Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – Spiritual Resurrection

April 8, 2012 at 6:30 am | Posted in Sermon Sunday | Leave a comment
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Spiritual Resurrection

 April 12, 1857

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.”—Ephesians 2:1.

It might naturally be expected that I should have selected the topic of the resurrection on what is usually called the Easter Sabbath. I shall not do so; for although I have read portions which refer to that glorious subject, I have had pressed on my mind a subject which is not the resurrection of Christ, but which is in some measure connected with it—the resurrection of lost and ruined men by the Spirit of God in this life.

The apostle is here speaking, you will observe, of the church at Ephesus, and, indeed, of all those who were chosen in Christ Jesus, accepted in him, and redeemed with his blood; and he says of them, “You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins.” Continue Reading Sermon Sunday – Charles Spurgeon – Spiritual Resurrection…

Newslinks 03/28/10

March 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Catholic hospitals endorse Obamacare
A group representing Catholic hospitals Saturday rallied behind President Barack Obama’s health care bill ahead of a House vote in which pro-life lawmakers could play a decisive role.

Ohio upholds law, protects children from porn
The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld part of a state law designed to protect children from obscenity on the Internet.

Indiana student sues to stop prayer
The top-ranked senior at a suburban Indianapolis high school is asking a federal judge to stop a graduation prayer that the class voted to approve.

Iowa rep fights for personhood
A move to add a personhood amendment to the state constitution is under way in Iowa.

Poll: Abortion Support Falling among Young Adults
Over the last 20 years, support for legal abortion has continued to drop among young adults, a new Gallup poll shows. Continue Reading Newslinks 03/28/10…

Newslinks 03/14/10

March 14, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Newslinks | Leave a comment
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Sen. Lieberman Proposes Legalizing Bisexual Behavior in the U.S. Military
– Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) recently introduced the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010,” which would allow homosexuals and bisexuals to openly serve in the United States Armed Forces. Lieberman told that the bill would legalize homosexual and bisexual activity in the military.

Sen. Nelson: ‘Premature To Make Any Decision’ On Allowing Homosexuals To Openly Serve in Military
– Senator Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told that it is “premature to make any decision” on repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) policy and the federal law that prohibits homosexuals from serving openly in the military. “I want to see what the military is putting together,” he said.

Timetable for U.S. Troop Withdrawal on Track, Obama Says, After Iraqis Vote
– “We will continue with the responsible removal of the United States forces from Iraq,” President Obama said at the White House on Sunday, confirming that “by the end of the next year, all U.S. troops will be out of Iraq.” At least 38 people were killed during a spate of bombing and other attacks near polling stations on Sunday, but millions of Iraqis defied terrorists’ threats and turned out to cast their ballots. Obama noted that Iraqi forces had taken the lead in providing security.

Reported Arrest of American Militant in Pakistan Could Lead to First Treason Trial in Decades
– Conflicting reports about the possible arrest of American al-Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahya Gadahn in Pakistan are focusing attention once again on the first person to be charged with treason against the United States in more than half a century. Pakistani officials told media organizations Sunday that Gadahn had been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city. In the years after 9/11, Gadahn appeared, sometimes masked, in a number of videos threatening violence against Americans and other Westerners. Continue Reading Newslinks 03/14/10…

Newslinks – 02/21/10

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What is Planned Parenthood really doing in Haiti?
International Planned Parenthood has focused on the earthquake in Haiti to raise funds — but for what purpose?

Detained Americans seek distance from adviser
Relatives of a group of jailed U.S. missionaries thought a man who volunteered legal assistance – but who may be wanted for human trafficking in El Salvador – was a good Samaritan, a family member said.

Please don’t send me roses…
Saudi Arabia has launched a nationwide crackdown on stores selling items that are red or otherwise allude to the banned celebration of Valentine’s Day.

Obama’s New OIC Envoy Defended Activist Who Aided Terrorist Group
– President Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference was quoted in 2004 as saying an American who aided a Palestinian terrorist group was the victim of “politically motivated persecutions.” Rashad Hussain was quoted as telling a Muslim students’ event in Chicago that if U.S. Muslims did not speak out against the injustices taking place in America, then everyone’s rights would be in jeopardy.

Concerns About U.S. Passenger Send Jumbo Jet Back to U.K.
– Concerns about an American passenger prompted U.S. officials to bar a British Airways flight from U.S. airspace on Friday. The plane was heading from London to Mexico City when it was forced to turn around.

Americans Most Satisfied in Cold Northern States, Least Satisfied in Nevada
– Americans are most satisfied with their standard of living in cold northern states—including North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Alaska — and least satisfied in Nevada, which is represented in the Senate by Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to a new Gallup poll.

NARAL Dedicates Annual Report to Late-Term Abortionist; Gives the Nation a ‘D’ Grade for Reproductive Rights
( – In a new status report on women’s reproductive rights, a pro-abortion group gives the nation a cumulative grade of “D,” based on state and federal legislation it sees as “pro-choice” or “anti-choice.” NARAL Pro-Choice America dedicated its 2009 report to the late George Tiller, the abortionist who was shot and killed last year by a man with a history of mental problems.

Construction Industry Opposes Obama Pro-Union Order
– A federal commission has not yet enacted a year-old executive order that President Barack Obama thinks will avoid labor unrest. Critics, including the construction industry, say the executive order discriminates against non-union companies and non-union workers in federal contracting.

Amid Turmoil at Home, Iran Eyes Seat on Top U.N. Human Rights Body
– As Iran’s continuing crackdown on opposition supporters roils the country and makes headlines around the world, the Islamic republic is seeking support for a fresh bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council. In May, Iran will be one of five contenders for four available Asia seats.

Speak the truth, defend your rights
Michigan pro-family advocate Gary Glenn is honored to be on the front lines in fighting for First Amendment rights to speak out against homosexuality.

Pollster: Palin has ‘mountain to climb’
A Republican consultant and pollster says a new survey showing Sarah Palin has a low favorability rating is not a “kiss of death” for her White House ambitions.

Perspective: Social Security reform cooking again
Barack Obama has an opportunity to truly make history by restoring an American retirement system based on ownership rather than socialism.

University student gets probabtion for evangelist assault
A Middle Tennessee State University student has entered a plea agreement on a charge that she assaulted an evangelist on campus last year.

Heckling of Israeli ambassador ‘shameful’
An Arab-American and terrorism expert says it’s absolutely shameful that the University of California-Irvine allowed a group of Muslim students to heckle the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. during a recent address on campus.

Churches Spotlight Safe Water During Lent
Several church bodies are tying a worldwide campaign for safe water to this year’s Lenten season.

Legal Counsel for Americans in Haiti Suspected of Trafficking

Progressive Institute Calls for More Talk on Sexuality from Pulpit

Billboards Claim Abortion Industry Targets Blacks

Gayle Haggard’s Book Makes NY Times Bestseller List

Christian Music Stars Unite for Haiti; Release ‘Come Together Now’

States gain support in ‘personhood’ battle
Signatures are being submitted to let voters decide on a Personhood amendment in Mississippi, and Colorado residents may once again have the chance to determine when a person is legally a person.

Obama appoints Muslim envoy
An Islamic critic and terrorism expert says President Barack Obama should not have named a special envoy to an Islamic organization that is an absolute enemy of the United States.

Netanyahu: Ezekiel 37 fulfilled
The leader of a Messianic Jewish ministry is pleased that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently proclaimed the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel, Chapter 37.

Global-warming arguments contested yet again
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change faces more challenges to its claim that human pollution is causing global temperatures to rise.

Creation News: Bird-from-dinosaur theory
Read the latest from Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum examining news from the biblical viewpoint.

Nation’s Top Conservatives Will Sign Philosophical Declaration of War against Big Government
– The nation’s top conservative leaders will gather Wednesday in Alexandria, Va.—at a property that once was the site of George Washington’s River Farm—to sign a document organizers are calling the Mount Vernon Statement. It is designed to signal that a united and resurgent conservative movement is declaring philosophical war against the big government and moral relativism advanced by the nation’s liberal cultural, academic and political establishments. The statement emphatically rejects the type of “change” pushed by political leaders who ignore the Constitution’s limits on government power.

Taxpayers Paid Federal Workers Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Not to Work Last Week
– When the federal government closed for four days and two hours last week because of snow and ice in the Washington area, U.S. taxpayers still had to shell out an estimated $425 million to $670 million in wages and benefits to those workers. The federal government was officially shut down on Feb. 8, 9, 10, and 11 and opened for business two hours late on Feb. 12.

Islamic and Leftist Allies Defend Iran’s Human Rights Record at U.N. Gathering
– As the U.N. Human Rights Council scrutinized Iran’s domestic rights record on Monday, Western nations raised concerns about abuses including executions, torture and mass arrests, while Tehran’s Islamic and leftist allies lined up to defend and praise the regime. The events once again highlighted the deep divisions in the Geneva-based U.N. body, which the Obama administration joined last year.

Hillary Clinton Views Previous Iranian Governments as ‘Democratically Elected’
– Expanding her views on Iran “becoming a military dictatorship,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps was increasingly filling the space once held by Iran’s clerical and political leaders. Speaking in Saudi Arabia Monday, she suggested that the situation in Iran today has changed from an earlier one in which Iran had “democratically elected governments…which had the support of the Iranian people.”

Sen. Graham Wants Military Commanders’ Input On Whether Ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Will Hurt Recruitment
– While the Obama administration is pushing to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy regarding homosexuals in the military, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told that he wants to hear from military commanders, not from politicians. He said he will not make a “political decision” to “reward a political movement.”

MSNBC’s Maddow Regrets Misquoting Senator Inhofe But Then Misquotes Him Again, Says Inhofe’s Office
– MSNBC news host Rachel Maddow corrected the record for misquoting Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) on her Feb. 9 broadcast — when she incorrectly claimed that the senator had praised federal economic stimulus spending. But she apparently has misquoted the senator again and, as Inhofe’s office told, “We appreciate that Rachel is a proud liberal defending the massive government spending bills now flowing out of Washington, but hope she will consider making another correction.”

Kenneth Starr Named Baylor University President
The world’s largest Baptist university has named Kenneth Winston Starr, who is most well-known for his work as special prosecutor in the Clinton scandals, as its next president.

4 Christians Shot, 1 Kidnapped Since Start of Iraqi Campaign Season

Activists Call for N. Korea Freedom on Kim Jong-il’s Birthday

Millions to Mark Lent, Countdown to Easter

Report: Recession Keeping Marriages Intact, For Now

Megachurch to Kick Off Event Amid ‘Scathing’ Allegations

White House Marks Anniversary of Stimulus Despite Lack of Public Confidence
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Though unemployment is at 9.7 percent, and just six percent of Americans think the government has created jobs, President Barack Obama will hold a White House reception on Wednesday to mark the one-year anniversary of signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, better known as the economic stimulus bill…

Obama’s Budget Deficit Could be Trillions of Dollars Higher Than CBO’s Outlook, Budget Watchdog Group Says
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Republicans railed against the Obama administration last month when the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted a $6 trillion dollar deficit over the next decade. But an analysis by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a taxpayer watchdog group, of President Obama’s proposed budget baseline for fiscal year 2011 points out it actually could spur more like $8.5 trillion in deficits…

New Initiative to Attract Latinos to Conservative Movement Mirrors Liberals’ Policy, Critic Charges( – The American Principles Project (APP) has launched an initiative designed to bring Latinos into the conservative movement by “supporting policies that are welcoming to immigrants,” but critics said one of the policies – the pathway to citizenship plan – is identical to the open border stance of President Barack Obama and other liberals…

Obama’s Faith-Based Adviser Harry Knox Bashed Pope and Catholic Church For Many Years, Records Show
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Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and who has said the Pope is “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” has a record of making anti-Catholic statements…

Publication Denies Cover-Up on OIC Envoy, Implies Anti-Muslim Bias Lies Behind Story
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A Washington-based publication said Tuesday that it incorrectly quoted President Barack Obama’s newly appointed envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference as saying in 2004 that an American who aided a Palestinian terrorist group was the victim of “politically motivated persecutions.”…

Dubai Government Issues Warrants for Mystery Killers of Hamas Terrorist
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Authorities in the United Arab Emirates said Tuesday they were issuing international arrest warrants for 11 people – traveling on British, Irish, French and German passports – suspected of assassinating a top Hamas terrorist in a Dubai hotel room last month…

‘Mount Vernon Statement’ to unite conservatives
Leaders from different branches of the conservative movement are planning to release a document today in Washington that one longtime activist hopes will “codify what it means to be a small-government, principled conservative.”

Iowa faith leaders back same-gender ‘marriage’
More than 160 faith leaders in Iowa have voiced their support for same-sex “marriage” and are criticizing opponents who cite the Bible in raising objections.

Census fraud example of gov’t ineptitude
The Heritage Foundation’s Brian Darling says the findings of a new audit of the U.S. Census Bureau illustrate why the government cannot be trusted to stimulate the economy.

Ken Ham calls for ‘new Reformation’
The founder of the Creation Museum says American Christians are losing the culture war because many of them now believe what he calls the “pagan religion” of evolution.

Feature: Resurgence – Islam and the West
Christianity and Islam — the world’s two largest religions are quite similar in important ways, not the least of which is a core belief that its tenets are to be spread throughout the world.

Catholic Father, Jewish Mother Battle Over Daughter’s Faith
There’s a strong possibility a Chicago man could be jailed for defying a court order that temporarily barred him from taking his daughter to church.

Haitian Judge Frees 8 Americans; 2 Remain in Jail

Survey: Millennials Attend Religious Services Less Often than Older Adults

Mission Strategist: Camel Method ‘Very Useful’ for Muslim Outreach

Family of Slain Woman Drops Attempt to Sue Joyce Meyer Ministries

Pakistani Christians Outraged at Release of Suspects in Girl’s Death

‘Faith leaders’ undermine God’s plan for marriage
An official with the Institute on Religion & Democracy says it’s a sad sign of the times that a group of “faith leaders” in Iowa signed a document declaring their support for same-sex “marriage.”

Is ‘stimulus’ creating more jobs – or more debt?
A budget analyst with the Cato Institute says the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s economic “stimulus” package is yet another reminder that government cannot create new wealth, only redistribute it.

Perspective: O’s ‘faith-based economics’
The White House has no use for evidence that the stimulus failed. It has its computer models — and it’s not letting economic reality get in the way.

‘Public option’ still breathing
Some Senate Democrats apparently still believe they can pass a public health insurance option by going outside the Senate’s regular rules of order.

Missionaries freed by Haitian judge now in U.S.
Eight of the ten American missionaries charged with child kidnapping in Haiti returned to the U.S. aboard a military cargo plane early Thursday after nearly three weeks in a Haitian jail.

Top U.S. Climate Official: 15 Years With No Global Warming Is Not a Trend
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When asked yesterday whether she agreed or disagreed with one of the world’s top climate-change scientists that there had been no statistically significant global warming over the last fifteen years, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Jane Lubchenco would only say “that it is inappropriate to look at any particular short period of time to discern the long-term trend.”…

White House Still Can’t Say if Obama Knew in Advance on Christmas Day That Underwear Bomber Would Be Mirandized
( –
Almost two months after the attempted Christmas Day terror-bombing on a Northwest airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, the White House still cannot say whether President Barack Obama knew in advance that the suspect would be read his Miranda rights on the same day as the attempted attack and after he had been interrogated for only 50 minutes…

White House: KSM will be Executed But Civilian Trial Defendants Presumed Innocent
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White House spokesman Robert Gibbs agreed that part of a civilian trial is the presumption that the accused is innocent until proven guilty, but Gibbs also said that Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, would be “convicted”  and  “executed for his crimes.”…The U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Christopher Hill, said on Wednesday that he is inspired by the upcoming March 7 election in Iraq and that democracy is taking root there, but he stopped short of giving any credit to the Bush administration for Iraq’s transition from a dictatorship to one where people will cast a vote for their future leaders…

U.S. Ambassador Praises Progress in Iraq, Skirts Question on Bush Legacy
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Event Attended by Obama’s Muslim Envoy Was Held by Group With Troubling Views, Ties
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The Islamic organization whose event was attended by President Obama’s new envoy to the Muslim world six years ago has a history of radical stances, and at the time of the event it was urging members to support incarcerated Muslims including terror suspects and a convicted cop killer…

‘Mt. Vernon Statement’ of Conservative Principles Released to Public
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America must return to “constitutional conservatism” and her  founding principles, which have been “under sustained attack,” reads a statement to be signed on Wednesday by 80 leaders of the conservative movement…

Freed Baptist Volunteers Arrive in Miami
Eight of the ten American volunteers detained in Haiti for the past three weeks on suspicion of child abduction were finally released and arrived in Miami early Thursday morning.

Christian Student Killed in Iraq; Fourth Murder in Days

Ugandan Pastor’s Gay Porn Stunt Upsets U.S. Christians

2 Years Later, Eritrea Frees 14 Christians

Salvation Army Reaches Settlement in Church-State Suit

Poll: Mississippians Most Likely to Attend Church Frequently

Romney to Obama: Stop Blaming Others for Failure
– Saying that America is not better off than it was $1.8 trillion ago, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said President Obama should stop blaming his predecessor and the American people for high unemployment and growing deficit and failure of the Democratic health care overhaul proposal…

D.C. Archdiocese Ends Foster Care Program Over Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Which Allows Homosexual Couples to Adopt Children
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The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. has ended its 80-year tenure as a public foster care provider because of a same-sex marriage bill in the nation’s capital that allows children to be adopted by homosexual couples…

Former Justice Dept Official Launches Site Exploring Harmful Effects of Pornography
– Patrick Trueman, a former Justice Department (DOJ) official during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations, launched a Web site on Thursday aimed at illuminating the damage pornography can do to society…

‘Both Parties Are Guilty,’ Boehner Says at CPAC
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At the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) pledged that Americans can count on him to change the way Congress works if Republicans take the House in the coming elections. He also stressed that he is “serious” about listening to “those who are really in charge of this country: the American people.”…

Revolutionary Guard Meddling in Iranian Politics Began Decades Ago
– The Obama administration is painting Tehran’s failure to respond to its overtures as the result of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) having “supplanted” political and clerical leaders who would otherwise likely have been more open to engaging the U.S…

Cheney Passes Political Torch to His Daughter and ‘The Younger Generation’ at Surprise CPAC Appearance
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Former Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise visit to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, joining his daughter Liz Cheney on the stage, in front of a standing and cheering crowd…

Crist, McCain challengers woo conservatives
Marco Rubio and J.D. Hayworth have different styles and different backgrounds and they’re from opposite sides of the country. But both are hoping to win Senate seats by tapping into the energy of conservatives to defeat big-name, establishment-backed Republicans.

Perspective: It’s all the Tea Party’s fault
From the attack on the IRS office in Austin to the shooting at Alabama-Huntsville, the Tea Party movement is the juvenile left’s all-purpose scapegoat for every crime and disaster.

Consequences of proposed ‘LBGT law’ for military
A coalition of conservative pro-family and national defense organizations is advising Congress to pursue answers to a specific question: How would repealing the ban on homosexual military service improve military readiness?

Are Ezekiel prophecies on the horizon?
Messianic Jewish ministry leader Jan Markell believes a couple of biblical prophecies dealing with wars in the Middle East could come to fruition within the next five years.

Benny Hinn’s wife files for divorce
Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County on February 1, citing irreconcilable differences after more than 30 years of marriage to the televangelist.

Lutherans Unveil Name, Plan for Rival Body
Lutherans who have left or are pondering their exit from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have put a name to the alternate church body they plan to form – North American Lutheran Church.

Attorney: Haiti Volunteer to Set Facts Straight

Christian Educators Barred from Arguing Against Anti-Religious Court Order

Faith-Based Office Not Just about Money, Says Director

Kentucky Committee OKs Bible Classes for Public Schools

Ethiopian Authorities Concoct New Charge against Christian

Stung’ abortionist retains license
A controversial California abortionist will keep his medical license in spite of pleas from the California Medical Board.

‘W’ to speak at pregnancy center banquet
A Southern Baptist church in Dallas has booked a special guest speaker for a weekend fundraiser for its pregnancy center.

DC citizens blocked again on marriage vote
On Friday, another court hearing was held in the District of Columbia on whether citizens will have a chance to vote on the homosexual “marriage” issue.

Florida library sued over access issue
A Florida library slammed the door on a Christian organization and now faces a federal court lawsuit.

Perspective: America’s real foundational problem
The greatest problem in America is a spiritual one…and even the church, by and large, doesn’t know what to do to restore the biblical foundations.

Design of the Week 04/08/09 – Eggs

April 8, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Designs of the Week | Leave a comment
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This weekend, many children will wake up on Sunday morning and spend at least some of the day hunting colored hard-boiled eggs and little baskets (and not so little ones) full of goodies that the “Easter Bunny” brought them. They will then proceed to eat as little of one egg as possible and every last piece of chocolate in their basket and possible some of the chocolate in another basket. How do I know all this? Am I a prophet or psychic? Nope. I just remember being a kid…

The problem is that the children that are doing this are missing out on the real gift that has been given to all those who will receive it. The true meaning of “Easter” is not bunnies, eggs, or chocolate. It’s something much more important and lasting that all of that. If you truly want to find something this Sunday, then look for Jesus. Not only is it worth the time you spend, it is guaranteed to happen! On top of that, He will make sure that you find Him! Sure, it’s not eggs, chocolate, or cheap plastic toys, but the novelty of all of that wears off when the sugar rush goes away. On the other hand, when you have received the free gift of salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus, you will have something that lasts forever.

The problem that seems to be occurring more and more often is that many people look to those who call themselves Christians to find Jesus and see people that are no better (and many times worse) than they are. They lie, cheat, steal, hate, and pretend that it’s all ok. They preach a false gospel and no one blinks an eye. They neglect to tell people the truth of what’s coming and warn people of the wrath of God, instead settling for a lack-luster gospel that will bring people into the church only to make them false converts.

This weekend, have your fun and spend time with your families. Spend time telling them what they need to hear whether they want to hear it or not. Enjoy the eggs, chocolate, and gifts. Instead of hiding eggs why not reveal Christ?

The glory of Easter

April 6, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Posted in Christianity | 3 Comments
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For many people around the world, this week is special. This week begins the remembrance of the passion of Jesus Christ. It is a time to reflect on the most important event in Christianity. It was almost 2000 years ago that Christ entered Jerusalem to the cries of “Hosanna” and was tormented and killed at the request “Crucify” made by those same lips. It was this week that He suffered intense pain, betrayal by a close friend, and mockery and scorn from those He came to save.

Sadly, not much has changed in all this time. Jesus is still being betrayed by those who call Him friend. Many who name the name of Christ live like the world and betray Him for gold, fame, or power. He is mocked now more than ever and it’s only going to get worse before He comes back. Aggressive attacks on Christians (99% of which are outside the U.S.) by Muslims (isn’t Islam supposed to be the religion of peace?) and Hindus are bad enough, but I would expect no less from non-Christians who are told by their leaders and the religious writings to kill Christians. What bothers and aggravates me the most are the people who call themselves Christians and look nothing like what they claim to be. Prosperity preachers are leading people away to chase after money and “blessing”. Others are preaching a social gospel that all but ignores sin and God’s wrath. Still others are “preaching” a positive message, telling those who will listen all about how God loves them so much and only has good things for them. How He wants to bless them and be their “Daddy” and how it’s all about love. And then there are those who claim to be Christians that go out and teach rank heresy; denying the exclusivity of Jesus, accepting homosexuality, and convoluting many of the foundational beliefs of orthodox Christianity (justification, sanctification, salvation). These “emergents” are embracing everything and therefore are really holding to nothing.

The views of Christianity as found in scripture go directly against the teachings of every other religion in the world. This applies to Judaism as well, even though Jews and Christians share the Old Testament. Two of the most special events in Christianity are the Incarnation and the Resurrection. The Incarnation is when God the Son became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. This was foretold hundreds of years before the actual event took place. It is completely mind-boggling to think about an infinite God pouring Himself into a human body, but that’s exactly what happened. The Resurrection is the event commonly known as Easter today. Many will celebrate it with colored eggs, baskets, chocolate and a good meal. Unfortunately, those who only celebrate it this way miss out on so much more. When most people think of the Resurrection of Christ, they think about the actual event where Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. Many also think about the passion that He went through suffering immensely at the hands of the Romans. What most people seem to forget is that the Resurrection goes back to the very beginning of mankind and was orchestrated to the utmost detail by God Himself.

When Adam and Eve sinned against God in the garden of Eden, they tried to hide from God. This may sound funny (how do you hide from someone who sees everything and is everywhere?) until you think about the large number of people who think that they can hide from God today (He can still see everything and is still everywhere…). When they finally came out of hiding, God cursed the earth and the serpent and pronounced the death sentence on mankind. Sin had entered the world and through sin, death had followed (Romans 5:12). The sacrifice of two innocent animals provided covering for Adam and Eve in an awesome foreshadowing of the cross. When God made His pronouncement to Adam and Eve, it included this important point: Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity Between you [the serpent] and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” This is the first reference to both the incarnation and the resurrection. God tells the serpent (He was actually talking to Satan who was in the serpent) of the “woman’s seed”. Anyone with a simple understanding of biology knows that women don’t have “seed”, men do. He then said that the woman’s seed would bruise (crush) the serpent’s head and that the serpent would in turn bruise (crush) His heel. This can only be the death and resurrection of Christ. No other event in human history comes close to fitting this. This then, was to be the pinnacle of God’s plan and was to be expected by those who followed God.

In time, the earth became full of wickedness (Gen. 6:5) and violence (Gen. 6:11) and it grieved God to the point that He decided to “blot out” all of mankind from the face of the earth. However, not all of the people of the earth were this way. One man, Noah, “found favor in the eyes of the Lord”. Because of this favor, God tells Noah to build an ark of gopher wood and gives him the exact plans of how it should be built. It can be safely assumed that Noah spent much of his time building the ark (he was given about 100 years to do it), but that’s not all he did. 2 Peter 5 says that Noah was a “preacher of righteousness”. It is believed by a growing number of scientists who hold to Christianity that the ark was more than big enough to hold all of the animals that Noah brought on to the ark. Some have also suggested that the extra room that would remain was for those who would listen to the preaching of Noah and come aboard. Sadly, no one did this. In obedience to God, Noah and his family boarded the ark. What is amazing here is that it wasn’t Noah who closed the door of the ark, but God Himself (Gen. 7:16), showing that it is God who is responsible for salvation and no one else.

In keeping with His promise, God flooded the entire earth. All the high mountains under the heavens were covered (Gen. 7:19), and all flesh that moved on the earth and all mankind perished (Gen. 7:21-22). It wasn’t a local flood (the water would have just found its own level and Noah would have had to just move out of the area – as would those God was going to destroy). Gen 7:23 Thus He blotted out every living thing that was upon the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky, and they were blotted out from the earth; and only Noah was left, together with those that were with him in the ark. The ark was the salvation of mankind. It protected those who put their faith in it and saved them from the wrath of God. The ark is another foreshadowing of Christ and shows exactly what Jesus has done for those who put their faith in Him. He protects those who love Him and keeps them from the wrath of God.

As the earth was replenished and man again grew in number, they rebelled against the command of God to go forth and multiply and fill the earth (Gen. 9:1) and decided to build a tower to heaven (Gen. 11:4). Because of the rebellion, God came down and confused the languages of the people causing different families to spread out and fill the earth (Gen. 11:7-9).

As the generations went on, God chose Abram out of all men to be the forefather of His chosen people. He promised him many things including a land of his own, that he would become a great nation, (Gen 12:1-3) and that he would have a descendant of his own even though Sarai (his wife) was barren (Gen. 15:4). When Isaac finally came (25 years after God called Abraham and made the promises), God’s promise was fulfilled. Thirteen years later, God put Abraham to the test by asking him to sacrifice his only son. Abraham followed in obedience and was prepared to kill his son in obedience to God. As Abraham was bringing the knife down, God stopped him and showed him a ram caught in a thicket. This was again a foreshadowing of the sacrifice that Christ would make on behalf of those who would recognize Him as their Savior.

All throughout the history of Israel, Jesus has been prophesied and looked for by those who trust in God, including Job (Job 19:25-27), David (Psalm 22), Abraham (Gen. 15:6, Gal. 3:8), Isaiah (9:6 / 53), and Jeremiah (Jer. 23:5-6). These weren’t the only people looking for the Messiah. Many of the Jews were looking for the Messiah as well because God promised them the He would save them. From the beginning, Jesus, the Son of God, chose to be the One who would be sacrificed for the sins of the world so that those who repent of their sins and put their trust in Him would be saved from the wrath of God. This came to pass when the Holy Spirit overshadowed a young woman named Mary, causing her to become pregnant. The Son of God was wrapped in flesh and grew up in complete obedience to God. He amazed the elders in the synagogue at age 12 (Luke 2:46-47), and started His ministry at age 30. For the next three years He preached the truth to the people of Israel (Matt. 4:17).

While many of the “common” people followed Him and enjoyed what He did, many didn’t hear what He was saying. They loved being fed by the bread and fishes, they loved getting healed or raised from the dead, but they didn’t want to hear when He talked about their sin. The religious leaders didn’t like Jesus from the start. They feared that He would destroy the works related system that they had built up for themselves.  This, too, still goes on today… As He continued His ministry, the Pharisees and Sadducees ended up joining together to put Him to death because they hated Him. When His time had come to finish what He had started, He entered Jerusalem to shouts of “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” as the people waved palm branches and laid them before Him.

In His final days, Jesus told the disciples that He would be killed numerous times. As the Passover drew near, Jesus had His disciples prepare the meal. All the while, the Pharisees and Sadducees looked for their chance to kill Him. They found it in Judas Iscariot and began to plot their murder. Judas promised to deliver Jesus to the religious leaders for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave. At the Passover meal, Jesus announced that one of His own disciples would betray Him. Each of the disciples asked if they would be the one, and when Jesus told them who it would be they still didn’t understand: Joh 13:25-26 He, leaning back thus on Jesus’ bosom, *said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus then *answered, “That is the one for whom I shall dip the morsel and give it to him.” So when He had dipped the morsel, He *took and *gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. Judas left to betray the Lord and Jesus took His disciples to the garden of Gethsemane.

Here, the Son of God prayed by Himself (the disciples kept falling asleep) and was under so much stress and pressure that He sweat drops of blood. Judas knew that He would be there and led the both the temple guards and a Roman cohort (up to 1,000 Roman soldiers) to take Him. Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss and Jesus stepped forward to ask a simple question:

Joh 18:4-6 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He *said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground.

Jesus spoke three words and over a thousand people fell to the ground! Peter rushed forward to protect the Lord and cuts off the ear of Malchus. In the midst of the tumult and His arrest, Jesus stooped down and healed the man on the spot.

After being bound, Jesus was taken to the high priest and put on trial for blasphemy. Here, Jesus was struck by a guard, beaten, mocked, and spit upon. Those holding Him blindfolded Him, struck Him, and dared Him to tell them which one of them hit Him. It was also at this time that Peter denied knowing the Lord three times. Jesus was then taken to Pilate and called an evildoer. Pilate found nothing wrong with Him and sent Him to Herod. Herod wanted Jesus to entertain him by doing miracles but Jesus didn’t speak at all. The leaders were there speaking against Him the whole time, but Jesus wouldn’t say a word. Herod mocked Him, put a robe on Him, and sent Him back to Pilate. Pilate reiterated that He found no guilt in Jesus and would scourge Him and release Him.

Pilate was amazed but offered the people his customary choice of prisoners to be released as a good will gesture. The people were given a choice between Jesus and Barabbas, who was a known rebel and murderer. The people chose Barabbas. Pilate questioned their choice and it was then that the religious leaders incited the crowd to shout for Jesus’ crucifixion. During this, Pilate’s wife warned him not to have anything to do with Jesus because she suffered in a dream the previous night. Wishing to please the crowds, Pilate released Barabbas, washed his hands of Jesus’ blood, and had Jesus taken away to be scourged.

Before I go into the actual crucifixion, it’s important to remember all that Jesus has been through already. It is now Friday morning and He hasn’t slept since Tuesday night. He’s agonized in the garden to the point of sweating blood. He’s been bound, beaten, mocked, and spit upon. He’s walked a mile from the Praetorium to Herod’s palace. There He was again mocked and spit upon. He was then taken another mile back to Pilate. When Jesus returned from Herod’s palace and the crowd shouted for His crucifixion, Pilate granted it.

Jesus was then taken away and scourged. The whips that the Romans used were called flagellum and are more commonly known as a “cat-o’-nine tails”. These whips had nine leather thongs, which were embedded with glass, bone, metal, or shells to lacerate and cut the skin and flesh of the one being whipped. Jesus was whipped numerous times (some believe 39) by Roman men who knew well how to inflict the most damage and pain to someone while keeping them alive. Scripture says that He was marred more than any man (Is. 52:14). After His flaying, the whole cohort took Him into the palace and placed a purple robe on Him. They twisted a crown of thorns and forced it on His head and began to beat His head with a reed. They also spit on Him and mocked Him. When they had finished, they took the robe off of Him (remember, He’s bleeding profusely and it would cause the robe to stick to His open flesh) and put His garments back on Him. They then began the march to Golgotha where He would be crucified.

Jesus was forced to carry the cross (there is some debate as to whether it was the whole cross or just the patibulum) 600 yards from the Praetorium to the hill of Calvary. During the march, Jesus was so weak that He collapsed under the cross and Simon the Cyrene was chosen to carry the cross the rest of the way. When they reached the Place of the Skull, they removed His garments and laid Him on the cross. The soldiers then drove nine-inch nails into each of His wrists. When they did this, the nine-inch long, half-inch wide nails would have been driven directly through the main nerve that runs to the hand. This would have caused excruciating pain. They then stretched Him out and dislocated His shoulders as they repeated the process for the other wrist. Then, they placed a block under His feet and proceeded to drive another nine-inch nail into both feet, shattering bone and again hitting nerves running up the legs. He was then raised up to hang by the nails.

The bloodied body of the Lord Jesus hung there from the cross for hours while the religious leaders (who professed to know God and obey Him) mocked and ridiculed Him. All the while, Jesus prayed that God would forgive them. While He hung there struggling to draw breath (which is how many of those crucified eventually died), He prayed for those who hated Him. From noon until 3 PM, darkness covered the whole land. Finally, when the wrath of God had been satisfied, Jesus died. When He yielded up His spirit, the earth shook and the veil that separated the holy place from the holy of holies was torn in half from top to bottom. Tombs of the saints opened up and many were raised back to life, entered into Jerusalem, and were seen by many (Matt. 27:50-53).

After three days in the grave, the Lord Jesus arose bodily and appeared to numerous people over the next 50 days. He was seen by up to 500 people at one time.

This event is the single most important event in the history of mankind. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has satisfied the wrath of God. It has made payment for the legal requirement of God’s law, but this does not mean that all mankind is now saved. The payment must be applied to your account for you to receive the gift of salvation. To receive payment for your sins, you must repent of those sins (turn from them and not go back to them) and put your trust in Jesus (and nothing/no one else) as your Savior. If you’ll do this, you can know that you will be saved. I can’t understand for the life of me why so many hate a God who is so loving that He would come down and die in our place. It makes absolutely no sense why people would reject so great a salvation. But they do. Please don’t be one of those people. Hell is real and it lasts forever, but God has made a way for you to escape His justice and the punishment that comes with it. Please repent of your sins and put your trust in Jesus alone. It is the only way to be saved.

Newslinks 03/21/08

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Human Remains Found in Dumpster of Abortion Clinic

The contents of the dumpster of a WomanCare abortion clinic in Michigan are being examined in connection with the finding of patient records, biohazard bags, and human remains in it earlier this month. Sgt. Vincent Lynch, of the Lathrup village Police Department, said, “I was aware of the reality of abortion, but it was unnerving”. Included among the remains found were intact fetuses. The clinic is one of many owned by Alberto Hordari who has been outspoken against the ban on partial birth abortion and even had a 15 year old girl die in one of his clinics, although no charges were filed. I think that the most horrible tragedy aside from the deaths of uncountable human beings is the fact that the only thing that Hodari could get charged for is the improper disposal of patient records and biohazardous waste! Nevermind that the dumpster contained “intact fetuses”. Forget all about the hands the size of a ballpoint pen, or the spinal columns, or the human arms that were found in the black bags! Does this not sicken anyone else? The police officer said that he found it unnerving. I would have retched if I saw what he did. It makes me sick just thinking about it, and yet, the government of Michigan, just like the national government and other state governments just ignore the fact that these are human beings we’re talking about. If they had been outside the womb when they died, it would have been murder, so why isn’t it murder when they’re still inside?


Lutherans Issue Human Sexuality Statement for Review

The ELCA issued a draft of its statement on human sexuality in which it said, “This church recognizes the historic origin of the term ‘marriage’ as a life-long and committed relationship between a woman and man, and does not wish to alter this understanding”. The document also expresses regret that some have used historical Luthern teachings concerning homosexuality to “tear apart” families with homosexual members. Those representing the homosexual community say that they are disappointed because they feel the document urges tolerance but doesn’t allow homosexual couples religious rites to make a lifelong commitment. Those representing conservatives say that the document will basically allow local synods to individually determine what to do with gay clergy. If you’ve read any of my other blogs, you know where I stand on the issue. This statement by the Lutherans seems to say nothing at all. They say that they support marriage as a “lifelong commitment between a man and a woman” but they still condone same-sex relationships. The panel that produced the draft – which is composed of layman, Lutheran clergy, and academics – said that they have spent years of study and conversation on trying to come to a consensus about homosexual unions and still have not accomplished it. I like to help people, so I’m going to help the Lutherans come to a consensus on homosexual unions. God says that they are an abomination. See? That wasn’t so hard was it? Now, I know that that probably sounds a little critical to some, but the fact is that God does not condone homosexuality anywhere in scripture. He judged Sodom and Gomorrah for it, He condemned it in Leviticus 18:22. He called it a depraved state of mind and an “unnatural function” in Romans 1:20-32. The panel says that scripture is the basis of Christian ethics, but then goes on to say that they should be interpreted “in light of human experience, culture, and society’s changing circumstances”. SO, what they’re REALLY saying is that scripture isn’t the basis for their “Christian” ethics because if it were, they wouldn’t put “human experience, culture, etc.” above scripture! Instead, they would take scripture as the first and final authority and allow it to change everything else. The executive director of the ELCA Church in Society said that “Lutherans don’t make up a rule book of right and wrong behaviors”. That’s right! God has already done that! This is a good example of what happens when scripture is not authoritative. Now, the world will determine what is the “good of the neighbor” and completely disregard sin…


Go-ahead given to lawsuit against teacher for ‘anti-Christian diatribes’

The lawsuit against a history teacher for making anti-Christian remarks in class has been moved forward. James Corbett will find himself in court defending statements he made in the history class that he teaches Capistrano Valley High School. A sophomore in Corbett’s class recorded him telling his students that “when you put on your ‘Jesus glasses’ you can’t see the truth”. I’m glad that things like this are being brought out, but I wonder how many other schools have stuff like this going on all the time? I know that many of the country’s college professors do the very same thing. This all spawns from the 60’s when we took prayer and the Bible out of schools. Those who think like Mr. Corbett would quickly bring up the “separation of church and state” as their reasoning, but that’s not in the Constitution…It’s actually in a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists! But, even if we allow the “separation of church and state” in schools, wouldn’t Mr. Corbett still be in violation of it? Isn’t he pushing his anti-Christian, atheistic agenda on students? Isn’t that what’s happening in schools through the teaching of evolution as “fact”? Aren’t they pushing a materialistic, humanistic view of the world? I hope that something good comes of this, but I seriously wonder if that’s possible…


Study: God Relationship Not Most Important to Americans

A Survey from July 2007 conducted by the Barna research group shows that God is not the most important relationship in the lives of those living in the most “Christian” country in the world. The study said that only 19% of those surveyed said that God was their most important relationship. 70% said that their family was the most important relationship in their lives. The study also asked those surveyed what their most important group in life. 29% said that it was their church group. People from work were next with 18%. With people under 25, church ranked fifth while friends ranked first. Sadly, this gives insight into what the church is becoming. According to the numbers in the survey, people were 50% more likely to say church was the most important group in their lives than they were to say that God is their most important relationship. What does this say about the conduct of the church? What is being taught in church that it has become a wonderful social activity but God is not the most important relationship? I realize that this is just 1000 people, but I have seen the same things in the area that I live. There are probably 20 churches in my small town of about 10, 000. Many of them have some kind of event going on every day of the week, but most of those events seem to be geared toward entertainment and social gathering, even though many of them use the Christian “jargon” and claim that God is present and that it is all about having “a deeper relationship” with Him. I know that there are many churches out there that are keeping the focus where it needs to be, on studying the Word and actually having a relationship with God. I commend those churches and pray that God blesses them immensely. But, shouldn’t that be all churches? Shouldn’t I be able to walk into any church and hear biblical teaching and have scriptural bible study that helps me to develop a closer relationship with God instead of having a non-stop hour of “fun and excitement”? Should we really be surprised that the church is where it’s at when the people in it have something other than their “first love” first?


Palestinian Authority Hails Seminary Gunman As Martyred ‘Groom’

The Palestinian Authority and news media are calling the Palestinian gunman who killed 8 Jewish seminary students, seven of who were teenagers, a groom. The gunman was killed by an Israeli soldier and held by Israeli authorities for a week. When the family finally agreed on a small funeral with no press coverage, the body of the Jerusalem resident was given over to his family. His funeral was called a “wedding procession” which is common in Palestinian society for those who are martyrs during terror attacks and in Israeli military operations. The fact that this happened while President Bush continues to push “peace talks” with Palestine and Israel should be a clue to the President that words don’t mean anything to the Palestinians. It seems that President Bush is pushing for “peace” by the end of his term so that he will leave behind some kind of legacy. Instead of worrying about a legacy, how about we protect Israel and support their country? How about we truly fight the “war on terror” by condemning the Palestinian actions against Israel and their open support of those actions? Is it only a “war on terror” when it’s good for publicity? Don’t get me wrong; I think that we are justified in being in Iraq and that we should remain there until the job is done. But, if we’re going to fight terror, let’s at least be consistent alright?


New NY governor now admits to several affairs

David Patterson, New York’s first black governor, recently came clean about extra-marital affairs that he had while holding various state government offices. He said that he is not currently in an affair and that “I do not feel I have broken my commitment to the citizens of New York State”. Patterson and his wife Michelle believe that the counseling that they received because of the infidelity has made their marriage stronger. I think that it’s great that Mr. Patterson and his wife have stopped their affairs and sought to build a stronger family. I hope that they do so according to scripture. The problem that I have with this is when the new governor of New York starts to justify his affairs as “just like many Americans, maybe even yours”. When he says that government officials are “just a reflection of the people they represent” I would like to disagree with him but I don’t know if I can. The fact that this is commonplace in society does not in any way make it right! It is not “the norm” for marriage that God set forth in the Bible! If you are married and are having a difficult time, then you take it to the Lord and you work with your spouse to resolve it according to scripture! You don’t have an affair and then seek counseling. I don’t know David Patterson from Adam and therefore can’t honestly say whether he’s repented of his sin or not. I won’t forecast whether I think that he’ll do it again or that his attitude toward adultery is a reflection of a lot of other things. I just hope for the sake of New York that they’re not…


Gays Still Looking for Love from Christians

A former homosexual spoke out concerning the attitude that many Christians have toward homosexuals. He said that many still tend judge homosexuality even though they say they “hate the sin and love the sinner”. He also said that instead of pointing the finger at the sins of the culture and it’s moral state, “we should be concerned about the moral state of the church”. He said that the rhetoric has become more balanced and responsible and that it is more important to win homosexuals into the kingdom of God that it is to politically defeat them. Well, at least we agree that the moral state of the church is not what it should be…To some degree it is the moral state of the church that is the cause of the dilemma that we have homosexuality. I am all for seeing EVERYONE come to repentance and salvation through the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but I’m not going to compromise the truth of the gospel to dialogue with anyone. I will talk to others with respect (and expect them to do the same), but I will refuse to water down the gospel and make it into something that it’s not so that others can feel comfortable in their sins. It is not through “balanced and responsible” rhetoric that people are saved. It is through the truth of God cutting to the core of their being and helping them to realize that without repentance and faith they will find themselves in hell, whether they’re a homosexual, an adulterer, a liar, or a thief (Rev. 21:8). The truth is, if I really love someone living in any type of sin, I will not spare them the little bit of pain that truth brings to hopefully save them from the eternal pain their sin will put them in…The fact remains that God sees homosexuality as a sin (see the my comments above) and that should be enough.


Foolish Preaching of Cross Needed in Churches, Say Speakers

Speakers at Ligonier Ministries annual national conference spent three days speaking on a topic that most people try to avoid – death. The speakers at the conference encouraged those attending to consider what Easter is all about. It is about death. They continued by talking about how the “foolishness” of the gospel is the only thing that has the power to save those who are lost. They also lamented over the fact that many modern churches have replaced “theology with theatrics and expository preaching with entertainment”. The conference was titled “Evangelism According to Jesus” and showed how the modern methods of evangelism and preaching introduce people to the wrong Jesus. First, let me start off by saying AMEN! I never thought that I was the only one who felt this way, but it is good to hear that others are just as concerned and just as disgusted as I am. What happened during the last week of Jesus’ life was and is the bloodiest and most horrible scene in human history hands down. Why, you ask? Haven’t their been bloodier events like the Civil War, Vietnam, and the Holocaust? If you’re going by the number of people killed, yes. But, as far as the magnitude of the event, nothing matches the cross. The crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth was like nothing else in history. In this one life we see God Himself coming down from heaven, living like His creation and among His creation. We see Him spending time preaching the truth about God and how man can be reconciled to Him through repentance and faith in Him. And then we see this sinless man who is God whipped, beaten, mocked, and spit upon to the point that He is almost unrecognizable as a man at all. We then see Him being forced to carry a large wooden cross (for most of the way) for 600 yards to the hill called Calvary. Then, after all of this (not to mention having no sleep since Wednesday night), God allows Himself to be nailed to a cross by those He came to save and hangs there bleeding profusely, unable to breathe, and broken. What little breath the Son of God has, He uses to forgive those who have caused Him so much pain. He then gives Himself up as a sacrifice for the sins of the world (none of which He committed) and dies. THAT is the truth of Easter! But it doesn’t stop there. Jesus then is buried in a borrowed tomb and lays there for three days. On the third day, He is resurrected and thus completes the salvation of mankind. To receive salvation means not only to believe that all of this happened, but it means to repent of (turn away from) the sins that nailed Jesus to the cross and trust in Jesus like you would trust in a parachute.

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