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For People Like This

Golgotha is an Aramaic word that means “the place of the skull.” Today a bus depot stands beneath it. It is almost ironic that the smell of carbon monoxide, the sound of honking horns, and the sight of short tempers should surround the place where Jesus died. It was for people like this and things like this that he died in the first place.

Getting into Heaven

I like the story about the fellow who died and appeared before St. Peter at the gates of heaven. He said, “I’ve come to get in.” And St. Peter said, “You can only get in here by the point system, and it takes a thousand points to get in.” Well, that’s no hill for a stepper, so he said, “I think I can make it. I was active in m...

What Makes Jesus Differen...

Dr. Emil Grubbe was a pioneer in the use of x-ray technology for the treatment of cancer patients. In fact in 1896 he was the first physician ever to use an x-ray beam in the treatment of a cancer patient. Because of Emil Grubbe, even though you may have never heard of him, many of you have found hope for a new life and an extended life because of what x-ray technolog...

The Cross

15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.  It is doubtful that many, if any of us, understand the true meaning of the cross. To us it is a piece of costume jewelry, an ornament on top of the steeple of a church, or the theme of our mother’s favorite song. Al...

The Rending of the Veil

37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.  39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God. Introduction We had a good service this morning. We had four people join...

The Tragedy of What Might...

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples. 3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, come...

The ABCs of Salvation

41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the co...

The Messiah

1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as i...

Marriage—Jesus Style

1 And he arose from thence, and cometh into the coasts of Judaea by the farther side of Jordan: and the people resort unto him again; and, as he was wont, he taught them again. 2 And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him. 3 And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? 4&...

Today's Devotional

Proving God

Former Australian Prime Minister John Anderson said, “Doubt is a good place to start, but an awful place to stop.” Doubt can be the threshold to new truth or it can be the pitfall to despair. To our skeptical, doubting age God issues a challenge in Malachi 3: “Prove me...”

We can prove that God is. We can’t do this by scientific means for God cannot be crammed into a test tube or worked out by a mathematical equation. But we can know him by experience. We need not be surprised that we cannot see God. Blasts of wind set all things moving, swinging, and shaking, and the eyes do not see the blast of wind. Yet we need not see it to feel its coolness in our face. So people need not see God to feel his breath on their lives. Who has never felt God’s nearness? It has been the experience of all people everywhere to feel God’s presence.

When Horace Bushnell was young and unbelieving he wanted to find God if he existed. “I prayed to the dim God, confessing the dimness for honesty’s sake,” he wrote. Then he said he arose from his knees saying, “A being so profoundly felt must inevitably be.”

We can also prove that God cares. It is not enough to just believe that God “exists” as we may believe that the Statue of Liberty "exists" in New York City. We need to believe in a God who lives and loves and reaches out to us. But how can we be sure that God is alive and loving? We can perform a spiritual experiment just like an experiment in physics or chemistry. We hear that if we mix two ingredients, a certain result will happen. So we try it for ourselves and see if it is true. The experiment of faith is just as simple. Mix the promises of God with your own fulfillment of the conditions and see what happens. You will thus discover in the laboratory of your own life that God is alive and that he loves you.

We can also prove that God is able. He has abundant resources. Oftentimes our lives are shriveled and poverty stricken because we do not trust him. But he “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).

German philosopher Goethe reminds us, “Doubt of any sort cannot be removed except by action.” Do you doubt that God is or that he loves or that he is able? Prove him. He invites you to do so.

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