Archive / September, 2011

What Kind of Question is That??

Side Note: I have been speaking a lot the last couple days about election and salvation, so before I head into the main text I wanted to remind everyone that God is the one who draws people to Christ not us. We are the tools that deliver the Gospel and God is the one who draws them to Christ, and as we read last night, Christ is the one who reveals the Father to whoever He chooses. Scripture: Acts 13:46, 48 ESV And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it aside and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles ……. 48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many as were appointed to eternal life believed. […]

Is it God’s Will To Save Everyone?

Opening Thoughts: Clearly you read the title before clicking into this post. Just to clarify, none of us are the judge of who God has called and elected to be His children, nor can we comprehend on what grounds He does it, that’s God’s job and I’m glad for that. We on the other hand have been given one task, and that task is to preach the Gospel to every creature and the ones who believe will be saved, and those who don’t are already condemned according to Jesus. In regard to election, I find it odd that many church folks have no issues believing the Old Testament in regard to election, when God clearly had a people called after His Name. Of course it was easy to know who His elect were, because they all had the same father ‘Abraham’. We also have no issues with the fact that […]

Hidden Talent and Mistaken Identity

Misjudgment of the Master Many people have heard the parable of the talents, about how the master of a property went away and gave one, two, and five talents to three of his servants. Maybe you know essentially how the story goes, that two servants doubled the master’s money and one did nothing with what he was given? Well, that’s the foam on top of the latte but have you ever sat down and drank the whole cup? What I mean is, have you looked up close at the details of what happened to each servant and why? Let me explain to you why misjudgment of the master is the seed which produces the consequence of the third servant being called “wicked and slothful”. First of all, here is the text from Matthew 25:14-30: [The Parable of the Talents] [14] “For it will be like a man going on a […]

Ways to help 180Movie.com go viral – Making Pro-Choice people into Pro-Life People

UPDATE: October 04, 2011:  180 is being translated into these languages right now: French Albanian Bulgarian Chichewa Czech Dutch Farsi German Hungarian Italian Korean Macedonian Maltese Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Swedish Tagalog A total of 19 at the moment. Please pray that this process goes smooth and quickly. ********************************************************************** Changing Gears: My name is Shane Martin and I work with Living Waters in the Social Media department. Living Waters has been working on this new project for a long time, in fact many months of hard labor have gone into making 180 movie in order to create a quality pro-life film that will not only impact an entire GENERATION of youth, but also change the minds of millions of pro-choice people around the world The DAY has finally arrived, the Movie is in our hands and on YouTube, people are spreading the word and things are really buzzing….  Now what?  […]

Once Saved, Always Saved?

Opening Thoughts: When I was reading tonight’s text my mind was racing through several scenes that I’ve seen in a few different war movies. These are scenes of victory. Some of the most victorious scenes for me come from Braveheart. I can just see the celebrations now as they come back from the battle field. Or what about in Lord of the Rings when after many grueling and relentless battle’s they win the war and return rejoicing to the shire. This is kind of what we see here in Luke 10. Jesus had just sent the 72 disciples out to minister, and now they are returning very excited and doing victory dances… Scripture: Luke 10:17-20 ESV [17] The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” [18] And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. [19] Behold, I […]

Are We Like Sodom?

Opening Thoughts: Have you very heard the phrase “There are two sides to every story”. This phrase is very common in a counselors office. The Bible often times will have two sides going on in a single story. Take for instance the one that we started last night in Luke 10, where Jesus gathers the 72 disciples together and instructs them to go and prepare peoples hearts for the Gospel. One side of the story was directed specifically at the disciples and their job of preaching the gospel. Another side of the story was directed at the hearers, when Jesus said that there is both a  ripe harvest who will embrace the truth, as well as others who will reject the gospel and even persecute them. – The reason I bring this up is because there will inevitably be people from both sides of the story that happen to read […]

Henry Morgentaler and the Issue of Abortion – 180Movie.com

Article Source from The Globe And Mail In Canada, a woman can have an abortion without fear of prosecution or imprisonment – for the simple reason that there is no abortion law. For more than 20 years, that state of affairs has set us apart from the rest of the developed world. Canadian women enjoy the right to safe and legal abortions largely because Henry Morgentaler fought a long battle on their behalf. For his trouble, the unflappable Dr. Morgentaler stood trial, languished in prison and received numerous death threats. What drove him to take such risks? “The realization that a terrible injustice was being done to women and the conviction that it was necessary to change the situation to provide help for those who needed it,” replies the retired physician via email. Anyone who didn’t live through the 1960s and ’70s may find it hard to imagine the legal […]

And the Door was Shut

The Parable of the Ten Virgins – Matthew 25:1-13 It wasn’t what I ate I had a dream last night, more of a nightmare really, that has been bothering me all day. Before I went to bed I had read Matthew 25:1-13 about the parable of the ten virgins and how the kingdom of heaven and the return of Jesus is comparable to what happened to them. Let me share what I studied in my devotions before I share my distressing dream with you. First you must read the parable, carefully, I might add: The Parable of the Ten Virgins: [25:1] “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. [2] Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. [3] For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, [4] but the wise took […]

Fields Filled With Wolves

Opening thoughts: Tonight I start in Luke 10. When I started reading it I got very excited because this topic is very near and dear to me. I admit that although I love evangelism I still hardly do it enough. I would venture to say we can never do it enough. There’s so much teaching out there on evangelism, some people say you should preach with actions, others say you should preach with words. When the late Bill Bright did a survey on how many professing Christians actually share their faith, the numbers that came in were shockingly devastating. Less than 2% of professing Christians in North America actually share the Gospel. I had a thought just now, If you were on the Titanic all those years ago and you were on a cruise with your family and friends. You were having a great time together when all of a […]

Katrina Effert Killed Her Baby – Canada Pro-Abortion Laws – Pro-life Movie

Katrina Effert Who Killed her Infant baby is Freed by Canada’s Pro-Abortion Law! Excerpt: An Alberta woman won’t be going to prison for strangling her newborn baby with her underwear. Katrina Effert, 25, wiped away tears as an Edmonton judge ruled Friday she can serve a three-year suspended sentence with probation. Effert was 19 when she secretly gave birth in her parent’s basement in Wetaskiwin, south of Edmonton, in April 2005. She then tossed the baby’s corpse over a fence into a neighbor’s backyard. Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Joanne Veit said the public naturally grieves for the dead baby boy. “But Canadians also grieve for the mother,” she said. “This is a classic infanticide case — killing a newborn after a hidden pregnancy by a mother who was alone and unsupported.” Effert was twice convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole […]