Feb 18, 2018 3:09 PM
My parents lived in a border town. My mother was driven across the state line to have all her children because that’s where the hospitals were. After giving birth she returned home carting her infants never to return unless necessity required it.
The result is all their children’s birth certificates present a different impression. It is only in seeking information about residency would the correct information be discovered.
I thought about this while watching an episode of Finding Your Roots, the PBS show on famous people wanting to know more about their family’s genealogy. The actress featured thought she knew the place of her family’s birth and their story. It prompted her to obtain citizenship in that country.
But the information was deceiving. They were actually of another descent and had moved to that country before immigrating to America. Their roots in that country were shallow.
This has prompted me to wonder what defines us. Is it the place of birth or where we choose to put down roots? I’ve concluded both have their influence, but what culture I choose to identify with says more about me and what I value. Where I’m born is out of my control, but where I choose to live is my complete responsibility.
Of course, God already knew that.
All mankind is born into sin through the choice of our first parents, Adam and Eve. But just in case we don’t what to stay in that place, God has given His Son, Jesus, to offer us another place to live: the Kingdom.
The Bible says that Jesus has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and that we can live in the kingdom of light. But it’s our choice.
If life isn’t going well for you, if darkness is all you are experiencing in your circumstances, check out where you’ve taken up residence. Maybe it’s time to move to the Kingdom of Light. For more on living a life in Jesus check out our free resources.
Feb 12, 2018 8:14 AM
The wintry weather has Trump and some conservatives doubting the reality of climate change or global warming. The debate continues with tweets and news articles. Where should a Christian stand on this issue?
Actually, Christians should take that debate one step further. The earth is warming to its final end, a total global meltdown, and that is man-made.
Recently I watched an episode of Nature called Artic Wolves. The unexpected violence between packs jolted me from the lull induced by the beautiful scenery and pleasant voice of the narrator. Spoon paused midway, ice cream to mouth, I sat transfixed as wolves ripped apart pups and each other in their effort to maintain territory. In one pack a loyal female, nurturing cubs not hers, was left to starve while the others ate and moved on. The mother of the cubs did return for them– as they lay around the stiff body of the female who had fed and protected them.
The narrator read his script, but even they, narrator and script writer, struggled to explain the violent, selfish behavior caught on film. The traditional script reads man is violent; nature and all in it is pure, undefiled. But in this video the truth couldn’t be ignored: animals can be violent and uncaring too.
The script writer struggled because the story unfolding on the screen is not the one we want to imagine. We want idyllic. We want loyal and selfless and a reward for those who exhibit those qualities. But the truer story is not the one nature lovers want to apply.
And I am a nature lover. But I am also a Christian, and I know another story. It is the one in Genesis 3 when Adam gave his allegiance to Satan rather than God, when he transferred the authority God gave him over the earth to Satan. In Satan’s hands all that was good became evil. Adam wanted to know the difference between good and evil. Understanding came.
Even Christians do not fully comprehend the impact this transfer of power has in the earth even today, that there is a force whose purpose is to constantly oppose and distort. For example, people who have glimpsed heaven make a common observation about the purity of light and color. 1John 1:5 says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (KJV) When Adam chose to trust Satan and defy God, a darkness called sin entered the creation. It cloaks the earth like a veil and affects the earth’s light, the weather, the animals, man’s mind, will, soul and body. The earth we see is not the one intended.
The Bible says the earth groans to be set free from its curse. (Romans 8:22) Curse? Yes the earth is cursed…and dying. There is no saving it. It is wearing out, and what we see are symptoms of the bigger story– the curse. One day, God will release it by destroying it with fire. Then He will make a new one. And Satan is not invited to that earth. In the meantime God has promised that it will continue. "While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:22 MKJV)
So what is a Christian’s environmental responsibility? If you have asked Jesus into your life, you have His authority to take dominion. He won it back for you along with your salvation when He died on the cross. Pray for wisdom. Pray for solutions. It won’t stop the earth from its final fire, but it will improve the quality of life now.
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Jan 26, 2018 3:10 PM
In 2018 two sets of rare blue moons are to occur, with one falling on January 31, the other on Passover March 31. The January 31 blue moon is also a super moon and a blood moon due to an eclipse on that day. It falls on Tu B'Shevat, which signals the New Year for Trees. The last time this occurred on the exact same days was 150 years ago in 1866. Trees are a symbol for the nations.
The Bible speaks of a fifty year cycle of Jubilee for Jerusalem. In 1867 Charles Warren discovered the original Jerusalem or City of David. Fifty years later, Jerusalem was freed from 400 years of Muslim control by the British in 1917. In another fifty years, the Temple Mount was recaptured by Israel (after 2,000 years) in the Six Day War. In 2017, fifty years later, American President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and made plans to move the American embassy there. More nations followed his lead...
Fulfilled prophecies are all around us. Anarina Heymann, the outreach coordinator for the City of David believes prophecies are accelerating. She believes Warren’s discovery in 1867 opened the world to end time prophecy as Jerusalem is rediscovered. As she stands on the rebuilt path to the Temple Mount she says archaeology and prophecy are joining hands to fulfill Isaiah 57:14. “And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people." (NIV)
Charles Warren's discovery happened 150 years ago. After two sets of blue moons, two on feast days. What might the 2018 set of blue moons with their super blood moon be signaling?
-This post contains excerpts from Jesus Coming King
Jan 17, 2018 10:07 AM
E.F. Hutton & Co. ran successful ads based on the company’s reputation. The ad stated, “When E. F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Powerful words don’t you think? Two nouns, two verbs packed with meaning. Why do people listen? Because E.F. Hutton delivers. Success is inferred. If you do what “he” says you get results.
The ad established authority, and we tend to respect authority, especially when it delivers the results we want. But E.F. Hutton didn’t create the formula or the principle of authority+results=respect.
In the Old Testament we read about God speaking and people listening. Their success depended upon the level they acted on His words. In the New Testament when Jesus began teaching, people were amazed. (Mark 1:22) Why? Because He spoke with authority.
At that time in history, philosophers had exhausted their search for truth. Truly looking in all the wrong places, they decided truth could not be known. Mass populations accepted their findings.
But then came Jesus. He didn’t say He had truth or He knew where to find it, He said He was the Truth. Jesus was unlike any religious teacher they had ever heard. Because He wasn’t a religious teacher. He was God, the Authority on all life matters. And He delivered results.
In communication, whether writing or teaching, time is spent on deciding which voice to use. Voice is important because it can alter the message. But there is an underlying voice, that of authority. No matter whose viewpoint or which person (first, second, third, etc.) you choose to create your voice, you need to establish authority to be believable.
But for a Christian another layer applies, one of a deeper and higher level. We do not have to invent it; it is done for us. That authority is the Word. Its principles should run untainted through all the creative process. It is your foundation.
If as a Christian your writing and teaching lack this foundation, your results will show it. The Word should bring transformation from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light. Christians, from whatever the platform, have the power to defy learning disabilities, addictions, marital struggles, confusion, despair, etc.
Unfortunately, E.F. Hutton & Co. lost their integrity and lost their authority. It is journeying long and hard to regain its reputation. Think about whose reputation we represent when we teach and write in His name.
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Dec 27, 2017 10:56 AM
Many Christians hesitate to use apologetics in their teaching and writing ministries. Some do not feel qualified. Others believe it unnecessary. There is also the belief that reason does not bring one to trust in Jesus.
Let’s consider each objection.
Not qualified. The area of apologetics already has experts. We have access to their knowledge by the way of videos, books and conferences. We need not be an expert. Being a seeker yourself is a way of engaging others. Sprinkling questions into your lessons and writing and leading to a conclusion through Bible verses is a humble way to help others strengthen the reason they believe.
Teaching apologetics is unnecessary. Holding out truth in a truthless culture is not easy, but it is necessary. Britannica defines postmodernism as skepticism, relativism and the mistrust of reason. Christians define it as a difficult atmosphere in which to teach the Bible. But ask any popular apologetics expert with recent bestselling books and they will tell you interest in the subject is high. According to Ken Ham’s books Already Gone, Already Compromised and Ready to Return, teaching the why of Christian belief is as important today as teaching what to believe.
The fact is apologetics matters in a culture where myths reign. Culture has given God a reputation that is nothing like what He says about Himself. Biblical illiteracy is high. Barna’s State of the Church 2016 reports almost half of Americans, 48%, are post-Christian. They do not read the Bible, and they’ve never made a commitment to Jesus. This doesn’t stop them, however, from having opinions like Jesus was a sinner and the Bible is inaccurate.
Reason does not bring a person to salvation. Reason alone does not bring one to a complete trust in Jesus, but it opens the door. In our culture reason is exalted. Pseudo-scientific reasoning assaults God’s revelation of Himself in schools, colleges, movies, art and music. It has affected the Church for decades. Removing barriers to belief is important for many people.
The most popular Christian apologists were former atheists. Why? They know the barriers that kept them from putting trust in Jesus, and they know breaching those barriers allowed what seemed impossible to become possible.
By introducing apologetics in our teaching and writing, we remove stumbling blocks to belief in Jesus set up by our culture. Our goal is not providing an answer to every question. We don’t have them anyway. It is creating an atmosphere of possibility and a condition for trust. It is building a foundation of knowledge that can be passed on to others.
So the answer to the question, "Why teach apologetics?" is because it impacts men, women and children for Jesus.