Are You Thirsty?

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #2

TEXT: Psalm 42:1-2

In this psalm, David writes as a sad and downhearted person. In fact, in verses 5 and 6, David says his “soul is cast down.” We do not know exactly why David is downhearted, but he is probably going through some kind of difficulty or suffering. It is almost as though he feels that God is not there with him. He gives us the picture of a deer longingly looking for streams of water, panting, breathless and thirsty but not finding any water.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves with the same types of feelings. When we face disappointments, struggles or obstacles in life, we often become sad and downhearted. And like a deer looking for water, we find ourselves looking for some kind of solution to our problem — something that will make the situation better.

It is during these desperate moments, when we realize that we need God and we long for Him. We search for Him because we know that He can satisfy our need. From these two verses, today, I would like to share with you three points from our passage today.

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Looking for a City

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100 Days of Preaching the Gospel #1

TEXT: Hebrews 11:13-16

At various times in our lives, we find ourselves looking for a better place. In a way, this searching can also depict a spiritual journey that many of us are on. We are searching for a place that is better than this world. We search for a better place because the condition of our current home is in such a bad state.

If the world that we live in is so terrible, what is it that we long for deep down in our hearts? Is it not to find a better place than what we have now? This yearning is one of the strongest feelings in the human heart. It is not the foolish syndrome of looking for greener grass on the other side; rather, it is a God-given inclination to find a place where we can be at perfect peace.

Just like America was a “better place” for the first European settlers in America, we also are searching for a better place called Heaven. Our passage today talks about a group of people who “desire a better country, that is, an heavenly (country).” That is what we are searching for as well. We are looking for Heaven.

Unlike our broken earth, Heaven is a place of calm and tranquility. There is no sickness, no death, no suffering, and no pain in Heaven. In Heaven, all of our needs will be supplied and all of our desires will be satisfied. Frankly, my friend, Heaven cannot be compared with anything we know on earth.

Gabby Douglas: An Olympic Champion Gives God the Glory (Gospel Light Minute #65)

She is an American artistic gymnast. She won gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions as a member of the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She is the first African-American and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion. She is also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics. She was also a member of the gold-winning U.S. team at the 2011 World Championships.

After her and her sister convinced their mother to let her move from Virginia to Iowa so she could train under Liang Chow, she moved there with a host family and went straight to work. She believed in God and her coach believed in her that one day she would make it to the Olympics. Following her emotional win at the 2012 Summer Games, she publicly praised God and thanked Him for an amazing blessing. She said, “It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me.” She soon after took to Twitter and said, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” Her name is Gabby Douglas.

GLMX #111: The Difficulty That You Are Going through Can Bring You New Life

The news came as a shock and horror to many people around America and specifically in Aurora, Colorado. A deranged young man walked into a packed movie theater and shot 70 people — 12 were killed and many of the others were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Some of those people remain in the hospital nearly two weeks after the shooting. This tragedy has been called the worst mass shooting in American history. In the days following, America has grieved with the families of the victims and many people have asked the ever present question of Why? Why did something so tragic happen again in Colorado, or in our country for that matter? Why did so many people have to die or get injured? Why do we have to suffer through another heartbreaking tragedy? And for those close to the tragedy, Why my loved one? Why me?

The news came as a shock and horror to many people around America and specifically in Aurora, Colorado. A deranged young man walked into a packed movie theater and shot 70 people — 12 were killed and many of the others were taken to the hospital in serious condition. Some of those people remain in the hospital nearly two weeks after the shooting. This tragedy has been called the worst mass shooting in American history. In the days following, America has grieved with the families of the victims and many people have asked the ever present question of Why? Why did something so tragic happen again in Colorado? Why did so many people have to die? Why do we have to suffer through another heartbreaking tragedy? And for those close to the tragedy, Why my loved one? Why me?

For the families and friends of those who died, the answer to the question of “Why?” may never come. We will never know exactly why the gunman shot all those people. We may never fully understand why God allows suffering and tragedy in our lives. Many of us want to avoid bad things as much as possible. But in a world riddled with sin, sinful people, demons, and devils, suffering and tragedy are inevitable. John 16:33 states, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus is telling us here that trouble and suffering and tragedy are certain in this world. There is no way to get around it. But there is still a reason to be joyful in our hearts in spite of those things. God does not cause bad things to happen but He does allow them to happen for three reasons

1. It keeps us humble.

2. It helps us to grow.

3. It draws us closer to Jesus Christ.

All of us have, are going through, or will go through pain, suffering, heartbreak, heartache, and yes, even tragedy beyond imagination, at one point or another in our lives. It is not designed to break us but to build us. The shooting tragedy in Colorado has left us sad, confused, and angry. But it reminds us that “life is but a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanisheth away”. Those people in that movie theater that night had no idea they would step out into eternity. Likewise, we have no idea when we will take our last breath and pass from this life to the next. We may not be able to answer the question of “Why?” but we can answer the question of “Are you ready to die?”

Dear friend, if you knew tonight would be your last night on earth, are you ready to meet your Creator? Your tomorrow is not certain on this earth, but your future with God can be secure. If you’re not ready, allow me to help you get ready.

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

What Salvation Really Means

TEXT: I Peter 3:18-20: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.”

Many people have heard about this thing called salvation through Jesus Christ. Perhaps you heard of it when you attended church as a child. Perhaps you were walking down the street one day and ran into a street preacher who was talking about salvation. Or maybe someone came to your door to give you a Gospel tract about this thing called salvation. But you never took the time to find out what salvation through Jesus Christ really means.

Well, today, I want to share with you what salvation really means from the Word of God.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

TEXT: Isaiah 55:5-6: “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.”

Today, I want to talk briefly about the most important thing you can do in life and how you should not put it off until tomorrow. What is the most important thing you can do in life? It is seeking the Lord — getting to know the Almighty God who is your Creator and Sustainer. You would not exist without God. Don’t you think it is wise to get to know Him?

In God’s Courtroom

TEXT: Galatians 2:16

he Bible says that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” This verse simply means that one day you will die, and that after death, you will face God. Have you ever wondered what that face-to-face meeting with God will be like? Well, the Bible calls it a judgment. So, let’s use our sanctified imaginations to imagine ourselves in God’s courtroom with God as the judge.

No doubt, after you die, you will want to go to Heaven. God wants you to go to Heaven as well but after you die the Bible tells us that you will face God. What would that meeting be like? Perhaps, one of God’s angels will open a book which will have your name in it and a list of your sins underneath. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned”, so many names and many sins will be listed in the book. Your sins are named out to you — every lie, every lustful glance, every hateful word. Even the things you thought were small and insignificant will loom large in God’s courtroom. You begin to feel hopeless because you know that with your sins, you could not be allowed into Heaven.

What do you do?

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