14 May 2010

Support or Condemn

Please take the 3:29 it takes to watch this video.
David Horowitz, a Jew himself, was invited to be the key note speaker at "Israel Apartheid Week" at the University of California San Diego. Horowitz was hosted by Young Americans for Freedom. During the question and answer period, a young female Muslim stands to ask a question of Mr. Horowitz. The question is legitimate and harmless; "please make a better connection between MSA (Muslim Students Association) and 'terrorist groups' that you associate with the MSA in your writings". [NOTE: This is a legitimate question, and should be asked more often by the press, "where are your facts?". But the very point that she is part of the group hosting "Hitler Youth Week" on the UCSD Campus ought to give us all a clue of what type of world view and political doctrine is spinnin through this young lady's head]
At this point Mr. Horowitz asks a most poignant question, and one that every AMERICAN should ask every Muslim they encounter. I don;t care of you are a Christian, God fearing person, Jew, JW, LDS, white, black, Asian, Hispanic... whatever - if you love America, and love the relative safety we have here in this country, you had better learn to ask this question:

"Do you support, or condemn?"

Now that you have watched this: PRAY! Not first for our nation, although we are called to do that, but FIRST for the lost souls of the adhereants to Islam. They are blind, confused, and lost people that can only be healed by knowing a loving Jesus that died to save them as much as He died to save you, me, and every other sinner in the hostory of this world. We must educate ourselves to the thruth and threat of Islam, and we must pray that their eyes are open to the healing and peace that only come from Jesus.

13 May 2010

Plan & Purpose

I was struck today by something. I wanted to spend some time devotionally this AM, but these past couple of days have been hectic. My wife's 97 year old Grandmother passed away yesterday morning. We can use your prayers for all that needs to now come together with regards to family getting home from both Germany and Afghanistan. In the mean time, any plans you might have made are out the window when it comes to dealing with family in need. We adjust, we make time, we make sacrifices. Funding is scraped together. Whatever it takes, we work hard to do it. I was given some scripture, which was comforting, but then I remembered something else.

I remembered that the verse that God comforted me with was near the top of the list of most searched bible verses. As it turns out, it was number three on the list as quoted from BibleGateway.com. It really got me thinking. If you listen to the liberal pundits, you'd believe that this is not a Christian nation any more. But yet you and I both know that as soon as many of us face trouble we seek out god, and His comfort.

The verse that the Lord gave me was Romans 8:28. Rom 8:28: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." As Christians, we trust God. But even for those of us who are not, we WANT things to go well. We WANT things to work out for the better. We WANT to hope and dream that the trials that we go through are not just 'because' but that they have a purpose, and that in the end, it will all work out for the better. That thought, that hope, that DREAM is human nature. The REALITY is God's nature, and by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can be a reality for you as well.

But what really cemented the thought line for me was this: The second most searched verse on BibleGateway: Jer 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

If God is not God, and this is not a world of lost souls crying out for God, why is it that when in times of trouble we cry out to Him? Why is it that we all seek that 'higher understanding' of life, even if we do not recognize what that understanding is or what we are really searching for? What more peace can come to any man, than to know that the very Creator has His hands in every little thing that goes on in your life? And what even when you do not understand what is going on, that you can take comfort in knowing that there is a plan. Even more so, that this plan is for your benefit, and that there is a purpose for all things.

In the most base things of the gospel message, behind recognizing the divinity of Jesus and His sacrificial death for you on the cross, I can think of few, if anything about the gospel that is more important to the comfort of the soul, than to know that God is in charge. That He has a plan for you. That all things in this plan will work together for good. Your life is in the hands of the Creator. Oh, what a comfort.