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Loving Our Enemies

Matthew 5:44

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

The family was over on Sunday – at least most of it. It was a neat time. I was in my glory holding first one grandchild and then another. At one time I had three of them sitting with me (on me) watching a movie on the TV (a Troll movie). It was such a blessing.

Loving on your grandchildren is so easy. As a matter of fact – loving on anyone who loves you back is easy. I really enjoying cuddling with the grands and I enjoy showing love to my daughters and to my wife. I often don’t have trouble showing love to others as well – with hugs and kind words. What gets hard is showing love to those I know do not love me.

Are there folks in our lives that we might consider enemies? When I think of the word enemies – I often think of the Germans in WWII or Communists who threaten our way of life or ISIS who threatens world peace with terrorism. Enemies seem to be the worst of the worst. They are mean and contrary to all that is sacred or holy (or so it seems). Continue reading

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God Is My Super Hero

Psalm 42:8

By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.

I grew up reading comic books. I had many first editions and full series. I enjoyed the ones that were mild mannered people in day-to-day life but when trouble arose – they would become super heroes. One of my favorites was mild mannered Clark Kent becoming Superman. I wouldn’t miss an episode and even today try to catch the old TV show when I can. My brother was a fan of Batman!

I must admit – I don’t watch much TV these days – other than some really old shows – sports and the news (you can guess which news program I watch the most). Some of the shows I tape and try to watch are the ones about super heroes. I like the supernatural! Continue reading

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Christians are Being Discriminated Against in America

Matthew 10:22

All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

This post follows up on what I wrote yesterday.  More and more I am seeing this Scriptural passage coming true in the culture we live in.  As we strive to live for Christ – and cling to the truth found in His Holy Word – the culture and society we live in continues to beat upon us – to discriminate against us – to hate us.

The most recent report I read talks about a College in California that has created an anti-Christian policy.  Quoting a Fox News report:

The definition is listed in a document called, “The Principles of Community.” It defines “Religious/Spiritual Discrimination” as “The loss of power and privilege to those who do not practice the dominant culture’s religion. In the United States, this is institutionalized oppressions toward those who are not Christian.”

Read The Whole Article: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/02/16/university-defines-christians-oppressors/#ixzz1EEX1WZmG

When my children were in elementary school I often had discussions about religious persecution with the school principles.  They would not allow Christian symbols during Christmas or Easter yet had Druid symbols all over the school during the fall and around the holiday of Halloween – a high holy day for the Druid religion.  This – to me – was discrimination against Christians.

I realize that Christ warned His followers that the world would hate them – because we follow Him and because they first hated Him.

John 15:18-19 – 18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

We see this discrimination – even in the church.  More and more in our own denomination there is less tolerance for those of us who see Christ as central to the message of God and see the Bible as Authoritative in our lives.  More and more religious tolerance is preached – for others – and not for conservative Christians who wish to hold to the truths that are time-tested and Biblically based.

Taking a Biblical stance on sexual desires and orientation – about the centrality of Christ – about the need to confess and repent of sins and have a personal relationship with Jesus are met with resistance.  In a meeting we were actually told that to not accept persons of a different sexual orientation was unChristian.  Tolerance is preached – as long as it is for others to be tolerant of the one who is preaching it seems.  Reverse tolerance is not always taught.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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