Tuesday, April 28, 2009

No One Can Come to Jesus Christ, Unless...

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
•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.


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

Happy April Fool's Day!