I haven’t seen the movie yet, but was concerned over the reports I have seen of the seemingly intentional cuts. I think Mr. Zamperini may have been correct, as many people will read his book after seeing the movie, or be curious enough to ask questions. It is fantastic that Billy Graham is releasing additional video for those who are curious, but won’t read it. I will also say that many unbelieving people have already been exposed to the gospel through this book. While the author does not appear to be a believer, I think she did a fantastic job capturing what Jesus did in his life. God continues to use Zamperini’s story in a mighty way.
Well, you’ve gotta love this Pope. First he told us that capitalism (i.e. free market economics) is evil, then he told us that abortion wasn’t so bad. Then he told us that homosexuality wasn’t so bad. Then he cozied up with the Islamists. Now he’s jumping on the “climate change” bandwagon.
If they ever oust him as Pope, maybe he could take a job with the DNC. He seems to be marching in lockstep with the Democrats. I’m not holding my breath on the ouster, mind you.
Which Bible is the Pope reading?
I had no idea they were locking people up for possessing knives. I’m glad it worked out, but kinda wish this guy was suing the people who locked him up.
This morning, I was reading the book of Hosea, and couldn’t help seeing the similarities between the condition in Israel then, and the condition in our country now. In chapter 4, we read:
“LISTEN to the word of the LORD, O sons of Israel, For the LORD has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness Or knowledge of God in the land. There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing and adultery. They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed. Therefore the land mourns, and everyone who lives in it languishes…Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being my priest… And it will be, like people, like priest; So I will punish them for their ways, and repay them for their deeds. They will eat, but not have enough; they will play the harlot, but not increase, because they have stopped giving heed to the LORD.”
This week has seen great unrest across our community and in greater part our nation, and there is much speculation as to the actions to take in order to calm the unrest. Unfortunately, the voices speaking the truth are often silenced, because of the unwillingness of the people to accept the knowledge of God. We in the American church must ALL cling to the knowledge of God and speak the truth in love to people, for the gospel is the only solution to the unrest and dissatisfaction of the people. The people of the country will never have enough of anything without Christ, without acknowledging the Almighty God, and the gift of His Son. Churches across this nation are struggling to survive, not because they are too offensive to the community, but because they are offense to God by forsaking to preach the truth of sin and repentance. We have stopped preaching the whole truth, and softened the message of Christ to the point where God is snuffing out our lampstands, and like the time of Hosea, rejecting us from being his priests!
Throughout the Bible, God teaches us that there is a purpose to his correction. Hosea’s message is to “RETURN to the LORD,” so that He may turn his anger away from them. The message to us is no different, that we must RETURN to Him. As believers in Christ, we are priests who must pray for our communities and our nation, and speak the words of the Good News to them. We must share the message especially during this Christmas season that Christ humbled Himself, while we were yet sinners, suffered and died for us, to take our place in death. After he completed his work, then was He glorified. His gift of forgiveness is freely given to all who accept it, but He calls us to repent of our sin, and live for Him. Let us do that daily, so that we can continue to serve as his church. The message of God’s love, forgiveness, and restoration must be in the forefront of our lives. We must not allow it to be obscured by any other conversations or priorities, or we will fail in our obedience to His calling. Let us all remember this every hour of every day, and may His light shine through us.
The flipside of demanding that we agree with their way of life (calling evil good), is an example of the world not accepting that anyone believe in the one true God (calling good evil).
Come quickly Lord Jesus!
Shenendehowa’s Board of Education passed a policy last night granting biological males who “identify” as females access to girls bathrooms and locker room facilities. There were 25 people who got up to speak during the public comments (myself included, see news clips below). 20 were in opposition, 5 in support. I was sure the board would reconsider the policy. Instead they stalled and waited till almost 11pm to hold the vote (so most of the 100+ people and the news media who turned out in opposition to the policy would go home before they voted). Then they passed the measure 4-2. The reasoning they gave was that they were afraid someone would sue them even though the law is on the side of separate bathroom facilities. I stood up a second time and accused them of making a cowardly decision. I’m not expecting a Christmas card this year from the superintendent.
I wound up on the local news on all three networks:
You’ll be relieved to hear that I stopped short of breaking into Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like A Woman” during my comments in spite of immense comedic pressure to the contrary.
The one “transgender” student who was the vehicle for this entire policy that affects tens of thousands of students was offered a private bathroom by the school but rejected it in favor of creating controversy.
I don’t believe the strings here are being pulled locally. This is an agenda from higher up the food chain. The whole thing was shrouded in secrecy for eight months (during which time two board members, Rick Mincher and Mary Wiggins, abruptly and puzzlingly resigned with no explanation). The only reason there was any public meeting at all was because at the last meeting word was leaked that they were voting on this.
How do you fathers feel about a policy, now in effect, that allows a dude to share a bathroom, locker room and shower facilities with your daughter?
“Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot -… so it will be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed” — Luke 17:28, 30
“Now when you see these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads because your redemption is drawing near.” — Luke 21:28
Revelation 13 describes two beasts, the first of which could be understood to be the “antichrist” and the second who could be understood to be the “false prophet” of Revelation 16:13. Could the two horns of the lamb that speaks like a dragon in Revelation 13:11 represent the church of Rome and the eastern orthodox church hierarchies?
In this article, you can see the representatives of the church of Rome aligning themselves with the eastern orthodox church to seek “mutual respect” with Islam. Pope Francis also visited a mosque and prayed facing Mecca. He said that he prayed most of all for “peace”. As the apostle Paul wrote in 1Thessalonians 5:3, While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
Be on the lookout for a worldwide military leader to arise out of Islam to complete the “unholy trinity” of the Dragon (Satan), the Beast (the Antichrist) and the False Prophet (lamb who speaks like a dragon).
How does the dragon speak? He is subtle, clever and deceptive.