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Joel 3:1-17 The Judgment of the Nations

There is coming a day when the nations of the world will gather together to fight against God and the Jewish people – Israel. God will judge the nations based on the way that they treated Israel throughout their history.

The nations will be defeated when they come up against God, and as they seek to drive Israel into the sea for the very last time. The nations will always lose when God is involved. He is a Father to the Jewish people, and when any nations messes with Israel, well, they are messing with the “apple of God’s eye”.

Pick up your Bible and follow along as Pastor Kim speaks from Joel 3:1-17 on the topic of: The Judgment of the Nations. Also make sure that you have a pen in hand and take note as you listen.

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Preaching Clinic – A New Kind of Personal Training

At Spirit Lake Baptist Church I have sought to train the men in our fellowship to step up the the pulpit when I am away, absent due to sickness, or just plain need a break (it is alright to admit that you need a break – that is not a sign of weakness).

Well, I host a Preaching Clinic where I seek to train men to share God’s Word. This is what we are told to do in Ephesians 4:11-12, and it is what I have been doing to SLBC for years now. My first Preaching Clinic had eight guys, out of the eight only four actually graduated. To graduate you have to preach a message that is approved by the Pastor. My goal is not to turn loose men in the pulpit who have no clue how to sermonize, or to accurately cut the Scripture. No, I walk with the guys carefully for 12 weeks, and we study other men and how they preach.

Tons of paper is passed along with all kinds of insights into preaching. I absolutely love to train men to preach, and I love it when I get to sit in the audience and see the results of the “Ha Ha” moments from the class.

We have a great time for 12 weeks as each man has a series of assignments, everything from reading their personal testimony before the men to developing a sales pitch for an item they create (very humorous) – we do a lot of laughing!

My goal is to train men to step in when I am not available. There is no reason to go outside the church. Our men have heard from God too, and they read their Bible’s and they have a lot to offer our church body. The men who sign up for the next preaching clinic will learn the following steps to developing a message for Sunday morning:

  • How to pray – I Thess. 5:17
  • Reading the Bible – Start with a small book, than build your way into something larger.
  • Studying – II Tim. 2:15
  • Learning the value of ones six faithful friends – Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?
  • Learning to THINK
  • Outlining biblical passages
  • Finding ways to illustrate Scripture
  • Discovering the practical application – How does it apply?

We will watch some great sermons together, and we will listen to one another present small segments of Scripture in a classroom setting. Like I have said, it is going to be tons of fun.

The very last assignment is to prepare your sermon. We will walk through the steps it takes – here are only a few examples: Where does God have you reading in the Bible right now? This may be the place where you develop a sermon from. Surmise: Perhaps what I am living can be shared with others – trouble, pain, loss of loved one, hurt, change of job? Picking a text to preach. Like I said, these are some elementary steps for me, but they will be something I pass along to you.

I hope that we will have a lot of guys who sign up. There is a sign-up sheet on the Welcome table in the entrance way of the church. Sign up today.

I also want to make a quick comment about our Mission Team going to the Appalachian Mountains. The team as a whole needs to raise around $ 22,000 dollars. This will get airfare for everyone, plus take care of room, board, and feed up to 60 children a day. Your support right now is crucial for the team. Let us pull together and get our team ready to go. Mark your checks AMPM – Appalachian Mountain Mission Team

God is doing some wonderful things here in our church. I hope you are as excited as I am. Christian Star called me today and told me that a young guest that attend Church last week gave her heart to Christ. Isn’t that fantastic NEWS!!! Also a week ago at youth group a young teenage girl invited Christ into her life as well. This is what we want to see happening all the time at SLBC. God help us to become a LIFE SAVING STATION.

Sincerely in Jesus Christ,

Pastor Kim

 



Silence of the Lambs

This   morning on national television (Good Morning America) I head a report about how in California counselors were no longer going to be able to talk with teenagers about their sexual orientation. It appears that the state believes that teenagers are confused when someone tells them that it is possible to change their sexual behavior, and the state doesn’t want teenagers to be confused. Excuse me, living in California is enough in and of itself to be confused. I once heard someone refer to California as the “Land of Fruits and Nuts.” No wonder so many people are leaving the state.

The Bible tells us that we are all sinner (Rom. 3:26), and the Bible tells us that there is a wage for sin (Rom. 6:23), that wage is DEATH. You and I are going to die because of sin. We inherited sin from our parents – they were sinners and the spiritual DNA of their sin was passed down to us.

Have you ever noticed that you don’t have to teach people to do wrong, that it just comes naturally? No, what we have to do is to teach people to say “NO” to their sinful desires and behavior. This includes all kinds of sin, everything from drunkenness to homosexuality, and even to fornication (sex outside of marriage). Forget the arguments that you have for me. I’m just speaking to you about a biblical worldview. Its really that simple.

California once again has it wrong. The nannie state continues to push for all of it citizens to think alike, and to even agree that perversion is right. Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good (Isa. 5:20) Go ahead and read that verse. I dare you to.



Act of Kindness

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Some men in the church came and took away my lawn mower. It was in bad shape. Wheels that were flat. A motor that wouldn’t start. A cutting deck that was broken. These men took it away. Painted it. Fixed tires. Got the motor running great and did a tune up. They also put in a new battery. I know that mowing season is upon us and feeling terrible after chemo treatment and knowing that the yard was going to need to be mowed wasn’t something I was looking forward to. Now I believe that I am ready. Thanks guys! Your act of kindness is so appreciated.
“be ye kind one to another.”



Joel 2:28-32 The Promise of the Holy Spirit

Pick up your Bible and following along. Another study from the Major Messages from the Minor Prophets.

The Promise of the Holy Spirit



Ramblings

Secret Service is in the news – it appears that our own protective agents for the President of the United Sates have been very bad. Some delegates went to Columbia for a pre-event planning for an upcoming trip that Obama would be taking, and while there they rented a room that could host 30 people and they invited in prostitutes. It appears that they had sex with them (Prostitution is legal in Columbia), and then refused to pay them what they agreed to. The prostitutes went to the police, and now it is National News back home. Many have stepped down, some have taken retirement (they should be fired with no retirement), and some are under investigation. This makes me sick! Some of these men probably are husbands and fathers, and they went and cheated on their wives and children. Not to mention they disgraced America. Shame on them.

As the sayings goes: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Cops Dig Up Basement In Etan Patz Case

How sick too is this story. A young boy walking to school shows up missing. How many times are we going to allow these stories to happen. When will we stop these perverts dead in their tracks? This should not be taking place today. I hope that they find the body of this boy that has been missing for over 30 years, and that justice will be served on the man who killed this child. This is my point of view, but I hope you can tell that I am one angry Pastor.

 

Silence for Gays Teens

Each person has the right to practice their own behavior, or do they? When does an individual right violate the rights if others? If society becomes perverted, then what do the righteous do? Do we allow social pressure to determine our future? I can remember as a small child when just about everyone realized that gays (homosexuals – a term that even the elite media doesn’t use much) were abnormal. There was a time when people knew that being gay was a mental disorder. Now it is turned around and guess who has the mental disorder – straight people. We are called, homophobic. We are the ones presented with the problem. Have you ever heard the story of the frog and the kettle? You can boil a frog in a pot of water by turning up the heat a little at a time. Well, this is what the homosexuals have done, and what the media has done to American mind today. No one can think for themselves any more unless we all think alike.

Thats my rambling for today.



I am the Resurrection and the Life – John 11:25

Here is the sermon that Pastor Kim preached on Resurrection Sunday. Make sure that you pick up your Bible and follow along. I Am The Resurrection



I want a Bible – what type of Bible shall I get?

Last Sunday a young man, 19 years old walked up to me after church saying, “I want to get a Bible. Pastor Kim, what kind of Bible shall I get?”

That is a great question. Many of us have two or three, perhaps more Bible’s lined up on our book cases. I sat down with me, went to the internet and looked at the various types of Bible available online. My O my how many Bible’s are there today.

NIV, KJV, ESV, NASV, NNIV, and on and on it goes. Not to mention, Charles Stanley Study Bible, MacArthur Study Bible, Life Application Study Bible, Quest Study Bible, Mission of God Study Bible, Archaeological Study Bible, and Favorite Authors Study Bible to name a few. So many choices.

It has been said, “The best Bible is the one that you will read.” What Bible are you reading from right now?

I walked into the sanctuary of the church building, reached under a seat, and pulled out a gift Bible that we make available to people who visit church, but who do not bring a bIble with them. These Bible’s are available for people to use and to follow along with us as I preach on Sunday morning. I took the Bible and I handed it to John. I said, “John, here is a Bible that is free, and it is our gift to you.” I wrote the following message on the inside of the Bible cover: “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.”

Years ago a friend of mine wrote in a Bible that he gave me the following words, “Seven days without the Lord makes one WEAK.” That is a good point!

Finally, I heard from a pastor one morning the following statement, “It doesn’t matter how a man makes his Bible, but how the Bible marks the man.” Is your Bible marking your life?

I suggest that all of us read Psalm 119 – the longest and most beloved Psalm. All 176 verses deal with the value of the Scripture. Pause today long enough to read through this Psalm. Highlight ny verses the speak directly to you, and there you have God’s Word for you today.

Dr. Adrian Rogers use to say, “These hath God married and no man can part, dust on the Bible and drought on the heart.”You can live well without knowing God’s Word.

Take the needed time today to read your Bible – the one you own. The one that you can find on the internet. Read it and heed it and obey it and follow it. Be wise and be used by Almighty God.

Remember this: The Bible is not the book of the month or even the book of the year. It is the Book of the ages.

  • The Bible is a timeless book – Psalm 119:89
  • The Bible is a truthful Book – Psalm 119:160
  • The Bible is a treasured book – Psalm 119:72


I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE – JOHN 11:25

Today is RESURRECTION Sunday! This is the central day on the Christian calendar, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cardinal doctrine of the Christian faith.

Get this down – No RESURRECTION, NO LIFE! RESURRECTION, LIFE! It is really that simple – don’t miss it.

The Apostle Paul wrote, “And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” (I Cor. 15:17)

RESURRECTION in all Four Gospels

   The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is found in all four of the Gospels:

  • Matthew 28
  • Mark 16
  • Luke 24
  • John 20

RESURRECTION Foreshadowed in Old Testament

   Are you aware that the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is also foreshowed in the Old Testament? It is often said that the Old Testament is a picture book, and in the following biblical accounts we see a picture of Jesus’ RESURRECTION:

  • The Resurrection of Christ is pictured when God shared the Serpents curse – Gen. 3:15

Bible teachers all agree that Genesis 3:15 (protevangelium) is the first mention of the Gospel. This verse is addressed to Satan. We read,

   “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Look at the words “seed of the woman”; this speaks of Christ. The word “seed” never, in any other place in the Old Testament, refers to a woman. The “seed” of the woman is Christ.

The prophet Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Then, too, the bruising of Christ’s heel would not be fatal, but the bruising of Satan’s head is fatal.

Dr. DeHaan said, “The Saviour’s heel was bruised at His first coming, but Satan’s head will be crushed at His second coming” (DeHaan, ibid., p. 64). Here, then, in the first mention of the Gospel, we have a picture of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

  • The Resurrection of Christ is pictured when Abraham took Isaac up Mount Moriah, to offer him as a sacrifice – Gen. 22 

I can’t imagine being asked to do something like this, but Abraham had FAITH in God! When he and his son arrived to the place of sacrifice, we read,

“Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son” (Genesis 22:13).

It is so important that read our Bible. In the New Testament we read that Isaac being saved from death is a picture of resurrection, Mark in your notes Hebrews 11:18-19,

“Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure”

Yes, Abraham willing to offer up his son Isaac is a picture of the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.

  • The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is seen in the life-story of Joseph – Gen. 25-50 

We all know that Joseph’s brothers hated him, and they hated him because they were jealous of him. They conspired together and threw their brother into a pit. Then they pulled him out of the pit and sold him into slavery in Egypt. Once in Egypt God raised Joseph to great prominence – Second in command over all Egypt! Years later, when his brothers were starving because of famine, they traveled to Egypt, and they eventually appeared in Joseph presence. He fed them and saved their lives. Later Joseph revealed his identity to them, and said to them,

“And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God…” (Genesis 45:7-8).

He also said to them – this is a powerful verse –

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

In his chapter, “The Perfect Antitype,” Dr. DeHaan said, “The story of Joseph is beyond a doubt the clearest type of the…exaltation of Christ to be found anywhere in the Old Testament” (DeHaan, p. 178). As Joseph was exalted to a high position in Egypt, to give life to his brothers, so Jesus rose from the dead to give life to the world!

In this message today we have seen types and pictures of Jesus’ resurrection in the writing of Moses (specifically the book of Genesis), but we could actually walk through just about every book in the Old Testament and see Christ presented, and in many of the books see the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ.

The late Dr. John R. Rice (a powerful preacher of the past) wrote, “The Old Testament has many intimations of the future resurrection of Christ which probably have not been noticed by the average reader” (John R. Rice, D.D., The Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1953, p. 16).

  • The RESRRECTION of Jesus Christ is pictured in the life of Jonah – Jonah 1-4

I call Jonah the WRONG WAY prophet. He knew what God called him to do, but didn’t want to do it. Jonah was the prophet cast into the sea and swallowed by a great fish. The Bible tells us,

“But, after three days, God spoke to that creature “and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land” (Jonah 2:10).

Dr. McGee said about this about the Prophet Jonah, “the belly of the fish was his grave, and a grave is a place for the dead – you do not put a live man in a grave. Jonah recognized that he was going to die in that fish and that God would hear him and raise him from the dead (J. Vernon McGee, Th.D., Thru the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1982, volume III, p. 749; note on Jonah 2:2).

Dr. DeHaan said the same thing as Dr. McGee, and so did Dr. Henry M. Morris – and I believe they were exactly right. Jonah died in the sea monster, but God raised him from the dead. The book of Jonah tells us that Jonah was in the stomach of the sea monster “three days and three nights” (Jonah 1:17).

Are you aware that Jesus Christ believed in the literal account of Jonah and what happened to him? Twice Jesus spoke of Jonah (Matthew 12:39-40; Matthew 16:4).

Matthew 12:39-40

   “But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s [fish’s] belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” 

The point that I’m driving home is that Jonah’s resurrection from the dead, after three days in the sea monster, was a prophetic picture in the Old Testament of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.

From RESURRECTION Prophesized

to RESURRECTION Personified

   Now, I want to make a transition in this message. I want to go from looking at the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ as found throughout the Old Testament, to the declaration that Jesus Christ Himself made, when He said that HE was the RESURRECTION. More accurately He said,

“I AM the RESURRECTION and the life…” (John 11:25)

Take your Bible and turn with me to John 11:17-27. We are going to pick up in the middle of the story, but these verses are essential to our theme today – the RESURRECTION!

There are three truths that I want to point out to you from these verses. They are:  

   I.            There must be death before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 17 

Focus your eyes upon verse 17, we read,

   “So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.”

The “he” in this verse is Jesus’ friend, Lazarus. He was sick, and he died. We read here that he had been in the tomb for four days. Four days dead – no breathe in him, no life in his body. Lazarus had expired.

Next, look at verses 18-19,

   “Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”

Bethany was the hometown for Lazarus and his sisters, Martha and Mary.

Earlier in the storyline Jesus told his disciples that, “his sickness was not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified through it” (v. 4). Even though Jesus knew that Lazarus was sick, we read that He waited two days before he came to Bethany (v. 6). Jesus also had told his disciples that Lazarus was sleeping (that was a euphemism for death for those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ), and His disciples thought that rest would be good for Lazarus, and that they should stay away from Judea, for it was there that the people had sought to stone Jesus (v. 8). Finally, Jesus made it very clear to his disciples that Lazarus had died (v. 14).

If you again look at verse 19, we see that, “many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha an Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.”

The “comfort” we read about here in verse 19, is another indication that a death had occurred. The Jews mentioned here were seeking to offer solace to Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary.

   II.         There must be FAITH before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 20-22

Look at verse 20, we read,

   “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.”

When Martha received word that Jesus was finally arriving she went out to meet Him. I am sure that she was troubled that He had taken Him so long to arrive in Bethany (and remember it was only a few miles away). But I want you to also clearly notice that it didn’t affect her faith. In verse 21, we read,

“Then Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Martha KNEW that Jesus had the power, the supernatural ability to have kept Lazarus alive. Hear her words again,

“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

You are aware that where there is no death you need no RESURRECTION? Right! When there is a death you need a RESURRECTION!

Consider just how great of faith Martha had. We read in verse 22,

“But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Martha believed that when Jesus spoke to His Father that He received what He asked for – she knew that if Jesus would ask His Father to raise Lazarus from the dead that Lazarus would in fact be raised from the dead! Even though he had been buried for four days.

Look at how Jesus responded to her in verse 23,

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

That is positive and reassuring coming from the lips of the Son of God! What did Jesus mean? Well, consider what Martha thought when she heard Jesus say, “Your brother will rise again.” Look at verse 24,

“Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Martha had a strong belief in the doctrine of the RESURRECTION! But as we will see, that wasn’t what Jesus meant.

   III.     There must be an “I AM” before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 25-26

The next verse is where I got the title for todays message – this next verse is a verse that you should have highlighted in your Bible. It is a powerhouse of a Scripture. It is one of the seven “I AM” statements found in John’s Gospel. Look at what Jesus said to Martha in verse 25-26,

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 

I AM” was the name that God gave to Moses when he stood at the burning bush (Ex. 3:13-14). “I AM” is now speaking to Martha. Oh how we need to remember that “the word was with God, and the word was God, and the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” God came in the flesh.

You cannot have a RESURRECTION without an “I AM” presence – it is NOT possible. Jesus Christ was the “I AM” in the flesh, and He clearly stated, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Can’t get any clearer than that! Without God there is no RESURRECTION!

Can I teach a little theology? Look at the two facts Jesus taught Martha. He taught these two truths about RESURRECTION and life. Look at them before us:

   1. “He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

If you and I will place our faith (trust) in Jesus Christ for personal salvation, call upon Him to save us, to come into our lives, that “though” we may die someday physically, yet we shall live eternally (which means forever and forever).

Now that is great theology!

   2. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

If you have Jesus Christ in your life today you are more alive right now than you ever where without Him. Do you know that? And because you believe in Him you will never die spiritually. In other words you will NOT be separated from God. You are eternally safe in Him.

Now that is great theology!

Finally, take a look at Martha’s confession. In verse 27, we read,

“She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 

What do you believe about Jesus Christ? Do you believe that Jesus is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God, who came into this world?

Allow me to get personal – one-on-one here: Do you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?  Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sin/s? Have you received Him into your life to be your Savior? This is what will make this RESURRECTION Sunday different for you. It is when you truly come to the knowledge of what this day is really all about – LIFE through Jesus Christ.

Do you really know what I like about RESURRECTION Sunday? It is all about LIFE! It speaks of that which once was dead, is now ALIVE!

Remember what I said at the beginning of this message: No RESURRECTION, NO LIFE, RESURRECTION, LIFE! It really is that simple – don’t miss it.

  • The RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ is found in all four Gospel’s.
  • The RESURRECTION is foreshadowed throughout the Old Testament. We only looked at a few examples.
  • The RESURRECTION is the LORD Jesus Christ. He said, “I AM the RESURRECTION and the life…” (Jn. 11:25)

Please remember these key points:

  1. There must be death before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 17
  2. There must be FAITH before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 20-22
  3. There must be an “I AM” before you can have a RESURRECTION – vs. 25-26

The “I AM” conquered death, and the “I AM” will allow those of us who know Him to also conquer death – it’s called RESURRECTION! Make SURE that you know Him!



Can you NAME the books of the Bible? Old and New Testament?

How many Christians do you think can actually NAME all of the 66 books of the Bible today? Are you aware that it is reported that within Christianity right now that we have the largest illiterate group of followers of Jesus Christ in the history of the church. In other words God’s people (those who claim to know Jesus Christ as Savior) do not know His book (the Bible). Christians today are ignorate when it comes to the Scriptures. For example – take the brief 10 question test below:

1. What are the five books of Moses? Name them in order.

2. What leader followed Moses and lead Israel into the Promise Land?

3. What is the worship book of the Old Testament? What is the longest chapter?

4. What books make up the Major Prophets? Can you name them?

5. What book has the theme of suffering? Can you name the man who suffered?

6. What is the last book of the Old Testament?

7. How many silent years are there between the Old and New Testaments?

8. Can you name the beatitudes found in Matthew 5? There are eight of them.

9. What were the three temptations of Jesus? Can you name them?

10. In which New Testament book do you read about the birth of the church?

As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ I am concerned for the lack of biblical knowledge God’s people have. Many young people today see no connection with reading God’s Word and having God work through them. If asked, “How does the Bible speak to you?” They respond, “I don’t get anything out of reading the Bible.” Really? I personally believe that it is through Bible reading and studying the Scripture that we hear God speak to us. Every time we open the Bible God has a word for us.

My friend, Richard Butler (not the Arian Nation leader of years back), once wrote on a card that he gave me the following words: “Seven days without the LORD makes one weak.” Today we have many sick Christians because they never pick up their Bible and read it. People eat three squares a day (many eat more), and they don’t think about skipping a meal. How is it possible that we treat the Bible so lightly today.

I believe that it is high time for God’s people to step up to the line, to require more out of your “walk” with God. How is it that we can say we are Christians, but refuse to read the Bible? I know that life is busy for everyone, but people (Christians) seem to make time for movies, theatre, and going out and playing. Many young people have no problem giving 6-8 hours a day to playing X-box online with others (ho probably haven’t been in their Bible either).

Are you aware that those who practice the Muslim faith actually grow up memorizing the Koran? I heard one muslim speaker say, “How can Christians say that they love their God, but they don’t know what His book teaches?” He went on to say, “We know what the Koran teaches!”

A good friend of mine, Dr. Job Martin has written a book entitled, The Evolution of a Creationist, and in the front of the book, before you get to any chapters he has these words penned: “If you have not had time to read the Bible today, then you do not have time to read this book.”

My challenge to all of us is simple – READ God’s Word. Are you aware that you can read the entire Bible in under 90 hours? That’s it – 90 hours to read through both the Old and New Testaments.

Answers: 1. Moses – Genesis through Deuteronomy. 2. Joshua 3. Psalms; Psalm 119 4. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel 5. Job; Job 6. Malachi 7. 400 years 8. See Matthew 5:3-12 9. Turn stone into bread; Throw yourself down; Fall down and worship me 10. Acts 2

Don’t be an ignorant Christian – Know what you believe. Make it your goal in 2012 to learn all you can about Christianity and what you believe, and why you believe it.