"There is no doubt in the world that Jesus knew exactly who he was. He said, I am the vine in John 15. John 10, He said, I'm the door. John 14, He said, I am the way. In fact, he said, I am the only way. He said, I am the Christ."

Family Discussions:

  1. "A man is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." What does that mean to you?
  2. How can you be sure in your mind, in your heart that Jesus was actually God in the flesh?
  3. Why is that statement so significant to you as you face eternity?

Transcription:

00:13          Hey, as we come to the end of this fantastic book together, the book of Mark and the life of Christ. And we get down to the last really breasts of Jesus's life. He's before Pontius Pilate in chapter 14, and we're in verse 60 and it says, "the high priest stood up and came forward in question Jesus saying, do you not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against you? But he kept silent. It did not answer again. The high priest was questioning him and was saying to him, are you the Christ, the son of the blessed one? And Jesus said, I am. And then he fulfill the prophecy of Daniel when he said, you shall see the son of man sitting at the right hand of power coming with the clouds of heaven."
 
01:06          There is no doubt in the world that Jesus knew exactly who he was. He said, I am the vine in John 15. John 10, He said, I'm the door. John 14, He said, I am the way. In fact, he said, I am the only way. He said, I am the Christ. And then there were other witnesses. You know, Peter said, thou art the Christ the son of the living God. Pontius Pilate in the trial said, I find no fault in this man. Even one of the centurions, one of the guards that crucified Jesus at the end of Jesus' life, he testified. He said, this man must surely be the son of God. And then the apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy spirit in Colassians and other places, he said, Hey, Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. The firstborn of all creation. Paul Roddy said, by him, by Christ, all things were created both in heavens and on the earth, whether visible or invisible, whether rulers or dominions or powers or authorities. All things were created by Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ.
 
02:09          Jesus knew who he was. Scripture testifies, and literally from BC to AD, the watershed of human history. History testifies that Jesus was God in the flesh. And you know what's important about that? Only God who created you and created every person on this earth had the shoulders broad enough and the span wide enough to die for the sins of all mankind. And that's why John 3:16 says, but who ever, whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. You know, it has been amply said, a man is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
 
03:02          By the way, for questions today, what does that last quote mean to you? A man is no fool to give up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. What does that mean to you? And then the second question is how can you be sure in your mind, in your heart that Jesus was actually God in the flesh? And then number three, why is that statement so significant to you as you face eternity? And here's the thought for the day. You know, an act of love that's unrivaled in greatness, rightly understood, can only produce consistent appreciation and obedience.

"Do you know that there's going to be two different groups of people in Heaven? There are going to be a group of 144,000 in heaven. But there's also gonna be another group, which is what God calls the great multitudes. Those are going to be the followers of Christ, those who are faithful to the end. But the way I see the 144,000 is there going to be 12 groups of 12 tribes of Israel. I just look at them as heroes."

Family Discussions:

  1. What can you do today to be a hero to somebody in your life that needs a role model to follow? 
  2. If somebody looks at you, do they see a man or woman who's walking and following the lamb wherever he goes? 

Transcription:

00:14          Do you know that there's going to be two different groups of people in Heaven? Unfortunately today, one of the cults - the Jehovah's Witness Cult teachers, that there's only gonna be 144,000 people in heaven. That's it. And so there is a fight to see who can do the most good deeds so they can become one of the 144,000. Can you imagine living your life knowing that that's all that we're going to get to heaven? Well they haven't read their scripture clearly because there are going to be a group of 144,000 in heaven. But there's also gonna be another group, which is what God calls the great multitudes. Those are going to be the followers of Christ, those who are faithful to the end. But the way I see the 144,000 is there going to be 12 groups of 12 tribes of Israel. I just look at them as heroes.

 
01:05          Listen to what scripture says about the 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel in Revelation chapter 14 verses three and four. It says this, "and they sing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders and no one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who've been not defiled with women, for they have kept himself at chased. These are the ones who follow the lamb wherever he goes." Isn't that great? "These are the ones who follow the lamb wherever he goes. They have been purchased from among men as the first fruits of God. And to the lamb."
 
01:48          Even the 144,000 have to be purchased of the blood of the lamb. But I just see them as heroes and I don't know if that's the way God sees it, but it's the way I see it. And I love the passage. "They're the ones who follow the lamb wherever they go." Who's your hero by the way? Who are the people on this earth that you look up to? Well, for me, it's not the gigantic business. You know, guys, the successful, you know, Donald Trump's and Bill Gates. It's certainly not the ones who flesh trophies around after winning gigantic Olympic championships or sports championships. To me, it's the folks who follow the lamb wherever he goes. You know who my hero is? He's a boy named Johnny Stallings. Johnny was born with down syndrome and Johnny lived 46 years, even though the doctors told him that he was only gonna live for four months. When Johnny died a couple of summers ago, I went down to visit with his dad, Gene Stallings, who's one of my very best friends and coach took me to Johnny's room.
 
02:50          And you know what? There wasn't one trophy in his room, although Johnny had been given dozens of trophies because he was the most likable person that you've ever met. When we traveled with his dad for these coaching to teams all over the country. They'd give Johnny all these great trophies, but Johnny would give them away. They'd given footballs with signatures that were worth, you know, thousands of dollars, I suppose, of some of the greatest players that ever lived. And Johnny would go outside and he'd give it away to somebody else. Johnny was a hero and as Coach Stalling, said, you know, the kid, he never had an impure thought. He never had an impure word. Somehow this kid couldn't count to 10, but he never forgot your name. And he had a smile that would melt the ice caps.
 
03:33          You know who a hero is? A hero is a dad. Who would you look at his son or daughter. And you say, tell me about your dad and that son or daughter says, my dad is the purest man I know. My dad is a godly man. That man is my hero. There's heroes all over this planet. They're in every home in America. There are kids who are walking into the school and standing firm for Christ. There are university students who are walking across their campus and when they graduate, there are dozens of people following Christ because of their life. Well, the heroes of the Bible are 12,000 from 12 tribes of Israel, but the heroes of the earth are the multitudes who are following Christ. And my question for you today is this, what can you do today to be a hero to somebody in your life that needs a role model to follow? And if somebody looks at you, do they see a man or woman who's walking and following the lamb wherever he goes? What a great challenge. What a great way to live.

"There were as many as 5,000 Christians martyred in the Colosseum of Rome under Nero and Marcus Aurelius and Domitian. But there's one story of a mortar named Polycarp, the 86 year old bishop of Smyrna that I'll never forget. Polycarp was so godly and he was influencing so many people to come to Christ, that Marcus Aurelius brought him to the Colosseum to have him killed and to have him silenced as a witness of Christ. "

Family Discussion:

  1. As you suffer as you're ridiculed as you are laughed at, What does the trail of martyrs do to encourage you?

Transcription:

00:13          I will never forget my first varsity game coming out of a little bitty small town in Texas and then going to Dallas to play football and my first Varsity game walking into Albridge stadium in southern Alabama and I don't know how many thousands of Auburn fans, crazy, wild Alabama people screaming at us as we walked on the field. Tiger meat, tiger meat, tiger meat, tiger meat! Man, I thought a bunch of tigers were going to come out and eat us. I'd never seen anything like that in my life. Scared me to death. We won that game and silenced the crowd that day. Sorry, Auburn fans, but ridiculed, even though that was really, you know, almost fun, kind of ridiculed, but real ridicule. The kind of ridiculed that Christians are facing around this world. The kind of ridiculed that Christian kids that I know that are facing in their schools and Christian businessmen and women are facing as they represent Christ in everything they do.
 
01:12          And because the world is so today set out to put down Christians and destroyed the basics of our faith, suffer real ridicule. In fact, there are people all over this world today that are being martyred for the cause of Christ. Having their heads literally cut off in some of the Muslim driven worlds because they're preaching Christ that kind of ridicule isn't fun. That kind of ridicule is awful. There is a history of martyrs in the name of Christ since the first day that they began to proclaim Jesus' name in Rome after the resurrection of Christ. But God is going to avenge the blood of the martyrs. In Revelation six verses nine through 11 talks about that. Talks about the vengeance of God in the fifth seal of the judgments of the future.
 
02:00          And He says this in Revelation six nine through 11. John is writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and he says, "when the lamb broke the fifth seal I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and because of the testimony which they had maintained. The testimony they had maintained and they cried out with a loud voice. How Long, Oh lord, holy and true will you refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell upon the earth. And there was given to each of them a white robe and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer until the number of their fellow servants were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also."
 
02:42          Oh to be martyred for Christ. Fox's book of martyrs tells stories of martyrs in the first century of Christianity and some days, Fox's book says there were as many as 5,000 Christians martyred in the Colosseum of Rome under Nero and Marcus Aurelius and Domitian. But there's one story of a mortar named Polycarp, the 86 year old bishop of Smyrna that I'll never forget. Polycarp was so godly and he was influencing so many people to come to Christ, that Marcus Aurelius brought him to the Colosseum to have him killed and to have him silenced as a witness of Christ. And as Polycarp walked in before the proconsul of the Colosseum. The proconsul said recant and give your tribute to Caesar. And Polycarp looked at him with a smile on his face and peace in his heart. And he said, 86 years I've served him and never once he is wrong me. How can I now then blaspheme my king who has saved me? And the proconsul cried out to Polycarp in the coliseum. He said, I'll threaten thee with fire. And Polycarp says, you threatened me with fire that burns for an hour and then is extinguished with the fire of future judgment, the fire of eternal punishment reserved for the ungodly. You know nothing of, why do you wait, do what you please and as the fires of the martyrdom consumed Polycarp and literally burned him alive at the stake. The eye witnesses said that Polycarp had peace on his face and in the flames he said, oh Lord, I bless the for considering me worthy to go down with the martyrs.
 
04:16          And so before us is this trail, this long, beautiful trail of thousands of saints who have been martyred for the name of Christ. But the day will come. Scripture says when the fifth seal is broken on the scroll that they're punished. That their sacrifice will be redeemed and that God's Will will be the one that will avenge the blood of the martyrs. And so my question for you today is, as you suffer as you're ridiculed as you are laughed at, What does the trail of martyrs do to encourage you? Be encouraged as you walk with Christ in the face of ridicule.

"Paul says here to be sure you're ready to go every single day."

Family Discussion:

  • How does this pop quiz today keep you ready for the final test?
  • How can you know for sure that you're going to pass the final test?

Transcription:

00:04 Today I want to tell you about one of the most memorable college professors, but I want to tell you more importantly about one of my most memorable bible verses. In fact, there's a Bible verse that you and I need to have tattooed on our eyelids so that every time we blink we see it. It's in Second Corinthians chapter 13, verses 5-6. And it says this, "examine yourselves to see whether you're in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you? Otherwise, of course you will fail the test, and I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test." Those pop quizzes; studying medicine with average brains in college and playing football with average talent in college was brutal for me. The only thing that was worse than getting beat up by a national championship team on Saturday was getting beat up by my organic chemistry teacher.

01:09 My professor, Dr. Harold Jeske, was a master at giving pop quizzes and exposing my lack of studying discipline on test day. He was at his best and I was at my worst. When from out of nowhere, we get these, these missiles, these pop quizzes that would land right in the middle of our desk, a dreaded pop quiz from the great master, as we called him. I trashed so many of them, I can't count, but you know what? Scripture is clear when it gives the warning that we should give ourselves pop quizzes. In fact, today to give ourselves a pop quiz to make sure we'll pass the final exam. We never know when the final exam is coming. There are surprise accidents that kill people of all ages every day. But Paul says here, "be sure you're ready to go every single day." So think to yourselves and make sure you get all the following questions answered correctly.

02:13 Here's a little pop quiz today. Number one and most important, do you have a personal relationship with Christ? First John 1:12 says, "if you receive him, he'll make you a child of God." Secondly, does he really live in your heart? Revelation 3:20 says, "I'm staying at the door knocking and you can go open the door and I'll let you in." John 3:3 asks this question, "have you been born again?" Have you been spiritually rejuvenated by the spirit of Christ coming into your heart? Is your faith real? Is it a living faith? Galatians 5:22 asks, does your faith produces fruit? James asked this: are faith and works both alive in your heart? Does your faith in Christ produce the fruit of Christian living? Then this question on your pop quiz: Does your love for Jesus make you want to obey him in every area of your life? And then this pop quiz from 1 John 1:9, when you fail, which we all do (probably me more than anybody) do you ask him for forgiveness? And do you sincerely turn to him from that sin and walk in the opposite direction?

03:29 And the questions today to take it home. How does this pop quiz today keep you ready for the final test? If it comes as soon as you walk out of the door, as soon as you get in your car, as soon as you head to the office, how does it make you succeed and pass the final exam? And then lastly, how can you know for sure that you're going to pass the final test? And the thought for the day is this: If you do well on the pop quiz, you'll do well on the final exam.

"I see a man with five smooth stones, five smooth stones that can conquer any giant in your life."

Transcription:

00:07 Men, if there was a Mount Rushmore that had the greatest images of the most powerful people in the world and you could sort of be any one of those images or your life could portray any one of those images. Let's say you had presidents like Mr. Bush or Mr. Trump or Mr. Obama. You had athletes like Mr. Tebow or Mr. Brady. Or you had great actors, you know, from Hollywood, you know Mel Gibson and others or if you had a picture of a shepherd boy, one that looked like a man named David, which one would you rather be? Well, for me, easily, if I could be anybody, first of all, I wouldn't want to be anybody but me. But if I could be any of those, I'd want to have the heart of a shepherd, because I believe as I've worked with men over my lifetime, that men with the heart of a shepherd are the most effective men in the whole wide world, especially looking through the telescope of eternity. And man, I believe with all my heart that any man that is willing, can be called by God to be a man after God's own heart.

01:25 Moses was slow of speech, but God called him. David was an adulterer. David was a murderer, but God called him. Gideon was the least and his family was the youngest, but God called him. Joseph was thrown away in a pit. He was kidnapped and thrown away but God called him. Paul was a murderer. Paul was a persecutor of Christians, but God called him. And I believe, men, that God can call you, any man whose heart is willing to have the heart of a shepherd. And I look at David through the 23rd Psalm, through the prism of the 23rd Psalm. And I see a man with five smooth stones. Five smooth stones that can conquer any giant in your life, whether it's the giant of hopelessness, whether it's the giant of depression, whether it's the giant of a difficult marriage, the giant of a difficult divorce or a giant of difficult children or giant of a difficult self-image.

02:33 We all have giants in our life. I've got many giants in my life. But I believe that David gives us the key with five smooth stones to be able to overcome any giant in the world. And the first stone that David would put in his pouch to kill the giant Goliath in your life is the stone of an undivided heart. God chooses a man with an undivided heart. David said, "the Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want anything else." The cry of a man after God's heart is "God, shepherd me exclusively so that I can shepherd others."

03:15 And the second stone is the stone of peace. David said, "you lay me down in green pastures. You lead me beside quiet waters." And I asks you, men, where do you lay your head? Where do you veg? Where do you chill out in front of a TV set? In front of Fox News or CNN news? In front of worthless movies? Or do you lay your head in green grass? The green grass of meditating on God's Word day and night. Because Psalms 1 says, if you meditate on God's Word day and night, you'll be blessed in everything you do. When you discover the joy of meditating on God's Word day and night, it's a promise. Men, you'll be blessed in whatever you do.

04:03 And the third stone is the stone of righteousness. David said in the Psalms, I go after righteousness for your namesake. A man after God's own heart has a passion for purity. Psalms 101:3 is the calling of a man after God's own heart. It says, I will put nothing unclean before my eyes. Nothing unclean before my eyes. There is no compromise.

04:40 And then the fourth stone is the stone of trust. Psalms 139 says, if I ascend to heaven, you're there. But if I make my bed and Sheol, you're there. If I take the wings of the Dawn, if I remember the greatest day of my life, God, you're there. But if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there, your hand will lead me and your right holding me. Men, the greatest trees in a man's life sprout up in the darkest valleys that you go through. I've had 24 surgeries on my body and I'm undergoing pain right now as I speak to you from another difficult challenge in my life. But I find that the greatest days of my life are when I've got cancer and when I've got, you know, facing amputation or other difficult things that have happened in my life. Those are the best days of my life because the stone of trust is believing God no matter what. God does his greatest things when we're having our most difficult days.

05:51 And then the last stone to defeat the giants in your life is a stone of hope. Psalms 84 says "how lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord. I would rather stand," David said, "in the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness." In other words, I'd rather be on the outside looking in. Where God is. David said, I'd rather be even just looking in the house of God. I put my hope in God and in God alone because Proverbs says, "hope deferred makes the heart sick, but if my hope is in God, I am never, ever even going through pain and difficulty, never, ever, ever going to lose my hope." So gentlemen, as we fight this battle together, Paul says, put on the full armor of God and dress yourself every single day in the armor of God and you will fight and you will win and you will defeat the giants in your life whatever they are. God bless you, men as we fight this fight together.

"Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school. Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived."

Family Discussions:

  1. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before?
  2. Where is a mission field that you can enter today?
  3. What are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, as I think about this devotional today day, I just get so excited thinking about, uh, people that are heroes to me. Some of them, you know, kids and some of them are adults that I'd look eye to eye with. But check these verses out and see if this devotional becomes exciting and life changing to you as well. Romans 15 verses 18 through 21, it says this, "for I will not presume to speak of anything except which Christ has accomplished through me. Resulting in the obedience of the gentiles by word, indeed in power and signs and wonders in the power of the spirit so that from Jerusalem and roundabout, as far as Lacranium, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ." You know what? Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school.

01:17 Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived. That little girl's commitment to purity. I mean, just in every possible way. Purity from alcohol, purely from sex, purity from drugs. Just the way she loved people, you know, high school boyfriend for a whole year and everybody assumed was probably they're drinking, you know, small town having sex and whatever. Not hardly, not, not my little buddy Jill. And then there was Cooper's buddy Erin. Erin Teeter, who was just always leading high school kids to youth group. Always leading her friends to church, you know. Always leading her friends to Christian relationships. And one of the things I love the most about my job at Kanakuk Kamp, I get to be the football coach. And I have 50 players every term in our kamp. 50 high school kids.

02:12 And most of them use their helmet and yes, to play the game, but like a crown of God. They use their football helmet as a mission field so that they can lead their team mates to Christ. I mean, we've got kids all over the country who have a vision to bring their whole team to Christ as they live their life above reproach on the field. And then I've got these adult friends. Tony Cimarusti in Detroit, Michigan. I love you Tony so much. The way Tony is a businessman and a hedge funds manager. Takes his funds and his time and his talent and his life to lead people all over Detroit to Christ by the way he lives. And by the way, he gives. And my wife is undoubtedly my hero. And the way that lady lives in the word in over the decades shares the word of God with the ladies in town.

03:04 You know what? Your crown may be a queen's crown. It maybe a football helmet. It may be a big portfolio in business. Uh, it may be good looks. But you know what? When your mission field is using your crown for him to build his crown of glory. I'm going to tell you there's a crown in heaven and wait for you. That's bigger than any crown possible on Earth. You preach it every day of your life by the way you live. May you wear your crown well. And here's the questions that I'd love for you to discuss today. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before? And, and then, uh, and then this question, you know, there's a mission field in far away Africa no doubt. But where is a mission field that you can enter today? And then lastly, what are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words? And here's our lifeline. We share this with you the other day, but from Mother Teresa said, witness always. use words when necessary.

 

 

 

Speaker 1: 00:06 [inaudible]

Speaker 2: 00:14 Man, as I think about this devotional today day, I just get so excited thinking about, uh, people that are heroes to me. Some of them, you know, kids and some of them are adults that I'd look eye to eye with. But check these verses out and see if this devotional becomes exciting and life changing to you as well. Romans 15 verses 18 through 21, it says this, "for I will not presume to speak of anything except which Christ has accomplished through me. Resulting in the obedience of the gentiles by word, indeed in power and signs and wonders in the power of the spirit so that from Jerusalem and roundabout, as far as Lacranium, I have fully preached the Gospel of Christ." You know what? Preaching Christ happens in a whole lot of ways besides in a church pulpit. Man, I watched my son's best friend, Jill Bronner, the homecoming queen of the high school, preach Christ all over the high school.

Speaker 2: 01:17 Even though probably no one remembers a word she said. She preached it by the way she lived. That little girl's commitment to purity. I mean, just in every possible way. Purity from alcohol, purely from sex, purity from drugs. Just the way she loved people, you know, high school boyfriend for a whole year and everybody assumed was probably they're drinking, you know, small town having sex and whatever. Not hardly, not, not my little buddy Jill. And then there was Cooper's buddy Erin. Erin Teeter, who was just always leading high school kids to youth group. Always leading her friends to church, you know. Always leading her friends to Christian relationships. And one of the things I love the most about my job at Kanakuk Kamp, I get to be the football coach. And I have 50 players every term in our kamp. 50 high school kids.

Speaker 2: 02:12 And most of them use their helmet and yes, to play the game, but like a crown of God. They use their football helmet as a mission field so that they can lead their team mates to Christ. I mean, we've got kids all over the country who have a vision to bring their whole team to Christ as they live their life above reproach on the field. And then I've got these adult friends. Tony Cimarusti in Detroit, Michigan. I love you Tony so much. The way Tony is a businessman and a hedge funds manager. Takes his funds and his time and his talent and his life to lead people all over Detroit to Christ by the way he lives. And by the way, he gives. And my wife is undoubtedly my hero. And the way that lady lives in the word in over the decades shares the word of God with the ladies in town.

Speaker 2: 03:04 You know what? Your crown may be a queen's crown. It maybe a football helmet. It may be a big portfolio in business. Uh, it may be good looks. But you know what? When your mission field is using your crown for him to build his crown of glory. I'm going to tell you there's a crown in heaven and wait for you. That's bigger than any crown possible on Earth. You preach it every day of your life by the way you live. May you wear your crown well. And here's the questions that I'd love for you to discuss today. In practical ways, how can you preach the Gospel in places where it's never been preached before? And, and then, uh, and then this question, you know, there's a mission field in far away Africa no doubt. But where is a mission field that you can enter today? And then lastly, what are some practical ways that you can preach the gospel besides using words? And here's our lifeline. We share this with the other day, but from Mother Teresa said, witness always use words when necessary.

"Check out the commercial how the girls are clothed in the beer commercials. You know, ask a boy what he thinks about when you wear those hot red shorts to the 4th of July picnic. Um, asked the ninth grader, you know, what that can of beer in your hand can do to your Christian witness. Uh, you know what, causing someone to stumble."

Family Discussions:

  1. What are some stumbling blocks that had been placed in your path before?
  2. What are some of the stumbling blocks that maybe you've recognized that you place in somebody else's pathway?
  3. What insights did this scripture give to you today?
  4. How does this define maybe some of the gray areas of your life and maybe make them more black and white?

Transcription:

00:14 Man, the scripture today is just packed with the answers to probably every question you ask. What's right, what's wrong for me? Check this out. Romans 14, Verse 16 Through 21, uh, here, here God's wisdom. It says, "therefore, do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil. For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For He who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then we pursue the things that are the building up of one another. Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they're evil for the man who eats and gives offense. It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything by which your brother stumbles." Stumbling blocks.

01:10 Uh, you know what, uh, in your mind define the word enticement. Uh, you know, and then watch how the model is dressed or undressed. Uh, you know, as general motor sells, the, you know, the Red Pontiac, you know. Check out the commercial, you know, and, and how the girls are clothed as they sell Coors or you know, or Millers or Budweiser in the beer commercials. You know, ask a boy what he thinks about when you wear those hot red shorts to the 4th of July picnic. Um, asked the ninth grader, you know, what that can of beer in your hand can do to your Christian witness. Uh, you know what, causing someone to stumble. You know, building stumbling blocks means to bring out sin in their life. And man, Satan is a master at this fine art of deception. He knows our weaknesses. Uh, you know, like he knew Eve's tastes buds for the first red apple in the garden of Eden.

02:08 Um, you know, one thing I love about our summer staff at our Christian sports camps here at Kids Across American and Kanakuk, 2,500, uh, you know, collegiate, very athletic people who have decided that, you know, that drinking beer or any kind of alcohol, is not going to happen. You know, not just when we're with the kids, but we're when we're on our nights off because you know what the kid may see somebody with a can of beer in their hand, you know, back at the fraternity party and they don't know whether you've had one or six And so the can of beer can become a stumbling block. Um, and, and you know what, I think that's why Paul says in scripture, "all things are lawful, but not all things are profitable." And setting myself up as a stumbling block. You know what, it defines a whole lot of what people call gray areas in the Christian life.

03:00 So here's the questions I have for today. If you want to just ask these questions to somebody who's sitting with you or to your family for doing these together. What are some stumbling blocks that had been placed in your path before? And what are some of the stumbling blocks that maybe you've recognized that you place in somebody else's pathway? Um, but what, what insights, finally, what insights did this scripture give to you today? And how does this define maybe some of the gray areas of your life and maybe make them more black and white? And here's the lifeline. You know, love is not a stick to trip you up in the darkness, but it's a net that will catch you when you fall.

"Back in sixth grade. Our basketball team was good because we had one guy, his name was Bill Gilliam. He was taller than everyone. He was faster than everyone. He was stronger than everyone is. His only difficulty was that he'd get confused sometimes when he'd get really excited during the game."

Family Discussions:

  1. How is sin like taking the ball to the wrong basket?
  2. Hebrews 11:25 said that sin satisfies for a season. Why does it look good at first?
  3. How can you actually turn back when you're going the wrong direction?
  4. Denying Jesus is going the wrong direction. How do we deny Jesus today?

Transcription:

00:06 Hey, have you ever been on a sports team where one of the players with the wrong direction with the all? I have. I'll never forget it. I'm going to tell you about in a minute, but first I'm going to read John 18 verse 25 through 27 a sobering moment in the life of Peter. Listen to what scripture says. "Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself so that they said to him, you are not also one of his disciples, are you? He denied it and said, I am not. One of the slaves of the high priest. Being a relative of one of those whose ear Peter cut off said, did not I see you in the garden with him? Peter then denied it again and immediately a rooster crowed going the wrong direction." It was back in sixth grade. Our basketball team was good because we had one guy, his name was Bill Gilliam.

01:06 He was taller than everyone. He was faster than everyone. He was stronger than everyone is. His only difficulty was that he'd get confused sometimes when he'd get really excited during the game. Man, it's been decades since I was in sixth grade, but I'll never forget the night we were playing Hearne Texas, uh, back down in south Texas where I grew up and man, did we want to win that tournament? You know, Bill tipped the ball in the, in the opening jump and, and he hit the ball, hit Jerry Davis, his knee who was outside the circle. It came back to Bill. He was so excited in the thrill of the moment. He started dribbling the ball in the wrong direction all the way to the wrong basket. Needless to say, no one on Hearns team tried to stop him where he made an easy layup.

01:50 He stretched his arms of self praise. He was so excited. And then all of a sudden his praise turned to pity when he saw everyone pointing and laughing at his hilarious mistake. Uh, I did almost the same thing against Texas Tech when I was playing down at SMU, uh, similar, uh, awful experience. But nevertheless, uh, boy going the wrong direction. How embarrassing can it be? Here's the questions. How is sin like taking the ball to the wrong basket? Hebrews 11:25 said that sin satisfies for a season. Why does it look good at first? And then this question, how can you actually turn back when you're going the wrong direction? And then this question denying Jesus is going the wrong direction. How do we deny Jesus today? And here's the lifeline for the day. Hey, let's work together hard to keep our homes, to keep our family going in the right direction.

"NASA's most recent discovery in space says that in the beginning, God spoke and 100 billion galaxies came out of his mouth. Now, not all of them acknowledge it was God, but nevertheless they've gone back to the inception of the cosmos and 100 billion galaxies immediately came from somewhere out of nothing they say and spread themselves over a 27 billion light year expands just like that. "

Family Discussions:

  1. Who is speaking through us when we say, oh my God, or God or my God is a word of trivial, you know, exclamation?
  2. What did God mean when he said, thou shalt not take my name in vain?
  3. What does a holy God mean the term, holy God, what does that mean?
  4. Why is God's holiness so powerful and to be so protected and respected?
  5. When Jesus said I am he and they fell to the ground, what was he saying when he said, I am he?

Transcription:

00:14 Did you know that NASA's most recent discovery in space says that in the beginning, God spoke and 100 billion galaxies came out of his mouth. Now, not all of them acknowledge it was God, but nevertheless they've gone back to the inception of the cosmos and 100 billion galaxies immediately came from somewhere out of nothing they say and spread themselves over a 27 billion light year expands just like that. When you say God, you said at all. Listen to John Chapter 18 verse one through six, "When Jesus had spoken these words." Now we're at the last night of Jesus' life before the crucifixion. "He went forth with his disciples over the ravine of the Kidron where there was a Garden in which he entered with his disciples. Now, Judas also who was betraying him, knew the place for Jesus often had met there with his disciples. Judas then having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees came there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

01:31 So Jesus, knowing all these things were coming upon him, went forth and said to them, 'Whom do you seek?' They answered him, 'Jesus the Nazarene.' He said to them, 'I am he' and Judas also who was betraying him, was standing with them. So he asked and said to them, I am he. When Jesus said that, it says they withdrew and fell to the ground." Holy, awesome, powerful. You know, during a wonderful era of early Jewish tradition, uh, long before the copier, you know that we have in the office that shoots off copies like that. Hey, a scribe would make copies of holy scripture by taking his feather pen, his quill and carefully, perfectly hand copying God's word from one scroll to another with perfection. When the scribe would get to the word God or Jehovah or Yahweh, as they would say in that day, he would stop.

02:42 He would pray, he would undress, he would take a bath. He would put on clean clothes. He would get a brand new quill and then go back to his work to write the word God. In contrast, man, look where we've come. We defy God's third commandment by throwing God's name around like it was dirt. When we take his name in vain in our conversations, in our anger or television or in movies and in books, you know, we say, oh my God, or my God or Jesus Christ or God Almighty. You know when we say what we were mad, we're, we're upset or we just kind of want words to fill in the blank or look cool in our day to day conversations, uh, you know what man, you don't need to bathe and change clothes to say God, but Jesus made it clear that God was holy.

03:41 God was awesome. God was placed in a position of reverence, in highest respect. And here's the questions for today. Who is speaking through us when we say, oh my God, or God or my God is a word of trivial, you know, exclamation? And, and what did God mean when he said, thou shalt not take my name in vain? What does a holy God mean the term, holy God, what does that mean? And why is God's holiness so powerful and to be so protected and respected? And then here's, here's the one man. When Jesus said I am he and they fell to the ground, what was he saying when he said, I am he? Here's the lifeline for the day. How can you make this home that you're in a temple of the holy God?

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