Category Archives: Teaching

Why God

Listen to a spiritual leader talk about the death of his dad, in a short radio commentary.
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The question above all questions

Dead, or alive

Today Thursday, May 4th, 2017 is the National Day of Prayer

 

Perhaps  one of the most powerful calls to prayer came from President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. In 1863, he issued a proclamation for a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer.” Here is some of that proclamation: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years, in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.”

 

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Lessons from so called TV preacher Benny Hinn

I should admit straightway that Benny Hinn is well outside the mainstream of evangelical Christianity in both his theology and practices. Many inside the world of evangelical Christianity might say that what he does has nothing to do with what “we” do. But to a watching and skeptical world, the theological and ethical differences between a Benny Hinn and those who follow much more biblical models of behavior are difficult to discern. And that’s the first lesson we can learn: We should be more direct and straightforward about “calling out” organizations that do not follow biblical models of behavior and ministry. Defending the Gospel does not mean merely defending it against the Richard Dawkinses and Peter Singers of the world, but also against the Benny Hinns and Creflo Dollars.

Secondly, Christian organizations should be models of transparency and financial disclosure. Currently, the law requires tax-exempt organizations to file Form 990s. These forms have basic information about an organization’s financial condition. The law also requires organizations to make these forms available to the public. (A great source for 990s is http://www.guidestar.com.) However, churches are exempt from this requirement.

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Opening Closed Minds The Chick-fil-A Way

Listen to, or read a Breakpoint radio commentary.

Jewish Christmas

Jesus the Jew

A three letter word will keep you from praying

Listen to a radio commentary by Rev. Charles Stanley.

Mission Miracle Mouth

Ian is one of the more amazing people I’ve met. The people who knew him publicly, when they were with him privately it was a shock. He had been the leader of Youth for Christ’s highly effective ministry in New Zealand. As you would converse with him, you would quickly learn that Ian had a stutter – which sometimes made it difficult just for him to get through a sentence. It was noticeable, but it wasn’t important. I mean, Ian was a godly, magnetic person. But when you saw him in action before a crowd – as I did at a national youth convention with 3,000 teenagers – get ready for a shock. I mean, I felt bad, wonder-ing how he was going to communicate effectively to all these teenagers with a stutter like that. To my amazement, I discovered there suddenly was no stutter. His speech was perfect! He emceed, he preached flawlessly. That’s what was so amazing about Ian – something happened to him when he had to speak well. And to you.

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Miracle Mouth.”

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Luke 21 beginning in verse 12. Jesus is telling His disciples what to expect when they come under official persecution – a situation where their lives may depend on what they say. Here’s what He said, “They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and gover-nors, and all on account of My Name.”

“This will result in your being witnesses to them. But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.” Now, while this applies directly to official persecution, I think it can be broadly applied to any believer in a pressure situation, especially where Jesus wants that situation to result in you “being witnesses to them.” Jesus says, “I will give you words and wisdom.” When Moses said, “I can’t possibly speak for you, Lord. I can’t speak. I have a stutter.” God said, “I will be with you and I will put the words in your mouth.” And God said to these people what you say is going to be irresistible!

When my friend, Ian, had to communicate, he seemed to be outside of himself, carried beyond his limitations. In a sense, that has been the consistent experience of believers throughout all the centuries – a Divine takeover when it’s time to speak for Jesus. Maybe you’ve experienced that.

You could be in a situation – or about to be in a situation – where you’re going to have a chance to represent Christ. You say, “I don’t think I can do it. I don’t know what to say. It’s easy for those good talkers – like those radio guys – but I can’t talk like that.” You’re right – you can’t. But He can. You may wonder how you will ever share Christ with some person you care a lot about – or someone who is just spiritually intimidating.

What God promises to do is to take you outside yourself, beyond your limitations. He will write the script and, like an actor, you’ll be delivering His words. Oh, how many times I’ve experienced that! You may be in or approaching a pressure situation where you feel totally inadequate to say what needs to be said. Jesus said, “Make up your mind not to worry” about it. God wants to display His power by giving you words and wisdom that you don’t even know you have. And you and they are going to know it was God and not you.

My friend, Ian, saw it happen again and again, and so will you. That miracle at the moment you begin to speak for Jesus.

The Recipient TV show ( tired of TV trash check it out )

If you are tired of trash on TV you might want to check out this pilot TV show that Jeff Saxton is producing. You can find out more about the show here.

Cal Thomas has said,and written too often we just protest the bad. Cal thinks we should also support the good. You might want to check out this TV. show.
I know the man who is producing it. He is s a man of high values.
Jeff Saxton has written books on issues which we must all give thought to. I am sure he is putting the same work ethic into this show.

Lordship of Christ, the grace of God, and repenting of sins

( Below is my thoughts on some Christian doctrines which I put in a newsletter I send out to friends. I hope it will bless you. Most of all my desire is it would challenge you.)

     I have a question for you. What did you do to get right with God, or what can you do to stay right with the Lord? 

       I have heard teachings which say we should not use the term accept Christ. We should just preach repentance, and the Lordship of Christ. I also know of a speaker who said the best thing God gave us was the law, the Ten Commandments. 

   I believe the law is a powerful tool we can use to show good, and religious people they are sinners. The law is not the best thing God gave us. The law can not save one soul. 
       At the same time there are souls who love the Lord,who are concerned by what they call easy believism. 

              I saw this years ago when I helped out at a junior high camp. The speaker for the most part asked who wanted to go to heaven. That was his way of getting kids to embrace Christ. Now I know God can use a soul’s desire to go to heaven to bring him to Christ. At the same time that is the end result of a relationship with God.That should not be the main goal in receiving Christ. I am sure God saved some of those kids who wanted to go to heaven. But I believe we need to be careful when our preaching is just about going to heaven. 

    On the other hand I think those who are concerned about using the term accepting Christ are missing something. If they are not careful they may forget God’s grace, love, and mercy. They may judge other ministries. And at times if they do not watch out, they could become fruit police. “She doesn’t have true saving faith because she has not really repented. That ministry is just telling people to accept Christ. They are not preaching the need to repent.”What does it mean to repent? It means to turn away from known sin. To embrace Christ is an act of repentance. Yes, we should preach sin. But preaching sin, and the law will not make one right with God. It is God’s grace which saves us. I think some churches don’t preach on sin along with repenting enough. All churches,and believers should preach grace. After all that is what will save us. Some folks need to be shown they are sinners by using the law. Others just need to be shown God loves them. My experience has been those who concerned about making salvation too easy, is they don’t preach grace along with God’s love enough. 

Far as not telling folks to accept Christ. What does the Bible tell us in John 1:12. “To those who receive him, he gave the right to become children of God.”If it is done the right way,it is Bible to tell folks they need to receive Christ. Also we don’t make Christ Lord, or Savior. He is both of those. When we come to Christ we receive him as those. 

  We in the body of Christ should learn from each other. Those who are concerned about easy believing have some good points.