Jul 11 2009

The So-called Hate Bill, S. 909

View this YouTube video regarding Senate bill 909. Listen to Attorney General Eric Holder as he explains the inequality of the bill.

I do not hate anyone. Regardless of skin color, religion or sexual orientation, I do not hate anyone.

We are told to …hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12.9) Sin is evil, so hate it, but love the sinner – bring them to repentance and correction, but love them. Jesus Christ is a lover of people. As a Christian, a disciple of Christ, I can do no less. I DO NOT WANT to do any less.

Senate bill 909 is dangerous legislation which is in clear violation of our constitution’s first amendment.

Here are a few responses from people who viewed the above video on YouTube:

from Apex: I am black and gay and I think this bill is so ridiculous. This country is turning into part nazi Germany part Soviet Union.

from traditionalchristian: I called Senator Bob Casey to protest S.909 and I mentioned the role of the ADL. It just so happened I was talking to a Jewish aide who admitted this bill will not protect Christians. He also told me that as a Jew he does not approve of Christians having the right to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the public square. These staffers are all coming out of the closet and admitting their agenda. Am I the only one calling??? CALL AND PROTEST THIS ADL CRIMINAL AGENDA BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!!!!!!

Call your senators today to speak against this bill. The Congressional Switchboard number is: 1-877-851-6437. Our North Carolina Senators are Kay Hagan, (202) 224-6342 and Richard Burr, (202) 224-3154.

Jul 9 2009

Why I Don’t Have a Television…

Actually, I DO have a television. The title of this entry comes from an article by John Piper entitled Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies found in his Desiring God Resource Library.

Please read the full article, it’s so important for Christians as we seek to lead a Christ-filled, God-glorifying life.

Piper briefly discusses the issues of violence, bad language and nudity on TV and in films. I agree with his assessments. But another great point he makes is in regard to “… the unremitting triviality that makes television so deadly.”

As they say, “garbage in, garbage out.” You cannot watch hours of movies, media broadcasts, TV shows, etc., without being effected in some way.

When watching many of the shows, are you ever amazed at how irrelevant banality can be repackaged in so many ways? Humans are truly creative beings – even in their unregenerate state. The packaging of irrelevance is certainly creative but I wish there was more edifying substance. We need godly substance that will provide wisdom, guidance, and correction in the living of this life.

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Jul 3 2009

Happy 4th of July!

A nice video: Happy Independence Day from GoDaddy.com

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For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.…………….Declaration of Independence

Jun 7 2009

“There is a Day”

I ran across this Phatfish video again on GodTV the other day. The YouTube version is here.

Enjoy and be blessed.

Apr 12 2009

He is Risen!

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, that they might come and anoint him. 2Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3They were saying among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?” 4for it was very big. Looking up, they saw that the stone was rolled back.

5Entering into the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were amazed. 6He said to them, “Don’t be amazed. You seek Jesus, the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen. He is not here. Behold, the place where they laid him! 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He goes before you into Galilee. There you will see him, as he said to you.’”

8They went out, and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had come on them. They said nothing to anyone; for they were afraid.   Mark 16:1-8 WEB

Mar 18 2009

Made for God’s glory

“We were made for His glory.”

The words were spoken in conversation at a pastor’s meeting yesterday. I have referred to Isaiah 43 (see verse 7) many times over the years, but this time was different. The words had special emphasis – as though God Himself, with highlighter in hand, was focusing my attention and saying, “take note of this, it’s important.”

As so often happens in my relationship with God, another stepping stone had been placed before my feet, a puzzle piece discovered, a directional sign unveiled.

“…Made for His glory.” I do not, I cannot realize the full significance of those words, yet, there they are. The words remind me that I am not my own, that I have purpose outside of myself. That purpose points not to me but to Another.  That purpose is to allow God to make Himself more clearly known through me, to be exalted through me.

This life of mine is a journey and the goal of the journey is to know and glorify my God.

There is no greater purpose for all other purposes of life are contained in the one: to glorify Him.

Mar 12 2009

No Luck with the Cross

Located beside I-40, seventy miles outside of Amarillo, TX, a nineteen-story cross looms over the countryside. Below the cross, are bronze sculptures representing stations of the cross. These stations depict the Passion, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The site is managed by Cross Ministries.

While traveling this section of the interstate one night last year, I saw this enormous, lighted cross come into view many miles away. It was awe-inspiring. I have actually seen only pictures of the sculptures underneath and many of these beautiful pics have made their rounds in emails for some time.

The pictures in these emails have been quite inspiring, giving glory to Jesus Christ.

The other day, however, these familiar pictures were again forwarded to me.

Following the pictures, at the end of the email, were these words:

If you believe in God and in Jesus
Christ His Son .. Send this to all on
Your buddy list.
If not just ignore it.
If you ignore it, just remember that Jesus said.
“If you deny me before man, I will deny you
before my Father in Heaven.

You must send them to 8 people.

In 8 minutes you will receive something you have
long awaited.

(Note: this was NOT a message from Cross Ministries, nor did the person who forwarded it to me approve the above words.)

For one thing, I am very much offended with the suggestion that if I do not forward this particular email that I am denying Christ. Absurd. How would anyone possibly know how much or how often anyone witnesses for Jesus Christ.

I am further offended that someone would think my Lord Jesus would be involved in some scheme to manipulate people to come to Him. In Matthew 10:33 Jesus was simply stating a fact: if someone would actually deny knowing Him and would deny the truth about Him, then Jesus would deny knowing that person before the Father God. Why? Because that person’s heart was out of sync before the Father. That person would be unredeemed, without hope, unsaved. Jesus would deny that person because no relationship existed between them.

And to those who forward it in hopes of receiving something in “8 minutes,” I ask, “what are you thinking?”

The greatest story ever told, the greatest message ever given, the greatest miracle ever performed, a historic event of eternal proportions, and you’re using it as means to GET something? If you have Jesus, you already HAVE everything. Period.

The Passion of Christ is not some talisman to be bandied about for personal gain. The Passion of Christ does not belong in the category of luck or fate. The Passion of Christ is not some rabbit’s foot to rub feverishly in time of need. To view Jesus, His suffering, death and resurrection in this way is delving into the occult. Please, look up the definition of occult.

Through the suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have access to God the Father. Through Jesus Christ, and our faith in the Person and work of Jesus, we have the forgiveness of all of our sins, we are made holy, sinless in God’s sight, so that we may then approach the Father and have a relationship with Him.

Mar 8 2009

A Nice Resource

As I type this, I’m listening to Pandora Internet Radio – I like it.
The name “Pandora” sounds a bit ominous, especially in relation to the mythological box, but it is a nice resource.

Mar 3 2009

Prayer power

Please read this account in Acts 12.
Herod the King had killed James and thrown Peter in prison. Things looked bleak for the newly formed church. The body of believers were neither militarily nor politically strong but they had a weapon in their arsenal whose power was immeasurable: they prayed.

Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. (Acts 12.5)

Outwardly, the struggle continued from a worldly point-of-view, but on a spiritual plane, the battle was over, the war was already won.

God sent an angel,

Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. (Acts 12.7)

Peter walked out of the prison and presented himself to astonished friends. An angry Herod, however, executed Peter’s former guards “…and [Herod] went down from Judea to Caesarea, and stayed there.” (Acts 12.9b)
While in Caesarea, Herod received (accepted, trusted in) the praises of visitors who called him a god. The result?

Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. (Acts 12.23)

…But the word of God grew and multiplied. (Acts 12.24)

Below, are two pictures.
The first are the remains of Herod’s swimming pool at his Caesarean palace.
The second was taken inside the Garden Tomb where Jesus was raised from the dead.
The first is a reminder of death – ruins representing the life of one who thought he was a god.
The second is a reminder of life representing the resurrection power of the One who IS God.

With prayer we touch God. With prayer chains are broken and we are set free. With prayer seas part and the way is made clear. With prayer there is healing of spirit, soul and body. All this through the love and power of the God we serve; the God through whom all things are possible (Matthew 19.26).

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3.20-21)

Mar 2 2009

Winter snow 2009

Thank You, Lord, for the beautiful snow that fell Sunday night.

I am reminded of these verses:

Psalm 51.7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isaiah 1.18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”

As the snow covers the ground and all that is evident to the eye is whiteness and purity, so, too, does the Blood of Jesus cover our sins so all that is evident to the Father’s eye is the holiness of His Son.

To see some of my pictures, please go here.