give an account of every thought, motive and action.
Lie #10: "Smile, God loves you."
This is perhaps the most destructive of all the lies college students hear. It is particularly deceptive because it is put forth by religious people. You shouldn’t really expect unbelieving teachers or students to give you a true picture of Christianity. But what about the people in the various religious organizations on the campuses throughout America? Surely they will give a true and accurate presentation of Christianity. Sadly, this is often not the case. The main theme of a large segment of the campus ministries can be summed up in the little phrase so often seen or heard, "Smile, God loves you." In the context in which it is presented this is nothing but an unbiblical lie which gives sinful college students a hope of heaven when they are headed toward hell.
One mark of false prophets throughout the Bible is that they preach "Peace, peace, when there is no peace." (Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11,12; 14:13-15) They say to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, "Calamity will not come upon you." (Jeremiah 23:16, 17) This is exactly what the false prophets on the campuses are presenting. Of course, they can attract many to their organizations this way, and be thought of as nice friendly people, but this distortion of the Christian message is keeping multitudes from seeing their desperate need of Jesus Christ. Students with sin and self still dominating their lives are assured that all should be smiles since God loves them.
Dear student, this is a lie that will cost you your soul. The truth is that unless you are sold out to Jesus Christ, you are right now under the wrath of Almighty God. Contrary to what you have heard, the God of the Bible hates sin, kills people, and puts sinners in hell. That’s nothing to smile about, especially if you are living in sin.
God once drowned and sent to hell every person alive on the earth except eight people who found grace in His sight. And God has not changed. One day soon He is going to kill you and put you in hell because of your sin, unless you flee to Christ.
If you would indeed know the love of God, then come to Christ, confessing your utter sinfulness, asking God, for Christ’s sake, to receive you and save you from your sins. You may lose your friends and be ridiculed by your teachers but you will know the love of God and have something real to smile about.
When Pastor Hsi finally wrote about his experiences after being asked for many years, listen to his own words about it:
"Then I set myself to prayer and fasting beseeching that the precious blood of Christ might wash my heart, and that He would cause me to write to His glory, speaking of only how He had used me, this unworthy man, to open these refuges and carry on His work, and of how the Holy Spirit's power had been manifested in leading many souls to salvation, causing all the glory to revert to my Father in Heaven. I desired that there should not be the least bit of self in this story. By the help of the Holy Spirit I was able to write all that follows in three or four days from the time of thus waiting upon God. But during all these years so many things have happened that I cannot remember them completely because in doing the Lord's work I seek to forget the things that are behind, and to press on to those that are before. I have not kept any record, nor have I lightly informed others of my doings, lest I should receive praise of men and not obtain gracious favour. This by way of preface." ~Pastor HSI.
Would you please pray the book would draw me closer to Christ and that his words above would have more of a reality in all our lives.
"Beware of speculation. Beware of the lusts of the mind. In other words we must learn to rest in faith and to realize that in this life we walk by faith not by sight. The older I get the more I am defining faith like this: Faith means that I am content with what I am told in the Bible and that I have ceased to desire to know what I'm not told in the Bible. And that ultimately leads to this: that I have stopped asking questions which I know are not answered in the Bible. God has chosen to reveal certain things to us. He has chosen equally not to reveal certain other things to us. And that I say, faith means this: that I am content with the revelation. I don't want to know what is not revealed. I stop asking questions about things that are not revealed. So give up arguing about... the second coming. There are certain details which we do not know, we are not meant to know. Well therefore why speculate about them? If the Scripture tells me not to be concerned about the times and seasons, why should I be trying to work out a time table and an order of chronology from my morning newspaper? It's unscriptural, it's speculation."~Martyn Lloyd Jones
9 Dec 2009
The Saviour Mat: 4:4, Mat: 4:7,Mat: 4:10, met the tempter with the Word of God, and he was foiled. So we shall be safe if we adhere to the simple declarations of the Bible, and oppose a temptation by a positive command of God. But, the moment we leave that, and begin to parley with sin, that moment we are gone. It is as if a man should throw away his sword, and use his naked hands only in meeting an adversary." ~Albert Barnes.
8 Dec 2009
And Jesus said "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you" (John 15:9)
With the same love the Father has for the Son, God loves the believer.
Believer, do you meditate on this? The love God has for you is without beginning and without end. God loves you the believer with an infinite love.
1. The One True God study book by Paul Washer
2. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. One Pack of Gospel Tracts by Paul Washer.
3. Treasures of Bonar.
4. Words To Winners Of Souls by Horatius Bonar.
5. The Letters of Samuel Rutherford.
6. Spurgeon Gems, a collection of quotes.
7. Charity And Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards.
"The Lord has heard all your grumblings against Him!" Exodus 16:8
Does God really hear every discontented word I ever speak? Does He hear when I grumble about the hard winter, about the late spring, about the dry summer, about the wet harvest?
Does He hear when I grumble about the frosts, about the drought, about the high winds, about the storms?
Does He hear when I grumble about my circumstances, about the hardness of my situation, about my losses and disappointments?
If we could get into our heart, and keep there continually, the consciousness that God hears every word we speak, would we murmur and complain as much as we do?
We are generally careful to not speak words which would give pain to the hearts of those we love. Are we as careful not to say anything that will grieve our Heavenly Father?
"I tell you this--that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak." Matthew 12:36
"He who complains of the weather is complaining of the God who ordains the weather!" -- William Law
- J. R. Miller
6 Dec 2009
-How to stay strong in the onslaught of spiritual attack.
-How to walk in constant joy.
-That Satan, sin and the world cannot make the believer do anything.
-How to beat spiritual depression.
Play or download mp3:
John 8:32+Gen 3:1-6+Eph 1-6 - God's Defence Against Spiritual Attack-Kevin Williams -70 min
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