Thursday, December 24, 2015

Remember Jesus

by Tony Thomas

The Christmas holiday is well known as a time for both crass commercialism and unbridled materialism, especially in prosperous countries like the USA. I cringe when I see reports of "Black Friday" brawls in stores and malls over big screen TVs and other material objects that are only temporal and quickly become obsolete.

At the same time, so many are quick to forget the real meaning of the season -- the reason why we are celebrating and exchanging gifts:

"And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them." (Luke 2:8-20 ESV)

God, in the form of a man, came to earth to live a righteous life and bear all of our sins on the Roman cross so that we may have eternal life if we trust in Him. So, let us forget about all of the excesses of what traditional Christmas has become and remember the true meaning of what we celebrate every December 25th -- the gift that God have us: Jesus Christ, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” (John 3:16-21 ESV)

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Why I Wrote "Real Christianity"

by Tony Thomas

My new book, “Real Christianity: Keeping the Faith in a Post-Christian World” was released yesterday on Amazon and Smashwords.

I wrote it in response to the hyper-skepticism and new atheism movements that have attempted to undermine belief the Holy Bible and faith in Jesus Christ. The Christian worldview is being actively and aggressively challenged by men like Bart Ehrman, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and others.

The Bible instructs us to contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). My goal in writing this book is to provide valuable information and Scriptures that will help every Christian defend their faith.

" Real Christianity" covers these topics: The Real Bible, The Real God, The Real Jesus, The Real Holy Spirit, The Real Resurrection and The Real Gospel.

I pray that you will buy it, read it and share it with your friends and family.

Soli Deo Gloria and Shalom!



Here is an excerpt from the book:

"A movement called 'new atheism' sprang up after the 9/11 attacks on America as a knee-jerk reaction against all forms of religious fundamentalism. In its cross-hairs are the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Its message is nothing new. It is just a stale stew of Darwinism, intellectualism, secular humanism and scientism served up to appeal to post-modern minds. The so called 'four horsemen of the new atheism', Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Dennis Dennet, and the late Christopher Hitchens, have set out to destroy belief in God by waging an attack on scientific and moral grounds. 

"Richard Dawkins, the author of 'The God Delusion', said in his TED Talk: 'In my view, not only is science corrosive to religion, religion is corrosive to science. It teaches people to be satisfied with trivial, supernatural non-explanations and blinds them to the wonderful real explanations that we 22 blinds them to the wonderful real explanations that we have within our grasp. It teaches them to accept authority, revelation and faith instead of always insisting on evidence.'

"Real Christianity does not depend on blind faith. Christians should examine all of the evidence available to support their faith. And while the new atheists are quick to critique the Christian worldview, they offer nothing to replace it with other than an arrogant and elitist intellectualism. Christopher Hitchens was infamous for railing against the violence in the Bible, the wars fought in the name of religion and other perceived moral injustices. The question is: How could Hitchens make assertions of impropriety and immorality without being made in the image of a moral Creator? Where did his morality come from? 

"All of new atheists support the theory of macro-evolution and dismiss the possibility that the universe could have a Creator. As they cannot go back in time and see the actual formation of universe and its galaxies, stars, planets and life forms on this planet, they are merely trading a belief in theistic creation for the religion of Godless evolution which has a deficient cosmology."

From "Real Christianity: Keeping the Faith in a Post-Christian World" by Tony Thomas.  A Zoeproject Book.  Copyright 2015 - Tony Thomas - All Rights Reserved.  Used by permission.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review of "Counter Culture" by David Platt

by Tony Thomas

In his new book, "Counter Culture", author David Platt deals with many controversial issues including poverty, same-sex marriage, racism, sex slavery, immigration, abortion, persecution, orphans and pornography. The publisher was kind enough to provide me with a review copy.

His assessments of these issues are both powerful and Biblical. He brings scripture to bear on these difficult issues and his solutions are often convicting. He effectively demonstrates how the church has abdicated its role as salt and light in a fallen world.

Platt presents many examples from his travels around the world and this helps to reinforce his positions. The accompanying website, encourages believers to take action by supporting groups that are helping to address these issues.

I would urge all Christians to purchase “Counter Culture”. It is an important book. We all need to listen to David Platt’s prophetic call to confront our culture and to spread the message of deliverance that is inherent in the Gospel.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two Roads - Which One Are You On?

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by Tony Thomas

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few."  Matthew 7:13-14 ESV

Two roads.  Only one leads to life.

Many are on the broad road.  It is easy.  It is the road of compromise, accommodation and popular opinion.  It is politically correct.  Socially acceptable.  No persecution.  Everybody likes you.  That road has a big welcome sign.  It says enter here.  All paths lead to God.  Eternal life is available to all.  It doesn't matter what you believe.  Or you don't have to believe anything at all.

The other road is narrow.  It is the road of faith in Jesus Christ.  It is a hard road.  It is narrow.  There is no welcome sign.  It requires you to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Him.  It is a road full of suffering and persecution.  You will be hated and reviled while on that road.  Yet, it is the only road that leads to eternal life.  Heavenly bliss.  Streets of gold.  Walls of jewels.  The tree of life.  The throne of God.  Joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Never ending fellowship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Which road are you on?

"The invitation is freely given, the proclamation is openly made. My God is not a God of hatred and of anger; he is a God of love. He bids you who are thirsty, who are longing to see his face, he bids you now come; and he tells you, and he confirms the same with an oath - "As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Come now! "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." O Spirit of God! draw sinners to Christ! O glorious One! do thou be pleased now to draw them to the Father, through Jesus Christ, the Son of God."  - C. H. Spurgeon  "The Way to God"

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The Empty Tomb

by Tony Thomas

But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him."  Matthew 28:5-7 ESV

Jesus rose from the dead.  He defeated death and the grave.  He is alive forevermore and is seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

These realities are central to the Gospel.  

What is the Gospel?  The Gospel is the "good news" that Jesus Christ, the God-man, came to this earth in human form, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins as a substitute and rose again for our justification.

The empty tomb is proof.  Jesus' body has never been found.  Why is this important?

Paul wrote:

"And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied."  I Cor 15:14-19 ESV

It is my prayer that you will trust Jesus Christ and receive the free gift of eternal life that He purchased with His own blood for your sins.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."  John 3:16-17 ESV

Monday, March 23, 2015

Why The Word of God Matters

by Tony Thomas

The Word of God is under attack.

Many seem to think that it is no longer relevant. They feel it is just an old, dusty book that has no authority over our lives. Even many professing Christians feel this way. Although they give lip service to the veracity and inerrant nature of the Bible, the way they live repudiates its content.

Psalm 119 begins with these words:

"Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!" (Psalm 119:1-3 ESV)

The Bible is no mere book. It is alive, it is active, it is sharper than any two-edged sword. It has the ability to penetrate our soul and spirit.  It cuts deep into the thoughts and intentions of our heart and lays them bare.  (Hebrews 4:12)  In its pages are the words of life - words that not only have the ability to transform our lives, but to transport us from eternal judgement to eternal joy!  (John 6:68)

We must therefore defend the Bible, its inerrancy and its authority.  We must live in conformity to its words, because it reveals to us the only source of our salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart. Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared. Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good. Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!" (Psalm 119:33-40 ESV)

I recommend that you check out the messages of the Shepherd's Conference Inerrancy Summit, available here:

Inerrancy Summit Messages on Vimeo

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Incarnation and You

by Tony Thomas

At this time of year, our thoughts are filled with gift giving, merriment and cheer.  However, let us not forget the true reason for the season - the incarnation of the Savior of the world, Jesus the Messiah:

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.” (Micah 5:2 ESV)

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.”  (Isaiah 9:6–7 ESV)

You may ask, why do we need a Savior?

The Bible says:

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  (Romans 3:21–26 ESV)

It is my hope and prayer that you will repent from your sins and put your trust in Jesus Christ.  After all, He is the real reason for the season!

"The first link between my soul and Christ is, not my goodness, but my badness; not my merit, but my misery; not my standing, but my falling; not my riches, but my need. He comes to visit His people, yet not to admire their beauties, but to remove their deformities; not to reward their virtues, but to forgive their sins."  - C.H. Spurgeon

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