Thursday, November 30, 2017
But one part stood out to me (although it all stood out . . . excellent movie!). A lost, hurting, confused man was in a hotel room when he found a Bible. And I thought about how sad it is that, nowadays in America, people are trying to get Bibles out of hotel rooms and to erase all references to God in public areas.
Do you believe?
(click on it)
(FYI, you don't have to believe in Jesus if you don't want to. You can reject Him if you prefer. But if He is who He said He is then you will have to pay the price for your unbelief - because He doesn't cease being God or being real just because you don't believe in Him. Seriously ... what if?)
(reposted from https://myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com)
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you ... then choose for yourselves whom you will serve, whether the gods of your own imagination who let you live whatever way you want or the socially-acceptable gods who tell everyone what they want to hear.
But as for me and my household ...
WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!
(Joshua 24:14-15, paraphrased for today)
Click here when you have time to listen. To really listen. You owe it to yourself, to your eternal soul, to listen to this song at least once and to really think about what it says. (And click here for one more, one that deeply touched my heart.) What do you have to lose?
John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God so loved the world. He didn’t just love the world; He so loved the world. He so loved the world that He (Jesus) would die in our place before He would miss out on an eternal relationship with us. He knew that we would disappoint Him and hurt Him and fail Him, but He still so wanted a relationship with us that He made a way. He knew that there would be many, many people that would reject His gift of love and salvation, but an eternity spent with those who would choose Him was worth the price of dying on the cross. That is some amazing love!
Because this will be what matters most the moment after you die. And, quite honestly, it's what matters most in this lifetime, too.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
It’s amazing and disturbing how brazen our society is in attacking everything about God and everything He created: marriage, monogamy, sex, family, sexuality, the scientific reality of gender, morality, modesty, the value of a person, the right to life, the existence of "right and wrong," the Bible, Jesus, and Absolute Truth. Not to mention God Himself, His very existence.
At least I hope that's why He's allowing all this breakdown to happen, all this conflict and divisiveness. Because if He's not - if He's not coming back soon - then God help those of us who choose to be faithful to Him. We're gonna need it!
If you haven’t seen The Case for Christ, the movie based on Lee Strobel’s life, you should see it. It’s good. It’s about his journey to Christ, from being an atheist who was very skeptical about Christianity and who only responded to “facts” to finally finding the evidence for Christ so overwhelming that he couldn’t help but believe.
What I liked about it was the two different ways that we see him and his wife come to Christ. She came to Christ through her emotions, through the pull on her heart, as though she knew it was the truth without needing the facts first. But he came to Christ through his mind, through researching the facts about Christ’s death and resurrection and the validity of the Bible.
One was led by their heart, and one was led by their mind.
I love that. I love that God has different ways of reaching different people, based on our personalities. I love that we can find Him through our heart and emotions, and I love that we can find Him through facts and reasoning.
I have always found it interesting to hear about someone’s salvation story, about what led them to finally believe in God, to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, and how it changed their life.
Does anyone out there want to share their journey to Christ? What led you to Him? What effect did it have on you? What has life been like since then? Etc.?
Mine is quite simple and uneventful. My mom had been searching for awhile for God. I was in a Catholic school and we were attending a Jehovah’s Witness church (cult). But she knew there was more out there. And so we ended up at a Bible-based church of some kind, and she sent me to a Christian camp when I was 11. While I was there, I heard an “altar call,” a call to come to the front and kneel if you want to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. And I guess I just knew that I had no choice, that this was real and I wanted it. And so, without even really thinking about it, I rose to my feet and walked to the front. And that was it!
But since then, I have been driven to have solid, rational answers for why I believe in Christ and why I don’t believe in other religions or atheism. So I have spent time researching other religions and what they offer and researching Christianity and the validity of the Bible and the events of the Bible. And in doing so, my faith has only grown more solid. It’s only confirmed my faith more.
For me, it’s Jesus or nothing! He alone has the words of life and truth and true hope!
How about you? What’s your story? Your case for Christ?
I wrote a section for Christians about “The End Times” in the Bible study I wrote. But I wanted to write a shorter, easier-to-understand version for everyone else. With all the hurricanes, earthquakes, “cash-less” technology, terrorism, martyring of Christians, people’s rebellion against everything God stands for, disease epidemics, the technology to put little radio transmitters into people’s hands containing their information, the various celestial events, a fast-approaching “one-world system,” a brewing civil war, a brewing world war, etc., it seems like a good time to post this.
And no … contrary to a popular “prophecy,” I do not think the world will end with a large planet crashing into us.
Oh, no … it’s so much worse than that! Or better! Depending on whose side you’re on.
(And may I add ... I find it so funny that scientists swear up and down that there is no Planet X that is going to crash into Earth like that one guy predicted, yet none of them saw that strange, cigar-shaped asteroid coming - the one that whizzed by us not too long ago, that came from another solar system, that was completely unpredicted and unlike anything seen before, and that travelled very fast. And yet they say there's no chance of a Planet X crashing into us? A little overly confident, don't you think?)
And to all those scoffers who say "None of this has anything to do with the end of the world" or "There is no 'end of the world' and Jesus isn't coming back again," I would like to ask you ...
"Are you so sure!?! Are you so sure that there isn't a supernatural world out there? That there isn't a God who will someday do exactly what He said He'd do in His Word? That He isn't moving and working in this world and about to bring this time to an end? Are you so sure!?! Even if the end doesn't come in our lifetime, it will come someday - in our own lives and for the world as we know it. Are you prepared to face the truth? Will you find the truth before it's too late?"
I believe there’s going to be rapture of the true believers before the tribulation starts (which I talked about in the post “My Understanding of the End Times”).
In this post, I’m going to list which significant passages I think refer to the Rapture and which refer to the Visible Second Coming, which will happen at the 6th seal, during the tribulation. This is all just my opinion. I do not claim to have any special revelation from God. It’s just the best way I make sense of Scripture.
Before I get into the verses, keep this in mind:
1. All “coming of the Lord” passages that include something about Jesus coming in power and great glory and with angels pertain to the visible second coming of Jesus at the 6th seal during the tribulation. (However, there are some passages that refer to the visible coming which don’t use those words, but you can tell by the context, by the fact that they were already talking about the big “end of time” visible second coming. And He also comes again visibly at the end of the trib for the battle of Armageddon, so that coming is referred to at times. But neither of these "visible comings" are the rapture.)
2. None of the passages that pertain to the rapture have the words “in power and great glory and with angels.”
This helps clear up a lot of confusion about which “coming” the passage is referring to.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Are you women who are attacking Matt Damon for that statement saying that there is no difference? That predator actions against a child are the same thing as touching a woman's rear-end? Just wondering. Because it sounds like you don't see a distinction, while Mr. Damon rightly does. And I commend him for being bold enough to point it out.
This is not to excuse any kind of inappropriate behavior, for there is no excuse for inappropriate behavior against someone else. And it's not to say that men shouldn't be held accountable for inappropriate behavior (they should be!) or that women should put up with it (never!) or that women shouldn't demand to be treated with more respect (being treated with respect should be a given!).
But it's to point out the fact that those who do not see a difference between inappropriate/disrespectful behavior and genuine abuse, those who are getting caught up in the frenzy of reporting every tiny offense as if it was a huge violation (the things that nearly all women have probably faced at some point or other, such as someone patting their bottom, brushing against their breast, gazing at their bodies too long, or complimenting them inappropriately) are going to undermine the women who have serious stories to tell.
Calling everything "abuse" - even things that would be better labeled "inappropriate" or "disrespectful," even things where the woman enjoyed it or benefitted from it at first - is going to dilute the meaning of "abuse" and the effect of reporting it. And it's going to hurt, not help, the cause. It's going to backfire! Just watch and see.
When everything is "traumatic abuse," then nothing is "traumatic abuse."
And women, before you name names and share your story, remember that you are dealing with real people here - real men, with families and careers and reputations. Is what you went through serious enough to risk destroying a man and his life?
If so - if coming forward would help justice get done and make sure that no other woman is harmed the way you were - then by all means, come forward with your story. (And I'm sure many stories are serious enough to come forward.)
But if not - if you are tempted to report somewhat petty things just so you can be part of the "me too" movement - then maybe you shouldn't do it. Maybe you should find a different, more discreet way to deal with it.
Is destroying a man and his life worth it? Is your story legitimate or somewhat petty? Are you being fair in your reporting or are you blowing it out of proportion for drama's sake? Did you find it tolerable earlier or benefit from it somehow (I'm thinking actresses and beauty pageant contestants here) but now you're trying to claim that you find it intolerable and damaging? Does it help the cause or hurt it? Are you reporting it just because you want to be part of the newest, hip, power-hungry movement? Just some things to consider.
(Just found this video about what's really going on with the #metoo movement. Lots of wisdom there.)
And on a slightly different note, about many different issues, in general ...
Far too many Americans (read: radical feminists and far-left groups) need to get a grip! About so many different things, you have become like a bunch of savage, foaming-at-the-mouth, rabid dogs during a feeding frenzy, tearing apart anyone and everyone who crosses your path with little regard for the consequences.
You don't want justice or fairness. You want to search and destroy, to stomp on anyone who comes against you. If anyone so much as glances at you in a way you don't like, you tear them to pieces, vilify them, petition to get them fired, and destroy every last shred of their life and reputation. You want nothing more than to steamroll over everyone who disagrees with you or who simply appears to disagree with you. You are some of the biggest bullies I have ever seen!
And I think what Matt Damon was doing was calling people to think clearly, to act thoughtfully and cautiously ... to stop the out-of-control feeding frenzy before everyone eats everyone else alive. And I applaud Mr. Damon for trying to be a voice of reason.
[Speaking of radical feminists and left-groups demanding their way and steamrolling over anyone who gets in their way: This story really bugs me.
Should these women be able to put their "trauma" on the same level as "rape"? Have they never been told "no" before? Has life so spoiled them and always given them their way that they would end up with such terrible, distressing, physical "symptoms" after facing a minor disappointing rejection?
If so - if all it takes is a small disappointing setback to make those women fall apart like that - then life is going to chew them up and spit them out. Not to mention, they lived through a time when homosexual marriage was illegal. Are they now so tender that they can't bear to face any kind of opposition or disapproval? And then to have the courts support the nonsense that their pain and suffering was worth $135,000. Puh-lease!
The only consolation for the bakers here is that God is the ultimate Judge, far above any human judge. And these bakers will be eternally rewarded for their pain and suffering, while the couple and the judges will pay an eternal price for their "victory."]
(And to anyone who's been hurt by others, who's been carrying around deep heart wounds that need healing ...
Come to Jesus! He's waiting for you, to heal your broken heart, to give you peace and joy and life.)
about God's grace and mercy, forgiveness and love:
Confession by The City Harmonic
Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle
Grace Like Rain by Todd Agnew
Oh, What Love by The City Harmonic
Love, Heal Me by The City Harmonic
Fell Apart by The City Harmonic
By Your Side by Tenth Avenue North
Come As You Are by Crowder
Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher
I AM by Crowder
I Need a Miracle by Third Day
Forgiven by Sanctus Real
Remind Me Who I Am by Jason Gray
Flawless by Mercy Me
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) by Crowder
Forgiveness by Toby Mac
Man of God by Audio Adrenaline
(We Christians know what it's like to be human.)
My Jesus by Todd Agnew
(Because the world just doesn't understand who Jesus really is.)
Secret Ambition by Michael W. Smith
We Believe by Newsboys
Manifesto by The City Harmonic