Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You will be Hated

A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway from Muslim nations.  Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. 
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was at least one million. Today fewer than 400,000 remain—the result of an anti-Christian campaign when countless Christian churches were bombed and countless Christians killed, including by crucifixion and beheading.  

Now, the same pattern has come to Syria: entire regions and towns where Christians lived for centuries before Islam came into being have now been emptied, as extremists target Christians for kidnapping, plundering, and beheadings.

In October 2012 the last Christian in the city of Homs ( which had a Christian population of some 80,000) was murdered.  One teenage Syrian girl said: “We left because they were trying to kill us… because we were Christians….  Those who were our neighbors turned against us. At the end, when we ran away, we went through balconies. We did not even dare go out on the street in front of our house.”

In Mali, after a 2012 Islamic coup, as many as 200,000 Christians fled.   There have been house to house searches for Christians who might be in hiding, churches and other Christian property have been looted or destroyed, and people tortured into revealing any Christian relatives.” At least one pastor was beheaded.

In Ethiopia, after a Christian was accused of desecrating a Koran, thousands of Christians were forced to flee their homes when “Muslim extremists set fire to roughly 50 churches and dozens of Christian homes.” 


Why so Much Blood Shed?  

Why so much hatred of Christians?  

The Bible tells us:

"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. " Matthew 10:22

"And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But the one who endures to the end will be saved."   Mark 13:13

You will be hated by all for my name’s sake.   Luke 12:17

"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me." Matthew 24:9
18 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20  John 15:18-20

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Hippie and the Old Man

There was a young, intelligent university student named Bill. Bill was what some people call a “free spirit” or “hippie.” He had wild long hair, always wore the same old and torn T-shirt, jeans and no shoes. Across the street from the university campus was a conservative church. The people there were rich, older and well-dressed. They wanted to help the university students nearby, but they did not know exactly how to do it.

Well, one day Bill decided to go visit this church by his university. As usual, he went wearing his only jeans, old, torn T-shirt and his dirty long hair. The church service had already started and was full, so Bill walked down the center aisle looking for a seat. People were getting more and more uncomfortable as they watched this unclean, wild-looking young man. Finally, Bill got to the front and saw there were no more empty seats, so he just sat down on the floor right in front of the preacher. No one had ever done that in this church before! By now, everyone was upset and distracted.

Then, a respected old church deacon got up and started toward the front. Everyone was thinking: “You can’t blame the deacon, he really should correct this disrespectful young man.” Everyone was watching. Even the preacher stopped his sermon when the old man finally got to the front. Then, they were all completely surprised to see the old deacon drop his walking stick and very slowly sit down on the floor next to this young hippie. He did not want this young man to sit alone and feel unaccepted. The people in the church were moved to tears. Finally, the preacher said: “What I am preaching about today you will probably never remember. But what you have just seen you will never forget!”

Friend, it does not matter how you look or how much money or education you have. It does not matter what wrongs you have done in your past. Jesus Christ forgives and loves you just the way you are. So won’t you ask Him to forgive you and finally take full charge of your life? He will fill your life with His real love, peace, and power you need to start changing and living His way every day. Just Think a Minute

Taken from the website:  Think A Minute

My Journey From Un-Belief

I had so many questions.  

And with my Human eyes, and my Human mind, I could not see God.   The universe is soooo big, molecules soooo small.  Where could God possibly be?  He doesn't exist, I decided. He is a fairy tale to comfort those who hurt.  A lie to tell small children so they believe loved ones go to Heaven when they die.   A bit of sugar to help swallow the bitter pill of death.

That is what I believed.  And that is what I told myself.  I am a science nerd, after all.   But my heart longed for something more.  How can evolution bring forth a being with a personality, with a soul?  Why are we so much more than other animals?  We have complex emotions that include compassion for others.  That doesn't fit with the evolutionary model of "survival of the fittest."  How does love, compassion and sympathy lead to a greater, more evolved being?  I understand altruism, and the greater good of a species, but how does a DNA molecule know that?  According to evolution the DNA molecule simply wants to reproduce.   There is no need for love or compassion if that is all there is.

I think I am a very loving, compassionate person.   So this idea of no God, only evolution is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.   It doesn't match.   Evolution would never lead to a loving compassionate species such as ours.   No, I think evolution would lead to a ruthless, dominating species like we see in so many alien movies.  

So I began to read.  I read books written by scientists who believe in God.  I learned so much, and my eyes were open.  It is the concept of a "Fine Tuned Universe" that finally convinced me God is real.

But like Einstein, just because there is a God and a Creator, that does not mean He is a personal God. Perhaps He made us and then went on to better things.  That would certainly explain alot about the evil in the world today.

So that set well with  me---until I learned about Jesus.  Once I learned (through my personal studies) that Jesus was who He said He was (God as flesh) and that He died for us so that we may be with Him in Heaven, I realized that can only mean that God IS a personal God, who loves each of us. (see my series of posts from March 2013)

So IF God is who He says He is, and Jesus is who He says He is...............I am convinced, and I turn my studies to the Bible.  If God created us, and loves us, and wants to be with us, then His word must be true and I want to learn all I can from it.  (BIBLE--Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)

Don't think I jumped in hook, line & sinker.  I still had questions, anger issues even.  Like regarding all the evil in this world.  For example I was stunned learning of a little girl kidnapped from her own bed at night, raped and murdered and left in a shallow grave.............HOW CAN HE LET THAT HAPPEN????!!!!   

So much anger in me for this, and so many other wrongs in this world.  There is so much evil!

Then I read Proverbs 3:5 
 "Trust in the Lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding."

I can't tell you why, but that was like a bucket of cold water poured on my anger.  I could hear God speaking to me, telling me that I cannot understand His ways, but I need to Trust Him----Trust Him. 

And I did.  

I let go of all that anger.

I still don't understand.  But I trust Him.  I trust that a greater good will prevail.  

I trust that through tragedy God's goodness will prevail, even though I may never see it or understand it. Sometimes a great amount of time needs to pass to understand---sometimes I will never understand----but I trust Him.  And it is okay if I don't understand.  I no longer need to. 

And I feel peace.

I am still on this Journey, still learning about God.   I read books with a hunger I never knew I had.  I am currently reading about string theory and the possibilities of alternate dimensions...............and I am believing that is being revealed to science by God to show that there are such difficult things to comprehend, such as alternate dimensions (which is where I believe Heaven to be) that again, God is right, we cannot understand His ways----For His ways are not our ways, they are so much higher..........

So I trust.

And I believe.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Catching Fire

Everyone in school is getting really hyped about the 2nd Hunger Games movie, "Catching Fire".


IF you are living under a rock and don't know what it is about, let me catch you up.  
The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where 
the Capitol oppresses the rest of the Nation (known as Districts 1-12) for it's servitude and pleasure.
To maintain the oppression over the Districts each year a boy and girl from each district
are selected to fight to the death in a world like arena for 
the entertainment of the Capitol.

The heroine, Katniss, survives the Hunger Games.  
Generally the "players" of these games are ruthless, as they are trying to survive.
Katniss shows compassion for those weaker than her in the arena, 
even trying to protect them.  She only kills for self-defense.

Her bravery and love for others inspires a rebellion, 
which begins in this 2nd book / movie
called "Catching Fire"


This morning in Church the pastor said something, 
that I am embarrassed that I can't recall, 
but it made me think of this movie.

The desire for revolution, inspired by Katniss, caught Fire.
And it spread like a wildfire out of control through all the Districts.

Can we Catch Fire for Christ?

Can we start a Revolution to bring others to Him?

That is what this World Needs.

A Revolution.

A Revival.

A Return to God.

Will You Catch Fire?

Tick Tock

Friday, November 8, 2013

Great Video

Blind Faith

One of the mis-understandings of Christianity

By both Christians and non-Christians alike

is that we are supposed to have "Blind Faith"

We are called to Believe in all the Bible tells us without question.

This is Wrong.

No where in the Bible are we called to have Blind Faith.

For that would not be a True Faith.

Before we have Faith in anything or anyone,

We test it. 

(The Bible even calls for us to Test it in 1 John 4:1)

We question it

And when we find it to be True, then we have Faith in it.

Before you have Faith that you can jump from a cliff and dive into the ocean 
(Should you be so inclined)

You will learn about it, is the water deep enough?  Is it too rocky?

Once you find it to be true, to be deep enough, clear enough, then you have Faith and you make the leap.

Same with Christianity,

 Test those waters.

Is the Word Deep enough? 
(does it cover all things, does it describe the true nature of man and God?)

Is it clear enough?
(Is there reasonable evidence to believe what is written in True?)

Do the research and you will find it to be so.

Then you know you can have Faith.

Not Blind Faith

But a true Faith.

In the God who loves us,

and calls on us to love Him.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Why is God so Intolerant?

Why can't He love us for who we are?

We feel rejected, we think He has turned His back on us

So we turn our backs on Him.

But that is because of our Ignorance.

We do not understand.

We do not understand His love

Or His Nature.

God is Perfectly Holy.

He cannot be in the presence of Sin.

If you have a basket of beautiful perfect apples

and you toss in one that is slightly rotten,

what becomes of the perfect apples?

If you have a beautiful, pure white dress

and you drop the smallest stain upon it

what happens to that dress?

If God were to allow one person

who had committed only one small sin in their lifetime

to be in His Presence

Can God still be pure?

Can God still be Holy?


 But why are we never good enough for God?

We are sinners.

Admit it.

No matter how good you are, how loving, how kind,

Have you ever snickered at something bad that happened to someone you don't like?

Have you ever listened to gossip or spread it?

Have you ever told the smallest of lies?

That is our nature

We have a Sin Nature.

God knows this about us, even as hard as we try to deny it.

But God loves us anyway.

He loves us so much that He desperately must find a way for us to be with Him.

What can He do?

How can He forgive us and wash away our sins?

Only by blood.

By the blood of His son can we be made clean.

By the blood of His son we are forgiven.

And by accepting this gift we may run into God's open, wanting arms.

All we have to do is say YES.

I accept Jesus as my Savior, as my Redeemer.

I accept the gift of His sacrifice to be made clean, so that I may 


with the Glory of God in Heaven.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

This is a great Web Cast presented
by Nabeel Qureshi

A Muslim who converted to Christianity.

It is powerful, if you are interested click:   RZIM.org