Two Simple Words

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Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up His garments by casting lots.

Luke 23:34

 

Two words so honest… but only when spoken from the one who knows.  A simple apology, so hopeful and so pure… to amend a wrong….a sincere gesture of grace and reflective of a higher and unconditional love…the greatest type of love.

Two words so powerful… allowing the process of forgiveness to finally begin.  To mend the brokenhearted, the wronged, the abused…and all of those who believe.  A thickened salve to heal a past insult and lessen the pain of an unfortunate indiscretion…A sincere gesture of a higher greater mercy and reflective of a higher and unconditional love…the greatest type of love.

Two words so pure… but only if released from the lips of the one who speaks its continual song.  Its melody comforts not only the wounded, but also the one who holds the weapon.  Disarming the attacker and releasing the real prisoner from within dark and unforgiving walls…A sincere gesture of human love and reflective of the greatest type of love….a love which forgives a past unspoken apology.

Two words yet so painful when left unsung.  No reconciliation for the one who cannot utter a mere two words.  A growing silence which festers and destroys our only current hope.   The pride of humanity tried to slaughter this love…. …yet He asked for forgiveness for all those who could not find two words to say.   

When you looked out among the crowd of your vicious attackers…Did you see me standing there?

I am one of the forgiven,

I was present and silent among the crowd…

Orlando Massacre!

My heart just bleeds and breaks for those precious lives lost in Orlando!!!!!!  I am totally speechless!!!!!  I am in mourning for those beautiful lives lost!!!!!  Absolutely NO respect for human life!!!    A fallen humanity…. And a completely godless society!!!

 JESUS……please…please…Come soon….I BEG YOU!!!!!

Please forgive me…. Jesus….Please forgive me….please forgive us ALL!!!!

Take me home Jesus!!! Please take me home….After almost 40 years….I can bear this hatred No MORE!!!!

Quran (2:191-193) – “And kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah [disbelief or unrest] is worse than killing… “

 

Quran (2:244) – “Then fight in the cause of Allah, and know that Allah Heareth and knoweth all things.” 

 

Quran (3:56) – “As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help.”

 

Quran (3:151) – “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers, for that they joined companions with Allah, for which He had sent no authority”. 

 
Quran (4:74) – “Let those fight in the way of Allah who sell the life of this world for the other. Whoso fighteth in the way of Allah, be he slain or be he victorious, on him we shall bestow a vast reward.” 

Quran (4:76) – “Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah…”

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

Quran (4:95) – “Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home).Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward. ” 

 
Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…” 

 
Quran (5:33) – “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world, and in the hereafter they shall have a grievous chastisement.”

Quran (8:12) – “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them.” 

Quran (8:15) – “O ye who believe! When ye meet those who disbelieve in battle, turn not your backs to them. (16)Whoso on that day turneth his back to them, unless maneuvering for battle or intent to join a company, he truly hath incurred wrath from Allah, and his habitation will be hell, a hapless journey’s end.”  

 

 

Psalm 11:5 ESV    “The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.”

 

Matthew 26:52-54 ESV  “Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”

 

Isaiah 60:18 ESV   “Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”

 

Matthew 5:38-39 ESV     “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”

 

Proverbs 3:31 ESV   “Do not envy a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways.”

 

Hebrews 10:30 ESV “For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.”

 

Romans 13:4      “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”

 

Romans 14:1 ESV   “As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”

 

Genesis 9:5-6 ESV   “And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man. “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

 

1 Timothy 3:3 ESV   “Not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

 

Titus 3:2 ESV       “To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”

 

Psalm 55:15 ESV   “Let death steal over them; let them go down to Sheol alive; for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.”

 

Matthew 7:1-2 ESV   “Judge not, that you be not judged.”

 

“A new command I give you, Love one another as I have loved you so you must
love one another…”

….Jesus

“So not let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, trust also in me.”

…Jesus

 

“But I say to you…Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven…”

…Jesus

 

“AND KNOW I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS YES… TO THE END OF TIME.”

….JESUS

 

Jesus ….I am ready to come home!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Opposites Attract

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

(2 Corinthians 9: 15 NIV)

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Who among us can even begin to describe you, Dear Jesus…..our human limitation restrains us from comprehending and describing all there is to know about You…For You are Three in One….You existed before time began…You are both God and Man…You are the Alpha and the Omega…the First and the Last….the Beginning and the End (Rev 22: 13)…..who among us would dare to even begin to describe Your past, present, and future radiant Presence…..

You had no majesty that we should look at You and no beauty that we should desire You (Isa 53: 2) yet Your endless beauty abounds and leaps greatly within my own heart….I desire You in the morning and I desire You in the evening….. A desire I cannot fully quench….an allure so powerful and a charm so ever-present….who among us would dare to even begin to describe Your majestic splendor and beautiful magnificence….

You are found existing within the darkness, and You are found existing within the light…even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you (Psa 139: 12) ….I have no words to describe You… The Word….I cannot utter a mere sound when my thoughts turn to You daily…. You are indestructible yet personable….indescribable yet approachable…The Master yet a Suffering Servant….humble yet The most powerful….and You shine as blinding light in even the darkest of nights.

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You are a sinless friend to even the worst of sinners…. Your love is well beyond any human comprehension…. Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. (Luke 7: 34)  You dine with the recluse and despised… You give hope to the hopeless….and riches to the poor….You grant innocence to the guilty….You came to repair the damage done… from man’s wayward rebellion to gracious unconditional forgiveness…You even continue to mend what is broken… You give eternal life to the dying…. this indescribable gift that is free to all who simply seek it…a bloody sacrifice yet the greatest of all gifts… but still… the unbearable weight of every single human sin was upon You…the only One who did not sin… as You were spit on….ridiculed and mocked….

JESUS… YOU WERE SLAUGHTERED!

…and for our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21) You conquered death and now give eternal life to those who do not deserve it. For all of us do not deserve such love as this… I stand before you as filthy as a soiled stained rag… yet You always reach out to embrace me… ….who among us… no, not even I… would even dare to begin to describe Your incomprehensible love…

JESUS…how majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Blessed be Your Name forever and ever!

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A Husband’s Perspective: An Upside Down World

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A Husband’s Perspective: An Upside Down World…

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!”

Isaiah 5:20 ESV

 “But understand this that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.”

2 Timothy 3:1-17 ESV

 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.”

2 Timothy 4:3 ESV

It has gotten to the point in this world, that what is defined in the Holy Bible of what is good and evil is being turned on its head.  The news headlines scream of what just 25 years ago would have been unthinkable, unimaginable.  Case in point, the now ongoing instructor at Wheaton College who’s claim to fame is her statement that both Christians and Muslims worship the same God.  In other words for those of you keeping score, in essence, Jesus and Allah are one and the same.  Though to the ignorant and uninformed “Christians” and “Muslims” who consider themselves peace loving and tolerant people, this same God belief invokes warm and fuzzy thoughts, everyone on a hill holding a candle singing homage to Coca Cola.  To those who know and believe the Holy Bible, this is the furthest thing from the truth.  Another thing that is mind numbing is the fact that there are students that are backing her up.  Students enrolled in a Christian school, where you would like to think people who choose to go to a Christian school as an adult, would be more grounded in the fundamentals of the Christian faith.  So it’s OK to say both Gods are the same in a Christian school, but what would happen if you mirrored that message and told Muslim believers in a school, or a mosque, that Jesus was that God.  Go ahead and try that and let me know how it works out for you.  Technically in the world of Islam you would have committed the unforgivable Sin of Shirk.  Shirk is the sin of practicing idolatry or polytheism, i.e. the deification or worship of anyone or anything other than the singular God i.e. Allah. Literally, it means ascribing or the establishment of “partners” placed beside God.  Within Islam, shirk is an unforgivable crime if it remains unpardoned before death: Allah may forgive any sin if one dies in that state except for committing shirk.  In other words, claim that Jesus is God and/or belief in the Holy Trinity and sit back and wait for the stones to fly.

A point I am trying to bring across is that we are now expected to tolerate everything in this world, and to embrace the differences.  After all, we all worship the same God, unless you don’t worship or believe in a god, and that’s OK too, because in our own personal world if you don’t believe in a god, then that’s your right. If you don’t see or believe in something it can’t be real right?

Even more disturbing is the fact that the instructor backs up her claim of same God from the leader of the Holy Catholic Church, the Pope himself.  Since Pope Francis has come into the spotlight, I have found him personally a refreshing cool breeze to the papacy, as I did Pope John Paul II.  His belief in being a modest servant to the human race is a testament, and as Christ like as anyone could hope.  But if it is true he made the claim that we worship the same God, and was not taken out of context, then Pope Francis is for the sake of the “co-exist” movement trying to paint the world with that fuzzy, warm paintbrush.  However, in an effort to appease the politically correct world; he is influencing less educated Christians to share such beliefs, which in turn could actually lead people down the path away from Christ.  Either circumventing a saved believer from bearing fruit in the future, or even worse, keeping a person from believing the Truth and coming to faith in the one and only true God of the Universe.

Defend the true King of the Universe on social media, and watch what happens.  If you enjoy being called a bigot, racist, intolerant, red neck, and maybe a few four letter words, say it in a place where there are people and they will jump on you like a seagull on a French fry in a McDonald’s parking lot.  “How dare a person say that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to God, the only way to merit Heaven for eternity?”  “How can a Christian be so closed minded to believe a fairy tale like that?! “ “How dare you think that you know the “truth” and all other religions are wrong?” “You are so old fashioned, no one believes that anymore”. The same voice that cries out those type of statements, is the same voice that was behind the crowd that cried out to Pilate, “Crucify Him!”   Misinformed Christians as well as non-believers, driven by the god of this world in the background, like a popcorn munching, flag waving super fan in a stadium taking in every quarter of the game we call life.

More and more, whether on social media, at the movies, books, magazines, network news, or any other media, this type of thinking has become “in” and the way to “co-exist”.  The only thing that is no longer tolerated in today’s society, is Jesus Christ.  “Abortion? Sure, it’s just a fetus.  It’s not a baby until the head comes out.”  Unless of course an expectant mother is killed along with what magically now turns into a “baby”.   Same sex marriage?  “Why not, it doesn’t hurt anything.”  Forgive me for using the expression, but for a moment let me play the devil’s advocate.

Though I am not a proponent of same sex marriage, let me ask you Christians something.  Is it worse for a child to be raised by a same sex couple than to be raised in a so called Christian home where the father has skipped town and a mother is left to raise a child alone, more than likely in some degree of poverty, on government assistance, or working and creating latch key children, left to fend for themselves? 

My point is to remember what Jesus told us  in taking the plank out of our eyes before we attempt to remove a small piece of sawdust from someone else’s eye.  The moral decay of this country does not all sit on the shoulders of the “unsaved” or the “pagans”.  When self-claimed Christians are doing the same thing as the rest of the world, why would anyone expect things to ever get better??!! Non-believers and pagans are faithfully executing their “job description” on a day to day basis.  In fact, they are quite good and consistent at it!  You, as one that calls themselves a Christian, how does your latest job review pan out? There was an outcry when same sex marriage was legalized.  I assume something similar took place in 1973 when Roe V. Wade came to fruition.  Where the outcry from Christians as each state was, one by one, falling to the evils of no fault marriage decrees?  How much damage has occurred in the structure of the nuclear family, since Uncle Sam made it easier to part ways with your spouse?  How much of that has led to children being raised in poverty, and then to an increasing crime rate fueling the moral decay of this great country?

You can close your eyes like a child, place your hands over your ears and pretend that something isn’t real.  Guess what though, those things are still real.  It’s perfectly OK in this messed up, fallen world to say there is no God, or that it isn’t necessarily Jesus.  You probably will even be admired by more and more people and have more friends!  Hollywood people, people in the music industry, politicians, rich and arrogant, with no real morals, are so twisted that they think that if they believe something isn’t real, then it isn’t.  Guess again.  As I will, no matter what side of eternity that we are, all of us will stare into the eyes of the Almighty Maker of the Universe, the one that formed us from the dirt of the ground, and bow our knee to His authority.  As a believer with all my heart that Jesus does exist, and as he claimed to be God, I fear that great day…to stare into His eyes and give an account for the pitiful, sad existence that I lived on this earth as a filthy rag that deserves to be thrown into a pile and lit on fire.  Praise God for his atonement to give all of us the opportunity to be forever in his presence!  Though we could never deserve it, He loves all of us so much he gave up his only Son to die in our place.  Because HE wanted to spend eternity with US! 

Such a sad, pathetic world we live in, which would choose an eternity separated from the One that loves us more than anyone else ever could.  We all have a choice.  As C.S. Lewis once said, in the end, there will be two groups of people.  Those who bow down to God and say “Thy will be done” and those who God looks at and says “THY will be done”. 

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