Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The famed physicist Stephen Hawking died today at age 76. For all his supposed intelligence, a Yahoo article pointed out -

In 2011, Hawking appeared on the Discovery Channel TV series “Curiosity,” in which he reflected on the origins of the universe and rejected the likelihood of both a God and an afterlife. (He once dismissed the latter as “a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”) Only in confronting the finite nature of death, he said, do we appreciate the remarkable beauty of life in the present.

“There is probably no heaven, and no afterlife either,” Hawking said. “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.”


It is interesting Mr. Hawking gives credence to "the dark" and emotions of being "afraid" tied to "the dark" because you have to know that there is light in order to know that there is dark. Jesus left no doubt about who the Light of the World is, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Darkness is not a fairy-tale. Darkness is the absence of not only physical light, but spiritual light also. And both of these - light and darkness are eternal.

There-in lies the rub for Stephen Hawking - eternity. He saw things, especially death as "finite". That is interesting - a major point of all the major faiths in the world is that there is  hope for an eternity/afterlife that is better than this present existence. In Christianity the hope of God and God on His Throne in Heaven should influence the way we live and treat others. If this is not enough, the destinations of our souls should spur us to action - Lake of Fire for those who reject Christ and New Jerusalem/New Earth for those who accept Christ. This leads me to conclude that there was no weight placed upon faith of any kind in Hawking's up-bringing. This is sad because Science is the Confirmer of a Creator or Designer.

It seems Mr. Hawking was a confused individual when it came to The Creation and transition of death. He says about the existence of Heaven and the Afterlife - "There is probably...". "Probably" is a word of doubt. There is a great truth that would have helped Mr. Hawking out if he had known it earlier - "I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live as if there isn't and to die to find out that there is." - Albert Camus This speaks about mainly how we live our lives now, but does address death, afterlife, God and not only the belief in the them but their reality. As a believer in Christ, I choose to live my life knowing there is a God and expecting to see, speak and dine with Him one day in the near future. The Christian finds hope and assurance in Christ's words of promise in John 14:2-3...My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

The confusion continued for Mr. Hawking and anybody who took his words as truth when he said, “We have this one life to appreciate the grand design of the universe, and for that, I am extremely grateful.” First, he mentions "the grand design". Well, you cannot have a design without a designer. So, when talking about "the grand design of the universe" we have to have The Designer - God. 

Second, Stephen says he is "grateful". Who is he grateful too? He is speaking about "this one life". So who does he credit his existence too - his mom and dad? His mom and dad did not make the human body and all the systems and cycles thereof for him to be born. God tells us in Psalms 139:13-16..."For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

On the eve of this scientific thinker's death, I encourage you - there is one God, made-up mysteriously and supernaturally of three persons - Father God, Jesus Christ (Son of God) and The Holy Spirit. The lie that there is no God holds no water at all and hasn't since the beginning. James 2:19 affirms this by saying, "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." There is an afterlife too. Many testimonials confess to this fact, including Peter's revelation that - "He [Christ] was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built." (1 Peter 3:18-20)

Nobody can lie and say, "There is no God." In addition, nobody can lie and say, "Then God must not care, because of all the mess in the world." God is not causing the mess in the world, we are. Plus, we are not looking and seeking Him out for help and answers. We are kicking Him out of our lives and society. Where is this practice of "Start being the change you want to see."? 

There will always be lies about God. However, the standard lies are falling in the face of truth. The decision comes down to an accepting or rejection of not only the existence of God and the afterlife, but the redemption of humanity's relationship through Christ Jesus and His promise of an awesome afterlife with Him. The Price, Christ's life, was too great for there not to be Hell To Pay for rejection of His love gift. Until we accept Christ's gift of Salvation, we are damned to a path of destruction that ends in the Lake of Fire. John 3:18 states, "whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son." So, it comes down to - will you continue your life of condemnation or take advantage of a life of freedom. What is your decision about Jesus Christ?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


You can set something or someone aside as special or different and NOT give them the proper respect that is due their station in life. But with the word Holy or Holiness you must have both the person set apart from all others WITH sacred care, levels above respect, being administered to that person.

God fulfills this role of being Holy. Long before He created humans, God was set apart and received the sacred care due Him by the angelic host. From then to this very second and beyond their are Seraphim encircling The Throne proclaiming at every new glorious characteristic of God - "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of your glory." (Isa. 6:3). Thank you God that your character never changes. You God will forever be Holy.

Several times in Leviticus (11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7; 21:8) God challenges us to take on this Mantle of Holiness. The reference with the wording I want to share is Leviticus 19:2 - "Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy." Notice two things here - (1) God issues a challenge - "Be holy" and (2) God declares something about Himself in the justifying of why you should meet that challenge - "for I am Holy".

However, now-a-days I observe a terrible lack of His Holiness in the believer's life. There is not a difference that would make me want to consider the Christian lifestyle. People do not reverence the name of Jesus Christ, instead it comes across as a exclamation, slander or curse. Interesting that of all the faiths in the world, that the name of Jesus Christ is singled out to use disrespectfully. Because I belong to Christ, to hear someone in the faith or out of the faith misuse The Lord's name - spears my spirit and I cannot hang around them for long.

With God's help, Christians can do a much better job of living a life of differentiation or Holiness. This is not an I'm better than you because I am a Christian mentality or attitude. Being Holy is a lifestyle of difference, a positive option for others to consider choosing because they can see and sense The Source (God) in you. God is the believer's Holiness. 

"Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, 'I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.'” - Hebrews 2:11-12

Being Holy, separate and sacred because of Jesus, in front of everyone else is not easy, but it is the essence of the believer's identity in Christ.

If we as believers in Christ do not live set apart from the world AND tend to our lives with Sacred Care, then respect for God's Sacrifice and our witness as His followers goes down the drain. But if you flip the script with God's help we can be Holy as He is Holy - Set Apart With Sacred Care.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Are you A Friend Of The Paralyzed? Would you be so kind and considerate to take the time and energy to assist someone who is paralyzed? Would you help someone who has a limb paralyzed or perhaps their speech or the speed of their functions is paralyzed? I certainly hope so.

There was a paralyzed man, helped out by most likely his friends or family and Jesus, that is documented in Mark 2:1-12 and Luke 5:17-26. Both Mark and Luke thought this particular miracle and the way it transpired worthy of inclusion in their recorded Gospels. Please take time here to pause and read these two accounts of this event.

Notice that the men carrying this paralyzed man traveled to the location of Jesus. When they arrived, they were late because the place was packed in, packed out and packed around. This suggests that their journey was great and so must have been their relationship, not only because of the journey but because they would not be denied an audience with Jesus. So, with every avenue blocked on the ground, the men went to the roof, removed enough of it to lower their friend or relative through and lowered him down right in front of Jesus. 

The next words are CRUCIAL. Scripture records "When Jesus saw their faith...", He spoke and acted. First, Christ forgave him then Jesus healed him. But not before being moved by the faith of the friends who brought the paralyzed man - "their faith".

To all my Brothers and Sisters in Christ - symbolically you are the "those men" that helped the paralyzed man. You and I have people in our lives that are paralyzed in their mind, attitude and spirit toward Christ. As followers of Christ, knowing His Love and Power to change lives we need to make a joint effort and bring them to Jesus. 

Where was Jesus in this event? In a home. Where is Jesus available to the paralyzed now? In the believer's home. We can start there, by bringing them into our homes and sharing Christ's love with them. Eventually, we need to get them into the church where the next level of growth and care can occur in their lives. If they do not accept the salvation of Christ in your home, perhaps in the church. In front of many, Christ forgave the paralyzed man and healed his affliction, but it was because of the faith of his friends that Jesus moved. But they have to be brought or at least invited into the presence of Jesus. Show Jesus you have the same compassion for the mentally, spiritually and physically incapacitated, be A Friend Of The Paralyzed.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


The title of my previous post was The One Relationship Above Them All. This writing is The One Relationship To Rule Them All. The previous one was to convey the importance of having the relationship above all others, esteeming the connection we have with our Savior the most. This post is to encourage believers to use their relationship with Christ as an influence on all other bonds.

Two major hurdles with me in this influential effort are (1) to imagine my relationship with Christ as intimate as a marriage where I am the Bride and He is is the Groom and (2) deal with His invisibility in that relationship. I can conceive Jesus as my Best Friend who will never leave me nor forsake me. Plus, my heart, mind and spirit has no problem in reconciling Jesus as a corporate Groom for the Church. Jesus being my Groom as an individual is a challenge. 

However, all the characteristics that the marriage relationship shares is the kind of accord that I have with my Lord and Savior. His intimacy (lover of my soul), proximity (never leave me), access (boldly come before God at any time), counseling (Wonderful Counselor) and helper (our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble) traits are really magnified when I look at my relationship with Christ in this manner.

The lesson I am learning from my marriage to Christ is that all these qualities of my relationship with Jesus can and should be shared with others. Just as He is the lover of my soul, I too should have the same level of compassion for the souls of others. Just as He is always by my side, I too should be by the side of those that need me. Just as He is accessible at any time, I too should be accessible by those who need me for listening, counseling and helping like my Lord is so excellent at doing. My relationship with Christ should not only be the one I cherish above all others, my relationship with Christ, your bond with Christ should be The One Relationship To Rule Them All.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


Life is all about relationships. If you were the only person on earth, you still would have relationship with nature, animals and things. We could keep stripping away the different relationships until it was only yourself and then you would just have existence.

However, before Creation, God had perfect existence and perfect life by Himself. Yet, here we are in His Plan of Love, Life and Eternal Significance. All of the aforementioned is not only created by God and sustained by Him for His purposes, but they are also another name for God and found through Relationship with Him.

In 1 John 4:8 we read God is Love. John also states in the Gospel he wrote that Jesus proclaimed, "I am the way, and I am the truth, and I am the life." (John 14:6) John also tackles the Eternal Significance of life with God and life without Him. John 3:36 says, "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them." Luke stated those who receive all these things do it through Relationship with God - "For in Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28) 

Notice that the living and moving and having our being is "in Him"? Sure, everyone can live, move and have their being in or through other relationships other than one with God. However, this is just delaying recognition of the One Relationship that counts for eternity. All other relationships in life pale in comparison to a relationship with Father God (Yahweh) through Jesus Christ, His Word made flesh. We either accept this relationship and feed it OR neglect and starve it.

When we are born, we are defaulted with a broken relationship with God because of a rebellious nature in our hearts, minds and spirits. Because of this God's Wrath/Judgment is upon us because He will not allow a corrupted being into His Heaven and into an eternal relationship with Himself. Therefore, He sent Christ Jesus to Redeem our relationship through Christ's death on the cross and victory through His resurrection! However, the decision is still ours to accept or reject. This is what John was saying in the verse above with consequences listed. "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them."

So, how about a relationship with the person Love? How about a relationship with Life and life more abundantly? How about a relationship with Eternal Significance? Of all the relationships you will have - involuntary (blood family) and voluntary (spouse you choose) - whether the relationships be with people, places or things - I encourage everyone, to consider a relationship with Father God through Christ Jesus - The One Relationship Above Them All.

Friday, February 16, 2018


God has secured your right-standing with Him through Christ's sacrificial death and His resurrection, so why are we instructed to wear a breastplate of righteousness or any garment connected with righteousness? (Eph. 6:14; 2 Cor. 6:7; Isa. 59:17) Because believers have not been glorified in body, mind and spirit - yet. We still have to live daily in this God-rebellious, corrupted world and its negative influences. 

In order to combat those previously mentioned things and the "devil's schemes", we are encouraged to "Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." When Paul used the word "schemes" in Ephesians 6:11, he was conveying mind games, mind tricks and/or deceptions the devil uses against us. If I was thinking like the devil and trying to combat God I would seek to kill, steal and destroy what God holds as precious - everyone. Knowing The Truth, I would seek to lie about it in order to keep those from entering the Kingdom. Then for those who believe, I would lie about The Word of God, kill The Word in them, steal The Word and their joy, then destroy their faith through doubt in His Righteousness. Do you see the need for wearing such a piece of armor daily now?

This necessity is noted as a specific piece of armor in Ephesians 6:14 that we need to have God dress us in daily by prayer, it says, "Stand firm then, ...with the breastplate of righteousness in place.". This putting on has no bearing on losing and regaining our Salvation. Our right-standing for eternity with Father God, our Redemption, was once and for all through Christ Jesus (Heb. 7:27). However, this action, this putting on of the breastplate of His Righteousness, does require consistent attention on our part to stay in right relationship or under God's favor.

The confidence, boldness and assurance believers have in our righteousness through Christ is being attacked and held captive by the world system, humanity and the devil. However, not only does the Breastplate of Righteousness act as a defensive mechanism but it is an offensive weapon as well.

When Roman soldiers would march or just walk around in their breastplate, the individual plates would cause much more of a luster than if the soldier were stationary. So, when he went into battle or was attacked out of the blue, the light from the Breastplate blinded his enemies. This is how Christ can operate in our lives - the light that gets noticed for drawing others to Him and the blinding light to our enemies or challenges of life.

As you can imagine, our understanding, accepting and wearing of His Righteousness will thoroughly affect your prayer-life. However, His Righteousness should get us excited about the many possibilities God can use us to reach and help the world. Mr. Rick Renner supports this by saying, "When you have been positively influenced by an understanding of righteousness, it gives you the assurance you need to step out and boldly do the work of God." (p.305, Dressed To Kill) But for those believers who forget or neglect to pray for The Breastplate of Righteousness on a daily basis - there is the other side of the coin. Mr. Renner helps me out here also - "You must have your breastplate of righteousness firmly fixed in place when you begin your confrontation with the adversary, or he will do everything within his power to remove your victory and eliminate your godly influence in other people's lives!" (p.307, Dressed To Kill)

IF Christians truly grasped the protected right-standing we have through faith in Christ's sacrifice and victory, then the world would be an even better place to live. Why? Because we would treasure it more, use it more against our challenges and share it more with those that do not have His Righteousness in their lives. Christians really need to own their belief in their right-standing with Father God through Christ Jesus! The by-product of this in our lives is not arrogance, but the aforementioned confidence, assurance and the overcoming attitude for challenges.

1 John 5:14-15 says, "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him."

Notice that the confidence or assurance is "that if we ask anything according to his will He hears us". The other side of the coin is that if we don't, He won't. If we ask something that is not of His will, God is not listening! This screams for a "therefore". Therefore, be in right-standing with God so that you are asking according to His will, then - when He hears us - "whatever we ask, we know that we have what we asked of Him."

The Breastplate of Righteousness puts fear in its proper place - nowhere near you! The world, humanity and the devil are all powerless. Their authority is removed when we realize, accept and Own His Righteousness over our lives. Christians need to be prepared every day, not just sure of their Salvation, but walking with the Breastplate of Righteousness upon them; walking in right standing with God; walking Clothed In His Righteousness.

"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor. 5:21)

"Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, ..." (Eph. 6:14)

Friday, February 9, 2018


I hope and pray that believers in Christ as a corporate body and as individuals will understand growth comes from The Lord. As a church or individual, the size of the body grows over time and both do not necessarily mature at the same speed or completely in their life.

Sure we have people who come into our lives and deposit a positive word. Then we have those that come along not to far behind The Planter and encourage us in that positive word. But even after the word is planted and watered (encouraged), the growth is initiated and managed by God. Paul said in his first letter to the believers in Corinth - "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow." (1 Cor. 3:6)

Sometimes I bump God out of His growing position and try to do that on my own. If my physical, mental and/or spiritual growth goes anywhere afterward, it does not go far or contain nearly the same amount of blessings if God was The Grower or The Developer. I need, we all need to keep from being stagnant in our growth.

An individual or corporate body can grow in size, but that does not mean maturity or development will follow. We must include and trust God for all our growth. This message is for those who have trusted Christ Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. We should keep the mindset that we are always a work in progress and always desire improvements. Paul charged us in this vein when he stated, "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." (Philippians 2:12-13)

So, to you I leave the encouraging and challenging words of Peter - "Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good." (1 Peter 2:1-3)