Archive for the ‘Army’ Category

Christians are so Judgment!

-A recent study said that the un-churched world perceives 87% of Christians are Judgmental.

-The most quoted verse in the whole Bible right now is Judge Not, that you not be judged (Luke 6:37, Matt 7:1).

-A common response to us trying to correct someone is, “don’t judge me.” Even if the correction is completely out of love, you will still find people telling you not to judge them, or who do you think you are.

-But the fact is that everyone Judges… Everyone! If you are saying in your head, “not everyone,” you are judging the statement I just made as false… hence the judgment. But there are different kinds of judgment.

Here are some definitions of judgment from the Webster’s dictionary
Definition of JUDGMENT
1) The Judgment of a boss
a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion
a boss judges, I do not think that is good work, do better.

2) The Judgment of a judge
a : a formal decision given by a court
b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court
(2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
A judge can put you in prison, and that’s that.

Romans 13:1-3 applies to both boss and judge
1 Everyone must submit to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those that exist are instituted by God. 2 So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have its approval.

3) The Judgment of God
a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God
b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
God says where you go when you die and that is that.

Acts 17:29-31
29 Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.30 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,31 because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”
Heb 9:27
And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment,

4) The Judgment formed over evaluation / discernment
a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing
b : an opinion or estimate so formed
This is the judgment we all make everyday.

-Keep in mind I did not make these up, these are definitions in a dictionary of judgment. It’s not a horrible word or something we should not ever talk about, it’s just a word with many meanings.

-So, If you are a boss you are allowed to judge the work of your subordinates, if you are a judge you are allowed to put people in prison, if you are God you are allowed to cast a final judgment on all men and if you are a person you are allowed to judge situations.

Before we can go any farther, I know someone here is thinking of the scripture, judge not so that you will not be judged. So lets look at it together.

To me the way that Matt 7:1 is perceived in America is a lot like the monkey/hose experiment.
They put 4 monkeys in a room and on the top on a pole they put some bananas. The monkeys would try to climb to the top and get the treats, only to be shot with a water cannon! After they all tried time and time again to get the bananas they eventually gave up. They replaced a monkey with an outsider, one who did now about the water cannon. That new monkey went to go get the treat, but the other monkeys were pulling him down to warn him. Eventually the other monkeys got him to stop. Then another new monkey was traded for an original. The new monkey went for the treat, but the other 3 to include the one who was never shot with the water pulled him down so he could not get the banana. Eventually all the monkeys in the room were not shot with the water cannon and all the monkeys pulled the others down whver they went to get the banana so eventually they all just chilled in the room. The moral of the story is, just because something has always been done a certain way does not mean it is correct.

One day an Americans woke up and realized that he could quote a verse and the Christians would for the most part leave them alone, then his friends caught on, then the nation. Now it is once again the most quoted verse of the whole Bible.

Matt 7:1-5
1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.
2 For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
3 Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?
5 Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

-First off we have to look and see what context and who Jesus was addressing in the text.
Jesus is talking to religious leaders about being hypocritical. He is basically saying that they are correcting actions they are in fact doing themselves.
Its like if I go out and tell you not to do something, say rob people, and then you find out I rob lots of people all the time! I have a 2by4 in my eye, and I am being a hypocrite.
This verse actually has much more to do with being hypocritical than judging in my opinion.
Besides, if we do not judge anything how could we obey the very next verse?
Matt 7:6
Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.

We have to judge whether the people are pigs or dogs so that we do not cast our pearls before them.
Jesus doesn’t say do not do something and then change His mind in the next sentence.
We have to make righteous biblical judgments.

Biblical righteous Judgment, what is it?
John 7:24
Jesus, “Stop judging according to outward appearances; rather judge according to righteous judgment.”
1 Th 5:21
Test everything; hold fast what is good.
How will we test something… by judging it!

Victor Shepherd, “Plainly there’s a kind of judgment Jesus forbids us to make; and just as surely there’s a kind of judgment Jesus commands us to make.”

Here are a couple things to keep in mind.
1. The point of righteous judgment is always to correct and to re-align the Christian brother or sister toward God.
2. We do not judge non-Christians… we can tell them about the Christian life, we can try to lead them to Christ, we can pray for them, but we cannot judge them because that is God’s judgment.

What is righteous judgment? We have an example in 1 Cor 5
1 Cor 5:1-5
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.
4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

-Paul, who is not even there, hears about a sexual sin in the church.
A man is sleeping with his own mother, and the people are arrogant about it.
They are a seeker friendly church. They are accepting of anything, they do not want to cast a judgment or say anyone is wrong, so they are letting anything go.
Verse 3 says that Paul has cast a judgment on the man.
His judgment is to cast this man out of the church delivering him over to Satan (because outside of the church is Satan’s realm), but Paul delivers him over so that his eternal soul may be won.
Paul does not want to punish the man for punishments sake, but to help him realize the error of his ways.

-This is Biblical righteous judgment. The point is always to correct the person so that they repent.

-Speaking on not judging those outside the church, lets examine the same chapter

1 Cor 5:9-12
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—
10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world (the non-Christians), or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world(because sinners sin).
11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13 God judgestthose outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

-If we were to say that we could never see those who are committing blatant sins of adultery, greed, stealing, ext, then Paul says we would have to leave this world because sinners sin! That is what they do.
He then says that WE ARE TO JUDGE THOSE INSIDE THE CHURCH!
If all scripture is really God breathed, then we cannot ignore this.
If you tell me your living with your GF, but that you are not a Christian, I can tell you what God thinks about it, I can ask you to change, but really I have no judgment toward you; that’s not my role.
Now if you tell me you are a believer and you are doing the same thing I am now going to compel you by love to change, show you scriptures, plead with you… but if you are on any sort of a leadership team, you will not be for long without repentance. That’s just the way it is.

-So, if you are here and you are not a believer and this makes no sense to you, that is ok.
But, if you feel God tugging on your heart, and you know you need to make a change, then get with me after this. I would love to pray with you or answer any other questions you may have.

-There are some who give Christians a bad name that judge out of pride or with the wrong type of judgments.
Unfortunately as a Christian we have to bear everything that was ever done with bad motives that Christ followers have done. Although I wish it were the same with the secular world. I mean can we say, “well look at what Hitler did, or Napoleon, or Attila the Hun? Look at what some of the great secular people have done that is so awful.
I mean if there were ever a spokesperson for a good moral secular life it was Tiger Woods, and that man committed adultery on his wife, lied to her and then got a diverse. Surely nobody should want to be a secular person now… but that is how people talk about Christianity. If they know someone or something that has happened in the Christian world they will say, “do you see why I cannot be a part of that world?” It is a ridiculous statement.

-Well, here we are a the end, and I hope this has clarified some things when it comes to Christians being judgmental. Some Christians do judge with wrong motives, but many secular people do also and I think this is an area where we all could use to know and work on so that we can make sure we are not casting a judgment out of wrong motives or one we are not allowed to cast.

Thank you for reading my post.
Please leave a comment.

Videos on judgment
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6979579419390210486#

How does the media portray Christians today?

Christians are crazy to believe in a ‘feeling’…

Christians are so judgmental…

Christians are such weirdoes…

Christians are so close-minded…

Christians have no fun…

Christians are hypocrites…

Christians are such wimps…

-This is the one I want to talk about today, how our media portrays Christians as wimps.
-Whenever we see Christians on tv, we always see these wimpy people with no back bone at all.
-They cannot defend the Word of God at all, they just say things like, “you have to have faith.”
-Well, we are allowed to stand up for our faith and ourselves.

Lets take a look at what Jesus did in His life when it came to standing up for what He thought was right.

To be a Christian means to be Christ-like, so lets look at some examples of whet Jesus did when confronted with a dilemma in His time on earth.

#1 Jesus gets angry

John 2:13-17
Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the moneychangers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Zeal in Greek is translated ZELOS meaning:
excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy

-Jesus walks in, sees that some people are there selling items, goes and makes a whip and comes back in with righteous anger, casting out the sellers and money changers and turning over the tables… Yikes!

#2 Jesus tells it as it is to religious people

John 8:44-45
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me.

– He calls the religious leaders of His day ‘sons of the Devil!’ Yikes.
The Pharisees were saying that God was their Father.
It is no different today.
Have you ever had someone tell you, “I’m a Christian,” yet they blatantly deny Gods Word?
You see those are the cool Christians.
If you ever hear someone say, “you are not like other Christians, you are just like us,” it might be time to check yourself.
There is nothing wrong with fitting in, wearing cool clothes and things like these, but if you start getting drunk with unbelievers, or begin to flirt with sex before marriage, you are no longer a good witness for God.

Jesus goes on to say more later

Matt 23:27
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.

-He said things like they were and had no fear.
He still tells it like it is today in His word.
You don’t find a hint of the Bible changing to get more people in church; you just see the backbones of preachers break under the pressure of trying to have a conforming message.
They have taken God out of the pulpit the moment they accept homosexuality, couples living together, drunkenness, and things like these.
The Bible has not changed; these preachers just do not have the guts to stand up for what is right.

#3 Jesus tells it like it is to His followers

Matt 16:21-23
Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!” But He turned and told Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me because you’re not thinking about God’s concerns, but man’s.”

-I am quite sure He did not whisper to Peter here… He raised His voice and said, “Get behind me Satan!”
People act like Christians are never suppose to get mad, that is not true.

As we have seen, there is a righteous anger in the heart of Jesus.
One time I was at a small group table discussing an issue I was having as an early Christian.
I was overwhelmed with this problem, so I thought I would talk about it.
After I said it, I noticed that one man at the table was staring at me, like an angry stare.
He stood up and said, “ I want to turn this table over I am so mad that you do not think you can overcome this sin, It makes me so mad.”
I thought he was a weirdo at first, until I started to read the Bible… He was righteously angry about sin, and had every right to be.

#4 Jesus’ disciples are bold also

-If you read through your Bible you will see that Peter was at one time a bit of a wimp.
He denied that he had anything to do with Jesus when asked by a little girl while Jesus was dying for his sins.
Not to bash on Peter, but his backbone was lacking a little.
However, things changed after Jesus died.
He (Jesus) told the disciples to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit and told them to stay in a certain location.
Now, the Holy Spirit came and they were preaching the Gospel in all sorts of languages.
The men of that day thought that they must have been drunk or something, and Peter takes his stand.

We pick up at verse 14 of Acts 2
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:
17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servantst and female servants
in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.

-How did Peter get so bold?
-Just a few chapters back we see him running for the hills when a little girl asked him if he knew Jesus, now he is calling out the very people who put Jesus to death. I think you know the answer, but I want us to read one more passage before spilling the beans all together

Acts 4:1-12
Now as they were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, 2 because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example. 3 So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening.
4 But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000.
5 The next day, their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem 6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John and Alexander, and all the members of the high-priestly family.
7 After they had Peter and John stand before them, they asked the question: “By what power or in what name have you done this?”
8 Then Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders: 9 If we are being examined today about a good deed done to a disabled man-by what means he was healed- 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene-whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead-by Him this man is standing here before you healthy.
11 This [Jesus] is
the stone rejected by you builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

-Some people have made the Holy spirit into some thing that we have to pass out on the floor or sound like a weirdo with a little chant, but I want you to know that it is not like that.
You have the Holy Spirit in you, whether you know it or not.

1 Cor 3:16
Don’t you yourselves know that you are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Rom 6:6
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Also, Jesus said it is better if the Holy spirit comes and John 16:7 has several names for the spirit

John 16:7
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
New Living Translation (©2007)
But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
English Standard Version (©2001)
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

-How can we grow closer to God? By spending more time with God.

Rom 8:5
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.

-Set your mind on the things of God, and you will grow in that area.

-Christians are not wimps; we are empowered by God to deal with anything that comes our way.
-We are allowed to be bold, we are allowed to tell it like it is, we are allowed to have righteous anger…

To Him be the Glory.

-Sometimes as Christians we are faced with a challenge or a question to our faith.
I know a professing Christian who was a pastor of a church that questioned the Bibles authenticity, believe it or not.
He wanted to know why only certain books were in any why certain books were not in.

-Let me tell you right now, the Bible is authentic.
Thre New Testament was set in stone by 250 AD with the Moratorium Cannon, and the Old Testament was set well before 95 AD with the evidence of the counsel of Jamnia, he still questioned why the book of Peter’s revelation was not in the cannon, or perhaps the book of Herod.

-At some point in your life and mine, we are going to need wisdom that we do not have.
Whether it is to make a decision on a financial issue, guidance in a family crisis, health issues, Ext.

-For instance, I have a bed Neck, Knees and Stomach issues. I used to pray for complete healing, but now I do not. Why you might ask… (somebody ask why now)
I came to the conclusion, which I believe to be God’s conclusion, that these injuries are to prevent me from staying in the Army, and so I can no longer kickbox, because God wanted me to do something else.
I at one point prayed for wisdom in these issues, and I believe God gave it to me.
Now, I just don’t eat certain things, don’t work out like a maniac, and I cannot run long distances, but I feel that if God does one day want to heal my body, He will.

-I lacked wisdom in these areas… so I turned to the scriptures for help

James 1:5-8 ESV reads,
“5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

-When we ask for wisdom, God does not get mad or upset.
He does not call us names or say we are dumb (even if we are)!
He gives it to us, without reproach.

The Greek word for Generously haplos (ha-plos) SAY IT WITH ME…
Meaning: simply, openly, frankly, sincerely

-Man, that is good news.
He gives it to us simple, because sometimes I get confused!

-BUT!!! And this is a big but, we have to believe in faith that God is going to give us the answer!

Have you ever asked something of God and thought He probably is not going to answer?

Odds are your right, because you asked with a doubting heart.

-Now, I want to show you that you have great faith already.
You have already exercised so much faith trusting in the risen Lord. You have.
We cannot see Him, all of the eyewitnesses are long gone… you already have faith.
I’ve been in youth ministry where kids would say that they had no faith, and I would tell them no, you are already exercising faith by believing in the unseen Savior.
Some people will not believe until they see a sign (which all of creation is a sign, but they have turned aside from that) they cannot have faith in what they do not see.

Heb 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Paul goes on to say, “for who hopes for what he sees!”

This is as far as we got. I will share the rest next week, as I wrote much more, but we had some great conversations. Come join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm. God Bless.

What do you do during the storm?

John 6:16-21 ESV
16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,17 got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.20 But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.

Matt 8:23-27
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

-Let me tell you, I am in the middle of a huge storm right now.

-We moved here on faith that this is where God wanted us and I know we were right, but it hasn’t been easy and allot of things have happened along the way.
We are definitely going through a storm

Storm 1
-My mother, who was already in failing health when I left, had to have surgery where they removed part of her lung and a huge mass, she is still on a ventilator and cannot speak very much.
I was suppose to be able to visit her, but the Army kept me very long and I did not get a chance to leave and go see her.
When I call, she can barely talk, and she has to go to rehab next.
Storm 2
-My little brother had three seizers or passed out three times (docs are looking into it) about a week ago and had to go to the hospital for the first time in his life!
He cannot drive for 6 months, and I have no idea how he will get to work.
Storm 3
-On the only thing close to a vacation me and Crystal have had in a year, a freak accident happened where she got a que tip jammed way into her ear. I immediately started praying, we are pretty sure God took care of it because there seems to be damage, but it was still a huge scare.
Storm 4
-On top of that, the great job I had lined up along with all of the plans I had to go back to MI have all been shifted, there is a possibility I will have to go back a time or two more that I was suppose to, I will lose money and not be able to take on a full time job until the end of September.
Honestly I will probably deliver the paper over the summer because no job will want to hire me with the time I will have to take off for military events and Church. So, we are in a financial crisis and if we miss a paycheck, we will be in huge trouble.

So, there are some storms in my life, but thank God He walks through them with me, and I knew they would come, because the Bible told me!

James 1:2-4 HCSB
2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

-Who likes trials raise your hand!?!?!?!

-I know I do not like them, but they are good for me.
Pastor Craig says you cannot have a testimony without a test.
The more we go through as Christians, the more endurance we have to get through the next time.

Does anyone have a time they went through something (a storm) that strengthened their faith, and by the end they were actually glad they went through it?

-Charles Spurgeon wrote
Untested faith may be true faith, but it is sure to be small faith, and it is likely to remain little as long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: Tempests are her trainers, and bolts of lightning are her illuminators.
Tested faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness if you had not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength if you had not been supported
in the flood. Faith increases in quality, assurance, and intensity the more it is exercised with tribulation.
Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too.

-I try to find someone who is smarter than me when I’m trying to drive a point home.

-Remember, God will see you through the trial you are facing also, he will never give you more than you can handle

1 Pet 1:6-7
6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 10:13
13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.

-Think about if the disciples had never went through those storms where Jesus actually came to save them.
They would not have a sweet testimony first off, but notice that Jesus comes and bails them out!

-Whenever I hear someone say that they could not help but do X, I know they have not fully understood God’s Word.
He said that he will always provide a way of escape, He said so!
Sometimes we do not take the route of escape, and then we make a mistake (sin) against God.

Where do temptations come from?

James 1:13-15
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

-God does not put you in the situation where you might sin against Him, we do!
It is our own sinful desires, that want it easy that want the storm to be over before we can really benefit from it.

-One time in Iraq, I was really wishing I could be home.
I had about a week left, and we were growing impatient.
I was relaxed, so relaxed I had no military bearing and decided to walk to the bunker when I should have ran.
A mortar hit right in front of me, so close that either the heat or the shrapnel burned allot of my hair off.
Man I tell you, I would not give that experience for the world.
If God had pulled me out of that storm (Iraq) before I was ready, I would not have had another story in my book, another testimony to talk about with you.

-His timing is perfect.
If you think you cannot go on, you can.
He won’t put you out there for the Devil, in due time, He will come to the rescue in your storm.

1 Pet 5:6-10
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

-He will keep you, because He paid for you with a price.
1 Cor 7:23 NLT
God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world.

-How many people knew the world was suppose to end on May 21st?

-well… it did not. There was a pastor who prophesied that Jesus was coming back and the rapture was going to happen. We are not going to talk too much about the rapture because that is open to interpretation. Some believe in the rapture, some do not. The thing I always say is that you have to believe in Jesus Christ, and many other things are open to interpretation.

-For example, I have my own set of personal practices and beliefs that are relevant to me. I do not attempt to push things on other people that do not matter to them and may not be relevant, I preach Christ.

1 Cor 1:23a
23 but we preach Christ crucified

-That’s what we preach, not doctrine; but Jesus.

-Also, I was really happy that that man made the prediction about Jesus, because it got people talking about Jesus. If that guy had not spent over $100,000 dollars we would not have had so much buzz going out. I don’t care what it takes to get people to talk about Jesus really, and neither did Paul of the NT.

Phil 1:15-18
Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will.16 The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.17 The former proclaim Christ out of rivalry, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. 18 What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice

-The question I want to discuss is, what would have happened if He (Jesus) came back? Where would you go and why?

-There was an agnostic I know and am good friends with in the Army, and he kept saying, “I can’t wait to go up to heaven.”

So of course I asked him, “do you think you are getting in?”
Fred, “Yes.”
“Why?”
“Because I am a good person, and I try to do good things.”
“By what standard”
“My standard.”

-Then we talked a lot about moral law. I asked him where did he learn what was right and wrong. He said that it was passed down to him by his parents. I asked where they got it from and so on.

-I asked him, what if I grew up in a tribe where I was taught that you had to murder someone to get into heaven, and that to commit murder was a great thing to do. The knowledge came down that to murder was right, so I think when Jesus comes back that I will get in because I murdered allot of people. That is ridiculous right? So is trying to be your own moral standard.

-So my first point to him was that if there is a moral law, there had to originally be a moral lawgiver. We did not just inherit these ideas of right and wrong from nobody; there had to be a moral lawgiver.

-Second, we talked about how it is very humanistic to think that we can just make up a standard. I used this example. I said, “lets say I think it is ok to sleep with all the wives at the get together, shoot someone and go rob the liquor store, what makes me wrong if I do not think any of those things are wrong?” I mean if we literally make up our own standard, why can’t I do those things? Humanism is saying it is all about you, so what or who makes the standard. To that he said society. But once again, what if the society says that murder is the ultimate thing you can do… is that society justified? And if some societies are justified and some are not, what makes the ones we say are justified right? To these questions he had no real good answer.

-Third, I talked about the legitimacy of the Bible, and how science continues to prove it right time after time. I said to him that the world was probably about 6500 years old, to which I got a blank stare. He talked allot about evolution and how carbon dating proved that the world was millions of years old, even though carbon dating has been proven to be unreliable.

The proof I used was the worldwide flood. There are mass graves found at the bottom of the sea that can only be accounted for by some sort of worldwide flood. So, I told him that the earth appears to be older than it is because all of those particles and such were smashed together, and that explains the young earth theory. That also explains why everything seems to be older than it is. If the earth is young, and Noah’s ark happened, then it is no stretch to believe in Adam and Eve. The more we can prove in the OT, the less skeptic people will be.

We also talked about the fact that it takes more faith to believe in evolution than the Bible, because in order for life to just happen, there would have to be 300 proteins that line up perfectly in DNA and such. That means that the LIFE JUST HAPPENED theory is a one in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion’s trillion. It is virtually impossible and no scientist has been able to make it happen ever.

-Then of course the question came up, “well what makes you so good that you get in?”

DISSCUSSION: I want to ask the same question to you; “what makes you so good that you get in?”

My fourth point of discussion was about how none of us are good. Romans says that no one is good, not even one. I said to him that I was actually worse in theory than him, because I know the right things to do and do not do them. Paul talks about this he says that he does not do what he wants to do and what he does not want to do he practices.

Now, I am going to tell you something so that you know I am not a hypocrite or think I am holier than thou. I was the platoon SGT all week at drill, and that meant I had 35 guys to keep track of, give details to and such. I had barely slept, because that’s just what happens, you have so many responsibilities and so much going on at all times you just do not get much sleep. One night I had 3 hours of interrupted sleep. I was on edge and really tired. I asked for 15 minutes of quiet time so I could take a nap, took my boots off and laid down. One of my guys decided it would be really really funny to mess with me while I was laying down. He was very disrespectful and after a couple times of me asking him to stop I got up and asked him what the F his problem was, yelled at him for about two minutes, almost punched him and took a 30 minute walk. Apparently I still have some salvation to work out… like all of us. So I told them that I was essentially ‘worse’ than them because I know the right things to do and I do not do them.

-But that is just it, we are all sinners, we all do things we should not do. Tell me a day that you did not make a mistake? Probably never right?

-What happens when you die, is that a blood sacrifice is required. Either you pay for it, or Jesus does. All of those little sins you commit, well they add up to a big debt. Someone has to pay for it, either you or Jesus.

-And that is not to say that we should go around loosely living and purposely sinning, I did apologize to that soldier and repent to the Lord for forgiveness. The point is that we will all sin until we go to Heaven, but there is a difference in that we are trying to please God and not Man or ourselves.

-That got us to the fifth point; “why wouldn’t I pay for my own sin”, one soldier said to me. He said that if he did it, he would own up to it. Unfortunately, that is a common held belief. People are prideful; we want to do everything ourselves. Once again we are back to humanism. I explained the principle of grace, and how it is a free gift we cannot earn. I said that one of things about coming to God is knowing you are not good enough, and that the pride has to die.

-Then we got to the most used argument against scripture (Sixth); all of the errors in the Bible, and the different interpretations.

-First off, I used this parable. If I wrote my wife a note saying, “Hunnie, please pick up some bread from the store,” and I come home to find she bought a steak. Not needing a steak, I’ll ask why she got it and not the bread. She would say, “I interpreted that you really wanted a steak from the note.”

Now, did the original meaning of the bread note change at any time? No. It did not. It said I wanted some bread. John 14:6 says I am the WAY the TRUTH and the LIGHT, nobody comes to the Father except through me. This means that we have to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, or else there is no hope. Someone could say that this verse means something else, but it doesn’t. It means what it means.

-So, I said to him that the Bible has one meaning, and that some people are confused about that, to which he replied, “what makes you right then?” At that point I used his testimony that he had never read it so how would he know if I was wrong or right, to which he replied, “fair enough.”

-Second, the Bible is not full of errors. Every time a part of the Bible is found all it does is legitimize the Bible. When the dead sea scrolls were recovered, we found out that the translations we had are correct all the way back to 2000-2500 BC. The more we find, the more we are justified as having the most accurately kept book ever. It is not full of errors as some would say; it is actually quite accurate.
-Now we have covered so much ground, I felt it was time to cut the conversation off. But, they kept asking me more questions.

-The seventh thing they asked me was why do people die.

-We know the answer to that is sin, but why do people sin? Because we are not good and when we are granted free will, we are going to sin because that’s what we do. When Adam sinned, he put a curse on all of humanity, but God put a rescue plan in place and sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us from our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

-We stopped talking about it, but I had a good hour or two with tentative ears and a whole host of listeners chiming in.

-Not attempting to brag about anything, but I was never stumped or confused, the Holy Spirit was with me.

Luke 21:14-15
Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer,15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.

-I did not study all morning in preparation of this event, in fact I had barely had time to read the Word all week, but I let God use me, and the Spirit flow through me.

-The Bible says to be ready in and out of season (2 Tim 4:2-4); lets be ready.