Isaiah 3:15

2 04 2012

Isaiah 3:15) What do you mean by crushing My people And grinding the faces of the poor?” Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

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That sounds a lot like people today, Christian and non-Christian… yes we may give to the offering bucket, we may donate to the TV to help kids over-seas… but a man asking for money by the side of the road, most of us just ignore him… I know I have before, and I’m ashamed.  We will pay mere pennies a day to support somebody we’ve never seen but we won’t spare a few dollars to a man who maybe homeless because he lost his job, or went through a horrible divorce. We assume the worst of them because we fear they might be dangerous.

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Daniel 3:4-6

1 04 2012

Daniel 3:4) Then a herald cried aloud: “To you it is commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,
Daniel 3:5) “that at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the gold image that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up;
Daniel 3:6) “and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

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It’s funny how the past can be compared to today’s life… like isn’t that what Muslims Extremists do today, “Worship Allah or die!” And they are even more similar than anyone could assume, but there are some differences, for example: instead of creating their own god as Nebuchadnezzar did, they twisted the one true God to justify themselves as they commit evil. But what are we do, do we submit or do we fight and believe in the truth of Jesus Christ. I choose to fight, what do you choose?





Joel 2:13

31 03 2012

Joel 2:13) So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

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It’s easy to show that your a good Christian these days… all you have to do is wear the right clothes, go to the right Church, be seen giving enough money (it helps that it’s tax deductible). But remember King David… God doesn’t look on the outward he looks at the the inside… so when we give we should be giving with a grateful heart, or not at all. We give so we can further the name of Jesus, not so we can feel better about ourselves or so we feel we should be rewarded. He is God, He is good, and He saved us from ourselves.





Exodus 20:18-21

21 08 2011

Exodus 20:18) Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw [it], they trembled and stood afar off.

Exodus 20:19) Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”

Exodus 20:20) And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.”

Exodus 20:21) So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God [was].

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The Israelites wanted to be able to hear God without a middleman they wanted to listen to God with their own ears, but after it happened they grew afraid.  What they thought they wanted wasn’t what they truly wanted, they probably thought of Moses as a new person trying to take control over them and wanted to be free of all restraints and thought if they could speak to God as well then he wouldn’t be as important as he was.  But they forgot God chooses His servants and who will speak for Him, we are His children but we don’t always listen to what we are told.  We even have trouble following the ten little rules He set up for us to walk with Him; we let the world get in the way of listening to God and when someone tries to correct us on this we say, “Don’t speak condemnation on me I’m a good Christian.”  We can’t stand correction, because we’d have to admit that we’re sinning.





2 Kings 18:19-25

30 07 2011

2 Kings 18:19) Then [the] Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence [is] this in which you trust?

2 Kings 18:20) “You speak of [having] plans and power for war; but [they are] mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me?

2 Kings 18:21) “Now look! You are trusting in the staff of this broken reed, Egypt, on which if a man leans, it will go into his hand and pierce it. So [is] Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.

2 Kings 18:22) “But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the LORD our God,’ [is] it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” ‘

2 Kings 18:23) “Now therefore, I urge you, give a pledge to my master the king of Assyria, and I will give you two thousand horses–if you are able on your part to put riders on them!

2 Kings 18:24) “How then will you repel one captain of the least of my master’s servants, and put your trust in Egypt for chariots and horsemen?

2 Kings 18:25) “Have I now come up without the LORD against this place to destroy it? The LORD said to me, ‘Go up against this land, and destroy it.’ “

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A little bit Faustian, but then again all deals the devil gives are, “I will give you anything you want if you give me your soul,” a bad trade in any situation.  But unfortunately too many people see the Lord as the bad deal, they feel he asks for too much when he says, “Have no other gods before me,” that’s just too much trouble to have a relationship with Him, we like our gods too much; the almighty TV, the great internet, dollar the wise, and pleasure the wonderful.  These almighty things are much more important than someone as unimportant as Jesus, I mean he just ask for so much; that we have no other gods before him, that we love him like he loves us, that we love our neighbors like we love ourselves; I mean what’s next no more stealing, raping, or killing.  Being a servant of the Lord is both easy and hard, easy because he just asks that we believe in him and love him; and hard because he asks us to do it for life.  But despite the pain and anguish being with the Lord is worth anything and everything, because his rewards last longer and are better.





Daniel 3:12-18

21 07 2011

Daniel 3:12) “There are certain Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego; these men, O king, have not paid due regard to you. They do not serve your gods or worship the gold image which you have set up.”

Daniel 3:13) Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king.

Daniel 3:14) Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “[Is it] true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, [that] you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?

Daniel 3:15) “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, [and] psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, [good]! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who [is] the god who will deliver you from my hands?”

Daniel 3:16) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.

Daniel 3:17) “If that [is the case], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver [us] from your hand, O king.

Daniel 3:18) “But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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Talk about peer pressure… either worship this golden image I set up or die.   Now who does that remind me of in today’s world?  Oh, I know Islam; let’s see holy Jihad, infidels, yadda yadda yadda.  Yep definitely similar ideals, rule through fear and intimidation, but something else is also very similar; public schooling, today many people are seriously hurt by the hazing that kids put other kids through just to be popular for four short years.  I’m not saying that high school are terrorist training grounds, but in a way they are.  Putting pressure on anyone to change their views on their life style to conform to the so-called norm is just wrong.

Today so many kids just want to be normal, not be different, and in my opinion boring.  The reason they want this is because being independent and different is frown upon and can also lead to social rejection which is something no one wants no matter their age.  Society demands that people with different views and beliefs conform to those they deem normal, and if someone refuses society will force it with bullying that the peers will ignore, with some stating, “Kids will be kids.”  As if that will explain and excuse everything, people need to wake up, norms are a majority that’s true… but that’s only because we’ve had society try to extinguish any form of free thinking practically from the time we are babies.  It’s gotten to the point that parents do it to their children out of fear that their social friends will think something is wrong with them because their children have independent ideas.  I’m not from the 60’s or anything like that, but the reason I’m saying this is that I look around and not only is nothing new being made in America, but everything that is being made is being made outside of the US.





2 Samuel 19:40-43

20 07 2011

2 Samuel 19:40) Now the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him. And all the people of Judah escorted the king, and also half the people of Israel.

2 Samuel 19:41) Just then all the men of Israel came to the king, and said to the king, “Why have our brethren, the men of Judah, stolen you away and brought the king, his household, and all David’s men with him across the Jordan?”

2 Samuel 19:42) So all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, “Because the king [is] a close relative of ours. Why then are you angry over this matter? Have we ever eaten at the king’s [expense]? Or has he given us any gift?”

2 Samuel 19:43) And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, “We have ten shares in the king; therefore we also have more [right] to David than you. Why then do you despise us–were we not the first to advise bringing back our king?” Yet the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

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We do that don’t we, we claim ownership of something if we happen to take more care of it, “I clean the house, wash the rugs, see the children off to school, and make sure it’s pest free so it’s mine.” It doesn’t matter someone else may pay the rent, the water or the food; I’ve done something major in running the house so those other things don’t matter.  I’d like to introduce you to something called narcissism.  Basically it’s a person that’s all about ego and maliciousness,  narcissists tend to overplay their own and underplay others’ achievements, “My son is a well respected doctor, while my wife’s daughter can hardly hold a job.”  Narcissists refuse to recognize that something could be their fault.

This is a dangerous thing in any person’s life but doubly so for Christians, the reason for this is because we are called to be the light of the world and when a Christian shines a light not of God but of ourselves we end up shining a light of Satan.  It’s very easy for anyone to become a narcissist all they have to do is start taking credit for others hard work, and blame others for your shortcomings.  Preachers do it all the time, “You are a sinner, repent!”  While this is true, they also don’t recognize they too are sinners, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  Not some or a few, but ALL have sinned.