always amazed at Christians who cheat on obedience. I’ve come to
believe that those who think they can pick and choose which
instructions to obey are those who never really lived a “bad”
life. They grew up in a pretty decent home and they’ve lived a
pretty decent life. They don’t know how desperately dangerous it is
never been part of that group.
know what spiritual death looks like
remember thinking, “I didn't reach the bottom but I could see it
clearly from where I stood.”
of us who have lived far from God know just how desperately we need,
we literally need Jesus for our survival.
me to live is Christ. He is the object of my deepest dedication, my
most devoted love. To live for Jesus is the whole of my life, its
source, its sustenance, its everything. All else (my love for my wife
and children, my dedication to any work that I’m doing, my
compassion for those less fortunate etc.) flows from that source.
anything good has come out of the first thirty years of my life, if
there is any joy to come from being such a God rejecting loser, it’s
that I’ve seen my desperate need for Jesus in every area. There is
no area of my life where obedience is optional. Where ever I justify disobedience, I suffer and so do those who are in contact with me. Change me Lord and make me whole again.
know how atheists almost never venture outside of the Old Testament lest
they run into teachings of Jesus that convict them of wrong? And you
know how atheists accuse Christians of cherry-picking verses to make
our case? Do you think atheists ever do the same thing? Like, have
you ever seen them ranting about this?
19: 32-34 -
Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and
revere your God. I am the LORD. When an alien lives with you in your
land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated
as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself. I am the LORD your
this bastard has to do is say,"Heavenly
Father, in Jesus' name I repent of my sins and open my heart to let
Jesus come inside of me. I come before you to say that I’m guilty.
I admit to you that I’ve done horrible things to many people.
Jesus, You are my Lord and Savior and even though I’m a degenerate
scum, I believe you died for my sins and you were raised from the
dead. Fill me with your Holy Spirit. Thank You Father for saving me
in Jesus' name. Amen.” See. Anybody
gets to go to heaven. You accept Jesus as your personal lord and
savior and whatever you’ve done, it no longer matters. Ignoring
that you might have even killed a child? NOT IMPORTANT. Because
according to the New Testament, all you have to do is ask for
forgiveness and BAMMO. Get out of hell free card. Fuck That!"
This was written by an atheist woman who was judging someone who she was certain was a worse human than she. Without knowing what they're asking for, atheists demand justice - for those who they think are worse - which is pretty much everyone. But that's not their biggest mistake.
atheists say, “it no longer matters [what you’ve done],” why
are they wrong? How are they wrong?
fail to comprehend that what you’ve done, no more than that, who
you are matters so much that it cost Jesus His very life to cover the
cost of yoursins and
to repair the damage of yoursinful
they don’t get that, the concept of grace is an abomination to the
atheist mind. They seem unable to think far enough ahead to a time
when more than anything else in the world, they will cry out for
grace, but it will be too late.
of people, even some who call themselves Christians think that if
things are going well, then God must love them and if life is filled
with sorrow and loss, then God must be angry.
IS love. Jesus coming to earth to die for you proves it.
circumstances say nothing about your right standing with Him. He is
the source of life for you and everyone else. It is His job to
transform you into someone who resembles Jesus, and reality is, that transformation
only comes under intense trial and tribulation.
of course want nothing to do with transformation. They want, no, they
demand ease of life each day and every day and if it's not forthcoming they use that as an excuse to reject their Creator.
Him take you where you need to go and let Him change you as you need
to grow. Let Him take the suffering that comes naturally with our
time on earth and let Him defeat the evil inherent within that suffering.
Creator God can be trusted absolutely. He will never do you wrong.
once had an atheist accuse me of making my decisions based upon
emotion. Honestly, I don't even know what he was talking about but I
can tell you that ever since Descartes, atheists have seen emotions
as inferior to reason. Only reason, the say, is a reliable guide to
truth. Therefore the meaning behind emotions is ignored and that
ignoring is seen as a personal strength. Well, I'd say that
the results suggest otherwise.
in four adults in America seek professional help for anxiety. One in
six seek help for depression. Seeking escape from our fear and grief
and sadness is practically a full-time job in North America. Whether
it's sports or mood altering chemicals, or work or relationships,
mistaking those things that distract us from life for life itself is
ubiquitous in the West. We're obsessed with the lives of celebrities.
Tens of millions of supposedly reason-based people watch the most
mind numbing crap on television. We join the newest diets and buy the newest gadgets as
soon as they hit the stores. We believe the sales pitch that
introduces us to a new fear or need that can only be resolved, says
the pitch, by buying their product. We'll go after anything that
helps us deny that the existence of sorrow and fear and grief are
normal parts of life. Being “happy” every hour of every day has
become an expectation.
problem is, distracting ourselves from difficult emotions and/or
situations allows those difficulties to grow and metastasize into
other areas and relationships. We in the West actually see the
development of ignoring our strong emotions as a “skill.” This
causes us to treat the symptoms and ignore the root problems.
on the other hand goes right to the root of our issues. Jesus was
known as a “man of sorrows, well acquainted with grief and
suffering.” Jesus did not avoid the hardships of life. He stepped
into the middle of reality and then He said, “Follow Me, be like
Me, do in your relationships what I did in My relationships.”
of course is what atheists hate. In fact they rail against God for
allowing difficulties, pain and suffering in the world. Rather than
pretending to deal with pain like a stoic, Jesus shows us how to
endure pain without denying its existence, to transcend suffering
without pretending it isn't awful, to escape loss without resorting
Silverman is of course a hard-core atheist relativist. No concept of
objective morality enters his life. Or so he claims. He may be right.
Here's an example. What do you think?
say David had spent the morning making sure that some cheerleaders at
a small rural school stopped praying to God. This kind of thing
really gets atheists jacked up and David was ready to go at them all
day long. In fact David had told his wife that he wouldn't be home
till late. Surprisingly the young girls were easily intimidated and
said they'd quit praying as of that moment. David gave a shrug of
success and headed home – early.
came in the front door of his home and was about to say, “Honey,
I'm home,” when he heard some noises from upstairs. It sounded like
his wife was in physical trouble. She was moaning, and gasping for
breath. He ran up the stairs, two at a time. When David got to the
bedroom door there was his wife humping their best friend. The noises
she was making were not from physical distress but from extreme
the hell are you doing?” screamed Silverman.
and turning to look back over her shoulder, David's wife said, “What
am I doing? What does it look like I'm doing?” She gave a grin at
her bedroom partner and shuddered with remembered pleasure.
out” Silverman yelled at their so-called friend. “If I ever catch
you with my wife again I'll kill you!”
is wrong with you?” David's wife asks. “We're having some fun.
Besides, what are you doing coming home in the middle of the
her question, David fumed, “This is so not okay.”
to me, you stupid bitch. Not only are you screwing around with who
knows how many men, but you lied to me. When we got married you told
me that being faithful was important to you.”
“It was. I guess I changed my mind.”
reiterated, “You lied to me. How can I ever trust you again?”
like you can't, I guess. You're not going to tell me that's wrong,
is wrong. Screwing around on your partner is wrong!”
to me. How dense can you be?”
according to me, it isn't wrong. What makes your opinion any better
than my opinion?”
says it's wrong.”
society? Lot's of people have open marriages. I guess I belong to a
group that thinks it okay to explore my sexuality when I want, where
I want and with whomever I want. Have you ever considered that maybe
it's your prudish morality that's wrong? Listen to Greta Xtina. She'd agree with me. And your friend Dawkins says
that it's abusive to expect husbands and wives to remain monogamous.
And isn't it you who says that nothing is right or wrong? Just a
couple days ago in Boston you said, “Sometimes life sucks. We need
to accept that and support each other when it happens.” Isn't that
exactly what you said to those at the atheist memorial service?
Sometimes life sucks and I guess that for you, this is one of those
times. Relax David. Hey, I could use one more orgasm. You up for it?”
you think that's how the hard-core relativist David Silverman would
handle this situation? Or does he, like all other atheists, say
morality is relative but actually live as though it's objective?
I'm sitting in my kitchen working on a solution to Bernoulli's
Brachistrochrome Problem, and I look out the window. I've been told
that because of the harsh and ever changing Continental Weather
Patterns, living in Saskatchewan develops character. Well I have to
tell you, this weather has gone way beyond character-building.
almost the end of April and there is still .5 metre of snow in the
backyard. This morning the temperature was 26 degrees below the
seasonal norm. We've had seven months of snow and my character is
just to make sure I tip over the edge, I've got 5 little kids
practising the “Cup Song” at the table behind me.
have all heard people say a hundred times over, for they seem never
to tire of saying it, that the Jesus of the New Testament is indeed a
most merciful and humane lover of humanity, but that the Church has
hidden this human character in repellent dogmas and stiffened it with
ecclesiastical terrors till it has taken on an inhuman character.
This is, I venture to repeat, very nearly the reverse of the truth.
The truth is that it is the image of Christ in the Churches that is
almost entirely mild and merciful.”
you ever been in a building or room that’s new to you; without any
good source of light? I remember as a child I was visiting my cousin
on his farm. We were playing in the upper floor or loft of the barn.
It was pretty much full of hay bales but enough of them were spread
around that it was perfect for chasing each other around. With
evening approaching and the lights turned off it was perfect for
generating just a little bit of fear. I was running across the floor
and jumped over a couple bales, thinking that I would hide behind
them. Instead, my feet hit nothing but air and within a second I
found myself lying in a manger - on the main floor. I’d gone
completely through a hole in the floor that had been put there to
push hay down to animals below. The hole, barely bigger than the
width of my body, could have inflicted some pretty good bruises had I
hit the sides. I never touched a thing. I went straight down into
some soft hay and was now looking straight into the eyes of a big
black Angus bull. He looked back at me like humans falling out of the
sky happened quite regularly. I scrambled to my feet, climbed out of
the stall and made a mental note to never jump into the unknown
is like that. We are strangers on earth, foreigners not knowing which
customs are important, which are vulgar or dangerous. That is why the
light of the Gospel is so precious. It presents and unfailing guide
for any and every situation. In the light of Jesus' purity, the true
and dangerous nature of sin is laid out for us to see clearly.
the saying goes - I know the Sun exists, not because I can see it,
but because of the Son, I can see everything else clearly.
the recent bombing in Boston, there was a huge outpouring of insult
and anger from atheists over the interfaith service.
(those who mock and ridicule faith and treat with disdain, derision and contempt those who
live by faith in Creator God) felt terribly offended that they weren't invited to
speak at this interfaith service.
fact, atheists who posted their thoughts were certain that they would
find no comfort at such an event and so, in a huge pout they refused
so I wonder, if there had been an atheist memorial service, if there had been a purely
secular event, what words of comfort would an atheist say? What words
of comfort would an atheist say that wouldn't have been said at
the interfaith service?
words of hope?
words of assurance?
words of life would an atheist say at a time of tragic death? I mean,
besides the usual, “God is evil. God is a monster for causing such
an awful thing to happen. Christians are idiots for praying at a time
At such a gathering of the proud and godless, I would anticipate the same old saprogenic crap that one encounters every day on atheist blogs.
had several major surgeries over the last few decades. Five to be
exact. In four of them I've awakened with a catheter already
inserted. On one occasion however, and for the life of me I can't
remember for which surgery it was, the catheter was inserted prior to
was done in a teaching hospital.
that doesn't mean anything to you, thank whom or whatever it
is to which you attribute your salubrious
and arbitrary good fortune.
bed upon which I'm lying is wheeled into a small ice cold room where
I'm forced to stare at a row of cupboards, tan in colour, in silence
for 15 minutes. The doctor arrives through a door behind me and with
him, I can hear, are several medical students, probably nurses
although I can't be certain. They gather round and greet me with such
cheer and wide smiles I think that perhaps they've also discovered
that I have terminal cancer and are hoping I won't find out until after
realizing that all of the students are female, my eyebrows,
synclinal with despair, never left that furrowed position throughout the ordeal. My heart sinks as quickly as my respiratory rate rises.
All of the nurses could become cosmetic and/or bathing suit models if
their medical career goes south. Pathetic or not, I want beautiful
women to think highly of me. I prepare to be utterly and completely
doctor invites his students to join the colloquium
now being held between my legs, feet in stirrups. Picture the doctor,
head sighted perfectly on a line from the tip of my nose and belly
button, with eight other heads gathered round, some only 20
centimetres from my rectum.
I wipe good enough?
yes, I know. Women giving birth go through this all the time. The
thing is, women were MADE to be able to handle this kind of stuff.
Men are different! Please smile. It was said as a joke.
doctor grabs hold of my penis and pulls. And pulls. And pulls until
I'm certain that what these women are looking at resembles a brand
new Dixon #2B pencil.
Lord Jesus, could you not just let me die right now?”
I say that out loud?
have something far more amusing to look at.
try to believe they only want to learn.
don't even remember the insertion of the foreign object. Where is
that “Men in Black” memory eraser thing when you need it most?
1940, Camus married again. His second wife was Francine Faure.Although never divorced, Francine
suffered immensely from Albert’s
persistent and public infidelities.”
a handsome stone farm house for his family in Province. (Mr, Camus’
young Danish mistress often stayed at
the farm house nearby.”
neither believed in God nor accepted the specific morality of
Christianity. He liked to think of
himself as instinctively pagan, a man in love with the tangible
pleasures of this earth rather than the blessings of Heaven.”
R., On Camus.
Belmont, California: Wadworth Philosophers Series, 2001, 3, 5, 7
ask the children of adulterous parents how much fun it is to have the
adults in their lives set aside Biblical morality.
you have, you'll have heard it in reference to atheists and their
sardonic ideas about people who wrote the Bible.
actually believe that we are not only more intelligent than those who
lived several thousand years ago, they think that we're more morally
advanced. In my opinion, one must be totally out of touch with reality to be able to hold those beliefs.
among us who display chronological snobbery actually believe that
newness is automatically a virtue and that oldness is a vice. These
people believe that there is a “Best Before Date” on truth. They
fail to notice that truth and beauty and goodness are not determined
by time. They fail to notice that ideas are not inferior just because
they are “old” nor are ideas valuable just because they are
Dawkins says, “it's a sign of historical
puerility to see the writings of one century through the politically
tinted glasses of another.” Yet this is exactlyhow Dawkins reads both the Old and New Testaments.
Sadly so too do those who follow the example of their High Priest.
view of humanity is dropping like a rock. All things being equal,
I've only got 10 to 15 years left on this planet and my despair over
how stupid we are is peaking way too early.
week I saw an atheist blog where the author proudly asked, “Has any
Christian ever asked why the names of the New Testament writers are
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul and so on?” This atheist thought
that he had stumbled on a sure fire case of Bible tampering because
he saw names that sounded “nothing like Middle Eastern names.”
had to quickly click to a different blog because reading that made my
sadness plummet even further. I think I felt a tear run down my
suppose I should have returned to point out, “Did you notice that
none of the other words in your Bible are in Greek either? You see,
you're reading an English translation of documents originally written
in Greek. Therefore you're reading names that are English derivatives
of Greek names which may have also come from Hebrew or Aramaic
names.” Matthew - Levi Mark - Markus Luke - Lukas John - Ioannes Paul - Paulus and for what it's worth Jesus - Yeshua
couldn't go back. Sometimes atheist bloggers just break my heart for
the condition of humanity.
don't get me wrong. Christians, including me have said really stupid
things as well. But as every atheist knows, we Christians are stupid.
It's expected of us. Why even Richard Dawkins has stated, “Thinking
is anathema to Christians.”
Brights who love to show off their Beautiful Minds, just like Justin
Bieber likes to stroll half naked through airports to show off his
you ever notice how atheists almost always miss the big picture?
Perhaps they can't help it.
After all, no one reads the Bible as
literally as do atheists.
It's like they're completely unaware that
different genres of writing exist, and what's more they exist within
the covers of the Bible. As well, atheists seem oblivious to the fact that different authors have the right to emphasize different aspects of an event. Because of this, atheists will do things
like endlessly argue whether there was one angel or two angels at the
tomb of Jesus. Were their two women or more than two women at the
tomb of Jesus? Are these accidental contradictions or are they
deliberate fabrications? Never once realizing that all the accounts are correct, for centuries atheists have been arguing
over these details, and all the while missing the big picture –
tomb was empty
grave clothes lay there like an empty cocoon
had risen from the dead!
atheists will roll on the floor laughing at the absurdity of a
talking snake. And they'll mock and ridicule those of us who hold to
the Christian paradigm of original sin. Now, I don't know what the
account in Genesis means. Is it literally true? Is it metaphor? An
allegory? What I do know is this. Atheists have once again missed the
big picture. Every single one of us who have ever lived or ever will
live are fundamentally flawed with a sin nature that produces a
corrupt self-love that is destroying us and our planet. So corrupt
are we that those who deny the Christian paradigm actually believe
they are good people.
atheists attack, just let it go. They don't know any better. They're
drowning in details and are hobbled by the paralysis of analysis and there is nothing that you or I can do about
my surprise, it turned out that members of more fundamentalist faiths
experienced greater hope, were more optimistic when faced with
adversity, and were less likely to be depressed than their
counterparts. Indeed, the people most susceptible to pessimism and
depression were the Unitarians, especially those who were atheists.
The presence of so many rules didn’t debilitate people; instead, it
seemed to empower them. Many of their choices were taken away, and
yet they experienced a sense of control over their lives. This study
was an eye-opener: Restrictions do not necessarily diminish a sense
of control, and freedom to think and do as you please does not
necessarily increase it."
Sheena Iyengar, professor at Columbia University
It seem to sadden and enrage atheists to leave organised religion because it told them what to do, only to enter organised atheism and have A+ tell them what to do.
some reason, and I'm not sure why, those who consider themselves to be
the most logical and rational among us never seem to say, “I'm an
atheist because there is evidence that this is a material universe
always, “I'm an atheist because I don't believe what those other
is odd coming from those who say they never believe anything unless
it's been scientifically proven. Perhaps that's why atheists have
repeatedly revised the definition of the term, atheist. It's gone
does not exist, TO
probably doesn't exist, TO
don't believe in God, TO
a non believer in gods.”
have chosen this last definition because a “non belief” doesn't
require evidence. Materialists think that this gets them off the hook for
holding a belief that does require supporting evidence. You
see, atheists may fancy themselves as someone who is just a
non believer in gods, but they DO believe this is a material universe
only. And since that's what they DO believe, wouldn't you think, as
logical, rational people, they'd want some evidence for that?
they really were
logical and rational, those who claim to be scientifically based
thinkers would instead be saying something like:
don't believe that material things can begin to exist without an
external cause because this has never been observed, tested or
don't believe that everything material can come from literally
nothing material without a material cause, because this has never
been observed, tested or verified.
don't believe that an infinite regress of cause is tenable, because
this has been scientifically refuted.
don't believe that the material infinite is tenable, because this has
been scientifically refuted.
I'm not going to change the definition of nothing to mean there was
actually something because this is a ludicrous, absurd, illogical and
an irrationally desperate thing to do.
give me one example of these things occurring and I'll start
believing that this is a material universe only, i.e. I'll start
being an atheist.
then, I must believe that a Creator of some sort is the most logical
explanation of why there is something rather than nothing. In fact
until the above scientific facts are overturned, I'll accept that the
existence of a mathematically precise, life supporting, moral
universe is best explained by the existence of an immaterial Creator."
some reason, and I'm not sure why, those who consider themselves to
be the most logical and rational among us expend great amounts of
time and energy explaining that they don't believe in an immaterial
God because there is no material evidence for Him, other than the
existence of, you know, everything.
question to the atheist is, “Why do you care what other people
believe?” Why do you spend so much time trying to take apart the
beliefs that other people possess in an entity you “never even
think about?” Wouldn't you be far better off trying to find
scientific evidence to support what youdo believe,
rather than ignoring the science that refutes your beliefs?
Theist and atheist physicists are in agreement on a few key points.
Notably, because matter, space, time, and energy are properties of
the universe, they cannot be the cause of the universe. Therefore,
whatever the cause of the universe is, it must be immaterial,
spaceless, timeless, and energy-less. But God and nothing are just
that – immaterial, spaceless, timeless and energy-less.
since science is not and never will be capable of examining things of
an immaterial, spaceless, timeless and energy-less nature, deciding
whether God or nothing is the best candidate for the cause of these
can, ultimately, only done philosophically. So we must decide whether
an eternally existent consciousness (God), or nothing is the best
candidate for having creative properties. And unless one is an
ideologically driven atheist, the choice is clear. How and why the
majority of the most important contributors to modern physics have
concluded that God is the best explanation. Theism is the view which
is by far most compatible with modern physics and what we know re:
cause and effect."
an episode of “The Office” the boss, Michael said, I think to
Dwight, “Money cannot buy happiness. Do you know what the source of
happiness is? Joy.”
know, it’s “Far Side” cartoon level humour but it got a laugh
out of me. What’s that got to do with this post. Mmm, like much of
what I write, this post includes a large dose of non sequitur
comments, but here it is, When we are not able to express gratitude
for all of our past and even our present, it removes from us the
ability to be completely hopeful about the what’s coming at us from
I can see how God has worked in every aspect of my past, especially
in the most difficult portions of my past, I actually look with
anticipation to see what He will do in me as future difficulties
unfold. Because I am grateful for past difficulties, future
difficulties hold only promise of maturity and growth. God is so very
good to me.
every atheist there is a Salieri to our Mozart as God’s chosen
people. As Salieri said to God (in the movie), “From now on we are
enemies, you and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a
boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy (isn’t that exactly how
atheists view Christians?) . . . You are unjust, unfair, unkind
(isn’t that exactly how atheist view Creator God?)! I will block
You. I swear it. I will hinder and harm Your creature here on earth
as far as I am able. I will ruin Your incarnation.
had a friend, Ziffle. Atheist to the core. A lot of fun. I share the following reminiscence. We're at a party. Standing room only with not only the house but both front an
back yards full of people coming and going. Cars lined up down the
block and around the corners in both directions. For some reason
several members of the University football team are in attendance. Big
in the living room grinning with disbelief as a good looking female
seems genuinely enthralled with my bass air guitar. Brian H. sitting
on the couch at 12:00, throws his head back in laughter at the sight.
I smile back thinking, “I can't help it if I'm lucky.” One
of the football players, across the room to my right at 3:00 has
taken his shirt off to show a gorgeous girl why he was the right pick
for Defensive End. The music was loud, but the sound of a kitchen
table with chrome legs sliding, a thump on the floor and a kind of
“Whoa” and “Ooo and Ahh” going up from the crowd in the
kitchen grabbed my attention. My mood instantly turned supercilious
toward any girl who would be enthralled by someone stupid enough to
do an air guitar at a party. Spinning on my
heal, almost nauseous at the image of me playing an air guitar,I made my way to the kitchen.
on the floor was a girl, passed out drunk, flat on her back. The
chair she'd been sitting on was being reset, red plastic seat up,
legs down. You would be wrong if you thought that the people staring
down at the floor were looking only at the passed out girl. For
straddling this girl, on his knees, was my friend Ziffle. He'd hiked
up her T-shirt (this was in the days when no self-respecting feminist
would wear a bra) and – wait for it – he has an ice-cube in each
hand and he's rubbing each cube around the tip of each breast –
i.e. Nipple. Left hand clockwise. Right hand counter clockwise. More
or less in unison. Ziffle's look is one of intense concentration.
if you think this is similar to modern day sexual assaults that make
the News every few months, you would be wrong.
of all there are no cell phones > no pictures. No one is laughing
or making fun. Although if I remember correctly there are some smiles
and a “get a load of this,” type remark here and there. The
reason for this is,
Ziffle is practising medicine.
had nothing to do with sex. Well, it only has a little bit to do with
sex. Ziffle had read somewhere that rubbing ice cubes on the bosom
(or bosoms if you like) of a female who'd been rendered unconscious
by copious amounts of alcohol would bring her back to a counscious
awareness of people staring at her lying on a floor or sidewalk or
some such more or less flat area. “It might even save her life!”
says Ziffle to the crowd. “No shit. I read about it.”
was at about this point where the shirtless and utterly maleficfootball player shouted, “What are you doing to my
never liked that word. It sounds crude, even rude. Bosom, breasts,
chest, on occasion maybe even boobs or knockers. They're all fine.
But not – well – you know. Not that one. I don't like the sound
of it and I don't think much of those who use it.
a terrific amount of violence within a remarkably short period of
time, we were driving Ziffle to the hospital to
mend what looked like, but as it turned out was not a broken jaw or
fractured cheek bones. All the way to Emergency he openly grieved his
inability to see the profitable results of his medical intervention. His glasses were never recovered.
is now a Social Worker. A Christian. Married with grown children.
it comes to the origin of life, we have only two possibilities as to
how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution;
the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third
possibility. Spontaneous generation was scientifically disproved one
hundred years ago by Louis Pasteur, Spellanzani, Reddy and others.
That leads us scientifically to only one possible conclusion — that
life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept
that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God.
Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically
impossible, spontaneous generation arising to evolution.”
wish that was a constant in my life. Oh, sure, God has brought me a
long way, but I want more and more. I want to love more consistently,
care more intensely, help more practically, forgive always in
thought, word, and deed. I want humility and gentleness - everything
that never used to be me. I want to reach through the thin places
more consistently to experience Jesus more intimately and
purposefully. I want to “grow in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour.” I want to attain the blessings that come with obedience.
I want the joy that comes from knowing and being known by Him.
afraid that if you don’t long to know Jesus more, it says that you
probably don’t know Him at all.
devoted friend draws out a life that is devoted to increasing
yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2.
incredible just how much of the Bible is dedicated to describing
prayer; either written copies, or prayers said, or talking about the
principle of prayer.
remember a Pastor saying something like, “If something is
mentioned in the Bible once, pay attention. If it’s mentioned twice
or more, pay close attention.” Communion with our Creator is very
important to our emotional and spiritual well-being. If prayer plays
a large role in the Bible, it needs to be a large role in our lives
a command from Paul, someone who knew that to walk with God is to
talk with God. The longer I walk with God the more important I
realize my prayer life to be. Thank you Father for revealing yourself
to us through Creation, through Your Word, through Your Spirit.
Republican leaders in Congress received a dire warning on Tuesday
from former Vice President Dick Cheney on the ongoing crisis in North
lawmaker present at the session, Rep. Steve Southerland of Florida,
said Cheney wore a cowboy hat and "spoke
really clearly, lucidly.”
in deep doo doo,” Cheney told lawmakers, according to a GOP
leadership aide. “We
just need to make sure that we don't assume why he's doing what he's
doing because he could be doing what he's doing for any number of
a man seeing hell without at the same time perceiving salvation
through Jesus - his reasoning must begin to wobble. Pseudo-evangelism
makes and enormous blunder when it insists on conviction of sins as
the first step to Jesus. When we have come to the place of seeing
Jesus, then He can trust us with the facing of our sin."
you ever felt like that? Have you ever wanted to feel like that? Is
it something only for superheros in movies? For teenagers? For
someone on cocaine? Listen to this!
we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it
often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where
God is making new life, not a day goes by without His unfolding
grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming
good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more
here than meets the eye. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but
on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen
is eternal.” 2nd
“Message” says, “We’re not giving up.” The NIV translation
says, “So we do not lose hope.” Paul is saying and I’ve found
that what he says is true, that there is a way to encounter life that
literally makes us invincible, impervious to the attacks of life. It
doesn’t mean that we don’t take some hits, that we don’t become
wounded. What it means is that we cannot be beaten. Resilience is
ours to be had. This ability is not built on wealth or power or
looks. It is built - wait for it - on what cannot be seen. Victory is
assured by fixing out spiritual eyes on what cannot be detected with
I hear groans? So what do you want, victory or something that agrees
with your philosophy? Do you want victory over life or popularity?
you want to be able to love extravagantly or do you want to bail when
the going gets tough?
kind of person would choose to ignore and reject that kind of gift?
that you are accepted by God by sheer grace is profoundly humbling.
The people who are fanatics, then, are not so because they are too
committed to the Gospel, but because they are not committed enough.
Think of the people you consider fanatical. They’re overbearing,
self-righteous, opinionated, insensitive, and harsh. Why? It’s not
because they are too Christian but because they are not Christian
enough. They are fanatically zealous and courageous, but they are not
fanatically humble, sensitive, loving, empathetic, forgiving, or
understanding - as Jesus was. What strikes us as overly fanatical is
actually a failure to be fully committed to Jesus and His
myself, who most people would describe as borderline incompetent in
most everything I try to accomplish, my old friend Bob True succeeds
where most have failed. This is nowhere demonstrated more clearly
than when Bob tried to “surprise” the Dean of Boy's Dorm #3 at
the school where both Bob and I did time.
story goes like this.
Dean, a spaghetti thin, limp-wristed, squeaky voiced Christian shared
a place in the hearts of both Bob and me that was dark and dangerous.
While we could not specifically name the crimes that this man had
committed, we both agreed that he was vile and deserving of the worst
that two grade ten boys could conceive. And so (this was all Bob's
idea) an extension cord was purchased at the local “Home Hardware.”
The female end (of the extension cord) was snipped, and wires were
bared. Sinister smiles were exchanged as we both anticipated . . .
well, we didn't exactly know what to anticipate but we were certain
the results would be spectacular.
night the Dean of Boy's Dorm #3 did room checks. He especially did
room checks on the rooms of we who had gradually throughout the year
been moved from other floors down to the first floor where he, the
Dean, wouldn't have to race, leaping two or three stairs at a time,
in order to catch whomever it was causing at ruckus after lights out.
wires were carefully screwed into the locking mechanism on the door.
Bob, who normally slept on the top bunk, crouched by the plug-in. He said not to worry, he could
jump into bed before numb-nuts makes it through the door, IF he even
made it through the door.
any attempt to keep from waking us up (See! that's one of the crimes
that ignited our hatred), the key was shoved into the lock. The
extension cord was shoved into the outlet.
shower of sparks.
mean, the whole dorm went black. Moaning could be heard from the
other side of the door. Was that the smell of smoke and burnt human
hair that wafted under the door?
may not believe this, but I swear it's the truth. Nothing happened.
Nothing happened! No pounding on the door. Certainly no attempt at re
entry via the locking mechanism. No calls to parents. No trips to the
Principal's Office. When, the next day, the Dean appeared with a
severely wrapped arm, ticked off names as students entered the
dining hall for breakfast, not even eye contact was made. Or so I'm
told, because none was made on my part either.
would seem that only sheer luck, and the immediate blowing of the
breaker kept a profoundly stupid act (It was all Bob's idea) from
turning into an event that would have gotten me kicked out of school
a whole year sooner than when it actually happened.
the Dean? He retired that summer. He was never really cut out for a
job like that. I heard he was teaching swimming lessons at a Bible
camp somewhere in Manitoba.
know how atheists rarely venture outside of the Old Testament lest
they run into teachings of Jesus that convict them of a deep need for
forgiveness? And you know how atheists accuse Christians of
cherry-picking verses to make our case? Do you think atheists ever do
the same thing? Do you think you will ever see or hear an atheist ranting about this?
19:10 - Do not go over your
vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave
them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.
riches are seldom possessed by leaders of countries or corporations
without the oppression of their citizens, employees or investors.
Immense riches are seldom gained without the willingness to rape and
plunder the earth. Unlike
their neighbours, and unlike our modern industrial societies, people
in ancient Israel (those who atheists call dim-witted bronze-age goat
herders) were to make sure they did nothing to take advantage of each
Mercy and Justice were then and are today to be the hallmark of God's