035: An Incurable Consequence


God is so good. I’m sure every Christian will testify that no matter how many times we mess up, no matter how many times we stray, God always gently picks us up, dusts us off, and puts us back on track. God is a loving, merciful God, but do we take this marvelous grace for granted? Is there a point of no return?

Thank God we live in an age of grace. But there is a danger of abusing this grace. Grace isn’t cheap! The bill was paid for in blood, Christ’s blood that He shed on Calvary.

Yet many grumble . . . I want to live a little, at least while I’m young. Let me sow a few wild oats, then I’ll settle down and get serious with God later on in life. He’ll forgive me. Right?

Maybe that’s not you. You’re saved, and you try to do what’s right. You would never admit it to anyone, but deep down you regret your decision to serve Christ. You’ve lived right and tried to serve the Lord, but feel cheated. While the ungodly prosper, you feel like you’ve been slapped in the face. You question why God would allow so many bad things to happen to you. You know Jesus gave His life for you, yet you feel a temptation to give in, to partake of worldly pleasures.

Saved or not, God knows you better than you know yourself. He loves you with an unfailing love. God has a glorious eternity planned for you that far exceeds any pleasure you could experience on earth. Why would anyone flirt with disaster and put their eternity at risk? Tune in to this podcast episode and realize the stakes are too high. You can’t afford to gamble because how you exit this life determines where you will spend eternity.

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034: The Gospel Is . . .


The Gospel . . . It’s the good news!

Oh yeah, I heard the Gospel once. I walked down the aisle of a church many years ago and said the sinner’s prayer. It felt good at the time . . . relieved my guilty conscience. I’m glad I did it, but I’m a very private person. I just can’t show up every time the church doors are open.

Can you relate?

I made my peace with God so I’m set, right? I don’t want to get too fanatical about Jesus. I mean I respect those who do, but it’s just not my style.

Why is it that some devote a whole lifetime to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, while others treat it as nothing more than an insurance policy to protect themselves from destruction?

The Gospel is more than just a one-time experience. It’s a story that never grows old! The Gospel is ever unfolding, full of mystery and wonder, treasured by all those who pursue its truths. If you think you know all there is to know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I challenge you to tune in to this podcast episode. A whole lifetime of study and devotion could never exhaust the richness of the Gospel.

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033: A Far Country


It’s getting late, way past your bedtime, but Friday night only comes once a week! The family begs you. Please! Oh please stay up and spend some time with us!

You’re exhausted, but can’t resist! You love spending time with the family and can’t say no.

Can anybody relate?

You try to engage, but can barely keep your eyes open. After a few minutes, when nobody is watching, you kick back the recliner. Before you know it, you have relaxed your way into a comfort zone, drifting in and out of sleep.

I mean you’re not sound asleep. You can still hear the voices, the giggling, and the bustling about in the kitchen. Oh no, not the kitchen! I pray they don’t make a big mess! Then you smell it . . . okay, it’s just popcorn.

Half asleep, with eyes closed, you can still keep up with your family’s conversations. Jolted by an outburst of laughter, you peek through squinted eyelids to see what all the commotion is about. You don’t know what’s so funny, but force your eyes wide open long enough to participate in the amusement anyway. Then off you go, back into your blissful rest.

We’ve all reached this point of exhaustion . . . too tired to focus on anything but sleep.

How much of our spiritual lives do we experience in this same state of lethargy?

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Ephesians 5:14

Are we awake to all that’s going on in the Spiritual realm? Or have we been lulled to sleep by the pomp and circumstance of this life? Is it a pursuit of pleasure that has captured your attention? Or is it more like a burden of hurts, hardships, and struggles that has overtaken you?

We tend to judge everything by what we experience in these fleshly bodies. But what if the most important things of this life, the things that really matter for all eternity, can’t be experienced in this flesh?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God . . . Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

John 3:3-6

Unless you are born again, born of the Spirit, you will never see this Kingdom of God. We all are just passing through this physical world in our body of flesh. However, the real world, the spiritual, is what’s going to outlive this life.

Some spend their lifetime focusing on earthly pleasures that satisfy for a season, never considering the eternal implications. However, for the child of God, the greatest pleasures experienced here can’t even compare to what will be experienced over there.

What about you? Have you been so distracted by the here and now that your senses are dulled to the spiritual?

If you are a born again Christian, although you live on this earth, you are a stranger to this world (or at least you should be). The Bible says God’s children are a peculiar people!

 Is there something peculiar about the way you live, or do you blend right in with this world? Does your life stand out as a foreigner, or are you recognized as a worldly citizen?

If you belong to Christ, your citizenship is in another country— A FAR COUNTRY!

This heavenly land holds great eternal promises that far exceed any on earth.

Whether you are a born again believer or not, whether you know it or not, there is a spiritual battle raging over you. The devil is determined to distract and detach you as far as he can from the Kingdom of God.

If you would like to learn more about this unseen spiritual world and how it affects you, then tune in to this podcast episode.

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