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“They are killing us”

This morning, as we go to church to worship our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and thank Him for entering this world as a child, born of a virgin, only to one day die for us that we might receive the gift of eternal life through faith in Him, think on the following message I received this morning from a pastor friend in Pakistan…

“Brother we are dying here
they are killing us
please pray for us”

That was it…just three lines of text on Facebook Messenger.

Inside Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, Quetta, Pakistan

Earlier today a Methodist Church was attacked by two suicide bombers while the congregants were inside celebrating the birth of Christ. The attack was meant to be a message, one that was meant to strike fear. For some, I’m sure it worked. Thankfully, neither bomber was able to get inside the building, and only one was able to blow himself up at the entrance, so only around 10 people (including children) died, as opposed to the 400 who were in attendance.

But how does this affect my day? How would it affect yours? Are you even planning on attending a worship service? While there are Christians who are attending corporate worship services in places where their spiritual enemies are literally trying to kill them, do we take advantage of the complete freedom in America to congregate, or do we shun it? “Forsake” it?

How does the above message from my brother in Pakistan affect my preaching? My worship? Do I go about my day as usual? Or, do I recommit myself to the seriousness of the call to “take up your cross and follow me”?

“Brother we are dying here.” How long before we start dying HERE? With Islam on the rise, and with very few who are willing to challenge its destructive works-based theology for fear of being labeled “islamophobic,” how long before suicide bombings become more common-place than shootings?

“Please pray for us.” How long before we realize ALL of us stand in need of prayer? How long before we repent of our Laodicean lukewarmness? How long before we take seriously the calls from our brothers and sisters enduring persecution and pray for them? In reality, we should be asking them to pray FOR US!

Our churches will be relatively empty, today. Our post-modern, social-justice-minded, hedonistic society will go about this morning without a thought of God, while those who call themselves “Christian” will blend in with them. The relatively few who do attend worship services will hardly consider the rare privilege of worshipping in peace without the fear of being blown to bits while singing “Silent Night.”

Yet, somewhere in another land, there will be followers of Jesus Christ who will not be intimidated or deterred, bravely walking into proverbial lions’ dens. As the Hebrew children who refused to bow before Nebuchadnezzar’s statue, there will be some who will pray for deliverance from the furnace, but continue to worship Jesus and not bow down to Allah, even if the fire is inevitable (Daniel 3:18).

There are many who are dying. How are you living?

I’m going to church, now.

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ANTIFA: The American Terrorists

It’s all over the internet…just Google it…ANTIFA (no irony here) has been planning anarchy, riots, violence, and whatever means necessary to forcibly remove a duly-elected American presidential administration.

So this morning (Sunday) one of ANTIFA’s cowardly children (yes, I’m making the connection) decided to exact revenge while seeking an outlet for his hatred of Christianity and attempted to murder a whole congregation of my fellow Southern Baptists in Texas.

There is no doubt in my mind that the animal who killed nearly half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, was acting in accordance with the overall messages of ANTIFA. It’s just that this hate-filled, mentally deranged (doesn’t Romans chapter 1 talk about this?) monster decided to lay aside all pretenses and go straight to the source of his bitterness.

Have any of you ever stopped to really consider what it was that made so many on the left upset that Hillary Clinton was defeated? (By the way, when is Hillary Clinton going to be held responsible – along with Barak Obama – for fueling the ANTIFA movement?) The ANTIFA left were livid over issues relating to morals, ethics, dogma, and religious institutions – specifically that many of their anti-god-like plans might be hindered or temporarily derailed by a “conservative” president.  The socialist and communist systems of government they continue to praise and call for (no irony there, either) is, in my opinion, only a means to an end: eradicate any vestige of Judeo/Christian influence, especially the highly offensive (to the rebellious) “thus sayeth the Lord.”

So, I am calling for our government, along with every citizen still willing to remain free, to call ANTIFA and all that wave their ISIS-like flags exactly what they are: TERRORISTS.

The slaughter of innocents in Sutherland Springs, TX, was nothing less than domestic terrorism. The act was meant to strike fear in the hearts of all who stand in the way of a godless agenda, no less than any other terrorist attack around the world is meant to force compliance.

We are a nation of laws. ANTIFA is a group that cares nothing for our laws or our system of government. And, since our system of government was specifically a creation “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” ANTIFA is an anti-American terror group intent on undermining the very systems that are meant to maintain peace and order. ANTIFA is not for the people of America; it’s against us.

ANTIFA is an enemy of America and the American people, especially those with traditional, conservative, or Christian worldviews.

But let it be known, what happened today at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs will NOT stop the teaching, preaching, and proclaiming of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And, even though some will choose run and hide, the rest of us will not back down; we will not cower; we will not be silent.

Furthermore, not all states prohibit the carrying of firearms into houses of worship. So, should ANTIFA try to enter a church in my town with the intent to kill, they might discover the painful truth that “sheepdogs” protect our flocks, and a rain of holy lead may extinguish their angry fire. If you can stomach it, here’s a good article at PulpitandPen.org which candy-coats nothing and gets straight to the point of this paragraph (and it was written in 2014 – I’m sure it will be updated, soon).

So, to recap, ANTIFA is not simply a bunch of liberal crybabies who skip classes their parents paid for in order to attend hip protests where they may possibly procure some sense of relevance, No, ANTIFA is the equivalent of an infant ISIS, and the media had better quit feeding it.

ANTIFA is to blame for the murder of at least 27 people in Sutherland Springs, TX, and they should be held accountable.

Oh, just one more thing before I close this post for the night and try to go to sleep. I was just scrolling through some comments to a news story detailing the shooting in Texas. As you can imagine, the vitriol is being spewed from both sides. However, one comment stood out – a comment not that uncommon – and it was, “Since Trump America has been filled with so much hate.” Seriously, stop and ask yourself why. Is it not for reasons I mentioned above? Is it only because Donald Trump said or did some inappropriate things? Get real, folks. The liberal left could care less about Trump’s morals, but he came down on the side of moral absolutes – if ever so slightly – and that is what is unacceptable to them. Hillary was going to usher in a brave new world, and Trump ruined it for them.

So, blame it on those self-righteous, racist, bigoted, hateful, misogynistic, homo-trans-fluid-panamori-phobic, conservative, Bible-thumping, Sunday-church-going Christians, if you like. But that’s what ANTIFA does.

TERRORISTS.

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The World Was Better When There Were Saturday-Morning Cartoons

It is Saturday morning, and believe it or not, I don’t even know what time it is. I know it is later than 6 a.m. because there is sunshine outside, our two little dogs have already made their pleas to go potty, and Katie – who is on her last day of college fall break – has already asked me, “Whatcha doin’ today, Daddy?”

But had I been, let’s say, 10 years old (that was back in the 70’s), I could at least tell you what hour of the morning it was, and that would have been based on what cartoon was showing on one of only three – yes three – television channels.

For several years when I was young, my family did not own a television; it was considered too worldly. Unfortunately, what might have been a “tool of Satan” back then has now become nothing less than a porthole-window view of the sea of filth into which the ship of our culture is sinking. Just pick your channel (or porthole) – there are hundreds of them.

But back in the 70’s there were at least some good cartoons on the air, so my parents didn’t mind me staying over at my grandparents’ house on Friday night… so that I could wake up to Rocky and Bullwinkle the next morning… at 6 a.m.

Back in those days, there was no Cartoon Network or Adult Swim. Cartoons were only shown early on Saturday mornings, that was it. And if a kid didn’t wake up at the crack of dawn, he’d miss the best shows. The later the morning got, the more cheesy (even for that time) the cartoons became. If he woke up too late, the only thing he’d get to see would be local programming (gag!).

I miss the days of pre-Scrappy Scoobydoo; the predictable and comforting theme music drawing me into another rerun of Bugs Bunny; and the pre-scandalized Bill Cosby teaching me about junkyard life through the voice of Fat Albert. I miss thinking the dinosaurs actually looked real on the Land of the Lost, and I really miss learning about the Constitution and grammar from School House Rock – I can still remember the song that taught the Preamble… Can you sing it with me?

“We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, secure domestic tranquility-ee-ee-eeee, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare [and then], secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

Kids used to wake up early on Saturday mornings, grab a bowl of sugary cereal, then sit down in front of a console television for a few hours in order to be entertained, even educated! Then, awake and on a slight sugar high, they would walk away from boring TV to run outside where they would ride bikes, build forts, throw lawn darts, shoot BB guns, or anything else to stay out of the house.

Saturday morning used to be a highly-anticipated treat, one from which you did NOT want to get grounded. Now it’s just another day – where the hours bleed into another…and kids sleep through it.

Change happens, but it’s not always for the better.

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Enough Said

What should we remember on this day?  

This. 

Enough said.

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“Till the Storm Passes By”

A Word of Encouragement 

I was trying to think of something clever to write: either something funny or entertaining; something profound and theological; or just something encouraging as many Americans stare down the barrel of the strongest storm on record, Hurricane Irma.

That’s when the lyrics of a song came to mind, a song written many years ago by Mosie Lister entitled “Till the Storm Passes By.”

My mom and dad used to sing this song in church. I grew up singing it, especially one day when I was lying on the floor of my school bus as tornadic-like winds came through unexpectedly and trapped me inside, making me think the yellow box was going to flip.

In the words of this song there is clear sense of dread, but at the same time a sense of security and hope. Storms do come, whether they be literal meteorological events or spiritual/emotional battles; yet, there is One whom we know will hear our cries and keep us safe in the hollow of His hand.

Immediately I hear someone say, “But what about those Christians who die in storms? Did you God keep them safe?” First, what about the ones who didn’t die? Secondly, and most importantly, what about that “peace that passeth understanding”? True safety will be seen “when the long night has ended and the storms come no more,” and we stand in His presence on “that bright, peaceful shore.”

Regardless the size or consistency of the “storm,” knowing I am held fast in the hand of the One who will keep me eternally safe gives me peace. I pray that those stuck in this coming storm, and others to follow, will find that same peace in Jesus Christ.

“Till the Storm Passes By”

In the dark of the midnight,
Have I oft hid my face;
While the storm howls above me,
And there’s no hiding place;
‘Mid the crash of the thunder,
Precious Lord, hear my cry;
“Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.”

‘Til the storm passes over,
‘Til the thunder sounds no more;
‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand,
In the hollow of Thy hand;
Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispers,
“There is no need to try;
For there’s no end of sorrow,
There’s no hope by and by”;
But I know Thou art with me,
And tomorrow I’ll rise;
Where the storms never darken the skies.

‘Til the storm passes over,
‘Til the thunder sounds no more;
‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand,
In the hollow of Thy hand;
Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

When the long night has ended,
And the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence.
On that bright, peaceful shore.
In that land where the tempest
Never comes, Lord may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

‘Til the storm passes over,
‘Til the thunder sounds no more;
‘Til the clouds roll forever from the sky,
Hold me fast, let me stand,
In the hollow of Thy hand;
Keep me safe ’til the storm passes by.

– Mosie Lister

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Labor Day, Legalism, etc.

Well, here we go with the holidays. Today is Labor Day , and it won’t be long before every other holiday will be upon us.  Along with all of these special days will come all sorts of arguments for and against their observance.  Some will make more sense than others, but lurking around every corner is the temptation to be legalistic.  How is that possible? Simple…just accuse somebody else of being worldly or less spiritual for celebrating a certain day over another.  They did it in the Bible.

For the record, however, I believe that some holidays are worth debating.

Labor Day, for instance, is a holiday that was founded by the unions, which in turn were founded by those with “collective” and “progressive” ideologies.  From a purely ideological perspective, the whole holiday is one in which the worker is supposed to feel free to flip a relaxed finger in the face of evil, greedy, imperialistic corporations and fat rich people and say, “This is my day! No profit for you!”  Essentially, our Labor Day was designed to be a watered-down version of International Workers Day (the Communist May Day holiday).  So, is there anything wrong with standing up for workers’ rights?  Absolutely not.  Is there room to evaluate the intent of some who would move our nation down the path of socialism? You betcha!

If one wanted to see the similarities, he would have to look no further than the Communist symbol of the “raised fist” and the claim that “the workers” are what made our country great (not freedom, democracy, or capitalism).  

However, my purpose here is not to bash Labor Day; it’s to encourage us not to be legalistic. Just like Labor Day, there are other days approaching (Halloween, for example) which cause many to cringe.  Sour-faced legalists will complain about Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, but a lot of others will use the holidays to be with family, give thanks to God, and celebrate Jesus’ birthday (even if it wasn’t in December).  The legalists should keep in mind Paul’s words to the Romans:

Romans 14:5-6  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

I am taking advantage of this holiday, whether I am for the idea behind it or not.  Why?  Well, I can’t exactly go to work today, since everything is closed.  Also, it is because I know that there are a great many Americans who only associate this day with God, freedom, and apple pie (not mention hot dogs, hamburgers, and adult beverages).  Most people in this country are just good people who love America.  So, regardless what the Communists (including BLM and Antifa) may have in mind, I am going to celebrate America and the average guy who worked his rear off to make this country great.

God Bless America!

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Battle of the First-World Divas

The other night my two daughters, Katie and Haley, said “Dad, you’ve got to watch this!” They were referring to the brand new video released during the MTV music video awards, the new one by the once-wholesome Taylor Swift.

Look, I’m not going host any links to the video on my blog today, for one reason, if no other, that it’s a bunch of whorish, sinful, ungodly trash. Did I just say that? Yeah, and I won’t take it back.

My daughters were watching the video awards show on MTV because Katie is a music education major. Katie wanted to get an idea of where the music was going this year and get some insight on other things that I don’t understand. But not only that, they were interested in the ongoing feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

Some of you may be familiar with all the strife and tension between the two pop music divas, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. However, some of us in the real world (because their reality is more of a fabrication than foundational) aren’t concerned with their little spat over what is essentially inconsequential in the big scheme of things. Unlike me, though, there are millions of fans between the two singers who do nothing but speculate over what it is that causes the two to be at each other’s throats. I, for one, couldn’t care less!

It’s not like either one of them will ever read this, but I want to give a suggestion to the both of them. If you happen to know either Katy Perry or Taylor Swift, pass this along…

“Get over yourselves! You’re uber-wealthy, so just write off your hard feelings and first-world problems! Specifically to Taylor Swift, your first-world anger and bitterness issues are ugly, sickening, and make me disgusted when I consider that girls everywhere look up to you. Quit being a snot and show a little forgiveness. Your “reputation” might be dead, but the stink in your soul is becoming too much for the rest of us to endure. And Katy, do everyone a favor and just apologize.”

There, that’s my commentary own the pop-music diva scene. I hope I never have to talk about it again.

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