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Response to a Muslim Rhyme

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Response to a Muslim Rhyme

 

Oh a lame rhyme, it must be propaganda time.

To issue words of no repute, nonsense of easy dispute.

The question is why, being infidels we must die.

I know these rhymes are weak, but it’s your salvation we seek.

We are up all hours, exposing the lies of houris,

that are not in paradise, for sin you pay the price.

Redemption only in the Son, Yes 3 are One.

To accept Jesus Christ, and showing God as wise.

To him you must turn, grace is given not earned.

Amen.  – Original composition by yours truly 🙂

December 10, 2011 Posted by | Christianity / God, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Who is Jesus Christ

“Who is Jesus Christ?”

For thousands of years man has been asking “Who is Jesus Christ?” Was he a mere man, a prophet, a good teacher or is he really the Son of God as so many Christians proclaim. The best way to answer this questions is to see what happened when Jesus asked his disciples this very same question.

Let’s begin our study on the identity of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 16, where the Lord put the very question to His own disciples:

When they came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his followers, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They answered, “Some say you are John the Baptist. Others say you are Elijah, and still others say you are Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them, “And who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered, “You are blessed, Simon son of Jonah, because no person taught you that. My Father in heaven showed you who I am.” Matthew Chapter 16 versus 13-17 (Matt. 16:13-17)

A few truths about Jesus:

* Jesus is God in the flesh: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”– which means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:23 (this is the fulfilled of prophecy Isaiah 7:14).
* God is three beings who are one known as the trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit.) Jesus is the son of God: “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17.
* Jesus came to save man from their sins: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:35.
* Jesus is the King of all Kings and Ruler of all Rulers: “On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16.
* God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit wants you to have a relationship with them and you can only have that relationship through Christ: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

To have a relationship with God you must first admit that you are a sinner (even small sins are sins). “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23. And because of this sin we are separated from God. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23. But God had a plan to overcome our sin. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. Christ sacrificed himself on the cross to pay for our death so that we could have eternal life with him. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8. And, everyone who accepts Jesus Christ as their savior will have eternal life. “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9.

Do you understand that you are a sinner, do you believe that Jesus Christ came as your savior from sin and are you prepared to receive God’s gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? If you are ready then believe in Christ, turn away from your sin and give your life to Jesus as your savior. Now express your heart to God through a prayer like this… “Dear God, I know that I have sin and do not deserve heaven. I am truly sorry and I believe that Your Son Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose again from the grave to pay for my sins. I accept your free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

December 7, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Inviting People to Jesus

“Ah! dear friend, you little know the possibilities which are in you.”
Charles H. Spurgeon

If God asked you to be a missionary and to leave your home with little money and fly to South America when you spoke little Spanish, would you go? That is exactly what God asked untrained 19 year old Bruce Olson to do in 1959. Bruce tells an amazing story about how he landed in Venezuela and set out into the jungle to meet the Barí people. His efforts lead to him being shot with an arrow, getting very ill and being distrusted by the local people, but it later turned to him connecting with the locals and leading whole tribes to Christ. All because Bruce did what God called him to do.

This reminds me of when Andrew met Jesus for the first time and what his first response was. (John 1:35-42) Andrew is hanging out with John the Baptist the day after john had Baptized Jesus. “When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, ‘Look, the Lamb of God!” John 1:36. Andrew was very excited when he heard this. The promised Messiah, revealed in over 300 Old Testament scriptures such as Isaiah 7:14, had arrived. Andrew knew that this day, this man was very significant. His response here is great. “The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).” John 1:41.

You might be asking, “Who is Andrew?” Here are a few facts about him.

* He is Peter’s brother
* His name means “Manley” (probably born with hair on his chest)
* He was a Fisherman, outdoorsman, and a common laborer
* He would have been on the crew of Discovery’s Deadliest Catch
* He was a quiet man
* He is only mentioned twelve times in the bible with four of the times being grouped with other people

While few know much about Andrew, his life was lived leading others to Jesus. Andrew led Peter to Jesus, but he didn’t stop there. Later in John 12 a group of Greeks want to meet Jesus and went to Philip who was unsure what to do. Philip then went to Andrew who immediately led them all to meet Jesus. For him it was a no brainer. Everyone needed to know Jesus! While people like Andrew and Bruce serve to inspire us, very few of us follow their lead.

A few years ago the Lilly Endowment did a survey of 300,000 worshippers in 2,200 churches over 8 different denominations. They found that ¾ of churchgoers came because someone invited them to church. However, 54 percent of them have not invited anyone to church in the last year. Lifeway did a poll a couple of years ago and found that 67% of Americans would me more than willing to visit a church is they were invited by a family member and 56% of Americans would go if a friend invited them, but less than half the church invites people to church and I can guarantee that even less people talk about their relationship with Christ with people outside of the church.

The problem is that most church goers see telling people about Jesus a religious exercise, a chore, a responsibility and a duty. It is not that we don’t love Jesus; it’s that we don’t realize the eternal significance. Jesus tells us that “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. We forget that if the people we love don’t love Jesus, they’re not going to heaven. This is not about the church reaching out, about you reaching out. Being a witness for Christ is not an option. Being a witness is what we are before what we do.

This week I encourage you to do these five things:

1. Ask God, through prayer, to show you the world through His eyes
2. Look for the invisible people who the world has forgotten
3. Do the unexpected and show compassion to those who need Chirst
4. Choose to love those around you with abandonment
5. Share Jesus. You must use words with your actions!

If you don’t know what to tell them then say this, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and are separated from God for eternity, but God so loved the world he gave His one and only begotten son, who ever believes in him and accepts him as their savior, will not die and go to hell but have ever lasting life with God in heaven.”

Now Go.

http://youbeginhere.com/2010/10/walking-people-to-jesus/

 

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December 7, 2010 Posted by | Christianity / God, Mormon Christianity, Societal / Cultural Issues, Understanding Islam | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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