-Good Friday Message: “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming”

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Here’s my traditional post for ‘Good Friday.’ Never understood what was so good about this day. After all, the forces of evil celebrated on this day nearly 2,000 years ago at the death of Jesus but it was Sunday that changed everything:

My Favorite message of all time for Good Friday is by Dr. Tony Campolo. Here is a link to the famous tape and where it can be downloaded.

The whole tape is great but the best part is at the end when Tony Campolo recalls one Sunday when he had a little preaching competition with the head pastor at the church where he attends.

Dr. Campolo tells how he preached the perfect sermon in every way and had taken the congregation to ‘the heights of glory’. As he sat down beside his pastor, Dr. Tony patted him on the knee and simply said, “Top that.” The older black pastor looked at him and said, “Boy, watch the master.” Then Dr. Campolo recalls for us the very brilliant message which followed.

The following is a short printed version of the 45 minute sermon–the printed version doesn’t really do justice to the original, but you can at least get an idea what the last part is like:

It’s Friday. But Sunday’s coming—

It was a simple sermon, starting softly, building in volume and intensity until the entire congregation was completely involved, repeating the phrases in unison. The sermon went something like this.

It’s Friday. Jesus is arrested in the garden where He was praying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The disciples are hiding and Peter’s denying that he knows the Lord. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is standing before the high priest of Israel, silent as a lamb before the slaughter. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is beaten, mocked, and spit upon. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Those Roman soldiers are flogging our Lord with a leather scourge that has bits of bones and glass and metal, tearing at his flesh. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The Son of man stands firm as they press the crown of thorns down into his brow. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. See Him walking to Calvary, the blood dripping from His body. See the cross crashing down on His back as He stumbles beneath the load. It’s Friday; but Sunday’s a coming.

It’s Friday. See those Roman soldiers driving the nails into the feet and hands of my Lord. Hear my Jesus cry, “Father, forgive them.” It’s Friday; but Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, bloody and dying. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. The sky grows dark, the earth begins to tremble, and He who knew no sin became sin for us. Holy God who will not abide with sin pours out His wrath on that perfect sacrificial lamb who cries out, “My God, My God. Why hast thou forsaken me?” What a horrible cry. But Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. And at the moment of Jesus’ death, the veil of the Temple that separates sinful man from Holy God was torn from the top to the bottom because Sunday’s coming.

It’s Friday. Jesus is hanging on the cross, heaven is weeping and hell is partying. But that’s because it’s Friday, and they don’t know it, but Sunday’s a coming.

And on that horrible day 2000 years ago, Jesus the Christ, the Lord of glory, the only begotten Son of God, the only perfect man died on the cross of Calvary. Satan thought that he had won the victory. Surely he had destroyed the Son of God. Finally he had disproved the prophecy God had uttered in the Garden and the one who was to crush his head had been destroyed. But that was Friday.

Now it’s Sunday. And just about dawn on that first day of the week, there was a great earthquake. But that wasn’t the only thing that was shaking because now it’s Sunday. And the angel of the Lord is coming down out of heaven and rolling the stone away from the door of the tomb. Yes, it’s Sunday, and the angel of the Lord is sitting on that stone and the guards posted at the tomb to keep the body from disappearing were shaking in their boots because it’s Sunday, and the lamb that was silent before the slaughter is now the resurrected lion from the tribe of Judah, for He is not here, the angel says. He is risen indeed.

It’s Sunday, and the crucified and resurrected Christ has defeated death, hell, sin and the grave. It’s Sunday. And now everything has changed. It’s the age of grace, God’s grace poured out on all who would look to that crucified lamb of Calvary. Grace freely given to all who would believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross of Calvary was buried and rose again. All because it’s Sunday.

At the end of the message the pastor shouts out:

It’s Friiidaaaay!

And the whole congregation responds:

But Sunday’s Coming!

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Prophecy Update! Exciting Times!!!

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By Gordon King

Hello folks!  I pray for everyone reading this post and may God bless you all!

The world is rapidly moving towards the Tribulation period.  Prophetic signs continue to happen and with more frequency.  Jesus told us to watch for these occurrences and that they shall be a sign of his close return.

I hear people say things like: “There have always been mass animal deaths.”  “There have always been earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and tornadoes.”  “”Blood red rain, rivers and lakes can easily be explained, it is just micro-organisms proliferating in mass numbers.”  “There has always been crime, murder, rape, adultery and other heinous crimes.”  “There have always been wars and rumors of wars.”  “Plagues, pestilence and disease have been around since the beginning of man.”  “Economies around the globe have collapsed forever.”  “Freak accidental deaths have always occurred.”  “There have been signs in the skies forever.”  “The Jewish temple was already rebuilt and destroyed.”  “The Jews re-established their nation thousands of years ago.”

Well, why most of this it true, all of these events have never before in the history of mankind all happened at the same time.  Not only are they now happening in the same time period, but, they are occurring much more frequently and in greater intensity.  That is exactly what Jesus said would happen.  This is bible prophecy (God’s word) coming to pass.  Bible prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes.  I don’t know about you, but, this sends chills up my spine and gives me goose bumps!  How exciting.

For the naysayers who proclaim that all of these signs have occurred before in history, please explain to me why they have not happened before at the same time?  Why are all of these events happening together and with such great intensity?  And, why are they occurring much more frequently and on a regular basis?  If someone has another answer than the one already given, please tell me.  I would really like to know what your answers are and the reasoning behind them.

Bible prophecy is occurring exactly as the bible said that it would.  I am just astonished that I am a witness to it.  I have read about it, studied it, but, to actually see it happening daily!  That puts me in utter amazement! 

The new Pope has been elected, Saint Francis.  This is very exciting stuff and you really need to see the video below by “eternal rhythm flow”.  Saint Malachy (1094 – 2 November 1148) had visions of this Pope as the last:

Source:  Wikipedia

“Petrus Romanus

In recent times, some interpreters of prophetic literature have drawn attention to the prophecies due to their imminent conclusion; if the list of descriptions is matched on a one-to-one basis to the list of historic popes since the prophecies’ publication, Benedict XVI (2005-2013) would correspond to the second to last of the papal descriptions, Gloria olivae (the glory of the olive).  The longest and final prophecy predicts the Apocalypse:

In persecutione extrema S.R.E. sedebit.
Petrus Romanus, qui pascet oves in multis tribulationibus, quibus transactis civitas septicollis diruetur, & judex tremendus judicabit populum suum. Finis.

This may be translated into English as:

In the final persecution of the Holy Roman Church, there will sit [i.e., as bishop].
Peter the Roman, who will pasture his sheep in many tribulations, and when these things are finished, the city of seven hills [i.e. Rome] will be destroyed, and the dreadful judge will judge his people. The End.”

I have posted a video explaining that “Saint Francis” is “Petrus Romanus”.  

     Prophecy of the Popes FULFILLED! Pope Francis IS Petrus Romanus!!   video by eternal rhythm flow:

 

Not only has a new Pope been elected, but, President Obama is scheduled to visit Israel on March 20th, 2013, just 3 days from now.  Will there be a chance that he will try to get Israel and the Palestinians to sign a seven-year peace treaty?  Well, the way that prophecy is happening at such an accelerated pace right now I would not be shocked by it. 

The fall of Damascus is another prophecy yet to be fulfilled, however, I believe it is happening right before our eyes. 

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

Isaiah 17:1

“The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.”

The city of Damascus is becoming a ruinous heap.  This prophecy could be fulfilled at any time.

Arab turmoil and chaos abounds in the Middle East.  Arabs are causing mayhem and injuring lives in Israel daily.  Egyptians are fighting Egyptians, Syrians are fighting Syrians, Iran continues its quest for a nuclear bomb and continues its threat to annihilate Israel, Iraq is experiencing increased bombings and violence, Afghanistan continues to be a hot spot for Islamist terrorists, the Pakistan government is all but useless.  The Arab terrorist groups such as Hamas, Hezbollah and the Muslim Brotherhood continue to threaten Israel and to destroy them.

Could we be at the doorstep of the Psalm 83 war?  I believe that we could.  Tensions are high throughout the Middle East.  The expected visit by President Obama seems to be fueling the fire. 

The rapture could happen at any time.  Our time is so very short.  Once the rapture occurs it will be very, very difficult to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  Deception and evil will run rampant.  Christians during that time will endure severe persecution and be-headings.  Now is the time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

Yes, bible prophecy is right on target.  This is a very exciting and thrilling time to be alive.  God has chosen us to live in the end times.  If you are saved by Jesus, then you should not worry.  However, if you do not yet know Jesus, then this is the best time to meet him.  Accept him now as your Lord and Savior.  It only takes a little faith and a minute of your time to enjoy eternity in the abundance and glory of the Lord!

CLICK THIS LINK TO “GET SAVED”!

I pray for everyone reading this post.  I pray for God to pour out his Holy Spirit upon us, to open our eyes and hearts to him.  To share the “Good News” of Christs salvation and unending love for us!

Amen, Praise God!   Until next time.  Be safe in the Lord Jesus!!!!     😉

A good place to be

Exclusive: Greg Laurie explains Jude’s admonition to ‘keep yourselves in God’s love’

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author-image by Greg LaurieJude is one of the shortest books in the New Testament, and although it is relatively brief, it is nonetheless action-packed from beginning to end. It was written by Jude, who happens to be the brother of James, the writer of the New Testament epistle that bears his name. One thing that Jude does not mention is that both he and James were half-brothers of Jesus.

Imagine being a half-brother of Jesus Christ. Jude’s parents were Mary and Joseph, and you have to wonder what it must have been like growing up with Jesus as your older brother. Do you think Mary and Joseph ever said, “Why can’t you be more like Jesus?”

 But it is noteworthy that neither Jude nor James nor any of Jesus’ other siblings believed in him prior to his resurrection. So what brought James and Jude around? What caused them to believe?

It was the resurrection. That turned everyone around. The crucifixion was a horrendous thing, but when they saw Christ rise from the dead, that convinced them. Jude saw Jesus nailed to a cross and then resurrected from the dead, and he ultimately believed.

So in his epistle, Jude exhorts his readers, “Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life” (Jude 1:21 NIV).

What an interesting statement that is, because the Bible says that believers are “kept by the power of God through faith for salvation” (1 Peter 1:5 NKJV). God keeps us; but Jude also tells us to keep ourselves in God’s love. Obviously there is God’s part – he is ready to keep us. But we must take practical steps to keep ourselves in his love.

Does this mean that we are to keep ourselves in a state where God will love us? That is virtually impossible. No matter how hard we try, we ultimately will fall short of God’s standards. This is not teaching that we should do certain things to somehow merit God’s love or do certain things to somehow deserve his approval.

When Jude wrote that we are to keep ourselves in God’s love, this simply means that we need to keep ourselves in a place where God can actively show his love toward us.

A good illustration is the story Jesus told about the prodigal son. He was loved by his father, but he foolishly took his portion of the inheritance and went to a distant country, where he lived foolishly. Ultimately, he came to his senses and returned to his father.

While the prodigal was in a distant land, was he still a son of his father? Yes. He was a wayward son, no doubt, and a distant son, without question. But he still was the son of his father. Was he keeping himself in the love of his father or in a place where his father could actively demonstrate his love? No, he was not. His father probably didn’t even know where he was at the time. When he returned home and his father forgave him, took off his rags, clothed him, put a ring on his finger, and threw a party for him, was he then in a place where his father could actively show his love toward him? Yes, he was.

When we disobey God, when we do things that we should not do, it is not that God stops loving us. It is not even that we have necessarily ceased to be true Christians. We are simply wayward. We have essentially taken ourselves out of God’s love and have removed ourselves from the place where God can actively show his love in our lives.

That is what Jude was saying: Stay in a place where God can show his love to you. Simply put, Jude is reminding us that we must keep ourselves from all that is unlike God, from all that would violate his love and grieve him. He was saying, “Stay away from the things that would tear you down. Stay close to God and the people who will build you up.”

Jude pointed to the Israelites as an example, who, in spite of their incredible privilege, did not keep themselves in the love of God. They saw countless miracles. They had God’s spokesman, Moses, leading them through the wilderness. Yet they did not stay in a place where God could actively bless them, beginning with a complete unwillingness to go where he wanted them to go.

When they came to the brink of the Promised Land, they were told to go in. Instead, they chose 12 spies to check things out first. When the spies returned 40 days later, 10 gave a pessimistic report that was filled with fear and trepidation, while two, Joshua and Caleb, gave an optimistic report and encouraged the people to go in.

However, the people turned against Joshua and Caleb, essentially turning against God, who had told them he would give them the land. They even wanted to put these two messengers to death. So God determined that these people would never enter in because of their disobedience. Their unbelief gave way to rebellion, keeping them out of the place where God could bless them in the way that he wanted to.

This clearly shows us that privilege brings great responsibility. None of these people had any excuse. They were exposed to so many amazing things, yet they fell from that place of privilege, reminding us that we, too, can do the same thing.

We can be Christians but at the same time be out of fellowship with God and his people, doing things we should not do. We can remove ourselves from the place where God can actively demonstrate and show his love toward us. We must keep ourselves in a place where God can do that. We must keep ourselves from all that is unlike him, from any influences that would violate his love and bring sorrow to his heart.

Although God’s love is unsought, undeserved and unconditional, it is possible for us to be out of harmony with him. That is why we need to make every effort to keep ourselves in God’s love.

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THE MYTH OF INHERENT GOODNESS

Greg Laurie explains the 3 temptations that snared Eve — and snare us

Published: 12 hours ago

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If you believe that humanity is basically good, then I have to tip my hat to you, because you have more faith than I do. I cannot believe how anyone could actually accept the premise that humanity is basically good.

What I do believe is that humanity is basically bad. God gives us all a choice in life. It is something called free will, which is the ability to say yes or no. Everyone has that, and we are not forced to choose God. However, consider these words from Scripture: “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living” (Romans 6:16 NLT).

The book of Genesis records the first temptation ever to take place on Planet Earth:

The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”

“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied. “It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”

“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”

The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. (Genesis 3:1–6 NLT)

In one sentence, we find a summary of temptation in all its forms: “She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her” (emphasis mine).

The Bible says, “For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world” (1 John 2:16 NKJV).

Every temptation will fall into one of three categories: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of life.

Think about it. There is the lust of the eyes, which is temptation that comes through the realm of the mind – mental temptation. Why do we get tempted in our minds? Because it is command central. It is here that we reason. It is here that we intellectualize. It is here that we contemplate. It is here that we even fantasize. It is here that we dream. It is here that we can do some horrible sins. We can reach into the past through our memories. We can reach into the future through our imagination. You don’t have to do it, we reason. Just think about it. That is all. It doesn’t have to go any further than this.

Notice the subtlety of the serpent, who tempted Eve in the realm of her mind. He asked, “Did God really say …?” He did not deny that God had spoken; he simply questioned whether God had really said what Eve thought he had said. But there is a big difference between dealing with doubt and entertaining it.

That is how Eve was hit: through the lust of the eyes. Eve, check it out! Have you ever seen a piece of fruit like this?

Then came the lust of the flesh. Having seen it, Eve wanted to taste it.

First you think about something, and then it transfers into action. After a while, thinking about it isn’t enough. After a while, fantasizing about it isn’t enough. You want to take it to the next level. So you start flirting. You start touching. You start tasting. And the next thing you know, you are caught up in it.

Then there is the pride of life. You might be avoiding the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh, but you could be falling in the pride of life. You might say, “I am not thinking impure thoughts. I am not out there doing horrible, wicked deeds.” But you might be so full of pride that you say, “I don’t really think I need Jesus Christ. I am a moral person. I am an educated individual. I am sophisticated. I don’t need religion; that is only for weak people. I am above it all.” That is the pride of life. And that keeps you from Christ.

Which of these categories are tripping you up today?

Whenever God says no, it is for our own good. If something is a good thing, God will say yes to it. But if he says no to something, then it is for our own good.

Eve was at the wrong place at the wrong time, listening to the wrong voice, which ultimately led her to do the wrong thing.

If you have been hanging around with the wrong people and going to the wrong places, don’t be surprised when you get tempted to do the wrong thing. Stay away from those situations, those relationships, and those places where you know you are weak and vulnerable.

Maybe you have felt guilt over sins you have committed lately. You have been aware that certain things you have been practicing are wrong. God has been kind and gracious enough to make you aware of the fact that you are going in the wrong direction. So what do you need to do? You need to acknowledge your shortcomings and ask God for his forgiveness.

It is not enough to intellectually acknowledge that certain things are true. You must act on them.

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