GLMX #99: How to Be Born Again This Way

“Born This Way” is a popular sang released by Lady Gaga in 2011. In the song, the pop artist expresses her view that the way you are now is the way you were born and nothing you nor anybody else does can change that. The song has been used to promote the belief that homosexuals are “born that way” and that there is nothing they can do to change their lifestyle.

It is true that there are some things about yourself that you cannot change. These are things you were born with. For example, you cannot change your race or skin color. You cannot change your DNA. You cannot change your natural gifts and talents. You cannot change who your parents are.

It is also true that homosexuals are “born that way”, in a sense, because they are born with the perverted mentality that attracts them to someone of the same sex. In fact, we are all born with a perverted mentality that leads us into wrongdoing. For example, there are many heterosexuals who engage in sex outside of marriage which is wrong. The reason why we are born with such a perverted mentality is because our ancestors — fathers, mothers, grandfathers, and grandmothers — passed their sinful, perverted nature down to us. It all began in the Garden of Eden when the first humans, Adam and Eve, decided to sin against God. Ever since then, every person born into the world has naturally had a sinful, perverted mentality.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” This chapter of Romans also states: “There is none righteous, no, not one…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Because of our sins, we are all destined to spend eternity outside of the kingdom of God in a place of punishment and torment called Hell.

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Al Green: Singing God’s Praise After Giving his Life to Christ (Gospel Light Minute #53)

He is a soul singer who later turned to Gospel music. In the 1970s, he hit his peak with hit singles such as “You Oughta Be With Me”, “I’m Still In Love With You”, “Love and Happiness”, and “Let’s Stay Together”. In 2005, Rolling Stone named him #66 in their list of the ’100 Greatest Artists of All Time’. In 1995, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which referred to him as “one of the most gifted purveyors of soul music.” To date, he has sold more than 20 million records. He has won numerous other awards and accolades including being inducted into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 BET Awards.

Like many children during his time, he was taught Gospel music from a young age. In fact, Gospel music was the only accepted form of music in his parents’ household. He writes in his autobiography, “There was God’s music and the devil’s music…nothing in between and no two ways about it.” His father often told him about the “evils” of other types of music such as soul music. But this other music was compelling to him, and consequently, as a teenager, his father threw him out of the house for listening to other soul artists. He eventually started an R&B group and soon after went solo. By the early ’70s, he had made his home in Memphis, forgotten about God and his Christian upbringing, and was enjoying the fruits of fame which included rock and roll and lots of women. He states in his autobiography, “I wasn’t paying much attention to the laws of God and the wages of sin at the age of twenty-five. I have had carnal relations with more women then I can remember or confess. We sow the wind and reap the whirlwind, fulfilling the desires of our flesh and bringing down upon ourselves the judgment of God.”

He says of his conversion that he was in the Disneyland Hotel in the middle of a tour, when he was awakened out of sleep by his own shouting. He said, “I was praising God, rejoicing in the great and glorious gift of salvation through his son Jesus Christ…. Suddenly the shouting and celebration stopped and I heard a voice, calm and clear coming from inside me. ‘Are you ashamed of Me?’ was the question it asked and the words pierced me like a knife.” He buried his face in a handful of towels to muffle the noise as he shouted “Lord, no!” He says, “Whatever I knew…all that faded into insignificance. I was in the middle of a personal encounter one on one with my Creator and now at least I understood what all the words and all the songs and all the tears had really meant.”

However, after this conversion, he kept up with his sinful ways and needed a more harsher lesson before he truly came to Christ. A little while after his conversion in the Disneyland Hotel, one of his girlfriends assaulted him by dousing him with a pot of hot grits while he was taking a shower, burning him on his back, stomach, and arms. Although she was already married, she was upset because he would not marry her. After burning him, she went and killed herself with his gun. This episode proved to be a turning point in his life. He finally surrendered his carnality to his faith in Jesus Christ and produced what many consider to be the finest work of his career, the “Belle” album. In it, he says, “I sang ‘it’s you that I want but it’s Him that I need,’ And I meant it. Each note and every word.”

Today, he continues to sing R&B and Gospel music around the world, pastors the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, and gives this message of salvation to all people who visit his website: “Thank you for visiting my website. I would like to take this opportuntity to invite you to bring Christ into your life. Confess Jesus Christ today as your personal saviour and you will begin to receive his bountiful blessings. Ask him into your life today. By confessing your sins, you will be given the miraculous gift of salvation.” His name is Al Green.

GLMX #98: Born Again This Way

In 2011, superstar pop singer, Lady Gaga, produced a hit song titled “Born This Way.” In this song, she expresses to her legions of fans that the way they are is the way they were born, and that they cannot do anything to change it nor do they need to try to change it. This song has been used to enbolden young people who are homosexuals or who struggle with homosexuality. It subtly tells people who practice homosexuality, that they were “born this way”, and that there is nothing they can do to change this behaviour or lifestyle. Lady Gaga invokes God to support her view by saying, “I’m beautiful in my way / ‘Cause God makes no mistakes.”

In some ways, when applied to a more proper context, some of the lines to this song are true. God did not make any mistakes when He created us. For example, there are some things that show we were “born this way” and that we cannot change. For example, we cannot change where or how we were born. We cannot change who our parents are. We cannot change our fingerprints. We cannot change our DNA, or our skin color.

However, just as there are things we cannot change, there are some things that we can change. We can change the way we behave. We can change our attitudes. We can even change our sexual behaviour. For example, if a person was a fornicator, they can stop; if a person was an adulterer, they can stop; if a person was a homosexual, they can stop that behaviour as well. If a person accepts Christ into their hearts, they become born again this way, and God can help them to stop unproductive behaviour. We cannot change how we were born physically, but we can change once we are born again.

In John 3, we are told of a certain man named Nicodemus who came to Jesus at night seeking to know more about Him. Jesus told him in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jesus knew that Nicodemus could not do anything about his physical birth, but he could do something about his spiritual birth. He had to be born again this way – through Jesus Christ. Like Nicodemus, I, too, had to be born again, and Jesus Christ turned my life around. Allow me to read a poem to you that describes this:

I gave my heart to Jesus
On a blustery, winter day.
A man showed me Jesus loved me
And I was born again this way.

I used to have no need for God
Never minded what preachers say.
But through the Bible, I saw the light
And I was born again this way.

I could’ve continued on my sinful path
And if I did, I’d have to pay.
But God’s light shone down into my soul
And I was born again this way.

You can give your heart to Jesus too
No matter if you’re a liar, cheater, or gay.
All you must do is believe on Him
And you can be born again this way.

Dear friend, all of us have sinned. We have all broken our fellowship with God. Adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lying, cheating, and every wrong thing that we have ever done in life has separated us from God. Yes, you were born with a sinful nature but you can be born again through Jesus Christ.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Born Again”

The Hope for America and the World Lies in Jesus Christ

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #61

John 14:1-6: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Yes! There is hope for our great country. God was able to turn the very wicked nation of Nineveh around in the days of Jonah. Our country owes its greatness to God. Our hope lies in Him as well. President Lincoln was convinced that we can be assured of hope if we turn to God in genuine repentance. Not only will we be pardoned and shown mercy, but our nation will be blessed of God.

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch as he sings “Jesus Is the Answer” and The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir singing “High And Lifted Up”.

Josh Hamilton: How Jesus Brought Him Back from the Brink (Gospel Light Minute #53)

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Josh Hamilton

Josh Hamilton

He is an All Star outfielder for the Texas Rangers. He was the first overall pick in the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He was considered a blue chip prospect until injuries and a drug addiction derailed his career in 2001. Prior to the 2007 season, He was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Cincinnati Reds) in the Rule 5 Draft. He made his MLB debut in 2007 with the Reds and had a successful rookie season. During the off-season he was traded to the Texas Rangers for Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.

In 2008 He was named to the American League All Star team, and made the All-Star team the next two seasons as well. He also participated in the Home Run Derby, where he hit a record 28 home runs in the opening round and finished with 35 home runs, which was second-most all-time in derby history.

He hit for a league-leading .359 average in 2010, winning his first batting title. This was the fourth-best batting average since the end of the 2004 season. He also finished fourth in Major League Baseball in On-Base Percentage (.411), first in Slugging Percentage (.633) and On-Base Plus Slugging (1.044), and tied for tenth in home runs (32), despite missing 29 games due to an injury. He was also one of just 25 players to have 100 RBIs. On October 22, He and the Rangers won the 2010 ALCS. It was the first time in Rangers history they had gone to a World Series. To get there they had to beat the defending Champions the New York Yankees. With four home runs, 7 RBIs, and the recipient of several intentional walks in the AL Championship Series win against the Yankees, He was selected as the MVP of the 2010 ALCS. He also won the AL Players Choice Award for Outstanding Player in 2010. He most recently became the 16th player in Major League Baseball history to hit four home runs in one game and the first since Carlos Delgado in 2003, and he now holds the AL record for most total bases in a game at 18

His struggles with drugs and alcohol are also well documented. He finally got clean after being confronted by his grandmother. When giving a brief summary of his recovery, He says simply: “It’s a God thing.” He does not shy away from telling his story, speaking to community groups and fans at many functions. He frequently publicly tells stories of how Jesus brought him back from the brink and that faith is what keeps him going. His name is Josh Hamilton.

GLMX #97: How You Can Be Completely Debt Free for Real

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The Bible asks this question, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) You might be debt free or even financially successful; however, the Bible states that you are in debt to God. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:10, 23) Your debt to God must be paid.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “I Am Free”

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”.

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