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GLMX #140: The White Flag of Peace

 

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Since the beginning of history, man has been in a constant state of war and strife. Men have formed alliances and signed peace treaties in an effort to bring about peace on earth. But, as one conflict is resolved, several more are raging in different places around the world. The history of mankind has been one of continuous hate, enmity, and hostility.

Even today, with organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, and the European Union, our world is still without peace. On the night when Jesus Christ was born, a choir of angels appeared to shepherds who were taking care of their sheep outside of Bethlehem. The Bible tells us in Luke 2:14 that they sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” What did the angels mean when they said that peace had come to earth? Well, the peace they were talking about was not political peace. They did not mean that all wars would cease at that moment. In fact, the shepherds whom they gave these words to were citizens of a country that was under the occupational military force of a Roman government.

What the angels meant was that with Jesus Christ coming to earth to die on the cross for our sins, peace between man and God could be made. Charles Spurgeon said, “When the newborn King made his appearance, the swaddling band with which he was wrapped up was the white flag of peace. That manger was the place where the treaty was signed, whereby warfare should be stopped between man’s conscience and his God. It was then, that day, the trumpet blew — ‘Sheathe the sword, oh man, sheathe the sword, oh conscience, for God is now at peace with man, and man at peace with God.'”

You see, after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, man and God were not on good terms with each other. In fact, the Bible says in Romans 5:10 that we were once “enemies of God.” We were separated from Him because of our sin. When Jesus Christ came, He provided the way by which we can make peace with God in our hearts, minds, souls, and spirits. Yes, even though world peace has not become a reality yet, we can have peace in our lives because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross.

Jesus Christ is called the “prince of peace.” He told his disciples in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Would you like to have peace in your heart today? Would you like to make peace with God? If so, let me show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Laura Story singing “Perfect Peace”

GLMX #139: The Eternal Aftereffects of Easter

 

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The resurrection

The resurrection

The Easter holiday marks a wonderful time of year. It reminds us of the arrival of spring as the cold earth awakes from its wintry slumber. But it also reminds us of something far more important — the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead was a once-in-history event that had never happened before and has never happened since. When the angels rolled back the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb, and declared, “He is not here. He is risen as he said,” Hell groaned in agony, heaven shook with rejoicing, and the earth trembled in awe. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the singular event in history that stands above all others in scope or importance.

What are the aftereffects of that first Easter day?

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing “Stronger”

GLMX #138: The Ultimate Thrill Ride

 

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They are the most-attended sporting events in the United States. Tens of thousands of excited, passionate fans gather in the stands and the infield to watch race cars zoom around a racetrack at over 180 miles per hour mere feet, and sometimes mere inches, from one another. The high-energy, heart-racing event is watched by millions more on television. Almost nothing else on earth can compare to the breathtaking spectacle. Yes, a NASCAR race is the ultimate thrill ride.

But with such a thrill ride, comes the threat of danger. One month ago, a terrible crash at a race the day before the Daytona 500 underscored the risk that fans and drivers take when they go out to the racetrack. One of the women who suffered broken bones from the crash described it as a “scene from a horror movie.” Not only have drivers and fans been injured at these events, but the specter of death is always present as well. The careers of some of NASCAR’s most promising drivers — such as Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Jr., and perhaps the sport’s most notable figure, Dale Earnhardt — have been cut short by deadly crashes on the race track.

The danger of a thrilling NASCAR race also tells us something about life. Many people go through life searching for thrills in many different ways: a whirlwind romance, getting high on drugs, the perfect marriage, an expensive vacation, promiscuous sexual activity, or a concert or sporting event that they eagerly look forward to.

All of these things may sound and be exciting, but they each come with their own risks and, on top of that, they don’t last forever. Whirlwind romances often end just as fast as they began. Drug highs never last, frequently turn into addictions, and often damage a person’s body beyond repair. All marriages have their share of troubles and difficulties, and many seemingly “perfect” marriages end in divorce. As much as we may like them to, vacations don’t last forever, and one always has to return to an often mundane everyday life. Illicit sexual activity leads to broken hearts, broken relationships, and sometimes sexually transmitted diseases. And a concert or sporting event, no matter how exciting while it is going on, always comes to an end.

After going through such experiences, we are often left wondering if there is anything in life that can permanently satisfy and fulfill our heart’s desires and our deepest longings. I’m here to tell you that there is. But such satisfaction and fulfillment is not found in events or in things. It is found in a person whose name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said, “I am come that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “Made to Love”

GLMX #137: How to Get Right With God

 

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Have you ever wronged someone and failed to go back and make the situation right with them? Perhaps it was a family member, a co-worker, a friend, or a spouse who you offended. Such a situation often leads to resentment, non-communication, and even hatred. You and the other person may find it hard to speak to each other or to work together. If you don’t go back and make it right, it may seem as though a brick wall has risen up between the two of you.

Did you know that such a wall exists between you and the most important, most powerful being in the universe. Yes, from the time we are born, a wall is standing between us and God.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac singing “Me Without You”

GLMX #136: The Last Words of Hugo Chavez: “I Don’t Want to Die. Please Don’t Let Me Die”

 

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Hugo Chavez

Hugo Chavez

This past week, Hugo Chavez, who served as president of Venezuela for fourteen years, died. In June 2011, it was revealed that he had gone to Cuba for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Even though he declared himself fully recovered in July 2012, just four months later, he was back in Cuba for more surgery. His condition worsened as the cancer began to affect his lungs, and after two months of treatment in Cuba, he returned to a military hospital in Venezuela where he remained hospitalized and was “fighting for his life.” He developed a “severe respiratory infection”, and on March 5, 2013, the government announced that he had died from a massive heart attack. His last words were: “I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die.”

Hugo Chavez’s dying words reflect the desire that all of us have to live forever. Death is a painful, unnatural experience. Painful for the people who are left behind to grieve, and unnatural because in God’s original plan, death was never meant to be. However, even though we all have to die physically, the Bible tells us that we can live forever through the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

Jesus Christ said in John 5:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” The Bible also says in John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.”

These verses tell us that the way to have eternal life is through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as our Saviour. The life that Jesus Christ provides is permanent — it lasts forever. Because we live in this sinful world, and because the “wages of sin is death,” we will still have to die physically. But instead of fearing what lies on the other side of the door of death, we can be confident and die in peace knowing that Jesus Christ is on the other side of that door and is waiting with open arms to receive us into Heaven.

The great evangelist D.L. Moody said that when he died, he would actually be more alive than ever before. And, as he lay on his deathbed, he exclaimed, “Earth recedes and Heaven opens before me!” If you know Jesus Christ as your Saviour, death will only be a transition from Earth to Heaven. Even though you will pass from this earth physically, you will be entering upon a new, eternal, existence in Heaven.

Wouldn’t you like to have this wonderful assurance about death? Wouldn’t you like to know that you are going to a better place when you die? You can know this today if you accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and here is how you can do that right now:

+ Plus, listen to Bethel Live singing “Forever and a Day”