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Truth is Truth and Sin is Sin


In all stances there are adversarial contexts and diversions. But truth is truth and it is the resolve no matter what.

There is no other book like The Bible. It is also the most misinterpreted book ever written. The only way anyone can really understand it is by having and cultivating an intimate and personal relationship with God.

Admitting some stories like the Fall of Jericho, Jonah getting thrown into a whale and talking donkeys could cause questionable thoughts, there is none more controversial than Jesus’s conception. However, believing in God truthfully will deliver anyone from the lies and deceptions written about them.

It is beyond my belief the Supreme Court would actually take our money, time and effort to discuss the basis for marriage definition. Read the Bible.

As this debate heats up professing, knowledgeable Christian’s twist the Bible’s definition that marriage is between one man and a woman.

So is the case of an article by Rebecca Todd Peters titled, “Biblical Marriage is not what you think.”

Her background and education should warrant that of one who gets it; she doesn’t.

Literally speaking she has taken the Biblical contexts of how people were living in adultery, committing vile acts with the same sex and portraying Sodom and Gomorrah as a definition of marriage.

Sure the Old Testament is full of adulterers, concubines, and polygamy; that doesn’t mean God approved. It also doesn’t mean those who sinned sexually didn’t suffer the consequences. They did. We are. Just look at the aftermath of Hagar having Ishmael. Centuries and millennia later the war is on between him and Isaac. It has never stopped. Yet Ms. Peters would have you think it was a willing notion of God to approve. It wasn’t. And he still doesn’t.

David took his best friend’s wife then killed him. Not only did their first born die as a baby, David suffered terribly afterwards for his sin.

Solomon took the cake when it came to wives and concubines. If for no other reason trying to keep so many women happy would be enough to be married to one.

I am not making light of this. My theory as to why God allowed the Bible to include such sin is to show the sin and reveal the consequences that followed.catholic_bible

Just because the prevalence of sexual sin is noted, does not mean God approved of it any more than he did of thievery, murder or lying. Sin is sin.

As far as the Supreme Court taking up this issue, the truth still remains they do not get to define marriage any other way than God’s way.

Any action has been taken by those who wish to live as they choose, suing others who disagree with that lifestyle and pushed the agenda down our throats.

Since sin is sin, why not have all the murderers push to change the laws by allowing people to murder without punishment?

Why not do the same with liars? Cheaters? Idol Worshippers? Rioters who destroy and injure others?

The list goes on and on. No matter the sin it is lawlessness. And with lawlessness comes death. And God is in the business of giving life.

Rebecca Todd Peters

Christian Social Ethicist, Feminist Theologian, and Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University

Ms. Peters got her article printed in the Huffington Post. She gives credence to evil as if it is a right just as the fight for marriage is being argued in the Supreme Court. Her credits and education must give her the notoriety to write such garbage. But it has nothing to do with her training. It is her political correctness opinion along with her own misinterpretation of the Bible.

As far as I am concerned the Supreme Court has no right to touch this issue much less vote on it. It has already been established by God.

And God doesn’t change his mind.

 


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I Beg to Differ (Part 1)


Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.

Isaiah 41:10

As many of you know I lost my father last week. 88 years on this earth is a long time, but God graced his family and friends by allowing him to be with us that long.

In truth, God saved my dad 3 times before he took him April 29 from possible death over the last 30 years.  Each was a miracle and dad bounced back resuming his witty sense of humor while recovering each time.

4 years ago we almost lost him after major surgery that placed him in ICU with a 3 day window of life or death. Remarkably, once again he awakened defying the odds that even his surgeon did not expect. Not only did he survive and struggle to regain his independence, he did it with a clear mind and his satirical funny side. He was a lifeline of upbeat drollness giving the hospital and recovery staff a daily lift.  And then he brought it home.

Dad was a product of consistent prayer and faith he and my mother had for their 64 year marriage.

I write this post as a tribute to both of them for their love for each other and the stable foundation they gave me with God in the center.

The thought of losing him during that time 4 years ago was not on my radar. Literally, I fell apart. Coping with daily life became an emotional drain which landed me in my doctor’s office full of anxiety and panic. My doctor and her nurse are dear friends of mine.  Understanding my inability to move forward we addressed the issues.

Once it all set in I knew it would take more than therapy and Lexapro to arrive at a place of accepting the inevitable even if God gave me a few more years with dad around.

What I discovered over the last 4 years challenges the phrase, “We can never be prepared to lose a loved one or a friend.”

In my next post, I want to share with you God’s provision, comfort and supply he gave me to not only get through dads passing, but exceed that which only God can do in us. I even surprised myself. 

I beg to differ that we can be prepared for the death of anyone. 

To be continued….


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How to Throw a Successful Pity Party


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Inspired by Ellay’s Space, a blogger who wrote about her own quandary of throwing “pity parties” she shed new light on the subject.

http://anxiousandawesome.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/crap-happens-date-edition/

Admitting she had them it was time for a change. What a confession! Most people will have a pity party about their pity party.

Years of illness, heartbreak and “burn out” gave me the opportunity to further my knowledge of how to throw countless and lofty “pity parties.”

Self-pity by definition is indulging in one’s own sufferings, hardships and difficulties as self-absorbed unhappiness.

The source of pity is often found in the sandbox.  Throw it at those you dislike who bully you into feeling sorry for yourself. When you can’t steal your siblings toys or get the same bicycle your friend did down the street, it is a loss of “human rights” not to weep, complain or throw sand in the name of selfishness.

Having mastered this great art in our younger years we move into adulthood; only now we aren’t throwing sand.

The list of civil liberties is almost anything;

⇒Your best friend steals your boyfriend (you were ready to dump him but you don’t want her to have him either)

⇒An uneducated idiot gets the one job you wanted; forget buying that new car

⇒Your marriage falls apartwhine

⇒That friend you had? Just dumped you for a better model

⇒Illness hits you blindsided and you wonder how this could happen to me.

WHY CAN’T I EVER WIN?

Does this sound familiar? The following are assets to a celebrated pity party:

∗Amplify the pain. Whine and moan over all your losses announcing to the world your “heap of troubles.”

∗Remain gloomy. Live in darkness. Throwing graffiti isn’t permitted.

∗Complain to the homeless man.

∗Send a letter to Gweneth Paltrow confirming you know exactly how she feels.

∗Stay in your pajamas all day as a requiem to your position.

∗Sit on the floor and repeat:

        “Everybody hates me. Nobody loves me. Think I’ll eat a worm.”

∗And whatever you do remember the basis for your party is to get as many as possible to simply feel sorry for you.

Getting to the heart of self-pity is understanding the destructive nature it presents. There is nothing good about it. It is a root of depression and fear. Like so many of its friends, despondency, rejection, gloom, anguish, etc. the seed of self-pity sinks deep into our character and nature solidifying a pattern of narcissistic behavior. In other words, “it’s all about me.”

 

What does God say about self-pity?

Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God”

1 Thessalonians 5: 8 “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

God says it was and never will be all about us.

In fact, it isn’t about us at all.1003520_705847879441919_5093802_n

 

 

 

 

 

 


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God pulled a Joseph this week….


Only his name wasn’t Joseph. His name is Dan Cathy. I am sure you have heard his name frequently; especially lately.

As the head honcho of Chick-fil-A, he may have never known the mud he would step in when he stood up for the Biblical view of marriage.

The firestorm began a few weeks ago as he spoke out publicly for marriage between a man and a woman.
What a shock. Who would have thought otherwise?

His family has run their restaurants for years as God guides us to in the Bible. Wonder if that has anything to do with their success? Duh….In 2011 their total revenues were at 4 billion dollars. That’s right 4 and a bunch of 0’s equals billions.

Once the words went viral, opposing sides of the Biblical view of marriage took to the airwaves ripping him apart, calling him a bigot, intolerant and a hater. Wonder if they called the President those names before he announced his stance for Gay marriage? If they did, I never heard it.

I have never met Dan Cathy but think he probably had some conversations with God like,

“God what is going on here? I have lived the way you want and run my business your way. Why have you allowed this? Why can’t they pick on cows instead of my chickens?”

In the midst of this raving mad hit on Christianity, God was working behind the chickens.

August 1, 2012, this past Wednesday had been declared Appreciation day for Chick-fil-A restaurants. Aiding this project was Governor Mike Huckabee who in a short span of 2 weeks spread the word via facebook, internet news and TV reports.

We wanted to show our appreciation for his stance on marriage and to enjoy some of his great food.

God’s people were hungry for his chicken. Wednesday, they turned out in droves across the country. Some restaurants ran out of food.

I didn’t get my chicken salad sandwich after waiting in line almost 45 minutes because there were none left.

People were consuming not only chicken sandwiches, but waffle fries, Peach milkshakes, nuggets, drinks and desserts.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/fantastic-day-at-chic-fil-a-august-1st-2012/

As I stood in line the thought ran through my quick mind,

“I wonder how much money they are going to make today. And what will they do with it?”

What Satan means for evil, God turns into good for his kingdom.

Reading posts last night about the massive turnout one woman who was a Christian wrote that we should have donated money to Chick-fil-A so they could feed the hungry instead of people eating the food themselves.

Only God. As I heard Herman Cain today speaking to Eric Bolling of Fox News I got my answer.

He had spoken with Dan Cathy just yesterday as they have been friends a long time. Mr. Cathy informed Herman Cain they made so much money in that one day they were going to use the entire amount of profits to go to the charitable organizations they always give to. Only it would be records amounts of donations due to a record amount of sales from that one day.

So, not only did we get some great chicken, God is providing enormous amounts of money for his kingdom.

http://stevenwwatkins.com/2012/08/03/you-people/

What began as persecution outright has been reversed.

What started as a war of words made a fortune for God’s people.

What Satan used to appear as despicable and full of deceit, God’s people rose up and shouted through the streets the truth without saying a word.

In a manner of consideration, a quiet and congenial protest brought folks from all over the country to tables of food prepared by the Almighty.

We enjoyed the camaraderie of standing in lines waiting for food, met people we didn’t know and observed employees who have been taught customer service God’s way.

Just like Joseph, God handpicked Dan Cathy to promote the gospel in his humble fashion and most of us unknowing of the outcome of what appeared to be a slam in the face of Jesus.

The bottom line is no one cooks chicken like God.

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/casting-blame-upon-gods-decree/

http://justmyfaithtalking.wordpress.com/2012/08/03/a-spiritual-rsvp/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/08/03/quote-dreams/

http://identitylovefaith.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/pick-your-battles/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/loving-sinners/

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“To Like or Dislike” (Brussel Sprouts)


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dislike button? On facebook, WordPress, email, in your home?

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benefits of a dislike Button:

No comment required.

You dislike it whatever it is.

Your expression is a simple opinion to deter fights, bickering or assault. Or not.

For the most part you are safe from physical attacks unless they track you down.

You can dislike but not hate.

The result may change your life.

Examples for the use of a dislike button:

I don’t like brussel sprouts, licorice and deer meat. (yuck)  Instead of having to describe in detail my disgust for these non-edible, detestable so-called foods I can press the dislike button. The nasty deer meat aroma cooking on the stove makes me feel guilty my husband killed Bambi. So if pressing a button eliminates my emotional trauma so I don’t have to ponder the suffering of poor Bambi, I am released from one less debilitating distraction.

Or….facebook Timeline (I didn’t opt for it)

Or…Football. No comments please.

Or…..Horror movies, Harry Potter and his un-soulish goonies or I can’t even speak it.

Or ….Dr. Pepper (taste like cough medicine), camping or anything the government runs. Or tries to.

These buttons might make life in cyber space a little easier, less complicated or formidable foes depending on how you take it.

Who’s to say pressing the “dislike” button won’t end a friendship because you disagreed with their recipe for meat loaf?

Who’s to say disliking one’s political views won’t start WWIII?

If you dislike another culture, does that make you intolerant?

If you dislike one soft drink over another is that discriminating?

What if you dislike my blog should I be offended?

If you dislike your spouse, does that make you an ogre?

If you dislike Charter schools does that mean you like public schools?

If you dislike Baptists, does that mean you like Presbyterians?

“To like or dislike, that is the question.”

Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What counts is God’s truth.

We either like it or we don’t. Whether we like God’s truth or not doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Rationalizing God’s truth is as silly as believing God is counting how many brussel sprouts I’m not eating.

The atheist/agnostic can argue the non-existence of God all day long; it isn’t going to make God go away.

The worldly skeptic rationalizes the validity of God’s goodness by asking “If God is a good God, why does he allow bad things to happen?” I don’t know. Go ask him yourself. Ya think it may have to do with the fall of man? Duh…..

Then you have the eroded soul of Christ. The saved soul who believes the Bible condones living with someone outside of marriage. Sorry……you either like what the Bible says about marriage or you don’t.

You either like what the Bible says about stealing, lying or taking another life or you don’t.

God formally set his rules in place to be “liked” not “disliked.” The Bible is clear on how God determined for us to live from the Ten Commandments to gossip, to how we treat others. Believe me; he didn’t leave a single sin out.

God doesn’t give waivers. He isn’t going to make me eat brussel sprouts and let my husband off the hook.

God is no respecter of persons. No waivers. No Deal. No Bargains.

Got it?

Exodus 20 The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words:

2I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

13You shall not murder.

14You shall not commit adultery.

15You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/are-we-pawns-or-knights/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-mountain-of-god/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/following-the-shepherd/

http://refusingtotiptoe.com/2012/04/16/sharing-sunday-taking-care-of-business-before-its-too-late/

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