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How Is Your Thought Life? Good Enough To Be Broadcast?

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What if someone told you that your every thought from the day you were born has been recorded and will be shown tonight on nationwide TV? And not only that, but a website will flash across the screen during the program, directing all of your friends and family to where they can watch all of your thoughts about them. How many people would be angry with you? Everyone? Would you be angry with yourself?

Your thought life reveals the real, unrestrained you. Like most people, you may think you’re good enough to get to heaven and that God won’t send you to hell, but God has seen every one of your wicked thoughts and actions. He has seen every time you’ve broken His commandments, lusting over someone you’re not married to, lying and stealing (no matter how little); He knows every time you’ve carved a false idol of God in your mind, a corrupt god of your own imagination who will turn a blind eye to your sin. He has heard every time you’ve used His Holy Name in vain, using the name of the One who gave you life in place of a curse word. You wouldn’t do that with Hitler’s name, but you do it with God’s name! The “Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7), and “every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” (Matthew 12:36)

Be honest with yourself: when you face God on Judgment Day—keeping in mind that He’s seen your every wicked thought and action—will He find you innocent or guilty? If God gives you what you deserve, should He send you to heaven or hell? God has written His moral law on your heart so you are “without excuse” (Romans 1:18-32); you know it is wrong to lie, to steal, to lust, and to curse because God gave you a conscience to know right from wrong. Your own conscience demands justice.

Imagine a courtroom scene where a child rapist is coming before the judge for sentencing. But instead of giving him what justice demands, the judge lets him go free because the rapist is a “nice guy” who has given to charity and goes to church every Sunday. You would be outraged, and you should be! Yet most people think the High and Holy God is just like this corrupt judge, and that they can bribe Him with their “good deeds” so that He’ll overlook their sin.

Again, what would you think if the judge said to the rapist, “I’m a very loving judge, so I’ll just let you go free”? You would not think that the judge was loving at all, but that he was corrupt and not worthy to be a judge! Yet most people expect the Holy God who is “the judge of all the earth” (Genesis 18:25) to be just that corrupt with them, and overlook their sin.

Infinite Love and Goodness demand Infinite Justice. Because God’s love and justice are infinite He won’t punish only murderers and rapists, but He’ll punish ALL sin wherever it’s found. That’s why “the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9) “No thief, no sexually immoral person, no idolater will enter heaven” (1 Corinthians 6:10), and “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” (Revelation 21:8)

Now the question for you, dear reader, is this: is there any hope for someone like you? Is there any hope for the person who has defied God time and again by rebelling against His will and refusing to love and worship Him? Is there any hope for the criminal who stands guilty in the courtroom of God? Yes there is! There is forgiveness with God!

The Gospel (“good news”) is this: Imagine you are in a human courtroom and the judge finds you guilty, and because he’s just, gives you the maximum fine of ten million dollars. But there is no way you can pay the fine, so you’re about to spend the rest of your life in jail. Then someone you’ve never met before steps into the courtroom and says, “I’ve sold all my worldly goods to pay your fine.” Your fine has been paid, so justice has been served and you’re free to go! Well, two thousand years ago God became flesh in the man, Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, led a sinless life and then suffered and died under the wrath of God on the cross to pay in full the penalty for all your sins. Then He rose again in triumph over all the powers of death and darkness, so that in Him we can have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

But it’s not enough to merely believe “intellectually” in order to be forgiven by God. The Bible says that even the demons believe intellectually! (James 2:19) In order to have real forgiveness, you must repent, as Jesus Himself said: “unless you repent you will also perish.” (Luke 13:3) And repentance means turning fully away from your life of sin and turning fully to God, trusting in Jesus Christ ALONE to save you and not your own deeds; trusting in Him as the One who willingly stood in your place on the cross, taking God’s wrath for you; the wrath YOU deserve.

What are you waiting for; don’t gamble with your eternal salvation! “Your life is a vapor” (James 4:14), and you have no way of knowing which second will be your last. “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7) God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but desires for you to turn from your sins and live! (Ezekiel 18:23) You have a personal invitation from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

by Kevin Williams and Garrett Holthaus

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Racism is Opposed to God

by  of Grace Community Church on July 8, 2016

The division that is created in racism is part of a system that is organized against God. Racism opposes the love of God the Father. Our greatest identity is not our skin color, it is whether we belong to Jesus Christ or not.


Excerpts taken from the full sermon, “Racism Condemned” preached on 12/21/2014.

God’s Way is Perfect

by  on November 6, 2017

A great part of walking with God is surrendering to His way in your life. A life surrendered to God’s way is a life built on His Word. A life built on His Word is one that takes refuge in Him.

This God– his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. – Psalm 18:30

How Must a Man Get Right With God?

Understand something very important. You cannot save yourself. You can win yourself into heaven. You cannot ear your way into heaven. You cannot pay yourself into heaven.

Your efforts are nothing more than dung! Stop trying and start trusting in the Man who did the only thing that is acceptable to God. Trust in Jesus for your salvation.

The Choreographed Church Service

I see the preparation these people make for Sunday. I’m not talking about several hours of prayer. I’m talking about lights, music… everything is choreographed… and people come in and they get wrapped up in the event; and their strength comes from the events. That is wrong! It must come from Christ. – Paul Washer

 

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ Explained

The Holiness of God and His Opinion of Sin

Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, and You cannot look on wickedness
with favor. Habakkuk 1:13

But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and
your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear. Isaiah 59:2

The Justice of God

For the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; the upright will behold
His face. Psalm 11:7

But the LORD of hosts will be exalted in judgment, and the holy God will
show Himself holy in righteousness. Isaiah 5:16

God is a righteous judge, and a God who has indignation every day. If a man
does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made
it ready. Psalm 7:11-12

The Depravity & Condemnation of Man

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous
deeds are like a filthy garment Isaiah 64:6

For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse; for it is written,
‘CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO DOES NOT ABIDE BY ALL THINGS WRITTEN
IN THE BOOK OF THE LAW, TO PERFORM THEM.’ Galatians 3:10

The Great Dilemma

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, both of
them alike are an abomination to the LORD. Proverbs 17:15

Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked,
so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You!
Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly? Genesis 18:25

God’s Action

While maintaining His holiness and justice, the Bible also affirms that
God is love, and that in love He has responded to the plight of man.

Motivated by Love

God is love. By this the love of God is manifested in us, that God sent His
only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In
this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son
to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:8-10

The Cross of Christ

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a
gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom
God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This
was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God
He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I
say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and
the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Romans 3:23-26

The Resurrection

He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised
because of our justification. Romans 4:25

Man’s Response

Repentance begins with a recognition and confession that what
God says about us is true that -we have sinned.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against
You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight, so
that You are justified when You speak and blameless when You judge.
Psalm 51:3-4

A genuine recognition of our sinfulness and guilt will also lead to
genuine sorrow, shame and even hatred for what we have done.

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I
would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15

Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from this body of
death? Romans 7:24

Apparent sincerity of confession alone is never definite evidence
of genuine repentance. It must be accompanied by a turning away
from sin.

Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds
from My sight. Cease to do evil. Isaiah 1:16

. . . therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and
thrown into the fire. Matthew 3:10

Faith Defined

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of
things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

. . . and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able
also to perform. Romans 4:21

Faith Based on The Promises of God

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16

‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved . . . ‘ Acts 16:31

Example of a Believer

… worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence
in the flesh . . . Philippians 3:3

The Basis of Genuine Assurance

True conversion: A true Christian is a new creation and will live a life
that reflects God’s radical work of re-creation in his/her life.

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things
passed away; behold, new things have come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from
thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? Matthew 7:16

Assurance is based upon self-examination in the light of Scripture.

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or
do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in
you- unless indeed you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the
Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. 1
John 5:13

Test of Biblical Assurance

1 John 1:5-7 (Walking in the Light), 1 John 1:8-10 (Confession of Sin), 1 John
2:3-4 (Obedience), 1 John 2:9-11 (Love for the Brethren), 1 John 2:15-17 (Hatred
for the World), 1 John 2:24-25 (Perseverance in Doctrine), 1 John 3:10
(Righteousness), 1 John 4:13 (Spirit’s Testimony), Hebrews 12:5-8 (Discipline)

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Most People Will Go To Hell

 

by  of Grace Community Church on June 30, 2010

Tim Conway preaches a sermon on Matthew 7 and on the narrow way which leads to life that few people find. This was at the 2010 Youth Camp in San Antonio, Texas. The truths in Matthew 7 and Luke 13:24 are shocking to most modern day Christians and are unheard of to be preached, but they still stand as true and man must examine himself by such truths.