“Speed Limit?”

My brothers and sisters, if anyone wanders away from the truth and someone helps that person come back, remember this: Anyone who brings a sinner back from the wrong way will save that person from eternal death and cause many sins to be forgiven. (James 5:19-20 ERV)

So much dialog in my head and on my heart, yet nowhere to begin. Time to write but overwhelmed by words longing for release. Will I anger someone? Insult someone? Hurt someone? More than likely. Will I be misunderstood? I feel sure of that.

I was on my way to town yesterday. I wasn’t on a time schedule and had no reason to be exceeding the speed limit, but exceed I did. Everyone around me was exceeding. That little white and black rectangular sign totally ignored. I rounded a curve and low and behold, there sat an officer of the law. I, and the group of cars around me, began the instant deceleration. My heart pounded in that rush of fear, the other hearts had to be as well. An unpleasant word formed unspoken behind my lips, and all eyes went to view the rear-view. We’d been spied, now trying to appear meek and innocent. A warning. You’re bound to know that feeling…yes? If not, then kudos! No blue lights flashed, no siren sounded. My breathing eased back to normal, and I started thinking about sin. How when we come close to being caught we panic. My first reaction to seeing the cop was a curse word, whether uttered or not, it was thought. Then I had to check to see if my seat belt was indeed fastened, it’s a thousand wonders it was. One wrong action leading to another. My speeding had turned to cursing the authority that could fine me. It made me check myself to see if I was breaking another law as well. Then the remorse set in. What an awful example. What if my grand kids had been with me? Or a non Christian person?

There in lies the trouble folks. People simply hate being wrong. Especially when we are. We don’t like when we’re made to feel less than good. This is where the dialog stuck in my heart head becomes so overwhelming. There is so much to say on the topic of sin. But God has already said it all so I don’t have to. (Click here to read this passage. It’s a must)
I think where we get hung up in this day and age is trying to make one sin worse than the other. But sin is sin. Period. (See**for a small sampling.)  I do not condone a lot of what is happening in this world but a large part of me wants to scream, WAIT JUST A MINUTE!!
The prime example right now, as you’re aware, are businesses who’ve refused a product or service to someone because they’re gay. I appreciate the thought behind the action but does it solve anything? I will never condone homosexuality because it goes against the Word of God Almighty. But, so does murder, lying, disrespecting your parents, stealing, adultery, sodomy, bestiality…the list goes on! Should vendors begin asking all customers how they’ve sinned today? Like, “Hello, may I help you? A cake? Sure but have you robbed a bank today? Or, “Have you beat your wife or kids today? Or, “Have you gambled your livelihood away today?” Or how about, “I can serve you unless of course you’ve lied today, or had an abortion, have you looked at pornography? Have you exceeded the speed limit and cursed today? If you’ve done any of those things then I can’t serve you.”

See where I’m headed?

Today’s issues have always been issues. Today’s society and blatant disregard for God’s laws have this Jesus girl in a flaming hot seat. I’m all for my rights as a Christian…but my job as a Christian is to point others to Christ. Who. Forgives. Every. Sin. The only exception is the sin of non-belief. There is simply no help for a non-believer who’s been told the gospel truth and chooses to deny it. (Matthew 12:31 from The Message)

I would like to think if I owned a business and a gay couple came in seeking my product or service, I’d use the opportunity to witness to them. Like, “Hello, may I help you? A cake with two brides on top? I will bake the cake but here is what God says about homosexuality. No, this doesn’t make me a bigot or a homophobe, nor do I hate you. I too am a sinner saved by grace. We’re all sinners and we all fall short of the Glory of God.” More than likely they’d get peeved and leave. Maybe, just maybe, they’d re-examine their lifestyle. Maybe they’d blow my store up, but the puff of smoke I’d go up in would be scented with the fragrance of my bumbling effort to share Jesus. Our world has gone sin crazy mad. The days we live in aren’t new news. They have been repeated over and over. The Old Testament is riddled with good king, bad king. God fearing, God rejecting.

I wish that we’d react to our Savior Cop like we do a police officer on the side of the road. We know when we’re on the verge of sin yet we keep pressing the accelerator until we get caught red handed. Laws, rules and regulations. They’re all in place for our own good. Our safety. Our health. Our spiritual well being. Our relationship with God. Our eternal existence. We’re to obey man’s laws…until they go against God’s. There will be consequences for going against His precepts. But God will handle all that, He doesn’t expect me to. I don’t mean we should go glibly on about our business, we do need to speak the truth of God. I’m just not sure that inciting a sinner is the answer. But what do I know? I’m a speeding, cursing, sometimes non seat belt wearing, used to be way worse sinner. And the list goes on.

I’d love to know how you’re feeling about this article. Are you unsure how to react to what’s happening around us right now? No matter who you are, know that God loves you. He’ll meet you right where you are. Feel free to comment but be nice!

**James 2:10
**1 Corinthians 9-10


“Techno Babble”

Tecno USETechnology slowly and stealthily crept into our lives at first. Then it came like a bullet train hurtling out of control. When it derails there’ll be no stopping the fall out. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

I love my e-reader but I miss books, the feel and smell of them. I don’t miss storing them though. I love how handy my phone camera is. The photos I’ve taken in the last decade are etched on glass discs and stored in a cloud somewhere.  A cloud. I have to have a computer to view them. I like that picture CD’s hold hundreds of photos and dozens of CD’s fit into one streamlined case. Still there is something I miss about freshly developed glossy photos and putting them into an album. Even as I love the quality of life that some of man’s expertise has wrought, I abhor the hold techie life has on me and the world. When did I start freaking out if my cell phone isn’t with me, at all times? Love/hate.

By now you’ve figured out that I’m an older individual, one of the many forced into learning and living in this strange way. Folks my age remember life without all of this stuff…thank goodness! I don’t dare start on some of the advancement mankind has made. How far is too far?  To what end will we continue in technological conquest? I’m not sure what the ultimate goal is. Is it to eradicate disease so we can live longer in an economically crippled state? Or diabolically worse… to create disease? Is it to create human life in a vial all the while creating new ways to end that which is natural? Is it to create better war machines? Or is it to have total control…operating everything remotely from behind a panel of computer screens? Is the idea to live to the fullest here on earth because it’s trendy to believe that this life is all there is? What tragic sorrow, what empty conviction! I hold to the belief that prideful, willful man is still trying to prove that God doesn’t exist.  Man loves to think he has all the answers. He longs for the youthful eternal in these fragile temporal jars of clay we we’re born in. He loves being alive and vibrant but hates and denies the only way he can achieve an eternity worth living.

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” (1 Corinthians 1:18-19 NIV)

God is in control of this vast creation of His. He doesn’t need to prove Himself yet I see His existence daily. Just look at the dawn sky, painted with pink clouds as the sun takes over the night. God doesn’t need technology, believe it or not He doesn’t need us but…He wants us. He loved us enough to step down from perfection in the form of His Son, willingly joining our turmoil, meeting us where we are, to save us. Jesus is a love/love relationship, in Him there is no hate! We’re the ones that harbor hate and choose to disbelieve. To turn our back on truth. You’ll find no peace living as if there is no consequence. You’ll find no joy in living at the mercy of technological grandeur. With all its supposed superior way, it doesn’t hold the answers.

I’m afraid I’ll rue the day I gave into this modernized know-how. Rumors of infrastructural war loom. My grandchildren’s generation won’t be able to function without it. What chance do they stand if the power grid is taken out? I can’t imagine it now even at my age! I’ve watched too many movies on my hi-def flat screen TV that does everything but pop the corn. I’d grieve the loss of those life moments held captive on a shiny disc where all I’d see is my own reflection. I’d long for the company of a good book that’s trapped behind the cold glass of an e-reader gone dead.

One real life paper pages bound and covered book I suggest you keep on hand? The Holy Bible. It’s the only resource we need in preparation for the last days…God is the Alpha and the Omega. (Rev. 1:8; Rev. 21:6; Rev. 22:13)

“Jesus Remains the Same”

I’m the result of the end of one era and the beginning of flower headbands, bell bottoms, peace signs, protests and free love. I was born into the epoch of cannabis fogged Woodstock and a metaphoric bra burning. Those that bore me saw transformation in their country such as they’d never witnessed. Change.  By the time I hit my teens the Vietnam War was beyond weary and leaving chaos in its wake. Cultural change isn’t new. It is constant.

I believe every revolutionary mark in history has wrought a weakening of the Gospel. We’re witnessing that tenfold here in 2015 aren’t we? I tried to find words to sum it up but could find none as eloquent as these: “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. No one remembers the former generations and even those yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow them.”  (Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 NIV)

So humanity hasn’t changed. We’ve advanced only our cultural progress which is outward.  We’ve created new ways and accepted depraved theories to carry out our inward iniquity. Don’t take my word for it, click to read Genesis chapter three. Humanity went straight from the beauty of our creation to exercising their free destructive wills. Wills that change with every ebb and flow of culture. We continue in this even as I type. I’ve seen second Timothy 4:3-4 quoted more now than ever…“ For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” Notice it says when people won’t put up with and they want to suit themselves.

In a continually changing culture no one likes to hear that they’re living in sin. People are going to great lengths to try and make right that which is wrong. Eve wanted that fruit regardless. We want all manner of things these days. God’s word is so clear on how we’re to live. He loves us and He knows what’s best for us. Christianity is misunderstood on so many levels. It is not a life list of do’s and don’ts.

It IS life!

It’s a personal relationship with God. It’s minding the Holy Spirit’s prompting to stop and think before we pick that forbidden fruit. We know we can be blinded by its beauty even as we reach to pluck it from the tree. Praying oh God Thy will not mine! It’s having peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of our cyclones. It’s having joy in the midst of heart storms. We acknowledge and confess our sin to the One who can redeem us and take away our shame and guilt. We choose to put our faith in God and hand over our selfish wills. We believe in His only Son. We believe He keeps His promises to those who are faithful not perfect. Only Jesus could be without blemish for us

Our perfect Christ died for us even in our sinful state.

Out of that perfect love for us, Christ in us, is born the desire to snatch from the fire a precious gift before it burns. You. Not because the born again are holier than thou but because we’ve wandered the path called Burdened with Sin. Jesus longs for you, we long for you to share our hearts. Mankind may revolutionize many more things and live for itself but you don’t have to choose that direction.  Don’t allow your free will to lead you to destruction. In the end every knee will bow and every tongue will confess. Choose life.

Choose the One that ever remains the same…

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
Let Christ anchor you to Him now and for the eternity that awaits us all.

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“The Word”

John 1:1 (NIV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Romans 15:4 (NIV)
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

This week has certainly fled and I have no article for my blog…so the following is a freestyle commentary on yet another disturbing event. I have loaded this with Scripture and pray you will take the time to read them.
As I read the account that inspired this writing, I felt an urgency welling in my heart to warn people. To shout from the rooftops for you to take heed. Buy Bibles now…even if you’re not in the practice of reading it every day. Buy them now.  We’ve often heard evangelicals preach that we’re living in the end times and it’s true. You must understand that the end began the day Christ was crucified on the cross. I just never thought I’d live to see some of what is happening in our world. It isn’t political at all. It’s biblical. We’re being given over to our depraved minds. See Romans 1:18-32
This recent account is something that is floating around in cyber space. I’ve not seen it on the news so I’m not sure how much credence to give it. But, it’s disturbing. I read that a homosexual individual is filing a law suit against two major publishing houses that print the Bible. As if the publishers are the authors. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Now I mention homosexuality only because this is the specific issue that is being discussed. An individual has claimed suffering mental anguish because the Bible speaks out against the sin of homosexuality. This person wants the wording changed… in the Holy Scripture…so that it’s not offensive. And I am positively offended. Brothers and sisters, the Scripture points out all sins. We live in a sin sick world. For the moment evil prevails, but in Christ there is hope! Read 1 John 5:19-20  
We all sin and we all fall short. We all get uncomfortable when our sins are pointed out. We should! Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) says:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged  sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. But we can’t realign the Word of God Almighty to suit our own depraved desires! Mankind is certainly not authorized!!  I’ll let the Word speak for itself on changing its content. I’ve typed this out because if you haven’t had a chance to read the other scriptures listed I urge you to read this. The red letters indicate the words of Jesus.

Revelation 22:12-21 says this…

12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. 14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (emphasis is mine) 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

It seems to me if the gay community truly believed their lifestyle was ok they wouldn’t make such a fuss. If they truly believe it’s ok, why do Biblical ethics make some of them lash out? My answer is this. Anyone who is living a sinful life outside of Christ is brought under the power of conviction by the Word, the Holy Spirit. Those who are living under the Blood are brought to the realization that they’re messing up. And we all do. And we’re all called to repent. We all have our own burdens to bear. We may battle addictions, adultery, murder, abuse, abortion, lying, stealing, and cheating. Or from sexual sins…of which there are many! The list is endless but in Christ we’re free from tying to live as the world would have us live.
When we turn our lives over to Christ our burdens are made light and our yoke is easy. He paid the ultimate price on the cross for me and for you. If you struggle with particular sins, lay them at the foot of the cross. We all struggle with something. Striking words from the Scripture will not make you right. It will never make Christians believe sin is right. Nor will it make sin less sinful. And no, reading how we fall short isn’t pleasant, it wasn’t meant to be. It’s for our own good.
Woe be unto the ones who try to take the Truth of the Word out of the hearts and minds of those who seek it.

Times Like These…

It’s times like these that I wish I were schooled in theology.
I wish oh I wish I were a preacher and degreed,
So that people would take heed.
So many words I’d like to say,
so many prayers I need to pray.

Beloved even demons acknowledge God and His sovereignty, read James 2:19. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+2%3A19&version=ESV
God allows His children to be tested and for good reason. We must be prepared when we join in the battle between the powers and the principalities. Testing refines us and hones our hearts. Soldiers don’t go off to war without training so we have to arm ourselves. Read Ephesians 6:10-18

Sin is sin. Regardless of the nature of it. I do believe we pick certain ones out and make one more horrific than another but that isn’t the case. Truthfully we do that to make our own selves look less sinful. The fact remains that we’re all sinners, we live in a sin sick and fallen world. Christians have chosen to accept the forgiveness of Christ and believe in Him. We try to live according to His word and have a personal relationship with Him yet we all fall short. We’re sinners saved by grace. No one sin is greater than the other. Only by and through the blood of Jesus can we remain standing. There is only one sin that can not be pardoned…that of unbelief.

We’ve all heard the ruling of the Supreme Court – it is heart rendering at best. I’ve been reading posts from preachers and other Christians. They’re warning people and spilling the grief and sorrow this decision has wrought among the Christian community. The comments in response to these posts makes my blood run cold. Scripture is being misquoted and taken out of context but it isn’t surprising. Read Timothy 4:3-4 and then read Revelation 22:18-20

How to explain Christianity to those who refuse to hear? We can’t. People must choose for themselves whether to believe or not. To take God’s word as true or not. So what can we do?

As followers of Christ Jesus our job is to spread the gospel and plant the seed. We can’t hate people. We can hate sin. Be warned though, we must protect our hearts and not be swayed! Baby Christians may fall by the wayside! Stay in tune with the Spirit’s leading, keep your eyes on Jesus. Don’t look to the right or the left. Gather with other believes and stay strong! The enemy is out to devour but he has no victory here.

Understand this, when we choose to do battle with someone over a sin issue we must be as prepared as the enemy. Trust me…most sinners know the word but choose to not live by it. I’ve known atheists that can spout Scripture word for word and they always have an argument ready. I know those who once believed and for some reason have chosen to renege on it, even after reading the Bible from cover to cover.

Christian brothers and sisters…guard your hearts and minds. We’re not called to argue on God’s behalf. He will handle it all at the appointed time.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” (Rev. 22:21)