GLMX #71: Will You Follow the Crowd or Will You Follow Christ?

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People said that Christopher Columbus would sail off the edge of the earth, but in 1492 he discovered America.

People laughed at the Wright brothers’ attempts to create a flying machine, but in 1903 they flew the first airplane.

Albert Einstein’s teachers failed him in school, but he went on to be the most famous scientist of the twentieth century.

Musicians and critics booed the music of Richard Wagner, but his compositions transformed the music world.

Westinghouse was called a fool for daring to stop a train with wind, but today his airbrakes are used the world over.

People called Abraham Lincoln a country bumpkin, but he went on to become one of our most respected presidents.

We smile at the crowd’s failure to appreciate something new or different. But being wrong can be a serious problem when it comes to our relationship to God. Too much is at stake.

+ Plus, listen to Casting Crowns singing “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”

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John Grisham: Accepting Jesus Christ Was ‘the Most Important Event in My Life’ (Gospel Light Minute #33)

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John Grisham

John Grisham

He is a New York Times bestselling author many times over. He is also an attorney. He is best known for his popular legal thrillers such as “A Time to Kill”. He began writing in 1984, and had his first novel “A Time To Kill” published in June 1989.

As of 2008, his books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide, and he is one of only three authors to sell two million copies on a first printing. His first best seller was “The Firm”. Released in 1991, it sold more than seven million copies. The book was later adapted into a feature film. Seven of his other novels have been adapted into films as well, including: The Chamber, The Client, A Painted House, The Pelican Brief, Skipping Christmas, The Rainmaker, and The Runaway Jury. His books have been translated into 29 languages and published worldwide.

He and his wife teach Sunday School at First Baptist Church of Oxford. He says of the millions that he makes from his writing, “I used to ask God all the time, why me? I don’t know why it happened to me. God has a purpose for it. We are able to contribute an awful lot of money to his work, and maybe that’s why…Both my wife and I have middle-class backgrounds and we’ve struggled with the overnight financial rewards of being a best-selling author. We give a lot of money to churches, missions, charities.” He not only shares his wealth but he also shares his time by taking missions trips and putting his physical back to work along with his financial backing. The missions trips help him remain aware of how much he has and how little some other people have on which to survive each day.

He tells of his salvation experience, “I was eight years old. We lived in Arkansas at the time. Back then, my father often worked seven days a week. My mother had us bathed and scrubbed and in church every Sunday. She’s a devout Christian. I came under conviction when I was in the third grade, and I talked with my mother. I told her, ‘I don’t understand this, but I need to talk to you.’ We talked, and she led me to Jesus. The following Sunday I made a public confirmation of my faith. In one sense, it was not terribly eventful for an eight-year-old, but it was the most important event in my life. It did not readily change me, but it was very real nonetheless.” His name is John Grisham.

GLMX #70: Start Your New Year Off Right by Getting to Know God

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To begin the year with God is more important than anything else in this world. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:6-7: “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon”.

The dawning of a new year serves to remind us that we are all marching through time, heading for eternity. Awaiting each traveler is either a glad and glorious heaven in the presence of God, or a sad and sorrowful hell, banished from God. The eternal Son of God entered into time as the man Christ Jesus to make a way for sinful man to approach God and enter into life eternal. His death, burial and resurrection have fully accomplished this objective so that Jesus now proclaims in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me”.

+ Plus, listen to Aaron Shust singing “My Savior My God”

Cam Newton: “It’s Just a God Thing” (Gospel Light Minute #32)

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He is the quarterback for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. He was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft, becoming the third player to win the Heisman Trophy, a national championship, and be the first overall pick in the NFL draft all in the same one-year span.

He played college football for the Auburn Tigers. He became just the third player in major college football history to both rush and pass for 20 or more touchdowns in a single season. His performance earned him the Heisman Trophy as the most outstanding college football player, and he led Auburn to their second national championship in school history. In his NFL debut, he became the first rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 400 yards in his NFL regular-season opener, breaking Peyton Manning’s rookie record.

He stood tall on and off the field in victory, after overcoming hurdles during the regular season that included an NCAA investigation. After winning the national championship in college football, he was quick to offer praise to God. “It’s just a God thing,” he told a crush of reporters as he stood on the field. “I thank God every single day. I’m just His instrument and He’s using me on a consistent basis daily.”

In his remarks after the game, he continued to marvel at the ways God is using him. “He’s using me to extend his Word and I’m a prime example of how God could turn something that was bad into something that was very great.” “If God is with me who can be against me.” His name is Cam Newton.

Things That Must be Believed (Part 1)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #37

Today, at the beginning of this new year, we are beginning a new series titled “The Essentials of the Faith — Things That Must be Believed”. In this four part series, we will look at the key doctrines of the Christian faith and why they are essential to Christianity. These are things that you cannot deny and still have Christianity.

Let me illustrate.

Everything in a car is not essential for the operation of that vehicle. For instance, the spare tire is not essential. I can drive my car without a spare tire. The radio and CD player is not essential. I enjoy them, but I can drive my car without the radio or the CD player. The air-conditioner is not essential. I can operate the car without the air-conditioner.

But wait a minute! The motor is essential! If you take the motor out, you may as well have a kiddie car, or a tricycle, or a skateboard. When you remove the motor, you’ve done away with the thing that makes the car operate. The motor is absolutely essential. You can’t throw the motor out and still have an automobile that works. Gasoline is essential. You can’t operate the car without gasoline; it won’t run without it. The battery is essential. If you take the battery out, the motor is dead.

Likewise, in Christianity, there are essential that we cannot deny and still have Christianity. These essentials are:

1. The virgin birth of Jesus Christ 2. The deity of Jesus Christ 3. The substitutionary death of Jesus Christ 4. The physical resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 5. That salvation comes only by faith in Jesus Christ 6. The verbal inspiration of the Bible 7. The second coming of Jesus Christ

Today, we will take a look at two of these essentials and what they mean to the Christian faith.

+ Plus, listen to Donnie McClurkin singing “Great I Am” and Nicole Mullen singing “Call on Jesus”.

6 Reasons Why Jesus is So Precious (Part 2)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #36

In the second message of this two-part Christmas series, Daniel Whyte III talks about three more reasons why Jesus Christ is precious.

1. Jesus is precious because He is precious to the Saints.
2. Jesus is precious because of His promises.
3. Lastly, Jesus is precious because He is precious to the sinner who wants to be saved.

+ Plus, listen to Tobymac and Jamie Grace as they sing “Mary’s Boy Child” and David Crowder*Band singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”.

Just Jesus: Get to Know the Saviour This Christmas Through the Powerful Testimony of Others

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The Angel said in Matthew 1:21, “And she [Mary] shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.”

If you don’t know who Jesus Christ is, allow me to introduce you to Him from the powerful testimonies of others:

Philip Schaff: “Jesus of Nazareth, without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander the Great, Caesar, Mohammed, and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on things human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of school, He spoke such words of life as were never spoken before or since, and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator or poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion, and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art, and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.”

Kenneth Scott Latourette: “As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life ever lived on this planet.”

Henry Ward Beecher: “Jesus painted no pictures. Yet some of the greatest paintings of Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci received their inspiration from Him. Jesus wrote no poetry; but Dante, Milton, and scores of the world’s greatest poets were inspired by Him. Jesus composed no music; but Haydn, Handel, Beethoven, and Bach reached their highest perfection in the symphonies and oratorios they composed in His praise. Every sphere of human greatness has been influenced by this humble carpenter of Nazareth!”

Napoleon Bonaparte: I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between Him and every person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for him.

Charles H. Spurgeon: “I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”

+ Plus, listen to The Sensational Nightingales singing “What A Friend We Have in Jesus”

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