My Personal Christian Blog

Thanks for sliding into my blog site. This blog bog is a spin-off from my website at Call me a Night Owl, as my full-time mission and hobby are jabbering from midnight until 8 a.m.ish with chatter bugs across the world. Hoot, hoot! Being a retired newspaper guy and a Curious George, I've written and assembled a whack of stuff that I hope you'll find interesting and thought-provoking. Check out the Stories bar on the right side, below, for all my articles - from my web site and this blog.

May 24, 2008

Eat Like Adam And Eve: Food For Thought

By NiteOwlDave

This may sound a way too simplistic, but it makes sense to this chimp that the reason there is sickness in this world is because there is sin in the world.

God Word, the Bible, says when Adam and Eve sinned, it launched a giant sickness mess which mankind has and must deal with. Some of the mess we create ourselves.

There are things that we ignore that hurt our body. Of course, there are people who take excellent care of their bodies and still get sick. We often get sick because we have done stupid things to hurt or destroy our bodies.

If we decide to become a junky or an alcoholic, we will or can blow our health. Overloading on too much fatty-rich, or sugar-rich foods can screw us into our graves before our time.

If we are a Christian, we need to think about our bodies being, as the Bible puts it, the temple of the Holy Spirit and to guard it. We should caretaker our shelter because it just makes sense.

Reports from the famous cancer research center Johns-Hopkins Hospital point out that we all have cancer cells in our bodies.

But, they are not detected until they have multiplied to a few billion. They are only detected when we are in discomfort or through tests. The body eliminates most cancer cells before they can divide becoming tumors.

By and large, cancer is directly related to nutrition. That is why it is important that we take care of our bodies to empower our immune system.

Chemotherapy is one of the most popular ways doctor's fight cancer cells. Chemo was orginally developed by the Nazi’s during World War II to put into bombs as a weapon of mass destruction. It is that powerful. According to Johns-Hopkins, a most effective way to kill cancer cells is to starve them.

What foods do the cells need to gain strength and multiply? Foods that give cancer a boost are ones high in sugar, fatty-rich and milk. Foods are generally processed. Not good, the experts say. Beef and pork can hurt us because they are high in acid.

A diet made up of 80 per cent vegetables, fruit, whole grains, seeds, nuts, beans, and legumes, keep the body in an alkaline environment (the opposite of acid). Also, we are advised, avoid caffeinated coffees and teas.

Wait a minute -- this is the same diet that God gave to Adam and Eve! What a surprise! And Johns-Hopkins is just finding it out.

May 19, 2008

Pied-Piper Oprah is Sadly Deceived

By NiteOwlDave

It is difficult not to like TV's Oprah. She lights up her television studio with her bubbly enthusiasm. She embraces the hurting. She's an over-comer. She gives away cars. She's a self-made bazillionaire, for crying out loud.

It's against the law not to like the Oprah. It's sad to discover that America's best-known talk show host and one of the most popular and influential woman on the planet is now preaching and promoting a big fat lie.

Her website says, "Each week on her XM Radio show, Oprah sits down with leading spiritual thinkers, teachers and authors to talk about matters of the soul, and shares insights into her own life."

The problem is that Oprah has tossed aside the biblical teaching that Jesus Christ is the one and only way to Heaven, and suggests there are many ways to Heaven. That makes Jesus a liar.

Jesus said, in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

Oprah is calling down God's wrath. Likely she will not fall right away, but when she faces God the Father and our Savior Jesus Christ who died for her and the rest of us.

John 3:36 is a whamming verse."And all who trust him - God's Son - to save them have eternal life; those who don't believe and obey him (Jesus) shall never see heaven, but the wrath of God remains upon them."

Oprah's position that there are various ways get to Heaven snuffs out these familiar muscle verses, John 3:16-17.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him."

Jesus says He is the only way. The phantom of the Oprah rejects it. That's sad. Oprah could be ready herself, and help many others get saved and ready for eternal Heaven.

May 14, 2008

Why We Must Get SAVED, And How?

Why do we need to accept Jesus?

We need to accept Jesus (or get saved) because we are all sinners, which means we have all broken God's commandments. We have all lied, stolen or desired to have something that did not belong to us.

The Bible tells us in James 2:10 that if we break one of God's commandments, it is as if we have broken them all. Because we have sinned, we are headed to eternal Hell unless we ask for forgiveness and put our total trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Bible says that God wants to help us and to guide us. God wants all to accept Him. It's up to us to make that decision. We choose our eternal destination. God provided the WAY through His Son who paid and paved the path.

To some, that will sound crazy. But without free will (choice) God would not be able to demonstrate to us how much he loves us.

When we think about everything we have chosen to do wrong, it is it stunning that God will wash it all away in one instance if we allow Him to.

It's all because he loves us so much and will never think about our forgiven sin again. Never, says the Bible.

So, how do we "accept Christ" or get "saved?" Jesus is ready to come into our life right now. He's just waiting for us to invite Him in.

What do we pray?

Well, we can let our heart lead us. God hears us. He will know and understands what we mean. He knows our heart.

The Bible does give us some guidelines so we can know we have really accepted Christ. Please know that the order of these prayer thoughts are not important, but saying it and really meaning it is.

1. Believe. "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

2. We must chose to believe that without a doubt Jesus Christ is the son of the living God and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. It's not just enough for our parents to believe it, or for us to just say we believe it. We must believe it so much that if someone were to put us in jail if we said we believe it, we would be willing to be put in jail.

Confess. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9

The Bible says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of Go (Romans 3:23) . We must admit to God that we are a sinner and confess to him our sins.

Repent. "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord" Acts 3:19

When we repent, we turn away from our sins (1 Thessalonians 1:9). This doesn't mean we say, we're sorry and do it again. This means we say we are sorry, we mean it, and we stop doing the wrong stuff. No one is perfect, God knows that, but if we are sinning and we know it, stop.

What, no formal prayer?

This should be something from our heart, it shouldn't be something we just write down, we recite, and call it done.

Talk to God and tell him that you believe that Jesus is Lord and that he died for our sins. Let him know that we confess all of our sins, that we repent and want to turn away from all of your past sins .

If you need to, get your Bible and read the verses listed above. Sit down and think about them. When you pray be sure you include all the things above, and make sure that you say what's really in your heart.

May 12, 2008

Mohammed Is Dead, Christ Is Alive

A Mohammedan in India once said to a missionary, "You will have to admit that we Mohammedans have one thing that you Christians don't have.

"When we go to Mecca we at least find a coffin. When you Christians go to Jerusalem, which is your Mecca, you only find an empty tomb."

The missionary paused then responded, "Therein, lies the major difference. Mohammed is dead, his bones lying somewhere. We worship Christ who arose from the dead and is alive for evermore."

Produce the body of Jesus and you destroy Christianity! What's that Biblical promise? Because I live, you believers shall also live.

May 11, 2008

America Faces Bloodbath? Radical Muslims March To Satan's Orders

The September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorist attacks in the U.S. were a walk in the park compared to what's coming.

America faces a bloodbath, according to an article attributed to an al-Qaida spokesman who claims such a slaughter is justified by Islamic teaching.

An article which appeared on the website of the Center for Islamic Research and Studies, Abu Gheith writes, "Muslims have the right to kill four million Americans—including two million children.

"We have not reached parity with them," the article states." The US has killed millions of Muslims around the world in places such as Iraq, the Palestine territories, Sudan, the Philippines, and Afghanistan.

"Furthermore, it is our right to fight them with chemical and biological weapons, so to afflict them with the fatal maladies that have afflicted the Muslims because of the (American) chemical and biological weapons."

"A former top-gun with the Southern Baptist Convention offered this gutsy—and accurate—assessment of the Islamic religion in June, 2002.

Said Rev. Jerry Vines, "Islam was founded by Mohammed, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives—and his last one was a nine-year old girl. Nine!

"And I will tell you Allah is not Jehovah either. Jehovah is not going to turn you into a terrorist that'll try to bomb people and take the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent people.

The statement prompted a ridiculous response from left-wing nut, Ingrid Mattson, a professor at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, who reflected, "It makes me wonder what's the hateful religion right now that we should be worried about."

Somewhat surprising, despite 9/11, Islam is said to be gaining membership in U.S. One must conclude that Satan is the power source behind the Muslim religion.

Doesn't it seem logical that the Islamic religion would take a hit in the number of devotees after the September 11 bloodbath when Muslim pilots ran high-jacked planes into major US buildings, and into the ground, killing 3,000? All 19 terrorists aboard the four aircraft were devout Muslims acting in the name of Allah.

Writes noted Bible lecturer and author Dave Hunt, "Logically, I thought the attack would expose Islam's violent nature.

"Instead, Muslim leaders have become popular speakers in high demand, and Islam is being hailed as a religion of peace and tolerance. More than 30,000 Americans converted to Islam in the first eight months after September 11."

Well, Satan, enjoy your ever-shortening life as the strangely-popular Prince of Darkness and your massive influence over many deceived people.

Unfortunately, the Muslims are just one of many deceived cults and religious groups raising Hell in these last days before the return of the King of Kings, the Lord Jesus Christ.

May 10, 2008

Scripture Does Not Contradict Itself

The following seems to be a handy—and solid—rule of thumb: In interpreting Scripture, we must follow a strict rule that no part contradicts any other. We must seek to harmonize apparent discrepancies.

A wise rule to follow is to make the obscure fit into the plain, or take the few and fit them into the many.

The reverse of this has produced divisions and many cults.

Here is an example: 1 Corinthians 15:29 speaks of "baptism for the dead." It is used by some cults to baptize a living person on behalf of the dead.

This is interpreting it at face value and ignoring the many verses that teach only living believers should be baptized.

Beware of what man says!

Colossians 2:8-10 states, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

"For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."

Witnessing Tips

Witnessing to the unsaved can be draining.

Ever shared your faith with a suited Mormon, tangled with a wandering Watchtower worker, or exchanged thoughts with a dug-in Satanist? It can be tough, although it doesn't have to be.

The key, as I see it, is to avoid the controversial issues that inevitably deteriorate into arguments, and try to direct a listener to focus on his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Some come to our doors denying there is a Hell, despite what the Bible warns. I often ask them if they know for sure that their sins are all forgiven and that they are right with God that very moment, never mentioning Hell.

I find that few have that assurance that can be known through the Christ of the Bible. That provides an opportunity to share one's testimony and the gospel. We must remember Christ loves those who are lost in error.

Be gracious. Good people make it to Heaven, right? Wrong, of course. Raise the question: If I live a good, clean, respectable life will I not surely be saved? Answer: This is the common belief of humanity, but it is bunk.

Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is the way of death." What we think counts for zip. What the Bible declares counts for all. To the natural mind this seems right, but it is not.

There are two major problems with thinking that we can earn our salvation. First, it makes salvation something we merit or earn. It obligates God. He then owes it to us. Salvation on the other hand is by grace, or unmerited favor (Ephesians 2: 8,9).

Second, when God looks at that kind of person He sees their past sins.

"God requireth that which is past" (Ecclesiastes 3:15). God does not look at us, as we presently are, but He sees our life from the cradle to the grave. We are without strength to save ourselves (Romans 5:6).

It could not be by works; if so, then man could boast. "Not by works lest any man should boast."(Ephesians 2:9) Quitting all our sins is very good, and it will make us a better person in society, but it will not take away one past sin you have committed.

These sins must be taken away before we can be saved. Only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin (1 John 1:7). People who live good lives, depending on that to save them, will never make it; but their judgment in eternity and the penalty will be less.

"Every man shall be judged according to their works." (Revelation 20:11) Are you depending on yourself or Christ for salvation? He alone can save. This is why He is called "Savior"—Luke 2:11.

Perhaps Our Priorities Are Nuts

Are our priorities nuts? Let's re-evaluate, says author Ray Comfort.

"The sin of the church isn't that it's rich, but that it hasn't the compassion to throw even a few evangelical crumbs to starving Lazarus at the gate.

"We have built for ourselves big, beautiful buildings where cozy Christians sit on padded pews, living in luxury, while sinners sink into Hell!" Well-stated, un-comfort-able Ray.

Yes, the Bible says it is Christ's way or the highway to get to into Heaven. Is Christianity such a narrow-minded proposition that its truth is the only truth? Yes, we must believe in God and the way of the Bible to enter into Heaven.

The "Way" of the Bible is Jesus Christ. He is the one and only bridge for mankind to reach Heaven. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died and rose from the dead for us, proclaims in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me."

Peter states the same in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven whereby we must be saved."

No fair, some will say. What about the "heathen?" How do they hear about Christ? Romans 1:20 and Psalms 19 point out that all men have the light of creation. Anyone genuinely seeking to know the Creator will find the truth through missionaries, etc.

The truth is that few seek the truth, even in "Christian" North America. Many will listen if you talk to them about church activities, but so few want to know about the Savior who died for them and loves them.

Some of our laws are insane. A pregnant women in Florida may choose to have an abortionist terminate a life inside her any time of day. Let a pregnant woman get nabbed using crack cocaine while pregnant and she can be charged with "child abuse."

A school nurse in the same state cannot dispense an aspirin to a child without written permission from the parents. But, a pregnant girl at the same school can get an abortion without notifying her parents. Ever feel like tossing your hands in the air?

Absolute truth is fading fast. What was considered absolute truth is taking a kick in the teeth by non-biblical relativism, which allows for the ridiculous notion that truth can shift. What was considered non-negotiable truth yesterday is open for change today.

Non-negotiable truth? No such thing anymore. In 1991, the Barna Research Group reported that 67 per cent of all adults said that there is no such thing as absolute truth. In 1994, the figure climbed to 72 per cent.

In the same year, 62 per cent of those who called themselves born-again Christians said they doubted the existence of absolute truth.

Many religious leaders counted themselves among those who deny absolute truth. In many denominations, it is common to hear spiritual leaders speak of their own faith as tradition rather than biblical.

We accept that the clergy can be as open-minded as the rest of the culture. Even though bearing the symbols of Christian ordination, many of the clergy are more committed to the doctrines of relativism than to the doctrines of biblical faith. Sad.

This has led to the diabolical teaching that one religion is as good as the next, prompting many to lose their fear of God and discount the biblical truth that salvation is solely through Christ.

Must we retool our witnessing techniques?

Interesting observation here:

One can be a Confucianist without knowing Confucius. One can be a Mohammedan without knowing Mohammed. One can be a Buddhist without knowing Buddha.
But, one cannot be a Christian without knowing Christ.

Confused? Go to God's Simple Plan of Salvation here
to learn how to "know" Christ.

The majority today reject the Bible as being true therein, lies a problem.
Noted Christian author, prison ministry founder and speaker Charles Colson suggests in his book, The Body, that we evangelicals may want to rethink how we spread the message of salvation through Christ.

"Expressions Christians have used for decades, like "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life," no longer necessarily connect," writes Colson. "Christians understand them, but few others can relate.

"For example, proclaiming that 'The Bible says...' commanded respect in the 1930s, 1940s, and even into the 1960s—when 65 percent of all Americans believed the Bible to be literally true. "In 1992, only 32 percent believed the Bible is true.

Citing data from the PRRC Emerging Trends (January, 1992), Colson reported, "The majority find the Bible an interesting collection of ancient legends and stories, but they don't believe it."

"So," says Colson, "if you say 'the Bible says,' only one of three Americans then was even ready to listen. "The same is true of England, where belief in a personal God has declined to 31 percent.

Concludes Colson, "We must examine and perhaps drastically overhaul our tracts and techniques to engage the modern mind."

May 6, 2008

To bee or not to bee. Here's the buzz

It's hard not to mock the idea of evolution as a solid science when one considers even the simple things of nature.

Consider the ho-hum, work-a-day world of the common honeybee. Bees build a complicated nest city with 10,000 cells for honey and 12,000 cells for larvae. One special holy-of-holy cell is home to the large queen bee.

One tiny bee is in charge of air conditioning. If the temperature in the hive gets to the point where the wax may melt and the honey lost, the alarm will be sounded and swarms of bees will be organized inside the hive.

With feet "glued" down, a squadron posted at the entrance will fan in cooler outside air by wing power. The result is a ventilation system that makes the electric fan seem simplistic.

To gather the ingredients which will eventually become honey, the not-so-simple bee will drone as far as 20 miles from its hive. If one happens upon a rich section of flowers, it somehow directs other worker bees to the site.

There is no God involved here? Yeah, right. Buzz off

May 5, 2008

How does someone get saved during the 7 years of tribulation?

That's a great question!

In the Old Testament, salvation was "of the Jews" (John 4:22). Anyone who wanted to be saved came through the Jews and their animal sacrifice system.

Jews were called a "kingdom of priests" (Ex. 19:6), meaning they were the mediators of salvation on earth.

Following the rapture and during the tribulation, salvation will again be "of the Jews." Two "witnesses" will descend from heaven (Rev. 11:3) and who likely remain in Jerusalem preaching the "Gospel of the Kingdom," at the altar in front of the newly-built Jewish temple on the temple mount (Rev. 11:1,2)

Their "first fruit" converts will be 144,000 Jewish men. By the midpoint, 1/3 of all the Jews will accept Christ as their coming King and Messiah (Zech. 13:8,9).

During the second half of the tribulation, the 144,000 converts will travel around the world preaching the Gospel the Kingdom to the Gentiles. Millions will be converted to Christ (Matt. 24:14).

Salvation will consist of rejecting the Beast in Jerusalem who will claim to be God, and believing Christ to be the true and coming King. If they "endure to the end" (maintain that belief), they will be rescued at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.