Saturday, November 29, 2008

America's Disgusting god

A man lost his life during a worship service on Black Friday. Throngs of people were in line to enter their center of worship when they burst open the doors and trampled upon 34 year old Jdimytai Damour (pictured right). The sheer force of their entry bent the hinges on the doors and left Damour dead.

The place of worship: Wal-Mart

The Apostle Paul spoke of such worshipers as were at the Wal-Mart on Friday, November 28, 2008, in Philippians 3:18-19. The apostle said:

"For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things."
You don't see people lining up like this for worship on Sunday at your local church, but if you put on a sale to save people $5 they'll come. The god of materialism reigns supreme. These people's god is their appetite, their minds are only set on earthly things, and their glory is now their shame. The $5 they saved is now nothing but shame. They can now show off their latest DVD while holding an obituary in the other hand. How sad and how disgusting.

Friday, November 28, 2008

The Porpoise Driven Life

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Why God Doesn't Bless America

I have often enjoyed hearing the President and others say at the end of their speeches, "God bless America." But there is not much evidence of God's blessing on America these days. In fact I would say it is quite the contrary. We believers often pray for God's blessing, we pray for revival, we pray for another Great Awakening, but it hasn't come. Why?

American was founded upon Christian principles and many of the founding fathers were faithful believers, and God's blessing was upon America. However, today we can see collapse in many areas of American society. There has been a spiritual collapse over the last century and a half as biblical preaching has vanished and liberal theology has destroyed many churches. There has been massive moral collapse as homosexuality has been welcomed with open arms in several states, and abortion has been accepted as the mother's choice to decide whether to keep the life of her baby or to destroy it. And there has recently been financial collapse due to the raging greed and materialism of our nation. Isn't it evident that God's blessing upon America isn't flourishing?

How can God bless America? How can God bless America when He is not welcomed in the schools, He is not welcomed in the stores (can't say "Merry Christmas"), His name can't be mentioned at the end of prayers, and the 10 Commandments can't be hung on the wall of a government building (thou shalt not kill, etc.).

Florida Gulf Coast University, located in Southwest Florida where I grew up, has recently made a decision to ban all holiday decorations from its campus. In an effort to offend no one and to be politically correct the school president has decided to ban everything that would even give the thought of Jesus or anything Christian. This is paganism and secularism run rampant. This is education gone mad. How can God bless such a nation that each and every year goes to further extremes to push Christ out of every aspect of life?

It seems like America is beginning to resemble the days of Jeremiah when the prophet preached and warned Judah to repent and return to the LORD. Just read the next book in the Bible, Lamentations, and you can see what happened to Judah. America, I believe is at a crossroads. There is still time, there is still opportunity for God to bless America. But for such a blessing to occur there must be a return to biblical preaching, and there must be a returning to the Lord. But will America repent and turn to the Lord, or will it continue down the road of destruction? Unless there is a return to the Truth and turning away from the idols of its heart the nation will continue down the broad road, which ends in destruction.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Catching Up

My posting has slowed as of late as I try to catch up in my D.Min program. I started the program late and have been fighting to catch up. Therefore my posting has slowed. Hopefully by the end of January things will calm down a little.

In the meantime I'm enjoying studying preaching, hermeneutics, and more specifically at this time preaching the Old Testament!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quote of the Week

This quote does not contain the word "truth," but it has rung true in our own lives and ministry.

"Success and suffering are vitally and organically linked. If you succeed without suffering, it is because someone else has suffered before you; if you suffer without succeeding, it is that someone else may succeed after you." - Edward Tudson

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Gospel According to Humanism

You may have heard by now that the American Humanist Association (AMA) is taking its message to the streets. They are making an advertising blitz this Christmas to promote humanistic thinking and to question people's belief in God. They have been hitting the Metro system of our nation's capital and have put their advertisements in several major newspapers. I wonder what would happen if Christians put billboards on public transportation proclaiming Jesus as Lord? I would what kind of a response or outcry there would be?

The Dallas Morning News quotes Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the AMA, as saying, "Humanists have always understood that you don't need a god to be good...So that's the point we're making with this advertising campaign. Morality doesn't come from religion. It's a set of values embraced by individuals and society based on empathy, fairness, and experience."

This is their good news for the holiday season? Doubt God, and look to society? Since when has society ever come up with a good set of values? Look around the globe to peoples who have never been influenced by the Bible and have never known Jesus Christ. They have nothing to offer anyone. Most of the countries that have rejected or have never heard of Christ and the Bible are either third world, communist, impoverished, ravished by war, cannibalistic, and etc. Look at the countries where the Reformation flourished and you see a vast difference. Humanism only offers emptiness and hopelessness. Man cannot look to himself and come away happy and with hope. Man needs to be given hope, and Jesus is that hope. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

He is the reason for the holiday season, and He is the only one who can turn your life around and give you peace.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Jan Hus Unhinged

Jan Hus was a man of integrity, a man who died for the Truth, and a man of incredible conviction. Unfortunately some today use his name for their cause in a way that would cause Jan Hus to go completely unhinged if he were alive today.

Straight from the website of the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church:

What do we believe?

At Jan Hus Presbyterian Church, we share the following beliefs:

  1. Jesus is Lord - the love, humility and self-giving of Jesus make him Lord.

  2. The Bible is for both personal and social transformation. We interpret scripture with imagination and courage, without rigid literalism.

  3. The church of Jesus stays close to the under-privileged peoples of this world and guards against self-righteousness and oppression.

  4. Other religious traditions offer wisdom that we honor.

  5. The victory belongs to Love; therefore, we are called to a lifestyle of hope, gratitude and service.

We are an inclusive church. At Jan Hus, we welcome people regardless of racial, ethnic, or economic background or sexual orientation into full participation of church life.

Anathema Maranatha!!! What a disgrace to put Hus's name in the same sentence with such an outright rejection of truth.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Wins!

It is clear from Scripture that God is the one who sets up kings and brings them down (Dan. 2:21). Nothing happens that He doesn't allow. Therefore, we can say that God won in this election. Many people were obviously praying for a different result, but the Lord, who planned the end from the beginning, allowed the man He wanted to win. We of course can't explain all the ins and outs of God's will, but we can rest assured that He is on the throne. Psalm 115 says that the Lord does whatever He chooses.

Therefore, we should look at the election and realize that we have a responsibility to walk by faith and pray for the new president. We should pray for his salvation, for wisdom, and for him to act with integrity.

One exciting point is that all the initiatives around the country to eliminate "gay marriage" were successful. The people spoke, and that means no more threats to churches to perform such "marriages." It was a clear rejection of those radical judges who sought to impose their will upon the people. Praise the Lord for the decisive victory! This of course doesn't mean the battle for truth is over or that this issue is put to rest. But it is a victory in which we should rejoice. So, praise God!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Assume Nothing, Go Vote!

The media would have everyone believe that Obama is our next president. But due to the polls going from a tied race to a 15 point margin there is great reason to assume nothing and go vote. Their methodology is to suppress the vote in favor of their candidate, Obama.

In many battleground states it will be a turnout vote. So go vote, and be sure to vote for the other important measures on the ballot.

In California the big one is Proposition 8, which would eliminate homosexual "marriage." Other important measures in California where I voted are also Prop. 4 (an abortion measure), and Prop. 11 (redistricting measure).