Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dealing a Deathblow to Sinful Desires

"Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren." (James 1:16)

At what point do you deal with sin? Not at the point of behavior—because then it’s too late—but at the point of desire. The person who is able to control his emotional responses is able to deal effectively with sin. When being bombarded by negative emotional responses, a person with a mind that is sanctified can deactivate desires before they are activated by the will. But once they capture the will, their birth is inevitable.

You must deal with lustful emotions if you want to effectively deal with sin in your life. If you expose your emotions to the baited hook, you may find yourself getting hooked unless you take immediate action.

MacArthur, John: Truth for Today : A Daily Touch of God's Grace. Nashville, Tenn. : J. Countryman, 2001, S. 325

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What did Jesus do? - A Call to return to the Biblical Gospel




A television documentary showed a Tibetan peasant woman making her pilgrimage around a sacred mountain. She stopped every few steps to prostrate herself on the rocky soil. She stood to her dust-covered feet, walked a few more paces, and repeated the arduous and painful ritual. She had completed the thirty-two-mile pilgrimage twentynine times. Asked why she did it, she smiled sweetly and answered, “We want to be reborn in heaven.”

She is not alone in her spiritual philosophy. Much of humanity thinks that by their suffering and self-denial they can enter heaven. They crawl on their bloodied hands and knees, fast from certain foods, cut their bodies, throw their beloved children into the Ganges River, refrain from worldly pleasures, and give money sacrificially to some worthy cause. Many lie on beds of nails, and many more sit on hard pews tormenting themselves under the sound of dull and dry sermons. Very sadly, they think God will consider their suffering or self-denial to be an acceptable sacrifice—a worthy atonement for their sin. However, the payment that they offer God reveals that they lack understanding of the true nature of sin. Like the Jews of old, they seek to establish their own righteousness, being ignorant of God’s righteousness (see Romans 10:3).

This would be like a vicious mass murderer thinking that the good judge will let him go if he simply hands him a day’s wages, when the only thing that will satisfy the demands of the law is the finality of the death sentence. A good judge would be appalled that any sadistic murderer would think he could walk away from justice with a simple payment of a fine. By offering such a menial payment, the criminal shows that he considers that the taking of human life isn’t a serious offense. His belief only adds to the nature of his crime. The Judge of the universe is not satisfied by humanity’s self-inflicted suffering. In fact, He is greatly appalled by it. The Bible tells us that the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord (see Proverbs 21:27).

Even the best that we can offer the Judge is a detestable insult to Him. Our attempts to make any atonement for sin reveal that we don’t see our crimes against His Law as being very serious. We trivialize them. This is why we need the Law (the Ten Commandments) to show us the standard of righteousness that God requires of us. It is ignorance of God’s moral Law that leaves most of humanity with the delusion that their good works commend them to God. As long as the peasant woman doesn’t know the righteous standard of the Judge she seeks to influence, she will continue to trudge around the sacred hill. However, the Law reveals that sin is “exceedingly sinful” (see Romans 7:13), and when we see the depth of our sin, we are divorced of any thought that we can make atonement ourselves.

It leaves us with nothing but the hope of God’s mercy and brings us to the cross of Jesus Christ. Consider what the Word of God says about the purpose of the Law: But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners . . . (1 Timothy 1:8,9) These verses state that the Law is good only when it is used “lawfully.” It is therefore implied that the Law is bad when it is used unlawfully—for seeking justification or for promoting legalism. It is very clear from Scripture that no one can be made right with God by keeping the moral Law.

So what then is the Law’s function? Paul tells us: Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20) The Law was given by God to bring the knowledge of sin, so that a spiritually blind and self-righteous world could see their need for the Savior. This is the lawful use of the Law. Do you know any who are ungodly, who are sinners? The Law was made for them. But when the Law isn’t used and a sinner simply makes a “decision for Christ,” he lacks understanding of the true nature of sin. He thinks that his good works commend him to God, and he is liable to say “do not touch, do not taste, do not handle”—he becomes legalistic, thinking these things have a role in his salvation.

While many are deceived into thinking they can be justified through the Law or are bound up in legalism, the Law’s purpose is to reveal to the world its desperate need of God’s mercy. The great biblical commentator Matthew Henry says, The abuse which some have made of the Law does not take away the use of it; but, when a divine appointment has been abused, call it back to its right use and take away the abuses, for the Law is still very useful as a rule of life; though we are not under it as under a covenant of works, yet it is good to teach us what is sin and what is duty. (1) There are many in the Church today who deny this, insisting that the evangelistic use of the Ten Commandments has no basis in Scripture.

To those who believe that there are no incidents of the Law’s use by the early Church, I present my case in these pages. I do this because I want the Church to see that God gave only one method to reach the lost, and that method is the one we should be using. All other methods are manmade, and are therefore detrimental to the cause of evangelism. In these pages, we will see that Jesus used the moral Law as He spoke to the lost, and that the use of the Law wasn’t confined to the Master Evangelist (as if that weren’t enough). My hope is that those who are skeptical will look to Holy Scripture as the final authority on the subject. While this book explores the application of the Law in evangelism (as do a number of my other publications 2), it is unique in that it looks specifically at instances where Jesus, Paul, Peter, James, Jude, John the Baptist, and others used the Law to reach the lost.

Throughout the book, to highlight the use of the Ten Commandments, I have footnoted where the Law is mentioned in Scripture. I will also regularly call upon men such as Matthew Henry (perhaps the most respected of Bible commentators), John Wesley, Charles Spurgeon, and others to strengthen my case. In addition, we will examine biblical instances where they preached the reality of future punishment for those who break the moral Law (a topic that many within the contemporary Church have neglected, in the name of discretion). To make an important point regarding this issue, I have used footnotes to highlight instances of the preaching of future punishment by the One whom we are commanded to imitate. I will emphasize the importance of preaching the reason that men and women are commanded to repent—because God “has appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness” (Acts 17:30,31).

We need to be reminded of these truths in a day in which many within the Church are telling us to forget them. (A Soul-Searching Key) Someone recently put a book into my hands that informed the reader that “the Lord has provided a new tool for sharing.” The author then expounded on the “new tool” that God had given him by asking, Do you believe it is possible that you could tell them of God’s plan of salvation without using “Christian” words—Jesus, sin, repent, church and God—and still be speaking the Word of God to their hearts? The author then presented a message of salvation with no reference to repentance or future punishment, calling sin “faults, shortcomings, and bad behavior.” While we must be culturally sensitive and gentle when it comes to dealing with the lost, many (including the sincere author of the above book) have taken the thought that we need to be “seeker sensitive” to an extreme, and in so doing have moved far from the biblical example. As J. I. Packer states, “Unless we see our shortcomings in the light of the Law and holiness of God, we do not see them as sin at all.” Failure to speak about the reality of sin and its just consequences will produce dire results.

Jim Cymbala, senior pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle, says, Churches meeting right now, today, are filled with people who are not born again, but the meetings are such that they will never be pricked in their heart, they will never be disturbed; they are going to go in and out of church every Sunday, and they will end up making their bed in hell. (3) With that thought in mind, I would like you to prayerfully read the following e-mail we received from a viewer of “The Way of the Master,” a weekly television program that I host with Kirk Cameron, on which we teach Christians how to share the gospel biblically:

God has changed my life through “The Way of the Master.” If you would have asked me two weeks ago if I were a Christian, I would have told you (proudly) that I have been one for over 15 years. It wasn’t until this week that I really, truly understood that I am a sinner and that I desperately need a Savior. I have been born again.

My heart is breaking for everyone out there who, like me, thinks they are saved, but in reality, are not. If it were not for you telling me, I would have been one of those who would have gone before the Lord and said, “Lord, Lord, did I not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?” Then He would have told me plainly, “I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!” I would have been cast into the Lake of Fire. Please keep on saying what you’re saying. If I could be deceived into believing that I was saved, anybody could . . . I really thought I was going to heaven. Now I know I am. Thank you, thank you, thank you again! —Colleen C.

Tragically, this woman’s spiritual experience is typical of many in contemporary Christianity. She made a commitment without the knowledge of sin, and the frightening result was that she wasn’t saved. Without repentance, there is no salvation. And the lost cannot repent—turn from their sins—and trust in the Savior if they don’t know what sin is. Those who make a commitment to Christ but have no knowledge of what sin is will almost certainly have a false conversion. They may do what Christians do, say what Christians say, sing what Christians sing, but they are not what Christians are—regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Jesus warned that “many” who called Him “Lord” would be rejected at the gates of heaven and be cast into hell (Matthew 7:21–23). These “many” people that Jesus spoke of are those “who practice lawlessness” (verse 23). That’s something we must come to understand.

People who are not given the Law may profess faith in Christ, but because of their ignorance of sin they continue to violate the Law of God—they practice lawlessness. Jesus said that there would be few genuine conversions and many false conversions. These are fearful words, and words we must take seriously if we are serious about reaching this generation. Could you and I be part of that great multitude who think they are saved when they are not? Have we obeyed the Scriptures and “examined [ourselves] as to whether [we] are in the faith” (2 Corinthians 13:5)? It may be wise to take a moment to go through a short checklist to see if you have evidences of salvation. Don’t make the mistake of doing godly things to try to be saved. Godly living is the outworking of someone who has been saved. If we try to make these things happen, we are putting the cart of a supposed godly life before the horse of regeneration. If there is no fruit, there is no root. So go through this short list prayerfully:

■ Do you have a deep love and concern that motivates you
to reach out to the lost?
■ Do you read the Bible every day?
■ Do you have a tender conscience before God?
■ Do you love other Christians and enjoy their company?
■ Do you gossip, or listen to it with glee?
■ Do you place your trust in money?
■ Do you fail to keep your word, or tell “white” lies?
■ Do you take little things that belong to others?
■ Do you pray only when things go wrong or when you
need or want something?
■ Do you consider yourself to be a good person?

Number ten is a soul-searching key that often exposes a false conversion. If we think we are morally good, then something is fundamentally wrong. Jesus said that there is none good but God (see Luke 18:19). If we maintain that we are good, we are implying that Jesus wasn’t speaking the truth. Rather, if you think that you are good, it’s more than likely that you have never had a true revelation of your own sinful state before God. If that’s the case, then there’s a possibility that you have had a false conversion, despite your professed godliness. Those who are converted will always agree with Scripture and know experientially that their heart is deceitful and desperately wicked (see Jeremiah 17:9).

We are sinful to the very core. In us “nothing good dwells” (Romans 7:18). If there is even a slight chance that (like the woman whose e-mail we just read), you have never been truly converted, please take a moment to go to our website: http://www.livingwaters.com. Click on “Are You a Good Person?” and go through the test, answering the questions with a tender conscience. You have nothing to lose. Remember, we are talking about your eternity. But I trust that you have already made your calling and election sure, as the Bible exhorts us to do. This will be evidenced by your desire to follow the Lord’s command to be a fisher of men (see Matthew 4:19), and when we look at biblical examples of how to “catch” men and women, you will view the Scriptures as the final authority. As one who has experienced genuine salvation through “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21), you will want to take great care to ensure that you don’t lead anyone into a false conversion.

To share the biblical message of salvation, do what Jesus did in reaching out to the lost—use the Law lawfully. The use of the Law in evangelism was something I didn’t understand in my first ten years as a Christian. But in 1982 I began to notice this principle being used in Scripture and in history, and implemented it in my own evangelistic efforts. Am I saying that we must use the moral Law to bring “the knowledge of sin” every time we share the gospel? Of course not; Jesus didn’t. Scripture tells us that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). Those who have a humble heart, who recognize their sin and see their desperate need for God’s mercy, will understand the gospel of grace. But the proud and self-righteous—those who proclaim their own goodness (see Proverbs 20:6)—don’t see their need for the Savior. They need the Law to show them the righteous standard that God requires. Biblical evangelism therefore follows the principle of “Law to the proud, and grace to the humble.”

If someone is proud and self-righteous—like the self-righteous man who ran to the Savior (4) and asked how to be saved—we must do what Jesus did. We should give him the Law to show him the nature of sin. If he is humble of heart (already possessing the knowledge of sin), such as in the case of Nicodemus, then we should do what Jesus did and give him grace. It is as simple as sowing seed. A wise farmer always checks the soil before he plants seed. If the soil has stones, he removes them. If it is hard, he breaks it up. He knows that if he wants to successfully grow a crop, he must properly prepare the soil before he sows the precious seed. That’s the principle behind the evangelistic use of the Law: “Law before grace.”

In the same way, a wise doctor doesn’t give a cure to a patient who has no understanding that he has a serious disease. If the doctor doesn’t show him the severe nature of his illness (that, left untreated, it will kill him), the patient won’t appreciate the cure. Left in ignorance about the seriousness of his plight, the patient may neglect taking the cure, and therefore die. So the good doctor looks his ignorant patient in the eye, and takes the time to thoroughly explain the malady and its terrible consequence. He doesn’t deliberately avoid certain words that may alarm his patient. He wants to alarm him.

God’s Law alerts the sinner to the malady of sin. It widens his complacent eyes and causes alarm. It brings the diagnosis proving to the patient that he is terribly and terminally diseased. It helps him to understand sin and its result, so that he will then appropriate the cure of the cross. It is because of this that the Law and the gospel should never be separated. They are made for each other. One is the diagnosis; the other is the cure. The diagnosis without the cure is futile. The cure with the diagnosis is senseless. The Law exposes the disease; the gospel treats it. John Wesley says, The very first end of the Law [is], namely, convicting men of sin; wakening those who are still asleep on the brink of hell . . . The ordinary method of God is to convict sinners by the Law, and that only. The gospel is not the means which God hath ordained, or which our Lord Himself used, for this end.

Think of God’s Law as an extension cord that is plugged into the power of Heaven. The gospel is a light bulb. Without the Law, the gospel is powerless; it leaves the lost in the dark about their sin and its deadly consequences. The gospel—the news that Jesus died on the cross for our sins—gives no light to the mind of sinners whose understanding is “darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18). The god of this world has blinded their minds “lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The message of the cross is therefore foolishness to a world that is perishing (see 1 Corinthians 1:18). However, once the gospel is connected to the Law, it becomes the power of God to salvation.

The Law gives the gospel its light—it enlightens the lost about the nature of sin and shows them their desperate need for the Savior. I have seen this happen thousands of times, and once you see the effect of both the Law and the gospel working together, you will have your eyes opened also. You will say (like many others I have heard from), “How could I have not seen this before!” Later in this book, we will look at how you can implement the Law in the gospel presentation. Charles Spurgeon said, “There is no point on which men make greater mistakes than on the relation which exists between the Law and the gospel.” Therefore, in the next chapter, we will begin to examine what Jesus did when He reached out to the lost, so that we can follow in His footsteps.

1 Matthew Henry, Commentary on the Whole Bible (1721)
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2 For a more comprehensive understanding of the importance of
using the Law to reach the lost, see Hell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray
Comfort (Whitaker House) and The Way of the Master by Kirk
Cameron and Ray Comfort (Tyndale House Publishers). See also
How to Win Souls and Influence People (Bridge-Logos Publishers).
3 “The Caller,” preached October 10, 2004, tape # PO1492N.
4 We will look closely at this and other incidents in the book.

End of Chapter 1

What Did Jesus Do? A Call to Return to the Biblical Gospel
Author: Ray Comfort
Published by Genesis Publishing Group
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Bartlesville, OK 74006
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Thursday, July 2, 2009

4th of July Spectacular Evangelism

Coming up this Saturday on July 4th, 2009. Me and my friends will be sharing the Gospel to 100's if not 1'000's of people that will come out to see the fireworks display. We will be handing out tracts, dvd's, cd's and free water. We will be setting up a prayer station across the street from Shepherd of the Hills Church. You are welcome to come and help out.

Please watch or listen to http://www.hellsbestkeptsecret.com to understand the importance of sharing the Gospel to everyone.

This free community event is one for the entire family to enjoy! Gates open at 3:30pm. We will have an indoor show, face painting and jumps for the kids, an outdoor stage show and of course a Spectacular Fireworks Show! There will also be food for purchase - an array of carnival and fair-type choices such as funnel cakes, kettle corn, BBQ, tacos and more!! We will also have our regular church services at 5:00pm and 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.

Tune into 99.5 KKLA for fireworks simulcast begining at 8:30 pm.

Regular Saturday night church services will be happening (5:00pm & 6:30pm) – we would like to encourage our members to come to the 5 :00 pm service on Saturday to make room for visitors at 6:30pm There will be no shuttles running on Saturday

There will be no Shepherd of the Hills Church parking available "Bibles for Vets "will be distributed to all veterans and military personnel at all services the weekend of the 4th!

Looking to get involved? Make sure to connect with the Special Events Team at the table in the lobby after the service in June to sign-up and be a part of this extraordinary event.

4th of July Spectacular Evangelism

This free community event is one for the entire family to enjoy! Gates open at 3:30pm. We will have an indoor show, face painting and jumps for the kids, an outdoor stage show and of course a Spectacular Fireworks Show! There will also be food for purchase - an array of carnival and fair-type choices such as funnel cakes, kettle corn, BBQ, tacos and more!! We will also have our regular church services at 5:00pm and 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.

Tune into 99.5 KKLA for fireworks simulcast begining at 8:30 pm.

Regular Saturday night church services will be happening (5:00pm & 6:30pm) – we would like to encourage our members to come to the 5 :00 pm service on Saturday to make room for visitors at 6:30pm There will be no shuttles running on Saturday

There will be no Shepherd of the Hills Church parking available "Bibles for Vets "will be distributed to all veterans and military personnel at all services the weekend of the 4th!

Looking to get involved? Make sure to connect with the Special Events Team at the table in the lobby after the service in June to sign-up and be a part of this extraordinary event.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Lawman Chronicles: New Gospel Tract ... 'In Times of Crisis'


The Lawman Chronicles: New Gospel Tract ... 'In Times of Crisis'

Written by Tony Miano

I am hoping to publish this gospel tract soon for use after and during critical incidents, and at the "Prayer Tables" I am going to set up outside our local Wal-Mart.

In Times of Crisis…

You may or may not know the person who handed you this tract. In either case, please know that the person cares for you and that there are people praying for you now and in the coming days.

What you’ve just experienced or what you are presently experiencing is often referred to as a “critical incident.” Critical incidents include, but are not limited to: traffic accidents, medical emergencies, natural disasters, the loss of a friend or loved one, or being the victim of or witness to a crime.

Regardless of the circumstances, critical incident or post traumatic stress can be very difficult for anyone to handle. Common symptoms of post traumatic stress include:

•Waves of emotions
•Difficulty sleeping or eating
•Nightmares
•Reoccurring thoughts of images, sounds, and even smells from the critical incident.

These symptoms can last for just a few days or several weeks, and usually decrease over time.

It is important you understand that experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, does not mean you are crazy. Experiencing such things after a traumatic incident is normal. If symptoms occur for more than a few weeks, consult your physician.

Here are several things you can do to help minimize and overcome post traumatic stress.

•Get plenty of rest.
•Engage in regular, moderate exercise in keeping with your present physical condition and/or limitations.
•Eat regular, healthy meals and drink plenty of water.
•Don’t try to numb the pain with alcohol or drugs.
•Talk about the details of the incident with people you trust.
•Don’t spend too much time alone. It’s good to be around people who care about you, during difficult times.

It is also not uncommon for people who have experienced a traumatic incident (whether victim, witness, or first responder) to contemplate their own mortality, to think about life after death. Again, you are not crazy if you think this way. It’s normal to think about the ultimate statistic, which is this. 10 out of 10 people die. And it’s normal to ask yourself the ultimate question: “What happens to a person when they die.”

Most people think that they are good people. In fact most people, even those who are not sure if God exists, believe that God will see their goodness and let them into heaven when they die. There is a simple test you can take to see if you are good enough to go to heaven. Here it is. Please answer the following questions honestly.

Have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? Have you ever murdered in your heart by hating another person or by being angry without cause? Then, according to God’s perfect and holy standard, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderer at heart. The Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)—the God who created you and before whom you will one day stand.

If God finds you guilty of breaking His Law, then He must punish you. And the punishment for sinning against God is eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8). But there is good news! God has provided a way for you to be rescued from His wrath to come.

Two thousand years ago, God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man) to this earth (John 1:14). He lived the perfect life that you cannot live. He was nailed to a cross, shed His blood, and died taking upon Himself the wrath of God sinners deserve (Mark 15:22-26). Three days later, He rose from the dead defeating sin and death. As a result of Jesus Christ's perfect life, shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection, God grants forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe (John 3:16). But in order for this to happen, Jesus said you must be "born again" (John 3:3). Being born again is a supernatural work that only God can do when He gives you a new heart and dwells in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. This change results in a hunger for righteousness that will cause you to repent, turn from your sins, and put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Your life is but a vapor. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Will you even awake in the morning? Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ while you still have time. Read the Bible every day and obey what it says.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

The Uniqueness of the Bible

The Bible is the only book that was...

1) Written over about a fifteen-hundred-year span.

2) Written by more than forty authors from every walk of life, including kings, military leaders, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, tax collectors, poets, musicians, statesmen, scholars, and shepherds.

For Example...

Moses, a political leader and judge, trained in the universities of Egypt;

David, a king, poet, musician, shepherd, and warrior;

Amos, a herdsman;

Joshua, a military general;

Nehemiah, a cupbearer to a pagan king;

Daniel, a prime minister;

Solomon, a king and philosopher;

Luke, a physician and historian;

Peter, a fisherman;

Matthew, a tax collector;

Paul, a rabbi; and

Mark, Peter's secretary

3) Written in different places:

By Moses in the wilderness, Jeremiah in a dungeon, Daniel on a hillside and in a palace, Paul inside prison walls, Luke while traveling, John while in exile on the isle of Patmos.

4) Written at different times:

David in times of war and sacrifice, Solomon in times of peace and prosperity.

5) Written during different moods:

Some writing from the heights of joy;

Others writing from the depths of sorrow and despair;

Some during times of certainty and conviction;

Others during days of confusion and doubt.

6) Written on three continents:

Asia, Africa, Europe

7) Written in three languages:

Hebrew, the language of the Israelites and practically all of the Old Testament. In 2 Kings 18:26-28 and Nehemiah 13:24, it is called "the language of Judah," and in Isaiah 19:18, "the language of Canaan."

Aramaic, the "common language" of the Near East until the time of Alexander the Great (sixth century B.C. through the fourth century B.C.). (LAlbright, AP, 218) Daniel 2 through 7 and most of Ezra 4 through 7 are in Aramaic, as are occasional statements in the New Testament, most notably Jesus' cry from the cross, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani," which means "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:46 NKJV).

Greek, the language comprising almost all of the New Testament. It was also the international language spoken at the time of Christ, as English is becoming in the modern world.

The Greek script was based on an alphabet presumably borrowed from the Phoenicians and then adapted to the Greek speech sound system and direction of writing. Greek was first written from right to left like the West Semitic language, then in a back-and-forth
pattern, and finally from left to right.

8) Written in a wide variety of literary styles, including:

Poetry, historical narrative, song, romance, didactic treatise, personal correspondence, memoirs, satire, biography, autobiography, law, prophecy, parable, and allegory.

9) The Bible addresses hundreds of controversial subjects, subjects that create opposing opinions when mentioned or discussed. The biblical writers treated hundreds of hot topcis (e.g., marriage, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, adultery, obedience to authority, truth-telling and lying, character development, parenting, the nature and revelation of God). Yet from Genesis through Revelation these writers addressed them with an amazing degree of harmoney.

10) In spite of its diversity, the Bible presents a single unfolding story. God's redemption of human beings. Norman Geisler and William Nix put it this way. "The 'Paradise Lost' of Genesis becomes the 'Paradise Regained' of Revelation. Whereas the gate to the tree of life is closed in Genesis, it is opened forevermore in Revelation." (Geisler/Nix, GIB'86, 28) The unifying thread is salvation from sin and condemnation to a life of complete transformation and unending bliss in the presence of the one, merciful, holy God.

11) Finally, and most important, among all the people described in the Bible, the leading character throughout is the one, true,living God made known through Jesus Christ.

Consider first the Old Testament. THe Law provides the "foundation for Christ." the historical books show "the preparation" for CHrist, the poetical works aspire to Christ, and the prophecies display an "expectation" of Christ. In the New Testament, the "Gospels...record the historical manifestation of Christ, the Acts relate the propagation of Christ, the Epistles give the interpretation of Him, and in Revelation is found the comsummation of all things in Christ." (Geisler/Nix, GIB'86, 29) From cover to cover, the bible is Christocentric.

Therefore, although the Bible contains many books by many authors, it shows in its continuity that it is also one book.

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You can find this information and much more in the book "The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict" Evidence I & II by Josh McDowell

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Holy and Reverend is the Lord"

Who is the fool?

"The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God" Psalm 14:1a

The Apostle Paul wrote,

"And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"-- these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. "For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:1-16

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Ambassador's Alliance Radio 03/05/09 Phone Fishing

After much prayer from many people, including a Christian that I talked with in the parking lot that was so ecouraged that he asked me if there was something he could pray about for me and I asked him to pray that God wouild provide a person to be witnessed to on Ambassador's Alliance Radio.

It would not have been a disappointment if I had not found someone to be on the radio. There is no discouragment because God is Soverign over everything.



So at 8:59pm, 4 minutes after I was supposed to call in and after several people declined to be on the radio I noticed a man walking toward the entrance of Target on Balboa Blvd., and noticed that he didn't walk straight into the door as everyone else did because it was really cold. I walked up to him and told him I was with a radio show on www.blogtalkradio.com called Ambassador's Alliance Radio and that we do a segment on the show where we go out on to the streets and find people that are willing to be on the radio program for the purpose of talking about their spiritual beliefs.

So Robert agrees to going on the air. There is no deception. He understands that I'm a Christian and that I attend Church just down the street. I asked him if he considered himself to be a good person and he said he believed he was a good person and I asked him what does he think will happen after he dies and he said, "I will go to heaven, maybe".

Oh, how I was grateful and joyful that this man would hear the Gospel and that God's will would be done. God's Word does not return void because it accomplishes what pleases Him.

The Podcast should be up shortly. I haven't heard the witnessing encounter between my brother Tony and Robert who lives in Granada Hills but I know that God will handle this because the preaching of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God so that no man may boast before God!. Amen!

Robert received a Faith Fold bible, True & False Conversion CD, Tony Miano's Audio CD "Don't Quit" and a DVD of "The Divine Butler".

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Timothy Brindle - The Humility of Christ

A Christian friend of mine revealed to me more than a year ago that there were Christian Brothers who could throw down the most beautiful and God inspired lyrics that I have ever heard. I've been tired of the soft melodies and repetitive chorus lines of modern day feel good songs that barely touch the surface of God's Holy scriptures. I'm thankful that God is raising up laborers among the Hip Hop culture that do not disappoint, speaking the truth in love. If want to do unto others as we would have them do unto us then we would not hold back truth and tell the whole story because it is the power of God unto salvation.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Amgen Tour of California Evangelism

Info Host: Tony "The Lawman" Miano

Time and Place Date: Saturday, February 21, 2009

Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Location: Valencia Town Center
Street: Corner of McBean Pkwy and Town Center Drive
City/Town: Santa Clarita, CA

Email: thelawman104@gmail.com

Description: A message from Mayor of Santa Clarita, Frank Ferry:

"The City of Santa Clarita is proud to be the host City for the 2009 Amgen Tour of California for a third year in a row! The Amgen Tour of California is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world and the largest bicycle race in North America. This year, in 2009, the race boasts the world's top cyclists including international superstar Lance Armstrong."

For the last two years, Tony Miano has led an evangelism team at the event. Each year tens of thousands of people gather from around the world to watch the event. We have distributed thousands of gospel tracts and shared the gospel with many people. This year we may try our hand at some "stoplight preaching."

Where to Meet: In front of Corner Bakery and Starbucks at the corner of McBean Pkwy and Valencia Bl.

Where to Park: Kohl's parking lot on Del Monte Dr., just east of McBean Pkwy (the Corner Bakery is at the northwest corner of the shopping center that includes Kohl's). You may also consider parking in the neighborhood on the south side of Del Monte Drive, just east of McBean Pkwy.

Meeting Time: 8:30 AM for briefing and prayer

End of Event: 1:00 PM (or stay as long or as short as you like)

What to Bring: Lots of gospel tracts! Weather appropriate clothing; a hat, sunscreen

Join the Facebook Group at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126001020202#/event.php?eid=126001020202

Area map: http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Santa+Clarita&state=CA&address=McBean+Pkwy+And+Valencia+Blvd

Here are a couple of videos from last years event.


Monday, January 26, 2009

116 Clique - Shai Linne - Gospel Music (Romans)

This is my favorite song of all time. Shai Linne teaches us the book of Romans in a lyrical masterpiece that is divinely inspired.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A.W. Pink's view on Law & Grace




"Not a few of those who are now regarded as the champions of
orthodoxy tell their hearers that the principles of law and grace are such
contrary elements that where the one be in exercise the other must
necessarily be excluded. But this is a very serious error. How could the
Law of God and the Gospel of the grace of God conflict? The one exhibits
Him as “light,” the other manifest Him as “love” 1 John 1:5; 4:8), and
both are necessary in order fully to reveal His perfections: if either one be
omitted only a one-sided concept of His character will be formed. The one
makes known His righteousness, the other displays His mercy, and His
wisdom has shown the perfect consistency there is between them."

"Instead of law and grace being contradictory, they are complementary.
Both of them appeared in Eden before the Fall. What was it but grace
which made a grant unto our first parents: “Of every tree of the garden
thou mayest freely eat”? And it was law which said, “But of the tree of
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it.” Both of them are
seen at the time of the great deluge, for we are told that “Noah found grace
in the eyes of the Lord” (Genesis 6:8), as His subsequent dealings with
him clearly demonstrated; while His righteousness brought in a flood upon
the world of the ungodly. Both of them operated side by side at Sinai, for
while the majesty and righteousness of Jehovah were expressed in the
Decalogue, His mercy and grace were plainly evinced in the provisions He
made in the whole Levitical system (with its priesthood and sacrifices) for
the putting away of their sins."

"Both shone forth in their meridian glory at Calvary, for whereas on the one hand the abounding grace of God appeared in giving His own dear Son to be the Saviour of sinners, His justice called for the curse of the Law to be inflicted upon Him while
bearing their guilt."