Healing in the Light

Bible Verse:
John8:12 NKJ " I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Text:
My story is simple. I grew up believing in God but never really knew Him. I was in darkness. God wanted to bring me and my family into His healing light. I had two children born with intestinal diseases, my oldest daughter being in the worst condition. For the first seven years of her life she was dependent on machines to live. I came to a breaking point, where my daughter was dying and no one could help.I had prayed countless prayers that all seemed unanswered! But God was listening, He led me down a road that brought me to my knees! I found Him !!

The Jesus I had never really known, His love consumed me and His healing hands touched my daughter. I began to read the Bible and found hope for the first time in my life. Hope produced faith and I became sure in Gods mercy to heal my heart and my daughters body. Today both of my children are completely healed by the love Jesus gave at the cross. I'm thankful to be in His light.

Ending Prayer:
I pray that you will trust God through your darkest moments, and be sure of His promises, He loves you with an everlasting love!

Jennifer  Ca, USA

FAITH

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

Text.--John 6:28, 29: "Then said they unto him, what shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."

 

The following is the train of thought I shall pursue:

I. NOTICE SEVERAL ERRONEOUS ANSWERS, COMMONLY GIVEN TO THE QUESTION PROPOSED IN THE TEXT, VIZ: WHAT SHALL WE DO THAT WE MAY WORK THE WORKS OF GOD?

II. SHOW THAT CHRIST GAVE THE ONLY PROPER ANSWER, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THE QUESTION WAS ASKED.

III. SHOW THAT, UNDER OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES, ANOTHER ANSWER MIGHT, WITH PROPRIETY, BE GIVEN

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FAITH THE WORK OF GOD

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Then they said unto Him, What shall we do that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent." --John 6:28, 29

 

In the preceding context Jesus rebukes the people for following Him, not because they saw his miracles, and in his miracles the proof that He came from God, but for the sake of the loaves and fishes; and then takes occasion to exhort them to "labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth to everlasting life." Upon this they start up with the question--What is this "labor" of which you speak? What shall we do to secure this everlasting life?

To this Jesus answers in our text--"This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent."

In discussing the subject here presented, I shall

I. NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LETTER AND THE SPIRIT OF A COMMANDMENT.

II. SHOW WHAT IS NOT THE WORK WHICH GOD REALLY REQUIRES.

III. WHAT IT IS.

IV. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN IT.

V. NOTICE SOME DELUSIONS INTO WHICH PERSONS FALL ON THIS SUBJECT.

 

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ON FOLLOWING CHRIST

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me." John 21:22

 

These words Christ spake to Peter. He had previously given Peter to understand that in his advanced life his liberty would be restrained, and that he would have the honor of glorifying God by a martyr's death. A question arose in Peter's mind--more curious than wise--how it would fare with his fellow disciple, John. So he enquires--"Lord, what shall this man do?" Gently rebuking this idle inquisitiveness, Jesus replied--"If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou Me."

This reply involves a principle, and hence it has a wide practical application. It is really addressed to us.

Assuming it to be thus addressed to all at the present day, what does it teach? What does Jesus say to us?

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The Only Way

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." John 14:6 (NASB)

I bought a prefabricated shed that needed to be assembled. No instructions were included so I called the company. They told me to put it together any way that I wanted, it did not make any difference. I got on a plane for Los Angeles and the pilot said that he was going to go whichever way the wind was blowing, it did not make any difference. I went to buy baby food for a six-month old and the store manager told me to just give her whatever I had laying around in the refrigerator, it did not make any difference. In all of these cases we would be incredulous. Of course it makes a difference. You just do not screw boards together and hope that a shed comes out. You do not just fly wherever you feel like and expect that you will wind up at the correct destination. And you just cannot feed a six-month old anything you want. Yet that is the way that many people approach religion. “All ways lead to God,” so they say. But the truth is that salvation can only come through Jesus Christ. All religions are not the same. Forgiveness of sins can only come from a Savior who died for those sins and then rose again. In life we will accomplish nothing if we are careless; we should be even more careful to follow God’s only instructions to eternal life.

Let me never become complacent or deceived and think that others can make it to Heaven apart from knowing Jesus Christ.

By Bob ( New Jersey, USA )

THE WONDERFUL LOVE OF GOD

SERMON BY CHARLES FINNEY

"God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."--John iii.16

 

THE term world as here used does not mean the globe of earth on which we live--but the race of man. In this sense the term is often used. The world; the whole world; are terms often used to signify the men who live in the world, the race of man, as such. The term perish in this passage does not mean annihilation; it is manifestly put in contrast to everlasting life, as the opposite of that. Everlasting life, as the term is here used, is not merely everlasting existence--I know not the term is ever used in that sense in any other part of the Bible: whether everlasting existence will be a blessing or not, will depend upon the state in which individuals exist, whether in happiness or misery. Under some circumstances everlasting existence might be anything but a blessing.

This everlasting life which is here spoken of is doubtless an everlasting living with God in heaven--an everlasting existence combined with everlasting happiness; this is the eternal life so often spoken* of in the Scriptures, and, doubtless, is that which is meant in this place. Now to perish is the opposite of this; it is not annihilation or a mere ceasing from existence, because to annihilate would ofttimes be no evil to the individual on whom the sentence should be inflicted; to a wretched being it would be not an evil at all, but a great favour. In short, it is very plain that to perish is the very opposite of everlasting life, and means what is expressed in everlasting death, or a state of endless punishment.

In speaking from these words I propose to notice--

I. THE OBJECT OF THIS LOVE.

II. ITS NATURE.

III. THE REASONS WHY THIS LOVE RESORTED TO SUCH A MEASURE AS TO GIVE THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF GOD FOR MEN.

IV. THE NATURE AND NECESSITY OF THE FAITH WHICH CAN SECURE THIS GREAT END--THE SALVATION OF THE SOUL.

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Abundant Living

Bible Verse:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

Text:
It’s 10:49, and the house is quiet, save for me. The children have dozed off, and my spouse is resting. I am watching sports. I’ve eaten some grapes and have really settled into the peace that exists in my home right now. I am enjoying it! I am enjoying it so much, that it has inspired me to sit at my computer, in the midst of my nirvana, and share a thought with you. Is this the abundant life that Jesus spoke of in the Gospel of John? Am I over simplifying what Jesus was saying? Jesus spoke of abundant living while trying to explain to His disciples what a good shepherd was/is. Jesus wanted them to know that a good shepherd would always look after His sheep. A good shepherd would make sure that they were clothed, fed, and kept safe. A good shepherd would always look out for his people. It was at that point that Jesus told His disciples about His desire for them to have life, and have it more abundantly. Two thoughts come to mind: First, abundant living is about more than money. The sheep were fed, they were safe, they were happy, and they were content. In fact, have you ever heard a sheep ask for money? Second, I was perplexed as to why Jesus would talk about the thief right before He spoke of abundant living. Well, the thief comes to convince us that we don’t have all that we should right now. The thief convinces us that we should have more money, a bigger house, a newer car. The thief does not come to steal our material goods; he comes to take our spiritual ones. He comes to rob us of our peace and joy, because he convinces us that we do not have all that we should. I am healthy, and the roof over my head is firm. I am about to lie down in a warm bed and get some rest. Tomorrow, I will get up and head off to my job. I have abundant living right now, because the shepherd has made provisions for me. Don’t let the thief steal what the good shepherd has blessed you with!

Ending Prayer:
Father, we know that you are an awesome God! We thank you for your son Jesus, who has blessed us with food, clothing, shelter, and peace of mind. We thank you for the material blessings that you have given as well. We pray that you would continue to provide abundant living, and that you would continue to watch over us and keep us safe. In Jesus' name: Amen.

By Stephen  ( Michigan, USA )

Jesus Wept

Bible Verse:
Jesus wept. John 11:35

Text:
Meeting ends early! I get on the road a little early, and beat rush hour traffic to the airport. I get there, get my ticket, and am on “standby” for an earlier flight. The airport attendee informs me that the plane is empty, and my chances of getting on the earlier flight, are pretty good. What could go wrong, right? Well, the early flight is delayed. One hour turns to two, turns to three. I head to the gate of my original flight, and that one is delayed as well. Five hours later I’m still in the airport, waiting on a plane, any plane. We finally board, but are on the ground for 35 more minutes. So much for all those things that were humming along earlier! Maybe your story is not an airplane. Maybe it’s a party that you thought you had tickets to, but did not. Maybe it’s a flat tire on your way to meet some friends, or your check wasn’t right when you got it. The bittersweet challenges of life leave us sometimes smiling through our tears, or laughing to avoid thinking! You know the story of Lazarus, don’t you? He is the man whom Jesus raised from the dead. He is the man who was called by name by Jesus at the grave site, and came out at the call of the Master’s voice. Because of Lazarus, Jesus had one of those days. He told the disciples that “this sickness was not unto death”. But he only ran into a bunch of doubters! He told the sisters that their brother would rise again, and they said, sure he will, (not now) in the resurrection. So, Jesus wept! Why did Jesus weep? Jesus wept because of the lack of faith of the people around him. Some said that it was over; some even suggested that they all give up together. Even the power of Jesus was not enough to give them hope that things could change. So: Jesus wept! Not because His friend was “temporarily” down, but He wept because people did not believe that Jesus could make things better. How is your faith? Where is your faith? Does Jesus weep daily at your lack of faith?

Ending Prayer:
Father, we know that you are God! We know that you can do all things but fail. We pray that, where there is doubt, that you would remove it and replace it with faith. We pray that, where there is hopelessness, that you would replace it with hope. We pray that, where there is fear that you will eliminate all fear and replace it with an unyielding, unwavering faith that believes that the God we serve is able. In Jesus' name: Amen.

By Stephen ( Michigan,USA )

Waiting in the Silences

Bible Verse:
When therefore He heard that he was sick, He stayed then two days longer in the place where He was. John 11:6 (NASB)

Text:
Martha and Mary were sisters whose brother Lazarus was deathly sick. So they did the right thing and sent for Jesus. But Jesus waited. They did everything that they should have. Did Jesus immediately reward their trust in Him and remedy the current crisis? No. In fact, He waited until the situation got to the point where it appeared beyond help, to where Lazarus died. Were Martha and Mary frustrated? Were they confused with God’s dealings? I am sure they were. But God knew the outcome. God deliberately let the situation become bleaker. Are there times in our lives when we have been hammered and are reeling and we make the correct choice, which is to call upon God, and He does not do what we want? And things are getting worse and we are praying but there is no change or even answer? God delayed with Martha and Mary because He was not merely content to heal a sick man as much as He wanted to raise a dead man. God will oftentimes be silent in our darkest moments, but often that is because He has a greater desire than to merely make us comfortable. Do we trust God because of what He does for us or because of who He is? Do we love God because of His responses or because of His promises? We must trust God even in the silences.

Ending Prayer:
Teach me to not to desire comfort but to desire God’s will. Amen.

By Bob La Forge

Was Jesus Really God?

Q. Is Jesus God?

A. The Bible is clear that Jesus is God! Jesus had all of the characteristics of God and also had the mind and heart of God. Jesus even said in John 8:58: “I tell you the truth…before Abraham was born, I am!” Jesus is saying here that he existed even before Abraham (of the Old Testament) was born. When Jesus says, “I am,” this is in reference to the way in which God refers to Himself in the Old Testament. The Bible also says in John 10:30: “I and the Father are one.” These are just a few examples that reference Jesus as God Himself. There are other examples in the Bible that reference Jesus as God and if you would more information on this please just let us know. God Bless!

What it Means to be Saved

Q. What does it mean to be saved?

A. Sweat poured off His body as sharp, relentless pain flooded His mind. He could not “will” himself to think of anything but the overwhelming pain. He twisted and turned trying to find a position that would ease the intolerable pain but His movements only created new sharp stabs of pain . There was no escape. His eyes were only half open, His lips white and drawn, and His body trembled continuously as it was brutalized by pain. It was everything He could do to just make it through the next few seconds. Why did Jesus have to suffer so? Have you ever taken a spanking for someone else who was guilty, or perhaps, were reprimanded at work for someone else’s mistake. If you have, you will begin to understand the sacrifice that Christ made. Of course, this does not help us to understand the enormity of Christ’s sacrifice for us. You and I are the guilty ones. We have turned our backs to God and lived in opposition to Him. We have not lived in the way that God has designed us to live. Christ suffered for our mistakes and our outright opposition to God. There was this Prussian general who had come into the command of a large group of undisciplined troops. They had to be ready to fight in short order. Some of the sentries were caught one night sleeping. At the trial the next day the general donned his judge’s robe and after hearing all the evidence found them guilty. Their sentence was the standard for this offense, sitting all night on a frozen lake without clothes. Since the temperature outside was below zero, it was a death sentence. Their punishment caught the attention of all the troops. Fear spread through their ranks and discipline increased dramatically. The general knew that the men needed more than discipline to win the battles ahead. He also knew they needed to learn to sacrifice for the common good, for each other. So he took off his robe and his clothes and joined his men on the ice that night. The troops went into battle without their general but his example, wisdom and sacrifice had started a fire in their hearts that the enemy couldn’t put out. Christ also sacrificed himself for us. His sacrifice showed once and for all His unbelievable love for us. It showed the heights and depths that He was willing to go for us. He did not suffer for just a few individuals, He suffered and gave His life for everyone who will yield their life to Him. He opened the way to eternal life for a race that was condemned to death.

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The Meaning of Peace

Q. What is the meaning of peace in such a troubled world?

A. I hope the following answer helps you to come to term with this great concept. This answer may contain errors in grammar and punctuation as we spend most of our time trying to answer as many of the questions presented to us and less time on writing errors. When we speak of peace, we may mean peace with God, ourselves, others or our environment. Peace with God is the foundation on which a Christian’s faith is built. This does not mean that we have an easy life, it means that in the middle of the pain and confusion of this life, we have a secret place to go to find love, acceptance, and peace. We were designed to be dependent on our Creator. If we are dependent on Him, He is able to give us the resources we need to live a much better adjusted life on earth. Just like there are essential nutrient for the body, there are also essential nutrient for us emotionally and spiritually. People search constantly and many times thoroughly for these nutrients, but they are only found in God. It is a fool’s mission to try to seek them outside of God and leads only to frustration and disillusionment. To be dependent on God, we have to ask Him to enter our lives and organize the events of our life as He sees fit. We all have a control room in our heart where all the levels and switches that run our life are located. When we allow Him to set at the controls and run our life, we are living in the Spirit. We have loved and trusted Him enough to allow Him the ultimate power in our life. To serve Him and do His will must be the primary desire of our life.

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Questions about Jesus' Siblings

Q. What was the name of Jesus' bothers and sisters and were can i find this in the Bible?

A. Hello and thank you for your email! The Bible does not give very much information about Jesus's siblings, however, here are some references that you can read about. Matthew 13:54-58, John 2:11-12, John 7:3-5. Since James, the brother of the disciple John, was killed before the New Testament book of James was written, it could be a possibility that the book of James was written by Jesus's brother who finally believed after the crucifiction. We do not know this for sure, though. Galatians Chapter 1, Matthew 13:55, Acts 12:17. I hope these references answer your question. May God bless you.

Who is the True God?

Q. Who is the true god?

A. Wow – that is a great question. Although, it is difficult to define God because He encompasses so many different, vast dimensions of the personal, physical, and spiritual realm/world. First of all I think we need to take in account or understand that God exists in the Holy Trinity – God (the Father), the Holy Spirit (which lives in us who have accepted Jesus), and Jesus (God’s Son – who is also our Savior and shed blood). “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” – Revelations 5:13 With that said, God’s name in English is Jehovah (in the original Hebrew it is Yahweh). This name for God is used more than sixty-eight hundred times in the entire Bible. The name means “to be.” This means that God is ever-lasting, self-existing. God is the God who always is. Secondly, God is the Provider (Jehovah-Jireh). Jireh means “he sees ahead.” God sees what you need before you even have a need, and He provides. One story in the Old Testament that references God as the Provider is in Gen. 22 when God asks Abraham to offer his son as a sacrifice. When Abraham was ready to take his boy up for the sacrifice, he said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Gen 22:5).

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Dependence on Christ

Text.-- John 15:5 : " Without Me ye can do nothing ."

In discussing this subject I shall show:

I. The meaning of the text. 
  
II. What is implied in it. 
  
III. The importance of understanding and believing it. 
  
IV. The proneness of the human heart to overlook and practically deny it. I. The meaning of the text. 

  
The context shows that Christ means to affirm an impossibility, for He says, "As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me." Now whatever metaphysical or philosophical distinctions we may be disposed to make here, it is plain that Christ intended to affirm the impossibility of doing anything without Him or independently of Him. This inability extends to everything, but the context shows that He means in this passage to affirm it only of holiness or goodness. 
  
II. What is implied in it. 
  
The text implies that we are not required to do anything without Him. If it be impossible to do anything without Him, it cannot be our duty to do it; for it can never be a man's duty to do what is impossible. 
  
Again, that every command implies a corresponding promise, that is, if we are required to do anything by Christ, the very requirement is a virtual promise or proffer of all the aid we need to make it possible for us to perform it. Indeed, the command in itself is an implied proffer of all needed help. 
  
It is often said that the commands of God are addressed to us as moral agents, and that as such, because we are moral agents, we are bound to obey, irrespective of any assistance from God. Now rightly understood this language is correct; but it is extremely liable to be misunderstood. The inquiry is, What is implied in moral agency? There is a difference between acting morally, and simply having the natural powers requisite for such action. A man may have eyes, but without light he cannot see, and is therefore under no obligation to see. So a man may possess the powers of a moral being, but without light on the subject of duty he is not prepared for moral action. He is a moral being in the sense of having the requisite natural powers; but light is the indispensable condition of bringing these powers into action, or in other words light is the indispensable condition of moral agency. His moral powers can be exercised on no subject until he has light upon it. He is under no moral obligation further than he has light. A heathen who has never heard of Christ is under no obligation to believe in Christ, and in respect to Christ he has not the responsibilities of a moral agent. He possesses those faculties which will render him responsible as soon as Christ is made known to him; but without some knowledge of Christ, he can be under no moral obligation to believe in Him. 

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Heaven - The Real World

Edward blinked several times and stared at the doctor. His mind was searching, grasping as his emotions churned inside of him. "How should I feel?" Edward thought to himself as a variety of emotions caused him to shift several times in his chair?

The doctor continued, "I have seen cancer like this and honestly I don’t think that you can expect to live more than several months. I’m sorry."

At this moment Edward found out a very real truth about our existence on earth; it is fragile. The idea that we have the ability to control circumstances is more an illusion than a reality. As Edward just found out, there are many things that are not within our ability to control more than we care to admit. If we do not accept this fact, we are in for a lot of disillusionment and pain.

If life defies our finest efforts to control it, if life is bigger than us, how can we make sense of our existence and bring some order and predictability to it? I believe that it has a great deal to due with our perspective of life. We must have a big enough picture to allow us to make sense of the many situations and issues we will face. If our focus doesn’t go beyond today, we may become discouraged, disoriented or be unable to deal well with unexpected problems that come our way. Take Edward for instance, his routine problems paled in comparison to his unexpected, approaching death. If his model of life was too small to handle the impact of his approaching death, he would have to scramble to enlarge it or sink into despair.

When we talk about perspective (our focus), we are talking about how we view life in our own unique way. It is the way we think about life, the way we see life. The way we think about things is similar to the beam of a spotlight shining in the clear night air. On a dark night, a spotlight will illuminate a small circle of light while the rest of the night remains wrapped in darkness. Everything outside the beam of light is beyond our field of vision.
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Navaids

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me." John 14:6 (The New American Standard Bible)

I was looking through some stuff on my desk this morning and I removed the cover and turned on my GPS 45 Personal Navigator (Global Positioning System). It has stored in its memory some old "waypoints" that were important to me during past trips into the Maine woods. Knowing my present position using a GPS is only part of any navigation equation. It is also necessary to keep track of where I’ve been and where I am going. Waypoints serve as electronic markers that let one keep track of starting points, destinations, navaids (navigational aids) and any other important position or point of reference. The GPS 45 is capable of making, storing and using up to 250 waypoints – generally enough to make certain one's location in space. Reading some of the names and locations of stored waypoints brought back some fond memories of easy and tough circumstances in the field.

Our walk through life with Christ has many waypoints. It's important from time to time to check them to see where we've been and where we are going. More importantly, it's critical that the power supply is fully charged and the receiver is properly tuned to the spiritual navaids supplied by His Word. I'm thankful for the one true Way through life and the most important waypoint of my life – the point in time at which I accepted the Lord as my personal Savior.

Father, remind us to constantly check the navaids you’ve provided in your Word and to be ever conscious of the many lessons we’ve learned at the waypoints of life. Amen.

Valentine Love

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. John 15:12 (NKJV)
 
On Valentine's Day last year my husband did the unthinkable! He got a cold. Now as little girls growing up, we tend to have high expectations of what Valentine's Day should be, and we certainly cannot wait until we grow up to get our very own "Valentine" for a man. But Valentine's Day was very different last year. I had to give unconditional love to my husband.

Let me give you my definition of unconditional love: It's the act of loving someone... no matter what condition they are in! You see, I could have sulked about the fact my husband wasn't in the mood to be romantic, but instead I chose to love him. I gave him my gift early in the morning and then took him to lunch later that day. I was blessed in the giving of myself instead of taking for myself.

Jesus commands us to love! Command is a strong word and I think Jesus meant it!
 
Father, we thank You that you GAVE us the most precious gift You could give. You loved us even in the condition we were in and we love you in return. Help us to love one another just as you love us!