Blog

Anonymous

You Can Quote Me by Someone

When someone stands in the shadows casting stones while being protected by anonymity, they should then be considered as having no credibility. Truth stands in the light while Satan hides in the dark.

From the cover of the shadows lies are given credibility and truth becomes questioned. As no one is willing to step up and identify themselves as the someone responsible, why do we even think about what they say. Why do we judge others based on the sayings of anyone who will not put their name to the comments they make? In the meantime truth, without the benefit of being heard, is seen as a lie and a lie as truth. It is for this reason that hearsay is not acceptable in any court except the court of unfounded gossip.

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen wrote a fairy tale titled, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” It is a story of two tailors who convince the Emperor that they can weave gold and fine silk into a magnificent fabric that is light weight and invisible to those who are incompetent, dull, or stupid.

They present the new clothes to the Emperor who decides to show off his novel threads in a parade. As he proceeds down the road with two servants holding on to the tail of his fine new cape, no one dared make a comment for fear of being seen as a fool. At the end of the parade a young boy called out, “Come see – the emperor has no clothes.”

Don’t be intimidated by what political correctness implies is right. Don’t be deceived by what others tell you is truth. Check it out for yourself. The bible has been a source of truth for thousands of years and is as valid today as ever. You need to read it for yourself without relying on others to tell you what it says. Next you need to share your thoughts with others who have read it. I pray that the Holy Spirit will shine a light on your path and guide you as you seek truth.

Proverbs 8:17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

The Good Thief

The Good Thief

What motivated the thief on the cross next to Jesus to ask that he be remembered by Jesus? Was fear, a last chance insurance, the reason?

I believe that the thief had come to the point where fear was long past. As he hung on the cross there was nothing left to fear. He reviewed his life recognizing that he and the other thief were judged fairly and deserved the penalty. As he looked at Jesus, who was judged innocent by Pilate, he saw a man who was about to die without complaint. A man who was being mocked, a man who had suffered scourging, beatings and now the agony of crucifixion and yet he did not complain and even asked that those who torture him be forgiven.

The thief confessed his sin and repented and asked Christ to remember him in heaven. What this is can only be seen as repentance, acknowledgement of Christ as Lord, and public confession of his faith.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Free Will

Did God create evil? If He did, would He be a holy and perfect God? We know that evil cannot stand in the presence of God any more than darkness can exist in the light. We could describe darkness as the absence of light and in a similar manner we could call evil the absence of God.

If God did not create evil, where did it come from and why did He allow it? God permitted the rebellion of Lucifer and did not put an immediate end to it because if He had, free will would not exist. If there is no evil, then there is no choice.

Christopher Kitchen was asked if he believed in free will he answered,”Yes, I have no choice.”

A Time for Every Season

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

a time to tear, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace. [1]

 

If this is all there is to life; the best, we can do is to eat drink and be merry. However; God has placed eternity in the hearts of men. We talk about riding the streets of gold with brothers in an eternal chapter. This life after death has been made available to us through the sacrifice of God’s unique son, Jesus.

Though we talk about forever brothers, most of us have been disappointed at one time or another as we stood abandoned and alone. Christ has said, “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you. He is the faithful one even when we are not.

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Ec 3:1–8.

Run to Win

I am always amazed at the skill almost supernatural performance of those Olympic athletes. What we don’t see is the dedication and drive that goes into preparing for every competition. Every contestant spends their life in perfecting the skill they seem to demonstrate with so little effort. They are directed by sports psychologists, fed strict meals at set hours, have time management experts, work out trainers, and coaches who guide them trough countless hours of practice in the hopes of improving by the slightest of time. They do all this to win a gold medal and temporary fame. Has anyone heard of Larisa Latynina? She was a soviet gymnast who is still the record holder for most individual medals won at the Olympics (14). She competed in 1956 and 1960. Michael Phelps is a close second with 11 individual medals. Maybe you heard of Teofilo Stevenson who boxed for Cuba. He won 3 heavyweight gold medals. (1972, 1976 and 1980) How about Emil Zatopek who won the 5,000 meters, the 10,000 meters and the marathon at the same Olympics handily beating all competitors in the 1952 event.

I am sure that the Apostle Paul would have been a track enthusiast as he describes what it is like in 1Corinthians 9:24-27:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore, I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.  No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”

Paul described the training need to run the race of eternal life in Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

We will never be perfect till Christ returns, but let’s not give up trying.

Russian Athletes Have Been Disqualified from the Olympics

We hear of a culture of cheating to win. If we are honest, we know that every country does whatever it takes to be in the medals. I compare this to the shift in Christian organizations to be more concerned about numbers than preaching truth. The victory is not given to those who are admired by mankind or have the largest following. The crown is given to the faithful few.

Are we preparing for the future witnessing of Christ? Have we been faithful with the responsibility entrusted to us by Jesus?

Paul expresses the need to teach others who will be able to teach. He further asks that those who teach must not give into social pressure but remain faithful, enduring any suffering. We are to be like soldiers standing our ground and persevering all manner of opposition. We are to be like athletes who train and keep the rules lest we be disqualified.

No soldier determines his own objective but does what he is commanded, and no athlete makes his own rules. We have been commanded by Christ. To receive the crown and share in the harvest we must prepare future generation to follow in like manner.

Paul writes in 2Timothy 2:1-7:

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

As Red Green would say, ”keep your stick on the ice, we’re all in this together.”