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WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 11, Airing Week of 1/7/2019
Psalm 34:4-7, 17-18
This Week – Every week I realize that I am talking to brokenhearted or broken people. When Jesus began His ministry on earth, He read from the book of Isaiah in a synagogue in a place called Nazareth. He referenced Isaiah 61 as a statement of His upcoming ministry that says this: “He sent me to bind up the brokenhearted! “ That presupposes that there will be brokenhearted people everywhere He went.
Monday (1/7) – My favorite preacher for years was a minister from Chattanooga, Tennessee by the name of Ben Haden. Over lunch years ago, he reminded me that every Sunday I will be speaking to broken hearted people, or to put it bluntly, broken people. Does that describe anyone you know? Does it possibly describe you? The best text in the Bible about brokenness is Psalm 34.
Tuesday (1/8) – A professor in the school of business years ago at Duke University surveyed his students on what they were seeking in life. All of their goals could be summarized under three headings: money, power, and things! David begins our passage with these words, “I sought the Lord!” What a concept in 2019! What do you and I honestly seek in life?
Wednesday (1/9) – Verse 5 says that “those who look to the Lord will be radiant.” We usually reflect what we are “looking for” in life. Have you ever been able to “read” someone’s facial expression? You probably have seen anger, resentment, and even lust! The Lord can read us completely! He knows what we seek in our hearts.
Thursday (1/10) – Verse 18 is the key verse: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Why would He be close to brokenhearted people? The brokenhearted man or woman is usually a humble person, not proud. The Bible says that the Lord gives his grace or gifts to the humble, but He resists the proud. He only deals with humble people! Do you and I understand that?
Friday (1/11) – There’s a difference between being “brokenhearted” and being “crushed in spirit”. We explain the difference. Most people can perform in life with a broken heart. But to be “crushed in spirit” means devastation emotionally. If you feel that is your reality right now, you need to hear this part of the message. God can and wants to minister to you today.
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 10, Airing Week of 12/31/2018
Guilt Trip or Forgiveness?
This Week – We begin our 37th year of broadcast on the radio with this program all this week on CrossHope. It’s a message with a simple message from Psalm 32. Here’s the premise: you and I either live in one continual guilt trip, or we live in a environment of forgiveness from the Lord Himself. It’s actually a choice that we make. Choose forgiveness through Christ, or live in perpetual guilt the rest of your life! It really is that basic.
Monday (12/31) – We begin with the story of Don Bartlett, a man of Native American origins who was born with serious birth defects. His relationship with his father was in a word, horrible. What Don says about his life formation will powerfully speak to you. We introduce the text from Psalm 32 about forgiveness and guilt.
Tuesday (1/1) – A Presbyterian minister tells of a wedding he conducted. It was the third marriage for the groom; the second marriage for the bride. They believed their marriage would be solidified by a 16 page pre-nuptial agreement. There was no acknowledgement of past mistakes or sins on the part of either. This will further illuminate David’s words in Psalm 32 about confession of sin and forgiveness.
Wednesday (1/2) – Anything good in your life, your marriage, and your family relationships are connected to the forgiveness of Christ and our forgiveness of others. Some people don’t believe that, but it’s true. Just look at your own history, past and present! The most Christ like thing we can do is forgiving another person in the name and power of Christ.
Thursday (1/3) – Our lives are shaped by those who forgive us and by those who refuse to forgive us. Isn’t that true in your life? We explain and illustrate how that is so. That’s true both ways. People have been and are impacted by your forgiveness and your refusal to forgive. Death of loved ones will bring this fact to the forefront of your thinking!
Friday (1/4) – Everything about God’s forgiveness is connected to the Cross! God doesn’t forgive because we’re nice, deserving, and one of His favorites. He forgives us because of what His Son accomplished on the cross. Don’t ever forget that! Let me repeat; don’t ever forget that fact of life.
SPECIAL MESSAGE SIXTEEN
Airing Week of 12/24/2018
Favorite Christmas Stories, 2018
This Week – All this week on CrossHope, we air the five all-time favorite Christmas stories that come from various messages on our program over the last 8 years. A good story carries its own weight. Each story stands on its own to convey truth and power for the season. We hope you will not only enjoy them, but share them with others.
Monday (12/24) – Jean Gietzen lived in North Dakota during World War Two. Her story of Christmas of 1943 may just move you to tears in a quiet and yet powerful way. It really will! Listen to her story of recalling a memory of her family blessing another family in deep need at Christmas. It just may motivate you to do something extraordinary for another person in need this season!
Tuesday (12/25) – This is my absolute favorite Christmas story! It’s told by Lillian Smith of Georgia. You won’t believe what her father did one Christmas when she was a child. He actually invited a group of 48 state prisoners in what used to be called a “chain gang” over for Christmas dinner! They came with shotgun toting guards! And you are worried about having your relatives over! It truly is a scene out of a movie, yet it really happened one Christmas in her life!
Wednesday (12/26) – We share the story of a young man who didn’t speak to his father during his teen years and beyond. What he did at his father’s grave will impact you in a mighty way! This may just be the most important message of the week. Why? It’s about forgiveness. Christmas is about forgiveness for one simple reason: Christ is about forgiveness!
Thursday (12/27) – This is the only Christmas story I know involving the game of chess. And yet it has a much needed message for Christmas of 2018. We live in a culture today that “sees no Jesus, hears no Jesus, and speaks no Jesus. “ You’ve seen that at Christmas in our community, in our media, and even in families. Unfortunately, we need the “King” at Christmas as well as the rest of the year.
Friday (12/28) – We close the week with a story about the father of a famous Dallas preacher, T.D. Jakes. It describes the direction this country is going this Christmas of 2018. It just might describe the direction your marriage, your family, or even your circle of friends is going this Christmas. It’s not just the “wrong” direction; it’s the opposite direction we should be going. Listen to this great story.
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 8, Airing Week of 12/17/2018
In Whose Hands?
Psalm 31:5, 9-10, 14-15
This Week – Allstate Insurance made the phrase famous, “You’re in good hands with Allstate.” Being in the right hands is important in a lot of circumstances in life. What about in death? Right before Jesus took His last breath on the cross, He quoted David in Psalm 31:5, “Into your hands Lord, I commit my spirit.” If Jesus felt the need to commit His spirit to the Father when He died, why would you and I do anything less in death or in life?
Monday (12/17) – A lot has been said recently about the last words of President George H.W. Bush before he died. Supposedly, he told someone in the family, “I love you, too.” Last words can be and are important! We talk about Jesus quoting Psalm 31:5 when He died on the cross for you and me. There’s a lesson for all of us in this event. We talk about it all this week on CrossHope. The underlying issue is trust! We either trust God or we don’t!
Tuesday (12/18) – Twice in this passage, the term “hands” is used by King David. We are either in God’s hands in life and in death, or very simply we are not! Jesus committed His Spirit to the Father when He died. If He committed His spirit to the Father at death, why wouldn’t you do that with your marriage, your possessions, and your career in this life? You are either in the Lord’s hands, or you are in your hands!
Wednesday (12/19) – David describes his existence in verses 9 and 10 with these terms: distress, sorrow, grief, anguish, groaning, affliction and weakness. What was he describing? In one word, he was describing life! Can you relate to that at all? Of course you can! You’ve probably used one or more of those terms this month! We need to hear what David says about those words.
Thursday (12/20) – If you believe in Jesus Christ, you don’t “give up”, you “lift up”. We share the story of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans who lost three children many years ago. They went through distress, sorrow, grief, anguish, groaning, affliction and weakness. They experienced all of the above. What they did, and how they responded to this will speak to you in a powerful way!
Friday (12/21) – In verses 14 and 15, David says, “My times are in your hands, oh Lord.” We talk about the dual meaning of the word times. It can mean my “immediate moment” and it can me the “stages of my life”. Both matter to you and me! We need to know that our “right now moment”is in the “Hands of the Lord”. But we also need to know that the stages of our lives certainly need to be in His hands!
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 7, Airing Week of 12/10/2018
What’s Your Worth?
This Week – What are you worth? Have you ever been asked that question? According to the Word of God, your worth is connected to the One who owns you! Psalm 24 says that the earth is the Lord’sand all that is in it, including all those that have live in it! That means He claims ownership over everything in the world, including you and me!
Monday (12/10) – We begin talking about an auction of some of the memorabilia of President Kennedy and his wife Jackie. Many items were “normal” items you might see at any estate sale today, but their value was greatly increased because of the one who owned that item. If that’s true,your value just went up knowing that the Lord God Almighty claims ownership over you! That makes you special and very valuable.
Tuesday (12/11) – I have books in my library that have special“value” to me because of the person that owned the book in the past. The value to me is really determined by previous ownership, not current book price. Your value has been determined by the One who “made” you and the One who“bought” you by the blood of Christ. Your spouse belongs to the Lord; your children do as well. Your parents, siblings, and everyone we know belongs to Him! Do you and I understand that?
Wednesday (12/12) – Verse 4 says that those who belong to the Lord have “clean hands” and a “pure heart”. Clean hands have to do with behavior and character. A pure heart has to do with inner attitudes. David then says a man or woman who belongs to the Lord does not “lift up their soul to an idol”. We explain what that means using what happens at a wedding reception when people “lift up a toast” to a bride and groom. Let it speak to you about what’s going on in your life!
Thursday (12/13) – We share the most powerful missionary story from the last half of the 20th Century. It’s about a couple from Canada by the names of Don and Carol Richardson who were missionaries in Dutch New Guinea. It’s a story that you may not want small children to hear. But if you’re able to, you need to hear this story! It will speak to you about what it means to “serve the Lord” in a remarkable way! Most people have no concept of what it means to serve the Lord in 2018.
Friday (12/14) – We conclude the story we began yesterday of a missionary couple who worked with people who casually murdered people right in front of their home! We conclude talking about your value to the Lord, by using this text and one from the New Testament. You are loved because of the One who made you; you are loved because of the One who gave His life for you on the cross. Please listen to this final excerpt from this message today.
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 6, Airing Week of 12/3/2018
Turning Your Darkness into Light
Psalm 18:1-3, 24-29
Monday (12/3) – David begins this Psalm with praise for God the Father for physically delivering him from his enemies. His words of praise: “I love you, Lord!” The highest praise spiritually is telling the Lord that you love Him. Isn’t that true in a marriage? Isn’t that true in a family with children? Indeed it is. We illustrate this point humorously and in a very serious way.
Tuesday (12/4) – We tell the story of a 16 year old high school student at church camp telling about getting a new car from her father for her birthday. And yet she could never recall her dad saying three words: “I Love you”. Perhaps you can relate to that story. We continue by talking about what it means that God is our shield, rock, and deliverer”. What those terms mean speaks to what He does and can do in your life!
Wednesday (12/5) – If you have a problem with praising God, you probably don’t understand what God has done in your life! We explain that thought today. There is nothing that you and I do that “gets by” the Lord. He’s never fooled or surprised. We talk about why we need to know that fact! We can actually become an opponent of the Lord through our pride.
Thursday (12/6) – Pride is the most offensive thing to the Lord God Almighty! Does that give you pause? It should. We then move to the verse that says that God turns our darkness into light. God brings light into dark situations all the time! He does that at a funeral, He does that at a hospital. When we share His word of truth; light begins to permeate the darkness. He wants to bring light into your darkness today!
Friday (12/7) – We also bring light into people’s lives or we just create more darkness! Which describes you? We conclude with one powerful story of the power of “light in the darkness” told by an author by the name of John Sutherland Bonnell. It will speak to you in a personal way about his father turning his darkness into light, just by his voice! Have you brought light into anyone’s life this year?
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 5, Airing Week of 11/26/2018
Integrity: Walking the Talk
This Week – Does the Bible define integrity? Yes, by describing it in Psalm 15. David begins the Psalm by asking two rhetorical questions. 1) “Who may dwell in the sanctuary of the Lord?” 2) “Who may live on the Holy Hill of God?” Both of those questions have to do with being in the presence of the Lord. Who qualifies for that kind of contact? David tells us in just 4 verses!
Monday (11/26) – Through King David, the Lord tells us first that a person whose “walk” is blameless may come into His presence. Integrity in the Old Testament is often described by the word, walk. Your “walk” has to do with personal integrity. It’s described as a person “walks the talk” and “talks the walk”. Their word is their bond. They either speak the truth or they don’t!
Tuesday (11/27) – A man or woman of integrity is someone who “speaks the truth from his or her heart”. (We quote a psychologist of our day who talks about two kinds of liars.) A person of integrity also has no slander on his or her tongue. Slander has a definition that you may never have heard before. Slander is “speech that injures”. Have you injured anyone today?
Wednesday (11/28) – Verse 3 says that a man or woman of integrity does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman. Everyone has neighbors in some venue or another. How do you treat the people that fit that definition in your life? A slur can be a silent rolling of the eyes or a raised eyebrow. Sometimes silence can be a form of lying. Verse 4 says a person of integrity keeps a promise even when it hurts! Do you know anyone who does that today in 2018?
Thursday (11/29) – The next two qualities are not only rare, they maybe something you have never heard of! It is someone who lends money without “usury”, and someone who does not accept bribe against the innocent. Usury (in Biblical times) was charging interest to someone who was borrowing money just to feed his family! Accepting a bribe would refer to what we are willing to do for money. What is the price of our integrity?
Friday (11/30) – We close with a story of a man who committed fraud involving “billions” of dollars, not millions! We quote an author who said that the guilty party hired a lawyer; he said we need a Savior. A man or woman of integrity in 2018 is a person who has a relationship with the One who can give us His integrity and spirit. His name is Jesus! We can’t pass on integrity that we don’t possess!
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 4, Airing Week of 11/19/2018
Gratitude and Memory
This Week – There’s a connection between gratitude and memory. If you forget what someone has done for you, you’re not real grateful to that person. That’s true in a marriage, a family, and in your relationship with the Living God! But the word “forget” means more than just “ceasing to remember”. It actually has a frightening definition that we discuss this week. It’s a fitting passage for Thanksgiving week.
Monday (11/19) – Psalm 106 says that the people of Israel had forgotten what the Lord had done for them! He delivered them out of slavery, performed one miracle after another, and yet the Psalm writer said they did not remember the many kindnesses and went on to rebel against the Lord! If you’re honest, you can relate to that forgetfulness. So can I!
Tuesday (11/20) – Part of gratitude involves “listening to the Lord”. Listening reminds us to remember and call to mind what the Lord has done. If you have ever taken communion or the Lord’s Supper, the Lord was speaking to you about the cross! Were you listening? If you’ve ever heard a message shared from the Word of God, He was speaking to you! Again, were you listening? We tell a humorous story about listening that you will remember!
Wednesday (11/21) – Today we give the definition of forgetting that some have never heard! Talk to any marriage counselor or psychologist about his or her counseling, and they will tell you that this is one of most serious problems in a marriage. Listen today to hear this definition of forgetting! You may need to hear it for your marriage alone. Your spouse may need to hear it as well.
Thursday (11/22) – We tell a story written by Ben Patterson about two people in his life: an uncle who lived for money and not much else, and his wife’s grandmother who lived for the love of God and family. Ben describes life “whittling their lives down to their essence.” What is left of us is really what we were all along! This is a great thought perhaps for your Thanksgiving dinner today!
Friday (11/23) – Have you ever known someone who has searched for his biological parents? This story that we close with has a “surprise ending”. This man discovered after nine years of searching that he grew up just three blocks from his biological parents! What does that have to do with gratitude? More than you may realize. Gratitude is connected to memory! Your level of gratitude to the Lord is directly related to your memory of what He has done in your life.
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 3, Airing Week of 11/12/2018
Put Out Your Sign and Stand by It!
This Week – What we believe in life seeps out in conversation, in behavior, and even in people’s perceptions of us. If people are around us enough, they will even pick up some of what we believe spiritually! You’ve picked up impressions of other people just by talking to them. David says in Psalm 14 that God actually is looking for men and women who truly seek the Lord.
Monday (11/12) – We begin with a humorous story of a man selling fish that put a sign in front of his business. His friends told him how to edit his sign to improve it. By the time they all had given him input, his sign was empty! We all have a sign out about our lives. We need to put it out and stand by it! That’s especially true spiritually in what you believe about the Lord God almighty!
Tuesday (11/13) – We actually are looking at one of the top ten verses in all of the Old Testament. Verse 1 of chapter 14 says that “the fool as said in his heart that there is no God!” There are two kinds of atheists in life. There is the “intellectual atheist” and there is the “practical atheist”. We all know both types! You may have been there personally. That’s what we talk about today.
Wednesday (11/14) – The “practical atheist” is a man or woman who has the appearance of a believer, yet in real life lives as if there is no God. We share about a man who said he became an atheist in the same way that a child raised in a Christian home becomes a Christian. It’s very insightful! His parents raised him in an environment that mocked the Lord and His word. It was very natural for him to follow suit!
Thursday (11/15) – Today I share one of most touching stories you may have ever heard about a World War 2 veteran. It’s not only a true story; I knew the man and conducted his funeral. It’s a powerful lesson about God’s hand being on you and me when we trust in Him. It just may speak to you about the God you believe in and His son Jesus Christ. It’s a fitting story to talk about in regards to Psalm 14.
Friday (11/16) – We quote astronomer Carl Sagan and a man by the name of Lincoln who share some of their personal beliefs about the Lord. Although opposite views on the existence of God, both teach us some lessons. Tell me what you “seek after” in life and I’ll tell you what you worship! We worship and adore that which we seek after in the lifespan God given us. What is it that you instinctively seek after in life?
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 2, Airing Week of 11/5/2018
Overhearing David’s Prayer
This Week – Sometimes we hear more clearly when we “overhear” someone talking who is not speaking to us. It happens all the time. If you have children, they probably overhear more that they hear! We talk about overhearing the prayer of David who was praying his evening prayer, right before retiring for the night. What he prayed just may speak to you in terms of what’s going on in your life right now!
Monday (11/5) – David begins his evening prayer by pleading (not demanding) for the Lord to answer his prayer. Can you remember pleading for the Lord to answer a request or a need? You probably can. He asks the Lord to relieve his distress. We all have distress. It happens in marriage, in raising children, in making a living, and just existing as a human being! Life is distressful in 2018!
Tuesday (11/6) – God responds to our prayer out of His mercy toward us, not because of our track record. I’m grateful for that! We appeal always to the mercy of God; it’s our only basis of appeal. In verse 2, David says that people “love their delusions” and they seek false gods. That describes people in your life; it may describe us to a certain extent. We tell a story that is both humorous and pathetic at the same time to illustrate it.
Wednesday (11/7) – The great delusion of our day is that “man is god”, man is the highest being in the universe. Some of the false gods in our culture includes money, education, and success. What are the false gods in our lives? Verse 4 speaks about anger in your life and mine. We share some thoughts on anger that people said they never heard before. Maybe that will be your response!
Thursday (11/8) – We use an illustration of families, churches, and businesses that are controlled by “mafia- style leadership”. It’s a reference to anger that is used to control, dominate, and manipulate people. According to an author we quote, that’s when mafia- style leadership comes into play. This is the most interesting part of this message in my opinion. Be sure and hear this part of the message!
Friday (11/9) – We close by defining “distress” and the word “relief”. The Bible says that people live all their lives in their fear of death. We tell the true story of two brothers who were tied up with ropes by older boys and left outside in an empty field for hours. They were literally bound in a way there was no release without help! That may describe you and me emotionally or spiritually! God is the God of release and redemption!
WHO’S YOUR SHEPHERD?
Message 1, Airing Week of 10/29/2018
Who’s Your Shepherd?