Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 5 – Fairness

How will you answer the difficult problem, “life’s not fair”? When people who are far from God see inequality and an imbalance of fairness in the world, how can we help them know that Jesus is our only hope for the future? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b).

Warren Buffet tells a story, sometimes called The Ovarian Lottery, which speaks to the futility of the expectation of “fairness.” The story goes something like this. Suppose a genie came to you and told you that you can set the rules by which the world will operate for 100 years. You can set the economic rules, the political rules, tax laws, the legal system, the health care system, the educational structure, and every other system and regulation by which the world will operate.

That would be an extraordinary opportunity! But then the genie tells you that there is a catch. There’s always a catch! The genie says that after setting the rules you will cease to exist as the person you are, and you will be born into this world…

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Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 4 – Justice

How can we help those who are far from God understand that their sense that things need to be “made right” in the world comes from the God who created them? How can we help them see that Jesus is the answer to the justice they seek? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:25f).

Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:31f).

If there is no God, who both knows what is right and has the power to effect the right in a final resurrection and judgment, then Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Chairman Mao and every other wicked, murderous tyrant are the winners, while their victims, many of whom were women and children, are the losers. If there is no God, then life is about winners…

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Keys to Helping Others Discover Jesus, Part 3 – Mercy

What if followers of Christ and the Community of Faith (the Church) saw its resources as a means of blessing others? How would that impact the way the Good News of Jesus is seen and received by our friends, neighbors and communities? The following blog is by Randy Adams, executive director of the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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Last week at the Oasis retreat a pastor reported that a 71 year-old man and his wife prayed to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior the previous Sunday. Interestingly, the couple had been serving at the church’s monthly feeding ministry for years, but did not attend church worship services. Then, surprisingly, they came to church that Sunday, professing Christ and requesting baptism. I say “surprisingly,” but the Spirit’s work in the hearts of that couple reflects a familiar story in the long history of the Church. When God’s people show mercy to the hungry and hurting, and do so in Jesus’ name as a testimony to the power of the gospel, hearts and minds open to Jesus in new ways.

When I was beginning my pastoral ministry, someone told me that if I will look for hurting people, broken people, and love them and show mercy toward them, that…

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Bible Plan 2014 (Week 5)

Track 1

Genesis 30; Mark 1

Genesis 31; Mark 2

Genesis 32; Mark 3

Genesis 33; Mark 4

Genesis 34; Mark 5

Genesis 35, 36; Mark 6

Genesis 37; Mark 7

Track 2

Esther 6; Romans 1

Esther 7; Romans 2

Esther 8; Romans 3

Esther 9, 10; Romans 4

Job 1; Romans 5

Job 2; Romans 6

Job 3; Romans 7

Bible Plan 2014 (Week 3)

Track 1
Genesis 16; Matthew 15
Genesis 17; Matthew 16
Genesis 18; Matthew 17
Genesis 19; Matthew 18
Genesis 20; Matthew 19
Genesis 21; Matthew 20
Genesis 22; Matthew 21

Track 2
Nehemiah 5; Acts 15
Nehemiah 6; Acts 16
Nehemiah 7; Acts 17
Nehemiah 8; Acts 18
Nehemiah 9; Acts 19
Nehemiah 10; Acts 20
Nehemiah 11; Acts 21

When Enemies Are Against Us

How do you usually respond when someone opposes you? If you’re like me, unfortunately your first response is probably pretty poor. But it doesn’t have to be. Psalm 83 helps us respond appropriately when enemies are against us.

I. When enemies are against us we go to God.

“O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!” (v 1)

II. When enemies are against us we feel pain.

“For behold, your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have raised their heads. They lay crafty plans against your people; they consult together against your treasured ones. They say, ‘Come, let us wipe them out as a nation; let the name of Israel be remembered no more!’ For they conspire with one accord; against you they make a covenant.” (vv 2-5)

III. When enemies are against us we ask God to intervene.

“Do to them a you did to Midian, … O my God, make them like whirling dust, like chaff before the wind. As fire consumes the forest, as the flame sets the mountains ablaze, so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane! Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek your name, O LORD. Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever; let them perish in disgrace.” (vv 9, 13-17)

IV. When enemies are against us we have a chance to glorify God.

“That they may know that you alone, whose name is the LORD, are the Most High over all the earth.” (v 18)

Three Take-aways

1. There is evil and injustice in the world.

2. Anger is a natural response to evil and injustice.

3. God alone provides an answer to evil and injustice.

For the full-length message:

http://youtu.be/Dj7wVlSSC2k