Friday, September 21, 2018

Elon Gold on Israeli Humor

Going to Israel is a spiritual, but also fun experience in many ways.  Israelis are great people, but also have their own idiosyncrasies like the rest of us.  Here is Elon Gold sharing about Israeli humor with the United Nations.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Behind the Scenes of the Israel / Palestinian Conflict

Back in 2003, I had the opportunity to go to Israel and be involved in the "Experience Israel" team led by Justin Kron. We not only toured the land, but also spent 5 days doing missions work and evangelism by handing out books and talking to Israelis on the beaches and boardwalks. Anyone who thinks that the conflict is not complex doesn't understand.

My friend Justin has been faithful to take young people (under 35) on these annual summer trips to Israel and other Palestinians areas where they have been able to get a glimpse of the history and modern situations.  He has written a blog about it here. Check it out. 


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Separation of Church and State?

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”   Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Have you ever asked yourself whether you are too extreme for Jesus?  Or whether you should temper your talk as it relates to spiritual things?  Let’s be honest… there certainly have been those in the past and even those today who are “extreme for Jesus” and kill or murder in the name of God.  These people will use violence or coercion in sharing the message of the Bible and they reflect that they are more extreme for themselves than they are for Jesus.  These kinds of things are so far from His teaching it is amazing that they can’t see the inherent contradiction.  He came teaching that we should bless those who curse us and to do good to those who hate us (Matthew 5:44).  Jesus did not come physically forcing His message on people and neither should we. 

Nevertheless, Jesus was bold in proclaiming His message that all humanity must repent of their sins and place their trust in Him or else they would forfeit participating in His kingdom (John 14:6).  There certainly is a difference between force and being bold.  God commands us in Deuteronomy to constantly be consumed with His Word and message.  There should never be a time when we don’t seek to speak or live out His teachings.

If we are obedient Christians then it is impossible to separate our spiritual life from our political life and viewpoints.  One of the most controversial topics and phrases that have entered our everyday language is “the separation of church and state”.  It is common in our culture to say that our constitution promotes or “demands” a strict separation of church and state.  Others make the claim that our founding fathers were deists or agnostics at best and did not see any value in religion.  These thoughts and claims are extremely far from the truth.

John Jay, the first Supreme Court Justice of the U.S. and appointed by George Washington, wrote, “Providence has given to our people the choice of their rulers, and it is the duty, as well as the privilege and interest of our Christian nation to select and prefer Christians for their rulers.”

This is just one instance where we see that our founding fathers (John Jay helped write the Constitution) believed strongly in seeing Christians in politics.  They were faithful in following the command in Deuteronomy to keep the truths of God permeating all of their life, including politics and government.  It is true that our nation is no longer predominantly Christian and that there are many secular people who deny our Christian heritage.  Such people are constantly crying that there is a “separation of church and state.”  However, most of these people do not understand the origin of this phrase and what it means historically and contextually.  I am not sure who originated the phrase, “if you repeat a lie long enough, people will see it as true”, but in this case this adage has proven itself.  The phrase “separation of church and state” is not found in any official documents during the founding era of our country.  Instead, it is found in a private letter written by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists of Connecticut.  In one of my classes in college I wrote a thesis paper on this topic that you will find it in the link below.  I prove in this paper that there is no such thing as the “separation of church and state” as thought of today in the founding of our country.  It is a complete contradiction and fabrication of what Jefferson originally wrote.  Nevertheless, we continue to pray for our country and trust that God is still on the throne as our country continually goes down the path of moral and spiritual decay.

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Separation of Church Thesis Paper


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Chuck Missler graduated into Glory

In Loving Memory of Chuck Missler

It wasn't too long ago that the Church said goodbye to R.C. Sproul and now we have to say goodbye to Chuck Missler.  This is a brief bio from the website:

Dr. Missler gained international recognition as a Bible scholar, author and teacher. Through an informal affiliation with Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, California, Chuck became known for his insight into the integration of Scripture with science, history and prophecy. Over more than forty years, literally millions of Dr. Missler’s teachings have been distributed and enjoyed. From cassette tapes to MP3 audio down loads, from VCR tapes to YouTube videos, the message of “The Grand Adventure” has been enjoyed by many.

I can honestly say that there is probably not another Bible teacher that has influenced my thinking than Chuck Missler. I was one of those that spent hundreds and hundreds of hours listening to his cassette tapes. I have still have many of them!  Apart from an amazing secular career, his spiritual life involved several tragedies (two of his sons died prior to him) and he recently lost his wife.  Yet in the midst of all these, he remained faithful to his calling and also to his Lord.

His teachings and integration of science, history, and Scripture were a true blessing and few have ever been as gifted as him in bringing these topics into mainstream Christianity and keeping them interesting.  May God richly bless Him as we miss him here on earth.


Monday, April 2, 2018

Is the Mainstream Media Managed?

JFK assassination? 1947 Roswell "alien" crash? Federal reserve act of 1913 not really being passed? New world order? Was 9/11/2001 an inside job by the government?

These are just some of the so called conspiracy theories that are commonly mocked or joked about officially by the powers that be. I am not giving an opinion specifically on the truth of any those conspiracy theories, but what we do know that is that Satan is the ruler of this world (John 12:31; 14:30: 16:11), and "We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one" (1 John 5:19).

As Christians we are called to be discerning and wise as serpents (Matt 10:16). This means that we need to be cautious and wary of what the world (and Satan, its ruler) promotes through the main stream media. Is there a conspiracy to control the thoughts and perspectives of people?

YES! If you are a Bible believing Christian, we must acknowledge unashamedly that Satan absolutely is the master conspirator. Jesus called him the ruler of this world and Father of lies.

"You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).

Think about this for a moment. Jesus said that there is NO TRUTH in Satan. I find that is an amazing statement. This is why in Matthew 4 and Luke 4 when Jesus is tempted by Satan, Jesus didn't engage in any conversation except to quote God's Word.

Watch this short video below and then ask yourself whether the media is being managed by the power brokers behind the scenes. May God grant us discernment!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Final Passion Week Video (#3)

Have you ever blown it spiritually and needed forgiveness and restoration? The Bible teaches that we all have messed up. This video provides a great glimpse of how the resurrection gives us unlimited hope.

In Episode 3, our journey through the Passion Week explores the events that occurred from Saturday, where the disciples thought all was lost, to Easter Sunday where the resurrection changed the world. We even journey back north to Galilee where the resurrected Jesus gave hope to those who need a second chance—including us. Our challenge: How do we start over with God?

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Passion Week Video #2

We posted the first video on Monday and now we have the privilege of continuing to walk with Jesus on location during His final week of life.

In Episode 2, our journey through the Passion Week explores the events that occurred from Wednesday through Friday. In addition to seeing some archaeological finds related to Jesus, we'll experience the Upper Room, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus' arrest, trials, crucifixion, and burial. Our challenge: How do we keep going when we have blown it with God?

Click here for the 2nd video: