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By Armen Thomassian, Pastor of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church
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One Minute Ministry is a 90 second daily radio show from Calgary Free Presbyterian Church which answers a Christian question in one minute each week day. Host, Pastor Armen Thomassian, presents a reformed and historic Christian and biblical worldview, cutting across modern philosophies, church heresies, and doctrinal errors. Those supporting a seeker-sensitive gospel as promoted by people like Rick Warren, Joel Osteen and Andy Stanley, or the false gospel of Hillsong and Furtick, will probably be offended. You've been warned.

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April 29, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM060.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]To begin with, what I say here isn’t designed to make those who know their loved ones were cremated feel guilty or afraid. Ultimately what happens to the body after death does not affect the soul. Immediately following death, the soul enters the eternity of heaven or hell and what happens to the body does not change anything about that. Furthermore, many Christians have had their bodies burned in death, either through tragedy or martyrdom. Nevertheless, I would always encourage people to be buried simply because the biblical pattern should be what we adhere to. In contrast with the pagan cultures around them who burned their dead, burial was the practice of saints throughout the Old Testament and the New. Burial expresses the preciousness of the body. Christ has redeemed our body, so it has value. Furthermore, burial expresses the resurrection of the body. One day it will rise again to be reunited with our everlasting souls. Where possible, let us follow the biblical pattern.[/su_spoiler]
April 29, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM060.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]To begin with, what I say here isn’t designed to make those who know their loved ones were cremated feel guilty or afraid. Ultimately what happens to the body after death does not affect the soul. Immediately following death, the soul enters the eternity of heaven or hell and what happens to the body does not change anything about that. Furthermore, many Christians have had their bodies burned in death, either through tragedy or martyrdom. Nevertheless, I would always encourage people to be buried simply because the biblical pattern should be what we adhere to. In contrast with the pagan cultures around them who burned their dead, burial was the practice of saints throughout the Old Testament and the New. Burial expresses the preciousness of the body. Christ has redeemed our body, so it has value. Furthermore, burial expresses the resurrection of the body. One day it will rise again to be reunited with our everlasting souls. Where possible, let us follow the biblical pattern.[/su_spoiler]
April 28, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM059.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]First, we know that those in heaven will not experience sadness. Revelation 7:17 says, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” How then will we respond concerning those who went to hell? There may be a sense in which we become oblivious to them in eternity, but there is also the likelihood that our perfected minds will think of them as God thinks, and be perfectly satisfied with the justice of God that sent them to hell. In Romans 9:21, Paul asks those struggling with election, “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Essentially, God reserves the right to do with man what He please. In Revelation 18 and 19 we read of the joy and praise to God that’s offered when judgment is poured out upon the ungodly. God must be glorified in anything He chooses to do, and since He has chosen that the unregenerate go to hell, the children of God will praise Him for that because it ultimately glorifies Him.[/su_spoiler]
April 28, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM059.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]First, we know that those in heaven will not experience sadness. Revelation 7:17 says, “God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” How then will we respond concerning those who went to hell? There may be a sense in which we become oblivious to them in eternity, but there is also the likelihood that our perfected minds will think of them as God thinks, and be perfectly satisfied with the justice of God that sent them to hell. In Romans 9:21, Paul asks those struggling with election, “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?” Essentially, God reserves the right to do with man what He please. In Revelation 18 and 19 we read of the joy and praise to God that’s offered when judgment is poured out upon the ungodly. God must be glorified in anything He chooses to do, and since He has chosen that the unregenerate go to hell, the children of God will praise Him for that because it ultimately glorifies Him.[/su_spoiler]
April 27, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM058.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]We should first of all keep in mind that God the Father has no favourite except Christ. In Matthew 3:17, the Father testifies of Christ, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” All the rest of us are only favoured and loved by God due to our union to Jesus Christ. This is a union in existence before the foundation of the world according to Ephesians 1:4. The danger in wanting to be God’s favourite is that it may stem from sinful motive to be superior to others, a bit like James and John in Mark 10. That’s not to say we shouldn’t want to be the best we can be, but it’s not to be better than the next guy. We are to be vessels of honour, meet for the Master's use, i.e. be my best for Him. Christ deserves that you give to Him your all. You don't deserve it, and you don't have any right to be better than others to be esteemed God’s favourite. But Christ deserves our best regardless of our position, and all motives must be for His glory and preeminence.[/su_spoiler]
April 27, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM058.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]We should first of all keep in mind that God the Father has no favourite except Christ. In Matthew 3:17, the Father testifies of Christ, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” All the rest of us are only favoured and loved by God due to our union to Jesus Christ. This is a union in existence before the foundation of the world according to Ephesians 1:4. The danger in wanting to be God’s favourite is that it may stem from sinful motive to be superior to others, a bit like James and John in Mark 10. That’s not to say we shouldn’t want to be the best we can be, but it’s not to be better than the next guy. We are to be vessels of honour, meet for the Master's use, i.e. be my best for Him. Christ deserves that you give to Him your all. You don't deserve it, and you don't have any right to be better than others to be esteemed God’s favourite. But Christ deserves our best regardless of our position, and all motives must be for His glory and preeminence.[/su_spoiler]
April 26, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM057.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]While there’s a place for direct person to person discipleship and one-to-one accountability, I think a lot of this has become more necessary among believers now because of the deficiencies in the churches people attend, or laziness to use the means of grace. Personally, I was discipled by attending church 4-5 times every Sunday for worship, teaching, and prayer, door evangelism on Tuesday, bible study and prayer on Thursday, youth bible study on Friday, and evangelism on Saturday. I lived and breathed the local church, sitting under doctrinal teaching, listening to mature believers pray, and working with mature believers in evangelism. In my opinion you’re not serious about discipleship if you go to church once or twice a week. Find a church where bible study is thorough, prayer is regular, attend at every opportunity. One-to-one discipleship has it’s place, but most of the lack in Christians is due to neglect of good teaching and corporate prayer.[/su_spoiler]
April 26, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM057.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]While there’s a place for direct person to person discipleship and one-to-one accountability, I think a lot of this has become more necessary among believers now because of the deficiencies in the churches people attend, or laziness to use the means of grace. Personally, I was discipled by attending church 4-5 times every Sunday for worship, teaching, and prayer, door evangelism on Tuesday, bible study and prayer on Thursday, youth bible study on Friday, and evangelism on Saturday. I lived and breathed the local church, sitting under doctrinal teaching, listening to mature believers pray, and working with mature believers in evangelism. In my opinion you’re not serious about discipleship if you go to church once or twice a week. Find a church where bible study is thorough, prayer is regular, attend at every opportunity. One-to-one discipleship has it’s place, but most of the lack in Christians is due to neglect of good teaching and corporate prayer.[/su_spoiler]
April 25, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM056.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Yes, but not perhaps in the way you imagine. The Bible supports the concept of man having a freedom of self-determination as long as we realize that the freedom is limited by the bias of his own will. The Fall of man in the garden of Eden had a profound effect upon man’s will resulting in a natural state where as Jesus put it in John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light. By birth, man’s will is bent towards loving darkness and inclined away from God. Man voluntarily chooses in accordance with the freedom of his will, to rebel against God. Thus, man is responsible for his actions. This is universal. Paul says in Romans 3:11, “there is none that seeketh after God.” Thus, man’s only hope is to be regenerated by the Spirit of God, at which point he who is dead becomes spiritually alive. A dead man can do nothing but stink, and until God gives life, man’s will opposes truth and he stinks before God. Jonah declared, “Salvation is of the Lord” and until God saves a man, that man’s will is free only to do what his sinful nature desires.[/su_spoiler]
April 25, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM056.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Yes, but not perhaps in the way you imagine. The Bible supports the concept of man having a freedom of self-determination as long as we realize that the freedom is limited by the bias of his own will. The Fall of man in the garden of Eden had a profound effect upon man’s will resulting in a natural state where as Jesus put it in John 3:19, men love darkness rather than light. By birth, man’s will is bent towards loving darkness and inclined away from God. Man voluntarily chooses in accordance with the freedom of his will, to rebel against God. Thus, man is responsible for his actions. This is universal. Paul says in Romans 3:11, “there is none that seeketh after God.” Thus, man’s only hope is to be regenerated by the Spirit of God, at which point he who is dead becomes spiritually alive. A dead man can do nothing but stink, and until God gives life, man’s will opposes truth and he stinks before God. Jonah declared, “Salvation is of the Lord” and until God saves a man, that man’s will is free only to do what his sinful nature desires.[/su_spoiler]
April 22, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM055.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Yes. But not because there’s a shortcoming in God that makes Him slow to hear or act or forgetful. The problem is with us, and God calls us to be patient and persistent in prayer about certain things and to request them regularly, such as praying for the salvation of friend or family member. In Luke 18 the chapter begins with a parable, the point of which was to teach “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” When we read the parable we discover that it’s not continued prayers about different things, but continued prayers about the same thing, because the widow’s desire was for the judge to avenge her of her adversary. God shapes us and teaches us things in the persistence of prayer. Furthermore, the delays and repetition of prayer help us to remember that we serve God, not the other way round. So let us keep asking, seeking, and knocking for those matters that demand repetition in prayer and persistence before God.[/su_spoiler]
April 22, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM055.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Yes. But not because there’s a shortcoming in God that makes Him slow to hear or act or forgetful. The problem is with us, and God calls us to be patient and persistent in prayer about certain things and to request them regularly, such as praying for the salvation of friend or family member. In Luke 18 the chapter begins with a parable, the point of which was to teach “that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” When we read the parable we discover that it’s not continued prayers about different things, but continued prayers about the same thing, because the widow’s desire was for the judge to avenge her of her adversary. God shapes us and teaches us things in the persistence of prayer. Furthermore, the delays and repetition of prayer help us to remember that we serve God, not the other way round. So let us keep asking, seeking, and knocking for those matters that demand repetition in prayer and persistence before God.[/su_spoiler]
April 21, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM054.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]The word curse means, “an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance.” It is not uncommon nowadays to hear even professing Christians express words like God, Jesus Christ in a way that are essentially taking God’s name in vain. It is cursing when the context in which these words are expressed disconnect them from what they ought to make ourselves and others think i.e. when you say Jesus Christ, I should think about the Son of God, which I don’t when you express it as an expletive. The same applies when we use the word ‘damn’ or ‘hell’ and there’s a disconnect from their true and solemn meaning. We’re told in 1 Corinthians 13:5 that love does not behave itself unseemly, and Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” So our language matters, and if you are a Christian, you should not be using crude and questionable language, or misusing the names of God.[/su_spoiler]
April 21, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM054.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]The word curse means, “an offensive word or phrase used to express anger or annoyance.” It is not uncommon nowadays to hear even professing Christians express words like God, Jesus Christ in a way that are essentially taking God’s name in vain. It is cursing when the context in which these words are expressed disconnect them from what they ought to make ourselves and others think i.e. when you say Jesus Christ, I should think about the Son of God, which I don’t when you express it as an expletive. The same applies when we use the word ‘damn’ or ‘hell’ and there’s a disconnect from their true and solemn meaning. We’re told in 1 Corinthians 13:5 that love does not behave itself unseemly, and Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” So our language matters, and if you are a Christian, you should not be using crude and questionable language, or misusing the names of God.[/su_spoiler]
April 20, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM053.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Absolutely not. The term ‘Mother Nature’ is a personification of forces that we see in effect in nature. Terms like Mother Nature and Mother Earth are pagan in origin, coming from an ideology that believes nature provides for us. However, the Christian should not identify with this. Jesus said in Matthew 5:45, that God the Father “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Psalm 148 speaks a lot about nature and says in v8, “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word” i.e. it fulfills God’s will. I think the popularity of using this term is because men don’t want to acknowledge God in anything. For the Christian, I think it’s a away of avoiding the hard questions during times when something calamitous happens in nature. But we shouldn’t be afraid to attribute to God what God alone is in control of, even if the outcome results in deaths that we struggle to understand. To attribute God’s works to something other than God is idolatry, and needs to be repented of.[/su_spoiler]
April 20, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM053.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Absolutely not. The term ‘Mother Nature’ is a personification of forces that we see in effect in nature. Terms like Mother Nature and Mother Earth are pagan in origin, coming from an ideology that believes nature provides for us. However, the Christian should not identify with this. Jesus said in Matthew 5:45, that God the Father “maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.” Psalm 148 speaks a lot about nature and says in v8, “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapours; stormy wind fulfilling his word” i.e. it fulfills God’s will. I think the popularity of using this term is because men don’t want to acknowledge God in anything. For the Christian, I think it’s a away of avoiding the hard questions during times when something calamitous happens in nature. But we shouldn’t be afraid to attribute to God what God alone is in control of, even if the outcome results in deaths that we struggle to understand. To attribute God’s works to something other than God is idolatry, and needs to be repented of.[/su_spoiler]
April 19, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM052.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]The passage referred to is that of the woman caught in the act of adultery and brought before Christ by the scribes and pharisees. In the dialogue Jesus says in v7, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Often this is used to stop people from making any form of judgments about others. But did Christ mean only the sinless can accuse? Not at all. The Lord Jesus is applying Deut 17:7, “The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.” The sense is this, the person that isn’t guilty of this particular sin and caught the woman in the act, let that person act first. That’s the stipulation of the law and it prevented people making hasty judgements and pressed upon them the solemn task of also executing the sentence, and this the Jewish leaders were unwilling to do, because then the one who first caught the woman would also have to testify against the man who was strangely absent. [/su_spoiler]
April 19, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM052.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]The passage referred to is that of the woman caught in the act of adultery and brought before Christ by the scribes and pharisees. In the dialogue Jesus says in v7, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Often this is used to stop people from making any form of judgments about others. But did Christ mean only the sinless can accuse? Not at all. The Lord Jesus is applying Deut 17:7, “The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.” The sense is this, the person that isn’t guilty of this particular sin and caught the woman in the act, let that person act first. That’s the stipulation of the law and it prevented people making hasty judgements and pressed upon them the solemn task of also executing the sentence, and this the Jewish leaders were unwilling to do, because then the one who first caught the woman would also have to testify against the man who was strangely absent. [/su_spoiler]
April 18, 2016 · 00:01:30
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM051.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Obviously I can’t answer on behalf of every Jew and why they don’t believe, but generally they reject the Christian belief that Jesus Christ fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. But in refusing to believe that in Him they are doing two things that they ought to keep in mind. First, they are fulfilling the prophecy of Psalm 118:22, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” This was specific to the Jewish leaders in the day of Jesus Christ, but that unbelief is still reflected in the Jewish people at large and it should alarm them that their is a prophecy that Messiah would be rejected. Secondly, it will be impossible for them to validate any claim to be the Messiah the way it could be done 2000 years ago, such as proving He is from the House of David. That cannot be proved now. Finally, I might add, the New Testament reveals that Jews largely refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah because as Paul puts it in Romans 11:25, “blindness in part is happened to Israel.” [/su_spoiler]
April 18, 2016
[su_audio url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/oneminuteministry/OMM051.mp3"][/su_audio] [ommtop] [su_spoiler title="Click for transcription..." style="default" open="no"]Obviously I can’t answer on behalf of every Jew and why they don’t believe, but generally they reject the Christian belief that Jesus Christ fulfills all the Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. But in refusing to believe that in Him they are doing two things that they ought to keep in mind. First, they are fulfilling the prophecy of Psalm 118:22, “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.” This was specific to the Jewish leaders in the day of Jesus Christ, but that unbelief is still reflected in the Jewish people at large and it should alarm them that their is a prophecy that Messiah would be rejected. Secondly, it will be impossible for them to validate any claim to be the Messiah the way it could be done 2000 years ago, such as proving He is from the House of David. That cannot be proved now. Finally, I might add, the New Testament reveals that Jews largely refuse to believe that Jesus Christ is the Messiah because as Paul puts it in Romans 11:25, “blindness in part is happened to Israel.” [/su_spoiler]
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