Archive for the ‘Christians’ Category

Have a Blessed Easter

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.  If in the this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. I Corinthians 15:12-19

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 The wonderful hope in Christ.

Is Wright Right?

Soundbytes are not usually fair representations of significant issues and always inappropriate when used out of context.  He who has ears to hear, let him hear what these two pastors are saying: 

followed by this…

Now that you’ve heard more from these pulpits, does that change your perspective?  One is Obama’s pastor.  One is McCain’s spiritual advisor.  If only Obama would change his position on abortion, then he would at least be consistent with the overall message given by these ministers.  I’ve got to admit, that while I feel very blessed to be an American, I also don’t always feel that America deserves God’s blessing.  I think most people can understand that distinction.  After watching these longer clips, I’m reminded of the necessity for prayer on my knees, “God save America.”  

Christians Need Not Apply

In yet another disturbing public school incident, it seems that First Amendment Rights apply to everyone but Christian students.

“Pray” is considered the new four-letter word

The Common Cause club at Mountain Ridge High School in Arizona simply wanted to exercise the same rights given to other student organizations.The school district permits student club members to submit written announcements to be read over the school’s public address system, as well as video announcements to be played to the student body. In these announcements, club members are allowed to inform the student body not only of club meeting logistics (date, time, and location), but also to share information about the specific types of activities that will occur.

As an example, the Young Democrats of America club aired a video announcement which shared the following information:

  • “In 2006, young voters ages 18-29 supported Democratic candidates by an impressive 58%”
  • “Remember …we’re young. We’re Democrats. We’re Voting”

On the other hand, Common Cause club has been prohibited from communicating even the fact that religious activities will take place at its meetings.

On January 14, 2007, a club representative, Erin, submitted a weekly announcement which read, “Common Cause will be having weekly prayer every Friday morning at 7:20 at the administration flagpole, come join us!” The same day, the club submitted a video message communicating, “Our motto is…don’t worry about anything…instead, PRAY about everything! Common Cause presents…we pray…together…encouragingly…hopefully…upliftingly.”

The next day, Erin met with the school’s assistant principal and was told that her written and video announcements would not be allowed because they contained the words “prayer” and “pray.”

The assistant principal claimed the announcements would violate the supposed “separation of church and state.” When Erin responded that the First Amendment provided protection for such announcements, the assistant principal claimed none of that mattered. In other words, the First Amendment did not matter! Erin then asked to have the announcement back, but the assistant principal, perhaps in an attempt to assert her authority, ripped it up in front of her and discarded it.

With situations like this becoming increasingly common, it seems that “pray” has become the new four-letter word. While clubs like the Young Democrats of America, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and Students Against Destructive Decisions are allowed to operate freely on school grounds, expression of religion is prohibited.

Your Best Life Later

Joel Osteen has an extremely popular book called “Your Best Life Now.” 

But what about the next life after this life? 

When it comes to our eternal souls and the next life, Joel bombed a huge opportunity on the Larry King Live show to share the Truth and the good news of Jesus Christ with all those viewers!!!  Amazingly, Joel Olsteen, pastor of America’s largest evangelical Christian congregation, seemed downright afraid to speak the truth!  (“But keep buying my books & keep those tithes, gifts, and offerings coming!”

The Apostle Paul declared: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” –Romans 1:16  

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour my friend, whether Atheist, Hindu, Muslim, Jew or whatever, the Word of God is crystal clear on the issue: 

“Neither is there any salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” –Acts 4:12

You and I my friend, are both one day closer to kicking the bucket than we were yesterday.  Certainly, this life is important and we should try to make the most of it, but your life will be only wasted if you are not prepared for the all-important life hereafter. 

His Grace is Amazing

 Sometimes it is difficult to find proper perspective in life.  But every once in a while I’ll go outside and gaze at the stars.  Have you ever done that?  It’s a great way to readjust your perspective.  And as I stare out into the vast creation, I begin to wonder why God loves us?  Why does He even bother?  

In many ways, this world and this life are insignificant.  But when I look at this crazy old world, I’m so thankful for His Word, that I know Him, and that He has saved me. 

God’s grace is truly amazing.