encouragement praise Uncategorized

He’s Alive!

Thanks to Don Francisco:

The gates and doors were barred
And all the windows fastened down
I spent the night in sleeplessness
And rose at every sound
Half in hopeless sorrow
And half in fears that day
Would find the soldiers breaking through
To drag us all away

And just before the sunrise
I heard something at the wall
The gate began to rattle
And a voice began to call

culture theology Uncategorized

Good at Heart?

I recently saw this quote on a popular TV show:

“That man…believes that everyone is corruptible because it is in their very nature to sin.  I bring people here to prove him wrong.”  (See the entire clip here).

This quote, as expressed by the “good guy” speaks to the essence of thought in our culture: man is basically good.

The democrats in life espouse the goodness of man by believing that people will do right if they are only educated properly, given the right opportunities, etc. When we build the proper “village”, people will be good.

The republicans in life espouse the goodness of man by believing that people do right if left alone.  When we stop meddling with others, people will be good.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Bible says that “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).   This is further shown in the New Testament (using Old Testament quotes):

There is none righteous, not even one;
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together.
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.
Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,
The poison of asps is under their lips,
Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness
Their feet are swift to shed blood,
Destruction and misery are in their paths,
And the path of peace they have not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes.

-Romans 3:10-18

Apart from God, we are all corrupt and worthless.  Even when we know God, we are not much better, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

We are all corruptible and sinners by nature.  Thankfully, God offers to cleanse us:

Come now, and let us reason together, says The Lord,
Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

-Isaiah 1:18

Since God has forgiven us, we can thank him with the Apostle Paul, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

No, we are far from being good at heart.  But thanks to God that he forgives us and brings us back to him!

politics, economy, etc. Uncategorized

Contact NC Attorney General to Join Constitutional Challenge

I am told that Roy Cooper, the Attorney General of NC, will join with the other 13 states to challenge the constitutionality of the recently passed health care legislation.  I am not sure if he is sincere, but, in the event that he is, here is the contact link:

Here is my letter:

Mr. Cooper:

Please join with the other 13 states and challenge the constitutionality of the recently signed health care bill. Our rights under the constitution should revolve around freedoms that are intrinsic to individuals that do NOT infringe on the rights and liberties of others. There is no authority in the constitution for Congress to mandate that private citizens must purchase a good or service from a private company. It simply is not an option that is available to Congress. I would urge you to support your constituents by challenging this egregious encroachment on our liberties.

Now is the time to stand for liberty rather than to simply give the appearance of it. Esse Quam Videri

Ministry Uncategorized

New Paradigm Ministry: Door43

I have some friends and client that recently started an exciting, next-generation ministry called Door43.  The ministry is missions based, with a view of using the internet and a Christian creative commons to create discipleship tools for minority language groups in limited access countries.  I can see the ministry expanding to include major language groups as well.  The tools and content will be free of charge and released under a Creative Commons license, giving anyone, anywhere, the freedom to translate, adapt, edit, improve, re-purpose and redistribute the tools for any ministry need, without any legal concern or copyright infringement. Door43 is working to establish an open-membership network of Christians to create and translate content for use all over the world. The internet site will provide an on-line workbench that uses a wiki engine as a platform for drafting, discussing, editing, refining and distributing open discipleship tools.  Door43 is somewhat like a cross between Facebook and Wikipedia.  This is exciting, 21st Century missions work.  Please  consider joining their team through prayer, getting the word out, and if you’re able, by financially supporting this fledgling ministry effort.

Ministry Uncategorized

Christ in Action

Doug Phillips (Vision Forum) flew down to Haiti shortly after the devestating earthquake.  In response to the tragedy, Doug and his family took action soon after they arrived.  They are coordinating adoptions between Haitian orphans and families in the US.  They’re also providing ministry support so that these orphans learn that in addition to these new parents who love them, the children also have a father in heaven who loves them and offers them the free gift of eternal life.  Follow the details of what Doug, his family and Vision Forum are doing at his blog here , and please say a prayer for them and for these children who have at such a young age already known such hardships.