Monday, April 21, 2014

Inconceivable!

I am perplexed. Slavery is unimaginably evil. I mean, one person owning another, buying and selling humans like cattle, splitting up families, mother's and sons, sisters and brothers, mistreating them, forcing them to live in squalid conditions. I thank God that we are enlightened enough as a society to be repulsed by the history of such barbarism.

And then, there was (and still is) the blight of antisemitism. Nazism, white supremicism, Arianism, have fomented a hatred of Jewish people simply by virtue of their noble race and religion. Those whom God has chosen to bless are despised by these ignoramuses bent on their annihilation. Modern America is appalled that such biased hatred could be fomented on a people because of their race.
It is a blessing that our culture is intolerant of the indignities and inhumanity of slavery and antisemitism.

But, why wouldn't we be as equally outraged at an even more egregious and heinous practice? Aren't we yet advanced enough, haven't we yet been enlightened enough to be angered and aggrieved that a large portion of our population is being brutalized and butchered. Tens of thousands who have no voice to put up for themselves are being abusively exterminated and we all turn a blind eye to their plight. Can it be, that in 2014 America, 4000 babies per day are sliced and diced, salinated and vacuumed from the womb to be tossed into trash cans or incinerated like the week's collection of garbage? Human lives are being snuffed out in the abortion mills by murderous, monstrous doctors that make Hitler's Mengela look like a sainted Sunday school teacher.

We no longer wince, we don't even wink at this evil anymore. We make a great show of our disdain for slavery and antisemitism and the suppression of women, but what about the slaughter of the innocents? Where is the disgust, the righteous indignation, the militant marching, the passionate protesting? If slaves were still being auctioned in the town squares, if women were being denied the right to vote, if Jews were being rounded up and sent to gas chambers, not a one of us would sleep comfortably at night. We would shout to the high heavens. Nothing would stop us from ending these obscene practices. But somehow we have salved our consciences about the murder of the babies. We may go days, weeks even months without even once ever stopping to consider the 1.5 American million babies a year who will never draw their first breath because they have been relegated to the status of tissue mass or unviable fetus.

May God have mercy! May He welcome each of the little martyrs personally into His glorious kingdom. May He mete out a righteous retribution to those who willfully end these little lives because they are unhandy, unwanted and inconvenient. May He offer a just recompense to those in the industry of profiting off the murder of little lives which are precious in the sight of God.
America, 2014. Civilized enough to abolish slavery, righteous enough to fight antisemitism, mature enough to grant women's suffrage, but somehow evil enough to continue to countenance abortion. 

Inconceivable!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Wrong-Headed Thinking



Wrong-headed Thinking that is Ineffective, Counterproductive and Unscriptural. The Bible lists several examples of the wrong kind of thinking. Be careful what you think, for as we think, we are.

1.     Thinking that persecuting Christians is doing God a favor.
Jn 16:2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

2.     Thinking that trusting self is going to do any good.
Php 3:4  Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:

3.     Thinking you are indestructible.
1Co 10:12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

4.     Thinking you can go against God’s kingdom and have a chance of winning.
2Ch 13:8  And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

5.     Thinking you can escape responsibility and accountability.
Est 4:13  Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews.

6.     Thinking you can erase the reality of God from the minds of His children.
Jer 23:27  Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.

7.     Thinking you can make it on the merits of your heritage.
Mat 3:9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

8.     Thinking your vain repetitions are going to get God’s attention.
Mat 6:7  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

9.     Thinking that Jesus is all about warm fuzzies.
Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

10.  Thinking that the Lord is not returning.
Lk 12:40  Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

11.  Thinking that people who have bad things happen to them deserved what they had coming.
Lk 13:4  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

12. Thinking you are all that and more.
Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Gal 6:3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

13. Thinking you know it all and have nothing more to learn.
1Co 8:2  And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.

14. Thinking little of the worth of others in the church.
1Cor 12:23  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

15. Thinking that your set of problems is unique.
1Pet 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

16. Thinking that the Lord is not passionate about you.
James 4:5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 

If our thinking is skewed, we need to get into the Word, truth's anchor and renew our minds. 

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

Phil 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 

Phil 4:8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

This Sickness is for the Glory of God



John 11:4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

If we are going to suffer, and it is sure that each of us will, our suffering ought to end up glorifying the Lord. 

I personally am a wimp when it comes to suffering. I truly believe I am allergic to pain and I have a great aversion to illness. When all is going well and we are feeling good, we should rejoice and be grateful for God's rich blessing of good health. But when disease or sickness invades our body it is time to learn some valuable lessons and grow in our faith. 

Lazarus' illness and subsequent death taught us that God can do anything.

Paul's thorn in the flesh taught us that God's grace is sufficient for us.

Peter's Mother-in-law's illness taught us that we can go from sickness to serving in mere moments.

The illness of the woman with the issue of blood taught us that when the doctors are at the end of their devices, God has just begun to work.

Timothy's stomach problems taught us to minister even when we don't feel well. 

Truly, the Great Physician allows suffering for greater good: the building of our faith, the learning of patience, the drawing out of our praise, the learning of important life lessons and, most of all, the glory of God.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

NYTV or the KJV

Are we in the ultimate days leading up to the rapture and tribulation? Read your Bible and the headlines of your newspaper. What the news is telling me is very reminiscent of the prophecies I have read about for years in the Scriptures. Whether you read the King James or the NY Times Version, it seems we better lift up our heads and keep our eyes on the skies, for our redemption draweth nigh.

Russian Invasions (Ezek 38, 39)
Earthquakes in Diverse Places - Chile, Oklahoma, Yellowstone, LA (Mt 24)
Mid-East Peace Talks  (Dan 9:27)
Apr. 15 Blood Moon (Joel 2, Acts 2)
Affordable Care Act Implanted Device  (Rev 13:16-18)
Pope’s Overtures to atheists, gays, evangelicals, mainline denominations, aliens, atheists (Rev 13:12)
Jews Clamoring for a Worship Edifice on the Temple Mount  (Mt 24:15)
Etc.

The Things They Said About My Savior (Jn 8)

1. You are a liar   (13)
2. You are an illegitimate  (41)
3. You are a half-breed   (48)
4. You are possessed   (52)

Finally, they tried to stone Him.

And yet, later in the week, from the cross, Jesus said, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Who is Jesus?



In John 7, the Messiahship of Jesus is argued extensively. Here are some of the things which were being said and thought of Him:
1. His own brothers didn't believe in Him (at that time. (5)
2. The world hated Him. (7)
3. Some Jews sought Him. (11)
4. Some murmured about Him. (12)
5. Some said He is a good man. (12)
6. Others said He is a deceiver. (12)
7. They tried not to speak openly about Him for fear of the Jews. (13)
8. They marveled about His teaching. (15)
9. They wondered how He could teach as He did without a higher education.  (15)
10. Some accused Him of having a devil. (20)
11. They denied the assassination plots. (20)
12. They were amazed that He healed on the Sabbath. (22-23)
13. They judged according to appearances. (24)
14. They wondered if their religious leaders thought He might actually be the Messiah. (26)
15. If He were Christ, wouldn't His origins be different? (27)
16. They wanted to take Him and kill Him. (30)
17. Many believed! They figured, if He is not the Christ, would the real Christ be able to do greater works than Jesus did? (31)
18. Surely, this is the anointed Prophet. (40)
19. This is the Christ! (41)
20. But, can Christ hail from Galilee? (41)
21. There was division in their opinions. (43)
22. Never a man spoke like this man. (46)
23. Why haven't any of the Pharisees believed on Him? (48)
24. Only the simple ones have trusted Him. (49)
25. At least one Pharisee believed! (50-51)
26. Everyone went home with their own opinion. (53)

The point is, everyone has his or her own thoughts about Jesus. Some are right, some are not. Some are sincere, some are sincerely wrong.

The truth is, Jesus is exactly Who He says He is. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Bread sent down from Heaven, the Living Water, the Light of the World. He is the Son of God and the Son of Man. He is the Good Shepherd, the Great Shepherd and the Chief Shepherd. He is Messiah, Saviour, Judge, Redeemer and Friend. He is Lord of lords and King of kings.

We must never doubt His works, His power or His sovereignty.

You eternity depends on what you believe about Jesus, what you will do with Jesus and how you respond to Him as He knocks on your heart’s door.