A Blessed Resurrection Day to All of You!
I believe the following 26 minute video by Hal Lindsey is the most concise answer to many of the questions that I hear about Easter, how it relates to the Jewish Passover and how Jesus fulfilled prophecy of the Old Testament and His statements regarding being in the Tomb for 3 days. Jesus was not crucified on Friday as many people and churches teach and believe. If fact if you read the Bible carefully you will find it does not say that. I encourage you to spend 26 minutes today and increase your knowledge and understand better the symbolism of Easter and Passover.
Happy Easter from Regular Joe
Good Monday Morning;
I think most of us Regular Joes and Janes like a good mystery story. Mystery stories are probably go back to the early days after creation. Men are always looking to solve things they don’t understand. I believe that God has hardwired us to be curious individuals. It is at least in part this part of our nature which causes us to ask the most important questions in life: “What is my purpose” and “Why am I here?”
On the other hand this curiosity can lead us to chase after and spend all of our time on unprofitable journeys. The Di Vinci Codes, secret messages, the Gnostic Gospels, newly found documents that are “really from god” that contradict the Bible, the revelation of Allah to Mohammad.
God is a God of light, clarity and not confusion. All of the above books, whether written as fiction or “divine revelation”, ask us to accept that we cannot believe what we read in the Bible is the real message. That somehow there is a deeper hidden message that contradicts the plain meaning of the words we read. Or that, in the case of the Qur’an, that somehow the message that Jesus brought and gave to the disciples was distorted and not accurate. There is a deeper meaning that “God” had for the new revelation and the person who received it.
In Ephesians Paul writes to us regarding these issues;
I almost always carry a pistol. In Montana it is legal to carry a handgun openly in most places. With a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit you may carry it hidden in the same places covered by law. All of these should be superseded by the Constitution in the Second Amendment but over the years people have chosen not to require the government to obey the Constitution so many laws have been written that violate it. Personally I carry in the open sometimes and also have a CCW to carry concealed. People often ask me a variety of questions regarding why I am carrying a firearm. Here are some common questions and my answers.
What are you worried about? Nothing, why do you ask?
Are you expecting trouble? No, if I was expecting trouble I would have brought my rifle; (quote from a retired Texas Ranger)
What are you afraid of? Nothing, but I know there are evil men in the world and I am willing to protect myself and my family from them.
Don’t you trust in God? – Sure I do, don’t you? - What do you mean? - Don’t you carry auto insurance, home owners insurance, life insurance etc? - Well that’s different. – How, Because you ask someone else to protect you? It is not reasonable to expect police officers to be everywhere to protect everyone. (In point of law they are not responsible to protect you) There is an individual responsibility to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Where does it say that in the Bible? Jesus teaches us to turn the other cheek. Jesus told one of the disciples to put down the sword when he tried to defend Jesus in the garden.
It is true that Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek, but if you look at the text it is referring to insults that are hurled at us not life and death situations (Matthew 5:39). And yes Jesus did tell the disciple in the garden to put down his sword, (Matthew 47-56), but that was because, as stated in verse 54, “the Scriptures needed to be fulfilled and it must happen in this way” Read the rest of this entry
Good Morning from the Bitterroot Valley
This series of devotionals has turned into quite an endeavor and as usual anytime you start teaching something you usually learn a whole lot more than the one that are following.
I have been doing a lot of reading of Islamic materials the last couple of days. Like most religions there are a variety of sects, divisions and offshoots that teach differing doctrines. In this series the question has been “who is God?” and ultimately that the question that has to be answered to decide whether they are on the right path.
Islam does not recognize the Trinity or three aspects of God. They do not accept that Christ is God but only a prophet. Many people say that the God of Islam is the God of the Jews and Christians. Where does that path lead?
I don’t want to appear to be singling out Pastor Rick Warren and the Saddleback Church as they are certainly not the only church or denomination that is going down this road; however they are definitely the most recent to make headlines in recent weeks.
And article in the Orange County Register was published on February 23 2012 and updated on the 27th has some interesting information that I would like to share.
The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
I believe that this is a dangerous and unbiblical direction that not only Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California has chosen but many other denominations and churches. The article continues: Read the rest of this entry
Good Morning Fellow Joes and Janes
In Luke chapter 17 verse 22 and following Jesus is discussing His coming kingdom with the disciples. Now I know that there are a lot of differing views on when the last days will come and I am not here to open that debate today, but I can tell you that they definitely are coming. Understanding the exact timing of the last days is something that is not simple but as we grow closer we see more clearly.
It’s kind of like driving down a road covered in thick smoke from a forest fire. Occasionally the smoke thins and you get glimpses of the road as it curves ahead. But mostly there is lots and lots of smoke. You get a feeling of foreboding … you see more and more glimpses of the road and then… you come upon a wreck. As we get ever closer things will become clearer and fall into place. Read the rest of this entry