OEM #14: Bad Company

Anyone Can Be A Momentary Satan In Your EPIC

There is a woman who is greatly admired and loved by many people. Ask anyone who knows her, and they’ll tell you that she is absolutely the best!OEM_Episode14_Banner

“Anything you need her to do, just ask!” She ran errands for some, she allowed others to stay at her home whenever they needed. She even withdrew money from the bank for others, as she continually put their desires far ahead of her own.

One day, at her request, the pastor of her church went to visit her… in prison!

You see, this lady that everybody so admired was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. In fact, she was so nice that she just couldn’t say “no” to people even though deep down inside she wanted to.

1 Corinthians 15:33 says that bad company corrupts good character. As you live out your EPIC, even your closest relationships must be kept a distant second to your walk with Christ.

Caring for those you love is commanded. But when a relationship demands that you compromise with sin, by contrast, your love for the Lord may even have to appear like hatred for your friend! It is the same reason Jesus told the beloved Peter to “Get behind me Satan…”

OEM #13: Laboring To Lose? Or Working To Win?

Joining Forces With Jesus To Live Out Your EPIC Life

I remember hearing the testimony of a well-known Bible teacher who gave the account of a conversation he had with his daughter who was pregnant and soon to give birth.

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One day, as he arrived at his home, he saw her standing in his driveway crying. Doctors discovered that the baby in her womb was dead. The tragic news was made worse when she learned that because of complications, the only way to extract the child would be through induced labor. She would have to give birth to death…

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3 DISREGARDED INDICATORS OF THE LAST DAYS

A "Lot" Ignored In An Age of “Noah" Tension...

Jesus declared in Matthew 24:12 that because wickedness will arise everywhere, the love of many will grow colder and colder. In that same context, He also warned us that we as Christians will one day be hated by many nations for His name’s sake (v. 9). Things are most certainly shaping up for the fulfillment of Christ’s words.

This one of those topics that no one likes to talk about, or, they’d rather ridicule, if they must. But I’d be remiss in my duties as a preacher of God’s word if I did not take some time to interject the real and presently dangerous cross-hairs in which the world (and particularly America) has perfectly positioned itself. Consider me some sort of fanatic, if you will. I do not mind because, you see, these words are based on the words of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

By Christ’s estimate, ISIS has nothing on this crisis! How do I know? Well, if that band of hooligans were as much a threat to the world as they claim to be, then God’s word would have mentioned them with specificity. But they are no more a threat than the next evil regime waiting to take center stage somewhere in the world.

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OEM #12: The Gravity Of GOD’s Favor

The Un-Defiable Law of God's Love For His True Children

The law of gravity is a settled natural law. What goes up, must come down, right? Yet, because of great minds throughout history, we have found ways to defy this law to the point were we have sent things up into space that are still going up and will never, ever come back down.

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The great preacher C.H. Surgeon once shared an insightful rhyme as he explained what I’d like to call “The Un-defiable Law of the Lord and His Children”. This is what is says:

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I GIVE YOU MY WORD…

God's Promise To You That Everything Is Going To Be Alright

The world around us is literally in an all-out war of words! Hashtags, campaign slogans, false (and true) accusations, and other slurs are the weapons of choice. And if we will be honest about it, nobody is really winning. This, however, need not be the case for the people of God. You see, we have not just words, but the only word that ultimately matters–God’s word.

If I had to pick a title for Hebrews chapter one, I would choose the NIV’s heading which reads, “God’s Final Word: His Son”. The first three verses of the chapter essentially tell us all we need to know about God’s final word:

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

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Episode 6: Mark Simpson Interview Show

Standing Tall For Christ; No Legs Required

In this episode I interview Mr. Mark Simpson. Though he was born with inoperative, partially formed legs, given up for adoption, suffered depression to the point of attempting suicide, and even had to have both his legs amputated, today this young man stands tall as a man of God who is happily married and who preaches the gospel of Christ everywhere he goes. Truly Mark’s story is the epitome of an EPIC Comeback!

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Episode 5: The “C” of Your EPIC Comeback; CHRIST

Making A Break For Christ's Sake

Welcome to Your EPIC Comeback podcast. In this episode I discuss real meaning of “for Christ’s sake,” which of course is not the way most people intend when they flippantly say it. We live in a world full of reason that we need to make a break for Christ’s sake. We can never hope to live out our EPIC if we are too connected with this world.

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The Bible has a host of allusions to and illustrations of what it means to break for Christ’s sake. For example, there is Abraham, who was told by God to leave his father’s house and just go to a land that he will be shown along the way; who went, and became father of many nations and father of our faith. There is also Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who fled from the presence of the lustful wife of his master Potiphar and suffered years of imprisonment for not wanting to commit adultery with her; who yet became second only to Pharaoh and came to the conclusion that the whole reason his brothers sold him into slavery was God’s plan in order to bless and preserve Israel’s posterity. Then, there is Moses and the people of Israel leaving Egypt and crossing the Red Sea and getting to witness the destruction of Pharaoh and his army in the process…

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It’s time for your EPIC comeback!

OEM #11: The Resident Great Physician

Not Letting Others' Contagious Lack of Faith In Christ Become Yours

I stumbled across a re-run of the TV show HOUSE where Dr. House was on an international flight back from Singapore when a man sitting next to him began vomiting and developing a fever, headache, stomach pain, and rash.

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As word spread around the plane the man was possibly suffering from the very contagious meningococcal disease, one by one people began to exhibit the same symptoms. It appeared that an outbreak had occurred!

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OEM #10: Onboard With The LORD

Regaining Your Spiritual Moorings In Christ

One of my Twitter followers tweeted something that really struck a chord with me… He was making application of the story in Acts where the apostle Paul was onboard a ship that was sure to be wrecked by a great storm.

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By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul warned the men that though the storm was too much to endure, they would surely die if they jumped ship! The last words of the tweet were “Stay on bored with the Lord!”

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OEM #9: Best Prayed Plans

Building Your EPIC Life On The Best Foundation

Someone said that a failure to plan is a plan to fail. And unfortunately, I for one, have had more than a few occasions in my life where failing to plan was my undoing.

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But I have a little something to add to those words of wisdom. If you’re seeking to live out your enduring purpose in Christ, you will also need to remember that the best laid plans are nothing if they aren’t first and foremost prayed plans.

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Episode 4: Fourfold Forgiveness

The Only Forgiveness Good Enough For GOD

It is one of the most common magic tricks of a magician. Take a sheet of paper or a dollar bill, fold it a few times, and then rip it into pieces right before the eyes of the audience. Next, they do a little presto-change-o, hocus-pocus, or abracadabra! And voila!

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This sort of reminds me of the subject of forgiveness. I submit to you that forgiveness that is for real is four-fold, and cannot be true forgiveness without all four of these elements intact. Sure, many a psychologist (secular and even Christian) tend to focus on one, two, or maybe even three of the things I am about to share with you, but the often get them out of order. Yet, even if they do get them in the right order, they tend to leave out the fourth facet, thereby leaving their patients with something that might appear to be noble, but are not the complete kind of forgiveness that God approves of.

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OEM #8: GOD’s Amazing Grace For Your Race

Keeping GOD The Center of Your Race of Life

Have you ever watched “The Amazing Race” reality show? You know, where couples compete against other couples by looking for clues that will help them be first to complete a worldwide race?

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Some couples get so lost that before the show is halfway over, they know that they have zero hopes of winning the race. And when they get to the finish line, their predictions are confirmed. Why don’t they win? In most cases their problems come when they fail to pay attention to the clues along the way.

The race of life for the Believer is a lot like that. As you live out your enduring purpose in Christ, just know that along the way, God will give grace sufficient to persevere through whatever seeks to hinder or confuse you. But you must be on the look-out for it!

We walk by faith and run with patience. And through the eyes of faith, we see the ways God causes all things to work together for good to them that love Him. So keep your spiritual eyes open!

Wait! I just found a clue… [then last crash of the music] It says, “The difference between “Amazing Race” and “Amazing Grace” is the letter G… Keep GOD at the center of life’s amazing race and in the end you’ll take first place!” We gotta go! We gotta go!