Stand in the Gap Minute Archives
Monday, Oct. 7, 2019 - Woes and Warnings Series: We've Been Warned
October 7, 2019
The dictionary definition of the word “Woe” is great sorrow or distress. When Jesus was on earth, he pronounced a time of great “woe” on Bethsaida and Chorazin because they refused to believe in Him despite his many miracles. In a pronouncement of judgment, Jesus called to witness the ancient cities of Tyre and Sidon, who were successively destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar, Alexander the Great, and the like. He said that if given the same opportunity, Tyre and Sidon would have “repented in sackcloth and ashes”. Notice not only the greater amount of light Bethsaida and Chorazin received in their eyewitness encounters with Jesus, but also the desired result of the coming judgment. It was to produce in them a heart of repentance. God isn’t a capricious god, intent on judgment for judgment’s sake. Rather, His revelation of truth timelessly appeals to each generation, to obey His commands and receive His blessings. America has been the recipients of these, until now. His hand of judgment is upon us. Will we repent before it’s too late?
Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 - The Political Leaders Duty Series
September 30, 2019
Founding Father, Samuel Adams, once wrote this, "If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation." Indeed, the Bible tells us in Psalm 144:15, "Happy is that people whose God is the Lord." When the leaders of a nation fulfill the responsibilities God's given them AND give Him credit for his many blessings, that nation will be on that is truly prosperous and free.
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019 - God's Warning Series: Great Deception
September 23, 2019
We hear quite often from the ‘doom and gloom’ crowd that the end of the world is near. Predictions run the gamut of climate change disaster, to nuclear war, to extinction from chemical or biological means. But we know how the story ends. None of these will bring about the apocalypse. No, the final age will come according to prophecy as revealed in Revelation. For thousands of years God has used his prophets, preachers, missionaries, teachers, leaders and prayer warriors to communicate the gospel message of redemption to a lost and dying world. Their combined voices enunciated by the authority of Scripture will have had its day. When God’s judgment comes, the warnings and calls to repentance will be over. The destruction of the world as we know it will be swift and sure. However, it won’t be the end, but rather the beginning. For it is then that “every knee (will) bow, in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth., and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” Phil. 2:10-11