Monthly Archives: November 2012

My confession

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees… I don’t feel threatened.. I don’t feel discriminated against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

If you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein

“What does the Bible say about ghosts / hauntings?”

from gotquestions.org
Ron Rhodes

Answer: Is there such a thing as ghosts? The answer to this question depends on what precisely is meant by the term “ghosts.” If the term means “spirit beings,” the answer is a qualified “yes.” If the term means “spirits of people who have died,” the answer is “no.” The Bible makes it abundantly clear that there are spirit beings, both good and evil. But the Bible negates the idea that the spirits of deceased human beings can remain on earth and “haunt” the living.

Hebrews 9:27 declares, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” That is what happens to a person’s soul-spirit after death—judgment. The result of this judgment is heaven for the believer (2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Philippians 1:23) and hell for the unbeliever (Matthew 25:46; Luke 16:22-24). There is no in-between. There is no possibility of remaining on earth in spirit form as a “ghost.” If there are such things as ghosts, according to the Bible, they absolutely cannot be the disembodied spirits of deceased human beings.

The Bible teaches very clearly that there are indeed spirit beings who can connect with and appear in our physical world. The Bible identifies these beings as angels and demons. Angels are spirit beings who are faithful in serving God. Angels are righteous, good, and holy. Demons are fallen angels, angels who rebelled against God. Demons are evil, deceptive, and destructive. According to 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, demons masquerade as “angels of light” and as “servants of righteousness.” Appearing as a “ghost” and impersonating a deceased human being definitely seem to be within the power and abilities that demons possess.

The closest biblical example of a “haunting” is found in Mark 5:1-20. A legion of demons possessed a man and used the man to haunt a graveyard. There were no ghosts involved. It was a case of a normal person being controlled by demons to terrorize the people of that area. Demons only seek to “kill, steal, and destroy” (John 10:10). They will do anything within their power to deceive people, to lead people away from God. This is very likely the explanation of “ghostly” activity today. Whether it is called a ghost, a ghoul, or a poltergeist, if there is genuine evil spiritual activity occurring, it is the work of demons.

What about instances in which “ghosts” act in “positive” ways? What about psychics who claim to summon the deceased and gain true and useful information from them? Again, it is crucial to remember that the goal of demons is to deceive. If the result is that people trust in a psychic instead of God, a demon will be more than willing to reveal true information. Even good and true information, if from a source with evil motives, can be used to mislead, corrupt, and destroy.

Interest in the paranormal is becoming increasingly common. There are individuals and businesses that claim to be “ghost-hunters,” who for a price will rid your home of ghosts. Psychics, séances, tarot cards, and mediums are increasingly considered normal. Human beings are innately aware of the spiritual world. Sadly, instead of seeking the truth about the spirit world by communing with God and studying His Word, many people allow themselves to be led astray by the spirit world. The demons surely laugh at the spiritual mass-deception that exists in the world today.

Under New Management

Under New Management

Suppose one day you ate a meal at a certain restaurant and you were very disappointed because the service was terrible, the table was dirty, the waitress was dirty, the food was lousy, and you told yourself you would never go there again. But then one day several months later you… See driving past the restaurant and you see a sign in the window that says Under New Management and so you try the restaurant again. And what do you know? – it’s the same old building but the place is clean, the table is clean, the waitress is clean, the food is good and you ask yourself what happened to change this place?î What happened is very simple; the restaurant has a new manager and he has set everything in proper order. If you want change in your life then you need to give up control and get a new manager. You need to turn control of your life over to Jesus Christ.

Everywhere we look today we see the results of self-managed lives. They are broken, shattered lives. Lives that have traveled every side road and every back road, every dead end alley, looked behind every door and under every rock, tried every pill, every drink, every drug – they’ve tried every worldly pleasure imaginable hoping to find some semblance of peace and satisfaction and yet their lives remain completely broken and shattered and they ask themselves Why – why haven’t I been able to find an answer, a remedy, for this relentless, gnawing restlessness and emptiness that has over-taken and enveloped my life? The reason is simple – it’s because the same old person remains in control of their life – themselves.

You see human nature delights in sin. Without Jesus Christ living in our heart, without the conviction of the Holy Spirit we simply can not overcome that human nature. One afternoon I was talking with someone who was a member of one of the worlds most famous rock bands, and while I was talking with this person about Jesus Christ they said to
me Mark, it’s not easy to be good – it’s easy to be bad. And thats the way it is with most of our world today. Man always wants to take the easy way with no thought of the consequences. And many of our pulpits today have taken the Gospel of Jesus Christ, watering it down and diluting it to such an extent that there are very few things in our society that we even classify as sin anymore. And so as we allow this huge menagerie of sin into our life, and as the consequences begin to overwhelm us we eventually begin looking for answers – something that will validate our lifestyle and the path that we have chosen. We think to ourself maybe a psychologist can analyze my situation and pinpoint the source of this terrible void in my life. Or, Maybe some deep transcendental meditation will take me into the realm of my own psyche and I can fix whatever it is that is throwing my aura off balance. But you see our need is not a need for gurus, no self-help book has the power to solve the real problem – the problem of Sin!

Our greatest need in life is the need of salvation, the need to face up to and accept the fact that we are lost in sin and that no amount of psychology or self-help classes, or the preaching of a re-configured, weakened, more comfortable
re-designed gospel will ever in any way change, lessen, remove or fix the problem of sin. Why? Simply because there is only ONE answer, the only cure is to REPENT of our sin, to ask Jesus to forgive us of our sin, to invite Him into our heart as our personal Lord and Master giving Him complete and total control, and then remaining true and faithful to Him all the days of our life. No other way exists for us to find true peace and happiness in life.

There are two voices that call to each and every one of us – the voice of the world, and the voice of God. Just look around and you will see that most have chosen to listen to the voice of the world because it suits their sinful desires. And all the while we try to keep just enough religion to ease the guilt and feel good about ourselves which is nothing but pretense and self-delusion. If a persons relationship with Jesus Christ is not one that has COMPLETELY transformed their life then that person does not have a true relationship with Christ. When Jesus Christ comes into a persons heart their WHOLE LIFE changes.

The world will no longer hold any attraction for you if your heart truly holds Jesus Christ. The world offers nothing of lasting value – it makes no sacrifices for you. The world can not mend a broken heart, it can not fix loneliness. But Christ can do all those things – and more. When we come to Him in true faith and repentance Jesus gives us everything – He gives us joy, He gives us hope, He gives us peace, and He gives us eternal life.

When Jesus came into the world the Bible tells us that wise men came to seek Him and to worship Him. The same is true today. It is the wise who seek after Jesus. But a person can have a head filled with all sorts of Biblical knowledge and still not have Jesus Christ in their heart if they have never responded in a real and personal way to the truth of the Bible, repenting of their sin, and asking Christ to come in and fill their heart. God calls every person in the world to repentance and new life through His Son Jesus Christ. Many people have asked what does it mean to repent?

To repent means to change, to change your mind, to change your
way of thinking, to change direction in your life. To repent means to change your desire from earthly things to Heavenly things. It means that you feel sorry for the things you have done and for those things you have neglected to do. Repentance is NOT just turning away from sin for only a little while it’s TOTALLY turning away from sin. Repentance is NOT simply trying to conceal your sin. Trying to conceal your sin is like spilling seed on the ground and then trying to hide it by covering it up with dirt – the seed eventually comes up and is
exposed. You can not hide your sin from God. The only thing worse than sin, is un-repented sin. And no person can refuse to repent of their sin without having to pay the consequences for that decision.

The importance of establishing and maintaining a personal relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ is light years ahead of anything else you will ever do in life. Every day that goes by in which a person lives their life without Jesus Christ is suicide on the installment plan. The life of any person anywhere in the world can be everything that it should be, and everything that God wants it to be, if we will go to the Cross in true repentance, confess that we are a sinner and ask His forgiveness, give Him complete and singular residence in our heart, and give Him unconditional control in every area of our life. Once we do that, there is a sign on our heart written in Jesus own blood that says This heart now belongs to God – – this heart is now Under New Management.
By Mark Shutts

A Florida Court Sets Atheist Holy Day!

from an email

A proper decision by the courts…
for a change…..

A FLORIDA COURT SETS
ATHEIST HOLY DAY

In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days.

He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days.

The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. And after listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,
“Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood and objecting to the ruling saying,
“Your honor,
How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others.
The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays…”

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counselor, is woefully ignorant.”

The lawyer said,” Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”

The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fool’s Day.

Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore,
April 1st is his day.

Court is adjourned…”

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture!

Abortion

It does amaze me that “Christians” can even consider in any sense that the murder of a child is acceptable in any circumstance. Of course I apply this to anyone, but someone who calls them self a Christian has a greater responsibility because you have His book and His instructions are very clear. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not murder NKJV.

To say it’s none of our business because it is the woman’s body is like saying we can’t judge anyone because we don’t know what would make a person do such and such. It is never going to be a valid argument, God has given us plenty of examples of what is acceptable and what isn’t. As it was once put very well ” What Moses brought down from the mountain, were not the 10 suggestions.” If you think your doing society a favor when you condone these things then please think about all the people who did nothing before and during Hitler’s time. I bet that the over 11 million people who died in those camps would will tell you differently. It may be your body but that life belongs to God, and if you remove it, you answer to Him. Remember this; anytime you kill someone you are trying to kill the very image of God. Gen 1:26a And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:

If this where not true He would not have cared about our eternal destiny. He would just have let us perish and then given out the punishment we deserved [see article on Salvation]. If your going to follow Christ then your going to have to follow Him all the way not just when it’s easy. With our world in the shape it’s in, to vote for someone who promotes abortion for whatever made up reason is the same as giving Satan that same vote. Please remember if we see an evil and do nothing to stand against it we must answer for being part of that evil. God bless