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« Reply #45 on: August 20, 2005, 08:23:52 AM »


September 7

The Intrusiveness of Christ - Page 1
By George H. Morrison


When the doors were shut…for fear of the Jews, came Jesus— Joh_20:19

A Time of Conflicting Emotions

This was a very memorable Sunday evening, one of the most memorable that history has known. The grave was empty; Christ Jesus had arisen, and slowly the glad truth was reaching the disciples. First had come the tidings of Mary Magdalene, then the thrilling experience of Peter, and now the two travelers to Emmaus had come in and had just finished telling what had befallen them. Can we not imagine what a conflict of emotions surged and throbbed in the disciples' hearts? Some believed instantly; some could not crush their doubt; some passed in swift alternation through glory and despair. And it was then when the doors were shut for fear of the Jews, that Jesus came and stood in the midst of them. How exquisitely fitting was His first word, "Peace!" Peace was the very thing which they lacked that evening. We may always trust Christ, in His unerring tact, to say the right word at the right moment.

But the words I ask you especially to consider are these: "when the doors were shut for fear of the Jews." They suggest to me two lines of thought which I shall ask you to follow for a little. The first is, we may close the doors on Christ unwittingly. The second is, though we close the doors on Christ, we do not shut Him out. May God grant us His guidance as we proceed.

We May Close the Doors on Christ Unwittingly

First, then, we may close the doors on Christ unwittingly; that, you see, is what the disciples did. When they shut and locked the doors of the upper chamber, they never meant to bar them against Jesus. They were afraid of the Jews, the Gospel frankly tells us—and there are few books so frank as the Bible is. They had not been born yet into the heroism of Pentecost; they had not been baptized with the Spirit of fearlessness. Had they heard the trampling of Jewish feet upon the stairs and the beating of Jewish staves upon the door, I daresay they would have thought that all was lost. So they made fast the door for fear of the Jews. That was their only object when they barred it. Yet you and I, reading the story together, detect that they were doing more than they imagined, for unwittingly they closed the door on Christ.

Now there is a lesson in that thought on which you and I do well to ponder. It is that we may close the door on all that is best and worthiest, and yet we can honestly say we never meant to do it. I do not think there are many who have deliberately resolved to shut out Christ. This is an age of such uncertainty that most men are too uncertain even to be skeptics. But there are doors we may close, never thinking of Christ Jesus; there are lines of conduct in common life we may pursue, and we never dream that we are raising barriers between ourselves and the highest and the best. But in the end of the day for us, as for the disciples, it will be found that we have done more than we imagined—we have closed the door unwittingly on Christ.

Many of you will remember the experience of Mr. Darwin which with his customary truthfulness he has chronicled. He tells us that through years of absorption in science, he lost the power of appreciating Shakespeare. He had no quarrel with Shakespeare—how could he have? He knew that he stood peerless and unparalleled. But Darwin for years had given heart and brain, with magnificent persistency, to certain studies. Every power had been riveted and every faculty absorbed in the enthusiastic search for certain truths—and then, when he came back to Shakespeare once again, with kindling memories of how he had loved him once, he had closed the door unwittingly on Shakespeare. It is a comparatively small matter when Shakespeare is concerned. It is supremely important when it is Jesus Christ. It may even be worthwhile sometimes to close the door on Shakespeare. But to close it on Christ is always a tragic thing. I beseech you, see that you are not living and acting as the disciples did upon that Lord's day evening when for fear of the Jews they shut the door, and unwittingly closed it on their Lord.

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« Reply #46 on: August 20, 2005, 08:26:37 AM »

The Intrusiveness of Christ - Page 2
By George H. Morrison


Friendships and Choices May Shut the Door on Christ

There are many ways in which men commit this error. Think for example of the formation of friendships. Many a young man is ruined by his enemies, but more young men are ruined by their friends. It is amazing how easily some people form their friendships, how they make them on the line of least resistance, how they fail to realize what is implied in that mystical and mighty name of friend. So friendships are lightly and improvidently made, and slowly and secretly character degenerates; until at last that friendship (unworthy of the name), begun in the comradeship of some light-hearted hour, closes the door on a hundred noble things, and among them on the beauty of Christ Jesus. Or think again of the choices that we make—and we exercise our noblest prerogative in choosing. Every morning that we rise and every day that we go forth, our choices make us or our choices mar us. Someday a choice more momentous than usual comes. We are face to face with one of life's great decisions. And we have not been living on high levels, and so we choose amiss, for a man's whole life is in every choice he makes. Then the days pass, and the issues show themselves, and the choice works itself out in life and character, and a hundred glorious things are tarnished and are tainted as the result of one disastrous choice. We never meant to shut out power and purity, but they have receded into the dim distance ever since. We never thought to grow heart-weary and world-weary, but that may follow from one mismanaged choosing. Like the disciples beset by some poor fear, unwittingly we have closed the door on Christ.

Levity Can Close the Door on Christ

But perhaps the commonest of all causes of this great error lies in the spirit that will not take things seriously. I would never ask a young man or woman to be solemn, but I would always urge a young man or woman to be serious. We read the parable of the marriage feast, and we note how the invited guests made light of it. Do you think these guests had been serious and earnest men up to the hour when they received that invitation? God does not tamper with character like that. No man begins to be frivolous by mocking kings. When they were children they had made light of home and had thought little of a mother's love; when they were youths they had made light of purity, for they thought that to be immoral was a manly thing. Now comes the invitation of the king, the crowning and decisive moment of their lives, and in that moment all their past is concentrated, and Scripture tells us they made light of that. One thing is certain, they never meant to do it. They never thought that it would come to this. Thoughtlessly they closed the door on reverent feeling, on devoutness and on chivalry and on purity. But the curse of such levity is that it involves far more than we shall ever know till the years have unrolled their story. In tampering with the least we touch the greatest. We begin by closing the door on little decencies, and unwittingly we close the door on Christ.

Though We Close the Doors on Christ, We Do Not Shut Him Out

But now I pass on (and I do so very gladly) to the second and evangelical message of our text. That message is, though we close the doors on Christ yet we do not shut Him out. That night in Jerusalem the disciples found it so. Suddenly, though every lock was turned, Christ was among them. They had closed the door on Him not knowing what they did, yet for all that they did not shut Him out.

In studying the life of Christ on earth I have often been struck with that note of the inevitable. Men tried to escape Him—adjured Him to depart—yet though all the doors were shut, Jesus confronted them. I think of the Gadarene demoniac in the tombs. He was an object of terror so that all men fled from him. He had shut out his nearest and dearest by his wildness, but for all his wildness he could not shut out the Lord. "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God—art thou come hither to torment us before our time?" He could escape from his chains; he could not escape from Jesus. Lo! he is sitting clothed and in his right mind.

For the Jews, Christ Was Unavoidable

Or I think of Christ in relation to Jewish history, and I feel once again that He was unavoidable. For the whole struggle of scribes and Pharisees and priests was to close the door on Christ and keep Him out. They refused to acknowledge Him and they would make no place for Him; He was a gluttonous man and a wine-bibber; not this man but Barabbas! Everything that malevolence could do was done; everything that spite could suggest was swiftly practiced to discredit the name and sully the reputation of this prophet who mourned with tears over Jerusalem. Did it succeed? Was the door really shut? Was Christ barred out from the destinies of Judaism? Ah, sirs, every page of Jewish story reveals the futility of that endeavor. The most potent influence in Judaism is Christ Jesus. He has determined its fortunes and its fall. He is inextricably blended with its blood and anguish. He is the daystar of its only hope. They closed the door on Him—beat Him off—said He is done with now: but for all that they could not shut Him out.

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The Intrusiveness of Christ - Page 3
By George H. Morrison


You May Shut the Door, but Christ Can Still Reach You

If that was true in history I want you to believe that it is true now. For weal or woe, whatever walls you raise, Christ passes through them all and gets to you. There are deeds that we did long since, perhaps twenty years ago, but to this hour unexpectedly they rise and meet us. There were moments of exquisite happiness in our past, and even today their memory is like music. You cannot shut out the thought of intense hours; no change of years will prevent them winning through. And like the ineffaceable memory of such scenes is the presence and the beauty of the Lord. Christ is inevitable. Christ is unavoidable. I want that thought to sink into your hearts. Close every door against Him if you will; the mystery is that you do not shut Him out.

To Avoid Christ Is an Impossibility.

Sometimes He comes through the closed door just because all life is penetrated with Him. We talk of the Christian atmosphere we breathe, but the atmosphere is more than Christian, it is Christ. This is the Lord's day—who then is this Lord? We may have closed the door on Him, but He is here. We cannot date one letter in the morning but we mean that so many years ago Christ was born. He meets us at every turn of the road, in every newspaper, and in every problem. Our life is so interpenetrated with Christ Jesus that to avoid Him is an impossibility.

We Meet Christ through a Genuine Christian

Sometimes He meets us in a noble character, in a man who is a living argument for religion. And though we have resolved to have nothing to do with Christ, yet we feel in a moment that Christ is by our side. Creeds may mean nothing to us; we may have left off church-going; the dust may have gathered thick upon our Bibles; but accidentally we meet some man or some woman, having the hallmark of the genuine Christ, and through the shut door we know that Christ is here.

We Meet Christ in Our Moments of Sorrow

And sometimes it is in our deeper hours that He so comes. It is in the darker and more tragic moments of our life. It is when the sun has ceased to shine, and the birds have ceased to sing; when we are baffled and broken and disappointed. We closed the door on Him when we were strong and vigorous, for we did not want the intrusion of the Cross; but when life's deeps are uncovered then it is God we need, and through the shut doors Christ is in the midst.

Christ Can Break Your Hopelessness

In closing let me say this single word: am I speaking to any whose sin has made them hopeless? It may be there is someone who seems to have closed every door upon Christ Jesus. Have you been living for years in secret sin? Or has one great sin besmirched and blackened everything? The result of it all is that you seem utterly callous, incapable of faith, cold as a stone. My brother or sister, things are not utterly hopeless. Even now you may have the benediction. Through every barrier—in the teeth of every obstacle—that presence which is life and power may be yours. Christ is a spirit—nothing can hold Him back. There is no road-maker in all the world like love. Cry out, "Thou Son of God, come to my heart!" and though all the doors have been shut, He will be there.

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« Reply #48 on: August 14, 2006, 10:48:32 PM »

Good News for Everyone! - Page 1
By D. L. Moody

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."—Mark 16:15.
That text does not say, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to the elect"; it does not say, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to the rich," or "to the learned," or "to the unlearned"; but "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

I am one of those who believe that God means what He says. When He says, "Go…and preach… to every creature," He means that every man shall be invited to the gospel feast, that none need stay away. Then if a man does not come, it will be because he is not willing to accept the invitation. As Christ says, "Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life" (John 5:40).

It is not because men cannot come; it is because they will not come.

The Devil does not want you to hear the text, for the Word of God gives life.
The text is worth more than the sermon. Hear the proclamation:
"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned [condemned]."—Mark 16:15,16.

That is plain language, so plain that no one here need misunderstand it. As I said, Christ means what He says. He sends out His messengers to proclaim the glad tidings. Gethsemane is behind; the empty grave is behind; Calvary, in all its horrors, is now past; He is on His way back Home to take His seat at the right hand of the Father. His little church is gathered round Him—a little handful—and He breathes upon them the Holy Ghost; and now this is His parting commission, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Thank God for that text! Thank God that the commission is for us to proclaim it to every creature and that every person in this wide, wide world is invited to the gospel feast!

The Promise for All

Every one of God's proclamations is connected with the word "whosoever." I think it was Richard Baxter who said he would rather have that word "whosoever" than "Richard Baxter"; for if it were "Richard Baxter," it might refer to some other Richard Baxter, one who had lived and died, but "whosoever" he knew meant him.

A woman once thought there was no promise in the Bible for her; she thought the promises were for someone else. There are a good many of these people in the world. They think it is too good to be true that they can be saved without doing something to earn it.

This woman one day received a letter, and when she opened it, she found it was not for her at all; it was meant for another with her name. Her eyes were thus opened to the fact that if she should find some promise in the Bible directed to her, she would not know whether it meant her or someone else who bore her name.
But you know the word "whosoever" means everyone in this house: that boy down there, that gray-haired man and that young man right in the blush of youth.

"Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." It does not leave out one. Go and proclaim the glad tidings to every man on the face of the earth.

Pardon for the Prisoners

While in Ohio a few years ago, I was invited to preach in the state prison. Eleven hundred convicts were brought into the chapel, and all sat in front of me. After I had finished preaching, the chaplain said:

"Moody, I want to tell you of a scene which occurred in this room. A few years ago our commissioners went to the governor of the state and got him to promise that he would pardon five men for good behavior.

"The governor consented with this understanding: the record was to be kept in secret, and at the end of six months the five men highest on the roll should receive a pardon, regardless of who they were or what they had done; even if they were there for life, they should receive a pardon.

"At the end of six months, the prisoners were all brought into the chapel. The commissioners came in. The president of the commissioners stood up on the platform, put his hand in his pocket and brought out some papers, saying, 'I hold in my hand pardons for five men.'"

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Good News for Everyone! - Page 2
By D. L. Moody

The chaplain told me he had never witnessed anything on earth like it. Every man was as still as death, many were deathly pale, and the suspense was something awful.

The commissioner went on to tell them how they had earned the pardon. But the chaplain said to him, "Before you make your speech, read out the names. This suspense is awful."

So he read out the first name: "Reuben Johnson will come up and get his pardon."
He held it out, but no one came forward.

He said to the governor, "Are all the prisoners here?" The governor told him they were all there. Then he said again, "Reuben Johnson will come and get his pardon. It is signed and sealed by the governor. He is a free man."

The chaplain told me he looked right down where Reuben was and saw him looking all around to find the fortunate man who had received a pardon.

Finally the chaplain caught his eye and said, "Reuben, you are the man." Reuben turned round and looked behind him to see where Reuben was.

The chaplain said the second time, "Reuben, you are the man." The second time he looked round, thinking it must be some other Reuben.

Well, the chaplain could see where Reuben was, and he had to say three times, "Reuben, come up and get your pardon."

At last the old man got up and came along down the hall, trembling from head to foot. When he took the pardon, he looked at it, went back to his seat, buried his face in his hands, and the prisoners saw him weep to think he was a free man.

When the prisoners got into ranks to go back to the cells, Reuben stepped in too. The chaplain had to call, "Reuben, get out of the ranks; you are a free man; you are no longer a prisoner."

That is the way men make out pardons—for good character or good behavior. But God makes out pardons for men with no character, men who have been very bad. He has a pardon for every sinner in London who will take it.

I do not care who he is or what he is like; he may be the greatest sinner who ever walked the streets of London, but I come with glad tidings and preach the Gospel to every creature that "whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17). Every man is invited.

Why Is the Door Bolted?

When Dr. Arnot, whom the Lord has since called Home to his reward, was pastor of a church in Glasgow, he heard that a woman he knew was in trouble. She could not pay her debts, nor could she pay her rent; so he went around to her house, thinking he would help her.

He knocked at the door, listened and thought he heard someone inside; so he knocked again, but no one came. He knocked the third time very loudly and listened but did not hear anyone; all was still. After waiting some time, he made a great noise and at last left the house.

Some few days after, he met the woman in the street and said to her, "I was around at your house the other day. I heard you were in trouble and could not pay your rent, so I went to help you."

The woman said, "Was that you? I was in the house all the time; but I thought it was the landlord come for the rent, and as I hadn't the money, I kept the door locked."

That woman represents a sinner. A sinner thinks God is coming to demand something. Instead, God comes to give and to bless.

You all owe God a debt you cannot pay, and the Gospel tells you that Christ came and paid it for you. You had better pull back the bolt and let Him in tonight.

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Good News for Everyone! - Page 3
By D. L. Moody

A Dublin Door and the Sinner's Heart

When we were in Dublin, I went out one morning to an early meeting. I found the servants had not opened the front door, so I pulled back a bolt, but I could not get the door open. Then I turned a key, but the door would not open. Then I found there was another bolt at the top; then I found there was another bolt at the bottom. Still the door would not open. Then I found there was a bar, and then I found a night-lock. I found there were five or six different fastenings.

I am afraid that door represents every sinner's heart. The door of his heart is double-locked, double-bolted and double-barred. Oh, my friends, pull back the bolts and let the King of Glory in! He wants to bless you; He wants to cancel the debts; He wants you to be reconciled; He wants you to be saved.

He does not wish the death of any but that all may turn to Him and live. What said the angel to those shepherds on the plains of Bethlehem?

"Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour."—Luke 2:10,11.

Liberty Proclaimed to Captives

Now, I contend that men can hear no better news than that a Saviour has been given and that God wants to save them—not that men shall be lost, not that men shall perish, but that a Saviour has been given to save us from our sins. Christ did not come into the world to condemn the world. He came that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).

Look at Him in Nazareth. What did He do when He turned into the synagogue one Sabbath? He opened the Book at the place where it is written:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted."—Luke 4:18.
My friends, think of the broken hearts in London! Christ says He is come to heal the brokenhearted. "He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives."

Think of this, you poor drunkards, slaves to the infernal cup! I bring you good news tonight. The Son of God can set your soul free and make you free men. Is not that good news? Christ was anointed for that purpose. God sent Him to proclaim the glad tidings.

I would to God that every man in this vast assembly would believe the Gospel and be saved! Oh, that you would receive the Lord Jesus as your Way, your Truth and your Life! All you have to do is just to take Him.

How to Take a Gift

This afternoon there were a great many who came up to ask what they must do to be saved. A young lady among the number said to me, "Mr. Moody, I want to be saved. I wish you would tell me how." The tears trickled down her cheeks as she added, "You do not know how much I want to be saved!"

I said, "My friend, you would know how to take a gift, would you not? If I offered you my Bible, you would know how to take it, would you not?"
"Yes sir," she said, "I should."

"Salvation is a gift, and just as you would take a present, you should take God's present. God's present to you is His Son from Heaven. Receive Him."

She said, "Mr. Moody, is that all I have to do?"

I replied, "Yes, that is all you can do. You receive Him first."

"But won't I have to ask for Him?"

I answered, "You need not do it. What is the use of asking for what God is offering?"

Suppose I say to this boy, "Look here, I want to give you my Bible," and the boy says, "I wish you would make me a present of the Bible. Will you give it to me?"
Still I say, "Take it, take it," yet he keeps asking for it.

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Good News for Everyone! - Page 4
By D. L. Moody

Now God is offering salvation to every sinner. You have nothing to do but to take it. Who will take salvation as a gift tonight?

I was out on the Pacific coast in California two or three years ago. I was the guest of a man who had a large vineyard. One day he said, "Moody, while you are my guest I want you to be very happy. If there is anything in the orchard or in the vineyard you would like, help yourself."

Well, when I wanted an orange, I did not go to an orange tree and pray the orange to fall into my pocket; I walked up to a tree, reached out my hand and took an orange. He said, "Take," and I took.

God says, "There is My Son; take Him." "The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life" (Rom. 6:23).

God Is a Giver

Satan is down in the audience working while I am preaching. He says, "If you take it, you will have to give up too much. Do not let that man have power over you. Do not believe that man. If you become a Christian, you have to give up too much."

Let me say—mark the words—God does not come here and ask any man to give up anything. The first thing God wants you to do is to take; and after you have taken the new life and have a new nature, old things will pass away, and all things will become new.

I tried to stop swearing before I was converted, but the more I tried, the worse I became. But one night when Jesus met me, I received Him, and I have had no desire to swear since. It stopped itself; I got something better. The things I once loved I now hate, and the things I once hated I now love.

There was a perfect change, a revolution in my life, when God revealed Himself to me; and since then His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

God does not come down and say, "Young man, give up this and that." He says, "There is My Son; take Him."

There is the gift. And there is nothing that God can give us that is worth more than the gift of eternal life. If you were allowed to choose, you would ask for eternal life. You would rather have that gift than any other. Well, that is the gift that God wants to bestow upon you. He says, "Here it is, all in My Son. If you receive Him here, He will receive you yonder. If you reject Him here, He will reject you yonder."

He came unto His own, the Jews, and they would not have Him. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12).

Now, even now, the moment you receive Christ, you get power to serve Him; the moment you receive the Lord Jesus, you get power to live for Him.

A Little Boy and a Pair of Scissors

My wife had a schoolmate who had a little boy about four years old. This beautiful little boy was one day cutting a piece of string with a penknife. The knife went into his eye and put it out. My wife was therefore very careful about not allowing our children to use knives.

She went out one day, and our little boy, two years old, got hold of a pair of scissors. Our little girl knew he ought not to have them, so she went to him and tried to take them away. But the little fellow held onto the scissors and would not give them up.

She was afraid of his sticking them into his eyes, so she ran off to another room, got an orange and came running in holding it up, saying, "Willie, don't you want the orange?" The little fellow dropped the scissors and went for the orange.

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« Reply #52 on: August 14, 2006, 10:55:20 PM »

Good News for Everyone! - Page 5
By D. L. Moody

If you will allow me the illustration, God comes here and says, "Here is My Son; take Him." He saves the sinner; and the moment we get Him, these things we love so much float away into the dim past.

Christ is worth more than all the world. God comes and says, "Here is My Son; take Him and believe on Him." The moment you receive Him, you get power over the flesh, the world and the Devil. But you do not get the power until you receive life from Christ, until you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

May God help you to believe now and to receive the Gospel tonight!

The Rich Evangelist and the People's Debts

I will give another illustration, for illustrations are better than dry sermons.
I heard of an Englishman who was converted some time ago. When the Lord converted him, he in turn had a great desire to see every man converted. (I would not give much for a man's conversion who did not have that desire.) This man was so filled with the love of Christ that he wanted to go out and publish the good tidings.

He went into a town and gave notice that he would preach in a certain place. It got noised around that the man was rich; so, many went to see him out of curiosity. He had a great audience the first night, but as he was not a very eloquent man, people did not become interested. Men looked at the messenger instead of the message.

The next night hardly anyone was there.

Then he got out great placards and placed them around the town. He stated that any man in that town who owed a debt and would come around to the office between nine and twelve o'clock on a certain day would get the debt paid.

Of course, it went through the town like wildfire. One said to the other, "John, do you believe that?"

"I am not going to believe that any stranger is going to pay our debts." No one believed it, although there were a good many, no doubt, who would have liked to have gotten their debts paid.

Well, the day came, and at nine o'clock the man was there. At ten o'clock none had come. At eleven o'clock a man was seen walking up and down, looking over his shoulder. Finally he put his head in at the door and said, "Is it true that you will pay any man's debt?"

"Yes. Do you owe any debt?"

"Yes."

"Have you brought the necessary papers?" (The placard had told them what to do.)

"Yes."

The preacher drew a check and paid the other's debt. He then kept him and talked with him till twelve o'clock. Before twelve o'clock two other men came and got their debts paid.

At twelve o'clock the evangelist let them go, and the people outside said to them, "He paid your debts, did he not?"

"Yes, he did," they answered. But the people laughed and made fun of them and would not believe it till they pulled out the checks, saying, "There it is; he has paid all the debts."

Then the people exclaimed, "What fools we were not to go in and get our debts paid!"

But they could not; it was too late. The door was closed; the time was up.

Then the man, as before, preached the Gospel, and great crowds went to hear him. He said, "Now, my friends, that is what God wants to do, but you will not let Him do it. Christ came to pay our debts, and that is the Gospel."

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« Reply #53 on: August 14, 2006, 10:57:45 PM »

Good News for Everyone! - Page 6
By D. L. Moody

I could not have a better illustration of the Gospel than that. Every man owes God a debt he cannot pay. Would you insult the Almighty by offering the fruits of this frail body to atone for sin? Isaiah says,

"He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."—Isa. 53:5.

Christ's Commission to Peter

I can imagine, when Christ said to the little band around Him, "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel," Peter said, "Lord, do You really mean that we are to go back to Jerusalem and preach the Gospel to those men who murdered You?"

"Yes," said Christ to Peter, "go hunt up that man who spit in My face and tell him he shall have a seat in My kingdom if he will accept salvation as a gift.

"Yes, Peter, go hunt up that man who made that cruel crown of thorns and placed it on My brow and tell him I will have a crown ready for him when he comes into My kingdom, and no thorns in it. I will give him a crown of life.

"Peter, go hunt up the man who took a reed and brought it down over the cruel thorns, driving them into My brow, and tell him I will put a scepter in his hand, and he shall rule over the nations of the earth if he will accept salvation.

"Peter, go hunt up the man who drove the spear into My side and tell him there is a nearer way to My heart than that. Tell him I forgive him freely and that he can be saved if he will accept salvation as a gift.

"Peter, go hunt up the men who drove the nails into My hands and feet and tell them I forgive them freely. Tell them they shall have a seat in My kingdom if they will accept it. Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature."

Oh, may God help you to hear the Gospel tonight and to be saved!

My Decision for Christ

You have read the great and tender message above by the famous evangelist D. L. Moody. I want to add my word.

God means this Good News for you! You should decide today. Christ died for you. God wants to save you right now. Jesus says, "Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Rev. 22:17). If you will only trust Jesus Christ today, He will save you. Will you now, as Mr. Moody said so well, "take" Jesus Christ as your Saviour? When you hear the facts of Christ's death, burial and resurrection and realize that He paid your sin debt there at Calvary, then it is right that you should accept Christ (take Him) by faith (trust Him) and thus be saved.

Won't you trust Him today as your Saviour? He came to save sinners. Are you a sinner? Don't you want to go to Heaven when you die? Then trust Him now. Tell Him in your own words,

Dear God, I know I am a sinner. I believe that Jesus died for me and arose triumphantly from the grave to be my Saviour. I fully acknowledge to You my need, my sin and my helpless condition, and I place my complete faith in Jesus to forgive me and to save me. Now help me to live for You and be a good Christian. Amen.
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« Reply #54 on: February 06, 2009, 05:23:07 PM »

to those who are lost and confused really need to take time to read in this thread. very refreshing and that's what they need. God speed.
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« Reply #55 on: February 07, 2009, 12:43:37 AM »

to those who are lost and confused really need to take time to read in this thread. very refreshing and that's what they need. God speed.

I give thanks that GOD used D.L. Moody in many mighty ways. GOD also used D.L. Moody to influence and train many young pastors, evangelists, and missionaries - including many in my own family. Mr. Moody has been HOME with the LORD for some time, and I'm sure that he heard "Well done, good and faithful servant." D.L. Moody would have and did say "GOD gets all the GLORY." I give thanks that I have large amounts of older material from many of GOD'S Servants, and D.L. Moody has always been one of my favorites. I think that GOD gave D.L. Moody the ability to talk about GOD'S WORD clearly - in a way that most people understand. I'm sure that much of this ability was because D.L. Moody clearly loved GOD as the central focus of his life and wanted to yield to GOD completely.

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2 Corinthians 4:1-18 ASV  1  Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we faint not:  2  but we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.  3  And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish:  4  in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.  5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.  6  Seeing it is God, that said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the exceeding greatness of the power may be of God, and not from ourselves;  8  we are pressed on every side, yet not straitened; perplexed, yet not unto despair;  9  pursued, yet not forsaken; smitten down, yet not destroyed;  10  always bearing about in the body the dying of Jesus, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our body.  11  For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  12  So then death worketh in us, but life in you.  13  But having the same spirit of faith, according to that which is written, I believed, and therefore did I speak; we also believe, and therefore also we speak;  14  knowing that he that raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also with Jesus, and shall present us with you.  15  For all things are for your sakes, that the grace, being multiplied through the many, may cause the thanksgiving to abound unto the glory of God.  16  Wherefore we faint not; but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day.  17  For our light affliction, which is for the moment, worketh for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory;  18  while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
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