• Daily Walk, Encouragement, For Christians, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on March 15th, 2012

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    The Futility of Judging Others

    The Futility of Judging Others

    It is a fact that all of us pass judgment on other people a hundred times a day.

    While we are standing in line, we are judging the language, mannerisms, clothing and even the techno gadgets of the people near us. Their language offends us, their clothing is not what we would consider stylish. The smart phone they have is not as good as the one we own. C’mon you know it’s true. We all pass judgment on just about everyone we meet.

    Have you ever gone an entire day without judging someone for something?

    Then there are those to whom we see their life style, and we disapprove and often condemn them in our heart and minds for what we see and hear. We may not even know them at all, but we think that we have their life all figured out.

    Passing judgment is a part of the fallen nature of human beings.

    Why does the Bible warn us about passing such judgments on other people?

  • Jesus Church, Outreach, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on January 17th, 2012

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    Not Everyone Who Says To Me, “Lord” Shall Enter

    Not Everyone Who Says To Me, “Lord” Shall Enter

    We live during a time in history where there are many who claim to know Jesus. More important than whether or not we know Jesus, does He know us? When Jesus returns to the earth to set up his kingdom that will last for one thousand years, there will me many who call out to him “Lord, Lord”, and Jesus will say to them “I never knew you…”

    Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, … And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you…

  • Encouragement, For Christians, Jesus Church, Rob Robinson, Trials, Witnessing

    Posted on January 9th, 2012

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    Sacrificing Isaac

    Sacrificing Isaac

    Genesis 22:9-12 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

    If the Lord should call you to give up or let go of those things that you love most and hold dearly, could you do it? What happens in the heart of a person who is ready, willing, and able to allow to Lord to take away, as well as add to their lives?

    In our walk of faith, there comes a point when we will have to make a choice. Either to trust the Lord fully, or to faint and fail.

  • Atheists, Encouragement, Forgiveness, Jesus v. Everything, Jesus v. Religion, Rob Robinson, Salvation, Witnessing

    Posted on November 25th, 2011

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    How Easy and How Hard It Is, to Go to Heaven.

    How Easy and How Hard It Is, to Go to Heaven.

    Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    If you closely follow the statistics given in the Bible, you come to the conclusion that there are not going to be many who make it to heaven. I say this not as a matter of my own personal opinion, but as an observation of a direct statement by Jesus Christ. Jesus said concerning heaven, that “There are few who find it.” On the other hand, those who will miss heaven: “broad is the way to destruction” and “there are many who will go in by it.”

  • What Jesus Said About Hell

    What Jesus Said About Hell

    The Bible describes the fact that there is only one way of escape from hell and eternal separation from God: The Cross of Jesus Christ. Whether a person choses to believe that truth or not, determines whether their final destination is; heaven or hell. Like it or not, hell is for real, and unless all of us repent of our sins and turn to Jesus Christ, we will never see heaven.

    The new book out by Rob Bell called “Love Wins”, paints God as so loving and merciful that He could not possibly send anyone to hell. What pastor Bell has neglected to include in his thought process and understanding of God, is the fact that God is just as much a God of Justice as is he a God of Love.

    Sin is an offense to God and He promised that “The soul that sins, will die eternally”. The promise to Adam was that on the day that he sinned against God and ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he would die.

    Ezekiel 18:4 “Behold, all souls are Mine; The soul of the father As well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.

  • Waiting For the Tribulation to Accept Jesus

    Waiting For the Tribulation to Accept Jesus

    Many times over the course of the past 35 years, I have heard comments from some that have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they would wait to accept Jesus until they saw the beginning of the Tribulation Period.

    If the Rapture is true, and if Jesus is Lord and Savor, their thought is that when the antichrist appears on the scene at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation, then they will be ready to bow their heart to Jesus.

    What always struck me a strange was the fact that the very reason for accepting Jesus now was due to the fact that He is so wonderful. Why would anyone put off something that would bring them such amazing Joy? For me, knowing and loving Jesus has been the best part of the entirety of my life. I could not imagine living the past four decades without having Jesus as the center of my life.

    What is missing in the thought patterns of many people who take this view, is the idea that “if I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior then I will be missing out on the most fun that life has to offer”. I have to laugh when I hear comments like these because in actuality, the most fun that a person can have in this short life is when they are in a vital and living relationship with Jesus. There is nothing in the world that is more satisfying than looking back on nearly 40 years and remembering how many times the Lord has blessed your life.

    In every critical and live changing moment of my life, when I needed help, provision, love or direction, Jesus has never failed to do for me what I could not do for myself. The abiding joy and deep serenity that I have experienced as a result of knowing Jesus personally, is the most valuable part of my entire life.

    These things being true, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to wait to see if the antichrist really does appear at the beginning of the Tribulation Period, before they would surrender their life to Jesus Christ.

  • Bantayan Island, Famine, Outreach, Philippines, Prayer, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on January 14th, 2011

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    Lift Up Your Eyes and Look

    Lift Up Your Eyes and Look

    This morning as we are here in the Philippines, we drove our scooter over to the local Mc Donald’s for breakfast. Each day there are gathered all around this restaurant, dozens of street children who wear tattered and dirty clothes. Many of them are orphan’s and have no homes. They are hungry, dirty and desperate for someone to love them.

    As Marissa and I sat near the front window, one thin young boy with no shirt or shoes peered through the window at me as I faced him. As I looked into his beautiful dark brown eyes I saw a glimpse into his soul. The Holy Spirit then spoke to me as He very often does when I am here amongst the people. “Help Him”.

    It is the same voice, and with the same words that I hear over and over each time I am near any of these who have such desperate needs here.

    I told Marissa that we should go back up to the counter and buy food for the three small boys that we had seen near the front window of the Mc Donald’s in the 30 minutes we had been there. As we took the bag of three breakfast sandwiches out to the children, their faces lit up as though we had brought them the most precious gift they had ever received. One by one they came towards me and bowed in respect, grabbing my hand and placing upon their forehead in honor of myself and Marissa. “Thank you sir, thank you maam”, each one said to us.

    As they took the sandwiches and began to gulp down what seemed as if it was the first meal they had eaten in days, others came to join them from around the corner.

  • Is Jesus God, or Just a Great Teacher?

    Is Jesus God, or Just a Great Teacher?

    It is surprising how many times people make the statement that “Jesus never claimed to be God.’

    Many of the religions of the world such as Islam, The Jehovah’s Witnesses, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and others, state that Jesus Christ is not God. Even some of the mainline denominations of these last days have begun to state that the Bible nowhere claims that Jesus is God.

    Anyone who makes such a remark has not read the Bible for themselves. Even upon a very simple study of the four Gospels it is clear that one of the major reasons that the Jews wanted so voraciously to kill Jesus, was that He had claimed that He was God.

    In this short post I will bring out just a few of the many places in the Bible where Jesus Himself made statements confirming the fact that He believed Himself to be God.

    Jesus claimed that He was equal with the Father:

    John 10:30-33 “I and My Father are one.” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.”

    “I and My Father are one.” In the original Greek Language it is clear that in Jesus statement that He intended the hearer understand that He and God are one and the same. The Greek word used here for “one” is “Hen”, which is “one in nature and essence”. Literally in today’s modern English Jesus would have said, “Even as the Father is God, so also am I God, we are one and the same.”

  • How Do You Know You Are Saved?

    How Do You Know You Are Saved?

    If you ask most people who go to church, how it is that they know they are saved, they would have a variety of different answers. They might say that they believe they are going to heaven because they go to church regularly. Perhaps they might say that it is because they pray and read their Bible.

    Many people misapply what a Christian does for what a Christian is. Praying, reading the Bible, attending church and giving of your tithe are all things that a Christian should do, but they are not what makes someone a Christian.

    According to the Bible, a person is saved and going to heaven when they have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior. What makes someone a Christian is Jesus. It is not what a person does, but what they believe that causes them to be acceptable to God.

    How do you know you are save: The short answer is: Because Jesus Christ was crucified and rose from the dead.

    Everyone loves to hear that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” People love to hear how much God loves them, but not many enjoy hearing at what price they were saved.

    The doctrine that is missing in the church today is the total depravity of man. The fact that every person is a lost sinner with no hope of eternal life apart from the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

    The church of the last days is afraid of offending those who attend their services by telling them that they are sinners in need of a Savior.

  • Controversial Subjects, Encouragement, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on December 5th, 2010

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    On Knowing Yourself, or Not

    On Knowing Yourself, or Not

    If you have surrendered your life to Jesus Christ, then I am sure that you have also determined to follow Him no matter what the cost. Perhaps you have made the confession that you love the Lord above all other things and if necessary, you would be willing to give your life to follow Jesus. I certainly hope that if presented with a situation where we had to make that decision, that we would be able to follow through on that desire.

    The confession that we have made that we will follow Jesus as all cost, is one of the major reasons that the Lord allows us to have an opportunity to test that confession.

    How would we genuinely know if we really were committed to Jesus the way that we claim, unless we have an opportunity to deny Him? It is for this reason that the Lord will place us in a situation where we can see how we will react when under pressure. Maybe it is a stressful situation where you have the choice to either be patient or loses your temper. Perhaps it will be at a time when your friends or family will make fun or scold you for your trust in Jesus. It may be during the loss of something that you love desperately in your life that you see who you really are.

  • The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    The Great Tribulation and Limited Time

    If a person hears about the need to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior before the seven year Tribulation begins and yet rejects Him, it appears that this person will not find it possible to receive the Lord when the antichrist arrives.

    The arrival of the antichrist will be with great power and amazing supernatural wonders that will deceive most people on the earth. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 describes the fact that “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved”, these who have rejected Jesus, will have no desire to turn to Jesus during the reign of the antichrist.

    It is the gentle convincing work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life, as He witnesses to our spirit of our need for Jesus, that compels a person to repent and turn to Jesus.

    It appears that during the seven years of the Tribulation, those who rejected Jesus before the Tribulation begins will not have the benefit of the Holy Spirit speaking to their hearts, as 2 Thessalonians declares:

    “Because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

  • Salvation, Witnessing

    Posted on October 1st, 2010

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    Reaching Muslims For Jesus

    Reaching Muslims For Jesus

    Trevin Wax: In your experience, what’s the biggest psychological hurdle that Christians have when it comes to sharing their faith with a Muslim?

    J.D. Greear: The biggest psychological hurdle is feeling like they have nothing in common with a Muslim. We think Muslims are a fundamentally different kind of person. But they are made in the image of God just like we are, so they have many of the same questions, ideas, and thoughts.

    Secondly, they’re very religious people and, because of that, they have a lot of questions about God. Islam has uniquely prepared them to ask questions about God to which Islam does not give a good answer. Islam, in many ways, paves the way for a Gospel explanation. So understanding Islam, and understanding the true things that it’s taught about God and the untrue things that it’s taught about God, gives you a great place to show that the Gospel gives a superior answer to these questions.

  • Freedom of Speech and Religion, Rob Robinson, Witnessing

    Posted on April 26th, 2010

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    Christian Music Compromise or Something More?

    Christian Music Compromise or Something More?

    Up at 3 am this morning while on a road trip across the United States for the third time this year, I ran across an article under Fox news that intrigued me. Christian music artists venturing into the secular music scene more often, reaching more people. For years I have been listening to pastors and Bible teachers warning of the compromise that Christian music artists are making by selling and singing their songs in the world venue. Even our beloved Keith Green deeply effected many of us in his book “No Compromise” by his steadfast heart in not giving oneself over to the world system. Me, being a simple man, not wanting to limit the Lord in being able to do anything in any venue, see this in a slightly different way.