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In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Peter Quill Finally Found his Father, and it’s Important That You Do Too (Gospel Light Minute X #279)


Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 is in theaters now, and one of the greatest mysteries of the popular addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Who is Peter Quill’s father? — has been answered. The first film saw the boy Peter being taken from Earth by alien bounty hunters after his mother, who was dying of cancer, tells him that his father is an angelic, light-filled being. By the end of the film, Peter, who is now a grown man played by Chris Pratt, learns that his father is someone ancient, unknown, and unseen. In Volume 2, Peter finally meets his father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell. Ego is an immortal “living planet”, immensely powerful, who has also been traversing the galaxies searching for his son. Peter learns about his own true nature from his god-like father and realizes that he is far more important than he ever imagined.

Just as Peter does not understand himself or begin to reach his full potential until he meets his father, we will not understand ourselves or begin to reach the highest levels of satisfaction, joy, and contentment until we meet our Divine Father, the Creator God. Augustine prayed, “You have made us for yourself, O God, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Preaching to the Greeks in Acts 17, Paul said, “God made the world and all things therein. He hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

In order to live in full confidence of who you are and where you belong in life, you need to get to know God as your Father. He created you, and He longs for a relationship with you. He wants to be your Father not just in name, but in reality. He loves you already, but He wants to direct you, teach you, guide you, and most importantly, take you to Heaven to be with Him forever. And He has already put everything in place for you to join Him. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ paved the way for you to meet your Father, for Him to meet you, and for you both to enjoy eternity together. Allow me to explain how you can begin a relationship with God today.

First, you must realize and admit that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” This is both spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me the following simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour!

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!

Russell Okung Never Knew his Father, but says the Heavenly Father has Always Been Present (Gospel Light Minute #123)

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Russell Okung

Russell Okung

He is an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks who was drafted as the 6th overall pick in 2010. He played college football for Oklahoma State University. While there, he was twice recognized as an All-American.

Raised in a single-parent household, he never met his father. However, he learned at an early age to focus on God and allow God’s peace to rule his life. He said of his faith, “My father passed when I was a very young boy. I have never had my father in my life, but my heavenly Father has always been present. The Lord has placed plenty of outstanding mentors in my life to help facilitate my walk. I’m blessed enough to have God fearing men of great valor and integrity to help me. My faith is important to me because I realize that I’m not in this world by accident. My faith speaks to my heart. It gives me confidence, strength, and renews me each day. Though I don’t physically see my faith, I see it manifested through my life, with my platform, off and on the field as well as my personal life. My faith is my rock!”

His name is Russell Okung.

GLMX #159: A Good Day to Die Hard?

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In the action movie, A Good Day to Die Hard, Jack McClane, an undercover CIA officer is arrested as a result of an assassination in Russia. When his father, John McClane, a detective and New York City police office hears about it, he decides to go to Russia to help his son get out of his predicament and also to repair the estranged relationship between himself and Jack. Once father and son unite in Russia, they are targeted by two evil men and their cohorts who try to kill them both on multiple occasions. Together, they have to dodge gunbattles, kidnappings, and a car chase. In the end, John and his son do reconcile, and defeat the enemies that are after them.

The movie is a reminder of the great lengths parents will go to in order to help their children get and stay on the right path with their lives. It is also a reminder of how God loves us and wants to reconcile with us — all of humanity –and how he went to great lengths to bring that about. The Bible says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God was under no obligation to do as he did when he sent Jesus Christ to earth. The reason why life on Earth is not perfect is because of sin. All of us are sinners who deserve eternal punishment in Hell. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The reason why we have death in our world is because of sin. There’s no good day to die, and when you die it will be hard. As the Bible says in Proverbs 13:15, “The way of the transgressor (wrong-doer) is hard.” Death is not something to be happy about unless you have been saved through Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death — physical death in the grave, and spiritual death in Hell.

However, because God loves us so much, and because God does not want us to suffer for an eternity separated from him, he sent his perfect, sinless son Jesus Christ to earth to suffer a cruel death on the cross — willingly taking our punishment on himself. He died, and three days later, he rose from the dead.

The day Jesus died was a good day for mankind. His death meant that the day we die does not have to be a bad day. If we give our life to Jesus Christ now, he will usher us into Heaven and into the presence of the Heavenly Father.

Three Types of Fathers to Thank God For

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #123

TEXT: Ephesians 6:1-3

The Bible commands us to honor our fathers and our mothers. And, today, on this Father’s Day, we are going to honor those whom God has placed in our lives as fathers. People down through the years have attested to the benefits that they received by having a father in their life.

Billy Graham said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, un-praised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “The thing that I admire most about my dad is his genuine Christian character. He is a man of real integrity, deeply committed to moral and ethical principles.”

Jim Valvano said, “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

Today, we want to thank God for and honor the good fathers in our lives, but before we get to that, we must recognize the fact that there are a lot of bad fathers, a lot of men who have chosen not to fulfill the role of a father to their children. We constantly hear about it in the news, on radio talk shows, and on television. It has rightly been called the “epidemic” of fatherlessness. This epidemic is especially evident in the black community. We have young people who walk across the graduation stage, get their first job, get married, or reach some other level of success in their lives, and each time they turn around and say, “Thanks, Mom.” Why? Because they didn’t have a good father in their lives. So, we want to briefly deal with the negative side of this coin on this Father’s Day.

As a preface to these three types of bad fathers, notice this verse from one of Paul’s letters. First Timothy 5:8 says, “If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” Now, this verse does not apply only to fathers, but I believe God is saying to men today, ‘How can you call yourself a Christian, if you have abandoned your responsibility in the home? If you have abandoned your responsibility as a father?’

1. The first kind of bad father is the father who won’t stay.

2. Then we have fathers who stay, but who do not care.

3. Finally, we have some fathers who stay, who care, but who do not discipline.

With that being said, let’s turn our attention to the three types of good fathers that we want to thank God for and honor and celebrate on this day. Actor Will Smith was once asked about the problem of fatherlessness in our society, especially in the black community. He said, “There’s so much negative imagery of black fatherhood. I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids, and doing the right thing as a father — and how come that’s not as newsworthy?” We don’t want to make the mistake of overlooking the men who are doing the right thing as a father to their children. And we thank God for those fathers today.

1. The first type of father that we thank God for is the father who stays.

2. The second type of father that we thank God for is the father who steps up.

3. The third type of father that we thank God for is the father who stands in.

+ Plus, listen to the Chicago Mass Choir as they sing “Mighty Good God” and Anthony Evans singing “Just Like You”

GLMX #150: What Fathers Do

Today is Father’s Day, and people across the country are celebrating and honoring their fathers and grandfathers. Fatherhood is no easy task. It requires a lot of heart, discipline, and time. And we are thankful for those fathers who have done their jobs well. Fathers love their children unconditionally. They provide for their families. They are like a protective wall that keeps their children safe from the dangers of bad influences in the world. They train their children and instill in them character traits that they will need throughout their lives. Because that’s what fathers do.

Many fathers also choose to sacrifice in order to make their children’s lives better. This may mean giving up a higher-paying position at work so that they can spend more time at home with their children. Sometimes, it means the father must fill the roles of both parents for various reasons. That’s just what fathers do.

Many fathers aim to follow the example of the Heavenly Father who made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of the world. When God saw that the people he had created were going astray and engaging in all kinds of sin and disobedience he knew that he would have to be separated from the people he had created and loved if something were not done to save us. So, God decided to do something to save us. Because that’s what fathers do.

What he did required a tremendous sacrifice on his part. He decided to send his only Son, Jesus Christ, to Earth to take the punishment that we all deserve for our sins. John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ had to die on the cross to pay for our sins. It was painful for the Heavenly Father to allow this to happen. But he was willing to let it happen because he did not want to lose any of his creation to the clutches of sin and eternity in Hell.

God’s sacrifice paved the way for us to accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and have a home in Heaven with God forever. Have you responded to what the Heavenly Father has done for you? Have you given your life to Jesus Christ who has given his life for you?

If you have not, and you want to make this very important decision today, allow me to show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Plumb singing “Children of the Heavenly Father”

Mike Singletary says Having Jesus in his Life Helps him to be the Man, Husband, and Father that he Should Be (Gospel Light Minute #86)

Mike Singletary

Mike Singletary

He is a NFL football coach and former professional football player. He played college football for the Baylor Bears and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1981 NFL Draft. He was known as “The Heart of the Defense” for the Chicago Bears’ Monsters of the Midway in the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

He later pursued a career as a coach. He served as linebacker coach for the Baltimore Ravens and then for the San Francisco 49ers where he was promoted to the head coaching position. Today, he is currently the linebacker coach and an assistant to the head coach for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League.

Despite his tremendous success on the field, he found that he felt “empty” and unfulfilled. He said, “I had everything. And it was right after the Super Bowl that I realized that I was really, really empty. I had done all this stuff. I had made the Pro Bowl. I just signed a great contract. I was the MVP that year. I had just won the Super Bowl. But I was the emptiest and the most frustrated.” Although he was raised in a Christian home, the lifestyle of sports superstardom had overshadowed his faith, and he had come to a crossroads.

He said, “I just remember, one day, breaking down. I remember saying, ‘Lord, I’m supposed to be Your son, and You don’t talk to me or use me. You don’t do anything. I don’t understand this.’ In my spirit, I heard two things. One was ‘I want to use you, but there are some things that you gotta clean up first.’ The second thing that I had to do was forgive my father.” His father had divorced his mother and walked out on the family when he was 12 years old.

Once he chose to do that, he says, “Day by day, God began to take away some of the bad habits that I had. Had it not been for Jesus Christ in my life, I’m sure I’d be divorced. I’m sure that I’d know my kids from a distance.” Now an ordained minister, author and motivational speaker, he says, “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that I would take in place of my faith. To me, Christ means everything. I know that He’s got my back no matter what I do. So that gives me all the freedom in the world to be the man that He’s called me to be.” His name is Mike Singletary.

GLMX #102: Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

Fathers are one of the greatest blessings that children can have. I remember my father when I was growing up, and how he loved to have fun and spend time with his children. He was a hard working man but he never let his work get in the way of loving his children. Even though my father passed away several years ago, I am looking forward to seeing him again in Heaven and I have felt closer to him since he has been dead than when he was alive.

Many of you have fond memories of your fathers as well. You remember a man who loved you, cared for you, took the time to instruct you and even chastise you when you were wrong. However, some people, children and adults, do not have those fond memories. Some of you have fathers who died when you were young. Some of you have fathers who were killed in war. Some of you have fathers who were absent in your life for whatever reason — some because they thought work and career success was more important than spending time with you. And still others of you unfortunately do not know your father at all because he abandoned you at birth or as a very young child.

Whatever your relationship is with your biological father, I want to tell you about a father-child relationship that you can begin today — in fact you can be born again into it today — no matter how old you are. For over thirty years now, I have enjoyed a relationship with my Heavenly Father that is far greater than my relationship with my earthly father. My Heavenly Father is the God who not only created the Universe, but the God who made every individual, including you. The Bible says in Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”

God says in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” The Bible also says that “God is love.” With God as your Father, you will find a constant companion who will love you and guide you throughout your life from the beginning to your death bed.

Do you want to begin a relationship with your Heavenly Father today on Father’s Day so that you can have the greatest Father’s Day in your life? Let me show you how.

+ Plus, listen to Matt Redman singing “The Father’s Song”

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