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Alien Intrusion

Alien Intrusion

UFOs and Aliens are in the news quite a bit lately. A couple of years ago we had Gary Bates from Creation Ministries International speak at the Church. He wrote an incredible book “Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a deception.” CMI subsequently made it into a documentary. With scores of interviews from people who have had alien visitation, or been abducted there have a great deal of empirical data. This data gives the explanation for this phenomenon. This book and movie changed my attitude and gave me great compassion for those people with this experience. If your have had an alien experience or even if you haven’t I encourage you to either read the book, or watch the movie. It will explain a lot, give hope and insight to those who need it.

Questions

Questions

I’ve been praying through posting short videos here, addressing questions the Church or listeners might have. Obviously, this blog hosted on our own servers are free from any YouTube restrictions or censorship. So please, if you have any questions you’d like to have addressed, leave it in the comments and I’ll see if I can answer it from a scriptural viewpoint.

Fault Lines

Fault Lines

I highly recommend this book. Dr. Voddie Baucham does a fantastic job looking at CRT, racism and antiracism from a biblical worldview. Plenty of pastors and “evangelical leaders” misjudge him and avoid this book. It’s because they think he’s just parroting “white evangelical” talking points. They fail to understand his first major was Sociology and he’s been predicting what we’re seeing now for over 20 years. In addition, I think it’s important for anyone, including those who would avoid this book, read his story, he has a great perspective. Please pray for him as he no doubt is in the double minority on these subjects. Also, he recently had open heart surgery and is in the process of a long recovery. He is a great gift to the Church at this point in history.

There are no dumb questions!

There are no dumb questions!

How many of us remember being in school and the teacher would ask, “Any questions?” Of course, there was that guy that always shot his hand up and asked a million questions. We wanted to bean him with something, like our eraser. But then there were those other people that were way to shy to ask any questions for fear of asking “a dumb one” and they’d get ridiculed. The teacher knew that, so they’d then say “there are no dumb questions.”

In Deuteronomy 1 Moses has an incredible admission. Here’s probably the greatest leader in human history, no other human can say they’ve accomplished what he’s accomplished. But in this chapter he reminds the leaders of the tribes how even he had limitations. It was a great honest admission that he just couldn’t do it all. The demands were too much for him. This led him to pick leaders and elders who would adjudicate a lot of the problems for the Israelites. It takes a big man/woman to admit their mistakes but it takes humility. Remember Moses was the meekest man on earth, but it was a great example for his leaders, and for the rest of us.

Some times, people can be struggling with a problem, a relationship, a character flaw and because of pride, never ask for help. They can spin their wheels wandering in their own wilderness just because they’re not humble enough to admit their limitations. A couple can have problems in their marriage, at some point in time one spouse says “we need to get some help, we’re a mess.” But the other spouse is reluctant to ask for help, “well, I don’t want anybody to know what’s going on.” I get that, but it’s only pride that keeps them from getting any resolution, because they just can’t admit they have limitations. It’s not like they’re the only ones that have had problems. In fact, any good marriage, any really good marriage has had it’s fair share of problems. If you have problems to resolve remember, you’re not the only one on that list. The Bible says “you have not because you ask not”, so why not ask for help? If a great leader like Moses can do it, I guess we can too.

Time to move it out!

Time to move it out!

San Diego used to have a Recruit Training Center and Naval Training Center. It’s where I went to boot camp. It’s no longer in existence today but I ran a lot there, marched a lot there and did a lot of pushups there too. We also did a lot of waiting. But one of the phrases that was embedded in my head was “Move it out!”. The waiting was over, it was time to get going.

In the first 5 verses of Deuteronomy 1, Moses reminds everyone that God had said, they had spent enough time hanging around Mt. Sinai, and it was time to move it out, get going. It could have taken them as little as 11 days to get where He promised them. They couldn’t have taken the coastal route because He knew they weren’t ready, as a result, instead of an 11 day journey, it took 40 years. There’s a big difference between 11 days, and 40 years! The reason it ended up taking that long was because of their unbelief, disobedience and out right rebellion.

It’s the same for us. Years of being a Christian doesn’t necessarily equate to Christian maturity. If someone says “Well, I’ve been a Christian for 40 years”, I might respond with, “Well, that number rings a bell.” It’s possible for a person to be a believer for that long and still an infant and immature spiritually. Yet, it’s also possible for a person to have know the Lord for a much shorter period of time, say 10 years and that person be more spiritually mature than the other!

The point is, it’s the goal of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to have us be maturing spiritually. To be conformed to the image of Christ as Paul wrote in Romans 8. Is that your goal? Do you want to and are you? Or are you spinning around, wandering aimless in the wilderness?

Just like my Drill Instructor in boot camp, God told Moses to tell the people, you’ve stayed here long enough, it’s time to get going, move it out. In Hebrews 5.12-14, the writer tells those believers, some of them should be teaching the Bible by now. It’s time they should have moved beyond the basics of the faith. The basics are like giving milk to a baby, but imagine if that baby had grown and to the age of 22 and is still drinking milk out of a bottle? It’s a funny picture, but it would be horrifying to any parent because it means there something seriously wrong in the development of their child. By now, they should have been eating solid foods or “meat” as the writer of Hebrews puts it.

Every Christian should be aiming at something, and that something is maturing in the knowledge of the scripture, doctrines. Of sin, salvation, repentance, the person of Jesus Christ, the gospel. Yes it takes some effort, but growing up assumes more responsibility, and it equates to a healthy individual.

So if you’ve been hanging around the same place spiritually for quite a long time, don’t you think it’s time to move it out?

Annual Spring Cleanup Day!

Annual Spring Cleanup Day!

Every spring, the Church takes a day to pull weeds, put down mulch, sweep, apply cold patch to our aging parking lot. Oh by the way, this summer the front parking lot will be brand new! But spring clean up affords the body an opportunity to develop deeper relationships with other like any other small group. Let’s face it, the 5 min meet & greet in service doesn’t cut it. This year so many of the new members showed up to participate! It also gives the body a sense of ownership. Naturally, there’s already a sense of a separation between the body and those of us who on staff. This lets everyone know any separation is only a perception, but it isn’t reality. Also, it certainly glorifies the Lord as it is His property. Finally, there is another benefit and that’s the witness it provides. While no Church should be opulent, or give the idea of super wealth, it should be neat and clean. It’s our hope that as people drive by or drive in, they see a piece of property that stands out in the town.