Posts Tagged ‘conversion’

5
Jul

SALVATION IS COME

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In Luke 19 is the interesting story of Zacchaeus, the little tax collector who shinnied up a sycamore tree to get a better look at Jesus. Jesus spotted him and told him to come down and invited Himself over for a meal.

During dinner something happened that revolutionized the tax collector’s life. We know nothing about the conversation, but when Zaccheaus emerged from the house that afternoon he made a dramatic announcement. He promised to give away half of his wealth to poor people, and to return fourfold the amount of money he had taken dishonestly.

The mark of Zaccheaus’s transformation was his staggering generosity. That’s why Jesus declared, “Today salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:9). Salvation can’t be purchased with money, so what do you think Jesus was saying here? Please comment with your opinion on how Jesus knew salvation had come to Zaccheaus.

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25
May

SCARED STRAIGHT

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This week I am filling in for the DeKalb County Jail Chaplain, who is out of town. I received a request to visit an inmate from Allen County whose pastor was not available to visit him. It was a profitable visit as this young man was seriously seeking God. He had some very good questions about the Bible that I was able to answer.

This young man had made some bad choices and got himself mixed up with some pretty rough characters doing some pretty dumb things here in DeKalb County. Being from a mixed-race ethnic background, these white guys attempted to terrorize him with threats of lynching from a backyard tree. This scared him badly. Fortunately for all involved, the local police arrested him on a substance abuse charge and locked him up.

This eye-opening experience forced him to turn to God. He wanted to change his life and pursue God like he had heard about years ago in the Allen County Juvenile Center (formerly Wood Youth Center). Join me in praying for this young man, that God will give him a plan to carry out his dream, and not fall back into the same thing. Life change is what Christianity is really all about.

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23
Jun

C. H. SPURGEON

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Dwight L. Moody told this true story:

“An obscure man preached one Sunday to a few persons in a Methodist chapel in the South of England. A boy of fifteen years of age was in the audience, driven into the chapel by a snowstorm. The man took as his text the words, ‘Look unto me and be ye saved,’ and as he stumbled along as best he could, the light of heaven flashed into that boy’s heart. He went out of the chapel saved, and soon became known as C. H. Spurgeon, the boy-preacher.”

Church history is filled with such accounts of conversion experiences that had humble beginnings. I often say, “Don’t despise humble beginnings.” Spurgeon went on to be one of the greatest evangelists of all time. Expect the Holy Spirit to use you to plant a seed in someone else’s life.

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5
May

THE SITE

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A businessman was trying to sell an old factory. The building had been vacant for months and had degenerated quite badly. Vandals had broken many of the windows and kicked in several doors. Trash was everywhere.

As he was showing the property to a prospective buyer, the businessman promised, “Before you take possession, I’ll repair the windows and doors, check the furnace and roof, and get the place cleaned up.”

“Don’t bother,” said the buyer. “I’m going to put a new store here. I don’t want this old building; I’m after the site.”

Man’s efforts to earn salvation are about as futile as sweeping out an old factory and replacing the windows before the wrecking ball swings into action. The best of our good works can never satisfy the righteous demands of a holy God and earn our salvation. We need a complete change from the inside out.

God’s not looking for a fix up job; He wants the site!

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2
Jan

THE SALVAGE COMPANY

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When you think about ‘Salvation’, what picture comes to mind? When you think about that word’s cousin, ‘Salvage’, what picture do you see? The Bible has much to say about “the common salvation”, but over the centuries the term ‘Salvation’ has picked up a lot of religious baggage that God never intended. So when we look at Christ’s role in the lives of people in the Bible, we see a large salvage operation, but not much “religious training”.

Beginning this weekend we’ll examine how the Lord touched people’s lives in the gospels as a model of what role He wants us to play today. You and I are to be part of a great salvage company giving purpose to purposeless lives.

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