God’s Not Dead – the movie

The new Christian film “God’s Not Dead” came in at #4 this week. That’s right–#4 out of ALL movies. It is the #1 Christian movie, of course, and that was with limited release. More theater managers will take notice, I think, and feature it in the months ahead. I usually shy away from so-called “Christian” films because they are generally ill-made, poorly thought out, and serve mostly to amp up believers rather than convince unbelievers.

At the core of God’s Not Dead is a common story line: an atheistic college professor and a martyr-complex student who feels the need to engage the teacher in a public debate over the existence of God. In a word–unwinnable. But there is an emotional twist here, however. The student is actually prepared to lose, and hence is more concerned becoming a stumbling block to other students who might be searching or at least open to the gospel.

It is this concern on the part of the student that makes this story more interesting AND realistic. Yes, it is still a bit cheesy when the professor quotes Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and most of the actors are not A-listers, and not all of the dialogue in God’s Not Dead is believable, BUT, I still say GO SEE IT. In a time when so few people in the work-a-day world express a working faith in their religion (if they have one), let alone the God of that religion, this movie could serve as a rallying point for young believers simply looking for some courage.

The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to use my booklet to find new life for their prayer time. But for some, a movie with a good lesson might be better. God’s Not Dead. Try talking to him sometime and you’ll see.

For an easy to use workbook on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.org 

The Real Jesus

It used to bother me when I would hear of people researching the “historical” Jesus. Different “Jesus” projects seemed just insulting when all (as I thought) we needed to know about Jesus was in the Bible. Lately I’ve even heard some talk about the “Jesus myth” as if he didn’t really exist at all. Really? I can’t imagine setting the calendar by someone’s birth who was totally fictitious.

Over the years, I have learned to value these various searchings as a trend. A valuable trend. People in the 21st  century are still interested in Jesus. Even attempts to discredit him must begin with someone, somewhere, looking at the available information. That’s a good thing. I tell believers and unbelievers the same thing: don’t bring your own agenda to the Bible. Just let it say what it says and make your decision.

Today I ran across an interesting article about the many images of Jesus in the world. Sometimes we stop searching and just try to make him in our own image, but sometimes it’s just an attempt to make some type of connection with him. Read it and look at the pictures: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/03/15/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-jesus/?hpt=hp_c3 .

If you or someone you know really wants to find Jesus, start by talking to his “Father.” Go see: www.therealprayer.org 

Published in: on March 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Blood Moon

Well here we go again. I’ve posted many times about gloom and doom apocalypsers and here is yet another one. The blood moon we will begin hearing about is on its way! It is a full, albeit eclipsed, moon which will appear in 2014 and again in 2015. Now the Bible does in fact talk about something like this. For example: The sun will become dark, and the moon will turn blood red before that great and glorious day of the LORD arrives. (Acts 2:20) And we also read The full moon turned as red as blood. (Rev 6:12)  And also: “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.” (Joel 2:31)

Modern day prophets have cited several important events in the life of the nation of Israel which more or less loosely align themselves with these rare occurrences, but here we are, just like a Timex watch, this old Earth “takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” I now catch myself asking why these end-of-timers don’t discuss the various other “moons.” Some of them are equally as threatening as a blood moon.

For instance, there is the Wolf Moon, the Sugaring Moon, Snow Moon, Hunger Moon, and my favorite (and soon to be yours) the Moon of the Pairing Reindeer! Yes, you can see these and others at http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970314a.html .

There may be signs, but I don’t think for a minute we can properly interpret them. There may be hints, but we’re far too removed from the surrounding history to get them. There may be symbolism, but the references are just too ancient for most of us to correlate them.

I stand by my original contention: when in doubt, PRAY and trust the red letters: But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. (Mt 24:36)

For a great little workbook on the Lord’s Prayer (and prayer in general) go see: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on November 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

National Day of Prayer

It seems a little strange to me to see that we still have a National Day of Prayer. Not that it’s a bad thing…it’s really needed. But an ever-increasing number of people now identify themselves as “nones” — that is, unaffiliated with any religion.

But the National day of Prayer isn’t the National Day of Religion, it is a day of prayer for all peoples of all faiths to take even just a brief moment to pray, meditate, think, or just pause to reflect on their place in the Universe.

Maybe we just want to thank the Creator, ask for something from a Prophet, ancestor, or some other Avatar. And as much as we seem to get annoyed at those who do not believe like us, we still appreciate the freedom of Religion we have here in America.

It’s the National Day of Prayer. So take that day! And PRAY.

For a great little book on prayer ideal for the National Day of Prayer, Bible School, Bible Study, or any other prayer emphasis, go see: www.therealprayer.org

The God Particle

A few years ago, Leon Letterman published a book about the search for an elusive particle called the Higgs Boson. Physicists are still befuddled about the nick name-God particle, as it has, in their opinion, nothing to do with God or religion.

It is simply the smallest bit of matter we have ever witnessed, and it is this tiny particle which gives mass to our world. Other exotic particles like neutralinos and B_s mesons are also out there, but they don’t carry quite the same weight as the Higgs-Boson.

As I mentioned, physicists don’t like the moniker “God particle” and neither, I would imagine, do theologians. I don’t care for it, but for other reasons. Many well-intentioned believers enter into this discussion like a man in a gunfight with no bullets. All you can do is throw your gun.

My goal here is to remind readers that the physicists are right–this has nothing to do with religion, faith, God…nothing to do with these things at all. It is a wonderful discovery for science and for the better understanding of our world, but it neither proves nor disproves anything I believe related to my faith or religion.

Indeed, it puts me in more awe than I was before, by showing the incredible complexity of God’s creation. The Creator does great work!

Let’s celebrate that!

For a great little book on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on March 19, 2013 at 11:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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The World Needs a “Day of Prayer”

In his resignation speech, the Pope said he wondered if “The Lord was sleeping” throughout the trials and distresses of the Catholic Church recently. He no doubt experienced what most of us experience–the silence of God. Although Psalm 121 teaches “He who watches over Israel slumbers not, nor does he sleep,” it is easy to feel ignored sometimes. We all need a Day of Prayer.

That’s why a day for prayer seems so important now, because so many people feel ignored that unbelief is on a rapid rise. But I do know this–prayers are answered. But many today just don’t bother. They might pray once or twice and then give up. “Pray without ceasing,” Paul writes. It is the habit of prayer, or more accurately, the habit of FAITH, that moves mountains, not a knee-jerk, slot machine style of asking.

I advise beginners to start with the simple Lord’s Prayer. Once you understand its simplicity, you can use the framework for all of your daily prayers. Once you start, it becomes a habit. A habit of believing.

For a good little e-book on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on February 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm  Comments (1)  
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World Day of Prayer 2013

Every year about this time, I begin to think what if…

What if the World Day of Prayer on March 1, 2013 really was just that– a day when believers everywhere stopped what they were doing and had a brief time of uninterrupted prayer. What if people who are now referred to as the “nones” (religiously unaffiliated) simply stopped to meditate. What if every believer of every faith stopped and sought out their source for one brief moment.

Close your eyes and imagine millions of people around this small blue planet kneeling, standing, lying prostrate, hands clasped in penitence or raised in praise. Imagine a world where people really believed. Imagine a world where generosity was the norm, charity was shared and healing was just part of the routine.

Imagine a World day of Prayer.

Get started at: www.therealprayer.org

Published in: on February 26, 2013 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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King of Israel

On my morning commute during the holiday season, I listen to Christmas carols. With the exception of some new R&B almost-quasi-emotive-christmas-ish-sounding song from the last few years I know nearly every Christmas song there is. Whether pop, jazz standard, ancient carol, up to and including the Kinks “Father Christmas,” I can sing along.

This morning I was singing “The First Noel” along with some new pop star and actually admiring how heart-felt it all seemed. Then I sang the words “Born is the King of Israel” and suddenly felt distracted. There is no king in Israel. A president, yes, but no king. There is no pharaoh in Egypt,either. There is a president in Syria and also much political strife and killing, but no king.

The last King of Israel was a guy named Hoshea who ascended to the throne by killing his predecessor and who surrendered his throne to the Assyrians when Israel was conquered in c. 728 BC. Israel remained a non-nation until 1968 or so. Since then the strife continues, wars threaten, unrest is the daily bread, but no king.

Even when Jesus was born and eventually proclaimed King by the prophets, priests, and followers, it was not official. Jealous rulers, both church and state, vowed to silence him and squash this kingdom, even if it was only a spiritual kingdom.

It makes me ask–“Who would I have been?” Would I have been his defender, his supporter? Would I have made my aim the promotion of his teachings, a propagator of the faith? Or would I have simply gone on my way, ignoring one more in a long line of rabble-rousers, knowing what his end would be, knowing that if I ignore him, he’ll go away.

I hope somehow, one of these Christmases, we’ll remember Jesus. Whether we remember him as a king, babe in a manger, prophet, teacher, whatever, will not matter as long as we remember him. And maybe, with a little practice, we will recall, and perhaps reclaim, his true mission–to be King of Israel and Savior of the World.

It could be the start of a great conversation.

For a great little workbook on prayer, go see:  www.therealprayer.com

December 21, 2012-End of the world?

If I really thought December 21, 2012 was the end of the world, I would not be sitting here blogging about it. I would be out enjoying the world, not telling myself to stay at work because I can goof-off tomorrow. I would not care a bit about trying to pay my bills, plan for the holidays, or anything else related to the future, because I wouldn’t believe there was one.

Depending on my mental state, I might become psychotically depressed and go on some crazy binge of desperation. I might become violent and want to commit insane crimes, or I might just want to hole-up somewhere like a hermit and wait for the end to come.

I might be like the other end of the spectrum and believe that what is coming is not the end, but the end of an era. I read today a website foretelling a new world on December 21. Peace and harmony will abound, UFO’s will land, and, well…you get it.

But I don’t believe any of that. I think December 21, 2012 will be a day off for me, like I had planned, and I will do some Christmas shopping, visit with friends and family, and maybe take my wife out to a nice restaurant.

I believe there is already a plan in place for the end, and it doesn’t involve the Mayans, UFOs, crop circles, or anything else outside the Bible. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we actively see “Thy will”, that is to say, the will of “Our Father.”

If the end comes–well, I’m ready. If it doesn’t, I’ll be out enjoying life.

And I might even spend some time in prayer.

For a great little book on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on December 18, 2012 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Day after the Mayan Apocalypse

As the day draws nearer for fear mongers, I’m already planning for a celebration on the day after December 21, 2012. And the first thing I’ll do is send a copy of this video to my friends:

The video is from NASA, and says it all–enjoy!

Then say a prayer of thanks.

For a great little book on prayer, go see: www.therealprayer.com

Published in: on December 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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