GLMX #91: The Sinking of the Unsinkable Titanic

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Today, people all around the world are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. From visiting the ship’s birthplace in Belfast to hosting public exhibitions to walking through the Titanic Memorial Garden, many people all around the world are finding a way to remember what happened on that tragic day 100 years ago.

The Titanic was on its maiden voyage in April of 1912. The biggest, most luxurious ship you could ever imagine was built and it was ready to grace the ocean. Not only was it luxurious, but it was by far one of the largest vessels ever made. Every safety feature known at that time was on the Titanic. It was a fast vessel and to many people, it was considered to be unsinkable. In fact, one of the ship’s designers said “Not even God could sink the Titanic.” On a quiet, peaceful April morning in 1912, the luxurious ship set out from Liverpool, England headed to New York Harbor. It carried 2,223 people including some of the wealthiest people in the world. Passengers from all around the world were on board the Titanic for its maiden voyage. They enjoyed good food, fine entertainment, and many other pleasures that the ship offered. However, nearly halfway through its maiden voyage, the ship hit an iceberg and immediately started to sink. As the crew raced to get people into lifeboats, they were only able to get 710 people off the ship. Within two and a half hours, the entire ship was under water, everybody else on board drowned. This day started out like any other day, but when the Titanic sank, it resulted in the deaths of 1,514 people. This sinking of the Titanic is considered one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history.

Dear friend, the people on the Titanic did not know that the Titanic would sink on that day. They were simply going about their business, enjoying their family and friends and the fine pleasures that the Titanic offered. The sinking of the Titanic shows us clearly the uncertainty of life and why we all must be ready to meet Jesus Christ at anytime. Jesus tells a parable in the book of Luke of a rich man who has many possessions and he says to his soul, “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12:20 states, “But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?” When the crew members of the Titanic realized they had hit an iceberg, they immediately began sending out warnings to the passengers. Those who took heed to the warnings were saved. Those who ignored the warnings were not saved. Dear friend, you may feel like your life is sinking in sin, but you can be saved if you heed the warning and the call of Christ. Right now, Jesus Christ is inviting you to believe on Him today, to respond to His call, to let Him into your heart and to allow Him to save you from sin and hell. Do you know Jesus Christ for yourself today. If not, allow me to show you how.

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The Three Gardens of God (Part 1) (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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The Three Gardens of God (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

Today, we come to the end of our week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. This week we have seen Jesus Christ ride on a donkey through the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we have seen Jesus go in to the temple and whip cans and take names, and we have listened to Jesus’ words as he described the end times to his disciples. On Wednesday, we saw Judas Iscariot betray his Lord, on Thursday, we saw Peter drop from hero to zero when he denied he knew his Master, on Friday, we saw that the day Jesus Christ was crucified was a happy day for us sinners, and on yesterday, we saw that Jesus was busy while he was in the tomb.

As a Man without a home, a King without a throne, Jesus Christ was taken from the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb sealed by Roman soldiers and a large stone. Yet, when his friends and followers retuned to the garden tomb early in the morning on the first day of the week, they found the soldiers gone, the stone removed, and a shining angel saying ‘Jesus is not here. He is risen as he said.’

Mohammed’s remains are in a mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The remains of Buddha were cremated and placed in several different monuments, some of which survive to this day. What is left of Confucius is in a large cemetery in Shandong Province in China. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, had his remains cremated and scattered in the Pacific Ocean. And the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, is buried in Nauvoo, Illinois.

The tomb in the garden, where Jesus Christ was laid, is empty. There are no bones. No remains. No ashes. No adherents to any world religion can say its founder is still alive. But those early followers of Jesus Christ could. His tomb was empty. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared multiple times to His followers. He talked to them. He ate with them. They touched Him.

This is why we celebrate Easter. Because, on that third day, Jesus Christ got up out of His tomb in the garden. Nothing else like it had ever happened before or since.

Now, as I was preparing to do this series of messages, I was reading the above passage of Scripture in the book of John, and it struck me how gardens are featured prominently in God’s plan of salvation, first in the Old Testament with the Garden of Eden, then in the New Testament with the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb where Jesus Christ was buried. My friend, I submit to you today that the three most momentous events since the beginning of time happened in gardens, and they are all connected through Jesus Christ.

And the title of my message for today is “The Three Gardens of God.”

+ Plus, listen to Tim Hughes singing “Happy Day” and Nicole C. Mullen singing “Redeemer”

The Three Gardens of God (Part 2) (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #55 | Passion Week 2012 (#8)

Today, we come to the end of our week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. This week we have seen Jesus Christ ride on a donkey through the streets of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, we have seen Jesus go in to the temple and whip cans and take names, and we have listened to Jesus’ words as he described the end times to his disciples. On Wednesday, we saw Judas Iscariot betray his Lord, on Thursday, we saw Peter drop from hero to zero when he denied he knew his Master, on Friday, we saw that the day Jesus Christ was crucified was a happy day for us sinners, and on yesterday, we saw that Jesus was busy while he was in the tomb.

As a Man without a home, a King without a throne, Jesus Christ was taken from the cross and buried in a borrowed tomb sealed by Roman soldiers and a large stone. Yet, when his friends and followers retuned to the garden tomb early in the morning on the first day of the week, they found the soldiers gone, the stone removed, and a shining angel saying ‘Jesus is not here. He is risen as he said.’

Mohammed’s remains are in a mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. The remains of Buddha were cremated and placed in several different monuments, some of which survive to this day. What is left of Confucius is in a large cemetery in Shandong Province in China. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, had his remains cremated and scattered in the Pacific Ocean. And the founder of Mormonism, Joseph Smith, is buried in Nauvoo, Illinois.

The tomb in the garden, where Jesus Christ was laid, is empty. There are no bones. No remains. No ashes. No adherents to any world religion can say its founder is still alive. But those early followers of Jesus Christ could. His tomb was empty. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared multiple times to His followers. He talked to them. He ate with them. They touched Him.

This is why we celebrate Easter. Because, on that third day, Jesus Christ got up out of His tomb in the garden. Nothing else like it had ever happened before or since.

Now, as I was preparing to do this series of messages, I was reading the above passage of Scripture in the book of John, and it struck me how gardens are featured prominently in God’s plan of salvation, first in the Old Testament with the Garden of Eden, then in the New Testament with the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden Tomb where Jesus Christ was buried. My friend, I submit to you today that the three most momentous events since the beginning of time happened in gardens, and they are all connected through Jesus Christ.

And the title of my message for today is “The Three Gardens of God.”

+ Plus, listen to Tim Hughes singing “Happy Day” and Nicole C. Mullen singing “Redeemer”

GLMX #90: You Can Find the Bodies of Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius, But You Cannot Find the Body of Jesus Christ

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One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Matthew 28:6, “He [Jesus] is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

One of the most famous Buddhist temples in the world is the Shwe Dagon. It stands on a hill over 200 feet high and rises some 200 feet higher. It is covered with a pure gold leaf. Around its base are hundreds of small pagodas, in each of which is some relic of a teacher of Buddhism. Embedded in the solid masonry of the base is a gold box which contains some finger-bones, teeth, and other parts of Buddha, who lived many centuries ago.

There is another burial place in Arabia, the green mosque of Medina, under which lies the body of Mohammed. Millions of people today are his earnest followers. But, despite his greatness, he, too, is dead, and like Buddha, he lies buried here on earth.

The burial place of Confucius is a grass covered mound in the province of Shantung, China. Confucius was also a great man and teacher, and he influenced the lives of millions of human beings. Nevertheless, he is dead and his body, too, is here on earth.

There is another tomb that was cut into a rock. A tomb which had been closed with a great stone. Today, the stone is “rolled away”, and the Man whose body had been laid within by sorrowing friends is gone.

The world shattering truth being that on the third day, “He [Jesus] ROSE from the dead!”

Yes, indeed, the tomb of Christ is an empty tomb. That’s the vital difference between Jesus of Nazareth and any and all other great religious leaders who ever walked the earth.

+ Plus, listen to Tim Hughes singing “Happy Day”

Thomas Kinkade: The ‘Painter of Light’ Talks About his Relationship with The Light of the World (Gospel Light Minute #47)

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He was a popular inspirational painter of realistic and breath-taking scenes. Known as “the painter of light”, he had the honor of painting “The cross” scene at the Billy Graham Museum. He is known for selling millions of copies of his paintings. He received many awards for his work including multiple National Association of Limited Edition Dealers awards for Artist of the Year and Graphic Artist of the Year, and his art was named Lithograph of the Year nine times. In his art, he placed an emphasis on the value of simple pleasures and said that he intended to communicate inspirational, life-affirming messages through his work for the glory of God. Before his unexpected death on Good Friday, April 6, 2012, he held the title of being “America’s most-collected living artist”.

He says of his salvation experience and the impact that it had on his work, “I became a Christian in 1980, when I was about 22 years old, and I would say that when I was saved, my art got saved. It was then that a very interesting transition began in my life. I started to see the characteristic of light begin to develop within my work. The darkness was leaving and the light was beginning to break forth. For example, my paintings, prior to that time, were very much self-defining and idiosyncratic. They were very much my own expression. I had little interest in how my art affected other people. In fact, my college professors would constantly make the point that one’s art is all about one’s self. It doesn’t matter if someone else understands or likes it. It doesn’t matter if they purchase it. All that matters is you.’ It was art as self-expression, as opposed to any concern for, or consciousness of an audience, or any desire to impact other people. When I became a Christian, I began to challenge that notion…”

He credited the Lord for both the ability and the inspiration to create his paintings. He says, “My goal is to touch all people, to bring peace and joy into their lives through the images I create and I see my art as a ministry tool to share Jesus Christ with the masses.”His name is Thomas Kinkade.

While Jesus Was Dead, He Was Busy (Part 1) (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #54 | Passion Week 2012 (#7)

Today, we come to part seven of our week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Yesterday, in our message titled “O Happy Day”, we saw three reasons why Jesus Christ’s death on Friday was so good for us. Sometime during the afternoon of Good Friday, Jesus Christ was taken down from the cross and buried. My message for today is titled, “While Jesus Was Dead, He Was Busy”.

+ Plus, listen to Sam Cooke singing “Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone” and Hillsong singing “Worthy is a Lamb”

While Jesus Was Dead, He Was Busy (Part 2) (The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History)

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #54 | Passion Week 2012 (#7)

Today, we come to part seven of our week-long series titled “The Most Exciting and Eventful Week in History”. Yesterday, in our message titled “O Happy Day”, we saw three reasons why Jesus Christ’s death on Friday was so good for us. Sometime during the afternoon of Good Friday, Jesus Christ was taken down from the cross and buried. My message for today is titled, “While Jesus Was Dead, He Was Busy”.

+ Plus, listen to Sam Cooke singing “Must Jesus Bear The Cross Alone” and Hillsong singing “Worthy is a Lamb”

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