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By Wally Fry

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What Should Christians Really Be Worried About?

Rather than my normal, “get up out of bed and go to church” post, this morning I am running something from about a year ago, when the then current political crisis of the day was raging. The crises have changed, but the lesson has not.

Acts 1:11

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


A re run from an earlier post

Before I dive into this post, allow me to say a couple of things. First of all, I may later take some liberties with the application of the above verse. I don’t think I will take them too far, but some might disagree. Second, I know that some of what I may say may make some folks want to come to my house and have a little talk. Well, that’s okay.

I totally understand that our county, and the world around us appears to be descending into chaos, anarchy or even Imperial control. Look around; the issues we face are huge.

Ferguson MO is on fire. Doesn’t matter why in this post, but it is. My opinions on that topic aren’t relevant to this. It is, however, tragic.

We face a monstrous immigration crisis. Once again, my opinion on the topic is irrelevant to this post. But, it is a crisis.

The rise of militant, violent Islam is a security crisis for the world and our country. Once again, any further opinions do not matter.

Our government appears stonewalled, and the only thing happening appears to be executive orders by an extremely unpopular president. Once again, any further opinions on politics do not matter.

All of these things matter, and they matter a lot. Resolving them matters a lot. Please understand I am not saying these things are not important; they are; they are; they are. Got it? Scripture teaches as well, that we have responsibilities to be good citizens; that includes participation in the political process.

So, now let’s take a look at our verse above. Here is the quick background. Read the full story in Acts Chapter 1. Jesus had just completed his post resurrection ministry on Earth and was ascending into Heaven to take His place with His Father. He had clearly discussed with His disciples what they were to do after His Ascension. However, as Jesus disappeared into the clouds, they were just standing there staring, very likely with their mouths hanging open. That is when two angels appeared and issued this somewhat paraphrased rebuke to them, “Hey! Why are you all just standing here staring? Jesus told you He was coming back and He told you what you needed to be up to! Get back to Jerusalem and do what He said!” Okay, that was VERY paraphrased.

So, what had He instructed them? In Acts 1:4, He had instructed them to return to Jerusalem and await the empowering of the Holy Spirit. He elaborated further in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus issued this instruction, “ And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Guess what? Those instructions have never changed, not in the 2000 years since they were issued by our Lord. Rather than staring up at the clouds with our mouths hanging open, we need to be out there getting busy fulfilling the instructions Jesus issued to us.

What, you say, is my point? We spend tons of time, talking and energy on these issues. Once again, let me reiterate that they are important issues. But, are they truly our assigned mission on this Earth? We talk about them, we have opinions about them, we vocalize loudly about them and we post about them on Facebook. What if we took even a small amount of that time, vocalization and energy and used it to share the Gospel with somebody who needed it?

We were all non believers at some point in our lives. How did we act? We probably acted like pagans. After all pagans are going to act like pagans. For us to expect the world to behave differently in anyway is almost nonsensical thinking. What changed us from what we were to what we are hopefully becoming? Of course, the answer is the salvation offered through Jesus Christ and the subsequent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is the only thing that can make us “better.”

Do we want the world to really be different? Share the Gospel with energy and effort. Tell your children and your family will change. Tell your neighbors and your neighborhood will change. Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple can and will spread. Remember in Acts 17:6, when the disciples were referred to as, “those that have turned the world upside down”?

Of course, everyone will never be saved; the world will never be completely restored until God chooses to do that at some point in the future. But when we face him someday, do we want to be able to say we did our best and hear these words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant“?

Just a Thought

Saying that it’s okay for a woman to kill her baby because, “It’s her body” is like saying it’s okay for a landlord to kill his tenants because “It’s his house.”

What Should Christians Really Be Worried About?

Acts 1:11

Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.


 Before I dive into this post, allow me to say a couple of things. First of all, I may later take some liberties with the application of the above verse. I don’t think I will take them too far, but some might disagree. Second, I know that some of what I may say may make some folks want to come to my house and have a little talk. Well, that’s okay.

I totally understand that our county, and the world around us appears to be descending into chaos, anarchy or even Imperial control. Look around; the issues we face are huge.

Ferguson MO is on fire. Doesn’t matter why in this post, but it is. My opinions on that topic aren’t relevant to this. It is, however, tragic.

We face a monstrous immigration crisis. Once again, my opinion on the topic is irrelevant to this post. But, it is a crisis.

The rise of militant, violent Islam is a security crisis for the world and our country. Once again, any further opinions do not matter.

Our government appears stonewalled, and the only thing happening appears to be executive orders by an extremely unpopular president. Once again, any further opinions on politics do not matter.

All of these things matter, and they matter a lot. Resolving them matters a lot. Please understand I am not saying these things are not important; they are; they are; they are. Got it? Scripture teaches as well, that we have responsibilities to be good citizens; that includes participation in the political process.

So, now let’s take a look at our verse above. Here is the quick background. Read the full story in Acts Chapter 1. Jesus had just completed his post resurrection ministry on Earth and was ascending into Heaven to take His place with His Father. He had clearly discussed with His disciples what they were to do after His Ascension. However, as Jesus disappeared into the clouds, they were just standing there staring, very likely with their mouths hanging open. That is when two angels appeared and issued this somewhat paraphrased rebuke to them, “Hey! Why are you all just standing here staring? Jesus told you He was coming back and He told you what you needed to be up to! Get back to Jerusalem and do what He said!” Okay, that was VERY paraphrased.

So, what had He instructed them? In Acts 1:4, He had instructed them to return to Jerusalem and await the empowering of the Holy Spirit. He elaborated further in Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus issued this instruction, “ And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Guess what? Those instructions have never changed, not in the 2000 years since they were issued by our Lord. Rather than staring up at the clouds with our mouths hanging open, we need to be out there getting busy fulfilling the instructions Jesus issued to us.

What, you say, is my point? We spend tons of time, talking and energy on these issues. Once again, let me reiterate that they are important issues. But, are they truly our assigned mission on this Earth? We talk about them, we have opinions about them, we vocalize loudly about them and we post about them on Facebook. What if we took even a small amount of that time, vocalization and energy and used it to share the Gospel with somebody who needed it?

We were all non believers at some point in our lives. How did we act? We probably acted like pagans. After all pagans are going to act like pagans. For us to expect the world to behave differently in anyway is almost nonsensical thinking. What changed us from what we were to what we are hopefully becoming? Of course, the answer is the salvation offered through Jesus Christ and the subsequent indwelling of the Holy Spirit. That is the only thing that can make us “better.”

Do we want the world to really be different? Share the Gospel with energy and effort. Tell your children and your family will change. Tell your neighbors and your neighborhood will change. Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple can and will spread. Remember in Acts 17:6, when the disciples were referred to as, “those that have turned the world upside down”?

Of course, everyone will never be saved; the world will never be completely restored until God chooses to do that at some point in the future. But when we face him someday, do we want to be able to say we did our best and hear these words: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant“?

Open letter to the parents of Michael Brown

FLAMES OF PROTEST

War on the innocent

Some Veteran’s Day Links

There were some really meaningful articles written by some great bloggers today in honor of the men and women who have served, and still serve this nation faithfully. I have simply included some links to some good articles today. I encourage all readers to check out the writings of these two writers, as they are always powerful, useful and Biblical.

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God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you thanks today for the devotion and courage of all those who have offered military service for this country:

For those who have fought for freedom;
For those who have laid down their lives for others;
For those who have borne suffering of mind or of body;
For those who have brought their best gifts to times of need.

God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

On our behalf, oh God, many have entered into danger, endured separation from those they love, labored long hours and born hardship in war and in peacetime.

God, in your mercy and love, we thank you for their lives.

We ask today that you would lift up by your Spirit those who are now at war; encourage and heal those in hospitals or mending their wounds at home; guard those in any need or trouble; hold safely in your hands all military families and bring the returning troops to joyful reunion and tranquil life at home.

Give to us, your people, grateful hearts and a united will to honor these men and women and hold them always in our love and our prayers until your world is perfected in peace and all wars cease.

Through Jesus Christ, our Savior,

Amen

This was written by the Rev. Dr. Jennifer Phillips, Rector at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church at the University of Rhode Island.

Posted by the Isaiah 53: Project

 

 

soldier-son

I wrote this military tribute a couple years ago. I was at work one day just thinking about the drastic differences of my life compared to that of someone who serves in our military. Thank you is never enough.

Thank You Isn’t Enough
Copyright 2012 Chris Martin

It’s a typical morning. My dreams dissolve into the sound of two little girls running up and down the hallway. Birds chirp outside the window as golden sunlight trickles in through the half-open blinds. Wiping the sleep from my eyes, I greet my wife with a kiss and stumble into the kitchen. With the press of a button, frothy hot liquid pours into my mug. The aroma brings a smile to my face. Read the rest of this article at chrismartinwrites.com

Weekly News Roundup-Life Does Imitate Art!!!

Studies show many Americans not reading the Bible, lack basic knowledge

Photograph by Grace BEAHM/STAFF Photograph by Grace BEAHM/STAFF

Charleston’s premier atheist, Herb Silverman, loves a good debate, especially with the Holy City’s throngs of religious faithful. He especially likes when they toss Bible passages at him to reinforce their views.

In a favored game, he will throw back a lesser-known passage that contradicts the Scripture they’ve quoted.

“They’ll say, ‘That isn’t really in the Bible.'” Or, “You’ve taken that out of context.”

“But I usually cannot get them to tell me what that context is,” said Silverman, a mathematics professor emeritus, author and one-time gubernatorial candidate. He isn’t trying to convert them all to atheism, nor does he think they are wrong on all points

Read the rest of the Article here

It’s not good when the atheists know The Bible better than Christians..sheesh

Vatican Astronomer Calls Young Earth Creation Beliefs ‘Almost Blasphemous’

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA BRISBANE, Australia – An influential Catholic astronomer who works at the Holy See’s Vatican Observatory told a news outlet last week that the literal interpretation of the Genesis creation account is ‘almost blasphemous theology.’ Read the rest of the article here. Okay, did I get that right? To read The Bible and just take it as it says is Blasphemy? If that’s true, then what would you call adding to, deleting, spritualizing and ignoring huge parts?

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd charged with attempting to have 2 men killed

140416111347-restricted-01-acdc-horizontal-gallery (CNN) — Phil Rudd, the drummer for legendary hard rock band AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to have two men killed. The 60-year-old appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a count of attempting to procure the murder of two men, said Bay of Plenty Police District representative Kim Perks. He was also charged with threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis, Perks said. Read the rest of the article here I think SOMEBODY has been listening to way too much AC/DC…anybody remember “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap?”

Its Time For Movies and Music

American Horror Story TV-MA

American-Horror-Story-Freak-Show-main Morality? That’s about the only thing truly dead and buried in American Horror Story. Read the rest of the review here. I personally watched about 10 minutes of this once..whew. Step away from the TV!

Taylor Swift 1989

1989 isn’t as naughty, racy or deliberately provocative as albums we’ve seen from many other young, popular female singers lately. (I’m talking about Arianna Grande, Jessie J, Iggy Azalea, etc.) That said, the quiet, confessional way that Swift sings about her flings and flames, past and present, is still disquieting when we consider how her fans, many of them quite young, may hear lyrics like “I’ve got a long list of ex-lovers” and “He’s so bad but does it so well.” Taylor’s obviously gotten to the place where sex is just part of the “game of cat and mouse” that she now says love is. Read the rest of the review here. Sigh..do they all have to “Grow up?”

It’s hard for Christians to be credible when some are so stupid

Pastor accused of dealing cocaine bilde

A local pastor faces three felony charges for allegedly dealing crack cocaine to members of his congregation. Fort Wayne Police began investigating 59-year-old Rev. Curtis White III of the Divine Faith Baptist Church about a month ago after receiving complaints from his congregation, according to police spokesman Michael Joyner. Read the rest of the story here. Really? Wow

It’s going to be a slow news recap this week. Got so overloaded with all the political stuff going on, just could not muster up the mood to read much news. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

Weekly News Roundup-Jesus was NOT a Republican or Democrat

 A few good reviews of some movies, TV and music we might or might not want to see. From the Plugged In Website.

 

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Ouija Rated PG 13

As kids, best friends Debbie and Laine used to play with Laine’s Ouija board. It was merely a creepy little diversion since neither of them really believed the game was connecting them to “other side.” So it was just the eerie idea that some ghostly figure had its invisible hand on the planchette with theirs—moving the plastic pointer from letter to letter on the board—that kept them going at it, giggling all the while. Continue reading the full review here.

Do we really want our 13 year olds watching movies about the occult and folks trying to make contact with dead spirits?

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Carrie Underwood-Something in the Water

It’s a refreshing contrast.

So many young stars begin their careers talking winsomely about their faith only to seemingly move as far away from it as possible. But Carrie Underwood, the down-to-earth country girl next door from Checotah, Okla., has come full circle with “Something in the Water,” a faith-doused song added on to her first Greatest Hits album .Continue reading the full review here.

With so much inappropriate music out there, it’s nice to see that some performers seem to have hung on to what really matters.

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Black Jesus TV MA

Jesus hung out with sinners all the time. But He never sinned. Cartoon Network’s Black Jesus, on the other hand, hangs out with sinners and sins with them.

And that’s a problem. Read the rest of the review here.

Can you say blasphemy?

Why don’t the folks running for office ever talk about their qualifications?

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Senator Pryor, Tom Cotton may have made some questionable votes on some issues…..but do you actually believe he hates women?

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Your turn Mr. Cotton. America thanks you for your service, and that is the truth. But, really, how does being a ranger qualify you to be a Senator? As a veteran myself, this bothers me.

It would be nice to hear one of them say what makes him qualified to be our Senator instead of hurling meanness at each other.

Frank Schaefer wins final reinstatement with Methodists

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(RNS) Seven years after officiating at the wedding of his gay son, the Rev. Frank Schaefer has been reinstated as a clergyman in the United Methodist Church.

The denomination’s top court upheld a June decision to reinstate Schaefer’s ministerial credentials after a trial court defrocked the Pennsylvania pastor last year. Read the rest of the article here.

Sigh

This is in case you want to get your Theology from a Hollywood actor

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Moses was “likely schizophrenic” and “one of the most barbaric individuals,” says Christian Bale, who plays Moses in “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” the latest in a series of biblically-based or inspired films. Director Ridley Scott adds that in his movie, the parting of the Red Sea will be caused by an earthquake, and not by God or Moses. Read the rest of the article here.

Good to know I can put away all my commentaries now. I have Christian Bale and Ridley Scott to keep me straight!

The first Duggar daughter gets married

Photo:Discovery Press
Photo:Discovery Press

Tonight, fans of “19 Kids & Counting” will be able to see Jill Duggar wed Derick Dillard in a special episode that features the couple deciding on and agreeing to have a unique, covenant marriage.

A covenant marriage license is available only in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Arizona and allows for more opportunities for couples who want to ensure that they stay together through thick and thin. It requires a couple to have special premarital counseling and agreeing to seek counseling should they ever consider separating or divorcing. According to TLC, covenant marriages “do not permit no-fault divorces, or divorces that are granted without evidence that the marital contract was broken.” Read the rest of the article here.

Some may have their opinions about the Duggars, but they are cute.

We are rightly concerned about the assault on Biblical marriage that is going on in this country with the looming universal legalization of gay marriage, but the first big assault on Biblical marriage took place in 1969 in California when Ronald Reagan signed into law our nation’s first No Fault Divorce Law…Just saying.

Its hard for Christians to be credible when some of us are so stupid!

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 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A minister in Alabama is refusing to step down despite being voted out after he admitted from the pulpit last month that he has the AIDS virus and that he has been engaging in sexual activity with members of the congregation. Read the rest of the article here.

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Have a wonderful and Blessed Weekend!

 

 

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