I don’t know if you have ever really sat back and thought about this question, “Jesus really was dead and rose up out of the grave back to life?” As Christian’s we can easily just take it as surface level truth and say; “oh yeah of course!” Then we never dig any deeper! Today, I want to share with you this resource which will hopefully get you digging a little deeper, really sitting and thinking about how crazy it is that Jesus did what He did! And if you are someone who has questions about this subject, maybe it’s hard for you to really fathom this being true, take a listen to this video and I promise this will help answer your questions! In this video, Lee Strobel, known from the movie and book, “The Case for Christ,” digs in on 4 proofs of the resurrection of Jesus. If you take some time I recommend you checking out that book or movie to hear the story of what this man went through to find the truth about Christ! As a former atheist, he turned over every intellectual stone possible to disprove the Gospel of Jesus and the results at every turn was truth that he couldn’t deny. On his journey to disprove Jesus he found the truths that led him to come to know Jesus personally! What an amazing story it is and what a great example to show us the power and truth of what Jesus has done for me and you!!! It doesn’t matter who you are, what your beliefs are, or what you’ve done, Jesus still loves you and wants nothing more than for you to come to know Him and experience the LIFE He has for you!!!
I am excited to share with you today a God Gold message that is the first of it’s kind! After seeking ways to bring you the Gospel of Jesus in this Easter season, God opened up an opportunity to share with you a real-life experience of how powerful and life-changing the Good News of what Jesus has done can be in our lives! Thankful for my good friend, Travis Dixon, sharing with us today his story on how Jesus turned his world upside down in the best way possible!
Hope today’s message is a blessing to you and opens you up to see the truth of what Jesus has done for me and you in a BIGGER way than ever before! I promise you, you DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!! Grab your morning coffee or a bowl of popcorn and check out the video below to hear of how AWESOME Jesus is!!!
Hope you enjoyed today’s message! Big thanks to Travis for taking the time to share his story and heart with us!
If something from today’s message resonated with you, shoot me a message, share any thoughts or feedback you have on how this message impacted you and show my boy Travis some love!
If you find yourself wanting to take that next step to follow Jesus, maybe you don’t know what that looks like or you have questions. PLEASE don’t be afraid to contact me on the God Gold FaceBook or Blog page, my phone number is listed on both! I’d love to pray with you, answer any questions you may have and help you walk through this step!
Or, if you know someone who doesn’t know Jesus, share this message with them today! Who knows, maybe it’s the day they hear the Good News of Jesus in a way that meets them right where they are at and changes their lives forever!!! Remember, keep sharing God’s Gold with those He’s placed around you! Let’s make Jesus famous together, one message, one person at a time!!! Hope you have a great day!
What does it mean that Jesus died for our sins? What does that mean for you?
What did you notice the difference being between this “old covenant, the way people used to worship and spend time with God compared to the “New Covenant” Jesus made for us?
What are some of the rules it mentions people and the high priest had to do in the old covenant?
What does it say Jesus did?
What is our conscience? Why would we need it cleaned?
Knowing what Jesus has done for you, all that He has died to give you, how does that make you feel?
What do you want to do based on what you have learned today to serve Jesus in the coming week?
‘Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly place of holiness. For a tent was prepared, the first section, in which were the lampstand and the table and the bread of the Presence. It is called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a second section called the Most Holy Place, having the golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s staff that budded, and the tablets of the covenant. Above it were the cherubim of glory overshadowing the mercy seat. Of these things we cannot now speak in detail. These preparations having thus been made, the priests go regularly into the first section, performing their ritual duties, but into the second only the high priest goes, and he but once a year, and not without taking blood, which he offers for himself and for the unintentional sins of the people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing (which is symbolic for the present age). According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper, but deal only with food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body imposed until the time of reformation. But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls, and the sprinkling of defiled persons with the ashes of a heifer, sanctify for the purification of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant. For where a will is involved, the death of the one who made it must be established. For a will takes effect only at death, since it is not in force as long as the one who made it is alive. Therefore not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. For when every commandment of the law had been declared by Moses to all the people, he took the blood of calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people, saying, “This is the blood of the covenant that God commanded for you.” And in the same way he sprinkled with the blood both the tent and all the vessels used in worship. Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. Thus it was necessary for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these rites, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. ‘
In a time where there is so much “bad news” of tragedy and turmoil surrounding the world, I am so thankful to share with you such a real-life example of the GOOD that God is working behind the scenes!!! My Papa, Harold Lunsford, sent me a text early last week asking for prayer for himself and others as they have been faithfully serving on the BGEA 24/7 Coronavirus Prayer Line team. What is this? And what is so good about it? Check out the story below for all the details! I promise you, you will not be disappointed! And at the bottom, stay tuned for the CHALLENGE from this piece of God Gold for you along with the link to the prayer line for you either to serve or give them a call if you need the help!
“What an honor and great blessing it is to serve with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. This week I have been serving on the BGEA 24/7 Coronavirus Prayer Team! Franklin Graham is doing a 60 second TV spots on Fox News, CNN and some of the major networks. He gives the plan of salvation and a telephone number. (888)388-2683 to call day or night to Trained Christian response team members ready to listen and offer prayer and encouragement!
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”— Psalm 46:1
Wednesday, March 25, 4,500 calls came in to the Call Center and 55 decisions for Christ, Thursday, March 26, 7,753 more calls came in and have documented 311 decisions for the day! Praise God for the harvest! Kristyn called the Prayer Line and the phone call was taken by one of our team members who has a Catholic background. Kristyn started the conversation by sharing, “i’m Catholic and don’t feel very worthy and need Jesus.” Kristyn was asked if she wanted to have a greater peace with God and was taken through Steps to Peace with God. She then prayed the sinner’s prayer. Afterward, Kristyn handed the phone to her sister. Our team member prayed for both of them and let them know they would be receiving follow-up materials. Another Team Member spoke with Isaiah who is in the hospital with Coronavirus…He has been watching Rev. Franklin Graham on TV and has been convinced he needs Jesus, but he has been prideful and not able to humble himself to accept Jesus. Isaiah was in Afghanistan and Iraq for 13 years and has seen many atrocities committed by others and himself. He was convinced God could not forgive him. He confessed his sins out loud, and prayed the prayer of salvation after many tears and great brokenness! This is just two instances of what God is doing through BGEA Coronavirus Prayer Line! Thank you Jordan for letting me share what God is doing with a simple 60 second commercial and a group of people who are willing to listen to people who are Anxious, fearful and hurting! Jesus is standing at the door knocking, let Him in and be your Lord and Savior!”
WOW!!!! Isn’t that awesome news to hear of the lives God is saving during a time filled with so much fear and death!!! For my Papa, and so many others that are serving on this team, I ask you take some time to pray for them and the people they are serving literally each hour of the day that God will continue to use them in a mighty way as they reach others with the Good News of Jesus!!!
A challenge for you, if you think you have no way to serve during this time with all of the “social distancing” rules and quarantines, THINK AGAIN!!! I want to brag on my Papa real quick, a man who has served Christ in all of the US on mission and in local churches for years. Now, in his 70’s, he is taking on the task of raising two children who are below the age of 10 years old. With that already being such a daunting task that takes all of the energy and strength you would need for it, he still finds time, sometimes taking shifts on this phone team at 12am-2am in the morning to serve the Lord by serving others and being there for them in such a time of crisis for them. All for the glory and spread of Christ, against all the odds, he makes no excuses, he just faithfully serves. So as much of an encouragement and example this was for me, I pray it will be the same for you! If you think there isn’t a way to serve others in this time, there is always a way and opportunities all around us! If he has no excuses and finds a way to serve despite all on his plate, we have no excuse to take on the same attitude and action in our own lives!!!
Challenge for all of us today: Lay the excuses aside and serve. We have plenty of avenues and ways to do so, people are in need of Jesus!!! Let’s take Jesus to them and give them LIFE during such a death filled time!!!
Prayer line video and Link:
Link to Website: lp.billygraham.org/bgea-prayer-line
Yep….you read that right! I meant to say urinal just in case you’re wondering! Today’s God Gold comes from the one place I doubt any of us would expect to find it….at the daggum bathroom urinal!!
The other day one of my good friends texted me this picture and said, “dude, I stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom, when I walked up to the urinal this is what I saw on top of it! God’s Gold on the urinal!” Hahah how wild is that to think you’re taking another regular trip to the bathroom then out of nowhere, BOOM!!!GOLD!!!!! Pretty wild to say the least but to the man who left this on a urinal of all places, thanks to you for being an example of getting Gods Gold out not just in the nice and clean corners of this world but even the dirtiest and nastiest place you could ever find! God has no limits on where and when He shows Himself in our lives, He is always there all the time, yes, even in the routine everyday tasks we have in our lives. God is there and His Gold is always present, keep your eyes open so you don’t miss it!
You never know, next time you use the restroom you may have a golden situation that comes up, and I don’t mean the kind that’s in liquid form! Have a great day and hope you enjoy this awesome piece of urinal Gold!!!