The Passover Lamb

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I know that this isn’t the time of the season for this topic but I felt that I was prompted to write about this now.

I’ve been listening to Bible study audio books from Dr. Bill Creasy. He can bring an interesting perspective to the Bible that you might not hear anywhere else. This topic was one of them.

Passover is celebrated by the Jews as a memorial to their exodus from Egypt while under the rule of Pharaoh

The Jews lived in Egypt for more than 400 years (Exodus 12:40). Their life in Egypt began at the end of Genesis when Joseph, his father, and his brothers were reunited in Egypt. Pharaoh was a fair man and he allowed Israel and all of his family to live in the land of Goshen.

In the beginning of Exodus, we see that the Jews began to multiply; their families began to grow in number. At this time, there was a new king of Egypt who didn’t know Joseph. Because the king could not find a way to keep the Jewish population down, he instead decided to enslave them.

But God had other plans.

In Exodus 12, we read that God will cause the Egyptians to be struck by ten plagues. God outlined a series of steps that the Jews needed to follow so that they were not struck down by the tenth plague, that of the passing of death throughout the land of Egypt.

They were to purchase a one year old lamb and publicly sacrifice it. Each family was then to take the blood of the lamb and apply it to the lentils and door posts of their homes. This protected everyone inside from become a victim of the tenth plague.

Passover is a yearly celebration, marking the time when death ‘passed over’ the Jews.

Part of this celebration is the drinking of four cups of wine. The wine is a symbol of the joy that the people of Israel had when they left the land of Egypt. The four cups represent the promises made by God to the people of Israel (Exodus 6:6-7).

So where am I going with all of this?

“The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.”

Jesus celebrated His last Passover with his disciples. It is thought that Jesus only drank three cups of wine instead of four. There is no evidence for this in the Bible but, to me, this makes sense.

While He was on the cross, He cried out with a loud voice:

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46)

Someone ran and put wine vinegar on a sponge and gave Him to drink. He drank of it and gave up the ghost.

That last drink was the fourth cup of Passover wine. The meal (and the sacrifice) was complete.

Jesus’ sacrifice (as the Passover lamb) guarantees that death will pass over us and that we will have an eternal life with Him in Heaven.

I hope this didn’t meander too much. I tend to ramble at times. 🙂

God Bless!

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Matthew 25 – Being Prepared

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We do our best to try to be prepared for any one of a number of life events: getting married, saving money for your child’s college tuition, your retirement planning, etc.

These are all things that you try to do ahead of time. You want to make sure you are prepared early because you know that these things will probably come to pass.

In Matthew 25, Jesus teaches his disciples the parable of the ten virgins and how they are like the kingdom of heaven.

In the parable, the ten virgins took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of the virgins were wise and brought extra oil for their lamps. The other five were not as wise and brought no extra oil.

While the bridegroom was taking his time, the ten virgins fell asleep. While they were asleep, the lamps of the five virgins who did not bring extra oil went out.

At midnight, there was a cry as the bridegroom arrived. The ten virgins awoke and were instructed to go out and meet the bridegroom. Unfortunately for the five virgins with the unlit lamps, they could not go out to meet the bridegroom. They asked the other five for oil for their lamps but the other five protested and said they couldn’t because there wouldn’t be enough oil for everyone:

But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you; but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” (Matthew 25:9 KJV)

While the five went out to buy more oil, the bridegroom arrived and went into the marriage with the five virgins who came prepared. The door was then shut.

The other five arrived with the extra oil and shouted “Lord, Lord, open to us.” He answered them, saying that he knew them not.

In this parable, Jesus is teaching us to be prepared for his return because, as Jesus states in Matthew 24:36, no one knows the day or hour of his return, except for the Father.

So what should we take away from all of this? Be prepared! Don’t wait; don’t hesitate; don’t sit back and think that you have plenty of time to get with the program! Live your life as if Jesus is coming back this very hour. Only then will you truly be prepared for his return.

God Bless!

I’m Still Here!

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Just a quick shout-out to my faithful readers that I’m still here.

Time and circumstances have kept me from writing more frequently here and I wanted to apologize to everyone.

And…confession time…writer’s block!

I’ve been mentally spent at work and it’s made it tough to try to get words on the page.

Actually, it’s been tough to get the words to form in this three-pound lump of gray matter.

But I am working on one that should be out later this week or early next week, so stay tuned!

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July!

Speaking of which, was anyone else bummed out by the fact that the SyFy channel did not air the annual Twilight Zone marathon?

I was pretty excited to start watching in on the 4th but, much to my chagrin, they were running a ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ marathon. Blood and gore isn’t for me. I enjoy the more intellectual type of shows like ‘The Twilight Zone.’

Anyhow, the SyFy channel has one more chance to redeem themselves by airing ‘The Twilight Zone’ this coming New Year’s Eve/Day.

So listen up, SyFy…if you don’t, you’re dead to me!

God bless!

The Religion of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains Part 1 – Zero Times Omega

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I know the title sounds weird but it’s not. There really is a startup religion using blockchains.

And just wait until I tell you the part about the Jesus Coin. Actually, I think I’ll make that a separate post. It deserves it.

Let’s start by understanding what is a blockchain:

A blockchain is a digital way for people conducting transactions to cut out the middle man. Instead of going through a third-party, the transaction is conducted on a “digital ledger” for everyone to see. The transaction needs approval from all parties that are tied to the blockchain. Once they approve it, then the transaction will be processed. There is a level of cryptography used to keep transactions safe and these transactions are out in the open for all to see so any cheaters out there will get caught because you can see the transactions they’ve made.

Theoretically, however, almost anything can be built on a blockchain.

Now let me introduce you to Ethereum and “Zero Times Omega.”

Ethereum is a blockchain that is used for developing and running apps. (You can read more about it here.)

With Ethereum, you can kickstart and fund a project, create your own cryptocurrency, or build a brand new decentralized application.

But the one thing that stood our for me is that you can create a “democratic autonomous organization.”

And that’s where “Zero Times Omega” comes in.

It is based on the aforementioned blockchain. The creator of this blockchain, Matt Liston, stated that ‘“It’s a religious framework that could allow for belief sets to update much more quickly and also to democratize the relationship between membership and convergence on what everyone believes in this religion.”’

For me, this has all the earmarks of a deception written all over it.

While I haven’t read what they call their ‘holy book’, the idea is that they can vote on different aspects of their ‘religion’ and make changes to it, if there is a consensus.

Simply put, this is exactly the kind of technology that Satan can use to create any one of a number of deceptions.

Unlike “Zero Times Omega”, the Word of God is never-changing, no matter what any organization says. There are Christians out there (including pastors) who are already learning and preaching the Word in a ‘feel good’ format. They are subtly making changes so that people don’t get offended.

Let’s face facts, everyone: the Bible can offend, condemn, and lay your sins bare. But it also provides grace and inspires and shows us that we are redeemable and that to get there, we must first acknowledge and put our faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV).

Enough said.

God Bless!

 

We are Christians and Soldiers

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I picked up a daily devotional that was sitting on my wife’s desk and opened it to a random page. The title of the devotional on the left side read ‘Soldiers on the Battlefield.’

I felt the need to pick that book up today and God led me to what I thought was a random page and that’s what I read.

What does that have to do with anything? Actually, plenty.

After I read the title and the content of the devotional, I thought about the recent display of blasphemy that was put on at the recent Met Gala.

For those of you who aren’t aware, there was an event that took place at the Met. It’s called the Met Gala. Quite honestly, I don’t know why they have such an event but there are any one of a number of stars who attend this event. Each of theses events has some sort of theme. The attendee’s wardrobe is based on the theme of the event. This year it was Christianity.

I say Christianity because some were dressed in Roman Catholic-like vestments while others were adorned with crosses or religious images. Jared Leto was dressed as Jesus, adorning his head with a mock crown of thorns.

As Christians, we need to call out this kind of mockery and stand against it. We need to call out those who would preach a different gospel and bring the light to bear on them. Those needing to be saved are being led astray by a ‘watered-down’ gospel message.

As soldiers, put on the full armor of God and get yourselves ready.

A Thank You from Me to You.

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I should have done this a while ago but I wanted to take a minute and thank everyone for visiting this tiny little corner of cyberspace and taking a minute to read my posts. It is very much appreciated!

I can’t believe that this all started back in 2010!

I was a novice writer with a lot to learn. A guy putting his thoughts down, hoping to make an impact somewhere in the space-time continuum.

Today I’m less of a novice with a lot to learn.

It’s been a fun trip over the last eight years and I’m glad that you’ve taken the trip with me! I hope that we can continue this journey together.

Again, thank you so much for your patronage and I hope to see you soon!

God Bless!

GQ Hates the Bible (and Other Assorted Classics).

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Yes, you read that title correctly. GQ hates the Bible.

Okay, that’s my own spin on it but it’s pretty close to accurate.

GQ recently published an article (or, more accurately, an opinion piece) titled 21 Books You Don’t Have to Read. You can read it here.

Included with the Bible are such classics as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Old Man and the Sea and A Farewell to Arms (both by Ernest Hemingway), as well as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

And coming in at number 12 was the Bible. Here is the author’s take on the Bible:

Those who have read it know there are some good parts, but overall it is certainly not the finest thing that man has ever produced. It is repetitive, self-contradictory, sententious, foolish, and even at times ill-intentioned.

If you haven’t guessed by now, I completely disagree with the author on all of this except on one point: it is true that this is not the finest thing that man has ever produced.

It is, however, the finest thing that God has produced.

Yes, man wrote the words down but God gave men the words to write. Men like Moses, Paul, John, and Timothy (among others) received the Word from God and wrote them down. Yes, there are bad parts (murder, rape, and God’s wrath on His people) and there are good parts (redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation).

Taken as a whole, the Bible is the story of us. The creation of man, his fall, and his eventual return to righteousness through the saving work of Jesus Christ. Everything we were and everything we were destined to become is written in the pages of the Bible. Those who are ‘of the world’ can’t see that. They only see the Word as a collection of interesting stories and nothing more.

For those of us who are saved, we see the Bible as our guide to salvation and where the future of this world is headed.

All you have to do is take a look around at the world today and you will realize that the Bible is more relevant now than it’s ever been. Pick it up, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, and you will see it exactly as I (and many others) see it.

P.S. If you’d like to leave me additional feedback, a suggestion on a post, or just a general question, please feel free to fill out the form below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

God Bless!

The Sinner’s Prayer – Romans 3 versus Romans 10

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You would think that after being saved for the last 6 years, I wouldn’t question anything having to do with my salvation.

That was the case…until last week. Now I’m starting to reconsider what it means to be saved and what salvation truly is according to the Bible.

My wife pointed me to a very interesting video the other day and I finally had a chance to view.

It’s by someone named Robert Breaker. He brought up an interesting premise concerning the Sinner’s Prayer.

If you’re not familiar with it, the Sinner’s Prayer is a prayer that you say in order to become saved. It goes something like this:

‘Dear Lord, I know that I am a sinner and that I need to repent. I ask You to forgive me of my sins and that You come into my life and into my heart. I ask Jesus to be my Lord and Savior.’

Now, this prayer can vary from person to person but this is the general idea of what someone would say if they want to be saved.

In the video, Brother Robert brings up a very good point: this prayer is no where in the Bible.

His belief (and it’s starting to become mine) is that those who have promoted the use of this prayer have taken a number of verses from Romans 3 and Romans 10 and put them together to create this ‘prayer of salvation.’ But Romans 3:25 states the following:

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”

This states that all we need is faith in the blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins and for everlasting life.

When you think about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Back in Jesus’ time (and much before), once a year the priests would sacrifice a lamb or a bull and wipe the blood on the altar. This process was meant to forgive them of their sins of the past year.

This is exactly what Jesus did when He died on the cross. His blood was shed for our sins. There is no indication that the Apostles said a ‘sinner’s prayer;’ there’s nothing in the Bible that states that Paul said it either. Even the thief on the cross simply said ‘Remember me when You come into your Kingdom.’

That’s really it. You don’t need any kind of special prayer or ritual; no procedure needs to be followed or anything of the kind. You simply need to believe and have faith in the blood of Jesus and you can be sure of your salvation.

I’m in no way saying that praying the prayer is bad. You just have to make sure that you have faith in the blood as well. Without that, you are still a lost soul.

I hope this helps. I felt an urging to get this message out to everyone because I was guilty of endorsing the ‘sinner’s prayer’ but not endorsing faith in the blood of Jesus.

I hope this message blesses you. If you wish to contact me, please feel free to leave a comment.

God Bless!

 

Get a Life!

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I was getting ready for work this morning and I was trying to figure out what my next blog should be. All of a sudden, the phrase ‘get a life’ popped into my head.

Okay, where did that come from? Phrases like that just don’t randomly pop into my head. Of course, the next thing that popped into my head was William Shatner on Saturday Night Live doing the ‘Get a LIfe’ skit where he tells a bunch of convention attendees that it’s just a TV show (if I was better at this stuff, I would have inserted the required animated GIF below).

Anyhow, I knew that I couldn’t write about that since we’re so close to Easter.

So, after getting ready, I sat down to read my daily Bible plan reading and the verse of the day was this:

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 KJV

There it was staring me right in the face.

If you’re reading this and you’re not sure where I’m going with this, it’s really quite simple: Jesus is how you get a life…an eternal life, at that.

On Sunday, we will be celebrating the anniversary of the resurrection of Jesus. He gave his life so that we would have an eternal life with Him, as long as we believe in Him.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father , but by me.” John 14:6 KJV

That’s the essence of what we are celebrating on Sunday. God gave up His only Son so that we might be saved and have a chance at eternal life with Him in Heaven.

So that’s what I want you to take away from this message and from Sunday’s message: that Jesus is your way to eternal life in Heaven.

But the first thing you need to do is accept Him as your Lord and Savior. This will start your towards salvation and eternal life. It’s not going to be an easy one. There are times when you will fall (trust me on this one) but God is always there to support you and help get you back on your feet.

So; Happy Resurrection Sunday to everyone. I hesitate to say Happy Easter as there are pagan overtones to that (another blog for another day).

Take care and God Bless!

The Apostasy of the Church – Part 4

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I am really getting tired of continuing to call out different pastors and churches when they preach heresy.

Did I already tell you that in another post? I probably did. I can’t remember anymore.

But here’s another one:

Jesus isn’t the only way.

That title is mine and not the true title of the article.

The gist of the article is that Michael A. Walrond Jr., pastor of First Corinthian Baptist Church, has preached to his congregation that Jesus being the only way is ‘insanity.’ Here is part of that sermon from about two weeks ago:

“There was a time when you would see people in the pulpit say, ‘well, if you don’t believe in Jesus you going to Hell. That’s insanity in many ways because that is not what Jesus even believes. And so the key is you believe in God. And whatever your path is to God I celebrate that. Personally I celebrate that,” he said to a smattering of applause. “Again, we have enough in this world that divides us we need to find those things that bring us together. And if God cannot bring us closer together then something is wrong, not with God but in how we think we know God and understand God.”

I’m pretty sure Jesus believes that He is the only way to the Father. He said it Himself:

I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6 KJV).

There is no mistaking what was said in that passage. The very fact that this pastor misquoted the Bible and the words of Jesus disturbs me.

This comes straight out of the ‘tickle your ears’ church. A statement like this is telling those who hear it that it’s okay to believe what you want. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, etc. will all go to Heaven. We know that’s not true but, unfortunately, this pastor does not.

And there are others our there just like him.

This is a perversion of the Gospel and it’s designed to keep the people in the seats rather than teach them the truth. These pastors should be growing their flock with the truth rather than a lie.

If your church teaches this or anything close to it, run for the door and don’t look back. That’s how I feel about it. I want to know the truth. I want to know what’s coming. I want to know what is in store for us in the last days and I want myself and my family to be ready for it.

Unfortunately, this type of doctrine isn’t it.

God Bless.

Author’s Note: I wanted to add that we should pray for these pastors who preach messages like this. We should pray that God will help them see the error of their doctrine and that they will change.