On The Edge
Time For A Word with Pastor Matthew Long  “Assembly Required”

Time For A Word with Pastor Matthew Long “Assembly Required”

May 13, 2019

On this edition, Pastor Matthew tackles the topic, “Do I Have To Attend Church If I’m A Christian?” Is it possible to be an unchurched Christian? Do you need to be part of the local church to be used by God? Listen to this, we’re going into the Word!

On The Edge Interview with Tim Glenn of Compassion International

On The Edge Interview with Tim Glenn of Compassion International

May 13, 2019

WE ARE A MOVEMENT WITH A MODEST BEGINNING

We are a worldwide ministry in which millions of children reap the benefits of one man's clear, God-given vision.

Rev. Everett Swanson holding two orphans in his arms.

More than 65 years ago, Rev. Everett Swanson flew to South Korea to minister to American troops fighting in the Korean War. During his time there, he grew increasingly troubled by the sight of hundreds of war orphans living on the streets, abandoned by society.

One morning he saw city workers scoop up what looked like piles of rags and toss them into the back of a truck. He walked up to the truck for a closer look — and was horrified to see that the "piles" were not rags, but the frozen bodies of orphans who had died overnight in the streets.

Appalled, Rev. Swanson began including this experience into his revival meetings, and Christians responded by donating funds to purchase rice and fuel for the orphans. Within 10 years, 108 orphanages and homes in South Korea were receiving support.

WE ARE "SUFFERING WITH" CHILDREN IN NEED

The etymology of the word compassion stems from the Latin com meaning "with, together" and the Latin pati "to suffer." Compassion literally means to suffer with.

Compassion, suffering with another person, combines sympathy with an active response or a desire to help. Because we have compassion, we want to act and lessen someone else's suffering. This desire to act is what differentiates compassion from empathy, understanding or sharing the feelings of others.

We take a long-term approach to child development by investing in and for the life of each child.

Through our holistic child development model, we blend physical, social, economic and spiritual care together to help children in poverty fully mature in every facet of life and transcend what is often a generational legacy of poverty. We deliver whole-life care, by way of our frontline church partners, that is personal, individualized, relational, and tailored to the child's age, gender, health, culture and family situation.

A baby girl wearing green, lies on her back as her height is measured with a stadiometer.

 

WE ARE COMPASSION

Compassion. A movement. A calling. A cause. A people.

Compassion is global, reflecting the beautiful diversity of God's kingdom.

We are collaborative, depending on teamwork and partnership.

We are inclusive and accepting of others.

We are honest. We say what we mean, and we do what we say.

We are respectful, protecting the divine character in everyone.

We strive to always be grace filled, kind, forgiving and merciful.

We are advocates for children committed to Jesus Christ in all that we do.

We are loving. God's love fuels us, and we unabashedly love one another.

We are passionate, against injustice and for our cause.

Compassion is authentic, facing hard realities with an adventuresome spirit.

We are totally focused on our our mission. Single-minded in our pursuit.

Our ministry is contextual, customized and culturally relevant. It is effective, proven and outcome driven.

Our creative spirit drives innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities before us.

Compassion is professional. We do our work with excellence but without pretension.

Our faith in God and in His promises empowers us to be confident. In the face of evil raging around us, we remain hopeful and lift one another's spirits as we go about our mission of releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

Sparks of Revival with Tom Phillips  Episode 1  “Signs, Indicators and the Great Awakenings”

Sparks of Revival with Tom Phillips Episode 1 “Signs, Indicators and the Great Awakenings”

May 13, 2019

image002.jpg

Sparks of Revival are burning all around us. What can you do to fan the flames? It may loom as a question within you that seems unanswerable.. Begin to develop your eyes to see revival in your world. Learn the truth of revival history. Discover the joy of true repentance in Jesus and pray with the global Body of Christ for the Holy Spirit to flow unhindered through the United States and the world. 

 

Throughout the years, hearkening back for centuries, there have been many instances of revival, not only in our land, but around the world. So, if you are a student of history, those accounts will provide at least twenty major illustrations of these times throughout the years. Yet, there is a hidden key to all of this history.

There have been many “known” revivals…but hundreds of countless others that have never been recorded. That is where you come into the picture.

 

It is precisely because of these historical accounts of revival, coupled with the current needs in our world that we want to bring you into a conversation that will explore, over the coming weeks, the answers that will equip you to join in this fight. Understand this… you hold within your hands, the power to literally change the world. Jesus has already chosen you. Believe it. Receive it…and act on it.

 

So, it now becomes our goal to teach, preach and train the “common man”, even if they feel obsolete or lacking, in providing a platform to carry out a simple truth that may have been buried inside of us for years. A truth that is simply this…to awaken the hearts of men, women and children around the world, to come to a knowledge of the saving work of Jesus.

 

If we explore the very definition of Christian revivals, we find that it simply means, “An improvement in the condition or strength of something. Or, a restoration of force, validity, or effect.”

What does this mean to us though?

 

The answer is staring us in the face and peering deep into our hearts. Make no mistake…there is a fire that is brewing throughout the world, just as it has been for centuries, that we must act upon. It may be something as simple as reaching a family member or a treasured friend. It may be that God is calling you to be a vessel for revival in your local church body, or most of all…to the men and women on the streets that have been forgotten.

 

Ask yourself…where and how does revival begin? What separates this concept from any other outpouring of what mankind has ever tried to offer for a particular cause that may feel relevant to our time and culture?

The answer is simple. Evil has engaged itself in a war for the souls of mankind. Yet it’s not about an uprising to just simply fight in a particular war. It is about taking the message of love, salvation and ultimate redemption to a lost and dying world in need of a Savior.

 

A simple love story of a man that laid down His life and rose again, to provide salvation for all of those that will hear this message and in turn, lay down their life for Him.

 

Evil has engaged itself in a war for the souls of mankind. May we be unified in Christ, crushing this army that already stands defeated. Once revival has begun in the hearts of people that need Jesus, it will grow as we fan the flames of the Gospel message, the ultimate love story.

 

Join us at www.thecenterforawakening.com  and share about the Sparks of Revival you are experiencing, right where you are.

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak “How Do We Deal With Demonic Attacks on Our Health and Bodies?”

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak “How Do We Deal With Demonic Attacks on Our Health and Bodies?”

May 13, 2019

A number of years ago I sat in an audience listening to TL Osborne the legendary evangelist. He
asked us to stand if we would give up our eyes for a million dollars.  Not one person stood
realizing how much we take for granted.
Fifteen years ago I lost the sight in my left eye from a condition for which there is no treatment.
Recently I began experiencing similar symptoms in my right eye and was catapulted into the
possibility of total blindness. Please pray for miraculous intervention.
Jesus said, “the eye is the lamp of the body” (Matt. 6:22). Close your eyes for two minutes and
imagine what it’s like not to see. Of the five senses, which would be most devastating to lose?
Imagine the trauma of never seeing your children or grandchildren again; never driving, reading,
writing and seeing the light of day. It's a terrifying prospect.
No Sight or No Vision?
Helen Keller, who had no hearing or sight, told us, “The only thing worse than having no sight
is having no vision.” As we all experience the realities of aging, it’s imperative that to have a
biblically informed perspective on maladies we may face. Some have faith to live until 120 or can
purchase facial makeovers, injections and implants, but scripture tells us, “The outward man is
perishing, yet our inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Cor. 4:16). 
While it’s important to eat right, exercise regularly and regulate stress for temple maintenance,
are there times when our physical bodies come under attack by the devil? If so, should we
remain passive or simply “chalk it up” to building of character or the sovereignty of God?
Reading Paul's letter to the Galatians we learn that he first preached to them when he was ill.
He told them he was blessed knowing they would be willing to pluck out their eyes to help him.
He mentioned that he wrote with large letters. 
This is the apostle who said, “Satan hindered us” (1 Thessalonians 2:18). He told the Corinthian
church “a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me lest I be
exalted above measure" (2 Cor. 12:7).

On The Edge Interview with Author Brenda Crouch and her new book “Fight Forward”

On The Edge Interview with Author Brenda Crouch and her new book “Fight Forward”

May 10, 2019

I’m not good enough. It’s my fault. I am alone. I am worthless. The voices and lies you give power to shape who you are and attempt to hijack your identity, twisting your perspective on God, family, career, church, and other relationships. Whose voice are you listening to?

You are a champion by God’s design. In Fight Forward , Brenda Crouch bravely shares her story of overcoming the abuse she suffered as a child and an adult. She offers practical solutions that will help you

 

• find courage to dismantle the façade and embrace your true identity.

 

• break the cycle of a victim mindset and trust the power of God to set you free.
 

• discover the strength to say no to users and learn to recognize authentic love.
 

• ditch self-ambition and explore the wealth of your divine purpose.
 

• find your voice and help others heal.

Be propelled into favor and fulfillment as you listen to God’s voice. He wants you to know the relevance of your authentic value and the unique purpose for which you were born. 

www.brendacrouch.com

 
On The Edge Interview with Dr. Johnny Parker

On The Edge Interview with Dr. Johnny Parker

May 10, 2019

As an executive coach and relationship architect, Dr. Johnny Parker helps men and women achieve success by viewing their lives as a story. Through his “Turn the Page” system, CEOs, pro athletes, coaches, and other high-impact men and women have gained high-definition clarity and discovered the story they were born to live. Johnny is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches Introduction to Positive Psychology, an evidence-based approach that focuses on conditions leading to happiness and flourishing. Recognizing that families and organizations share similar relational dynamics, Johnny uses his clinical background and research in positive psychology to help people revolutionize their relationships, work and lives. His work on developing healthy, fulfilling lives and strong relationships has been featured on CNN International and national media outlets. In May, 2008, Johnny was a part of a select group of marriage educators and researchers invited to the White House to discuss ways to strengthen marriages in America. He has authored several books, including Turn the Page: Unlocking the Story Within You, Exceptional Living: 31 Exercises for Enriching Your Life, Work and Relationships, Renovating Your Marriage Room by Room and Faith Like a Child. Johnny earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. He and his bride, Lezlyn, reside outside Washington, D.C., and love hanging out with their three sons, JP, Jordan and Joel and their energetic Cocker Spaniel, Jay-Jay.

On The Edge Interview with Senior Producer of “Healing the Healers”

On The Edge Interview with Senior Producer of “Healing the Healers”

May 9, 2019

When mass trauma strikes, faith leaders are called upon to guide and sustain communities through the aftermath. Their role is to help us heal...

But Who Heals the Healers?

 

Healing the Healers is a new multimedia resource intended to support clergy, laity, social workers, first responders and other spiritual care providers facing community-level trauma. The five-part film series is accompanied by written reflections and discussion guides written by scholars, clergy and other experts.

In the series, Reverend Matthew Crebbin, of Newtown Congregational Church, leads an important conversation with faith leaders who’ve experienced mass trauma, either suddenly, as at Newtown or during 9/11, or through ministering to a community facing chronic violence, such as Hartford, CT, or St. Louis, MO.

Websites:  https://www.odyssey-impact.org/

http://healingthehealers.com

One The Edge Interview with Dave Donaldson, Co-Author of CityServe

One The Edge Interview with Dave Donaldson, Co-Author of CityServe

May 7, 2019

I speak with Dave Donaldson, Co-Author of the new book "CityServe, Your Guide To Church Based Compassion"

40 EXPERTS SHARE THEIR WISDOM

About CITYSERVE

You want to make a lasting difference through compassion ministry; however, you’re busy with all of the other demands and its hard to know where to start; You want your church to be known for meeting needs but at times feel under-resourced and overwhelmed. CityServe was written for difference makers like you.

CityServe, written by forty leading experts in community-based and global compassion will inspire and equip you to

  •  become a leader of influence in your community
  • adopt proven models for churches of any size
  • recruit and mobilize volunteers to serve
  • partner with government and local businesses
  • acquire funds and in-kind gifts

Read CityServe and find the guidance you need to impact your community in ways you’d never imagined.

www.cityservebook.com

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak ” Mother’s Day Encouragement- God’s Guidance for Happy, Respectful, Obedient Children “

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak ” Mother’s Day Encouragement- God’s Guidance for Happy, Respectful, Obedient Children “

May 6, 2019

I heard a man of God rehearsing his upbringing when he inserted the following, evoking a hearty laugh from the audience. "People ask me in my mischievous childhood if I ever got spankings? I surprise them when I say I was never spanked. But I sure got some 'wuppins!'"

Enjoying Turner Classic movies and reruns of wholesome family shows like Andy Griffith or Lassie, an occasional spanking for little children was just the norm when they persistently misbehaved. A little protoplasmic stimulation to the backside of learning got a wayward child back on track with a lesson learned.

Celebrating Mother's Day brings  pleasant memories for moms along with some persistent questions like the appropriateness of spanking in our hyper politically correct culture.


Years ago I authored a book now titled, "The Little Handbook of Loving Correction." It was formerly called, "God, the Rod and Your Child’s Bod" but I changed it out of cultural sensitivity. 

For every wonderful mother in America struggling with this nagging issue, receive this biblically informed reassurance as a gift. May it bring peace from alignment with God's plan for raising happy, respectful and obedient children.

     

Realism in Raising Kids

 

Raising children requires a realistic perspective on our inherited sinful nature and a rejection of the "inherent goodness of man." Adam rebelled and all of us have ratified that rebellion because of our inherited sin nature.

 

We don't have to teach children to be selfish, lie, hit their siblings, steal or pout when they don't get their way.  We do have to train them to learn to control themselves and do what is pleasing to God.

 

Don't you just love it when parenting "experts" expound their views on TV in their world of Utopia? A couple living together with no children confidently shares their "wisdom" philosophy about raising their future children by simply reasoning with them, calmly affirming them and ignoring clear cut disobedience as "a stage they'll grow out of."

 

Yeah, right. Wait 'till they confront strong-willed little Grayson in all his glorious defiance one day! This is why seasoned veterans wince at this idealism and understand bumper stickers reading: "Insanity is inherited. You get it from your children."

On The Edge Interview with Charlie Cina, Author of Expose and Close”

On The Edge Interview with Charlie Cina, Author of Expose and Close”

May 6, 2019

 I can think of no better epitaph than "He helped others to better themselves." If that's what they end up saying about you, you can consider your life a success. This is the purpose that Charlie Cina has and is applying to his life, for others. It is an honor for me to speak with Charlie about his new book, that has been released "Expose and Close" Simple Networking, Marketing and Sales Techniques to Activate, Acquire and Achieve Massive Success.

On The Edge Interview with Dr. Matthew Sleet, Author “Reforesting Faith”

On The Edge Interview with Dr. Matthew Sleet, Author “Reforesting Faith”

May 3, 2019

Join me as I talk with Dr. Matthew Sleeth as he explores the Bible’s trail of trees and reveals the wonders of the nature of God and his love for us. You’ll be amazed at how science is just beginning to catch up to the truths described in Scripture thousands of years ago. Once you discover the hidden language of trees, your walk through the woods—and through Scripture— will never be the same.

Reforesting Faith

On The Edge Interview with Abraham Hamilton III of The Hamilton Corner and American Family Association

On The Edge Interview with Abraham Hamilton III of The Hamilton Corner and American Family Association

May 2, 2019

Abraham Hamilton III is the American Family Association's Public Policy Analyst. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Abe is also a father and Bible teacher. His ministerial focus includes, marriage, family, apologetics, biblical worldview training, discipleship, and preaching.

Today on the podcast we discuss the impact of American Family Association in regards to Abortion in America and the resources that AFA provides to us as our culture and a citizen of America.

 

On The Edge Interview with Matthew Clark, Senior Counsel for The ACLJ on “Abortion in America”

On The Edge Interview with Matthew Clark, Senior Counsel for The ACLJ on “Abortion in America”

May 2, 2019

                         

Matthew Clark is Senior Counsel for Digital Advocacy with the ACLJ in the Washington, D.C. headquarters. Matthew Clark has authored numerous articles for such publications as the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and the Washington Examiner on critical constitutional and policy matters facing our nation and the fight for human rights worldwide. He is also a Contributing Editor at RedState.com

On the podcast we discuss where we are at on critical legislation that is currently on the floor of Congress and how we the American People can make a difference in our society and impact the outcomes of this legislation.

Also, we want to thank Sean Mitchell for his contribution his poem, read with music, Unborn Cry

This poem has touched thousand of lives and we know that you too will find it moving and profound. 

Please share the poem found at his website and this podcast with your friends and family and let us all stand for the sanctity of life and for these most vulnerable of all citizens.

Thank You

 

Informed Radios Interview with Nathan Carruth

Informed Radios Interview with Nathan Carruth

May 1, 2019

A wonderful interview with Nathan Carruth about the upcoming on May 3rd at The Texan in Athens Texas and his brief testimony and the music that God has placed on his heart to share with the world.

                                                                                           www.nathancarruthmusic.com

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak ” Democrat 6-Point Battle Plan to Take Down America “

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak ” Democrat 6-Point Battle Plan to Take Down America “

April 29, 2019

"Discernment is not simply telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right."  Charles Spurgeon

Discernment is a skill that God calls us to develop. It doesn’t just happen. It requires discipline and practice. It’s a mark of maturity and right now the very future of our nation demands we develop and deploy it. 

"Everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a baby. But solid food belongs to those who are mature, for those who through practice have powers of discernment that are trained to distinguish good from evil" (Heb. 5:13-14). 

Last week I embarked on a long overdue project to declutter my study and put things in order for greater productivity and efficiency. I invested over 21 hours in the task and watched gleefully as the garbage men hauled away the results. Upon completion I revisited my room repeatedly to enjoy the sense of accomplishment it brought. 

Carefully surveying articles, documents, folders, books, manuals and publications required discernment to "take out the precious from the worthless" (Jer.15:19). In a similar way, I am convinced that God wants us to educate ourselves, family, friends and churches to examine and expose "worthless," destructive schemes being promoted by political parties, politicians and presidential candidates today. When a presidential aspirant declares his candidacy, sealing it with a kiss for his gay "spouse" before a national audience, isn't it time for sober evaluation?

Warnings to Heed

America presently is on the threshold of cataclysm. Leftist-leaning extremists want to see the downfall of America as we’ve known it to replace it with a "progressive" new order. 

At the same time a "woke" moment is occurring amongst scores of freedom loving, patriotic, fair-minded citizens realizing we must coalesce as a bulwark against the surge of secularism or our children and grandchildren will awaken one day in a country unrecognizable to us. 

One of our great presidents, Ronald Reagan, challenged us: "It is up to us in our time to choose, and choose wisely, between the hard but necessary task of preserving peace and freedom, and the temptation to ignore our duty and blindly hope for the best while the enemies of freedom grow stronger day by day."

On The Edge Interview with Kathy Branzell, Author of the new Book “An Invitation To Prayer”

On The Edge Interview with Kathy Branzell, Author of the new Book “An Invitation To Prayer”

April 25, 2019

 KATHY BRANZELL is the National Coordinator of LOVE2020 and has been an active member of the Mission America Coalition since 2000, serving with the Education Coalition. Kathy serves on the Board and Membership of the National Prayer Committee. She also sits on the Board of Directors for The National Day of Prayer (NDP), where she coordinates part­nerships and philanthropy and helped organize events for the Pray for America Bus Tours from 2013–2015. The 2015 bus tour went to fifty-two college and university campuses in fifty-six days as well as homeschool and high school campuses; the NDP bus team prayed with educators from pre-K through college.

What are you chasing in life? If you seek the five core needs (love, peace, wisdom, happiness, and purpose) in people, possessions, positions of power, or posts on social media, you'll end up bouncing from one empty experience to the next. God is pursuing you, and He offers each of these treasures with an open hand.

An Invitation to Prayer invites you to:

  • begin each week reflecting on God's unchanging nature.
  • receive love, peace, wisdom, happiness, and purpose.
  • speak peace to fear and anxiety and learn to pray from a place of rest.
  • detox unwanted thoughts and behaviors and replace them with helpful habits.
  • be still long enough for God to fully embrace you.

Devote the next ninety days to prayer and develop a lifestyle of intimacy with God. He offers all the treasures you have been searching for.

Here’s the Deal with Larry Tomczk “The Democratic Party, Mueller Report and Turning Back to God”

Here’s the Deal with Larry Tomczk “The Democratic Party, Mueller Report and Turning Back to God”

April 24, 2019

For years my trademark closing to the commentaries I’m privileged to pen is the familiar phrase, “Here’s the Deal.” It represents a summary conclusion, a takeaway from what I attempted to communicate.

This time I’m flipping the order not to be clever but because I feel compelled to convey something critical for us to understand at this critical time. 

Reprehensible conduct within the Democratic Party and release of the long-awaited Mueller Report have brought to the surface once again the necessity of “draining the swamp” in our nation's Capital.

Here’s the deal: The Democratic Party and its allies in an increasingly corrupt media have gone off the rails engaging in an insidious scheme to remove our president. This unrighteous activity is out of step with the majority of fair-minded, freedom loving, patriotic citizens and demonstrates a desperation that’ll backfire and bring about another defeat for Democrats in 2020. 

Identify With This Journey?

My parents were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats. We supported John F. Kennedy and voted enthusiastically for Jimmy Carter as a “born-again” president. But like once-Democrat, Ronald Reagan said, “I didn’t leave the Party; the Party left me” so I soon said with multitudes, “I too am outta’ here!”

An attorney friend of mine told me recently that he always voted Democrat but he stopped last time around.

My wife and my favorite black preacher, a Marine Corps veteran, graduate of Harvard Law School and adjunct professor of law, E.W. Jackson challenges Christians to leave the Democratic Party today. He boldly declares: “Let God’s people go!” The bishop believes the time has come for a wholesale exodus. 

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 7)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 7)

April 21, 2019

What was it like to be there, eye-witness to the weekend that changed the world?

What must it have been like to be the apostle John, watching Jesus ensure the care of His mother even as He secured the redemption of the world?

What must have raced through Peter's heart as he sprinted toward Jesus' tomb to verify the report that the body was gone and the Roman guard were nowhere in sight?

After the despair of Saturday, the next day dawned with glorious hope for humanity, and glorious hope for you. "Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive" (1 Corinthians 15:20-22).

In these eternally pivotal events -- Christ's cross and His resurrection -- hope bursts forth like the dawn. Through His death Jesus blasted through the sin barrier that held people at bay from God. Through His resurrection He abolished death itself. It is God's power-packed one-two punch that deals the death blow to all of hell's schemes for humanity, and for you.

This hub of history -- the God-Man's death and defiance of death -- is also the apex of history. As Michael Card sang, "Love crucified arose!" Our sacrificed Savior is forever our living Lord.

This composite saving act of God in history changes everything. All our hopes are rooted in these two historically verifiable acts which comprise God's completed saving activity.

Today, you have a living hope. And it's all because, in Jerusalem, there's an empty tomb. Peter said, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3). When Jesus burst out of that tomb, your destiny and mine took a sharp turn upward. Our chains fell off! Death no longer gets the final word. His resurrection guarantees ours. "Because I live," Jesus promised, "you will live also" (John 14:19).

"Death could not keep its prey --
Jesus my Savior
He tore the bars away -- 
Jesus my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose!
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes
He arose the victor from the dark domain
And He lives forever with His saints to reign
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!"
(Robert Lowry)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 6)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 6)

April 20, 2019

What gets you through the toughest patches of life? The darkest day of the disciples' lives had to be that Saturday when the tortured body of Jesus laid lifeless in the tomb. But, thank God, the story doesn't end there.

The gospel story -- the story of a crucified AND a risen Redeemer -- will get you through life's darkest hours. As a young boy who responded to Jesus' call I thought, "There's nothing like the gospel." As a broken-hearted teenager whose dad had just died I realized, "Nothing brings hope like the gospel." Through college and seminary as I surveyed the world's philosophies and religions I saw even more clearly that nothing compares to the gospel. As a young preacher with high hopes and vast vision my heart pulsated, "Nothing calls for my allegiance like the gospel." Now, in my late sixties as long-standing friends are dying and mortality shoves me toward eternity, I am more convinced than ever -- there's nothing like the gospel!

"I love to tell the story of unseen things above
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true
It satisfies my longing as nothing else can do"
(A. Catherine Hanney)

This old, old story is ever new. It's timeless. It is relevant to every generation, every culture, every person. The eminent Bible expositor, Martin Lloyd-Jones, described the gospel as "the most interesting, the most thrilling, the most absorbing subject in the universe." No wonder even angels are fixated and fascinated by the gospel. This matchless message vouchsafes "things which angels desire to look into" (1 Peter 1:12).

Today requires faith. On the weekend that changed the world, this was the day pressed between a ghastly crucifixion and a glorious resurrection. I urge you to look into this Good News today. And look to the One this Good News is all about. One faith-filled look at Him changes everything.

On The Edge Interview with John Tolson  Re: The Gathering of Men

On The Edge Interview with John Tolson Re: The Gathering of Men

April 19, 2019

The Gathering: Dallas is a quarterly lunch series put on by John Tolson to inspire and encourage men to lead in a biblical and spiritual manner in the family, workplace & community. Each series includes 3 lunches held on consecutive Wednesdays and a theme specifically tailored to men. We hope you will invite a friend or co-worker and join us over your lunch hour!

 
 

LOCATION

 

Northwest Bible Church
8505 Douglas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75225

view map»

 

TIME

 

Wednesdays

Noon – 1:00 PM

 

COST

 

$12 per person (includes hot lunch)
or
sign up to be a
GOM Table Host:
Tables of 8 are $288 total for a
3-week series
(or $96 per week)

PURCHASE TABLE OR SINGLE SEAT

 

2019 SCHEDULE

 

January 23, 30 and February 6

April 24, May 1, and 8

October 9, 16 and 23

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 5)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 5)

April 19, 2019

After preaching some years ago in Bristol, my host invited me to visit "Toplady's Rock," not far away in the beautiful English countryside.

The story is often told that Rev. Augustus Toplady took refuge from a sudden thunderstorm in the crevice of a large rock at Burrington Coomb in southern England. After the storm had passed, according to the story, Toplady was inspred to pen some of the most familiar words in all English hymnody. Whatever the hymn's origins, potent theology is in every line:

"Rock of Ages, cleft for me, 
Let me hide myself in Thee
Let the water and the blood 
From Thy wounded side which flowed
Be for sin the double cure
Save from wrath and make me pure."

Toplady saw Christ's sacrifice as the "double cure" for our greatest needs before God -- deliverance from His judgment of sin and deliverance from sin's power in our lives. Therefore, he appealed to Christ's sacrifice to "save from wrath and make me pure."

"Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law's demands
Could my zeal no respite know
Could my tears forever flow
These for sin could not atone
Thou must save
And Thou alone"

We acknowledge our abject inability to attain righteousness by our own merits and fulfill God's righteous demands. Christ, and Christ alone, can save us. That day as I wedged my body into the cleft of Toplady's Rock, I was reminded vividly that believers in Christ have a strong, safe refuge from judgment in the riven side of our Savior, the Rock of Ages who was "cleft for us."

The glory of the gospel is encapsulated in Jesus' pronouncement from the cross, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). This phrase is a single word in the original Greek language of the New Testament -- "tetelestai." It simply means, "Paid in full!" "This Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God" (Hebrews 10:12). Mission accomplished! This was not a cry of agony; it was a shout of victory. God's justice had been satisfied.

Religions other than biblical Christianity start with "do" and "don't." Our faith begins with DONE! All that was necessary to bring us back to God and make us righteous in His sight was accomplished completely and forever through Christ's sacrifice in our behalf. God's torrential judgment against sin was fully satisfied.

And it's this Good News and Christ great sacrifice that make today Good Friday.

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 4)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 4)

April 18, 2019

What adjective is sufficient to describe God's favor toward us, His work in our behalf, and His enablement in our lives?

Scan the dictionary and one of the best of admittedly limited options to more fully describe God's grace is, it's just -- amazing.

Most religions teach moral rectiitude. But what separates Christianity from all other religions is our message -- this good news of salvation and restoration through Jesus. The gospel announces the joyful news that righteousness is not man's achievement. Rather, God's own righteousness is placed on us and in us through Christ's redeeming work. As a result, believers are loosed into "the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Romans 8:21).

There are subjects in the Scriptures that challenge the intellect and are hard to understand. But the gospel is not one of those subjects. The gospel is clear. However, it takes the revealing ministry of the Holy Spirit for hearts and minds darkened by sin to truly comprehend it.

The Good News of the gospel is that God takes the initiative to close the gap between rebellious humanity and Himself. He sent His Son to literally take our place. This is what theologians call substitutionary atonement. Our willful rebellion made us fully deserving of God's wrant and judgment. Jesus intervened; His blood was the sacrifice God accepted tor emove our guilt. "When we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly... God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:6, 8).

The star of this story is Jesus Christ. The gospel is "concerning His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 1:3). We're not saved merely because we gave our lives to Jesus; we are saved because Jesus gave His life for us. It's all about Jesus, the soul-saving, death-destroying, life-giving, freedom-granting, kingdom-conquering, eternal Son of God.

XXXX
On this Maunday Thursday, let's share this message with others. Also, you can access these Holy Week Reflections as podcasts at

On The Edge Interview with Connor Doran

On The Edge Interview with Connor Doran

April 17, 2019

Connor auditioned along with 90,000 people and brought indoor kite flying to the world. His skill and love of flying qualified him to the Las Vegas shows, and then back for the Live Wildcard Quarter Finals show, in Los Angeles California. Connor’s world wide support put him in the top 12 of The America’s Got Talent. Connor continues to share his love of kiting with new fliers as well as learning from the masters who have supported him and helped him in his journey in kiting.

Connor is an advocate and supports Epilepsy Awareness and the benefits of both indoor and outdoor kiting. He has teamed up with Amy Doran to develop the Dare To Dream Program that encourages people of all ages to believe in themselves, and embrace their dreams. The Dare To Dream Program also brings Epilepsy Awareness and speaks out to both young and old about bullying. Connor and Amy have teamed up with many foundations to raise funds and awareness for SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy Patients). For information about having the Dare To Dream Program at your school or event please email us directly at connordorankite@gmail.com for more information.

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 3)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 3)

April 17, 2019

What is the most powerful substance in the world?

Is the most powerful entity in the world nuclear energy or some other colossal force? No, the most powerful entity in the world is the blood of Jesus. By His stripes we're healed. His blood atones for our transgressions. It counters and defeats every hellish scheme.

Not only are we protected from the devil by Jesus' blood, we're also protected against God's wrath when He will judge the world for its sin. We're protected from God's judgment in the same way the ancient Children of Israel were protected on that first Passover night when the Lord brought judgment on the land's idolatry.

God provided a way for His people to be protected by applying the blood of an innocent lamb to the doorposts of their dwellings. Then the Lord promised, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you" (Exodus 12:13). The blood applied to the top of the door and on each side reminds us in a very pronounced way that we are protected under the New Covenant by our Lord's wounds on the cross.

The analogy here is so awesome we need to pause and learn from that epochal night. Think of what any Hebrew mother must have experienced that night. Earlier that day, along with her husband, she had applied the blood of the innocent lamb to the doorposts of their dwelling. She might not have understood the theological implications, but she obeyed God's directive. By faith they received the promise that God's judgment would pass over them because they were now protected by the blood.

But as Hebrew mothers held their firstborn sons that night, they started to hear agonized shrieks from Egyptian mothers as death hit every home without the blood. Nationwide, Egyptian firstborn boys were inexplicably dying. Now, if you were in the place of those Hebrew mothers, how would you have reacted?

I'm sure there were strong, spiritual women who remained perfectly calm. But let's get real. No doubt there were other Hebrew mothers who were frozen with fear as the wails of grief grew louder by the minute.

But here's the point -- and it's a big one. Those frightened Hebrew mothers and their sons were just as safe as the saintly, serene mothers and their sons that night. Why? Because their safety did not rest in the level of their faith. Their safety was in the power of the blood!

In the same way our protection from God's wrath does not rest in what we have done but in what He has done. Even if our faith may seem weak, we "apply the blood" to our lives, where we live, and we too experience God's saving grace. Our salvation does not rest in the strength of our faith but in the sufficiency of His sacrifice.

As Andrae Crouch reminded us, 
"The blood that Jesus shed for me
Way back on Calvary
The blood that gives me strength
From day to day
It will never lose its power"

It's time to reflect: Jesus died for you. It's time to rejoice: Jesus defeated death!

XXXX
As the Lord leads you, please share this Good News with others. You can access these Reflections as podcasts at www.informedradio.org.

On The Edge Interview with Author/Pastor Robert Morgan “Always Near”

On The Edge Interview with Author/Pastor Robert Morgan “Always Near”

April 17, 2019

A truly wonderful interview with Pastor Robert Morgan concerning his latest book .

In Always Near, Pastor Robert J. Morgan draws from his personal experiences, decades of Bible Study, and consistent personal devotions to provide 10 ways believers can cultivate the blessings of God’s presence.

Find out more about the great writings and content from Pastor Morgan at www.robertjmorgan.com 

 Pastor Robert J. Morgan has sold more than 4.5 million copies of his 35 Christian books, and he returns to provide readers with a new resource about experiencing God’s presence in daily life. Morgan’s latest work, “Always Near,” tells of ten ways to delight in the closeness of God through shared anecdotes from the lives of admirable Christians and relevantly encouraging Scriptures.

“The Lord our God is near to us whenever we pray to Him,” said Morgan. “The Creator of the cosmos bends His ear to our praises, listens to our pleas, and pauses to hear each need.”Drawing on 38 years of pastoral experience in addition to time spent working with the late Billy Graham, Morgan gives readers glimpses into his spiritual journey of learning to walk with God on a daily basis. As described in his book, Morgan understands more fully each day that God is with us and for us even when distance is discouraging.

Throughout his decades of learning to lean on the Lord, Morgan has also encountered many men and women with great faith legacies. Their stories of struggles and triumphs in their walk with Christ are shared throughout “Always Near,” and Morgansupplements their stories with relevant Bible verses.

“Life, even when it’s wonderful, is challenging,” said Morgan. “Every day has its own burdens. But whatever happens, draw near to God with sincere faith, for He has promised to never leave you.” 

From escaping the clutches of a rabies-ridden dog to learning to navigate his wife’s condition of multiple sclerosis, Morgan has experienced God’s faithfulness during every high and low, even when it was difficult to see the goodness during a difficult situation.

There are ten sections of the book, each equipping readers with different ways to experience greater intimacy with God.

“God’s presence is pervasive, so God is infinite,” said Morgan. “His presence is personal, so he is intimate.”

Morgan’s book, “Always Near” reminds readers that they are never truly alone, and it is possible to discover nearness with their Creator.

“Always Near” releases April 2, 2019 from Thomas Nelson Publishing. For more information, visit https://www.thomasnelson.com/9780718083380/always-near/.

About Pastor Robert J. Morgan


Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 38 years.  He is a best-selling, gold-Illuminations, and gold-medallion winning writer with more than 35 books in print and more than 4.5 million copies in circulation in multiple languages. He is a collaborative writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine. Rob has appeared on numerous television and radio shows. He speaks widely at churches, conferences, schools, and corporate events. He is a homemaker and a caregiver for his wife, Katrina, who battles multiple sclerosis. He and Katrina have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren. They are co-owners of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee. In 2014, Rob was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Columbia International University.

On The Edge Interview with Beth Guckenberger of Back 2 Back Ministries

On The Edge Interview with Beth Guckenberger of Back 2 Back Ministries

April 16, 2019

1997

Todd and Beth Guckenberger land in Monterrey, Mexico and eight days later the first mission team arrives. 350 missions guests serve in the first year.

history2

1998

The initial property in Monterrey is purchased. Today, the building houses staff and visiting guests. Later, additional land purchases expand the size of the site to accommodate 60 full time staff, more than 80 Hope Program students and facilities to serve many local orphanages.

history8

2001

The Hope Program is created after we discover kids are leaving orphanages at age 15 and are at a high-risk to repeat the orphan cycle with their children. Out of this insight, the Hope Program is born with four boys and two girls in Monterrey.

history5

2006

Back2Back’s ministry expands to Jos, Nigeria to begin serving in the Kisayhip Village. Soon after arriving, land is purchased and a campus developed. Today, we serve local orphanages, host a growing Hope Program and a community education program at Back2Back’s Igmin Kibe Education Center

history

2008

Staff moved to Hyderabad, India to launch the third international site. Later, a campus is purchased and built. The campus houses and cares for dozens of children, and the India ministry serves hundreds of children.

history7

2008

Beth Guckenberger’s first book, Reckless Faith, is published and the Back2Back platform widens.

history11

2010

A family preservation program is launched in Cancun, Mexico. Later, land is purchased, and a community center opens to serve the families of the Tres Reyes community.

history4

2012

The Mazatlan, Mexico site launches. Today, this site has 25 staff, a Hope Program and a thriving ministry to local orphanages.

history3

2012

Two years after the devastating Haitian earthquake, Back2Back’s work begins in Haiti. Today, the site is growing with a staff team of 15 and multiple ministry partners.

mag 9

2015

180 international staff. 20,000+ missions guests. Countless children impacted. The story is not over yet.

staff

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 2)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 2)

April 16, 2019

What can one look do?

Just ask Charles. He was hounded by despair. Although he was raised in a churchgoing family, he was in deep turmoil of soul, gripped by guilt and anxiety. Peace eluded him. Desperate to find an answer, this young seeker braved a blizzard to get to church, and hopefully get to God and peace.

Unable to reach the church he usually attended because of the severe weather, fifteen-year-old Charles ducked into a small Primitive Methodist chapel. There were just eight people in attendance, all huddled around a coal-burning stove. The bitter conditions had even kept the pastor away. But a simple, short unpacking of the best news Charles had ever heard would soon be delivered by an unsung hero.

In the pastor's absence an untrained blacksmith stood to speak. He read Isaiah 45:22, "Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth!" Pointing his bony finger at the anguished young man he cried, "Look, young man! Look! Look to Christ!"

That pivotal night Charles heard the gist of the gospel: Look away from yourself. Look away from your sin. Look to Christ! Look and live! And on that snowy night young Charles Spurgeon looked in faith to God's crucified, risen Son.

That blacksmith's one convert from his one short sermon soon started preaching himself to throngs of people. Charles Spurgeon's gospel-anchored ministry shook London and the world for the next four decades.

There's another story about the power of a look in the Old Testament. The Children of Israel had rebelled against the one true God. As a result, venomous snakes began to attack the people. They were dying in droves. Moses interceded before God in behalf of the people. "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it shall live'" (Numbers 21:8). This symbol of a snake wrapped around a pole remains the emblem of the medical community today. It reminds the needy that there is hope and healing.

The snake on the pole is a vivid illustration that "[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:21). The pole represents the Cross of Christ. Jesus said, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:14-16, NIV).

When John the Baptist announced Jesus arrival, he said,"Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29, NLT).

Have you looked to the Lamb of God who took your sin? That look changes everything.

"If you from sin are longing to be free
Look to the Lamb of God
He to redeem you died on Calvary
Look to the Lamb of God"
(H. G. Jackson)

XXX
In this Holy Week, let's share this Good News with others. You can also hear these Holy Week Reflections as a podcast at www.informedradio.com.

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak “Handling Argumentative People Invited to Easter Services “

Here’s The Deal with Larry Tomczak “Handling Argumentative People Invited to Easter Services “

April 15, 2019

More non-Christians and guests attend church services on Easter than any other time of the year. What a wonderful opportunity to reach out to family, friends and neighbors to experience God's Presence and the transformative gospel message.

Yet today in our polarized and hyper-politicized culture, many people joining us are not shy to express strong opinions regarding sensitive issues of our day. Some are hankering for confrontational interaction so we need to be ready.

Fake news and deception abounds ,and Scripture tells us "always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have" (1 Pet.3:15). We need to be equipped so we're confident and convincing when we engage others in conversations.

In past interactions with Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Ellen DeGeneres, Anderson Cooper and others, the Lord has helped me handle questions and issues in a winsome way.

Do you know how to "take the heat" when you courageously stand up for the truth in today's pop culture? Topics like radical Islam, illegal immigration, abortion, gun control plus thorny questions like "Is Jesus Christ the only way?" require preparation and clear answers.

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 1)

Holy Week Reflections with David Shibley (Day 1)

April 15, 2019

Why do Christians make such an emphasis on the Cross?

Almost every religion has high regard for Jesus. But whether or not He is the one and only redeemer -- or if humans even need a redeemer -- is where biblical Christianity parts company with every other faith.

The Cross of Jesus Christ is the central abrasive issue. Other religions leave no room for a chosen Savior who experiences the full weight of the world's transgressions. By contrast, this cross -- this sacrifice -- that is so repugnant to others is attractive and precious to us who believe. It is at the same time the ultimate tragedy and the ultimate triumph. As Ravi Zacharias observes, "This is the moment toward which all of history had been moving, and by which history would be forever defined."

Those who wish to escape Jesus and His Cross find He is too colossal to evade. Whether or not people believe in Him, they are compelled to deal with Him. Our rebellion against God and His rule was dealt with at the Cross. God has always been angry at rebellion -- at sin -- because He knows defiance against His loving rulre spells destruction, dismay, and death. So God poured out His wrath against sin. That wrath should have fallen on me -- and on you. Instead God poured out His fury against sin on His Son. "This is real love -- not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins" (1 John 4:10, NLT). That sacrifice happened on the cross.

It is this towering God in flesh who magnetically elicits our worship. How can we begin to describe the majesty of Jesus? He's the poet's greatest theme, the composer's sweetest music, the sinner's dearest friend. To the weary, He is wonderful; to the confused, counselor; to the weak, He is mighty God, to the orphaned, everlasting Father, to the distressed, Prince of Peace. In His life, He is humanity's only perfection; in His death, humanity's only Savior; in His resurrection, humanity's only hope.

"King of my life, I crown Thee now
Thine shall the glory be
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow
Lead me to Calvary
Lest I forget Gethsemane
Lest I forget Thine agony
Lest I forget Thy love for me
Lead me to Calvary."
(Jennie E. Hussey)

It's time tor reflect: Jesus died for you. It's time to rejoice: Jesus defeated death.

XXXX
And it's also time to share this Good News! I encourage you to share these Reflections. Also, you can access Holy Week Reflectionsthese as a podcast at www.informedradio.org.

On The Edge Interview with Zach Covert  Director of Advisor Relations, Timothy Plan

On The Edge Interview with Zach Covert Director of Advisor Relations, Timothy Plan

April 10, 2019

Timothy Plan is steadfastly committed to maintaining portfolios that do not contain the securities of any company that is promoting an agenda contrary to the teachings of scripture, or is actively participating in activities that may prove destructive to our communities at large. The Timothy Plan embraces and declares the following set of principles to be the corporate philosophy to which we wholeheartedly subscribe:

  • To conduct every phase of our business in a manner that brings honor and glory to our Lord Jesus Christ;
  • To provide our mutual fund shareholders with the finest quality service available in the financial services industry;
  • To retain the confidence and trust of our shareholders through our total commitment to honesty and integrity in managing every aspect of their investments in the Timothy Plan mutual funds;
  • To consistently demonstrate our dedication to professionalism and excellence in everything we do;
  • To communicate with a sincere, caring attitude toward every shareholder or prospective shareholder; and,
  • To always place our shareholders' financial well-being above our own.