04.07.12

Jesus Died For Our Sins

Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 5:39 am by Administrator

The suffering and death of Jesus was not accidental because it was all prophesied in the Old Testament. (Matthew 26:56) God the Father was in control of the situation every step of the way. Jesus told Pilate, “To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth…” (John 18:37)

I suggest you read He Chose The Nails by Max Lucado (2000).

The movie, The Passion Of The Christ, masterfully portrayed the complicity of the chief priests, Caiaphas, Pilate, Judas, the Romans and the crowd as all having played a part in the murder of Jesus.

Did the Jews kill Jesus? Yes!
Did the Romans kill Jesus? Yes!
Did the chief priests kill Jesus? Yes!
Did Pilate kill Jesus? Yes!
Did Judas kill Jesus? Yes!
Did the crowd kill Jesus? Yes!
Did Adam and Eve kill Jesus? Yes!
Did you and I kill Jesus? Yes!

My friends, the bottom line to the whole matter is that Sin killed Jesus! The Jews’ sin. The Romans’ sin. The chief priests’ sin. Caiaphas’ sin. Pilate’s sin. Adam and Eve’s sin. Your sins. My sins. Sin, in all of its demonic ugliness, killed Jesus!

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Even as born-again Christians, we all sin sometimes. “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been saved
. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in church. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been preaching or teaching God’s word. We all sin sometimes. (excerpt from “Before You Stumble Again” sermon)

To paraphrase Reinhold Niebuhr in Why Niebuhr Matters, sin is serious resistance to the divine way of doing things.

Adam and Eve had everything. They were living in paradise! They were never meant to get sick, die or want for anything. But they were seduced by the serpent into believing that there was something better than living inside the will of God.

When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they stained all of humanity. Ever since, mankind has desperately tried to remove the stain. The prophets couldn’t remove the stain. The patriarchs couldn’t remove the stain. So God stepped in, metaphorically speaking, and said, “I’m going to send a sacrifice. I’m going to send a stain-remover, My Son Jesus Christ. His precious blood will wash away the stain.” (adapted from “Yes, He Is!” sermon)

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.” (Revelations 5:12)
Jesus is the “supreme stain-remover.”

Christ came, lived redemptively, died vicariously, and rose victoriously.”
The late great Dr. Manuel Scott Sr, Quote #245 in The Quotable Manuel Scott Sr: Words From A Gospel Genius, 2010

That’s why the hymnwriter Robert Lowery wrote:

What can wash away my sins?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus

What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

“But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Christ died for us. Why can’t we live for Him?

Adapted from the Teaching Insights From “The Passion Of The Christ” lecture by Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


Related Sermons by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr:

  • It’s All In The Blood
  • Yes, He Is!
  • When God Flips The Script

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04.06.12

Good Friday Poem

Posted in Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Poems at 1:16 pm by Administrator

Shimmering In The Noon-Day Sun

by

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

I saw a cross today
Hanging from the neck of a saint
It was shimmering in the noon-day sun
Quite a sight when you consider the taint.

The taint?
Yes, the taint that that cross
And all crosses have
That misrepresent the truth
By making the cross a thing of prettiness
Instead
Of a reminder
Of what God had to do

For

Your sins and my sins and all sins
He sacrificed His Holy One
His blood, His guts, were spilled
Shimmering
In the noon-day sun.

“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” John 19:17-18


Excerpt from Turning On The Power (Poetry Of Life And The Spirit) by Manuel Scott, Jr.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

01.21.12

Just A Hug

Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Poems at 10:43 pm by Administrator

January 21st is National Hugging Day.

Rev. Kevin Zaborney, a student of psychology, came up with this National Hugging Day idea, which has been celebrated worldwide on January 21st since 1986. There is even an official website for the holiday!

Ecclesiastes 3:1,5: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. . .a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.”

The front of one American Greetings Forget Me Not card reads, “A hug is love wrapped up in a warm little package.”

Many stories in the Bible tell of people hugging and embracing one another. One of the most well-known is the story of the prodigal son returning home to his father (Luke 15:11-24). Please read Genesis 29:12-13; 48:9-10; Ruth 1:11-14; Mark 10:13-16 and Acts 20:1, 9-11.

In honor of National Hugging Day, I thought I would share a poem I wrote some years ago entitled, “Just A Hug“:

Just A Hug

I’ve been working all day
Just toiling away
I’ve endured insults, strife and snubs
All I need to help me indeed
Is not much
Just
A little hug.

It’s amazing to think
What a touch can do
In a world so naked of love
There’s friendship in a handshake
There’s warmth in a kiss
But oh!
There’s power in a hug.

Our world would improve
More peace would ensue
If more bodies and arms embraced
You would be surprised
To see the change in lives
If hugging became
The practice
Of the Race.

“And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them.” Acts 20:1



Hug someone today. You’ll both feel better.

Be encouraged,

Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

Related Inspirational Materials by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr:

  • Just A Hug:10 Precious Poems For Christian Sisters To Think About
  • Turning On The Power (poetry book)

  • 01.07.12

    Let Go And Let God

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 11:52 pm by Administrator

    The virgin Mary is the perfect example of someone who let go and let God. When an angel told Mary that she would give birth to baby Jesus, the Son of God, she responded, “Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) Without hesitation, Mary submitted to God’s Will with her whole heart. (Our Daily Bread, December 24, 2005) Mary let go and let God.

    Even Jesus Christ Himself let go and let God in the garden of Gethsemane. In the midst of great anguish, Jesus prayed, “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” As my good friend Dr. J.G. McCann recently put it on the Praise The Lord show on TBN, “Jesus prayed all night long, asking the Lord for direction that He might make the right selection.” (Matthew 26:36-44)

    Your life will never know joy, victory or fulfillment until you make God’s Will your top priority! When God speaks, you need to listen and obey.

    The best place to be is inside the Will of God!

    Have Thine Own Way, Lord!

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay;
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.

    Adelaide A. Pollard
    Isaiah 64:8

    Let go and let God. Do whatever He tells you to do. (Genesis 22:1-14; John 2:1-5)

    When the servants at the wedding in Cana did what Jesus told them to do, Jesus turned water into wine. In other words, Jesus turned a negative situation (no wine) into a positive situation (plenty of wine!). Your “water” may be a health problem. Your “water” may be a family problem. Your “water” may be a marital problem. Your “water” may be a financial problem. Whatever your “water” may be, Jesus has the power to turn your negative situation into a postitive situation. (excerpt from my “Jesus Still Makes House Calls” sermon -John 2:1-11)

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .When Jesus takes us to a place we would rather not go, it is really a better place.” M. Craig Barnes, When God Interrupts, 1996.

    Let go and let God!

    “. . .Unless we learn dependence we will never experience grace.” Philip Yancey, Where Is God When It Hurts?, 1990

    The great Paul Tournier once said, “What I have to do is put my signature at the foot of a blank page on which I will accept whatever God wishes to write. I cannot predict what He will put on this blank contract as my life proceeds – but I give my signature today.”

    Whatever trust is, whatever faith is, whatever commitment is, whatever surrender is, it is giving God our signature at the bottom of a blank page and letting Him do all the writing. And whatever God writes, although hard to read and accept sometimes, it is alright because He know what’s best and He knows the way!

    Nothing is too hard for God. The God we serve is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20

    Let go and let God.

    God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

    Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Scott:

  • It’s Not Over Until God Has Spoken
  • He Is Still Jehovah-Jireh
  • Jesus Still Makes House Calls

  • Related Printed Lectures by Evangelist Scott:

  • If You’re Going Through Hard Times
  • I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed
  • When Singles Are In The House

  • Related Posts: “All Things Work Together For Good”

    12.24.11

    Scriptures To Encourage You This Christmas

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 5:48 pm by Administrator

    Today, I greet you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, who is still the reason for the season.

    Here are ten Bible verses of words spoken by Jesus or about Him to encourage you and your family this Christmas:

    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government will be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

    “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27

    “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” I Corinthians 2:9

    “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

    “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

    “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5

    Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I go, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

    “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

    “…and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Matthew 28:20

    “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.” 2 Corinthians 13:14


    For more bible verses that you may want to reflect on this Christmas, see “Verses For Keeping Christ In Christmas” at BibleStudyPlanet.com.

    Merry Christmas!


    Be Encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott, Jr.


    Related Sermons By Evangelist Scott:

    “That’s Incredible!”

    “Yes, He Is!”
    “Always, Always”


    11.30.11

    Every Day Is A Day Of Thanksgiving

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Quotations, Encouraging Sermons at 4:00 pm by Administrator

    I trust and pray that you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    For believers, every day is a day of thanksgiving.  David says, “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.”  (Psalm 34:1)

    Unfortunately, all too often the following statement is true:

    “We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”  Novelist Cynthia Ozick, quoted in the Selma Alabama Times Journal (The Week, November 18, 2011)

    Never forget to thank God for your many blessings.  “In everything gives thanks: for this is the will of God concerning you.”  (I Thessalonians 5:18)

    I preached the Sunday after Thanksgiving at Bethel Baptist Church in San Diego, CA, where Dr. John Ringgold is pastor.  I was blessed by the choir’s rendition of “For Every Mountain” (Kurt Carr, No One Else album).

    For Every Mountain

    I’ve got so much to thank God for,
    So many wonderful blessings
    ,
    And so many open doors,
    A brand new mercy,
    Along with each new day;
    That’s why I praise You,
    And for this I give You praise.

    For waking me up this morning,
    For starting me on my way,
    For letting me see the sunshine
    Of a brand new day;
    A brand new mercy
    Along with each new day
    That’s why I praise You,
    For this I give You praise.

    You’re Jehovah Jireh,
    You’ve been my provider,
    So many times You met my needs,
    So many times You rescued me,
    I want to thank You for the blessings,
    You give to me each day;
    That’s why I praise You,
    For this I give You praise
    .

    For every mountain You’ve brought me over
    For every trial You’ve seen me through
    For every blessing, Hallelujah
    For this, I give You praise.”

    Kurt Carr


    There is always reason to rejoice and thank God for His goodness. Today, I am happy glad that I’m alive in Jesus!

    “Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, Rejoice.”  (Philippians 4:4)

    “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (I Corinthians 15:57)

    “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name.”  Psalm 100:4

    “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (Ephesians 5:20)

     
    Every day is a day of thanksgiving.


    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott

  • I’m Too Blessed to Be Stressed  printed lecture
  • “Always, Always” sermon on CD
  • “Count Your Many Blessings” sermon on CD and DVD
  • 10.05.11

    Choose To Focus On The Positive

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses at 1:19 am by Administrator

    Perhaps the greatest attribute God has bestowed upon human beings is “free will.”  God has given every sane person the ability to choose and to make decisions for themselves.

    We are constantly being called upon to make choices in life. 

    When you choose to focus on the positive, your life will have a positive quality.  On the other hand, when you choose to focus on the negative or if you entertain the wrong thoughts, the quality of your life will suffer greatly.

     

    Some Bible Verses About Where Your Focus Should Be:

    Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

    For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  (Romans 8:6)

    Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusted in Thee.  (Isaiah 26:3)

    Your focus in life will greatly determine the quality and direction of your life. 

    If you choose to focus on the “stresses” of life, you will eventually drown in depression.  But when you concentrate on the blessings God has given you, you will be lifted to authentic optimism.  The more preoccupied you are with the highest and the best–The Lord, the more content and at peace you will be.

    “You have two attorneys in your mind, one gathering evidence for “Life is awful’ and the other gathering evidence for ‘Life is wonderful.’  You’re the judge and can rule out any evidence you choose.”  (Jon Rogers and Peter McWilliams in their book, You Can’t Afford The Luxury Of A Negative Thought, 1991)

    “Positive anything is better than negative nothing.”  Lorraine Hansberry, author of  A Raisin In The Sun 

    Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.   Philippians 4:8

     

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    (This post was adapted from excerpts of Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr’s I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed lecture)

     

    Related Sermons by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr

    Hallelujah Anyhow

    Count Your Many Blessings

    Be Careful What You Put In Your System

    09.15.11

    All Things Work Together For Good

    Posted in Encouragement, Encouraging Bible Verses, Encouraging Christian Resources, Encouraging Sermons at 1:50 am by Administrator

    And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Romans 8:28

    This bible verse tells us that whenever you affectionately and faithfully make God your first priority in your lfe, it is promised that He will work out everything — that happens to you — for your good.

    A Closer Look At This Encouraging Verse:

    The phrase, “and we know”, means that believers accept by faith that God has control over everything.  And if God controls everything, then He can work anything out!

    “All things” covers everything that can possibly happen to you as a Christian.

    In this verse, “work together” means that God has ordained a timely and cooperative process — sometimes slow, sometimes painful, sometimes confusing — to manipulate things and events for His purposes for your life.

    “For good” means that God always works things out for your spiritual and ultimate benefit.  In other words, there is nothing that can happen to you as a Christian that God, right now, is not working out for your benefit.

    As I contend in my “Always, Always” sermon, it is the will and purpose of God that everything that happens to you always works out for your good.

    How is He going to do it?  I don’t know.  We walk by faith, not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). 

    While you’re trying to figure it out , God is already working it out!

    ALL things ALWAYS work together for your good. 

     

    How You Can Make The Most Of This Truth In Your Life:

    • Examine your faith daily to make sure that your ultimate trust is in the Lord, and not in man.  Not in a boyfriend or girlfriend.  Not in a relative. Not in money or your position.  And certainly not in material things!

    It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8

    But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

    • Live every day fully believing that God’s angels are making sure that your good times and bad times are cooperating together for your absolute benefit.

    Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

    Be encouraged,

    Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.

    Has God ever worked anything out in your life?

    I welcome your thoughts and comments.

    (Adapted from “Let’s Not Go There: 15 Spiritual Principles To Help Christians Cope” by Evangelist Manuel Scott Jr.)

    Related Christian Resources by Evangelist Scott:

    • “Always, Always” sermon on CD
    • “Hallelujah Anyhow” sermon on CD and DVD
    • I’m Too Blessed To Be Stressed printed lecture

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