"When you think of a big time Christian and who do you think about? You think about somebody who's on television and they get this incredible gift of speaking or teaching? Do you think about some gigantic political leader that also happens to be a Christian? Or do you think about somebody, you know, in Hollywood that's an absolute rockstar and also is a believer? You know what? I don't. I think about a very humble woman who I called 'Pardner" and I want to tell you in a minute why she's my hero."

Family Discussion:

  1. Talk to the person in your family today and find the spiritual gift in them and encourage them in that gift.

Transcription:

00:14          When you think of a big time Christian and who do you think about? You think about somebody who's on television and they get this incredible gift of speaking or teaching? Do you think about some gigantic political leader that also happens to be a Christian? Or do you think about somebody, you know, in Hollywood that's an absolute rockstar and also is a believer? You know what? I don't. I think about a very humble woman who I called 'Pardner" and I want to tell you in a minute why she's my hero.
 
00:51          First Peter Chapter Four, verses nine through 11. Watch out! If you start living this Bible verse, you're going to be somebody hero too. "Be hospitable." Scripture says "to one another without complaint. As each one of you has received a special gift. Employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks, let him do so as one who utters the utterances of God. Whoever serves let him do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies. So that in all things, God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen."
 
01:34          My Grandmother Pardner as she called, we called her because she said, don't call me grandma because I'm not old enough to be your grandma. I'm your partner. She lived to be a hundred. Pardner died the day she gave everything away. Pardner had the gift of giving and she was everybody's hero. And Pardner would have you over for a visit. She'd give you something. It would be something that was valuable. She could not let you leave her house without giving you something. I don't care if you are rich or poor or king or peasant. That woman would use her spiritual gift of giving and she would give you a smile, a hug, a big old Texas, you know, a howdy or she'd give you something out of her house. After she gave it all away, she went to heaven.
 
02:19          Another one of my heroes, my dad, he had the gift of encouragement. You know, he was the guy that said 'atta boy.' He was the guy that said, 'I'm proud of you.' He was the guy just before he died, just before he died, who gave me a thumbs up. Even when he couldn't speak at the end, he was muted by his stroke but he could do that. He's my hero.
 
02:41          I think about another hero of mine. I've never met her. Hopefully we'll meet her in heaven one day. Mother Teresa, I was talking to when a president, Reagan's right hand advisers and I said, who's your favorite? He met everybody in the, you know, the world leaders. And he said, Mother Teresa's my favorite back in Reagan's Day. And I said, so special about Mother Teresa. He said, oh, those eyes, he said those little steely blue eyes. You said she could look a hole right through you. I said, tell me a mother Theresa Story. He said, we were sitting there, President Reagan, myself and the secretary of state and the secretary of state said, mother Theresa, how many children down the streets of India a year. And said she looked at that man with those steely blue eyes and she said, none. I hold him in my arms before they die. And then she looked at President Reagan and she said, and you could do something about that too if you wanted to. Mother Theresa became famous because of her gift of mercy.
 
03:38          Do you know what? You've got a spiritual gift inside of you. And you may think that you'll never be super famous and you know what? You probably don't even care to be, but to somebody, you need to be their hero. And it may be your father and maybe your wife, or it may be you know, the guy who's working in the cubicle next to you in that company. But when you take the spiritual gifts that God's given you and you employ that gift to serving one another, scripture says you employ the gift God's given you to make Jesus look good - to make Jesus the hero. And you know what's cool is your days past, somebody will look back over their shoulder and they'll think fondly of you the way I do of Pardner and my dad and Mother Teresa. Everybody's got a spiritual gift. And you've got one too.
 
04:28          So my question for you today is talk to the person that gets in your family today and find the spiritual gift in them and encourage them in that gift. And you know what? As you encourage each other in the home and your spiritual gifts, that gift is going to come into full bloom. So how can you do that today? And by the way, be sure to hug somebody today.

"I had an old friend and he was a true relic of a man. He ran a saw mill where I used to buy my lumber for some building projects here at our camps. And you know what? His name was Mr. Plumber. And he was in his mid eighties, at least as he lived out his final days of his life in these historic Ozark mountains. I spent hours visiting with this savvy old character."

Family Discussions:

  1. What is faith that works and why is this kind of faith a true faith, and a sincere faith and a saving faith?
  2. Why is faith dead if it doesn't have arms and legs?
  3. How does faith work? What is an example of faith that works?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, I love building stuff. I love 2X4's. I love nails and hammers. I'm a boy. But uh, I've had as much fun finding my lumber as I have using my lumber. I want to tell you about somebody who used to give me lumber in a minute. You'll never forget this man. We're going to read from James Chapter two verse 14 today, and it says that "what use is it in my brethren, if someone says he has faith but has no works, can that faith save him? If a brother or sisters without clothing and need of daily food, and one of you says to them, go in peace, be warmed and be filled. And yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body. What use is that? Even so faith if it has no works is dead being by itself. But someone may will say, you have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without the works. And I will show you my faith by my works."

01:10 I had an old friend and he was a true relic of a man. He ran a saw mill where I used to buy my lumber for some building projects here at our camps. And you know what? His name was Mr. Plumber. And he was in his mid eighties, at least as he lived out his final days of his life in these historic Ozark mountains. I spent hours visiting with this savvy old character. And one time I asked him where he went to church, he scowled at me and told me he would never go to a church because the people of one church bought some lumber from him probably 30 years before. And they cheated him on some money they were supposed to pay Mr. Plumber and he died never having gone back to church.

01:51 What use was that Church and all of their beautiful prayers and hymns? You know what good are 16 bibles in a home if they're not read? What good is a huge savings account if it's not used for those in need? What good is a smile that's not shared with somebody? You know what uses a hug or an I love you that's not given today? What use is faith without work? I just see so many homes. I mean, so many marriages and so many parents have so many kids who are just starving for love and so many people in the hallways of schools that are dying for a friend. We've got faith. We've got God's word. Now it's time to put that faith into action.

02:35 The discussion questions today are this: number one, what is faith that works and why is this kind of faith a true faith, and a sincere faith and a saving faith? And question number two, why is faith dead if it doesn't have arms and legs? And then discussion question three, you know, bread and butter, peanut butter and Jelly, faith and works, they always come as twins, don't they? How does faith work? What is an example of faith that works?

03:12 And the thought for the day is this: yesterday we talked about the less fortunate. Can someone around your family share how they put their faith into action lately? Faith and works. Siamese twins. Let's put our faith to work today and let's come home tomorrow. Let's talk about the smiles we put on people's faces.

"You may be like the boy that I just met last summer camp. Kid's 13 years old. He was watching CNN and he saw an orphanage on the network and he goes, "you know what? I'm going to build an orphanage in Africa."" 

Family Discussions:

  1. What do you have to give in the name of Christ?
  2. What do you have to give besides your money?
  3. What are you going to do with what you've got to give to glorify Jesus?

Transcription:

00:14 Hey, if you ever wondered what the world would be like or even what your world would be like if Christmas was 365 days out of the year? Well, um, it can be. Look at chapter three of Acts. Starting in verse one, and it says this "Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer, and a man who had been lame from his mother's womb was being carried along whom they used to sit down every day at the gate of the temple, which is called beautiful in order to beg alms for those who are entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he began asking to receive alms. But Peter along with John fixed his gaze upon him and said, look at us. And he began to give him their attention, expecting to receive something from them.

01:07 But Peter said, I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk." Man, it's like a root canal. It's like a spinal tap. It's like an ulcer, a tax audit, you know, pain is inevitable. But to probably, you know, to probably a whole lot of people sitting in church, there are few things as painful as listening to the preacher talk about, you know, giving your money, you know, to the church and, and you know, what's interesting about the sermons that, you know, that preachers have to give about giving money, they probably are harder for them than they are for us. But it's not that the preachers trying to make it, you know, personal gains, I don't believe that. I believe that he's just sharing the Word of God.

01:57 Um, you know, it's our obligation to give and not always obligation to give. It's our obligation to give it joyfully. I don't know anything more exciting, I mean, I really don't know anything more exciting than to take the stuff that God's given you. You know, whether it's your finances or whether it's your talent or whether it's your, you know, your, your sweat equity that you can bring to something, I don't know anything better than giving yourself away for the cause of Christ. There's nothing more joyful than that. There's nothing better than feeding orphans. There's nothing in this world better than putting clothes on people who don't have any clothes. There's nothing better than sacrificing in the name of Christ for folks who don't have as much. And you know what? You may have a lot of money and you may be able to give a lot.

02:43 And if you do, man, have fun giving it or you may be like the boy that I just met last summer camp. Kid's 13 years old. He was watching CNN and he saw an orphanage on the network and he goes, you know what? I'm going to build an orphanage in Africa. I'm serious. The kid's 13 years olds. True Story. He put up three lemonade stands and all weekend it, through the winter started working those lemonade stands. Except he would give the lemonade away. But he let people make a donation for his dream for an orphanage. Well he got a lot of donations. In fact, he got $46,000 in donations and then people who donate continue to donate. He's built this first orphanage for 20 orphans in Africa. And now he dreams to have two more. I remember one girl who didn't have a whole lot of money to our camp, but she grew her hair almost down to her waist.

03:34 And then she went to the hair place and they cut all of her hair off and made a wig for a girl who had cancer and was bald and didn't have any hair. Boy, there's a lot of ways to give alms, you know, silver and gold have I none. But what I have, I'm going to give Ya, cause what I've got is Jesus. Let me ask you a couple of questions today. You know, what do you have to give in the name of Christ? Think about it. I mean, besides this, and you know what? Even if it's a quarter, put it in the piggy bank, you know, after a year

04:10 to a lot. Uh, but, but what do you have to give besides your money? And I ask you today to make a point, make a plan. What are you going to do with what you've got to give to glorify Jesus? And, and, and here's the lifeline for the day. It's in giving that we receive. It's in dying that we receive eternal life.

To believe is to receive. To receive is to follow. Your heart has got great big arms. Christ wants to come into your heart and be that gift to you, and you can actually receive him.

Family Discussions:

  1. What does it mean to believe in Jesus?
  2. What happens when a person puts their faith in God?
  3. Why did the blind man instantly worship Jesus when he believed in him? 
  4. As a believer, with whatever it is that's going on in your life today, how do we respond?
  5. How are you going to respond to the fact that you've received Christ into your heart as his gift to you today?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 I want to tell you today about a gift, and a boy whose life was changed because of that gift. We're going to be looking at John chapter nine, verse 30 through 39, and it says this, "'Now,' the man answered, 'Now that is remarkable. You don't know where He comes from, yet he opened my eyes. We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly man who does His will. Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing,' To this, they replied, 'you were steeped in sin at birth. How dare you lecture to us?' And they threw him out. Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and he said, when he found out about that, he said, 'Do you not believe in the Son of Man?' 'Who is he, sir?,' the man asked. 'Tell me so that I may believe in Him.' Jesus said, 'you have now seen Him. In fact, He is the one speaking to you.' Then the man said, 'Lord, I believe.' And he worshiped Him. Jesus said, 'For judgment, I have come into this world so that the blind will see, and those who see will become blind.'"

01:31 You know, I had a teenage friend and his name was Tim, and we were, you know, I was kind of counseling him. His parents were moving to a new town. Man, this guy was so mad. His anger got him into fights with his friends. I confronted him in love. You know, I said, "Tim, why are you striking out at everyone?" He mumbled with hot tears in my eyes, "My Dad's moving. He's moving me from my friends. I'm mad. I don't even like God. I don't believe in anything anymore." Man, I knew that Tim needed Christ. And I've been in conversations like this on airplanes and in cars and in trains and buses, but in this case, it was with a teenage guy. So I did what I've done so many times with so many people of different ages. I just took off my watch and I handed it to him, and Tim looked up with a kind of "whatever" look in his eyes, and I said, "Tim, here, hold this." I said, "Whose is it?" He said, "Yours." And I said, "But you're holding it." And he said, "It's still yours." I said, "Well, I want you to have it. Take it. It's a gift." "It is? For me? Your watch?" I mean, he was pleased and he was puzzled. Who wouldn't want a Timex ironman watch? I said, "Whose is it now, Tim? I've just given it to you. Whose is it now?" He goes, "Mine, I guess? Yeah, I guess it's mine." And I said, "Tim, when did it become yours? When I handed it to you or when you accepted the gift into your heart?" Tim smiled softly. He understood belief. He understood faith. He said, "I guess it's mine when I accepted it into my heart."

03:07 You know, to believe is to receive. To receive is to follow. Your heart has got great big arms. Christ wants to come into your heart and be that gift to you, and you can actually receive him. And then when you receive him, you believe in him. And when you believe in him, you follow him.

03:25 So the questions for the day are this: what does it mean to believe in Jesus? And secondly, what happens when a person puts their faith in God? Thirdly, why did the blind man instantly worship Jesus when he believed in him? And then here's the big question. As a believer, with whatever it is that's going on in your life today, as a believer, how do we respond? How are you going to respond to the fact that you've received Christ into your heart as his gift to you today? And here's the lifeline that we can think about together as a family. You know, unconditional love gives a family God's gift of faith. That's what love does in a family. It gives God's gift of faith to each other. How are you going to do that today?

One of the richest, and you know, as I grew up, one of the most famous athletes who ever lived was a world champion millionaire boxer named Mohammad Ali. You know, no doubt Ali was a boxing phenomenon. The guy was quick as lightning, but one day he said about himself, you know, "I'm the greatest. I'm the greatest."

Family Discussions:

  1. Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" What does that mean to you when Jesus said that?
  2. What activity or what kind of thinking are you involved in that could get between you and God?

Episode Transcription:

00:13 Hey today I want to share with you the most interesting, in fact, for me the most memorable, Sports Illustrated article I ever read. The Scripture today comes from John chapter seven, verse 33 and 34, and it says this, "Jesus said, 'I am with you only for a short time, and then I go to the one who sent me. You will look for me, but you will not find me, and where I am, you cannot come."

00:42 You know, there are literally a zillion ways to try to get to God. You can follow Mohammad. You can follow Joseph Smith. You can follow the New Age thing. You can follow any number of men and women who claim to have a shortcut to God, and they end up just like that cut short. You know, you can get so much that you don't even need God. You can get so famous and successful that you might think you sort of are a God, and you see it every day.

01:13 One of the richest, and you know, as I grew up, one of the most famous athletes who ever lived was a world champion millionaire boxer named Mohammad Ali. You know, no doubt Ali was a boxing phenomenon. The guy was quick as lightning, but one day he said about himself, you know, "I'm the greatest. I'm the greatest." Just a few years later, Sports Illustrated did a cover story about this great boxer, and it was probably no more than 15 years after he quit boxing. The writer visited Ali's farm one cold winter day and candidly traced the champs rise and his fall. In the story, the two went out behind the house to Ali's training barn, which was full of his trophies and life-size posters of himself, pictures with Ali's arms thrust high overhead in victory. As the writer and the champ toured the old barn, pigeons overhead in the rafters had left dropping streaked across the posters and the trophies and the boxing gloves that were hung there that he had won the trophies in. One by one, Ali turned them towards the wall in shame and in disgust. He walked outside, and he spoke softly in his self pity. He said, "I had the world, and it wasn't nothing. I had the world, and it wasn't nothing." And then he said, "Look now." Outside, there were no children. There were no swings. There were no slides. There was just emptiness and quietness.

02:42 You know, one time, years ago, the Beatles' owned pop music. They made their self-proclaimed fame obvious. One day they said, "We'll be more popular than Jesus." John Lennon died young, and then the group scattered.

02:57 The questions for today are, you know, Jesus said, "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" What does that mean to you when Jesus said that? And then, man, here's when it gets personable. What activity or what kind of thinking are you involved in that could get between you and God? The thought for the day is, man, home is the best place to remind each other that there's no other way to God. There's no other way to success than Jesus Christ himself.

That kid saw a miracle happen as Jesus took a few little fish and just a few little loaves and fed 5,000 with 12 baskets left over.

Family Discussions:

  1. What do you think the lad was thinking that day?
  2. If Jesus can do that with the lunch, what could he do if you gave him your whole entire life?
  3. What do you possess that's difficult to give Jesus today?
  4. What will happen if you give it to him? 

Episode Transcription:

00:14 Today I want to share a story with you about the coolest little kid in the Bible, and it comes from John chapter six, verses five through 13, and it says this, "Therefore, Jesus lifting up his eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to him said to them, and he said to Philip specifically, 'Where are we to buy bread so that these may eat?' This He was saying to test him for he himself knew what he was intending to do. Philip answered and said to him, '200 denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them for everyone to receive a little.' One of his disciples, Andrew Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 'There's a lad here who has five loaves and two fish, but what are these for so many people.' Jesus said, 'Have the people sit down.' Now there was much grass in the place so the men sat down in number about 5,000. After giving thanks, He distributed to those who were seated. Likewise, also the fish as much as they wanted. When they were finished, He said to the disciples, 'Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.' So they gathered them up and filled 12 baskets of fragments from five barley loaves, which are left over by those who had eaten them."

01:37 Can you imagine how you'd feel if you were the lad with that little sack lunch that day? Can you picture sitting there with those big strong fishermen, you know, looking down at you and saying, "Hey kid, the master wants your lunch!"? You know, you'd been sitting there for hours listening to this man teach, and I know from the raising of men, little kids get hungry. You know, little kids don't give lunches away to strangers when their stomach is growling. You know, I imagine I can just only imagine that he was looking around and wondering why he was the only one with a mom thoughtful enough to pack his lunch. You know, "where is everyone else's lunch," he probably thought. You know, "why are you picking on me?" Anyway, whatever happened, he gave the lunch up and then that kid saw a miracle happen as Jesus took a few little fish and just a few little loaves and fed 5,000 with 12 baskets left over. I just wonder, I just wonder, if that little kid might've thought, as he saw Jesus take a few pieces of bread and just a few pieces of fish out of his tiny lunch sack, if he thought to himself, "Wow, if he can do that with my lunch, I wonder what he could do with me if I gave him my whole life."

02:59 And here's the questions for today. What do you think the lad was thinking that day? And secondly, if he can do that with the lunch, what could he do if you gave him your whole entire life? And then lastly, what do you possess that's difficult to give Jesus today? And what will happen if you give it to him? Here's the lifeline for the day. You know, in that miracle, there were 12 baskets full leftover. What does that have to say about our God?

February 23, 2019

Living Water - John 4:6-10

All drinks of all kinds have incredible value because of two things. One: people get thirsty. And two: drinks don't permanently quench a thirst.

Family Discussions:

  1. What authority did Jesus have when he told the woman that he was living water?
  2. Why did Jesus called himself living water?
  3. Why does a sincere follower of Christ never thirst for another drink spiritually?
  4. How can someone get a drink of living water?
  5. How do you make your home an oasis?

Episode Transcription:

00:11 Today we're going to look at an awesome story from John chapter four, verses six through 10, and it says this, "And Jacob's well was there, so Jesus being wearied from his journey was sitting by the well. It was about the sixth hour. There came a woman of Samaria to draw water, and Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink,' for his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. Therefore, the Samaritan woman said to him, 'How is it that you being a Jew ask me for a drink since I'm a Samaritan woman?' For Jews had no dealings with Samaritans. Jesus answered and said to her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it was who says to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.'"

01:04 Living water. What a thought. You know water, Coke and Gatorade, Dr Pepper, you name it. You know thirst quenching drinks are on the market. I heard one time that Gatorade paid Michael Jordan double-digit millions just to call him Mike. What an offer! You know, then I heard that Pepsi paid him double-digit millions to drink Pepsi in front of a TV camera. Who knows? But I know from my mission experience that is some starving countries, people will walk over 20 miles for a pitcher of water. It's amazing. You know, all drinks of all kinds have incredible value because of two things. One: people get thirsty. And two: drinks don't permanently quench a thirst, but Jesus said that he quenches your thirst for meaning and purpose in life, and you'll never thirst again as you continue to thirst in and live in him and his word.

03:02 And here's the questions for today. What authority did Jesus have when he told the woman that he was living water? And then why did Jesus called himself living water? And then the third question is this: why does a sincere follower of Christ never thirst for another drink? Not physically, but spiritually. And then the last question is this: how can someone get a drink of living water? And the thought for the day if you're with your family is this: how do you make your home an oasis? Give each other a drink today.

February 21, 2019

A Meaningful Verse - John 3:16

It's been called the greatest verse, and it is the heart of this symbol that's the most well-known symbol in the whole wide world. And here's something I read about that verse one day.

Family Discussions:

  1. Why is John 3:16 called by some, and probably my many, the greatest verse in the Bible?
  2. After today, what does that verse mean to you?
  3. What does the word "whatsoever" or "whosoever" mean?
  4. What does "whosoever believes in him" mean?
  5. What does the word "believe" in this verse mean?
  6. What does it mean to believe in him?

Episode Transcription:

00:14 There is one fantastic Bible verse that you see on t-shirts. You see it on billboards. There's certain great athletes who even place it on the little patches under their eyes, and you could almost just take this verse for granted. You see it so much, but it is just packed with meaning, and it's John 3:16, and here's the heart of that great verse. It says this, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life."

00:46 It's been called the greatest verse, and it is the heart of this symbol that's the most well-known symbol in the whole wide world. And here's something I read about that verse one day. For God (the greatest lover) so loved (the greatest love) the world (the greatest need) that he gave (the greatest gift) his only son (the greatest life) that whosoever (the greatest offer) believes in him (the greatest faith) should not perish (the greatest death), but have everlasting life (the greatest place). John 3:16. There is no doubt that all that's in that verse has to make that the greatest Bible verse of all.

01:40 Here's the questions for today. Why is John 3:16 called by some, and probably my many, the greatest verse in the Bible, and then after today, what does that verse mean to you? You want to discuss that with your friends or family. You wanna think about that. And then the third one is what does the word "whatsoever" mean or "whosoever"? Whosoever believes in him. What does that mean? And then lastly, what does the word "believe" in this verse mean? What does it mean to believe in him? And here's the lifeline for the day - let's memorize this verse and repeat it to the person you're with right now, tomorrow, and then repeat it everyday of your life.

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.

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.

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