SO HOW DO YOU PROVE THE RESURRECTION HAPPENED? Part 1

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the Christian Faith.

As the Apostle Paul stated, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). Christianity is NOT blind faith!  Dr. Greenleaf, the Royal Professor of Law at Harvard University, was one of the greatest legal minds that ever lived. He wrote the famous legal volume entitled, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence, considered by many the greatest legal volume ever written. Dr. Simon Greenleaf believed the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was a hoax. And he determined, once and for all, to expose the “myth” of the Resurrection. After thoroughly examining the evidence for the resurrection — Dr. Greenleaf came to the exact opposite conclusion! He wrote a book entitled, An Examination of the Testimony of the Four Evangelists by the Rules of Evidence Administered in the Courts of Justice. In which he emphatically stated:

“it was IMPOSSIBLE that the apostles could have persisted in affirming the truths they had narrated, had not JESUS CHRIST ACTUALLY RISEN FROM THE DEAD, . . .”  Read more…



3 Simple Rules For Listening to a Sermon

Had to share this from our dear bearded friend, J.C. Ryle…

3 Simple Rules For Listening to a Sermon

It is not enough that we go to Church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.” Would any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to heart three simple rules.

1) We must hear with FAITH, believing implicitly that every word of God is true, and shall stand. The word in old time did not profit the Jews, since it was “not mixed with faith in those who heard it” (Heb. 4:2).

2) We must hear with REVERENCE, remembering constantly that the Bible is the book of God. This was the habit of the Thessalonians. They received Paul’s message, “not as the word of men, but the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).

3) We must bear with PRAYER, praying for God’s blessing before the sermon is preached, praying for God’s blessing again when the sermon is over. Here lies the grand defect of the hearing of many. They ask no blessing, and so they have none. The sermon passes through their minds like water through a leaky vessel, and leaves nothing behind.

Summary:

Let us bear these rules in mind every Sunday morning, before we go to hear the Word of God preached. Let us not rush into God’s presence careless, reckless, and unprepared, as if it mattered not in what way such work was done. Let us carry with us faith, reverence, and prayer. If these three are our companions, we will hear with profit, and return with praise.

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 258-259. {Luke 8:16-21}

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Life By the Book- Contenders Radio 01092015

Life By the Book- Contenders Radio 01092015

Life By the Book- Contenders Radio 01092015. Do you believe that the Bible is the Word of God? Are you reading the Bible? Do you take it for granted? We are Christians not reading the Word of God. Why do we turn to other books for help, but not God’s Word? Check out 2 Timothy



Walking Worthy of Your Calling-2

walking worthy of your callingWalking Worthy of Your Calling-2

1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1-8

 

In our text from Sunday Paul calls for the Thessalonians to behave in a way that is suitable to their calling as followers of Christ.

 In 1 Thessalonians 2:12 & 1 Thessalonians 4:1 we saw that our goal as Christians is to live the kind of life that is pleasing to God. Verses 2 -6 continue this theme:

For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.         1 Thessalonians 4:2-6  

THE LORD’S COMMANDS LEAD US UNTO SANCTIFICATION -4:2-6

God calls us to be sanctified. To sanctify means to set apart for divine use.

As William MacDonald points out,

In one sense, all believers have been set apart from the world to the service of the Lord; this is known as positional sanctification, and it is perfect and complete (1 Cor. 1:2; Heb. 10:10). However, in another sense, believers should sanctify themselves, that is, they should separate themselves from all forms of sin; this is known as practical or progressive sanctification. It is a process that will continue until the believer’s death or the Lord’s return. It is this latter use of the word that is found in verse 3.

[MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 2035). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.]
A comprehensive definition of sanctification by the New Hampshire Baptist Confession (1833) states,

We believe that Sanctification is the process by which, according to the will of God, we are made partakers of his holiness; Read more…



Contenders Radio is Alive Again!

CR-circle-logo_600x600.jpgContenders Radio is Back!  Oh yeah, uh-huh!

After a long hiatus of recovering from surgery, a battle with computer upgrades, and wrestling with the realities of being a husband/father/Pastor/…/…/…, well… I am back on the mic. That might work as rap song lyrics…

Kevin’s back at the mic, it’s out of sight

laying down tracks, and doing it right

Preaching God’s Word not the doctrines of Men

Calling you to be holy and away from sin!

Whew, sorry about that…i got lost in the moment…caught up in the rhyme. Anyway, it is good to be back to Contending. Actually, i never did stop doing that, just not through this outlet.

 

So here is a rundown of what has been happening in my world:

Surgery to replace cervical disks in neck in mid-march.  As you may know, I had lost feeling and much use of my left arm/hand…and I am left-handed (which means i am in my right mind).  Also, right before the surgery, i had lost some feeling in that same side of my face. That, was the last straw because it was effecting my speach.  God was gracious in providing me with a great doctor in Houston who worked out a great money saving cash pay price for me, as we do not have medical insurance. Our church family, friends, and a few new friends from the Katy, TX area donated to the cause and we were able to pay all the up front cost and then some.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone that pitched in and helped us come up with about $21,000!  That was a huge blessing for me and my family.  We are still paying a note on the remainder of the balance, but God is gracious and has been providing for our needs.  Thanks for letting God work through you to help make that a reality.

Now, 4 months + down the road, things are beginning to get back to normal.  I still have many limitations activity-wise, but getting better each day (or every few days).

In the meantime, my recording computer went down in a blaze of glory. I had to bury her and move on to a desktop that is a beast…only to find out that Windows 8 did not like my software.  That’s when the fun began! Finally resolved to move on to another software system to record and edit radio episodes. here is the lartest episode in case you missed it earlier:

Do All Christians Have the Holy Spirit?

I really should have listened to all my Apple Macbook Pro loving friends and made the switch!  I cannot believe that i am saying that. It is hard to consider doing that when you have so much invested in the PC side of things. Maybe oneday.  (insert shameless begging here) Maybe one of you has a barely used MacBook pro that you would like to donate to Kevin Inman Ministries for a tax-deductible contribution…hint hint hint…lol.

Back to reality… at church, i have been preaching through the book of 1 John.  Maybe now that things are getting settled again I will be able to upload those sermons onto the church website, www.GPEHchurch.com. Maybe so, maybe no.  Time will tell.

If you are a smartphone type person, you can download the new Kevin Inman Ministries App.  Check it out here:

iTunes

Android Market

The App has blog tab, radio tab, notes are, Bible reading plans, and more. It will even read the Bible to you.

That is all for now. Great to be back in the saddle again (I am from Texas, you know).

Kevin Inman