On 11-30-14 at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock our teaching pastor BRANDON BARNARD delivered the message A TALE OF TWO HEARTS based on John 7:1-24!!!

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Brandon Barnard pictured below:

On Sunday November 30, 2014 at FELLOWSHIP BIBLE CHURCH in Little Rock our teaching pastor BRANDON BARNARD delivered the message A TALE OF TWO HEARTS based on John 7:1-24:

As we look at the passage in John 7 today, we see a tale of two hearts. One that seeks the glory of man and one that seeks the glory of God. One that wants its own way and one that wants God’s way. One is true and one is false and the difference between the two is life and death.

John 7:11-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

11 The Jews were looking for him at the feast, and saying, “Where is he?” 12 And there was much muttering about him among the people. While some said, “He is a good man,” others said, “No, he is leading the people astray.” 13 Yet for fear of the Jews no one spoke openly of him.

14 About the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and began teaching. 15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, “How is it that this man has learning, when he has never studied?” 16 So Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority. 18 The one who speaks on his own authority seeks his own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood. 19 Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?”

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JESUS CALLS THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS OUT ON THE CARPET. Basically he was saying that if you are so religious and you know so much about God then it seems like you  would recognize where my authority comes from. IF YOUR WILL IS TO DO GOD’S WILL THEN YOU WOULD KNOW WHERE MY AUTHORITY COMES FROM.

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Brandon’s sermon was excellent and you can hear the whole message on http://www.fellowshiponline.com, but I wanted to just expand on the last point.

One of my favorite messages by Adrian Rogers is called  “WHO IS JESUS?”and he goes through the Old Testament and looks at the scriptures that describe the Messiah.  I want to encourage you to listen to this audio message which I will send to anyone anywhere anytime if they contact me at everettehatcher@gmail.com.  I have given thousands of these CD’s away over the years that contain this message and they all contain the following story from Adrian Rogers concerning John 7.  Here is how the story goes:

Years ago Adrian Rogers counseled with a NASA scientist and his severely depressed wife. The wife pointed to her husband and said, “My problem is him.” She went on to explain that her husband was a drinker, a liar, and an adulterer. Dr. Rogers asked the man if he were a Christian. “No!” the man laughed. “I’m an atheist.”

“Really?” Dr. Rogers replied. “That means you’re someone who knows that God does not exist.”

“That’s right,” said the man.

“Would it be fair to say that you don’t know all there is to know in the universe?”

“Of course.”

“Would it be generous to say you know half of all there is to know?”

“Yes.”

“Wouldn’t it be possible that God’s existence might be in the half you don’t know?”

“Okay, but I don’t think He exists.”

“Well then, you’re not an atheist; you’re an agnostic. You’re a doubter.”

“Yes, and I’m a big one.”

“It doesn’t matter what size you are. I want to know what kind you are.”

“What kinds are there?”

“There are honest doubters and dishonest doubters. An honest doubter is willing to search out the truth and live by the results; a dishonest doubter doesn’t want to know the truth. He can’t find God for the same reason a thief can’t find a policeman.”

“I want to know the truth.”

“Would you like to prove that God exists?”

“It can’t be done.”

“It can be done. You’ve just been in the wrong laboratory. Jesus said, ‘If any man’s will is to do His will, he will know whether my teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority’ (John 7:17). I suggest you read one chapter of the book of John each day, but before you do, pray something like this, ‘God, I don’t know if You’re there, I don’t know if the Bible is true, I don’t know if Jesus is Your Son. But if You show me that You are there, that the Bible is true, and that Jesus is Your Son, then I will follow You. My will is to do your will.”

The man agreed. About three weeks later he returned to Dr. Rogers’s office and invited Jesus Christ to be his Savior and Lord.

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Here below in this clip Ravi Zacharias starts off by talking about the honest and dishonest skeptic in this clip below:

Published on Mar 28, 2013

Ravi Zacharias answers a question from a student at the University of Illinois about defending the Bible.

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Brandon noted many times people don’t want to serve God because they want to serve themselves. The famous agnostic Aldous Huxley admitted that very thing.

Aldous Huxley: “For myself, the philosophy of meaninglessness was essentially an instrument of liberation, sexual and political.”

Brandon pointed out in his message that Jesus presented the people with evidence in the form of miracles to prove who he was. Today there is evidence that points to the fact that the Bible is historically true as Francis Schaeffer pointed out in episode 5 of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? Take time and just read Psalms 22, Isaiah 53, and Ezekiel 26-28 (prophecy of the city of Tyre) and see how these prophecies were fulfilled in history. . One of the most amazing is the prediction that the Jews would be brought back and settle in Jerusalem again.    There is a basis then for faith in Christ alone for our eternal hope. This link shows how to do that.

Is the Bible historically accurate? Here are some of the posts I have done in the past on the subject: 1. The Babylonian Chronicleof Nebuchadnezzars Siege of Jerusalem2. Hezekiah’s Siloam Tunnel Inscription. 3. Taylor Prism (Sennacherib Hexagonal Prism)4. Biblical Cities Attested Archaeologically. 5. The Discovery of the Hittites6.Shishak Smiting His Captives7. Moabite Stone8Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III9A Verification of places in Gospel of John and Book of Acts., 9B Discovery of Ebla Tablets10. Cyrus Cylinder11. Puru “The lot of Yahali” 9th Century B.C.E.12. The Uzziah Tablet Inscription13. The Pilate Inscription14. Caiaphas Ossuary14 B Pontius Pilate Part 214c. Three greatest American Archaeologists moved to accept Bible’s accuracy through archaeology.

The answer to finding out more about God is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

The Bible and Archaeology (1/5)

The Bible and Archaeology (2/5)

The Bible and Archaeology (3/5)

The Bible and Archaeology (4/5)

The Bible and Archaeology (5/5)

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