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#45 – Air Date 6/18/2017
This Weekend – Most people, when asked how one experiences grace in life, would respond that we experience it when someone forgives us. We experience it when we feel someone has given us a second or third chance in life. We experience it when we feel that perhaps that even God Himself has shown us mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Did you know that answer is just “half” right? Believe it or not, we can also experience grace when we show it to someone else. We experience mercy when we offer it someone else. Listen to this story told by a former POW in a Japanese prison camp during World War II. What he says may change everything you believe about grace, mercy, and forgiveness. It’s that powerful, told by a man by the name of Earnest Gordon. See what his story does in your life!
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SIMPLE GOSPEL SERIES
#59 – Air Date Week of 6/19/2017
This Week – We begin talking about the word illusion. An illusion is anything that deceives me through false impressions. So many things in our lives are really illusions: emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. One great illusion in history is where people thought Jesus came to overthrow Roman government control of Israel and to set up an earthly kingdom. That is not why He came. He said, My Kingdom is not of this world!” The passage is often read on what we call Palm Sunday.
Monday (6/19) – What are the illusions in your life, where something is deceiving you through false impressions? We quote a nationally known dermatologist who talks about his patients who live with the “illusion of invulnerability”. Dr. Scott Peck talks about some illusions of child rearing. We open by reading this dramatic passage from Luke.
Tuesday (6/20) – A week before the crucifixion of Jesus, there were people in Jerusalem who screamed openly, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” One week later, many of those same people were yelling, “Crucify Him!” How do you and I explain that? Part of the explanation centers around the word “illusion”. What illusions impact your life in 2017?
Wednesday (6/21) – We talkabout the first of three illusions that people operate under in our culture today in 2017. People operate under the illusion of “self- confidence”. Somewhere in your journey, people taught you to be self-confident. Did you know that the Bible says, “The man or woman who trusts in himself or herself is a fool?” We tell a powerful story of a high school graduate in Haiti who was put in the position of having to deliver a baby! Her story will touch you about trusting in the Lord instead yourself! She discovered Christ confidence!
Thursday (6/22) – The second illusion we talk about is the illusion of “casual Christianity” We live in the generation of “casual Christians” when the Bible tells us to have fervor and energy in serving the Lord. What is fervor? Have you ever gone to a soccer game? Have you ever gone to a basketball or football game? What did you see? Fervor and energy! We weren’t called to be lukewarm believers!
Friday (6/23) – The third illusion that people operate under is that we have plenty of time. We don’t. We close with a powerful story out of the life of Ravi Zacharias and his daughter’s surgery. There was a risk of her face drooping to one side after the surgery in paralysis. You need to hear what Ravi told her daughter after her surgery that literally spoke life-changing truth into her life. Speaking truth to an illusion is the way you deal with the illusion!