For those who in their own mind try to deny the existence of God, Ray Comfort of Living Waters Publications speaks with several willing participants of the Truths of God’s Creation and His Word, showing them the fallacy of their thinking. Transformation takes place for some as they begin to clearly see the error of their way and consider what they had refused to understand before. A powerful presentation with breathtaking views of God’s Creation, “The Atheist Delusion” uncovers the root of atheistic belief.
During Sanctity of Life Month what a wonderful testimony of Marlana VanHoose to sing the beloved hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” during the pre-inaugural prayer service held in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017. Young Marlana, who was born blind and diagnosed with mild cerebral palsy, has trusted Christ as her Savior and says she has no need to see while here on Earth because she knows the first face she will ever look upon will be JESUS’ in Heaven.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him:
- Refrain his tongue from evil
- Refrain his lips that they speak no guile (deceit)
- Hate evil
- Do good
- Seek peace
- Pursue peace
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: But the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
I Peter 3:10-12
Key Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
All is Vanity – Chapters 1-2
Seasons of Life – Chapters 3-10
Conclusion of the Matter – Chapter 11-12
Everyone is confronted with trying to answer the questions of life within their own personal sphere. Questions such as “Who am I?”, “Why am I here?”, “Where am I going?” plague the minds of every individual born into this world. Many search throughout their entire lifetime for answers only to find their search fruitless, never coming to fully understand the meaning of life. The world offers many opportunities to promote man’s search but the answers to life’s questions can only be found in God’s Word, the Bible.
“Who am I?” –
The Bible clearly states that every one born into this world is a CREATION of GOD. Adam, the first human, was created from the dust of the ground, and God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” and he became a living soul made in God’s own image. David, the Psalmist wrote, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvelous are Thy works.” The word of the LORD came to the Prophet Jeremiah, saying, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee.” (Genesis 1:26-27 2:7; Psalm 139:14; Jeremiah 1:4-5)
The ANSWER to “Who am I?” is, I am a Creation of God, made in His image after His likeness, fashioned by the works of His hands.
“Why am I here?” –
In the Book of Revelation the Apostle John wrote of those he saw worshipping in Heaven “fall down before Him that sat on the Throne… saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy PLEASURE they are and were created.” The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Corinthians 10:31; Revelation 4:11)
The ANSWER to “Why am I here?” is, for God’s pleasure He made me to glorify Him in all that I do.
“What am I to do?” –
Jesus tells us exactly what we are to do when He taught His disciples how to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven… Thy WILL be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.” Further when asked what was the greatest commandment to be obeyed, Jesus answered, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” (Matthew 6:9-10; Mark 12:28-30)
The ANSWER to “What am I to do?” is, to do the Father’s Will each and every day, obeying His commands and statues revealed in His Word.
How am I to live?
During Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness He informed Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” In His closing remarks in the Sermon on the Mount, He likened a wise man as one who builds his house upon a rock. Jesus is the Chief Cornerstone and the Rock of Salvation referred to in Scripture. (Matthew 4:4; 7:24; Ephesians 2:20)
The ANSWER to “How am I to live?” is, the source of the meaning of living life is found in the very words of God Himself found in His Word. By reading His Word and heeding what is written therein, you will live a life more abundant than ever thought possible.
“When will I leave this world?” –
We are forewarned in Hebrews 9:27, “It is appointed unto men once to die.” The Psalmist David wrote, “The days of our years are threescore (60) years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore (80)… it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days.” David told his friend Jonathan, “Truly as the LORD liveth… there is but a step between me and death.” (I Samuel 20:3; Psalm 90:10,12)
The ANSWER to “When will I leave this world?” is, at any time on any day God will call us to keep our appointment with Him.
“Where will I go?” –
Jesus told His disciples who believed He truly was the Son of God that He would be going to “prepare a place for you… that where I am, there ye may be also.” In contrast, a place has also been prepared for the Devil and his angels, known as demons, to be “cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone… and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” In addition, “whosoever was not found written in the book of life” will also be cast into the lake of fire. (Matthew 25:41; John 14:2-3; Revelation 19:20, 20:10,15)
The ANSWER to “Where will I go?” is, for those who have repented of their sin and trusted Christ as their Savior, Heaven awaits them. For those who reject Christ and His offer of salvation, the torment of Hell awaits them as they draw their last breath in this life.
“For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”
When times seem hopeless there is a place of refuge where hope is found. Scripture is full of accounts of people who despaired of the necessities of life only to be clothed and fed, of captives who despaired of going home again being restored, and of loss of life being revived. While the adversities of this life swirl around us and seek to overwhelm us, God’s Word is the place to find solace and hope in these uncertain times.
When the Children of Israel fled the presence of Pharaoh in the great exodus, they could only take with them what they could carry. Their food and water lasted only a few days before running out; their shoes and clothes being only what they were wearing the night the death angel passed over the land of Egypt. God provided manna from heaven to feed them and water from a rock to hydrate them, but He also saw to the needs of their clothing as we read Moses’ words in Scripture, “I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot,” (Deuteronomy 29:5). In recounting how the Lord cared for them, Moses also said, “neither did thy foot swell,” (Deuteronomy 8:4). God’s Word brings hope to all who read.
While being held captive under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Children of Israel found themselves in great despair far from their homeland. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.” Their captors required of them to sing the songs of Zion but they would not, they could not for heaviness of heart. But 70 years later their joy and singing returned as King Cyrus under God’s plan for His Children, permitted them to leave and return to Jerusalem to rebuild the House of God (2 Chronicles 36). God’s Word brings hope to all who read and believe.
It had been four days since Mary and Martha’s brother had died. Jesus had finally arrived with His disciples to comfort the bereaved, or so they thought. Little did they know He had come to perform a miracle to restore their joy and happiness, but more importantly to show HIS power over death. Martha’s unknowing attempt to hinder His work, said, “Lord, by this time he stinketh.” With just three short words, “Lazarus, come forth,” what was once dead came alive, (John 11). God’s Word brings hope to all who read, believe and receive.
In the troublesome times in which we live, God’s Word is our only source of hope. The pages of Scripture overflow with encouragement, hope and most importantly God’s love for us and His plan for our future. Just as He cared for those wandering in the wilderness, those who were held captive, and those who had experienced the death of a loved one, “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you,” (I Peter 5:6-7).
Noah preached to the population around him for 120 years as he built the Ark. The wickedness of man had reached the apex of God’s forbearance. His longsuffering with them was about to end. His offer of salvation had come to them through Noah’s preaching and they refused to surrender to God’s will, bowing the knee to Him, but instead turned their backs on Him continuing to live their lives in the lust of the flesh, in the lust of the eyes, and in the pride of their lives (I John 2:16). They wanted nothing to do with Noah and the One True God, thinking Noah was a crazy man crying wolf when it had never rained upon the earth since the creation of the world. Unbeknownst to them apart from Noah’s fervent admonition, the day of their salvation was about to pass them by with no hope of rescue (Genesis 6-7).
Noah’s ark is a picture of the safe haven that is found in Christ for all who languish in sin and need a Savior. Just as God called Noah to prepare an ark to the saving of His people, albeit only eight persons out of the whole population of the entire earth at that time, safety is found in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection for our sin. Without Him and His forgiveness of our sin, we are like those who were outside Noah’s ark banging on the door to be let in when the heavens opened up from above pouring rain down upon them and the waters from the deep began to rise up from underground, quickly submerging all who breathed God’s breathe of life.
There is a limit to God’s tolerance of man’s sin when His judgment must fall, for He is the Righteous Judge of all mankind. It is because of His great mercy towards us we are not consumed long before the gavel of His judgment falls (Lamentations 3:22). His provision of His Son to be the propitiation (payment) for our sin is what keeps us from drowning outside the ark of His salvation offered to us through Christ (Romans 3:23-26).
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.”