Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Christmas Story

I didn't put this together, but I stumbled across it today and was humbled by the lyrics. I recommend reading a long while you listen to it:

A frightened virgin teenage girl
Receives a message that defies the laws of this world
All she can do is weep and nod
She's to bring into this world the Son of God

God's angels sound their trumpets
And blow their horns
Tonight the long awaited savior is to be born
The goodness bound by Satan it has been torn
With this baby's precious brow ready for thorns

A star appears fufilling ancient prophecy
There's an ounce of fear as wise men follow faithfully
The Virgin Mary brings forth the human savior
And this future king sleeps soundly in the manger
Soundly in the manger

God's angels sound their trumpets
And blow their horns
Tonight the long awaited savior is to be born
The goodness bound by Satan it has been torn
With this baby's precious brow ready for thorns

Tonight He is born so one day He can die
To heal hearts that are torn and live the perfect life
So He hang upon a cross and we can take His life
So we can live as sinners
And He can pay the price
Tonight He is born so one day he can die
But He will rise again

God's angels sound their trumpets
And blow their horns
Tonight the long awaited savior is to be born
The goodness bound by Satan it has been torn
With this baby's precious brow ready for thorns
Ready for thorns..

Friday, December 4, 2009

Born To Die - The Real Story of Christmas

I put this together in as in introduction to a guest sermon I preached the day after Christmas last year. Since it was after Christmas I never uploaded it, but I figured I would share it this year in hopes that it could have the same impact on you as it did on me. Soli Deo Gloria!

If you want to hear the sermon, you can listen to it or download it here:
-W.S. (Mike)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Patricia King -"Spreading the Good Woo Woo"

Not sure how many folks know of Patricia King, but I know fans of Wretched Radio are well aware of her. The brief story is that she is part of the "Word Faith" movement *cough* heresy. Don't just believe me...check it against scripture. For more information on the problems with the "Word Faith" movement, check out

Anyway, after hearing the "original" on Wretched Radio and watching it on YouTube, I was struck that there could be something in there to make a sermon Jam. But since it's not a sermon, I would like to introduce my first ever "Heretic Jam" (auto tune edition)

The original:

My Remix:

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Joshua Sings "Solid Rock"

I shot this this morning while we were getting ready to leave the house. As I walked back to the car, my 2 y/o was singing our favorite hymn.

I hope this blesses you as much as much as it blessed me.
-W.S. (Mike)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dear Pop - A Birthday Letter To My Dad

I struggled with whether or not to share this private letter I wrote to my Dad for his 61st birthday, but I decided it may provide encouragement for others out there that have family members that aren't saved.

I read the letter below out loud to him after dinner tonight. He has heard the Gospel before, but this was the first time I was able to make it all the way through without it turning into a Catholic vs. Protestant debate. In addition to this letter, I gave him a copy of Mark Cahill's book, "One Heartbeat Away".

Please don't wait until it is too late to share the Gospel with those you love.



Happy Birthday! I just wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the past and let you know how much I appreciate the father you have been to me. I look back over the past 31 years and it is full of such powerful memories; some good, some not so good. Even with all the struggles, the memory that is always foremost in my mind is how you carted me around to every conceivable sports game in which I was a part of. While I would not have been able to play on those teams without transportation, the most important aspect was that you stayed for every game. I know I didn’t appreciate it fully (or even grasp this at the time), but looking out into the stands during my baseball games and knowing that you were always there was so incredibly comforting. It showed how much you cared for me. I never once felt alone, I never once felt like you weren’t there for me. I never once doubted how much you loved me.

I know these are the types of things I couldn’t possibly have understood as a child (or a teen), but now that I find myself in the struggle between family & career, I know how much you must have sacrificed in order to be there for me. As I look back through this new lens, I know that you were there because you wanted to be there …that is what means the most to me. I know I haven’t always been the easiest to love, but you were still there. I know I wasn’t kind, or appreciative, or even remotely loveable…but you were still there. I know I wasn’t always respectful, but you were still there. You were there because you are my Dad, and that is what “real” Dad’s do...they are there.

The other memory that comes to mind is in much of the same vein. I’ll never forget how you played ball with me in the back yard as a boy. Countless hours of ground balls, you playing catcher and chanting “Umdada Beee Umdada Boy” as I would pitch at you from our makeshift pitcher’s mound. I can still hear the symphony of the bug zapper and the crackling of the AM radio as we tried to listen to the Orioles. I thought I was Cal Ripken, but only because you made me feel as if I really was. I am now only starting to understand the joy you must have felt then, as I get to experience it with my boys.

If only I could just fast forward and forget all those years between then and now. If only I could just skip over all the hurt I caused, avoid all the pain that resulted, and just arrive to where we are today. But we can’t, and that’s OK. Each and every one of those experiences has helped shape my full appreciation of you as a father. If there is one thing I have learned in the past few years, it is that if you don’t see the bad news, you’ll never fully appreciate the good news.

You see, that perspective is also part of what has caused some dissension between us over the past few months. I finally understand the “bad news” of how I look to the Perfect, Righteous & Holy God. I finally realized that I am not “good” when compared His Holy standard. I used to compare myself to others, and compared to them I do look quite good. I don’t do what “they” do, or I’m not as bad as “them”. But that isn’t how God says it works. We are not going to be judged according to our standard, we are going to be judged according to God’s standard, God’s perfect law.

Hebrews 9:27 says, “it is appointed for men once to die and after this comes judgment”, and when we die we will each be judged. And the result of that judgment is eternal. You see “all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). None of us can possibly be found innocent, we have sinned against an infinitely Perfect God, and His Word is clear that the punishment is an infinite punishment in hell. I finally realized that I deserve to go to Hell. I broke God’s law, and I deserve to be punished. So that is the bad news.

But here is the Good news. God doesn’t want us to go to hell. God is Love. And how does He demonstrate that love? “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) See, I deserve the punishment of hell. But God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to pay my fine. He didn’t “just” get beaten, bruised, and mocked, die & then rise again defeating death…He took the full wrath of God upon His head so I didn’t have to have it on mine. And He did the same for You.

The bible is clear Pop, "He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” (John 3:36) You can see that John displays the meaning of the word “believe” by showing that the opposite of “believe” is “not obey”. Believe is much more than “acknowledging” Jesus is who He said He was. It is “obeying” Him. If you look throughout the bible you find that Jesus uses two words to describe this “belief”. In Mark 1:15 Jesus uses the words together as He arrived in Galilee, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” In Luke 13:3 Jesus says, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

If we repent (turn from our Sins) and trust in Jesus to save us He will cause us to be born again. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." (John 3:3) He changes the desires of our hearts; we submit to His authority in our life, we are consumed by our desire to serve Him.

Pop, here is why I wrote this letter. Life is short, who knows how much more time we have left. I didn’t want to risk another day to go by without me telling you how much I appreciate what you’ve done for me. I don’t want to risk the chance that I would look back after you are gone and say, “I wish I would have told Pop how much I loved him.”

But at the same time, I also don’t want to look back and regret not sharing the most important thing I have, the Good News of salvation. I know you may think that I’m just trying to convince you I’m right, but that isn’t the case at all. Think about it this way, if I know this to be true (which I do) than how could I possibly hold it to myself? How could I possibly let my Pop, get a day closer to eternity without telling you one more time about the only way to avoid the wrath of God?

I love you Pop, thank you for all you’ve done for me. Happy Birthday, and I praise God for giving me such a dedicated dad.




Thursday, September 17, 2009

Powerful: A Cross, A Question, & A Fool

I saw this over at Tony Miano's Blog, and I just had to share. When I finish my recap of Deeper 2009 & The 500 you're going to see some examples and my thoughts on Open-Air Preaching, but this is something slightly different and just as effective of a springboard into the Gospel.

This is something every Christian can do, and any person who claims to be a Christian but doesn't go out of there way to share the Gospel with those who are destined to hell should take a real close look in the mirror. Somebody shared the Gospel with you, love your neighbor as yourself.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Deeper Conference 2009 - Wow

WOW! Praise God! That's all I can say about it for now. I met a lot of great folks, heard some powerful preaching, participated in 2 of the most God honoring worship ceremonies in my life, and open aired preached in the dreaded "Little 5 Points" area of Atlanta. My faith is definitely "Deeper", but it's going to take me a little while to articulate it all. Stay tuned....
-W.S. (Mike)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Off To The Deeper Conference - Follow along!

I'm really excited to be able to attend the Deeper Conference again this week. At first, it didn't look like we were going to be able to afford my plane trip down, as a matter of fact there was pretty much no chance we were going to be able to pay for the flight. Then, out of nowhere I was asked by my job to attend a meeting in Marietta the Thursday before Deeper! Amazing, absolutely Amazing! Well, I'm here in Atlanta now...and I'm really excited about the opportunity to worship and study in such an evangelical atmosphere. There is nothing like it, and if you can't get here this year....start saving for next year it is definitely worth it.

If you are interested in following along as things start happening, you can follow #deeper09 on twitter. There will be plenty of folks updating as the conference progresses. If you don't have a twitter account, you can just follow this blog entry:

Get ready for some amazing testimonies!
-W.S. (mike)

Friday, August 28, 2009

New Wretched Gear

On the recommendation of a close friend, I decided to check and I ended up making a new version of the "Friends Don't Let Friends Die" T-shirt:

Check it out and let me know what you think.

-W.S. (mike)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

I need your help: What terms do you use to describe Jesus?

I need some help, I'm looking for your perspective on something. I set up a VERY SHORT survey which provides a list of 10 terms commonly used to describe Jesus. It asks you to rank them from 1 to 10 with 10 being the most likely term you are to use, and 1 being the least likely.

I would really appreciate if you would take a few minutes to honestly walk through this survey, and pass it along as you feel appropriate:

What terms do you use to describe Jesus?

Thanks for your help!
-W.S. (mike)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Are You Ready?

This is amazingly powerful...and true.

Friday, August 7, 2009

The Return of Ray Comfort To Radio!

Date / Time: 9/14/2009 5:00 PM

Call-in Number: (347) 884-9617

The premier broadcast of "Ray Comfort, Live!" Stay tuned for more details.

Upcoming Episodes

9/15/2009 5:00 PM - Ray Comfort Live (2009-002)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Friends Don't Let Friends Die (w/o the Gospel)

I came up with the idea for this shirt while driving with my brother a few months back. We were talking about evangelism (of course), and about how hard it can be to share the Gospel with those closest to you. That is, however, if you don't have the right mind set. We need to love people enough to step out of our comfort zone and share with them the most important thing we have...the Good news about Jesus Christ.

Here's the breakdown of the shirt:

Front - Skull and crossbones with the text:
"Friends Don't Let Friends Die" above & "without hearing the gospel" in parenthesis below.

Back - The text of 1Cor 15:3-5

If you're interested in buying the shirt, you can find it here:

-W.S. (Mike)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

My Guest Sermon: "Raising The White Flag" James 4:7

Last week I was honored to be asked act as guest preacher and deliver the message at my church. This is a huge reponsibility that I don't take lightly. I decided to teach from one of my favorite books in scripture, James 4. The sermon below is the result. I pray it was, and continues to be Glorifying to the Savior.

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For His Glory,
W.S. (Mike)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jesus Is A Friend Of Mine? - Wretched Radio Dance Party

Is Jesus your friend? I started to put this together as a joke, but realized there may be a teaching principle in there. It features the cast of Wretched Radio (Todd Friel, Tony Verkinnes, and David "Hip Hop" Shannon) break dancing.

For more information on wretched radio, check out


State of The Nation Webcast - Tonight (June 25, 2009)


I'm really excited about this, I'll be watching tonight.

-W.S. (Mike)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Discussion Re: The Message "Bible" - A Compare/Contrast

Hey Brothers & Sisters,
I would love your thoughts on the 4 page document by Justin Peters (JustinPeters.orgthat can be found at the link below. It is a only a quick summary of a few passages within "The Message", but I found it to be quite powerful. I've have never done a formal study from the message myself, but the few times I have pulled from it I found it to be entirely too much of a paraphrase for my personal taste...however I never read the passages cited in the article.

In the words of the apostle Paul (Phil 1:9-11)
"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledgeand all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."

For His Glory,
-W.S. (Mike)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

What Does This Verse Mean To Me?

Wanted to share a great article from John MacArthur:

What Does This Verse Mean "to Me"? :: Grace to You

Would love your thoughts here.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Your Kids Listen To Your Actions - Part 2

Last November I posted about how our kids listen to our actions, and just this last Sunday I was blessed to be able to witness another example just last that I want to share with you.

Before I share this story, I want to reiterate that I do not share this as any sort of righteous testimony to my competency as a parent, or out of pride for the actions of my daughter. I know I have many shortcomings as a parent, and there are likely many more that I have yet to realize. I am sharing this as an encouragement for each of you; so you can see that the children in your life are watching you...they are listening to your actions.

Each Sunday morning for the past few months, my 5 y/o daughter "Minnow" and I wake up and head off to church early so I can finish my prep for the Youth Sunday School class I teach. My wife (who is expecting) and our 2 boys (2 & 3 y/o) stay back and arrive later in time for worship. Minnow & I have developed a bit of routine on Sundays. We leave the house in plenty of time and stop by a local gas station/convenience store and get some breakfast. We typically bring at least one million dollar bill tract in with us to give out in the store, and usually leave one at the pump if we need gas that AM.

Last Sunday as we pulled into the parking lot Minnow asked me, "Daddy, can I give a million dollar bill to the lady at the counter?" I had a feeling this was coming, as we had been talking about whom we would give the tract to ever since we left the house. "Of course!” I replied, and we walked into the store. We picked up my coffee and her water, our sandwiches & some pastries for the boys and my wife and went up to the counter to pay. Without any hesitation whatsoever she handed the tract to the woman at the counter and said, "Did you get one of these?" and immediately followed up with "Read the back when you get a chance." I was quite impressed with how smooth it came out for her, but this isn't even the part of the story that I wanted to share. It gets better.

On the way to church we were listening to a sermon and talking some more about the Gospel. Minnow asked me if she could have a couple of tracts to keep in her bible, and I gave her a few after giving her some instructions:
a) They are for giving away, not to be kept and treated as toys.
b) They should always be kept crisp and new looking.

After church, I headed out the front door and back towards the rear of the building where we parked my truck. As I started walking down the hill I noticed three little pony-tailed heads huddled around the opposite side of my truck. I was wondering what they were up to, and my first thought was that it wasn't something good. I decided to slowly approach the truck and keep the cab of the truck between us to shield their view of me.

As I approached, the only voice I could hear was Minnow. What she was saying absolutely melted my heart. This is what I heard:

"Here girls, take these. They are not real money, they are Gospel tracts, and they have the Gospel on the back of them. Here's what you do with them. You give them to someone that doesn't know the Gospel. Just say, "Did you get one of these?" and then you ask them to read the back when they get a chance. Remember, don't keep them for yourself, they aren't toys. Oh yeah, and don't wrinkle them all up. Keep them flat."

I must admit I was quite filled with pride at that moment, and I had a hard time not just interrupting their little pow-wow and picking up Minnow to give her a giant Daddy-sized hug and kiss. But I quickly checked myself and focused on how pleasing this must have been to the Lord, and thought of how I could use it to teach Minnow a lesson on obedience. It is so often as parents that we only teach lessons of obedience when we are battling disobedience.

On the trip home I asked Minnow why she gave those tracts to her friends and she said, "Because I don't want people to go to Hell, Daddy. They need to know about the Gospel so they don't go to hell."

Maybe I need to start listening to her actions more.
(Matthew 18:2-4)

-W.S. (Mike)

Resolved 2009 Live Streaming

I'm watching Steve Larson now, and figured I'd post the link here just in case there were others who were interested. If you want to find out more about the conference, check this out:

As you can see below, there are some heavy hitters in the list of speakers and they are offering live streaming so if you want to watch it live (this is an awesome thing) go here:

Saturday, June 13 (all times in PST)
  • 11am - Session 2, Steve Lawson
  • 5pm - Session 3, C.J. Mahaney
  • 6pm - Session 4, Enfield Concert
Sunday, June 14
  • 11am - Session 5, Steve Lawson
  • 5pm - Session 6, John MacArthur
  • 7pm - Session 7, John Piper
Monday, June 15
  • 9am - Session 8, Rick Holland
  • 11am - Session 9, John MacArthur
  • 5pm - Session 10, C.J. Mahaney
  • 7pm - Session 11, John Piper
-W.S. (mike)

Friday, June 12, 2009

New Logo - What do you think? & Why I did it.

Hopefully you have noticed the new logo/banner at the top of the site. I have been considering making a change for quite some time now but I just haven't had the time. But today I decided to just get it done. And here's why:

I created the previous logo when I launched the site well over a year ago. I put a lot of thought into the development of that logo. To me, it symbolized my sinfulness (the red lava like skin) calling out to my Savior to save me. In the logo, I attempted to symbolized Jesus as pure, holy, perfect, exalted (white, w/o blemish, elevated above me). And this is exactly where I failed, and it has been bothering me for some time.

What in the world was I thinking? I'm a wretched sinner, whose every work compared to His (from God's perspective) are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6), and I tried to somehow capture the essence of the Pure, Holy, Perfect, Loving & Righteous God in a logo? I mean, even if I was able to come up with it, can you even imagine what that would look like? Do you see how inaccurate it would be? I dare not make myself a graven image of the one true God, in order to make him my god. (Deut 4:16-18)

I just want to be clear on something. I'm not saying you can't paint a picture of Jesus, or you shouldn't wear a cross as a reminder of what Jesus did for you. But I am saying that we should be careful with those things. We should be careful anytime we try to capture the essence, character, or nature of God outside the bounds of scripture. When you make (or use) the image of Christ there is a very fine line between glorifying & blaspheming.

Like most of the "gray areas", it comes down to a matter of the heart. I prayer-fully searched my heart, and The Holy Spirit convicted me...I dare not ignore His conviction.

-W.S. (Mike)

Monday, June 8, 2009

The Most Important Thing We Have - Session 1/3

A few weeks ago, my Pastor asked me to sub in for him and teach our Wednesday night bible study. He and I talk quite often about evangelism, and he knows the burdent the Lord put on my heart about reaching the lost, so he asked me to teach on that subject in particular. It turned out that there was no way that I could fit it all into a 1 week class, so it has turned into a 3 week series.

The first session was focussed on two main ideas, "What is evanagelism" & "Why we don't evanglize". Below is the 1st of the 3 sessions, if you are intersted in evanglism I urge you to give it a listen. If you're not intersted in evangelsim...I beg you to listen to this message.

I know there are a lot of smart people that read this blog, and I would love your thoughts and comments on this message, but not related to me. I would like them to be focussed as to how this message could be improved and how effective it was in Glorifying the Lord. That's why we preach & teach, for His glory.

The Most Important Thing We Have (Session 1/3)

(1Cor 15:1-4)

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures" (emphasis mine)

1. What is evangelism?

  • a. Evangel literally means "_______________" - Or Good "___________________"

  • b. Evangelism is the _______________ of "Good News"

  • c. An Evangelist is the ______________of "Good News"

2. What is the Good News? The Gospel

The Gospel is

  • ________________________________________________________________________________________________

  • ________________________________________________

3. Why don't we evangelize (more)?

  • Not my gift (Eph 4:11-12)

  • I don’t know how (2 Timothy 2:15)

  • Not my personality (Eph 6:20)

  • What if it doesn’t work? (2Cor 4:1-5)

  • I don’t know enough of the bible (Eph 3:8-9)

  • I don’t like confrontation (2Ti 4:1-2)

  • People don’t want to hear they will go to hell! (2Ti 4:3-5)

The video referenced (and audio heard) in this message is called "Do you believe the Gospel?" from I'll be Honest

Or download the MP4 directly HERE.

For His Glory,
W.S. (Mike)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

One Way? or Wrong Way?

I assume most of you have a daily driving routine and you probably leave your house driving basically the same route each day. If that is the case, then this analogy shouldn’t be much of a stretch.

Let’s take this a bit further by imagining for a second that you live on a one way street. You know that each day when you leave your house there is only one way to go, and fortunately for you there is a sign just across the street from your driveway telling you which way that is. It’s a “One Way” sign, and it is there to remind you which way is the right way to go.

One day as you prepare to leave your house and get to the bottom of your driveway you are greeted with a new sign. You notice it is still a “One Way” sign, but now it has the option for you to go “One Way” in either direction. You are immediately troubled and start to think to yourself, “I know that can’t be right!” Your troubles are confirmed as you look down the street and you see the same exact sign across from each neighbor’s driveway as well. It doesn’t take you long to realize that this sign is VERY dangerous. You recognize that people should have the common sense to understand the danger in the sign and ignore it, but there is also no doubt in your mind that someone is going to fall victim to this trick.

You know that it wasn’t the highway dept, the government, or any other authorized party who put the new sign up. It had to have been someone else. So what would you do? I know what I would do. I would immediately start taking the signs down in hope that my effort would rescue someone from a dangerous situation.

And that is exactly what I started doing on my last business trip. Someone had put a dangerous and confusing “One Way” sign in the top drawer of the end table in my hotel. This sign conflicts with the “One Way” I know to be the Truth. The Truth as I know it is in the Word of God, it is the Bible. The dangerous and confusing “One Way” sign I found was the Book of Mormon. Like the sign in the example above, I could not in good conscience leave that book lying in the drawer knowing the confusion and danger it may bring. I did however replace it with a Million Dollar Bill Tract.

-W.S. (Mike)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Hiatus is ending - did you notice I was gone?

I've taken a little over a month away from this blog.  Did anyone notice?  :D

Mostly I've been working on my 1-John study for Sunday School and that has taken up a lot of my time, not to mention work has been pretty crazy.  Something had to give, and it was this blog.  I have a lot of things that I want to catch-up-blog buckle up.

In the mean time,  I'm on twitter.


Friday, March 13, 2009

How Do You Study The Bible - Let's Share

This is something I put together for the youth Sunday School I teach (as of recently). You can click on it to see the bigger version.

It's crazy how this all came together, it didn't start out so pretty. It was actually scribbled down in my notebook and barely readable by anyone other than me. But at the request of some of my closest brothers and sisters I decided to clean it up and post it here.

So what's the point? Well, the point for my Sunday School class was (and is) two fold.

Point #1 - Slow Down
Slow down when we read the bible. Is it just me, or does anyone else have a habit of blazing through their "study" time? Blowing through a chapter here, a chapter there, or maybe a devotional and not really (I mean REALLY) trying to understand what it is that you are reading? That's not exactly studying, is it?

Point #2 - Words have Meaning
This point really is dependent on the first. Once we slow down, things start to pop out at us. that is how the diagram above came together for me. I started to realize..."Hey, is God really Light?" Or is John telling us something else? Is there anywhere else that John uses the word for light? Hmmm.

I'm not going to get into a full study of 1-John now (but would love to if you want to discuss), mostly this post was to share a bit about how I approach studying the bible and solicit thoughts and discussion.

So, what is your approach to studying God's Word? What are some of the things that you find most difficult? Is there anything you have learned that could help others?

-W.S. (Mike)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Try It Out - The Blasphemy Bell

This is my newest "experiment", it's called the "blasphemy bell".  This idea came from several discussions with my small group about how much we have just come to accept blasphemy on T.V.  

One night after our study, we flipped on the TV to watch American Idol.  What a perfect test case.  It was the initial stages of the show and people were either told to go home or they were chosen to go to Hollywood for the next round.  Almost every single time they person made it through, they would get very excited, scream and jump for joy....and then proceed to use the name of the Lord in vain.  We started counting the number of times we heard it, and while I don't remember the exact totals, I do recall they were quite disturbing when you calculated BPM (Blasphemy Per Minute).

Enter the Blasphemy Bell.  My children have a service bell  they play with in their little toy kitchen.  I saw it one night and decided to move it out to the living room.  Now instead of counting, I just hit the bell each time I hear the Lords name used in vain.

I know what you may be thinking, "Why is he making a game out of blasphemy, it's not funny at all!"  I agree, it's not funny...and that is why I created the game.  I (and I'm sure you as well) have become so desensitized to Blasphemy in T.V. shows and movies.  Sure, if we hear someone at work, on the street, or *GASP* at church  blaspheme we all upset and say "Did you hear that?".   But on T.V.?  Nah.   That's just the way it is, right?  Wrong.

The blasphemy bell is all about sensitization, getting ourselves to listen closely to what we are actually hearing.   Sure, it's fun.  At first.  But as soon as you hit that bell 3 or 4 times I guarantee you will think to yourself, "What in the world am I doing watching this?".   Now, if you don't feel like it's a big deal to watch shows or movies that blaspheme God's name (remember the 3rd Commandment?), it's not up to me to convict you.   That's not my job.

However, it is my prayer that you won't harden your heart to what the Lord is saying in Psalm 139:20:
"For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain."

God's enemies take His name in vain.  If you want to read more, Psalm 139 goes much deeper and talks about how we are to respond to such enemies.  Even to the point of  how our heart is to be.

I leave you with this quote from Charles Spurgeon, that I read last week over at my Buddy Dawg On The Lawn's Blog:

"If the devil comes to my door with his horns visible,I will never let him in; but if he comes with his hat on as a respectable gentleman, he is at once admitted.The metaphor may be very strange, but it is quite true--many a man has taken in an evil thing, because it has been varnished and glossed over, and not apparently an evil; and he has thought in his heart, there is not much harm in it; so he has let in the little thing, and it has been like the breaking forth of water- the first drop has brought after it a torrent.  

The beginning has been but the beginning of a fearful end."
Service up.....Ding!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do Your Best?

As I drove into my parking spot at work this AM, I noticed this bright green bumper sticker on the car next to me. I think it summarizes a key difference between Mormanism and true Christianity. Not only that, I think it also summarizes a key difference between modern Christianity and true Christianity.

Doing you best is not enough. (Isaiah 64:6):

"For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away"

If you just do your best, you'll still die like the rest. Our hope is in the perfect penal substitutiany atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

Ephesians 2:8-9
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast"

Each one of us will fail the test if we stand alone on the day of judgment.
-W.S. (mike)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wretched Sinner Sermon Jams Now On iTunes (Podcast)

I have received a couple requests from folks who wanted an mp3 copy of the sermon jams, and/or an easy way to embed them in their site. I was already in the process of finding an easy way to distribute them anyway, and it turns out the easiest way to do it is to throw them up in a published podcast on iTunes.

So here's the deal. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes (and automatically get updates as I create more), then you want to click here:

If you just want to download the jams directly (or if you wish to link to them in your blog), then you will find what you need here:

For His Glory!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My New Sermon Jam - Todd Friel Sermon Jam

I've only been working on this one for a couple weeks, but I was quite surprised it came together a little faster than the last one. The sermon jam comes from Todd Friel's (from wretched radio) sermon "How do you know you are a Christian?" sermon he delivered on 1-John. The Jam just highlights the 10 point test Todd cites in 1-John. You can play it using the player below:

Or you can dowload it here in mp3 format.

Todd's original sermon can be found here if you have never heard it.

Would love your thoughts and comments on it. For His Glory.

Friday, February 6, 2009

People You Shouldn't Witness To - Really

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. There are some people you shouldn't approach to hand a gospel tract. Even if you think you have a good idea for how to approach them.

You see, after my Dr.'s appointment I had to go to the pharmacy that is inside a local grocery store. As I walked out there was an armored car and two guards there unloading cash from the back. This is when I got this "oh so" bright idea as to how I could give them a million dollar bill tract.

As I exited the store, I started walking towards the truck. My first clue should have been the guards reaction...they stopped in their tracks (not tracts) as I approached the open truck filled with money. They just stared at me. Then, I reached into the inside pocket of my jacket (another bad idea) and they changed their posture again. I then proceeded to take out a million dollar bill and said, "Here, I think you dropped one of these." Clever, right? No...not at all.

"No I didn't, now get out of here." He replied. Whoops. My bad.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Get Out Of Your Own Way – Share The Gospel

There I was, at the airport on my way to St. Louis for a business trip. Sitting all by myself I had commandeered (unbeknownst to me) the only working power outlet and was charging up my gadgets. I was alone for a while, but soon the terminal started to fill up. A man sat down a few chairs away from me and tried to use the outlets below his chair. But no dice, they weren’t working. He slid down closer and tried the next set with the same result. So I offered to unplug mine so he could charge his phone. I knew this was the Lord’s doing and my opportunity to start a conversation, but I blew it and just let him plug his stuff in and slide back down to his seat.

About 30 minutes went by and I was so convicted it was driving me nuts. But as each minute passed by, the awkwardness increased and it was harder and harder to start a conversation. I couldn’t get out of my own way.

Finally, I just asked, “So, where are you headed?” Seems like such a simple question to ask in airport, doesn’t it? But to me it felt like the hardest question I’ve ever had to ask. It seemed like such an awkward and forced question. Why was it forced? It was forced because the reason I was asking him the question was to get to something. I wasn’t asking because I cared for the answer. Do you see the subtle difference? Do you see the lesson to be learned? I share the Gospel because we care, so I need to care to share the Gospel. I know I’ve learned my lesson, I pray you will learn from my mistake.

Anyway, it turns out his name was Gabriel. He was in the Army (served in Iraq), got out about a year ago and just got the call to go back to active duty and return to Iraq. He went to church “sometimes” and thought he was going to go to heaven b/c he was a good person. He heard the Gospel and it was amazing to witness once again the power of the Holy Spirit convicting him of his sin, and his need for a savior. He had never heard the Gospel like that before. I know the Lord brought us together for a reason that day, please pray for Gabriel.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

Is The Gospel Real To You?

I stumbled across another amazing video this AM, and I wanted to share it. It's another in a great series of videos from the folks over at I'll be Honest. There's nothing I can add, except I urge you to watch this video and heed the message.

Is the Gospel real to you? from I'll Be Honest on Vimeo.

You can view this video in HD here.


Friday, January 23, 2009

Another Test

This is only a test, if it was a real blog entry it would have been followed by a scripture and some practical story and/or application.

Hebrews 4:12 (NASB)

"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart."

I told you, this was only a test. You'll have to apply this one yourself. I'm just changed my RSS feed service to feedburner, so I wanted to see if this would show up in my feed reader.

24-Jan....just editing this post again to see if I finally got it to work right....-W.S.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Learn The Ten Commandments In 5 Minutes

I stumbled upon this tonight, and I'm really glad I did. Pastor Steve over at Stone The Preacher put together this quick instructional video on how to learn the 10 commandments in 5 minutes. Now, this isn't something you will want to practice in front of a bunch of people b/c you'll probably look pretty rediculous...BUT I can assure you that if you run through this 5 minute video and follow along you will never forget the 10 commandments again.

If you start watching this and you find yourself saying, "This is dumb, I fell like such a fool doing this!" then I ask you to ask yourself two follow-up questions:
  1. Do I have the 10 commandments 100% committed to memory (in order)? (If answer is no, see question #2)
  2. What is more "dumb"....not knowing the 10 commandments or going through an exercise that will help you learn them?
I leave the conclusion up to you.


This Is Only A Test

Please remain in your seats, this is only a test. I'm testing a new iPhone application called "lifecast" that will allow me to post directly from my phone.

"why?", you ask? Well, As I walk my walk with Christ each day there are a ton of things that pop into my head that I think would be perfect blog entries...but before I know it life gets in the way and I never get around to it (but mostly I just forget).

So, we'll see how this works out. If my spelling is (even) worse than normal it also provides a pretty good excuse. :P


Posted with LifeCast

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"What is Wrong With The World?": Voddie Baucham Sermon Jam - Audio Only

You may have heard, this sermon jam was played on hour 2 of yesterdays "Wretched Radio". I figured I'd make the audio available for whoever wanted it. Here you go, it's for His Glory.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Meet Ronnie: Have you met before?

Have you met anyone like Ronnie before? Think about it, how many Ronnie's are at your church?

Here's a tougher question...are you Ronnie?

Either way, my point here is not to cast stones. As Christians, as true followers of Christ, we must build REAL relationships in our church. This will enable us to begin to have REAL fellowship with our church family. I'm not simply speaking of friendships here, I'm talking about the kind of relationship that is built on a foundation of repentance and trust in Jesus Christ. This is not a hypocritical "churchy" relationship that I know we are all familiar with. The one where you walk on egg shells and are to have conversations that will expose your true hypocrisy. We've all been there, and maybe we're there today. We must get beyond the days of speaking in church cliche's, and start having conversations about our Amazing God using real words.

What kind of conversations do you have with people in your church? Are they any different the typical conversations those of the world have on a daily basis? Are they only about the weather, sports, fashion, or TV? Or are your conversations about Christ? Your Savior. Your God. Your LORD. They should be.

After all, what else is there really to talk about?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

What is wrong with the world? - My First Sermon Jam

I've been working on this for a couple months, and I think it is finally ready to be released. This is the first sermon jam that I have actually edited myself (the last one I just added visuals to), and was inspired by a message by Voddie Baucham. I pray you find it powerful and that all the praise and glory will go to our Perfect, Holy & Amazing God.

If you would like to download the sermon jam or to view it in High Definition you can find it here: "What is wrong with the world?" - Voddie Baucham Sermon Jam from Wretched Sinner.


Saturday, January 3, 2009

Scientific Fact: Or is It?

I read an interesting article this AM that I thought about posting about soon, but then I came across this related video and realized I should probably post on it today:

You see, all these scientific "facts" that all the "smart" people in the world come up with don't always stand up to the test of time. These articles (Part 1|Part 2) by the British Medical Journal just debunked several scientific "facts" which I know I have bought into over the years. Here are just a couple:

  1. Sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children.
  2. You don't lose excess body heat from your head. (You can leave your hat at home if you don't want to muss your hair!)
  3. Eating at night does not make you fat. (Though the obvious rules still apply—you can't eat more calories than you burn.)
  4. Unfortunately, there is no scientific evidence that you can cure a hangover.
  5. Shaving does not cause hair to grow back faster, darker, or coarser.
  6. Reading in dim light will not destroy your eyesight.
  7. You don't need to drink eight glasses of water a day, so save yourself the bloat.
So what's the point, you ask? My point is that we just accept many things from the scientific community as fact. Many of the myths above have been shown on TV as part of educational shows that many of us end up believing. While not listed in the article above, evolution is another "fact" that many people just accept without any argument whatsoever. Why do we put so much faith & confidence in the ever changing realm of science, but yet are so fearful to put the same in the Word of God which remains unchanged and steadfast? Just think about it.