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2012 “30 Pieces of Silver Award” Announcement


The board, staff, and volunteers of Truthinator’s Blog voted for the most ridiculous & totally off-point Easter sermon that we could find in order to award a 30 Pieces of Silver prize. What we noticed is that no single sermon stood out but that many sermons seemed to be very similar to each other.

We have decided to award the dubious honor not to a preacher but to a category. And the winner is…………….

The “Jesus rose from the grave so you could have better ___________” type of sermon. Yes, this type of sermon appeared far too frequently. You can fill in the blank with almost anything because there were some wild ideas exhibited but you can sum it up by saying that many preachers taught that Jesus rose to make our lives better today by allowing us to have better marriages, powerful financial portfolios, and enjoyment of life here on earth.

While some folks will have these things since following the teachings of Christ tends to allow a person to avoid the pitfalls of wasteful and destructive behavior, this is by no means why Christ rose from the grave on Resurrection Day. Not only that but Jesus promised His disciples they would receive persecution and death. He didn’t mention new cars, positive cash flow, or satisfying sex lives.

Belonging to God means being His servant. Life is not about what we can get or how long we can hang onto it. People who are obedient to God sometimes get tragically cut off from life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Temporal things always take a backseat to eternal things. God made Christ who knew no sin to become sin in our place so we could become the righteousness of God in Him. No mention of a Lexus.

Jesus rose on the third day just like He said. That is reason enough for people who are saved to celebrate. Saved people do not need fire-breathing dramatists, scantily clad dancers, 120 decibel guitar riffs, and the like to get excited about the resurrection. You need those things to get people into church who would rather not be there…

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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He is Risen! Happy Resurrection Day


God sent His son, they called Him Jesus. He came to love, heal, and forgive. He lived and died to buy my pardon, An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, All fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives.

Bill & Gloria Gaither

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Who Killed Jesus? (Commentary)


Each year at this time, there is a discussion on network & cable news programs about exactly whom is responsible for the death of Jesus.

Each year I am increasingly more amazed at the lack of insight & understanding of the self-professing experts. Some make their case that it was the Romans while others assert that it was the Jews. Others try to walk a tightrope so they will not offend anyone.

So much obfuscatorial eloquence yet so little understanding. The correct answer is that no one took Jesus’ life but He laid it down voluntarily in obedience to the Father’s will (John 10:18).

This is so simple yet impossible to be understood by unregenerate man. God’s sovereign will providing the supreme sacrifice so that believers are redeemed from the penalty of their sin just does not compute for those who are trusting in themselves instead of God’s grace.

God made Jesus who knew no sin to become sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ (2Cor5:21).

The answer is so clearly laid out in scripture yet that is the last place unregenerate man will ever look. Look to God for the only answer: Jesus.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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