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The futile cultures focus on men being strong in their own strength. Yet for the Christian, Jesus says His strength is made perfect in our weakness.
Men's Retreat Part 3
The irony of the Christian is that they know the Lord and yet what they want more than anything else is to know the Lord more.
Men's Retreat Part 2
The way you gain authority is by character, which means that the process of learning to lead is not the process of you jumping in at home and barking orders, or even demanding orders in a soft, gentle, and Biblical voice, but it is where you set the example of character in the home.
2013 Men's Retreat Part 1
What many call the "common grace" of God is not just "common", but it is marvelous that "He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." It is also amazing that He gave land to such pagan nations as the Moabites and the Ammonites in which He did not allow Israel to take when the Israelite's passed through the land.
A lot of people are looking at how sorry they are to see if that will pay for their sins. Some people are looking at how much faith they have. Yet the only thing that will pay off your sin debt is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? "My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives." - Hebrews 12:5-6
Two great miracles stand at the very heart and center of the gospel. The first is justification, whereby condemned criminals are made right in the eyes of a holy and righteous Judge. The second is regeneration, whereby malicious, enslaved, and hateful sinners are transformed into lovers of God and man. - Charles Leiter
This excerpt was taken from http://gracelifene.org/
Paul Washer's ministry http://heartcrymissionary.com
What do we do when we encounter something in the Scriptures that we don't immediately understand?
Here is what the author of Hebrews is telling me is the remedy, let your mind just feast on Christ's sufferings, watch Him like a Lamb led to the slaughter. I watch Him and somehow as I watch this, it helps me. How? What is the primary way in which it helps me? And I would say one way is this: It just happens. The writer says so simply, gazing on Christ and you will be kept from weariness in the Christian life.
True salvation changes the way you act when nobody is watching because you know that God is watching. Your faith is that real, it is that powerful, it is that controlling -- that when nobody is watching you know God is, and it prevents you from doing things on the computer that otherwise you would rather do.
When you focus on how others are running the race it will either fill you with pride, if you are running faster than them. Or if you are not running faster it will lead you into discouragement. We must get our eyes on Christ and His perfect performance.
Many times people hear about the necessity to bear fruit, but some people may respond by trying harder in their own strength, rather than by abiding in Christ apart from whom we can do nothing.
When it comes to good fruit in a person's life it is not so much about what they don't do as it is about what they are doing.
Part 2: http://illbehonest.com/believer-bears-much-fruit-part-2-tim-conway
The book of Hebrews does not give changing your circumstances as being the solution for your problems, instead you are called to look to Jesus and run the course that God has set before you.
Tim gives some practical examples of identifying things in your life which are not necessarily bad but should be replaced with that which is better and more excellent.
Many people hear the phrases "Run to Christ," "Look to Christ," "Come to Christ," and they get worn out trying to run, look, and come. Instead they still find themselves lost and without rest. So what does it mean to "Run to Christ"? Tim goes to Romans 10 to give an answer.
Thus God encouraged me, upon landing on China's shores, to bring every variety of need to Him in prayer, and to expect that He would honor the name of the Lord Jesus and give the help which each emergency required. - Hudson Taylor
Tim talks about the permanence view (no divorce or remarriage under any circumstances), semi-permanence view (allows for divorce but not remarriage), permissive view (allows an exception for divorce and remarriage due to sexual immorality), and explains which one of these he holds to and why.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, - Hebrews 12:1
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/lay-aside-every-weight-tim-conway
Sermon is also titled A Theology of Weights
O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. - Psalm 34:3
Preached by Bob Jennings on May 19, 2012
Rahab being on the list in Hebrews 11 loudly proclaims that you don't have to have a good background in order to be a Christian. Her background was so sinful that her title has followed here for 3,500 years, as it's in the Word of God "Rahab the Prostitute". This shows us that there is hope for the most defiled among us, and that no matter what title has been attached to your name, if you seek the Lord for mercy, He will save you.
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Most depression and unbelief is caused because the perspective that the believer is viewing their circumstances through is not based on Christ's character and what the Word says, but on something else.
Tim responds to this question: If someone is a true Christian, and honestly wants to follow the Lord and keeps His commandments to the best of his abilities, would that someone still go to hell if he tells a small lie to someone, 5 minutes before Jesus returns, and he doesn't have time (or forgets) to ask God to forgive him? What would happen to him if he's got only one small sin?
To expect God to do what He has promised us, that's never presumption. That's faith. And you should take what He has said in the Bible and you should memorize it, you should know it, you should plead it, and give God no rest until He does what He promises to do. Live your life on what God has said in the Bible. Rest in these promises.
By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. - Hebrews 11:29
Ask Pastor Tim: Is it right or is it wrong for professing Christian hip hop singers to pair up with secular singers in an attempt to reach a broader audience?
Paul describes his ministry with such exalted terminology -- "to preach the unsearchable riches of Christ" (Ephesians 3:8).
Many people claim to have had near-death experiences in which Christ told them to come back and warn everyone about the true terrors of hell. If this is so, then why did Christ say in Luke 16:31 -- "If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead." In this study, Tim talks about ways to use God's Word to discern between true and false experiences.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil(the slanderer) prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8
Yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, (4) if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, (5) then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. - Proverbs 2:3-5
When we calculate in math we seek to determine the value of things. We add, subtract, and multiply things in order to figure out how much there is. God wants you to calculate what is more valuable, and what truly has worth; but He is not looking for you to have the power in yourself to carry the math out. He alone can cleanse you of your idols and save you. The true Christian is the most logical person in the world because by faith he has done the math right and calculated correctly and found Christ more valuable than everything.
When Jesus Christ evangelized He would bring up the one thing that the person did not want to talk about, He would expose their false god and idol. For the woman at the well, it was the man she was living with, for the Rich Young Ruler it was his possessions. Jesus Christ would bring up the problem area in a person's life in order to move from the superficial to the real.
Is there a possibility of believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and still going to hell? Now that is a shocking question, yet John 2:23 says "many believed in His name" then in verse 24 says "Jesus was not entrusting Himself to them" The ultimate question is not "have you trusted Jesus?" but it is "Has Jesus entrusted Himself to you?" Why would Jesus not entrust Himself to some? It says because "He knew all people," as in He knew that these people didn't have genuine faith, it was shallow faith, it was superficial.
Often times people wonder and struggle with whether they have faith or not. Hebrews 11 gives some of the most helpful statements made about faith in all of the Bible, as far as identifying where faith is. Do you have faith? What does it look like? What's the nature of true saving faith? In this sermon Tim talks about Hebrews 11:13 and discusses these questions.
If you have a desire for one thing then you are discontent with the other thing. For the Christian they desire Christ and therefore are discontent with the world and with sin.
How do I know if my life is full of jealously and selfish-ambition? Because your life will be characterized by disorder and every vile practice. James 3:16 - For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/excerpts/disorder-comes-from-selfishness-ryan-fullerton.mp3
Full Sermon: http://ibclouisville.org/multimedia-archive/gentle-is-the-new-radical/
In this message Chuck talks about how Jesus Christ had the perfect balance between Grace and Truth. Christ was never unbalanced by being too hard and ungracious, or by being fearful and not saying a hard truth when it was needed to be said. His perfect example of balance should cause us to worship and imitate Him.
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/fullsermons/behold-the-grace-and-truth-of-jesus-chuck-vuolo.mp3
In the New Testament God does not speak of the faults of the saints in the Old Testament, such as Abraham and Sarah. It's as if God is telling us "Don't you remember their sin! Don't recall the unbelief!" This is massively encouraging. As Christ said of the disciples, when He prayed to the Father in John 17:6, "they have kept your word" -- despite their unbelief and failures in the past.
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/Thank-God-for-Sarah_Tim-Conway.mp3
In this brief Bible Study Tim discusses how looking for repetition in the Scripture is a method to use in order to understand apocalyptic language.
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/Understanding-the-Book-of-Revelation_Tim-Conway.mp3
What is talked about?
1) Who are the 24 elders.
2) In Rev. Chp 6 is the rider on the white horse the antichrist?
(This is not an in depth study but was simply something spoken in a Sunday School class at church.)
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. - Matthew 5:39-40
Faith is building a life on what God says. That's believing. Saving faith does not run from the unknown. Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the "conviction of things NOT SEEN" Hebrews 11:8 says Abraham "went out, NOT KNOWING where he was going."
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/What-Saving-Faith-Looks-Like_Tim-Conway.mp3
What can happen to people who lose their peace and joy? They usually go curl up in a ball in their bedroom and become ineffective and unfruitful. Why? Because they've been led to believe a lie that they now have to do something to bring themselves back into the favorable presence of God. Yet the Christians past, present, and future sin was all in one package and Christ paid it in full.
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, He has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. - Hebrews 9:24-26
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/The-Superior-Single-Sacrifice-of-Christ_Tim-Conway.mp3
10/28/2012 (SUN) | Bible: Hebrews 9:23-10:18
Isaiah 62:6 - On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest, -- The Lord is telling us that He wants us to keep coming to Him in prayer.
Noah was basing his whole life and decisions on something unseen... on a God who is unseen, who warned him about an unseen flood. Why else would Noah build an 8,000 ton ship on dry land and spend almost 100 years doing so? Only because he believed in an unseen God and believed His Word was true. The writer of Hebrews is saying to us that this better be us, because this is the way of a man who is right with God. God has spoken and in faith you rest your whole life upon that.
It is sloppy Christian life if you are not reading your Bible every single day. This is the food for the soul, this is our life, our health, this is where we see Christ. This is the Word of God! This is where God talks to us and shows us Himself. If you are not reading your Bible everyday, that is sloppy and there is no excuse for it; because if you are not reading your Bible everyday, you are doing other things, things that are not near as important! - Tim Conway