Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 6)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #69

Scripture: Hosea 10:9-13

Based on a list of sins which the great evangelist 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. This week, we are continuing this series by addressing the next three sins on our list.

I. The first sin we will address today is envy. The Bible says in James 3:16: “For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.”

II. The second sin we will address today is bitterness. The Bible says in Ephesians 4:31-32: “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

III. The third sin we will address today is slander and gossip. There are many passages of Scripture about the effects of slander and gossip. But here, I want to draw your attention to one. Proverbs 11:13 says “A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.”

+ Plus, listen to Shirley Murdock singing “Change” and Beverly Crawford singing “Higher In The Lord”

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GLMX #107: The “Light” Knight Rises

"The Dark Knight Rises"

“The Dark Knight Rises”

Jesus Christ said in John 8:12: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

The long awaited epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is almost upon us.

In part two, the Dark Knight, also known as Batman, saved Gotham City, but he could not save himself, as he ultimately had to take the blame for villain Harvey Dent’s crimes. Being hunted by the police, he was forced to leave the task of protecting Gotham City in Commissioner Gordon’s hands who managed to do a superb job in finally bringing peace to Gotham. After what seemed like ages, this was enough to convince Batman that Gotham City was safe and that Bruce Wayne need never put on the Batsuit again..or so it seemed…

Eight years since Batman vanished into the night, everything will change with the arrival of a cunning cat burgler with a mysterious agenda. But far more dangerous, far more sinister, far more dark and wicked, is the emergence of Bane, a masked terrorist whose ruthless plans for Gotham City drive Bruce Wayne out of his self-imposed exile. In this final part of the trilogy, Batman must face a foe unlike any he has ever faced and this time Batman may be no match for Bane.

Gotham is in need of its true Savior…will he rise? Continue reading

How Hard Times Led Mariano Rivera to Jesus Christ (Gospel Light Minute #62)

Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera

He is a baseball pitcher who has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. He has served as a relief pitcher for most of his career, and since 1997, he has been the Yankees’ closer. A 12-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in saves and games finished. His awards include five American League Rolaids Relief Man Awards, the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player Award, and the 2003 AL Championship Series MVP Award. He is the only reliever to win both a League Championship Series MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. He is regarded by baseball experts as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history. Continue reading

GLMX #106: How to Have Peace in Difficult Times

We all long for peace. We want peace in our minds, in our hearts. We want peace in our family and our relationships and we want peace among nations.

THE WORLD IS A VERY STRESSFUL PLACE

Our fast paced competititve society and broken relationships keep us stressed out most of the time. Every day the media reminds us of war and political discord in our own country.

How can we keep our mind at peace without hiding our head in the sand? Magazines advertise products and activities to relieve our anxiety. Politicians advise diplomacy instead of war to make peace. Diplomacy works for awhile until another unmanageable, unforeseen crisis arises. Continue reading

Break Up Your Fallow Ground: It is Time to Seek the Lord (Part 5)

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #68

Scripture: Hosea 10:9-13

Based on a list of sins which the great evangelist 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. This week, we are continuing this series by addressing the next three sins on our list.

I. The first sin we will address today is pride. The Bible says in Proverbs 16:5: “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

II. The second sin we will address today is not watching over our Christian brothers and sisters. The Bible says in Philippians 2:4, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

III. The third sin we will address today is being worldly-minded. I John 2:15 says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” In Titus 2:12, Paul commands us to “deny ungodliness and worldly lusts”.

+ Plus, listen to The Canton Spirituals singing “Clean Up” and Shirley Caesar singing “Choose Ye This Day”

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”

Heaven Goes to Heaven (Gospel Light Minute #60)

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Heaven Sutton

Heaven Sutton

On June 28th, 2012, a seven-year-old girl named Heaven Sutton was shot while she was helping her mother sell lemondade, ice cream, and candy at a candy stand near her home. She was one of the youngest victims of Chicago’s gang violence which has claimed an unusually high number of victims this year. Heaven was shot in the back as she turned to flee a spray of bullets from a gang member who is now in police custody. She died three days later.

Heaven was described by her mother as a girl who “loved to sing, dance, and crack jokes.” Her twelve year old brother said she loved to make people laugh. Her tragic death has become a rallying point for those who are serious about ending the shocking crime levels in Chicago. This past Friday, over 1,000 people turned out to remember her life at the St. Mark International Christian Church.

The death of this little girl really broke my heart when I read about it. The Lord has blessed me and my wife, Meriqua, with 7 children and I have led all of them to the Lord at the age of seven.

Thankfully, Heaven’s family members and friends can be comforted with the knowledge that Heaven Sutton is in Heaven with her Heavenly Father tonight. There, this little girl will experience no more of the pain and sorrow that affected her life on this Earth. In Heaven, Heaven Sutton will be able to sing, dance, and laugh to her heart’s content for all eternity.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International. In light of the tragic murder of Heaven Sutton, I am reminded of a passage in Matthew 18 which says, “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

My friend, God’s heart aches when one of his little ones is hurt in this world. But, thank God, Heaven is now with God in Heaven. What I want to share with you today is that you do not know the day or hour of your death. Heaven was doing something so simple as selling lemonade when she was gunned down.

The question now is, When you are faced with death will you be ready? In other words, will you end up in Heaven after you die? If you are not certain that you can answer this question in the affirmative, please allow me to show you how you can be sure today.

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