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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Depressed & nauseated by the election? Here's help!

In 2008 and 2016 half the country was sickened by the results.

HERE'S WHY: Pressure groups have convinced you via grievance mongering that you're a nobody unless you choose an IDENTITY with a group that matters. Otherwise, they falsely tell you, you are a helpless victim.

SOLUTION #1: Discard all identities. If you isolate an identity, you are jettisoning the whole person of you. You become a lemming, subject to ever-changing, fickle crowd psychology. 

If your worldview faith is in secularism or eastern religions, the only identity you need is citizen.

If your faith is in Jesus, you only need identity in Christ.

SOLUTION #2: Discard all rights EXCEPT your "unalienable rights endowed by [your] Creator."

I did both of these after elections I didn't like and I feel much better.

GUARANTEED. Skip the identity lies, propaganda and straphangers. Try it! You'll like it! And tomorrow the sun will rise and you'll be so much happier!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Saturday, September 3, 2016

BREATHTAKING PANORAMA of Jesus starting before time & in the Old Testament

Words cannot describe how this book - JESUS: A Theography - has captivated me. Everything written in the Old Testament is about Jesus.

Some excerpts:

GARDEN PARTY! If the first commandment in the Bible is “Eat freely,” one wonders what the last commandment might be.

"To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. —JESUS

If we quickly jump ahead to the end of the story, and leap from Genesis to the maps, we find ourselves where we began in the story. This time, though, we’re in a garden city with the Tree of Life and River of Life flowing from the throne of God. There we receive the promise of the coming of Jesus, God’s ultimate “Yes!”
And the last commandment in the Bible is this: “Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” The Bible has bookend commands: The first command is “Eat freely.” The last command is “Drink freely.” And everything in between is a banquet.Not a snack. Not a smorgasbord where we choose what we like and leave what we don’t like. Rather, a life-course meal on which we feast on Him in our hearts with thanksgiving. The Jesus life is a dinner party... or more precisely, a garden party.

OLDEST PROFESSION? The first things we know about the garden of Eden are twofold. First, God put Adam there, as it later says, “to tend and keep it [the garden].”The world’s oldest profession is not what we think it is. You might call this the real prime directive: we are all gardeners—groundskeepers, housekeepers, beekeepers, earthkeepers. Our relationship with the world is as gardener to garden—a symbiosis of mutual care and dependence. Gardening and shalom-making are the same: be the image of God to the part of the world where God has placed us.

THE STORY STARTS WITH DIRT - The first image in the Genesis 2 micro version? Dirt. At least dirt is where the micro creation account launches the birth story of the universe: no shrubs, no plants, just dirt and dust. The Bible begins with a disquisition on dirt. Biblical faith is a down-to-earth faith. That image of dirt is presented in poetic form, in terms of what it isn’t rather than what it is, but the dirt is inescapable. The Latin word for “dirt,” humus, is from whence we get the word humble. Something can be as dry as dust and lifeless as dirt, with scant or scrawny growth. Or something can be as rich as topsoil, the humus of life, when the ground has been fertilized by its past. Out of humble dirt comes life. Far from dirt being “matter out of place,”4 matter is dirt placed to order. But not without water, H2O, the union of opposites. Hydrogen burns; oxygen promotes burning. But when united together, they put out fires. Suddenly in the story, streams rise up from within and below. The surface of the ground is watered.

WAIT A MINUTE: When dirt and water mix, what do you get? Mud. Clay. How were you and I created? The Bible begins with an artistic image of God as a Potter fashioning humans in God’s image. But no potter can work with dry clay. In order for the Master Potter to mold and make a human according to divine design, the clay must be moist. The most important questions every human being must answer, and can only answer for him-or herself, are these: What keeps your clay moist? What moisturizers keep our clay pliable and susceptible to the Master’s touch?

GOD PLAYS IN THE DIRT God, the Master Potter, scooped out of the ground a clump of clay, molded and made it into the first human, and then breathed into that human the breath of God. Until God breathed the divine spirit into Adam, humans were just a mass of matter, a moist duvet of dirt. But when matter united with spirit, and that spirit was God’s Spirit, a soul was conceived, and the first Adam became a human being. God created adam from adamah, earthling from earth, and added spirit to the mix to create a living soul. When spirit is removed—from dust and dirt we came; to dust and dirt we return.

The earliest image of God in the Bible? God is playing in the dirt, making mud pies. Maybe we were meant to play in the dirt, and to get our hands dirty and wet. The first time we meet God, we see that our Creator is not afraid of getting dirty. The Bible begins with God getting the divine hands dirty and wet. The more we know about the human body, the more we realize that a healthy human needs exposure to dirt to protect from disease. Getting dirty is at the heart of keeping physically fit and spiritually clean.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Read how NOT EVER to be offended again!

Southerners have one way to avoid being offensive. 

I have a way never to be offended ever again

The Southern way will make you smile (I'll put it at the end).

The way I discovered will free you from ever being offended: knock off identity politics. If you identify by gender, lifestyle, party, hero, celebrity or philosophy, you will be offended.

There's a better, wonderful, fulfilling, freeing, life-changing way.

This is HUGE!!!!

Don't take it from me. Read it directly from God:

"There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus."*

That's stunningly profound!

Think about it. Wouldn't you like to be free from offense forever? Discard the rest and take on only one identity: identity in Christ!

“Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”**

Not sure you are a child of God bound for Heaven with Jesus? You can settle it today, be adopted into God's family and rest assured of your eternal destiny. Just hit the road - the Roman road to salvation:

Oh, and don't forget the Southern way:

* Galatians 3:28
** 1 Peter 2:10

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Eternity - Where & how & who decides?

YOU DECIDE WHERE & HOW YOU SPEND ETERNITY: Do you get to Heaven by believing all the right doctrines, important as they are? No. Even Satan knows all the right doctrines. ANSWER: You get to Heaven (the "where") by trusting Jesus to live your life as He empowers you to live your life as He would if He were you, because in trusting Him, He lives in you. "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Galatians 2:20 Salvation is a free gift; you can't earn it.*

HOW DO WORKS FIT IN, THEN? "How" you spend eternity is determined by selfless works devoid of wrong motives. The Judgment Seat of Christ will have no unbelievers there. Unbelievers go to the Great White Throne Judgment** (where no believers will be). Your works will be set afire, and the resulting remainder will be as gold, silver or wood, hay and stubble. The enduring works will gain you rewards.*** You may be a judge over a territory the size of Gorst or Australia, rewards and responsibilities commensurate with your selfless works partnering with God while you're still on Earth. Let's get busy!

* "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

**"Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:11-15

*** "If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is,because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames." 1 Corinthians 3:112-15

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One of Mom's best stories - we can learn from little ones

Mom taught Junior Church and Kids' Club for years, one time taking time to walk with a boy afraid to step inside the church. She won him over, first in a classroom one-on-one.

But Mom's most memorable story was about a little girl lost in the woods after a Sunday School picnic. 

Several hours later a search party found the girl kneeling by a tree saying, "A...B...C...D...E...F...G...H...I...J...K...L...M...N...O...P..."

The rescuers picked her up, hugged her and then asked her, "Why were you saying the alphabet over and over?"

"I didn't know what to pray," she explained, "and so I just gave all the letters to God and asked Him to string them together into the right words."

She fell silent for a moment and then lit up with a smile.

"He answered me!"

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Answering a Nigerian skeptical about Jesus

I was invited to be an online missionary for Global Missions Outreach, answering questions about Jesus from all over the world. A gentleman from Nigeria wrote this week, saying he hadn't invited Jesus into his life yet, but he wanted to investigate more. His question: "What are the evidences that Jesus is Savior?" Following is my answer:

Hello Zakage (name changed),

My name is David.

You asked what are evidences that show Jesus is Savior. I can tell you how I know for sure!

1. He changed all my interests and desires by transforming my life!
2. He took my heart of stone (mockery) and changed it to a heart of flesh (compassion, giving, tears).
3. The empty tomb: His Resurrection from the dead! How do I know this?
a. Timid disciples (students of Jesus) were transformed into bold preachers!
b. Those who witnessed Jesus alive again changed worship to Sunday in a culture who worshiped on Saturday!
c. Witnesses who walked and talked with Jesus after He rose again went to tortuous deaths standing by what they saw to the very end. No one voluntarily goes to such suffering for something they know to be untrue!
d. Jesus rose from the dead in a place where doubters could go and see for themselves and talk to hundreds who saw Jesus alive again!
e. Formerly timid students turned the world upside down and spread the word until followers of Christ are the largest group on the planet!
f. Jesus continues to influence and communicate with me and many others!
g. More than 300 predictions by Jesus and earlier prophets have COME TRUE!
h. Jesus' method of crucifixion was predicted in Psalm 22, 400 years before crucifixion existed!
i. Disciples were in despair when they saw that Jesus had died, but they became joyful when they saw Jesus live again!
j. Paul, an enemy of Christians, met Jesus on the road to Damascus and Jesus radically changed his life!
k. Jesus' own brother James, before a skeptic, saw Jesus alive again and became an enthusiastic believer and leader in the church!

There are so many evidences that one would have to work harder than ever to find any reason NOT to believe in Jesus the Savior! I cannot find even one reason NOT to believe! Can you?

I have barely started. But I am sure you have other questions, and I am here to help. Please write back. Tell me how I can best pray for your particular circumstances. I prayed for you today!