Daily Archives: October 29, 2012

Bomb them or evangelize them

When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” But Jesus turned and rebuked them — Luke 9:54-55 NIV.

A sharp contrast separates his disciples from Jesus — and that chasm remains today. While the “disciples” want to send bombs off to wipe out entire cities, Jesus proposes forgiveness and evangelization.

America has some Christian foundations, but all we can muster is war against Middle Eastern nations. We have no love to give. Let’s not expect anything good to come from the continuation of the Crusades. Until we share the gospel with these peoples, the hostilities will continue, and we won’t be able to expect safety at home any more.

Stop condemning others. Give them love. Someone said recently that America now spends yearly as much on mascot Halloween costumes as it does on missions. But the budget for military attacks is unlimited. Why do we do this? Because it’s easier to bomb peoples and just wash our hands of them.

In reality, I’m not taking a stand for or against military defense. I AM taking a stand against negligence on the behalf of Christians to pray and send missions. If we have no gospel to give, then we are left only with bombs. Jesus was willing to go to the cross for people’s salvation. What are we willing to do to spread the gospel? Because we are unwilling, we prefer to laud the use of bombs.

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Managing your Christian Finances

Whenever you talk about Christian finances or just plain money in the same breath as being a Christian, going to church, or (heaven forbid), Tithing, it hits people where they live…right in the wallet.
Having Christian priorities means you understand that you can’t have God’s blessings without the responsibilities. The bottom line is that it all ties together. Committing to “being a true Christian” means you’re willing to do what God is leading you to do in every part of your life…even your finances.

Here’s some real help in managing your Christian finances. Once you make the commitment to get your Christian money in order, God will arrive on the scene!

Here is some scripture on tithing that will give you a place to start in your understanding in this…

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re-Ver(sing) Verses

Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 | NIV (1984) | Other Versions | Context

Brief

The book of Philippians is one of the 4 prison letters written by Paul, written to the Church of Philippi to comfort them at a time when he was imprisoned and many Christians were in anxiety over his plight. The theme of the book is joy, and the gist of the book is really summed up by Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! In todays’ verse we’re going to talk about peace, which is not unrelated to joy. What is this peace that comes from God, that it is able to grant us joy even in tough times?

Analysis:

Peace of God

The peace that comes from the Lord must be differentiated from the peace of the world, which is generally a peace that revels in good circumstances. The…

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Finding diamonds

Crater of Diamonds State Park

At the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park, you can find uncut diamonds in the 38-acre plowed fields for a $7 entrance fee. Most people like to dig, but it’s more effective to just walk around after recently plowed or rain has eroded away the topsoil. The diamonds you find are yours to keep.

It reminds me of prayer. Last

Actual finds

night, I found a diamond at my Saturday Night Prayer. God told me to pray long for a certain youth in the church. This morning, he answered the altar call.

Wow! This stuff works! (Even I, who write a blog largely on prayer, need to be reminded that prayer actually is efficient.) What else can I pray for?

I am a great admirer of gemstones, but souls are of far greater worth! I’ll even give you the money, if you can give me the souls!