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Can we know if God still cares about us?

Can we know if God still cares? Of course, that assumes that God did exist in the past. And it assumes that God still exists now. And it assumes that at least at some time in the past – God used to care. That’s a lot of assumptions. Whether you care to make none of them – some of them – or all of them – please read on and see what you think at the end.


Protected from the Bible – Who’s in Hell

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series Protected from the Bible

It’s easy to get mad at God because of Hell. But we have to remember – no, we have to know that Hell wasn’t made for us. We also have to realize that we don’t go their without plenty of warnings from God – and from our own choice. Some go so far as to “condemn” God – without realizing what’s even going on.


Unintended Consequences – CA SB 1172

This is – first and foremost – a law that targets innocent children.
Really, all of this is over minor children. It says that parents can’t engage in conversion therapy for their minor children (for who, again, the parents have responsibility – to both the government and God). However, when that minor child turns 18, they are free to get conversion therapy on their own.


Be careful what you ask for

What some of us may have a hard time realizing is that people with attitudes like this can actually reach a point where they’re quite “happy and content” with life as they know it. Notice – I put quotes around “Happy and content” – because it’s happiness and contentment as they know it. Never having allowed themselves to experience anything else – they assume that whatever they now have in life is as good as it’s going to get.


Are there guns in Heaven?

  our second amendment rights are sacrosanct Seriously? Sacrosanct? Do you realize what that means?   I heard the statement – “Our second amendment rights are sacrosanct” this morning on the news.  They were spoken by David Webb, a Sirius XM talk show host.  I was shocked.  But only for a moment.  Then I remembered – people really do seem to believe this. I can’t help but wonder, do they know what that means? The number one definition of sacrosanct from dictionary.com is – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. In case I haven’t made the reference to sacrosanct and God clear enough – let’s look at the origin of the word – 1595-1605; < Latin sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred, saint Clear enough? Now, as usual, let’s look at all of the definitions for sacrosanct – extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple. not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct. above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct. Again, we see, as usual – the word has been watered down over time.  I’m actually surprised that the order isn’t different, with the […]


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 – […]


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


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 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


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: 4


China’s Crackdown on Christian Churches

… the Chinese government continues to make heavy-handed moves to rein in Chinese Christians. In the name of maintaining safety and beauty”, the CCP has bulldozed churches and torn down crosses all painted red as reminders of the blood shed by the faithful when Mao Zedong’s troops tried to erase their faith from China almost 50 years ago. Those who speak out against the CCP’s decisions are arrested and placed in black jails. And yet – there’s hope.   Just over a year ago, I wrote something called The more you tighten your grip, Satan.   It seems it’s time for a reminder of what happens when the grip gets too tight – like what the government in China is trying to do.  I’m not sure that anyone in China will actually get a chance to read this, but it’s certainly a call to pray for them.  In all the years I’ve been doing this, I don’t remember ever getting a single reader from mainland China.  A whole bunch of southeast Asian countries – even Hong Kong – but I don’t remember ever seeing China on the list. The quote above is from a story on msn.com news. It’s about […]


Whoever has my commands and keeps them …

  Jn 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. OK – but what are those commands – and are we actually following them? this will be the introduction to a series – with the details of those commands to follow on later days. Post Views: 5


Not a madman?

For, this fellow-man of yours is not a madman; Quick – who said that in the midst of an end-time prophecy? And what’s the significance of it? Here’s a hint.  Just before this, the prophecy includes these things: the sun goes dark the stars go dark mountains vanish the seas are boiling Hell and paradise can both be seen the deeds of men are made known OK – who is it? Post Views: 4


The Next Life: better, worse, the same, or non-existent?

  What’s your hope for the next life?  Better?   Worse?   The same?   Or that there won’t be a next life?   There’s really no other choices .  Logically, it must be one of these.  So pick one! Hoping there won’t be a next life Strictly speaking, not having a next life may be redundant – at least for some people.  Those that have thought of nothing after this life may have already decided whether that’s better, worse, or no different than the life they now have. So let’s start with that one. It’s kind of depressing.  No – it’s just plain depressing.  The thought of this being “it” – with nothing to follow – makes life seem pointless.  Suggestion: having been there myself, thinking this life is pointless – either try to find a way to make this life meaningful – or try to find a way to make the next one better.  (More on that thought later.) At the risk of sounding too “Pollyanna” – even doing something to try to make the next life be better will make this one seem better.  And even if there’s no life after this, at least this one will […]


A deeper look into the Jonah question

The “Jonah question” is turning out to be tougher than expected. There’s a difference between God hating what people do – and hating the people themselves. Let’s see if that could help with the “Jonah question”. This is part of a continuing series looking at God in the Qur’an, the Old Testament and the New Testament.  If you haven’t read it yet, part 1 is here. Review [68:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out the commands of your Lord. Do not be like (Jonah) who called from inside the fish. [68:49] If it were not for his Lord’s grace, he would have been ejected into the desert as a sinner. [68:50] But his Lord blessed him, and made him righteous. [68:51] Those who disbelieved show their ridicule in their eyes when they hear the message and say, “He is crazy!” [68:52] It is in fact a message to the world This is the closing for Sura 68 – telling Muhammad to not be like Jonah. Looking Deeper So far, we’ve seen that there was an expectation for Muhammad to have either already known about Jonah from the Old Testament – or else to have done the reading himself to […]


The problem of faith 1

   Heb 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.   Romans 8:24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. Circular logic? Or a leap of faith as the only way to the truth? Or – is it always true, no matter what we think?   Think about it – before leaping to a decision.   Here’s the thing – if you reject the Bible – the question actually becomes moot, because the assumptions are also rejected.  If that’s where you’re at, and have no desire to examine further – that’s OK.  But guess what.  It’s still true.  Because if you don’t believe in God, you have faith that He doesn’t exist.  And your reward will be appropriately based on that.   Again – think about it before rejecting the logic.   If there is a Heaven, you won’t be there, for the very reason stated above – because you have faith that it doesn’t […]