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GLMX #234: When an Earthly King Meets the King of Kings

King Abdullah

King Abdullah

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This past week, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died. He was 90 years old. For 10 years, he ruled one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East and was the head of the royal Al Saud family which is estimated to include over 15,000 members. Beginning on Friday, the heads of state and dignitaries from other countries began arriving in Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to this man and to meet his successor.

According to the Bible, if King Abdullah did not trust Jesus Christ as his Savior, he is in Hell right now. One day in the future, however, King Abdullah will be called before the Judge of the universe — the King of kings, Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Although he himself was a king on earth, when this judgment takes place, King Abdullah will bow before Jesus Christ, for the Bible says “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.”

Dear friend, one day, you, too, will stand before the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. And no matter who you are, you will bow before Him. You might be wealthy, famous, well-respected in your field, or prominent in society, but everybody has to bow down to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. For some of us, this will be a joyous occasion. We will eagerly bow down to Jesus Christ because we already believe in Him as the Lord and Master of our lives. For others, however, the moment they meet Jesus Christ after they die will be a terrible occasion because they will regret that they never made the decision to get to know Him on Earth while they were alive. Maybe they laughed off the idea of him being the Son of God and the Savior of the world. Maybe they wrote it off as religious nonsense. But, when they meet Jesus face to face, they will realize how wrong they were.

I don’t want you to be one of those people. You can decide today to get to know Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of your life. You can make Him your King right now. Here’s how: Continue Reading…

GLMX #233: Jesus Christ, Andrae Crouch, and You

Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch

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The incomparable Andrae Crouch said in one of his famous songs, “Jesus is the answer, for the world today, Above Him there’s no other, Jesus is the way.”

Millions of people around the world were touched by the life and music of Andrae Crouch. I was one of them. I remember as a little boy watching the Dallas Cowboys play and listening to Andrae Crouch’s songs playing in the background. Although I was not saved as a young person, I heard and loved Andrae’s songs even though I did not really know what they meant.

Today, however, I do know what those songs mean because I know the Jesus whom Andrae Crouch wrote and sung about. In his song, “Jesus is Lord,” Andrae wrote:

Jesus, He was sent from the Father,
Jesus, He’s a great Messiah.
Jesus, He’s bread for the hungry,
Jesus, He’s water for the thirsty.
Jesus, He’s a friend to the friendless.
Jesus, He’s hope for the hopeless.
Jesus, He arose from the dead,
Jesus, just like He said.

Andrae Crouch’s songs were simple and easy to understand. They spoke very plainly of the Gospel and the way of salvation. They also spoke of what it means to trust in God and follow Him throughout your life. One of Andrae’s most beloved songs was “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.” It goes like this:

The blood that Jesus shed for me,
way back on Calvary;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It reaches to the highest mountain,
it flows to the lowest valley;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

It soothes my doubts and calms my fears,
and it dries all my tears;
the blood that gives me strength
from day to day,
it will never lose its power.

Dear friend, there is power in the blood that Jesus shed on Calvary. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth in the form of a man to pay for the sins of the whole world. According to God’s standards, the penalty of sin is death. For hundreds of years, God allowed people to atone for (or make amends for) their sins by sacrificing and shedding the blood of an animal such as a lamb. However, this shedding of blood was only a temporary solution to man’s sinfulness. Every time a person sinned, they had to sacrifice another lamb or goat. When Jesus Christ came to Earth, He was heralded as the ‘Lamb of God who would take away the sin of the world.’ When Jesus Christ was whipped and crucified, He shed His holy blood as God poured out his divine wrath on His own Son in order to make it possible for us to be saved from our sins and the eternal consequences of sin. The Bible says that God saw the suffering of Jesus Christ on the cross — God saw Jesus’ blood being poured out — and He was satisfied. God sees Jesus’ sacrifice and bloodshed as sufficient payment for each and every one of us no matter how much wrong we have done. Simply put, Jesus Christ had atoned for the sins of the whole world. And even though millions of people have taken advantage of Jesus’ sacrifice down through the past 2,000 years, Jesus’ blood will never lose its power.

Jesus Christ said, “My blood… is shed for many for the remission [cancellation or removal] of sins.”

The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:7, “We have redemption through his blood, [and] the forgiveness of sins.” He also wrote in Romans 5:9 that if we are “justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

There is indeed power in the blood of Jesus Christ. His blood alone can cleanse you of your sins and give you a new life, a relationship with God, and an eternal home in Heaven. Jesus Christ shed his blood and died on the cross, was buried, and rose again for you and me. However, we must believe on Him for salvation in order to take advantage of the salvation he offers through His blood. The Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”

The Bible also tells us in Romans 10:9 and 13: “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.”

One of the things that made Andrae Crouch stand out from many other Gospel artists is that he ended every concert with an altar call, asking people to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour. If you want to be saved right now, please pray a short prayer to let God know that you are making this all-important decision. Just 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. I realize that I deserve eternal punishment for my sins. 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!

MUSICAL SELECTION: “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power” by Andrae Crouch

GLMX #232: Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

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Plastic surgery is big business around the world. In 2013, nearly 12 million nonsurgical procedures took place. The International Business Times reports an increase in young people seeking plastic surgery due to what has been called “selfie imperfections.”The article states, “In response to the current obsession with social media selfie photos, more people are resorting to plastic surgery to fix imperfections like prominent noses, unacceptable wrinkles or curves, or hands that don’t look perfect in Instagram wedding ring announcement photos.”

While millions of people obsess about their outward appearance, their real concern out to be about the part of them that they can’t see and that no one else can see. It’s not the outside that needs a re-make. It’s the inside — the soul — that needs the surgery. On the inside, people are messed up because of their own sins, failures, and faults that leave them feeling guilty, inadequate, and even unworthy of success or the finer things of life.

God does not want you to live under the pressure of constantly trying to fix your problems by fixing up your physical appearance. Changing how you look will not change your personality, make you a better person, or make you act nicer toward others. It’s the inside — the part of you that you can’t see — that needs to be fixed. And God is the only one who can fix a person on the inside. He can heal your soul. He already knows your sins and failures. He already knows your darkest secrets. In Jeremiah 16:17, God says, “Mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.” Ecclesiastes 12:14 also says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” You can’t hide anything from God.

Not only does He know all about your faults and failures, but He has done something about them. Two thousand years ago, he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross and accept the punishment that you deserve for your sins, failures, and faults. Jesus Christ shed his own blood so you would not have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Today, you can bring everything in your past that you have been trying to hide from others before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person on the inside. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Would you like to be made a new person on the inside? Would you like to have your soul washed, cleansed, and made brand new through the blood of Jesus Christ? Would you like for Jesus Christ to do surgery on your soul, to fix what you can’t see? If so, there are a few steps you must take. Continue Reading…

GLMX #231: No Laughing Matter: Satire, Terror, and the Seriousness of Eternity

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This past week, the world watched as scenes of terror unfolded in the City of Light — Paris, France. Two Islamic extremists walked into the offices of a weekly satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and opened fire killing five of the magazine’s cartoonists, an economist, two police officers, and four others. Eleven people were also wounded, some of them critically.

The men who carried out the attacks claimed they were avenging the Prophet Muhammad over some cartoons of him which the newspaper had printed in 2012. While some might question the wisdom of printing such material which is known to be offensive to Muslims, many have rallied behind the magazine in support of free speech and the freedom of the press. After all, one of the biggest factors behind the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo is that it is satire — humorous commentary meant to generate laughs while also pointing out (and poking fun at) the vices, folly, shortcomings, or abuses of others. Surely, something so harmless could not possibly become the target of a violent terror attack.

But, on January 7, 2015, it did.

And, during that attack, each of those who died or who faced death also faced the seriousness of eternity. Even the most lighthearted person would quickly sober as he thinks of death and what lies beyond.

Some in our world today like to joke about death and eternity. At funerals, people often tell jokes or funny stories about the person who died in an effort to ease the grief of those who are left behind. Some say that they wouldn’t mind going to Hell because all their friends are there or because they think Hell will be one big party. Others often make jokes about what Peter will say or do when they meet him at the pearly white gates of Heaven.

But, in all actuality, death and eternity are no laughing matter. The twelve people who died in the Charlie Hebdo terror attack are either in Heaven or Hell right now. On top of that, their families, friends, and loved ones are left behind grieving over their loss and the tragic way in which their lives were stolen from them. Death and eternity are serious business.

One day, you, too, will face the seriousness of eternity. Hopefully, it will not be in such a horrible way as was experienced by those who were killed this week. Nonetheless, such a moment will come, and the only thing that will matter at that moment is whether or not you are ready to leave this temporary life and go out into eternity.

Once we die, we will not return to this life. We will go out into eternity where we will face God and be ushered into one of two eternal destinations — Heaven or Hell. The Bible says that some “shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” The destination where you end up is based on a decision you make in this life. Since this is the only life you get, I encourage you to choose wisely. Continue Reading…

GLMX #230: An Inside Job

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Many people see the New Year as a time to turn over a new leaf, to turn their backs on bad habits and old ways that do not benefit them, and to make changes in their lives that will make their future better and brighter than their past. Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Every man should be born again on the first day of January.”

At this time of the year, many people make New Year’s resolutions that focus on changing some aspect of their outward status — their appearance, their health, their success, their career, or their education. However, the most important change you can make at the beginning of the New Year is not an outward change at all. It is an inward change — a change of your heart, your soul, your spirit, and your mind. The Bible calls it being “born again.”

In John chapter 3, Jesus Christ explains to a man named Nicodemus that “ye must be born again.” The new birth that Jesus Christ is talking about is not a physical rebirth — one that changes how we look on the outside, but a spiritual birth. It is an inside job — one that changes how we really are on the inside.

Why is there a need for us to change on the inside? Well, the Bible tells us that we are all sinners who have done things that do not please God. Just in the past year, you did and said things that God was not pleased with. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 also says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

We are born with a sin nature and are prone to doing wrong. This sin nature is not something that can be fixed by outward means. It cannot be fixed by ‘turning over a new leaf’, making a resolution, or joining a support group to help us change. It can only be fixed by a new birth — a spiritual birth that is only possible through the work that Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross. If you have not had this spiritual birth, the new year is a great time to make this most important change in your life. By being “born again” through Jesus Christ, you will be given a new heart, mind, soul, and spirit. You will be free from the bondage of sin and evil; you will be a child of God; and you will have a home in Heaven. I think that is a great way to start off the New Year. Continue Reading…

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