Mar 29, 2012

Responding to the Jehovah’s Witness attacks

on the deity of Christ
by Matt Slick

If Jesus is God, why did he pray to the Father in John 17?

Jesus prayed to the Father because as a man, under the Law (Gal. 4:4), he needed to pray to the Father. 

 The Bible teaches that he was both God and man (Col. 2:9; John 8:58 with Ex. 3:14).  Also, Jesus has two natures.  Therefore, we will see two types of scripture concerning Jesus: those that seem to focus on His divine-side, and those that seem to focus on His human-side. The Jehovah's Witnesses are simply ignoring, or changing, the divine-side scriptures and concentrating on those that describe His human-side.

Also, God is a Trinity which means that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are all divine, but are distinct persons, not three gods.

The person of the Son prayed to the person of the Father. 

 This makes sense since Jesus was fully divine and fully human at the same time.

If Jesus is God, why did Jesus say the Father was greater than He (John 14:28)?

He said this because His position was different than that of God the Father, not His nature. 

Heb. 2:9 says that Jesus was made for a little while lower than the angels and Gal. 4:4 says, He was under the Law.  Therefore, as a man he was in a lesser position that the Father, but not different in nature.  This would also explain why he grew in wisdom and stature (Luke 2:52).

By comparison, a husband is the head of the family and the wife is not. Though their positions are different, he has greater authority, their natures are the same.  This is how it works with Jesus. 

His nature is the same as the Father, but he was sent by the Father (John 6:44) and was in a lesser position due to his incarnation and being under the Law.

Why did Jesus ask, "Why call me good, only God is good?" in Luke 18:19?

Jesus said this because it is true that only God is good. 

When Jesus said this he wasn't saying that people can't do good things on a human level but that true goodness belongs to God alone. 

 He is the standard of what is good

So, we must ask the Jehovah's Witness, "Was Jesus good?" Obviously, the answer has to be yes.  Therefore, when Jesus said only God was good, he was confirming His own deity because what He was doing was/is good.

Why did Jesus say that He could only do those things that He saw the Father do in John 5:19?

He said this because as God in flesh he was able to do the same things that God the Father could do.  No mere man or angel could rightfully say this.  If Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, then he would naturally be able to do whatever the Father can do. 

Therefore, Jesus is divine

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Mar 28, 2012

Prayer points for 27th march 2011

Please do pray for the prayer points if you are led by the lord.
As we are getting many prayer requests we want to publish which can be published.As we have a strong army of Prayer warriors we want you to join the force to make a difference in the society.Please rush your prayers to
Prayer Points
1.Pray for a 17 year Boy from Rajasthan who is taking drugs.
2.Pray for Unmarried Christian girls who are in their 30s.
3.Pray for the Churches with financial difficulty.
4.Please pray for Doulos meetings in Banswara during the passion week.
5.Hindi Christian books and bible distribution in India.

Mar 26, 2012

The God Who Won’t Give Up

By Max Lucado
Not everyone in Jesus’ world gave him a warm welcome. Not everyone received him with grace. And many didn’t just ignore him, they rejected him.

Isaiah prophesied his reception like this:
 “He was despised and rejected by men” (Isa. 53:3 NIV).

John summarized the rejection of Jesus with these words:
 “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10-11 NIV).

How did Christ endure treatment like that?

 At any point he could have said, “I quit. I’ve had enough.” Why didn’t he? What kept him from giving up?

I wonder if Lee Ielpi understands the answer? He is a retired firefighter, a New York City firefighter.

 He gave twenty-six years to the city. But on September 11, 2001, he gave much more. He gave his son. Jonathan Ielpi was a fireman as well. When the Twin Towers fell, he was there.

Firefighters are a loyal clan.

When one perishes in the line of duty, the body is left where it is until a firefighter who knows the person can come and quite literally pick it up.

Le made the discovery of his son’s body his personal mission. He dug daily with dozens of others at the sixteen-acre graveyard. One Tuesday, December 11, three months after the disaster, his son was found. And Lee was there to carry him out.

He didn’t give up. The father didn’t quit. He refused to turn and leave.

 Why? Because his love for his son was greater than the pain of the search.

 Can’t the same be said about Christ? Why didn’t he quit?

Because the love for his children was greater than the pain of the journey. He came to pull you out. Your world had collapsed.

That’s why he came. You were dead, dead to sin. That’s why he came. He loves you. That’s why he came.

That’s why he endured the distance between us.
“Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he endured the resistance from us.
“Love…endures all things.”

That’s why he went the final step of the incarnation:
“God made him who had not sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21 NIV).

Why did Jesus do that?

There is only one answer. And that answer has one word. Love.

 And that love of Christ “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor. 13:7 NKJV).

Think about that for a moment. Drink from that for a moment. Drink deeply. Don’t just sip or nip. It’s time to gulp. It’s time to let his love cover all things in your life. All secrets. All hurts. All hours of evil, minutes of worry.

The mornings you awoke in the bed of a stranger? His love will cover that. The years you peddled prejudice and pride? His love will cover that. Every promise broken, drug taken, penny stolen. Every cross word, cuss word, and harsh word. His love covers all things.

Let it. Discover along with the psalmist. “He…loads me with love and mercy” (Ps. 103:4).

Picture a giant dump truck full of love. There you are behind it. God lifts the bed until the love starts to slide. Slowly at first, then down, down, down until you are hidden, buried, covered in his love.

“Hey, where are you?” someone asks.

“In here, covered in love.”

Let his love cover all things.

Do it for his sake. To the glory of his name.

Do it for your sake. For the peace of your heart.

And do it for their sake. For the people in your life.

 Let his love fall on you so yours can fall on them.

Mar 22, 2012

Billy Graham says about holiness

As a guard against even the appearance of wrongdoing Graham had a policy that he would never be alone with a woman, other than his wife Ruth.

 Setting aside the sheer number of people he’s come in contact with throughout his 92 year life – much of it in evangelical ministry – it’s an incredibly prudent and noble intention. 

In an age of scandal, Graham wanted to be sure that no one could hold these indiscretions against him, but there’s another side to it: he didn’t want to be lead into temptation.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” 

Think about that for a second. 

It’s one of the parts of the Our Father that most of us rattle off without thinking - but there’s something there.  The act of contrition many of us pray at the end of confession includes a resolution to “sin no more, and to avoid the near occasion of sin.“ 

The near occasion of sin is what the ‘Billy Graham Rule’ is all about.

Being a serious Christian means a few things.  It means living in relationship with God.  It usually involves some sort of conversion experience – either dramatic or gradual.  And then it involves a lifetime of growing in holiness. 

From my (limited, and sometimes frustrating) experience of trying to grow in holiness, one of the most difficult things is shaking off patterns of sin in my life. 

One of the things I struggle with is my temper - I am a passionate person, and a variety of things can get my blood boiling.  But allowing that anger to control me or cause me to act without love and respect for others is obviously counter-productive to the primary goal of my life: becoming a saint and getting to Heaven (while hopefully leading my wife and kids there as well.) 

A few years ago, I played men’s league hockey with a great group of guys who were, unfortunately, not very good at hockey.  I will never claim to be a great hockey player, but I was an average one on this team, and quite often I would come home angry at my inability to help our team win its second or third game of the season.  In my second year with this team it got so bad that it became regular that I would smash my stick over the back of the net after a goal, usually breaking that stick (and costing me $20.)  As I confessed my lack of self-control to my spiritual director, he asked me why I was playing hockey. 

I had started this team because I wanted to relax with a good group of guys and play a sport I’ve loved my whole life. Since playing on this team was doing anything but help me relax, making me angry, and costing me a great deal of money in hockey sticks, I left the team- and play pick-up shinny once or twice a week now instead of league hockey. 

 For the most part, it’s helped me be less angry at the place I’m supposed to be relaxing… avoiding the near occasion of sin.

Most of us, if we’re serious about our spiritual lives, know the places we struggle most with sin. 

 Hockey was a place I would get frustrated and angry.  For some, being on the computer in the middle of the night leads them into temptation to view pornography. 

 A young couple serious about being chaste probably shouldn’t be making out on someone’s bed in a dark room- that’s a good recipe to fall into temptation.  Many who drink excessively (to get drunk) open the door to all sorts of things they otherwise wouldn’t do, usually in complete opposition to growing in holiness.

Turn away from sin and let God transform us more and more into His image (that is what holiness is.) 

 Be aware – as Billy Graham has been throughout his ministry – of the risks and temptations.  But be brave enough also to do something about it. 

And as you pray “lead us not into temptation” – learn to mean it in the areas you struggle the most.

Mar 21, 2012

Leonard Ravenhill on Holiness

"How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?"
"Many pastors criticize me for taking the Gospel so seriously. But do they really think that on Judgment Day, Christ will chastise me, saying, ‘Leonard, you took Me too seriously’?"

"When there’s something in the Bible that churches don’t like, they call it 'legalism.'"
"If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified."
"My main ambition in life is to be on the Devil’s most wanted list."
"There’s a difference between changing your opinion, and changing your lifestyle."

"A popular evangelist reaches your emotions. A true prophet reaches your conscience."
"A true shepherd leads the way. He does not merely point the way."
"No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shop window to display one's talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off."
"If I was to ask you tonight if you were saved? Do you say 'Yes, I am saved'. When? 'Oh so and so preached, I got baptized and...' Are you saved? What are you saved from, hell?

Are you saved from bitterness?
Are you saved from lust?
Are you saved from cheating?
Are you saved from lying?
Are you saved from bad manners?
Are you saved from rebellion against your parents?

Come on, what are you saved from?

"Some women will spend thirty minutes to an hour preparing for church externally (putting on special clothes and makeup, etc.). What would happen if we all spent the same amount of time preparing internally for church—with prayer and meditation?"
"Everyone recognizes that Stephen was Spirit-filled when he was performing wonders. Yet, he was just as Spirit-filled when he was being stoned to death."

"Your doctrine can be as straight as a gun barrel—and just as empty!"
"And there's no room for Him in the inn.
He got a bit older, there was no room in His family, His family turned on Him.
He went to the temple, no room in the temple, the temple turned on Him.
And when He died there was no room to bury Him, He died outside of the city.

Well why in God's Name do you expect to be accepted everywhere?

How is it that the world couldn't get on with the holiest Man that ever lived and can get on with you and me? Are we compromised? Are we compromised? Have we no spiritual stature? Have we no righteousness that reflects on their corruption?"

"There are only two kinds of persons: those dead in sin and those dead to sin."

"If a Christian is not having tribulation in the world, there’s something wrong!"
"Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?"
"That world outside there is not waiting for a new definition of Christianity, it's waiting for a new demonstration of Christianity."
"The Church used to be a lifeboat rescuing the perishing. Now she is a cruise ship recruiting the promising."
"You can have all of your doctrines right—yet still not have the presence of God."
"The question isn't were you challenged. The question is where you changed?"

Mar 20, 2012

Impossible but Possible...

Are you discouraged, looking at the frightening negatives of your life right now?

Here are some wonderful evidences which explain the power of God that transforms the adversities into advancements...

 Rod can float on the sea, but can it divide the sea?
The Power of God divided the sea through the rod of Moses (Exo.14:16:21)

 Bricks can become a wall, but can the waters of Red sea become a wall?
The Power of God made the waters of Red sea as a wall on the right and on the left sides(Exo.14:22)

 Can the sunken iron axe float by throwing a wooden stick in water?
The Power of God made the iron axe head float when Prophet Elisha threw a stick(IIKin.6:6)

 Feet will get wet if dipped in the river, but can the river be cut off?
The Power of God cut off the water as soon as the feet of the priests dipped in the edge of the water(Jos.3:15,16)

 Sand can become a heap, but can the waters become a heap?
The Power of God made the water from upstream to be piled up into a heap(Jos.3:16)

 Donkey will bray, but will it speak?
The Power of God made donkey speak to correct Balaam(Num.22:28)

 The flour is used to make stew, but can it take away the poison?
The Power of God removed the poison through Prophet Elijah just by sing the flour(IIKings4:41)

 Can dead bones give life?
The Power of God enabled the body to rise up with life as it touched the dead bones of Prophet Elisha(IIKings13: 21)

 Hands can tear off clothes, but can they tear apart a lion?
The Power of God made Samson to tear the roaring lion apart with his bare hands(Jud.14:6)

 Clocks rotate forward, but can they rotate backwards?
The Power of God brought the shadow ten degrees backwards

 Can the Sun which is moving all day be made to stand still?
 The Power of God made the sun to stand still in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day for the Israelites(Jos.10:13)

 Fire burns away everything. Is it possible for fire not to touch any-thing thrown in?
The Power of God protected Daniel’s friends from fire without even the smell of fire upon them. (Dan.3:27)

 Can the roaring lion lie down quietly?
The Power of God rescued Daniel by shutting down the mouths of the roaring lions(Dan.6:22)

Water removes dirt, can it remove leprosy?
The Power of God cleansed Naaman’s flesh from leprosy when he dipped himself in the water of Jordan(IIKin.5:14)

 Crow will seek its food, but can it give food to man?
The Power of God made the ravens bring bread and meat to Elijah everyday to feed him(IKings17:6)

 Can someone swallowed by a huge fish come back alive?
The Power of God made the fish to vomit Jonah onto dry land and brought him back(Jonah2:10)

 A wall can be brought down by a bomb, but can it collapse with a shout of praise?
The Power of God made the strong walls of Jericho fell down through the shouts of praise(Jos.6:20)

 Can thousands be fed by the food of one person?
The Power of God fed the hunger of about 5000 people through the meal of a boy(John6:9,13)

 A stone can shoot down a bird, but can it shoot down a giant?
The Power of God struck down the Philistine by the stone slung by David(ISamuel17:50)

 This God created man in His likeness from the dust of the earth. Will not the God who created you do mighty things in your life beyond your expectations through His Power? Will He not change your list of “Impossibilities” into Possibilities” in your life?

Mar 19, 2012

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

This question has been asked in one form or another by people throughout human history and by people around the globe.
Why do "good people" become victims of a disease or a natural disaster?
Why do "good people" get caught in the crossfire of acts of "random" violence?
Why is it that the "good" young men and women of our country have to die in a war against religious fanatics bent on the destruction of freedom and devoted to the subjugation of the world to their ideology?
Why do otherwise innocent children get abused - mentally, emotionally and physically by an older person who is in a position of authority over them?
Why does the young, Christian teenager with a promising future get killed in a car accident?
Why did an "innocent" driver (a "good person") get killed by a drunk driver?

In other words, why do good people have to suffer?

While we cannot possibly know all of the details associated with any individual circumstance, we can know and understand some critical truths from Scripture that provide stability, comfort and strength in the midst of our own times of suffering and that help us understand the reason why bad things happen to good people.

Finally, the real question that is being asked, but not stated here - "Is God really fair?"

Another related question - "Does God really love me?" or "How can a God of love let bad things happen to His children?"
This is one of the most difficult questions for Christians to answer.

The “problem of pain,” as the well-known Christian scholar, C.S. Lewis, once called it, is atheism’s most potent weapon against the Christian faith.

All true science and history, if rightly understood, support the fact of God. This evidence is so strong that, as the Bible says:
“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

Most atheists, therefore, without any objective evidence on which to base their faith in “no God”, must resort finally to philosophical objections. And this problem of suffering is the greatest of these.

That is, they say, how can a God of love permit such things in His world as war, sickness, pain, and death, especially when their effects often are felt most keenly by those who are apparently innocent?

 Either He is not a God of love and is indifferent to human suffering, or else He is not a God of power and is therefore helpless to do anything about it. In either case, the Biblical God who is supposedly one of both absolute power and perfect love becomes an impossible anachronism. Or so they claim!

This is a real difficulty, but atheism is certainly not the answer, and neither is agnosticism.

While there is much evil in the world, there is even more that is good.

This is proved by the mere fact that people normally try to hang on to life as long as they can. Furthermore, everyone instinctively recognizes that “good” is a higher order of truth than “bad”.

We need also to recognize that our very minds were created by God.

We can only use these minds to the extent that He allows, and it is, therefore, utterly presumptuous for us to use them to question Him and His motives.

“Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).

“Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, why hast Thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20).

We ourselves do not establish the standards of what is right. Only the Creator of all reality can do that. We need to settle it, in our minds and hearts, whether we understand it or not, that whatever God does is, by definition, right.

Having settled this by faith, we are then free to seek for ways in which we can profit spiritually from the sufferings in life, as well as the blessings. As we consider such matters, it is helpful to keep the following great truths continually in our minds.

There is really no such thing as the “innocent”suffering.

Since “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), there is no one who has the right to freedom from God’s wrath on the basis of his own innocence.

As far as babies are concerned, and others who may be incompetent mentally to distinguish right and wrong, it is clear from both Scripture and universal experience that they are sinners by nature and thus will inevitably become sinners by choice as soon as they are able to do so.

 The world is now under God’s Curse (Genesis 3:17) because of man’s rebellion against God’s Word.

This “bondage of corruption,” with the “whole world groaning and travailing together in pain” (Romans 8:21-22), is universal, affecting all men and women and children everywhere.

God did not create the world this way, and one day will set all things right again. In that day,
“God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain” (Revelation 21:4).

Learn about how much Jesus Christ suffered

The Lord Jesus Christ, who was the only truly “innocent” and “righteous” man in all history, nevertheless has suffered more than anyone else who ever lived.

And this He did for us!

“Christ died for our sins” (I Corinthians 15:3). He suffered and died, in order that ultimately He might deliver the world from the Curse, and that, even now, He can deliver from sin and its bondage anyone who will receive Him in faith as personal Lord and Savior.

This great deliverance from the penalty of inherent sin, as well as of overt sins, very possibly also assures the salvation of those who have died before reaching an age of conscious choice of wrong over right.

With our full faith in God’s goodness and in Christ’s redemption, we can recognize that our present sufferings can be turned to His glory and our good.

The sufferings of unsaved men are often used by the Holy Spirit to cause them to realize their needs of salvation and to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

The sufferings of Christians should always be the means of developing a stronger dependence on God and a more Christ-like character, if they are properly “exercised thereby” (Hebrews 12:11).

Thus, God is loving and merciful, even when, “for the present,” He allows trials and sufferings to come in our lives.

“For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).