Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 3)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #66

Scripture: Hosea 10:9-13

Last week, based on a list of sins which Charles G. Finney gave in his classic sermon titled “Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord”, we began pinpointing some of the sins which we as the church need to confess and repent of. We discussed the sins of

1. ingratitude
2. a lack of love for God
3. neglect of the Bible
4. unbelief
5. and a neglect of prayer.

If you missed that sermon, I want to encourage you to go online to and listen to it when you get the chance. This week, we are continuing this series by addressing the next three sins in our list.

1. The first sin we will address today is a neglect of Christian fellowship.
2. The second sin we will address today is not having the right attitude when doing God’s work.
3. The third sin we will address today is having a lack of love for our fellow human beings and the souls of the lost.

+ Plus, listen to The Jackson Southernaires singing “Lord, I’m Coming Home” and Israel Houghton singing “I Surrender All”


Webb Simpson: “I’d be Stupid Not to Thank My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (Gospel Light Minute #58)

He qualified for the PGA Tour after his tie for seventh place at the 2008 PGA Tour Qualifying School. In 2011, he won the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship and the FedEx Cup playoff event at the Deutsche (Dou-ch) Bank Championship. He was also a member of the United States’ victorious 2011 Presidents Cup team.

After his win at the 2012 U.S. Open, he was quick to give God the glory. He said, “I’d be stupid not to thank my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because it was tough out there and I was nervous, but I felt God’s presence all day.” Ryan Carson, the student pastor at Forest Hills Church in Charlotte, NC, where he and his wife are members, said of him, “He knows that his hope is not in golf. He knows that his hope is in the Lord, and that perspective has really kept him grounded. He is not someone who just calls himself a Christian then just attends church. He’s got a passionate pursuit of Jesus going on. It’s something that is really contagious. He steers conversations back to the Lord, back to Scripture, back to experiences that he’s had with the Lord or that other people have had. He’s passionate about it. He’s not just a nominal Christian. He’s truly got a life that wants to honor and serve Jesus.”

He described how his faith directly plays into golf ethics by saying, “Our deposit of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, more than anything, has allowed me to make those tough decisions. It’s happened probably 10 times in my life where I had to make certain calls and call penalty shots on myself. For me, it’s not as much the nature of the game but the fact that the Holy Spirit is prompting me to call a penalty on myself. Within our own nature, we don’t want to call a penalty on ourselves. We want to see how much we can get away with. That’s been a part of every tough decision I’ve made in golf.” His name is Webb Simpson.

GLMX #103: Look and Live

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”

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

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.

Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 2)





Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #65

Hosea 10:9-13

Today, we are going to pinpoint some of the sins in the church that we need to confess and repent of. This message will not be theoretical. This is an action message. If you are not willing to act upon what I am talking about, then you may not want to hear what I have to say. By the end of this message, I want you to examine your heart, confess all hidden sin, and have your fallow ground — your hard, unused, unproductive ground — broken up. It is time to break up our fallow ground because it is time to seek the Lord. You see, beloved, you don’t have any fruit in your life because you have fallow ground that you have to deal with.

1. First of all, let’s look at the sin of ingratitude.
2. The second sin is a lack of love for God
3. The third sin is a neglect of the Bible
4. The fourth sin is the sin of unbelief
5. The fifth sin is the neglect of prayer

+ Plus, listen to MercyMe as they sing “Bring The Rain” and Chris Tomlin singing “Give Us Clean Hands”.

Dwyane Wade Gives Back to God to Help Others Find Him (Gospel Light Minute #57)

Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade

He is a professional basketball player for the Miami Heat. In 2006, he was awarded the Sportsman of the Year Award by Sports Illustrated and soon became one of the most well-known and popular players in the league. After entering the league as the fifth pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was named to the All-Rookie team and the All-Star team the following eight seasons. In his third season, he helped lead the Miami Heat to their first NBA Championship in franchise history. Because of this, he was named the 2006 NBA Finals MVP. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, he led the United States Men’s Basketball team, commonly known as the “Redeem Team”, in scoring, as they captured gold medal honors in Beijing, China. And in the 2008–2009 season, he led the league in scoring and earned his first NBA scoring title. He most recently helped lead the Miami Heat to the 2012 NBA Finals.

As a child, he suffered through the pain of his parents divorce and through seeing his mother go to jail for selling drugs. From this difficult point in his young life, he came to rely on Jesus Christ for strength. Today, when he is asked about his faith, he is quick to point out that he believes in Jesus Christ and that His relationship with God has sustained him through life’s toughest moments. In fact, he wears the #3 jersey as a tribute to the Holy Trinity. He tithes 10% of his income and said about doing this, “I’m a firm believer in the Bible. I believe everything in there. I’m given so much, so giving 10 percent back to God is nothing to me. That’s why I do it, and I don’t think twice about it.” In 2008, he bought his mother a church building in Chicago which today helps those in the community who struggle with drug abuse and other issues find God. He encourages fathers to stay involved in their children’s lives and encourages young people to believe in God and in themselves to accomplish great things in life in spite of what others may say. His name is Dwyane Wade.

GLMX #102: Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

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”

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