Have You Really Seen the Gift of God?

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In a few days Christmas will be here. For many the day will pass with little thought of Jesus. Some will be distracted by toys, and some will be distracted by reunion with family they have not seen in a while. For others the day will pass just like every other day of the year. While it is true that the modern holiday called Christmas is an amalgamation of many different traditions and Jesus was probably born in the Spring. Let us not forget that Jesus is the greatest gift that God has ever given mankind.

Jesus’ birth was unique but it is not his birth that makes him great. The angel announced to the shepherds not that a baby had been born but that the Savior, Christ the Lord had arrived. Simeon was not excited by a baby but by the Lord’s salvation, the Lord’s revelation to the Gentiles, and the Lord’s glory of Israel. The Wise man came not to see a child but a King.

Only two of the four gospels even mention his birth. All four of the gospels and the rest of the New Testament speak of his death. The gift was not in the birth but in the death. For on that cross as the Lord gave his life so the sins of the many could be forgiven.

The importance is not the baby in the manger but the Savior, Christ the Lord, on the cross bridging the gap between God and man for the glory of God and the redemption of man. 

I hope that this Christmas you personal understand the depth of the Love of the Father in sending his son. That like Simeon God will not let you see death until you have seen the Lord’s Christ.

Some Lack Restraint

Where there is no revelation,  
the people cast off restraint;  
But happy is he who keeps the law.  
Proverbs 29:18

Does the world seem to have lost its mind? Does our nation seem to be spiraling out of control? Does hate seem to be spewed from every corner of humanity? Does it seem like at any minute life as we know is about to be destroyed?

If you answered yes to these questions you are probably watching or reading to much news. That said, There is an increase in hate being publicly spewed. People seem to be more willing to say and do things that a decade ago would not have be tolerated.

The source is a lack of revelation in peoples lives. I don’t mean a lack of a new word from God. I mean people don’t have the current word, what God has already revealed. In Proverbs 29:18 revelation and law are being used as synonyms for God’s word. 

People who don’t have His word cast off restraint. It is the anything goes mentality. Where as those with His word are happy. That doesn’t mean having a copy of the Bible sitting on a shelf in your home makes you happy. They have the Father’s word in their hearts through the love Jesus by the power the Holy Spirit. And when you have that you can be happy.

Notice too that the verse is structure in a way that there is an inferred contrast. Those without revelation are not truly happy and those with the law have restraint.

The revelation of God is still in many peoples lives. I would venture to say that most people still have some of the revelation buried in them even though they don’t follow Jesus currently just because of how extensive the church has been in this nation. But as the generations progress the ensuing will be further from the revelation and restraint. Which is a further incentive to pray for revival. Revival would draw more to the revelation, increase personal restraint, and lead to a happier populace. (And give the News less negativity to talk about.)

God and Injustice

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God never overlooks injustice. Some people are quick to point out that other people get away with lying, stealing and murder all the time. The authorities do not solve every crime in America. Some may question, “how can you say God never overlooks injustice when apparently He does?”

Justice for us is when the guilty party is sufficiently punished for his deeds. The Biblical idea of justice is very similar. God will demand recompense for every sin and will punish every sinner. He will not overlook even a single white lie as we call them.

In His word God says that all His ways are justice (Deut. 32:4), that He is a just God (Isaiah 45:21), and that He shows no partiality nor takes a bribe (Deut. 10:17). In order for God to be a just God then he cannot overlook injustice. It would be a sin for God to overlook injustice and God cannot sin.

Yet, it does appear that some people are perverting justice. They lie, cheat, steal, fornicate, and murder but nobody ever catches them. They believe they are escaping justice or in common speech “they are getting away with it.” The people who believe this have a materialist worldview.

The correct view that you should have is a Biblical worldview. God says that life consist of more than just this brief vapor that we live on earth and that He is a just God. The police may never catch some people but God knows what they have done. Your mother may have never found out about ______ (insert your deed here) but God knows about it. Every sin will be paid for.

Spending life in prison for murder may seem like justice in a materialistic worldview but this is not complete Biblical justice. Prison time will never make up for your debt that you owe God. God will demand restitution from you. Every person that has ever lived, is living or will live will pay for their sins. God will punish them by casting them into hell and they will suffer greatly under the wrath of God for all of eternity (Mark 9:43-48, John 3:36). He will receive recompense in that because they will show the glory of God’s perfect justice.

Least you suddenly fear without hope the Biblical worldview teaches that there is hope in Jesus Christ. If you are a disciple of Christ then your sins where paid for by Jesus when he died on the cross. Justice is still carried out. Jesus paid for all the sins of His people, so as far as God is concerned justice has been met.

So to think that someone has gotten away with a sin is really just a short-sighted view. God never promised that every sinner would be caught before death. What God has promised is that in eternity every sin will be paid for. We will either pay for our sins or Jesus will have paid for them.

What’s Your Worldview

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Worldview is just a term that means how you look and react to the world you live in. Everyone has a worldview and it is shaped by everything that occurs in a person’s life.

Have you ever met someone that always sees everything in a positive light? No matter how bad the situation may be, he can always find a bright side to it. That person has an optimistic worldview. 

A materialistic worldview sees that life consists mainly of the tangible. A materialistic slogan is expressed on the bumper sticker  “He who dies with the most toys wins!” People having this world view do not count the afterlife for much because it is an unknown to them.

A person’s worldview also has many facets to it. For instant a person can have an optimistic materialistic worldview or a pessimistic materialistic worldview. Feelings and education on subjects like capitalism, socialism, love, marriage, body image, religion and more effect a worldview.

Because so many things can effect our worldview every person has their own unique worldview. This also means we can have a worldview that is not correct. For instant some females enter adult hood with a worldview that they must conform to the female image presented on magazines. They don’t understand that those females images have been manipulated and that the real people don’t look like that. Some males enter adult hood with a worldview that believes males are better than females. They don’t understand that simply is not true and it is just sexism.

The good news is that a worldview can be corrected. There is a correct worldview. It is called a Biblical worldview. This worldview is shaped by the information that God has given in the Bible. It should be the overriding authority in our lives. 

For example God says that life consist of more than just this brief vapor that we live on earth. Adding that to our worldview means that this world is not all there is to life. God say that He is a just God. Adding that to our worldview means that we can expect from God to be treated with all fairness. God says that we are to love one another. Adding that to our worldview changes the way we treat people. These teachings in the Bible along with many more help us build a Biblical worldview. That enables us to please God.

The only way to build a Biblical worldview in yourself is to study the Bible, not just read it. But don’t take my word for it. Study it yourself and you will find that God expects you to look at the world the way he does.

Interpreting Doctor's Advice

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Dr., "drink more water."
Me, "okay, I will buy some bottle water on the way home."
Dr., "no, bottle water is bad for you."
Me, "okay, tap water it is."
Dr., "no, to many water treatment chemicals."
Me puzzled, "okay, my mom has a well."
Dr., "no, contains to many metals and possible bacteria."
Me really puzzled, "there is a stream in the woods."
Dr., "no, animals pee in that."
Me really really puzzled, "what water am I suppose to drink?"
Dr., "oh I don't care. Just makes sure it is clean."

I came up with a plan on my way home. The next time it rains I will stand outside with a funnel in my mouth. I smile at my genius as I sip my diet coke.

Solar Eclipse

In just a few short days there will be a solar eclipse that is visible from the United States of America. It will cut right across this country. For some it will be a total solar eclipse lasting a little more than two minutes. For most of the country it will be partial eclipse. The moon will not block all of the sun.

Though I live where it will be a partial I am still looking forward to seeing it. Wether you are in the total or partial foot print it will be amazing to see. The next total eclipse to cross the U.S. is not due until April 8, 2024 but on October 14, 2023 there will a annular eclipse. That is where you see a ring of fire around the moon like the photo on this page.

If you are interested in the eclipse schedule click this link.

Traditions: Milestone or Millstone

A milestone is not something that we see now. I can’t even think of a place that still has them. They were stones set up along the road to mark each mile. The serve the same purpose as mile makers on the interstate. As a kid I remember watching the mile markers as I kept track of how far to our exit. Though we don’t see milestones anymore we understands their purpose to measure distance.

A millstone has a completely different purpose. In old mills there were two stones used together for grinding up wheat or corn. The lower stone that is stationary and the upper stone that moves around on lower. Big heavy things millstone are. Not something you can just toss around. Jesus mention that you would drown with a millstone hung around your neck and tossed into a lake.

Now to explain what milestones and millstones have to do with traditions. Traditions in church life can be milestones that mark where they have come from and how far they have come. Those are good traditions. Traditions can also be millstones that weight the church down. Hold it back from reaching the goals that Jesus desires for the church. If the traditions gets to big they can crush a church out of existence.

So what is a milestone tradition and what is a millstone tradition. There is no clear answer to that question. For each church that is different. A tradition in one church because of its community might be a milestone. Where as in another church the same tradition is crushing the life out the church.

So what we need to do is to constantly examine ourselves and our church to see if we are holding onto something that is crushing us or is it marking our path. The best thing to do is when a tradition is questioned is to go back to the Scripture and see if it is Biblical and then get on our knees and talked to God about it. We don’t want to cling to something that is getting in the way of us serving Jesus both corporally as a church and individually.


I just read an interesting article about Lego. You can read it here. It got me thinking. Legos were one of my favorite toys when I was growing up. Right up their with my tinker toys and erector set. I loved and still do love building things.

I had adventures all over the world and galaxy with legos. One involved a friend of mine who taught me how to make bottle rockets motors. Then he and I would strap the rocket motors to lego dragsters we made and launch them across the porch.

Later in life with my son grew old enough to play with legos I gave him my old Legos. We had many adventures together. I did not teach him how to build bottle rocket motors but a few of the legos had the burn scars from when I was a teen.

I must confess that even as I an adult I have played with legos. Once while my family was gone a three week trip, I built a castle using all of my sons legos.

Good Soldiers Are Not Entangled With Affairs of This Life

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier (2 Timothy 2:3,4, NKJV).

When I read 2 Timothy 2:3,4 I think of the Children’s song about being in the Lord’s army. We do not often think of ourselves as soldiers but that is one aspect of being a Christian. This earth is a battlefield, not just a physical one but a spiritual one. Many today are worried as they have love ones in military service around the world. In the spiritual war there are souls on the line all around us. Souls are even more precious than lives because should a soul be lost it is lost forever. It is not that lives are not valuable, they are, for to each life a soul is attached. The spiritual war is often overlooked because it takes spiritual discernment to see it.

When Japan surrendered that became the official end of the WWII in the pacific. That however was not the end of fighting in the pacific. There were many Japanese soldiers scattered across islands that did not know that Japan had surrendered. They fought on until they got the word. 

Almost two thousand years ago Jesus Christ died and rose again. Jesus won the war but he did not vanquish all of the enemy. Battles still rage for souls. People are still dying and going to hell. Jesus Christ has enlisted all faithful believers into the war effort. Our duty is to rescue souls. We are soldiers in the spiritual war. We do not volunteer for this duty. Jesus has drafted us. It is part of the very essence of salvation.

Paul reminds Timothy that his activities need to be guided by the war effort to rescue lost souls. There are three things that stand out for the Christian soldier in those two verses. First the Christian soldier must endure hardship. The Christian life is not about the easy road. Christ never promised that we will have an easy life in following Him. What He promised is the way to life is difficult (Matthew 7:14), we must take up our own cross (Luke 9:23, 14:27), and be persecuted in His name (Matthew 5:10-12). Hardship is an expectation of the Christian walk.

Second, we must not allow ourselves to be entangled with the affairs of this life. This is probably the enemies greatest weapon against us. An example is how some Christian get so wrapped in sports that they skip church so they can watch the games. They can tell you the full name, and stats of the players on their favorite team, but they can’t name the ten commandments. It is okay for us to participate and enjoy the things of this world like sports. We are not to become entangled by them. That is encumbered by them so that they drag us down.

Third, Our focus should be on pleasing our General. Jesus is the one that purchased us on the cross. It is His army that He enlisted us. We should focus our life around Him. Jesus taught us that no man can serve two master. You are either serving Jesus or you are not. The more you focus you life on Jesus the easier it becomes to endure hardship and avoid entanglement.

Surveyor 3

It has been fifty years since this lunar lander was sent to the moon. Launched on April 17, 1967, Surveyor 3 landed on April 20, 1967. Two and a half years later the crew of Apollo 12 visited Surveyor 3. They photographed the spacecraft and removed some of its instruments to bring back to Earth to study how instruments were affected by their time on the moon. This is the only space craft that we have launched that has been later visited by man.

You can read more about Surveyor 3 here.