VIDEO You’ll Never Walk Alone Live

Nov 22, 2012

Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither performing You’ll Never Walk Alone featuring David Phelps [Live].

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Christians Must Prepare for the End Times Now

 

 

Christians must be prepared for the End Times, John Piper says, pointing to the parable of 10 virgins as evidence for the need to be ready for Jesus Christ’s second coming and the urgency to evangelize those who are not yet saved.

Piper, who serves as the founder and teacher at DesiringGod.org, says in a sermon posted to his website this week, that as outlined in this parable in Matthew 25:2-4, Christians need to be fully prepared for Christ’s return, instead of just pretending to be prepared with a façade of superficial religious belief.

The parable reads, in part: “Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.”

The parable goes on to say that God tells believers to “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” of His arrival, adding that the 10 women were tasked with preparing the way for the Lord, but five were unprepared.

This parable relates to Christians’ preparedness for the End Times, Piper explains, as the oil represents true spirituality, while the lamp can prove empty if one is lacking an active faith.

“Are you ready? Do you have oil in the form of your religion?” Piper questions. “Life, faith, hope, love, reality, or are you just carrying your formal little lamp around? ‘I go to church. I carry a Bible. I pray before meals. I try to keep the Ten Commandments.’ Your little lamp,” says Piper, who serves as chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minnesota.

Piper goes on to write that the job of these women was to carry oil in their lamps as they waited for the arrival of God, just as believers’ job is to carry an active faith while waiting for Jesus’ arrival.

“Oil in the lamps is part of the means by which they get their job done. If they don’t have oil for their lamps, they are neglecting the means appointed for them to do their work. They are supposed to shine with light. And five of them are foolish. They are not taking seriously their calling to give light,” Piper says.

“They are neglecting the only means by which their lamps can do any good. What good is a lamp in that culture? What good is a lamp which has no oil to burn so it can make light? Their job was to provide light when he comes. And they go off candles without wicks, as it were, light bulbs with no electricity, lamps with no sufficient oil, torches with no fire,” he adds.

World renowned evangelical leader Billy Graham has also called on Christians to repent for their sins, warning that although he has no way of knowing when the End Times will occur, he has a suspicion that the world might be returning to the days of Noah outlined in Genesis 6:5.

“The days of Noah are returning to the Earth, and a catastrophe as great and terrible awaits those who refuse to enter into the ark of salvation, which is Jesus Christ,” Graham explained in a recent message in his Decision magazine.

“In this day, when the clouds of judgment are beginning to gather, Christ is the refuge. You must cross the threshold and pass into the ark. Accept Christ now as your Savior before it is too late,” Graham continues. “Are you in? You may be close, but are you inside? The universal and terrible storm is coming. The days of Noah may be soon upon us. Are you ready for the Day of Judgment?”

 

BY KATHERINE WEBER
http://www.christianpost.com/news/john-piper-christians-must-prepare-for-the-end-times-now-165843/

Devoted to God

Psalms 62:1-2

Having been saved by faith in Christ, we express our love and gratitude through devotion to Him. Regular Bible study and prayer should be an integral part of our daily routine. In addition, our commitment to the Lord will be revealed through a passion to obey, a spirit of humility, and a heart for service.

Obedience. David sought to obey God all his life. As a shepherd boy, he faithfully tended the animals in his father’s fields. While king, he set aside his desire to build the temple and let Solomon lead the effort, as God had commanded. Although David lived imperfectly, his desire was to do what the Lord asked. We see from Jesus’ words in John 14:15 that obedience should be our high priority as well: He said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

Humility. After David killed Goliath, the crowds shouted praise about the young man. However, he did not become prideful. Instead, he remained in King Saul’s service and waited for God to make him the ruler of Israel. Even as king, he remained humble. He knew that what had been accomplished was because of the Lord’s actions and not his own (2 Sam. 7:18).

Service. Whether David was a lowly shepherd or a mighty king, his goal was to obey God and serve Him. This man after God’s own heart was fully devoted to his Lord. He sought to know Him and longed to carry out His will.

David’s actions reflected His humble attitude of servanthood and a longing to please his heavenly Father. Take steps each day to be sure your life expresses commitment to Jesus.

No Complaints

“And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.” (Numbers 11:1)

The Lord is not pleased when we complain about our circumstances, no matter how grievous they may seem to us. Our example is Christ, always. “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

The children of Israel complained once too much. Forgetting all of God’s blessings in miraculously freeing them from slavery and providing all their needs, they repeatedly complained about their lot, one thing after another. “But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. . . . Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer” (1 Corinthians 10:5-6, 10).

God may not deal with a complaining Christian as severely as He did with His chosen people, Israel, but we can be sure He is displeased when we, who have received the blessing of eternal salvation by His gracious gift through Christ, forget His benefits and complain about His testing. “Do all things without mumurings and disputings,” He has commanded (Philippians 2:14)—that is, without complaining and arguing about our treatment.

We can be confident that He is allowing these difficulties for some good purpose in preparing us for our service for Him in eternity. We should not forget what happened to the complainers in ancient Israel. “Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition” (1 Corinthians 10:11). HMM

Confident Assurance

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…. —Hebrews 1:3

I wish I could comprehend everything that the inspired Word is trying to reveal in the statement that Jesus, the eternal Son, is the “brightness of [God’s] glory, and the expres image of his person” (Hebrews 1:3). This much I do know and understand: Jesus Christ is Himself God….

We live in a society where we cannot always be sure that traditional definitions still hold. But I stand where I always have stood. And the genuine believer, no matter where he may be found in the world, humbly but surely is convinced about the person and
position of Jesus Christ. Such a believer lives with calm and confident assurance that Jesus Christ is truly God and that He is everything the inspired writer said He is. He is “the brightness of [God’s] glory, and the express image of his person.” This view of Christ in Hebrews harmonizes with and supports what Paul said of Jesus when he described Him as “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature” (Colossians 1:15), in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (2:9).

I worship my Lord Jesus today, Father God, as being equal and the same in person and in glory with You. Thank You that I can always be certain of who Christ is, the very image of You and Your glory. Amen.

Critical Decisions Make A Difference

The Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country… So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him. (Genesis 12:1, 4)

People have many different ideas about the most important moment of their lives on this earth. We know of many who have testified to the great importance of their own spiritual decision—the act of faith whereby they committed themselves and their entire futures to God!

I believe the Bible makes it plain that the single most critical, most important time in the life of Abraham was when he heard and answered the call of God. Unexpectedly and dramatically, God revealed Himself to Abraham and call him to be a pilgrim. It is a lesson to us that when Abraham was called, he by faith obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going!

I have found comfort in the doctrine of prevenient grace, which, simply stated, is the belief that before a sinner can seek God, God must first have sought him.

In Abraham’s case, I believe that if he had been insensitive, he would never have heard God’s voice calling him, and if Abraham had rejected God’s overtures, the whole history of the world would have been vastly different—and different for the worse!

A cause of the greatest misery to men

Friendship, however, though very pleasing and exceedingly blessed, has been the cause of the greatest misery to men when it has been unworthy and unfaithful; for just in proportion as a good friend is sweet, a false friend is full of bitterness. “A faithless friend is sharper than an adder’s tooth.” It is sweet to repose in some one; but O! how bitter to have that support snapped, and to receive a grievous fall as the effect of your confidence.

Solomon declares that “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” That friend, I suppose, he never found in the pomps and vanities of the world. He had tried them all, but he found them empty; he passed through all their joys.