Monthly Archives: June 2016

If God is everywhere, why is nothing different?

“You came to hear some music. And it’s great music. And this is a great night. But after the music is over you’ll all get in your cars and drive home and nothing will have changed. Nothing will be different for you.” from The Resurrection File (Chambers of Justice Book 1)      by Craig Parshall You won’t find the word omnipresent anywhere in the Bible.  But as Christians, we believe God is everywhere.   So why don’t we actually see Him and act like He’s everywhere? Yes – even with music.  There’s the talent of the musician – a gift from God.  The creativeness of the person who wrote the music – a gift from God.  The invention of the person who made the first instrument of each type – a gift from God.  And the words – a gift from God. Maybe non-Christians won’t look at these things as gifts from God.   But Christians should.  Do we? Even the words of secular songs can point to God. See something I wrote previously called The way back home. As a secular song – it’s can bring anyone to tears.   Looking at it from God’s point of view – […]

The Truth Will Set You Free. Maybe?

We’ve all heard it. Lot’s of people say it. The truth will set you free!   But does it always happen? Does the truth always set us free? Why not? It was, after all, Jesus who said that truth would set us free. Surely – He didn’t lie, did He? Post Views: 59

Abortion Ruling: God Given / Constitutional right to kill?

“(Justice Stephen) Breyer wrote that “the surgical-center requirement, like the admitting privileges requirement, provides few, if any, health benefits for women, poses a substantial obstacle to women seeking abortions and constitutes an ‘undue burden’ on their constitutional right to do so.” Post Views: 56

A style of Christianity that few could find attractive

“Maybe at this point you think I’m being too tough on people who fake it. Perhaps you think that Jesus wouldn’t feel this way. If you believe that is true, then I would ask you to reconsider the New Testament, particularly the conversations Jesus had with religious leaders of the day.” Post Views: 57

Born into “Christian family”. And hating it.

My story illustrates the symptoms. I was born into a “Christian” family. We believed in God and attended church when convenient— and always on Christmas or Easter. And when we did attend, it was always boring.    Groeschel, Craig; Groeschel, Craig. The Christian Atheist: When You Believe in God But Live as if He Doesn’t Exist (pp. 17-18). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.   No, it’s not my story.  It’s Craig Groeschel’s.  It could also be yours. If you’re thinking – “I can relate to that feeling”.  Being born into a “Christian family” doesn’t make one a good Christian.  In fact, being born into what the book describes as a “Christian family” can really turn people off. Now – if you’re thinking – “Wow – that’s really me!” – then you should also consider this: Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church which is considered the largest church in the United States with twenty five locations in seven states. Craig Groeschel turned into the pastor of an extremely successful church. If he did that – starting off with feelings like these – where could you end up? Don’t live the “Christian” life of your family and friends – the […]

Did God Change His Mind?

  How many times do we read about a Christian who is faced with a loved one’s beliefs that come in conflict with their own? Lots of people won’t like what I have to say here.   But it needs to be said, because sometimes the things we least want to hear are the very things that we most need to hear. Then they have to decide – were they wrong before, misinterpreting God’s Word?   Did God change His mind?   Is this a new time with new laws from God?  Something else? You may have noticed – I said “hear”.   Even though this is in writing and will most likely be “read”.  Here’s why the word “hear” is important – Post Views: 65

What’s Next?

“I think of the change Jesus brought to the world around hope when I think about two tombstones. One of them marks the resting place of Mel Blanc, the famous voice of countless characters in Looney Tunes cartoons. In accordance with his instructions, his family inscribed as his final epitaph the words that he had said to end a thousand cartoons: “That’s all, folks.” The other tombstone is described by Philip Yancey. It marks the grave of a friend’s grandmother who lies buried under ancient oak trees in the cemetery of an Episcopal church in rural Louisiana. In accordance with the grandmother’s instructions, only one word is inscribed on the tombstone: Waiting.” — from “Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus” by John Ortberg Post Views: 52

It wasn’t on purpose

“Emily Jackson. A girl who was easy to miss. He’d seen what happened whenever she entered the cafeteria and sat at a table. Suddenly, the other kids who were already there would remember something else they needed to do and would get up one at a time and leave. Or when a group of kids was talking in the hallway and she approached them, they would tighten up their circle so there wouldn’t be any place for her. And so she would walk past. Alone. He didn’t think they did it on purpose, treated her like that, it was just the way kids are sometimes.” from “Blur ” by Steven James Post Views: 53

What do we expect?

“It felt a little weird coming to a church. He and his dad had only attended church twice since his mom left them six months ago—once for Easter and then the week after, as if they were about to start a new habit but never quite got enough momentum to carry things through.” from Blur, by Steven James Post Views: 58

It Will Happen Again

It will happen again. Why?  Because we insist on freedom from religion.  Freedom from God. What is it? It’s Orlando – the mass killing – the child killed by an alligator. It’s Sandy Hook – more mass killings. It’s your neighbor – beaten up by her husband / boyfriend / lover – again. It’s all the things we want to put an end to.  Insist we can do it on our own.  And ignore the real problems. Post Views: 55

Do we have the leader we deserve, need or both? Revisited

Look at the candidates we have running for president of the U.S. today. Do we need either of them? Do we deserve both of them? I wrote on this topic about a year and a half ago.  The original is here. Post Views: 133

The problem of killing infidels

45 times the Qur’an says Allah (Allah / God) is oft-forgiving. How then can one justify killing anyone who is thought to be an infidel? Who is to say that God won’t forgive them?   For instance – Sura 3:31 Say (O Muhammad to mankind): “If you (really) love Allaah then follow me (i.e. accept Islaamic Monotheism, follow the Qur’aan and the Sunnah), Allaah will love you and forgive you of your sins. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” Khan, Dr Muhammad Muhsin. English Translation of the Qur’an (Kindle Locations 671-672). . Kindle Edition. Whether one is a follower of Islam or not – does this not say that Allaah is Oft-Forgiving and Most Merciful?  What chance does God have to be merciful or forgiving if one kills the infidel before God does either or both of them? A bit earlier, we read – Sura 3:8 (They say): “Our Lord! Let not our hearts deviate (from the truth) after You have guided us, and grant us mercy from You. Truly, You are the Bestower.” Khan, Dr Muhammad Muhsin. English Translation of the Qur’an (Kindle Locations 630-631). . Kindle Edition. Note the words – “after you have guided us”.  If you were […]

At no cost?

The rabble with them began to crave other food, and again <they> started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate <before this> at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this <same food every day>!” “At no cost”! Really? These people were slaves! And they say they had food “at no cost”? As the caption at the left says – Question Everything! If you are a slave, is anything really at no cost? Is anything really “free”? OK – you didn’t pay money. Because you don’t have any money. But then – you don’t have anything!! Post Views: 57

Why do rich people give their money away?

  If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor … Yes – Jesus did say that.   And that’s what the Giving Pledge folks joining Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet are doing. But isn’t there more to being perfect that just giving lots of money to the poor? In case you haven’t heard of the Giving Pledge – here’s the info from their web site Home Page –   I think this home page tells a lot. It starts with the simple statement at the top of the page – The Giving Pledge is a commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. Well – it still starts with the statement below, but the chart is gone.  I was going to update it with a larger image – but I can’t.  The home page is now filled with pictures of the givers.  They can even be sorted by giving year – enabling us to see who gave first and who are the late comers to the party.  You’ll understand more about that comment below. Philanthropy could include what we would generally call […]

God or the Devil – who is winning you over?

  “”It’s a test, David. Don’t you see? I bet those demons told God that you would run with your tail tucked between your legs at the first sign of difficulty.” She shoved her finger downward. “But God said, ‘No! Not David Chance!’” Yes – the image at the left is kind of cute.   And that’s how too many people view the devil / demons. And angels as well. They’re just a “story”.  Maybe even just a way to make funny commercials where we choose between food that’s good for us versus something that we want to eat that maybe isn’t do good. Post Views: 5

Three Tragic Verses – One Unavoidable Conclusion

When presented with the facts, no matter how much we don’t like what they say –  sometimes the conclusion is unavoidable – The U. S. will not help Israel at a critical time – and we will be part of ushering in “The End”. Three tragically depressing verses from the Bible are these – Eze 22:30 “I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. Zec 12:3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Post Views: 5