This story is headlined with the words, “Jesus’ Tomb Opened for First Time in Centuries.”
I know what they’re trying to say, but my first thought was, “Jesus’ tomb hasn’t been closed in nearly 20 centuries.”
Humanity has a habit of desiring material spiritual shrines (almost sounds like an oxymoronic statement there). We seek to make the intangible something tangible.
I’m not saying God has never asked his people to make something that is physically visible and spiritually important at the same time. God indeed directed the children of Israel (and several others before them when it came to altars) to build the Tabernacle and all of its complementing features such as the altar, the washing basin and the rest of the furniture that went inside the most important tent that fleshly Israel traveled with from the wilderness right into the promised land. But God had a purpose for the Tabernacle’s meaning that went far beyond what could be seen with the eyes. And that purpose was fulfilled after God-in-the-flesh came and tabernacled among his people in person, and then atoned for their’s and our sins, ultimately leaving behind an empty tomb that has refused to be closed two millennia.
My point is that when it comes to us (as spiritual Israel), God has not asked his people to make a shrine out of any supposed “holy-site” today. God has not asked for this because we do not need this. And the reason we do not this is because our holy-site is a sight that has yet to be beheld.
“Now when these things had been thus prepared, the priests always went into the first part of the tabernacle, performing the services. But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance; the Holy Spirit indicating this, that the way into the Holiest of All was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing. It was symbolic for the present time in which both gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot make him who performed the service perfect in regard to the conscience— concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation. But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.” (Hebrews 9:6-12 -NKJV)
According to Yahoo Business, Target’s stock has taken a hit the last couple of quarters, and it appears the trend is expected to continue for a while.
Why is that? It’s because fewer people are shopping there.
And why is that? Well, here are the five reasons they listed:
- Prescription Medications
- Apple (electronic products)
So let’s do a real quick run-down of that list one more time: Groceries – check. Prescription Medication – check. Apple products – check. Fashion – check. Amazon – check. The national headline news boycott of Target due to their ridiculously PC, morally bankrupt, and dangerous bathroom policy – ???
I guess the boycott had nothing to do with it!
I’m not trying to do any damage to the direct context of Revelation 17, but when the beast and the harlot run this nation’s news media outlets, it’s not only important to pay attention to what gets mentioned – it’s important to pay attention to what doesn’t get said when it comes to the cost of sin on our nation.
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication. And on her forehead a name was written: MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” (Revelation 17:3-5)
According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:
- female breast.
The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.
While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: Continue reading
According to this news story, one police officer practiced what I consider to be one of the toughest commands of following Jesus – hands down!
I don’t know if the officer was, is or ever will be a Christian, but I know that turning the other cheek is no easy task.
Turning the other cheek goes against every basic feeling that follows being wronged on whatever level you can imagine. Turning the other cheek calls for a level of self-denial that’s uncomfortable. Turning the other cheek puts us in a place that appears vulnerable. Turning the other cheek is counter-culture to practically every culture that has ever existed. To the world, turning the other cheek reeks of weakness.
But regardless of what the world initially thinks of the idea known as turning the other cheek, the world takes note of the discipline and patience that it takes to carry it out…whether the individual is in a place of authority or not.
Considering the last two paragraphs, it’s no wonder Jesus delivered his challenging command of turning the other cheek during his “kingdom of God outline” speech. I mean, what in the sermon on the mount is easy to follow when it comes to the way we naturally feel in many of life’s situations? And what part of Jesus’ sermon still doesn’t catch the world’s attention when it’s seen played out?
“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)
I don’t know if you’ve heard the news (as of right now, the video on YouTube already has over 5 1/2 million views), but a very sad, bad and unfortunate situation played out over the weekend when a very young child fell into a lowland gorilla exhibit at a Cincinnati zoo. The boy’s encounter with the gorilla ultimately resulted in the gorilla being shot and killed, and the boy having to go to the hospital for, what some media outlets were calling, “non-life-threatening” injuries. And as of this morning, according to the stories of outrage now being directed toward the zoo and the parents, it seems as if another result of the situation will be that the family of this young child will have to go into protective custody!
The following are “some” of the “profanity-free” comments that can be read on YouTube. Now I want to say that I have no doubt that some of these “comments” are only being made because of the brashness, “boldness”, “bravery” and desire for attention that oft describes many comments made on websites. But that fact withstanding, I believe that some of the comments come from their maker’s heart and that they reflect a growing warped mindset concerning the western culture’s view of human life versus animal life. Look at what I mean:
- The employee who killed the gorilla should be fired and sent to prison.
- They should have let the gorilla kill the kid. There are around 200 left of them on the entire planet and nearly 7 billion people. We’re a disgusting species that ruined our natural ecosystem. Now we keep animals in cages for our entertainment. Shame on all of us.
- They should’ve shot the child instead of the gorilla
- Hmm there’s only a handful of gorillas in the world left. There’s millions of little boys, this should speak for itself.
- Gorillas are endangered kids are not I think we know who should’ve been shot.
- I still can’t believe the gorilla had to die over protection of a 3yr old
- They shot an innocent, beautiful Silverback because of a BAD mother, how disgusting
- If someone forced me out of my natural habitat to entertain people and these entertained people managed to fall… i would have done worse than this gorilla.
On and on the comments go. Now we see the mindset that leads to millions of government tax dollars going to child-aborting-production-line companies such as “Planned Parenthood” while “adults” elsewhere chain themselves to trees and freely give millions of dollars to companies that fight for animal lives. Now we see the mindset that leads to more tears being shed over the thought of an animal losing its life than the rivers of human blood that flows down America’s sewers because of “liberty”. Now we see the mindset that leads to legal action being taken against people who reveal the flippant attitude that Murder Inc. bosses have toward the dead body of a human fetus while the people who release footage of animals being killed on food-farms are lauded as heroes. Now we see the mindset that causes a sad situation to become something that reveals an even sadder mindset.
Is there room for discussion about vigilant parenting when it comes to this situation? No doubt. But I believe that there is now more room for discussion about the mindset that calls for “vigilante” justice because the life of a child was protected by taking the life of an animal.
“Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are?” (Matthew 6:26 – NET)
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So building a wall to establish national boundaries equates to one not being a Christian?
Well, maybe if Trump drew a map of America and Mexico and then labeled the wall as a divider of “state territory” in the legend then all would be well.
Eh, when it comes to settling the question, I guess it’s as Jorge himself said, when he was asked whether he thought he was being used as a political pawn, “I’ll leave that up to your judgment….”
We’re (and by we I mean everyone in the west, especially America) living in a spiritually blinded culture. And I didn’t say blind – I said blinded.
Now, when I say “blinded” I’m talking about a condition that leads to a rejection of one thing on the basis of it being too restrictive, and this rejection becomes detrimental to the extent that something else is accepted in its place despite the fact that the “something else” is far more (whatever the “more” may be) than what the original thing actual was.
The above is why I say that America is in a spiritual stupor that has been increasingly worsened by “liberal-minded” agendas which tout that the ways of Christianity are oppressive to women, that Christianity is too narrow in scope of spiritual freedom, that Christianity should not be promoted in any way within any levels of the public education system, and that Christianity is a scourge to any culture that seeks to broaden its “enlightened” ways of life.
To all of that I would say two things, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone…and it’s on its way out” and “There are none so blind as those who will not see”.
True righteousness has been rejected throughout all levels of American government for a plurality of immoral reasons. But, regardless of the reason, when a nation, any nation, has seen the light of God’s righteousness but, in spite or in apathy, still decides to determine what their own standard of righteousness will be, then blindness to God’s true light follows. No exceptions! For there truly is a difference in being blind and being blinded (John 9:40-41, 12:37-41).
For an example (one amongst the many that purvey the headlines every day) of the totality of what I’m saying here, all you have to do is look at what recently happened at Continue reading
A New York EMT was reprimanded and ultimately suspended without pay for … wait for it … trying to save the life of a child!
That’s right; an EMT was actually suspended for trying to save the life of a dying person. But how does Qwasi Reid view the consequences for his good intentions? He said, “I’d do it again. If I know there’s a child choking, I’m going to do my best to help her.”
Consequences for doing good? Can it be? You better believe it! In this world, with its own version of rules and regulations, there will be times when good intentions do nothing but lead to bad results. Not because the intention is misinformed, misconstrued or even mishandled. But solely because the intent of the intention is good at its very nature.
I don’t know the spiritual condition of Mr. Qwasi Reid (he obviously understands what’s at the heart of being an EMT better than his employer) but I do know that this world of darkness will always look for ways to shun the light of God’s goodness, and nevertheless we’re called to still let our light shine.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:14-16)
This young lady shows great composure while describing the interaction she had with her 7th grade (atheistic) teacher that basically gave her, and her class, an ultimatum: Deny that God is real or fail the assignment
After clicking on the picture’s link (which takes you to the school’s site), click on “Item 8 – Open Forum” to watch the original footage in full length.
In one way or another you’ve probably seen or heard something about the riots in Baltimore. One of the most controversial elements to this sad situation is the number of school-aged children and young adults who participated in the destruction of the public and private property of individuals who had nothing to do with the situation that sparked the events. Seeing such involvement could make one ask, “Where in the world were the parents of these kids?” Were they out there chucking the rocks with them? Were they lied to when they asked their child where they were? Did they even care enough to ask, or check? Well I can’t answer those questions for every underage rioter (as if there is a proper age to riot) that was present, but according to one news story one mother took note and she took action!
The mother-and-child moment that was caught on camera led to this quote:
An individual mother-and-child incident like this one is the best way to get these violent groups to listen, according to ABC News contributor and former FBI agent Steve Gomez.
“If you get them separated, and you get their family member, someone they respect, to lay into them,” he said. “I don’t think that they’re going to listen to anybody other than their parents or someone in their family that they respect.”
Parental guidance suggested? No way! Life isn’t a movie. Parental guidance is necessary for any kid that society needs to grow up into a young and responsible adult. The kids that participated in the riot were old enough to know what they were doing; now whether they were taught to do better remains to be seen, and the answer to that relies solely upon the shoulders of the parents whose roof those kids live under. If kids don’t learn to respect their parents, they won’t have any respect, true respect, for the public in general. And it’s not the general public’s responsibility to teach a child to respect his or her parents – it’s the parents! Even if the general public and governmental authorities must follow through with the consequences. So the FBI agent is right, but only to the extent that the child even has an adult in their life that deserves, or better yet commands, the respect that is necessary to take a rioter’s rock out of their hand by putting the rod of discipline across their backside or upside their head, as was the case of the afore-mentioned mother.
I for one say good job mom! I don’t know you, but I know you loved your child enough to act, and I hope the lesson that you were trying to teach sinks in for your son’s and for society’s sake.
*as an editor’s note, let me add that I don’t necessarily endorse the language that was used in the video, but I do endorse a mother who decides to take action when their child is doing wrong
Have you heard about the nationally known rap star getting arrested on the Interstate in Tennessee? We (meaning my family) actually saw his bus parked at an old Interstate gas station. I suppose it was waiting for a new driver, or a piggyback ride to the impound station. We didn’t know it was his bus at the time, but you could tell it belonged to someone with more than five figures in the bank. After we heard about the story on social media and the local news, we knew who the bus belonged to.
That same day we saw something that you wouldn’t want to be on the wrong side of (see the picture with the shiny thing attached to its barrel and you’ll get why I’m saying what I’m saying). While the previously mentioned group “lived it up”, this group was spending the weekend working. I know it’s not Veteran’s Day, but thank you to all those who have honorably served America in the armed forces.
On the way home, again on the Interstate, I saw someone changing out a flat tire on the right shoulder of the road. Another car had already pulled over either to help or because they were traveling together; I couldn’t tell which it was…maybe both But the thing that stuck out to me about the situation was the number of vehicles that refused to get over while this guy changed the tire that was on his front driver side of the car. Do the math correctly and you’ll figure it out why that frustrated me – especially if you’ve felt the power of a passing vehicle on the Interstate while sitting on the shoulder. Either the people on the road weren’t paying attention and didn’t see him until they were up on him, or they just didn’t care.
The other day, while driving down the road (this time not on the Interstate) I saw a goat with a stick taped to his horns! If you have any experience with goats then you know why. If you can’t figure it out, ask and I’ll tell you why.
Have you ever thought about the number of stories in the Bible that center around things that happened while someone was on the road? Most people could probably think “The Good Samaritan” rather quickly, but there are actually several of them worth noting for the sake of the lesson that it teaches. Share the ones that come to your mind if you like.
“Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.” (Matthew 22:9-10)
A public school in Portland, Oregon has garnered the ire of some parents due to the discipline that was meted out on their children through a corrective action based program aimed at bad behavior.
So why the ire? It’s not because their child was given extra homework or because they were suspended in any way or because they were “assaulted” physically with a paddle. The school had obviously decided that these punishments don’t deter or correct the bad behavior. The ire came because this particular punishment “humiliated” their child. And what was this “humiliating” punishment that crossed the line? Let me provided you with a quote from the story:
The “community service” program, called off at the César Chávez K through 8 school while the Portland Public Schools district investigates, reportedly punished misbehaving kids for unruliness (such as throwing food) by having them do chores that included picking up trash from hallways and paper towels from bathroom floors.
That sounds dreadful! How could something like that happen in America? This is the 21st century! And while I’m at it, will someone cue the soft and solemn sound of a violin please?
I’m no advocate of child abuse. I can’t be more staunchly opposed to it! I believe an individual should be punished to the extent of the law when an avenue of punishment creates unreasonable or irreversible damage to a child. But my friends, the only thing that will last beyond the day when it comes to the punishment of picking up trash in hallways and cleaning bathrooms is the lesson that was meant to be learned. If a little humiliation is what it takes for a child to learn not to throw food, or to disrespect a teacher or a fellow classmate then a little humiliation might be one of the best things that has ever happened to that child.
A culture that fails to see the necessity of disciplining a child’s bad and disrespectful behavior is a culture that fails to see the adult that an uncorrected child will grow to become. And in case you haven’t noticed, it’s a lot easier to correct a child that still needs to learn a lesson than it is an adult who refuses to acknowledge the fact that what they have done is wrong. When you think about it like that, I guess humility isn’t such a bad avenue of correction for a child after all, huh?
“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.” (Proverbs 22:15)
A recent discovery of “another gospel” only adds more proof to what the apostle John said so long ago in 1 John 4:1.
Basically, according to the interpreter herself, this gospel “that is like no other” was used for divination. In other words, it was a sixth-century “magic eight-ball” that used random oracles for those seeking to know “God’s will” for a particular situation in his or her life.
The sad thing is that this isn’t anything new. This a story that has been repeated over and over and over with people; think Deuteronomy 18:14-22.
We don’t need a diviner of divination when the Divine has already spoken (Ephesians 5:17; 2 Peter 2:1-4).
We need to put away the tarot cards and pick up the word of God if we really want to know what the will of God is for our life.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Here’s an update from Fox News about the story that I linked to yesterday from Yahoo News concerning Duke University’s decision to promote the Muslim faith by allowing a prayer to be openly amplified and broadcast on the college campus. It’s an interesting read. Here’s a quick quote from the article that stuck out to me:
“The idea of a historically Methodist university nearly turning its Christian cathedral to a mosque may very well be a first in the United States.“
This quote, in reference to the action that was being sought, just reinforces the notion of delusion that I referenced in connection to the American culture and how complete the delusion is in the minds of many individuals and organizations. The Methodist denomination, amongst several others, seems to be, at the very least, a denomination that is riddled with such delusion due to the fact that 5 to 10 years ago the largest Methodist congregation in my hometown held a “universal” worship service which recognized a plurality of religions and false gods by lighting candles for them! I still have the circular that was issued to promote and celebrate the occasion. If one thinks about it, this situation sure seems to make a whole lot people in the Methodist church sound more like the philosophers of Athens than a “Christian” church.
When an individual is intentionally blind, deaf, dumb and numb to what the gospel of Christ is calling humanity to in connection to the devotion and worship of the one true God then how can anything else but delusion take place?
“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”” (Acts 17:30-31)
Supporting the call of the gospel of Jesus the Christ upon a college campus? That’s not right says many in the world of academia and liberal-minded politics. If Federal dollars are involved in any way then such support would indicate a union between church and state. This has been repeated so much over the last couple of decades that the speakers of the mantra are bluer in the face than the field of ole’ glory.
Supporting the call to Muslim Friday prayers upon a college campus? That’s perfectly fine according to some in the world academia and liberal-minded politics. Federal dollars are involved but such a public announcement concerning matters of religion is fine; since there is no church involved it can’t be a union of “church” and state, right? Now those who have been on the receiving end of the “church and state” mantra have been left seeing stars after having smacked ourselves on the forehead for not understanding that the deluded aren’t interested in reality.
“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)