Happy New Year!

December 31, 2007 at 6:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I just wanted to take the time to wish everyone a happy New Year! In the next year, I hope to post more often, as well as putting more of the stuff that I’ve been pondering about up here.

Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2007 at 10:40 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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It is just a few days before Christmas and I wanted to take the time to just wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

It is my hope that you will not get so caught up in the commercial holiday that you will forget the simple truth that we celebrate. It is my prayer that you will not get so caught up in the giving of gifts that you will forget the greatest gift given to mankind. It is my hope that you will not get so caught up in what you received from men that you will be unable to receive life and salvation from God.

I know that many of us will be busy for the next few days, preparing food, visiting and receiving visitors, spending time with family and friends. All of this is good and should be done, and not just during the Christmas season. But, I wanted to encourage you to take some time each day (especially on Christmas) to rejoice over what God has done. To thank Him for His majesty, grace, justice, holiness, mercy, righteousness, and most of all His Son. Over the next few days, we will get gadgets and gizmos, toys, games, clothes, and many other niceties. I pray that throughout the weekend and the Christmas holiday that you will take the time to give the greatest gift to that family member that you don’t see very often! I pray that you will take the time to share the truth of the gospel and the sacrifice of the Christ with them. I pray that you will look for value from God’s perspective and not give anyone a chance to be around you without hearing the gospel.

I also wanted to encourage you to look ahead. I know that we are busy now, but it won’t be long before we celebrate a new year and the hope of a new chance at life. It is during the New Year that so many make resolutions. I would ask that you would take the time during the New Year’s celebration to look at your life. To ask God to show you the things that need to be changed so that you may glorify Him. I would ask that you make a resolution to read His Word daily and then take what you read and apply it to your life. That is the only true way to be changed and to see your life look more like Christ’s. I would ask that you look at the things that you’re doing that you know are wrong and that you stop doing them. If you’re lying, stealing, fornicating, worshipping an idol; whatever it is you’re doing that is bringing dishonor to God, please stop. The people that God has put around you are there that you could be a light to them. You are supposed to reflect Jesus to those who don’t know Him. Are you? Is the life that you’re living now a true reflection of who Jesus is or, is it an image of a Savior distorted by sin and worldly living?

I hope and pray that you have a wonderful Christmas. I hope that you see the truth about what Jesus did and remember that it was this little child that grew up to take upon Himself the sins of the world. This little child took your place and my place on the cross and took our judgment. If you don’t know Jesus, repent from your sins and start being obedient. If you do know Jesus, then I challenge you to make an effort to shine brighter, walk farther, and be bolder this coming year!

Merry Christmas!

Did I just see that on TV?

December 21, 2007 at 11:18 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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For the first time in history, a video of an abortion was shown on live national TV. Of course, it wasn’t here in the US, but I’ll get to that.

The video was shown on Spain’s Intereconomia TV network and is a hidden expose of the illegal abortion industry in Spain. The reporter who made the video went to El Bosque de Madrid posing as a doctor who was looking for a job with the clinic. He was immediately rushed into the owner’s office and was told in a nonchalant way, the procedure and what to do and what happens if the placenta doesn’t come out.

The video shows two abortions. The first shows a doctor injecting the fetus with poison and then immediately covering the dead fetus when it is born. When asked why the fetus is immediately covered up, she replies, “I never, never, never look at them”. When asked why, she says, “Because I don’t like it”. The doctor told the undercover reporter that there is no valid reason that most of the people come in to have an abortion and that the clinic has an in-house psychiatrist who signs all the papers and takes care of everything.

The second video shows the same procedure. The voice over says that all of the patients are over 5 months old, a time when the fetus has all of it’s senses and is completely formed. It also notes that one of the patients was only fifteen years old. Continue Reading Did I just see that on TV?…

Just what Africa needs?

December 19, 2007 at 11:43 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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After a yearlong hiatus, pastor T.D. Jakes will be taking his MegaFest conference to South Africa. MegaFest is a two to three day event where there are conferences, concerts, and speakers. It started in 2004 in Atlanta and went until 2006 with attendance dropping each year. The return of MegaFest and its location in South Africa are due to the fact that Jakes sees the event as an international one, where he can “go beyond traditional walls and minister to the world”.

Is this what South Africa needs? Is this what anyone needs? Do they need the concerts and the seminars or do they need something else? And who will they preach to? The minority middle and upper class or the majority who are impoverished and need something substantial in their lives?

I cringe more and more as I see many of the pastors of “megachurches” go about promoting concerts and events. To me, it’s like saying, “the gospel of Jesus Christ and the radical truth that He preached won’t bring people to God, so I’m going to help Him by putting on concerts and seminars, because that’s what the unsaved people respond to”.

I wonder what pastor Jakes hopes to accomplish in South Africa? Will he tell them about sin and hell? Will he tell them about the judgment to come? Or will he tell them how to “Live Life Without Limits” and have their “Best Life Now”? Continue Reading Just what Africa needs?…

Hey this smoothie tastes funny…

December 18, 2007 at 11:58 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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A Wisconsin man has been sentenced to 99 ½ years in prison for the poisoning of his girlfriend’s unborn child with the abortion drug RU-486.

The woman pretended to be ill and not drink it when she noticed a suspicious powder on the rim. Tests of the powder showed that it was in fact the abortion drug. Manishkumar Patel, the man in question, has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide of an unborn child and eight other crimes. It is believed that he poisoned his girlfriend twice during this pregnancy (which ended with death of the unborn). It is also believed that he has done this at least one other time, which resulted in a miscarriage. He got the drug from India and gave it to her without her knowledge.

Patel is an Indian immigrant who is MARRIED but has been having a long-term affair with the woman. The two already have a three year old together.

This should have been stopped before it started. First, the two have committed adultery. He is married and that should have ended it right there. Instead, it ended with the death of two children and two broken families. It also brings up the question, Why is it murder when a man does it, but when it woman does it; it’s her ‘choice’? If it is murder when a man does it, it should be murder when a woman does it. Continue Reading Hey this smoothie tastes funny……

Light of the World 2007

December 18, 2007 at 11:28 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Light of the World 2007 is an effort to get waterproof, durable Bibles to all of our soldiers wherever they are serving. This is a wonderful idea that has been done for a little while now. If you are interested in helping to get the troops something that will hold up and hold them up, you can find out more at the following website:

 http://www.lightoftheworldcampaign.com/

The missing years

December 17, 2007 at 11:08 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It seems that Hollywood has found the missing years of Jesus and will be bringing them to light for the rest of us come 2009.

“The Aquarian Gospel” is scripted to open in 2009 and expected to cost about $20 million dollars to make. It is the brainchild of producers John F. Sullivan and William Sees Keenan. The movie is based on the book by Levi Dowling and Nicholas Notovitch’s “The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ”. The producers say that their effort will shed light on the “lost years” of Jesus’ teachings that supposedly predate the canonized gospels.

The movie will show Jesus as a wandering mystic who travels all throughout the Indian subcontinent as well as to Egypt, Greece, Tibet, and Persia. Drew Heriot, the director of the movie, says, ”The Bible only devotes seven words to the most formative years of Jesus’ life” and that “the movie will show how Jesus encounters other traditions and discovers the bedrock beliefs common to all world religions”. Continue Reading The missing years…

It’s ok to spank your kids now…

December 14, 2007 at 4:05 pm | Posted in Christianity | 13 Comments
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The American College of Pediatricians has recently put out a statement about their position on spanking children. They agree that spanking is ok to use if used properly. All of this comes in light of the state of Massachusetts looking at banning that form of discipline and the UN trying to get countries to ban it as well.

One pediatrician said “that spanking is most appropriate for children 2 to 6 years old when other milder forms of discipline don’t work” and should be rarely used after the age of 10. The ACP has made a handout the goes over their guidelines for spanking kids. It also gives other, milder forms (about 4) of discipline that should be used before spanking.

I just want to start by saying two things:

First, if your kids are not listening to you, WHOOP ‘EM!

Second, I really don’t think that discipline is the whole problem…

Before I go on, let me say that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, in favor of beating your kids. I do think that a lot of people can get out of hand with whooping their kids, but these people have other problems that they need to deal with… Continue Reading It’s ok to spank your kids now……

Impounding the truth

December 12, 2007 at 11:33 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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Bob Rothelisberger spent his Thanksgiving weekend in an interesting way. He works for the pro-life organization Operation Rescue and was driving one of their Truth Trucks through a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia when he was pulled over, arrested for “disorderly conduct”, put in jail, and had his Truth Truck impounded.

The Truth Truck is a small box truck that sports images of aborted babies on the sides in an effort to get the picture to the American people of just what abortion is and who it’s victims are. When Rothelisberger was pulled over, the officers ransacked the back of the truck without a warrant, he was told that the images were “vulgar and obscene” and that he needed to either change them or remove them. When he refused, the truck was impounded and he was jailed for three days. On the following Monday, the Truth Truck was then released from impound, but it showed damage that was estimated to be in the thousands of dollars, due to the officers ripping the signs off of the sides of the truck. Continue Reading Impounding the truth…

A list of compromise

December 10, 2007 at 10:52 am | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment
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In a largely sickening, open view of compromise, over 100 “theologians” and “Christian” “leaders” have openly and heartily welcomed the “Common word between us and you”, a letter co-authored by 138 high-level Muslim leaders from the 5 sects of Islam.

I have already commented on the letter itself in another blog, but with a partial list of people who signed a positive and welcoming response to the contents, I felt the need to comment again.

As I said in my original comment, this is just a very good example of people compromising the Word of God in the name of “peace”. It shows a lack of study and concern for their own faith. The 100 or so “leaders” who signed the response letter have been quoted as saying, “If we can achieve religious peace between these two religious communities, peace in the world will clearly be easier to attain.” Continue Reading A list of compromise…

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