Friday, December 7, 2018

The Legend of St. Nick

The image of jolly St. Nick has become entwined with the celebration of Christmas. St. Nick, often called Santa Claus, is usually portrayed as a chubby man with a white beard dressed in a red coat trimmed with white fur carrying a big bag of presents for good little children. In the modern telling of the story, he lives at the North Pole and drives a sleigh pulled by magical flying reindeer. But, the original Santa was far more than a jolly fat man.

The real name of St. Nick is Nicholas. He lived from A.D. 270-343 and he was the bishop of the city of Myra (located in modern Turkey) during the time of the Roman Empire. In his city there were many poor families, and he became known for bringing gifts to poor children, especially in the middle of winter when they did not have enough food to eat. There was a family with three young girls who did not have the money to pay for a dowry in order to be married. Nicholas dropped three bags of gold down their chimney so they would be rescued from a life of prostitution.

In A.D. 325, the Roman Emperor Constantine called three hundred Christian bishops, including Bishop Nicholas, together to the city of Nicaea. The question which brought these church leaders together was, “Who is Jesus Christ?”

At that meeting, there was a man name Arius who preached that Jesus is just a man, not God in human flesh. He led a group of bishops who said Jesus was the best man who ever lived and was a man sent on a special mission from God. They even believed that Jesus was the “son of God” because God had adopted him. But, they refused to teach that Jesus was the same substance as God. In the Greek language, they insisted that Jesus is homoi ousia, or “another substance” from God.

But another group of bishops insisted that Jesus is God in human flesh, fully God and fully man. They quoted John 1:1-3,14, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.They pointed to Matthew 9:2 where Jesus forgives the sins of the paralyzed man which proves that Jesus is God. In Greek, they said Jesus is homo ousia the “same substance” as God the Father.

The reason this matters is because if Jesus is the same substance as the Father, He is worthy of worship and He is capable of forgiving the sins of the whole world. But, if Jesus is just a man, then He can be neither Lord nor Savior.

The only difference between the words homoi ousia and the words homo ousia is one Greek letter, the iota, which is the smallest letter in the Greek alphabet. Yet, this one letter made a huge difference in who the church thinks Jesus is. Remember that the next time you hear the phrase, “It matters not one iota.”

That’s where St. Nicholas enters the story. One day during the conference, Arius was insisting that Jesus is not God and Nicholas became so bothered by his blasphemy that he walked over to Arius and slapped him across the face. The bishops were stunned at his behavior because it was unthinkable for a respected bishop to slap another bishop. They almost kicked Nicholas out of the conference, but the emperor Constantine allowed him to apologize and stay.

After more debate, the entire conference realized that Nicholas was right. Jesus really is the Son of God, incarnated as a human being. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Jesus is “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” Because of their new understanding of the deity of Jesus, the bishops wrote the Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation He came down from heaven; He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried. The third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will never end.”

So, the real St. Nick preached the Gospel, gave food to poor children, rescued girls from sex trafficking, and stood up against false teaching in the church. The next time you think about Santa Claus, instead of imagining him patting his belly and laughing, “Ho, ho, ho” try thinking about him as a bishop slapping a man for preaching heresy about Jesus. Nicholas realized that Jesus is God. He believed that Jesus can save people from their sins. He preached about an incarnate God who came to take away the sins of the world by dying on the cross. Nicholas really is a Christmas hero, because today we celebrate the same truths.

Christmas is the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We celebrate the fact that Jesus came to set us free from the power of sin. As an evangelist, I want to say thank you for sending our family to nations around the world to tell people about the Living God who became a man in order to make a way for all of humanity to get to heaven. 

Preaching About the Reason for the Season,

Daniel King

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life

Over the centuries, there have arisen many different religious philosophies and teachings that have been proposed by people who are looking for meaning in life. Yet Jesus transcends every other religion and philosophy in one powerful verse.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). This amazing statement is what makes Christianity unique and different from every other religion on earth. Let’s take a look at what Jesus was claiming and what His words mean to other religious traditions.  
Jesus is the Way
This statement is in direct contrast with the religion of Hinduism that claims there are over three hundred million gods. Recently I was in India and I saw a family sitting in a temple giving an offering of rice and lighting candles in order to worship a local deity. By offering pūjā, they hoped the deity would not be angry with them but the problem is that in a land of so many gods, it is impossible to placate all of them. There are many roads that lead to deception, but Jesus is the only way that leads to lasting peace. 

Jesus is the Truth
This claim puts Christianity in conflict with agnosticism that asserts no one can know the truth and with atheism that claims there is no truth beyond what can be proved with a scientific experiment. In March, I visited the national convention of the American Atheists and I heard many of the attendees express their hope to find rational truth. But sadly, they are looking in the wrong places and using the wrong tools to find real Truth.  

Jesus is the Life
This statement puts Christianity in conflict with Buddhism that believes life is nothing but an illusion. Buddhism says all of life is suffering, that suffering is caused by desire, and the only way to escape suffering is to stop all desire. Yet, Jesus said, “I come to give you life and life more abundantly” (John 10:10). As a young man, Buddha saw the suffering of a leper and it caused him to forsake everything in his search for enlightenment. Jesus also saw a leper and in response Jesus stretched out his hand and healed the man. Jesus comes to give you life!

No one comes to the Father except through Jesus.
This statement puts Jesus in direct conflict with the Muslim religion. When Jesus called God “Father” He spoke words that Islam interprets as heresy. Muslims accept Jesus as a prophet, but they believe it is blasphemy to teach that God had a Son. Yet, Jesus was able to call God “Father” because He truly is the Son of God.

The truth is that all of humankind needs Jesus. The Bible says, “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). The Bible also says, “The price for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins but He did not stay dead. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, and today Jesus is alive! The Bible proclaims, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus shall be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Jesus did not claim to be a way, a truth, or a life. No, He claimed to be THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE.
I once heard someone say, “All religions ultimately lead to God.” But, think about this question logically. Imagine that I asked for directions to New York City and three people answered. The first one say, “Just stay on the road that you are on and you will eventually get there.” The second guide answers, “You are headed in the wrong direction, you need to turn around.” The third person replies, “Just let your feelings (your traditions, your conscience, or a guru) guide you to the right road.”
If three guides tell me to take three different roads to New York City, only one of them can be right. At least two of the guides must be wrong. The idea that all religions lead to God violates a basic test of logic. On the surface, different faith traditions share some similarities, but even a casual reading of the sacred books of different religions will make it clear that they are not communicating the same thing nor are they offering an equally legitimate way to God.
The truth is that some religions are wrong, even if they sincerely think they are right. If someone is wrong, they are still wrong, even if they genuinely think they are right. If you try to dial my number on your phone and one of the numbers is wrong, you will not be able to reach me, even if you sincerely think that you have dialed the right number. According to Christianity, Jesus is the only way to get to heaven. There is no other road that can take you there.

It is the mandate of our ministry to take the good message of Jesus Christ to Hindus, to agnostics, to atheists, to Buddhists, and to Muslims. It is through your help that we are able to share the truth of the Gospel with those who need it the most! Thank you for helping us to point people to Jesus.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Visiting the Nation of Egypt

Thank you for praying for me during my recent trip to Egypt. When I go into hard-to-reach countries, I need your prayers more than ever. Here is a report on what God did in Egypt.

Evangelism in Alexandria
Right after I landed in Cairo, our evangelism team of two evangelists, several pastors, and a fifteen-member music group drove four hours north to the city of Alexandria next to the Mediterranean Sea.

The city of Alexandria was founded in 332 B.C. by Alexander the Great. In 41 B.C. Mark Antony and Cleopatra met in Alexandria. It was the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the wonders of the Ancient World, and the location of the world’s greatest library.

The first Christian evangelist to go to Alexandria was Mark, the Gospel writer. It is said that when Mark first entered the city of Alexandria, the strap on his sandal was loose. He visited a cobbler to get it fixed. As the cobbler, a man named Anianos, repaired the sandal, he accidentally pierced his hand with an awl. He cried out in pain, “O One God!” Mark heard his cry and told him about the one true Living God. Mark prayed for the man to be healed and his hand was miraculously made whole. Because of the miracle, Anianos got saved and his whole family was baptized. This was the beginning of the church in Alexandria.

Mark continued to preach in Alexandria for several years and was martyred there in A.D. 68 by a group of pagan priests who tied a rope around his neck and dragged his body through the streets until he died. To this day, there are Coptic Christian churches in Alexandria that trace their spiritual heritage back to Mark.

In A.D. 641 the Muslims conquered Egypt. Modern-day Egypt is 90% Muslim which means it is a huge harvest field.

We did a two-night evangelistic meeting in Alexandria. Attendance the first night was 130 people and the second night was 171 people. The same Jesus who healed Anianos in the first century proved He is alive today by healing lots of people who came to our meeting. A total of 68 people prayed with us for salvation in Alexandria! It was an honor to preach in the same place that Mark once preached.

Soul Winning Conference near Cairo
We gathered together 75 pastors and evangelists and did a three-day soul winning conference. The conference was held at a beautiful campground. Your giving helped us house and feed these precious men and women during the conference. We taught these frontline leaders how to share their faith with people who need Jesus. On the final day of the conference, we prayed for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit and they began to speak in other tongues. Hallelujah! 

Preaching in Cairo
I ministered in several churches in one day in Cairo. One was an Episcopal church, one was Presbyterian, one was Baptist, and one was a Coptic church. At these churches, a total of 115 people came forward for the altar call and 43 people testified they were healed by the power of God.  It was wonderful to see that God works the same no matter what denominational label is on the building.

Thank you for sending me to preach the Gospel in Egypt! Because of your prayers and your giving, we saw a harvest of souls and miracles in a hard-to-reach country.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

What Does Daniel Speak About?

Are you a pastor that needs a speaker for a special event or a Bible school looking for someone to teach?

Recently a Bible School asked me to provide a list of ten classes that I could teach. Here is the list that I provided to them. If you ever need me to teach on any of these subjects, just let me know and I will do what I can to help you.

Evangelism: In the past fifteen years, we have led over 2 million people in a salvation prayer. I can teach on mass evangelism or one-on-one evangelism. I am currently finishing my Doctorate of Ministry research project on the subject of "Mass Evangelism" Here are some books I have written on the topic:

Missions: I grew up as a missionary in Mexico and have traveled to over sixty nations preaching the Gospel. I love inspiring people to fulfill the Great Commission. Check out what we have accomplished in nations around the world:

Apologetics: My latest focus is studying apologetics and I am currently writing my next book on the subject. In a world where there are many voices who challenge our faith, it is vital for the believer to know how to defend what he or she believes. 

Healing: We have seen God heal people all over the world. Here are some of the teachings I have done on the subject: God's Healing Power

Serving in the Local Church: I wrote a book about an obscure Bible character named Obed-Edom that will encourage people to get involved in serving God with their time and talents.

Practical Ministry Training: I have written extensively on subjects designed to help people launch out in ministry. Topics include: How to Raise Money for your Ministry, How to Write a Book, How to Grow your Church, etc.

Grace: After two years of intense study on the grace of God, I wrote a book on the topic that was published with Harrison House.

Prayer and Fasting: I have done some good teaching on these subjects too.

How to Discover God's Will: I wrote this book to encourage young people to passionately pursue God's will for their lives.