February 19, 2019

Name in Vain - John 2:13-17

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I am telling you when a movie or television show takes God's name in vain, it makes me madder than a hornet. And you know, it's just unbelievable that some PGs and almost all PG13 movies, and probably almost all, if not all R-rated movies do it repeatedly.

Family Discussions:

  1. When is it wrong to get mad?
  2. Why was Jesus righteously angry? 
  3. How can you stop those who take advantage of God or put him down?
  4. Why is it so wrong to take God's name in vain?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 You know in Hebrews it says, "The word of God is like a two-edged sword." And the scripture today from John 2, 13 through 17 is going to be the two-edged sword, so hang on tight. It says this in John 2, it says, "The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, and he found in the temple, those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers who were seated at the tables. And he made a scourge of cords and drove them all out of the temple with the sheep and the oxen, and he poured out the coins of the money changers, and he overturned their tables. And to those who were selling the doves, He said, 'Take these things away. Stop making my Father's house a place of business.' His disciples remembered that it was written. 'Zeal for your house will consume me.'"

01:06 Boy, there is such a thing as righteous anger, and righteous anger is proper if it's used properly. I tell you, I honestly am so mad at Hollywood, at the movie industry and the television industry, and again, I come from a background of working with kids. And I come from a background of counseling and taking people through hurts and pains, and I am telling you when a movie or television show takes God's name in vain, it makes me madder than a hornet. And you know, it's just unbelievable that some PGs and almost all PG13 movies, and probably almost all, if not all R-rated movies do it repeatedly. Can you believe that, you know, my God, your God, has been so good. He's been so faithful. He's been so giving that I cannot support the industry that cuts him down with a penny.

02:02 I get so mad at the television set and that's why we've got a remote control to change the channel to, you know, a television set that repeatedly curses God and make Christians out to be wimps over and over again. You know, one time Ted Turner, who you know well developed CNN and Turner Network, he said, "Christianity is for losers." You know, we went through phases where as we're raising our kids with the whole TV thing, and they agreed to watch only one or two carefully selected shows a week on television and just took a brainwash vacation from the television. Well, anger in some ways is a sin, but when God's reputation is at stake, it's not. And today, God's reputation is being put at stake every single day. In business, people take his name in vain. In locker rooms, people take his name in vain. In conversations,

02:59 this whole "my God" or "Oh my God" or "Jesus Christ" or "God Almighty." It's taking God's name empty. It's taking God's name in vain and that stuff made Jesus mad. It makes anyone who loves God mad. You know, the money changers of the temple are everywhere. Some use the church or the TV. You know, church to get, you know, wealthy. Some curse God to sound cool or to fit into the crowd and some really don't care. The Bible says, "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." And it says, "Don't reward anger for anger." But loving God means living for God and his reputation so that you'll do anything to protect it.

03:44 And here's the questions for today. When is it wrong to get mad? And the second question is, why was Jesus righteously angry? And then practically speaking, how can you stop those who take advantage of God or put him down? A friend of mine would hear a guy say, "Jesus Christ!," and he would say, "Do you know Him?" And then he began to engage in conversation with that man. Lastly, why is it so wrong to take God's name in vain? And here's the a lifeline for the day: home, the home, the house is a refuge for God.

February 18, 2019

Follow Me - John 1:40-43

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Are you a disciple of Christ? You know, a disciple is a follower. It's like a little train car that follows the engine. It's hooked onto the engine, and it follows it every where it goes.

Family Discussions:

  1. Are you a disciple of Christ?
  2. What do the words disciple and discipline have in common? 
  3. Why is it easier to be a Judas sometimes?
  4. What do you think Jesus was looking for when he picked 11 good men?
  5. What kind of a disciple does God find in you and me today?
  6. How can we be more like the 11 and less like Judas?

Episode Transcription:

00:09 Today we have a great passage in and a great thought you're going to love. We're looking at John 1, verses 40 through 43, and here's what it says. This is awesome. It says, "One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew that was Simon Peter's brother. It says that he found first his own brother Simon, and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah,' which of course translated means Christ. He brought him to Jesus, and Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon, son of John, You shall be called Cephas,' which translated Peter. The next day, he purposed to go to Galilee, and he found Philip, and Jesus said to him, 'Follow me.'"

01:01 Two of the most powerful words in the Bible. Follow me. Here's a question today. Are you a disciple of Christ? You know, a disciple is a follower. It's like a little train car that follows the engine. It's hooked onto the engine, and it follows it every where it goes. You know, over the years, man, and I've loved it, I've counseled literally thousands of hurting adults and teenagers and college students. And I've found that almost all people who get caught up in sin and get badly hurt have made a decision not to follow anyone or maybe even to follow Satan or to follow themselves. But, you know, every time you go through these stories and counseling and you find out that this person who is hurting so bad rebelled and, once upon a time, quit following their parents. And then, you know, while even some calling themselves Christians, they quit following God. But I promise you, the most fulfilled people I know and truly the happiest people I know way down deep inside are true followers of Christ and his teachings, and they've got a good solid role model that they follow on the earth. Just like that train car follows the engine.

02:15 And so the question today is are you a disciple of Christ? A disciple is a disciplined learner. A follower keeps learning from the one he's following. You know, 12 men followed Jesus for three years. And, of course, one disciple, Judas Iscariot, he had no self control. His ears were plugged up. His heart was hard. But eleven learned from him every thing he taught, and those eleven eventually change the world. And here's the questions to talk about or think about for today. What are the words disciple and the word discipline have in common? And the second question is this, it may sound bad, but in reality it's easier to be a Judas sometimes. Why? And the third question is, what do you think Jesus was looking for when he picked 11 good men, and what kind of a disciple does God find in you and me today? And here's the lifeline for today, something to think about. How can we be more like the 11 and less like Judas?

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The word baptism comes from the Greek word Baptizo, which means "to be placed into," and it actually comes from the garment dyeing industry of that day. And it was like taking a white shirt and pants and placing it into a vat of pink dye, and in the dye, it would actually take on the properties of the dye, and it would come out pink.

Family Discussions:

  1. Why would Jesus get baptized in the first place?
  2. How is baptism in water like being baptized into Christ?
  3. What properties or characteristics of Christ are we supposed to take on when we become believers?
  4. How can we help each other be more like Christ today?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Today we're going to be looking at the book of John 1 verses 31 through 33 in a great moment in history in the life of Christ, and it says this, "'I did not recognize him, but so that he might be manifested to Israel, I came baptizing in water.'" And of course this is John the Baptist speaking. "John testified saying, 'I have seen the Spirit descending as a dove out of heaven, and he remained upon him. I did not recognize him, but He who sent me to baptize in water said to me, 'He upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, this is the one who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.''" You know John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus by proclaiming his imminent arrival and immersing sincere believers in the water of the Jordan River. What a sight that must have been. And, you know, Jesus himself was baptized in water as a sinless man to set a pattern for all believers to follow.

01:16 And so asking Christ into your life and sincerely committing your life to follow him, baptized as a believer in the Holy Spirit. Big word, but you know what? As you look at the word's original meaning in the Greek, in which it was written in that day, it explains this word with just wonderful, simple clarity. You see the word baptism comes from the Greek word Baptizo, which means "to be placed into," and it actually comes from the garment dyeing industry of that day. And it was like taking a white shirt and pants and placing it into a vat of pink dye, and in the dye, it would actually take on the properties of the dye, and it would come out pink. So to be baptized into Christ means you go into Christ looking a lot like you, but you come out of Christ looking and acting a lot like him.

02:14 So as believers, we get baptized in water as a very important symbol of what happens in our hearts when we become a Christian. Isn't that great? So here's some questions today. Why would Jesus get baptized in the first place? And then the second question is just the whole symbolism of baptism into water. How is baptism in water like being baptized into Christ? And the third question is this, what properties or characteristics of Christ are we supposed to take on when we become believers? And here's a good lifeline for the day to think about: how can we help each other be more like Christ today?

February 15, 2019

The Word - John 1:1-4

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Keith Chancey is a great dynamite friend of mine with a sparkling personality. He was once a wide receiver, a great pass catcher, but now he works with kids, and he celebrates every minute of it. His home base is here at Kanakuk, and he directs one of the camps here at Kanakuk, but one of his hobbies has been growing the church at Kathmandu,

Family Discussions:

  1. What does it mean that Jesus is the Word in scripture?
  2. Where was Jesus when the universe was created?
  3. Why did he come to planet earth?
  4. How is it possible to become one with God?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Wherever you go in the world, you will probably talked to Christians who will tell you that the book of John is their favorite, and so we'll be in the book of John for awhile. This is John 1 today, verses one through four, and it says this, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and apart from him, nothing came into being that has come into being. In him was life, and the life was the light of men, and the light shines in the darkness; yet, the darkness did not comprehend it."

00:51 You know Keith Chancey is a great dynamite friend of mine with a sparkling personality. He was once a wide receiver, a great pass catcher, but now he works with kids, and he celebrates every minute of it.

01:06 His home base is here at Kanakuk, and he directs one of the camps here at Kanakuk, but one of his hobbies has been growing the church at Kathmandu, just a third-world basket of poverty at the base of a 75,000 foot mountain, I think, something like that. Anyway, Keith returned one time from his two weeks mission work there, and he just taught everybody to have fun. His packs were always full of deflated soccer balls and footballs and basketballs and a hand pump, and people learned to smile when Keith came to town. But he was telling me one time that after his 26 hour flight, you know, through Germany and Saudi Arabia, that Keith set next to a New Age mountain climber who was heading for Mount Everest to become, as he told Keith, one with the mountain. Keith chuckled as they talked, "One with the mountain?" "You know, yeah," the searching climber replied. "The mountain and I will become united like one in the same. I'm one with the rocks." Keith thought for awhile to himself, "Man, that's weird. You can become one with your wife. You can become one with God. But one with a pile of rocks? Strange idea."

02:18 After a few hours of flying together and talking, Keith looked at the climber, and he carefully said, "Hey, how would you like to become one with the God who made the mountain? It's really possible through a personal relationship with his Son." The climber smiled and pondered as they conversed. "One with God?" he said. "I didn't know that was possible. You know what?" he said to Keith. "That's the first time anybody explained it to me like that."

02:47 But that is exactly what scripture says and that is the Gospel Story. So just a couple of questions to think about, maybe talk about today if you're with your family. When it says Jesus was the Word, who is the Word, and what does it mean that Jesus is the Word in scripture? And the second question from scripture would be, where was Jesus when the universe was created? The third question would be, why did he come to planet earth? And lastly, and most importantly, how is it possible to become one with God?

03:25 So here's the lifeline for the day. Jesus is most real in the home where parents and kids alike show what it's like by the way they treat each other.

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You know, until you've experienced it, you can't imagine what it's like to be robbed, especially to have your house broken into and to be robbed. You know, a friend of mine whose house was rob said, "It's shocking." You know, you come home expecting your house to be just as you left it. Instead, you find that someone has snuck inside and thrown your things all over the place.

Family Discussions:

  1. In those times in the temple, men sold sacrificial animals at an exorbitant price right there in the temple. Why did this anger Jesus?
  2. When something is free, you know, you usually wonder that the product is damaged. How does this mentally affect our view of God's grace?
  3. Even though grace is a free gift, what did Jesus do to buy the free gift of His grace that he gives you?
  4. Are there times when anger is appropriate and when?
  5. When is anger inappropriate, and what are you going to do about that?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Well, you're probably too young to remember the old westerns of the wild wild west, but every time I see a bandana, I think about a robber because back in those days, in the good old days of John Wayne, all the robbers always wore this around their face. Now, I think they were like black masks. Jesus has something to say about robbery, but he has something to say about a different kind of robbery. And Luke 19 verse 45 says this, "And Jesus entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and saying to them, 'It is written, 'and my house shall be a house of prayer,' but you have made it a robbers' den.'"

00:54 The robbery of religion. You know, until you've experienced it, you can't imagine what it's like to be robbed, especially to have your house broken into and to be robbed. You know, a friend of mine whose house was rob said, "It's shocking." You know, you come home expecting your house to be just as you left it. Instead, you find that someone has snuck inside and thrown your things all over the place. You know, when you discover some of your most prized possessions missing, you know, like a graduation ring or maybe your trophy tennis racket that, you know, you used to when the State High School Championship. Well, it makes you just want to sit down and cry. You know, robbery is like that. It takes away that for which someone has poured out sweat in your life for. It takes without a second thought or even a backward glance at the trouble it has caused. It takes, and it walks away. You know, more sadly than that, more tragically, religion is a lot like that as well.

01:51 It takes the free gift of salvation for which Jesus poured out his blood, and it puts a price tag on it. It takes without a second thought about the guilt-ridden converts it creates. It takes, and it walks away. You know what? Religion is the only thing I think that I read about in scripture that ever made Jesus mad enough to fashion a whip and drive out the robbers out of his presence. Ironically, sometimes it doesn't even bother to sneak around. Sometimes it stands robed in the pulpit and beats the podium with reddened palms. Religion robs people of intimacy with God, but relationship with the Lord rediscovers the stolen goods. It's a relationship that can never be taken away.

02:40 And here's the questions for today. You know what? In those times in the temple, men sold sacrificial animals at an exorbitant price right there in the temple. Why did this anger Jesus? And then on robbing the religion of grace, when something is free, you know, you usually wonder that the product is damaged. How does this mentally affect our view of God's grace? And even though grace is a free gift, what did Jesus do to buy the free gift of His grace that he gives you? And then lastly, just for practical circumstances in the home, are there times when anger is appropriate and when? But more importantly, when is anger inappropriate, and what are you going to do about that? And then the life line for today is this, man, tell one person, tell one person to take off the robber's mask. Tell one person about the free gift of salvation and God's grace.

February 13, 2019

Cover to Cover - Luke 19:40

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Folks, if you look at Daniel 9, verse 24 through 27, you'll see the most awesome prophecy.

Family Discussions:

  1. How do prophecies in scripture back up the truth of scripture?
  2. When Jesus rides into your life, what are you going to say?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 You want to talk about a fascinating scripture? You may just read through and say, well, that's Palm Sunday. You know what? I've heard that a lot of times, but man, you'll never think about Palm Sunday the same way again. We're in Luke chapter 19, we're in verse 40. Jesus has ridden in on a colt as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9, hundreds of years before. They put the palm leaves on the ground. People begin to proclaim, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Just as the prophecy of Psalms 118 had prophesied they would when the Messiah was presented as king that day. The Pharisees said to him, they said, "Tell them to become silent," because they knew that if he allowed people to call him God, that he'd be crucified for that, and when they said, "Tell them to become silent," in verse 40, it says, "But Jesus answered, 'I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out.'"

01:09 Folks, if you look at Daniel 9, verse 24 through 27, you'll see the most awesome prophecy. When Daniel is in captivity, 538 BC, and he prays to God, "What will happen to my people," and God says, "Daniel so you'll know and understand that from the issuing of a decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah, the prince, there will be 62 plus seven sevens of years. 490 years," He said, "Daniel, will pass when there's a proclamation to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah is presented is king." And you go to Nehemiah chapter one and two, and it gives you a date that you can find in the encyclopedia Britannica. It's 445 BC in the 20th year of Artaxerxes the king, Artaxerxes tells Nehemiah, "Go rebuild Jerusalem." He gives the proclamation on that day, "Go rebuild the city," and you add 490 years, that's 173,880 days to that date, and you get April 6th 32 AD. And on that date as Luke chapter three says, "In the 15th year of Tiberius, "and Tiberius started his reign in 14 AD, and 15 is 29 AD, and you add the three years of Jesus' public ministry, it takes you to 32 AD when Jesus rides in on that donkey, and people proclaim, "That's the Messiah. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." And the Pharisees said, "Tell them to be quiet," and Jesus said, "I tell you, if they become silent, the stones will cry out. This is the day it was prophesied through Daniel that I would be reigning as king." Guess what? This book is true from cover to cover. You can depend on every word and the prophecies back it up. My question for you today is this when Jesus rides into your life, and prayerfully he's ridden into your life, what are you going to say? Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. That's why your home ought to be the happiest place on earth.

February 12, 2019

Good Source - Luke 18:18-19

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We've had challenges just like probably your home has, but the older my kids get, the more good they are to me because they're becoming more like Christ in their life.

Family Discussions:

  1. At the first glimpse of this scripture, Jesus seems to be kind of disagreeing with the assessment of his goodness, but what was his real point?
  2. What do you think the point of goodness was?
  3. Why do you think it's not enough to call Jesus a good teacher?
  4. Don't misunderstand, there's so much goodness in Christians, but where does that goodness come from?
  5. What can I do in my family and what can I do in my life to bring more of the goodness of God into this home?

Episode Transcriptions:

00:13 If you've been watching these devotionals very long, you've seen Chief sitting up here, my big old 85-pound Labrador retriever, who I'll often say, "Good dog, Chief, good dog." Well, I wasn't saying, "Good dog," this morning because this morning I woke up to a piece of trash on the floor that last night was wrapping a brand new hot loaf of banana bread, but during the night, my good dog decided to take it as his supper. Well, Jesus has something to say about being good, and here's what he says in Luke chapter 18, verses 18 and 19, "A ruler questioned him, saying, 'Good teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.'

00:58 Is that scripture perplexing to you? Well, it is to me, but I think I'm getting a picture of it. I'm getting a picture of it in my bride, you know, who I've been married to now almost 40 years. And you know what? To me, she's good. And you know why she's good? Because there's more of God in her every year. That woman lives in God's word, and I'm sure she would say to you, "You know what? Don't call me good." But it's God in her that brings out more of God's goodness to her everyday. You know our home has struggled through the years. You know, we've had challenges just like probably your home has, but the older my kids get, the more good they are to me because they're becoming more like Christ in their life. And you know what? You want goodness in your home? You want goodness in your marriage? You want goodness in your church? I mean, do you really want goodness in the place that you work and do your professional life? Well, I believe there is no goodness except for the goodness of God alone, and what's so much fun about enduring it through the years with somebody in your family or in your job is when that person pours themself into the word. When you pour yourself into the word and more of God takes over your life, then somebody will see goodness in your home, and somebody will see goodness in you. So theologically correct? I hope so. I believe Jesus is saying that the only goodness in anybody is the goodness of God. So here's the questions today. You know, at the first glimpse of this scripture, Jesus seems to be kind of disagreeing with the assessment of his goodness, but what was his real point? What do you think the point of goodness was? And then why do you think it's not enough to call Jesus a good teacher? Don't misunderstand, there's so much goodness in Christians, but where does that goodness come from? And then the lifeline for this is, today, what can I do in my family and what can I do in my life to bring more of the goodness of God into this home?

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My daughter didn't date a lot, just kind of audited the whole dating thing, but I prayed for that girl's husband thousands of times. Some days I would take a whole day of the week, week after week after week, and I would fast and pray. And I would pray for one thing. I'd pray for her husband because I knew that God had somebody really special for a very special little girl.

Family Discussions:

  1. Have you ever given up on God through prayer?
  2. Is there a prayer that you willing to pray for 20, 30, 40 years?
  3. Is there something that you're willing to dedicate your life to?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Have you ever prayed for something like day and night for years and years and then given up and said, man, you know what? I don't think God is even hearing my prayers. Well, I hope that today's passage will encourage you, man, like it encourages me. I've thought about this so many times, and I've watched this come true in the most dynamic ways you could ever imagine. Luke 18, one through eight, it says this, "Now, Jesus was telling them a parable to show that at all times, they ought to pray and not to lose heart, saying, 'In a certain city, there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect men, but there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him saying, 'Give me legal protection from my opponent.' For awhile he was unwilling, but afterward he said to himself, 'Even though I do not fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection; otherwise, by continually coming, she will wear me out.' And the Lord said, 'Hear what the unrighteous judge said. Now, will not God bring about justice for his elect who cry to him day and night, and will he delay long over them? I tell you that he will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, he will find faith on the earth."

01:36 And I can relate so well to that. I have a brother-in-law. His name is Danny, and I love Danny a lot. Danny didn't know Christ. He was my wife's brother, and a delightful guy. Danny had a tough childhood. His Daddy was killed when he was a little boy, and he had a tough childhood, but I prayed for Danny for over 20 years. I mean on my knees at night, holding Debbie-Jo's hand countless times, I prayed for that man.

02:06 And I'll never forget the day, I was sitting on a golf course out there in Scottsdale, Arizona, that I was able by the grace of God to lead Danny in prayer into a relationship with Christ. When I was 17 and I asked Jesus into my heart, you know, my brother Bill didn't appreciate it. And he kind of used to ridicule me a lot, but I prayed for Bill. Man, I prayed for Bill. I love that man, and I think it was about seven years later, when Bill's little boy was in the hospital, suffering from epilepsy and diabetes, I got to pray with Bill, and I got to lead Bill in a prayer.

02:43 I used to pray for Jamie's husband. My daughter didn't date a lot, just kind of audited the whole dating thing, but I prayed for that girl's husband thousands of times. Some days I would take a whole day of the week, week after week after week, and I would fast and pray. And I would pray for one thing. I'd pray for her husband because I knew that God had somebody really special for a very special little girl. And I remember the time that that man came, and he asked me for Jamie's hand in marriage, and what a special guy he is. And I wept, not because my daughter was getting married, but I wept because God answers prayers, persistent prayers. And so I pray that you're encouraged to pray consistently for whatever it is that God has put on your heart. Don't give up because he's not giving up on you. My questions for you today is this. Have you ever given up on God through prayer? Is there a prayer that you willing to pray for 20, 30, 40 years? Is there something that you're willing to dedicate your life to? And if you do, if you'll pray for it every day, and if you'll even fast and pray over that prayer, get ready to have the biggest smile on your face you could imagine when God answers that prayer before your very eyes.

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It's sure not fashionable anymore to talk about fire and brimstone in sermons, and, in fact, you know, you hear so many people who were turned off by the church or by the preacher for preaching about it. But the Bible talks about hell. In fact, the Bible talks about hell a lot. Fortunately, it also talks about heaven a lot, and it also talks about the forgiveness of Christ a lot.

Family Discussions:

  1. With all that truth in this little book, why do you think so many people are reluctant to admit that God will one day punish sin?
  2. If hell is real and if hell is serious, what do you think about God's coming judgment of sin?
  3. What are you going to do about it today?
  4. What are you going to do for somebody in your school or your home or in your workplace that needs to know about the saving life of Christ?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 If you're wondering what it felt like to be in a house that was literally burning down with fire, well, in a minute, I'm going to tell you what it felt like. I've been there. Luke chapter 17, verse 29 and 30, talks about that, and it says this, "But on the day that Lot went out from Sodom," Jesus is speaking here, he says, "It rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. I have a dear friend. He's a Texan, and he is a pistol, one the most interesting guys I've ever met. But the other day he had a head on collision. It was a high speed collision, and his car not only smashed in and wedged him into the car, but his car caught on fire. Desperately, the rescuers somehow helped him get out of the broken window of his car, and he said, "You know what, Joey?" he said, "For the first time in my life I realized what hell was like." He said, "I was alone, and I was trapped, and I was on fire."

01:17 Um, you know, what it's sure not fashionable anymore to talk about fire and brimstone in sermons, and, in fact, you know, you hear so many people who were turned off by the church or by the preacher for preaching about it. But the Bible talks about hell. In fact, the Bible talks about hell a lot. Fortunately, it also talks about heaven a lot, and it also talks about the forgiveness of Christ a lot. I'll never forget when my buddy Kyle Dodd and Sharon's house caught on fire. Little Daniel had come in with seed ticks all over him, and Sharon wiped the seed ticks off with this little rag, and then she lit the rag on fire to kill the seed ticks, stomped the fire out, and then threw it in the trashcan, thinking the fire was out. But the fire wasn't out, and the next thing she knew, her garage was on fire, and then the kitchen was on fire. And I piled into the house with Kyle and the firemen, and we had fire hoses shooting flames out all over the house, getting possessions out of the house, and then the fire became so hot that we too had to leave the house with the firemen, until the house was literally burned completely.

02:23 You know what? Hell is a place that I absolutely don't want to go at the end of my life. Um, but you know, the Bible says that the results of sin is death. The results of sin is eternal death. The results of sin is hell. "But it's God's," as Paul says in scripture, "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Though we deserve death, we get eternal life in a relationship with Christ." Galatians three actually says, folks, that Jesus became the curse. He became the "sin curse." He clothed himself with our sin, so that we would never have to see the gates of hell.

03:05 If there's any greater love than that, I'd love to know what it is. And my question to you today is with all that truth in this little book, why do you think so many people are reluctant to admit that God will one day punish sin? If hell is real and if hell is serious, what do you think about God's coming judgment of sin and then the most important question is what are you going to do about it today? You know, what are you going to do for somebody in your school or your home or in your workplace that needs to know about the saving life of Christ? And the thought for the day is, man, this morning, simply thank God for forgiving your sins.

February 8, 2019

490PLUS - Luke 17:3-4

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You know, there's a girl named Jennifer who loves deciphering those license plates. As far as I know, she's the only person in the world who kind of writes these little clever things down, and she keeps them in a scrapbook.

Family Discussions:

  1. What happens to a person that holds a grudge?
  2. How do they feel?
  3. How do others view them?
  4. Do you ever tend to hold a grudge
  5. Are you holding one now?
  6. What do you need to do to put "490 plus" on your license plate?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 Hey, are you like me and you love to read those license plates on those cars in front of you? Well, be careful how you read them. Luke 17, verse 3 and 4, it says this, "Be on guard if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times a day and returns to you seven times saying, "I repent," forgive him. And in fact in a cross reference in Matthew 18:22, it says, "Forgive him seventy times seven."

00:47 You know, there's a girl named Jennifer who loves deciphering those license plates. As far as I know, she's the only person in the world who kind of writes these little clever things down, and she keeps them in a scrapbook. You know, we have a dentist friend and his license plate says S-A-Y-A-A-H.

01:07 There's another one out there, running around this town somewhere, that says T-2-C-O-O-L-4-U. To cool for you. I've seen some hilarious ones. But you know what? It can be dangerous business. You know, Jennifer said one time that she had a run in with a motorist when she was reading the license plate on the back of his car, and she got a little too close reading the plate. But the plate said 4-9-0-P-L-U-S. 490 plus. And she wanted to see what it meant on the back of that Volkswagen one morning when wham their bumpers met. You know, Jennifer went, "Oh no, what am I going to do? How am I going to explain this? 490 plus, the other driver, got out of his car, and he said, "Good morning," very cheerfully, and he wore a great big smile and all around cars were beginning to honk, and people were getting together, and Jennifer said, "Look, mister,"

02:03 She said, "I'm really sorry. I'm really sorry." "Relax," said the man. "It's okay. I'm just glad nobody's hurt." They traded insurance information, and they parted ways, but those two words kept playing through her mind. "It's okay. It's okay. It's okay." And it wasn't until the next morning during your devotion, that Jennifer came across this passage, and the passage in Matthew in chapter 18, and then she understood 70 times seven. Read it yourself, and understand the secret of "490 plus". And here's the question today, you know, forgiveness is the key to the Christian faith. And you know what? It's also the key to the smile on your face. What happens to a person that holds a grudge? How do they feel? How do others view them? Do you ever tend to hold a grudge, or you're holding one now? And then, what do you need to do to put "490 plus" on your license plate? And here's how to take it home into the family. If there's someone in your family that you need to put "490 plus" on your license plate and forgive, or maybe to ask forgiveness from, go to that person today. Don't let the sun go down that you don't put "490 plus' on your license plate and forgive that person for whatever it was.

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