Thursday, February 25, 2016

"One Minute After You Die"

In his classic best seller, Erwin W. Lutzer cuts right to the chase and asks:

"Where will you minute after you die?"

Will you be delighted beyond your wildest dreams or forever separated from all that is good?

"Many people spend more time planning for a vacation than preparing for eternity," say Lutzer. "So while relatives and friends plan your funeral, you will be more alive than you have ever been."

The Big Question? Where, exactly will you be? That depends on choices you make now. There are only two alternatives. "Either way, your future will be irrevocably fixed and eternally unchangeable," Lutzer explains. "One minute after you die, you will either be elated or terrified--and it will be too late to re-route your travel plans."

Wow...with stakes that high you'd think God would have given us detailed instructions on how to choose correctly. You'd think He would have sent a few messengers to make sure we understood exactly what we need to do to ensure we don't miss the boat on this one.

Guess what, gang--He did. It's that Bible some of us "messengers" are constantly trying to shove down your throat.

Atheist comedian Penn Jellette (of Penn & Teller, magician duo fame) once said,
"I don't respect people who don't proselytize. If you believe that there's a heaven and a hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life, and you think that it's not really worth telling them this because it would be socially much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?"
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible is woven with predictions. In fact, more than 1/4 of the Bible is prophecy. Most of them (roughly 80%) have already been fulfilled with 100% accuracy.

These prophecies are very specific, provable events. God chose prophecy as the vehicle to authenticate the Bible. How better to prove One's existence and power over world events than to tell history in advance? Fulfilled prophecy conveys the unique signature of God, and is a powerful proof to an unbelieving world.

A supernatural book requires a supernatural key to unlock its mysteries. Pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit and that God will flood you with light so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those He called. "I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people" (Ephesians 1:18).

Do you want to know where you will be one minute after you die? click here

A wise man once said: "We must accept God as He is revealed in the Bible, whether He suits our preferences or not." -- Erwin W. Lutzer, author of One Minute After You Die
"I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:19,20).

  • Forbes: Russia Amasses Troops Near Turkish Border
  • Associated Press (source claims): Russia warned Turkey they'll use tactical nuclear weapons if they advance towards Damascus
  • The Daily Beast: Experts warn ISIS could launch explosive drone attack over American sporting events, "only a matter of time," director said. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

"Death of Civility"

The sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is shocking. Not because he died (after all he was no spring chicken) but because of the reaction to his death.

The politicizing of his absence is to be expected, considering the fact it will undoubtedly reshape the 2016 presidential election. We're not referring to that.

And no, we're not surprised at the firestorm of conspiracy theorists in the wake of Scalia's death (the tin-foil hat crowd see a grassy knoll behind every bush).

So what's so shocking? The comments.

You know, the section reserved for opinions after an online article. It's rarely a happy place, but the death of Scalia brought the hard-core, foul-mouthed haters out in droves.

Justice Scalia ("Nino" to his family and friends) was known for his brilliant mind, devout faith, sharp humor, and many decades of service. He was a fierce watchdog of constitutional rights and the leading voice of uncompromising conservatism.

His unwavering stance against abortion, same-sex marriage and gun bans earned him the respect of conservatives, but the contempt (and hate-filled comments) of those who disagreed with him.

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson addressed the 'Comments Section' incivility (to put it mildly) in Saturday's debate: "You go to the Internet Comments section--you cannot go five comments down before people are calling each other all manner of names. Where did that spirit come from in America? It did not come from our Judeo-Christian roots, I can tell you that...there is such a thing as right and wrong."

Jesus warned that "the love of many will grow cold" as the end of the age drew near (Matthew 24:13).

The 'comment section' is no place for the faint of heart, and if what people say under the cloak of anonymity accurately reflects their inner-thought life, some are growing cold indeed. A decent man died Saturday leaving behind a grieving family. But because he was a conservative, the comments left (for his family to read) were particularly vicious, filthy, and downright vile.

Scalia was a staunch advocate of free speech, witty and savagely funny. And while he'd be shocked by the comments after his death, he'd undoubtedly defend to his death our right to comment.

A wise man once said: "God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools...and He has not been disappointed...if I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world." -- Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
"A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart."  Luke 6:45

  • The Washington Post: Number of hate groups rose 14% in 2015; year characterized by 'enormous rage'
  • The Daily Mail: Decorated vet attacked in hate crime; teens ask if 'black lives matter' before robbing and brutally beating him
  • CNS News: White House: Pres. Obama will not be attending Scalia funeral due to security footprint 

Thursday, February 11, 2016


According to FOX Network, Satan isn't really evil--just misunderstood.

In their new devil-inspired TV show, FOX attempts the ultimate make-over: Casting Lucifer as the good guy.

The series premise has Lucifer Morningstar, "bored and unhappy as the lord of hell" resigning, heading West and reinventing himself as an L.A. night club owner, part-time crime fighter and morphing into a man that is (according to FOX), "charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, indulging in wine, women and song."

When urged to return to hell by an angel sent by God, Morningstar mockingly asks, "Do you think I'm the devil because I'm inherently evil or just because dear old Dad decided I was?"

The message? God is bad, Satan is cool. This show glorifies evil and blasphemes God. (And no, you don't need to watch it  to make sure. The graphic descriptions found on the website should be offensive enough for any Christian.)

The Bible warns that "in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God...They will consider nothing sacred...and have no interest in what is good" (2Timothy 3:1-3)., a group of concerned mothers "fed up with the filth" the entertainment media are throwing at our children, has launched a petition urging FOX Network to cancel "Lucifer".

"The program", they say," mis-characterizes Satan, departs from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portray the beliefs of the Christian faith. By choosing to air this show, FOX is disrespecting Christianity and mocking the Bible."

We contend they're doing far more than that. And before you roll your eyes and tell us to lighten up--"it's only a TV show"...try Googling How the media shapes public opinion. You will find 2,790,000 results, many of them scholarly research papers from Princeton, Harvard and other top universities.

The consensus? The influence of mass media on public perception is widely acknowledged. The public, however, has no clue of the incredible degree to which this occurs.

The most recent example is the acceptance of same-sex marriage, an unthinkable concept even 10 years ago.

According to the Bible, Satan is "the prince of the power of the air". Think 'airwaves' as in TV, radio, internet and movies, and then ask yourself what his agenda might be.

A wise man once said: "If I were the devil, I would whisper, 'The Bible is a myth'. I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around." -- Paul Harvey, radio commentator
"Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They don't care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways."  Ephesians 4:17-19
  • DEBKAfile: 50,000 Syrian refugees head for Jordan, Israel; refugee exodus from North, now repeating in South with scant media attention.
  • U.S. News: Twitter Characterizes Criticism Of Islam As "Hate Speech"
  • Daily Caller: New Emails Show Press Literally Taking Orders From Hillary; Emails Expose Transactional Relationship. 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

"Zika Explosion"

The Zika virus is barely a blip on U.S. radar screens, but in the rest of the world it's going viral--literally.

Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika an international health emergency, with Brazil as ground zero.

And then news hit that the virus can be sexually transmitted.

Now it's all Zika, all the time. Especially in South America. Here in the U.S., election coverage trumps everything else (pun intended).

Widespread alarm, confusion and even panic for pregnant women in Brazil is igniting like wildfire.

Who's fanning the flames? WHO. The World Health Organization.

Statements out of the Organization get translated into screaming headlines:

The Zika virus, usually transmitted by mosquitoes, causes only mild flu-like symptoms and a rash (or sometimes no symptoms at all) in 80% of cases. It's the other 20% that has people panicking.

The global health emergency was declared by WHO citing a "strongly suspected" relationship between Zika and microcephaly, a birth defect marked by abnormally small head/brain size in newborns.

Brazil has 4,074 newborns with microcephaly and researchers believe there's a link to the Zika infection.

There's no treatment or vaccine for Zika and WHO said the virus is now in at least 32 countries including the U.S.

The Bible teaches a wide variety of cosmic and natural events will occur before the end times: wars, great earthquakes, famines and epidemics (among other things). (Luke 21:11; Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:8)

And with modern travel, we should expect infectious disease to spread.

But fear? Not for the Christian. The Scriptures tell us over and over again to "fear not" and put our trust in the Lord. The only thing we should fear is offending Him.

And yes, Zika does appear to be a serious problem, but WHO's job is it to ramp up public awareness while tamping down public panic?

The World Health Organization.

That's WHO.

A wise man once said: "Even if humans feel lots of fear, remember God will take care of you. This is a collective message because fear is contagious..."  -- Pope Theodorus II

"Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine" -- Isaiah 43:1.

  • The Washington Post: Zika a ticking 'time bomb' for Latin America; up to 650,000 Zika infections are expected.
  • Reuters: Major U.S. airlines offer to reassign crew from Zika-hit routes; CDC urges pregnant women to avoid Zika-hit locations.
  • CBS Los Angeles: Health officials looking into 20 potential Zika virus cases in L.A. county