Sunday, December 8, 2013

When Christmas Truly Became About Family

     When I was a young boy in the 70's, it was probably around the time I was 9 (my memory on the exact year is fuzzy), our family had what I consider to be our best Christmas ever.  It was because we were out of money, and that meant that Christmas that year was about family.  It was not going to be about toys and presents.
     I'm the youngest of three siblings.  My brother is the oldest, then my sister in the middle, and then me - the baby brother.  I don't exactly remember If I was still holding onto the Santa Claus myth at this time but after this particular Christmas that was all moot.
     My dad was a real estate associate and also worked the docks at night.  Two jobs all the time.  Always working, and especially on the weekends trying to land big real estate deals.  Unfortunately, many of the deals he was working hadn't closed escrow before the holidays.  We were living only off of his dock worker earnings which were barely paying for everything that year.  This was before dock workers earned the big paying contracts on the dock via the ILWU.
     I remember how my mom was embarrassed, but still asked her friends for food basics like bread and eggs and such.  Her priority was to feed her family and she did.  In fact, there was one dish she would make that was fun for us kids.  She called it 'shit on a shingle.'  Seriously, she used that language.  It was canned tuna mixed in with a creamy soup like cream of mushroom and ladled over a piece of toast.  The name helped us kids get past the fact that our dinner basically sucked!
    Christmas was fast approaching, and our mom sat us down to have a little talk with us.  She said that she was really sorry, but Santa wasn't going to be able to come to our house on Christmas night that year.  But if we were all good and nice to each other, mom would take us to the drugstore the day after Christmas when they reopened.
     You never saw 3 kids get along so well with each other. We played with the toys we already had.  We really did have all we needed.  We played out doors a lot back then - it was the 70's!  We played a lot of board games as a family anyway, but during that December they were even more special.  We laughed a lot that month.  We grew closer as a family.
     My childhood fantasy of Santa Claus was put away for good.  But it was replaced with something so much better.  A family that loved each other.
     The day after Christmas, my mom was true to her word and she took us three kids to the nearby Sav-On Drugstore to look through the toy aisle with all the picked over stuff.  Everything was on major discounts.  I didn't get just one thing.  I was able to get like three different toy packages.  My favorite was a combo pack of different vehicles.  One was missing and that was why it was so cheap, but I played with that set for years.

     Many years later, I have my own two children and I remember that Christmas I had when I was young.  I desire for my own children to know that sense of family love this Christmas and always.  My parents didn't make it staying married, but that memory takes me back to a time when we experienced the true meaning of Christmas.  When it was about the love of family.
     May the love of God and the birth of our savior Jesus Christ remind you about the true meaning of Christmas.  God bless you in a mighty way this season.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The DEATH Penalty and being Christian



Can I be a 100% sold out born again Christian AND also support capital punishment (death penalty)?  I believe the answer is yes.

From a Biblical and moral position, the book of Leviticus allows for the death penalty. There's even an allowance that if your own child curses the name of the parent, you as the parent can stone them to death. Yikes! I think that God was putting that one in knowing how hard that would be and giving humans the opportunity to show mercy.  Yes, but it is also still there.

But the New Testament has put mercy over the law, one would say.  Jesus came as fulfillment of the law, and yes his one sacrifice on the cross eliminates the sacrificial system.  Isn't it interesting that for thousands of years the Jews made sacrifices to God, and then after the Romans destroy the temple there have not been sacrifices since?

But even though we now live under mercy, what are we to do with those who are pure evil.  #Gosnell comes to mind.  Jeffrey Dahmer who ate his victims and stored their body parts in his fridge.

A relative of mine says that we sin when we pass judgement to take the life of another human being with capital punishment.  This relative would quote the do not judge but look at the log in your own eye verse as an example, but I couldn't disagree more!  That verse I believe is not the context of capital punishment level judgments.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were abducted between 2002 to 2004.  Would you sit in a room with all three including their parents AND the daughter that Amanda gave birth to, and argue that Ariel Castro should be shown our love by only locking him away for 20 years?!  Is that not cruel and unusual to the parents?  Because he forced the girls to have miscarriages of their pregnancies that he brought about by his rapes, he may face the death penalty.  He is evil.  Why should these three young women, their families and the Cleveland community know that such a horrid and despicable monster is allowed to live into old age in a prison?  With free meals?  And free medical care?

California is a total joke when it comes to the death penalty.  It is a law on the books.  But because of activist liberal judges, prosecutors know that seeking it does no good since all it means is to put someone away for life.  The people of CA are left without justice.  Murderers have no fear of the judicial system. It has no teeth and causes them no pain.  CA by far has the most death row inmates with 727 as of January 1, 2013.

Texas on the other hand puts it's death row inmates down on a regular basis, and a sense of justice prevails in the Lone Star State.  In fact TX has 7 of 15 remaining scheduled executions that are scheduled for this year. "REMAINING SCHEDULED EXECUTIONS IN 2013"

Some oppose the death penalty on practical grounds, arguing that it is not a deterrent. However, the U.S. Supreme Court had [re-instituted] the death penalty in July of 1976 after having struck down all state death penalty statutes almost exactly four years earlier. During those four years without the death penalty there were about 12,000 more murders as compared to the four years prior to 1972, an increase of 19 percent, and more than 10,000 additional families who had raised a child who then became a murderer. http://www.theologyonline.com/DEATH.HTML
The death penalty works as a deterrent.

It is my understanding that God allows for the death penalty.  It is not the Christian stance to celebrate when such a judgement is rendered on a vile criminal, but we should be sober minded and clear about the nature of evil among us.

The New Testament gives us a clear picture to show mercy where it is appropriate in John 8:7 (Jesus with the woman caught in adultery - where is the man??).  The law would allow stoning, but Jesus knew the hypocrisy of the pharisees and used this moment to teach them a lesson instead.

And the people of America continue to suffer under a liberalized judicial system that thinks we the taxpayer should make murderers comfortable for the rest of their lives, but that a woman should be able to murder her unborn child whenever she feels like it. 

God have mercy on us.

My website sources:
http://www.gotquestions.org/death-penalty.html
http://www.ligonier.org/learn/qas/what-should-be-christian-stand-death-penalty/
http://www.theologyonline.com/DEATH.HTML
http://www.vadp.org/resources/a-christian-perspective-on-the-death-penalty/
http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000986
http://www.christianbiblereference.org/faq_CapitalPunishment.htm

my bible verse footnotes:


(1) Genesis 9:6
Whoever sheds the blood of man,
by man shall his blood be shed,

for God made man in his own image.

(2) Duet 22:25-27
25 But if out in the country a man happens to meet a young woman pledged to be married and rapes her, only the man who has done this shall die. 26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and murders a neighbor, 27 for the man found the young woman out in the country, and though the betrothed woman screamed, there was no one to rescue her.

(3) Lev 19:16b
“Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is threatened. I am the Lord.

(4) Lev 20:1-5
“Again, you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘Whoever of the children of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who gives any of his descendants to Molech, he shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name. And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech, and they do not kill him,then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.

(5) Lev 20:9
‘For everyone who curses his father or his mother shall surely be put to death. He has cursed his father or his mother. His blood shall be upon him.

(6) Lev 20:10-16 
‘The man who commits adultery with another man’s wife, he who commits adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress, shall surely be put to death. 11 The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall surely be put to death. They have committed perversion. Their blood shall be upon them. 13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. 14 If a man marries a woman and her mother, it is wickedness. They shall be burned with fire, both he and they, that there may be no wickedness among you. 15 If a man mates with an animal, he shall surely be put to death, and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and mates with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them.

(7) Lev 20:27 
‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’”

(8) Lev 24:14-22
“Take outside the camp him who has cursed; then let all who heard him lay their hands on his head, and let all the congregation stone him. 15 “Then you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin. 16 And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death. 17 ‘Whoever kills any man shall surely be put to death. 18 Whoever kills an animal shall make it good, animal for animal. 19 ‘If a man causes disfigurement of his neighbor, as he has done, so shall it be done to him— 20 fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has caused disfigurement of a man, so shall it be done to him. 21 And whoever kills an animal shall restore it; but whoever kills a man shall be put to death. 22 You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the Lord your God.’”

(9) Duet 5:17
Is the 5th commandment "Thou shall not murder," is not a prohibition against capital punishment especially in light of all the other verses noted above.

(10) Psalm 9:16 "Justice"
The Lord is known by his acts of justice; the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.

(11) Proverbs 21:15 "Justice"
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.

(12) Romans 13:4
For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Prop 8 Falling Down



Black civil rights leaders can come out all they want to rail against homosexuals equating civil rights struggle of the 50's & 60's with gay rights of now.

When Prop 8 passed in CA, it was because of the black religious vote that supported traditional marriage of 1 man with 1 woman. And even if society at large and especially the black subculture did not reflect this ideal, the black pastors in CA that supported Prop 8 understood the importance of traditional marriage to their congregation. They knew the toll that out of wedlock children was taking on black culture. The high level of school dropout and high unemployment. Stable traditional marriage supported by black pastors is the key to rebuilding the black household.

Libtards in CA were apoplectic over the black vote helping to push Prop 8 to the win column in CA. How could they? Libtards are the black communities best friend; they provide them with all the free obama-phones and such. How dare they not see gay rights as another type of civil right.

I don't want to get into the sin of homosexuality because I already did that here:

The problem is the virulent anti-Christian and anti-traditional values that the homosexual activist pursues to upend society. What my wife and I have is marriage. It is defined and ordained by God. Two men or two women can have all the same rights of inheritance, contract, medical etc.., but they can't be married. That redefines and weakens what I have. And that is harm to me. Where are my rights?

But they love each other! Why shouldn't people marry who they love no matter what gender that person be? Well, as I just said, that is not marriage by definition. Call it civil union or domestic partnership as we have already been calling it.

What people aren't seeing is that I, as a born again Christian, have no desire to go on any crusade against homosexuals. I am not banning anything. My vote of "Yes" for Prop 8 was a vote to keep the definition of marriage as what God has always defined it. But the homosexual agitator will say that my vote was for banning gay marriage. And then we would simply disagree on that point.

I am not looking to find ways to redefine society to outlaw homosexuality. Quite the contrary as a Christian I want my gay brothers and sisters to feel loved and supported within society. I want gays to not be discriminated against. But how does that work in the workplace? If a flaming gay man shows up to a job interview in a dress and high heels or in his gay outfit, then any employer should be able to enforce their private dress code and behavioral conduct codes. If hiring someone will hurt their business, then they should be able to make the decision to not hire that person.

Let's look at the other flip side of the coin of same sex marriage. What some of you may not realize is that after they get gay marriage approved they plan to petition Christian churches for marriage ceremonies. I could see pastors like Rick Warren caving to gay marriage, but there will be many more that will stand with the Word of God and refuse to perform gay marriage in their houses of worship. They will be sued. It is part of their agenda to then bring lawsuits against churches to render their doctrine discriminatory and hateful.

I also know that waiting in the wings for gay marriage to get approved, are those who want group marriage and animal marriage approved. And this gets even sicker because you know that once those evil whackos come out, then right behind will be those who want marriage with small children to adults approved, and then also those who want necrophilia marriage approved. 

The evil is waiting. It is generally held in check by the Christ followers and the church now. But after the rapture, these things will come into the light for approval by the anti-christ. Anything to pull humans away from God.

The Supreme Court is now considering the arguments that they have heard for Prop 8 and DOMA, but don't be fooled, the justices already made up their minds years ago on this issue. As a Christ follower I am prepared to be utterly let down by the black robes. And so should you. Put your hope in Jesus Christ, NOT the court.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sarah Palin Destroys Barak "Crackhead" Obama

I just love this woman!  She will be involved somehow with midterms in 2014 and the big race in 2016.  Take that to the bank.


Monday, February 11, 2013

A World Without the USA: Hell on Earth

I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem to fight against it; the city will be captured, the houses ransacked, and the women raped. Half of the city will go into exile, but the rest of the people will not be taken from the city. Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as he fights on a day of battle. (Zech 14:2-3)
    
They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to [ALL] the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty. (REV 16:14)


     Whenever you see the word "all" in the bible, you should then think to yourself that "all" means all and that is all that means! All nations on the last day of the Great Tribulation will gather to attack Israel. It doesn't talk about one nation standing alongside Israel. No USA in end times prophecy. 

     The verse above from the book of Revelation takes place after many plagues have been sent upon earth. It is my personal interpretation that tribulation believers have by this time all been murdered by the anti-christ and the beast. Where is the USA at this point? Won't there be Americans to stand with Israel? The answer is a resounding "NO!" 

     After the election in November '12, I tinkered with secession in an earlier post. But I dismissed it as untenable mostly because I just didn't see how the red states could hold together against the blue states.   I also just didn't want to believe such a scenario. But now I see that isn't the lawless one's plan for America.

     You see, America still represents the last best hope for a strong ally of Israel in the world. For the evil one to get ALL nations to fight against Israel, the United States must be made null and void. 

     Listen to this stunning video:


We're going through an end times sermon series at church right now. My pastor has been touched with some great insight from the Holy Spirit. From what he has been preaching our battle is being setup with Islam not secularism nor communism as previous bible scholars thought. I agree, but I think I already new this in my heart.

     But there have been some new connections that pastor has made that are striking. I'm not going to rehash his work in this blog. If you want, I suggest that you go here and listen to the last several sermons on end times:
**Note: Our church updated the website, so I'm refreshing the link.  You will still need to go back about a year in the archives, but trust me that it is worth it.  The sermon series "Are We Living In The Last Days?" starts on 01-05-13 and continues to 02-09-13.**
http://southbaycommunitychurch.com/sermons-2/

     A lot of traffic on Twitter nowadays about how to regain the reigns of power. Impeachment! Gather up guns and ammunition! To what effect though? How are citizens going to take this monster back? And if it comes to civil war, then that means this country is lost. Does anyone think that Russia, China or even Mexico will sit idly by while the USA descends into chaos?

     I believe the evil one has completed his hold on the mass media. Even if Christian conservatives could put forward a Reaganesque type candidate for the 2016 elections (if we make it that far), he or she would be vilified instantly and mercilessly. I'm afraid that the USA is now in it's final slide into chaos. The only thing the beltway Republicans are doing now is simply managing the rate of decline.

     Yes, that is depressing. But it is still the task of Christ followers to continue following Christ. What more reason to boldly proclaim that Jesus is the son of God Almighty, and he was sent to a tiny village 2000 years ago as the 1st child of a virgin to grow up and save us from our sins. At this point, being bold for the sake of Christ becomes crystalline clear.

     I will not be ashamed. He is my savior. My friend. My God. Even more so during times when even my gov't appears to be my enemy, God is my friend, my rock and my fortress.

     ...And I'm making a list of relatives and friends in red states that I may have to crash with just in case, me and my whole family. At least until the rapture...


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

War, Disease and Newton: Where Is God, Part II

Is the sky falling? 

I am confident that we now live in the end of days. I've had liberals on twitter mock me with that question about the sky falling. Of course I expect no one on the left to be any serious student of the bible and eschatology (thank you pastor Gary for the big word).  Even a simple one time reading through the bible makes it clear that end time prophecy is lining up.


The world has been in turmoil for quite some time. The memories of World Wars I & II seem to be fading into the mist of time. The Holocaust and the nazi death camps. Stalin's brutal suppression of dissent. Comrade Mao's brutal cultural revolution which was another type of suppression of dissent. Pol Pot's Killing Field's in Cambodia. 



And today the agent of suppression in the world is Islam. The word muslim literally means "one who submits." That is the coming battle - a spiritual battle.

Why does there have to be a battle? Why is there death and disease? Why is there war and violence? Why do Columbine and Aurora, CO happen? And Virginia Tech and Newtown?
Gen 5:1-2 This is the written account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God.He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.
From Genesis we know that mankind is created in God's image. That doesn't mean that we literally look like God. The bible teaches us that God is spirit and we must worship Him in spirit. What the image of God means is that we have the mental characteristics of God. We have an intellect to imagine and create. We can put our minds to solving medical mysteries. We love. We hate. We are tender, and sometimes we aren't.
Gen 3:22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.”
What that all comes down to is that we were created with free will. God wants and desires that we choose Him back. If we were coerced to somehow to choose God then it would be meaningless, and we would not be the special creation that God designed us. 

Adam and Eve got mankind banished from paradise and close communion with God.
Gen 3:8(a) Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day...
I use this part of the verse to convey a feeling I've always had about this. Can you not see that this was probably a common occurrence? I picture that this is probably how God often interacted with His creation in the Garden of Eden. It was just after this verse when God finds out about what Eve had done, and then they are both banished from the garden forever.

...And ever since that point in history the earth and mankind have been grinding to the end of times. Consider how just after the banishment the biblical figures lived for long years:

Adam lived 930 years.
Seth lived 912 years.
Enosh lived 905 years.
Kenan lived 910 years.
Mahalalel lived 895 years.
Jared lived 962 years.
Enoch lived 365 years on earth and then God took him up to heaven. Enoch is still alive with God and never tasted the sting of death. Enoch was blessed. But I digress.
Methuselah lived 969 years.
Lamech lived 777 years, what we would consider jackpot.
Noah lived 950 years; he was 600 years old when the flood occurred.

All these men were close to the creation event in time and were long lived. We were meant to live in close communion with God and live long if not for eternity, worshiping Him and giving God glory. It is our free will that leads to evil in this world. That is not on God. God does not create war. Man creates war out of the evil intent of the heart. And due to our banishment from the Garden of Eden we no longer get to live forever. When God banished Adam he said from dust you are, and to dust you shall return. That was a new thing for Adam to have to contend with a physical body that would eventually wear down.

In contending with the physical, comes the desire for resources and power over other people. And also the evil one is in the world with the fallen angels (demons) working their influence on those humans who have become receptive to evil desires. Demons are even put in charge of geographical areas:
Dan 10:13-14 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come
The prince of the kingdom of Persia is a demon that resisted the angel Gabriel that was dispatched to give Daniel interpretation of his vision. Demons have geographical jurisdiction! And by extrapolation they have spiritual jurisdiction. To promote evil intent in the heart of mankind. Over war, pornography, drug addiction, mental illness, breaking the family apart in society, destroying education and having true history rewritten. Think of how the world is falling apart and you see the finger-print of the evil one and his minions.

And there is evil in the world. There is disease and war and it's going to get worse before it gets better.  If God were to wipe all evil away then we would not have free will. And then we would not be what God created us to be, a special creation that he loved enough to send his son Jesus to the cross to pay the penalty for ALL our sins.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

JESUS CHRIST And Newtown CT - Where Is God?

     Where was God on Friday, December 14th?  And for that matter during the Virginia Tech shooting?  And the theater shooting in Aurora, CO?  And the Columbine High School shooting?  We can keep going, but you get the idea.  We can also ask this question in respect to the 9/11 attack.  But for this column I want to stay focused on the school attacks.   


    And when the face of evil confronts us, a godless society turns to Christians and says, "Where is your God?  Why did he let this happen?"  God was there.  And his heart is sad.  satan was there as well and his heart is black with joy at the discord his agent has sown.  Yes, the shooter was evil.  And yes, the shooter was doing the evil one's plans.


          Our national spiritual history has led us to this point.  We have kicked God out of our classrooms and made Christians out to be wackos.  We redefine marriage to be what we think it is and not what God has ordained.  Cultural relativism says that whatever you believe is okay and makes you feel happy is fine, and no one can judge you.  Good is bad and bad is good.  Perversion is celebrated in parades down every Main St in America with gay pride events.



     And as I mentioned earlier, satan is equally at work to destroy God's creation and drive a wedge between mankind and God.  There is also freewill at play.  One of God's greatest gifts to mankind is our being made in His image, and part of that image means that we have freewill.  God wants us to choose Him.  It will not glorify God if we are forced to worship Him.  Collectively as a nation we have been turning away from God.  And then people question where God is when a tragedy like a school shooting happens!



     We live in a fallen world.  The Garden of Eden has been denied to us due to original sin and this world has been corrupted.  This planet slowly is spinning and grinding toward it's last days and the end of times.  Things are actually scheduled to get worse!  Sorry, that can be depressing.  For instance in Matt 24:5-14, Jesus says:

"5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.
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.10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.  [My emphasis added]
     The tragedy at Sandyhook Elementary School should be a clarion call for this nation to throw itself at the foot of the cross. Will we though?  I want there to be a revival, but from what Jesus said in the passage above it sounds like this generation has run out of revivals.  God I pray it isn't so.  Bring this nation revival in the name of Jesus.  There are so many yet to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ as son of God and personal savior.


     A banner I saw put up anonymously at the intersection of Hawthorne Blvd and P.V.Drive North: