Religious hypocrisy in the last days – They create a garment of their own making that allows them to commit adultery…

They create a garment of their own making, that allows them to commit adultery, it allows them to steal in the workplace, it allows them to lie, and gossip, and slander unrestrainedly. And this garment that they put on themselves convinces them that there’s no justice for them, there’s no judgment day coming for them. Even though Jesus said, „By every word you speak, you’ll be justified. And,, by every word you speak, you’ll be condemned.” Jesus said, „If you do not forgive those who have wronged you, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses. But, in spite of what God has spoken, they created garments of fig leaves and they covered themselves, and they say, „All is well. All is well”. And they see a God at church that won’t challenge their sin, that won’t expose this hypocrisy for what it is. I’d rather you get mad at me and go to heaven. (photo via www.ijustworship.com )

Being forsaken by God- that is the most terrible thing any human can ever face. Think of the worst suffering you can ever face, multiply it by a million or more and you understand what forsaken by God is. We think of hell as some geographical place somewhere. Maybe it is. But the worst part of hell is that it is a God forsaken place. It is the only God forsaken place in the universe. That means God is not there and it’s terrible to be there, because God is not there. God is in this world today, but when you go in a place where God has withdrawn His presence, all the evil and the devil in man comes out. It is terrible. That evil is what makes people’s lives so miserable.

What a tragedy to have been covered in an unrighteous covering, to have been covered i human effort, to have been covered in something deceptive, to find in the last moments of your life that the feet coming down the hallway are not taking you to heaven. I guess the question would be, „Whose feet are coming to get you?” Who has been assigned to take you into eternity? And if you’re not sure they’re God’s, can it be changed? Can it be taken back?

The first foundation of Christianity: Christ died for our sins. That’s not enough! He rose from the dead. If He did not rise from the dead I would not be a Christian. I wouldn’t waste my time preaching this message. His rising from the dead is the proof that all that He said on earth was true. No man died for the sins of the world, no man rose from the dead. No religion even claims that Jesus died for the sins of the world, except Christianity. And no religion claims that someone who died came out of the grave after 3 days. So, the foundation of the Christian faith is not: „Do good”, „Be kind to others”. It is: „Christ died for your sins and He rose up from the dead”. You remove those 2 things, Christianity becomes like any other religion in the world. And that’s why it’s unique. You need to understand that. You are a sinner and you deserve to go to hell for all eternity, to be forsaken by God forever. You  have lived for yourself and you are created to belong to God. But, you live for yourself, when you come back to God you myst come back as a thief who has stolen what belongs to God for so many years. How old are you? 25, 30? You have stolen what belongs to God. You can come back to Him in sorrow, „Lord, I didn’t know this was something I stole from you for so many years. I’m gonna come back to you and give my life to you.

If you’re a thief, the Bible says all thieves dwell outside the city of God. Read it in Revelation. If you’re a liar, you’re not going there either. Sew whatever kind of robe you want, you’re not going. The (fig) leaves have got to come off. God says, „I’m looking for a Nathanael today, I’m looking for a man and a woman without guile, that says, „Lord, I want it your way. You can get through the deception your whole life, you can even sing in the choir. You can go your whole life, but there’s one moment you will not get through. It’s the last 5 seconds of your life, folks. You’ll not make it through. It has to be true.

VIDEO by sermonindex

and here is a longer version (22 minutes) from Carter Conlon and Zac Poonen’s messages, also from sermonindex

Matt Chandler’s 2 minute Christmas message for 2012

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Someone ( user Rob Jon )  excerpted Matt’s Christmas message for 2012 and posted it on youtube. The entire sermon will soon be posted to the church’s webiste – http://www.thevillagechurch.net/resources/sermons/

David Jeremiah – ‘God loves you; He always has, He always will’ at Liberty University

That comes to a great surprise for a lot of people, because, if we’re not careful, we believe that God’s love is like ours. How many of you know that our love has a lot of ‘ifs’ in it? I love you if… I love you if you treat me right. I love you if you’re handsome or if you’re beautiful, or if you achieve. God’s love doesn’t have any ifs in it. God loves you because it is His nature to love you. And it is true to say that God loves you, He always has and He always will. It is also true to say that nothing you can ever do will make God love you more than He loves you right now. And nothing you can ever do can make Him love you less than He loves you right now. Because, God doesn’t love you so much because of what’s in you, God loves you because of what’s in Him. And God is love  and love comes from God.

Whenever I say that and there are young people around, they always say, „Yeah, but what if I don’t love God? He still loves me?” That’s what I want to talk to you about today. I want to share a story from Luke 15.

  • God loves you even when you don’t love Him.

Published on Oct 4, 2012 by 

On October 3, 2012 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Dr. David Jeremiah, Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, shared with students the parable of the prodigal son and spoke about God’s love. He emphasized that, „God loves you. He always has, and He always will.”
Dr. Jeremiah is also the founder of Turning Point Radio and Television Ministries. His church, Shadow Mountain Community Church, is one of the largest churches in San Diego County. Dr. Jeremiah is also the author of several books, including his most recent, „God Loves You: He Always Has — He Always Will.”

Kirk Cameron’s personal testimony as a „recovering atheist” at Liberty University

 

Actor Kirk Cameron, at Calvary Baptist Church ...

Published on Oct 8, 2012 by 

On October 5, 2012 at Convocation, North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students, Kirk Cameron shared his personal testimony as a „recovering atheist” with students and alumni during Homecoming Weekend.
Cameron is an actor/producer who first became famous when he starred as Mike Seaver on ABC’s „Growing Pains” in the 1980s. He is also well known for his role in „Fireproof,” the highest grossing independent film of 2008 that focused on the importance of Christian values in marriage, as a star in the „Left Behind” movies, created from the bestselling books by longtime Liberty supporter Tim LaHaye, and as producer of the new documentary, „Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure.” He continues to impact the world for Christ through marriage seminars and speaking engagements across the country, as co-host of The Way of the Master television series, and through interviews with major television news networks.
Read more about Kirk Cameron’s visit here: http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=66127

 

Panel discussion SBTS – Helpful question & answer session on marriage and ministry

A great session at the end of a one day conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, geared towards pastors and ministry leaders, however every couple (even the one not in active ministry) can learn and apply most of the answers given  in this very candid conversation.

See previous messages on marriage and ministry at SBTS by-

  1. After Russell’s message this morning, just talking about something as serious as pornography, having a discussion- husband and wife- about that, CJ (Mahaney) had some things to add from his years of shepherding, where something like this has to occur, (what is) the process…?
  2. What if you have a pastor who is leading the church, pronounced leadership, but, he’s not leading in the home? How is the wife to respond. We say ‘love covers a multitude of sins’, it doesn’t cover all sins, here’s a wife who sees inconsistency, she’s hearing him preach, but at home he is not a good leader. What would you recommend?
  3. How do we deal with the inconsistency that we experience? We preach a better message at times. So, we have the standards and we can’t lower the Scriptures to our lifestyle. How do we work through that? That can be a challenge at times. I mean, you’re going to church and a fight breaks out and you’re gonna stand before the people of God… and that’s tough.
  4. Where do we go for help, as pastors in the local church?
  5. What are some of the early warning signs in a Gospel ministry couple of indications where they need to get help? There’s obviously some sins that we handle through grace induced progressive sanctification, others you need to get intensive, you need to nip it in the bud. What are these early warning signs?
  6. How do you work through a dry season? ( a dry, flat [or too busy] time in your marriage)
  7. Sometimes, in your church you come across a couple who says they never fought. What do you think about them?
  8. (Give) some principles, real practical, of how to fight fair. What does a good fight look like in your home?

Panel Discussion from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

 

Matt Chandler – Holiness Part 1 of 4

Coming up daily Parte 2,3 and 4.

Listen to the audio here- http://my.ekklesia360.com

Click on photo for The Village Church audio sermon (54 minutes)

Read the notes from the entire sermon here- http://www.thevillagechurch.net/media/sermons/transcripts

Where you start on the point of holiness, external, moral holiness is not you at all. It’s the wrong starting point. If we’re going to talk about holiness we’ll have to start with God.

  • Here’s what I’ll tell you. I don’t believe in any way that our faith is a blind faith, and I find nowhere in Scripture that God has asked us to detach our minds from how he reveals himself to be. But here’s also where I press on you. Don’t pretend like you’re not living in a grid of faith right now. Well, no. My reality is defined by science. Science has a great deal of faith involved in it. Now if you want to talk about boiling water, no. But if you want to talk about why we’re here, where we came from, it’s… The word in science for faith is theory. That’s faith in science: theory. „We can’t prove it, but we think this is how it works.”
  • We try to fill in the gap. We begin to try to get up to God’s standard. By the way, his standard is hopelessly impossible. „Be holy, because I am. Be like me.” The rest of the Bible is going to say, „You’re not like me, but be like me.” Then we get stuck in this climb and slide, climb and slide type of existence with the Lord.
  • Not only is God, in his holiness, majestic, but he is also pure and morally perfect. Now I just created a bit of a philosophical, theological train wreck. I don’t know if you spotted it, but let’s chat some about it. If God is pure and morally perfect, what do we do about the reality that such horrific things occur? If he is all-knowing and everywhere at once and all-knowledgeable, why doesn’t he stop it? How is him not stopping it just and morally pure? I mean, that’s hard, isn’t it? Do we agree that’s hard?
  • God hasn’t painted in the words of Scripture some alternate reality we’re not experiencing. Isn’t the Bible filled with famines, loss, murder, rape, incest, death, disease? It shouldn’t surprise us! Where is this coming from? God didn’t try to hide this. What we see happening in the Scriptures and one of the reasons I’m trying to constantly drive you to the Scriptures is that God is at work in the mess in ways we can’t fathom.
  • One of the big reasons I’d love for you to read your Bible more than you do is because you’ll see how messy it is. You’ll look at guys who God says, „I love this guy,” and you go, This guy? I mean, this guy is a bum. He loves that guy? He extends grace to that guy, gives mercy to that guy? Maybe there is a shot for me. Or when the day of trouble arrives, you won’t be caught off guard as if that just arrived. I mean, it’s also been. The world is a broken place. What we know about God is that everything he does is good and holy and perfect.

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Matt Chandler – Gravity The Weight of Pastoring to the Knowledge of Christ

April 7,2006

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More Matt Chandler Sermon messages here

At Dallas Theological Seminary from April 7,2006 att Chandler is the Pastor of The Village Church in Highland, Texas.

I want you to just take a walk with me through the life of Jesus and see some things, because I think if you see them as we walk through this, then maybe some of your broken places could get restored.

In Hebrews 2:16-17 it says  For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the[o]descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, tomake propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

Abraham here means you and I. In ‘He had to be made like His brethren in all things’ we find out that Jesus was the firstborn of many brothers (you and me being the brethren) that He had to be made like his brethren in all things.

For me there was a disjoint in studying the life of Jesus. The cross of Christ, the purchasing, the propitiation for our sins and the difficulty of life in which He lived didn’t always seem to add up for me. It seems that Jesus could have been born into that manger, could have lived a normal life, a life that we’re reading here (in the Bible) not so normal. It is a life filled with betrayal, and pain, and death, and hardship, and longing, and aching. I mean, you name it, it’s an extremely difficult life and I find myself saying, „Why? Why so necessary for Him to suffer so much? Why so necessary for Him to hurt so much? Why so necessary for such darkness to be around the walkings of Jesus on earth? Could He not just be slaughtered on the cross and let us have our propitiation?

The text says that Jesus knew the gravity of hate, of loss, of betrayal, of being overwhelmed, of being exhausted and being taunted as you seek God…so when I get that phone call (of someone who died, etc) He sits there with me and says, „I know, I know”.  And that in that moment when betrayal happens, and I promise you (that) church folk are like piranha. If you look strong they’ll leave you alone, but if you have a limp they will eat you alive. At that moment when betrayal occurs and you feel so angry and frustrated He’s not in the heavens saying, „Yeah, we need to figure out that I’ve got this thing”. Instead He goes, „… I know… I know”. So I know that you and I have choices on the kind of people that we are and the kind of people that we’re becoming and I know that when gravity strikes the soul there’s the chance that bitterness and anger and hurt begin to reign in the soul and I know that because it happens all over in the Scriptures .

In Ruth you find Naomi saying, „Quit calling me Naomi, you call me Mara”, after the death of her husband and her sons, Mara (being) the Hebrew word for bitter. She began to be owned by her own sorrow. And then job’s wife, who in the middle of her husband’s great despair would say, „Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die, you fool”. I know there is this idea, there can become this pretense that happens- the gravity of the fallen world weighs heavily on our soul and there has to be this pretense that we’re ok. There has to be the gravity that the world has fallen upon us and so we bury it and the root of bitterness begins to take root. And my hope is that maybe the simple knowledge that He knows, maybe the simple knowledge that Jesus endured  difficulty and pain and hardship ‘for such a moment as this’, when you have loss, or anger, or maybe in your journey you’re frustrated because it seems in the dissecting of theology and theology becoming systematic for you, you somehow have lost your heart… that maybe in the gravity of these things we may not find ourselves running from Him, pretending, but to Him in honesty. As the Scriptures say, „He knows and is able to be faithful and merciful to His brothers”.

Happy Father’s Day 2012 – Songs, Poems, Messages Honoring Fathers

via Zondervan

Proverbs 23:24

 The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice;
he who fathers a wise son will be glad in him.

Malachi 4:6
He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers

Proverbs 23:22
Listen to your father, who gave you life,

Proverbs 23:24
The father of a righteous man has great joy;
he who has a wise son delights in him

My Earthly Dad

With these three words,
„Dear Heavenly Father,”
I begin my every prayer,
But the man I see
While on bended knee
Is always my earthly dad.

He is the image
Of the Father divine
Reflecting the nature of God,
For his love and care
And strong faith laid bare
Pointed me to my Father above.

–Mary Fairchild

 

Iosif Ton – predica de la Portland 02/01/2011 (Video si Transcriere)

In data de 02/01/2011 fratele Iosif Ton a fost invitat de Pastorul Nicki Pop sa predice la Philadelphia Romanian Pentecostal Church  in Portland, Oregon. Biserica are 1,200 de membri si are peste 2,000 de ascultatori la serviciile de Duminica seara (informatie de la situl bisericii).
http://vimeo.com/18523493
Multumiri lui Claudiu B pentru editare (video preluat de la Biserica Philadelphia).

Transcrierea predicii adaugata 01/11/2011

Paul Washer – Shocking Youth Message – How do you know you are saved?

Many of us first knew Paul Washer through this 4 1/2 min. video:

Someone  sent me another message which I have not watched before (Thanks Gabi). It is one of the best message/sermons out there. Please find a quiet hour, away from the bustle and listen to this message. No matter what our age is, we need to hear this message on a recurring basis. With the New Year coming  we  tend to focus and reflect on our life while  at the same time, anticipating new beginnings. May God give us a hunger for his word and a thirst for fellowship with Him in the coming year- 2011.

In this video from a Paul Washer Youth Conference in 2002,  among some important topics preached on, Paul Washer also addresses the most important question – How do you know you are saved?

Here is the link to the video of the Background of Paul Washer’s ‘Shocking Video’.

It is only 11 minutes, Watch it!http://youtu.be/EwXacLu5aAk?hd=1

Matthew 7:13 „Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Luke 13:24 „Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

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