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BUS STOP VIRGINS

 

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I was on a local bus yesterday, heading into Niagara Falls.

After the driver had stopped to pick up some passengers and was pulling away from the curb, four young women (college students, I think) came running towards the bus, waving their arms and yelling for the driver to stop. The driver shook his head, stepped on the gas, and merged into traffic.

The last I saw of the women, they were standing at the stop, shaking their heads in frustration and staring at their phones.

It reminded me of Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins.

I think it goes something like this: (more…)

JOY IN SERVING GOD

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Someone asked today why his life was going so miserably when he had invested everything he had into what he saw as doing God’s will. He attended Bible college, he prayed “three times a day”, he gave to charities, he lived soberly and chastely – and yet, he felt no joy and no connection with God, and now he even feels suicidal and wants to throw it all in.

This strikes at the heart of what it means to be “Christian”. Jesus dealt with this same issue with some of his early followers, as have other prophets over the millennia. Why give everything up for God when all you seem to get back is poverty and abuse? (more…)

TAKE IT

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There are only two ways: The right way and the wrong way.

There is no third way.

Something cannot be a little bit right or a little bit wrong: it is simply either right or wrong.

If there is any measure of wrong in a thing, then it is wrong.

If there is no measure of wrong in a thing, then it is right.

A REMINDER FROM JESUS (more…)

QUEER

 

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That sinking feeling when you realize your time is up. No reprieve. Your bags are packed. Your ride’s at the door.  Better not to look around. Better not to savor the view one last time. Better not to let your gaze linger on the cheerful kitchen, the comfy bed. You have to leave. This is not your home. You have to leave… and then it hits you (yet again) that you never really had a home. (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…)

DIE-VERSIONS

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Everything that is God’s way leads to life.

Everything that is not God’s way leads to death.

The world is one big humungous diversion whose sole purpose is to lead us away from God and towards death.

It does this by enticing us to waste our time engaging in activities that have nothing to do with preaching the Word, nothing to do with aiming for Heaven, nothing to do with passing our tests or learning our lessons. (more…)