Should I Dump My Wife?

Jerome from Nigeria wrote via Global Media Outreach. He said his wife is a Muslim. He married her because she was a virgin. Now that they’re married she refuses to become a Christian.  His question: “Should I dump her?”

I responded: “I’m sorry you married for the wrong reason. The first consideration in seeking a wife should be a woman who shares your faith in Christ. Now that you are already married, you are to love and honor her as your wife. You are not to ‘dump her.’”

A few weeks later he wrote again and apologized for misleading me. He said he called her his wife because he didn’t know the English word for “girlfriend.” Meanwhile, after living with her for a while and learning she wasn’t open to converting, he “dumped her.”

Now he writes, “The Old Testament tells us to worship God on Saturday. I’ve been told the Antichrist is coming and will force all people to worship on Sunday instead of Saturday. I believe this is sin. I will refuse to disobey God and worship on Sunday, even if I am tortured to death.  Please advise.”

“Jerome, You are fearful of sinning against God by worshiping on Sunday. Yet you were not fearful of sinning against God when you lived with a Muslim woman outside marriage and later ‘dumped her.’ I don’t understand your kind of faith.

“You need to carefully study God’s Word and ask yourself if you are truly born again. Once you choose to surrender your life to Jesus Christ, that is when you also make the decision to repent (turned away from your sinful ways). God’s Holy Spirit will give you the desire and the power to do so.

“I want you to read Revelation 21:8 and think about it. Nothing is said there about the day of the week we are to worship. Sexual immorality is serious sin before God. Yet you had no qualms about serious sin.  Please go to  http://www.godlife.com/new-believers-guide  and learn what it truly means to be a Christian.”

  •  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”    Revelation 21:8
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Shuttle Driver Finds Christ

Our friend Bernie travels a great deal.  He loves the Lord Jesus and keeps alert for opportunities to share Christ with others.

Last week he was returning from the airport and was alone with the driver of the shuttle bus.  He ask him, “Do you know the Lord?”

“I’m not sure what you mean.  I’m Catholic, but I don’t attend church.

Bernie: “If you were to die today, do you know where you would go?”

“No, I don’t.”

“Let me explain the most important message of God.  First of all, God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.  The problem is, we are all sinners, so we are separated from God and cannot experience His love and salvation.  When Jesus came, He was born of a virgin and then lived a perfectly sinless life so that He could die on the cross and pay the penalty for your sins and mine.  Three days after He died He rose from the dead.

“Today, if we pray and confess our sins and tell God we want to receive His free gift of salvation then He will forgive our sins and send His Holy Spirit to live in us and make us new on the inside. He promises that we will live with Him in heaven, for all eternity. God is just a prayer away.”  Bernie stopped talking.

They rode in silence for a while.  Then the driver said, “I want to pray. Would you help me?”

Bernie led him in prayer and the driver gave his heart to Christ.  Bernie continued to share more of God’s Word with the driver and encouraged him to read the Bible daily. He urged him to get into a small group to pray for one another and to study the Bible together.   He left the driver with a DVD of the Jesus Movie and a booklet entitled:  Would You Like to Know God Personally?  by Dr. Bill Bright.   The driver was most grateful.

  • You too can read the booklet Bernie shared:  http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html
  • You can watch the Jesus Movie here: http://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/jesus.html/english.html
  • Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  2 Timothy 4:2
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Teen: I’m Ready This Time!

I had some precious teenagers that night at the juvenile hall.  One 17-year-old said he remembered me from the last time he was incarcerated: “You asked me then if I wanted Christ in my life and I told you I wasn’t ready.  Well, I’m ready this time!”

He was arrested just four nights ago and said the arrest probably saved his life.  He believes God brought him back for a reason.

“I believe God has His hand on my life, and I love Him for that. I used to think I wasn’t good enough to become a Christian—that I had to clean up my life first.  Now I realize I cannot clean up my life on my own. I need to come to Christ first and let HIM clean me up.”

YES young man, that is the ONLY way!

  •  Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us,  set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.     2 Corinthians 1:21-22
  • SONG:  INWARD TRIALSLyrics by John Newton (circa 1779) Music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Nothin’ Religious About Thanksgiving!

A few days ago a young homeschooling mother was having her teeth cleaned.

The dental hygienist was complaining. “I hate spending another holiday at my sister’s house!  She HAS to make every holiday a religious holiday, even Thanksgiving!  There’s nothin’ religious about Thanksgiving! Come on, it’s Turkey Day!  What’s religious about that?”

The homeschooling mom spoke up. “Actually, it IS a religious holiday.  On October 3, 1789, George Washington proclaimed Thursday the 26th of November 1789 a day when the people of this country should give thanks to God for their many blessings.  That sounds sort of religious to me.”

The hygienist became quiet.  Then… “How do you know that?”

“Just this week my kids asked me how Thanksgiving began. I did some research.”

The hygienist responded. “Okay. Well, I don’t want to talk about it anymore.”

  • For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.    Romans 1:20-21
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Where Did Evil Come From?

A friend challenged me: “Where did evil come from?”                                                                    I said, “That’s a tough one.  Perhaps evil came from Satan.”                                                       She countered, “Where did Satan get it?”

Later I was reading in Romans 1:20-21 and there was the answer!  “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

That’s it!  God’s invisible attributes are seen and understood by the things that are made. When people do not acknowledge Him as God, nor thank Him, the result is darkened hearts of sin. If we continue reading in Romans 1, we see the first sin people turned to was idolatry. Then followed every other evil imaginable.

Simply put: Evil originated when people refused to honor God and give Him thanks.

Do we realize how important it is to thank God?   I’m not talking about Thanksgiving Day, but Thanksgiving Daily!  Are we remembering throughout the day, to acknowledge God’s presence, God’s provision, God’s protection, and most importantly, God’s love?  God is even willing to forgive the most evil sinners when they are willing to receive God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ and turn away from their sinful ways.  That is awesome!

What about the bad stuff?  Must we thank God for everything?
God wants us to give thanks.  Ephesians 5:20 says: “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.”  Is that difficult?  Yes it is!  Yet when we are obedient in this, God blesses us. Moreover, we are showing God that we trust Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.

  •  …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Ephesians 5:20
  •  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.    Romans 5:8
  •  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
  •  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.   Romans 1:20-22
  •  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.                 1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • SONG:  LORD OF LORDSBy Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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Pilgrims Came as Missionaries!

It has been widely taught that the Pilgrims came to America in 1620 to escape persecution.  Yet The Mayflower Compact of 1620 states that the Pilgrims’ voyage to the New World was “undertaken for the glory of God and for the advancement of the Christian faith.”

That’s right! The Pilgrims actually came as missionaries! They did not come to escape persecution. They left England because of persecution and went to Holland. They were free in Holland, but left Holland to come to America “for the advancement of the Christian faith.”

The late Rev. Peter Marshall, author of The Light and the Glory stated, “No, again when you do the research, when you look into what these people say, what you find out is that they were missionaries. All you have to do is read the most famous quote from the pen of William Bradford who was the great chronicler and perennially re-elected governor. He said, ‘They had a great hope and an inward zeal of advancing the cause of the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the earth. Yet, even though they should be but  stepping-stones unto others for the performing of so great a work.’”

Peter Marshall continues, “So, they were missionaries. They weren’t running away from anything, but coming in the response to the call of Jesus on their lives to implement the Gospel and create this just society. Because, as adherence of the reformed faith of the Calvinist wing of the Protestant Reformation, they understood that what Scripture teaches is that we Christian believers are to take the Gospel of Christ into every area of society in whatever nation we find ourselves, wherever we are located.”

  •  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20
  • SONG: I KNOW HIMby Kathleen 
[This life is temporary. This life is short. Let me ask you an important question:  If you were to die today, where do you think you would go?  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become an empty shell, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/

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15-year-old Needs Big Sister

She wore no makeup, yet this 19-year-old college student from the big city was a striking beauty.  Elaina was a tourist who stopped by our Bible table at the beach and liked what we were doing.

We talked at length and I could see she was a student of the Bible and mature in her faith. Her desire was to serve God with her life.  She said she was active on Facebook and Twitter and used both as venues to share the good news about Jesus.  This gave me an idea.

I told her about a 15-year-old girl I’ve been mentoring online through Global Media Outreach.  Grace lives on the East Coast and recently moved to a new high school where she is having difficulty making new friends.  She tells me she’s sad, she cries a lot and her parents don’t understand her. She’s also active on Twitter.

“Grace loves the Lord, but she needs a ‘big sister’ to reach out to her.  Elaina, would you like to be a big sister to Grace?”

“Yes, I would!”

That evening I wrote Grace and told her about Elaina. They connected on Twitter and became fast friends! Last night Grace sent me a happy email: “I started a Bible study with Elaina! We are studying Romans. This is really encouraging me to read the Bible more.”

I’m thankful to Elaina for reaching out to a little sister in the Lord—clear across the continent!   “Thank You, God, for orchestrating our meeting with precious Elaina.”

  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.     Ephesians 2:10
  • For more information on Global Media Outreach, go to www.godlife.com also, http://www.greatcommission2020.com/map
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What Do We Tell Our Children?

The morning after the election, disappointed moms went to Facebook asking the same question:  “What do we tell our children?”

If we are Christian moms who believe the God of the Bible, this is what we tell them:

  • We tell them a new president has been elected.  Whether we are happy or sad, the Bible tells us to pray for our leaders.  So we will pray for him just as we pray for all our leaders.  We will pray that God gives him wisdom, guidance and leads him in all his ways.      1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • We will thank God because the Bible tells us to thank God for all things.  That includes the good and the bad.  Ephesians 5:20,  1 Thessalonians 5:18 
  • We will trust God and not man.  We trust God because trusting God is what the Christian life is all about.  Proverbs 3:5-6
  • We will not be angry or despondent.  We will “put on love” as it says in Colossians 3:14.  We will put on a happy face.  Proverbs 15:13-15
  • We will ask God to fill us with the Holy Spirit so we can experience His love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Galatians 5:22-23
  • We will remember the examples of great men such as King David who was a liar, an adulterer and a murderer.  Yet God used him to bring peace and honor to a nation.        1 Samuel 21:1-2,  2 Samuel 11

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

 

 

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Please Help Me!

I am blessed to be an online missionary for Global Media Outreach — http://www.globalmediaoutreach.com/  Some people write with challenging questions. Then there are others.  Recently I received a letter from a troubled 21-year-old chemical engineering student from Zambia.    Joseph wrote that he had a “very big problem.”

“I just transferred to a new university that has strict rules.  Students here are forbidden to be in a relationship until after graduation.  I don’t know what to do!  I have a girlfriend in another city and we plan to marry.  This problem is stressing me.  I can’t study or sleep. Please help me!  Please pray for me!”

I said, “Joseph, Why don’t you tell her.”

Joseph wrote,  “Tell her what?”

“Tell her the university forbids you to be in a relationship until after your graduation.”

Joseph: “Tell her THAT?”

“Yes. If she loves you she’ll wait.  If she doesn’t wait you are probably better off.”

“WOW!  Okay, I’ll do it!  Thank you!  Wow!  You don’t know how much you just helped me.  I’ll sleep better tonight!”

I wrote out a prayer for him and he was most grateful.

Afterward I thought about Joseph’s “very big problem.” Perhaps engineering students think on such a high level that it’s difficult to transition to simple issues.

  •  For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.      Jeremiah 29:11-13
  • Check out Global Media Outreach:  http://www.greatcommission2020.com/map   or http://globalmediaoutreach.com/blog
  • SONG:  AT THE FEET OF JESUS  –  Lyrics by Liana Wendy Howarth;  Music by Kathleen

 

 

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Sleep Paralysis

I was doing Bible study with a prisoner who told me she often has sleep paralysis.

When this occurs she feels she’s awake.  Her hearing is keen,  yet she cannot move any part of her body. She cannot even open her eyes.  It frightens her and she feels vulnerable to demonic attack.

I told her I have experienced the same thing!  It is not uncommon. It’s a phenomenon in which people, while they are falling asleep or shortly before waking, temporarily experience an inability to move. However, the few times it happened to me, I did not experience fear as she did.

This is what I suggested, and I believe it was from the Lord:  “The next time it happens, your mind will be awake. You will be able to pray in your thoughts, even though you cannot speak verbally. The Bible tells us to thank God for everything and in everything. I suggest you use that time to thank God that He is bigger than this sleep paralysis. He is bigger than any problem you have. Praise the name of Jesus in your thoughts and thank Him.  You will receive His peace and your fear will lift.”

She said she would.

  • SONG: DEAR LORD OF LORDSby Kathleen
  •  I will fear no evil, for you are with me.    Psalm 23:4 
  •  Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.              1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.    Ephesians 5:20
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-7

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