A BORN-AGAIN BELIEVER

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PAIN

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There are some of you struggling right now with things that you know you need to do, but you don’t want to do. You’re looking for a way out, a way to get around those things, to avoid them, but you know in your heart of hearts that there is no avoiding them, and that you’ll have to deal with them head-on in order to get them over with.

Jesus felt the same way in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before he was crucified. He didn’t want to have to deal with being physically tortured and then crucified. He really didn’t. In fact, he begged his dad (God) to find another way to reach the same end, but there was none. He had to suffer because that was what he’d signed up for, and that’s what the job called for. (more…)

HEALING SPIRITUAL INSANITY

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That moment when you realize that nearly all of the people you encounter daily are spiritually insane.

Not just a few, or some, not a vast majority, but nearly all.

Nearly everyone you encounter on this Earth is spiritually insane. (more…)

THE SECOND COMING: A reminder

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There is a rising fervor among self-proclaimed Christians for the second coming of Jesus.

Many either see themselves as escaping with Jesus through the (false man-made doctrine of) pre-tribulation rapture, or eagerly awaiting his 1000-year reign on Earth when he’ll set up his kingdom and set things right.

But here’s the thing – Muslims also expect a second coming of Jesus. In their version of end-time events, Jesus is supposed to co-reign with a great leader who will likewise set up a kingdom and set things right, but in an Islamist kind of way. To Muslims, Jesus is a prophet, not the Messiah, and he will return as a prophet, not as the Messiah.

And here’s another thing – the recently deceased Israeli Chief Kabbalist, Kaduri, proclaimed in a hand-written post-mortem missive that Jesus was the Messiah, that he had met him in dreams, and that he was already in Israel (but didn’t yet know that he was the Messiah).

Hmmm…. (more…)

SPIRITUAL BUTTERFLIES

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I’m traveling again.

Traveling does more than jolt you out of your daily routine; it reveals the real you.

When you travel, you live and move as a stranger among strangers. Your usual frames of reference do not apply: not knowing anyone and not being known by anyone frees you from adhering to expected behaviors and from expecting certain behaviors from others.

It’s like a cleansing of your behavioral palate, a resetting back to default. (more…)

A SPECIAL NOTE FOR THOSE WHO STAND WITH JESUS-KILLERS

 

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This is for you.

You know who you are.

You say you’re a Christian, but you openly support the Synagogue of Satan.

Can you really be that stupid? (more…)

YOUR OWN PERSONAL NAZARETH

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Can you imagine if Jesus had stayed in Nazareth?

I can.

He probably would have gotten married, had a few kids, taught Sunday school, and generally lived a low-key though respectable life as a competent carpenter. Every now and then, he’d think about what might have been if he’d left Nazareth and done what God had urged him to do, but then he’d push those thoughts aside. He’d made a decision, made a commitment to the life he chose, and that was that.

Jesus could have lived like this. Any number of people who love God do actually live like this – quiet, respectable lives, going about their daily business and raising families. Nothing wrong with that.

Or is there? (more…)

This Much I Know

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I have spent the past 18 years living as a Christian. Prior to that, I was a loud and proud atheist.

I have not changed.

My values have changed, but my personality has not. I am still the same impetuous, occasionally impatient, outspoken, laugh-out-loud, fearless person I always was. I did my own thing as an atheist, and I do my own thing now.

Being a Christian doesn’t prevent you from doing your own thing. It just changes what that “thing” is. (more…)