Friday, June 5, 2009

God's Will in our Life

I am continually struggling with the question of knowing whether or not what I do is in God's will for me. How can I tell if what I want is what God desires; and how can I know if what I am seeking is supported by God for me or is in opposition to His desires for me?

Ray Pritchard of
Keep Believing Ministries
address this issue in this blog entry from earlier today entitled

Ray Pritchard » 25 Affirmations About God’s Will » June 5, 2009
He posted this entry as a follow-up to his appearance earlier in the day on American Family Radio's "Christian Life
Today" which airs live from 2 pm to
3 pm Eastern.

He introduces the entry as follows:

During the Friday edition of “Christian Life Today” on American Family Radio, we talked
about what it means to know and do God’s will. It’s been my experience that most
Christians are sincere and truly want to do God’s will if only they could figure
out what it is. And most people realize there is no easy answer to the question,
“What does God want me to do?”
Sometimes we get tripped up because we want something God never promised. We want
a detailed plan that tells us what to do in every situation. And of answering every
question we might have, God says, “Trust me one step at a time.” Listed in no particular
order, here are 25 affirmations that may help you sort things out.Today"

What comforted me, once reviewing the list, is that I have been practicing a number of these steps as a part of my Walk. Now, I have a more formalized check list to return to thanks to the radio show spawning the publishing of the list.

Thanks Pastor Ray, and I look forward to your hosting the show once again the week of June 15.

The audio link I have bookmarked for AFR Talk is this:

This link will record nicely in Replay Av for listening at a more convenient time.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Interesting Shows from David Jeremiah and James MacDonald

Today, David Jeremiah concluded the 6 days of teaching on the "70 weeks" of chapter 9 of Daniel, a subseries of the larger Daniel book study which consists of 62 or so programs presenting 31 messages.

What's interesting about today's program is that he outlines why the carrying away to Babylon occurred, how the Jews learned from it upon their return to the Promised Land (they never again worshipped false idols), and how the Jews remain His Chosen People which will be manifested in its full glory in Christ's Millennial reign.

You can listen to Turning Point archives at this link
Turning Point (Dr. David Jeremiah) - Broadcast Archives
or today's show at this url:

Thursday and Friday will feature Easter shows as might be expected with a return to the Daniel study on Monday.

Speaking of Holy week shows, James Macdonald of
Walk in the Word

has had several good ones this week. On Tuesday's show, we discover, after reading Luke 23, v26

As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the
country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus.

who this "Simon" is.
Well, who is this apparently unwitting carrier of the cross? Well, let's add, says MacDonald, some additional info from Mark 15, v.21:

A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing
by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.

For most of us, this doesn't seem to add a lot -- or does it?

Well, turn to Romans 16, v.13, where Paul writes:

Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.

So, suggests MacDonald, perhaps Simon embraced the Lord at the Cross, thanks to this chance meeting
and this lead to blessings down the road received by Paul. Nothing in the Bible gets mentioned by mistake; and everything is there for a reason; we just don't always understand or recognize it..

Returning to Luke 23:28 and following, we are given Jesus' last message to the crowds in 77 English words prophesizing the destruction of the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.d.

Today's show is another thought provoker in getting us to think as to how we might have reacted if we had been part of the scene on that fateful Crucifixion Day.


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Monday, April 6, 2009

"Turning Point" with David Jeremiah Archives have Returned

Good News. The "Turning Point" archives are back. Find them here

Turning Point (Dr. David Jeremiah) - Broadcast Archives

That's the same place as before. For some reason, they were down for several days. Now, they are back, up and running, and updated.

And speaking of "Turning Point," Friday, April 3, and today's Monday, April 6, shows make for interesting listening. Dr Jeremiah explains Daniel's 70-week prophecy and how 69 of those 70 weeks have been completed. He includes a somewhat calculation complex explanation as to the date accuracy of the whole thing.

Related to today's program, in this morning's devotional email, Jeremiah explains the test prophets faced.

"Many people claim to speak for God today without applying the definitive test given
in Scripture concerning prophecy: accuracy. "When a prophet speaks in the name of
the Lord, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the
Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid
of him" (Deuteronomy 18:22).
That was the test God gave Moses for those who would presume to speak in God's name.
What they said must come to pass. That was the same test God applied to Himself when
He spoke through His chosen prophets. For instance, when Zechariah spoke for the
Lord, saying that Israel's king would one day appear riding on "a colt, the foal
of a donkey" (9:9), that is precisely what happened: Jesus rode into
on the colt of a donkey (Mark 11:2; Luke 19:30). It was God's way of validating
When you need assurance that God is true to His Word, read the prophetic portions

You can receive the daily emails by going to this link
and filling in your email address in the appropriate edit box.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

"God's Friday, The Day God Died for our Salvation"

"God's Friday, The First Good Friday" is a constant phrase in this Sunday's "Lutheran Hour" sermon preached by Ken Klaus.
Go to
Lutheran Hour Ministries - The Lutheran Hour
and look for links to read the sermon transcript, here it on line as well as to subscribe to the weekly podcast or have sermon texts emailed to you weekly.

As every Christian school child knows "Christ paid for my sins by dying on the Cross on Good Friday." Four of the statements in the Apostles' Creed refer to the events surrounding the Crucifixion.

I have been seeking something that might tie all this together, particularly to direct the new Christian to, insofar as what does being saved all mean and how was this achieved.

Thanks to Ray Pritchard and
ministries and his weekly podcast, we have Salvation boiled down to 27 and a half minutes of succcinct information much like the mantra "give us 20 minutes and we'll give you the world" slogans offered by all news radio stations such as WBBM Chicago, WINS New York or KNX Los Angeles.
The sermon,
The Day God Died,
uses Hebrews 9 and 10 as its primary scriptural focus rather than one of the 4 gospels.

For those preferring to read the text, it can be found here
The Day God Died Crucified, Died

It is one of those documents that would make for a great inclusion in church new believer packets.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Psalm 59 and 1 Samuel 19

One of the advantages of reading the Bible via an approach such as the one used in
Bruce’s Chronological Bible Project
is that you quickly see how things fit together.

Today, for example, the readings are 1 Samuel 18 and 19 plus Psalm 59.
The Psalm actually is inserted into the reading plan after verse 18 of 1 Sam 19.

Why, you ask?
Well, the intricacies of the situation facing David are complex as outlined in this commentary selection
1 Samuel 19 - David Flees from Saul?

He understands that they are after him, not due to anything that he has done, but rather out of Saul's jealousy. He is confident in God's ability to protect and defend him from harm and deal with his adversaries
He expresses his reliance on God in this matter..

In these Trying Times, God Remains in Charge -- a Message from James MacDonald and "Walk in the Word"

`We are now in the midst of the last of 6 messages comprising the "Always True" series on "Walk In the Word" with James MacDonald. This particular message is especially pertinent in these trying times of financial stress, unemployment, , and all the uncertainties that seem to plague the United States and much of the rest of the world.
, Our trust, of course, should be first and foremost in God not our IRA, job, or politicians. We tend to forget this when things go well; perhaps that's why God hits us on the head, so to speak, to remind us that he, and not us, are ultimately in charge.

For some reassurrance that ultimately God will take care of us (if we let him), give a listen to these 3 shows running through tomorrow.

Podcast subscription address:
The latest 5 shows are available in this way.

The Wednesday April 1 through Friday April 3 shows contain this sermon originally preached at Harvest Chapel.

Turning Point Broadcast Archives Apparently No Longer Available

Just checked; and to my frustration, the Turning Point broadcast archives appear to be missing as of this morning. Yesterday, I noticed that the show archives did not include the April 1 broadcast so perhaps the David Jeremiah organization has ended its affiliation with Hopefully, they will reappear somewhere soon and that podcasts will be included. "Turning Point" is one of the best ministry broadcasts out there; sadly, they are among the hardest to find in an ondemand form on the web.