Blood Moons, So What?

The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover)

The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover)

There seems to be some concern about the Blood Moon or “Tetrad” that will appear on April 15, 2014 or the other upcoming dates.   Scholars and pastors are divided on its meaning and significance. Some pastors are quoting Scriptures that may be reference to this event. While others are claiming doomsday. I’m not seeking to inform you on which side is right.  I am, however, seeking to encourage you to look at this pending event with another set of lenses.

The following Scripture reference has nothing to do with the Blood Moon. Yet it can provide a good word picture for us.  Take a look at 2 Kings 1:9-14. Elijah asked for fire from heaven to come down on King Ahaziah’s men who were sent to bring him back to the king. What would the world be like if a man of God could call down fire from heaven and consume evil people? Obviously the chance for repentance would be gone.  My point is this, if God wanted to destroy us or this planet…it wouldn’t be a problem for Him.

I want to ease your mind on one other point. Some prophecy theorist are claiming the Blood Moon will begin the Rapture.  I’m uncertain of the validity of their revelation.   I do know Jesus stated, “that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Mark 13:32)”  We don’t have to live in fear of impending doom.

In the earlier Scripture we reviewed, we saw how fire can come from heaven and destroy us. I think that situation would be more fearful than speculating that a natural occurrence is now a symbol for the Rapture.  In either situation, the key for us is to be prepared.  We don’t want to be like the virgins who were unprepared for the coming of the Lord (Matt 25:7).

This is a great opportunity to show an often skeptical world how to live for Christ.  This is a perfect time to evangelize to those you know.  Some people may be fearful.  If they’re fearful about their future, why don’t you inform them on how they can be assured of eternal life with God (that’s basically what evangelism is all about).  God wants us to fear  (reverence) Him not fear (afraid).

Amazingly, the numbers of people who believe in God is on the decline.  Yet, many become interested in our Father when catastrophe looms or happens.  This is your time…this is your opportunity to let them know all the things your pastors and ministers have been teaching you about living a Christ-like life now and being assured of eternal life with Him later.

I honestly don’t know if any of these things are a part of prophecy.  If it is–good.  If it isn’t–good. In either case, lets celebrate God’s wonders.  If He can make the moon appear Blood colored, He can do anything. Lets also remember God is in control on whatever happens on April 15, 2014. On April 16, 2014, we will either be on earth showing people how to live for Him or we’ll be with Him.  Both situations are quite appealing since “He will never forsake us.”  I encourage you to be strong and of good courage for God is with us.”  This is the lens I hope you look at this event through.

Yves

A Prayer We Should Remember

images1 Kings 8:57-61 (NIV)

57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. 59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. 61 And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

Solomon gave this beautiful and powerful benediction after he prayed a dedication to the new Temple.  The words are worth remembering so that we know Who to focus on and how to live.

Sin Lurks Around Every Corner

 

 

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I saw this picture on Facebook.  It reminded me of how we are in a constant fight with sin.

The cat represents sin and how its looks at you. It sits and waits patiently until you’re vulnerable.

Obviously we aren’t rats.  We’re much higher on the food chain.  Still, this pictures represents how weak or vulnerable we may feel when we face sin.

The cat is cute and cuddly.  Just like sin, it appears innocent.  Stay strong. Stay in the Word.

Yves

BTW.  I must be sleepy to be thinking about this scenario as an object lesson on the Christian faith. I think I’ll sign off for the night.

God Is The Center of My Life

IntertwineLife2How would someone observing your life know that God is at the center of it?

Share your thoughts and take the poll.

Thanks.

Yves

 

Let Them Know You Care

2448824654_8aeac402b4_oMatthew 22:36-40

Recently I was a part of a pastor’s roundtable discussion on how the church can and should help people infected with HIV.  We discussed how HIV has devastated our society in ways we don’t speak about.  In reality, HIV has transcended ethnic, socio-economic, educational and denominational barriers.  As one person eloquently put it,  (modifying Scripture) “It (HIV) doesn’t have respect of person.”  She was saying HIV can and will touch the lives of Christians and non-Christians alike.

We heard presentations by people infected with HIV.  It was amazing to see how strong these people were as they volunteered to tell their story. They discussed how family and friends abandoned them.  One speaker changed the flow of the discussion.  She stated she was hurt the most by “church people” because they rejected her.  The other speakers mostly agreed with her assessment. Overwhelmingly, the speakers stated they didn’t feel accepted or loved by “the church.”

I’ve learned it can be a little dicey to say, “the church.”  That’s a broad patch to cover because the phrase is a bit nebulous since people make up the church.  I’ve found it’s usually individual(s), rather than the entire institution, who have hurt people. In fact, I can’t recall one person leaving the church because of “the church.”  The common reason they left the church has been because one person made them mad. Why am I talking about that?  We must realize we’re a link to bringing people to church and help keeping them there.  Love is a powerful tool.  The HIV speakers needed and wanted love.  They wanted to know God loved them and their fellow Christian loved them also.

One of the speakers visited our church. We provided her an opportunity to talk about her trials, tribulations and how the church can help.  She provided us with great insight and information.  She was a bit emotional.  Heck, who wouldn’t be?. I gave her a hug after her speech. I’m not certain why I did it.  However, it seemed to help her some.

I thought about that hug for two weeks.  The “aha moment” came when I remembered a quote by John C. Maxwell.    He said, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  I love that quote.  However, Jesus’ words are even better.  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  I must admit, loving people isn’t always easy.  I’m certain many of us have had to deal with interpersonal issues with those in and outside the church.  Yet we are commanded to love.  Love can and does change things.  Our responsiblity is to love like Jesus.  Hurting people really need to know the love of God.  They need to know that He loves them and He will never leave them nor forsake them.  Show someone you love them this week.  Make a phone call to someone who isn’t expecting it.  Forgive a past wrong.

Blessings

Don’t Judge Me!

Matt 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

I went into my normal barbershop last week.  However, I did something different. I went to a different barber.  I tend to go to the same one(s) to ensure some sort of consistency.  The barber I went to on this day was far from the “normal” barbers I use.  She had more tattoos and earrings than I could count.  Not only that, her hair was colored differently throughout with several loud colors.  I’ve seen her before and she struck me as being a little snobby.  Well, I need to confess.  I misJUDGEd her.

She asked me, “What are you reading?”  I was surprised.  I thought she was going to simply cut my hair and go about her way. That wasn’t the case.  She said, “I see you a lot and you’re always reading.”  Yes, another shock.  I told her I was reading Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species.  I explained that it’s difficult to agree or refute something that I don’t know about.  Plus, how can I advise our congregation unless I’m willing to look at opposing views?  Lastly, I can now learn how to talk to an evolutionist and show them what we believe as creationist. That got her attention. However, she was uncertain of the difference between evolution and creation. She had an idea but simply wasn’t certain. She opened up and we talked like we were old friends.  We talked about her struggles and successes as a single mother.  She had a lot, I mean a lot, of questions about living a Christian life.  It was one of the most fulfilling conversations that I’ve had in a long time.

Why did I write this post?  Good question. We don’t know who is looking at us. We don’t know who is waiting to hear the word of God.  Opportunities are waiting for us to take them by the horns.  My thoughts about this woman were way off.  The shame is mine.  Not hers.  I didn’t think that I would judge someone. She taught me that I still have a lot to learn.  Yet she also allowed me to be able to share with her, and everyone in listening range, the word of God.

I guess this is the point where I defend myself and convince you that I wasn’t “judging” but merely making an “observation”.  Well, that’s not going to happen.  Lets keep it simple.  Please be better than me.  Don’t judge. I’ve provided you an excellent example of how not to act.  It would have been regrettable if I’d have lost a great opportunity to share Christ and encourage another Christian!  God called us to share His word and His love.  He’s the only righteous One.  He’s the only Judge.

Live like Christ….He’s our standard!