It seems like there are more and more stories in the news that are about the persecution of Christians. These stories range from Christians in the Middle East being rounded up and being killed to our service personal being told they are not allowed to share their faith.
It also seems that the more of these types of stories being told the more and more that Christians are becoming upset. More and more Christians are demanding that such persecutions to end even though they are not going to end. It is almost like they forget Matthew 14:9
Matthew 24:9 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.
I know that world and my country will hate me because of what I believe. I believe that we all have sinned and deserve death. That the only way to gain life is by having Jesus the true Son of God who died on the cross and rose from the dead in my life.
Since I believe that the world and my country hates me more and more every day, I have come to the conclusion that I should not get upset about this persecution, but to embrace it. It is God’s word coming true. Another reason to believe that God’s promises will come true and that I will gain the true life that is meant for me when Jesus returns to set up His kingdom.
So I guess we have a decision to make. We can embrace this persecution as hard it is and even though it might mean our death or we can scream about it even though it will not end and not understand that God told us it was coming.
Here is some interesting Christmas music. I hope that you enjoy the music.
I am not sure if you would call me a Bible snob, or an Old Testament snob, or a New Testament snob. There for the longest time I would not open the Old Testament. I thought it was useless in my life. I thought it pertained no useful insight or help with my faith. I mean the New Testament was where the action is. That is where Jesus and my salvation are taught about.
Then one day it happened. I opened my Bible and began to read the Old Testament. As I began to work my way through the Old Testament I began to see myself, my struggles, my rebellion, my sin against God. My need for Jesus, became more and more evident to me.
In away though it also led me to question my place, my salvation with God. How could Jesus really die for me? Why would God love me or even offer me a chance at salvation since I came from a long, long line of hatters, sinners. Why would God love a world that hates Him?
All I know though is that my meager understanding of God and Jesus would not be complete if I never had opened and read the Old Testament.
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
I wonder what times I am in these verses. Is there a lesson to be learned from these verses??
Since it is Christmas time of year, I have been thinking about Christmas Movies. I am not talking about the ones that are made for TV. I am talking about full feature movies. So here is my list of the top 5 all time Christmas movies.
1) Die Hard.
Well that is my list. Is there any movie you think should be listed in the top 5?