What Gets in the Way of Faith? Unbelief Stops Faith from Growing.

In the gospel of John we read; One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (‭John‬ ‭20‬:‭24-29‬ NLT)

The original doubting Thomas was suddenly standing with the man he believed to be dead. Jesus had been crucified and buried. The other disciples had seen Jesus but Thomas didn’t believe. He was the; “I’ll believe it when I see it!”, sort.

Jesus told them all that He would be crucified and would raise from the dead on the third day. He said of himself: “I am the resurrection and the life.” He had brought the dead back to life: Lazarus, the Widow’s Son, the Ruler’s Daughter. But Thomas would not believe until he touched the evidence of Jesus death, nail holes and spear wound.

There are many like Thomas today. They have tasted faith but have rejected belief. Thomas believed when he saw Jesus and allowed to touch His wounds. Jesus is alive and when Thomas saw Him he believed.

Since few of us will see Jesus in this life, we have to be those blessed to believe without seeing. But it only takes a little faith to accept the good news of Jesus Christ. If we believe in Him we will be forgiven our sins and will not perish but have everlasting life.

This is by faith and it starts with believing.

What Gets in the Way of Faith? Unbelief Stops Faith from Growing. – Broadcast for May 20, 2015
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Who Gets Their Sins Forgiven

Jesus was teaching his disciples about forgiveness of sins. He said:

“Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else. For I don’t cheat, I don’t sin, and I don’t commit adultery. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! 12 I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 18:10-14 NLT

Jesus’ answer is astonishing. It was the sinner who was justified, not the pious religious man. Why is that? Look at the two men. The Pharisee, a highly religious man came before God to brag about his own goodness. To point out to God that he was not like other men. To say that he did everything right; that he was not a sinner. If you are not a sinner then you do not need to be forgiven of your sin. But, if you are a sinner, then that sin stands as a separation between you and God. To be at peace with God the sinner must be justified. That word justified means this: “Just as if I had never sinned.” When God forgives you the past charges are wiped clean.

This is good news for all of us who are sinners. If we know we have sinned and we come to God in faith asking him to forgive us of our sins, God will forgive us. We will be justified and made clean in God’s eyes. To find forgiveness from sin we must understand who God is and believe in Him. Jesus said: “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT If we believe in God and in His Son Jesus we will not perish. If we sinners come to God asking for forgiveness, he forgives us.

Come and be forgiven and then Go and tell someone else this Good News.

Who Gets Their Sins Forgiven – – Broadcast for May 10, 2015
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Not Ashamed

How would you react if someone walked up to you and asked: “Are you a Christian?”

In the Bible, in Romans, a letter that Paul wrote, He was one of the early church’s evangelists- He writes:

16 For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes–the Jew first and also the Gentile. [Rom 1:16 NLT]

I have been meditating on this verse thinking about how it has grown in meaning to me over the decades. As a child this verse was a challenge for me to be brave and not fear being identified as a Christian. You can’t tell by looking who a Christian is. Now I’ve come to realize that it is not the shame of identity it is the power of salvation that means everything to me.

In Romans 1:17 Paul said: This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” [Rom 1:17 NLT]

We are made right with God by faith. Nothing more, nothing less. It is through faith that a righteous person has life. We are not made right with God by being righteous, by doing good, by keeping certain rules; we are made right by faith. It is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. God’s grace applied to us as we believe in Him and in Jesus.

Jesus said: Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. [Jhn 11:25 NLT]

If we believe in Jesus we live. He is life that raises us up out of our death of sin and give us eternal life.

Have you believed? Have you any faith? Salvation is granted to those who believe, it is by faith from first to last. Your response is to say yes to the good news. To say yes to God’s grace and to say I believe in Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and that He has taken my sin upon Him and that He has forgiven me and cleansed me. You may not feel different, but you are saved by faith.

Not Ashamed – Broadcast for May 3, 2015
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Death Rides the Pale Horse

Death Rides the Pale Horse

In Revelation 6:7-8 we read: And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

The fourth rider of the apocalypse is named Death. The other riders are identified be what they do, this rider by who he is. Hell follows this rider and a fourth of the earth will die as he rides.

Death Rides the Pale Horse – Broadcast for February 2, 2015
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The Black Horse of Blight

The Black Horse of Blight.

In Revelation 6:5-6 we read: And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

This rider will bring famine to the earth. The food supplies will be spoiled. The cost of basic food staples will exceed a days wages. Starvation and panic will spread.

The Black Horse of Blight – Broadcast for January 30, 2015
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The Second Rider

The second rider of the apocalypse is on a red horse.

In Revelation 6:3-4 we read: And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

The rider of the war horse has power to take peace away and to unleash murderous instincts. He has a big sword to cause major damage quickly.

The Second Rider – Broadcast for January 29, 2015
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Who Sits on the White Horse?

Who sits on the white horse?

In Revelation 6:2 we read: And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

The white horse is one of victory. The rider would ride back from great victory on a white horse. The Lord will ride out in victory with bow and crown. Victory is celebrated before the battle.

Who sits on the white horse? – Broadcast for January 28, 2015
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Opening the Seals

When two men began to follow Jesus they asked where He was staying. His answer: “Come and see.”

In Revelation 6:1 we read: And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

John stood at heavens throne and was bid by a voice like thunder to come and see. The opening of the seven seals are witnessed by John and described to us. We see with him as the events of eternity unfold.

Opening the Seals – Broadcast for January 270, 2015
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When Jesus is Revealed as the Worthy One

What will happen when Jesus is revealed as the worthy one to restore blessing to creation?

In Revelation 5:13-14 we read: And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Every creature in heaven and earth will say: Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. What a day that will be!

When Jesus is Revealed as the Worthy One – Broadcast for January 26, 2015
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Heavenly Chorus

The hard part about attend an new church is learning the songs. Some are familiar but many are unknown to you.

In Heavens throne room a chorus will ring out at the announcement of the Lamb that was slain who is worthy to receive and read the sealed book. All of heaven will together: Say with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

We should learn these songs now so they won’t be new to us then.

Heavenly Chorus – Broadcast for January 23, 2015
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