Our New House, Courtesy of God

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I was doing my daily Bible reading and Phillipians 4:19 was my verse of the day:

My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

After I read this, I thought about our recent move from Point Pleasant, NJ. to Toms River.

We moved to a smaller house since we’re now officially “empty nesters.”

We decided to sell our house back at the beginning of the year. It’s was a lot of house for two people and the property taxes in our area were getting to be ridiculous. I mean, $7800 a year ridiculous.

The entire time we were going through this process, we always kept God at the front of it all. We made sure to consult Him in every decision we made. We always knew that He would bring us to the place we needed to be. And He led us to the place we are in now.

Now, it’s not brand new. The house was build in 1997 and it has its share of issues such as some mold in the crawlspace and a few other things that can easily be fixed. Oh, and did I mention that the property taxes went down to $3100 a year? Yeah, a nice savings for sure.

Okay, confession time: it’s in an adult active community (hence the lower property taxes). Now before you start laughing and saying that we moved into a retirement villlage…well, we did.

The neighbors are great and the association fees are low. They take care of snow shoveling, trash collection, and lawn care. It’s not a bad deal for $30 a month.

But I’m not going to second guess where God brought us. We (meaning my wife) spent a lot of time going around with the real estate agent looking at different properties. We were first looking at the adult communities but then decided that we wanted a single home that wasn’t in an association. But all the areas we looked in weren’t the greatest when it came to crime and the appeal of the area.

We ended up going back to the adult community idea. And that’s when God led us to where we are now.

And we’re thankful for it. He has put us in a better place both physically and financially.

And if my wife reads this, I have to give her all the credit for getting us to where we are today. She spent so much time and energy looking for houses and then going to see them as well as doing all of the packing of the house (I was working during this entire time). She kept everything organized and made the process a lot easier.

The long and short of it is that God will always be with you when you need Him. And He will always take you to where He needs you to be.

God Bless!

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God, Guns, and Man

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A lot has been said, from both sides, concerning the recent shootings at both the Gilroy Garlic Festival and Walmart.

I’ve listened to and read arguments from both sides. On the one hand, you have people who are blaming the guns instead of the shooters and they want everything from stricter gun laws to a total ban on all firearms. They believe that taking guns away will eliminate the mass shootings that have happened over the last few years.

It won’t.

Evil will do evil and will do it using whatever means they have at their disposal. Whether they use a gun, a knife, a bat, or a machete, they will find a way to cause harm if that is their intent. The Walmart shooter purchased his gun legally. There are any one of a number of illegal guns out there that can be purchased off the streets. They might try to take away our right to have legal guns but they will never get rid of the illegal gun problem.

Evil will still find a way to destroy everything that is good. Paul wrote in Ephesians that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual host of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

During his Olivet Discourse, Jesus said that the ‘love of many will grow cold’ (Matthew 24:12 NKJV). This would be the result of the growing lawlessness seen around the world.

And boy are we seeing that right now coming from radical groups on both sides of the political aisle. We’re even seeing it from our politicians who are openly calling for their constituents to attack conservatives and those who support President Trump.

And what is the one thing missing from all of this?

God.

We’ve removed Him from our schools, from the public square, and, in some cases, even from church.

What’s good has now become evil and what is evil has now become good. It’s almost as if we’re starting to live in the Upside-Down World from ‘Stranger Things.’

We need to get God back into the classrooms, back into the public square, and back into our homes and churches. And the parents actually need to start parenting again instead of coddling their children and telling them that they’re all winners. Let’s start by introducing them to what life is really like; that there are going to be winners and losers and that sometimes you’re going to be one of the two in life.

Be friends with the kid that looks like he’s a loner. Let him or her know that they aren’t alone and that people do care.

And then let’s get the Word of God into their heads and get it to stick where it will make a difference.

Then, and only then, will we start to see a generation that knows the difference between right and wrong and a solid set of morals to carry with them througout their lives.

And maybe a few less mass shootings.

God Bless and thanks for reading!

Consuming Your Lusts (James 4:3)

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I opened up my YouVersion Bible app (something everyone should have on their smartphone or tablet) this morning and the verse of the day was from the Book of James, chapter 4 verse 3:

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:3 KJV)

We live in a consumer-based society. And Satan controls all of it. In fact, he controls the world. We saw that in Matthew 4:8-9 when Jesus was fasting after his baptism:

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou will fall down and worship me.”

Digital and print media advertise everything from soft drinks to cars, begging you to try their product, use their razors, or drive the newest model year of their cars. We’ve taken on a ‘keeping up with the Jones” mentality. If the neighbor has a new car, we want the same car or one that’s even better. If their patio furniture is newer and brighter than ours, we want to go out and get something even bigger and better than theirs.

Do we do the same thing when we pray?

Are we asking for big things rather than what we need?

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m sure there are a few of us who would like God to give us a big bag of money so that we could take care of every debt that we own everyone and then have some leftover for a nice vacation.

But is that what we truly need in our lives?

Prosperity preachers like to say that you need to ask God for big things like money and cars and houses, etc. And they are not humble in the least when they show everyone how many cars they have or how big their mansions are.

Now, before I go any further, I want to be clear that I’m not out to get these guy (although I do think some of them live a rather gaudy lifestyle); my main point is that God will give you exactly what you need and when you need it. He won’t give you too much or not enough of something; He’ll give you what you need, exactly how much you need of it, and when you need it.

If you ever wonder why your prayers aren’t being answered, maybe you’re asking for the wrong things. Always remember to thank God every day for what you have, even if you have nothing. There will be something better for you just around the corner.

God Bless!

Trusting in the Lord

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I happened to be going through one of the drawers in my office desk when I came across a credit card sized calendar from 2015 (can you tell I don’t go through it that much?)

On the card was the following version from Proverbs:

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5 KJV)

The flip side of the card has the following:

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.” (Luke 18:27 KJV)

The reason I’m bringing this up is that we are going through a ‘life even.’ Nothing serious. We’re selling our house and moving to a smaller place. It’s just my wife and I so it makes a lot more sense for us. It’s one of those active adult community places.

Let me tell you something. It may seem corny to move into one of those places but my property taxes are going from &7400 a year down to $3100. That’s one big step in the right direction.

And how does all this tie into the verses I mentioned?

As Christians, my wife and I do our best to put our trust in the Lord. And we did it with this move.

We didn’t want to move but we knew that we would never pay off the house in our lifetime. So we gave the decision up to God. And He’s taken us through every step of the way. And for those little things where we didn’t consult Him, it didn’t work out the way we hoped.

When you put your trust in God and let Him guide you through any major decisions, you can be assured that it will work out the way He wants it to. Don’t lean on your own understanding and think that you can plan better than He can. Either way, you’ll end up exactly where He wants you to be.

Remember that through Him, everything is possible.

God Bless!

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Are You Inviting Demonic Spirits Into Your Home? — Charisma News – https://www.charismanews.com/marketplace/76588-are-you-inviting-demonic-spirits-into-your-home-2

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It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago that the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ was all the talk around the water cooler. Even local radio stations were discussing and summarizing each week’s episodes after they aired.

There were a number of people on my office discussing it as well. Naturally, I was asked if I had watched and I told them I didn’t because I felt I didn’t need to see what amounted to ‘soft porn.’

(If you’re new to ‘Game of Thrones’, there is a good amount of sex (including incest), violence, nudity, and some demons and demonic spell casting.)

It wasn’t until I read the article cited here that I made the connection between similar subject matter and demonic invitations.

By watching shows like this, are we inviting demonic spirits to enter into our lives and homes?

Please take a few minutes to read the article. Don’t get caught up in shows like this. It could lead to other things such as pornography or even adultery.

As I see more shows coming out that rely on nudity, violence, and sex, I’m reminded of Paul wrote about in chapter one of Romans. He details how the citizens of Rome (and, I’m sure, other cities) gave themselves over to a ‘reprobate mind’ and engaged in adultery, sodomy, and other forms of uncleanness.

Are these TV shows and literature sending us down that same path?

With the world trying to normalize things such as Gay Pride month, I think the answer to my last question is a huge yes.

via Are You Inviting Demonic Spirits Into Your Home? — Charisma News – https://www.charismanews.com/marketplace/76588-are-you-inviting-demonic-spirits-into-your-home-2

Bilderberg Meeting 2019

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This may seem like an odd topic to write about but I thought it worthy of coverage because these annual meetings have been shrouded in mystery and secrecy and I think we need to shed some light on them.

This year, the Bilderberg Group will be meeting from 30 May – 3 June in Montreux, Switzerland. Some of the topics at this year’s meeting include:

  1. A Stable Strategic Order
  2. What next for Europe?
  3. Climate Change and Sustainability
  4. China
  5. Russia
  6. The Future of Capitalism
  7. Brexit
  8. The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
  9. The Weaponization of Social Media
  10. The Importance of Space
  11. Cyber Threats

It’s a fairly long list of topics that will be discussed over the course of three days. But for this post, I will discuss the history of the Bilderberg Group. I will do a deeper dive into this elusive and private meeting in a future post.

The History of the Bilderberg Group

The Bilderberg Group was established in 1954 by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands. The intent of the meetings was to foster a relationship between North America and Europe. Attendees include political leaders, experts in various fields such as finance, industry, etc. as well as the media. The meetings are held once a year and the location changes with each meeting. The meetings are conducted under the Chatham House Rule.

The rule was created in 1927 and is not specific to the Bilderberg Meetings. The rule states that anyone participating in the meeting can use any of the information given but they can’t reveal who provided the information nor can they reveal the identities of any of the attendees.

They are called the Bilderberg Group because the first meeting was held in the Hotel de Bilderberg in Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

The attendees can number anywhere from 120 to 150. The origins of the participants is varied but usually two thirds are from Europe and the other third are from North America; one third of the total come from politics and government while the remaining attendees are from other fields. There can also be some ‘surprise’ attendees who join for the day but the identity of these attendees is always kept secret.

These meetings have come under fire from the conspiracy theory community due to the secretive nature of the meetings and some of the special guest attendees as well as the topics discussed. Some feel that these meetings are leading to the imposition of a one world government controlled by the elite.

My next post on this topic will cover some of the people who have attended over the years as well as some of the topics they’ve discussed and the conspiracy theories surrounding those topics.

My Day at the Races!

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I know what some of you might be thinking when you read the title of this post..

“Did he go to the Kentucky Derby this year?”

“He must have attended a stock car race somewhere?”

“Did he finally enter the race for president?”

Nope, none of the above..

My day at the races was my drive into work.

Yep, you heard me right. My drive into work.

I live in the great (insert sarcasm here) Garden State of New Jersey. My typical drive is across the state on Route 195 and then south down Route 295 to my exit in Mount Laurel. The roads aren’t too crowded with cars but there are enough that things can sometimes get a bit dicey.

Especially when everyone else thinks it’s the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Every NASCAR races starts with 43 cars. They don’t always end up crossing the finish line but the ones who do are fighting for their place, trying to get one more spot ahead so that they can get a few more points than the guy who finishes behind him. During the race there can be some bumping and a lot of drafting.

Now, translate that image to my drive into (and home from) work.

I’m not a ‘fraidy cat when it comes to driving. I can keep up with the best of them. But when you’re round-trip drive is 126 miles a day, gas consumption is numero uno on your list of things to consider (along with not getting into an accident, I suppose).

Anyway, to make a long story short, my drive in is just like the last lap of Daytona…except that everyone else is racing and I’m the guy at the bottom of the track, with a blown tire, just trying to make it back to pit road in one piece.

Okay, that’s it for me in this installment. I thought I would break from my usual subject matter and post something a bit lighter. Don’t worry…I’ll be back to more serious topics next time.

God Bless!

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!

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!