It's a small, but still very strange and sad, world

This past Sunday, after services at Keltonburg, my family and I, along with one of the elders, went to a neighboring congregation to enjoy a meal given in honor of the congregation’s new preacher and also in appreciation of those who had helped to fill the pulpit vacancy over the last few months. So while we were there I asked one of the members about the new preacher who in turn gave me their name and then pointed them out to me…and wouldn’t you know it, it was TFR’s own, John Henson, all the way down from Michigan right here in middle Tennessee. Small world indeed! I enjoyed getting to talk to John for a few minutes. It’s always neat when you get to put a person to the computer screen. Along with John, I have had the privilege of personally meeting Randal, Barbara, Michael, and John Galloway (hope I didn’t leave anyone out); along with other writers from the Forthright Ezine work.

I was watching the news the other day, something that doesn’t happen very much, and I heard a lady talking about global warming. She said, and I quote, “We’re not talking about a theory here, we’re talking about a fact.” Strange, I’ve told atheistic evolutionists that I believe there is a clear distinction between a theory and a fact only to be ridiculed by them. Strange indeed.

Saw a story on an Internet news site that said over 54 or 55 million dollars has already been spent on the trial for the Colorado theater murderer. That’s sad! How can it take that much money to convict someone who clearly, and without a shred of doubt, took so much from people? Unfortunately it sounds more like a system at work than it does justice.

The world truly is a small place in light of so many common variables, and yet it is still a very strange and sad place due to humanity’s stubbornness and resistance to God’s will in Christ Jesus. May we all take the blessings of life for what they are – blessings! And may we see past the obstacles that block our way to the goal.

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:10-13)

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Christianity Upsets The Religious Apple Cart

Christianity turned the first century “world view” upside down because it challenged and changed the commonly held religious thought of that day in a drastic way. It taught that all Christians are priests. It taught that Gentiles were acceptable before God. It taught that the attitude and actions of man as he worshiped God are important and NOT the physical location of worship. It taught that the inward man needed to be cleansed as opposed to the outward physical man. It taught that the kingdom of God is spiritual and not earthly. It taught the end of the Jewish nation as God’s kingdom. Most Jews rejected Christianity for this very reason.

Today is no different. True Biblical Christianity challenges the commonly held beliefs of “Christiandom”. It teaches there is a heaven and a hell and that ALL will be judged and sentenced according to their actions on this earth. It teaches that salvation is exclusively in Jesus Christ and that Atheists, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Wiccans, and the like will be lost. It teaches that the church is the exclusive body of Christ and that only those in the church will be saved. It teaches that faith is not a mere mental assent that Jesus is God’s son; true Biblical faith requires obedience. It teaches that one can so sin as to lose his own salvation. It teaches that God has specified how He will be worshiped and anything outside of that is vain worship. It teaches that man cannot live however he pleases; he must repent — he cannot continue to live in sin and expect a home in Heaven. All of these things are contrary to the teachings of one denomination or another — today’s religious apple cart. True Biblical Christianity is being rejected today, just as it was by the Jews of the first century, because people do not want their “world view” turned upside down.

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