Monday, December 15, 2014

Jesus Christ vs. Rich Exploiters




Jesus Christ, whose birthday we are about to celebrate, was a radical, a subversive, a non-conformist. He was also a poor, homeless guy who said He had no place to lay His head.

He didn't think very highly of the 1% or super wealthy. In fact, He said it was nearly impossible for a rich man to enter heaven (Matthew 19:23, 24). His brother James told rich men to weep and howl for the miseries that were to come upon them, because they exploited the working class (James 5:1-6).

Jesus did not condemn working hard and making money. Sometimes God will bless people with great abundance in the material realm. But the rich tend to trust in their riches, mock the poor, and think they have no need of God. Look at what happened to Solomon.

Jesus was awfully rude to bankers too, in fact the only time it is recorded in the gospels that He went ballistic was in the temple (why didn't He respect the Institution?) and knocked over the tables of the money changers.

Today, He would have been pepper sprayed, tear gassed, or shot dead.

Megyn Kelly, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs, Mike Huckabee, and Glenn Beck would be praising the cops -- and saying we need to avoid anarchy and respect authorities.



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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Leaders and Authorities



Pray for those in authority. Confront them when necessary.

Remember how John the Baptist confronted Herod Antipas -- and John was beheaded.

Law enforcement use of excessive force, in the New Testament. John was innocent. He broke no law by voicing reproof and dissent toward the government ruler.

Authority can be very kind, and also extremely cruel, but we remain fearless, scrutinizing, and compassionate.

Here's what you need to know about leaders and authorities, including politicians, cops, pastors, priests, and military:

1. They serve us.

2. They are not above the law.

3. They need scrutiny, not trust, to do their job.

4. They are to be rewarded and praised for doing good.

5. They are to be punished and shamed for doing wrong.

6. They must not be treated any differently from the average person.

7. They are not "elite" in any way, they are just chosen temporarily -- sometimes trained properly, sometimes not.

8. They are not smart enough to deceive the public for long.

9. They are more hidden and secretive than the public is allowed to be.

10. The good ones need our encouragement, appreciation, and support.

11. The bad ones need to find a new job.

12. They will receive repercussions for their crimes, from down in the "unwashed masses,"the activists and voters, or from higher authorities.


Never give officials "the benefit of the doubt." That's for chumps. Con artists and manipulators are always chanting about "the benefit of the doubt." Give authorities scrutiny instead. Force them to submit to accountability.

Peaceful protest and resistance to the Domination System is the only valid and effective response. Violence, hatred, and anger are self-defeating and just prompt more brutality and repression.

Jesus is our role model. 

He never retaliated violently. He did knock over the table of the money-changers in the temple. An outburst of annoyance is normal, but vendettas and revenge are the Lord's business. He has installed the law of what is called karma in this world. 

Reap what you sow. And then, the Final Judgment which is clear, bright, undeceived, impartial, and equal for all.

Do NOT resist evil with more evil. Destroy evil by exposing it, humiliating it, heckling it, boycotting it, obstructing it, demanding justice -- and seeking transformation of wicked ones into righteous people.






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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Super Heroes in Teen Ministry


Using Super Heroes to Explain Christ


Have your junior high and high school Sunday school students try this quiz:

"What would be the ultimate, supreme Super Hero that you could possibly imagine?"

Your youth will love this challenge to their God-given intellects and creativity. Don't be religious about it. Start off by talking about some of the Super Hero comics and movies you loved as a child, before you had deeper spiritual training. 

Discuss the evolution of the Super Hero and how they are rooted in mythological gods and goddesses, most of whom were sinful, treacherous, violent, and carnal.

Let them come up with a list of what they think the Perfect, Most Powerful Super Hero would be able to do.

Typical Super Hero Attributes

1. Immortal -- cannot be killed or harmed.

2. Invincible -- cannot be defeated or deterred.

3. Impermeable -- cannot be influenced or manipulated.

4. Almighty -- can perform any feat of strength or power.

5. Omnicient -- knows everything always.

6. Unrestricted -- can do anything any time to anyone or anything anywhere at any time.

7. Flying -- can soar through the air and outer space without any protective uniform or special vehicle.

8. Weaponized -- equipped with a variety of attack systems.

9. Sane -- mentally perfect, with no fear, neurosis or psychosis.

10. Admired -- aside from a few enemies from the dark side, universally loved and desired.

11. Paranormal -- multi-dimensional, can time travel, can read minds, and predict the future.

12. Altruistic -- always unselfish, compassionate, restrained, humble, sympathetic, wise and willing in service.

Once your students compile their lists, have each one read it, then explain how God has shown these benevolent and majestic powers in His Son Jesus Christ.

For it is in Him that all things cohere, consist, and continue.

God has show us all EXACTLY who and what He is. God is somewhat mysterious to our limited intelligence, but has displayed all his attributes and attitudes in Jesus Christ.

The answer to any question about what God is like and what He wants is "What did Jesus say? What did Jesus do?" 

Jesus Christ is all the theology you need. 

He is God the Father's blog, seminar, video, and life-changing experience. All God's data has been collected and downloaded into Christ, the sum and substance of The All.




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Coptic Hymns in English VIDEO Our Lord Came for Us


 

Egyptian Christian Coptic hymn in English language "Our Lord Came For Us."

A Christmas hymn of the Middle East.




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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holy Humbleness - Him Today, Me Tomorrow



To be holy is to be set apart, different, exalted spiritually because you're humbled personally. There is no other way. If you're prideful, arrogant, smug, or self-impressed, you're not spiritual, religious, or holy.

Holy humbleness is not like secular, materialistic modesty, masochism, or self-abasement. 

Unspiritual people can have a semblance of lowliness that is fawning, subservient, sycophantic, demeaning, victimized, or manipulative. Some people enjoy humiliating themselves, because of lack of self-confidence or attempts to take another person off guard with a fake subordinate sincerity.

Holy humbleness is being afraid of, or adverse to, pompous self-congratulatory pride and the sense of invulnerability. 

When you see an ascetic, monk, priest, pastor, youth ministry leader, Bible teacher, Christian musician, or inspirational book author fall from grace into error or sin, you don't sit in judgment. Before you even evaluate them according to the scriptures, you look in the mirror.

"Him today. Me tomorrow."

You know that only by the grace of God, and the momentum of previous efforts, are you preserved from the evil that the other person appears to have slipped into. 

You know that, without God's protection and guidance, you suddenly, inexplicably, at any moment -- you could sully your testimony, contaminate your witness, cause a path walker to stumble, make a seeker offended at you, gradually and imperceptibly abandon the faith, or become a heretic.

Yes, we must compare what people and say with the example of Jesus Christ and the written Logos Word of God.

No, we dare not act superior or feel elite and safe in our "holier than thou" attitude.

Next time you see someone do something stupid, wicked, cruel, or insane, whisper to yourself:

"Him today. Me tomorrow. Have mercy, Lord Jesus, on him, and me, and the entire world. Amen."



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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sara Groves what I thought I wanted


One of the most intellectual, melodic, and poetic women in music: Sara Groves.

I saw Sara Groves live in concert in Peoria, IL about 2005, at Riverside Church. It was like a Beatles concert. Teenage girls were screaming "We love you Sara!!!" It was astonishing. I was in a bad time of my life and her music uplifted me incredibly.


"What I Thought I Wanted" -- Sara Groves

Tuxedo in the closet, gold band in a box
Two days from the altar she went and called the whole thing off
What he thought he wanted, what he got instead
Leaves him broken and grateful

I passed understanding a long, long time ago
And the simple home of systems and answers we all know
What I thought I wanted, what I got instead
Leaves me broken and somehow peaceful

I keep wanting you to be fair
But that’s not what you said
I want certain answers to these prayers
But that’s not what you said

When I get to heaven I’m gonna go find Job
I want to ask a few hard questions, I want to know what he knows
About what it is he wanted and what he got instead
How to be broken and faithful

What I thought I wanted
What I thought I wanted
What I thought I wanted
What I thought I wanted

Staring in the water like Esops foolish dog
I can’t help but reflect on what it was I almost lost
What it was I wanted, what I got instead
Leaves me broken and grateful

I’m broken and grateful
I want to be broken and grateful
I want to be broken, peaceful, faithful, grateful, grateful
I want to be broken, peaceful, faithful, grateful, grateful


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Monday, March 4, 2013

Friday, December 14, 2012

How To Seek and Find God SERMON



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Here's my sermon #157 "How to Seek and Find God" on BlogTalkRadio.

There is only one true God. God made Himself known through the Bible and through the life of His Son, Jesus Christ. These two avenues are the perfect and infallible manifestations of God the Father, Creator of the Universe and Beyond.

He wants human beings to feel a desire to know Him and be one with Him. He has infinite blessings to give to us and He wants us to live with Him in heaven forever.

God knows that we live in a dangerous realm, called "the world", that is temporarily influenced by the celestial traitor Lucifer, now known as the Devil. God wants to rescue us and protect us.

What causes a soul to renounce the material realm and its cravings? What prompts a person to want to be set free from evil within? What leads a mind to go exploring and questing for spiritual reality?

In the midst of the confusion, deception, and chaos of this world, there is a way to search for and discover who the real and only God is.

Seek and you will find. Here's how to accomplish the most important task of everyone's life.

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