In This Easter Season…

It is appropriate to remember what Jesus has done, is doing and will do for those who choose to follow Him.The GospelIf you want a more thorough explanation of the gospel, chick HERE.

America’s Biggest Serial Killer?

Warning, graphic content in the following video outlining the actions of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

Brick by Ben Folds.

Six am day after Christmas
I throw some clothes on in the dark
The smell of cold
Car seat is freezing
The world is sleeping
I am numb

Up the stairs to her apartment
She is balled up on the couch
Her mom and dad went down to Charlotte
They’re not home to find us out

And we drive
Now that I have found someone
I’m feeling more alone
Than I ever have before
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
They call her name at seven thirty
I pace around the parking lot
Then I walk down to buy her flowers
And sell some gifts that I got

Can’t you see
It’s not me you’re dying for
Now she’s feeling more alone
Then she ever has before
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly

As weeks went by
It showed that she was not fine
They told me son it’s time to tell the truth
She broke down and I broke down
‘Cause I was tired of lying
Driving home to her apartment
For the moment we’re alone
She’s alone
I’m alone
Now I know it

She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly
Off the coast and I’m headed nowhere
She’s a brick and I’m drowning slowly

(Yes, this song is about abortion)

Dating Jesus’ Crucifixion

Not that it is a doctrinal matter but here is an interesting article about the date and year in which Jesus was crucified.

In our new book, The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived, we assume but do not argue for a precise date of Jesus’s crucifixion. Virtually all scholars believe, for various reasons, that Jesus was crucified in the spring of either a.d. 30 or a.d. 33, with the majority opting for the former. (The evidence from astronomy narrows the possibilities to a.d. 27, 30, 33, or 34). However, we want to set forth our case for the date of Friday, April 3, a.d. 33 as the exact day that Christ died for our sins.

To be clear, the Bible does not explicitly specify the precise date of Jesus’s crucifixion and it is not an essential salvation truth. But that does not make it unknowable or unimportant. Because Christianity is a historical religion and the events of Christ’s life did take place in human history alongside other known events, it is helpful to locate Jesus’s death—as precisely as the available evidence allows—within the larger context of human history.

Click HERE to read the rest of the article.

Morning Prayer

Thank you Father for the peacefulness of an early morning spring day.
Thank you for the sound of singing birds which is God’s music.
Thank you for the coolness of the spring morning, and
Thank you for the time to reflect on your great creation.

God, give me the ability to remember the peace of this early morning time
when the rest of my day becomes the ringing of phones,
the answering of inquiries and the hurry of the day.
May my thoughts always reflect and remember what you have given me.

Salvation through Jesus Christ,
My wife and sons who bless me every day,
My country I live in (even though it is far from perfect),
And all the blessings therein.

I pray Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I pray Your kingdom will be spread throughout the world.
I pray one person turns from a life of despair to Your loving hands.
I pray You bless Your church where ever it may be.

In Jesus name, Amen.

Islam, a Religion of Peace and Equality?

This article is from a March 15 article from Pakistan Today.

Council of Islamic Ideology declares women’s existence anti-Islamic

Islamabad - Sharia Correspondent: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) concluded their 192nd meeting on Thursday with the ruling that women are un-Islamic and that their mere existence contradicted Sharia and the will of Allah. As the meeting concluded CII Chairman Maulana Muhammad Khan Shirani noted that women by existing defied the laws of nature, and to protect Islam and the Sharia women should be forced to stop existing as soon as possible. The announcement comes a couple of days after CII’s 191st meeting where they dubbed laws related to minimum marriage age to be un-Islamic.

The article goes on to explain how Islam is a religion of peace and equality. It further explains how women can be “tolerated” by becoming completely subservient to men and by being such Islam can continue to be a religion of equality. The article goes on to state:

The CII meeting also advised the government that to protect Islam women’s right to breathe should also be taken away from them. “Whether a woman is allowed to breathe or not be left up to her husband or male guardian, and no woman under any circumstance whatsoever should be allowed to decide whether she can breathe or not,” Shirani said.

OK, let’s think about this logically. If women should be “forced to stop existing as soon as possible” that would mean in about a generation there would be no more Islamic men (or women for that matter.) And if their husband or male guardian is given the authority to determine whether they continue to have the right to breathe, all rights of women have been removed and the extinguishment of her life would not be a crime.

Draw your own conclusions about Islam. Nothing more needs to be said.

 

Starlight and Time

by Australian physicist Dr. John Hartnett.

How could starlight reach us on creation day 4 (Gen. 1:16) when stars are billions to trillions of miles away? This 16-minute explanation from an Australian astronomer shows how this could happen in a 24-hour/day creation week.

Here is an even more detailed explanation of this concept.

Coming to a Church Near You?

Millionaire Gay Couple is Suing to Force a Church to Hold Their Wedding.

 The Antithesis of Freedom is Forced Association

DANBURY, U.K.–A wealthy gay couple has decided to launch a lawsuit to force their church to perform their wedding. The Drewitt-Barlows, a millionaire couple from the U.K, stated, “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples.”

 

Go ahead. Stick your head in the sand. The government will never require churches in the states to go against their teachings and those of the Bible. No, it will never happen here. Congress will pass a law defending marriage in the traditional sense and the courts will never shoot it down. The radical courts across our country will surely back Christian teaching coming down over the centuries! No worries here. Move along. Nothing here to see. Move along.

 

What Evidence Will Satisfy the Skeptic/Atheist/Agnostic?

Jesus Walking on WaterI am currently in a study of the book of Matthew. Jesus on many occasions performed miracles, many in the presence of the Pharisees and teachers of the law; yet, they refused to accept Jesus for who he claimed to be. Why did they reject Jesus? And to apply this question today, why is He rejected today? Is it lack of evidence? Or could it be another reason.

I ran across a couple of excellent articles discussing this topic. The first is, “Why You Either Believe Or Reject The Bible” by  Robin Schumacher. An excerpt from the article:

Those who distrust all or parts of the Bible do so for numerous reasons. For many, the primary cause is a presuppositional bias against the supernatural. A man coming back from the dead, walking on water, instantly curing diseases and more immediately raise red flags to the skeptic because such things are not routinely observed and therefore are dismissed as fable.

For others, the contents of Scripture simply rub them the wrong way. The God of the Old Testament seems merciless and cruel, the moral pronouncements seem outdated and go against their chosen desires/lifestyle, or they don’t like the idea of Hell.

Still others object to the Bible on philosophical grounds. They don’t understand, for example, how an all-powerful and loving God could permit evil to occur in the world.

Although these are all questions/issues that deserve good answers (which have been given), these explanations are not why non-Christians don’t believe the Bible to be true.

I would encourage you to read the first article followed by the second entitled, “What Evidence will Satisfy Hard Core Unbelief?” Here’s another excerpt:

I was listening to a debate that occurred a few years ago between Dr. William Lane Craig and Dr. Mike Begon on the topic of Is God a Delusion? During the Q&A period that followed the debate, one member of the audience asked Dr. Begon (who took the position that God is a delusion) what type of evidence and criteria he’d require to believe that God is not a delusion.

Begon’s answer was very enlightening.

After first making the rather strange statement that it wasn’t up to him to write experiments for the questioner, he stammered through an answer of how he and others like Richard Dawkins had been asking for evidence for a long time and, according to him, none has ever been brought forth. He then said he was “open minded” and offered to review any evidence offered him.

When Dr. Craig was allowed to respond, he asked the audience member, “You still haven’t heard the answer have you? It’s just astonishing!” In fact, Craig was right as Begon didn’t provide what the person had asked for.

The conclusions reached in this article echo exactly the attitudes and reactions of the Pharisees in the book of Matthew. Without an open heart no proof, including God standing in front of you performing miracles, is enough to convince you. Where is your heart?