Sunday, April 23, 2017

Easter Sermon 2017

I had to save this sermon from last Sunday just because it was so good. It's certainly good enough to listen to any day of the year.  Highlight and right click the link below and select "Go to..."

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Many people are consumed with attaining a status of sorts, a notoriety if you will, based on some enlightened insight or revelation. It's usually nothing but recycled philosophic rhetoric raised from the grave. I'm only bringing this up because I watched a clip of Brian Mclaren, a popular emergent leader. He's busy recreating Christianity to make it more appeasing and relevant to a new generation of believers.  This is what he said, "This is one of the huge problems with traditional understanding of hell, because if the cross is in line with Jesus' teaching, then a primary meaning of the cross is that the kingdom of God doesn't come like the kingdoms of this world by inflicting violence and coercing people, but that the kingdom of God comes through suffering and willing voluntary sacrifice, right? In an ironic way, the doctrine of hell basically says no but that's not really true. In the end God get's His way through coercion and violence and intimidation and domination just like every other kingdom does. The cross isn't the center then, the cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God. I heard one well known christian leader, who I won"t mention his name, I heard him say it like this, 'The traditional understanding says that God asks of us something God isn't capable of Himself, God asks us to forgive people, but God isn't capable of forgiving. God can't forgive unless He punishes somebody in place of the person he's gonna forgive. God doesn't say to you, forgive you're wife and then go kick the dog to vent your anger. God asks you to actually forgive. And there's a certain sense, that a common understanding of the atonement presents a God who's incapable of forgiving unless He kicks somebody else.'"

It's hard to know where to start after hearing that. He attacks and then ridicules the basic foundations of Christianity. He obviously doesn't care much for hell, suffering and pain, substitutionary atonement, the trinitarian doctrine, and the holiness and judicial aspects of God. I've no doubt he's a nice enough guy but he's not a Christian. Lets start with a look at free will. God created us with the gift of choice. Sin is absolutely impossible without freewill. Love is absolutely impossible without free will. So, what does that have to do with Brian and his gospel? Everything! Sin, if you like, can be likened to the thorn in our life according to our "traditional understanding of Christianity." We know that this is the basis for our separation from a holy and just God. Because we have free will, we may be inclined to let this thorn of sin fester, even though we know the infection to come will lead to death. We also know the removal of the thorn to be painful. If we choose not to let God remove the thorn Brian would say that the separation to follow [hell] is false advertising and a distraction for God. God can't forgive and get's His way by inflicting violence and coercion? First, let's address the "God get's His way" business. 2 Peter 3:9 says it's not Gods' will that that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. It's not Gods will that separates, it's their will. Remember the free will God gave us that also makes loving Him possible. 

"God can't forgive unless He punishes someone else." Brian clearly doesn't understand trinitarian doctrine. Jesus is divine. I would concede that his argument had some validity if this wasn't so. But the Bible states that He's God with us, our Creator, that he came out from God, and "the Word was made flesh'. According to Brian's teaching, there has obviously been a lot of distraction and false advertising for not only God but Jesus all through the old testament by those misunderstood old Prophets. The idea of a coming Redeemer was not breaking news. It's interwoven throughout the Bible. Sacrificial love, propitiation, substitutionary atonement, were a part of God's plan from the start, before the beginning. Jesus our Lord and Saviour, the Word become flesh,was God the Son hanging on that cross. It was sacrificial love aimed at reconciliation and the bridging of the gap between us and "a beyond our understanding Holiness." Pain and suffering, God's absolute will? Absolutely not. It's a loving Father taking the thorn from the flesh of His children. It was something men looked ahead to and waited for.  The child may kick the dog, but to let the behavior go on unabated to the demise of the child without making a path of resolution is not a Father that loves. Still the child decides. Hell is a choice.The Father's Holiness and love is real and not impugned. The cross is still the center. The cross is still the only way to bridge the gap between us and God. God most assuredly forgives and from the beginning made that day to come a reality through His Word. Now we look to the day of His return. If He kicked anyone it was Himself. Accept Jesus, the Son of God, the Word made flesh for this one point in time in which redemption was made a reality for you.

Easter is coming once again and we will celebrate the game changer. Our hope will be realized. The thorn was removed because we had faith in the Redeemer. Death for us becomes life forever with the grave robber. Our sentence has been repealed by sacrificial love for those that chose to believe. Hell is the only other option. It's a choice, it's the separation from God only for those that would have it no other way. Choose God.

Brian has successfully made his mark and has established a huge following. He has joined the ranks of others like Rob Bell, Paul Young [The Shack], Rick Warren, Peterson [The Message] and a host of others that are busy redefining Christianity to give us their hip christ and a palatable religion that co-exists with the other world religions that will bridge the gap to a union of diverse theology we can all embrace. This not only doesn't make sense [diversity and union] it also effectively negates the need for the real Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

I do think Brian is sincere, just sincerely wrong. He doesn't represent Christianity, just another blemish on it. I do think he would do well as a yoga instructor and would find an increasingly growing market for a following there and for making his mark more suitable to his teaching on hell.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

THY WILL BE DONE or thy will be done

Last week pastor Stephen,started his sermon with some quotes from famous atheists on their death beds. They are as follows: 1."While I lived I provided for everything but death. Now I must die and I am completely unprepared to die." 2. "Until this moment I thought there was neither a God nor a hell. Now I know and feel that there are both and I am doomed to perdition by the just judgment of the almighty." 3. "My philosophy leaves me utterly forlorn. I feel like one caught in the merciless jaws of an automatic machine not knowing at what time its great hammers may crush me." His final words slipping into eternity were, "There is something very wrong, there is something very wrong!"

The third quote was from a man that helped author the satanic bible. I'm not here to presume his damnation or to induce a terror afflicting tactic. After all, God is love. I'm just predisposed to a common sense approach to this extremely unpopular and uncomfortable doctrine of hell belonging to the Christian faith. Not unlike others, such as forgiveness before being forgiven, loving others as you love your self [enemies included], it's a package deal.. All though, the love doctrine is a favorite, my common sense thingy tells me I ought not to be stupid concerning adversaries prone to winning at all costs. I'll leave that one alone for now. My point, simply put, to accept the Christian faith is to accept the whole of it or leave it alone. I'm not apart of the evolving theology crowd and I don't mix and match my religions.

"Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thine name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." There it is! My whole defense of the hell doctrine right there in the Lord's prayer. In fact,as my common sense approach dictates, let's condense it to just four words. "Thy will be done." How can it be God's will, you might ask, to send someone to hell. After all,2 Peter 3:9 says "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." Well, it's obvious to any rational person that  freewill tips over that apple cart. I obviously don't propagate universalism, like the shackers, not to mention their dismissal of substitutionary atonement. and their trinity desecration. People are "cast into outer darkness" or hell. Jesus said so. Still, God is love, and so far at least we've established it's not God's will that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. There's the rub. people aren't prone to repent. Their really good at saying their sorry, but not so good at inconveniencing themselves with the task of repentance. In John 7:17 Jesus says "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or I speak of myself." I'm sorry, but doing His will not only brings resolution to your doubts, but also is a big big part of your repentance. We can never reach a deeper level of faith without trying on His shoes. That's why Paul can cry out what a wretched man is he. You'll never know how really bad you are til you try the walk. So does God send people to hell? Yep. His will wishes it not to be .... their will demands it. This is the point at which they are finally freed from God. This is their moment of victory. The battle of wills is over and the severance is complete and final and yet God is still love. They can tear down and trod asunder every thing else but His holiness remains and still God is love. Read the love chapter in Corinthians to see all the wonderful things love is. It truly is inspiring, but what is of far more significance to me is the all that  "profits me nothing" without love. What you won't find is that love forces its self on another to impose compliance. God is longsuffering towards us right up to that last breath, loving no less, when at last he says, "thy will be done." The war of wills is finally over and their victory over God is the loss of love and the seduction of self is complete.

Did Jesus still die on the cross for them? I'm convinced of it. Do I believe in substitutionary atonement? I do! The shackers view that sin is it's own punishment is heretical. Yes, sin has consequences, unpleasant to say the least, but it is not it's own punishment. That may be a little harsh as it could be realized in hell after the rejection of Jesus' sacrifice for them.  Expiation or propitiation? I believe it was both.  Is salvation simply a matter of belief in Jesus? I believe that with all of my heart, although that means I believe what he says is also doing what he says. Do I believe God is the only source of love? I do. God creates everything and everything that comes from God is good. Evil is only the perverting of it. Do you believe in heaven? With all my heart.I'm almost certain on judgement day that I'll not be able to stand in the presence of the reality of true holiness. I am sure of one thing, that the shame that I feel, that kept me going, and that this present world tried to rid me of, is going to be washed away by the God that loves me, the God that is love, and His will, will be done.

Getting back to Stephen's sermon, it ended with Paul's last recorded words. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is now at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but to all them also that love his appearing." There you have it. Stop reading Facebook so much and start reading your Bible more. Search out God's will and what he has for you now and what could be yours forever.

One last question. Can I prove God exists? Nope, God does that for those that seek Him.

Mathew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Thursday, February 23, 2017


"Out of many one!" This was a famous saying at one point in time in our history. That was the anchor of our inclusive diversity 200 years ago. Now it's twisted out of any reasonable semblance of what it was by today's culture. Today out of many equals none. It's not diversity if there's obligation or responsibility attached to it. Our ancestors were offered opportunity accompanied with allegiance to a republic and it's law. Nationalism was alive and well.  It's been reduced now to just entitlement without strings attached. The only opportunity desired is for benefit without obligation. As I watched the immigration debacle on the news I became distracted from what a new young lady was saying about her severe poverty by the braces she was wearing. Of course there's no begrudging on my part as far as her getting a treatment she needed. It is, as most of the left's remedial solutions to our societal problems, flip flopping way across the line of fair and unbiased treatment. Like affirmative action and hate crimes legislation, all that is accomplished is reverse racism and unfair bias transferred from one side to the other side. It buys a voting block but does nothing to preserve equal standing in collegiate competition or equality under the law. I listened to a young black man tell how he admittedly slid by in his study knowing he'd have the edge for being accepted into Yale because of his color. He was left with a sense of regret, and acknowledged that the unfair advantage only hurt him in the long run. Winning a race with unfair advantage certainly dampens and undermines any sense of accomplishment just as a court with two sets of penalty for the same crime is nothing more than an egregiously blemishing assault on our constitution. Immigration, a right instead of a privilege, stripped of a common consensus of allegiance to the law and our country, is a path to dis-unity not diversity despite the temporary advantage of a voting block. Opportunity, equal in all it's aspects reaps real reward, impacts real self esteem, and always trumps entitlement and the handing of a bigger stick to the guy on the other side. And contrary to popular belief the victims of these policies are the ones that thought they won. The end justifying the means, once again, becomes the cancer that destroys the soul, and sends us spiraling towards the gutter.

Just a sideline observation, but under Shariah law, equality, is only obtained by being Muslim, and the rest of us are on the outside. It's already making it's in roads into our courts. In a recent survey of the major Islamic nations, residents were asked just two questions. Would they like to see the caliphate restored and Shariah law imposed. 77% said yes. Why gay people support the unchecked immigration of Muslims boggles the mind. They have zero tolerance levels for that behavior. That 77% is mostly moderate. Do some homework. I highly recommend Dr.Mark Gabriel's book, Islam and Terrorism. He was able to quote the entire Quran by the age of twelve and acquired a PH.D. at Al-Azhar University in Cairo Eygpt and was a professor of Islamic History. Easy read and necessary resource for understanding the Islamic faith.

 For the record I'm not a muslim hater, just concerned about irreconcilable differences with our constitution and their Shariah law. I'm not against immigration. I'm pro-law, pro- republic not democracy as we've been duped into believing we are, a nationalist, and an American,still clinging to the belief of our founders that "Out Of Many,One" is still feasible and could be a reality again.

Thursday, January 26, 2017


The election is over and the fun has begun. From the reaction of the left, you would have thought we elected Lincoln and were going to take away their slaves again. Assignation threats, along with a little prodding from our friends at cnn, rioting and destruction of peoples property [ I wonder if they cared if the property destroyed was right or left-wing],and our ever so popular "women's rights" marches [remember it's their body, just not the one they're aborting]. It really makes me wonder how they could possibly think I'd be interested in paying for their terminating the life of their child for convenience sake [Remember now I didn't call it murder].

Tolerance is now being shown in a whole new light, and of course we're still the intolerant ones. I really tried to resist the temptation to vent because I realize there are less than polite people on both sides and this usually devolves into a contest of who has the basest contingency of mouth molestation. Personally, I think the end justifies the means crowd is winning hands down, although  I hope not to be tipping the scales back the other way. Still, I like many others, feel like a response will not put us into the sights of the IRS again with their unexplained tax charges prior to fine time, with no time to resist. I could go on about that for awhile, but I won't [Just don't let the tea party list your blog sight ,actually it was my wife's].

To understand their thinking process, you have to acknowledge the base from which their philosophy
birthed. For a large percentage or not, it comes from a materialistic world view. "If there is no God," people live and die and that's the end of it, so live in a manner that's expedient to the greater good. The greater good for who, is my question. Surely not for the unwanted unborn child. Their solution is to call the child not "viable" via the court system much the same way Hitler used the German court to pronounce Jews as non human. You make it right in your own eyes because you determined that morality is based on popular opinion, and all the while acknowledging how necessary it is for the collective welfare. This is the reasoning that gives them their high ground for forcing our part in funding abortion via our tax dollars. The end once again justifies the means. The baby's are still dead though, millions upon millions. The good news is that some are accounted as murdered in their eyes, but only if they were wanted. Vengeance can be had if the circumstances are right. If a mother is pregnant and attacked then the fetus [child] miraculously becomes viable if it dies, especially if the mother dies also. Now we can use the word "murder". Now it's an outrage. I know I'm spending a lot of space on the abortion issue, but it's demonstrative in an overly apparent manner of clarity. Christians aren't afforded the flexibility of a floating crap table of morality. Life is sacred. The effectiveness of prevention for pregnancy comes merely from restraint and true planned parenthood. Failure to restrain oneself involves consequences that do not include victimizing the only innocent party, the child, or as what is biblically defined as "innocent blood." If the Christians are right and their is a righteous creator God that is just, then the outcome for the unrepentant may well be much the same as for the German war criminals as they were judged for the extermination of the Jews.            

  In summary, I know their are many professing Christians that have fallen into a position of supporting many, not all, of these socialist agendas out of a concern for the collective, which is unavoidable to an extent. But the societal conditioners or purveyors of this philosophy are rooted in the atheistic belief system through a Marxist system of gradualism over the last 100 years. They can easily justify and construe an argument for abortion by the mere fact that it's the pragmatic thing to do for the good of the world and of course the economic security of the woman about to be inconvenienced, and to do so in a seemingly sound manner if we are a non eternal being. To the Christian, who believes we are eternal, this will not do. There is the matter of treating life as sacred and therefore eternal while still not neglecting the good of society. And, there's the rub. To fulfill that obligation to a God and Creator.we must believe that our behaviors align with God's will. The path divides at this juncture. For the left minded, Marx rightly concluded that Christianity is the enemy. There's a war going on whether you acknowledge it or not, or is it just the same old story with a new name, or are we just scratching the surface?

 Where'd I leave my pick?

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Fruit Of Understanding

As a musician, with a wide range of musical tastes, I happened upon a verse in the Psalms that for me sums up best my prerequisites for writing. Understand that I'm not writing worship songs per say, but never the less  I adhere to standards I hopefully deem acceptable to my christian values. This psalm, simple at first glance, yet surprisingly profound, for me, is a guide to maintaining a level of integrity in my music regardless of style. 

Sing praises to God sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.  Psalm 47:6-7

To understand understanding, my bible referenced 1 Cor. 14:15 where Paul is speaking about tongues and their fruitfulness or lack thereof. Verse 14 begins with "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful." Verse 15 follows with the example, " What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.

Sounds simple enough! I've heard songs before that I not only didn't get but wondered if the guy's doing it got it. I need the understanding that my music, regardless of subject matter, adhere's to my Christian ethics. Also, on the flip side, I don't want misunderstanding to be a byproduct. Anything presentable to anybody through any means, and this goes way beyond music, I want to reflect my relationship to the Lord, or in the words of Paul, to be fruitful.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

SPOONFED [A Liberal Portrait]

Well, I guess you've all heard by now. Another woman fell victim to to an unwarranted ten pound weight gain assault. Armed with a super-sized assault spoon, she fell victim to a three and a half quart of chocolate chip, chocolate syrup topped, mega sized bowl of ice cream fed by an unconscionable life robbing spoon. Forgive me, but just how stupid can people be. Spoons have to be banned now. DUH! This blatant assault of rhetoric from spoon loving hillbilly ignoramus's claiming they need them to eat their peas with is the most outrageous thing I've ever heard. SPOON'S ARE MAKING PEOPLE FAT!!!!! They're living in a dream world. Ice cream was never invented when we granted people the right to bear spoons. Spoons make innocent people fat. 

Wake up you morons. Spoons are dangerous. Do you want your kids to be fat!