Famous Last Words

I think, “last words” are fascinating. You want your last words to be packed full of power, jammed full of meaning, and slammed with significance!

Here my top eight “last words”:

1. “You won’t get me alive!”  THINK before you throw down a life or death challenge.

2. “I bet I can fit in there!” I did laugh when I read this (it’s from a joke list-not an obituary-don’t have a cow).

3. “That birthmark on your head looks like 999.” RUN FOR THE HILLS!

4. Convicted murder Thomas J. Grasso just before his execution: “I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s; I got spaghetti. I want the press to know this.” I can understand the frustration – Spaghetti-O’s are a superior noodle and tomato-based entree, but there just HAS to be something more significant say at the end of a misspent life. HAS to be!

5. “The earth is suffocating . . . swear to make them cut me open so that I won’t be buried alive.” Frederic Chopin, composer, 1849. He was cremated. I completely relate to this sentiment. Horrified me as a kid. Today I want to be cremated only because I see no point in buying real estate I can’t enjoy.

6. “Don’t you dare ask God to help me.” Joan Crawford, actress, 1977 to her housekeeper, who had begun to pray aloud.  If you’re dying, don’t start mouthing off about God! Have some sense of your own mortality.

7. “You have won, O Galilean.”
Roman emperor and Constantine descendant Julian, when he tried to quash the original endorsement to Christianity of the Roman Empire. He was the last non-Christian ruler of the Roman Empire. Known as Julian the Apostate.
This is pure legend. But…as legends go, I like it! And Jesus did win.

And……….my favorite (humanly speaking):

8. “I’m going to be with Gloria now.”
Jimmy Stewart (who is just the best) to his family just before dying in 1997, referring to his wife, Gloria, who had passed away three years earlier. The actor, 89 when he died, apparently never got over his wife’s death. The two were married 44 years.

BUT…BEST Last Word…(it’s His second to last sentence but still falls into the category of, “last words.”)

Jesus said:  It is finished. John 19:30

The price has been paid. The blood has been shed.

He has done everything necessary for all of our sin to be washed away! Every other religion is about what we do to get to God. But in Christianity, Jesus did it all. That is so, so good.

Max Lucado says:

“Jesus places ‘do not enter signs’ all over the gateway to hell, and He announces to anyone who wants to go, ‘if you go you’ve gotta go over My dead body.'”

IT…IS…FINISHED. I love that Jesus said that! So I’ve repented of my sins and surrendered my life to Him as my Master and my Savior.

You should too.

Amen amen!

 

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Mike Pence = Taliban

Washington DC is #1!  Washington DC is #1!

#1 for what David?

Ok – I exaggerated. DC is #4. DC is in fourth place in the US regarding Ashley Madison cheaters, with 50,000 members looking to discreetly commit adultery (the website connects married folks who want to cheat).

But Mike Pence is the freak.

An article came out in the Washington Post about the Vice Presidents’ wife. The article revealed how disturbingly deviant Mike Pence really is. He said (HIDE THE CHILDREN’S EYES – IT’S HORRIFYING!):

He doesn’t dine alone with a woman other than his wife.

Some people got the vapors over this. Here are a few choice tweets:

  • I wonder what happened that led to these rules?
  • Sounds like someone who knows he has no self-control.
  • God spare us the Jesus freaks.
  • Would love to see what’s hiding inside Pence’s closet.
  • He is extremely creepy. Just makes my flesh crawl.
  • American Taliban.

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    If this causes you to hyperventilate, you a) never saw the full Little Rascals episode (the boys realize the error of their ways) and, b) take yourself way too seriously. This is hilarious!

The consensus of the left is that Mike Pence (and every Christian) is part of the He-Man Woman Haters Club.

In response to all of that craziness, here is a great tweet:

“Bill Clinton never dines alone with his wife. Who’s REALLY crazy?”

I know I know. So unkind. But the truth of our day is that for many, a serial adulterer is a hero and the man who sets boundaries for himself is the freak (and he just said dining alone with a woman so spare me the histrionics about not meeting with women – he didn’t say that).

But guess what? 

Billy Graham has a similar rule. No one has ever accused him of being a member of the He-Man Woman Haters Club OR of having an affair.

Cal Thomas said years ago, “The Puritans may have had some problems. But AIDS was not one of them.”

Rick Warren has been preaching this for years. From his 10 Commandments to Help Staff Maintain Moral Purity, the first two (which don’t apply to singles) are:

  1. Thou shalt not go to lunch alone with the opposite sex.
  2. Thou shalt not have the opposite sex pick you up or drive you places when it is just the two of you.

“Too much purity!” Not our problem today.
“Not enough adultery!” No one is claiming this is our problem.
“We need more divorces!” said no one ever (divorce lawyers excluded).

Here’s my thought: In a career and town that is known for cheaters (Clinton, Weiner, Gingrich, even Petraeus) Mike Pence is wise to set boundaries to protect his marriage, and every man and woman should set their own similar boundaries so they can keep that marriage that God gave them! In other words, don’t be an idiot!

In marriage, you’ve got a GREAT thing! What’s so great about it you ask? Just this:  Genesis 2:24 (love this) says  “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

One flesh. That is great news if you’re like me. I married waaaaay above my station! And because my wife and I are “one flesh” – on the day we were married, I instantly became a much, much better person because I’m part her.  Yay me!

And marriage is such a great gift that God wants you to pull a “Mike Pence” and do whatever is necessary to protect it. 

In the NIV, Genesis 2:24 says a man should be united to his wife. “Be united” is so tame and sounds wussified to me (wussified? see definition here – it’s really good!). It doesn’t suit the need of the day. King James says “cleave,” which is a better action word, but no one today knows what it means since it’s a 16th-century word. The ESV says, “hold fast.” That’s an action word.

Hold fast to that marriage. 

Brings to mind a picture of an angry sea that is rocking and a rollin’ and the ship is about to capsize. The captain lashes himself to the ship’s wheel, so he can’t be thrown overboard. He’s holding fast to the ship’s wheel. If the ship goes down, so does he (I have no knowledge of sailing ships – I just made this up – but it is a good picture of the verse).

What God intends in Genesis 2 and what we need today are people who leave mom and dad and everything else that might get in the way and hold onto that marriage like grim death!

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Actual photo of Grim Reaper. Snapped it with my Iphone and ran like the wind!

“Hold on like grim death” = to hold tightly to something, despite great difficulty.

Genesis 2:24  ESV    Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

What Billy Graham and Rick Warren and Mike Pence know, is one of the best ways to hold fast to a marriage, is to make sure you don’t ever put yourself in a compromising position. Almost nobody ever says, “When I get married I want to commit adultery.” Yet somehow, millions commit adultery every day. 

Why? Because it’s MUCH easier to cheat than to celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary.

So hold fast to your husband or your wife! Not in some weird/controlling/stalker/creeper/abusive kind of way. That’s just crazy. But hold fast through the hard times and tempting times with an understanding of the weaknesses and frailty of all men and women and do whatever is necessary to protect that great gift of oneness. And never apologize for that.

And if you’ve already blown it? Repent, stop it, reject the sin, and move forward with Jesus.

American Taliban indeed. Oh geez.

Amen and amen.

 

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What I do When I’m Hammered

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GREAT hammer!

Oh wait – you didn’t think I meant “hammered” as in inebriated, intoxicated, wasted or drunk did you?

So sorry.

I meant, “hammered” as in, “emotionally hammered,” “hammered by life,” “down in the dumps,” “feeling really low.”

What do you do when you feel like giving up? When you can’t go on? I could tell you all the usual stuff:

1. Man up (I like that one! Seems so, “manly.”).
2. Your grandparents had it worse (true – many were risking lives in wars that covered the globe and faced a depression without “government help” (oxymoron anyone?), so quit whining.
3. The sun will come out tomorrow (what if it doesn’t?).

But none of those helpful comments get me through. Here’s what does:

Hammer it out with God’s Word.

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Example of, “stating the obvious.” But fabulous artwork!!

Why God’s Word? Let me first state the obvious. About God’s Word, you see, it’s umm, how do I put this? It’s hmmmmm….oh I know!

It’s God’s Word.

Don’t let your familiarity with the phrase, “God’s Word” undermine its power. When we say “God’s Word,” we’re saying a lot.

The Bible says it’s “God breathed.” It’s “powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.”

God spoke, and there was light.  God spoke, and the world came into existence.

So God’s Word is kind of a big deal. And it can change you, your insides, your outsides, all of you.

But let’s keep it simple:

You’re emotionally hammered.
Life has just dropped on you like a ton of bricks.
You’re not sure if you can get up tomorrow.
Or even keep going today.

Or maybe you’re not that low. But you are having a stressful day. This is still the best route. Trust me.

You can type this on your notepad, take a screenshot on your phone, and make it your wallpaper.

Find a verse that speaks to your situation (google, “Scriptures on God’s promises” or whatever). A great example is Jeremiah 29:11. Powerful verse about God’s plans for His kids. Write it on a card. Or make it your wallpaper on your phone.

During the day when:

tension rises,
anxiety increases,
worry creeps in,
or panic sets in…

…pull out the card or your phone, and displace those feelings with what God has said. Read it out loud or to yourself. Then say it as a prayer to the Lord. Say, “I believe.” Repeat it. And let it sink deep into your soul.

And as you do this, try to do it with the innocent trust of a child. With the trust you imagine a child feels when coming to a loving parent or to Jesus. 

I seem to remember as a child being told that the Bible was God’s Word. I was amazed – what an awesome book! I couldn’t set another book on top of it. I couldn’t let it get dirty. I treated it with serious and severe reverence.Who wouldn’t?!?!? It’s God’s Word for goodness sake!! What a precious and priceless and incredible gift!

Take that piece of paper or notation on your phone, and in the midst of anxiety or stress or worry, hang on to it. Grip it like grim death. Trust it like nobody’s business. Repeat as many times as necessary – all day long.

You do that, and  God will use it to change your thoughts, and renew your mind and hammer out anxiety and worry and panic.

Instead of getting emotionally and mentally hammered, hammer out the voice of the enemy, with the Voice of the Lord

Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 
Proverbs 30:5 

God Speed,

David

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Want To Know The Future?

As a kid, I was fascinated by fortune tellers. I wanted to know the future!!

If I knew the future, I could tell how things were going to turn out so that I could avoid danger,  have all the answers on tests, and go into the future and buy a newspaper, go back to the present time and buy all the stocks that would increase 1000%.

The Wizard of Oz and her Crystal Ball

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Heartbreaking…makes me tear up!

The witch had a crystal ball, and she could see Dorothy in it. Awesome.
The witch had flying monkeys. I wanted to BE a flying monkey. Awesome.

But remember? The flying monkeys scoop Dorothy up and drop her off at the witch’s lair, and while alone, Dorothy peers into the crystal ball. She sees Auntie Em in the crystal ball saying, “Dorothy, where are you? Dorothy?”  She starts frantically trying to answer, “Auntie Em! Auntie Em!”

I just watched it on youtube and got seriously emotional. SO heart-wrenching! Truly masterful movie.

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Bone. Chilling.

Anyway, Auntie Em disappears, and the witch appears in the crystal ball mocking Dorothy!

BONE CHILLING!!!!

Kind of stuff that will give a five-year-old nightmares.

Imagine my disappointment when I went to see a fortune teller at a grade school carnival, and the crystal ball was just clear! No images being televised in that crystal ball. At. All.

On top of that, the “fortune teller” (probably someone’s mom) didn’t tell me anything worth knowing! Something like “I can see a little blond haired boy who will one day grow up and get married.” That’s it? You old crone! I want my money back!

Fortune Cookies Lie
I loathe fortune cookies. “Why the extreme language, David?”

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How is that a fortune? It’s NOT. #defensivedrivingcookie

BECAUSE THEY DON’T TELL YOUR FORTUNE. I haven’t had one in 10 years that said: “tomorrow this or that will happen.” Instead, it’s things like “don’t stick your head in gopher holes.” THAT’S NOT A FORTUNE. THAT’S A PROVERB. IT’S A PROVERB COOKIE!

Got one from Panda Express the other day (I love their food). It’s said, “Don’t look back. Always look ahead.” THAT’S A DEFENSIVE DRIVING COOKIE!

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Looked up my horoscope – total miss. It was just all proverbs and, “You’re going to have a new love (as in a person).” Married so I’m good there. Thought, “Maybe it will be a new love in the form of a new pet, or new deodorant, or new hair gel.”

Nope. 100% miss.

BUT – the website had a link: “VIRGO – click for your guilty pleasure food.”

On my, “pleasure food,” it couldn’t have been more wrong. Here’s what it said:

1. “You don’t often overindulge.” That’s wrong. I do, at least weekly.

2. “When you do, it’s minimal.” Ridiculous statement. IN WHAT UNIVERSE DO YOU MINIMALLY OVERINDULGE? If it’s minimal, it’s not overindulging.

3. “Your favorite splurge is chocolate-covered strawberries.” I don’t like them. The chocolate breaks off, it goes all over the place, I don’t know what to do with those things.

I love to overindulge on chilidogs! Chili cheese fries! Big marbled steaks! A pound of brisket on butcher paper eaten with my hands! Funnel cakes!

I’m getting so tempted just typing this.

What does God think about all this?
In case you’re wondering, God has a strong opinion on all of this stuff.

He says in Leviticus 20:6, “I will also turn against those who commit spiritual prostitution by putting their trust in mediums or in those who consult the spirits of the dead. I will set My face against that person and will cut him off from his people.”

Harsh!

In Acts 16 there’s a fortune teller. And the reason for her success? She’s demon possessed. Once Paul casts the demon from her, guess what? She can’t tell fortunes anymore!

Bottom Line:
Fortune telling, horoscopes, palm reading, crystal balls…all demonic. And that’s not hysterical talk! It’s just what God says in black and white.

But why do we want a fortune teller? Because we’re lack confidence – in the future, in the present, in life! We are AFRAID. We think, “If I could just know the future – then I’d have peace.”

#1. No, you wouldn’t. Because then you’d know exactly what to worry about.
#2. You never will know the future – it’s a fantasy. So quit wasting emotional and mental energy on fantasy.

Instead, do this:
Trust God. Put your faith in Jesus. He knows the future. He knows the past. He’s not bound by time, but called Himself the, “I Am.” Meaning before Abraham 4000 years ago, He was, “I am.” Right now He is, “I Am.” 4000 years from now Jesus will be the great, “I Am.”

It’s all present tense to Him. And Romans 8:28 says He’s working all for good for everyone who is His.

Trust Him. He’s got this.

Amen and amen.

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Don’t Lose Your Way

poohbear“It can be really offputting when you lose your way somehow.”
– Winnie the Pooh

I love Winnie the Pooh. Amazing quotes and it always tugs at my heart.

But the truth is, nobody just, “loses their way somehow.”

We lose our way when:

  1. We take our eyes off the road.
  2. We leave the map or the GPS at home.
  3. We don’t watch where we are going.
  4. We don’t pay attention to where we’ve been.
  5. We IGNORE the warning signs (this is a biggie, hence the call caps).
  6. We IGNORE the instructions or advice of others more Godly and wise (advice of the ignorant just causes us to lose our way faster).
  7. We turn our back on Jesus. Whether for a day or for a lifetime.

In each of those cases, we made a decision. And decisions are tricky things, even small ones. Because of this truth:

We make our decisions. And then our decisions make us.

What decisions have you made lately?

I’ve made a lot of unwise decisions, but I remember the summer after 10th grade I made three critical decisions, and one was an absolute home run. Here they are:

Decision #1.  I was going be full on for Jesus. I had an older BMOC (big man on campus) football player who influenced me. Somewhere in the previous couple of years, he had decided to go, “full on” for Jesus. We were on a church trip and he challenged me to take my life of following Jesus seriously – and while I had been a Christian since I was 10, gone to church every Sunday, I wasn’t “full on.” I loved Jesus. He saved me. But I was still holding back.

So I made a decision. I was going full on, whatever that meant, as Jesus revealed it.

Decision #2 – I’d hit the church whenever it was open. 
Up to that point, I went to the activities that were fun or that I had to go to. But I decided that from now on, if God was putting something on I wasn’t going to miss it.

Today? I hate to miss. And I love to go to other churches when on vacation if I can. And I always go with great anticipation – what if God has a message just for me today? How could I miss? That would just be crazy!

I’ve done that 40 years. And He has spoken to me again and again and again and again. And I’ve never, ever regretted going to church. Ever.

Decision #3 – this was the HOME RUN for me. I decided I would not go to bed until I read my Bible for 30 minutes.

Every.

Single.

Day.

Now understand – I didn’t have a Bible app with 2000 reading plans to make it easier. I didn’t have the Bible on a computer. In fact, all I had was a King James New Testament that my buddy gave me. Have you tried reading King James English lately? It’s hard to understand!

But that’s what I read.

I’d come in from a date, or being out late at a church event, or a football game, or hanging out with friends – and I’d sit down in my rocking chair in my bedroom – and I’d read. Sometimes I’d doze off while I was reading. Sometimes I didn’t really comprehend all that I was reading.

But as a high school boy, I sat down with the anticipation and expectation (what great words!) that the God of all creation had great and wonderful things to say to me.

And He did.

And He’ll do the same for you.

I made a simple decision. And God used that decision to change me. He put me on a path that altered forever the way the way I’d live my life. And He made me into a much better man than I would EVER be otherwise.pablo-9

He.

Changed.

Me.

You make your decisions, and your decisions make you.

“I’ve made some horrible decisions David!”

Me too! But alas, my time machine is broken. So we cannot go and change decisions in the past. BUT…you can start making good decisions today. And God will use them to change your tomorrow.

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 

What decisions are you making? Today? Right now? It’s a new day – get on with it!

Your decisions give you some wonderful power! Every decision is making you into something. Make sure that, “something” is something that you want to be.

Amen and amen!

 

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The Shack is Messed Up

 

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  Last line of this tweet kind of says it all. 

I hate to be a frumpy, grumpy old man, but if the new movie, The Shack, is true to the book of the same name, it is really whacked.

 

If you’re not familiar with it – the runaway bestseller was released in 2007 and was simultaneously praised AND criticized across the theological spectrum.

And it is royally messed up. Which is hard to say from watching the previews! Because the previews are heart-wrenching, heart-warming, with good actors, and it looks like it would be a good Christian movie.

Unfortunately, that’s not the case.

Interesting that the star of The Shack is the same guy from Avatar. I like him! And both movies have a religious aspect, neither of which is Christian. Obviously, Avatar has an otherworldly, science fiction religion that the author “made up” for the story.

In the book The Shack ( the movie isn’t out yet), the author also, “made up” the religion for the story. 

How can you say that David?!? It’s a Christian book! It’s been endorsed by some famous Christians! The author says it’s Christian! The MARKETING CAMPAIGN SAYS IT’S CHRISTIAN. NOBODY WOULD LIE IN A MARKETING CAMPAIGN.

Really? I get so weary of folks accepting that everything called Christian just must be. Jesus Himself said people would come in His name – not to save you but to deceive you! Jesus the Son of God said don’t just accept something because someone stamps His name it! You can read it yourself here: Matthew 24:5.

Here’s the bottom line on The Shack: If anyone truly believes God’s Word to be, well…God speaking, then “anyone” should realize that the author of The Shack doesn’t believe what God Himself has already said and he (the author) has made up his own version of a god.

I lost count after about six heresies (beliefs contrary to Christian doctrine) in the book, so I’ll bullet point four major ones.

Here’s a little bit of what I mean:

1. In the book, God the Father presents Himself as Goddess the Mother.  Apparently, the god of the Shack was suffering from the same gender confusion our culture is experiencing!

Think I’m overstating?

God the father/mother speaking, “For me to appear to you as a woman and suggest that you call me Papa is simply to mix metaphors, to help you keep from falling so easily back into your religious conditioning.”

Woman? Papa? Which is it??? The author made God transgendered way back in 2007! Way before Target let men in the women’s bathroom!

This in spite of the fact that God has chosen to verbally and specifically call Himself, “God the Father” from the time of Adam and Eve all the way through His Word to Revelation.

For at least 5000 years God has deliberately chosen to represent Himself as God the Father.

That alone should be enough to trash the book. According to the Shack – Jesus blew it when He prayed “Our Father in heaven.” Jesus should’ve prayed, “Our Mother in the Shack.” 

When we start making God in whatever form WE choose, we might as well make Him into anything – a piece of wood, Chewbacca, Kanye “Yeezus” West, whatever. It doesn’t matter – because we’re making it up as we go along and that’s ALL idol worship.

And personally? I don’t ever want to stand before God and explain why I decided His description of Himself was SOOOO inadequate that I, in my finite ignorance, chose to change it. That’s the definition of arrogance and foolishness.

Note: Later in the book the god the mother turns into a ponytailed old man hippy. I’m really not sure which is more annoying…

2. The Jesus of the Shack is a counterfeit Jesus (kind of a karmic/universalist Jesus).

Referring to Buddhists, Mormons, and Muslims, Jesus of the Shack declares “I have no desire to make them Christian,” (wait, wut?) and paints Christians as religious fanatics and part of a sinful world system. That may be a lot of things, but that’s not the Jesus of history OR the Bible.

Jesus also tells Mack that he is “the best way any human can relate to Papa (god the father/mother) or Sarayu (The Shack holy spirit).”

Best way?

Best way of what? Many ways? Lots of ways? “Best” implies there are options for relating to God.

No way.

Jesus said He is the only way:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

One way. Not “best” way. Only way.

3. The goddess of The Shack doesn’t punish sin. “She,” says, “I don’t need to punish people for sin. Sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my joy to cure it.”

The author is making it up as he goes along….

The real God does take joy in saving people. That’s what John 3:16 is all about. But:

God NEEDS to punish sin because He is a just and good God. 

Crooked evil judges let the guilty go free. Crooked judges must themselves be brought to justice.

God is NOT a crooked judge. He’s a good judge. He’s love and justice. So He must punish sin.

She (the goddess of the Shack) says, “In Jesus, I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship.” If all humans are forgiven, then all go to heaven, even Hitler. Lest you think I’m making too much of this, the author of The Shack has refused to affirm that only the sins of those who repent are forgiven (read more by clicking here-last paragraph).

God has not forgiven all sins. In Acts 3:19 Peter says, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away.” 

God’s punishment: “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 (NLT)

God really punishes sin. Every. Single. Bit.

But Jesus willingly took my place, so that if I repent of my sin, and follow Him, His sacrifice will wipe all my sins away.

4. It’s irreverent. I’m not quite sure how to communicate this in a way that sounds “right” when I write it, but the Jesus of the Shack is just a little bit of a ridiculous goof. He’s dropping stuff on the floor and chasing fish that He can’t catch and talks like a child at times (according to the author).

66 books in the Bible, lots and lots of words – so wordy! But God never presents Jesus like that. Ever.

 


So those are my top four reasons The Shack is wrong, whacked, wretched and the worst. 

Now you might say:

a. “But David, it’s fiction!”

So if it’s fiction, anything goes? Like I could write a book about how Jesus didn’t die, didn’t rise from the grave but married and had little Jesuses, and the church covered it up for 2,000 years? That would be ok?

Then how come Christians got all worked up about the DaVinci Code? It was just fiction.

b. “But David come on! It has caused some people to hunger for God!”

Ok! All aboard the money train! I’m publishing a picture book that presents Jesus as Ariana Grande! I’m sure lots of the 12 to 30 male crowd will have an increased hunger for my Jesus, and I’ll get rich!

Is that what we’ve come to? As long as the “Jesus” you present makes people hungry, it’s good? I’m hungry for the bacon god!

Here’s the issue that’s critical for our souls:

Run from anyone that tries to sell you a different God than THE One revealed in His Word. Worship God the Father, creator of heaven and earth. God the Son, who died for our sins and rose to give us eternal life, and God the Holy Spirit, our counselor, and comforter.

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:10-11 (NLT)

Amen and amen.

 

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I Love Jesus Because He’s Not Fair

It’s Valentine’s Day, and I want to declare, I love Jesus for lots and lots of reasons! Like…because He loves me. And because He gave me my wife, my daughters, a beautiful world, and bacon!

bacon

But here’s one BIG reason why – He is most definitely NOT fair.

When I was a kid, I was shocked, insulted, offended, and appalled when I realized, life is fairNOT fair!

Who came up with this scam?! I should get what I want, when I want it, how I want it and even if it’s yours! Anything less than that? NOT FAIR!

And to make it worse, my parents would tell me to get used to it! Like this is some natural law of the universe! And sometimes they’d  be amused by my tirades (which was much better than when they weren’t amused by my tirades…geezzz). I had this great expectation that life should be fair, and by fair, I mostly meant life should always work in my favor.

And Jesus is not fair. But before I explain that, let me explain the way life actually IS fair.

How Life IS Fair

There is justice in the universe. There is right, and there is wrong, and wrong should always get punished. That’s justice.

We all want justice – especially when the injustice is done against us. Justice is fair. Do wrong? Get punished. Fair!

And God set up governments for just that purpose! He says in Romans 13:4,  “for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

Fair!

But wait! Did you know that between 1980 and 2015 in the United States, over 200,000 murders went unsolved?  That means 200,000 murderers got off…scott-free!

NOT fair.

But God promises that even though someone may escape punishment on this earth, nobody who does evil will escape His punishment.

 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14 (ESV)

So all of those murderers that escaped punishment here? God will catch them.
Every. Single. One.

Because God is a good judge. Only a crooked judge would let murderers and rapists and thieves go free. God is NOT a crooked judge.

But that is bad news. Because that means I will be punished for all evil deeds. And so will you.

Except for…Jesus.

Jesus took MY punishment for My evil deeds (sin) and did the same for you too. He suffered MY punishment and YOURS so we wouldn’t have to.

Most definitely NOT FAIR!

But so kind. So loving. So compassionate. So sacrificial.

He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 (NLT)

Ridiculously unfair.

Obscenely unfair.

Unjust.

But Jesus, in His love for you and for me, was willing to undergo the injustice of it all, the unfairness of it all, so that we might be with Him forever.

And that…I absolutely, completely, 100% LOVE.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

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