Bullet Points

Mar. 30, 2020
Sound Familiar? Power, signs and false wonders, deception, wickedness - to deceive those who do not receive the love of the truth. (It' a "heart condition.") Do you think "he who now restrains" is being taken out of the way, so that even "virtual" or "augmented reality" will be on the loose to bring in great deception? This is the time of revealing, which is the meaning of "apocalypse".
 
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness." 2 Thessalonians 2:7-12.
Feb. 26, 2020

When we get to know another person, or even fall in love with someone, do we just enjoy the relationship, or do we have to figure out what it means, analyze it, and figure out how it works?

Yet an elephant in the room is that this is exactly what happens among people who say they love Jesus Christ! It is frustrating to watch these combative interactions taking place, in the name of Jesus, all over the Internet. This denomination against that one. Theosis versus sanctification. Grace against works. Justification versus sanctification. And on and on it goes, ad nauseam.

No, correction. It is not frustrating. It is tragic. It makes me want to weep.

Can you not just picture Jesus watching all this? "Hello, here I am waiting for you to follow Me, so I can show you the Way home. But all you are doing is arguing with one another about how a relationship with Me works."

Please understand. I am not advocating for a lack of truth or right theology. But the whole thing about "knowing about" has become the focus, the object, the IDOL! Jesus gets lost in the shuffle of theological debate.

Knowing about Him is not knowing Him!

"Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent." John 17:3 

Wouldn't it be a shame to be able to argue all sorts of points about God, and still miss the all important matter of knowing Him?

Feb. 21, 2020

While I sometimes enjoy the content of a number of Youtube channels run by certain pastors, I got to wondering when they have time to shepherd their flocks, considering all the TV watching, Youtube watching, and preparing their content that's involved, equipment, etc., so they can critique pseudo preachers and the like, and heaven knows they need exposing. Yet some things just don't stack up. Not to mention prayer life! Ministry functions are "... to equip the saints for works of ministry, to build up the body of Christ, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, as we mature to the full measure of the stature of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed about by the waves and carried around by every wind of teaching and by the clever cunning of men in their deceitful scheming." Ephesians 4:12-14. Focus on what's important, literally for Christ's sake! Or is Youtube monetization more important? I dunno. Maybe I'm behind the times, but what if things were being taken care of at home in the local assembly, the family of God, along the lines of maturing the saints, then just maybe the saints could discern for themselves who the charlatans are!

Jan. 31, 2020

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it. Beware of false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:13-15.

Plenty of pop televangelists "give their regards to Broad Way". Flash, flair, show, big mansions, private jets, living the high style life. Where's the cross in that?!

Jan. 3, 2020
More poking the stick at the bear, saber rattling, drum rolls, threats, global bullying, and assassinating as the beat goes on. This world must be a bad dream. May a brighter day arrive soon, when we can awaken.
 
When will we turn our swords into plowshares, and our spears into pruning hooks? When will the time come when we learn not to make war anymore?
 
When the hearts, one by one, of every person - regardless of rank in society - have surrendered themselves fully to the Prince of Peace, and thus are no longer at war with God Himself, when we are willing to learn of Him, and remember that we are to reveal His likeness in our own character on Earth while still in a body. Then surrendered to His Way, and loving one another, as if the other is ourself, we can be at peace.
 
Conflict has so long terrorized this planet that one wonders if we could stand it if we actually did experience a lack of it. It's not just political and military, but domestic and personal. It's riding hard that person who cuts us off in traffic. It's everywhere from grandiose political posturing to the minutiae of daily interactions. Is there anyone who is not in conflict with someone else on some level?
 
Don't you ever wonder about that?