Happy Hollowdays All Atheists

22 Dec

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I was not surprised to see the most recent advertisement posted by the American Atehists organization this week claiming Christ to be a myth. In  light of the most recent tragedy that this country has has ever endured, children being gunned down by a 20 year old boy. You have to wonder what Atheists must think and how they explain to hurting families the reason behind this senseless killing. I want to know how many Atheists showed up to comfort those mourning their dead children, and what they would say to them if they did. Maybe something like, you will never see your children again, because once you die, it’s over. Or human life really doesn’t have any value or meaning so your children are better off. Perhaps they can comfort the parents by encouraging them to live a life void of any hope, joy, peace or a future?

I don’t know how many Newtown, Sandy Hook families are grounded in faith aside from the Parker family that spoke of their daughter “Emilie”. I was impacted by the testimony of the father, who visibly broken over the loss of his beautiful daughter, was still able to send out prayers and comfort to the family of the shooter. But to me, that takes real courage and conviction in faith. That kind of grace and forgiveness only comes from faith in a Creator. That kind of love can only be displayed having experienced true love and the Creator of love.

I cannot imagine a world void of God. If Jesus Christ would not have come to this earth to show us The Way, then the tragedy at Sandy Hook last week would be mere “Childs Play” for Satan. He seeks to kill all of God’s creation, those who know Him and those yet to know him. Murder is final in his mind. Satan knows about eternity and he knows the value of life, family and children to God. That’s why all of these institutions are under attack. We should not be surprised by this ever increasing assault on our families, we are living in a generation of Godless people. We can only prepare for more innocents being slaughtered, more pain, and more suffering because we don’t acknowledge the Creator of the universe.

Atheists should take responsibility for their part in this master plan to disprove a God that loves, protects and endures the pain of a generation that mocks Him, denies Him, and calls Him a Myth. As an atheist, you will stand before Him one day and give account for your every word and deed, in that day you will see that you were mistaken and that you mislead people. I am saddened for the families that lost their precious babies this year. Many of these kids were first born’s … and that seems to be one of Satan’s best attempts throughout history to remove God’s fingerprint on a generation. If you are an Atheist, I want you to consider your life and how you contribute to this empty, lost generation and ask yourself Why? If life is meaningless and nothing comes from nothing, then Why not? Why not kill, why not destroy each other? Why not commit senseless, heinous acts against one another? If there’s nobody to judge, nobody to condemn, then all we have is lawlessness and pandemonium. Is that the world you want to live in? I hope not.

For me, I’m sending up prayers to a God that hears and answers prayer. I pray that all of the families will find peace amidst tragedy, hope in a hopeless situation and love for humankind in a dark and dismal world, because that’s what Jesus did.

Please watch this video and ask your self, how can this not be true?

Twas the night before Christmas

Where’s God when I’m hurting?

15 Dec

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I can’t stop thinking about the precious lives lost at that school yesterday. Like everyone I know, I am heartbroken over the senseless killings of these innocent people. Everyone is looking for answers as to why?

Here’s my thoughts:

(1) We are a country drifting away from all that is good.

(2) We glorify sports figures over the real heros that fight for our freedom and put their lives at risk everyday – Our men and women serving in the armed forces and our police and firefighters.

(3) You cannot turn on the TV without experiencing violence, TV and movie producers need to stop producing garbage and start producing family values films again.

(4) Parents don’t make time for their kids because they are deep in debt and have to work multiple jobs.

(5) Parents don’t take the time or are afraid to discipline their kids, we have become a bunch of sissies and our kids “especially our boys” are weak and without any direction. Nobody has to face any consequences for wrong behavior.

We need the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob to return to the USA, we made it real clear that He was not welcome here when we took Him out of the public schools by eliminating prayer, removed the 10 commandments from the courthouses, told kids they cannot mention his name on the football fields, called it a holiday tree when we know it’s a CHRISTMAS tree.

I ask everyone with any sense “how’s that working for us”? I’ll bet there’s not a single person affected by this tragedy that isn’t lifting up a prayer to God at that school. Maybe tomorrow we will wake up in a different world. I pray to God that this can and will happen soon. Stay strong and hug your kids a little tighter and give God the praise. He may decide to visit us again.

Prov 3: 5-6 says “trust in the Lord with all of your heart and He will direct your paths.

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

5 Dec

Where Will You Spend Eternity?

These simple presentations of the Gospel message may help you understand how beautiful it is to have a personal relationship with the Almighty. Can it be?

Somewhere Forever Ministries

Dark Horses

28 Nov

 

The term “dark horse” originated in the gambling circles of horse racing (duh!). It was a term used to describe a little known or unknown horse who basically comes out of nowhere to win the victory.

In other words, a victorious animal who was never thought to be a shoe-in!

But not all dark horses are four legged creatures who serve as beasts of burdens in the NASCAR of the animal kingdom. Many are two legged humans who were burdened with the hopelessness of a meaningless life but decided to compete in this race called life anyway.

He was born in an obscure village, the son of a peasant woman.

He grew up in another village, where he worked in a carpenter’s shop until he was thirty.

Then for three years he became a wandering preacher.

He never wrote a book. He never held an office. He never had a family or owned a house. He didn’t go to college. He never visited a big city. He never travelled two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He did none of those things one usually associates with greatness.

He had no credentials but himself.

He was only thirty-three when the tide of public opinion turned against him. His friends ran away. He was turned over to his enemies and went through a mockery of a trial. He was executed by the state. While he was dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing, the only property he had on earth. When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.

Twenty centuries have come and gone, and today he is the central figure of the human race and the leader of mankind’s progress. All the armies that ever marched, all the navies that ever sailed, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man on this earth as much as that one solitary life.  – One Solitary Life by James Francis Allen

Father’s Love Letter

11 May

My Child,

You may not know me,

but I know everything about you.

Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.

Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.

Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.

Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.

Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.

Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.

Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.

Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.

Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,

for all your days are written in my book.

Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth

and where you would live.

Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.

Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother’s womb.

Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.

Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented

by those who don’t know me.

John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,

but am the complete expression of love.

1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.

1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child

and I am your Father.

1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.

Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.

Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.

James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.

Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.

Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.

Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless

as the sand on the seashore.

Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.

Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.

Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.

Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you

with all my heart and all my soul.

Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.

Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,

you will find me.

Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you

the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.

Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you

than you could possibly imagine.

Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you

in all your troubles.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,

I am close to you.

Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,

I have carried you close to my heart.

Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away

every tear from your eyes.

Revelation 21:3-4

And I’ll take away all the pain

you have suffered on this earth.

Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you

even as I love my son, Jesus.

John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.

John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.

Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,

not against you.

Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression

of my love for you.

1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved

that I might gain your love.

Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,

you receive me.

1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you

from my love again.

Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party

heaven has ever seen.

Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,

and will always be Father.

Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…

Will you be my child?

John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.

Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad

Almighty God

Father’s Love Letter used by permission Father Heart Communications

© 1999-2011 http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com

 

Debating Christianity with an Atheist

7 May

I recently read a debate between atheist Frank Zindler and Christian Dr. William Lane Craig. This was a great read and I welcome your comments on the points discussed. Here’s an exert:

Jesus was a man and needed to breathe to live. How, for example, according to Acts, could he have “ascended” into space, which has too little oxygen to support human life?

Atheists who attempt to ridicule the Bible by ignoring normal rules of literary interpretation and usage end up ridiculing themselves. Abundant general literary precedent, as well as specific Hebrew and Greek literary techniques, affirm that phrases including geographical references to non-geographical states such as heaven, hell, death, and despair are not meant to refer to actual geographic or spatial locations. Jesus didn’t need to find oxygen to breathe in space because he didn’t go into space. Heaven is a different dimension, not some place past the galaxy! A contemporary example would be the common phrase, “You’re driving me crazy,” which no one should interpret to mean that you are physically restraining me in your vehicle as you transport me to the geographical location of lunacy (probably California!)

And the debate continues…..to read more

This is also a great article called the Great Debate – Atheism vs. Christianity

Copyright 1993-2002 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino

Get on the “Gospel Train” This Easter

22 Apr

This illustration provided by Jared Hindman

This was a post from Pamela A. Iannello…I really enjoyed this read, it made me think about the true meaning of Easter.  Like Christmas, we lose site of where this all began…I hope this encourages you to burn with the Gospel in you, and not melt away this Easter like a chocolate Easter bunny…..

An evangelist, in conducting a testimony meeting one day in a large Southern city, said to the audience; “If the Christian life was to be described under the figure of a locomotive train, which part would you rather be?”

There were a number of prompt answers that elicited smiles and laughter, and some deep responses of approval. One wanted to be the whistle and let the people know the Gospel train was coming. Another wished to be the bell, and warn souls of danger. A third would be a coupler and join the churches together; a fourth was willing to be the cowcatcher and save people who were in peril and a fifth desired the office of a brakeman, to slow things down if they got dangerously fast.
Finally after many answers of this order, one of the best laymen in the city arose to his feet and fixed his eyes on the leader of the meeting. Felt and known by all to be a thoroughly good man, his testimony was waited for in profound silence. But owing to some kind of deep, inward emotion that was evident to all, he did not speak for fully thirty seconds. He then, with a husky voice said,

“I would like to be the black coal thrown into the furnace and burn for the glory of God.”

He sat down, and for a whole minute there was not a word heard in the assembly. But there were many wet eyes and swelling hearts in the crowd. All felt instinctively that the most beautiful and forcible speech of the morning had been uttered in that simple sentence. As I pondered this illustration, I thought about how we might have been moved to tears had we been present to hear such a powerful statement uttered. But what about our response to the cross of Calvary? What about when Jesus uttered, “It is finished.” Do you, as a child of God, consider that one of the most beautiful and forcible speeches ever made? Does what the Savior said that day almost 2000 years ago stir you still? Do you feel anything anymore when you think about the cross? As Christians, does it cause our eyes to fill with tears and our hearts to swell knowing that the Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself a sacrifice as this piece of black coal aforesaid, thrown into the furnace of hell for the likes of you and me…

2 Corinthians 5:15 (KJV)
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

There is more meaning behind Easter than just the colored eggs, chocolate bunnies, Spring break on the beaches of sunny Florida, and the fact that white is back in season again! Or is there? While driving through the country the other day, we passed a quaint little church building with a large cross mounted on the wall. There at the foot of the cross, scattered around the churchyard, was a large gathering of children with baskets in hand, running to and fro frantically searching for colored plastic eggs… All heads were looking down and around, none mindful of the cross that hung above them. What a picture of our lives today – busy with the world and ignoring the Lord. It was a picture that left me with a sad, hollow feeling….
Then while shopping, I couldn’t believe how inundated with Easter merchandise and candy are the various aisles in Wal-mart. It was so crowded; people could hardly get their carts through! The shelves were trashed from ADULTS pawing through the assorted products searching for particular items to purchase for their children in order to celebrate Easter. How grieving! I silently wondered how many of them were Christians…
Didn’t Jesus hang on that cross, die and rise again for more reasons than just to give us the opportunity to eat extra chocolate this time of the year? Didn’t Jesus go to hell for three days and three nights for more important reasons than just so we could color eggs in April? Did Jesus suffer on that cross with our spring break in mind, or our soul’s destiny in mind? Didn’t Jesus rise again for more relevant reasons than just so we could wear new white shoes and a new dress to church on Easter Sunday? Because of our sin, didn’t Jesus experience broken fellowship with His Father in that moment of time so we could find better treasures than just those sought after during an Easter egg hunt?
I think we Christians need to jump-start our hearts and remember what Easter really means…. It is the most awe-inspiring example of self-sacrifice that you and I will ever witness – made by our loving heavenly Father! If you’ve accepted Christ as your personal Savior, hasn’t such a loving sacrifice changed your eternal destination? Hasn’t it changed YOU as a person? Then it should also change the direction your life takes from that point on….

How do you celebrate this sacred occasion? What is YOUR train of thought this Easter?

God Bless,

Pam
Isaiah 60:1&2
Copyright 2000 Pamela A. Iannello
Revised 2004

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