President Affirms Gay Marriage

10 May

President Obama- until yesterday- has been in favor of civil unions for homosexual couples, but has opposed gay marriage.  Yesterday during an interview he spoke about how his perspective has evolved and is now personally in favor of gay marriage.

The issue of legalizing gay marriage is still determined by each individual state –30 states have banned gay marriage- but as President of the United States it is quite possible that his personal views could influence others.

President Obama said that he spoke to friends and family, he thought about his daughters’ friends who are raised by same sex parents and also thought about the many conversations he had with his wife Michelle.
*Now I preface this comment with the following fact – President Obama considers himself to be a Christian – I was surprised that in his affirming of gay marriage and giving his reasons why he has not ‘flip flopped’, but rather had it ‘evolve’ he never once considered the Bible and Its stance on the sanctity of marriage.

The President also said that a change in perspective came about because same sex couples shouldn’t be treated ‘differently’.  What???
Different is defined as differing, not identical.
The truth is we are all different … and some more different than others.
We treat each individual we know differently.
There’s nothing wrong with ‘different’.
As a nation we have become so politically correct we have lost all ability to publically speak our point of view.

In no way shape or form should any human being be treated with contempt or hated, BUT marriage was ordained as a union between a man, a woman and God …period.

In 2011, President Obama said the following, ‘I’m a Christian.  I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman’.

I think that President Obama has appealed to some while alienating himself from many.
We will see what happens in November.

What do you think?

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THE CORE: Ephesians 5:25 HUSBANDS love your WIVES

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It it worth it?

19 Jan

How much would you pay for the most anticipated meal of your life?
$100, $200, maybe even $300?  What if I told you about a man who gave up his birthright for a ‘stew of lentils’?  Using an ounce of rationalization one’s response might be something along the line of … ‘WTH’!

But that’s exactly what Esau did.
One day, after the mother of all ‘long days’, Esau came in to find that his brother Jacob had whipped up the best lentil stew he had ever smelled.  He asked his brother to share, and his younger twin brother who had his heart set on the birthright (before they were even born) offered the meal in exchange for his birthright.  Esau considered his birthright as insignificant because if he didn’t eat at that moment, he would ‘die’.  He sold his birthright, he ate and drank and just like that ‘the older would serve the younger.’

Have you ever uttered the phrase ‘I’m starving’?  I have … usually on a daily basis.  The truth is we are not and neither was Esau.  He was short sided and as the Bible says, he ‘despised his birthright’.

The Bible says that we have an inheritance because of and through Jesus.  Sadly, many people who once received that inheritance like Esau, in a moment of weakness ‘sell out’ and give in to that which might possibly cause irreparable damage, they end up going through life with the effects and damages of what that decision leads to … a life without God.

When you are tired, weak and possibly exhausted … in those moments make sure your guard is up, defend and treasure what you’ve been given in Christ.

What is your ‘inheritance’ worth?
There is NOTHING of more worth than what you have in Him … NOTHING.

Not a meal, a moment of passing pleasure or even a lifestyle can compare to THE inheritance that will never run out.

If you know someone who ‘sold out’ and traded in their inheritance … pray that they return to Him before time runs out, extend yourself to them,  offer Truth and Grace.
If that ‘someone’ is you … turn back to Him, seek Him while He may be found, you may have lost a lot and some of those ‘things’ will not be restored, but as long as you have breath, you can still be saved.

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THE CORE: Genesis 25:29-34

Revenge

2 Dec

‘Vengeance is Mine’-  God made that statement.  He made it in efforts to show His people that He would defend and vindicate them.  That regardless the situation, we would learn that He is more than capable of fighting our battles and that those who put their trust in Him would never be put to shame.

Well I recently heard a report that a tattoo artist found out that his girlfriend had cheated on him, he eventually decided to take matters into his own hands and the picture you see before you is what he supposedly tattooed on her back.

Most everybody I know has at one time or another been wronged, hurt, or in some cases even wrongfully attacked by someone.  It is never pleasant and many times it has caused damage beyond what one could ever describe or even begin to imagine.

Regardless of the actions taken against us Jesus called us to ‘love our enemies, bless those that curse us, do good to those that hate us and to pray for those who spitefully use and persecute us.’ 

I may doubt the validity of that news story, but I most definitely am aware of how hard it is to surrender and to trust His sovereignty especially when I have been wronged.

How hard is it for you to ‘let go’, ‘move on’ and allow God to take vengeance in His time and in the way He deems suitable? 

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THE CORE: Deuteronomy 32:35

It’s OK to ‘hate’

8 Nov

There are many reasons why I chose to not only use such a title, but to ‘defend’ an occasion for ‘hate’.  First and foremost, there’s a shortage of righteous people standing up for righteousness in a righteous way. Yes, there are plenty of ‘religious people’ whose narrow-mindedness and lack of Biblical knowledge drive them to stand for and speak out, but they usually exude the wrong type of hate.  It usually ends up being directed at others.

Scripture (Ecc.3), clearly states that ‘there is a time to love and a time to hate’.
So when is it OK to hate?  I’ll get to that in just a bit, but first – does God Himself hate?  Of course!

God hates:

–         A proud or exalted look.  *But then again, who doesn’t?

–         A lying tongue. *Who enjoys being lied to?

–         Hands that shed innocent blood.  *When was the last time you applauded the death of the innocent?

–         A heart that devises wicked plans.   *If you are OK with this, you have obviously never had to endure those types of ‘plans’.

–         Feet that are swift in running to evil.  *Are you attracted to those who are attracted to evil?  If so, you’ve got bigger problems to deal with than the ‘hate’ I’m writing about.

–         False witnesses who speak lies.  *Ever been lied to or purposefully misrepresented?

How about people, does God actually hate anyone?  He does:

–         All workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5)

–         The wicked and the one who loves violence (Psalm 11:5)

*He will even ‘repay’ those who hate Him – Dt.5:9, 7:10 & 32:41.

It’s not only OK to hate, Scripture calls those ‘who love the Lord to hate evil’ (Ps. 97:10), a righteous man hates lying (Prov.13:5).  The fear of the Lord is made evident by one’s hate of evil, pride, arrogance and the evil way (Prov.8:13).

God can and does hate and that ‘hate’ is at times directed at people, but one thing is certain – you and I are never given the ‘OK’ or freedom to hate others.
That is one of the many reasons why ‘hate’ can be very dangerous.

I’m not encouraging you to, or wanting you to ‘hate more’, I’m simply reminding you that there are times when ‘It’s OK to hate’.

Politics & Religion

13 Oct

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Have you ever heard the following “there are 2 things you don’t talk about … politics and religion”? Well, in this blog I will do both. I will be short in an attempt not to offend too much.

Recently there was some controversy regarding what a Baptist Pastor who supports Rick Perry had to say about Mitt Romney and his religious beliefs. Actually, it had more to do with Romney’s religion as a whole. Romney is a Mormon and the Pastor eluded to the fact that Mormonism and Christianity are not the same and that Mormonism is more of a sect than it is a branch of Christianity.

Let me just say that I agree whole heartedly with his statement. I will follow up this blog with evidence that Mormonism is in fact a sect.

The point I would like to make is … does it really matter?
Please don’t misinterpret this, I believe that as voters we should elect officials whose views – including religious ones – represent ours, but how many times have you heard and embraced the promises made by those candidates to ultimately see nothing happen?

So what to do? Easy, elect as MANY qualified people to represent you in Washington. That is the only way things will ever, really change.

My clearest example:
For those who are pro-life, how many ‘pro-life’ Presidents have served this country in your lifetime? I can count 3 during my adult life. And what? Although some restrictions have been placed on some abortion procedures, abortion continues to take place in this country and as a tax payer, you help fund them.
Whether you believe that Planned Parent hood allocates zero percent of their funding directly towards abortion is up to you. The worst of all of all facts remains -countless infants are daily being killed prior to birth in this country.

Don’t compromise your religious convictions when voting for someone, but personally and ultimately I want a qualified person who will lead our country in an honorable way, someone with strong morals who will not sway from them after being elected. After all, when the election is over, that is will be the President of this country, my country and my President. I will pray for him and also pray that my God continue to look after and bless this imperfect country, its imperfect citizens and its imperfect elected officials.

Look to Him

3 Aug

Recently, while driving in Puerto Rico, I was reminded of an all important fact – for a non-resident – one can easily get lost.

While I felt frustrated, helpless and even had a desire to simply give up, the truth is that while I felt lost, I really wasn’t.
– I could see where I was (GPS)
– I even knew what my ‘destination’ was
-BUT, I also realized that I didn’t know enough to find my way there

All-be-it abstract, I was reminded how important it truly is for those who believe to ‘Look to the Lord’.

We are a people who:
– Look for signs –But signs alone are not enough
– Are quick to look to each other – ‘what do I do?’ … ‘what would you do if you were me?’
-Look AT others … we compare and we criticize.
One of our greatest obstacles in this life is the feeling that we are alone, that even God has forgotten about us.
Isaiah 49:15,16 ‘Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.’

Isaiah 51:3, allows us ‘the big picture’: ‘For the Lord will comfort Zion, He will comfort all her waste places, He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody.’  

Did you notice something about the waste places, the wilderness and the desert ?
They were ‘hers – there will be many things in this life we must go through.
Times when we want and look for a way out!
While there are times when He comes to deliver and to rescue, He is more likely to ‘transform’ the situation rather than ‘take you out’ of that circumstance.

If you are ever to make it out alive, there are 3 scenarios in life which will require of you to ‘Look to the Lord’:

– The waste places:
Those ‘dry’ times when you look around and all you see is desolation, when the elements that surround you begin to affect you.
When your situation begins to consume you … stop and ‘Look to the Lord.  When you do, He will comfort you and restore the honor of being His child.
– The wilderness:
Times when you feel that you are ‘being driven’.  When all you do is ask yourself ‘why am I even doing this?’ … ‘is it worth it?’
In those moments, ‘Look to Him’ and He will restore the pleasure of doing what you were called and born to do.
– The desert:
Times that seem ‘sterile’ … non-productive, moments in life where ‘nothing is working out’.
In those moments, ‘Look to Him’ and He will produce in you something that you know came from Him.
*In your most difficult moments, look to Him and He will glorify Himself.

If we, His people, would look to Him, He will surely bring joy, gladness and thanksgiving.
When we stop looking ‘for change’ and simply ‘Look to the Lord’, He will give you His joy and with it bring a ‘glad result’.
Take a good look at Him and don’t ever look away!
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THE CORE: Isaiah 51:3

Do we really?

22 Jun

One word, so often used, sometimes abused and rarely given the significance it deserves.

The ability to and state of are second to none.

Show me a relationship which lacks it and you will be showing me a relationship which is weak and unstable.
Every relationship which is meaningful and meant to bring fulfillment to the parties involved must be centered on trust.
*One’s relationship with the Lord is no different.

How well would you say you trust in God?

There are 2 words which best define trust are: confidence and secure.
*Your assurance of security in Him will give way to confidence in Him and thus confidence in every facet of your life.

For anyone who has come to accept Christ as Lord and Savior they have soon realized that ‘trusting God’ is easier said than done.
Why?  I don’t know.  I’m still trying to figure that out myself.
But what I do know is that every believer can improve their trust in Him.

The measure of trust you have in Him will dictate how much confidence you have.

Here is a guideline that might help lead you to trust more, regardless the situation you find yourself in:

–         There are times when you will have to make an effort to trust.
When that happens, incline yourself towards His word, not away from it.

–         Set your mind on fulfilling what is written for You in His word.

–         Accept the Truth and guard it within you.

–         Declare who He is, who He is in you and what He has promised for you.

We should never be content with our current measure of trust; we should aspire to trust Him with ALL our hearts at ALL times.

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THE CORE: Proverbs 22:17-19

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