Christian Suicide Bomber

August 19, 2010

With battle lines being drawn and tempers flaring around the world and at ground zero over a proposed mosque,

it’s time to ask everyone who considers themselves to be a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth,

are you ready to become a Christian Suicide Bomber?

Now as every real student of The Holy Bible knows

“We are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” EPH 6:12 NLT,

so obviously I’m NOT talking about anything to do with real explosives.

But what I’m talking about is what The Apostle Paul’s referring to in Romans 12,

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  ROM 12: 1-2 NLT

and in Galatians 2:20 20

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Gal 2:20 NLT

And in Romans 6

“Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” ROM 6:12-14 NLT

Who knows what kind of damage we’re causing in the spirit realm when we throw off our sinful nature and instead obey The Holy Spirit.

Every time we refuse to spread gossip about our neighbor down the street, we become a Christian Suicide Bomber.

Every time we break off a conversation with a coworker of the opposite sex who’s getting a little too flirty, we become a Christian Suicide Bomber.

Every time we give money back to a clerk who just handed us too much change, we become a Christian Suicide Bomber.

Every time we resist the urge to scream at our spouse for forgetting to do something  for the gazillionth time and instead not even bring it up, we become a Christian Suicide Bomber.

Every time we wave at a driver who just cut us off instead of showing them the bad half of a peace sign, we become a Christian Suicide Bomber.

The thing about natural Suicide Bombers, as bad as they are, they can only inflict their damage once,

but because we become LIVING SACRIFICES,

we can inflict damage in the spirit world,

over

and over

AND OVER!

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Where was God?

June 30, 2010

A family in Hudson Falls NY USA is bearing a cross no one should ever be forced to carry.

Six children perished in a deadly house fire.

Yet one of the things that still makes the USA a great nation is how charity can spontaneously
erupt at a moments notice. A fund has been established and a fund raiser has been set up
to aide the survivors of this tragedy.

Fox 23 Albany has the story

CLICK HERE

It’s times like this when we want to ask, “Where was God?

“Why did He allow this to happen?”

That’s a good question!

It seems the hardest price God has to pay in granting humanity free will is that He had to also allow the consequences to occur resulting from our choices.

As a result of Adam and Eve’s wrong choice they lost paradise and became vulnerable to all the forces of nature.  Their offspring became so wicked that generations later God destroyed the earth in a flood.  Everyone perished except for Noah’s family.

Centuries later after God scattered humanity after The Tower of Babel He chose one man Abraham to found His chosen people Israel out from whom would come the Messiah, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Although He was The Son of God, He rejected royalty and obeyed His Father God to suffer the worst this awful world could dish out and become the sin offering for the world while dieing on a Roman cross.

But after Good Friday came Easter morning and the witness of the empty tomb.  By the power of The Holy Spirit and the witness of the apostles the gospel rapidly spread throughout The Roman World and The Church was established.

When God’s people obey The Holy Spirit the The Real Church becomes “The Salt of the Earth” and “The Light of the World.”

As a result if nations and leaders listen to the true church (Which is Not just one human organization BTW) people can be blessed.  When nations and leaders persecute the church evil reigns.  Yet for some reason The church always seems to grow the fastest when it has the most against it.  How ironic.

So where was God at a time like this?  He’s right with family and the community grieving along with them.  We the church, as God’s people are now His hands that reach out, His arms that embrace, and His feet to move and accomplish His Will.

We are all called to carry each others burdens like The bible says we should.  We’re to rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.

One day Our Father God will say

“Enough!”

On that day The Son will come again in order to establish His Kingdom on the earth.  In that day death, Hell, and the evil one will get what’s coming to them.

For this family in Hudson Falls, that day can’t come soon enough.

Please join me in praying for them.

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Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.

And churches aren’t supposed to be meeting places for the holier than most crowd either.

It just seems that way sometimes.

Jesus said it’s the sick that need a doctor, not those who think they are well,or at least are trying to act like they’re well.

That being said in reality a church should really be a spiritual hospital with Dr. Jesus as the Great Physician.  Allot of churches are finally getting that. Thank God mine is one them.

We recognize that there are allot of hurting people out there who if they have to pretend everything’s perfect in their life they’re going to explode.

At Grace Fellowship in the Albany NY area we just started a whole bunch of workshops on a whole slew of issues. Everything from dealing with various addictions, to caring for elderly parents, to Understanding Depression.

The latter was the one that caught my eye.

Most of the time I talk about spiritual issues over at “Lucky Loser” but this needed to be said here.

If your house of worship isn’t a place where there’s a safe place to let your guard down you need to find a place where you can.

Imagine a hospital in the natural  where you had to act like you were well most of the time.

That would suck rotten eggs wouldn’t it?

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Who let the Pigs IN!!!

March 19, 2010

Never mind who let the dogs out!

Who let the pigs in?  Who threw their pearls to the swine?

As in,who let the pigs  into the church so that people with a malevolent agenda could film children and children ministry leaders in some very intimate deeply spiritual moments!!!

I’m talking about one of the most inspirational films I’ve ever seen. It’s inspiring because it totally torqued me off! There is smoke pouring from my nostrils and fire balls over my head!

“Jesus Camp,” is an evil twisted movie that takes the precious innocence of child like faith and makes it out to be something like Hitler’s Youth Program or Mao’s Cultural Revolution.

It looks like some well meaning Christian leaders were conned into letting this serpent, film their youth camp. They of course only show the most controversial radical moments.

So, I’m inspired and proud of all the all the kids in the film and the youth director who got scammed by this snake in the grass film maker.

I wish I could send my kids to a camp like the one in this movie.

If you have NETFLIX on line you can get the documentary “Jesus Camp” on demand.

Just be prepared to be torqued off if you’re an evangelical Christian!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. With my new job I’ve had to cut back. Plus my weekends are busier thanks to a greater involvement in my church which IS A GOOD THING!

Speaking of my church we have a big conference this weekend featuring a big name. They’re expecting over a thousand people to show up at Grace Fellowship in Latham to hear Ruth Graham and Friends.

This is the sort of thing that can attract allot of media attention. That can be a mixed blessing.

On the good side it can present our church in a positive light. On the down side news people never get these stories right. You never get to see what’s going on behind the scenes.

Outsiders might look at this story and go

“Oh, look at the flaky Christians wishing upon a star.”

These people will never see all the follow up that goes into something like this. And they will never know all the lives that will be changed for the better.

A few weeks back I blogged about an after hours drug rehab program in Puerto Rico that gives away needles to their clients after hours from a vending machine.  With tongue in cheek I asked, “When will we see this in Schenectady?

While there aren’t any vending machines just yet right down the road from Schenectady, in neighboring Albany NY, Catholic Charities is giving away clean needles from a mobile van unit.

Catholic Charities giving clean needles to drug users – HT_CapitalNews9.com.

There are people raising all kinds of objections to this program, in spite of the fact that it’s already up and running in 17 communities around the state.  They say it encourages more drug use.  Of course proponents of the plan insist they’ve reduced the spread of AIDS where the program is in place.

The knee jerk conservative reaction would be to agree with the law enforcement people who believe we’re just going to be stuck with allot more lazy addicts to deal with.  And who says a real addict gives a darn about a clean needle anyway.

But I’m not a knee jerk conservative.  There’s something else to consider here as well.  Besides handing out needles shouldn’t Catholic Charities be handing out hope as well?

The last time I checked Catholics were still considered to be Christians.

YOU KNOW!

Jesus,God,redemption,salvation,  THE BIBLE!

Helllllo!

We’re supposed to be all about hope.

Anything to reduce the spread of AIDS is a good thing.  But wouldn’t getting people  off drugs and into rehab be even better?

It’s the same thing when it comes to handing out free condoms to teenagers.  I’m not a knee jerk conservative here either.  Condoms can also prevent the spread of STD’s, reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies and reduce the need for abortions. So I’m for the whole condom idea as long people also talk about taking pride in one’s body.

Oh No!  It’s the dreaded “A” word!

Abstinence!

Hey!  It’s your body and your time.

Who says you have to lose your virginity by 16 anyway?

Therefore I believe anything out to prevent the spread of HIV is a good thing.

I just think it would be better to try and reach out to people’s souls as well.

-What say you?

Feel free to comment pro or con.

Just don’t be too snarky OK?  😉

Busting Christmas Myths!

December 27, 2009

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Happy Jesus birthday everyone!

This is the time of year when millions upon millions of people around the world celebrate the birth of the world’s most famous Jewish Rabbi!

So I would like to mark the occasion with a little Christmas myth busting.

Chances are Jesus really wasn’t born in December.  Shepherds only watch their flocks at night when their lambs are about to give birth and are the most vulnerable to predators.  That doesn’t happen in late December.

And as for “No room at the Inn” we got that wrong too.  The Greek word for “Inn” can also refer to guest quarters in someone’s dwelling.  Eastern protocol demands census or no census all family travelers must be accommodated.

If the guest area is fully occupied people lodged their new guests with the animals.  That’s how Joesph and Mary wound up at the manger.  No 1st Century “Best Western“was involved.

Meanwhile the Three Wise Men weren’t even with the Shepherds .  The text says they came to the house where Joesph and Mary were not the manger.

Their journey took allot longer than 12 days.  It may have taken as much as two years based on paranoid Herod’s reaction to their arrival in Jerusalem.

Then again Herod had allot to be nervous about.  The wise men or more accurately “Magi” held a high place of power in that day and age.  These royal advisers from the East were often the one’s who decided who the next king was going to be in Persia.

Just because they had three types of gifts doesn’t mean there were only three of them.  They were quite a site to behold when they arrived with an entourage in Jerusalem with their own army.  Carrying gold is dangerous in the 21st Century let alone bringing it through the frontier east of Roman territory.

The last last thing a ruthless corrupt monarch like Herod, who got his position by hook and by crook, needed to have was an army of Magi show up from rival Persia asking about who the next “King of the Jews” was going to be.  When the Magi didn’t return he thought they were plotting a coup against him.

Based upon the time they said the star first appeared Herod had all toddlers killed as well as infants.  He wasn’t taking any chances.  Rome would have demanded swift action.

The biggest myth of all though has to be Christmas itself.  No where in the Bible does it say we have to celebrate Christmas.  Or for that matter Good Friday and Easter too.

If anything we’re discouraged from making special days at all.  That was one of the apostle Paul’s pet peeves.  People making new believers follow Old Testament customs.

He believed for the Christian every day was special.  When someone is really living for  God every day can be Christmas, Good Friday and Easter all rolled into one.

At my house the big thing is going to church and singing Christmas carols on Christmas Eve.  That’s always special.

Of course the kids can’t wait until the service is over to go home and OPEN PRESENTS!!!

But just how someone celebrates  Christmas is really up to them whether they want to do anything at all.  As long as the Savior’s Spirit has already been birthed in their heart that’s all that really matters.