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SUPERIORITY OF CHRIST – PART 1 “THE HISTORICAL JESUS”

The profane and those bound for perdition use His Name in Blasphemy.
The pagan and the politician use His Words to create ungodly policy.
The professing and the prosperity pretender fool themselves and millions others into sure eternal separation….and all of this in His Name.
The professors and media promote Him only as some moral teacher.

The real story of Jesus is not just the one which the western world pays attention to around Christmas and Easter.
The real story of Jesus is not just the Famous Verse (John 3:16) we see in the end zone at football games.
The real story of Jesus is not just found in His Sacrifice and Atonement for all sin for all time at the Cross of Calvary.
But the continuing real story of Jesus can be found in the FRUIT of that Sacrifice over the past 2000 years!

There is NO other belief system in the World which has benefited mankind than Christianity. In the next post on the Superiority of Christianity to any other so-called “belief” system in the world.

“XMAS” OR CHRISTMAS?

During this time of year a lot of folks get hung up on the use of the term “Xmas.” Most think of it as the world trying to take Christ out of Christmas. I can fully understand their reasoning for it surely looks to be so. And to be sure, for some it is so. We are living at a time in history when the news media and most government and public sectors would like to see Jesus completely eradicated. But this is just a pipe-dream for them because it will never be. You may take Jesus out of the public eye but you cannot remove Jesus from the heart. The question is, ”Is it ok to use “Xmas” in place of Christmas. Theologically, linguistically,  and historically the answer is yes. I have always known the “X” to stand for the Greek letter “Chi”. Chi is the first letter of the name of Christ in the Greek language which is the language that most of the New testament was written in.

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SHOULD CHRISTIANS STAY SILENT WHEN TRAGEDY HITS

Well, the answer to that question is NO! As America faces Judgment (yes JUDGMENT) from God for its mounting sins against Him, more and more events like Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Sandy or Tornadoes that destroyed Joplin Missouri (2011)…or the current horrific massacre like the loss of over 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut are going to draw people’s attention to the time-worn question of ”HOW CAN GOD LET THIS HAPPEN“?!!!

Whether it is an earthquake in Haiti or a Tsunami in the Far East where hundreds of thousands of lives are lost and millions affected, God always gets the blame – either the blame FOR it, or the blame for ALLOWING it to happen! We can go even farther than that – World War II and the Holocaust where six million of our Jewish brethren were murdered by the Germans and Hitler. Did God cause that? When the great American President Franklin D. Roosevelt REFUSED to allow the SS St Louis to land in the United States 1939 with 937 Jews fleeing Hitler by ship, and they were forced to return to Europe and sure death, did God cause that? NO! FDR did! They even made a movie out of it called the VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED.  We can look at the ill-fated voyage of the SS St Louis some other time. By the way, the Prime Minister of Canada Mackenzie King did the same thing as FDR! Apart from natural disasters like tsunami, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, criminal acts like what happened in Newtown are simply acts of Evil.

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EITHER JESUS IS LORD….OR YOU ARE!

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Not a day goes by when I don’t give thanks, from the very depths of my being, in which I don’t KNOW that CHRIST THE KING is MY LORD, period! I am His bond slave (doulos) and He is my Master!
A few years ago, I was standing feet away from popular Christian singer Natalie Grant when she practically yelled “I am sick and tired of people who say ‘YOU’RE GOING TO HELL IF YOU DON’T REPENT’”!!

Those were the saddest words I ever heard. Yet, this is not only the pervasive view of most evangelical churches, but the limp-wristed Emerging church of Rob Bell, Brian MacLaren, Doug Kimball and Solomon’s Porch Paggett, at the other extreme as well. This is the doctrine of “Easy Believism”….the belief that costs you nothing.

“BUT WAIT – isn’t SALVATION a FREE GIFT, you pinhead Bernie”? Er…YES!! But it cost my Lord Jesus everything! AND even a proud Seminary dropout like me knows what Mark 1:15c ESV means!!! It says “…Repent and believe in the Gospel“!!! I didn’t say that, JESUS DID, Natalie! Before that, in the same verse He said “The Kingdom of God is at hand”!

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND

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SEE, FEEL, TRUST – A LENTEN REFLECTION

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE CHRISTIAN POST’S iPost BLOG

One of my favorite movies of all time is “Seven Days in Utopia” (2011). It is not just a movie about golf but chockfull of life applications. One of them was the simple acronym – SFT! Here the grizzled old golf pro played by Robert Duvall was mentoring his young protégé played by Lucas Black and teaching him about Focus.

From the Word of God, we know Focus is the hallmark of a good disciple of Christ. Lack of focus is when we take our eyes off Him and look both inward at ourselves and/or circumstances. This is destructive as we can become full of ourselves; if we get caught up in the world around us and not the Word IN us.

SFT stands for See, Feel and Touch. What does this have to do with this period in the church calendar, which many observe as Lent? What does this have to do with a tradition where we deny ourselves in a meaningful way?

Jesus said we must deny ourselves by dying daily (i.e. picking up our Crosses and going after Him). We must deny ourselves the passing pleasures of sin for a season. We must deny ourselves ……………

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