Testing the Spirits

The other day I was approached by a member of the cult. They said “We are CHRISTians” even though they deny that Jesus is the Christ, the one and only Son of God.
I John 4:2 “Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge that Jesus is not from God.”
A cult will try to pass themselves off as Christians. But the way you test them is to discuss Jesus Christ. Is Jesus from eternity? Is He eternal? If He was created or if He came after God, then that is heresy, a cult.

Socialism and Christianity

Acts 4:17: All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own., but they shared everything they had.

As Winston Churchill famously said. The difference between Christianity is the Christians says “What is mine, is yours” while the socialist says “What is yours is mine!”

Faith and Finance Class

On Tuesdays our church is holding a twelve-week seminar on faith and finance. It begins with supper at 7 PM followed from 7:30 to 9 PM a discussion on faith and finances. I took this class last year and it was very, very good.
Cost: free work book/study guide and free supper and free child care.
So please come. The first class was yesterday, but it is not too late to join.

Prophecies Fulfilled

When Christ was born, there were several prophecies that were fulfilled that He had no control over. One of them was that He would be born in Bethlehem. After David became king, Jerusalem became known as the City of David. Not Bethlehem. But Micah 5:2 prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem. The Lord caused Caesar Augustus to send out a decree to the entire [Roman] world that all the world should be enrolled. This caused Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem
Think of the logistics. God had to have Caesar Augustus send out a degree. The timing had to be such that it would get to Nazareth after Mary became pregnant, and far enough along so that she would give birth in Bethlehem. Too early, and they would have made the trip and gotten back before the birth. Too late and she would have already given birth. All of this had to be coordinated just right. And it was.

Thank you Father for making this work out. We praise You that You are in control.

Happy Holidays

Does it ever irk you that people don’t say “Merry Christmas” and instead say “Happy Holidays.” Well it irks me to. Until I realized that the word Holiday is Christian based, and is really Holy Day. So the next time someone wishes you a “Happy Holiday,” smile and return the wish with a “Happy Holy Day. I hope to see you in church for Christmas.”

PERSECUTED CHURCH: Early Rain Covenant Church

Have you heard about the persecution of the Early Rain Covenant Church?
http://www.chinapartnership.org/blog/2018/12/live-post-early-rain-covenant-church-urgent-prayer-updates has the latest.
The 30 second elevator speech is that about an evangelical church in Chengdu, China. The police have detained about 100 of the 500 people that belong to the church. They are harassed, thrown in jail, church doors closed, etc.

Please pray for the persecuted church.

What CHRISTmas Card?

Some of us older people still enjoy sending and receiving a real CHRISTMAS car – not a fake, e-mail one. There is such a variety of them. However, some have forgotten the real meaning of CHRISTmas – like just a big snowman, a wintry scene with houses at dusk, a sleigh, etc.
Remember, CHRIST came to save us from our sins.

Christmas and Christ’s Coming

In nine short days we will be celebrating Christmas. Every hour it seems that I get a notification that Christmas is coming from some retailer. On the radio there are Christmas songs. In our living room is a decorated Christmas tree. We are looking forward to Christmas. There is anticipation.

But are we looking forward with as much expectation to Christ’s return?

God,
May we look forward with as much anticipation to Your Son’s second coming as we look past to His first coming. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus.
Amen

God Knows Best?

In a Wall St. Journal article, “Deformities Shadow Gene-Editing Research,” [https://www.wsj.com/articles/deformities-alarm-scientists-racing-to-rewrite-animal-dna-11544808779], Preetika Rand and Lucy Craymer explore the complexity of DNA and unintended consequences. “Even the genes that we think we know very well, there is a lot to learn” according to a DNA scientist at the John Hopkins University. They deleted one single amino acid to lighten the color of the cow’s hide so that cows could more easily be raised in hot climates. Both calves died. In another, they tweaked one gene to change the color of sheep’s wool, and 75% of the sheep aborted their lambs. The scientists tweaked another gene to make the rabbits leaner, and 41% ended up having enlarged tongues. They still do not know the correlation. Supposedly they are safe to eat. Other issues are lambs that are too big to be born naturally so that ewes have to have a caesarean section. Or extra bones in the spinal column.

Father, thank you for knowing best and making everything perfect from the beginning. Amen

Movie Review: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Part I – stereotypes

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society is a fascinating film. The film is set on Guernsey Island during World War II and 1946.
Unfortunately, it portrays Christians as judgmental people. There is only one Christian in the film and she was one of two individuals who were negatively portrayed. She was viewed as a busybody, intruder, judgemental, gossipy old maid. The homosexual (one of about 10 people) was portrayed as suave and debonair, friendly, caring boss.

The challenge to Hollywood is not to portray people in Hollywood stereotypes. So far, they are failing miserably.

I Peter 2:12 “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify god on the day He visits us.”