Saturday, April 16, 2016
I was blessed to be able to be apart of organizing, as well as, attend the 31st Rocky Mountain Biblical Worldview Conference last weekend. I left encouraged in my faith, strengthened in my walk with Christ, challenged in my life, and having learned so much. At this conference, Nationally renowned authors, speakers, and leaders Kevin Swanson and Israel Wayne joined local teaching elder, author and speaker David Barrett to spend all weekend addressing many Christians along the theme: “At the Crossroads: Liberty or Tyranny”.
Although, I cannot even try to begin to express all that was taught, I would like to share with you all my favorite quotes and tidbits from the sessions I was able to attend. Hopefully they will stimulate thought and encourage you as they have done to me!
We can't out pop the pop culture -Israel Wayne
When immorality increases in a country, so does tyranny -Kevin Swanson
Please read the Bible...it's really good -Kevin Swanson
The distinct thing about the Christian religion is that God does not stand and look at us from the outside, but rather comes alongside us -Israel Wayne
Kevin Swanson quoted Francis Shaeffer who said, Relativism is like having both feet planted in mid-air
The teachings of Jesus should make you think He is either the most insane person ever or He is the Son of God -Israel Wayne
We MUST understand, proclaim, and practice the Lordship of Christ -David Barrett
That is a nice bumper sticker, the only problem is that it isn't true -Israel Wayne
Matt. 28:18- Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”
If you don't believe it is possible to live a holy life, then you won't -Israel Wayne
The last enemy to be destroyed is death, not the devil -David Barrett
History today is presented by secular humanists and you can't determine between the good guys and the bad guys -Kevin Swanson
A hell hole became the most peaceful, safest place on earth because of ONE man, William the Silent, in just 30 years -Kevin Swanson
We are not allowed to worship God in any way we want to -Israel Wayne
The next President of the United States will have almost no impact on the fight for Liberty -Kevin Swanson
Kevin Swanson, referencing the Benjamin Franklin quote, said We will hang together or we will hang separately
Stop being content with going to Church meetings together, not expecting the manifest presence of God -Israel Wayne
94% of what Christians disagree on is stupid -Kevin Swanson
Spirit-filled, Spiritual worship must be sincere -Kevin Swanson
Liberty is the freedom to do what is right -David Barrett is quoting John Eidsmoe when asked to define Liberty.
The church has been transformed by the culture instead of transforming the culture
First faith, then victory, it always follows -Kevin Swanson
Do not rest until you have given God His rightful place of preeminence in your life
We are at a crossroads right now in history, which road will you choose? Liberty in Christ or Tyranny from men?
II Corinthians 3:15-17 (KJV)
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
With the passing of Sanctity of Life Sunday and the Day of Remembrance for the Jewish Holocaust, God impressed on my heart to write this blog.
Between 1933 and 1942 the holocaust of Jews took place in Germany. This holocaust was the murder of innocent people for their religious views and racial background. By the end of this 10 year period, the German government and its dictator, Adolf Hitler, were responsible for the murder of about 7 million Jews as well as the torture, isolation and rejection of millions more. This mass killing is a very well known piece of history that leaves all in disgust when they study it. Adolf Hitler is now known as one of the most evil dictators of all time because he arranged and oversaw such a deplorable tragedy.
In the Soviet Union, during the reign of Joseph Stalin, it is estimated that about 60 million Russians died unnatural deaths (excluding combat deaths of the war). About 20-40 million of these deaths are linked directly to Stalin himself and the policies he enforced. This bit of history, too, brings feelings of anger, disgust and plain evil when studied. Because of this, Stalin has also earned a place as one of the most evil leaders of all time.
The worst mass killing of all history occurred in China under Mao Tse Tung, of which The Independent gives an enlightening report:
Mao Zedong, founder of the People's Republic of China, qualifies as the greatest mass murderer in world history, an expert who had unprecedented access to official Communist Party archives said yesterday. Speaking at The Independent Woodstock Literary Festival, Frank Dikötter, a Hong Kong-based historian, said he found that during the time that Mao was enforcing the Great Leap Forward in 1958, in an effort to catch up with the economy of the Western world, he was responsible for overseeing "one of the worst catastrophes the world has ever known". Mr Dikötter, who has been studying Chinese rural history from 1958 to 1962, when the nation was facing a famine, compared the systematic torture, brutality, starvation and killing of Chinese peasants to the Second World War in its magnitude. At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years; the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million. Mr Dikötter is the only author to have delved into the Chinese archives since they were reopened four years ago. He argued that this devastating period of history – which has until now remained hidden – has international resonance. "It ranks alongside the gulags and the Holocaust as one of the three greatest events of the 20th century.... It was like [the Cambodian communist dictator] Pol Pot's genocide multiplied 20 times over," he said.
These three events in history are thought by the majority of people to have been the most evil occurrences of recent history and possibly of all history. Shockingly, however, the majority of the world does not become outraged or disgusted to any extent when alerted to the mass killings going on right now.
In the United States, from 1973 until now, about 56 million people have been murdered through abortion. Worldwide, about 50 million children are killed every single year by abortion. Every day throughout the US, about 3,000 babies are murdered. This, my friends, is the silent holocaust that is occurring at this very moment in our own backyard.
As I consider this, I am baffled at why this does not bring public uproar and general disgust throughout the world as all the other mass tragedies have caused before. I keep asking myself, “Why?” “What's the difference?” “Why don't people see this as evil?”
I want to review some possible reasons and arguments that could be presented to justify the one and not the other. These are the ideas and arguments that I have thought of that seem the most prominent.
Are the first three worse than the last because the tragedies in Germany, Russia and China occurred by the forced policy of one man and dictator?
This, however, I do not see as worse in any way. Indeed, I would say that it is much more of a tragedy when there has been 8 presidents in our nation and countless other leaders in nations around the world that have allowed this holocaust to continue and even be funded at the tax payer's expense. This has become a socially accepted crime in all the world and that should appall us so much more than one person forcing his opinion on others.
Maybe the killing of the Jews, Russians and Chinese are less acceptable because they included torture and all kinds of evil treatments of their victims before death while abortion does not?
I tell you confidently, with the support of the recent series of videos released in our country, that when a baby undergoes abortion they undergo great pain and it is not rare that they are brutally treated and perhaps torn limb from limb so the Doctors can attempt to harvest tissues and organs. Not to get too technical, but, for the tissue to be useful for the purposes that Abortionists harvest and sell them for, the parts must be harvested very quickly, usually even before the baby has ceased living. I see no reason that these babes do not go through the most horrendous torture and experience lasting pain.
Do the first three mentioned mass killings bring public uproar because it was killing of whole families—men, women and children alike?
While I find this so very evil, I also find it to be just as evil if not more disturbing that abortion takes the life of a little child who has not even had the chance to experience the world for itself, a little life that has so much potential abruptly cut off because of the selfishness of others.
Is abortion allowed in our society because the baby being killed is a part of the mother and that they then have some sort of ownership that allows them to do with the child as they please, whereas, the other tragedies where taken out on those who the dictators had no ownership over?
I would say that this is probably the most prevalent argument for Abortion, however, I find that this argument is based on a major flaw. When a child is conceived and given the breath of life from God, they are given themselves a right to life endowed in them by their Creator. Beyond that, when God breathes the breath of life into that new child, He breathes into him His very own image and a purpose to fulfill a destiny that God set up for him from the foundations of the world! I tell you, those men women and children murdered by Hitler, Stalin and Tse Tung all had in them that right to life, that image of God, and that eternal destiny just as each and every child in their mother's womb carries those same attributes. Furthermore, the carrier of the child in no way has ownership of that new life on the level to decide to have them killed. Even if they did have some sort of ownership, abortion would still be murder. The Bible clearly says suicide is murder and therefore wrong, so if any person cannot end their own life, then how on earth could the parent be justified in doing ending the life of that baby?
This is a pervasive evil throughout out land and truly is a silent and accepted holocaust that stems from sin being rampant in the world. We will not change or stop this tragedy until the hearts of men are changed and turned from focusing on themselves to focusing on the God of the Universe and His design for redemption and life in this world.
I urge you all to pray without ceasing for the end of this great evil and I challenge you to step up in any opportunity to speak, write or use whatever means to promote the change that this culture so desperately needs.
I hope and pray that this blog may bring a new awareness to you of abortion, as well, as provides a tool to show others how disgusting and appalling this worldwide holocaust is!
Do not lose hope, but rely upon the strength of Christ in you!!
The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life
Friday, January 1, 2016
With the ringing in of the New Year, it is natural to look back upon and reflect on the previous year. Reflecting on the past year is a very good habit; it allows us to see the big picture of the year as well as see where each specific event fit into that overall scheme. When you do this, though, you remember not only the fun and wonderful times but you also remember the hard and painful periods!
As many of my readers probably know, this last year I had to have surgery on my hand to repair a broken knuckle and two cut tendons. When I review 2015, this event and the ensuing time of recovery continually comes into my remembrance! I remember the pain so very well that I had when I first injured my hand. I remember the pain after the surgery. I remember hearing the doctor say that it was very likely that I would never again have full range of motion in my finger. I remember the weeks and weeks of therapy and recovery. And now, as a mark of all that, I see a scar on my hand that shall forever remain. Every day following, I would see that scar and my head just began to be filled with thoughts about “scars”. It seems like that word is almost like a buzz word in society today and people are always using it to describe their pain and dwell on the fact that they will never again be the same. I almost always hear it used in the negative sense, and while it is important to remember the pain, it is even more important that we not forget that scars also represent healing. Scars only appear where two things that were once separated have been joined or a thing that was broken has been made whole again! What if God gives us scars so that we can forever be reminded of His healing work? I can tell you that it was because of God's blessing and healing power that my hand has regained normal motion. I thank God that He gave me a scar so that I will always remember the pain that He pulled me out of, as well as, the process that brought complete restoration and healing!
Also, as I would consider what scars meant, it became amazingly clear to me that scars point to and should remind us of the spiritual salvation we find in Christ. For, it is by the scars Christ received that we are completely restored to right standing before God our Father! Our broken and sinful souls must be made whole...must be scared...so we may have new life!
So, as you look back during this time of reflection, when you see your scars...whether they are physical, spiritual or emotional...please remember the healing process that God brought you through or that He is bringing you through! Do not dwell on the pain of the past, but only remember the depth of the pain to testify to how amazing God's healing power is to have raised you up out of such pain!
Let us see our scars and smile because of God's gracious and restoring work in our lives and let us thank Him for giving us that mark so that we never forget!
Happy New Year!!! I pray God blesses you greatly in it!
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.