If There Ever Was a Time to Pray, That Time is Now (Why Prayer Matters in These Troubled Times)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #60

Matthew 7:7-11: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”

There is no doubt about it, but we are indeed living in troubling times. Just this past week, our president publicly stated that he supports homosexual marriage. This month, we have college students graduating and they don’t even know whether or not they will be able to find work. Many people are still struggling financially. The financial system of Europe is on the verge of collapse. We think we have it bad in America with an 8.1% unemployment rate, but in Spain the unemployment rate is 24%

Perhaps, you have heard people make these statements: “Because of the economic downturn I lost my job. I don’t know what I’ll do for income.”

“I’ve lost my investments in the stock market, so now I don’t have any savings for the future.”

“We don’t have money to continue our mortgage payments, so we had to foreclose on our house.”

“Our hearts are grieving because of the loss of a loved one.”

“I had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Now the cancer has returned.”

We live in difficult days. These and other problems abound, hitting us on all sides. You may be facing the most devastating time of your life and you don’t know what to do. But there is something you can do. You can take your problem to God through prayer. God always hears our prayers and answers according to His will — even though they may not be answered the way we anticipated.

Many people in the Bible faced terrible problems, too. When they prayed, God answered and resolved their dilemmas. For example Hezekiah, king of Judah, was deathly ill, and when he prayed God healed him and extended his life. Others in dire circumstances — such as Peter in prison, David being pursued by enemies, and Paul being persecuted — prayed and God answered.

+ Plus, listen to Jesse Dixon singing “I Know What Prayer Can Do” and CeCe Winans singing “Anybody Wanna Pray”.


GLMX #96: The Power of a Praying Mother

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Mothers are a very special part of God’s creation. The world would not be what it is today without mothers, especially those mothers who have faithfully and successfully raised their children with love, care, nurture, discipline, and in the ways of the Lord. A mother’s world is filled with the awesome responsibility to train up the next generation of young men and women to be servants and citizens of good moral character and integrity. Mothers take special pride in their children reaching their goals and accomplishing great things. We often see football players and basketball players thank two people after a major victory – God and their mother. Statistics show that nearly 50% of people consider their mothers to be the single most important influence in their lives.

Mothers are there to comfort, guide, and nurture; to love us unconditionally; to encourage us and support us; and to help create a positive environment for us to grow up in. Mothers also help to shape their children’s worldview of God, themselves, and other people. Motherhood is the single most important contribution that a woman can make to society. When God Himself sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a baby, God made sure He had a mother to take care of Him. Above and beyond all of the cooking, cleaning, playing, story-telling, and all the things that many mothers do, the most important thing a mother can do for her children is pray for them. Many children have turned out to be great servants of the Lord because their mothers made it her business to pray for them.

Susannah Wesley, the mother of the great preachers John and Charles Wesley is said to have prayed two hours each day for her children. St. Augustine’s mother, Monica, prayed that her son would serve God and he later become bishop of Hippo in North Africa. Hudson Taylor’s mother prayed that God would use her son one day and he turned out to be the greatest missionary to China. We could go on, but down through hundreds of years, mothers have taken to their prayer closets to pray for their children. These Godly mothers prayed earnestly for their children, God heard them and answered their prayers. These mothers had a deep and abiding relationship with God. They knew God for themselves and they made sure that their children knew Him as well.

If you are a mother and you do not know Jesus Christ for yourself, why not get to know Him on this Mother’s Day? It is the best thing you can do for yourself and your children. Allow me to show you how.

Kay Coles James Became a Christian Under the Preaching of Billy Graham and God Has Used her to Do Great Things (Gospel Light Minute #52)

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She is the president and founder of the Gloucester Institute which is an organization that trains and nurtures leaders in the African American community. She was the director for the United States Office of Personnel Management. She was nominated by George W. Bush in 2001 and served in that position until 2005. Prior to that appointment, she served as Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources under then-Governor George Allen and as Senior Vice President of the Family Research Council. She was also the dean of Regent University’s government school. She is a current member of the NASA Advisory Council.

She is a graduate of Hampton University and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, including the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University. In 2003, she was named the 2003 Distinguished Christian Statesman by Dr. D. James Kennedy, in which she was described as a Christian statesman who “makes it clear that the only way to transform any culture is from the inside out and that ‘the children of God will be called upon to lead the way.'” She is a wife, mother of three children, and grandmother of five.

She committed her life to following Jesus Christ while watching Billy Graham on television before entering college. She said that it was while sitting with other students at an InterVarsity Fall Conference in Virginia, that she heard the conference speaker describe the sacrificial death of Christ on the cross and realized that God had a calling for her life. She said it was then that she told God, ‘God, I am available to be used by you. Here I am.’ She said, “I did not have a plan beyond ‘What is the next opportunity to serve?’ I will tell others, if you’re willing to do that and really mean it, hold on, because you don’t have a clue as to where your life is going.” Her name is Kay Coles James.

The Things You Need for a Great Life’s Journey (Part 1)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #59

Our Scripture for today is John 10:10: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

John 15:4: “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.”

Did you know that there are really only four things that you need to live a fulfilled and contented life? If you are thinking of money and riches, you are wrong. If you are thinking of a fine house and material possessions, you are wrong. If you are thinking of a good-paying job and a great retirement plan, you are wrong. If you are thinking of a spouse, you are wrong. If you are thinking of children, you are wrong. Those are all good things to desire and have; but I must add that some of those things may bring you more trouble than happiness. However, none of those things will give you a lasting, fulfilled, and contented life.

The fact of the matter is that only one person has all four of these things that will complete your life. Another fact is that no matter how hard you try, you will never be able to gain these things on your own. Money cannot buy these things. You cannot learn these things in college. Listening to a New Age guru or following some spiritual teacher will not give you these things. And these things will not rub off on you from a friend who seems to have them.

The only way that you can get these things is through a person — and that person is Jesus Christ. You cannot get these four things outside of yourself, instead you must get them by abiding in somebody else. Just as our passage for today which is John 15:4 states, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” The four things you must have in life only come through the person of Jesus Christ.

+ Plus, listen to the Chicago Mass Choir as they sing “You’re An Awesome God” and John P. Kee and The New Life Community Choir singing “Jesus Is Real”

The Things You Need for a Great Life’s Journey (Part 2)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #58

The title of my message today is “The Cure for a Deadly Disease that Everyone Has.”

Thank God everyone does not AIDS. We pray for those who do. Thank God everyone does not have cancer. We empathize with those who do. Thank God everyone does not have Alzheimers, Parkinsons, Dementia or some of the other horrible diseases that people suffer with today. However, there is a disease that every single person born into the world has and that is the deadly disease of sin.

Everybody in the world was born sick. When you came out of the womb you had a deadly disease. You were infected with an epidemic that has touched every man and woman who has ever lived. You were sick with sin. Now, you may think, I’m not a very bad person — I don’t sin that often. Well, if you have even done one thing wrong, that is all it takes to prove that you have the sin disease. John Bunyan said “One leak will sink a ship, and one sin will destroy a sinner.”

The verse we just read in Romans 6:23 tells us that the result of the sin disease is — death. We will die because of our sins. We die physically because of our sins and we die spiritually because of our sins. Revelation 21:8 states, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” In fact, many people are spiritually dead right now because of our sins. The Apostle Paul agonized in Romans 7:24: “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” But what is the cure for sin? What will heal us of this deadly disease?

+ Plus, listen to Ricky Dillard singing “Jesus Paid It All” and the Sensational Nightingales singing “Glory To His Name”nging “Jesus Is Real”

Robert Griffin III: ‘My Relationship With God is My Most Important Influence’

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Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III

He is the new NFL quarterback for the Washington Redskins. He was selected by the Redskins in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Baylor University, and won the Heisman Trophy in 2011. Hailing from a military family, with a strong, strict father, he began college at 17 years old. With dedication and hard work, he graduated in 3 years with a degree in political science, and a 3.67 GPA, all while appearing on the Dean’s List two times. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Communications. He won the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, and the Consensus All-American award in 2011.

He said of his faith, ‘I was heavily influenced by my parents to learn discipline. But my relationship with God was my most important influence…I’ve been in the church since I was 7. My parents didn’t push it on us but they made sure we grew up in the church, so that’s all we know, that’s what we do.’ He went further to say, ‘Whenever you can be a Christian and come to a Christian university like Baylor and make a difference like this whole football team has, it’s great. [God] gives you the stage to make a difference and not to just talk about yourself, but lift Him up. There are a lot of different types of Christians everywhere, but my biggest thing is it’s not our job to judge; it’s just our job to go out, praise Him, let people know what He’s doing, and let people follow if they want to. So I praise God, I thank him for everything. Purposefully, you live every day for Him, and when He gives you the opportunity to speak up for Him or to do something in His name, you do it.” The young man that I am talking about is Robert Griffin III, better known as RG3.

GLMX #95: What Are You Searching For?

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At some point in life, everybody finds himself or herself searching for something.

When we are young, we search for meaning and purpose. We search for the perfect job or the right occupation that will make us feel fulfilled. We search for a husband or wife to spend our lives with. We search for the best college or university to attend. We search for the best way to live a healthy and long life.

The British singer and songwriter Melanie Chisolm said, “I just feel, in life, I’m searching for something I can rely on, something that’s constant and something that’s going to guide me through.” These words describe the greatest search that any of us will ever undertake.

If you are like Melanie Chisolm, and you are searching for something you can rely on, something that’s constant, and something that will guide you through life, I can honestly tell you that all of those things can be found in Jesus Christ. If you find Jesus Christ, you will have all three of those things.

+ Plus, listen to FLAME singing “Surrender”

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