Saturday, December 28, 2013

Glenn Kaiser - Winter Sun

Glenn Kaiser - Unfinished Business

Glenn Kaiser - Three Below Zero

Glenn Kaiser - Thief

Glenn Kaiser - The Toll

Glenn Kaiser - The Day Love Died

Glenn Kaiser - On My Dyin' Bed

Glenn Kaiser - Northbound

Glenn Kaiser - Nobody's Fault But Mine

Glenn Kaiser - My Backyard

Glenn Kaiser - In The Soul Of A Man

Glenn Kaiser - In My Younger Days

Glenn Kaiser - Homesick Blues

Glenn Kaiser - Choked Up

Monday, December 23, 2013

Hmm, to believe in God or not? I know that to many of you who don't believe, you perceive Christians as uneducated. back woods bumpkins no better than people a thousand years ago who danced naked around idols. In my talks with non-believers they feel that we are to weak to face life so we need some kind of crutch. What they don't seem to understand is that God doesn't inhibit, He sets you free.
Science tells us were born, we live and then we die. I can be the best person on the planet and accumulate massive wealth but when I die, that's it. Sure, I might be remembered and people will be sad for a little while, but then their grief will pass and we will be forgotten. If that's all there is to life, then that is a sad tale in itself.
Jesus tells us that “with God all things are possible.” (Mathew 19:26). Think about that. "All things are possible." No limits on your aspirations, no limits on your dreams, just total and unequivocal freedom. God is not a crutch. He is a hand up. He is compassion where there is none to be found. He is a life preserver to those who are drowning. He is my life and my world and I can rest in Him and receive comfort for I know that “He will never leave me or forsake me.” (Hebrews 13:5)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Holy Soldier - Last Train 1992

Duck Dynasty: Thanks A&E

The funny thing is that by their actions, A&E has made Phil Robertson 10 times more popular that he ever was on Duck Dynasty. I have seen people who have never watched the show and liberals who I never thought would defend anyone who espoused a Christian viewpoint come to his defense. In trying to silence Christianity they have only made it stronger. Kudos A&
 I like to steer away from politics but this really offends me. Not his pardons (I don't know enough about the cases to comment) but what Obama said when he pardoned them.
“I am commuting the prison terms of eight men and women who were sentenced under an UNFAIR system."
Mr President, do you know what's unfair? It's unfair that I have to make sure that all my doors and windows are locked because a drug addict might break in and harm my family while looking for money to get their next fix. It's unfair that I have to be constantly on guard, no matter where I am, for fear that some criminal might beat and rob me. It's unfair that our lawmakers and politicians care more about the rights of criminals that they do their victims.
Do you want to know what a truly unfair system looks like? Move to someplace like Iran. It's unfair that in countries like these women are treated like property. It's unfair that in countries like these that a man can beat, torture or rape a woman without any fear of reprisal. It's unfair that in countries like these that someone who is gay can be murdered and it is condoned by their legal system. No Mr President, our system is not perfect and it has it's flaws but it's still the best game in town.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The other day,A good friend of mine told me the following story about Keith Green. "One time, after doing a concert, Steve Camp got beat up by a motorcycle gang dude. Keith came to visit him in the hospital and asked Steve if he witnessed to the guy. Steve's answer was that he was too busy getting beat up. Keith replied by saying something like, "Steve, either get serious about this or get into some other line of work."
That story has been weighing heavily on my mind. While I don't agree with what Keith did in this particular instance, I want that kind of passion. That is what we are missing today. I don't mean screaming at people on a street corner or being overly aggressive with people. We need, or at least I need, to have this much passion when it comes to our faith. No holds barred, uncompromising total devotion to Jesus.
I know a lot of Christians who don't want to press to much for fear of being seen as overbearing or to "radical". Well, maybe that's what we need. When my entire life is bared before God, I don't want Him to see a fence sitter. I don't want Him to see someone who was so afraid of coming off as to aggressive that I missed opportunities to share the deep and profound love that He has placed in my heart.
It is a fine line to walk. What amount of passion and zeal is it appropriate to display so as to be a good witness and yet convey just how much Jesus means to us? To be perfectly honest, I don't know. I do know that I will pray and let the Holy Spirit guide me so that I may come to understand what His will is and to with what degree of passion He would have me preach His word. No matter what happens, I can say with all assuredness that "neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Philippians 4:8 "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
"Think about such things." That is one powerful comment. While there is nothing intrinsically wrong with getting involved with politics I personally think it's a trap. I have seen far to many Christians lose themselves in this subject. You'll see one post about Jesus and ten about politics.  I also worry about the direction our country is headed and about the commercialism of Christmas. I also worry about many of the issue's troubling our country. What I don't do is lose sight of the fact that I am a servant of our most holy God and to dwell on things that cause divisiveness among many people diverts us from our calling.
Do you think that when you are at the gates of heaven you'll be asked if you're a democrat or republican? Or did you vote for Obama? Are you a conservative or a liberal? Leave these issue's behind and dwell on "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy". Where your mind goes your body will follow. When you "Think about such things" you'll leave behind such temporal concerns and "store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal"- Matthew 6:20.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Satan must love Christmas. I'll bet he's laughing his butt off at how he's turned such a holy event in to such an epitome of greed and selfishness. Of course as the old saying goes "He who laughs last laughs best." and we know who will be getting the last laugh (hint: check Revelations).
Putting up a manger scene or debates about Christmas songs mean nothing. I think Keith Green puts it very well in his song "To Obey is better than sacrifice":

To obey is better than sacrifice
I want more than Sunday and Wednesday nights
Cause if you can't come to Me every day
Then don't bother coming at all

It doesn't matter if you're speaking about Jesus if it's not in the right context. It doesn't matter if you're going to church if its not for the right reasons. That's the problem. Christians in general have done such a poor job in really living the gospel and relating the consequences of sin that people think if they believe in God and are basically good there off to heaven. That message is no where in my bible.
Satan is the master of the half truth because people will believe it quicker than an outright lie. I can't tell you how many Christians believe that "cleanliness next to godliness" is in the bible. It sounds good but it's not. Just as going to church on holidays and putting a a manger scene sounds like it makes you a believing Christian but it doesn't. If it does then I'm going on vacation because I've been concentrating way to much on praying and helping others (just kidding).
Mathew:5-7 "Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you,’ and, ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.’ ”
Don't you just love (sarcasm) the unmitigated gall by the devil in trying to tempt Jesus by quoting the bible? That's a warning for us all. In 2 Corinthians 11:14 the devil is described as "an angel of light" and for good reason. The best way to avoid Satan's pitfalls is to be a prayer warrior. The spirit of God will never lead you astray.
The question isn't "why are people in this country turning from God?" The real question is "why are we Christians doing such a lousy job of representing Christ?" There are far to many people who believe that as long as their basically good and believe in God then their heaven bound. We have ten alarm fire going and were throwing gasoline on it by  not disabusing them of this notion. We act as if God is an after thought in our lives and then wonder why people aren't flocking to us to hear the good news.
You are NOT doing people any favors by sugar coating hell and the bible. Of course you want to concentrate on the grace and forgiveness aspect of the bible. Of course you want to share the love in your heart with others. You also have to let people know that there are consequences for sin. There are spiritual and physical consequence for sin. If you aren't completely truthful and they also don't see God as number one in your lives they won't want Him to be number one in theirs. It's as simple as that.