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GLMX #227: How to Be Saved from Yourself

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Have you ever heard someone say that they are their own worst enemy? When we use that phrase, we are simply saying that we often make choices and do things that we know are bad for us, yet, somehow, we seem unable to stop ourselves from repeating those detrimental habits. The fact of the matter is each of us can be our own worst enemy.

Take, for example, the man who knows he is wasting money, but for some reason can’t stop gambling. Or, the person who knows that smoking is ruining their lungs, but seems to be unable to stop. Or, the young lady who seems to attract abusive, no-good men in her love life all the time. Or the person who can’t resist eating certain foods that they know will eventually cause health problems for them down the road.

If you are honest, you, too, will admit that there is some area in your life that you struggle with gaining control over no matter how good your intentions are. Sometimes, it seems like we need to be saved from ourselves.

Our condition is like a man who has fallen into a deep, narrow pit. No matter what he does, he cannot climb out. He is unable to save himself. He cannot be saved unless someone comes along a pulls him out. Continue Reading…

GLMX #226: You Have the Right to Remain Silent

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Much of the recent news coverage in our nation has been focused on the police, how they carry out their duty, and how they interact with citizens. One of the things they will do if they have to arrest you is they will read you your Miranda Rights. Perhaps the most famous line in this recitation is, “You have the right to remain silent.”

The rest of the statement reads: “Anything you say or do can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you?”

Most people exercise their right to remain silent and have an attorney represent them in the court room. Why? Because an attorney is someone who is knowledgeable about the law. An attorney knows how to navigate the legal system. An attorney is someone who can interact with the judge and the prosecutor. In short, an attorney is someone who can do something that we simply do not have the training or time to carry out. All we have to do is just remain silent and let our attorney work on our behalf. Continue Reading…

GLMX #225: How to Be Set Free

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In October and November, three Americans who were held captive in North Korea were freed and sent back home to the United States.

Jeffrey Fowle, a city worker from Moraine, Oklahoma, who was arrested after leaving a Bible in a nightclub in North Korea, came home on October 21st after being held for six months. Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American missionary, was released on November 8 after being held for nearly a year. And Matthew Todd Miller, an English teacher from California, was also released on November 8th after being held for seven months. Each of these men faced long sentences of hard labor in North Korean prison camps.

As you can imagine, the families of these men were ecstatic with joy and relief when their loved ones came home after being held for so long by a government that is not known for its kindness toward outsiders. The men, themselves, also must have felt good knowing that family members and friends from their home country had been praying for them and working hard for their release.

As I think about the human condition, I would like to point out a parallel in the stories of these three men released from bondage in a hostile country and the broader story of mankind. You see, the Bible speaks of us humans as being in bondage to our sins and wrongdoings. Jesus Christ said in John 8:34, “Verily, verily (truly, truly), I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Acts 8:23 speaks of people as being “in the bondage of iniquity.” This slavery to sin is the cause of our decay and the cause of our eventual death.

Have you ever felt as if you couldn’t help but lie or steal or lust or do something you knew was wrong? That is what it means to be in bondage to sin or to be a slave to sin. So, if we are in bondage to sin, it is natural to wonder how we can be freed from that bondage. Thankfully, Scripture provides us the answer to this question. Continue Reading…

GLMX #224: What Bill Cosby and his Accusers Need to Do Now

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

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Over the past few weeks, many in America have been surprised, shocked, and saddened by the rape allegations that have been leveled against Bill Cosby — one of the most beloved personalities in television and entertainment history. With more than ten women in the past year alleging that Bill Cosby drugged and raped or sexually assaulted them, it seems as though the proverbial skeletons of the 77-year-old comedian are coming out of the closet.

While Cosby has not publicly addressed the allegations, it certainly is ashamed that his long career appears to be coming to a close under this cloud of indignity stemming from sins that were committed twenty-five to thirty-five years ago. If, in fact, Mr. Cosby is guilty, it is a testament to the Biblical proverb, “Be sure your sins will find you out.”

The truth of the matter is, none of us should be quick to condemn Bill Cosby because all of us have sins in our past that we would like to keep behind us. But what should Bill Cosby and his accusers do about these issues? And, perhaps, more importantly, what should each of us do about our sin issues? Continue Reading…

GLMX #223: We Can Land on a Comet But We Can’t…

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)

The Rosetta spacecraft’s Philae robotic landing craft above comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. (Artist impression picture supplied, ESA NZH)

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This past week, the European Space Agency accomplished an incredible feat. A space probe named Philae was launched by the spacecraft, Rosetta, and it successfully landed on a comet zipping through space at 80,000 miles an hour. It was an event ten years in the making. The scientists were thrilled that their hard work had paid off. Philae and Rosetta began sending back images of the far-off comet, and scientists were able to begin analyzing what they were able to discover about this space object.

Amid the hand-clapping and back-slapping, however, some people poked fun at the landing online. Twitter users popularized the hashtag #WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant. The hashtag was followed by a statement describing something else of greater importance that our resources should be dedicated to accomplishing. Here are some of the most popular of these messages:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop ISIS from beheading our people
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant give children all over the world good living conditions and education
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop Assad from committing genocide with chemical weapons
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant find that Malaysian airline plane or any of the 227 people who were on it
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant live in a peaceful world, free from prejudice, racism and hate
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant lower the cost of tuition for college

Some people gave their tweets a light-hearted edge as they aired minor greivances, some of which included:

#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get McDonald’s to serve breakfast 24/7
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get a fire alarm to tell the difference between burnt toast and a blazing inferno
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant convince the self-checkout machine that there is nothing unexpected in the bagging area.
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant get cellphone reception in my apartment
#WeCanLandOnACometButWeCant stop saying Hump Day on Wednesdays

As we look over the course of human history, we will find that mankind has accomplished some pretty incredible things. We have scaled the highest mountains, explored the ocean floor, walked on the moon, carved countries out of wildernesses, found cures for deadly diseases, mastered the art of flying, and made it possible to communicate with nearly anyone anywhere in the world via the internet just to name a few. Yet, despite all of the science, technology, manpower, and money at our disposal, it seems as though we can do nothing about issues that are of far more importance. Millions around the world still languish in poverty. Violent crime still brings unrest to communities. Our forms of mass transportation — planes, trains, and subways — have been hijacked and turned into scenes of carnage by terrorists. Wars and strife continue to ravage the globe each and every day.

With all that we can do, there are some things that it seems like we just can’t do. We can’t bring about world peace. We can’t bring prosperity to everyone. And even though scientists, philosophers, psychologists, and spiritual leaders have tried, we have not been able to solve the problem of mankind’s evil tendencies. After thousands of years of progress and advancements, man still has not found a way to curb the evil tendencies of the human race. Even though many of us would not like to admit it, we are still people who are, as the Bible says, deceitful and desperately wicked.

The only solution for mankind’s tendency toward evil is not something that is within our power to do; it is something that is outside of ourselves. This solution lies only with God; and two thousand years ago, He intervened in human history to provide His solution — the solution — for mankind’s sin problem once and for all.

Our problem of sin automatically condemns us to death and eternal punishment. Those are the results of disobeying God and breaking His laws. Although the Bible says, “the wages of sin is death,” it also says, “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

The solution to the problem of man’s sin and the evil that infects the world is the sacrifice of Jesus Christ — God’s Son who was sent into the world to save it. John 3:16-17 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

We cannot save ourselves from sin or the punishment of sin no matter what we do. We can only be saved through Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”

What did Jesus Christ have to do to save us from our sin? He had to take on Himself the punishment that we deserve. Isaiah 53 says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows… he was wounded for our transgressions [wrongdoings], he was bruised for our iniquities [sins].” When Jesus Christ hung on the cross those many years ago, God poured out the wrath that was meant for us on his very own Son. After Jesus died, He was buried, and He rose from the dead three days later. By His resurrection, He proved that He had power over death and Hell, and He has the ability to save us from death and Hell if we trust in Him.

The decision you face now is simply this: Will you admit that you can do nothing to save yourself? And will you trust Jesus Christ who has already done everything necessary to save you?

If you answered yes, may I encourage you to not delay your decision to trust Christ, for tomorrow is not promised you. Right now, I encourage you to accept Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and sin’s consequences by believing that He died, was buried, and rose again, and receiving Him into your life by faith. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” It is as simple as that.

If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. If you place your faith and trust in Him, He will enter your life as the solution to your sin problem. He will give you a new heart and a new mind. You will no longer be bound to your old, sinful ways, but you will be enabled and empowered to do good through Jesus Christ. On top of that, your eternal future will be secure; you will go to Heaven to be with God when you die.

If you want to begin this relationship right now, you can pray a short prayer to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.

Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever so that I can have your peace and assurance about my life today and my eternal future. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

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