Fernando Tatis: God is the ‘Real Deal’; ‘It’s the Best Relationship Ever’ (Gospel Light Minute #189)

Fernando Tatis
Fernando Tatis

He is a former professional baseball player. Over his 11 year career, he played for the Texas Rangers, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the New York Mets as well as the Montreal Expos and the Baltimore Orioles. He currently holds the Major League record for RBIs in an inning, becoming the only player in MLB history to hit two gran slam home runs in one inning during a 1999 game. He played his last game in 2010 before officially retiring in 2014. In 2008, he received The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award for the National League and was named to the Dominican Republic national baseball team for the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

In an interview with CBN, he said of his faith, “In those difficult moments in my life, I pray. I pray and continue to pray. I know that God has the answer. Not in the moment that I want, but I know in His moment, because I know that His moment is going to be the right moment….I’m different, because I’m a Christian. Every Christian should be different. Faith is everything. If you put God in your heart and ask Him, ‘I want the real deal,’ God is going to answer you. He’s going to support you. It’s the best relationship ever. More than your wife, your mother, you father. Jesus is going to support you in every moment of your life.”

His name is Fernando Tatis. Continue reading “Fernando Tatis: God is the ‘Real Deal’; ‘It’s the Best Relationship Ever’ (Gospel Light Minute #189)”

Jesus Christ — Our Coming King, Part 1 (Onward Christian Soldiers #48)

Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian Soldiers
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TEXT: John 14:1-3: “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.”

In previous lessons, we have learned much about how we ought to live the Christian life on this Earth. However, Jesus Christ made it clear to His disciples that one day He is coming back to take us out of this world and take us to Heaven to be with Him. He promised us that He was going to prepare a place for us in Heaven and that He would return to take us there.

When Jesus ascended to Heaven after His resurrection, two angels appeared to His disciples and said to them, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” In this lesson, we will ask and answer several questions about the second coming of Jesus Christ. That is the great event we have to look forward to.

1. Who is Jesus coming for? Jesus Christ is coming back for believers.

Luke 17:35-36 says, “Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” When Jesus comes again, there will be a great separation — the believers will be separated from the unbelievers. The believers will go to be with the Lord Jesus; and the unbelievers will be left behind.

2. When will Jesus return? The Bible does not tell us the time when Jesus Christ will return. In fact Matthew 24:36 tells us, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” When Christ comes to take His believers to be with Him, He will come suddenly and unexpectedly — like “a thief in the night.”

In a moment, “in the twinkling of an eye,” every believer will be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. This includes both those who have died and those who are living when Christ comes. The Bible says in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

Most of the world will not be expecting Jesus’ return, however true believers will be looking forward to the second coming of Christ.

3. What will happen to believers? After we are caught up to be with the Lord, we will be judged for the works that we did after we became followers of Jesus Christ. This judgment is called “the Judgment Seat of Christ,” and only believers will be there. 2 Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

Some believers will receive great rewards at this judgment because they were faithful in serving the Lord Jesus. Others will receive few rewards, or none at all because they did not live for the Lord and serve Him faithfully.

After the Judgment Seat of Christ, “the Marriage Supper of the Lamb” will take place. There is no way for us to describe how beautiful and wonderful this event will be. As the Bride of Christ, we will be joined to the Lord Jesus — to love Him and to be loved by Him forever.

The judgment seat of Christ and the marriage supper of the Lamb are two great events that we as believers have to look forward to. These events should inspire us to live faithfully throughout our time on this earth as we wait for our coming King. Lord willing, in our next lesson, we will look at three more questions regarding Jesus Christ as our coming King.

Bryan Davis: “To Have a Relationship with Christ is to Have Enough” (Gospel Light Minute #159)

Bryan Davis
Bryan Davis

He is a professional basketball player who played college basketball at Texas A&M University. He played for the San Antonio Spurs in the Summer of 2010 before signing with a Polish team for the rest of the season. During this same year, he was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team as well as the All-Big 12 Third Team. In 2011, he signed with the GasTerra Flames of the Netherlands and was named a PLK All-Star. From 2012 to 2013, he played for teams in the Ukraine, China, and South Korea. In 2014, he signed with the Wellington Saints in New Zealand and was named a New Zealand National Basketball League champion.

He said of his faith, “There have been times in my life that I was told that I could not achieve something, and at those times I have looked to my favorite lifeline from the Bible: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ This promise from Philippians 4:13 has guided me and energized me. It reminds me that I can face any life challenge with Jesus Christ. Therefore, to have a relationship with Christ is to have enough. I attribute my success to my faith in God and our relationship, and my strong family values [from the Bible]. And I always hold close to this folk proverb: The smarter a man is, the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything.”

His name is Bryan Davis.

Clint Dempsey: Soccer Star says his ‘Faith in Christ’ Gives him ‘Confidence for the Future’ (Gospel Light Minute #153)

Clint Dempsey
Clint Dempsey

He is an American soccer player who plays for the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer. He is the captain of the United States national team. As a teenager, he played for one of the top youth soccer clubs in the state, the Dallas Texans, before playing for Furman University’s men’s soccer team. In 2004, he was drafted by Major League Soccer club New England Revolution. Between 2007 and 2012, he played for Premier League team Fulham and is the club’s highest Premier League goal scorer of all time. He also became the first American player to score a hat-trick in the English Premier League, in the 5–2 win over Newcastle United in January 2012.

He first represented the United States at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates. And in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, he scored the team’s only goal of the tournament. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he scored against England, becoming only the second American to score goals in multiple World Cup tournaments. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he beat his previous record, making the fifth fastest goal in World Cup history. He and his team are currently playing in the World Cup in Brazil.

In an interview with Christian Today, he said that his faith did not become active and real to him until after his sister died from a brain aneurysm. He said, “Her death triggered all kinds of questions about why some things happen and what role God played in it all. For a number of years, I struggled and put distance between God and me. But He was faithful and patient and provided gradual healing and strength.” When he went to college and got into Bible study, his faith became more real to him. He said, “God’s Word brought me peace and a desire for a relationship with Him. I found that questioning Him and searching for answers through Scripture helped me grow and gave me direction. Now my faith in Christ is what gives me confidence for the future. I know that through both good times and bad, He is faithful and will watch over me.”

When two of his college teammates died in a car crash on their way to a concert that he only pulled out of because he didn’t have the money to go, it gave him a gratitude for life and a desire to make sure his life is for God more than anything else. He said, “Today, I pray for strength to walk the road before me. I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing success He has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.”

His name is Clint Dempsey. Continue reading “Clint Dempsey: Soccer Star says his ‘Faith in Christ’ Gives him ‘Confidence for the Future’ (Gospel Light Minute #153)”

Pray! Think! Do! (Part 5) — the Postscript

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #153

TEXT: Philippians 4:10-20

We have been looking at Philippians chapter 4 over the past few weeks, primarily with a focus on the first ten verses. Those verses speak to the spiritual, mental, and physical duties of the believer — praying, thinking, and doing. However, Philippians is primarily a personal letter which Paul wrote to some young believers to thank them for the help they had given in his time of need. Paul took the occasion to give them some much needed advice on living the Christian life which we have benefited from as well.

Today, we are going to briefly look at the latter part of Philippians chapter 4 in Part 5 of this series which I am going to call “the Postscript.” “Postscript” is where we get the term “P.S.” from — it is an additional remark at the end of a letter. Even though these latter verses do not fit under the “Pray! Think! Do!” message series, we would be remiss if we simply passed over this wonderful portion of the Word of God.

In these verses, we see that after Paul commands the Philippian believers to pray, think, and do, he talks with them about the provisions of God for His people. He thanks them for sending gifts to him during his imprisonment in Rome. However, he also shares that he is content with or without gifts because his trust is in God, not in people. Paul’s example is important for us today because we live in a time when it is easy to begin to trust in people, money, material things, or our status in society as our security in this world. However, as history and painful experience have shown time and time again, people’s fortunes can change just as fast as the shifting of the wind. What matters at these times is who or what you are leaning on for support and guidance in this life. If you are leaning on something or someone that has fallen down or who has suddenly been taken away, then you are going to fall down too. However, if you are leaning on the everlasting arms of Jesus — if you are standing on the solid rock — you can survive and thrive in spite of the storms you face. And that is one of the things God wants us to learn from the life of the Apostle Paul.

1. God wants us to learn from Paul’s contentment. In verse 11, Paul writes, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”

2. God wants us to learn from Paul’s can-do spirit. I believe this was the main reason why Paul could be content no matter his circumstances. In verse 13, Paul says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

3. God wants us to learn from Paul’s conviction. In verse 19, Paul says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

You can be content no matter what your circumstances are if you get ahold of these two principles: (1) That Christ’s strength working in you will give you the ability to handle any situation you face. You can do all things through Christ! (2) That God will supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. No matter what others do, place your confidence in Christ. He has all that you will ever need, and He will supply all that you will ever need.

MUSICAL SELECTION: “Blessed Be The Name Of The Lord” by The Katinas and “There is a Fountain Filled with Blood” by Aretha Franklin

GLMX #179: Young Aitzaz’s Sacrifice

Police official Shakirullah Bangash said Aitzaz intercepted the bomber some 150 metres (490 feet) away from the main gate of the school, which has around 1,000 students (Credit: Daily Mail)

This past week, the world saw an example of incredible sacrifice.

Fourteen-year-old Aitzaz Bangash was on his way to school in northwestern Pakistan when he and his classmates spotted a man hiding a bomb underneath a school uniform. When the man asked directions to the school, Aitzaz (A-zaz) knew for sure that he meant to bring death and destruction to him and his classmates.

While the other students backed away from the suicide bomber, Aitzaz followed him and challenged him. When the man didn’t stop his approach to the school, Ait-zaz tackled the man at the school gate. There at the gate, the suicide bomber’s bomb went off. He was killed. Ait-zaz was also killed.

Ait-zaz’s brave actions — and his death — prevented the deaths of dozens of students that day.

Ait-zaz’s actions are a modern-day picture of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ paid for all men so that they would not have to die and go to hell.The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to be the Savior of the world. Jesus came to save us from the consequences of sin,which is Hell. In His work as a Savior, Jesus Christ, took our place offering His own life as a sacrifice.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth (or showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” In John 15:13, Jesus Christ said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Dozens of children were able to live another day because of Ait-zaz’s sacrifice.

Jesus Christ laid down His life so that you and I can live forever in Heaven with God But, we cannot gain this eternal life unless we make a decision to accept this gift of salvation. Allow me to show you how you can accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

+ Plus, listen to Hillsong singing “Mighty to Save”

No New Year Without a New You 2.0

How to Have a New You for the New Year and Have the Best Year of Your Life

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #147

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Every time a new year rolls around, people begin to think about things they can change in their lives. Some people say that they are going to lose weight and start eating healthy. Others say that they are going to go back to college or get out of debt. Some say that they are going to write a book or start their own business. And others commit to getting organized or spending more time with family and friends.

The start of a new year is indeed a great occasion to make a change in your life. I believe that God gives us such time markers as a way for us to stop, look back at our lives, and identify things that we can change for the future. However, many people focus on making only outward changes — changes that will improve the way they look, improve their standard of living, or improve how others see them. I believe that the best change you can make is a change from the inside out — a change of heart, spirit, and mind. In other words, a change that brings about a new you for the new year. For there cannot truly be a New Year for you if there is no new you for the New Year.

So, today, I want to share with you from the Word of God how you can become a new you as we head into the new year. In Second Corinthians chapter 5, Paul is writing to the Corinthian believers about the implications of Christ’s death. He emphasizes that Christ died for “all men”, so anyone can have a new life through Jesus Christ. Because of Christ’s death, salvation was not limited to the Jews, but was opened to everyone. This is good news for us today because it lets us know that anyone can have a great change in their life through the power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many people have found new life in Christ. Some famous people whom you have heard of, such as: singer Carrie Underwood, Super-Bowl winning football coach Tony Dungy, NBA player Kevin Durant, rapper LL Cool J, writer and news commentator Kirsten Powers, actor Blair Underwood, Olympic athlete Brady Ellison, Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, and PGA golf tour champion Webb Simpson, have all stated that the person who made the biggest difference in their lives is Jesus Christ.

I want you to know that you can join the likes of these and many other people by allowing Jesus Christ to make a new you for the new year and for your life beyond. How can such change come about?

1. First of all, to have a new you for the new year, you must be “in Christ.” Verse 17 begins with, “therefore if any man be in Christ…”

2. To have a new you for the new year, you must realize that you are a “new creature.” Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature…”

3. To have a new you for the new year, you must put away all “old things.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says that “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch and Marvin Winans as they sing “All Because of Jesus” and Hillsong singing “Amazing Love”.

GLMX #127: A New Birth for a New Year

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Many people see the New Year as a time to turn over a new leaf, to turn their backs on bad habits and old ways that do not benefit them, and to make changes in their lives that will make their future better and brighter than their past. Henry Ward Beecher once said, “Every man should be born again on the first day of January.”

The Bible speaks of the need for us to be “born again.” In John chapter 3, Jesus Christ explains to a man named Nicodemus that “Ye must be born again.” The new birth that Jesus Christ is talking about is not a physical rebirth — one that changes how we look on the outside, but a spiritual birth — one that changes how we really are on the inside.

+ Plus, listen to Newsboys singing “Born Again”

No New Year Without a New You

Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #90

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Every time a new year rolls around, folks begin to think about things they can change in their lives. Some people say that they are going to lose weight and start eating healthy. Others say that they are going to go back to college or get out of debt. Some say that they are going to write a book or start their own business. And others commit to getting organized or spending more time with family and friends.

The start of a new year is indeed a great occasion to make a change in your life. I believe that God gives us such time markers as a way for us to stop, look back at our lives, and identify things that we can change for the future. However, many people focus on making only outward changes — changes that will improve the way they look, improve their standard of living, or improve how others see them. I believe that the best change you can make is a change from the inside out — a change of heart, soul, and mind. In other words, a change that brings about a new you for the new year. For there cannot truly be a New Year for you if there is no new you for the New Year.

So, today, I want to share with you from the Word of God how you can become a new you as we head into the new year. In Second Corinthians chapter 5, Paul is writing to the Corinthian believers about the implications of Christ’s death. He emphasizes that Christ died for “all men”, so anyone can have a new life. Because of Christ’s death, salvation was not limited to the Jews, but was opened to everyone. This is good news for us today because it lets us know that anyone can have a great change in their life through the power of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and become a new you for the new year — anyone can become a new person. How can such change come about?

+ Plus, listen to Andrae Crouch sing “My Tribute (To God be the Glory)” and Adam Young singing “In Christ Alone”

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”