Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions

June 12, 2011 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Christian Cautions

or

The Necessity of Self-Examination

by

 Jonathan Edwards
 (1703-1758)

Dated September 1733.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” — Psalm 139:23, 24


INTRODUCTION

Subject: Persons should be much concerned to know whether they do not live in some way of sin.

This psalm is a meditation on the omniscience of God, or upon his perfect view and knowledge of everything, which the psalmist represents by that perfect knowledge which God had of all his actions, his downsitting and his uprising; and of his thoughts, so that he knew his thoughts afar off; and of his words, “There is not a word in my tongue,” says the psalmist, “but thou knowest it altogether.” Then he represents it by the impossibility of fleeing from the divine presence, or of hiding from him. So that if he should go into heaven, or hide himself in hell, or fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, yet he would not be hid from God. Or if he should endeavor to hide himself in darkness, yet that would not cover him. But the darkness and light are both alike to him. Then he represents it by the knowledge which God had of him while in his mother’s womb, Psa. 139:15, 16, “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret; thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect; and in thy book all my members were written.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions…

Persecution Fridays: Somalia

January 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com 

Somalia: Teenage Girl Shot

A 17-year-old girl who converted to Christianity from Islam was shot to death recently in an apparent “honor killing” in Somalia, according to Compass Direct News. Nurta Mohamed Farah, who had fled her village to live with relatives after her parents tortured her for leaving Islam, died on Nov. 25, according to the Compass Direct report.

“Area sources said they strongly suspected that the two unidentified men in Galgadud Region who shot her in the chest and head with a pistol were relatives or acting on their behest,” Compass reported. Pray that God will use Nurta’s testimony to draw non-believers into fellowship with him, and pray for the protection of all believers in Somalia.

Genesis 4:8-16

December 13, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Bible Study | Leave a comment
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Cain told Abel his brother. And it came about when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground. “Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. “When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its strength to you; you will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth.” Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is too great to bear! “Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and from Your face I will be hidden, and I will be a vagrant and a wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” So the LORD said to him, “Therefore whoever kills Cain, vengeance will be taken on him sevenfold.” And the LORD appointed a sign for Cain, so that no one finding him would slay him. Then Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and settled in the land of Nod, east of Eden. Continue Reading Genesis 4:8-16…

Persecution Fridays: China

November 5, 2010 at 8:22 am | Posted in VOM Fridays | Leave a comment
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For more news on what’s really happening to Christians around the world go to the Voice of the Martyrs website: www.persecution.com 

China: Police Detain Attorney

On Oct. 20, police detained Dr. Fan Yafeng, a prominent Christian lawyer and leader of the Chinese Christian Legal Defense Association, according to China Aid Association.

A group of police reportedly entered Dr. Fan’s home last Wednesday and prevented him from leaving. When they blocked his exit, Dr. Fan struggled through the doorway. Police then shoved him and assaulted him, causing him to sprain his ankle. Police immediately took Dr. Fan to Shuangyushu Police Station in Beijing, and at last report he is still being held there. Authorities have provided little information about Dr. Fan, and his wife is very concerned as she struggles to negotiate with authorities.

The Voice of the Martyrs has supported persecuted Christians in China for more than 30 years. VOM encourages you to pray that Dr. Fan will be released and that God will heal his injuries. Also pray that Dr. Fan’s testimony will draw his persecutors into fellowship with Christ.

What has God done for me?

March 29, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Many people today, inside and outside the church, have become focused on self. They are all about them and what they can do. They often don’t know or care what God has done for them. Those who aren’t professing Christians can’t see that their very life is a gift from God. Sadly, this affects the gospel. When people don’t understand what God has done for them or why He did it, is cheapens the gospel and lessens the effect the good news can have in a person’s life. When pastors don’t preach the true gospel, the people listening don’t receive what they need to hear to help them understand who God is and what He’s done for them. Continue Reading What has God done for me?…

There is still hope!

March 22, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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I am an American. I am proud of my country and the rich history of Christian heritage that I have as a United States citizen. Today, I am reminded of many things. Yesterday, against the will of the majority of Americans, the House of Representatives of the US Congress passed a bill that will completely overhaul the health care system in America. They claim that it is proof that the federal government still works for the people. They claim that it is a “victory for the American people”. All of this after months of arm-twisting, inside deals to bully government officials into voting for this monstrosity. Add to this the misrepresentation of every proceeding and what the bill actually says. This bill will add to our debt and completely destroy the American ideal. We will slowly become more like other countries who have been trying to make socialized medicine work for years and failing miserably. From a political standpoint, there is still hope that the bill can be killed through reconciliation. Outside of that, there is hope that my state and many others will enact legislation that will exempt those states from unconstitutional federal laws under the power given to the states in the ninth and tenth amendments. But that’s not the hope that I’m talking about. Continue Reading There is still hope!…

God’s Testimony

May 5, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in Christianity | 1 Comment
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A testimony is something given as a witness for something else. If a person in court testifies, they tell exactly what they saw, heard, etc, in regard to the case. Christians should also have a testimony. Our testimony should tell others about what God has done in our lives. Unfortunately, that last sentence sounds so cliché and wobbly that I feel the need to explain it.

 

When I say that our testimony should be about what God has done in our lives, I’m not talking about telling people how God has blessed you with a new car or a wife or anything like that. I’m not talking about telling others how He’s made your life better, given you more joy, or provided you with a happiness that you couldn’t find in worldly things. When I talk about a testimony, what I’m talking about is telling others about the amazing grace and longsuffering of God for not killing you before you got saved, even though He had every right to. I’m talking about telling others about how you deserved to go straight to hell, but because of God’s desire to see all men come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9), you were saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). Your testimony should reflect the grace and mercy of God, but it should also reflect the holiness, righteousness, and justice of God as well!

 

As Christians, we overcome trials and tribulations by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Rev. 12:11). Our testimony should be going through our mind daily. We should remind ourselves about how God has been gracious to us in saving us when He didn’t have to. That testimony should also lead us to reach out to others. Because God has been gracious and saved us from hell, we should want to tell others about the fact that that same grace is available to them. We should be able to explain what it means to be saved. We should be able to tell others about repentance and faith.

 

Unfortunately, many can’t or don’t. There are many “Christians” who came to Christ because they were told that He would improve their lives and give them more joy, peace, and happiness. Because of this, they have no concept of hell, sin, or the judgment to come. They don’t understand that Jesus promised trials and tribulations if you follow Him. They don’t realize that they can no longer live the way they want and still be a Christian. But because of ignorance (willfully or not), they continue to live worldly lives, drenched in carnality and spent in material pursuits that will mean nothing when they stand before God.

 

As Christians, our first priority should be to proclaim the truth of the gospel. There is only one gospel and it is the one Jesus preached. It is the one that Paul preached. If you’re not preaching that gospel, then you’re not preaching the gospel at all. The gospel of Jesus Christ is really pretty simple. Mankind started out perfect (Genesis 1 & 2) and was in perfect fellowship with God. When they sinned, not only did they break fellowship with God, but they also allowed death to enter the world (Rom. 5:12). Since that time, every child born to man has been born with the propensity to sin. We sin when we do something that goes against what God has said (God’s Law). If we lie, we sin. If we steal, we sin. If we look with lust, we sin. Because we’ve broken God’s law, there will be punishment. That punishment is hell. Some may say that it’s not fair, but that’s not true. God is perfect, holy, and just. It is Him that we’ve sinned against. That makes an eternal punishment the only just punishment. Unless we can have our sins removed, we will find ourselves in hell. The wonderful news is that God provided a way for us to have our sins removed.

 

God knew that we couldn’t pay for our own sins (although many people try by doing good works). He knew that there needed to be a perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus is that sacrifice. Jesus stepped into human history as God made flesh to be that sacrifice for our sins. He lived a perfect, spotless life and was then beaten, scourged, and hung on a wooden cross to pay the penalty for us. It should have been us on the cross, but God, in His mercy, chose to put His Son there. Jesus died on the cross bearing the full wrath of God for the sins of the world. He then was buried and, three days later, rose again.

 

The gospel truly is good news, but unless you and I do something with it, it is just news. What are we supposed to do with the gospel? We are supposed to believe it, apply it, and live it. If we come to the realization that we are all wretched, evil sinners and that without the sacrifice of Christ we will die and go to hell, we are in a place to believe the gospel. There is no other religion that promises the forgiveness of sins. Islam doesn’t, Hinduism doesn’t, and Buddhism doesn’t. Christianity is the only one. Once we believe the good news, then we need to apply it. We apply the good news by repenting of our sins. This means that we turn from our sins and stop doing what we know is wrong. We don’t go back to our sins either. We also apply the good news by putting our trust in Jesus. This isn’t the same as believing in Jesus. Many people believe in Christ. Even the devil believes in Christ. To put your trust in Him is to understand that He is the reason that you are saved. It is to cling to Him in good times and bad and to be obedient to His Words. It’s kinda like a parachute. If you hold it out at arms length and jump out of the plane, it won’t help you. You may think that’s kinda silly, but that’s what many people do with Jesus. Instead, you’ve got to “put on the Lord Jesus” (Rom. 13:14). Once you have applied the good news, then you need to live it. Living the good news is obeying scripture. It is allowing God, through His Word, to change your life and grow you in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). Living the gospel also means proclaiming it to others. This doesn’t have to be with a megaphone in a park. It can be a one on one witnessing encounter. Whatever it is, it is something that needs to be spoken. You and I need to be telling people the truth about Christ. While God has been merciful in allowing time to go this long, we have no guarantee that we will have tomorrow.

 

The most amazing thing about testimonies is that even God has one. Jesus Christ is the testimony of God, given at the right time (1 Tim. 2:6). Not only do we have our own testimony, but we also have the testimony of God! We need to do everything that we can to get out and tell others the truth of the gospel. It is not only a privilege it’s a commandment!

 

If you would like to know more about witnessing and how to share your faith, please check out the Way of the Master and Living Waters websites. They have great information and also have tracts and other items to help you. Also, if you would love to hear witnessing in action, go to Way of the Master Radio and listen to them live or download the podcasts.


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