The Hope

Well, The end is not yet. Jesus did not come on May 21st. What does it mean? It means that we can not pretend to know God’s will concerning the exact day of the end and his second coming. He said there would be false prophets and people who would lead you astray. “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27 For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28 Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.” Matthew 24:26. Continue reading

Life and Liberty

The 4th of July has come and gone and many people think of the holiday as a day they get off work or a day they see the fireworks.

We as Americans take what we have as people of that nation for granted. What do we have; just the greatest nation for opportunity and freedoms that has ever existed in history. If you agree with this statement you I know that there are some that do not agree but think that we are a nation of greed and evil. History tells us the heart of this nation when it began and the direction and ideals that still, thank God, exist today. The document that spells it out is the Declaration of Independence pinned July 4th, 1776 by a group of men that sacrificed dearly for the words and their oaths to stand by them to the death.” We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This statement from this document is the center of the American dream of liberty. The authors and signers of this document considered the rights given by God and unalienable. Unalienable means: incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another. They are inseparable as a goal of the human experience and should be cherished and protected. Continue reading

Judgment Day May 21, 2011

Harold Camping

We have billboards all over town by Family Radio and it’s members stating Judgment Day is coming with the date May 21, 2011, this year. On the website, they give their reasons for the exact date and how they arrived at it. Harold Camping is president of Family Stations, Inc., a California-based religious broadcasting network, including more than 150 outlets in the United States, as well as a Web site. Camping host the Open Forum program on Family Radio stations and is the driving force behind the date setting of Judgment day and the return of Jesus to the earth. You might remember him from his book named 1994 in which he proclaimed that Christ’s return might be on September 6, 1994. In that publication, he also mentioned that 2011 could be the end. He did put a disclaimer in his book that “the possibility does exist that I could be wrong.” Continue reading

Anybody up there?

There was a man that lost his footing at night next to a cliff and fell over the side. As he was falling he reached out and grabbed a bush which stopped his descent into the darkness and he hung there. No one saw him or knew where he was, he was alone on the side of the cliff. In the darkness he cried out to God and said, “Lord please hear me, save me and I will dedicate my life to you, please Lord hear me.” He heard nothing but the wind blow. His arms were getting tired he knew he could not hold on much longer. Finally in desperation he yelled out and said, “Please can anyone hear me is anybody up there? Help please Help!” Still no answer coming. The bush was coming loose from the dirt and he knew he was going to plummet to his death. Finally he heard a voice say “let go, if you believe let go”. He answered, “ Is that you Lord help”. Again he heard “let go, if you believe let go”. He thought for a moment then said, “Is anybody else up there”. The bush finally came out of the dirt and the man fell 3 feet to a ledge that he could not see in the darkness and he survived his ordeal. Continue reading

Nothing but the truth

I always wondered what I would do if a court official made me put my hand on a bible and swear to tell “The whole truth and nothing but the truth”. I always thought that because I saw events a certain way that maybe someone else that witness it also saw it differently than I did. And it is true maybe they (someone else) was standing in a place that gave them a different perspective about the event and was paying more attention to the what happened. For whatever reason, my recollection of the facts may be different than another witness. My hope is that the truth would come out in the end. But in life, the truth is only as good as the understanding of what is true in the individual. If someone says to me that the chair in the room is solid and will hold me up when I set on it and it falls apart when I place my self inside the chair, that was untrue or a lie. But if I know the chair is made of oak and a watched a master builder put it together then I would be less skeptical of someone telling me it was solid and would hold me up. I would have more faith that the chair would hold me and confidently set down in the chair. Continue reading

What’s Wrong with Being Right?

There is a way of looking at things that drives me crazy it’s called Relativism. “That’s true for you but not for me”, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, “You can’t judge other cultures by the standards of your own”, “There are no absolutes in life”, these are some statements of Relativism. Relativism is sometimes (though not always) interpreted as saying that all points of view are equally valid, but in saying that they contradict themselves can evil even be defined under these terms, can well be defined? Only the personal belief matters not what the terms of the belief are. Don’t confuse me with the facts! Some relativists claim that humans can understand and evaluate beliefs and behaviors only in terms of their historical or cultural context. Continue reading

Direction

As a nation, we are 234 years old. Not the longest time to be a nation at all others have existed many more years. But there is special about the United States of America both in it’s beginning and present day. 13 colonies banded together to throw off the government of the most powerful nation of that day England. The odds were against them but somehow they prevailed and became a new “nation concealed in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal” Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We as Lincoln are engaged in a great Civil War again. Not one of guns and bombs but of ideas and laws. Progressive thoughts and ideas are ruling the day in almost all governments in the United States of America. The Congress and President using these ideas have changed the country from one of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to managed health care, freedom for illegals, and uncertainty of the future and fewer jobs. Continue reading

Seasons

It’s fall and the weather is changing the days are getting shorter and the air a little cooler. This is my favorite time of the year in California the transition of seasons bring some beautiful days and cool nights. I turn 60 this year and as scary as that seems to some in life I really don’t consider that old. I don’t need a barometer anymore to know when the atmospheric pressure is dropping and the weather changing I can feel it in my joints. Continue reading