Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Effects of Godly Fear

God is not to be feared, He is love and would never want us to fear Him. How else will the world come to accept His message of love in the gospel?

This may sound good, but "God is a consuming fire."

Evangelicals have lost their holy fear of the All-Consuming-Fire. God will seperate the sheep from the goats, without favoritism, without prejudice, and without emotional frenzy. He will allow those who have feared Him to come into His presence. Those who fear Him not, will be cast into the fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Oh, church when will we awake to the supremacy of our God and His greatness? If we would, then we would see that His desire is to be the greatest power known to man. We would see that the un-redeemed have need to fear this God for thier soul's sake. As long as they refuse to make His name known through their lives, then they have every reason to fear.

As beleivers in Jesus Christ, then, we should fear this God who will one day burn up the earth with fire, and send the perishing into their eternal torment. To fear Him is to regard His absolute supremacy and desire to make Him well known through-out the earth.

Shout it from the roof tops, "Yahweh, He is the Lord!"

Monday, July 13, 2009

We need to get our priorities straight!!!

This is written by a young soldier serving his third tour of duty in Iraq. Thought you might find his take on the Michael Jackson news interesting and he's right.

We need to get our priorities straight!!!

Okay, I need to rant.

I was just watching the news, and I caught part of a report on Michael Jackson. As we all know, Jackson died the other day. He was an entertainer who performed for decades. He made millions, he spent millions, and he did a lot of things that make him a villain to many people. I understand that his death would affect a lot of people, and I respect those people who mourn his death, but that isn't the point of my rant.

Why is it that when ONE man dies, the whole of America loses their minds with grief. When a man dies whose only contribution to the country was to ENTERTAIN people, the American people find the need to flock to a memorial in Hollywood, and even Congress sees the need to hold a "moment of silence" for his passing?

Am I missing something here? ONE man dies, and all of a sudden he's a freaking martyr because he entertained us for a few decades? What about all those SOLDIERS who have died to give us freedom? All those Soldiers who, knowing that they would be asked to fight in a war, still raised their hands and swore to defend the Constitution and the United States of America. Where is their moment of silence? Where are the people flocking to their graves or memorials and mourning over them because they made the ultimate sacrifice? Why is it when a Soldier dies, there are more people saying "good riddence," and "thank God for IEDs?" When did this country become so calloused to the sacrifice of GOOD MEN and WOMEN, that they can arbitrarily blow off their deaths, and instead, throw themselves into mourning for a "Pop Icon?"

I think that if they are going to hold a moment of silence IN CONGRESS for Michael Jackson, they need to hold a moment of silence for every service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. They need to PUBLICLY recognize every life that has been lost so that the American people can live their callous little lives in the luxury and freedom that WE, those that are living and those that have gone on, have provided for them. But, wait, that would take too much time, because there have been so many willing to make that sacrifice. After all, we will never make millions of dollars. We will never star in movies, or write hit songs that the world will listen too. We only shed our blood, sweat and tears so that people can enjoy what they have.

Sorry if I have offended, but I needed to say it. Remember these five words the next time you think of someone who is serving in the military;

"So that others may live..."


P.S.- "So that other's may live.. ." was also the creed of the Air Rescue & Recovery Service during Vietnam & is still today.