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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”

Have You Become a Part of the Christmas Story?

 

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Christmas story

Christmas story

Galatians 4:4 reads, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son.”

 

How old is the story of Christmas? While it’s true that the events of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—took place 2,000 years ago, the story of Christmas was being written for hundreds and even thousands of years before that blessed day.

The beginning of the story of Christmas was told in the Garden of Eden, the paradise where Adam and Eve lived in harmony with God until they disobeyed His command. Because of Satan’s deceptive actions and temptation which led Adam and Eve to sin, God pronounced a judgment against him. The judgment, in Genesis 3:15, revealed that the seed of the woman (Jesus Christ) would bruise the head of the serpent (Satan). The sins of our first parents, as well as the sins of every person who has lived since then, created a need and a longing for a Redeemer who could conquer sin and restore mankind’s relationship with God…

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch singing “Away in a Manger”

GLMX #125: Simply Believe

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When you were a child, you likely believed everything your parents told you because you trusted them. Your parents were there to guide you, protect you, and train you in your young life. If you believed what your parents told you, you listened to their advice and instruction and benefitted from it.

Throughout our lives, we are faced with choices and different points of view, and we have to choose what we believe and then act on those beliefs. We all know that what we believe shapes how we live our lives. But did you know that a simple act of belief can change your eternal destiny?

+ Plus, listen to Britt Nicole singing “Believe”

Even Though the World is Falling Apart, You Can Still Survive and Thrive

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Here are some of the signs of the times — Chaos in the Middle East! Earthquakes! Protests! The War in Afghanistan! Terrorist Threats! Homosexual Marriage! Tsunamis! Floods! Tornadoes! Diseases!

These headlines remind us that our world is continually eating away at us and everything we possess. Not only are our finances and jobs in jeopardy, our very lives and security are being threatened as well. Uncertainty, instability, and now the spread of chaos in the Middle East and around the world are the signs of our times.

The world is clearly falling apart. So where can we find strength and security to survive and thrive? In this Gospel Light Minute Extended broadcast, Daniel Whyte III give the time-tested answer to this important question.

+ Plus, listen to Adam Young singing “In Christ Alone”