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Friday
Nov242017

Andrew’s Answers to Today’s News

Recently the nation has been shocked and disgusted by all the allegations of sexual harassment against movie moguls and politicians. We should be disgusted with such behavior, especially among people who are leaders in our culture. But I am shocked that any Christian would be surprised by
these revelations.

For years, many of our politicians and people in Hollywood have been systematically dismantling any traditional sense of morality in our nation. The passing of laws against traditional marriage and the total immorality portrayed in our TV shows and movies have come out of these
people’s hearts.

The Bible says, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Prov. 23:7). These people’s actions, evident in their political stands and immorality, should tell anyone who’s paying attention what was in the hearts of these people. For this reason, I’m not shocked when those who promote immorality
act immorally.

One owner of a large television network has openly said that one of his goals is to change the Judeo-Christian ethics of America. This has effectively been accomplished with the US Supreme Court’s approval of same-sex marriage and society’s “tolerance” towards every type of behavior that the Bible
calls sin.

John Witherspoon, a direct descendent of John Knox, also a former president of Princeton University and a signer of our Declaration of Independence said:

“That he is the best friend to American liberty, who is most sincere and active in promoting true and undefiled religion, and who sets himself with the greatest firmness to bear down profanity and immorality of every kind. Whoever is an avowed enemy of God, I scruple not to call him an enemy of his country.

I agree wholeheartedly. Those in the media and those politicians who have attacked everything godly in this nation should be considered enemies of this country. They should never have been given these positions of leadership. We as a nation—including Christians—put these people in power. It’s easy to understand how politicians need our support to gain power; we vote them into office. But the same thing happens in Hollywood. Every time we pay to see an ungodly movie or pay for a subscription to their television channels, we are essentially “voting” for them. We keep them in power. What we need to do is to stop! If we stopped supporting them, they would not be able
to continue.

Too many Christians have been “fiddling while Rome burned.” We have focused “on our four and no more” and have not been players on a larger scale. It’s past time for us to stand up and be the salt and light the Lord called us to be (Matt. 5:13-14).

I urge you to think about what I’m saying. We must get involved. Christians are still the single largest group in this nation, and we can make a difference if we take a stand against this present culture. In the next few months, you will be hearing more specific ways that you can let your voice be heard. If you want to stay updated on these developments, please subscribe to our list, so you can be the first to be contacted as things progress.

I’m taking a stand. I ask you to join me.

Andrew Wommack

Monday
Nov202017

Let’s Talk about Thankfulness

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: [2] For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.

2 Timothy 3:1-2, New King James Version

What’s the reason people are so unthankful in the last days? If we’ll stop and look around, it’s not like there isn’t enough to be thankful for. Notwithstanding recessions, most people—especially in America—live in relative prosperity. But as is common in times of prosperity, it’s easy to forget the Lord. We can see a clear example of this in the Old Testament.

Thus the children of Israel did not remember the Lord their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side.

Judges 8:34, NKJV

[They] forgot His works and His wonders that He had shown them. [12] Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers, In the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

Psalm 78:11-12, NKJV, brackets mine

It’s hard to be thankful for something you don’t remember. It takes effort to remember. That’s why Scripture says to “forget not all His benefits” (Ps. 103:2, NKJV, emphasis mine). Even if we have a lot to be thankful for, and even if we’re getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving—one of America’s biggest holidays—it’s easy to lose sight that all good things come from God.

Here is a verse that goes along with that idea:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

James 1:17, NKJV

This is awesome! God never changes. That means He will always give us
good things!

But if we are not ones who forget what God has done, something else we should watch out for is pride. If we’re focused on self, that will get in the way of acknowledging and thanking God. Check this verse out:

What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

1 Corinthians 4:7b, NKJV

Thankfulness takes humbling oneself. Second Timothy 3 says that humility in the last days will be in short supply. In times past, I never would have said it was a pride issue when I didn’t feel like thanking God. My position was one where I thought God hadn’t been good enough to me. I’d offer up half-hearted praise. But for me, holding back my thankfulness was pride. I’m learning to “give unto the Lord the glory due to His name” (Ps. 29:2, NKJV). That means doing it when I feel like it and when I don’t.

Finally, fear can keep us from being thankful. Have you ever thought you would look silly to others if you really expressed thanks to God? If so, that’s the fear of man. Ask yourself: “What’s so funny about being thankful for all the wonderful things God has done in my life?” Think about the
following verse: 

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Psalm 33:1, NKJV

I like that. Praise is beautiful! I also like this verse:

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.

Psalm 92:1a, King James Version

Praise is good! There’s an old hymn called “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow.” Here are the lyrics:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;

Praise Him, all creatures here below;

Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

It’s a simple song, really. But today, perhaps more than ever, these are words that ought to be on our lips and spring from our hearts.

This Thanksgiving, remember what God has done in your life. Humble yourself and thank Him. It’s a beautiful thing!

How do you plan to be thankful this holiday season? We’d love to hear about your holiday traditions.

Written by David Moore II

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Monday
Nov132017

The Importance of One

“What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? . . . [14] Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”

Matthew 18:12 and 14, New King James Version, emphasis mine

When Jesus walked the earth, He often preached the Gospel of the kingdom to crowds, and most of us probably know of present-day evangelists and disciples of Christ who do the same. But crowds are only important because they are made up of many “ones.” In the Father’s eyes, the value of each individual is beyond calculation.

You can see this truth on more than one occasion in the Scriptures. Jesus took time to go after the “one” as He was directed by the Father: the woman at the well, the Gadarene demoniac, the man at the pool of Bethesda.

Imagine the ripple effect created by His reaching out to one. What was the fruit of His obedience?

Most of us know what happened with the woman at the well. Because Jesus took the time to speak with her one-on-one and meet her need for living water, she spread the news about Him throughout her entire town. Many who heard her testimony believed on Jesus, and many more came to believe He was the Christ after hearing Him for themselves (John 4:39-42).

What about the Gadarene demoniac? After Jesus delivered him, he wanted to remain with Him, but Jesus told him to go home and tell about everything God had done for him. So, he went his way and “proclaimed throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him” (Luke 8:39, NKJV). It’s interesting to note that when Jesus returned to the Gadarene area, the people“ran throughout that whole surrounding region” (Mark 6:55, NKJV) to bring the sick to be healed. They were eager to hear and be healed by Jesus, and this former demoniac’s witness “throughout the whole city” probably played a big part in that.

And then there’s the lame man at the pool of Bethesda who was healed. Scripture doesn’t share much about the fruit from that encounter. Maybe the former lame man went back to the pool regularly to encourage everyone there to seek out Jesus. Based on these previous examples, we can guess that others ended up getting healed. Maybe entire families and towns were impacted by Jesus’s obedience during that encounter. We can only imagine the impact created by Jesus going after this “one.”

Now through December 1, on the Gospel Truth broadcasts, Andrew will be focusing on the fruit of discipleship. Be sure to tune in and hear about how present-day disciples in Kenya and the Congo are “seeking the one” and bringing forth fruit.

On November 15, Andrew shares how Charis graduate Dottie Haymond, a West Virginia country girl now living in Kenya, went after one newborn and rescued the child from certain death. This disciple is taking in “throwaways” and impacting the next generation in Kenya with the love and Word of God.

On November 30, Andrew interviews Mike and Pat Heiser, Charis Bible College graduates also living in Kenya, who have rescued eighteen little “ones” off the street, many trapped in prostitution. These disciples have also graduated nearly 1,000 students from their twenty-six Bible colleges, with more than 200 churches being pastored by their alumni.

On December 1, listen in as Julie Mapatano shares how the Lord led her to start Redeeming Love Ministries in her home country of Congo. She is transforming her nation with God’s love by providing orphaned children with healthy food, proper medical care, sound schooling, and the Word of God.

What difference does “one” make? Tune in to Andrew’s broadcasts on the fruit of discipleship and find out. Never underestimate the impact of reaching out and investing in one!

Written by Sylvia F. Wells

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