OEM #15: Prodigal Party Poopers

A church pastor tells of a young lady in the neighborhood who faithfully attended services. Each time the doors opened, she was there, and often stayed after a few extra minutes to talk with the pastor and his wife about her unsaved husband.

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She even got the pastor to start visiting their home to talk with them. After several months, her spouse came to a Sunday service, and in tears answered the invitation to Christ! And the wife? She stopped attending.

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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 obcasio 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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