Christianity without Jesus?

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Christianity.

We know that Jesus is the center of our faith.

But do we ever really think about what that all means?

I think Paul said it best when he wrote his letter to the church in Corinth:

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching in vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ; whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised; And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” (1 Corinthians 15:14-19 KJV).

God sent His Son to use as the ultimate and final sacrifice for our sins. He was the final Passover sacrifice. Through Him, we have forgiveness and eternal life.

Some churches, however, are straying away from this message.

But that’s not what this is about.

This is about an eternal hope in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

On this Easter Sunday, please keep that in mind. Always remember that without Jesus and His death and resurrection, our faith is meaningless. Make Jesus the center of your life and you can assured of an eternal life with Him.

And if you haven’t given your life to Jesus and the saving power of His blood sacrifice, please do so. It’s never too late. And if there was ever a time of year to do it, this week would be perfect. Of course, any day of the week will work but you get the idea. 🙂

This was a short one but I hope that I was able to convey to you how important keeping Jesus in our faith is to our faith.

God Bless!

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The Marijuana Debate

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To smoke or not to smoke, that is the question.

Okay, it’s not Shakespeare but I gave it the ole’ college try.

The state of New Jersey recently attempted to vote on legislation to legalize marijuana. Needless to say, it ‘went up in smoke.’

There weren’t enough legislators supporting this for them to bring it to a vote.

The legislation itself is somewhat controversial. The bill would have allowed the legal sale of marijuana through marijuana dispensaries. This means that you could go to one of these places, without a prescription, and buy as much as you want. But (and here’s the catch) there would be a $42 an ounce tax applied. That means that 1 ounce would cost an extra $42 in taxes.

To me, this is a money grab by our illustrious legislators.

Now where do I come down on all of this, you ask? (Okay, I’m assuming you’ll ask).

For starters, it’s a money grab by our money hungry politicians. They have also used the projected income of the tax as a basis to borrow more money, which places the state more in debt. It’s more money that we can’t afford to pay back from programs that we can’t afford to have.

The second issue I have is that there seems to be a greater acceptance of legalized marijuana by the religious communities.

I don’t want to make generalities but a quick Bing search (I hate Google…sorry) shows that some pastors and churches are supporting the legalization of marijuana. While it does have its place for some with its medicinal properties, there is a big question about its recreational use.

When I started writing this, the one question I wanted to ask (and eventually answer) was “What does God think about smoking marijuana?”

Naturally, the place to start looking would be in God’s Word but where to start?

I started doing searches for pastors who are okay with recreational marijuana and I came across an article by a pastor who pointed to Galatians 5:19:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleaness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies…” (Galatians 5:19-20 KJV)

The word witchcraft is synonymous with the word sorcery (sorcery is used in the NIV). The word sorcery (witchcraft) translates, in the Greek, to pharmakeia. Pharmakeia is defined as the use of drugs, potions, and enchantments.

Okay that took a long way to get there but, bottom line, marijuana is not a good thing for a Christian to partake in.

When you smoke marijuana, it opens your mind and gives license for anything demonic to enter. As Christians, we are to remain vigilant and always wear the Armor of God. By smoking marijuana, you are removing that armor and allowing the enemy to take a foothold in your life.

The decision is yours but keep in mind that God’s Word is against such things.

God Bless!

Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy

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Well, everyone, I went and saw the movie and let me tell you, I was definitely impressed by the content. So much so, that it might take a bit of time to put all of my thoughts together concerning this film.

The premise of the film is the controversy surrounding the authorship of the first five books of the Old Testament. Most Christians believe that Moses wrote Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

According to the film, a number of mainstream scholars don’t believe Moses could have written those first five books because the people of that time couldn’t read or write. According to these same scholars, there was no formal written alphabet that could have been used.

However, the Bible contradicts that position quite clearly.

In Exodus 17, we see Joshua and the army of Israel go up against Amalek. After defeating Amalek, God instructs Moses to “write this for a memorial in a book…” (Exodus 17:14).

If the Israelites couldn’t read or write, then why would God instruct Moses to write down the history of this battle with Amalek? Why would God write the Ten Commandments on stone tablets for the people to follow (Exodus 34:28) if the people couldn’t read?

In this film, Tim Mahoney makes the case that Moses could have used an early form of an alphabet to write the first five books of the Old Testament. And this alphabet could have been created by Joseph. As the second in command of Egypt, he would have needed to write a number of different documents. A simpler form of an alphabet would make it easier to write and easier for the Semitic people to read.

Tim easily makes the case that Moses did, in fact, write the first five books of the Old Testament and it’s well worth watching.

If you can, there is one more showing of this film in theaters tonight, March 19. If not, I would invite you to buy the DVD when it’s available. I would also buy Patterns of Evidence: Exodus to establish the background for this latest film.

I made this one short because I didn’t want to give away too much of the film. I want to encourage you to watch it for yourselves and make your own decisions.

God Bless!

Movie Night!

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This one will be a short post.

My wife and I are headed to the movies Thursday night!

I write that with an exclamation point (and a touch of sarcasm) because we never go to the movies and I’ll tell you why: it’s too expensive!

That’s the primary reason. I remember when movie tickets used to be less than four dollars. Now they’re…well, let me put it to you this way: you need to take out a second mortgage to afford it.

And then there’s seating.

We tend to get there a bit early so we’ll find a good seat. But somehow that one person (who happens to be as tall as the Empire State building) sits in the row in front of us and right in front of us.

Oh, did I mention the kids who always sit behind us and kick the back of our seats?

That’s why we don’t go to the movies that often. When we do, we want to make sure that it’s something worthwhile.

I think Thursday’s movie will be different. It’s called ‘Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.’

There are many out there who don’t believe that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible. The purpose of this movie is to show evidence to the contrary. From what I’ve read, it will help Christians explain to skeptics why Moses did write the first five books.

I plan on writing a longer post about what I saw and the evidence presented.

If you want to check the movie out for yourself, it will be in theaters for three days. You can find theaters near you by clicking here.

God Bless!

The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

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I happened to be perusing Facebook today when I came across a post that was part of my feed. The exact headline escapes me at the moment but what I can say is that the subject of the story was the first annual Christian witches convention.

Say what?

I had to read that one again. The first annual Christian witches convention?

For many of you reading this, you already know that the word ‘Christian’ and ‘witch’ are two terms that should never be together in the same sentence.

The people organizing this event believe that the Bible is a ‘book of magic’ and that Jesus was a ‘sorcerer.’

They go on to say that the various miracles He did (such as changing water into wine and feeding thousands with just five loaves and two fishes) are all natural things that were accomplished using supernatural means.

I can agree with that part of the statement but I completely disagree with them when they say that Jesus accomplished these things because he was a sorcerer. Honestly, take the word magic and substitute the word miracle and you have exactly what Jesus did. He accomplished all of these things through the Father. These were all miracles and not alchemy.

Being a Christian witch is the exact opposite of what God told Moses to write in the book of Leviticus:

Regard not them that have familiar spirits; neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them; I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31 KJV)

And the soul that turneth after such as familiar spirits; and after wizards; to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.” (Leviticus 20:6 KJV)

The New Age movement has begun a slow and steady invasion into the church and some are signing up. I wrote about this in my post titled “The Religion of Oprah”, which you can read here.

We need to vigilant and always apply discernment to anything that is introduced into the church. If you are sitting in your seat and your church begins teaching these things, I would tell you to head for the door as quickly as you can.

Here is the link to the article about the Christian witches convention

God Bless!

 

5G: Coming to a Lamp Post Near You!

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Contrary to the title of this post, I am against the coming 5G technology and I plan to tell you why.

5G stands for 5th Generation digital wireless technology. Most of the country (if not all) runs on the 4G network. This provides data transfer speeds in the ‘several hundred megabyte’ range. In some cases, it can reach near gigabit speeds. This makes downloading files and streaming a lot faster than the older technologies that we were using not more than five or ten years ago.

The part that makes this technology dangerous is the bandwidth that will be used.

5G will tap into a little used bandwidth called millimeter waves. The waves range anywhere from 30 GHz to 300 GHz. Compare that to the previous 4G technology which ran at a bandwidth anywhere from 1.7 GHz to 2.7 GHz.

The drawback to using this technology is that millimeter waves can’t travel very far or through objects. In order for this technology to work efficiently, 5G antennae will need to be installed in what they call a ‘densification’ process. What that means is that you will likely see a 5G tower on every street corner. Some have said that you would need one every twelve houses. I’ve read some reports that they will need to be installed on every light post and telephone pole in order to get the most out of this.

Now comes the part that no one seems to be addressing and that’s the health affects of this new technology. A number of studies have been done which list some of the following as potential side effects of exposure to low-level wireless radiation:

– DNA single and double strand breaks.
-Oxidative damage to cells.
-Melatonin reduction.
-Disruption of cell metabolism.

These are just a few of the potential side effects. You can read more about it here.

The International Association of Firefighters currently oppose the placement of cell towers on fire stations due to fire fighters experiencing fatigue, headaches, weakness, and confusion.

I am personally concerned with how quickly they are pushing this out without adequate study of the effects it will have on the human body. Please do your own research into this and see the information for yourself. Take action if 5G has been planned in your community.

Protect yourself and put on the armor of God. He will always protect you when you call on Him.

God bless!

The Cornerstone of our Faith

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For me, one of the hardest things I have to go through with this blog is finding a topic to write about.

My drive into work is a pretty long one (about an hour and five minutes or so). I spend some of that time talking to God. Part of that time is spent asking Him for inspiration for this blog.

During this time of conversation, a word popped into my head: cornerstone.

Okay, Lord, what am I supposed to do with this?

Then God gave me what I needed: the stone which the builders rejected.

As soon as I got into work, I had to get at least the title of the blog down before I got too busy.

I admit that I’m not a Bible scholar so I had to look this up:

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner; this is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes?” (Matthew 21:42).

The Hebrews rejected Jesus as their Messiah. He taught them in their streets and in their synagogues but they still rejected Him. They rejected Him to the point where He was crucified. They crucified Him because of His ‘blasphemy.’

What they didn’t understand was that this was all pre-ordained by God. He knew that the Hebrews needed a Savior and He gave them one. Isaiah foretold of this:

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.” (Isaiah 28:16)

Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith and we must never forget that. I see too many stories and reports of churches completely cutting Jesus out of their service in favor or a more seeker-friendly program. Our faith is constantly under attack by radical groups as well as some in the media and even celebrities.

Is the modern-day church in danger of rejecting the cornerstone of the Christian faith? I hope not. We are the last line of defense when it comes to preaching the gospel to the four corners of the earth. Let’s not let this last line fall.

God Bless!

A New Year, a New You!

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Happy New Year everyone!

If you’re like me, you’ve started to notice a lot of advertising centered around making improvements in yourself in 2019. Everything from shopping channels hawking meal plans to gym equipment popping up in my Facebook feed. I can already see this is going to be a fun year.

All of these commercial, print, and online ads focus on making a “new” you out of the “old” you. But the old you they want to transform is the outside you and not the inside you.

Twice today I’ve seen the same verse within an hour. That verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying these programs are bad. They can address a number of issues you might be having with your weight or your physical fitness.

But what about your spiritual fitness? That’s just as important or even MORE important than your physical fitness.

Many of us have started to embrace a new way of living so that we are healthier and fitter. We eat more organic foods, we exercise more, and we take our supplements on a daily basis. We are trying to get rid of the old physical body and create a newer, better, and healthier body.

But what about your spirit?

For those of us who are saved, we already know the answer to that. It can be found in the above passage. For those who are not saved, you need to consider this carefully.

After all, what’s the point of awesome physical health if your spirit is sick and dying? You can be as healthy as you want but when you die and are not saved, your health won’t matter at all.

I’ve had discussions with atheists concerning salvation issues and they think I’m a nut because I believe in someone they call a ‘make believe man in the sky.’ But then I think back on something I saw on Facebook many years ago: “If I’m wrong, then I’ve wasted my life; if you’re wrong, you’ve wasted your eternity.”

I don’t want to anyone waste their eternity and neither does God. He wants you to put your faith in the shed blood of His resurrected Son. Then your salvation will be secure. Once you do this, you’ll experience a spiritual health that will compliment your physical health perfectly.

So go ahead and drink your smoothies. Just remember to also drink from the cup of eternal life.

God Bless!

God’s Gift to Us

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In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:9)

One night, in Bethlehem, a child was born.

God gave us this child as a gift to us that we might find salvation through Him.

As we gather together with family to celebrate this wonderful time of year, take a moment and reflect the child lying in the manger. He came so that we might be saved. It’s never too late to accept this gift. When you do, you’ll find it’s the best gift anyone could ever give another.

Therefore the Lord himself shall send a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14 KJV)

Merry Christmas and God Bless!

Governor Murphy is a Disaster

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The title says it all.

In November of 2017, the state of New Jersey elected Phil Murphy as governor.

Over the last eleven months, his administration has been a complete disaster.

Now I can’t blame him for everything. The Senate and Assembly bear much of the blame for what has been happening in this state. The latest budget has a variety of tax increases including the sales tax, Airbnb, Uber, and internet transactions. He has also increased the gas tax by eight cents. He has also set up a $2.1 million defense fund for illegal immigrants who are facing deportation. There are also a number of budget items that will be funded by revenue generated from the sale of marijuana. Unfortunately, marijuana isn’t legal in New Jersey.

I mentioned that I can’t blame him entirely because the Senate and Assembly need to pass all of these budget items, which they did wholeheartedly.

The one person who vocally disagreed with this is Senate president Steve Sweeney. But, like all good New Jersey politicians, he tucked his tail between his legs and gave in.

So much for standing up for the people of the state he is supposed to represent.

November 15, 2018 marked his latest mismanaged event.

The weather forecast for that day was predicted to be bad. Bad, as in snow and more snow with some ice thrown in. In other words, the road conditions were going to be bad. But, I have to give the governor props because he and his team were prepared for this.

Just kidding. He acted as if nothing was happening. He spent his time in Atlantic City giving a speech and having dinner with his wife.

Meanwhile, the snow and the ice were falling and cars were sliding all over the road or not going anywhere at all. They estimated that there were a little over one thousand accidents during that storm.

When the plows and salt trucks were finally dispatched, they were stuck behind all of the other cars that weren’t going anywhere. Some people took anywhere from two to twelve hours to get home. There were some school children who didn’t get home. They had to sleep on the floor at their school.

When the governor finally had a press conference to address the issue, he blamed (get ready for this): climate change and the meteorologists.

I can’t fault the meteorologists. I listen to New Jersey 101.5 and, other than snow totals. chief meteorologist Dan Zarrow nailed the storm. And he was warning us for close to seventy-two hours prior to the storm hitting us.

The bottom line for me? This guy could care less about New Jersey. He’s left the running of the state to inexperienced children while he goes about trying to run for president. He’s done nothing to help alleviate the affordability problems with this state. In fact, he’s been doing the exact opposite.

Recently, I’ve seen calls to have Governor Murphy recalled. I hope it gains traction because he needs to go. Or I will.