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Why Men Need God’s Word More Than Ever

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June 8, 2024 2:00 am

Why Men Need God’s Word More Than Ever

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June 8, 2024 2:00 am

GUEST: ROBERT WOLGEMUTH, General Editor, CSB Men’s Daily Bible 

We’re coming up on the day where we annually celebrate fathers. The sad irony is that men and fathers are often blamed, marginalized, and vilified for the ills in our society. The worldview behind the resentment of men is one that rejects God’s design for male leadership, particularly in the home and church.

For their part, too many men have allowed themselves to become feminized and passive in the way they think, act, and dress. Instead of displaying traits of biblical manhood, like courage, decision-making, productivity, integrity, and purity—too often men are glad to sit back, watch the game, and have women fill their God-given role.

The only way back from this departure is for men to be saved and sanctified. The inner man must change for the outer man to change.

But there is no “easy button” for this—regeneration requires repentance and faith, sanctification requires active obedience to the Word and engagement in the local church.

God does not leave men—or anyone—without hope. God promises to save all who call on Him (Romans 10:13) and to set apart for His use all who humble themselves before Him (1 Peter 5:6).

In His inspired, inerrant, infallible, immutable, and authoritative Word, God provides the truth men need. But just getting a Bible is the start—the day-by-day priority of reading, studying, and praying through it is the essential discipline that every man needs.

A new Men’s Daily Bible has just released from Holman Bibles, the oldest publisher of Bibles in North America. The Men’s Daily Bible isn’t a study Bible per se but it contains lots of added features for men:

  • Book introductions to connect all 66 books of the Bible
  • Over 50 “Insight for Life” articles from Christian leaders such as Kevin DeYoung, Steve Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, the late R.C. Sproul, and Tim Challies
  • 260 “Insight for the Day” devotionals to prepare men to face the day
  • 95 “Questions For Men” with answers for discussion

Our host, David Wheaton, contributed one of the short articles for this Bible.  The article is at the beginning of the Bible, before Genesis 1, entitled “Embracing a Christian Worldview”.

Robert Wolgemuth, the general editor of the Men’s Daily Bible, former president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and longtime noted literary agent joins us this weekend to discuss how God’s Word changed his life, and his prayer that it does the same for many other men.

If the last name Wolgemuth rings a bell, Robert’s wife is Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth, the host Revive Our Hearts radio program. There’s a very compelling story of loss and God’s providence in bringing them together…and we’ll get to that this weekend as well.
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Why men need God's word now more than ever. That is the topic we'll discuss today right here on the Christian Worldview Radio Program, where the mission is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ.

I'm David Wheaton, the host. Thank you for your notes of encouragement, financial support, and for lifting us up in prayer. Our website is thechristianworldview.org, and all our contact information and social media pages will be given throughout today's program. If you haven't been hearing us talk about the course, the purpose of it is to help young adults aged 18 to 28 gain clarity and conviction on life's most important issues. So there will be eight sessions over those two days on topics like God and the Gospel, developing a biblical worldview, singleness in marriage, time, work, and money, the local church, and more. The course is now almost full, but there are four spaces remaining if you would like to attend or know someone in your church or family who would benefit from this Overcomer Course for young adults. What's been very interesting and encouraging in light of today's topic on men is that there are significantly more men than women registered. And to us, that's a good sign that there are young men who desire to love and follow the Lord. But we're looking forward to interacting with all the young adults who come to the Overcomer Course June 21st and 22nd.

If you'd like to find out more about the course and register, just go to our website, thechristianworldview.org slash overcomer course, or you can call us toll-free 1-888-646-2233. We're coming up on the day where we annually celebrate fathers. The sad irony is that men and fathers are often blamed, not celebrated, or marginalized and vilified for the ills in our society. The worldview behind that resentment of men is one that rejects God's design for male leadership, particularly in the home and the church. For their part, too many men have allowed themselves to become feminized and passive in the way they think, act, and dress. Instead of displaying traits of biblical manhood, like courage, decision-making, productivity, integrity, and moral purity, too often we men are glad to sit back, watch the game, and have women fulfill our God-given role. The only way back from this departure is for men to be saved and sanctified. The inner man must change for outward actions to change.

But there is no quote-unquote easy button for this. Regeneration requires repentance and faith. Sanctification requires active obedience to the Word and engagement in the local church. But God does not leave men or anyone without hope in this regard. God promises to save all who call on Him and to set apart or sanctify for His use all who humble themselves before Him. In God's inspired, inerrant, infallible, immutable, and authoritative Word, God provides the truth men need. But just getting a Bible is only the start.

The day-by-day priority of reading, studying, and praying through it is the essential discipline that every man needs to pursue. A new men's daily Bible has just been released from Holman Bibles. They are the oldest publisher of Bibles in North America. The men's daily Bible isn't a study Bible per se, but it contains lots of added features for men, such as book introductions to connect all 66 books of the Bible, over 50 insight for life articles from Christian leaders such as Kevin DeYoung, Steve Lawson, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, the late R.C.

Sproul, and Tim Challies. I was asked to contribute one of the short articles on embracing a Christian worldview, which I'll read later in the program. But before we get to that, Robert Wohlgemuth, the general editor of the men's daily Bible, former president of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and longtime noted literary agent, joins us today to discuss how God's Word changed his life, and his hope and prayer that it does the same to many other men as well.

Now, if the last name Wohlgemuth rings a bell, Robert's wife is the former Nancy Lee DeMoss, who is now Nancy DeMoss Wohlgemuth, the host of the Revive Our Hearts radio program. There's a very compelling story of loss in God's providence in bringing Nancy and Robert together, and we'll get to that story today as well. Robert, it's so good to have you on the Christian worldview radio program. I want to start out by reading a passage, a great way that Peter opens up his letter. In 1 Peter he says, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wow, and all God's people said.

Amen to that. And so, let's start out with a personal question. How and why did you become born again a follower of Christ? Four years old, and I lived in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, south central PA. My daddy was the pastor of a church, a Mennonite church, actually Brethren in Christ church, incredibly conservative. We did not go to movie theaters, but there was a movie playing at a civic auditorium downtown Waynesboro, and we went as a family. I have three older siblings, and so we watched this movie. I'm sitting with my mother way in the back.

The movie is called Mr. Texas. It was a story about a guy named Red Harper, who was a songwriter, and it was his life story, and the gospel was clearly expressed, clearly presented. So, this is exactly what happened. I knelt at my mother's knee in the back of an auditorium and asked Jesus to come into my life. I remember it's so clear, David, and I was only four. Actually, Nancy was also four years old when she asked Jesus into her heart. So, four-year-old, this is a shout out to people who are in children's ministry. Many four-year-olds can understand the gospel and can receive Jesus as their Savior. In fact, Jesus, what did he say about children?

He was a big fan of children. So, that's my story. Thank you for asking.

That's great. Thank you for that, Robert Wilgamath, with us today here on The Christian Ruleview. We're talking about why men need God's Word now more than ever. Let me just continue with that passage from 1 Peter, because then Peter gets into the trials that come to born-again believers. In verse 6, he goes on to say, In your salvation you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials.

So that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold, which is perishable even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. And though you have not seen him, you love him. And though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. And when I read that, Robert, I thought of you because you've been a believer for your entire life. You have followed Christ. And yet, like this passage says, you've gone through some trials.

You had a very serious health trial recently within the last several years with, I think, your own cancer. But even before that, you were married to a wonderful Christian lady named Bobbie. And you faced just a very difficult trial of losing her. And then right after that, as this passage says, God's goodness and providence in bringing a new Christian woman into your life. Nancy Lee DeMoss was her name at the time. Listeners will know her from Revive Our Hearts.

So that could be a whole program in and of itself. But maybe just give us a few minutes for those who don't know that story. I would love that. And yes, I'm so happy that you had a chance to meet Bobbie, David. She was incredibly special. She loved God's Word. So before Bobbie died, she told two friends that she wants me to marry Nancy Lee DeMoss. She did not tell me that. I think she knew as a man that if you give a guy an assignment, some guys look for ways to not do the assignment.

You know, I'll do anything but what you just asked me to do. So anyway, but she didn't tell me that. She told two friends. So then after Bobbie stepped into heaven in October of 14, I began to correspond with Nancy Lee DeMoss. Bobbie knew her because I was Nancy's literary representative. So they knew each other, had great respect for each other. They had the same password on their computer, hymn lady, H-Y-M-N lady. They both loved hymns, old hymns. So isn't that amazing?

They had the same email password. So Bobbie steps into heaven in October of 14. Nancy and I begin to correspond, and it's an amazing story. Even just telling you, I've told the story so many times to so many people.

But honestly, my heart jumps just thinking about how good the Lord was to put us together. Nancy was single. She was 56. I had been married 45 years. I was 66, so we're 10 years apart. In fact, when we were dating, she said, Look, if this doesn't work out, my mother is still available, because I'm closer in age to her mother by a few months than I am to her.

I said, No, I love your mother, but I'm going to take you if that's okay. So that is our story. That is a true story of God's kindness and providence bringing us together. So we've been married for almost nine years. Imagine, for Nancy, not having been married, you're 57 years old, and she's a woman of grace. I mean, she's never seen a whisker in a bathroom sink, right, for example, or she's never slept with somebody who's snoring through the night or whatever.

I could come up with a long list. So she is a grace-filled woman, and it's been amazing to take this journey with her. It's been such a joy.

What can I say? I'm still on my honeymoon. I am. I'm still on my honeymoon. We count months, so we just passed 102.

I give her cards, dinner, whatever, the 14th of every month. It really is a Romans 8-28, God causes all things, the hard thing that you went through to work together for good, a new good thing in your life, and it really is a testament to God's goodness and His grace. Robert Wilgemuth with us today here on the Christian Rule of Your Radio program. Okay, Robert, let's get into our topic that we're discussing in light of the men's daily Bible that you are the general editor of this just released. We have it available for listeners.

We'll tell you how you can get it today. But our topic is why men need God's word more than ever as we really approach Father's Day here. And we've had Owen Strand in the program, others who have described it that there is a war on men and masculinity in our culture, especially biblical masculinity.

You're an older man now, and you've seen the trajectory of the way society's gone over many decades in this country. What is behind this war on men and biblical masculinity in our culture? Men live without a centerboard now. We're like sailors with a sailboat, and there's no keel if you've got a bigger sailboat. There's no keel. So every wind that comes left or right just sends us off. If we don't have a centerboard, if we don't have Christ at the center of our lives, the wind comes and we go that direction. And that is our culture. I know how you feel. I know where your heart is on, for example, the sanctity of human life issue.

How in the world could anybody stand, anybody with any intelligence at all, say, until the moment of birth, a child is just a clump of tissue and somebody can choose to take that life? And you say, wait a minute, who thinks that that's okay? Here we are, June. Pride flags are everywhere, David. Who's thinking here? Who takes this ideal and makes a whole month out of it and celebrates what God calls detestable? When you get a chance, go to the Daily Insight. And just quickly, the way the Bible is laid out, there are 260 we call Insights for the Day. And there's one, Insight for the Day, number 233.

It's on page 1348. And the title is, I Still Miss You, Ken. I Still Miss You, Ken.

I'd love for you to read it and your listeners to read it when they get their copy of the Men's Daily Bible. There's a story of me traveling for two weeks in South America with a colleague, with a ministry colleague. And we had such a great time. He was so gifted. Mary had had two kids, lived in California, and the short of it is he died of AIDS. I had no idea. This guy lived a completely different life, a secret life that caught up to him.

And this one called, I Still Miss You, Ken, is about this. In fact, if you look at it, sexual purity is not God's great practical joke on men. Testosterone mercilessly coursing through our veins. Purity is his blessing.

It's his promise. If we cross this line, we die. That's not intended to be judgmental.

That's just the way it is. God's law, the commandments, the truth of God's word is for our good. I sound like a parent spanking his child. This is for our good. This isn't to hem us in. This is freedom in Christ.

This is what this looks like. I mean, the gospel is exactly that. The gospel is God's way of freeing us from the bondage of sin, the slavery that is sin, and setting us free to live abundantly. What a great word, right?

Our culture doesn't get that. It's amazing. You talked about the power of the Bible. Psalm 119, of course, the whole psalm is about God's word. The psalmist David calls the Bible a lamp and a light. We are wandering around in darkness, and God's word is the light we need to help us get on the right path and to stay there. I'm grateful for God's word. The whole idea of this Bible is to invite ordinary men, and I'm one of them, to spend time each day in God's word.

And David Wheaton, I'm sitting here. I know our listeners can't see you, but I can. I've got the advantage of seeing you on a Zoom call or whatever. I don't know what it is, but I'm sitting here looking at your face. I've had the joy in this project to invite 50 good friends to make a contribution, to write. So I asked you, and you said, yes, it must have been a weak moment, man, to be a part of this. And the cool thing is, when your listeners get this Bible, they're going to open it up to Genesis chapter 1, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, and right there on the opposite page is an article called Embracing a Christian Worldview by David Wheaton. What a great way to start this Bible project and to start men who are spending time in God's word each day, God willing, to start it here.

This is the big picture. You're taking a guy to the 30,000 foot level and saying, this is the importance of God's word. This is the importance of spending time in God's word. This is who God is.

This isn't an assignment. This is a privilege. So I'm thrilled, David. Right here at the beginning of this daily Bible is an article by my friend David Wheaton.

I'm honored that you asked me, Robert, and Genesis is so foundational to the rest of Scripture, and so it was an honor to work with you on that. I'm actually, later in the program today, I'm going to read a portion of that little article there at the beginning of the men's daily Bible. I'm speaking with Robert Wilgemuth today. He is the general editor of this brand new men's daily Bible. We're going to tell you how you can get it through the Christian Worldview coming up today in the program. We're actually going to tell you right now, because we're going to head into our first break of the day, the men's daily Bible will be great for a man or a boy in your life. You can see it and preview it by going to our website, thechristianworldview.org. Father's Day is approaching, perfect gift for a dad. We can get the Bible to you in time for Father's Day if you order by Tuesday, June 11th.

We have two options. You can get it in hardcover, which retails for $39.99. We're offering it for a limited time for a donation of any amount to the Christian Worldview, the hardcover version. Or we have it in a black leather touch cover, which retails for $59.99. We're offering that for a limited time for a discount price of 25% off or $44.99.

We have a limited supply of that. The version of the Bible is the Christian Standard Bible. You can just order the men's daily Bible, the usual ways to get in contact with us. Go to our website, thechristianworldview.org. Call us toll-free, 1-888-646-2233.

Or write to us at Box 401, Excelsior, Minnesota, 55331. Very nice Bible. We would encourage you to get one for the man or the young man in your life. We have much more coming up with Robert Wilgemuth, the general editor of the men's daily Bible. After this short break to tell you about some ministry updates, I'm David Wheaton, and you are listening to the Christian Worldview Radio Program. important issues of life, such as believing God in the Gospel is the gateway to being an overcomer, handling God's Word accurately, embracing God's design for gender, sexuality, singleness, and marriage, stewarding God's design for time, work, and money, engaging in the local church, and more. There will be teaching and discussion, activities between sessions, and meals served on site.

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It's softcover, 276 pages, and retails for $17.99. You can order the book for a donation of any amount to the Christian Worldview. Go to thechristianworldview.org, call toll free 1-888-646-2233, or write to Box 401, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331. Welcome back to the Christian Worldview, I'm David Wheaton. Be sure to visit our website, thechristianworldview.org, where you can subscribe to our free weekly email and annual print letter, order resources for adults and children, and support the ministry. Our topic today is, as we approach Father's Day, is why men need God's word now more than ever.

And our guest is Robert Wohlgemuth, the general editor of the Men's Daily Bible. Robert, I want to go to another passage of scripture from 2 Peter again, the second letter of Peter, where he says, so we have the prophetic word, the Bible, made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Again, 2 Peter 1, now in verse 20, but know this first of all, this is the top priority, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. And this speaks right to the inspiration of scripture, and with the word being such a top priority for the believer to be taking and to be hearing directly from God.

Robert, what do you think are the main diversions that keep Christian men from being engaged in God's word on a very regular basis? Your phone. Actually, Bobbie, who you mentioned, my late wife, she came up with this expression, the throne before the phone. When I get up, I got to know what's going on, and it takes no time at all for me to be completely distracted. Bobbie's phone didn't get turned on until after she had spent time in God's word. In fact, I tell her story on page 1444.

It's called The Throne. I had a wife who loved God's word, and she was a morning person. I'm a morning person. I'm a lazy man compared to Bobbie. I mean, she got up really early.

I mean, we're talking dark 030 big time. And she spent every morning on her red chair. And this insight for the day, called The Throne, is about Bobbie's red chair and about how she did this faithfully day after day after day. And here I am. I'm a Christian author. I'd walk through the living room upstairs to my study to write Christian books, and I didn't have a time with the Lord every single day in his word. I didn't. So this article begins, A lazy boy was born on my birthday.

I confess that I wasn't spending daily time in God's word. So Bobbie dies on October 28th, 2014. The morning after we laid her body to rest, I walked through the living room, and guess what I saw? There it was. The red chair. And guess who it was waiting for? Guess who it was calling out to?

Me. And I said to myself out loud, Robert, you are a lazy man. And I sat down on that chair, David. And this isn't boasting. This is confessing. Maybe I've missed three mornings in the last ten years.

It's been ten years. And it's been an amazing thing. The fun thing about God's word is it becomes its own reward. Spending time in God's word is its own reward. You say, why would I miss this? Why would I get up in the morning and start my day without spending time in the word and on my knees in prayer?

Why would I do that? So that's what this article is about. It's an insight for the day called The Throne, and it tells Bobby's story.

And it's really interesting. I have the blessing, the benefit of having a daddy who I saw on his knees. And I could hear the timbre of his bass voice actually in the next room. He'd pray out loud. My daddy knew that if he didn't pray out loud, he'd get distracted.

It's actually a really cool idea. When you're talking, your mind doesn't wander. When you're sitting quietly, your mind takes a ride. A pastor that you and I know challenged me to that.

He said, just speak quietly, just whisper, and you will be less likely to be distracted. I thought that was a brilliant idea. So anyway, that was my daddy, and that was my late wife, Bobby. And this is my wife now, Nancy, as well. I mean, she has been, I think, probably 35 or 40 times reading the Bible coast to coast, probably more than that her whole life, since she was eight years old.

Actually, since she was four years old. And these insights for the day, you look at it, you see it there on the page, it has a text, a Bible text at the top, and then there's a story that helps explain it. Yesterday morning, I had a cup of coffee with a friend, an estranged friend.

We hit a speed bump two years ago and really haven't been in contact with each other at all. And so the Lord spoke to me and said, all right, lazy boy, contact Dan, call him, invite him for coffee. And so we did that. And I have an insight for the day that's anchored in the late chapters of the book of Genesis. It's one of my favorite scenes in all the Bible, where Joseph and his brothers have this session of reconciliation.

I mean, it is, oh, David, it's what we all long for, where we have broken relationships, whether it's a friend or family member, parent, child, prodigal, whatever. I write about that. And so I brought my daily Bible to my cup of coffee with my friend Dan, and I read that insight for the day.

And I said, man, this is you and me right now. What would keep us as Christian brothers from reconciling right now? That's exactly how I love thinking about how this Bible will be used. I have study Bibles, you have study Bibles, very smart people, people with great insight, people with full knowledge of all the original languages.

This is not that. This is a conversation with an ordinary person, me, and you, another ordinary person, man. And we say, what does God's Word have for us today? Is it reconciling with a friend? Is it spending time in God's Word? It's just ordinary stuff. This Bible is for a man, a guy, who understands that he's easily distracted, that he's got stuff coursing through his veins that keeps him off target, a guy that struggles with relationships with friends and colleagues, marriage, children, all of that. So my point is to come alongside this guy.

First of all, tell him I love him. And I would love to just give you a taste of what God's Word might say to you. And I want it to be really clear. I want it to be understandable, because God's Word does that. God's Word changes lives. It turns the light on if you turn on the news, and people are living in darkness.

They have no idea where they are. And God's Word turns the light on. And that's my great hope for men who read this daily Bible. Robert Wilgamath is our guest today on The Christian Rule View, talking about why men need God's Word now more than ever.

He's the general editor of the Men's Daily Bible. Robert, let's conclude the conversation today with this passage from Psalm 19, starting in verse 7, verse 11, talking about the Word of God. The scripture says, The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart. The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true.

They are righteous altogether. Verse 10, They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them, the Word, your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. So whether it's the law, the testimony, the precepts, the commandments, the fear of the Lord, the judgments, in keeping them there is great reward.

What man doesn't want to have great reward, not only in this life, but in the life to come. And you can have that when you trust by faith in who Christ is and what He's done for you on the cross. When you're saved and then you get into His Word and the Holy Spirit now given to you at the point of salvation works inside of you as you read the Word to sanctify you, to make you more like Christ, to conform you into who God wants you to be. So, Robert, as we close today, what is your exhortation for a man listening to get into what it says there in Psalm 19, to get into the Word and to make this a priority every day because of doing so there is great reward? And Psalm 19 is incredible and thank you for reading that.

Psalm 8 is also one of my favorites because it fills our hearts with wonder. When my girls were little and now they're 53 and 50, they heard their daddy say 10,000 times, isn't God amazing? I think that's why Jesus loved children. They weren't calloused. They never said, I've heard that before. They were always filled with wonder.

I now have two great grandchildren. They know what it is to have their little hearts filled with wonder. Again, my goal is to come alongside a guy who may be tired, may be frustrated, maybe doesn't like his job, maybe wishes he could live somewhere else, is struggling financially, whatever. For his heart to be filled with the wonder of the creator of the universe, the one who actually spoke him into existence from the beginning of time. Jeremiah, first chapter. Nancy and I often reflect that before we were born, even before our parents thought about us, God knew us and loved us and called us to do what we're doing right now, David Wheaton.

He called us before we even sucked in our first breath. That's what we're doing right now. We're lifting up the glory and the wonder of our creator God. Amen. Robert, thank you so much for your time today, but even more for all the time and thought and the lifetime of sanctification that God has brought you through to put together a daily Bible like this for men. Again, a privilege and an honor to be a small part of this project.

We just wish all of God's best and grace to you and Nancy. Thank you for coming on the program today. Thank you, David. My pleasure.

What an honor. It was enjoyable doing the interview with Robert Wilgemuth there. We did it via Zoom, so we were looking at each other, and he had the Men's Daily Bible in his hands, and all those pages turning that you probably heard in the background, that was him flipping through to the various elements of the Men's Daily Bible. So it was good to connect with him on such an important topic of men getting into the Word. Again, we're offering the Men's Daily Bible for a man or a boy in your life. You can preview it by going to our website, thechristianrealview.org.

Father's Day is approaching. We can get the Bible to you in time for that if you order by Tuesday, June 11th. The Men's Daily Bible is in the Christian Standard Bible version, which is a very readable version. You can either get the hardcover that retails for $39.99, but we're offering it for a limited time for a donation of any amount to the Christian Real View, or we have the very nice black leather touch version of it.

That retails for $59.99, but we're offering it for 25% off, which would be $44.99. We have a limited supply of that. Just get in touch with us the usual ways. You can order at our website, thechristianrealview.org. Call us toll-free, 1-888-646-2233, or you can write to us at Box 401, Excelsior, Minnesota, 55331. Well, I promised you earlier that I would read my short contribution to the Men's Daily Bible on embracing a Christian worldview from Genesis 1, verse 1, and so I'll do that after this short break to tell you about some ministry announcements.

I'm David Wheaton, and you are listening to the Christian Real View Radio Program. The Overcomer Foundation Cup is the new name of our annual golf event, and this year's event will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, Monday, September 16th. Hazeltine hosts many of golf's major championships, such as the Ryder Cup, U.S. Open, and U.S.

Amateur. Your registration includes 18 holes with cart, full use of Hazeltine's facilities, three meals and beverages, golfer gift, and more. There are lots of sponsor options, and non-golfers are welcome to attend the post-golf meal and message. From wherever you are in the country, you are invited to bring colleagues or clients to experience a unique day at Hazeltine and discover how the Overcomer Foundation, the nonprofit organization that directs the Christian Real View Radio Program, is impacting lives. Again, the date is Monday, September 16th at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota. To find out more and to register, go to thechristianrealview.org or call 1-888-646-2233. The Overcomer Course for Young Adults is fast approaching on Friday, Saturday, June 21st and 22nd at Stonehouse Farm in Jordan, Minnesota, just outside the Minneapolis metro area.

Age 18 to 28 is a highly transitional time of life. The Overcomer Course is designed to help young adults gain clarity and conviction on God's plan and their purpose in it. There will be eight sessions over two days on the most important issues of life, such as believing God in the Gospel is the gateway to being an Overcomer, handling God's Word accurately, embracing God's design for gender, sexuality, singleness, and marriage, stewarding God's design for time, work, and money, engaging in the local church, and more. There will be teaching and discussion, activities between sessions, and meals served on site.

Reasonably priced lodging is nearby. We hope to see you June 21st and 22nd. Limited space remaining, so learn more and register at thechristianrealview.org or by calling 1-888-646-2233. Welcome back to The Christian Real View.

I'm David Wheaton. Be sure to visit our website, thechristianrealview.org, where you can subscribe to our free weekly email and annual print letter, order resources for adults and children, and support the ministry. Our topic today is why men need God's Word now more than ever. And before I read that article in the Men's Daily Bible on embracing a Christian worldview, I just wanted to say that this week was the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, during World War II, when the United States, Britain, and other allies landed at Normandy on the west coast of France. Hitler's Germany had taken over much of Europe, and this was the beginning of their defeat, their pushback from continental Europe. One of the most memorable experiences for me was visiting Normandy about 30 years ago, the Normandy coast, seeing Omaha Beach, the high cliffs with German concrete bunkers on top, and the beach below where one of the landings, one of the many landings along the Normandy coast took place. You can just see the boats coming up and young Americans jumping off them into the water and being shot like fish in a barrel. It's amazing, and only because of God's favor from this tactical disadvantage, how they were able to scale the cliffs and defeat the Germans on top. And also seeing the American cemetery in Normandy as well, where thousands of white crosses mark the graves of those who died in this effort to rid the world from the scourge of Hitler and his authoritarianism.

I also watched a documentary this week on D-Day with interviews of men who survived it. I was struck how different they are from our society today. First, it was all men on the boats that were landing on D-Day. Our culture had enough sense back then to not put our women into combat.

You keep the weaker but equally important sex out of harm's way. Our society knew that back then. It was also mostly white men, who are now the only class of people who can be discriminated against today in our country. They are passed over for entrance into colleges, passed over for jobs, simply because they are white as part of this diversity, equity, and inclusion Marxist ideology that has no problem instituting ethnic partiality.

That's a step backwards for our country. And these young men at Normandy were just regular young men who bravely jumped off boats onto the beach, seeing dead bodies all around them, blood in the water, and yet still kept going up the cliffs and jumping out of airplanes behind enemy lines. These men weren't focused in posting on social media, marching in parades, or doing drag queen story hours in libraries, or petitioning school boards about their gender or sexual identity. No doubt there were some homosexuals amongst them. But these were Americans who believed in the values of this country. They were united against a dictator who was trying to take that all away.

I'm not so sure as I watch these men that there are enough men like this today who could be mustered to protect us if a similar scenario arises. In fact, it's almost disorienting to watch these men on D-Day memorialized in June each year, and at the same time to watch depraved men parading around in June during so-called Pride Month, or boys dressed as girls winning girls sporting events because they think they are girls, and society accepts them as that. Just as an aside, on our social media pages in June on X and Facebook, the Christian Real View, we are doing what we call quote, praise month, to counteract in our small way the tidal wave of depravity that is being pushed on us. So we wrote on D-Day or June 6, we said day 6 of praise month where we don't take pride in self-identity, but boast in the great and sovereign God who reigns forever and ever. Praise God, and here's the praise, for He created the heavens and the earth, and gives you and me life, breath, and being, because He is creator, He is owner of all, including you and me. Thinking you own you, and you determine your days, and eternity is rebellion and delusion. It is good to be owned by a good and gracious master. And then we quoted Isaiah chapter 42, Thus says God the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and its offspring, who gives breath to the people on it, and spirit to those who walk in it.

I am the Lord, Yahweh, that is my name. I will not give my glory to another, nor my praise to graven image. We encourage you on your own social media pages to do your own praise month. Post something every day in praise of God.

But back to the war effort, it established a global order that has endured for the past 80 years, but is now eroding due to the fact that too many Americans are losing or lost confidence in our Constitution and the liberties and our way of life that these men bravely fought for. God-fearing men is what we need, particularly regenerate, born-again God-fearing men and pastors. This is why men need to get into the Word to learn how to be regenerate and God-fearing. Now, as I mentioned earlier before the interview with Robert, in this men's daily Bible are over 50 what they call insight for life articles from pastors and other Christian leaders like Tim Challies and Kevin DeYoung and Steve Lawson, Bob Lapine, Albert Mohler, Stephen Nichols, the late R.C.

Sproul, Ken Tada, who's the husband of Johnny Erikson Tada. Well, I was asked to contribute one of these articles and mine was associated with Genesis 1-1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, the first sentence of the Bible.

So I'm going to read it, it's short, only about 600 words, because it's foundational with the focus of the Christian Real View radio program and that's what the article is titled, Embracing a Christian Real View. So it starts like this, the most consequential assertion in all of history is found in the opening lines of the Bible. An eternal God exists, creates, and speaks.

This instantly demolishes all notions of randomness, purposelessness, and autonomy. The Creator lives and we, the created, are bound to find out who He is, what He has spoken, and how we are to worship Him. That God exists, creates, and speaks is the foundation of the Christian Real View. The rest of scripture builds on this foundation, presenting a four-fold framework that explains the arc of history, past, present, and future. Number one, that God created the universe and man, establishing His perfect will in ways. Number two, that man rebels, wreaking corruption, death, and alienation from God. Number three in this four-fold framework, God graciously provides one way of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.

And number four, God will reward the righteous, punish the rebels, and create a new heavens and new earth. World view can be defined as one's perspective on all matters of life, based on a collection of beliefs and convictions that drives the way a man thinks and lives. Your worldview is formed by your influences and your experiences. Parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, friends, and leaders impact your worldview.

So does what you read, watch, and hear. Your life experience, where you grew up, your triumphs and trials also shapes your worldview. This explains why two people looking at the same subject and same evidence can come to totally different conclusions. How does one person believe that an all-knowing, all-powerful God created and sustains the universe, while another believes there is no God and that life arose from nothing? It all boils down to who and what informed their worldview. The key question is, which worldview aligns with reality, the way things really are? While non-Christian worldviews may contain shades of truth, they are all based on the flawed reasonings of fallible men. The Christian worldview, however, is entirely true because it is based on the infallible God, who reveals His flawless wisdom in His awesome creation, His perfect Son, and His inspired Word. The Bible makes clear, no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. That's 2 Peter 1, verses 20 and 21.

Scripture's historical accuracy, thematic consistency, fulfilled prophecies and miraculous events, like the resurrection of Jesus Christ, prove this claim of divine inspiration, which is why Jesus said to His Father, Your Word is truth, John 17. To embrace a Christian worldview is more than assenting to the claims of Scripture. That leads to increased knowledge, but not necessarily increased affection to love, obey, and worship God, which is the purpose for which we have been created. Embracing a Christian worldview is ultimately about embracing Christ, the one and only Son who is Himself God and is at the Father's side, John 1.18. When you believe in Christ, His sinless life, His substitutionary death on the cross, and supernatural resurrection as fully satisfying God's wrath and justice for your sin, God will rescue you from the domain of darkness and transfer you into the kingdom of the Son He loves. That's from Colossians 1.13. And then as you draw near to Christ through talking to Him in prayer, hearing from Him through the reading and preaching of His Word, and engaging in a local body of believers, you will be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, imperfect will of God, Romans 12.2. Embrace Christ and His worldview will become yours, to be shared with others, all for the praise of His name. Probably not surprising, but God taught me a lot in the process of writing that short article, God Exists, Creates, and Speaks, how that's the foundation for a Christian worldview.

Critically important. If God doesn't exist and speak, well, just go and do what's right in your own eyes. Also, the fourfold framework of history. God's move in this world of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. That's what God has done, and what He's doing, and will do in the future. How the biblical worldview is the only one, the only worldview based on the Word of God, rather than the words of men.

Even religions are mostly formed by men. How we can trust God's Word to be true. How embracing a Christian worldview is really about embracing the Christ of the Christian worldview. It's not just so much about gathering information as receiving inspiration, the Spirit inside, for the believer. Being born again is the starting point of eternal life and developing a Christian worldview. And how to draw nearer to Christ and share Him with others, live for His glory, the outworking of being born again and having a biblical worldview. All the elements of that article will be incorporated throughout the sessions during the Overcomer Course for young adults, and of course developed more than that. The course takes place on June 21st and 22nd at Stonehouse Farm in Jordan, Minnesota. If you're a young adult or have one in your family or know one at your church, encourage them to look into this.

Go to our website, thechristianrealview.org slash overcomercourse. We'd love to see you at the farm coming up. We pray and hope that it'll be a life-changing for those who attend and those of us who are a part of it as well. The registration deadline is Monday, June 17th, and we do have just some limited space left. I believe it's four spots remaining, so be sure to take advantage of that. One final reminder that you can order the Men's Daily Bible that we've been discussing today in the program with Robert Wolgamith. You can get it in time for Father's Day if you order by Tuesday, June 11th.

Two options. Hardcover retails for $39.99, but we're offering it for a donation of any amount to the Christian Real View. Or we have the Black Leather Touch edition of it, which retails for $59.99, but we're offering it for 25% off for a limited time.

We have a limited supply of that, so the price of that one is $44.99. Just go to our website, call us or write us, and all that information is given right after today's program. Thank you for joining us today on the Christian Real View radio program and for your support of this nonprofit radio ministry. Let's anchor ourselves in what Scripture says. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever, and so is His word.

So until next time, think biblically, live accordingly, and stand firm. The mission of the Christian Real View is to sharpen the biblical worldview of Christians and to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. We hope today's broadcast encouraged you toward that end. To hear a replay of today's program, order a transcript, or find out, What Must I Do to Be Saved?, go to thechristianrealview.org, or call toll-free 1-888-646-2233. The Christian Real View is a listener-supported nonprofit radio ministry furnished by the Overcomer Foundation. To make a donation, become a Christian Real View partner, order resources, subscribe to our free newsletter, or contact us, visit thechristianrealview.org, call 1-888-646-2233, or write to Box 401, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331. That's Box 401, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331. Thanks for listening to the Christian Real View.
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