Oh – by the way – that forgiveness thing. It’s good for anything we have done. Literally – anything. There’s nothing, no matter what some may say, that won’t be forgiven. Some would say if you’ve done certain things – you can’t be in “the church”. Well – maybe not in their “church”. But in Jesus’ church – sincerely ask for forgiveness from Jesus – and you will be forgiven.

True or False: No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe in God.

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series God, us, and children

… in order to reach that conclusion – Russell had to first not only assume that God does exist, but that he knew how God felt about the dying child.I think the real statement should be – No one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and still believe that people are inherently good.

Forgive us … as we forgive …

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Lord's Prayer

Uh Oh. Major Uh Oh. This sounds really important. As in the previous verses, there’s much more to the Lord’s Prayer than just a bunch of words. There’s meaning behind those words. A meaning that we need to understand to really do what Jesus said before giving us these words …

There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us. Version 1

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series We go where he takes us

he looks safe enough. But what do we really know about him? And who would ever put themselves in a position like that – following him wherever he takes us? But not knowing ahead of time where we’re going? “There may be no tomorrow. We go wherever he takes us.” No one – right?

Why can’t we better at treating addictions and other disorders?

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Why the government can't save you

Addiction, mental disorders / abnormalities, socially unacceptable behavior, deviant behavior – these are “normal” parts of life, But “we” – the psychologists, psychiatrists, and other “brilliant” people – can take care of it. The fact that “we” have failed miserably is not evidence that “we” can’t do it. And if “we” can’t do it – “we” will drug the heck out of them – turn them into zombies – and then “we” will have “succeeded”. …

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: 64

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

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: 54

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 […]

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 […]

Pop Tart Christians

Strong and mature Christians do not simply pop out of the oven overnight. The fruit of the Spirit takes time to grow in a person. I read this and immediately thought about pop tarts.  Unlike the picture on the left, there was practically nothing inside.  Very little filling compared to the dough.  Not unlike a new Christian.  Or even an “old” Christian who was satisfied with the initial “committing their life to Jesus” – and then does nothing after that.  Someone who doesn’t allow the Holy Spirit to fill them and guide their lives. Post Views: 12

When conflict arises – what does / should a “church” do?

  “We continue to hear from many people on the debate over <fill in your favorite conflict> that our current <fill in your church “rules”> contains language which is contradictory, unnecessarily hurtful, and inadequate for the variety of local, regional and global contexts,” the proposal said. “We will name such a Commission to include persons from every region of our <church>, and will include representation from differing perspectives on the debate.” Did you know there are 14 definitions of the word “church”? No wonder some churches themselves don’t even know what they’re supposed to do when this happens! Post Views: 2