Posts by granary

December 16

Posted on Dec 16, 2019

The prisoner had been known as “king of the garotters” for his history of strangling his victims. He seemed utterly without mercy. He had asked the chaplain to bring him a certain book to read, but the chaplain suggested the Bible already lying in his cell. “It would do no good to the likes of me,” the prisoner replied as he slapped the iron bars. “My heart is as hard as these.” “Have you ever read about the New Covenant which God wants you to accept?” the chaplain asked. “Never heard of it.” “It says, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you’” (Ezek 36:26). The criminal...

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December 15

Posted on Dec 15, 2019

Why did God, who professedly loves all His creatures, not give such overwhelming evidence of Himself that everyone capable of knowing such a God would find it impossible not to know Him? This is essentially the argument of J. L. Schellenberg in what he calls “the hiddenness of God.” It is based on certain false assertions. First, it assumes that God has not given sufficient evidence of Himself when the Bible says He in fact has. It was not that the human race could not know God, but: “that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God” (Rom 1:21). But more, do these atheists want a...

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December 14

Posted on Dec 14, 2019

Good illustrations or demonstrations can be very effective in making the gospel plain. Our Lord used them all the time. But you better be sure of your facts before you use one in public. John MacArthur tells one of a woman who lived back in the hills. One day, to her surprise, a vacuum cleaner salesman showed up at her door. He asked if he could demonstrate the efficient machine. She nodded her approval. Taking a coal shovel full of ash from the fireplace, he dumped it on her rug, then added some dirt from a bag. “Madam,” he said, “I want you to watch this product at work. If it doesn’t suck...

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December 13

Posted on Dec 13, 2019

What did Jesus mean when He said, “I came not to send peace, but a sword” (Mt 10:34)? Writes A.W. Tozer: A new Decalogue has been adopted by the neo-Christians of our day, the first word of which reads: “Thou shalt not disagree;” and a new set of Beatitudes too, which begins, “Blessed are they that tolerate everything, for they shall not be made accountable for anything.” It is now the accepted thing to talk over religious differences in public with the understanding that no one will try to convert another or point out errors in his belief. Imagine Moses agreeing to take part in a panel...

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December 12

Posted on Dec 12, 2019

I was seeking to lead a soldier to Christ, but he tried to evade the issue with, “I’ll think it over.” “Harry,” I said, “imagine you’re out scouting an enemy post. You get hit hard. Another soldier carries you to your own lines. For his trouble he gets two bullets in the back. You’re both taken to the hospital and won back from death. Two months later the doctor brings in a fellow who limps badly and moves with evident pain. They stop at your bed. The doctor says, ‘Harry, let me introduce you to the man who risked his life to save you.’ You fold your arms and say, ‘I’m not sure I want to...

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