Archive for February, 2006

The Pardon

Tuesday, February 7th, 2006 at 1:52 pm

No one is interested in a pardon unless he has been convicted. Offering a sinner a pardon for sins before the sinner has been convicted is foolish. If a sinner does not see himself as a sinner condemned under the law, he will not be interested in receiving the free pardon in Christ Jesus.

When we talk to a sinner, we must first convict the sinner under the law. Once the sinner sees himself guilty before God and condemned to Hell, then we can offer the grace of God found in the free pardon received through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Complacency of the Lost

Monday, February 6th, 2006 at 10:00 am

Is it not a horrible thing that Satan leads men to say, “Do not trouble us with your gospel! Do not bother us with religion! Do not come here with your tracts! Let us alone!” They claim the wretched right to perish in their sins, the liberty to destroy their own souls. We know who rules when men speak thus: it is the prince of darkness, who makes them hate the light. Oh, my hearers, do not some of you say, “We do not want to be worried with thoughts of death and judgment and eternity; we do not desire to hear about repentance and faith in a Savior. All we want of religious people is that they will let us alone.” This cruel kindness we cannot grant them. How can we stand by and see them perish?

-Charles Spurgeon

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Faithfulness

Sunday, February 5th, 2006 at 7:44 am

If he was alive today, one name you won’t find as the headliner on any great evangelistic crusade is Noah. Even though he was a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5) and he preached for 120 years (Genesis 6:3), yet only 8 souls were saved by entering into the ark (Genesis 7:7). Today, that would not be accepted. Churches would stop supporting missionaries who had so few converts. Some preachers would quit. Today, no one cares about faithfulness.

Thank God for faithful Noah. The Bible doesn’t say, but he may have been discouraged once or twice. Yet he remained faithful to the task God had given him. We need more to be faithful. I pray to God that he would help me to remain faithful. God has given you a task. Are you faithful?

Proverbs 20:6 Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?

God is looking for a faithful man. Men are looking for a faithful man. Can they find one?

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Relationship Evangelism

Saturday, February 4th, 2006 at 10:17 am

Do you find it harder to witness to a relative, friend, neighbor, or co-worker or to witness to a stranger? Isn’t it harder to witness to someone you know? It is because you have invested time into a relationship with that person – you have more to lose if the person is offended by the message of salvation.

Many churches are promoting a “relationship” type of evangelism – that you first have to build a relationship with someone before you witness to them. They say you have to know the person better so you can better relate the gospel message to him or her.

So if it is harder to witness to someone with whom you have a relationship, why should we take time to build a relationship with someone before witnessing? That doesn’t make sense. The more relationships we build, the more difficult witnessing becomes. Besides that, we have no guarantee that we have the time to build a relationship before we witness to them. We could be dead before tomorrow.

Don’t you believe the lie that we have to know the person better so we can know how to relate the gospel better. We don’t have time for that. Jesus didn’t take time to build a relationship with Nicodemus, with the Samaritan woman at the well, or with the rich, young ruler.

We have an urgent message. Preach it today.

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That’s my King

Friday, February 3rd, 2006 at 2:43 pm

You gotta listen to this sermon! It is about 6 and half minutes long and if it doesn’t excite you, well, you better check your pulse.

Listen to That’s my King

Here is the text of it:

My King was born King. The Bible says He’s a Seven Way King. He’s the King of the Jews – that’s a racial King. He’s the King of Israel – that’s a National King. He’s the King of righteousness. He’s the King of the ages. He’s the King of Heaven. He’s the King of glory. He’s the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. Now that’s my King. Well I wonder if you know Him. Do you know Him? Don’t try to mislead me. Do you know my King? David said the Heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament show His handiwork. My King is the only one whom there are no means of measure can define His limitless love. No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shore of supplies. No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing. Well, well, He’s enduringly strong. He’s entirely sincere. He’s eternally steadfast. He’s immortally graceful. He’s imperially powerful. He’s impartially merciful. That’s my King. He’s God’s Son. He’s the sinner’s saviour. He’s the centrepiece of civilization. He stands alone in Himself. He’s honest. He’s unique. He’s unparalleled. He’s unprecedented. He’s supreme. He’s pre-eminent. Well, He’s the grandest idea in literature. He’s the highest personality in philosophy. He’s the supreme problem in high criticism. He’s the fundamental doctrine of proved theology. He’s the carnal necessity of spiritual religion. That’s my King. He’s the miracle of the age. He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him. Well, He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously. He supplies strength for the weak. He’s available for the tempted and the tried. He sympathizes and He saves. He’s strong God and He guides. He heals the sick. He cleanses the lepers. He forgives sinners. He discharged debtors. He delivers the captives. He defends the feeble. He blesses the young. He serves the unfortunate. He regards the aged. He rewards the diligent and He beautifies the meek. Do you know Him? Well, my King is a King of knowledge. He’s the wellspring of wisdom. He’s the doorway of deliverance. He’s the pathway of peace. He’s the roadway of righteousness. He’s the highway of holiness. He’s the gateway of glory. He’s the master of the mighty. He’s the captain of the conquerors. He’s the head of the heroes. He’s the leader of the legislatures. He’s the overseer of the overcomers. He’s the governor of governors. He’s the prince of princes. He’s the King of kings and He’s the Lord of lords. That’s my King. Yeah. Yeah. That’s my King. My King, yeah. His office is manifold. His promise is sure. His light is matchless. His goodness is limitless. His mercy is everlasting. His love never changes. His Word is enough. His grace is sufficient. His reign is righteous. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Well. I wish I could describe Him to you, but He’s indescribable. He’s indescribable. Yes. He’s incomprehensible. He’s invincible. He’s irresistible. I’m coming to tell you, the heavens of heavens cannot contain Him, let alone a man explaining Him. You can’t get Him out of your mind. You can’t get Him off of your hands. You can’t outlive Him and you can’t live without Him. Well, Pharisees couldn’t stand Him, but they found out they couldn’t stop Him. Pilot couldn’t find any fault in Him. The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree. Herod couldn’t kill Him. Death couldn’t handle Him and the grave couldn’t hold Him. That’s my King. Yeah. He always has been and He always will be. I’m talking about He had no predecessor and He’ll have no successor. There’s nobody before Him and there’ll be nobody after Him. You can’t impeach Him and He’s not going to resign. That’s my King! That’s my King! Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory. Well, all the power belongs to my King. We’re around here talking about black power and white power and green power, but it’s God’s power. Thine is the power. Yeah. And the glory. We try to get prestige and honour and glory for ourselves, but the glory is all His. Yes. Thine is the Kingdom and the power and glory, forever and ever and ever and ever. How long is that? And ever and ever and ever and ever. And when you get through with all of the evers, then, Amen.

—Dr. S. M. Lockridge

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Knowing your heart

Friday, February 3rd, 2006 at 7:19 am

Proverbs 27:19 As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.

When you lean over the edge of a pond or lake, you can see your reflection, what you look like – your face answers to face. Even though the bible tells us that our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked, if we examine ourselves in the light of the Ten Commandments, our hearts will give us the answer that we are unclean, vile, and wicked. None of us are good. We can only say what the apostle Paul said, “O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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Fellowship

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 at 9:03 am

What is fellowship?

Two fellows in the same ship going in the same direction.

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Kissing Cousins

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 at 7:40 am

Genesis 29:9-11 And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep: for she kept them. 10 And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother’s brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well’s mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother. 11 And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.

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Jesus our Refuge

Wednesday, February 1st, 2006 at 8:56 am

Hebrews 6:17-18 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:

Jesus is our refuge. To understand what it means to flee for refuge we must go back to the Old Testament. In Numbers 35, we see the cities of refuge established by God.

Numbers 35:26-28 But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled; 27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood: 28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.

If a man killed another man, he could flee to the city of refuge and be safe from the avenger – from the penalty of death. As long as that man remained in the city of refuge, the avenger could not enter in to execute judgment. If the man was found outside the city of refuge, the avenger could bring judgment and death on the man and the avenger would be free from the blood of the man.

We all are guilty and the avenger is looking to slay us. If we do not flee to the city of refuge, we will be caught and we will perish. If we do not flee to the Lord Jesus Christ and we are not found in him having his righteousness, we will be caught by the avenger and we will perish.

Are you in Christ Jesus? Are you safe in the city of refuge?

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