Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Hell is for Real

April 3rd, 2015

One of the phrases that has stuck with me since my time at Bob Jones University is one that was sort of a question and answer phrase:

Speaker: The most sobering reality in the world today is that…

Response: People are dying and going to Hell today.

Some in modern Christendom have decided that Hell is not real, that all make it to Heaven.  They are shrinking from this reality because this reality is inconvenient and, frankly, difficult to accept.  How can a loving God send people to a place of eternal torment?  The answer is that in order to be good, He must be just.  That justice does not allow for sin to be excused without a substitute.

On this Good Friday, as we remember what Jesus has done by shedding His blood on the cross and taking the punishment of our sin on Himself, let us remember that there is a punishment for sin– death and Hell.  Let us remember the call, that there people that are dying and going to Hell today, and that we are tasked with the mission to reach them with the Good News of redemption.

Would You Rather Be Run Over By Death, Or It’s Shadow?

November 14th, 2012

Alone amongst the deadA famous Bible teacher that lost his wife to cancer while she was in their thirties explains salvation and its relation to death to his daughter:

Barnhouse nodded and said, “Did you know that the truck of death ran over the Lord Jesus in order that only its shadow might run over us? Your mother has not been overrun by death, but by the shadow of death. That is nothing to fear.”

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Reagan Remembered

June 16th, 2004

What do I remember about Ronald Reagan the President?  Not much.  I was 4 when he first was elected to office.

I can remember being told he liked jelly beans.  I can remember watching the election returns in ’84 when he beat Mondale with almost all of the states and how good that felt because my parents had voted for him.  I think I remember seeing his farewell address, and hearing about, if not reading his farewell due to his affliction.

What do I think about last week’s mourning?  Appropriate.  I back this up with just how many people watched, visited, lined up on roadsides, etc.  Had these people not done these things, I would think that it was
just a grand show, but the outpouring of love from people that had not seen this former President for 10 years made all of the pageantry and formality seem fitting.

I do not think that we will see such a showing at a state funeral ever again.  I may be proved wrong with Bill Clinton’s funeral, but we’ll see.

What was most touching through all of this, for me, was the faith that shown through the mess.  It was in Michael’s statements from the day he died to the memorial service that Friday night.  It was in the comments from everyone from Jerry Fallwell to Billy Graham.  The clear message that you can know where you are going, and that it is a gift was probably the greatest tribute to Ronald Reagan’s death.  I won’t go to guess what the greatest thing he did in life may be.

The Passion Review

March 15th, 2004

Well, I saw the passion this past Friday. Here are some random thoughts:

Is the Devil really a woman?
That was the first time I thought of Jesus being roughed up on the way to trial.
What was up with the kids that turned into evil beings chasing Judas?
and the evil looking child the Devil held while Jesus was being whipped.
Do you really think Jesus was corny enough to build a table for nowadays back then?
Where were Jesus other sibilings in the scene with Mary? Maybe they were out at the market.
Could you come away with a message other than– man, he was really beaten up?
Did Simon of Cyrene carry the cross the entire way behind Jesus (as the
Scripture says) or part of the way with Jesus (as in the movie).
Where was the Roman soldier who said “Truly, this man was the Son of God.”
Did the earthquake break the temple floor as well as rip the curtain?

So, what message did you get out of it?

Precious Saints

March 4th, 2004

I was told that last night a member of my church went home to be with the Lord.  He’d been fighting a physical problem for a while, and now he’s liberated and enjoying the presence of the saints.

It’s a hard thing for we that are left.  The man was well known in the church and was a prayer warrior as well as a good testimony.  His presence with us will be missed.


Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.