Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P44 (07-28-20)
Do we, you and I, really grasp God’s love for us? That is what God’s power is for, to know the depth, height, width, and breadth of this love God has for us. When we face trials and tribulations, and we will, do we doubt that God loves us? That is where this truth that God has stored in our hearts comes alive in faith. When we know that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, then those trials and tribulations are seen as but light and momentary, forming in us attitudes of heart far greater that can never be taken from us. See, we come to the depths of understanding that Christ really is our life.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P43 (07-27-20)
There are so many times that we hear, or have said things ourselves, that are just not true. Whether we are a new believer, not having spent enough time in the word, or are not getting in the word, to get to know the Agape love of God, we have not fully grasped what we already have in Him. We do not know He is there. We might know in our head, can quote scriptures from memory, but we do not know what that means, for what is in our head has not gone down into our heart. So there is a maturing process that God works out in us to know that which He has freely given us. But we have this promise, that God will complete that which He began in us.
First there is natural birth, and we are born in Adam, dead spiritually. Even Adam was created out of the dust, created dead, until God breathed in him the breath of life. That same breath, the Holy Spirit of God, must be put back into man, everyone born in Adam, in order … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P39 (07-15-20)
As we think through this triplicate, of faith, hope and love, let us focus in on love. What really is love? We read that God is love but can we comprehend that? We would not even know what love is until God first demonstrated His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). Someone might dare to die for a righteous man, but for a sinner (Romans 5:7)? That shows us that God’s love is not like our love. His love is unconditional, not dependent on what we do, but only on His character, of the one, Jesus Christ, who demonstrated His love to us. This is what, in the Greek language, is called Agape love.
The kind of love we are familiar with is called, in the Greek language, Phileo love. That is where we get the word philanthropy, giving to benefit the human race, or Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. But these are really not the pure kind of love as Agape love is. Most of the kind of love we have is conditional love. … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Call-In Classic Christianity Radio – Bob George P549 (07-02-20)
When you teach or serve or give or encourage, with whatever gift God has given you, you are serving the body of Christ. When you know the love of God for you, that while you were yet a sinner, God died for you, and grab a hold of that, that if it were not for the grace of God, there goes I, and realize God lives in you, you see changes done in you and through you. You learn tenderness and mercy and kindness toward others. You learn to serve one another in love with all sincerity, and that comes from God.
So when you see a talented singer on stage, and he has a weak moment and he stumbles on a stage, drunk, what is your heart attitude? Are you thinking of the reputation of your band or group? Are you thinking about how hurt and broken that person must be?
To help someone, it is good to be careful not to attack anything, what a certain program, such as Alcoholic Anonymous, may be doing that is not perfectly scriptural but is at least helping a person break a … Listen to Broadcast & Read More
Classic Christianity – A Closer Look at Faith, Hope & Love P11 (05-12-20)
Faith is the confidence of what we hope for. What do we hope for? Is it not meaning and purpose in life. But we cannot have meaning and purpose in life without God. You were created by God with a unique design. Just as a light bulb is created to function to be powered by electricity or an oil lamp to give light by having oil in it, or a car to move by having gasoline in it, for it was designed to function that way. Just as oil in the lamp is indispensable to the functioning of the lamp, or gasoline in a car is indispensable to the functioning of the car, God in the man is indispensable to the functioning of the man.
When God created man, He breathed in him the breath of life, the Spirit of God to live in him so he can know and communicate with the living God. The Spirit of God left man when man decided to function without God, that he can decide for himself what is right and what is wrong. That is what happened in … Listen to Broadcast & Read More