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GLMX #130: Are You Ready for the Coming King and His Kingdom?

 

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This past week, the 57th inaugural ceremony was held for the president of the United States. As usual, it was a grand affair with much pomp and ceremony. There was a long parade with representatives from all 50 states. Festivities continued into the night with parties, balls, and concerts around Washington D.C. Many people looked forward to the event and it is said that nearly one million people attended the inauguration and 20 million watched it on TV.

Some people got so excited that they became blasphemous in their speech. One man called the president “lord and saviour” and a magazine referred to his second term as “the second coming.” Of course, he is not the Lord and Saviour and the second term of a presidency is nothing compared to the second coming of Jesus Christ.

One day, there is coming a grand ceremony for Someone who is not just the leader of a country, but who is the king of the world. In fact, He rules the entire universe. He is called the King of kings and Lord of lords. At this ceremony, the Bible tells us that every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. This grand day is described in Revelation 11 when an angel cries out, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

There will be no term limits on Jesus’ rule. When he returns to earth, he will sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem and He will rule the nations with a rod of iron for one thousand years. Unlike earthly rulers, who are unable to bring peace and prosperity, when Jesus Christ rules this earth, there will be complete peace and prosperity.

Did you know that you can be a part of this future kingdom? Just as you can gain citizenship in the different countries of the world, you can right now become a citizen of the coming kingdom and a willing subject of the coming King.

Jesus Christ said in John 3:3: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Being born again is how you become a part of the kingdom of God.

So, now, the question is: how can you be born again?

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “The King is Coming”

GLMX #129: It’s Time to Take Off That Mask

 

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Have you ever worn a mask? Perhaps you wore one to a costume party, to play a joke on a friend, or in a school play as a child. But, did you know that many people wear masks everyday?

Psychologists tells us that people wear masks for a variety of reasons. Some people wear masks in an attempt to be someone who they are not. Some people wear masks to try to hide the hurt and pain they feel from their past experiences. And some people wear masks in an attempt to hide their sins and failures from God and from others.

The Bible tells us in several places that trying to hide things from God is futile. 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.” The Bible also says in Numbers 32:23: “…be sure your sin will find you out.” Ecclesiates 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.”

God does not want you to live wearing a mask — running from your past and hiding who He created you to be. He knows all about your faults and failures. And 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 for your sins, failures, and faults that you deserve. He shed his own blood so you wouldn’t have to. And 1 John 1:7 says, “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Instead of hiding the sins of your past, and continuing to wear a mask, you can bring it all before the Lord Jesus Christ, and He will wash you, cleanse you, and make you a new person in Him.

+ Plus listen to Chris and Conrad singing “Let It Out”

GLMX #128: He’ll Take You There

 

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In 1972, a soul-gospel family band called The Staple Singers released a number-one single titled “I’ll Take You There.” It was written by a record company vice-president named Al Bell after he attended a funeral for his little brother who was shot to death. The entire song is based on a few simple words: “I know a place, ain’t nobody worried, ain’t nobody crying, and ain’t no smiling faces lying to the races, I’ll take you there.” In this song, lead singer Mavis Staples, sings about Heaven and encourages listeners to seek this place.

Today, people all around the world are still looking for this place called Heaven. Heaven is a place of glorious peace, tranquility, and joy. It is a place where nobody will have to cry or worry or feel pain or grief anymore. It is an eternal place that stands in deep contrast to the world in which we currently live. It is a place of unimaginable beauty, created by the hand of God, for all those who choose to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Staple Singers sung about it, and if they could, they would take us there. But there is only one person who can take us to Heaven for certain and His name is Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ told his disciples in John 14:2-3: “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” All you have to do is believe on Jesus Christ as your Saviour and He will take you there. Let me show you how you can believe on Jesus Christ today.

+ Plus, listen to The Staples Singers singing “I’ll Take You There”

GLMX #127: A New Birth for a New Year

 

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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.”

The Bible speaks of the need for us to be “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 — one that changes how we really are on the inside.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Born Again”

GLMX #125: Les Misérables and the Love of God

 

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 Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean

Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean

This past week, the much-anticipated movie Les Misérables was released in theaters. The movie is based on the popular musical of the same name which is based on the French historical novel written by Victor Hugo in 1862. The novel is considered to be one of the greatest works of literature of the 19th century.

Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a man who was imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread for his starving family and then trying to escape jail. After Javert, the jailer, releases him on parole Jean breaks parole and is nearly taken back to jail. But through the kindness of a priest, he is saved from prison. Jean’s life is so impacted by the priest’s generosity that he sets about to redeem himself in the eyes of God by doing good. He goes to a town named Montreuile under an assumed name and invents a manufacturing process that puts many of the townspeople to work and brings great prosperity to the town. Eventually, he is chosen to be the town’s mayor.

Javert, however, is committed to the law and is determined to see Jean put back in jail. Throughout the story, he attempts to hunt down Jean so that he can make him pay for his crimes.

Jean, on the other hand, strives to redeem himself. He adopts the daughter of a poor, dying woman who works in his factory and raises her as his own. During a violent uprising in France, he saves the life of a wounded young man who eventually marries his adopted daughter. And when he has the opportunity to kill the jailer who had been hunting him down he lets him go free instead.

Jean’s attempt to redeem himself in the eyes of God is similar to what many of us do in life. Just like Jean, we know that we are condemned in the eyes of the law and deserve to be punished for our wrongdoings. And just like Jean we try to make ourselves righteous in God’s sight by doing good deeds and helping others. However, God’s Word says that no matter what we do, we can never be made righteous in the sight of God on our own. The Bible says in Romans 3:10, “There is none righteous, no, not one.” Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us.”

+ Plus, listen to MercyMe singing “Love of God”