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GLMX #105: Life’s 3 Most Important Questions

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At some point over the years, you have probably asked life’s three most important questions: Where did I come from? What is my purpose? And where am I going? Allow me to share with you the answer to each of these questions.

+ Plus, listen to Spensha Baker singing “Purpose”

GLMX #104: God Cares for You

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The world is filled with trouble, pain, and heartache. Each day, we hear of people being killed, marriages being destroyed, countries going to war, and people losing jobs, homes, cars, and other material things due to the worldwide recession. Individually, people are affected by crime, drug abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and other situations that leave scars on a person for a lifetime. Many people end their day wondering whether or not anybody cares for them.

Perhaps, you are one of those people who feels lonely, abandoned, and like nobody cares. Maybe you have lost your job, had your home foreclosed upon, or lost a loved one. Perhaps your soul is crying out for someone to help you, for someone to understand what you are going through in this world where people are not as compassionate and loving as they could be. The Bible says in Matthew that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” Well, I can tell you that God does love you and God does care for you. People may not help you, and they may not even care, but God does. He is ready and willing to carry your burdens on His shoulders if you would only give your problems to Him.

Jesus Christ said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God cares for you in good times, bad times, and all the times in between; He will give you “peace that passeth all understanding” and “joy unspeakable”; and He will give you grace to deal with whatever is going on in your life.

My friend, you can give your problems to the Lord Jesus Christ right now by letting Him into your heart. You can experience the comfort and love that only God can give you. Allow me to show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Mandisa singing “He Is With You”

Rodney King, Rev. Fred Luter, the Southern Baptist Convention, and “Can We All Get Along?”

Rodney King, Fred Luter and the SBC

Rodney King, Fred Luter and the SBC

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Revelation 7:9: “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.”

On last Sunday, June 17, we heard the sad news that Rodney King, the man at the center of the infamous Los Angeles police beating died. Because of the racially charged nature of the case, when four white police officers were acquitted of brutally beating him, Los Angeles erupted in riots and violence. By the time the riots ended, 53 people had died; 2,383 people had been injured; there had been more than 7,000 fires; 3,100 businesses had been damaged; and there was nearly $1 billion in financial losses. Smaller riots had also been sparked in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Atlanta, and other cities. In the middle of the mayhem, Rodney King appeared on television, and offered his now-famous question: “Can we all get along?”

Just this past week, however, America saw a tremendous example of unity and harmony at the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans, LA. The Southern Baptist Convention, an organization which was formed largely to protect the rights of Southern slave-holders in 1845 and is still majority white, enthusiastically elected a black pastor, Rev. Fred Luter, to serve as its president. Many ministers expressed that this was a God-ordained move and one that would be of great benefit to the Southern Baptist Convention.

Here we see two very different examples: one of people not being able to get along with each other, rioting, looting, and damaging other people’s property. The other is an example of people putting their differences behind them and coming together in unity and harmony.

Allow me to point out three observations from these events.

GLMX #103: Look and Live

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So many people often think that salvation through Jesus Christ is complicated and difficult to gain. However, the Bible tells us of an event in the Old Testament that shows us how simple and easy salvation through Christ really is.

Numbers 21:5-9 states: “And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”

In this passage from Numbers, God beautifully illustrates the wonderful story of salvation through Jesus Christ to Moses and the children of Israel. The serpent was a representation of the curse that God had placed upon Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when they sinned against Him. This curse is the curse of sin and it remains on the earth to this very day. But when Jesus died, he was made a curse for us so that through Him we can experience freedom and eternal life. Galatians 3:13-14 tells us, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.”

Because the curse of all of our sin was laid upon Jesus Christ and He took it to Calvary, we can receive the promise of eternal life in Heaven with God if we believe on Jesus through faith.

The pole in this passage is a representation of the cross. Just as the serpent was put on the pole for all of the Israelites to look upon and live, Jesus Christ was put upon the cross for all of the world to look on, believe in and have eternal life. When the children of Israel looked at the serpent on the pole, they were actually believing that if they just looked at the serpent they would be delivered from the plague that had come upon them.

My friend, you can do the same thing today. Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and all you have to do to make sure you have eternal life and will live forever with Jesus in Heaven is to look to Him and trust Him, depend upon Him, and believe in Him for salvation. Isaiah 45:22 says, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” You can look to Jesus and be saved right now, today for “today is the day of salvation”. It may have been difficult for God and Jesus, but he made it easy for us — all you have to do is look and live.

+ Plus, listen to The Michael Fletcher Chorale singing “Look and Live”

GLMX #102: Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

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Fathers are one of the greatest blessings that children can have. I remember my father when I was growing up, and how he loved to have fun and spend time with his children. He was a hard working man but he never let his work get in the way of loving his children. Even though my father passed away several years ago, I am looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven and I have felt closer to him since he has been dead than when he was alive.

Many of you have fond memories of your fathers as well. You remember a man who loved you, cared for you, took the time to instruct you and even chastise you when you were wrong. However, some people, children and adults, do not have those fond memories. Some of you have fathers who died when you were young. Some of you have fathers who were killed in war. Some of you have fathers who were absent in your life for whatever reason — some because they thought work and career success was more important than spending time with you. And still others of you unfortunately do not know your father at all because he abandoned you at birth or as a very young child.

Whatever your relationship is with your biological father, I want to tell you about a father-child relationship that you can begin today — in fact you can be born again into it today — no matter how old you are. For over thirty years now, I have enjoyed a relationship with my Heavenly Father that is far greater than my relationship with my earthly father. My Heavenly Father is the God who not only created the Universe, but the God who made every individual, including you. The Bible says in Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”

God says in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” The Bible also says that “God is love.” With God as your Father, you will find a constant companion who will love you and guide you throughout your life from the beginning to your death bed.

Do you want to begin a relationship with your Heavenly Father today on Father’s Day so that you can have the greatest Father’s Day in your life? Let me show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Matt Redman singing “The Father’s Song”