The Test of the Word

“He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.” (John 8:47)

Here Jesus gives us one of the BEST tests of whether a person is a genuine Christian or not: do they have a love for the word of God? Continue reading

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The War Against Marriage

In 2014 the Radical Islamic group ISIS made headlines when they captured the historic tomb of the Prophet Jonah in Mosul, Iraq, lined the bottom of it with dynamite, and blew it up, totally destroying the tomb. This was just the latest of a number of desecrations and outright destruction of historic sites of Biblical backgrounds by the group. Sam Hardy, a professor at the American University of Rome, told The Washington Post that he believes this shows that ISIS wants to destroy, “basically pretty much anything in the Bible.” He added, “It indicates they are going for total eradication.”  The bottom line: ISIS hates the Bible, and they are doing everything they can to destroy anything related to it.

What we need to understand, however, is that this is not the only war against the God of the Bible which is going on today. The one the Book of Revelation calls “The dragon, the serpent of old, the devil, Satan”, hates God, hates His word, hates His people, and he wants to do whatever he can to oppose and desecrate His glory in our world.

One of the primary fronts we see this war taking place today is in regard to marriage. Continue reading

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“Following Jesus” (Matthew 4:18-22 sermon)

Our passage for today describes how Jesus saw Peter & Andrew, and James & John, with their boats and nets and relatives, that He said to them, “Follow Me.” And they got up, left everything, and followed Him.
What would YOU do today, if Jesus Christ came to your office — or to your home — or stood before you in this church — and said, “Follow Me”? Let me tell you: HE IS! Continue reading

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The War Against Gender

Last week Emma Watson won an award for best actor for her role in the new musical “Beauty and the Beast”. It was not “Best Actress”; just “best actor”, because these were the first “non-gender specific” awards given — it’s not going to be “best actor” or “best actress” any more; just “best actor” — because they don’t want to encourage “gender.” And this is going to be the new trend.

I saw where someone on Twitter asked “WHY … WHY is that such a big deal?” WHY is gender so bad? What is so wrong with being a man or a woman? Continue reading

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Using People

“The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act.'” (John 8:3-4)

One of the many shortfalls of the scribes & Pharisees was the lack of any genuine concern for this woman and her situation. They were just “using her” as a “test case” in order to trap Jesus (:6 says “they were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him.”)  Their real concern was not for the righteousness of the Law, and certainly not for this woman’s soul.

May God in His grace preserve us from that same kind of attitude towards people. Continue reading

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The Witness of His Words

“The officers answered, ‘Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.'” (John 7:46)

These officers (basically the Temple police) were no trained theologians, yet they could recognize what is plain to everyone. No one — ever — has spoken like Jesus did. And His words are such a powerful witness for who He really was — and is! Continue reading

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Jesus’ Word & Salvation

“As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.” (John 8:30)

The Bible tells us that when Jesus spoke the words He did in John 8, that “many came to believe in Him.” Sure, there was controversy, as this chapter relates. The Jewish religious leaders opposed Jesus because of His word. But “many” DID believe, as they listened to the things He said.

Is this not just what Romans 10:17 teaches us: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ”?  When Jesus’ words are proclaimed, faith arises in hearts, and people will believe and be saved.

This should instruct our ministries today. Continue reading

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