Baptized and Filled with the Spirit for Jesus

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…

Matt. 3:11 … He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire…

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Eph. 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

 

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about My death and resurrection.

Luke 11:13 – “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 2:17 …‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

From Dust to People of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues…

Acts 2:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit…

Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said …

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

Eph. 5:18 … be filled with the Spirit.

Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Gen. 15:6 And Abraham believed God and it was accounted (imputed) for righteousness…

Rom. 3:24 Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.

Rom. 4:5 "But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted (imputed) as righteousness."

Rom. 5:1 "Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Rom. 5:9 "Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him."

Luke 18:13 And the tax collector … would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified…

1 Cor. 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and justification [righteousness] and sanctification and redemption.

Gal. 2:16 Nevertheless knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we may be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the Law…

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control...

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 1:8 But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about Me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about My death and resurrection.

Luke 11:13 – “…how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”

Acts 2:17 …‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh…

Acts 8:15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them…

Acts 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.

Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.

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Abundant Life Community Church Granbury

 

Who We Are

 

Led by Pastor Mike Robinson, Abundant Life Community Church, a Love-Driven church in Granbury TX, is recognized for its innovation and love. Designed for the person who might not be used to attending church, Abundant Life, a Jesus-centered fellowship, has quickly become one of the most popular Granbury churches for people new to their faith, to church, or to living in the Hood County, TX area.

 

What to Expect What are services like? 

 

Our services last one hour and includes singing together led by our contemporary band, a time where you can participate in fellowship and friendship, followed by a 25-30-minute message that is relevant to your life today. We offer complimentary coffee and donuts each week so you don't even have to worry about breakfast. Did I mention you can wear shorts, flip-flops and a T-shirt? If you'd rather wear a suit or tie, that’s ok too. It’s more important to us that you hear from God than look a certain way. 

 

What is the community like? 

 

Each weekend we open our doors to businessmen and students, working moms and homeschool families, people of all walks of life. We gather together to worship and encourage one another as we seek to make the most of Jesus Christ. 

 

What if I'm not a Christian? 

 

We welcome you with open arms on your faith journey. Feel free to engage as much as you feel comfortable. We hope you find a community of people who are all seeking to find purpose and meaning is this life. We believe that meaning and purpose is found in Jesus, but we welcome you to explore that on your own.

 

The Pastor

 

Hi, I’m Mike and I’m the pastor at Abundant Life Community Church, Granbury. My main role is to lead and feed. I provide leadership and vision for Abundant Life and am usually the pastor who shares the message on Sunday mornings. I first showed up in Granbury in 2013 as a writer of Christian books and a long-term pastor. That year God put a love in my heart for this community and its people. In April of 2015, God birthed Abundant Life Community Church along with a small core-group. Since we opened the doors of the church, it has been an amazing ride ever since! 

 

 

Friends

 

Friendship was designed by God to bring joy and meaning to our lives. God places us in community to encourage each other, lift each other up and share in the ups and downs of the journey. That’s why so many solid and life-long friendships start at Abundant Life Granbury.

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Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

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All for Jesus

by Mike Robinson

Give it all to Christ

Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.

The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?

We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.

Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People

Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).

Christians ought to ponder:

·         Trouble comes—but Jesus came.

·         Failure comes—but Jesus came.

·         Problems and pain come—but Jesus came.

And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).

What Color or Race is Jesus?

What race or color was Jesus of Nazareth? Jesus was Jewish through Mary, but we do not know what genetic material God used in the miracle of the virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14). Jesus of Nazareth was probably not white in a Northern European sense. Moreover, the color that matters most is red – the color of the blood that was spilled on the cross to Redeem the lost.

Jesus has Conquered!

Jesus is mighty to save; mighty in battle, mighty in reassurance, and mighty in conquest. We must abide in Jesus. In our shame, we must hurl ourselves upon Jesus. When we fall, when we are crowded-in by trouble, when we find ourselves desiring relief, we must turn to Jesus Christ and all the force of Hell’s fury will not pry the arms of Jesus from us; He’s master and Lord. He’s a saving Savior who will never let us go.

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness (Charles H. Spurgeon).

Touch Others for Christ

During the American Civil War, the Sisters of Charity served hurting soldiers on both sides of the great conflict. Under the name of Jesus they cared for wounded and dying men from the South and North as these godly caretakers became the last face in this world that many dying men would see. They touched, comforted, prayed, and offered Scripture to a host of dying men for Jesus. Let us follow their example as we embrace Paul’s admonition to serve God by serving other people.

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us… This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works…. (Titus 3:4-8).

Jesus Left Heaven for His People

No one has ascended to Heaven but He who came down from Heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in Heaven (John 3:13).

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you … that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

Jesus Christ stepped out of the celestial beauty of Paradise into a sinful and dark world. The Lord came and treaded on the surf of a stormy sea as He ultimately aimed for the Cross. Jesus came; the God-man; the Light of the world went marching on the swells and then He spoke calm to the wind: a stoppage of a storm. He would also heal many hurting and ailing people. Later there would be a crucifixion, a burial, and then a grand resurrection blast that would hush death, hell, and the grave. Jesus came; thank God, Jesus came; the blaze, the light—full of power and grace: the Lord Jesus.

Jesus rose on wings of exaltation as His glorified body, blushing with majesty and sweet transport, established salvation. And this Jesus, with eye fixed on His sheep, had the Cross shake the world and is now shaking defiance at all the foes of truth and all princedoms of Hades; we serve a King robed and crowned with glory: Jesus is the song of deliverance and the elation of eternity.

What a Savior; What a Lord!

Fairest Lord Jesus

 

Fairest Lord Jesus, ruler of all nature,

O thou of God and man the Son,

Thee will I cherish, Thee will I honor,

thou, my soul's glory, joy, and crown.

 

            Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands,

robed in the blooming garb of spring:

Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer

who makes the woeful heart to sing.

 

            Fair is the sunshine, fairer still the moonlight,

and all the twinkling starry host:

Jesus shines brighter, Jesus shines purer

than all the angels Heaven can boast.

 

            Beautiful Savior!  Lord of all the nations!

Son of God and Son of Man!

Glory and honor, praise, adoration,

now and forever

Check out my apologetics devotional book Jesus is Calling You to Himself on Amazon  

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At ALCC, we seek to build an environment where our hearts find satisfaction in Christ and are encouraged by being a part of an authentic community. If such pursuits resonate in your heart, feel free to call us or dig deeper into our website. Better yet–sit down and talk with anyone from ALCC. Our best “ad” is the loving people at Abundant Life Community Church Granbury.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

ALccGranbury at FaceBook and Twitter

I Got Saved at a Convenience Store by a Hippie Street Evangelist

A Street Evangelist Led Me to My Purpose

by Mike Robinson

He must have been born around 1955 and ministered on the streets of Southern California: rough-looking, a Jesus-people participant and not much of a worldly success. But he was a marvelous evangelist, gifted for all-comers. So he headed to the 7-Eleven on Roscoe Boulevard to witness to traditional Valley Girls and Guys, whose lives revolved around the beach, cars, and sports.

You don’t get famous that way, but in 1979 he won a minor league baseball player to the Lord. The ballplayer was me—happy, content, addiction-free, godless, and enjoying life. In the middle of the store, during our only encounter, the evangelist confronted me with the reality of heaven and hell as he called me to Jesus, as the other customers noticed a loud conversation regarding my eternal destiny and, mesmerized, watched me pray with the street minister over the shop counter.

In a set that looked like a 1970’s convenience store (because it was a 1970’s convenience store), with music from Seals and Crofts playing in the background, the reality of my sin and need of a Savior struck me for the first time, and the possibility of hell suddenly became conspicuous. Even though I was only looking for milk and a Hershey Bar, I came to Christ that night. That unknown evangelist has a big part in the dozens of books I have written, the pastoral work I have fulfilled, and all the people I have been blessed to lead to Jesus.

Yet the evangelist, whose name I did not get, never became famous himself. His era was filled with countless hippy-type evangelists—a very roll call of radical Christians, including such ministers as Greg Laurie, Wally Tope, and Craig Englert—but they tended to be kind, patient, or at least the hosts of great luaus. My nameless friend, however, never made it big or gained headlines. There are no churches or seminaries built by him. I just remember the scruffy clothes, beard, bare-feet, and beaming smile. He was aggressive with love and mercy, and he appeared to have lived by two rules: one, tell everyone about Jesus; and, two, tell everybody else about Jesus. Everyone. Assertive and gracious, he pursued souls the hard way: on the streets with strangers.

He was an ordinary man with extraordinary passion. He worked hard for the eternal benefit of others. Above all, he followed Jesus and brought the lost to his Lord—an unsung hero because he was personally in it for God alone and not any self-aggrandizement. One day when I am in heaven, I want to ask an angel to run the footage—replay the night I stumbled into 7-Eleven looking for candy but finding a glorious treasure. Mr. Gabriel, Sir, run the footage, and please go to the next room. I want to weep and rejoice as I rerun the moment Jesus called me to Himself—the moment I found real purpose.

Forget all about your problems and just go and share your faith—help others find their eternal purpose.

Understanding the Influence of Worldviews

It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid, insane or wicked (Richard Dawkins).

And unguided evolutionary theory of course, though a key, relentless issue, is only one. At the bottom, the worldview foundation, truth can only be supported by Almighty God. Thus, non-essential issues simply dissolve away. My concern is that worldview themes breed, grow and are pressed on believers as daily pestering by belligerent atheists who, uneducated in logic, theology, and ethics raise issues in a shotgun style. In some circles, Christians are more alarmed than in the past, and consequently less focused evangelizing the lost. And as the New Atheists increase their vitriolic attacks, I am concerned that Christians will withdrawal, even, in the future, to abandoning outreach to atheists and other hardcore sinners.

What should Christians do to make things better? At this point I look to a powerful yet often unnoticed truth that will make a real impact. It is the actuality that individuals are raised in a particular moral background and they tend to think that background and its presuppositions are true and will always remain true. Understanding the guiding power of competing worldviews will have a powerful effect in the communication of Christian truth.

Much of Western Europe is no longer Christian-centered. In contrast, American Christianity has grown and remains vibrant because it focused on Jesus Christ, the Bible, and the gospel. Additionally, from Jonathan Edwards to Josh McDowell, Christians in the U.S. have focused on apologetics.

In previous generations, I have come to think that many Christians in America were raised on the gospel and with some measure of instruction on defending the faith. The American Church in the past was so vigorous, muscular, and equipped that it could absorb any blow. This reality of the Kingdom became their governing assumption: Skeptics could throw any amount of punches at the church, Darwinian roundhouses and all, and it would be fine.

The controlling element of culture they were raised in is the reality that lived in their heads: the Judeo-Christian worldview. But when the nasty New Atheists went wild in the present, in which the rationally unprepared could actually be flustered, even disconcerted, things appeared different. All this reflects an intellectual culture of brute and irrational contempt, the type of rational environment[1] that makes the world worse. Nonetheless, I think the acrimony of the New Atheists birthed scores of apologists and ministries aimed at defending the Faith.

In the lives of countless congregations one can find leaders and members trained in tearing down false worldviews as they defend the truth. The church in America has always managed to maneuver itself through rough waters, pressed its way through intellectual challenges, survived every rational contest not only intact but more robust. Today, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may be seeing a renaissance in apologetics; it’s growing wide and my prayer is it will grow deep.

The muscled, knowledgeable church is not merely in the past. Certainty, reason, and scriptural truth can still be extolled today as the church “takes the Kingdom and takes it by force” (Matthew 11:12). A winsome rational defense has to be practiced as well as demonstrated.

Truth has to be protected every season, in part by what atheists and false religionists say. But ultimately, the believer must repose upon the truth of God revealed in Scripture. God exists and all men know it (Romans 1:18-21). Proclaim it, defend it, and live it.

I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

For the fresh and powerful proof for God see my book Reality and the Folly of Atheism HERE on Amazon

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1. One cannot have the analysis of evidence without God. The God of the Bible is the precondition for the examination of evidence. Analysis uses induction, empirical testing, the laws of logic, and morality. One cannot account for any of those dynamics without God and His revelation. In a moment of honesty, renowned philosopher W.V. Quine, granted: “The collapse of empiricism (truth is found through man’s senses) would admit extra input ... by revelation.” Considering that empiricism is self-refuting (one cannot measure by seeing or hearing the definition of empiricism, so it collapses under its own load) it must concede truth claims to revelation by God and the general application of its precepts. Frame notes, “It is the responsibility of the Christian to regard God’s word as absolutely certain, and to make that word the criterion of all other sources of knowledge. Our certainty of the truth of God comes ultimately, not through rational demonstration or empirical verification, useful as these may often be, but from the authority of God’s own word. God’s word does testify to itself, often, by means of human testimony and historical evidence: the ‘proofs’ of Acts 1:3, the centurion’s witness in Luke 23:47, the many witnesses to the resurrection of Jesus in 1 Cor. 15:1-11. But we should never forget that these evidences come to us with God’s own authority. In 1 Cor. 15, Paul asks the church to believe the evidence because it is part of the authoritative apostolic preaching.” Rational pre-commitments assist in directing one’s investigation and analysis of the data (as well as its interpretation and communication). This admission is often difficult to get from some atheistic inquirers to acknowledge. What worldview can furnish the a priori necessities and rational tools for science, analysis, research and proof? Christian theism delivers the epistemic ground for the a priori immutable universals utilized in rational enquiry and proof; in principle, materialistic atheism cannot furnish the aforementioned ground. What is obligatory to account for analysis and proof is a first principle that has the ontological endowment to not only ground it, but to account for proof and its preconditions—all the universal operational features of knowledge. The loss of the immovable point of reference, in principle, leaves the ungodly bereft of a resource necessary to construct the analytical enterprise required to prove anything. Without God, one cannot hoist the necessary a priori operation features of the intellectual examination of evidence and proof. The Christian worldview supplies the fixed ontic platform as the sufficient truth condition that can justify induction, immutable universals, attributes, identity, and the uniformity of the physical world. But materialistic atheism lacks such a fixed ontic platform. Consequently, it fails to provide the sufficient ground required to justify enquiry, research, evidence, and proof. 

Last Days Ministry and America pt 2

Luke 7:11 Now it happened, the day after, that He went into a city called Nain; and many of His disciples went with Him, and a large crowd. 12 And when He came near the gate of the city, behold, a dead man was being carried out, the only son of his mother; and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the city was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” 14 Then He came and touched the open coffin, and those who carried him stood still. And He said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” 15 So he who was dead sat up and began to speak. And He presented him to his mother.

John 2:10 … You have keep the good wine for last!

Acts 2:17 ‘And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions, Your old men shall dream dreams.

Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth: Blood and fire and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. 32 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved…

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

                Wednesday Night Service

Join us this Wed. for our evening service at 7:00 p.m. Come & share as you get to know others.

 

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A Friendly Church in Granbury Texas

Abundant Life Community Church is dedicated to being a joyful place to hear the message of hope we have in Jesus. We are an exciting church where you can experience authentic community in the midst of a crowd. A place where we selflessly serve those both within, and outside of our four walls through our numerous ministries. We are making a difference by finding and solving needs in our own community and around the world! This is not just a church, this is a place to make lasting friendships and glorify God. We believe the church world needs less hype and more authenticity, so Abundant Life Community Church Granbury, strives to make Jesus the center of all we do!

Sunday 11:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Wed. 7:00 PM.

524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

We have experienced what happens when a faith community is excited by the most important purpose known to humankind—knowing Jesus Christ personally and living dedicated lives for His use and in His power.

If you have questions about what it means to know God, we welcome you. Perhaps you are interested in what it means to accept the joy of being a follower of Christ, we welcome you. Yet, ultimately, we desire to be a Christ-dependent community equipping people to impact our world with the love of Jesus. We see our calling to be a people who take seriously the claims of Christ and His love on every part of our lives.

At ALCC, we seek to build an environment where our hearts find satisfaction in Christ and are encouraged by being a part of an authentic community. If such pursuits resonate in your heart, feel free to call us or dig deeper into our website. Better yet–sit down and talk with anyone from ALCC. Our best “ad” is the loving people at Abundant Life Community Church Granbury.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

ALccGranbury at FaceBook and Twitter

 

 

Why Germs Do Not Evolve into Mozart

Bacteria are the Fittest: No Need to Evolve into Weak Large-mass Organisms

By Mike Robinson

Granbury, Texas

There is no reason for single-celled organisms to evolve into 'higher' forms

Bacteria: Any of a group of microscopic single-celled organisms that live in enormous numbers in almost every environment on Earth, from deep-sea vents to deep below Earth’s surface to the digestive tracts of humans. [They are] the dominant living creatures on Earth, having been present for perhaps three-quarters of Earth history and having adapted to almost all available ecological habitats. As a group, they display exceedingly diverse metabolic capabilities and can use almost any organic compound (Encyclopedia Britannia).

For three billion years, more or less, the evolution of species proceeded ponderously along a hit-or-miss fashion, until... a sufficiently intelligent species evolved. Then the intelligence took a hand, and evolution was never the same again. The key to evolution is randomness. [1]

There is a constant need in our civilization to prefer illusions over reality, a need to deny our perceptions. [2]

I have never heard the scientific grounds for the need of a bacterium to evolve into a “higher” form. The bacteria appear to be some of the fittest creatures on the planet, only rivaled by cockroaches. These two types of organisms do not need to evolve. They survive quite nicely. Nothing is more tenacious, more resilient, more stout, and produces more functioning and self-procuring offspring than bacteria. Why would they need to evolve? Why would cockroaches need to evolve? They could survive a nuclear bomb. The organisms that evolutionists claim as the “higher” creatures, die off easier and quicker, and produce far less offspring. The higher up the ladder, the more likely the organism is extinct or is put on the endangered species list. Look how fragile the whales and the great apes are as a species—weeds, bugs, and germs are vigorous survivors because they are much harder to kill.

Why would a cockroach evolve? They can survive almost anything

Large body mass creatures are much less fit than the tenacious organisms like bacteria and cockroaches. The evolutionists do not have to deal with just a missing link; the whole chain is gone. Only God and His revelation can give us a foundation for science.[3] The theory of survival of the fittest does not comport with the reality of ultra-resilient cockroaches because they do not need to evolve into higher forms. They do just fine without knowing Mickey Mouse or Plato. Bacteria would not become more stout and produce more survivable offspring if they could read poetry or applaud Tiger Woods. Bacteria do not have determination or conviction. Even if they did, how could that resolve give them the innate force to evolve? They would need purpose and the means to fulfill that purpose, a teleological reason. This can only come when there is intelligence and purpose. A universe composed of only matter and motion cannot produce teleology, hence unguided evolution is a myth; it is fable for profligate adults. It not only does not gel with the facts; it is impossible for it to be true.

Odds, Probability, and Certainty

Hoyle, the Cambridge Astronomer, once said that the odds of life arising by chance have about the same probability of “a tornado blowing through a junk yard and forming a Boeing 747.” That is devastating to those who submit to the blind faith of evolution. Yet it is much worse than that. There are no odds for the existence of God. There are no probabilities. It is impossible for the God of the Bible not to exist. Without God, one cannot discuss or argue about the theory of evolution. S.E.T.I., the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, scans the heavens for codes, information, language, and patterns. They base their work on the theory that finding a radio signal with a code would prove there are intelligent beings out there in the vast reaches of the universe. The premise is: a code presupposes a code-giver. A code-giver has intelligence. Within the Christian worldview, this makes sense. The baffling thing is to watch the scientists, who study the DNA code, fail to make the same deduction. They would if an alien sent a simple code over the air waves. This type of fuzzy reasoning is the problem with the theory of unguided

A code-giver presupposes intelligence, yet this is often ignored by evolution.

Unbelieving men suppress the truth in unrighteousness. The Christian is not to battle in the trenches with our facts against the Darwinian materialist’s facts. We must demonstrate that without the true God, as the pre-requirement of all our thought, we cannot make sense of anything in the abstract or in the biological. My uncle is not a monkey, and my grand dad is not a polliwog. I am not a product of monkeydom; I am created in the image of God. Mozart, Milton, and moms are not the product of unguided animated stardust. Evolutionists want their father to be a muskrat and their mother to be an opossum. They delight in the fairy tale that their great aunt was a tadpole or snapping turtle. But if man evolved from an animal, then all humans are animals, and this gives them license to behave like animals.

The funny thing is the doctrine of evolution presupposes God since this false notion employs the laws of logic[4] since only the immutable God has the capacity to ground such immutable laws. Science presupposes God. Induction presupposes God. So all their crazy theories require God. All true and false postulations need God and His revelation as the precondition of their intelligibility.

The Bible speaks of God as the Creator with absolute certainty. There is not a cosmic odds-giver crunching the probability of the existence of God Almighty. We are told that one cell is made up of 100,000 molecules; that 10,000 finely tuned, interrelated chemical reactions occur concurrently. That a cell contains, in its nucleus, a digitally coded database larger than thirty volumes of an encyclopedia. The apologists then explain that the odds of this happening by chance are overwhelming. They say the evidence is beyond a reasonable doubt, so it’s probably true. The truth of the matter is; God’s existence is not a probability. The odds-giver should not give a thousand to one odds that this world was created by a Creator. There is absolute certainty that God lives, and that He created all things in the heavens and the earth, period. We must have God, as the pre-essential of creation, or nothing in the cosmos can make sense.

The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts. His ways are always prospering; Your judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he sneers at them. He has said in his heart, “I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity” (Psalms 10:4-6).

 

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NOTES

1.        Isaac Asimov, Science Past - Science Future  (N.Y.: Ace Books, 1975), p. 207.

2.        John Saul, Voltaire’s Bastards: The Dictatorship of Reason in the West  (NY: Random House,  1992), p. 11.       

3. God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all scientific pursuits. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reign) thus enabling Him to be the ground for the universal and immutable laws of logic that are utilized in all thought and analysis. Any position that rejects the true God, as the epistemic (knowledge) base, not only leaves an unnerving fissure, but hopelessly fails too. Consequently, whatever evidence science discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that emanates from God. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of logic. Atheistic thought, because it rests upon mutable and non-universal ground, cannot furnish the necessary preconditions for the immutable universal laws of logic; therefore it results in futility because of its own internal weakness.

4.        The Laws of Logic: Abstract, non-concrete laws of thought and reason that are immaterial, aspatial, universal, obligatory, necessary, immutable, and absolute. Some academics identify them as the laws of thought or the laws of reason. A few scholars strongly prefer to name them the laws of logic because they are independent of human minds. All rational thinking (and science) presupposes and uses the laws of logic. The most well-known law is the Law of Non-contradiction: A cannot be A and Non-A at the same time in the same way. Consequently a man cannot be his own father. The laws of logic reflect the nature and mind of God; thus, they have ontological grounding—that is, they are grounded in the very nature of truth itself and cannot be reduced to human convention, opinion or psychology. Without these laws, knowledge and rational thinking are impossible. To deny the laws of logic, one must use these laws in one’s attempt to deny them. Those who deny the laws of logic are participating in a self-defeating endeavor. 

Refuting Reza Aslan's False Christ

Zealot’s Flawed Foundation Exposed

By Mike Robinson

 

Refuting Reza Aslan is simple.

Reza Aslan's Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth utilizes the old and negated theory that Jesus Christ's life and work are best defined within the context of the Second Temple Jewish movement known as Zealots. Alslan is a winsome writer but offers nothing new. His treatise is destined for the dark cave of discarded anti-biblical belvederes.

Quasi-Muslim author Reza Aslan claims that Jesus was mainly a revolutionary.  He makes this brazen claim without proper rational and linguistic tools, since he is led by his faulty presuppositions (influenced by J.D. Crossan and S. G. F. Brandon). His view of Jesus is a misrepresentation that’s been around for a while, but has spread like a virus over the past few years. It was concocted for theoretical reasons: to boost the prejudices of the Islamic view of Christ, to discount the Gospel narratives, and to simplify multifaceted truths into fashionable religious tales. Many writers do this by isolating and overemphasizing powerful truths while ignoring the full web of historical actualities.

Another distortion concerns a view that downplays the supernatural content of Christ’s death as it plays up a semi-naturalistic view: Jesus was a good teacher, but history cannot speak with authority regarding the atonement and resurrection. An increasing number of modern writers assert that Jesus began and completed his ministry to show men how to live a moral life (O’ Reilly). Christ’s impressive moral ideas are taken as proof that He was a wise sage who offered the world a new philosophy.

The truth is more complicated.

In reality, Christ preached ground-breaking spiritual truths but was not a political revolutionary. Jesus delivered a major sermon that called men to turn the other cheek, do good to those who mistreat you, and pray for those who misuse you. Drastic and far-reaching yes, but not political.

So, Jesus proclaimed a whole grid of potent moral truths, but His main goal was securing the salvation of men through His atoning death (Matthew 26:2 & 28; John 3:15-19). Thus, the radical nature of His ministry involved the redemption of men and not merely offering the world wise ethical sayings.

Aslan’s claim that Christ was a member of the Zealot political party is not possible inasmuch as it was not formed for another 35 years after the resurrection of Christ. Aslan asserts that the chief reason Pilate had Jesus crucified was for political reasons. The priests did press the political aspect of Christ kingship to the governor, but Pilate did not completely affirm this charge. Pilate seemed to want to mollify the Jewish masses more than safe-guarding Caesar’s authority since Rome’s throne was not directly challenged.

As I already noted in chapter one and two, Jewish leadership’s reasons for wanting to kill Christ controvert Aslan’s contentions.

Aslan’s Numerous Errors

Aslan makes a number of significant errors: use of Greek definitions not found in any standard Greek lexicon; using the wrong Greek lexicon for the New Testament; incorrect definition of the targumim; unawareness of the evidence for high literacy in ancient Israel; unawareness of literary approaches to the gospels; claims that violence against foreigners was the only faithful Jewish response; claims that Pilate crucified “thousands upon thousands” without trial; very late, unlikely dates for the writing of the four gospels; claims that ancient people did not understand the concept of history; claims that Luke was knowingly writing fiction, not history; claims that Mark does not describe Jesus’ resurrection; and on and on. In many cases, I had to come to the conclusion that Aslan was just not familiar enough with modern scholarship related to the New Testament. … Aslan repeatedly presents highly unlikely interpretations of passages in the New Testament, makes little effort to defend those interpretations, then moves on as if he has made his case. Suffice to say this, as others have said before: there is something a little bizarre about using our only historical documents about Jesus (the New Testament) to come to conclusions quite in opposition to those documents (Gary Manning).

Reza Aslan is not an authority on Christianity, the New Testament, or Second Temple Jewish life. Aslan was asked if Christ claimed that He was divine and he answered, “Absolutely no.  Such a thing did not exist in Judaism. … the notion of a God-man is completely anathema to everything Judaism stands for” (National Public Radio: July 14, 2013). Yet, as recorded in the trial, the Jewish leadership adjudged Jesus for blasphemy—they charged that He claimed to be God (the “I AM,”  John 5:17-18, 8:58, 10:30; Mark 14:62; Luke 22:70-71).  Jesus was crucified because He taught what was considered “completely anathema to everything Judaism stands for.” Additionally, Jesus forgave sins and healed on the Sabbath—actions reserved for God.

In opposition to Aslan’s views, Jesus Christ claimed to:

 

        I.            Be God.

     II.            Be the Redeemer.

   III.            Die for the sins of humanity.

   IV.            Rise from the dead.

     V.            Sit at the right hand of God.

   VI.            Send the Holy Spirit.

Zealot is yet another modern reconstruction of Jesus. It is not fresh and new, as it claims to be, but reflects longstanding debate. That debate is between those skeptical about the Gospels' portraits of Jesus and those who see them as complementary pictures of Jesus as he was and is. … It's not at all clear, however, that Aslan understands the history of Jesus better than the Gospel writers did. … There are good reasons to suspect the Jesus of history was directly responsible for being confessed as Christ. It was zeal for Jesus' person that drove the earliest disciples to preach him as unique. This is something the disciples not only thought about but also experienced—even to the point of being willing to die for what they knew to be true. Zeal for Jesus arose from his own claims about what God was accomplishing through him (Darrell Bock).

Aslan, at times fixed to an Islamic worldview, misses the essential element of redemption in Christ’s death on the cross. Aslan stresses the idea that Jesus died because He provoked violent political subversion. Jesus may have been considered a threat, but His mission was centered on salvation, not political achievements. Christ did not need to seek or encourage sedition for Pilate to have Him crucified. Jesus was executed because He claimed to be God (Jewish) and He claimed to be a spiritual king (Rome).

There are numerous problems with Zealot, not least the fact that it heavily relies on an outdated and discredited thesis. But it also introduces a number of its own novel oddities and implausibilities. Aslan has canvassed much of the responsible scholarship in the field, but he does not always choose his options prudently. He often opts for extreme views and sometimes makes breathtaking assertions. I cannot help but wonder if Aslan's penchant for creative writing is part of the explanation. Indeed, Zealot often reads more like a novel than a work of historical analysis (Craig Evans).

Aslan also affirms an outmoded and unsound notion vis-à-vis Christological development. According to that timeworn idea, Christ was a good teacher and an influential prophet, but it took hundreds of years for the doctrine of His divinity to evolve. Aslan envisions the Greek-leaning Paul and his Gentile disciples as the ones who began the corruption that finally ends with the canonization of Jesus’s divinity at Nicaea in the fourth century. Paul, Aslan thinks, gave us the idea of Jesus as the “Christ” and later Nicaea gave us the idea of the “God-man.”

Nonetheless, Paul was a Jewish contemporary of Jesus; he spoke the same language, walked the same streets, and was immersed in the same traditions and culture as Christ. It only seems to make sense to trust one submerged in the customs and language of Jesus over an outsider 2000 years removed from the ethos and culture of Jesus. Paul's association to Christianity can be traced back to a few years after Christ’s crucifixion. In Paul’s writings (47-60 A.D.) we find him affirming that Christ is God. I will reject an outsider’s opinion and take the opinion of Jewish man who visited the same Temple, had the same dust on his feet, and drank from the same streams as Jesus. I will trust Paul and not Aslan. I will trust the Gospels and not Bart Ehrman. I trust God’s word and not the trendy critics seeking to make money with impudent and unfounded claims about Jesus of Nazareth.

And it’s good to know that I can reject every foolhardy scheme that contradicts the biblical accounts of the life of Christ because in every examination of Christ’s life, naturalistic presuppositions must give way to the underpinning of intelligibly: God. Naturalistic thought is, in principal, empty of any genuine concept of truth. One needs the Christian worldview, which alone provides the universal necessities required for historical investigation and analysis.[1]

In this way, hyper-critical thought regarding Christ’s life are upended using arguments from ultimate criteria (God vs. unaided human reason). The skeptic accepts the reality of historical analysis, the necessary condition of which is God. This problem is disabling for the critical program of Aslan. This is the case not merely because of cynicism’s irresolute consistency, but because of its ontological restraint—it is devoid of a basis that is airy and grandiose enough to provide universal immutables utilized in historical analysis.[2] Christ died for the sins of humanity and rose again in triumph. If one’s worldview lacks the resources to account for the universal operating features of reason, as Aslan’s does, it is unqualified to underwrite a project that analyses such.

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       1.        Reason is limited by the finitude and sinfulness of mankind. People lack the ontological capacity to understand and experience all of the potentialities within the cosmos and there are knowledge and ontic realms he simply cannot experience. His rational ability is inadequate to account for the tools of reason employed to investigate the death of Christ. People cannot understand everything that they encounter and know. All the combined minds of humanity throughout all of history could not understand complete reality, yet selected scholarship stresses that we should understand God’s word by naturalistic presuppositions. The consequence is an incoherent and unbiblical view of Christ as well as a jaundiced understanding regarding the meaning of His life, death, and subsequent resurrection. Their presupposition about the reliability of naturalistic concepts makes it and not revelation their ultimate locus. The logic of these assumptions ends up excluding Christ from a discussion about His own life and death. In an analysis of Christ’s death, naturalistic assumptions must give way to the foundation of intelligibly: God. Naturalistic thought is principally void of any genuine notion of truth or knowledge. The alternative is a thoroughly scripture-based worldview, which alone provides the universal necessities required for historical exploration and further analysis. In this way skepticism regarding Christ’s life and death are overturned using arguments from ultimate criteria (the Christian worldview vs. a non-theistic worldview) which has a mutable non-universal foundation.

 2.        The skeptic accepts the reality of historical analysis, the necessary condition of which is God. This problem seems to be disabling for the semi-skeptical program of O’Reilly, Ehrman, and other similar biblical fallibilists. This is the case not merely because of skepticism’s dubious coherence, but because of its ontological limitation—it lacks a source that is lofty and majestic enough to provide universal immutables utilized in historical analysis. In rational pursuits, including historical investigation, there is no ontic cheating: you either have the goods or you do not. If one’s worldview lacks the resources to account for the universal operating features of reason, it is incapable of underwriting such an enterprise altogether. God furnishes all the a priori essentials; the necessary epistemic equipment utilized in all analytical pursuits. God has the ontic attributes of omniscience, immutability, and omnipotence (He has universal reign) thus enabling Him to be the ground for the universal and immutable laws of logic that are utilized in all thought and analysis. Any position that rejects the true God, as the epistemic (knowledge) base, not only leaves an unnerving fissure, but hopelessly fails too. Consequently, whatever evidence one discovers must be discerned and processed with the rational implements that arise from Christian theism and the worldview that emanates from God. The immaterial, transcendent, and immutable God supplies the indispensable pre-environment for the use of immaterial, transcendent, universal, and immutable laws of logic. Atheistic thought, because it rests upon mutable and non-universal ground, cannot furnish the necessary preconditions for the immutable universal laws of logic; therefore it results in futility because of its own internal weakness.

 

 

Jesus is Risen!

Unlike Any Other Jesus Rose from the Grave

 

by Pastor Mike Robinson

Granbury, Texas

I have for many years studied the histories of other times, and examined and weighed the evidence of those who have written about them, and I know of no one fact in the history of mankind which is proved by better and fuller evidence of every sort, to the understanding of a fair inquirer, than the great sign which God has given us that Christ died and rose again from the dead (Thomas Arnold, Author of The History of Rome).

Having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end. Often had they been faithless and now, while addressing them, He knows that they will all in a few hours forsake Him. Yet He trusts them; He commits His cause to their keeping. And we must love as He loved.1

History can be conspicuous at the cruel ending.

 

·         David Koresh goes down in a blaze of fire as the “sinful Messiah.”

·         Jim Jones swallowed lead and perished as a phony.

·         Joe Smith takes a gun and tries to shoot his way out of jail killing a man. Smith is killed by a gunman who responded to Smith’s attack.

·         Muhammad is poisoned by his Jewish wife.*

·         Jesus Christ is crucified, dead, and buried. Nonetheless, He rises from the grave after three days.

On Easter Sunday, churches from around the world celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ—the only man who predicted His resurrection and fulfilled His prophecy.**

With Christ’s resurrection confirmed, wouldn’t you expect the whole world to accept Christ as Lord and Savior? For all men to toss away their false gods and idols? Ha, right. Truth may be true; history may be choreographed—Jesus the only religious founder with proof, a perfect life who offers perfect love—but truth is not always embraced. Surprise. Surprise. Jesus offers truth, grace, and mercy like no other. And unlike any other, His life streams out hundreds of fulfilled prophecies; unlike any other He doesn’t stay in the grave. He is risen.

 

Wow! It is so beautiful.

Yet, many reject His love.

 

Don’t feel sorry for Christ, who, it should be said, wouldn’t feel the least bit sorry for anyone who rejects the truth. Jesus said He would get all who are His, not one would perish. Jesus was history’s most compassionate man—it was part of what makes Him great, His willingness to reach out and love and heal every hurting person, sometimes even among His enemies. His most telling parable was that of the Good Samaritan. An enemy of the Jewish people was made the hero in Christ’s compelling tale about extending mercy to those who do not deserve it. By the end of the story, we will all have deep inspiration to reach out to all men with compassion, friends or enemies.

 

Jesus crucified, entombed, and risen.

But it’s not the ending.

Jesus, after His resurrection ascended into Heaven.

Jesus reigns in Heaven with the nail scars on His glorious resurrected body. A Savior who is never overmatched.

Christ is risen and ascended as He rules from His celestial throne.

 

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*Following a bloody conquest, Islamic history records that Muhammad was poisoned by his Jewish wife, Safiyah, because he ordered the torture and beheading of her husband Kinana, the leader of the Jews at Khaibar.

** A powerful proof for Christianity is the messianic prophecies that were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The Old Testament foretold the coming of the Messiah in precise detail. The text was written centuries before the coming of Jesus and predicted more than 300 prophecies about Him. No other founder of any religion can provide a similar prophetic record of their life written down centuries before their birth. Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White, David Berg, Muhammad, and Buddha did not supply a widely transmitted, pre-existing written record that accurately predicted the specific details of their life and work.

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ABUNDANT LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH

524 Crockett St, Granbury TX

Sunday Worship Gathering at

Just off Granbury Square 524 Crockett St, right next to the US Post Office –  each Sunday at 11:00 AM & 6:00 PM- Wed. 7 PM

 Who Are We?

Welcome to our website! We’re glad you are here! We are a group of Christian Believers called to share the unconditional love and life-changing message of Jesus Christ with the people of the Hood County Texas Area. We are an exciting new church on a determined mission to serve and to reach our community. 

We are a non-traditional church which believes that methods and styles may change, but the timeless message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ never changes. Jesus is the center of all we do and the foundation of all we are!

We believe that faith in Christ and the grace He provides can drastically change any life. If you’re looking for a place to move beyond your past and experience a new beginning with God, or if you’re looking for a place to belong and to serve – Welcome Home!

What Should I Expect When Visiting ALCC?

What will the experience be like?

The service experiences at ALCC Granbury include worship music, a message, and personal testimonies. The music is led by a worship leader featuring some of today’s most popular and inspiring worship music. The message is always focused on applying timeless Biblical truths to the real issues that real people face in their daily lives: with Jesus as the focus. You can expect to be both encouraged and challenged by Pastor Mike or one of the other teaching pastors. Personal testimonies are often shared by individuals to highlight what God is doing in the lives of His people and to encourage others. You will always find a friendly, relaxed, environment where everyone is loved and welcomed.

How early should I get there?

Plan on arriving at least 7-10 minutes before the service starts. That will give you time to park, check your kids into Children’s Church, and grab a cup of coffee and a snack before the service begins. Then you’ll want to make sure you get into the sanctuary before the music starts. We’ll give you a heads up when we’re about to begin!

What should I wear?

Don’t worry about wearing “your Sunday best” to Abundant Life. We dress very casually around here. Most leave their suit and tie at home. Very likely the teaching pastor and staff will be wearing suits but few else. In fact, when the weather warms up, don’t be surprised to see lots of people in shorts.

What about my kids?

Our Children’s Ministry and Nursery Ministry are designed for children from birth through fifth grade. Your child will experience age-appropriate teaching, music and fun activities designed to introduce them to a life-changing journey to follow Jesus Christ. Our Children’s Ministry is led by staff and volunteers who will be there each week to care for and love on your child and teach them about Jesus.

What if I want to learn more about Abundant Life Community Church Granbury?

If you’re interested in learning more about who we are, please send us a message through email or text mrobLV@gmail.com or 682-495-3031, and through FaceBook page at ALCC Granbury we will gladly answer any questions you may have.  

How to Avoid Impure Religion

Jesus Saves: Defiled Religion Destroys

 

by Pastor Mike Robinson

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:22-27).

How to avoid defiled religion:

1.    Worship God daily and focus your week on the coming Lord’s Day: plan, pray, and focus on the goodness of Jesus. Yes, many times we do not feel like we are sincere and that feeling may bother us. Nonetheless, all Christians, at times, feel we are just mouthing words and it bothers us.

When you feel insincere in your devotion to Jesus:

* Always remember the reason it bothers you: God put in your heart to be open and honest and sincere before Him. Accordingly, in one sense, it’s a good sign that your insincerity troubles you.

*When I first came to Jesus, a friend invited me to a false church and I did not participate in its ceremonies; my lack of involvement did not disturb me because it was not a godly service. On the other hand, within Christian worship, Christians will not feel right when they lack sincerity and focus.

*When you feel bad, a bit troubled, by a lack of heartfelt worship; pause and then focus on Jesus: His person, His attributes, and His work. Soon you will regain a genuineness and zest for worship.

*Do not base your faith on your feelings; your feelings change and can often flow from sinful dispositions.

2.    Reach out to others (especially widows, orphans, and the needy): be a servant for King Jesus. James the half-brother of Jesus named himself a servant of Christ.

 

3.    Guard your tongue. Disavow ungodly speech and gossip.

 

4.    Keep yourself unspotted from the world. Turn away from the sinful ways of the world.

 

5.    Obey God’s Word. Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

All for Jesus

Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.

The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?

We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.

Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People

Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).

Christians ought to ponder:

·         Trouble comes—but Jesus came.

·         Failure comes—but Jesus came.

·         Problems and pain come—but Jesus came.

And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).

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WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH JESUS’ WORK ON THE CROSS we can live under the blessing of the Lord. We have a covenant in Christ and because of this the blessing of God and His favor are upon our lives. We are not cursed, but blessed because we belong to Christ.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

A Good Shepherd and a Good Samaritan

Jesus is the Good Samaritan

by Mike Robinson

And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” And He said to him, “You have answered rightly; do this and you will live.” But he, wanting to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Then Jesus answered and said: “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’ So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:25-37).

This is a passage that teaches us to help those in need; even those who are not our friends and may even be our adversaries. It’s a great lesson and an important call.

But what’s interesting. What’s really comforting: The Good Samaritan is best pictured as Jesus Himself. In our world, we are fallen sinners. We fall among sinners and are wounded by our own sins as well as the transgressions of others. We in this world are left for dead. And religion (priest and Levite) does not help our deepest needs.

Indeed, a certain stranger (the Son of God) journeyed to earth and came to where we were. And Jesus had compassion on us.

So Jesus went to us and bandaged our wounds, pouring on oil (anointing of the Spirit) and wine (the blood of Christ). And he then takes us to an inn, the church, and takes cares of us. He leaves for Heaven, but gives the Holy Spirit for the continuation of our care. And He says, “When I come again, I will repay.” Jesus shows mercy on us by giving Himself and caring for us with tender mercy. Let us delight in our Good Samaritan and as we receive His mercy, let us extend it as well.

Delight in Heaven

I know in Heaven I will be absolutely amazed to discover the numerous times God spared my life, paid my bills, protected me, and helped me when I was unaware. I shall praise Him for “all the things He has done for me.” Jesus is a person; a person who loves His people deeply and forever. He is not mere ritual, tradition, or ceremony. Trust Him and serve Him with your religious expressions and Bible-based traditions, but never let such things substitute for the wonder of Jesus.

To go to Heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here: better than fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of any or all earthly friends. These are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams; but God is the sun. These are but streams; but God is the fountain. These are but drops; but God is the ocean (Jonathan Edwards, The Works of Jonathan Edwards).

 

 

 

In its essence, faith is a confidence in the person of Jesus Christ and in His power, so that even when His power does not serve my end, my confidence in Him remains because of who He is (Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods).

 

 

 

May the God of Hope with you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him; may your overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).

 

 

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WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH JESUS’ WORK ON THE CROSS we can live under the blessing of the Lord. We have a covenant in Christ and because of this the blessing of God and His favor are upon our lives. We are not cursed, but blessed because we belong to Christ.

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Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

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Last Days Ministry: You, Love, and the Empowered Youth

2 Timothy 3:1-5 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

John 9:1 Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. 4 I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. 7 And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. 8 Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” 9 Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” 10 Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes… and I received sight.” … 24 So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” 25 He answered and said, “…One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.”

Psalm 119:126 It is time for You to act, O Lord, For they have regarded Your word as void.

 

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Abundant Life Church in Granbury Invites You to Fellowship with Us

Dear Friend,

Welcome to Abundant Life Community Church Granbury, Texas!

We are a Jesus-Driven Church with our services designed with upbeat, exciting praise, intimate worship and Biblical preaching and teaching.

We are contemporary in style, casual in dress with no suit and tie required. We have purposed here at Abundant Life Church Granbury to offer ministries that are relevant to the entire family of all ages.

It is our desire to give Granbury, Hood County County and the surrounding area a place to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

Consider this your personal invitation to visit with us at your earliest convenience. If you are new to the area or just searching for a place to belong and experience the presence and power of God, you are welcome here at Abundant Life.

Remember ….. the joy is in the journey when you are following and serving Jesus!

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

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Jesus said, “I came so that you might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

Jesus is Priceless

THE ONE AND ONLY: JESUS CHRIST

By Mike Robinson

Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:5-8).                                                                                        

                                                       Jesus is Calling You to Himself

A rule I have had for years is: to treat the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal friend. His is not a creed, a mere doctrine, but it is He Himself we have (Dwight L. Moody).

On Christ’s glory I would fix all my thoughts and desires, and the more I see of the glory of Christ, the more the painted beauties of this world will wither in my eyes and I will be more and more crucified to this world (John Owen, The Glory of Christ).

Jesus is a person: God manifested in the flesh (1Timothy 3:16). And this winsome man is calling all His children to Himself (John 3:14-16). Jesus is the solution to all your troubles, but He is much more than that; He is the Lord who guides you and desires a deeper relationship with you. And today, as you read this volume, prayerfully seek the love and grace found in Jesus Christ. You will discover the most marvelous and life-transforming truths the world has ever known.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

All divine names and titles are applied to Him [Jesus]. He is called God, the mighty God, the great God, God over all; Jehovah; Lord; the Lord of lords and the King of kings. All divine attributes are ascribed to Him. He is declared to be omnipresent, omniscient, almighty, and immutable, the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is set forth as the creator and upholder and ruler of the universe. All things were created by Him and for Him; and by Him all things consist. He is the object of worship to all intelligent creatures, even the highest; all the angels (i.e., all creatures between man and God) are commanded to prostrate themselves before Him. He is the object of all the religious sentiments; of reverence, love, faith, and devotion. … He declares that He and the Father are one; that those who had seen Him had seen the Father also. He calls all men unto Him; promises to forgive their sins; to send them the Holy Spirit; to give them rest and peace; to raise them up at the last day; and to give them eternal life. God is not more, and cannot promise more, or do more than Christ is said to be, to promise, and to do. He has, therefore, been the Christian’s God from the beginning, in all ages and in all places (Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology).

Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field (Matthew 13:44).

During Second Temple period under Jewish Law (Halakhah) if one found an unclaimed treasure one must also own the land to keep it. Thus the man in this parable buys the field. He bought it at the pre-treasure price because if the owner knew of the treasure he would have sold it for a much higher price. Is this fair? Perhaps. The owner had the chance to survey the land and search for treasure, valuable minerals, or precious commodities before he sold it. If you list land for sale in Texas and sell it, then later the buyer discovers oil, the oil is the new owner’s. The kingdom, with Jesus as King, is the greatest treasure one finds; by God’s grace we discover it and delight in it. Additionally, since Jesus is so amazing we must share this treasure with others.

The practice of hiding valuables in the ground was common to the first century people Jesus taught. In ancient Israel, people hid food, gold, silver, and other valuables to protect them from raiding armies as well as thieves. The people of Israel had little treasures hidden throughout the whole countryside.

The man in this story discovered such a valuable treasure that he had to have it. So he sells everything for it. He prized it above everything he had. And this is a small picture of how the believer is to think of Jesus. He’s more important to you than everything you own; He’s more prized than anything to you. Mere religion will not satisfy; all your things you own do not compare; nothing can compete; you must have Jesus since He is more valuable to you than anything in the entire world. Jesus is the most precious thing you have because He has you and loves you unconditionally.

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20; italics mine).

Jesus can make the dry parched ground of my soul to become a pool and my thirsty barren heart as springs of water. Yes he can make this habitation of dragons, this heart which is so full of abominable lusts and fiery temptations, to be a place of bounty and fruitfulness unto Himself (John Owen, The Mortification of Sin).

What comfort does atheism give you? (Atheist Peter Akins).

 

I've Found a Friend in Jesus, He's Everything to Me

 

I've found a friend in Jesus, He's everything to me,

He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;

The Apple-tree of trees, in Him alone I see

All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.

In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay,

He tells me every care on Him to roll:

He's the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,

He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my griefs has taken, and all my sorrows borne;

In temptation He's my strong and mighty tower;

I've all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn

From my heart, and now He keeps me by His power.

Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,

Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal:

He's the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,

He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He'll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,

While I live by faith and do His blessed will;

A wall of fire about me, I've nothing now to fear,

With His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.

Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,

Where rivers of delight shall ever roll:

He's the Apple-tree of trees, the Bright and Morning Star,

He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

 

The Pearl of Great Price

Jesus is the Pearl of Great Price

Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it (Matthew 13:45-46).

Help us to recognize your voice, help us not to be allured by the madness of the world, so that we may never fall away from you, O Lord Jesus Christ (Albrecht Durer).

The enjoyment of [God] is our highest happiness, and is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to Heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams. But God is the ocean (Jonathan Edwards).

 

Jesus' birth in Bethlehem was a moment preceded by eternity. His being neither originated in time nor came about by the will of humanity. The Author of time, who lived in the eternal, was made incarnate in time that we might live with the eternal in view. In that sense, the message of Christ was not the introduction of a religion, but an introduction to truth about reality as God alone knows it. To deny Jesus' message while pursuing spirituality is to conjure an imaginary religion in an attempt to see Heaven while sight is confined to the earth. That is precisely what Jesus challenged when he said, "I have come that you may have life" (John 10:10). His life spells living. Your life or my life, apart from Him, spells death (Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods).

At the time of Jesus many pagans throughout the Roman Empire worshipped pearls and Roman emperors often wore them in their hair and ears. The Jewish Talmud considered them almost priceless.

The man in this parable sees the pearl of pearls and he must have it! He must possess it for it possesses his heart. Consequently, he sells everything he owns to obtain this pearl of great price. Likewise, the Kingdom of God in Jesus is worth more than everything in the universe collectively.

Hence the Christian should have the attitude: “I must have Jesus. I have to have Jesus. Without Jesus I’m nothing. I need the Lord Jesus. I desperately want Jesus; He’s everything to me!”

Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all (Augustine).

Jesus is Priceless

Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full (John 16:23-24).

During the course of time men have gone to great lengths, both legal and illegal, to obtain diamonds, gold, pearls, and money; yet all men die and they cannot take a dime with them. The Pearl of Great Price, Jesus as King of the Kingdom, never leaves us and we have Jesus forever. Jesus is utterly priceless; more valuable than all the wealth in the entire world. This King in His Kingdom is the source of true joy.

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:4-5).

 

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WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH JESUS’ WORK ON THE CROSS we can live under the blessing of the Lord. We have a covenant in Christ and because of this the blessing of God and His favor are upon our lives. We are not cursed, but blessed because we belong to Christ.

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

http://www.ALccGranbury.com

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Jesus is More Than Mere Religion

Trust the Great Logos: Avoid Impure Religion

 

Jesus is the center of all we do at ALCC church Granbury

By Mike Robinson

So it may be best to think of theology and philosophy in terms of the historical notion of principia. The word principium at least historically, is the Latin translation of the Greek word arche, which means “source” or “cause” or “foundation.” It is that which gives something its reason to be, or its justification for existence. Under this rubric distinctions have been made between a principium essendi and a principium cognoscendi. There are essential principles, reasons, or sources, and there are epistemological principles, reasons, or source (K. Scott Oliphint).

In the beginning was the Logos and the Logos was with God, and God was the Logos (John 1:1).

The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world (Matthew Henry).

The Logos is Jesus

Jesus Christ is the Word (logos) and as the Word supplies and upholds the rational environment required for reason as well as all features of reality. Not only is Christianity reasonable, but Christian theism underwrites the ontic necessities required for reason. Additionally, the Logos furnishes the truth conditions utilized by propositions. 

The eternal Logos is a necessary condition ... of human knowledge about anything (Ronald Nash).

When the Greek philosophers considered the question of truth, ethics, aesthetics, metaphysics, and more, they began to use the word logos to describe the ultimate reality they were pursuing. The logos was the organizing principle, that which gives life and meaning to the universe. To the apostle John, the logos was personal … and became incarnate as a human being. The logos is God himself … the One who was there in the beginning before all things (Burk Parsons).

Jesus’ ontology (His being and essence) is an essential element of Christianity, for He is the great Logos (John 1:1), and logic is an element of His being and nature. Christians are the community that can account for reason, since reason comes from the mind and the nature of God. The true God is the God of reason. Reason cannot be held over His head in a type of Eurythro Dilemma, since it is a reflection of His thoughts and nature; consequently, we must espouse our use of human reason in submission to His revelation in the Bible.

Impure Religion

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:22-27).

 

How to avoid defiled religion:

 

1.       Worship God daily and focus your week on the coming Lord’s Day: plan, pray, and focus on the goodness of Jesus. Yes, many times we do not feel like we are sincere and that feeling may bother us. Nonetheless, all Christians, at times, feel we are just mouthing words and it bothers us.

When you feel insincere in your devotion to Jesus:

a.       Always remember the reason it bothers you: God put in your heart to be open and honest and sincere before Him. Accordingly, in one sense, it’s a good sign that your insincerity troubles you.

 

Around the period when I first came to Jesus, a friend invited me to a false church and I did not participate in its ceremonies; my lack of involvement did not disturb me because it was not a godly service. On the other hand, within Christian worship, Christians will not feel right when they lack sincerity and focus.

b.       When you feel bad, a bit troubled, by a lack of heartfelt worship; pause and then focus on Jesus: His person, His attributes, and His work. Soon you will regain a genuineness and zest for worship.

c.       Do not base your faith on your feelings; your feelings change and can often flow from sinful dispositions.

 

2.       Reach out to others (especially widows, orphans, and the needy): be a servant for King Jesus. James the half-brother of Jesus named himself a servant of Christ.

 

3.       Guard your tongue. Disavow ungodly speech and gossip.

 

4.       Keep yourself unspotted from the world. Turn away from the sinful ways of the world.

 

5.       Obey God’s Word. Jesus said in John 14:15: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

 

6.       Always focus on Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2): Ponder how good He is to you and how he saved you by grace through the cross and His resurrection.

 

All for Jesus

 

 Xerxes the king of Persia once boarded a boat. Later it began to sink because there were too many men aboard. The ship started sinking; sinking more and more; it appeared that all aboard would drown. But an officer called out to the shipmen: “Are you not willing to sacrifice and die for your king?” Suddenly almost all the men leaped out of the boat into the water and drowned in order to save their king.

 

   The question for Christians: How much will you sacrifice for your King? Most Christians will not be called to forfeit their life for their faith, but how much will you sacrifice in order to serve others for your King?

 

   We should aim to serve King Jesus and love others since James calls an undefiled and pure religion one that helps the widows and the poor.

Jesus Came and Gave Himself for His People

 

Jesus comes to His sheep by His glorious grace through His Word and Spirit to save us. Jesus “gave Himself for me” (Titus 3).

Christians ought to ponder:

 

·         Trouble comes—but Jesus came.

·         Failure comes—but Jesus came.

·         Problems and pain come—but Jesus

 

And Jesus Christ comes to bring peace, joy, hope, and cheerfulness to all who trust Him (Romans 5:1 & 15:13). Today give Jesus full swing of your heart as He declares to you that He will pardon every sin; heal every wound; and overcome every trouble. Christ comes, swiftly, in a full gallop upon His victory horse to triumph for His people. Yearn for Him and you will find peace for your soul no matter how things unfold.

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul pants for you, O God (Psalm 42:1).

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You are Invited to our Church in Granbury TX

 

As a local church we are representatives of the global body of Christ. He keeps us in step with each other. His very love and joy flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love. We neither believe in nor promote an exclusive church. We are one with the body of Christ around the world.

 

WE BELIEVE THAT THROUGH JESUS’ WORK ON THE CROSS we can live under the blessing of the Lord. We have a covenant in Christ and because of this the blessing of God and His favor are upon our lives. We are not cursed, but blessed because we belong to Christ.

 

Sunday Services Our Sunday services are an opportunity for people to come and enjoy time together—whether it's their first time or they've been coming for years. Being in community impacts lives and reminds us that we can't do life alone.

 524 Crockett St. just of the Granbury Square, right next to the US Post Office. 682-498-3031

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A Talk with Average Joe About Godless Evolution

 

 

Atheistic Evolution Fails: Information RequiresIntelligence

Information the Weapon that Slays Undirected Evolution

By Mike Robinson

Over the second half of the 20th century, biology came to apply informational concepts (and their relatives) far more broadly than this. For many biologists, the most basic processes characteristic of living organisms should now be understood in terms of the expression of information, the execution of programs, and the interpretation of codes. So although contemporary mainstream biology is an overtly materialist field, it has come to employ concepts that philosophers will recognize as intentional or semantic ones, concepts with a long history of causing foundational problems for materialists (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

A Talk with an Average Joe

I have discussed the “myth” of Darwinian evolution with a number of people from all walks of life. I have never had one muster any logical arguments that could withstand some prying questions. It is a short conversation and really should not be used as a template. Selected evolutionists are much sharper than Joe; besides, he wasn’t prepared for my questions. Moreover, people are unique and should not be approached with cookie-cutter responses. I offer this is conversation with Joe the evolutionist merely as a learning tool:

 

Mike: Hey, I noticed your car has a Darwin fish on it. Do you believe in evolution?

Joe: Of course. Are you one of those fundamentalists that are stuck in the tenth century?

Mike: That’s quite a question. Actually, I like to discuss the theory of evolution with people that hold that position, and pray that they repent and trust in Christ. Have you studied the science of DNA?

Joe: Yes I have. It provides great evidence for the evolutionary process. Human DNA is almost 98% identical to ape DNA. This is strong evidence.

Mike: Does DNA have a code and information content in it?

Joe: Yes. That’s one of its main functions.

Mike: Have you ever seen information come from anything but an intelligent being?

Joe: Well, uh, no.

Mike: Information requires intelligence. If I heard someone tapping on the other side of wall, in a language such as the Morse code, and it spelled out: "Help me I have been kidnapped by a circus clown with bad breath." I would assume that there is an intelligent being behind the wall in need of help. The reason I would know that there must be a person behind the tapping is it came in the form of a code. It was not just the random tapping of a bird or a machine. The code requires intelligence. And biologists call it the DNA code. Code!

Can you explain, without an intelligent being writing the DNA code in the cells, where the code came from?

Joe: Well, I have never thought about it that way.

Mike: I never did either until I started learning to think in a critical manner. I would encourage you to turn from your ways and trust in Jesus Christ. You and I have sinned. We have broken God’s law by lying, stealing, hating, missing church, lusting and many other sins. Jesus died to remove all the sins of His people. Here is a tract with an invitation to our church. Come by and check it out.

Joe: Thanks.

 

Remember when you use the general outlines of these conversations in your witnessing, you must stay focused on your point, kindly bear the weight of it on them over and over. Many materialistic evolutionists will attempt to divert the subject throughout your conversations. Do not let them change the subject, but stick to your point. Additionally, always graciously press the law on their hearts—then share the Gospel with them.

 

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The cosmos is always changing. In principle, one cannot be rational if one places his hope, his thought, or his worldview on the material world alone. One cannot base his ethics, reason, and nobility on a system of thought which is built on the material universe that is in a constant state of flux. A changing cosmos cannot produce unchanging things like the laws of logic. Again, those entities transcend the physical universe. When I base my worldview on God and His word, I can justify science, induction, the evaluation of evidence, and my use of reason. In principle, the nonbeliever cannot justify one item in all reality. Your view of reality, submitted to scripture, is the only means to have a worldview that can make sense of the universe. 

 

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Our church exposes the error of Darwinian Evolution in Granbury

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Surely God is Good

Come to the Sanctuary: The Place of Love and Power

 

Psalm 73:1-3 Truly God is good to Israel, To such as are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled; My steps had nearly slipped. 3 For I was envious of the arrogant, When I saw the prosperity of the wicked… 16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me— 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end. … 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, That I may declare all Thy works.

Hebrews 4:13 And there is nothing hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Matthew 15:18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.

Exodus 20: 17 You shall not covet…

Hebrews 12:2 Fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith….

Mark 5:1-13 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me.” 8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!” 9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many… 12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, “Send us to the swine, that we may enter them.” 13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine …

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How to Witness: Evangelism 101

WITNESSING FOR THE

NON-EVANGELIST IN GRANBURY, TX

By Mike Robinson, Granbury, TX

Nobody wants to be known, even when he realizes that this heal-hand salvation depends upon such knowledge.1

I just want the best for my son. I think I’ve told him what’s right, but if he don’t want to hear it, that’s fine. He’ll ultimately have to deal with a higher being. When he does, I hope he goes in there with a lot more positives on his record than negatives (Floyd Mayweather Sr. speaking about his son, boxing champ Floyd Mayweather Jr., who fired him as his trainer).

I will go to heaven when I die because I am basically a good person (average non-Christian’s opinion on their eternal destiny).

Imagine that "a criminal finds himself in prison, locked in his cell. A visiting friend calls out to him: 'I have good news for you.' With eager expectation the prisoner demands: 'What is it? Out with it! The answer comes: 'Be good.' Well that might drive the prisoner mad. Yet, that is the only message which some who call themselves evangelists have for the sinner. It is not good news. It is not news at all. Good news for the sinner is that provision has been made for his release from sin and hell” (R. B. Kuiper: God Centered Evangelism). Christians are called to share the bad news as well as the Good News: All people sin and need a Savior: Jesus is a saving Savior.

The terror of the law, for it is only when we stand... naked and trembling before the Lawgiver and Judge, that we recognize our great need and cry out for a Mediator. The law given at Sinai was a ministry of condemnation (2 Corinthians 3:7-9), in which the very beasts were punished if they trespassed.2

Perhaps the greatest error of the Church in the 20th century has been to forsake the use of the Law in its capacity to act as a schoolmaster to bring sinners to Christ.3

Every sin, both in original and actual, being a transgression of the righteous law of God, and contrary thereunto, does, in its own nature, bring guilt upon the sinner, whereby he is bound over to the wrath of God, and the curse of the law, and so made subject to death, with all miseries spiritual, temporal, and eternal (Westminster Confession of Faith, VI. 6).

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law (Aleister Crowly, the late self-proclaimed Beast and 666).4

Not choosing itself is a choice.5

Repentance... must be a great earnestness about it and a deep hurt if the old man is to be put off. When lightning strikes a tree or a man, it does two things at once; it rends the tree and swiftly slays the man. But it also turns the face of the dead man... toward heaven.6

 

The truth of man’s rebellion against God’s holy law is to be brought before the eyes of the unbeliever to both convince and convict him of his sins. Using clear, specific and particular commandments, in asserting the sinner’s pollution before a holy God, is the first stage of faithful witnessing. This is the instrument we should use to humble him, and provoke a sense of misery and wretchedness that will drive him to Jesus for cleansing, forgiveness, and redemption.

Iain Murray quotes Nathan Bangs, who reported that the preachers during the Great Awakening “disturbed the false peace of the lukewarm, awakened the conscience of the sleeping sinner, and gave him no rest until he surrendered to Christ.” Do you remember Elijah? During Elijah’s ministry, he was labeled a troublemaker by the king. It always seems that when Christians follow God, and seek to obey His commandments, they are called troublemakers. Our goal should not be to have people like us at the cost of truth. Our duty is to speak the truth, even if this results in people disliking us.

Yes, our witness must be filled with grace and compassion, but these virtues should never dislodge our call to stand for the truth and righteousness. Let's win Granbury and Hood County for the Lord.

Repentance is necessary: “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). There is no rowing to paradise except upon the stream of repenting tears. Repentance is required... It is not so much to endear us to Christ as to endear Christ to us. Till sin be bitter; Christ will not be sweet.7

 

Since the law is holy, just and good that which breaks the law must be unholy, unjust, and evil... Since sin is a transgression of God’s good law, the sinfulness of sin appears by the commandment.8

 

Carnal hearts, until grace fully subdues them, are very loath to know their wretched condition. They love to not hear of anything that reveals to them the misery they are in.9

 

Do Not Hold Back

 

We must not hold back, the truth of the sinner’s lost and miserable condition, just to avoid persecution. We should never be combative in our witness. We must try to avoid provoking a hostile response from the unbeliever. We are called to invoke the truth of God’s law with kindness and patience, not forsaking our duty because of fear.

 

I have been called every name in the book, and some that are not in the book. But I delight in following my Lord in my witness. I also have had hundreds of people tell me they appreciated the way I presented the truth to them. Many were atheists and allotheists. A lot of them came to the Lord in humble repentance. If you are derelict in your duty of sharing the law with the unbeliever, you may reduce your chances of persecution, but you may also miss numerous opportunities to see the lost, found.

 

Only knowing the goal of perfection where one should dwell, can one have definite purpose in life.10

 

The first message of the cross is not God loves you, but God’s law has been broken. Viewing the cross without the law is like trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle in thin air... the spirit of the cross is eternal love, but the base of the cross is eternal justice.11

 

Without the true knowledge of the Law, the corruption of nature lies hid... Men are ready to soothe up themselves... being ignorant of the Law of God... they bless themselves and think they are well... the Law of God... shows men their sins, and it makes men see and feel themselves as dead men.12

 

It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.13

 

M’Cheyne offered this inspiring quote: “If the mercies and if the judgments do not convert you, God has no other arrows in His quiver.” The terror and thunder of Sinai will invoke fear and holy fright in the sinner. Then if God changes the sinner’s heart through the gospel, the convert will flee God’s judgments and hurl himself upon Christ and His eternal mercy. We are not to shrink back in declaring God’s holiness and His law to the lost. We must declare the holiness of God until the unbeliever shakes in terror and flees to Christ or flees from us.

 

If we do not see knees knocking and hearts broken, we haven’t preached the holiness of the true and living God. This will not make friends, but by God’s grace, it will make true disciples, and simultaneously, it will reduce the number of pretenders.

 

Sinners do not bear the call of Christ because they do not think they are sinners. So men are unsaved not because of their sins, but because of their “righteousness.” All is well, if only we can realize, all is not well.14

 

Evangelism... means summoning men to receive Christ Jesus as all that He is—Lord, as well as Savior—and therefore to serve Him as their King in the fellowship of His Church... work for Him on earth. In other words, evangelism is the issuing of a call to turn, as well as trust; it is the delivering, not merely of a divine invitation to receive a Savior, but a divine command to repent of sin. And there is no evangelism where this specific application is not made.15

 

Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men (2 Corinthians 5:11).

 

The Long Stare of a Holy God

 

Sartre claimed that he became an atheist because a man stared at him in public. He felt uncomfortable and dehumanized by becoming an object of the long stare of a stranger. He then reasoned: God is omnipresent; hence God must have His eyes perpetually on Sartre. But he did not like God gazing upon him. Thus he denied God because of his quirky shyness. God is everywhere present and looks upon everyone always. He sees all the iniquity of mankind, and we should remind people of that fact. All their law breaking is observed and recorded. Sinners hate this fact. Yes, if you preach the law and the gospel, frequently you will receive the full cocked fury of sinners in the form of insults, spitting, cursing, and screaming, just as the Lord Jesus received.

 

The Bible tells us that the lost are suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. They do not want you upsetting their active denial. Do not worry, Jesus told us that we are blessed when we are persecuted. We do not look for and cultivate persecution, but we know that the scoffer will get what he deserves if he does not turn and trust Christ.

 

But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully (I Timothy 1:8).

 

The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul (Psalms 19:7).

 

By the law is the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20).

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16).

 

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel... by which also you are saved... that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).

 

Our Glorious Duty

 

John Owen's definition of the law of God is simple yet profound. “The law is the beam of the holiness of God himself.”

 

The duty of the witnessing Christian is to be faithful to scripture. This demands that we set the law of God on the sinner, before we offer the grace of God through the gospel. Reisinger amplifies this use of God’s law:

 

Every creature under heaven should be concerned about his or her duty to the Almighty Creator and judge of all the earth. Therefore the question: What duty does the Creator require of His creatures? Is always relevant. The biblical answer is that God requires personal, perfect, perpetual obedience to His revealed will... that... is summarized in the Ten Commandments... The Commandments demand both external and internal obedience. Addressing the will and the heart, as well as outward actions... Not only murder, but hate. Not only adultery, but lust. Not only stealing, but coveting. 16

 

Faithful witnessing consists of the believer placarding the terror of the law on the lost, and then offering the grace of the gospel to those that tremble at God’s word. Christians are not to preach a controllable god, a god who is only there to meet the unbeliever’s needs. Such a god becomes a divine bellhop who must jump at our call. Much of the Christian world seems to be embarrassed by the true God, and they try to change Him into a more user-friendly deity.

 

An almighty sovereign God, full of awe and righteousness, is not what the world wants. And He is not what many churches “share.” The Bible reveals that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10). We should press God’s law on the sinner with compassion and patience. We are not to dazzle them with proud grandiloquence or blast them with an uncaring scolding. We must warn them.

 

We should sincerely care for the state of their souls through the graceful preaching of the law and the gospel.

 

God’s Word

 

God’s word and His sovereign grace convert and reform sinners. A South Sea Islander, who, as a reformed cannibal and a convert to Christ, proudly displayed his Bible to a G.I. during World War II. The soldier mockingly said, “We have outgrown that sort of thing in America.” The native smiled back and said, “It’s a good thing we haven’t. If it weren’t for this book, you would have been a meal by now.” The Bible is a book of transformation. It is the instrument that the Holy Spirit uses to save souls and reform sinners.

Our job is not to astound and electrify people with human wisdom, but to preach God’s holy word to the lost.

I say to you that likewise, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance (Luke 15:7).

When one shares the love of God, with a man in Granbury or in India, without preaching God’s holiness and His law, it weakens the sinners’ sense of sin. Then the lost sinner is not interested in the grand truth of the cross and justification. The law and the gospel, these are the means God uses to save lost sinners though His Spirit. Drama’s, light shows, uplifting music may stir emotions and bring people to large and opulent church buildings, but they alone will not save a hell bound sinner. The lost need to hear the bad news regarding the wrath of God, the judgment of righteousness, and the offer of God’s great grace in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Our job is not to be cute or funny, but to love the lost with the truth. The unpleasant reality, the lost person’s position before a righteous God, is the reason that they must cast themselves upon the mercy of God in Christ. Entertainment in the right setting for the right reason can be very edifying and stimulating. But we must follow Paul and preach Christ: “to know nothing but Christ and Him crucified.”

We are to placard Christ, the righteous King, whom all men have offended in every point of His holy law, and that same Christ the Savior dying for our transgressions, of that very same law.

 

The Tool of our Witness

 

The witnessing that is consistent with the Bible preaches the law and the gospel. The law was given at Sinai, amid the fearful thunderings and lightnings, beclouded and dark; trumpets were blasted and the words written by the very finger of God were transmitted to God’s people. That law opens our eyes to see our sin and our need of a Savior.

 

The law is given to instruct us on how to live for God, and the law is to be used to restrain evil in civil society. It is imperative that the Christian urges God’s commandments on the unbeliever. The irreligionist needs to understand that he must have a loving Savior. He must have authentic atonement, forgiveness, and redemption. God’s holy law is the tool we use to make him aware of his need. This requires that you learn the Ten Commandments. Studies have shown that most American Christians do not know them. So learn them first for your own sake, teach them to your family, and then press them on the unsaved.

The Law also shows us our great need---our need of cleansing, cleansing with the water and the blood. It displays to us our filthiness, and this naturally leads us to feel we must be washed from it if we are ever to draw near to God. So the Law drives us to accept Christ as the only person who can cleanse us, makes us fit to stand within the veil of the presence of the Most High. The Law is the surgeon’s knife that cuts out the proud flesh... The Law kills, the Gospel makes us alive; the Law strips, and then Jesus Christ comes in and robes the soul in beauty and glory... All the commandments... direct us to Christ, if we will but heed their evident intent (Spurgeon).18

 

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NOTES

 

1. Paul Tillich, The Shaking of the Foundation  (NY: Scribner’s Sons, 1948), p. 43.

 

2. Jim Nance, The Mountain  (Moscow, Idaho: Credenda Agenda, Vol. 11/ Number 3), p. 14.

 

3.  Ray Comfort, The Ten Commandments  (Bellflower, CA: Living Waters, 1993),

p. 180.

 

4. Aleister Crowly, Magic in Theory and Practice  (NY: Castle), p. 193.

 

5. Hans Kung,  Does God Exist?  (Garden City, NY: Double Day, 1980), p. 61.

 

6. Roland Bainton,  Here I Stand (Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1950), p. 67.

 

7. Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth. 1668), p. 63.

 

8. Ralph Venning, The Sinfulness of Sin (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth 1997 Edition), p. 145.

 

9. Jeremiah Burroughs, The Saint’s Treasury (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria 1991), p. 118.

 

10.  Confucius, translated by Lin Yutang, The Wisdom of Confucius(NY: Random

House, 1938), p. 139.

 

11.  Ernest C. Reisinger, The Law and the Gospel  (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub. Co. 1997),

p. 158.

 

12. Edward Elton, Treatises, “Triumph of a True Christian”  (London, 1648), p. 86 & 89.

 

13. Steven Wright, Quoted from CredendaAgenda Volume 11/ Number 4  (Moscow, ID. 1999), p. 17.

 

14. John Gerstner, The Early Writings: Volume 1 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria 1997), p. 215.

 

15. J. I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God  (Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press, 1961), p. 39-40.

 

16. Ibid., Reisinger, p. 69-71.

 

17. Iain H. Murray, Revival and Revivalism  (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1994), p. 70.

 

18. Ibid., Comfort, The Ten Commandments, p. 187.