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Only once you yourself have seen the glory of the Grand Canyon are you then able to relate to others who speak of it's indescribable beauty. In the same way one can only relate to those who speak of the glory of Christ if they themselves have seen it. Yet so often we find that others cannot relate to this beauty of Christ, and it should remind us of what Paul said "And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing." - 2 Corinthians 4:3.
Does Scripture ever teach fatalism, that "Whatever will be, will be"? No it does not, rather that is the carnal logic that the hyper-Calvinist reasons with. Hyper-Calvinism destroys the Savior, it destroys the Gospel message, and removes the willingness that God has to save sinners. Yet Jesus Christ commands all to come and to find rest in His finished work.
My fear for our day is that churches do believe and teach Calvinism, and yet find themselves no longer having a message for sinners.
Part 4: http://illbehonest.com/when-calvinism-goes-bad-part-4-tim-conway
Saving faith is not believing I am saved, but rather saving faith is believing that there is salvation in no other name than in Jesus Christ. Faith doesn't focus on whether I've got an interest or lack of interest in the Gospel, that is not the focal point. Faith believes on the saving work of Christ as my only hope. If your confidence is in your interest and your believing and not in Christ and what He has accomplished, then your focal point is wrong.
Part 3: http://illbehonest.com/when-calvinism-goes-bad-part-3-tim-conway
Show me the reformed churches that are leading the charge in world missions. Now, there are some, but are they in the majority or minority? God has given us means by which to see the lost converted, and we must flee from any form of hyper-Calvinism which will squelch our zeal for missions.
Part 2: http://illbehonest.com/when-calvinism-goes-bad-part-2-tim-conway
What is it that makes two young men devote themselves as missionaries to the cause of God, to leave father and mother and home and comforts and go into a distant land? It is a thing of power that does that. It is a thing of power that releases men from the comforts of this world to go do that. It is the power of the cross of Christ.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. - Hebrews 12:11-14
Strong families are those that are functioning in the local church, they are not those that simply focus on their own family to the neglect of the local church.
Discouragement can be a big temptation when starting a church. We must not look at how few people we have but rather we must be thankful that we have any like-minded brothers and sisters to have genuine fellowship with. We must do what we can with the means we have and seek to be faithful to God.
As believers we are called to gather together as a body and to use our gifts to build up one another. Hebrews 10:24-25 says "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."
Though they can be very helpful, Internet sermons are not an adequate substitute for meeting together with God's people. We must not let them replace real interaction in a local body of believers.
Tim talks about three predominate errors that are being set forth when bringing up the issue of professing Christians using curse words or listening to music with profanity in it.
The Lord is well aware of our "wrinkles", and He so loves us that He is taking them out one by one that "He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish." - Ephesians 5:27
Full Sermon: http://gccsatx.com/videos/purity-is-priority-tim-conway/
Wisdom is applying knowledge in a way that honors the Lord. Giving your wealth to honor the Lord is the highest motive of how we can use our money. Is your giving honor driven? That is wisdom.
The propitiation for your sins, was not theoretical, hypothetical, and it was not a mere potentiality, but rather it was an actuality. Christ saved men on the Cross by satisfying the wrath of God through the sacrifice of Himself.
MP3 & PDF: http://illbehonest.com/propitiation-the-removal-of-gods-wrath-randall-easter
Preached by Randall Easter
@The Gospel for New England Conference in Portland, Maine
If your clothing is a frame for your face, from which the glory of God is to shine, it's proper. If your clothing draws attention to your body, to outline it, to make it noticed, then it's sensual.
Full Sermon: http://illbehonest.com/recovering-biblical-womanhood-paul-washer
In this Ask Pastor Tim we look at these questions: Do the Scriptures explicitly command the church to sing from the book of Psalms and only the Psalms? Also, should we sing a song that is full of sound doctrine but something about the author's past was questionable?
There are two primary themes flowing through Luke and into the book of Acts. One is the power of the Holy Spirit, which we need so desperately in this day; and the other is prayer, and this demonstrates that there is a direct relation between the two. And if you look in the life of Jesus you will see a praying man, by which He set the example for us to imitate.
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The apostle Paul received a report of the testimony of the Thessalonians and the work God had done in their life. In this sermon we will look at some of the evidences of change in their life that proves that they had turned to serve the living God.
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In Matthew 6:17 Jesus said "But WHEN you fast", notice how He did not say "IF" but "WHEN" which implies that His people will fast. David Brainerd and other saints of old found Matthew 6 to be true, that "your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
There are so many conclusions that people come to, based on logic, that is not in accord with Scripture. Carnal logic is ever so prevalent where men begin to talk about where sin came from. We don't want to come to conclusions that the Bible doesn't. So therefore we must go to the Scriptures to find out what knowledge God does give us.
Are you one of God's people? Matthew 1:21 says "He will save his people from their sins." It does not say you will save yourself from your sins, but He will save you from your sins. Don't try to be a co-redeemer, but trust Christ to redeem you entirely.
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If you've already been saved by this Gospel, you need to live today and tomorrow and the rest of your life on it. We are to "feed" day by day on justification with God through the righteousness of Christ alone.
Do you know what the Cross means? The Cross means you are bad enough to go to hell and you needed something supplied outside of your efforts to make a way to heaven, and that is offensive to self-righteous man and to his pride. Because it says: Man, you are NOT good. You are so bad and sinful that God had to slaughter His own Son as a sacrifice in order to make a way for you to be saved from your sin that is so filthy.
Direct MP3 Download: http://illbehonest.com/download/excerpts/do-you-know-what-the-cross-means-tim-conway.mp3
You cannot say "Jesus is right for you, but not for me." There is no such thing as relativism, the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute. Scripture handles examination and is clear that Christ is the only way of salvation.
Direct MP3: http://illbehonest.com/download/questions/how-do-you-know-jesus-is-the-only-way-tim-conway.mp3
In this "Ask Pastor Tim", Tim responds to the question "Is water baptism a requirement to obtain salvation?" In response he does not go the usual route of a battle of verses but goes deeper to look at the nature of true salvation and to use that to defend that baptism is not a requirement to obtain salvation.
Tim gives some counsel to young people about how to best use the money God has given them when buying a car. A day is coming when we will have to turn in an account of the way we managed the possessions that were given to us.
It's really easy to say "I'm so weak", but your problem is not that you are so weak, it's that your strong. And I can prove it by just looking at your devotional life. Our problem is not that we are too weak, it is that we don't recognize our weakness.
Paul Washer | http://heartcrymissionary.com
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