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Why is everyone so mean?


In all my 62 years on this earth I have never known people to be so mean and hateful.

Sure, there have always been bullies but not to the extent there is today. It has become extreme and belligerent.bully

As one who was always smaller than most of those in my class age group, I was picked on a lot. Many gave me nicknames like, “little bit” or “shorty’ or “redhead” but it was rare the accusations were directed to annoy or offend me. That isn’t the case today.

We have become a society of loathing and abhorrence because of a lack of discipline, not to mention the enemy has been on a roaring rampage for decades.  That’s no excuse. We have to change this hostile atmosphere.

My daughter was going through a lot during her younger years. As a child of a single parent in an area where divorce had not hit to the high percentage rates of today, she was bullied by a classmate. She was only 6 or 7 when this young girl began insulting and tormenting her along with a few of her miserable friends. For a while, I paid little attention to her complaints. As time passed, it was quite noticeable she wasn’t making any of this up.

My concern grew to a breaking point when I would pick her up from school only to find her crying. She was already dealing with enough without the harassment of an obviously spoiled and jealous child.

The next day I called the principal and asked to meet with her teacher along with the student in question. The appointment was made for that afternoon.

The teacher, appeared to have no idea at all this had been happening. In fact, she made it clear to me this child I was accusing was a perfect student with top grades but so was my daughter. Only my daughter wasn’t hateful and mean to the other students.  The bully watched me speaking to her teacher with total dread in her eyes.

She knew she had been caught. It was apparent she played the innocent, sweet child with the teacher but treated others with distaste and mockery when the teacher wasn’t around.

I made it clear to the teacher what wasn’t going to happen any more and if it did there would be consequences for her and the student. The teacher allowed me to speak directly to the bully. She sheepishly approached me as I laid the groundwork for future classes with my daughter and that she would never again speak to her much less bully her. I told her I knew exactly what she was doing and to stop it immediately. I  told her  I would not hesitate to call her mother and inform her of her obstinate behavior and get a restraining order against her. The child left the room with the fear of God in her by the time I finished. The teacher was very appreciative of my visit but also quite aware that I meant business.

That child never bothered my daughter again.

For years, many childish bullies like this one have been getting away with their distasteful rhetoric and in some cases violence. We have laws that haven’t been enforced but should be that would help close the door on such vile conduct.

The decision I made to handle this the way I did, came about after much prayer and seeking God for answers as to how to deal with it. As a nation, we need to be searching God’s heart for His guidance to find solutions to steer people in His direction.

NO one gets away with anything. Any maybe that needs to be preached on every street corner in America.

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You know that Bridge over Troubled Water?


Reading a recent article about Art Garfunkel, I was saddened by his words.

The year was 1970. The hit song, “A Bridge over Troubled Water” rang through the air waves internationally. The lyrics and music along with Garfunkel’s angelic voice gave it recognition, he and Paul Simon didn’t see coming. Instantaneous fame became their way of life. Even those with a crow’s voice like mine were heard trying to sing it.

I remember hearing it over and over with tears falling from my eyes. The words were so profound one couldn’t ignore their touch.

When you’re wearysimon-and-garfunkel
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side

When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Who would have thought 45 years later the two musical geniuses, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel would remain apart by the very song that was meant to “bridge” people together.

According to the article and Garfunkel’s side of the story, he received the glory and recognition because he sang it; Paul Simon wrote it and was left out of the limelight for his talent and gifting.

The two became bitter, resentful and angry. Simon supposedly broke the two up. Garfunkel became a Math Teacher. Simon went his own way.

Growing up in the same place, they were in high school together. Simon who is a mere 5”2 inches tall and Garfunkel at 6 feet tall became friends as Art felt sorry for the short Paul Simon and became his body guard against bullying and ridicule for his height. I can relate although I didn’t have Art Garfunkel to back me up.

It was during this time the two began what would eventually become one of the greatest musical duos in modern history only to be halted by greed and jealousy.

This division is so relevant today it has become mainline.

People are fighting over the ridiculous.

People are angry over words that appear offensive even when they know it’s a lie.

America is divided by its own greed and jealousy to a point the bridge is almost broken in half.

Reading Paul Simon’s lyrics bring to heart a friendship of backbone, strength and courage to be there for one another in times of pain, darkness and when down and out.

But that is hard to find in these days. Humans have no way of bridging the needs of others without the bridge that is already built.

In 1970 I would have thought his words resonated any best friend a person could have humanly speaking. That may be true to a certain extent, but no one person or persons can fill that gap; not even close.

The bridge is Jesus Christ.

The connector is the Cross of Christ as the redemption for our sins.

He is the one who dry’s our tears, shines his light and eases our pain. He is the dream maker who sails beside us, in front of us and behind us.

Jesus Christ is the bridge upon which the foundation of the world is saved.

He is the bridge who laid down his life for every troubled water we may swim in.

And he is the only bridge that gets us across to the other side in victory.


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Once upon a time…or was it? Or is it?


 

In a little village far away a small group of families that went by the name of “Judah” lived a quiet life. Following the rules as best as they could it was apparent their peace and quiet was about to be jeopardized.

Foreign groups loathed them; hated them so much they wanted to annihilate them. 3 in particular decided to make good on their threats.

What they didn’t know was the God of this group of Judah was mightier than any army or fortress. He had been known to plague Egypt, part seas and rain food from the Heavens.  If they had heard of their God, they paid no attention to the drama that had played out centuries before. Their goal was to get rid of them once and for all.

Knowing the imminent danger Judah was in they cried out to their God for help. There was nothing they could do in the flesh to fight, much less live through a battle of this proportion.

God heard their pleas. He spoke giving them direction and told them what to do.

The next day as the 3 groups planned their attack, Ammon (Al Qaeda), Moab (Hamas) and Mt. Seir (ISIS) Judah appointed singers to praise the Lord in their Priestly garments giving thanks for his mercy and loving kindness to them.

As they began to sing, their God set ambushes against the men of Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) and Mt. Seir (ISIS).  Due to the evil that lurked between these 3, they couldn’t trust each other so the two smaller groups Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) came together and slaughtered the larger group Mt. Seir (ISIS).

Once that battle was finished, the two groups left standing Ammon (Al Qaeda) and Moab (Hamas) destroyed each other; and not one of them was left alive.

Judah praised their God and spent 3 days gathering the spoil/plunder which amounted to cattle, goods, garments and precious things.

 to be continued…..

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He speaks; he really does….Obadiah


 

God continues to wake me up to Obadiah. Just when I think he has told me everything to know about these 21 verses he comes up with more information!jacob-&-esau

Now after spending hours reading and praying over this little book, I have come to enjoy whoever this prophet was without knowing much about him.  He was a man of few words that spoke the truth emphatically.

My first thinking was “how does this prophecy relate to America today?”

By the 6th day of reading Obadiah within the first verse God enlightened me that he was speaking of “Jesus.”

He writes, “Thus says the Lord concerning “Edom.” We have heard tidings from the Lord and an ambassador is sent forth among the nations. Arise and let us rise up against “Edom” for battle.”

Obadiah was prophesying the coming of the Savior. Jesus is the “ambassador” who has already defeated “Edom” or the enemy himself.

His adjectives of describing the outcome of Edom or Satan hold nothing back. Words or phrases such as:

“I will make you small among the nations. You will be exceedingly despised. ” (Verse 2)

“I will bring you down from the mountaintop.” (Verse 4)

“Those who were at peace with you; your allies and confederacy have deceived you. They have set a snare beneath you.” (Verse 7)

“I will destroy the wise men of Edom; they shall be dismayed. Mount Esau will be cut off by slaughter.”
(Verses 7-9)

“You will be shamed and cut off forever.” (Verse 10)

“For as you have done to the nation of Israel, so shall it be done to you.” (Verse 15)

“There shall be no survivor from the house of Esau.” (Verse 18)

The Edomite’s from Esau down hated Jacob’s family and fought for generations to stop them from getting to land God had given them. Cutting them off after they left Egypt, the Israelites had to go around the mountains of Edom instead of going through it. 

The Edomite’s were known for their self-sufficiency; their smug arrogant conceit. Believing no one could stop them or destroy them, they had no gods. In their overconfident minds they needed no gods or were the equivalent themselves.

As you can read, God has no mercy for such thinking.

Obadiah is a written promise of the ultimate battle against Satan. He will be as the Edomite’s were; and are no more. It is noted that the descendants of Esau ended by the year 70 A.D.

Beyond the prophecy of the end time is the replication God infuses to those who do not follow him. Take it as a warning, a red flag of truth and get right with God. He is not fooling around here; he wants people to come to Jesus before it is too late.

Making it clear that God has no clemency for the enemy, he does insert a last note of compassion for anyone who wishes to escape the horrors of “hell.”  Verse 17 he announces deliverance for those who flee to the house of Jacob.

The question remains; are you living in Esau or Jacob’s house? 

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If God is judging America, then he owes Jesus an apology. 

Andrew Wommack

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Intentional Intimidation


Is America the land of the free or the ultimate con?

Have we lowered ourselves so far down we bow to menacing persuasions too frequently? Are we “bailing out” of confrontation to get something done?

Or are we so afraid of offending others we cross our fingers and hope we won’t be labeled intolerant if we don’t back down from the truth?

Idle threats are everywhere.google

Caring about doing the right thing has been enamored into whatever we can get away with. This character flaw is sowing massive division, hate and confusion. For those who breathe such toxins that is their goal. Ram it down the throats of disagreement until the obvious blackmail is so repetitious no one cares anymore; just get it over with. Do something even if it is wrong.

Coning a con is really not that hard. It is called, “a bluff.” Or the truth; The whole truth and nothing but the truth.

The result of no truth is representative of our society today. Bend it, shape it, twist it any way that fits your definition.  Webster’s Dictionary might have to sign up some new words.

The key to “bluffing” a con is to know more truth than the con does. Reverse the bewilderment by tossing them a few nuggets of sterling authenticity and watch them squirm. Words are one of the most powerful forces in the universe.

And God said, “Let there be light.”  He spoke the world into existence.
Ya think a little Godly hint there?

The idea we are to kneel before the thrones of iconic companies, groups of intolerant Pharisees or government entities evading God’s word is like waiting for someone else to pick up your doormat.

Pick it up yourself.

Boldness in Christ is a wonderful blessing.  It becomes a handmaiden of adventure besides a ministry but it is not an overnight enterprise. Lessons are best made in God’s classroom of the world where experience is action at work.

This bravery or some might refer to as “audacity” is not easy for the faint of heart. We who tear up during “Touched by an Angel” must endure the pain of strengthening our compassion for the sake of Christ with tenured prayer and faith. Adding a daring nerve or two built by God himself births one who is truly unashamed of the Gospel. The transformation is an armor equipped with love and a heaping dose of “holy spirit-filled words” befitting a servant fighting for his master.angel warrior

I have witnessed my own reserve reach a plateau of assurance and fortitude not built in my character. The progression is one of recognition over time from spending hours, months and years alone with God. The grace God gives even when we seek him out of desperation is a full education of Biblical fighting power. Along with a degree in “the fire of the Holy Spirit
is a street smart jurisdiction utilizing the awesome name of Jesus.

Life hurls adversity and wretchedness in huge doses at God’s children. The more we align ourselves with God’s word and will a militant expression of an Angelic warrior surfaces. What was once a timid or shy victim is a force to be reckoned with by God’s infusion of wisdom, knowledge and intellect.

As I seek the “graduate” school of the Divine, it is my hope more of God will rub off on me.  Seeking God, giving him your time, your heart and placing him above everything else is a reward you can’t find anywhere else. He comes as a full package deal with a lifetime warranty of abundance of his riches and glory.wolf

Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

Having friends in high places pays well.

Heaven’s clout wins wars.

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