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Colton wants everyone to know, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL!!

April 22, 2014 Leave a comment

Heaven is for Real

 Call me schizo, but the article below is sort of opposite of my viewpoint, yet I gladly defer to the wisdom of Christian Leaders, Ray Comfort and  John Piper, both of whom I am well aware and do revere, in fact I still attend the church that Piper recently retired from, but, call me an intellectual simpleton, I did very much enjoy the book and found it very moving and do hope to see the movie. I too, like Piper, am very skeptical of books like “Heaven Is For Real” in fact I think I know which book Piper refers to in this review (see below) and felt very much the same about it. But, my mother-in-law, who is a strong Christian and also skeptical of these kinds of books actually recommended “Heaven Is For Real” to me a long time ago and I read it on my own and also read it out loud to my family, and we were all moved.

That being said, I share this article below. Even though I cannot argue with Piper or Comfort, I still found the book very moving and very much worth the while of me and my family.

‘Heaven Is For Real’ Movie Reviews by Ray Comfort, John Piper

 Apr 17, 2014 02:17 PM EDT

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Christian leaders Ray Comfort and John Piper each recently discussed their views on “Heaven is for Real,” the book turned into a movie starring Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum.

“Heaven is for Real” is about a four-year-old boy who claims that he went to Heaven during a near-death experience. The small boy tells others about the things that he saw in Heaven, including details about deceased family members whom he had never met before. The movie is meant to be told from a Christian perspective and to intrigue those who question whether there is an afterlife. Christian evangelist and author Ray Comfort saw the movie upon its release, saying that it was enjoyable and somewhat comparable to “Little House on the Prairie.” It was, however, lacking the essential message of the Christian faith – the Gospel. “It’s a tear-jerker with a very shallow message,” says Comfort – “God is love, Jesus is friendly, and it seems all is well between Heaven and earth. God’s wrath doesn’t abide on the sinner, and it doesn’t quite fit that Jesus is going to be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels ‘in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,'” he says, quoting 1 Thessalonians 1:8-10.

Comfort laments that many will leave the movie theater wondering whether the little boy was telling the truth about the existence of Heaven – “We know that it does [exist], because we have God’s Word on it. That’s enough,” he says.

Comfort explains that God’s word is true, and can be tested through experience – “It says, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.’ I believe the Bible, not because I welled up some sort of faith in its words, but because the Gospel came to me ‘in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance.’ It authenticated itself because it took me out of darkness and brought me into light.” Born again Christians throughout the ages have attested to the same authenticity of God’s word, that the Bible has been tested and found true. “Therefore every other promise in it about the joys of Heaven, the pains of Hell, and everlasting life is utterly true altogether,” Comfort concludes.

Recently retired Christian pastor and author John Piper also gave his thoughts on the book recently in an “Ask Pastor John” episode. “If books go beyond Scripture, I doubt what they say about Heaven,” he says. Piper doesn’t bother to read extra-Biblical books about Heaven because he knows that the only infallible source on Heaven is God’s word – “I have my Bible, which already tells me what I can know for sure about Heaven. Everything in those books, I do not know for sure … it’s all guesswork,” he says.

John Piper

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Piper once began to read a book similar to “Heaven is for Real,” but put it down after finding something which contradicted the Bible in its early chapters. “I don’t believe these books, I’m very skeptical about these books – mainly [because] I have a Bible that tells me what I need to know,” says the seasoned saint.

– See more at: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/50929/20140417/reviews-by-ray-comfort-john-piper-heaven-is-for-real.htm#sthash.x6XkpSGu.dpuf

On “Geek” Versus “Nerd”

October 4, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you a “geek” or are you a “nerd?” Are you neither? If neither, then what are you? B-).

Also, speaking of “Geeks” and “Nerds,” you must see this video, click here: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/63098284216/epic-rap-battle-nerd-vs-geek-by-rhett-link-i

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To many people, “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, but in fact they are a little different. Consider the phrase “sports geek” — an occasional substitute for “jock” and perhaps the arch-rival of a “nerd” in high-school folklore. If “geek” and “nerd” are synonyms, then “sports geek” might be an oxymoron. (Furthermore, “sports nerd” either doesn’t compute or means something else.)

In my mind, “geek” and “nerd” are related, but capture different dimensions of an intense dedication to a subject:

  • geek – An enthusiast of a particular topic or field. Geeks are “collection” oriented, gathering facts and mementos related to their subject of interest. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer.
  • nerd – A studious intellectual, although again of a particular topic or field. Nerds are “achievement” oriented, and focus their efforts on acquiring knowledge and skill over trivia and memorabilia.

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A Prayer for Living as Good Citizens to God’s Glory

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

by Scotty Smith on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 6:22am ·

Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.      

     Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king. 1 Pet 2:11-17     

     Dear heavenly Father, it’s the morning after we Americans have cast our votes. A president, along with many other public officials, have been elected, or re-elected. For some of us, there is great elation and relief, for others, there is tremendous disappointment, even despair.

For all of us, there is a need to hear from you—to still our hearts and know that you alone are God; to affirm that you are no less sovereign this morning that you were before the polls closed yesterday afternoon; to remember that your purposes will stand, your kingdom will come, your glory, one Day, will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

Indeed, Father, our confidence is not in horses, chariots or men; nor in political parties, sitting presidents or supreme court justices; nor in the Dow Jones average, lower taxes, or bigger barns; nor in public policy or in private enterprise. Our hope and trust are in you.

In this Scripture, we hear you say, and we affirm, that you’ve called us to live good lives among our neighbors and in our culture—to be commendable citizens, not disengaged cynics; for your sake, to submit to authorities, governors and the king (president), for they are your providential servants (Rom. 13:1); to use our freedom in Christ “to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people,” not to add more godless chatter to the public conversation; to live respectfully of all people, not resentfully of any. By the power of the gospel, help us to do so.

Lastly, Father, may we fear you 1000 times more than we are either excited this morning or are quite disappointed by the outcome of the election. You alone are God; you are in the heavens and you do whatever pleases you. As your servants, may we prove the wonders of Jesus’ love this very day, and tomorrow, and the next, far as the curse is found. So very Amen we pray, in the exalted and triumphant name of Jesus.

I Am a Christian.

October 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Poem

 

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not shouting, “I’ve been saved!”
I’m whispering, “I get lost!
That’s why I chose this way”

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t speak with human pride
I’m confessing that I stumble –
needing God to be my guide

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not trying to be strong
I’m professing that I’m weak
and pray for strength to carry on

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not bragging of success
I’m admitting that I’ve failed
and cannot ever pay the debt

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I don’t think I know it all
I submit to my confusion
asking humbly to be taught

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I’m not claiming to be perfect
My flaws are far too visible
but God believes I’m worth it

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I still feel the sting of pain
I have my share of heartache
which is why I seek His name

When I say, “I am a Christian”
I do not wish to judge
I have no authority
I only know I’m loved

Copyright 1988 Carol Wimmer

Great poem that has been widely liked and shared throughout social media. There are some variations too. I really like the way it ends in text on this image  Click Here.

Hello world! Welcome to My First WordPress Post!

September 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Welcome to my WordPress.com blog site! Cool eh?

I decided to jump in and start a free blog site for my various musings. Sometimes I might just want to write and publish something that is longer than 140 characters, or maybe another place for me to share things from somewhere else on the web, or from somewhere else in real-life. So, to recap, my various musings, sharing things, plus my two cents worth, just sayin’.

Happy blogging! Happy reading and viewing! God Bless and Goodnight!

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