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Basic Gospel: Just a Minute! with Bob Christopher

 

God Spoke

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Bob ChristopherThe writer of Hebrews starts the letter with these words."Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke."Think about that.God spoke to us.In times past, his word was given by the prophets.But now he is speaking to us, to you, by his Son.Did you hear that?God is speaking to you through Jesus about, as the writer of Hebrews describes it, "such a great salvation."It is a word urging you to rest in the finished work of the cross and to take hold of your new and abundant life in Jesus.It's a word that says draw near and receive grace and mercy in your time of need.His word to you by Jesus is good news.

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Do Not Hold This Sin Against Them - Monday, October 21, 2019
An angry mob seized Stephen and brought him before the council.This man, they said, speaks blasphemous words against Moses and God.Well in his defense, Stephen delivered a stinging history of Israel beginning with Abraham.Stiff-necked, uncircumcised in heart and ears, always resisting the Holy Spirit.That was Israel.And just like they did with the prophets, they betrayed and murdered the Righteous One.The ones who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.At this the council dragged him outside the city and stoned him.In his last breath, he cried out, "do not hold this sin against them".Here is the good news. God does not hold your sins agains you.
Better Than Angels - Sunday, October 20, 2019
What's all the fascination with angels?Well, it's nothing new.Mankind has been fascinated with angelic beings since the beginning.But there is someone greater.His name is Jesus.God's one and only son.These angels that we are so fascinated with bow at his feet and worship him.The writer of Hebrews gives us seven reasons why.This Jesus is the heir of all things.And it was through him all things were created.He is the radiance of God's glory, the exact imprint of his nature.He upholds the universe by his powerHe made purification for our sinsAnd he sits at God's right hand.Maybe it's time to take a fresh look at Jesus.And become fascinated with him.
Get in The Game - Saturday, October 19, 2019
All the seniors were gathered in the auditorium to decide the theme for the senior prom.Strawberry Fields Forever, that was my idea, my vision.And I was going to pitch it that morning.When I had the opportunity to speak, I froze.What if my friends hated my idea, or laughed at me.My friend Tom kept nudging me to stand and speak.I just sat there in silence, handcuffed by fear.It wasn't a good day for me.Later on in life, I learned that perfect love casts out all fear.That it gives you the courage and freedom to get in the game instead of sitting on the sideline.Let me encourage you today to take a fresh look at the perfect love of God.It will help you punch your fears in the face and learn to truly live.
Take the Lead - Friday, October 18, 2019
Leaders lead in one of two ways.They either rule over people and use people to further their own selfish ambitions.They power-hungry leaders often, as we have seen in the headlines lately, take advantage and abuse those in their charge.The second group leads by serving.Jesus explained this way of leadership to his disciples."whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant "Now the difference gets down to your view of people.One sees people as objects to use for his or her personal gain.The other sees that all people possess infinite worth in the sight of God.As a believer in Christ. Take the lead on this front and show the world that caring and serving those on your team is the best way to lead.
Every Person Matters - Thursday, October 17, 2019
In 2016 over 4 1/2 billions hours were spent watching porn.And that was on one porn site.As Matt Walsh wrote in his article, We're a Nation of Porn Addicts, this adds up to over 500 thousand years worth of porn consumed in the span of 12 months.Sadly, as Walsh explains, "the porn watching experience is by design empty, hollow and dehumanizing."In other words porn lies about the value of human beings.But the Gospel tells a different story. Christ declared with power and authority, that every person matters and that every person has infinite worth in God's sight.It's a the truth that will reshape your thinking and move you to treats others as God does.
Set Apart to Love Others - Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Every believer wants to know the will of God.Concerning sexual immorality, the Bible is abundantly clear.1 Thessalonians 4 puts it this way."For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality."Well you have been sanctified, or set apart.As 1 Corinthians 6:11 states, "you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."Not only that you know God.You know his love and grace and forgiveness and mercy. And it's this knowledge of God that reshapes how you view and treat others.Now the lost world is still bound by the cravings of the flesh.But not you, you've been set apart to love others as God in Christ loves you.
Flee! - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
In the state of Texas, fleeing the scene of an accident is against the law.If you were involved in the accident in any way, you are required to stay to either render aid or provide information as a witness.Fleeing is a no, no.But according to the Bible there is one scene that we should all flee.And that is from sexual immorality.We all face it.In the workplace, at school, in the neighborhood, and yes, even in the church.And when you do, count on hearing this from the Holy Spirit - "flee".It's the most spiritual thing you can do.Your body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord.When sexual temptation comes your way, turn and run. You'll be glad you did.
Do You Believe God's Testimony? - Monday, October 14, 2019
The Bible is God's testimony about his Son.It's a testimony about who Jesus is and what he accomplished through his death, burial, and resurrection.Now concerning his identity, God the Father had this to say, first through the Psalmists and then through the writer of Hebrews."Your throne, O God, is forever and ever."So what did God the Father say about Jesus the Son?That Jesus the Son is God.That Jesus and the Father are one.As the Hebrews 1:3 states, Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature.This is God's testimony concerning Jesus.Let me ask:Do you believe God's testimony.Do you believe that Jesus is God?
My Lord and My God - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Thomas did not believe his friends when they told him they had seen Jesus.He needed proof.He explained, "unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe."Eight days later, Jesus just appeared in their midst.And he said to Thomas, "put your finger here, and see my hands, and put out your hand and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe!"Thomas saw Jesus.And this proof that he had been raised from the dead moved Thomas to say, "My Lord and my God."It's the same for you.Because you believe in your heart God raised Jesus from the dead, you say with your mouth, "My Lord and my God."
Lectionary Calendar
Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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