Thursday, May 12, 2016

Good News, Not Sanitized News

Some people say that the Gospel is a message which only about peace, goodwill, grace, and happiness.  They argue that when you are witnessing to someone, you shouldn’t mention hell or talk about how bad sin is.  They point out that hell and the consequences of sin are bad news, but the word gospel means “good news”.  Actually a better translation of the word “euangelion” is a message well done.  That is, it isn’t the news itself that is good, but it is the one telling it who does a good job at delivering the message.

Suppose the witness to a horrific crime were to accurately describe what he saw to the authorities and that his testimony were to lead to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.  The witness’ testimony is good, but not pleasant.  What makes the testimony good is that it is the truth and that it led to the conviction of the criminal.  It is not that the testimony provoked a warm fuzzy feeling or anything like that.

Similarly, the Gospel is good news because it is the truth and because it leads to the conviction of a sinner.  To be sure, the Gospel is an optimistic message.  The promise of heaven and freedom from sin is the most positive message that there has ever been.  But this is lost if you don’t first learn the law of sin and death.  The apostle Paul writes,

What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful.

Romans 7:7-13 (NKJV)

Isaiah wrote:

10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: 13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.

Isaiah 30:10-13 (KJV)

Paul wrote to Timothy :

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 (KJV)

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Miracles from Heaven (2016)




A wholesome film is rare in America these days. I saw the movie, Miracles from Heaven, last Sunday, Easter. It was an uplifting film. I enjoy message movies, especially those which are based on real life events.
The theme of Miracles from Heaven centers on the effects of a devastating digestive disease on the middle child of a family with three girls. The mother passionately tries to do everything physically possible to find a medical solution to her child’s problem (pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder). The movie reminds me of an older movie, Lorenzo's Oil (1992), in which the parents tirelessly research and seek a medical intervention for their child, who was suffering from adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
As the movie unfolds, many minor miracles are occurring leading up to a dramatic event that brings about an earth-shaking change in the girl’s condition. The culminating miracle is only the major miracle in a series of minor miracles. Interspersed within the drama, are moments that will make you laugh as well as touch your heart.

The mother’s faith is challenged during the fight to help save her daughter. She has some support from her husband, however he is extremely busy in trying to keep the family’s head above the water, having just gone into debt opening his veterinarian practice.  The child’s disease comes upon her suddenly, causes her great pain, and stifles her ability to live a normal life. The disease is also very costly and causes a significant financial challenge for the family.
Together the family faces the situation together with love and courage. The movie is a moving account of faith, love and family.
I would give the move ***** out of *****.  The movie is entertaining and inspiring. It is well worth the time and effort to go and see it in the theater or on DVD when it comes out.
History Hollywood has an interesting article about the background of the movie. You can click here to learn more about the movie's characters as well as about the real people on which the movie was based.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Late Night Laughs – This Week in Politics

The jokes that follow are courtesy of Newsmax.com which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions. This current batch of funny monologues all center around the Republican candidates’ campaigns.

Conan
· Donald Trump’s campaign manager is facing charges for grabbing a female reporter’s arm. Trump scolded his campaign manager and said, "On my campaign we only abuse women verbally."
Late Night With Seth Meyers
· Donald Trump in a new interview supported the idea of holding back attacks on the wives and children of rival candidates, before adding, “All you have to do is tell that to Ted Cruz because he started it.” Trump then added, “I’m not touching him! I’m not touching him! I’m not touching him!”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
· According to the State Department, virtually every foreign leader who meets with Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern about the Republican presidential primary election. There's no need to be concerned. It's silly. Once President Trump builds a wall around your country, you'll never see us again.
· According to a new NBC News poll, Donald Trump now has support from 48 percent of Republican voters. All the men and none of the wives.
· John Kasich is in third with 18 percent, but he says he won't give up. He's vowed to keep running. He's going to keep running until one person in America can identify him by face and then he will stop

Just today Donald Trump put his foot in his mouth saying that women who get abortions should be punished.  The man has demonstrated a thorough lack of knowledge of the issues facing America. He has a shallow and limited knowledge, just enough to make him dangerous.



I love the twitter hashtag, #HeStartedIt. It reflects MSNBC’s Anderson Cooper’s comment on Trump’s response to the revealing pix of Trump’s wife posted in a tweet by an Anti-Trump PAC. In apparent retaliation, Trump’s posted an uncomplimentary picture of Heidi Cruz and a glamorous photo of his own wife. Cooper told Trump that he sounded like a 5th grader.  Trump becomes less and less desirable as a Presidential candidate with each passing day.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Late Night Laughs - Trumpin’ the Campaign

The jokes that follow are courtesy of Newsmax.com which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.

This current batch of funny monologues center around the Republican candidate for President Donald Trump and his campaign.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The hacking group “Anonymous” has apparently declared war against Donald Trump. Of course, hacking him shouldn’t be hard, because if there's anyone who just uses their name as their password, it's Donald Trump.

Late Night With Seth Meyers  
It was reported yesterday that an op-ed written by Donald Trump seems to have been blatantly plagiarized from an article written by Dr. Ben Carson days before. People first became suspicious when Trump’s op-ed began, “As a black doctor…”
Electing Donald Trump would be a hughly bad idea for America. We don't need another narcissist in the White House. And do we really want 4 years of watching a Reality TV "star" playing President on the world stage? No. #NeverTrump!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Late Night Laughts...Protecting America from Donald Trump


The jokes that follow are courtesy of Newsmax.com which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.

This current batch of monologue jokes center around Republican candidate for President Donald Trump, and security issues surrounding his campaign events.

Electing Trump would be dangerous for America. There already is a narcissist in the White House, do we really want another 4 years of watching a one-act play by a two-bit reality TV actor played out on the world stage? I think not!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
· At a rally over the weekend, Donald Trump was surrounded by Secret Service agents after a man tried to rush the stage. The Secret Service said the man was dangerous and disturbed, but they had to protect him anyway.
· Proving once and for all, the best way to keep everyone safe and sound is to build a wall around Donald Trump.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Ben Carson for Republican President Nomination

Donald Trump gave campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton when she ran for senator of New York.  He is not pro-life, he does not oppose gay marriage, he is disrespectful and uses unnecessarily inflammatory rhetoric.  A bridge player, I definitely say "NO TRUMP". 

Ted Cruz is not constitutionally eligible because he is not a natural born citizen.  His father was not a citizen of the U.S. at the time that he was born which is the definition of the term.  Cruz is also too much of a hawk on foreign policy. 

Marco Rubio is also not constitutionally eligible because he too is not a natural born citizen.  Though he was born in U.S., neither of his parents were U.S. citizens at the time of his birth.  If you vote for either Cruz or Rubio, then you are helping someone to usurp an office that they are not entitled to.  Also Rubio is very much in support of allowing the government read people’s email, listen in on people’s phone conservations and other invasions of privacy without the proper warrants.

John Kasich supports Common Core, Medicaid expansion, and when he was a congressman, he voted for taxpayer funding of abortions.  He quotes verses in the Bible about giving to the poor and says this means that the government should take care of the poor.  This is very bad theology.


Ben Carson is wishy-washy and talks out of both sides of his mouth.  He is not a constitutionalist.  However, he is constitutionally eligible to become president, his positions on the issues are reasonable in comparison with the other candidates and he seems to be respectful and honest.  At least there is hope for him that he might be a "Good Choice".

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Next Two Weeks: Stopping, or Struck By -- the Trump Express?

THEN THERE WERE FOUR

The field of Republican candidates has narrowed significantly. We now have only four candidates with Dr. Ben Carson apparently ending his campaign this afternoon. The next two weeks should narrow the field even further.

CAN ANYONE STOP THE TRUMP EXPRESS?


The big question that may be answered over the next two weeks is: can Senator Ted Cruz stop the Turbulent Trumpster? Or, will Donald Trump really achieve a hostile takeover of the GOP?

The questions may be answered by the results of the series of next primaries and caucuses. I saw an excellent tweet by Cindy Brown (@LiveFreedomOrDi) tonight which outlined the upcoming primaries and caucuses for the next two weeks. She linked to an article on TheRightScoop.com.  That article was such a clear and concise outline that I'm reproducing it below. You can check out the original post at the link below.

THE MOST IMPORTANT DEBATE OF THE SEASON?

Going into the next two week of primaries and debates is another Fox News GOP Debate. The gloves are off. Will Marco Rubio continue to stand up to the school yard bully and exchange personal attacks? Will the moderators guide the debate on real issues or will they feed the personal attack frenzy for ratings? Will Ted Cruz be able to nail down Trump to specifics on any of the issues? The winner of the debate may improve their position in the upcoming contests. 

If interested and you don't have cable access, you can watch the Fox News 2016 Republican Presidential Debate via Live Stream Video Online tomorrow, Thursday, 3/3/2016 at 9 PM ET, from Detroit, Michigan by clicking here.

THE UPCOMING SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Below is a list of all the upcoming elections with their 761 delegates that are up for grabs between now and March 15, when most states become Winner-Take-All:

Saturday, March 5 -- 155 Delegates Total

Kansas........40 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Kentucky......46 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Louisiana.....46 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Maine.........23 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus

Sunday, March 6 -- 23 Delegates Total

Puerto Rico........23 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary

Tuesday, March 8 -- 150 Delegates Total

Hawaii........19 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Idaho.........32 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Michigan......59 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Mississippi...40 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary

Thursday, March 10 -- 9 Delegates Total

Virgin Islands..9 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Caucus

Saturday, March 12 -- 57 Delegates Total

Wash. DC......19 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Convention
Guam...........9 Delegates, Unbound, Closed Convention
Wyoming.......29 Delegates, Unbound, Closed Caucus

Tuesday, March 15 -- 367 Delegates Total

Florida.......99 Delegates, Winner Take All, Closed Primary
Illinois......69 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary
Missouri......52 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary
N Carolina....72 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary
N Mariana Is...9 Delegates, Winner Take All, Closed Caucus
Ohio..........66 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary


Read more: http://therightscoop.com/upcoming-elections-and-delegates-heres-what-is-at-stake-from-now-until-march-15th/#ixzz41nZYAj5F

Dr. Ben Carson Drops Out of 2016 Presidential Campaign

I just now received this email from Dr. Ben Carson. It sounds like he is dropping out of the race for President due to the election results from Super Tuesday:



I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit.

Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America.

I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.

However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue.

Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to saving America for future generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.

I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America.

Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interest of the American people.

I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,

Dr. Carson is a great American. He is a wonderful role model for all Americans especially politicians!

 I still would love to see a Ted Cruz - Ben Carson Ticket in November. Maybe this will be one step in that direction.  Dr. Carson has added some civility, maturity and refreshment in this otherwise cantankerous and often uncivil debate and campaign, especially on the part of the front-runner, Donald Trump...