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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The name of Jesus

I am inspired by a study we are currently doing in Church called the ever loving truth. No organization, no person, no government, no anything has trouble with the name Bob or Bill or Jack. If we say the name Jesus however then somehow everyone is offended and we have to be tolerant of other people without them tolerating us. Have you ever wondered why? Why is it we can pray to allah, buddha, or a block of wood and its ok, but if we pray in the name of Jesus then everyone is offended somehow. What is it about that name that people are afraid of? Its because the name of Jesus has power in it but the name of Bob does not.

Philippians 2:9-11 (New International Version)

9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

There will come a day when all of those people can be offended all they want BUT they WILL bow a knee, and they WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, for the Glory of God the Father.

Do not be afraid to share Jesus even though people will get offended. We have been promised persecution if we choose to follow Jesus. But then again how little is the persecution that I could face compared to what He did for me on the Cross and the hours leading up to it. I will count it gain to be persecuted for proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A call to prayer

I started a quest to read through the bible again about 3 weeks ago and its going well so far. I am almost through with Genesis, and I am eager for God to speak to me in a deeper way than He has been while I have hit at random through the bible. Because I am in Genesis I think my blog has been a little lacking because nothing has hit me between the eyes so far, that has gotten my writing desire going. There has been a burden on my heart though.

I don't know how much any of you watch what is going on in the world, but I do on a daily basis. I am to the point now where I don't even recognize the country I live in. Its like I grew up in some different world and now that I am on the doorstep of 40 I have been moved to some alternate reality. The rioting around the world from unions over the cuts in pensions because their country is broke is frightening. Greece is on fire with protesters and people are getting hurt just because someone didn't get their entitlement check in the amount they were expecting. I realize I am probably over simplifying the chaos but in a nutshell the government is broke because they have spent themselves to death. To save the government of Greece they have to change the spending and people don't want to give up the benefits that they have enjoyed. But is any of this worth killing some innocent bank worker? Heaven forbid the USA ever sees a day like this. I am afraid however that this type of rioting is on our doorstep.

The US has 119 trillion dollars in debt and unfunded liabilities as of today. With Cap and Trade on the docket and who knows what else is coming under this administration, we now have no way of paying our debt under our current system. If every taxpayer in America made 1.7 million dollars and we had a 70% tax rate we could pay it off. Um, not gonna happen.....unless....the government inflates our dollar. Well what does that mean? Simply put, the total amount of currency available is multiplied by some variable, lets say 10. Your 1$ bill is now worth 10$, however your debts have not changed. So if you are making 50,000 dollars per year all of a sudden you will be getting 500,000 per year but your fixed liabilities will not changed like your mortgage or your car payment. What will change is the price of consumables like food, gas, clothing by a factor of 10. Needless to say this causes a huge strain on the economy.

Will we ever get to this point I am not sure. The IMF(International Monetary Fund) is the private organization that is leading the effort of bailing out Greece, but at what cost to Greece? The IMF is a world banking organization that the US contributes 17% of capital to which by the way the next biggest contributor gives just 6.2% and that is Japan. Most of the countries in the world give to this fund, so really we are financing 17% of the bailout for Greece. Also this week the IMF is calling for a single currency and governance for the world to prevent this from happening ever again. Even our politicians here in the US both Democrat and Republican are spewing the same rhetoric.

If all of this doesn't send a chill down your spine I don't know what will. We are moving on the fast train to a world government at a pace never seen before. If there was ever a time to get on your knees, repent, and pray for our world and the lost, it is now. Turn from your sin, abandon the fear we have in sharing the gospel, and cling to Christ and His promises like Peter and John did while facing the Sanhedrin in the book of Acts. We have nothing to fear as long as we have Christ with us. Let us not let one person in our lives go to hell because they never heard the gospel of Christ.

Time is running out.....