Five Reasons God Exists

BECAUSE He Says So! Well, yes… but I’m really using this to show the video put together by Ken Sample. It is a well reasoned video that only last about 10 minutes. Check it out…

Hope you enjoyed that.

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North vs. South

These are old and redundant at times. But other times, they are fun to read. Being here in the south, much of it’s true…

The North has Bloomingdale‘s, the South has Dollar General.

The North has coffee houses, the South has Waffle Houses.

The North has dating services, the South has family reunions.

The North has switchblade knives; the South has Lee Press-on Nails.

The North has double last names; the South has double first names.

The North has Indy car races; The South has stock car races.

North has Cream of Wheat, the South has grits.

The North has green salads, the South has collard greens.

The North has lobsters, the South has crawfish.

The North has the rust belt; the South has the Bible Belt.

FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . . . In the South: –If you run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in a four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

Don’t be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store…. do not buy food at this store.

Remember, “Y’all” is singular, “all y’all” is plural, and “all y’all’s” is plural possessive

Get used to hearing “You ain’t from round here, are ya?”

Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.

Don’t be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can’t understand you either. The first Southern statement to creep into a transplanted Northerner’s vocabulary is the adjective “big’ol,” truck or big’ol” boy. Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way. All of them are in denial about it.

The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.

Be advised that “He needed killin.” is a valid defense here.

If you hear a Southerner exclaim, “Hey, y’all watch this,” you should stay out of the way. These are likely to be the last words he’ll ever say.

If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It doesn’t matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.

Do not be surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim.

In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.

AND REMEMBER: If you do settle in the South and bear children, don’t think we will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven, we wouldn’t call ’em biscuits.

One Year Old!

One Year Old!
Yes, this blog has finally made it to its one year anniversary. For some of you who know me, this is actually my third attempt at blogging. I actually started blogging back in the early spring of ‘005. But because of factors in the blogging world that I was not ready for, I trashed both my first and second attempts at blogging. When you enter the blogging world, you have to learn to adjust to the reality that there are people who will hate you for your opinion, and for speaking the truth in love, when it comes to matters of faith. I wasn’t ready for that on the first two attempts.
This attempt however, I found Haloscan. This wonderful service allows me to block some commenting on my site. So when they get mean and nasty, which some tend to do… they can’t help it, it is in their nature, (and mine were it not for God’s grace), I send them packing to the point that they can no longer post comments on my site. Doesn’t take much to achieve that status. Just continue to be mean and nasty and you are gone!

I do attempt to be nice to those who flame the first time. What does Romans 12:19 say? Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be over come by evil, but overcome evil with good.

In view of that, I try to show kindness to the flamers as long as I can.

As for the blog, in the year since starting it back up… I have had more than 8,500 hits, from 25 countries. This is my 277th post and I’ve had almost 600 of you respond. (I know a number of you come by, but never leave any comments. That’s OK, but I plan on tracking you down, and sending some Jehovah’s Witnesses to your door if you don’t change!)

I am averaging about 600 hits a month, except in those months when I say something about the USC Gamecocks over in Columbia. That usually doubles the count total for the month. One thing you have to admit about Gamecock fans, they are loyal. AS one Gamecock fan says about their coach… “if you can go 6-5 in a year, we’ll make you govnor!

It’s been a fun year, and I would like to think God has used this blog to help me grow as a man, pastor, father and friend. I hope you’ve have enjoyed it as well. May God use this blog in a greater way in the coming year!

New to the Blog Roll
I’ve decided to add another blog site to the blog roll. This one is more professional in nature. Dr. Kim Riddlebarger has an excellent blog called the Riddleblog. He is very Reformed in his thinking, and he also likes baseball. So the blog is not entirely theological in nature. So you might check it out.

Falwell is Dead

Breaking news…. Jerry Falwell has died. I found this at WorldNetDaily.

Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University, died today after being found unconscious in his office and taken to a hospital.

Falwell, 73, was found unconscious at about 10:45 a.m. after missing an appointment this morning, according to Ron Godwin, executive vice president of Liberty University.

He was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital, the News & Advance of Lynchburg reported.

Godwin said he didn’t know what caused the collapse but pointed out Falwell had “a history of heart challenges.”

“I had breakfast with him, and he was fine at breakfast,” Godwin said. “He went to his office, I went to mine and they found him unresponsive.”

Read the rest here. I pray for his family and lament the number of people that will rejoice in his death. What I mean by that is that Falwell was not liked from those on the left. In fact, I didn’t care for him all that much. But if we rejoice at his death at all, it should be in the manner of knowing a brother in the Lord had gone home to be with the LORD. Only the true Christian can rejoice at death. I am going to assume that Falwell was a true believer and is now with our LORD. To that we can say: Hallelujah!

Moe, Larry & Curly

A member of my church sent me these pictures… from the Moe, Larry and Curly school of aviation???

I had a few more, but alas… blogger wouldn’t let me upload them…

Greater Than Jesus???

One Greater Than Jesus???
  • Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us.
  • But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
  • Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

I found this clip of Dr. Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda of Florida on both CNN and Foxnews. It’s quite alarming because he is claiming that Jesus Christ merged with him in 1976, and that he is now greater than Jesus. He claims that his miracles are better than the ones performed by Christ and that his teaching is much wiser than that which Christ did because he speaks straight forward and without the use of parables.

Of course, Miranda fits the perfect profile of an antichrist. I’m not saying that he is THE antichrist, but as John showed us from his first epistle, there are many antichrists. What is an antichrist?

It is anyone that claims superiority to Christ, or puts themselves in the place of Christ. In other words, when we pray to the Mother Mary instead of Christ, she becomes an antichrist (not that she is… the prayers to Mary are not a result of something that she has done, but that wicked men have done through the ages… exalting her to a position she would never claim for herself).

More modern day examples of antichrists would be Mary Baker Eddy, David Koresh, etc. They put themselves in positions of authority and offere a gospel that was not the gospel. This is done anytime anyone says there is another way to God apart from Christ, or by adding on to what Christ accomplished.

Jesus Christ is the only Mediator between God and man. We either approach God in His name, with the forgiveness that comes through His ministry, or we don’t approach God at all (even though we may think we do.) To gain an audience with God, it must be done through Christ.

Miranda, like MBE above and others, has the classic tendencies of an antichrist. They start with good intentions… then mix those intentions with only parts of Scripture to suit their fancy. And typically, they always end up with a religion that is void of sin, as was the case with MBE and Miranda. They do this because they don’t want to have to deal with their own sin, which they cannot do. Therefore they eliminate sin all together.

The other tactic of the antichrist is to rail against those sins which are easy to keep, like “don’t drink alcheehall!” etc. They make up a morality which they set out to keep in order to erect a standard of righteousness that is achievable. The problem with this tact is that even with their own standards of righteousness, they fall short of God’s glory. They are unable to live up to their own standards and therefore, are condemned by those standards.

Even the atheist has a righteous standard that he sets up for himself. But alas, his sin too causes him to fall.

Anyone who does this is an antichrist because they have placed themselves in position of Christ, or in place of Christ. They have offered another righteousness.

Now please notice that Miranda above does not have horns growing out of his head. He is not like the antichrist in that 1970s movie, The Omen. Remember Damien, the little kid with the evil eyes? No, most antichrists are your run of the mill, next door neighbor types. They are not oozing with evil.

But they are evil because they offer another message besides the gospel of Christ. They are leading others to eternal destruction, and this is what is truly evil. Yes, they started with good intentions, but they deviated from God’s word, or worse, punted it all together and came up with their own word (Mohamed). All of this leads to the road to perdition. This is why Jesus said that narrow is the way to the kingdom of heaven, and broad is the path to destruction. They way to heaven comes through one door and one door only: Jesus Christ. Not Miranda, MBE, Mohamed, or good moral living. We need perfect righteousness and none of those people have it to offer. Only Christ alone.

I do feel sorry for the followers of this antichrist. Hopefully, Our Lord will trample him under His feet quickly and some of his followers will have their eyes opened. He is not Jesus Christ. He is immortal. He has no true hope and because he says he does, he is an enemy of Christ.