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The Lutheran Hour bringing Christ. To the nation's. What people think about something that's a pool what that something actually ideas that's the truth. Pastor can close helps us to understand that important difference. You're surrounded by supposedly wise men who encourage us to district kids seemed unique to their consequences. Those for the latest opinions the truth in the most recent public opinion polls and knocked. This week. The minute with the league as police say came through just to follow this troops believe on the lord Jesus Christ and obesity. Stay with us for pastor close his message. Right now I'd like to tell you about some changes that are coming to the Lutheran Hour. For the past six and a half years doctor Gregory sell says blessed us with his voice and message as speaker of the Lutheran Hour. His calling to serve as a minister of the church is not changing but the capacity in which shall be doing so. Is changing. As of November 1 doctor Selz will become the first executive director of the Lutheran center for religious liberty. Based in Washington DC. There will be working with various groups and individuals to highlight and preserve. Religious liberty as we conduct the search for the next Lutheran Hour speaker will be welcoming back some familiar voices. Doctor dale Meyer former Lutheran Hour speaker and president of concordia seminary in Saint Louis and our speaker emeritus pastor Ken Klaus. You'll hear them preaching and offering commentary each week starting November 5. All of us here at Lutheran Hour ministry thank you for your ongoing support and prayers during this time of transition. Now here's our speaker emeritus. Pastor Ken clocks. Christ is risen. He has risen indeed. Lloyd the world promotes an opinion which has faith in the same using foolish thing. Print that Emmy cling to your truth which says there is elevation and no one else. Grande estates lawyer to a Saul amen. In 1921. Cell and film comedian rest go to Eddie are buckle was beloved by the nation. More than meant Paramount Pictures which it paid him three million dollars over the last three years it signed him to another million dollar contract. Wishing to celebrate his success said he's friends with three day party at the saint Francis hotel in San Francisco. A week later if any was being held without bail and so number twelve of San Francisco's hall of justice. Film distributors pulled his most recent movie in America was shocked to find their beloved stars seem to have the darker side. Whose only one difficulty. Teddy. True he was accused by a leading named Mullen did don't mind but Mullen was never put on the stand because the authorities knew her story wouldn't hold up. Even so her accusations were enough to cause our buckle plenty of trouble. The comedian went to trial in the for history voted ten to two for his acquittal who has a second trial on the jury deadlocked. In march of 1922 that was a third trial the jurors having heard all the witnesses in the keystone. The acquittal is not enough for rest school are buckle. We feel that a great injustice has been under him. That was not the slightest proof reduced to connect him in any way with the commission of a crime. He was mentally throughout the case until the straightforward story which we'll believe. We wish him success and hope to the American people will take the judgment of fourteen men and women that rest school or buckle. Is entirely innocent. And free from all Blaine. When league leader Freddie are buckle was banned from appearing in the movies the interchange is into William B Goodrich and scripts that living behind the scenes. Drinking films for faithful friends like Buster Keaton. Still and three given by the public. I buckle died of hearted tick and June 9 1933. Was 46. He'd found out truth. In the most recent public opinion poll are not the same thing. In the last century when the greatest operators and motivational speakers was Winston Churchill. In war with Germany on May thirteenth 1940. He spoke to the house of commons. He said. US what is Karim. I can answer in one word victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of Altera. Victory however long and heard the road maybe for without victory there is no survival. His words have been cleaned is among the restorations of history. That seem to honor was not always human to Churchill as a statesman. One cent premium to speech for which 101000 people had shown up a friend list. Winston I'm too impressed that 101000. People came to hear you speak. Took two replied not really a 100000 would come to see anything. Churchill had discovered truth. And the most recent public opinion poll or not the same thing. Still all of these vignettes from relatively recent history and nothing in the air compared to the C news story. Let me be shared. Passages from scripture verses team from the gospel of Matthew and describes the crowds welcoming Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. The evangelist wrote. Most of the crowds spread their folks on the road and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him or shouting hold Zaun had to the son of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the lord Boson in the highest. And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was stirred up saying who's this. And the crowds and this. Is the prophet Jesus from Nazareth of Gallo. In countries to the crowds euphoric welcome of the profitability. Is Luke's account of Jesus trial. This to in the Jerusalem crowd X differently. This is what the beloved physician wrote. But thing that is the people in the crowd. Were urgent demanding with loud cries that Jesus should be crucified in their voices prevailed. So pilot decided that their demand should be granted he released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection in murder for whom they ask but. He delivered Jesus over to their wheels. Jesus is God's only in suns saw humanity more clearly and completely than any sociologists. Or psychologist. Most certainly he was not surprised by the change in the crowd's attitude. He had seen before. He'd been there when ten divine miracles could pave the way for the freedom of God's people from the egyptians. Mean also heard that he Bruce complaints about food water in the pursuing egyptians. He'd seen it cowardice at the prospect of actually entering into the promised land. It's the same it was familiar with the fickle this of crowds. Under the holy spirits over the land flowing with milk and honey was eventually but not completely conquered. The second chapter of judges stills of though God's blessed people abandon the lord the god of their fathers who brought the month of the land of Egypt. They went after other goods from among the gods of the peoples were around them and bow down to them. And they provoked the lord doing their. The rest of the old test and almost 15100 here's. Is a repeating play. In that one of them play the children of Israel would be blessed and enjoy the favor of gun. The second act would tell how subsequent generations for a gut the train and god and begin to worship the false deities of their neighbors. Three would tell how god allowed other nations to punish his children's disobedience. The fourth and final act shared how the lord's delivered people promise to be faithful. It was a promise they never could keep that for any length of time. The day Jesus rode into Jerusalem he knew better than anyone else. The truth in the most recent public opinion poll are not the same thing. The world so other things deceiving you about those roads which swirled around him. He was fully aware of the feelings and their hearts and minds. His fellow countrymen were suffering into the brutal Texas restrictions and rules placed upon them by the Romans. Jesus song to the souls of these people in the crowd and he knew how they belong for someone who would set them free. They wanted to king that conqueror possess her power would second the liberty. Is Jesus knew these things and he also knew one thing the war. They thought he was that political leader who would do the job. No army would have to worry about supply lines when they followed a leader who could feed thousands with a few loaves and fish. What courage to be shown they soldiers who went to battle knowing their leader could instantly heal their wounds. And didn't. If the story of Lazarus could be believed. Had the power to restore collate all who would fatally fallen on the field of battle. The codes and heard his words and beyond any doubt they believed Jesus was the men would been sent to free them. That is why they thought what better time could there be to begin their quest for liberty in the present passover. The pass over the remembrance of oh god and his men Moses and set them free from slavery was absolutely a deal. Clinton and ensure. They waited for the moment when Jesus would make his move. He never did. He didn't put together a bit of oratory calling for the raising of an army. No eating together any troops and he didn't need a revolution he didn't do any of the things they expected of him. Instead Jesus through the money changes out of the temple he Christopher intrigued he told them to either Texas this is their. They taught them the true greatness is to be found in servant would. For the crowd it was a disappointing. Experience. No I don't know if you've ever noticed. The when the lord does what we weren't we learn the most appreciative. The when he doesn't do what we want to what we expect him and dare I say to what we demand. That's different. How do you feel when things don't go according to plan or when an endless array of troubles seemed to bombard you. And assuring most remarkable person. In scripture doesn't tell the story of many such remarkable men and women human attitude toward the. Lord begins to change. Your own popularity poll in regard to the lord was showing marked dip in respect and appreciation. And there's a reason for that. Speaking for the lord of the prophet Isaiah wrote. For my thoughts are not your thoughts. Men there your ways my ways declares the lord. Prisoner heavens are higher than a year it's sore my ways higher than new ways in my thoughts that your thoughts. In which is another way of saying well god will always QB would should be he will not always give you what you want. That's what happened that week in Jerusalem. The people wanted Jesus to give the earthly freedom but the lord had a higher purpose in sending Jesus into the city that day. He sent Jesus to free humanity not from earthly oppression and repression but two releases from the heavy handed domination of C in the double and death. Jesus Jeb that week was meant to proclaim himself the general of an army it was to shall himself as the savior of lost souls. In pursuit of that cause. He did not raise his voice and an oratorical rant against the Romans on the country he was silent as he was taken from one unjust trial to another. Is he appeared before one's self serving judge after another. Is he without complaint or attempted self defense heard one cruel condemnation. After another. My friends. And ring now I'd especially like to speak to those of you who have walked away or rejected christianity because. Who have felt the trying gut has been unfair or capricious toward you. Because he isn't reformed as you wished. You'd like to Jerusalem crowd of turned and this is a mistake. Because no matter what you might have come to believe the lord loves you very much. This proof from my words a point to the same here. In any kind during his last week owners Jesus could have summoned legions of angels to a side a word from his lips said the polar to erase and eliminate all those who opposed him. The free or salvation. Those angels whenever summoned and that word was never spoken. So you might be rescued from your scenes in the condemnation they bring Jesus allowed this injustice. Endured the beatings. A whipping and a crown of thorns. He scared in his compassion was so great toward you he will only receive the meals which killed and two was cross. Do you think the lord to send caring. Then think again. As Jesus para and then cross rejected by men and forsaken by his father he was carrying New York scenes. Think that's been the worst thing you've ever done ever said ever thought. Remember the cruelty being near the lies theft the loss to follow stench of since Aniston. Know that you see being milieu or scenes in which to save you from them. To redeeming from those sins as whiny he lived to rescue you from the double and damnation is what he guide. In to show he had destroyed the domain of death is what he rose three days later. I would like you don't call a little line which is pumped up throughout this message. That lane is truth. In the most recent public opinion poll are hardly the same thing. You live in an age where it is fashionable to show that you were living your life independent of the lawyer. We live and a time when a person is considered an sophisticated. If he or she ignores the CBN less that there is Manger cross an empty grave. We are surrounded by supposedly wise men who encourage us to disregard seen guilt and their consequences. Bill was for the latest opinions. But truth in the most recent public opinion polls are not this thing. If the world tells you that you are OK just the way you are. Down deep inside the Houston hanging voice which says it is and so. If you spend your days trying to convince yourself that Evan will be viewers without the senior in because you weren't good enough. You are wrong. Terribly tragically terminally wrong. It is by God's grace not ourselves that we are saved and then my friends is that true. Jesus was crystal clear when he shared that he is the way and Norman comes to the father but by him. The public opinion polls mean courage you do refuse to believe that truce but Jesus remains the only way the only possibility for salvation god his main. Jesus blood that was shed on the cross of calvary is the only means whereby you can be for you would have seen him. And made eased the righteousness of Christ that must be applied TU. If you desire to be in heaven for eternity. But prince before I finish at lake to read a list of names. Some of them will be familiar to you. Most are not used to list. Here and bird. Chose pink mean DeWitt Clinton. Rufus king Henry Clay William Crawford. It was kiss Winfield Scott. John Freeman John build John Breckenridge Stephen Douglas. George McClellan racial Seymour. Or is really Samuel Tilden. Winfield Scott hand cut jeans blame James Weaver William Jennings Bryan. And only question is what are those names have in common. Will the number of things. All of these men were presidential candidates in the eighteen hundreds. All of them were nominated by an adoring party. All of them were told they could win that they put wind. And though of them lost some more than once. And a very practical way these men learn the truth and the most recent public opinion polls are not the same thing. Of course the only lost an election. And AM Toshiba losing something far more important. And longer list and eternity. The minute with the latest poll only saying. Encourage you to follow of this truth. Believe on the lord Jesus Christ. And you shall be saved. And if this senior is oppressing you would like to know better. They extend this invitation. Please. Call us at the Lutheran Hour amen. Listening to the Lutheran Hour this is action administering your call to action in response to all that god has done for you in Jesus Christ. And pastor Greg Selz joins us now mark great to be hero you know many of our listeners already believe wholeheartedly in following Jesus others are still watching and waiting. I guess he does say they're analyzing the polls as to who this jesus' and whether they really need. And while people might be curious to hear more about Christ and the Christian faith. Sometimes broaching the topic with someone might. Seemed a bit like walking on the high wire. To make this balancing act just maybe a little bit easier Lutheran Hour ministries has developed a new online resource called thread. And here to talk with a us about that today is thread community manager. Rachel look good today Rachel thanks for joining us thank you I'm happy to be here well first what does a community manager manage. I am in charge of the content distribution and so we have all of our content that's kind of given to you given to us there are contributors on our team and I put that out into the world. For more pain. And briefly what is threat credit is a network of arm might con ten that creates space for conversation with people of different backgrounds. And has a variety of different interests levels I'm that it tries to pull men and served with the content that we create. And the Abu we're hoping to create current connections that lead to community. And threads tag lying is an open and honest conversation. With people of different backgrounds about life faith and Jesus. In canola scum unpack that a little bit then what is the driving. Force behind this project so it's no secret that I'm a lot of people are online in the end there's kind of been this explosion and of digital communication and in recent years. Through social media. The Internet and all those different things that people are going to to find information and it's created many. Opportunities for learning Nina networking but it's also allowed people to. I'm stay in their own comfort zones are bubbles you can connect to people who are just like you and you can listen to opinion spattered just like your own. And face is a topic that has been one of around the place where people have the biggest division and so. What's high thread is the desire to engaged not charged people all and we wanna engage them in. Genuine dialogue about the words and message of Jesus and the relevant impact of christianity. And our contemporary culture. Mean and we wanna establish a compelling narrative regarding faith in Jesus and christianity. Well what's available to those who visit these pages what are they gonna finally join me we lost on three main platform espy's but. And we have a website and we also have a YouTube channel. I would have a variety of contact we have images and that we share and we hope that people who come per page will then share them as while we have. I thought provoking quotes. Maybe from people in history art just different scenes that we found and the whole idea of those is TU I'm instigate Beck had a conversation to get it started. We also have blogs that we have a variety of contributors to contribute to our blog at. We have long articles that have dubbed the red perspective on different topics that we. Believe are relevant to. Our audiences light and we also videos that are created. Well thread launched back in the spring. You've had some experience with the now what's been surprising or encouraging. In the response so far time that tasty people column. And Bewkes accounting you wonder is this gonna hit as was gonna actually like connect with the people who are reading interview arena and anytime that you see people start to talk about feed you think the main and this is really exciting I think this is important. And no. So it it is fun to actually watch it do we thought it would do. And what can our listeners do to become involved with the absolutely at if people wanna go and learn more about Brad the best place ago. Is www. LE HM a dot org slash threat. And that is spelled TH RED there is no day at. Okay no way it's always exciting to see people engaging the things that Christ whether as a first time or maybe this gospels something that we've been chewing on for a long time what a great way to reach folks and get them into the conversation especially bountiful was into the truth. But the gospel of Jesus Christ Rachel thank you for being here having me. In SR action ministries segment today to blast to empower and a strengthened your life in Christ for others. To learn more about the red go to Lutheran Hour dot org or call. 1855. John 316. Hour. I. You were invited to take part in our listener surveys here's your opportunity to tell us what you think about the Lutheran Hour. Go to Lutheran Hour dot org and look for the survey link. Listeners in the US can take the survey over the phone by calling our response center during regular weekday business hours. That number four listeners in the US only his 1855. John 316. That's 18555646316. Vote for an hour is brought Huey tweaks to the generous support of Lutheran Hour ministries donors and partners. Together we are bringing Christ to the nation's. And the nations to the church. Now pastor close invites us to join him in praying the lord's prayer. Powerful other. Who art in heaven. Hallowed be thy name. They kingdom come they will be done honors says it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our Chris this is as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. But I need is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and never being man. They know me the grace of our lord Jesus Christ in the love of god and the fellowship of the holy spirit be and remain with fuel. Amen. Yeah. Okay. Okay. I okay. I. I. I. Is the Bible our only source of information concerning Jesus that's our question today for our speaker America's pastor can clocks I'm mark gusher. Mark good to be with you and the Lutheran our listeners tune. Who's asking this question I believe that comes from someone who would describe themselves as a bit of of Dow order may be eased somewhat skeptical. Just to kind of person we hope is listening so which is this individual went in though. He writes in many ways I would like to be a Christian I like what Jesus is supposed to have said and supposed to have done. It's true he would be the most amazing person who ever lived my problem is I simply need more proof. In this duration and erupt concede this person needs to search the scriptures. This where the fine the salvation story told and both promise in fulfillment. If you wanna know who Jesus is there's no better place to go with the in the holy Bible. Our listener knows the Bible is described as God's word and it's supposed to be true the problem for him is that it's. One cited the Bible story of Jesus comes to us from his friends from his supporters and you'd expect they'd want to make Jesus look good. Our listener wants to know if Jesus was so important and his resurrection. So shocking to the world. Why didn't somebody else write about it why didn't a non disciple record something about these supposedly miraculous events. It's a fair question. Knew when the president gives his State of the Union Address the opposition party always gives a reply Andy rebuttal we hear both sides. And to see that and action all you have to do is go to court sometime and listen to divorce proceedings and they're legal really hear two different sides of story written true enough. And you'd be quite raid in expecting the same to happen with regard to jesus' life death and resurrection so hard to explain to our listener that God's word should be enough for them then is the work of the holy spirit. But we really don't have to do this why do you say that. We don't have to say the Bible stands alone when it comes in the story in the savior because it doesn't. Their other authors ancient authors who lived during or shortly after the time of Jesus. You might expect them to release mentioned the savior and in there and you would not be disappointed like Coke. Only in the generation after Jesus it was a non Christian Jewish historian by the name to see this. He wrote a history of the Jewish nation. And he included Jesus and yes he included Jesus as well as John the Baptist and what did Joseph success say about Jesus. According to her friend and historian doctor Paul Meyer Josie this wrote. At this time there was a wise man called Jesus and his conduct was good and he was known to be virtuous. Many people among the Jews in the other nations became his disciples. I would condemned him to be crucified in to die. Those would become his disciples did not abandon his disciples ship. They reported that he and appeared to them three days after his crucifixion and that he was alive. Accordingly he was perhaps the messiah concerning from the profits have reported wonders. The tribe of the Christians who so named after him has not disappeared to this day. Well that's interesting that's also pretty generous description coming from someone who was not a believer bearing. For many years scholars took some Christians scribe in need of that period of an inserted into Joseph seat this book. Over today most scholars say those words at face value and is Josie was the only ancient writer who mentions the savior well known and hardly. There's tennis citizen Roman historian from the following generation image can go mural blamed the followers of Crist as for the player of Rome. Could we sum this up by saying there are extra biblical sources that speak of Jesus and do so when the most informative way. Is she can do to end without any fear of contradiction. Jesus is he real historical figure. He appears in the historical record of ancient writers in the Bible gives us the eyewitness testimony was early followers who themselves. We're willing to give their lives of vouching for what they had heard and they had seen. Thank you pastor close this has been a presentation of Lutheran Hour ministries. RR RR RR. I. I.