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There really is an answer

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As we approach this particular Christmas season, I am more thankful than ever that my hope is found in the Lord Jesus instead of man. Today, what should be the happiest, most thankful and appreciative time of the year, sadly has been polluted with an endless stream of negativity from across America.

Instead of messages of hope, encouragement, and gratitude, which the people are desperate to hear, what we are getting instead is commentary and dialogue filled with hate, vengeance, and vitriol of every imaginable type.

Seriously, is there any wonder that so many have given up hope, or are on the brink of throwing in the towel? What we are being inundated with is EXACTLY why the Apostle Paul said this:

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.  Colossians 3:2

In other words, Paul is telling us to focus our attention on those things that are eternal, not on those things that will one day pass away. And yes, the day is fast approaching when whatever is not anchored in God will be destroyed.

When I hear the TV commentators’ rail on and on about this or that, I sometimes shake my head in disbelief. How incredibly foolish it is to allow yourself to become so angry, even to the point of violence, over something that has no eternal value!

According to the Bible, there is coming a day when governments will no longer exist. No Democrats, no Republicans, no Independents, nothing. When Jesus comes again, he alone will rule, and he will be a party of One.

If only there was a way for this world to take a step back, take a deep breath, and rejoice for the blessings we do have!

The entire world should be rejoicing today because we are about to celebrate the birth of the Son of God. A birth like none other before or after. A birth that ultimately paved the way to reconciliation between God and man.

If that doesn’t get you fired up for Jesus, I don’t know what will!

I have no reason to succumb to hate today. I have no reason to be overwhelmed by the ills of society. I am not living as one in despair of tomorrow. The things of this earth have zero impact on my eternal destiny!

Because of Jesus Christ I am a new creature in Him. The old man has passed into oblivion, and a new man has risen to take his place. This is the message that the world needs to hear!

Since man’s fall in the Garden, he has lived a life far short of what his Creator intended for him to live. Because of that original sin, the world today bears the burden of rejecting God.

Yet the Good news, no, the Great News is that there really is an answer to the sin that plagues society.

That answer appeared two thousand years ago in a little town called Bethlehem, just six miles south of Jerusalem. That is where God sent the antidote for sin.

May we once again fix our eyes on that brightest of all stars, because just as that star led the wise men to the baby Jesus, it also serves as the answer for all of man’s problems today. There is a reason that the phrase “Jesus is the reason for the season” is so impactful.

It’s because He and He alone is the answer!

Be blessed,

Ron

 

 

 

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A Post Eclipse Retrospect

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I admit it. I just couldn’t resist jumping on the “Eclipse Phenomenon” one final time. I had planned this post to go live the day of the Eclipse, but since that didn’t happen I had to change it to the post eclipse version.

In retrospect, I am somewhat disappointed that the predicted influx of aliens has not been substantiated. I was so looking forward to having ET and a few of his extra terrestrial friends over.

I am however greatly relieved that the “experts” who predicted that the eclipse would be a sign for the U.S. and North Korea to obliterate one another with nuclear weapons were way off base.  Whew….it seems that the 100 year old Jewish prophecy was just a tad bit off.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the eclipse setting in motion the upcoming cataclysmic collision of the planet Nibiru with our own Earth on September 23 of this year. Of course, since only a “select few” even have knowledge of this heretofore unknown planet, my money is on the Earth remaining intact well past 9/23/17.

And what of the dire prophecies signaling the beginning of the end? I lost count of how many well intentioned (I think) but misguided prophecy pundits were calling the eclipse a sure sign of imminent doom. I hope they are satisfied that they gave the world even more excuses to mock Christianity.

My point of all this silliness is to say that seldom seen events such as an eclipse tend to bring out the bizarre and irrational among us. No harm in that from the world’s perspective, and a lot of it is quite comical. And profitable from what I saw of the T-shirts and glasses being hawked.

Which reminds me…there’s a guy on my local NextDoor site selling eclipse glasses for $15.00 FIRM. That’s right, three days after the eclipse he’s still selling them. Looks like he’ll have to hang on to them until the next one in 2024.

What is troubling to me about all of the eclipse hysteria is how many Christians get swept up in it and start calling for the end of the world. Why are we in the Church so uninformed? Why are we so gullible?

More to the point…why aren’t we studying the scriptures as we have been told to do?

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”     II Timothy 2:15

So this is my “post eclipse” take on things. It’s a beautiful sight to behold and one that is not easily forgotten. But it is not a sign of the end of the world. Yes, one day the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light (Matt. 24:29), but that is something far greater than an eclipse. When that happens, the entire world will experience it and there will be no doubt that it is from God.

I leave you with this awesome picture taken in Eastview Kentucky on 9/21/17 by Susan Waddell.

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