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  I have been thinking of something to write concerning the politically charged time we find our selves living in right now.

It is open season from the liberal left on conservatism, conservatives and the “religious right.!” 

We {society} are entering into the times that Jesus of Nazareth spoke of; Matthew 10:22

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, . .” The Gods honest truth is those who buy into the lib spiel don’t even realize they are the ones spoughing/spewing hate!

Paul, one of the writers of the New Testament Epistles put it this way:

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, . .”

For sure we are struggling against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil.

The violence of the past Jan. 6th. Wasn’t the answer. The darkness can reside in a lot of different hearts.


I found this old post I feel it still applies. 


Idolatry

Posted by R.C. "Bob" Lewis on August 17, 2019 at 9:23am

Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;


I am afraid that society has never considered that denying "God" is a form of "hate."

I doubt the "shooters" had ever heard that from any preacher or from any Christian friends or neighbors.

(We will get to "thou shalt not" later)

IDOLATRY can take many forms.

Something as simple as skipping church for NFL on Sunday (not to mention the "Sabbath to keep it Holy")


Pastor Timothy Keller wrote: "the idols that drive us are complex, multi layered and largely hidden from us." (Counterfeit gods)


Ones Ideology can become a driving force in every day life. It seems this violence is mostly driven by their ideology!

Hate blinded their eyes, hidden in their ideology is IDOLATRY!


We have let down society with a quiet Gospel, because some shouted "judgmental"! We have tempered our witness to God loves you just the way you are, instead of proclaiming "Therefore hear the word of the Lord" Isaiah 28:14

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Trials; your view

Posted on January 1, 2016 at 12:17 AM Comments comments (109)
Can You?
I mean can you believe in, trust or accept a Creator that allows bad things to happen!
Probably the most common objection to accepting God or Christ is: “I can’t believe in a god that allows little children to be abused, misused or killed!”

Can you believe in a God like our Biblical Abraham?

From {D. James Kennedy Ministries}:
Trials
And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son—Genesis 22:10
Call to mind the biggest trial you’ve ever faced (you might face it even today). Remember the struggle, the pain, the despair? Does it help to know that through your trials God tests and perfects your faith?
Consider Abraham trudging his way toward Mount Moriah to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. From Abraham’s trial and faithful response we gain great blessing, a treasure-trove of lessons, to give us insight into what God teaches us through trials.The first lesson we learn from Abraham’s story is that God wants to test our faith to strengthen and purify it, God tested Abraham’s faith to determine upon whom Abraham relied, and Abraham passed the test by offering his son as a sacrifice. In turn, God provided another offering, a ram, saving Isaac’s life. As Abraham endured this trial, he gained even greater trust in God. Through our trials, we learn to trust less in ourselves and more in our heavenly Father.Second, Abraham’s story teaches us that we’ll face trials throughout our entire lives. Even as a very old man, When Abraham was ninety years old, God challenged him to believe he’d have a son. Until the end of Abraham’s life, God tried and perfected Abraham’s faith.Third, we learn from Abraham’s story that God prepares us for difficult trials. Only after Abraham passed the tests of so many other trials did God allow the most difficult one to occur. God teaches us to climb the lower peaks before calling us to scale the loftiest summits. He teaches us to wade in the shallows before He calls us to plunge into the depths of the oceans. At each level of our faith, God has lessons for us to learn, and by His grace He enables us to pass successfully through each trial.Take some encouragement from these lessons today. If you’re presently enduring a trial, know that God has not forgotten you. In fact, through it He wants to draw you closer to Him. Trust your heavenly Father to bring you through victoriously and with a greater faith in Him.
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Our “world” view affects how we read and see things. I read this and see great faith, the story turns out good. The man Abraham believed and trusted God, surely His God whom he has trusted for some 90 or so years wouldn’t cause him to sacrifice (kill) his beloved son of “promise.”
The individual with this different “world view” reads this story and focusses on; how or why would a loving, caring creator have this man Abraham take this young child and subject him to horrible uncertainty!
This brings the kind of response such as I mention at the beginning; “I can’t believe in a God that allows this!”

Philosopher Michael Palmer explains: "Through our worldview, we determine priorities, explain our relationship to God and fellow human beings, assess the meaning of events, and justify our actions. A person's worldview provides a general context for life, including a vision of what one considers authentically real.”

I don’t have a thought or reply that really combats that world view.  -
- What I have said many times is; “when we blame god for every bad thing that happens, don’t we also have to recognize God’s goodness in all the nice things we see or receive!”
Why do we expect that because we believe in a god that no evil should happen to us or that only bad things should happen to someone else?
The age old question is:
“why do bad things happen to good people”

Do we really want a god that judges “good” or “evil” in this moment of time?
That happened ! See: Acts 5:5
Propitiation: deeper than we can get into here. It is the reason that a Loving God does not remove the very “life” out of us in the moment of our transgression!
Or it is; how does one replace a one of a kind, irreplaceable item? You don’t! You can’t! You live your whole life knowing you did it! You can’t bring it back, you can’t un-do-it.
Only a Love so great, so forgiving, nonjudgemental and merciful will look the other way. That kind of Love says, It’s ok! I have already made away, I Love you more than that old thing! Just do this thing for me, say you are sorry, believe I have forgiven you, love as I have Loved you! Carry this “Symbol” of our Love and Never let “IT” happen Again!
To receive an Eternity in a Heaven with every thing that this life and world isn’t

Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. St. John 10:7, 9-10 KJV
Maybe it is a choice, which world view do you want?
The worldview of total forgiveness, Joy unspeakable and eternal life with a Loving God! Even though He allows evil people to do evil things and not snuff out their very existence in the hope they may choose His way.
Or a worldview of distrust and anger over injustice because the Creator won’t snuff out His creation because of their indiscretion at the point of Sin. But they face an eternity void of any consciousness of good or God only haunted by aloneness and gnashing of teeth.

You choose.
The life you are living in this imperfect world filled with imperfect people.
  or
     The Christ of Christmas
At this time of new year resolution, maybe make a resolve to share a worldview with the Creator of all life. The God of the Bible, of Abraham and Isaac! The God of Jesus!

Yours in the Grace of Christ,
   du Padre