Thursday, April 17, 2014

TL:DR or, Back To Brev

I haven't forgotten the maxim, "Brevity is the soul of wit". I know that my last two posts yammered on more than usual.
Those in the know know that "TL:DR" stands for 'Too long: didn't read".
So here's a picture from a Summer day. My same friend holding up a different sky. 


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Being Red Mooned And Red Faced



I hardly ever do sequels with my posts, but after 24 hours of mulling and poking into dusty corners I've decided that I need to be more clear about "Refutations Of Biblical Proportions!!!".
As Homer would call it, part D'oh!.
In part one I decided to not mention the full name of the man who has been a part of the bad theology
onslaught having to do with Nimrod and his buddies  “Nefilim, Giborim, Anakim, Refaim Amalekim”.
Horn. Tom R. Horn. Horn is the owner/CEO of raidersnewsupdate website and also something called survivormall. His books and materials are available from each-theological stuff on raiders, survivalist supplies on the other. Nothing wrong with promoting his own stuff-I would do that, if I didn't give mine away for free (still overpriced!).
I've done more checking into this character, and I am among the throng of believers who have the spiritual discernment to recognize that he is a liar and a fraud.
I'm not alone-dig a bit deeper into the interwebs, past all of the puff pieces and con artist familia that vouch for each other, and those who refute his beliefs can be found, read, accepted or rejected.
In part one I mentioned that his theology is populated by “Nefilim, Giborim, Anakim, Refaim Amalekim” and Nimrod who, though born a man, became something other.
I didn't mention that Horn believes that Nimrod will come back to life as the Antichrist because that sounds too silly even for a heretic.

As I've mentioned to a friend who believes all of the Blood Moon miasma, the words of the day should be "Critical Thinking".

Here are some questions that I would ask Horn using critical thinking:

Horn, you claim to have been a Pastor for 25 years. What was your denomination, ordination board?
Do you have any doctorates, any degrees? What is your education?
Please tell-what is your statement of faith? What do you believe, and why?
If you were a Pastor, why did you leave the pastorate?
Can you use Sola Scriptura, that is, only the Bible to explain your beliefs? If not, why not?

There. I wouldn't take Herm Goering's word, vouching for Hitler's honesty.
I have no reason to accept anything about Tom Horn written by his fellow travelers/fringe conspiracists.
Bye the way, about that Blood moon business. It's just marketing smoke and blood red mirrors. You couldn't sell ANY materials about four lunar eclipses. But call them Blood Moons and you've struck
blood red GOLD! It creates an emotionally charged idea out of a simple truth: sometimes there are lunar eclipses.
Yes, Scripture does mention a time when the moon will be darkened. But that will be then, and it isn't now. How can I prove that?
Scripture. 
13    Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe.     Come, tread, for the wine press is full;     The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.
14    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!     For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15    The sun and moon grow dark     And the stars lose their brightness. Joel 3:13-15

This speaks of the Day of the Lord, when Christ judges the wickedness of the world. Not happening now.

 29“But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Matthew 24:29
This speaks of the Day of the Lord, when Christ judges the wickedness of the world. Not happening now.

 10    For the stars of heaven and their constellations     Will not flash forth their light;     The sun will be dark when it rises     And the moon will not shed its light. Isaiah 13:10
This speaks of the Day of the Lord, when Christ judges the wickedness of the world. Not happening now. 
See the pattern? These are some of the proof texts for those getting all excited about the Blood Moons. 
C'mon, brethren! Critical thinking! Read the Scriptures for yourself and ask God, not John Hagee, Tom Horn or Mark Biltz-ask God to show you the truth. And then be humble enough to admit that you were wrong.




Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Refutations Of Biblical Proportions!!!






- "It really seems to me that in the midst of great tragedy, there is always the possibility that something terribly funny will happen."

Philip K. Dick
Forgive, please-this post is not going to be my usual nonsensical musings. I have Refaim to slay!!
Here’s the deal-along with the “Four Blood Moons” nonsense which is discomfiting the easily gullible, there’s another wisenheimer-in-his-own-eyes “Scholar” who is doing the work that American Gnostics won’t do: announcing to the world that he has the answers to questions that only the noble high-minded seekers of truth will ask.
Here’s what burns my goat on the altar of ignorance: he dresses up his nonsense in Biblical terms, pretending that his “wisdom” is authenticated by Scripture. That bugs me.
I have great respect for Scripture, and I do not like to see it used to shore up unbiblical theories and the wild imaginings of Man.
Horn is the name of the mystical miscreant-I will not name him or link to his writings.
Instead I will show you all (if anyone is reading this) how the trick is done and undone.
Ready? Horn posits that the Nimrod of the Bible is the same entity as Gilgamesh, Osiris and Apollo. Here’s the actual verse from Genesis upon which he hangs his theory:

8Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one on the earth. 
9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.” Genesis 10:8-9
Horn makes much of “he became a”, suggesting that he was turned into something other than human.
Problem: Nimrod was the grandson of Ham, great-grandson of Noah, and nothing else in Scripture even remotely mentions any such transformation. If you think I’m making too much of this, Horn believes in what he calls “Trans-humanism” where human and animal DNA are/were mixed to create something else that could be inhabited by others, which I’ll get to in a minute.
All of Horn’s theories about Nimrod’s transformation depend upon his interpretation of “he became a”.
Gilgamesh, Osiris and Apollo (the god, not the evangelist) are not mentioned in Scripture. That Nimrod is connected with these other names is ridiculous speculation not supported by Scripture.
Only one more example to get your head spinning. 
Let’s go to Exodus!
37Now the sons of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, aside from children. 
38A mixed multitude also went up with them, along with flocks and herds, a very large number of livestock.” Exodus 12:37-38
Hope you are ready for this. The verse above mentions “mixed multitude”. According to Horn, the mixed multitudes included “Nefilim, Giborim, Anakim, Refaim Amalekim”.  What are they?
Transhumans like Nimrod? Maybe kinda sorta, if they weren't Egyptian bankers and magicians.
That is reading an entire hybrid human/animal mythology into “mixed multitude” to come up with “EVIDENCE”.
Doesn’t pass the stink test. Fail. Horn will have to re-take mythological theology 101. 
He’s better hurry-he also posits that Pope Frankie is *possibly* the False Prophet mentioned in Revelation according to a 900 year old prophesy by a Catholic “Saint”. And those four blood moons mean that mankind is in BIG TROUBLE!!! End of the world as we know it by 2016. Yea…..nope.
I want Christ to come back, but I don't look outside of the Bible for any wisdom concerning His return. There they're be divils!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Flesh Profits Zilch

The picture might not seem to go with the post. Forgive please, and read on.
In John chapter 6 Jesus tells His disciples, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
The flesh profits nothing.
Via Veritas Vita. When Christ said,  “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me." He meant exactly that.
His sacrifice. His Life. His words are spirit and life.
That is exclusive. Singular. No matter how many emotionally WISH that there were some other avenue for Salvation, those without Christ have no hope of Heaven.
Some friends and I watched "Fiddler On The Roof" the other night and it is a wonderful play, with great songs and touching drama and humor. The play centers on Tevye the milkman, a humble Jewish man who considers himself religious and a friend of God.
How horrible a person am I for suggesting  that the Tevyes of this world who live for God have no part of God and no hope of Heaven?
I'm not horrible. Or 'anti-Semitic'.
I'm pro-Christ, the Jewish Messiah Who was rejected by the religious Jews of His day because their religion was not of His Spirit, but of flesh. 
The Jewish believers who were of His Spirit came to be known as "Christians".
All other Rabbis/teachers from that day until now have been perpetuating a fleshly 'religion' which excludes Christ.They have much wisdom, but it is earthly wisdom. They know, teach and learn from Scriptures but it is not spiritual but flesh because "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.".
If I'm not in trouble yet, read on.
Here is another way in which the flesh profits nothing: it is the Spirit who gives life, not anything we do or can touch or make happen or put faith in apart from God's Spirit.
Someone who goes through an agonizing horrible event, whether it is being blown up by a roadside bomb or having the worst forms of Cancer---all is flesh and happens to the flesh.
There is no piety in suffering; a person can not 'win' Heaven by going through hell on earth.
I mean no disrespect to the woman above who was a victim of the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. But her terrible pain and suffering, while making her a stronger person, has not had one whit of effect on her eternal destination. I hope that she's a Christian, just as I hope that Heaven will be filled and hell empty. But if she is a Christian it is through Christ and His suffering on her behalf, not through anything she has experienced.
The flesh profits nothing.

 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Abide




The picture above used to be my life-I loved the bean! But recently I have cut way, way back on my coffee drinking, and it feels normal now to just have water.
I have learned to abide-a nice enough word, which to me means that I am comfortable in my own
skin, pleased with the blessings bestowed on me by God, happy with my life.
Abide. Restfull, as in not restless.
I know that many people remember that word from the Coen brothers movie, "The Big Lebowski" where we find that "The Dude Abides."
So do I, right where God has placed me. May God Bless you today.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Getting Out Of God's Way

The Intrernets are riphe with comments, opinions, alleged wisdom, and that and that and all of that.
Here are God Breathed words which are so much more:

Psalm One
1    How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,     Nor stand in the path of sinners,     Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2    But his delight is in the law of the LORD,     And in His law he meditates day and night.
3    He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,     Which yields its fruit in its season     And its leaf does not wither;     And in whatever he does, he prospers.
4    The wicked are not so,     But they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
5    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,     Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6    For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,     But the way of the wicked will perish. 


Saturday, April 05, 2014

Carole King Had The Right Of It

"I FEEL THE EARTH...MOVE...UNDER MY FEET..."

Seems that when no one was watching we launched into earthquake season. Now Oklahoma
(still OK!), last week California; out of town tryouts in Indiana next.
Any California resident can attest-tremblors tremble all the time. The big ones get the press, the little ones can't get a mention on local TV, not even the wacky news weekend segment.
One time I awoke to my bedroom gently rocking back and forth-my two cats jumped up on the bed scared out of their whiskers. Earthquake centered in lower California, reached Las Vegas. shrugs
One thing to remember-there is indeed reference to earthquakes in the Bible as happening in the last days.
But don't let anyone scare you up a stump as if what we are seeing now are the beginning of that.
No-you'll KNOW when those quakes start their business!
So, no fear, just caution. Remember the Boxing Day Tsunami on 2004 that wiped out 100,000 souls.
There will be big ones and small ones-just part of Creation. If you're on an ocean beach and the water recedes big time, time for a big time move out of there.
This post went a different direction-I was going to write about how God indeed answers prayers and
takes care of His children. More evidence of both happened today. More evidence tomorrow.
If I were to perish in an earthquake...I would just be in Heaven that much quicker. I'll stay here until
I get called up there, and then more Peace than we can possibly put into words will be my existence.
May God Bless you today.



Friday, April 04, 2014

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted."

Sometimes we're the mourner, sometimes the comforter. Sometimes a mix.
Once upon a time I was sitting in a hospital waiting room, sad and troubled.
This guy came up and said, "Hey, I don't know your situation, but I can see you're hurting.
The hurting will pass, it always does, and things will get better."
I thanked him; I knew he was right.
Another time, different waiting room. Same hospital.
My family rushed there for my brother who had fallen.
The waiting room was overpacked-it looked like over a hundred people in a space meant for a third that number.
Milling around, crying-a teen aged girl had been in a catastrophic car accident, and was near death- they were all there for her.
Later that night, I was 'not' napping on a bench-my family went home to sleep.
The crowds were gone; it would be the next day before anything would be known about the girl's
condition.
I prayed for that girl, for her family and friends. I prayed for my brother.
Someone, I think the girl's aunt, was also waiting; we got to talking, comforted each other, encouraged each other that all would be all right.
I told her that I was praying for her niece, and she appreciated that.
"And you're here for your brother? How is he doing?"
I had to shake my head-he was basically already gone.
That teen aged girl survived. There was a news article a year later about her rehabilitation, and it was
gratifying to hear that she came back from such a terrible injury.
In the past year I've known some mourning, and comforting.
One friend passed away about a month ago-today when I was calling his widow, I was startled: his
voice is still on the phone answering message. When she called me back later we could laugh about it, which is a kind of comforting. She's doing all right.
As that guy said in the waiting room, "Things will get better.".


Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Unbowed By Pain





Please forgive the use of the above picture-it is from a horror film, "Les yeux sans visage" -in
English, "Eyes Without A Face". 
I mean no disrespect to anyone, and am using this photo rather than one from real life because we need that buffer, that detachment that film provides.
Right now I know of someone who has been suicidal, has tried to take his life to stop the pain and horror that his life has turned into. That is just about the toughest pain that we can know. 
Back when I was a newbie Christian, I fell in among good company and became part of a 'Coffeehouse' ministry which met in an old church. 
One night we had a guest speaker who had a plastic face-it was an approximation similar to the photo above. Real life horror. 
This man had been suicidal and had blown his face off with a shotgun. 
He survived, and later accepted Christ, accepting the Grace that God had ready for him. 
So now this Christian brother was talking to groups, sharing how God has saved from from a desperate, hurting life. We should cherish the life we have been given by God.
This was 30 plus years ago-I have no idea where that man is now, but I know that when we get to Heaven, we will be unbowed by pain, we will be free from all of the hurts and tragic events that
make up life on this side of Eternity. 
It says in God's Word that at that time Christ will wipe away every one of our tears. 
That is Love, friends. 
I will see that man from the coffeehouse in Heaven-we will know just as we are known, part of the glorious blessings of Heaven. 
In those perfect fit for eternity bodies we will Praise God together.
I pray that God will seek you out, lift your burdens, save you. If life has become too much
for you or someone you love, Pray. His Grace is sufficient for all that we face, and that Grace can be yours. 
May God richly Bless you today.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Too Much Competition

I don't usually attempt relevancy but it will be April Fool's Day, and the smarty-pants low hanging fruit brigade will be jape-ing and tricking all across the Interwebs and why shouldn't I join in?

Personally, I think April fool's traditions derive from those of us who have been "tricked" or fooled by Mother Nature who has made us believe that Winter is over...until we intake breath for that first sigh of relief and discover we have taken in a mouthful of snow. Spring? ZAP!!!WINTER!!!!

But fools. I was commenting at another site today about the Vegas legend of Colonel Tom Parker, the boss of Elvis, seen in his later years, night after night plugging coins into slot machines, pulling the idiot stick on the side.
He should have had more money than any one-percenter you could mention, and there he was, keeping the casino doors open by contributing.
Why do people gamble?
Why do people cheer for sports teams?
Why do people choose "American Idols" or "Survivors" to champion?
Why do people back a long shot?
Because, even if it's only for a moment or a day, they want to feel like winners.
It's a sad comment on our culture that we have to seek vicarious victories through game shows
or sporting events to not feel like losers.
The truly sad do as Colonel Parker allegedly did, throwing their retirement into gambling machines.
Do you know the average top jackpot of most electronic gaming machines? One thousand dollars. Just a high enough goal to seem within reach for the average gambler-he or she may not think they could hit a BIG payday, but $1000.00 seems possible. And there goes the rent.
"Las Vegas was not built on the backs of Winners." -Ray S.
Next time you go to buy a couple of scratchers, ask yourself if you wouldn't rather have a cup of coffee. Restraint and wisdom can make you a winner irregardless of 'feelings'.
"Gee Doug," you might slyly mention-"you sure seem to know a lot about gambling."
Yup.
That's why I don't gamble. I am a winner in Life, because of what Christ did on my behalf.
Although I do have 'favorite' baseball teams, I don't paint myself in their colors and my self esteem is not tied to their win/loss record. I just enjoy the sport.



Saturday, March 29, 2014

This I Recall...



"This I recall to mind, therefore I have Hope."
I've quoted this verse so often that I won't finish it here again-if unfamiliar, just google it.
Hope is the big word in that sentence, the one which makes the sentence mean what it does to me.
I HAVE Hope. No matter what I face, or how dark these days might be...I have Hope and am journeying 'Over a pathway bright with happiness'.
It doesn't come from trusting in my own very weak 'strengths'. It isn't about how strong or smart or capable I am. I have abilities and strengths and all of that ready to be utilized.
I guess I should finish the verse above, as what I recall to mind is the reason I have Hope:
"It is of the Lord's Mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
 They are new every day;"
The last part of the verse is not about Hope, but a thank you right to God:
"Great is They faithfulness."



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Job Interview

...joined in progress:
Pope:  Well, Mr. Obama, your resume was very illuminati...I mean interesting-it
looks as if you have nearly brought your country to the brink of disaster, in just a few short years.
Obama: Thank you, your Grace.
Pope: We looking for a world leader who can captivate the entire global population, 
a Man who can be all things to all peoples-for our Muslim brothers the 12th Madhi, to the 
Buddhists the reincarnate Buddha, for the atheists simply a Man who can wipe out any thought of God.
Do you feel that you are up to that challenge?
Obama: Well, Pontiff, I...{drones on about himself for 35 minutes}...and I am also a {75 more
minutes} and am but a humble servant.
Pope: Riii-ght. Well, we will be seeing a few more candidates and are looking to make a decision
by the end of the month. Do you have any questions for me?
Obama: Just one. Will there be any opportunity for advancement?
Pope: Not really. I'm afraid that Anti-Christ tops out the pay scale. Thanks for coming in today.
Obama: Thank you, your Grace.
Pope: You're welcome, Mr. Obama; oh-as you leave, could you send Mr. Putin in?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dining At His Table

"5    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;     You have anointed my head with oil;     My cup overflows." Psalm 23:5

One of the most well known passages in the Bible, the 23rd Psalm, is so beloved because it speaks of
how one's trust in God is rewarded-we who belong to Him have a Great Shepherd Who guides our steps, looks to our protection and comfort and blesses us.
Verse five speaks of His 'preparing a table'-of God caring for the physical needs of David, of me, of every one of His children.
That doesn't mean that we won't sometimes starve in this troubled world, only that He will meet all of our needs.
Along with the physical needs met, He also meets our spiritual need by putting His Spirit within us who are His children-"have anointed my head with oil"-Anointed is Christos, or Christ. Those who have that anointing are Christian."The Anointed One" is a title of Messiah, and Jesus Christ is the Messiah.
Our response to God for providing for both our physical and spiritual needs?
"My cup overflows". The blessings of God fill me up, fill my life and I am grateful to God for all that He is, all that He does, and for making Salvation available to even such sinners as I am.
Before that salvation, when I read the 23rd Psalm, it was foreign to me, it was not mine and I had no
right to think that its blessings from God were for me.
But now my cup overflows. 
"6    Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,     And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:6