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Conversation Openers with those doubting God:
Are you happy?
How do you deal with guilt?
Have you decided what you believe spiritually?
Are you comfortable (excited) sharing what you believe spiritually?
Do you have a world view that coherently addresses key questions: how did I get here? . . . . . Why am I here? . . . . how do I assign good and evil? . . . . . my destiny?
Found life’s answers or leaving it unresolved . . . refusing to think about God?
Who do you think Jesus Christ is?
Rescued, redeemed and rejoicing!
Reasons why a true believer will never lose his salvation:
(1) The Bible promises us eternal life, not just a 43 percent chance at it (Jn 3.16; 6.37).
(2) Paul powerfully assures if it in Romans 8.38-39!
(3) Jesus promised it in John 10.28.
(4) Many New Testament salvation formula verses including Romans 10.9-10, 6.23; 10.13; Jn 1.12 do not make it conditional on merit or good works afterwards.
(5) King David was an adulterer and murderer yet he is honored to be the last human being mentioned by Jesus in the Bible (Rev 22.16).
(6) No one in the New Testament ever lost his salvation. Some sinned of course but we all do at times. Christians are not sinless but we should sin less.
(7) Good works AFTER one’s salvation day confirm that his decision was likely real (Eph 2.10).
(8) When the Holy Spirit indwells, He REMAINS!– Eph 1.13-14; Rom 8.16; 1 Jn 5.11-13.
Has the Holy Spirit witnessed to your spirit that you are saved? IF NOT, invite Jesus to come in now. Get it settled once for all. “Lord Jesus, right now I confess that I am a lost sinner. I give my life to You. Forgive my sin. I believe that You died to pay the penalty for all my sins. That alone is sufficient to save me.”
Should we praise a dog and God using the same word? Should we make a distinction in complementing things and our majestic, one-of-a-kind, holy God?
New shoes, shirt or a car may be ‘nice,’ or ‘attractive,’ but not ‘awesome.’ God is awesome! God’s mercy and grace are awesome!! My ball team may be exciting or terrific but does that compare with God’s wonders? Should we reserve some words, some superlatives, for that eternal being, the Lord God our Maker?
As the powerful, praise song lyrics proclaim, “Our God is an awesome God’! Let’s show Him by keeping our mouths holy unto Him, letting our behavior honor Him . . letting our choice of words be special, reserved for HIM!!
“God, You ALONE are AWESOME! You alone are holy, Creator, eternal, merciful, gracious, forgiving, long-suffering and wise. (Irwin Lutzer contributed to this.)
The Bible isn’t an abstract book of theology. It’s stories of how God deals with people. He wants us to see what people are really like – and how He deals with them – it’s about reality. God says, “Here is what I see and how I want you to relate to Me and to others.” For example in John 4 with the Woman at the Well, Jesus wants a heart not just a head connection. . . we have to be transparent with God. She is. We should worship in Spirit and truth not just parrot nice things to God. Christ wants us to see who we are and walk with us. – after Frank Couch
“Answers from the Bible are the answers to life” – Bob Kelley
The best present a man can give his wife and children is a godly, Christian hubby-Dad. I did not grow up in a Christian home. No one was saved there. There never was a day when Dad or Mom announced, “Jesus is my Lord and Savior. He’s going to be number One around here. We’ll be having family Bible reading and prayer time. I’ll personally be driving you to a good, Bible-teaching church where you will hear the salvation gospel and find clean friends.”
That never happened. They are gone now—too late for them. But if you have not already made this move with your family, hopefully it is not too late for you?
After getting saved, why can some husbands live clean and other don’t?cthe Christian life is won or lost in the battle of the basics. A wise fellow will avoid the five Ds.
AVOID DESTRUCTIVE FRIENDS: A Christian’s buddies should be godly men. Bluebirds don’t run with buzzards. I love sinners but not their sins. God has not called me to be a beer bar, buzz head. Point sinners to holy ground. “You can’t get some one out of the ditch by getting down in the ditch with them.” – L. Roloff.
AVOID DAMSELS-DELILAHS: We know how innocently these liaisons can begin at work. –meeting legitimate needs or just being friendly. Be so careful. Let the wife meet one’s emotional needs. Good Rule: when in doubt, err on the side of being too cautious. Though commonplace to pair up men and women for work tasks it is not discrete. That male-female chemistry is always active! There is an endless number of people one can be attracted to. Ask God for a Plan B. Like Joseph, walk away.
AVOID DIRTY PICTURES/PORN: We know when and where the temptations usually come. Set a SPECIFIC plan to totally avoid each one specifically! Sin is so mean, so sneaky. Be tough with it!! Don’t give it one inch. Pray DAILY about this temptation. Ask God for a prayer partner to meet with weekly to be accountable to if needed!!
AVOID DEBT: debt can undermine a marriage in unexpected ways. . . . stress . . . arguing . . . mistrust . . . lies . . . distance. . . working too long hours . . kids suffer. Trust God to provide. Ask God to help you live within your budget. Better to have older but the most dependable cars (Toyota, Honda, etc) and cheaper housing. Quit trying to keep up with Jones; that’s pride.
AVOID DRUGS/DRUNKENNESS: Former alcoholic Mel Trotter said, “The worst drink is the first drink.” The devil’s lie: one innocent drink is OK. Ha, how many men stop after just ONE? Addiction first TEASES, then TUGS, finally TRAPS. Too often, today’s drinking sports fan is tomorrow’s drunkard. America has become one big happy hour. Who will be the role models to show us a better life? With stimulants it is one drink in and a life time to get out. Do wise people learn everything the hard way?
A core belief of the Christian faith is a personal relationship with God in Christ. We find the early beginnings of the Judeo-Christian faith in Adam’s relationship with God. (1) God was Adam and Eve’s PROVIDER—residence, food, spouse– Genesis 2; (2) God is LORD over His creation. He makes the rules, not man. God held Adam accountable, exercised authority over Adam; (3) God is HOLY. He identified and punished Adam’s sin–Genesis 3; (4) God is worthy of WORSHIP, GLORY AND HONOR! . Cain and Abel brought offerings to God, worship–Genesis 4.2-4; (5) God is MERCIFUL. He shows mercy to Cain after Cain kills Abel. he spares Cain’s life –Genesis 4.15.
NAME 3 THINGS THAT FALSE RELIGIONS CANNOT DO?
If there is a supernatural Creator He/it should be able to do stuff that man made religions cannot do. That can clearly separate Him from the man made religions and human philosophies. Here are 3 things that false religions cannot do. These are in addition to inward, invisible salvation and its benefits. I offer 3 supernatural things, observed over time by people.
ANSWER: False religions fail the POWER tests. They cannot; (1) create human life–Psalm 139.13-14; Genesis 1-2; (2) bring dead people back to life as Jesus, the Son of God did–Luke 7.11; John 11.38-44; Matt 9.23.
(3) False religions cannot accurately predict future events. Only the TRUE God has power over creation. He alone can make future events happen as predicted! There are many Old Testament predictions about Jesus Christ birth hundreds of years in the future. (Isaiah 7.14; 9.6; Micah 5.2). False religions cannot do this. Books from false religions lack a parallel to the Bible’s Old Testament predictions which are repeatedly fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
Finite man has no way to bring the future to pass. They lack the knowledge and power to control future events. The true Creator God alone has the power. He alone makes the rules of the road and reality.
Creator God seems to present objective moral truth sequentially. (A) a conscience (B) a cohesive world view (C) personal salvation.
First in life, God gives all of us a conscience. It includes basic values needed to get along with one’s fellow man. Across the globe people accept that to torture babies is wrong. Cultures differ on whether one or several wives is permitted but all agree that one cannot take any woman he wants. I would roughly equate our conscience to having basic reading skill but far short or a high school degree. It is an appetizer not the full meal.
Secondly, God offers the Judeo-Christian world view. It is optional, not hard wired inside us. Thirdly, the question of where one spends eternity, personal salvation is offered a person. It too is of course optional.
Thus even skeptics and atheists possess certain moral restraints. I credit God’s gift of conscience not Darwinian explanations. “No morals arise from mud. No logic arises from rocks.” – Frank Turek. But beyond these basics, we need the Bible to teach us about personal redemption through the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Directly or indirectly. we need Bible truth. It confirms that man is a sinner and Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. This singular, fixed redemption message is delivered via various methods: Bible reading, media, teaching orally or even in dreams to peoples in certain cultures and needy circumstances (Matt 1.21).
The Judeo-Christian world view offers a congruent, second-to-none approach to some basic questions in life: How did I get here? Is there any meaning to my existence? Do good and evil really matter? What happens to me when I die?
We find this sequential imparting of objective moral truth explained in part in John 1.17 NAS: “For the [Old Testament] Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.”
-Ravi Zacharias @ RZIM.org contributed to this.
The anti-God public schools and colleges are churches for atheism. Here they recruit and propagandize captive students, filling their minds with anti-God theories. Then the students are sent forth to spread this stuff in society. Many teachers ignore the Scientific Method which calls for objectively examining all evidence. Theists are typically not given equal opportunity to present their views in class. It’s a rigged system. Were the Christians given equal class opportunities? Were teachers objectively presenting different sides of issues or forcing their personal biases on students?
(1) Ask skeptics what books they have read from a solid theist view? (Josh McDowell, William Lane Craig, Norman Geisler, Ravi Zacharias, Frank Turek, Ken Ham, Institute for Creation Research icr.org , answersingenesus.org)
(2) Have they had a real Christian sit down with them over an open Bible and discuss their questions?
(3) Ever read the Bible or gospel of John, asking God to reveal Himself through it . . . . . IF he is real?
(4) Got the tolerant, diversity mindset to check out a Bible teaching church or friend’s home Bible study?