Count the cost 2

I do know now, after these past 7 years.  Some of it was for others, based on feedback I’ve received.  Some of it was certainly for me.  The cost has been high.  And yet, looking at the image at the top, I realize that when we’re talking about this particular cost, it’s really not necessary to blow up the budget – because the budget is way bigger than we can even begin to realize.  

Satan – beginning, end, and more

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Satan - The Beginning, The End, and Before The Beginning

Somewhere between those two extremes is realizing that Satan and his fallen angels do exist, and knowing enough about them that we won’t be one of those who get tricked or caught up in one of Satan’s traps – and losing our soul, as Jesus told us in this explanation of the Parable of The Sower –

Revelation & Hype Cycles

when so many consider Revelation to be a book of doom and gloom, I choose to also present is as one of amazing hope. Hope that is available to every one of us. Hope that will keep us out of the doom and gloom that will come – but doesn’t have to come to us.

But I was certain that evil existed

Evil is a relative word. Yes – it really is. Evil cannot exist without good. The classic case of good versus evil can only exist if good and evil are both relative words. If they weren’t, then one of two things must be true …

Our story will end well. (If we really want it to.)

I feel like the quote above is a bit “dangerous”.
There’s a condition built into the quote. But the conditional word is absent. It’s implied. And it’s too easy to think that it’s not even there.

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

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 news. It’s about […]

The problem of Global Warming

What’s the real problem of Global Warming? Arrogance. Here in California where I am, you can no longer build a house with a fireplace.  At least “regular” people can’t.  I’m sure that with enough money and loopholes, the rich people can do it.  But the average person can’t.  Because we will make global warming worse. There are also days when those of us in old houses that do have fireplaces are told we can’t use them.  Because we will make global warming worse. I’m waiting for the day when we’re told we can’t use our outdoor BBQ any more either. Because we will make global warming worse. Arrogance. Seriously. Look at this picture:   This is a picture from a forest fire raging in Alberta Canada as I’m writing this. Now – ask yourself – does this contribute to global warming? Does it maybe contribute to global warming more than some fireplaces and bbqs? And it’s not like this is the only fire.  There are lots of them. When I was in school – we used to be taught that things like forest fires were “nature’s” way of taking care of those forests.  The old / dead stuff was burned […]

God: Believe in, Believe, or Follow Him?

  For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. Deuteronomy 30:16 NIV   Sometimes the Bible says “believe in”. Searching the NIV for the words “believe in” yields 27 results.  All of them have to do with believing in God.  Three are from the Old Testament.  The other 24 are from the New Testament, and refer specifically to Jesus.  For instance,  Jn 6:28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jn 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Other times it says “believe”. Searching the NIV for the word “believe” yields 150 results.  Not all of them refer to God – some refer to believing (or not) other people.   Twenty of them are in the Old Testament.  The other 130 are in the New Testament.   Jn 5:36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father […]

Is there popcorn on the floor in Heaven?

  Is there popcorn on the floor in Heaven?  Or peanut shells?  There’s no killing people there.  But what about the “little” things?   Like popcorn at the movies?   Or peanut shells at a hockey game?   If you look up popcorn and peanuts to see if they’re even in the Bible – they aren’t.  For that matter, neither are movies or hockey.  And how many of the movies that are made would even be shown in Heaven?  Or – sadly – how many hockey games will there be?  Certainly, fighting won’t be there – but that’s OK – because enforcers won’t be needed since the “dirty” plays that keep fighting part of the game wouldn’t be there either. But still – there’s the question of popcorn, peanut shells, and other assorted stuff that we just leave on the ground.  Popcorn – probably a mistake – either spilled or dropped – but we figure someone else will clean it up and we move on.  Peanut shells – intentionally thrown on the floor because we can’t take our eyes off whatever sporting event we’re at – and besides someone’s paid to clean up our mess – so why even bother […]

Over the top claims about World War III?

“Over The Top Claims That This Is World War III” Just Plays Into Hands of ISIS according to President Obama. First of all, is it true that ISIS even wants to have World War III? Strictly speaking – No – it’s not true. What they actually want is Armageddon.  World War III isn’t their end game. Neither of the first two World Wars produced Armageddon, so another world war actually falls short of what they want. Here’s part of what the Qur’an has to say about “The End” – 96. Until, when Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj (Gog and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swiftly swarm from every mound. 97. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were Zaalimoon (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).” 98. Certainly! You (disbelievers) and that which you are worshipping now besides Allaah, are (but) fuel for Hell! (Surely), you will enter it. 99. Had these (idols, etc.) been aaliha (gods), they would not have […]

God forgives, but the earth doesn’t

“God always forgives, but the earth does not” – according to Pope Francis. What does this mean? Does this mean he believes that God “prevents” the earth from forgiving? Or maybe that God doesn’t have control over the earth, and it won’t “forgive” even if God wants it to? Don’t get me wrong – there’s a lot to like about Pope Francis.  And in the context of what he was talking about, he had a good message.  And we’ll get into that.   But how will people interpret this statement? We’ll get into that as well.   Here’s a little more about what the Pope said, from MSN News.  (Sorry – this article is apparently no longer available) “God always forgives, but the earth does not,” the Argentine pope told the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, a three-day meeting aimed at tackling malnutrition, a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike. “Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction,” he warned representatives from 190 countries gathered for the conference organised by the UN food agency (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in the Italian capital. Even MSN called Pope Francis the “Doomsday […]